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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,399 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,399
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 188
Gots: 378 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

mbonugli, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of noremac423
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

noremac423, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Sqweekers
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Sqweekers, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of joecast
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Thin brown head. Looks more like a brown ale, considerably lighter than most. Leaves some nice lacing.

Pungent hops. Classic pine and grapefruit. Some light coffee/roast.

Wonderful balance of bitterness, hop flavor, malt sweetness and a touch of spicy rye. Really think they hit the rye sweet spot in this beer. Fantastic.

Sadly I have only the one bottle. Right up there for black ales and another winner from FW.

joecast, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of wbumgarner
5/5  rDev +17.4%

wbumgarner, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of bradcochran1234
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bradcochran1234, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of jminch
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jminch, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of NickyDee21
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

NickyDee21, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of VeganBrewz
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

My first glass from the bomber I'd purchased poured a deep, nutty brown and had the viscosity of thinned-down maple syrup. Silky and totally black in the glass, with about a finger of dense, dark tan head that fades to a thin film of bubbles and leaves light, sticky lacing that follows the beer down the glass as you drink.

The Amarillo and Citra are really on display in the nose - an immediate burst of grapefruit emerges followed by dark fruit, caramel malt sweetness and slight bitterness as it warms.

Taste is pretty close to the nose - big, bright grapefruity citrus up front with some burnt-coffee acidity and deep roasty malt character, finished with nice, crisp hoppy bitterness. The initial citrus fades quite a bit as the beer warms, and the malt and acidity become the primary flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with sharp carbonation tingle lingering, slightly bitter alcohol finish.

Overall, this is a really well designed beer. I'm newish to black ipas/cascadian dark ales/etc but I'm constantly amazed at the things that various brewers are able to pull off within the style, and this one is no exception. Firestone has a great brewmaster on their roster and it shows.

VeganBrewz, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of AnthonyVincent
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

AnthonyVincent, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Hugonaut13, Dec 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Hopmarc, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

hansenme, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

flyersfan900, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of tjsqrd
5/5  rDev +17.4%

tjsqrd, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jonbeer89, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Pelican5, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Yetti
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

This is a great American Black. The aroma didn't jump out of the glass and beg me to start drinking, but once I did, I was stoked.

A - as other reviewers have said, the beer pours pitch black and looks almost like molasses.

Smell - maybe I had a cold that day, but the smell was the only thing that didn't really impress me. It's pleasant, though, and doesn't stink of alcohol despite the high ABV. Other reviews have noted everything from grapefruit to pine to raw hops. I didn't get all that. Maybe I need to get another whiff.

T - Outstanding. The first sip immediately hooked me and the last gulp was just as enjoyable. It has a nice full feel and goes down smoothly. It's both light enough and robust enough to be drunk anytime of day and year.

0 - This is as good as any Black IPA I've had. You won't be disappointed.

Yetti, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

e30todamax, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Had on-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA.

A - Almost jet black in color on the pour, the faintest hint of light comes through a reddish/brown tint. Head is off-white.

S - Good amount of piney hops, slight fruit, and roasted malt.

T - Incredibly well-balanced. The roasted malt provides a solid backbone for the excellent blend of citrus and piney hop. Taste is almost floral and earthy at the same time. Finishes with just a tinge of chocolate.

M - Incredibly smooth, drinks like a stout.

Overall - Very solid brew here. One of the best ABAs out there.

BeerBuckeye, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of crazyj
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

crazyj, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bbreneman, Nov 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

server222, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

22 oz bottle, there is a spot for a bottled on date, but it's blank. boo.

nice almost black color, brown in the corners of the glass. thick off-white head. good head retention and lacing. smell is nice mix of slightly roasted malt and big piney and citrus hops. similar in the taste. great balance and depth of flavor. mouthfeel is thicker, rich. lower carbonation. nice.

overall - very tasty, definitely one of the best Black IPA's I've had.

jmdrpi, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

dugly2ugly, Nov 27, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,399 ratings.