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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,399 Ratings

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

dwtyler, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/6/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, pine, orange rind, toast, roasted malt, spicy rye, light char, chocolate, floral, and piney spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, dark chocolate, spicy rye, toast, orange rind, light char, floral, herbal, and piney spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pine, roasted malt, toast, dark chocolate, rye, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity and balance of flavors; with a very nice roasted/hop flavor balance; nice bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic black IPA. Great hop flavor profile with nice balance of roasted flavors; very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff as expected.

superspak, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of WatsonJP
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

WatsonJP, Oct 31, 2012
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Served in a pint glass for $6.50
Sampled 20AUG12

[A] Arrives with a solid 1 1/2 finger head, medium light brown in color, creamy/foamy and tightly compacted. Retention is fantastic. Lacing is well above average. The body is very dark brown.

[S] Sweet, juicy tropical hop aromas rush the nose initially with a dank, piney resinous underlying. Spicy rye is strong and provides a nice counter to the fruitiness, but also a nice compliment to the mild dark, roasty malt character underneath.

[T] Rye is a little more forward on the palate than it was on the nose. I had this beer about a month ago when it first debuted in PA - and the flavor was a 4.5 easily. A couple weeks later, just a small drop off. [Note: A month and a half later even - AND out of the bottle - and Wookey Jack is still a great beer. Transformed, sure, but still highly enjoyable.]

[M] Body is medium to medium full. Smooth across the front with a sharp carbonation from midpalate on, providing a pleasant bite. Spicy rye aids in drying out the finish. ABV is MIA.

[O] I'm generally not keen on black IPAs but this one stands out. The fact that you can close your eyes, smell, and barely tell this beer is black in color puts it in the front of its field.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of anabar
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

anabar, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of reviticus
4/5  rDev -6.1%

reviticus, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jmccraney, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Giantspace, Oct 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

rippedflesh89, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jules11788, Oct 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

roblund, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

thegerm87, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

DC_HOP_HEAD, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Peglegtim, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

juliusseizure, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Thomas_Picton, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Brouwerij
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Two fingers of light tan head after a hard pour. Head has good retention and lacing, slowly dissipating into a thin cap.

Smell: Hops and roasted malt.

Taste: Hoppy up front, fading into flavors of rye and roasted malts. Not tasting any of the alcohol, despite the relatively high percentage.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body. Medium carbonation and not a super clean finish. Leaves a mild resinous hop feeling/taste in the mouth (not a necessarily a negative). Relatively palatable considering the hops and alcohol content.

Overall: An nice take on a rye IPA. Would consider drinking again, although I feel Firestone-Walker has better offerings (such as double jack).

Brouwerij, Oct 26, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nice dark brown color with some nice golden caramel edges. There is a nice creamy ecru colored head that is about 1 inch tall and is pretty sticky leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma starts off with some delicious citrus hop notes mixed in with some nice slight dank pine notes. Definitely some hop forward notes in the nose. There is some nice roasty malt on the back end of the nose that slightly balances the brew. The roast is nice and grainy with some slight notes of chocolate.

The flavor starts off with some nice earthy grain and some slight chocolatey and sweet roast malt notes. Then a quick fresh rush of herbal and grassy citrus hops comes up giving the brew some wonderful life and brightness. There is also a nice slight piney note that goes along well with the other hop notes and are blended perfectly with the malt notes. Amazing brew with great balance between the roast and the malty grain notes really shine as the brew warm with some nice spice form the rye showing up with the grassy and herbal dank hop notes. Mouthfeel is nice and light-medium with some creamy notes and good carbonation.

Overall, this is a great take on the Black Ale style. Very good hop profile matched up nearly perfectly with the great rye malt profile and the awesome roasted notes.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 26, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

22 oz bottle into tulip
Review from notes 10/23

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. Two finger tan head with great retention.

S - Pine, floral, grassy. Exactly what I want in a Cascadian Dark Ale, plus a little bit of rye spiciness. Some sweeter tropical fruit aromas, too. Not much in the way of roasted malt aroma.

T - Rye bread, dark roasted malts, pine and grass. None of the faint sweetness I got in the aroma, this is an earthy, piney, slightly spicy treat.

M - Medium body with a very dry finish that works perfectly.

O - A fantastic beer. One of the best CDAs/BIPAs I have had, up there with Deschutes and Stone offerings. Really great combination of flavors, and the addition of rye to this style was an inspired and excellent decision.

greenmonstah, Oct 25, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Even a slow, measured pour yields half a glass full of deep tan foam, decent density with an island of bigger bubbles remaining at the pour point, retention is very high, to the point it annoys as you can’t get at the liquid to sip it, the lacing is haphazard but what’s there is thick splotches. Dark, opaque brown hued liquid, slice of zinc orange at the glass bottom, few if any bubbles visible inside the glass. The rye is indeed present in the nose, however, on the whole it is sweet in a clean manner, pine, grapefruit, caramel, chocolate, scone crumbs wrapped around a core of apricot, peach, pineapple scents, fresh hops give it penetrating punch without unnecessary bite, admirable for its sinewy linger which never seems forced. Medium-bodied, the carbonation creates a tight weave but its active and keeps things bubbling along. Some rye, pumpernickel notes yet not very bready, once more relies on grapefruit, orange citrus, pine and flowers for most of its initial effect. Chocolate, molasses, anise only bring mild softness, instead it wants to stay erect as the leafy herbaceousness dries out the mid-palate. The roast mostly present as aftertaste. That pineapple, nectarine, apricot to papaya fruit drier here and thus further into the background. Taste-wise not boozy but there is a certain headiness to it. It crackles with the kind of energy and verve which makes you want to gulp as much as sip.

farrago, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

usaftenor, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JayCin, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

stickboy1125, Oct 24, 2012
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