Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Happy Columbus Day 2012
A: Poured a midnight black with little to no head to mention. Some rather large bubbles hang around the perimeter. Carbonation appears perfect, with just the right amount of fizz.
S: Dull pine, spicy grapefruit, earthly peat, floral bouquet, roasted malt, milk chocolate.
T: Layers upon layers of flavor. Oily hops, dark espresso, tea leaves, citrus, honeycomb, and hints of sea barnacle assault my palate.
M: Smoother than cocoa butter. I'll leave it at that.
O: Standout beer. One of the best black ales I have had. The flavor for this style is superb along with a perfect mouthfeel jets this one to the top. FW keeps the good times coming.
10-08-2012 20:30:51 | More by cooler4life
3.63/5 rDev -14.6%
Poured into a perfect pint glass
Appearance: dark-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, opaque, high carbonation
Smell: sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit
Taste: chocolate, pine, charred malt, and cream
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with underlying bitterness
Overall: A good not great Black IPA. I like the way the pine and cream interact. That said, I have been blown away by just about every other beer I have had from Firestone Walker and this beer, while good did not do that.
10-08-2012 15:29:44 | More by tigg924
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
Poured from 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.
A: Nearly black with soft 1/2 finger of tan head with average retention and a wavy layer of spare lacing.
S: Intense grapefruit and pineapple aromas meet medium roasty dark malt with coffee and nutty tones.
T: Varied flavors of roast, coffee, rye spiciness with the hops coming through late with some indistinct citrus, floral, and fruity notes.
M: Solid mouthfeel with this beer drinking a lot lighter than the ABV and especially for the dark maltiness.
O: A good but not spectacular that reminds me why I don't often drink the black IPA style -- flavors and aromas too often cover rather than accentuate each other and it can leave a nondescript product.
10-08-2012 02:37:15 | More by argock
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
a - this is one of the best looking non stout, stout appearanced beers i've seen... a nice, very clingy, somewhat dirty tan head that is thick at first but dissipates nicely, to what looks like a calm soda...very, very dark!
s - hops intermixed with a bit of pine-resin...my nose is a bit off with the change of the seasons, so you'll have to forgive my lack of aromatic description.
t - wonderful. hint of chocolate mixed in with the sweetness of rye presence and a hoppy backbone that isn't over bearing... quite a tasty blend...
m - smoothy, somewhat velvety and creamy. excellent
o - first try, and an excellent one at that. this'll be a repeat performer i'm sure. If you haven't, pick one up!
10-08-2012 01:15:26 | More by vande
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Nitro growler from the Beer Boutique in Brooklyn. Like a take home cask. This is a black-brown viscous fluid that hits the glass and slowly foams into a somewhat dense, creamy, two finger head. Fade is gentle and leaves some nice lacing. No light getting through this one and as a consequence I have no idea of what the carbonation is doing. Smell is sweet and piney with a lots of roasted malt and a light banana like fruitiness. Toffee and scorched caramel flow into some fresh, yeasty brown sweet bread and hints of coffee and cocoa. Taste is so close to perfect it is killing me not to give it. Sweet and roasted malt front moves to a heavy dose of sweet pine hops that leave grapefruit skin and hop oil. Finish is quite clean and dry with a sweet dark malt syrup flavor and a healthy hop blossoming in the swallow. Feel is velvety and almost cask like with a superfine carbonation that while gentle is quite active somehow. Creamy too. Weight is surprisingly light and supple. Don't get me wrong, it is sticky and has some syrup to it but it drinks like nobody's business and you can quickly find yourself at the bottom of the glass. This is a superb version of an ABA, it hides the abv like a double agent, drinks like a session ale and has a perfect balance of taste with big sweet roasted malt and a pine dominant hop signature. Wow.
10-08-2012 01:14:49 | More by scootny
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
bomber to myself. it was bottled on 10:48 on some month and day in the year 2012 (cant make out either of those
A: i would call this body a very hazed, very dark brown. head is off-white and more on the brown side. terrific retention and a thick chunk of lacing.
S: hoppy and very american nose. so many hops. makes me think im smelling a deeply IPA-tastic brew. there is definitely some roasty undertones but this nose is all about the hops.
T: bubblgum at the start. sweet before getting bitter. a touch of alcohol right in the middle. the rye starts things off and lingers throughout the finish along with plenty of bitterness that i would say is mostly imparted by roasted and chocolate malt.
M: pretty subtle/moderate carbonation on a medium body.
D: this stuff rocks. the rye adds a whole new dimension of flavor that works great with the extreme amount of hops used. the nose is still super hoppy but it is not a complaint for me. great brew.
10-05-2012 03:46:55 | More by Jimmys
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
22 oz bottle from Pints O'Plenty. A steal at $7.50.
Appearance: Black, nearly opaque except for a little bit of dark highlights when held up. Light tan head, lots of it. Excellent head retention and beautiful lacing.
Smell: Very IPA like aroma. Big, sweet citrus and tropical fruit and a touch of citra-like cattiness. A hint of spiciness and even less dark malt aromas-- just a little hint of chocolate.
Taste: Wonderfully hoppy flavor as above. Much more like a black IPA in the flavor than the smell, meaning there is some roasty and chocolate flavor. Bitterness from both the hops and dark malts are present, but restrained. Very flavorful and balanced.
Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and soft, almost like a cask beer. Gets clean on the finish with some lasting sweetness and a bit of resin.
Overall: Probably the best black IPA out there.
10-04-2012 01:17:21 | More by rapidsequence
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
22 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice. Bottled on 8/21/12.
A - Very dark red to brown with a large, brownish, tightly packed head. Hazy under intense light.
S - Massive citrus, resin, pine and fresh cut grass. Wow.
T - Initially almost gives a soft malt impression, followed quickly by resiny, sticky green hops. Slight roast as the flavors transition with a spicy rye note. Finish has deep plum and apricot esters with strong, clean bitterness. Dark chocolate impression as it warms. Piney hop flavors in the ending.
M - Medium body, mild carbonation. Bone dry finish.
O - This is what a black IPA is supposed to be. The rye adds a restrained spicy note, and the hop bitterness balances perfectly with the roast, making it a continuum of bitterness. My favorite part of this beer is the initial aroma hit - unmistakably american.
10-03-2012 20:51:24 | More by Megahertz
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from a 650 mL bottle.
Appearance - dark brown, nearly black. Thick, tan lacy head. Decent lacing on the glass.
Smell - Vanilla, spruce and citrus in the nose.
Taste - sweet, dark malty start. Hot chocolate in the middle. Hoppy in the back, that lingers on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - dry, rye finish. Makes you ready for another.
Overall - alcohol starts to catch up. This is a beautiful sipper. From the 22 oz bottle, pour it twice into your glass, enjoy the early fall fire pit, and go to sleep. Nice and easy.
10-03-2012 02:59:24 | More by commish374
4/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours a black color with a finger or two worth of head with good retention. Smell is of medium roast coffee and citrus. Coffee grounds and a blast of hops dominate the palate, complexities come through as it warms. Fans of this style will no doubt enjoy this one.
10-03-2012 00:23:53 | More by TheRealBigC
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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