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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 191
Gots: 380 | FT: 8
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%

brentblack1, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Holland glass. Appearance is jet black with brown at the edges. Tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. The nose features lots of rye up front followed by subtle bitter chocolate and a nice bouquet of herbal hops. The rye is king here, very forward and present with notes of caramel hanging underneath. The taste matches the nose well with more of a roasty emphasis. The hops are also more present on the flavor as well as there is quite a bitter punch to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy somewhat hefty body. Overall, this is one of the best American Black Ales I have experienced. The rye works really well with the whole profile. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, definitely worth a try.

homebrew311, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a big tan head and good lacing

S-very citrusy, pine, roasted malt, spices

T-grapefruit, pine, roasted grains, hints of caramel, anise and a nice bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol,well-balanced

O-Really enjoyed this black ale from F-W, a nice balance of flavors

MDDMD, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

KCM, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

hays99, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

RoryOMoore, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of jsh5771
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jsh5771, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

nheinzie57, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich cola exit from the bottle appears pitch black in the vessel. A rocky solid foam beach-sand head is resilent in its stay. Seriously its not going anyway anytime soon with a generous topping til the end of the drink and a spongey cake lacing on most of the glass.

S: Toasty rye crust, and piney-cola with green hops on the nose, mmm.A soft hint of anise comes with an overall good level of awareness.

T: The flavor is peppercorns, spicy dry cola, anise with some rosemary piney hops. Smooth burbon-cola alcohol and warm pine hop finish. Words are at a lost to describe how good the flavor all comes together here.

M: Oily slicky mouthful, medium bodied, peppery, spicy, dry rye hold with a nice bite of anise coming on the swallow. Spicy warmth on the inner cheeks of burbon-cola mix.

O: Overall exceptionally smooth drinkability, big time rye flavor with a perfect balance of cascadian ale balance of piney hops. Honestly few reviews could do this justice with words alone, trust the overall rating. Wookey Jack is all that.

beerthulhu, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Lordkrystic, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with reddish tint with 2 finger foam

S: Floral hops, citrous, caramel malt, quite nice!

T: Follows the nose. It's hoppy but not overly hoppy. Some dark fruit notes. Very well balanced with malt backbone. Rye doesn't come through super strong but it's present.

M: Good amount of carbonation, creamy and smooth.

O: Another excellent beer from FW.

sukwonee, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Chugger, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A big burst of citrus and pine. Subtle spice and a roasted quality to it overall.

(T)- A nice burst of citrus and pine. It slowly flows then into subtle roasty grains.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great combo of citrus and subtle roasted grains.

(O)- A solid to great black IPA; a solid example of the style.

sweemzander, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of thedoubler55
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark plack color, with a nice off white two finger head at the top, that leaves some nice lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Strong hop notes up front, with some chocolate and espresso in the nose as well.

T: A very unique taste, a bit of cherry and chocolate up front, and at the tail end a bit of espresso and grapefruit.

M: Not to thick, moderate carbonation and a slick sweet taste at the end.

D: I enjoyed this brew very much, very unique. A great tasting beer with hops and thickness made the perfect combination.

thedoubler55, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

KJabo, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of mattbk
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, some ruby color coming through when held out to light. Nice frothy rich head, light tan.
S - Orange, grapefruit rind, some light roast undertone, maybe a bit peachy even, pine. Very nice, not overpowering though. There is some rye coming through in aroma.
T - Yeah, this is pretty good, the grapefruit coming in more in the taste, that subtle roast is still there. Searching for rye, it may be doing more for mouthfeel, it is taking backseat to hops in this beer. The alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering, just some slight heat going down. Bitterness present, but taking backseat to hop flavor, which is a signature of FW beers. Very well balanced.
M - The mouthfeel is excellent on this beer, and this is where the rye shines through. Creamy, maybe medium-full, and accentuates a bready malt character that complements the hop taste.
D - Really like this beer. The best black IPA I have tasted, I'd put it above SSR by Stone. I might even put it above Double Jack; what it loses in drinkability, it more than makes up for in complexity.

mattbk, Sep 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

ffOpusx, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Auracom
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased from Whole Foods. 8 oz. served in my FFF Rastal on September 12th, 2012.

