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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,734 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,734
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 216
Gots: 496 | FT: 12
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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Photo of bozodogbreath
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jmaharaj
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really good. My two favorite beers are IPAs and stouts, yet I've never been a fan of Black IPAs. It usually seems like an odd mash up where roast just awkwardly falls into hop. This is well crafted and cohesive.
A deep brown beer with a light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving lazy sparse couds of foam. Smells wonderful with everything promised hitting the nose instantly.The hops hint at tropical, the rye is sharp and spicy, and the dark malt says charcoal. Nothing dominant, nothing drowned.
A little sweeter than expected, which works well. I cant really pinpoint the sweetness or its source but it carries the burnt malt into the hop finish so that dry and bitter is featured instead of exhausted. No single element dominates but all have their say, you taste the roasted malt but quickly get mango and papaya from the hops.
Medium body and average carbonation serves this beer well. Easily the best Black IPA ive had, although do I have to consider it in its own category- Black Rye IPAs? For now, until somebody does it even close to as well, this is the Black IPA.

Photo of ediaz
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ludachris
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only when held directly to the light does its seemingly black body give way to a deep chestnut brown. The head that is left on top is frothy and thick, coating the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.

The scent of hops are what jump out first, and rightfully so considering the style. They’re rich and earthy, piney and sappy. Fresh green peppers come to mind. Soft notes of wood and roast and a touch of dark chocolate are located beneath its hoppy facade. The rye isn’t overstated but does impart a pleasant spiciness to the nose. This is both aromatic and complex and I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan already.

Lively green peppers and pine needles give a fresh zing to the raw wood and earthy character that lies beneath. A dash of cocoa powder is sprinkled on top and adds a touch of sweetness near the finish. The higher abv helps to accentuate the earthy and piney bitterness that extends into the finish. The rye gives a clean overall spiciness to the taste that compliments the hop character.

A tad thinner than I had anticipated but not off-putting. The body still carries a nice weight to it and has a subtle creamy feel that the spicy character cuts into. The only indication of its alcohol content is the warming feel it leaves in the chest. For such a big beer in terms of the style and abv, this is very clean and balanced.

Wookey Jack is the first offering I’ve had from Firestone Walker and I can begin to understand why they are regarded so highly on this site. The fresh green pepper hop character reminded me of Hill Farmstead’s Society and Solitude #2 that I was lucky enough to sample. A very well crafted beer in my opinion which leaves me looking forward to the next offering I have from them.

Photo of hctap00
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Thick tan head lingers and sticks to the glass. Very nice.

Piney and herbal hops up front. A bit of alcohol. Then some malt sweetness and maybe even from fruity esters. No, definitely some dark fruit aroma as it warms.

Keeps improving as it warms beyond what I thought would be ideal temp. Hops hit the palate first. Very refreshing. Herbal and piney again. Malt lets you know its a "black" IPA, but is not too much of a factor. Not much roasted malt. A bit of sweetness through the middle. Then I get fruity flavors, maybe fig? Could use a more prevalent and complex malt bill. Then the hops return, carry through the finish, and linger. Still getting the esters in the finish as well, maybe too much.

Very creamy. Maybe from the rye? Can feel it lining the insides of my mouth still.

My initial disappointment quickly turned into satisfaction. Exactly what I was hoping for from this beer. More subtle than a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, which is a good thing. Recommend this one for sure.

Photo of samturner
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a black amber streaked hue with a one finger off white head.

The smell featured piney hops and toasted malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted malt that have way to waves of piney malts and finished with a soft caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and exceptionally toasty black IPA.

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mbonugli
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Sqweekers
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of joecast
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin brown head. Looks more like a brown ale, considerably lighter than most. Leaves some nice lacing.

Pungent hops. Classic pine and grapefruit. Some light coffee/roast.

Wonderful balance of bitterness, hop flavor, malt sweetness and a touch of spicy rye. Really think they hit the rye sweet spot in this beer. Fantastic.

Sadly I have only the one bottle. Right up there for black ales and another winner from FW.

Photo of wbumgarner
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of VeganBrewz
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first glass from the bomber I'd purchased poured a deep, nutty brown and had the viscosity of thinned-down maple syrup. Silky and totally black in the glass, with about a finger of dense, dark tan head that fades to a thin film of bubbles and leaves light, sticky lacing that follows the beer down the glass as you drink.

The Amarillo and Citra are really on display in the nose - an immediate burst of grapefruit emerges followed by dark fruit, caramel malt sweetness and slight bitterness as it warms.

Taste is pretty close to the nose - big, bright grapefruity citrus up front with some burnt-coffee acidity and deep roasty malt character, finished with nice, crisp hoppy bitterness. The initial citrus fades quite a bit as the beer warms, and the malt and acidity become the primary flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with sharp carbonation tingle lingering, slightly bitter alcohol finish.

Overall, this is a really well designed beer. I'm newish to black ipas/cascadian dark ales/etc but I'm constantly amazed at the things that various brewers are able to pull off within the style, and this one is no exception. Firestone has a great brewmaster on their roster and it shows.

Photo of AnthonyVincent
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Hopmarc
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of hansenme
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of flyersfan900
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,734 ratings.