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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,520 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,520
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 201
Gots: 418 | FT: 9
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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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours opaque black with ruby brown edging where light can penetrate. Head is light tan, a little less than 2 fingers thick, and with good retention. Leaves a firm layer of microbubbles atop the surface. Strong lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on strong notes of grapefruit, pine, peppery rye, and touches on toffee sweetness.

Taste - Starts, and ends, with a lot of grapefruit hop character eith lesser pine. Moderate pith bitterness. Malts are subtle, nearly hidden in fact, but what does come across is toffee, caramel and with ghostly traces of mocha, mostly mid-taste and toward the finish, touches of smoke, and then the rye hits. The aftertaste imparts a nice peppery rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat creamy, though nowhere near that of a stout. Goes down with relative ease. Somewhat chalky on the finish. The 8.3% is well hidden.

Overall - My second pass at this beer, and I'm enjoying it more so than the first attempt. Not quite the ideal amount of roasted malt character I look for in what, in my mind, is needed for the perfect black IPA, but it's a marvelous brew nonetheless; one that continues to grow on me the more I have it.

TheSixthRing, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Bubba83
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Bubba83, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Runs4Beer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Runs4Beer, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of ONN8
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ONN8, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Prost76
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Prost76, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of jco3rd
4/5  rDev -5.9%

jco3rd, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of SColl
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date Dec. 6, 2012
Type/ Style Black Rye IPA
Package 22oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 8.3%

Aroma: Hops, Grapefruit, Citrus

Appearance: Black, 2 finger head retention, great lacing

Body/ Texture: Full bodied, spice from hops on the tongue.

Aftertaste: Citrus, Grapefruit, Melon, A lot of bitterness upfront that quickly dissipates and provides a delicious well balanced beer.

Overall: 4/5 Awesome beer from FW, Flavors balance out and the citrus from the hops is a really delicious treat.

SColl, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of MarioM
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

MarioM, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

cosmic-ray, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Hoptimus-Prime, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of gibby
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

gibby, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of MCBrigno
4/5  rDev -5.9%

MCBrigno, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

RobertColianni, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Joshpu
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Poured nearly black in color with a 2 finger tan head. Already seeing lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly getting the piney citrus hops. I also get the roasted malt/coffee/rye smell.

T: The taste definitely follows the smell, with more of a prominent roasted malty and slight coffee bitterness finish. Also getting a peppery rye finish.

M: Medium bodied. A smooth drinking beer, definitely doesn't feel like 8%. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall a great beer. I think it's an outstanding example of an American black ale.

Joshpu, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pourA dark brown with about an inch of frothy light tan head. Nice sticky lace.

The aroma has nice citrus malts with some spicy rye in the background. Some hints of roasted malt in the background. A bit mellow hops on the pallet with some hints of spicy rye. Roasted malts giving a solid backbone.

The body is medium and lingers on the pallet. Soft carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable. Would like a bit more of a hop presence on the pallet but this one is sound.

Bendurgin, Dec 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

RangnaR, Dec 17, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -64.7%

Satan70, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Lex_Talionis, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

RyanSBrennan, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head lasts and lasts, with chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and spices.

Taste is spicy rye to start, citrus in the middle, and dominant pine bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. Wish there was a bit more maltiness to support all the bitter.

ppoitras, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

huysmans, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

jimilayne, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose carries a nice bit of roast and chocolate malt along with a bit of rye and some nice citrus and earthy-pine hop notes. Flavor is hoppy with a nice underlying bitterness and moderate malt sweetness. Good rye component as well as dark malt sweetness. Medium-full body with medium bitterness. Quite smooth. Very nice beer.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,520 ratings.