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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,114
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 169
Gots: 271 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 03/04/13

Pours out looking like a stout with a black body you can’t see any light through and a khaki head. Great lacing and good head retention.

Sweet citrus fruit and pine hop aromas. The rye peeks through with a nice little spice.

The taste opens with a hit of hop flavor and bitterness upfront and the bitterness lingers throughout the taste which is nice. This thing is heavily hopped. Big citrus and pine flavors. The malts come through nicely as well providing rye spiciness, roastedness, and breadiness.

Medium bodied and carbonated. Goes down smooth. Very nice.

I’m glad Firestone Walker is now available in Texas. This beer is superb. Haven't had much to compare it to in the Black IPA category, but it is delicious. The added rye is a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 05:00:20 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-25-2013 04:26:05 | More by andrew8626
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-25-2013 02:39:13 | More by acjones
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-25-2013 01:15:08 | More by Phacoman
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-24-2013 23:14:34 | More by shagal
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-24-2013 13:23:35 | More by kevindp9
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

03-24-2013 02:47:12 | More by Jamison85
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-23-2013 20:23:07 | More by Sparky44
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-23-2013 16:53:40 | More by pknyc
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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black IPA is a bit of misnomer, no?

A: Decadent espresso brown. Two finger mocha brown head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is excellent. Hard to gauge carbonation due to extremely dark, murky nature of the beer. Looks like a damn porter.

S: Does not smell like a damn porter, that's for sure. Actually, it does have some characteristics. Roasted notes, bit of toffee and mocha. The hops are less citric or pine and quite a bit more stone fruit and tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, also bits of stone fruit. Fairly strange combination of scents, but it works.

T: Slam of hop bitterness integrates beautifully into coffee bitterness throughout the mid palate. The rustic aspect of the rye really accentuates the coffee notes. This bitterness extends into the finish, with some serious fruit flexing through on the end. Extremely fruity essence on the end, with stone fruit becoming much more dominant. Almost like fresh peach. This subsides and you're left with that lingering coffee bitterness. The oily hop bitterness again plays very well with the coffee.

M: Soft, without being cloying. Full bodied without being unctuous. Very balanced, with the carbonation standing up just enough to the fairly weighty malt and hop bill. No alcohol detected.

O: Amazing beer, pure and simple. I feel lucky to live so close to this amazing brewery. While some of their beers are uninspired (looking at you, 805), Firestone proves time and time again that they are simply one of the best breweries in the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 07:10:46 | More by McStagger
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-23-2013 02:48:04 | More by CasanovaCummins
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-23-2013 02:02:57 | More by RMoeNay
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with a tan full head that leaves nice sticky lace. Skim retention.

Malt aroma is not toasty or smoky, or even a bit spicy. Some resinous hop notes, and malt. Nice.

Nice firm hop presence up front. Immediately bitter, with some charred notes and a spicy bitter bite as the palate clears. The dark roasted malt has no sweetness, or if it does the hops just crush it. Spicy rye gives this some nice balance.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Nice brew from this brewer. This is a style that is tough to do right. They hit this just right, and are hop-strong. The off-balance here is actually appropriate and works well. Not overly boozy, and no off flavors. Well structured beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:36:46 | More by OtherShoe2
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-22-2013 05:52:26 | More by MickeyMonk
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-22-2013 00:27:06 | More by KevinMc
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-21-2013 22:40:06 | More by dapatte2
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-21-2013 18:53:20 | More by jrstamp
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-21-2013 10:50:39 | More by AOShabaz
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to rock art pint glass

A:very dark brown could be black when not up to the light it is completely opaque it has a small tan head that leaves a thick heavy lacing around the top of the glass. Pretty much what I want to see from a black ipa without being unreal

S: pretty hoppy upfront lots of resiny piney hop aromas there are definitely some notes of rye an dark malts but they are definitely in the background as the hops are pretty dominant even as the beer starts to warm the hop smell remains strong though fades a little

T: follows the nose and it is very hoppy up front an has a big hop bitterness and resin up front, but once that fades there is a significant dark malt presence it has a sweetness to it but the is also there with a fairly heavy presence of the rye mixed in with the malt that almost overpowers the bitterness of the hops in the finish but does not completely overtake the flavor. Though I would not describe it as well balanced.

