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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,194
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 174
Gots: 301 | FT: 9
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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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with a couple friends. Poured brown with a light tan head and had a big, juicy aroma. Seriously, this reminds me of sweetened tropical fruit punch. Of course, there's also a spicy roasted edge to the aroma.

The taste is well balanced between hops, rye, and barley. Surprisingly well balanced. So many black IPAs are all hops, or not enough. And so few rye beers actually have a discernible rye character. But this beer has a healthy portion of each element.

Upfront is that same juicy pineapple hops hit. Then as the spicy rye and roasted barley roll in, so does a spicier citrus hops mix. Damn that's tasty. The body is a little lighter for an 8%+ beer and the semi-dry peppery finish, makes this almost too drinkable. Find this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:30:46 | More by tempest
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-04-2012 21:00:22 | More by danipp
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small carbonation bubbles rise up in the beer during the entire drink down. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a roasty and hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with a very nice balance between roast and hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 03:54:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-04-2012 03:18:03 | More by kuhndog
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a tulip glass.

Wookie came to me looking to me black in the glass, saying drink me. The liquid is a deep black with small brown edges on the edge. A nice cream colored head that is a nice inch with nice retentionand stick, clings down the glass. Smell is very bright with citrus hop scent, a nice dose of chocolate, some roast and a bit of perfume. The hops do shine with vigor, with a nice floral/tropic display. Taste is tropic up front swindled by the chocolate malt. There is a nice rye component here that strays this from the big black IPA pack. I don't know, im not a big fan of the style, but this seems a bit different and flavorful. A nice build with not a heaping of alcohol, 10oz's is plenty for me though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 02:34:32 | More by BARFLYB
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-03-2012 19:21:43 | More by jwat
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

07-03-2012 19:13:31 | More by brez8791
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with big tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. Strong citrus with light roasted and herbal aromas. Orange rind and spice finish, brown sugar sweetness with roasty bittering linger and herbal notes. Light bittering linger. Thin feel with good carbonation and light bite.

Great balance of flavors. First black IPA that wasn’t over roasty. A fantastic blend of flavors that’s more subdued than other pioneers of the style. However, I would call it a more refined flavor with the rye and complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:47:27 | More by Bfarr
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-02-2012 21:29:42 | More by vr6corrado
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-01-2012 16:54:39 | More by BCross
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-01-2012 01:55:05 | More by 2beerdogs
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-30-2012 16:13:51 | More by DeezGunz14
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Cap was slightly rusted.

A: More than two fingers of tan head rise creamy above an opaque, almost-black beer. Incredible retention, great lace, and impressive darkness.

S: Very nice hops. Spicy, piny Amarillo. Turns strangely and faintly metallic after my first sip...

T/M/O: Interesting. Darker, chalkier, chocolatier than expected. Perhaps this is the "wookey dust," haha. Otherwise, a dense, smooth, balanced IPA. The Citra works excellently, providing a sweeter-tinged citric bite, tropical fruit, and lingering pine. Perfect hop, perfect addition. The rye malt adds an fascinating component to the overall malt base, which is otherwise dominated by the black malt. Overall, excellent.

Malts: Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Dash of Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat from Briess, De-Bittered Black Malt (Weyermann - Germany/Patagonia malting - Chile), Dash of Wookey dust
Hops: German Magnum (bittering), Citra & Amarillo (flavor/aroma and double dry-hopped)

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 03:22:06 | More by AgentMunky
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-29-2012 09:18:37 | More by Devi0us
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-29-2012 01:16:22 | More by bhir
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-28-2012 21:55:42 | More by kylefurlong
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4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip

Brought from California myself, its a fresh one!

A - Deep dark black with maybe a shade of brown. Light is consumed within the Wookey. Huge bubbly tan head. THICK and clingy. Drink me for the eyes.

S - Pine, roasted malt, hints of rye. Perhaps a smidge of citrus. Big lovely nose. Drink me for the nose.

T - Here goes; Oh my thats a nice blend of styles. Hops on the front, fresh and bitter...followed by a perfect blending of the rye malt...that in turn gives way to the looked for hops at the end. Perfect balance IMHO. Drink me!

M - Big carbonation but it (shocker) is the ideal amount to carry the flavor across the palate. Coats but not cloying, finishes clean and crisp. Mmmm.

O - FW is really becoming my go-to brewer lately and Wookey only furthers that path. Ideally balanced beer (as are most of theirs), refreshing, complex and just DAMN good. Find it, trade for it, just get it. Move over Stone, FW now has the best black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 01:07:03 | More by Momar42
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into DFH snifter.
Really glad this made it to Buffalo.

A- Exceptionally dark brown pour, bordering black. Two finger soapy off white head that quickly drops to a thin cap. Lacing is remarkable.

S- Hop bitterness is a wonderful mash of pine and citrus. The rye adds a super spiciness that I've become increasingly drawn towards. There is a touch of dark roasted coffee and a bit of char in the mix.

T- A huge wave of everything comes at you all at once. Spice from the rye and floral bitterness, dark malts and coffee roast than finishing with a citrus hop bitterness. Slightly dry finish.

M- Thin bodied, good carbonation, slightly chewy.

O- Very good, the bitterness is there but I've had much more potent ABA's. The rye adds a lot of character which is always a plus.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 00:41:28 | More by korguy123
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is terrific...skunky pine heaven into my nostrils. The taste follows suit with as juxtaposition of dark toffee malts against bright lemon-lime pine. Some rye spice rounds out the deal. Medium in the mouth with moderate drying. This is a very unusual black ale due to the interesting hop varietals.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 21:45:31 | More by TCgoalie
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-26-2012 04:38:33 | More by SageO
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-26-2012 03:38:44 | More by alwaysanswerb
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-26-2012 02:40:13 | More by TXhomebrewer
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at the new FW taproom in Paso Robles.

A: Beautiful black with brown & auburn highlights. The head dissipates as I nurse this beer, but it leaves a delicate lace that clings to the side of the glass as a constant reminder throughout my enjoyment.

N: Roasted grains and rye sit up front with a touch of citrus and melon (honey dew and barely ripe cantaloupe).

T/M: The body follows the nose on this beer, with really no surprises. The subtle roasted malt flavors are well complemented by the hop flavors of bitterness and citric/melon fruitiness. The mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, which I believe allows the hop flavors to shine a bit more. This beer is crisp and refreshing, a great summer time dark ale.

I believe that this recipe may have changed a bit since I reviewed the growler a couple months back. The rye seems much more evident now, which is both good and bad. The hop aromas are slightly muted as a result, but it is fun to have the spice of the rye show through a tad more. Well done to FWBC!

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 01:20:16 | More by peacebone116
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-25-2012 00:32:54 | More by ithinkimasofa
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3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Wet mint, moss, semi-sweet chocolate. Some fresh pine. Hints of blood orange, clean charcoal, raisin.

T: Pretty much straight-up IPA at first, juicy blood orange, fresh pine. After a second, a touch of clean charcoal comes through. Middle is heaps of barely sweetened caramel as well as more clean dark roasted charcoal and some chocolate. Decent levels of lemon/pine oiliness. Hints at rye spiciness, which is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden, adding just a touch of dryness to a very balanced brew in terms of the sweet-bitter axis. Fairly thin. Finish has decent cocoa and lingers with dry, smooth charcoal and pine/blood orange.

Notes: Overall a nicely balanced brew that, for me, doesn't quite coordinate the roast and hoppiness but is very drinkable, reasonably refined, and nicely hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 21:58:20 | More by 4000qtrap
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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