A - Befitting of the style. Pours a deep hazy black, with a soft creamy medium khaki head. Good retention, lacing. Light alcohol legs.

S - Big pine sap, underneath toasted almonds, light honey, brown sugar, rye bread. Good spice. Very little tropical fruit from what I gather.

T - Combination of espresso and pine bitterness. The rye didn't show up here as I'd hoped, but I still sense some spicey undertones. There is definitely a sweet note I wouldn't attribute to any non-black IPA. It's as if a porter was slightly blended in.

M - Medium body, appropriate carbonarion, semi-dry finish.

D - More memorable than you'd think. Hits the nail on the head for the style.

Auracom, Sep 24, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker colored fluffy head that continues to rise to almost 2 fingers before slowly biding back with lots of lacing, very dark almost pitch black beer.

Nose dominates with hops, some citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, little earthy, with some fruity and spicy rye, with a bit of malts behind bringing a light caramel and fluffy nougat, hint of chocolate and roast.

Taste come more malt forward at first, fluffy caramel nougat again, little roast and chocolate, similar profile to the nose. Hops are not far behind, nice earthy spicy hops, not of pine, light citrus, fairly bitter with a light spicy rye character as well. A hint of booze warms the palette. Finish is drier but slightly sticky sweet, more warming booze, little rye and dark crystal almost roasty malts, more spicy pine hops.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, a bit rich, nice carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall nice, a lot going on with nice hops, dark malts, not too roasty or astringent, decent hops typical for the style, but no matter how good they are, all those flavors just don't seem like they should.

jlindros, Sep 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Schwillis, Sep 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BeerOps, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Mazarate, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of C20Percent
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: First thing first -- maybe the bubbliest head I've seen on a brew. Big and bubbly and tan. The body pours a dark dark brown -- almost black color. You can't see through this beer, but there are some bubbles in the body near the edge of the glass. Preliminary lacing is pretty good. Solid appearance.

S: This is the hoppiest Black (Rye) IPA I've ever smelled. Super solid. So solid. It's like getting the best of a citrusy/piney hop with a roasted malt / toasted grain aroma. If I was blindfolded I'd think IPA for sure. Maybe the littlest bit of chocolate in the back. This definitely deserves a 5.

T: First thing I notice is the finish is thicker and chocolately than I'm used to in a regular IPA. Very unique. A lot of complexity in the flavor. A sure mix of hops and roasted malts having a karate fight -- each one wants to shine. No sip is like the other. One sip is all hops. The next sip the malts take over. Really is fantastic, though. Hops really shine at first, the finish is dominated by the malts. Really good tasting brew.

M: Medium body brew, but I'm find the body change consistency the longer you let the beer linger in your mouth. I imagine the brew will get thicker as it warms. Great carbonation -- no worries there. Some interesting chewiness that brings out the hops, then the malts, and then a warm alcohol -- almost whiskey like. Not a velvety feel -- a little rough, but there are so many positives in this brew that I don't think the feel will stand out as lackluster. Solid feel.

O: You gotta try this brew. The hops are really killer. I'm not a huge Black IPA guy, but this blew my mind. Not much more to say -- it's all above. Great overall beer.

C20Percent, Sep 23, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) in color. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very subtle notes of roasted malts with very strong aromas of hops - there are pine/resin hops that dominate with some lighter influences of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Very nicely balanced since there is a presence of roasted malts and lots of hops but the beer is not overly bitter. The beer starts with light flavors of roasted malts with a much stronger presence of pine/resin hops and lighter citrus/orange rind hops. There are light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Great example of the style (American Black Ale/Black IPA) with only the subtle notes of the roasted malts and the stronger presence of hops flavors and aromas. Very enjoyable, glad I finally got the chance to try this one after the fiasco of this being distributed in NJ.

dbrauneis, Sep 23, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.