Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
22 oz bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. Bottled 7/19/12.
A: Pours a dark black color with a one inch pillow of light tan foam forming on the pour. The retention is very nice on the initial pour and the head leaves nice sheets of webbing down the sides of the glass.
S: Grainy rye, mild citrus and light pine are most prominent up front. Slight roast with a semi-sweet bakers chocolate as well.
T: Hoppy notes in large quantities bombard each sip. Light citrus fruit flesh, dried rye with a hint of spiciness, and some mild pine as well. The roast comes in towards the finish with some slight chocolate as well. The hops and rye are really the stars of the show in this one and it seems a tad imbalanced.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The finish is slightly sweet with a mild drying quality to it.
O: This beer was definitely good. I just feel that it missed more of the roasty and darker qualities in the flavor profile. It walked the walk, but didn't talk the talk. It still has a good taste, but gets docked some points for the imbalance.
09-16-2012 17:33:28 | More by Treebs
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
A: pours very dark black with a solid 2 fingers worth of off-white head formation. Held directly up to the light, it displays some tints of ruby red and dark brown. Lacing is nice and as the head dissipates, it leaves a nice film along the top of the brew.
S: big rye and hop notes dominate the nose on this brew. Both aspects are very well balanced together. I also pick up on some nice citrus notes with a slight touch of grapefruit increasing the complexity. I feel that if there were anything else, I would really have to reach for it.
T: Big rye notes come through initially and at the backend of this brew. I find the middle comprised of an every slight burn malt note, citrus aspects with touches of grapefruit, big piney and bitter hops notes. It is actually quite nice but I wish there were a bit more dark notes here.
M: like a black IPA, its lighter on the tongue that it appears but is still medium bodied. The hop bitterness sits on the tongue and the back parts of the cheeks throughout the finish and it lingers for quite some time. Its pleasant but nothing to get too excited about.
O: Highly enjoyable brew but I really wish that some more darker notes came out. Other than that, I find this one highly drinkable and the rye notes really shine though and are well complemented by the bitter piney hops. Overall, this one is well balanced, I just don’t find much complexity.
09-16-2012 02:08:34 | More by tut2528
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev 0%
I've been wanting this one for a long time. Finally!
Served in a DFH snifter about the size of one of the continents that the dig up ingredients from.
A: Lots of mocha lacing here, with a dark, dark brown liquid below it. Pretty scary at this points...
S: Whoa pine! This totally one of those air freshener beers that is both hoppy and fruity at the same time. One comes across this profile every once in a while. If there's dark malt in here to offset the West Coast hop bomb, I REALLY want to try the base beer. Awesome stuff!
T: Ever so subtle chocolate (cocoa notes) underneath with a very strong citrusy, pine component. It's almost as if the malt attached itself to one of the hop sizzle cells. They are truly one in the same here... which is awesome!
M: Stupidly ridiculous lacing, not a sweet brew at all, and with quite a bit of fresh grapefruit-like bitterness.
O: I had a conversation with a friend tonight about this style and he said, "I'm still looking for that Black IPA to change my mind about the style." I'm thinking this might be the one...
09-15-2012 00:25:17 | More by Chaney
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA
Poured an opaque black color with a creamy tan head that retained well and left thick lacing on the glass. An attractive brew for sure. Aroma was a bit muted, but contained scents of piney and floral hops and chocolaty malts. I usually brace myself when I take the first sip of an ABA, but this one was surprisingly mellow and well-balanced. Roasty dark malts with a sensation of bakers' chocolate, countered by citrus and pine hops, that weren't too potent or resinous, as with some other beers of the style. I think brewers are finally starting to nail the ABA. Medium body, smooth and fairly dry in the finish, quite drinkable overall.
09-14-2012 23:05:52 | More by Rifugium
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours dark brown, some clarity visible when held to the light. Beige head retains well as a half finger while also leaving impressive lacing.
Very good nose, potent and interesting. Lots of rye spice, earthiness, roasted chocolate tones, fruity hops, some brown sugar.
Taste brings on some more hops, but lots of flavors going on here, and they meld excellently. Roasted malt, burnt cocoa, biscuit, toasty malts, grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and a great dose of rye spiciness. There is also a slight woody/oak feel. Nothing overpowers anything else, a nice balance.
Extremely smooth mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, easy drinking and not much sign of alcohol.
Really great beer at a good price, I will probably have to pick up another bomber while it's around. The use of rye I think really wraps this all together nicely and makes it something special. Flavorful, smooth, complex and unique, definitely a standout black IPA.
09-11-2012 19:34:53 | More by Chico1985
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
Coffee-colored brown nearing black with a thick, rocky ecru head. Pungent pine with a rough citrus rind edge juxtaposed against brown sugar and coffee grounds. Hops soften as it warms - grapefruit zest, green tea, and new evergreen growth. Dry and clean - goes down in gulps. Another great hoppy beer from FW.
09-11-2012 17:17:50 | More by bump8628
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a black body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves good lace.
S - Pungent pine hops and chocolate with notes of espresso.
T - Dark, fruity malt up front with notes of chocolate and cherry. Some caramel and toffee in the middle with a finish of pine, grapefruit, and dark chocolate.
M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - Very, very nice. The combination of pungent hops and distinctly dark malt is superior to the anemic black ipas that only look dark.
09-11-2012 02:20:42 | More by nickfl
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
A: 1.5 finger off white head on a very dark body with some light getting through.
S: very hoppy with pine and grass predominantly with some tart citrus character as well. The roasted malts are very mild.
T: very nice roasted malt base which isn't too bitter or overwhelming for the hops. The hops are mostly pine and grassy, some floral which is different from the more earthy or citrus hopped black IPAs I am used too.
M: medium to full body and lighter side of medium carbonation. a touch dry late in the finish.
Overall: I like the hop character in combination with the malts. Neither dominate, both contribute nicely.
09-11-2012 02:19:56 | More by kylehay2004
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Served in a FW pint glass because apparently that's the en vogue thing to do these days. The beer is opaque and black, displaying a mountainous beige head that completely coats the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma offers roast, pine, and rye. Nicely done. The flavor brings piney hops with a slightly roasted malt bill. Alcohol presence is non-obtrusive. Beautiful chocolate notes linger in the finish. Without question one of the best examples of the style I have had. Recommended.
09-11-2012 00:26:53 | More by Huhzubendah
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Pours a solid black color with a huge creamy tan head that persists forever before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of hops, no really, piney citrus and resin with a hint of green onion. There's a faint roasty bready malt aroma that attempts to provide some balance but is really only there for show. The flavor hits with a hint of malt first. Caramel, bread, and chocolate are quickly pushed aside by a solid hit of citrus and resinous hop flavor. The chocolate comes back and lingers a bit in a sweet resinous finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Very nice India dark ale ale or hoppy porter, very tasty with great aroma I really enjoyed this!
09-10-2012 22:35:34 | More by johnnnniee
4.08/5 rDev -4%
Bottled on: 7/19/12
A: When poured aggresively, dark with a creamy coffee-like head that minimally stays
around through the duration of the drink. Nice
S: Wofts a roasty, coffee aroma with definite hints of pine.
T: Not too much rye, but a definite hint. Finishes with a citrusy, piney, hop taste. This tastes a lot lighter than it appears.
M: A little creamy, medium bodied feel. Would've liked it to be a little more full bodied.
O: It's a safe bet that anything Firestone Walker is going to be very good. This one doesn't deviate from that thought. Typically not a fan of Rye beers, but this one has a really good balance of Rye, hops, and everything else.
09-09-2012 03:03:31 | More by Justin_Neff
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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