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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,434
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 199
Gots: 389 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

brn9000, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

Figured I'd give this guy a try alongside some other tastiness at Fountainhead. It pours a dark ruby-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit rind, and a kiss of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit really coming in stronger and being joined by what seems to be some lime zest. The result, though, comes across as clashing, with the roasty and hoppy factions unwilling to give ground or work together. It's not an altogether awful clash, but it's certainly bloody enough. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a generally solid black IPA, but one whose clashing flavors just don't fully do it for me.

TMoney2591, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

agaloco9, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

crobinso, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

LiquorsInc, Oct 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

rkcrozier, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

TequilaTom, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ChrisL24481, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles around the side of the glass.

S - Strong pine resin hop presence with rye and roasted malt undertones.

T - Big piney and grapefruit hops followed by a sugary sweetness, rye and light notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D - Great example of the style. Very tasty.

brewcrew76, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

nquigley16, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Gerasimos, Oct 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

steamboatbrewer, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of aranheaney
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stone nonic pint glass:

(Been enjoying everything the good folks at Firestone Walker do, this is amazing!!!)

A-Jet black with toffee head that hangs out and nice lacing

S-Excellent IPA with malt and rye on the back end

T-Follows the nose, but goes to another level


O-A great, great beer, if you can, go out and get it...

aranheaney, Oct 13, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately the "bottled on" field on the bottle was all black, no text. Purchased at Kraig's Kegs in Oneida, NY. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Moderately aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of light tan head with great retention. Opaque black/dark brown liquid. Good looking brew, love the head!
S: Bright citrus, pine, intense esters are a bit aggressive and bring the enjoyment down. The modest roast character is appreciated.
T: Much more balanced towards malt than the aroma indicates. Not as hoppy as I would like either. Very tasty nonetheless. Second sip was hoppier than the first. Good chocolate and vanilla. Alomst an American porter rather than a ABA. A tad of licorice is hinted at in the finish. Only negative is the lacking hoppiness/not fully true to style.
M: Very nicely balanced, though a tad warm. Not as bitter as I like my ABAs.
D: Very tasty. Nicely balanced. I would buy again, and despite it's variance, I'll still put it in the top 25% of ABAs for it's drinkability.

dfillius, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

CB2maltygoodness, Oct 13, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with over one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very honest hops qualities ring out, smelling like new pellets in their hermetically-sealed bag. Lush pine, orange citrus, and overarching greenness are all present. A dark earthy aura hovers just off the main stage. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with coarse herbaceous hops, surprisingly bready malt, and aggressive acidity. Fruit is restrained but juicy and citrusy, with remarkable intensity and duration. Real darkness develops late, finishing with coffee-laced bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A really accomplished black IPA, with a hops-focused profile that, while not exotic, is brutally-awesomely honest in the nose. One might argue that it lacks representation of dark malt, but that person must not like hops.

beagle75, Oct 13, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wookey pours a deep deep brown but one can also see some garnet highlights below the tall beige head. The head is dense and pocketed with large bubbles. Some good sticky lacing is left behind.

Aroma is quite hoppy, in the citrus/floral vein. Malts have a very slight roasted smell. Perhaps even spicy rye.

In the taste the first thing I noticed, really slapped in the face, was the bitterness. Quite bitter. Hops have a mild citrus taste but are light and understated. Malts balance and hoist the hops well.
Since there is rye malts in the brew I was expecting some spiciness but couldn't find any. Roasted malts sutle and are complementory and not overpowering.
The feel of the beer I think is the weak point. It was smooth and soft but almost to the point of being flat. It weighted heavy on the palette and drink semi bitter. Had the mouthfeel of a Guiness.

Overall it's good. I like the way the roasted malts were sutle and complementory and understated, not overpowering. Some BIPA's are borderline porters and stoudts in my opinion, not that that,s a bad thing.

micromaniac129, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Rideguy64, Oct 13, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely black in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that reduced to a soapy cap and left ample sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrussy hop aromas with roasted malt and coffee aromas fighting through in the background. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with dense, rich carbonation. Pungent citrus hop flavors up front and into the middle with a tangy hop bite. Dark and burnt roasted malt flavors emerge below the citrus hop intensity to the end. Finishes with a combination bitter hop and burnt malt aftertaste. The intense hop and dark roasted malt aromas and flavors are in competition here. The bitter hoppiness shows through more but the roaated malt character seems to intensify the hop character even more. An exceptional black IPA.

IronLover, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

bubseymour, Oct 12, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-walnut. Oily texture on the pour. Big beige head that retains very well and leaves excellent lacing,

S - Pine, roasted malts, vanilla, hazelnut.

T - Wow, very interesting. Enters the mouth tasting like a cream stout, turns into a pine-laden East Coast IPA, and finishes with a boozy oaky-chocolate hoppiness. Really cool, interesting flavor profile. I like it a lot. The phases are very clear and distinct and the transition to each is smooth and deliberately executed as it comes to craft.

M - Medium to full bodied. Appropriately carbonated. Hops linger on the lower palette.

D - A sneakygood beer. I've never had a beer from this brewing company, but this first showing from them is nothing short of excellent. This is a GOOD beer and I would absolutely recommend it.

jmerloni, Oct 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Hopblooded52, Oct 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

ystazi, Oct 11, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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