Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

3,751 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,751
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 220
Gots: 506 | FT: 12
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:
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(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this recently. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. Bottling date is "04/26/13," and this was consumed on "06/24/13," so nearly 2 months later. That's actually fresher than I've usually found it, believe it or not. Black IPAs do not typically age well in my experience, but this one should be doing fine - especially considering FW's impeccable standards. Review is from my notes.

Pours a jet black color unlike any dark IPA I've seen to date. Very oily and thickened in the pour, and completes itself with a creamy frothy head at the top that is about 3-4 fingers tall. The head never seems to fully dissipate, and when it does, it leaves behind shrapnel-like bits of foam and sugar scattered all about on the glass in a totally playfully messy manner. Carbonation seems really good on this, and the hoppy resins seem full fledged based on the appearance alone. World class, even considering the style at hand.

The aroma is combination of dank, pungent hoppiness, as well as a surprisingly caramel-like toasted flavor from the malts. Rather than knock the senses with a roasted, dark character, it instead takes a backseat from the floral hops, which provide pine, orange peel, grapefruit, mint, a smidgen of anise, as well as bittered, earthy sensations. Afterwards, the caramel, slightly sugary but tamed flavor creeps in to give this the impression of a pine-mint-caramel combo that is actually very breezy and not sweet or dessert-like at all. The rye crackles underneath in a slightly spicy, pungent manner, but it's by far the most subtle flavor in the concoction. Really amazing stuff - seeks balance in midst of the diverse flavors.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, bringing out a little bit more of the caramel, and especially the floral hop flavors overall. At first, there's the immediate bitterness, often melding into pine needles, citrus peel, less of the mint, although it's still there, and maybe a little bit of grapefruit. Then, the caramel, slightly leathery profile takes over and the malt washes the senses with a silky, creamy sensation that is flavorful but not heavy or too hearty. The rye provides a bit more of a bite here, and I believe these later factors cover up the relatively high ABV - which may provide a touch of sweetness, although there's no heat on this. Very well carbonated - the extra bubbles bring forward a lot of these dank hoppy nuances and creamy malts. This is fabulous... Hardly any complaints.

This sets the bar for how these beers should be made. Nothing too roasted or malty and not a hop bomb by any means. Everything melds together and does so without weighing you down. I wouldn't expect anything lesser from these guys. If you aren't so much into black IPAs, give this a whirl. The caramel melds so well with the pine and orange peel, and its complexity yet ability to shift flavors over the course of time makes it easy to drink. At less than $6 a bottle, I will definitely be buying the next one that I find fresh.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak tulip (bottled on 2/18/13)

A: A nice very dark brown that has thick strong coffee cream color head that stays for a bit, lots of big bubbles in the head and a nice lacing.

S: Straightforward sweet citrus smell, with a hint of rye and pine co-mingling in there towards the back.

T: It is a straight up roasty black IPA, with the rye coming in and mellowing out the hops. A bit of the citrus pine comes through but fades quickly. There is a nice rye tail that finishes with a malty pine aftertaste. However, the hops have faded quite a bit it seems and the malt bill doesn't hold up to back it up. I think this might actually be a combination of the rye that from other similar beers of this style (that I had fresh), seems to dull the hops, even fresh.

M: There is an even carbonation whose coarseness quickly peters out and is crisp no longer but just feels like bubbles .

O: I was expecting a lot more here, but perhaps I waited too long to try this (4 months). I really like black IPAs and this one didn't do it for me. It was bland and a sub-par black IPA. I will try again with a fresh one later but this is a miss from FW for me.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,751 ratings.