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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,404 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,404
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 190
Gots: 376 | 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%

AdamP, Sep 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

CorneliusBunker, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JPortillo, Sep 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Brushkanna, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

cfh64, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Phillip_Collins1219, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ComRock12, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep deep brown in color with auburn highlights. Thin light tan head. Smells wonderful. Piney resinous hops. Roasted malt, touches of anise.

Great Black IPA. Piney and citric hops on the tip of the tongue roll into subdued yet balancing roasted chocolate and coffee malt. Touches of caramel on the very back end of the tongue. Spicy rye compliments the hop profile on the back end of the tongue but isn't overpowering. the rye plays a big part in clearing the palate the palate providing a very rare moment in the world of rye beer, amazing balance. While the rye is critical to the spicy taste of the beer, it still allows other flavors to come through. Very amazing.

big full mouth feel.

I normally dont like rye beer but this one uses other flavors to compliment the spicy notes of the rye rather than just let the rye be the only star of the show.

jtierney89, Sep 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jbertsch, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

TastyIsBeer, Sep 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Stevie_Janowski, Sep 01, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with ruby red highlights and a coffee colored head - very good lacing and great retention.

Big citrus notes in the nose - grapefruit & orange, backed by a nice floral bouquet and some cranberry.

Sweet orange and ruby red grapefruit up front balanced by bitter herb & grapefruit in the back. It all hangs on a heavy malt backbone with barley wine notes. As it warms dark fruit notes can be detected - currants.

Chickenhawk9932, Sep 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

coz, Aug 31, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on 7/19/12. Poured into my Orval chalice. 1/2 finger head that lingers for a little.

Appearance is dark caramel. Nice.

In the nose I get hints of caramel and lots of piney hops. Maybe some kind of roasted nuts. This seems interesting.

Taste is amazing. Sweet caramel up front, leads to slightly bitter aromatic hops, which linger until the back, at which point they vanish. Leaves a slight caramel taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not overly carbonated like some ABAs tend to be.

Overall, this is exceptional. Definitely better than Sublimely in my opinion. Must try if you haven't.

iwantsomerocks, Aug 31, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours like a lovely French roast coffee with a white sand head with big rocky bubbles. This beer is opaque and has velvet midnight black in the glass with an ever so slight hint of brown to suggest very dark chocolate, though there are some light carbonation bubbles working their ways up the sides. Lacing is thin but sticky and gorgeous like a complicated root system splaying out beneath a lovely fat ring of soil that surrounds the glass. The beer smells dank and tremendously fruity with fat mango, orange, pineapple and even some slight pine. This is the best fruity smell I can remember getting from any beer in a long time; it’s like a fruit salad in the hops aroma and I am absolutely digging it. Further whiffs suggest the tantalizing roasted coffee malts and dark chocolate below the hops. All the smells come together to overall remind me of a fruit salad lathered in dark chocolate and coffee. The smell alone has me salivating for this beer and upping my expectations tremendously. The beer’s taste loses a lot of that fruit and coffee, but that is not an entirely bad thing. Mango hops are still the dominant flavor for me with some nice side character fruit hops. The dark malts are very sideshow in the flavor, appearing mainly in the middle to provide some lovely creamy roasted flavoring before being flushed away by bitter, less-ripe fruit in the back and aftertaste. A ghost of the roasted chocolate flavor does dance on the fringes, in between the undulations of the fruit hops, but it is quite light. The rye spice is also a ghost in this taste, only slightly suggesting itself as the beer moves over the tongue and lingering a little to meld a spicy burn with the bitter burn. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and almost a touch watery. I kind of want a thicker beer too help bring more of the roasted malt flavor. The mouth is left with a good glaze of saliva and a fizzy, bitter-bitten tongue that is ready for more, if only in moderation. This beer is in between a sipper and a chugger, but I would suggest a more leisurely sip personally. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully for its 8%, with only the suggestion of a bite and burn hidden beneath the bitters. Overall this is a very nice example of the black ale style. Personally, I would love to see a little more malt action in a black ale, but this is very nice more IPA-based black. I also would have loved to see more rye action in this beer, but again the beer worked very well for what the brewer was going for. The smell of this beer is one of the best I have ever smelled, and has me dreaming of big hops and malts. This beer is definitely worthy of a sip and is quite enjoyable.

Maxwell, Aug 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jurbanik, Aug 30, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a teardrop shaped glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Wookey jack pours almost a solid black, with.just faint mahogany highlights shining through. Almost two fingers of bone colored head crown the beer. Retention is good and there's a fair bit og lacing left in its wake. The nose has a bit of dry coffee to it, and that's joined by a juicy pine and citrus aroma. The rye, which was undetectable in the nose, shows up in the flavor profile. It lends a spicy edge to the upfront coffee taste. The mid palate bitterness is fairly noticeable, and provides a nice transition into the finish. That close features a similar pine heavy/citrus light balance to the nose. It's just a little muted though. The body isn't quite bone dry, but it's definitely on the light side. The carbonation though could stand to be just a little more energetic. I've been conditioned to expect great beer from Firestone Walker, and Wookey Jack is no exception.

axeman9182, Aug 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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