Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
A- Appears black in low light, but has a brilliant ruby red glow when held up to direct light. Tall tan head that lasts, leaving sheets of lacing behind.
N- A dank explosion of pine needles and grapefruit rind hit you as soon as your nose gets near the glass. Deep layers of toasty, bready, biscuity malt emanate from underneath. A hint of roasted malt melds with the piney hops to create that unmistakable black IPA character. Some spicy rye comes out as the beer warms.
T- Incredible balance of flavors going on. Deep bready malt with some honey sweetness perfectly compliments the upfront piney, citrusy, slightly fruity hops. Some charred flavors cut the sweetness, but don't drown it out. The malt backbone continues to evolve with toasty, roasty, and biscuity notes popping out as the beer passes over the palate. Spicy rye blends with spiciness from the hops. The hop bitterness is firm but balanced, with pine sap and grapefruit pith melding with lightly bitter roasted malt. The beer dries out for a long finish of bready, biscuity malt, citrusy, fruity hops, bitter pine resin, some spice, and a touch of roast. Some slight alcohol warmth on the back end, which makes this a beer to be savored.
M- Medium-full mouthfeel, sticky, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.
O- This has to be my new favorite black IPA. The style is really hard to pull off, and Firestone does it with grace. Cheers to good beer!
08-12-2012 03:51:38 | More by KevinBrewer
4/5 rDev -5.9%
A good drinking bomber, spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid FW offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma.Significant grapefruit.
08-12-2012 03:47:53 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
This was a great pour. Pure black with some of the best retention and lacing I've seen. Taste profile is wonderfully complex. Very good mix of traditional black ale burnt flavors with a fairly hop forward taste too. Burnt malts transition smoothly into a subdued, yet up front hop profile that ends the drink with a clean bite. Creamy and not overly carbonated. Hides 8.3% ABV well, and is a tremendously sessionable beer.
08-11-2012 17:50:30 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip
A- Black with a three finger tan head.
S- Citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, rye, some chocolate and roasted malts.
T- Tons of citrus and grapefruit, rye, some chocolate, roasted malts, finish is piney hops with a nice bitter bite. There is a good amount going on here and it works together.
M- Smooth, medium body.
O- A solid beer worth the price tag. I will definitely pick this up again given the chance. I really like the rye thrown into the mix.
08-10-2012 23:19:44 | More by larryi86
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.
A- Pours a dark completely opaque black with about a finger of slightly creamy/bubbly mocha brown beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Decent carbonation. Nice layered lacing.
S- Nice citrus hops of pine, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A little bit of light chocolate and malts in the background, but definitely predominately citrus hops. Definitely above average aroma strength- smells great.
T- Nice citrus hops of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange balanced with light creamy chocolate and some dark malts. Finishes a little bit bitter but not too bitter. Very nice citrus aftertaste. Pine taste definitely comes out a little bit more towards the end.
M- Lightly creamy, easy to drink, smooth, abv very well hidden, nice carbonation. Feels great.
O- This is definitely one of the best black ales I've ever had (2nd only to HF Jimmy). Nice citrusy aromas/tastes mixed with light chocolate and dark malts all balanced with a nice lightly creamy easy to drink mouthfeel. Definitely very fresh and I'm very glad we finally got this in. I definitely recommend picking this one up- it's a great beer for the price ($7/22oz bomber).
08-10-2012 21:07:19 | More by jaasen64
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, pine, grapefruit, and citrus hops, rye, coffee, and bit of black licorice.
T - Starts off with grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some roasted chocolate malts and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, pint hops and more bitterness come through with some rye spiciness and coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and rye, with pine and grapefruit hops, bitterness, and some coffee.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasty, and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. I like the rye addition to the Black IPA and the balance is really spot on.
08-10-2012 05:39:03 | More by ngeunit1
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
poured from randy's firestone growler into my "epic dance parties" pint glass. thanks to my lovely wife for picking this one up for me on a recent trip to paso. Cheers!!!
a- this is quite a dark ipa. fades from khaki into a dark brown quickly before turning into a light black abyss. not much head on this one...but i did open this growler day before yesterday so thats to be expected.
s- i mean, i get the strong pine hops up front, but those hops are almost dominated by a strong roasted malt. definitely picking up some toasted cardamon/coriander seeds in the finish. actually, now that i think about it im getting the rye much more than the hops...which i was not expecting.
t- oh now is the hops time to shine. piney fresh forest hops!!! really fresh tasting with lots of hop bitterness. fresh grapefruit, orange zest, grassy. what a fun beer!!!
m- resiny and palate coating. even though this beer is on its second day in the growler it has lost none of its potency.
o- a real winner. i love this beer! arguably one of the best ryepa's out there right now for sure. beautiful balance. what a wookie!!!
08-09-2012 08:41:29 | More by edproctor
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
Sevred on tap in tumbler at Track 84
App: dark mahogany, half inch foam, thin lacing throughout
Smell: piney hop underlied by charcoal and black toast, herbal, medicinal
Taste: compared to the Revival black ale I had yesterday, not quite there for me. Piney bitter hop profile, resinous, oily, malt character is medium, not bad, roasted coffee beans
Mouthfeel: crisp, semi dry and tongue tingling bite from good carbonnation
Overall: I like it. I've had better and not much worse. It lacks a palate balancing malt sweetness to offset the bitter hoppiness. I would have it again though
08-08-2012 20:31:51 | More by chimaylvr
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout that billowed nicely. the body was a dark black color.
s - big piney hops.
t - complex flavors here of pine, rye, and roasted chocolate.
m - creamy and slick.
o - whew, this is good. i really dig this style and this is one of the best i've had.
08-07-2012 14:17:36 | More by GPHarris
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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