M: it goes down pretty smooth the hops do leave a somewhat resinous feel to it but that does not necessarily last as it would with a standard hoppy ipa. It is thin and pretty light considering the abv which is not really noticeable at all as this beer is pretty drinkable.

O:This is definitely one of the best black ipa's I've had the rye definitely helps this beer stand out as difference but I am happy to say I liked this after being somewhat underwhelming by union and double jack. I highly recommend this beer a quality offering from firestone walker

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 03:05:21 | More by Pinknuggets
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

03-20-2013 19:54:37 | More by tom10101
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

03-20-2013 18:25:13 | More by gtermi
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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty aroma accompanied by a serious punch of green hops. Centennial, Amarillo? [almost: website says Citra & Amarillo] Beer itself is nearly opaque black with just a tinge of reddish brown when held up to direct light. Extra large brown head. Flavor is a really smooth, almost creamy, full-on rye IPA. The robust edge in the rye flavor is complemented perfectly by the healthy IBU quotient, though I don't think there's anything roasty or otherwise blackened in the flavor to suggest the black Lovibond rating. It's even a little bit citrusy.

22oz bottle with "12/14/12 09:20" printed on the bottom left. Highly recommended. Among the best rye IPAs I've ever had. Must try side by side with Lenny's some time. (interesting side note: though this is 83% as alcoholic as Lenny's, it's about a third as viscous.)

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 03:45:22 | More by hreb
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-20-2013 03:27:57 | More by Spigs
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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber bottle with the typical Firestone Walker label with the lion and bear getting ready to duke it out. In between the fighting beasts is the name of the beer in big bold black letters. In the lower left hand corner in the small black strip along the bottom was a bottled date of 1/10/13. Around the cap is an easy to open piece of plastic.

Out of the bottle into a Big Eddy Snifter came a beer that was as black as a moonless night in the desert. It was as thick as oil, but they both have the same color. I was in denial of the blackness of the beer. Every time I put this beer to the light, I kept on seeing a reflection of myself in the glass. On top of this solid black brew was a 1/2 an inch light beige head of foam. Great retention that left behind a beige film and a ton of spots and streaks of lace around the glass.

When I got that hissing sound from the cap, that's when I got a strong whiff of pine. It wasn't a straight up pine aroma. I could detect some grapefruit mixed in with the pine. When it was poured, the grapefruit/pine didn't settle down. Behind that was some orange, a drop of tangerine, and some lightly bitter citrus/ herbal hops. After all that, the beer finishes up with nice roasted rye malt backbone. The hops won't jump out at you. The rye toned the hops down.

While the pine/grapefruit kicked off the aroma, it was the roasted rye that kicked off the taste. The rye lasts a few seconds before it lets through this interesting dry citrus fruit hoppy taste. It wasn't one taste after another. It was one big mixed taste. This mixed ball of taste contained slightly bitter citrus hops, a hint of black licorice, grapefruit, pine, and a splash of orange peel. Very good and very flavorful.

This was a medium bodied Black IPA with a long lasting dry and roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was all about the roasted rye. There were some citrus elements in there as well, but I could tell that the aftertaste was all about the roasted rye.

Thanks to this beer, I'm starting to like the American Black Ale style. The malted rye in this beer mixes well with the citrus hops, grapefruit, and pine. It was also nice that its not an expensive beer. You don't need to break the bank for this beer. Would I drink another one? I could go for another fresh bottle in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:24:46 | More by AltBock
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

03-19-2013 21:01:37 | More by doc17325
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,114 ratings.