Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a rich, deep brown with a wonderful two finger khaki head that slumps down to leave lots of sticky, thick side lacing as it remains a finger thick.
S - Aromas of roasted malts and light pine pop on this one. I'd like it a bit roastier.
T - Taste is nice, a fair amount roastier than the nose. That said, I'd like more roasted malts on this. There are faint chocolate notes, as well as a decent pine flavour throughout and a finish that isnt too bitter. The rye comes into play, fleating in and out with nice subtle spice.
M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Slightly creamy, no ABV at all. Smooth and delicious.
O - Overall this was a rather enjoyable Black ale. great appearance and mouthfeel really is what makes this go from a "not bad" to a "would buy again".
08-26-2012 01:05:47 | More by rudzud
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
Doopie pimped this beer all summer, so I had to pick one up when I saw it a Premiere Gourmet in NY.
From a bomber into a snifter
Black Rye IPA
APPEARANCE: Comes out like a porter. A brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full, bubbly wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains leacing some lacing the whole way down. Looks very nice.
SMELL: Dark malts, caramel notes, and piles of citrus and piney hops. Lots of grapefruit, lemon and orange, with some notes of pineapple. Very bold and enticing.
TASTE: Follows the nose. Dark malts and caramel up front, then lots of bitter, piney hops at the swallow. Bolder finish of caramel, melon sweetness, citrus, grapefruit, and piney hop bitterness lingers nicely. This is very much a DIPA with a touch of dark malts. Really tasty stuff, but if could be more "black" for the style.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not quite as creamy as hoped, slightly prickly going down and finishes a touch dry on the palate. A bit of heat lingers as well. Decent enough, but a creamier, smoother feel would help quite a bit.
OVERALL: This was really, really nice. Lots of hop flavor, though the "black" part of the Black Ale, namely the dark malts and light roasted flavors, didn't quite come through. A better feel would have helped showcase what was there a little better as well. Nevertheless, I"m very glad I had a chance to try this enjoyable beer, or Doopie would have held it over my head for months. Cheers!
08-24-2012 19:18:50 | More by Jeffo
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a khaki head a half inch tall. Dark brown/black body. Great head retention and lacing.
Rye spice on the nose, roasty. Diggin it.
Roasted malts a first, big time rye from the middle on. Good hop prescence plays well with the rye aspect.
Thicker mouthfeel for the style I feel. Smooth. Adequate carbonation.
What a great beer. Very very hard to find any faults in Wookey Jack. From the appearance to the mouthfeel, near perfection. Best FW I've had yet.
08-24-2012 01:26:45 | More by Duff27
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
22oz, no date.
Pours very dark, almost black. Some floaties. Great head, epic lacing. (4)
Nose is hoppy but not overpowering. Citra character is apparent with its half pungent/funky and half tropical/citrus. Not much roast in the nose. (3.5)
Flavor is excellent. Supremely balanced between the dark malts and bright American hops. I've had a lot of beers in this style, and they're either shredders with the hops or too roasty and malty to be considered American Black Ale. Wookey Jack might be the standard bearer for the style. Spicy rye flavor is a great addition, and lightens the body considerably, I feel. The 8%ABV is hardly noticeable, until you've finished your first glass. Dry, with a resinous medium mouthfeel. (4.5, 4)
I'm very impressed with this beer. Highly drinkable and balanced. The rye malts are a key component. (4.5)
08-23-2012 22:13:29 | More by dasenebler
4.48/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance: Dark brown with some nice clarity around the edges, creamy beige head - fades to a little cap, leaves some lacing
Smell: Very intriguing - nicely hoppy with citrus, pine, and some great floral notes - tangerine and ruby red grapefruit flesh, on the sweet side of citrus with some light tropical notes, like pineapple, and some pine - nicely balanced with the malts - roasty and slightly burnt - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate - some rye aroma in the background, works very well with the sweetness
Taste: Nicely balanced, particularly for the style - malts are roasty with some unexpected depth - some caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate - rye bread with some slight rye spiciness - lightly sweet, works with the roasted character - average level of bitterness with some fruity hops - grapefruit, orange, and tangerine flesh - juicier than the usual offerings from Firestone Walker
Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, creamy, nicely carbonated, oddly drinkable
Overall: One of the best of the style, at least thus far
This greatly exceeded expectations. As much as I love Firestone Walker, I am not particularly enamored with some of their hoppy beers; I usually find them too herbal/spicy/earthy. Yet somehow, despite the fact that this involves rye, the hop profile is juicy, which nicely balances with the roasty malts. This is one of the best black IPAs I have encountered.
08-23-2012 05:16:08 | More by angrybabboon
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Big thanks to ariech for this bottle!
Poured from the 22oz bottle into my Great Lakes snifter
A- Pours a nice dark cola with a 1 finger head that sticks around nicely
S- Definitely some dark malts here (chocolate/coffee) beside the awesome fruity hops that makes this the best smelling BPA I've ever came across
T- Excellent. Unlike other black ales that hit you with hops in the front and malts in the back (mullet style) Wookey Jack blends both in a flavor you have to taste to believe. Tons of fruity and piney hops working together with the dark malts from the nose to make a very balanced Black Ale
M- Like the taste it's incredibly balanced with smoothness that leads into a finishing prickly feeling from the carbonation
O- What is there to say? Phenomenal black ale and a treat at any time
08-23-2012 01:54:12 | More by pschul4
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
22oz bottle, super excited to try this one! Poured the entire bottle into my 25oz snifter, and the aroma is out of this world already and I didn't even attempt to smell it yet! Pours a deep, deep chestnut color - near black. Foamy beige head fades, leaving some lace. Aromas are huge with dank, sweet, floral hops filling the nose with pine, anise and ripened fruit in there as well. Tastes are complex and spot on for balance with notes of roasted malt, anise, grapefruit zest, pine, spicy rye, nice juicy hop flavors. Body is medium and resiny, finishes bitter and semi-dry. Overall, this was just awesome. One of the best beers I've ever tried. Pick one up if you can get it.
Edit: make sure it's as fresh as possible. I bought a 5mo old bomber at a very discounted price of $2.29 and it wasn't as good.
08-22-2012 11:48:09 | More by barnzy78
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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