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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,165
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 170
Gots: 288 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

06-22-2012 20:45:07 | More by gleemonger
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolate-brown head. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is some roasted barley malt, piney hops and some general earthiness.

T: More roasty than usual for an American Black Ale, but that's balanced nicely with citrusy and piney hops. Then, lingering on the palate in the aftertaste I get some roasted coffee beans. A touch of rye spiciness is there as well, giving this a slightly different taste than you usually get with an ABA - I'm not really getting any chocolate, for instance, but still I'm liking the malt profile.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest. Finishes semi-dry.

O: Good stuff. Closer to the "hoppy Porter" territory than most ABAs, but I'm good with that.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 19:11:01 | More by Kendo
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-21-2012 16:32:13 | More by marshmeli
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Can't remember who contributed this, but cheers. 650ml into a snifter.

Dark brown in body, almost black with a dirty tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has some notable citrus hop aromas and pine, some sweetness, but spicy rye and roast notes are notable. Great interplay of dark malts, rye, roast, chocolate and citrus hops on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium full, roasty and moderately bitter. A really solid rye black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 15:21:44 | More by liamt07
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at the Paso Robles BevMo.
Tasted on 06-17-12

A: The Wookey pours a super dark brown color gilded with a thick dirty tan head. Superb retention that pockets out slowly residing to a small cap leaving some nice sudsy cling.

S: Smells of big piney hops convoyed with grapefruit peel and a dash of garden herbs. Aromas transform into smoky dark malts. A very nice clean and crisp nose with some juicy hops at play.

T: Tastes of coffee roast malts with equal parts citrus fruit that surprisingly do not clash with one another. Orange flesh accompanies some very earthy resin laden pine. Burnt sugars. Real nice upper level of bitterness and a touch of alcohol detectable. Rye is pretty subtle and may even be a bit lost on me but not to say this is anything negative. Probably contributing more to the mouthfeel here. Another solid offering from Firestone. I think Stone’s SSR still remains my fav in the Black IPA department but this one is good contender.

M: Moderately sized body this Wookey has. Good creamy mouthfeel on it with some acrid moments and a bit of a wetter finish there.

D: Overall just a really well done Black IPA and about what I have come to expect from F-W. Not just a blackened version of Double Jack but something rather unique and tasty in itself.

Wish I had another one right now actually.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 13:50:15 | More by Nugganooch
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-21-2012 04:34:02 | More by bsimms
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz, into my Founders tulip.

A - Beautiful beer. Sits in the glass a nice black color with a very nice desert sand beige head. Light only gets through on the edges. Surprising too, as this one poured a stream of a cola like color. Lacing like a champ.

S - Citrus, roasty malt notes and a slight hint of bbq smoke. This is a great aroma, I just wish it were more pungent. Not one note steals the show, they all work together very well.

T - Citrus up front followed by the smokiness I had in the aroma. It buttons off at the end with the roasted malt note. On the bitter end for sure, but it's not overpowering.

M - Thinner, but appropriate I think. With this big of beer, a little more thickness wouldn't hurt.

O - Extremely solid brew from FW, once again. This one sits behind Stone Escondidian in the category, but not by much. And that's saying a lot, as Stone's was a truly remarkable brew. Firestone does good once again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:04:50 | More by DevilsCups
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-20-2012 15:09:33 | More by rdell17
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-20-2012 06:52:20 | More by brentusaurus
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info on the label despite a spot for a date. Poured in to FW snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of bubbly light brown head. Spotty lacing.

S - Mix of citrus hop aromas, roast and spicy rye. The background adds some lighter chocolate notes.

T - Grapefruit and pine up front accompany a sharp bitterness. The middle adds roasted malts, chocolate a nice spiciness form the rye malts.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonatoin.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:39:08 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-20-2012 00:52:08 | More by phishphorce
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-19-2012 13:47:14 | More by DWarcher
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-19-2012 02:07:23 | More by ShemRahBoo
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at Churcheky, decent black ale but a little too roasty. Beer is brown and hazy with a nice tan head fo small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is piny and roasty.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the finish, it is only mildly bitter and has this nutty roasty bitterness at the backend. It is pretty enjoyable but I was hoping for more hops based on the description.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 01:26:07 | More by drabmuh
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-18-2012 14:42:14 | More by UpToMeBeer
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4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep brown colour (certainly more brown than black), with a firm and frothy head of mocha foam. Body is solid, holding its carbonation nicely. Lacing is great. Overall, it's a top-notch looking beer. If it were actually black like advertised it would be a clear 5/5.

Ooh, the nose is phenomenal, and is making a good play for a 5/5 itself, straight off the bat. Big fragrant hops meander among the complex and almost unknowable malt basis. Rye gives peppery notes, which mingles with a hint of faintly smoky roast, sweetness and even a touch of salt. The hops complement this, and seemingly fill in the gaps, creating an immensely nuanced but coherent and expressive whole. Gorgeous stuff.

The taste is also complex, but excitingly in different ways than expected from the nose. Here, there is really a genuine hint of smoke, which adds a subtle comforting sweetness underneath everything, above which is layered roast, malt, bright hops, smoothness. There's spice and pepper on the back, but smooth fruitiness, and even a caressing chocolate character. Wow. It's like there's such complexity to every layer at every point on the palate. I feel like I could keep describing the exciting little things which pop up at different points, and still not scratch the surface.

Feel is smooth and rich, but never so much that it starts to overwhelm the palate—it lets the flavours of the beers talk for themselves.

Wow. Just wow. This is a phenomenally good beer. Exciting, complex, rich, but for all that balanced and exceptionally drinkable. Gorgeous stuff. Just gorgeous.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:23:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-17-2012 22:19:56 | More by 2neardead
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-16-2012 03:45:57 | More by Stumpy29er
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Been lucky enough to try the Union and Double Jack, and now the Wookey Jack. Pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells very floral and hoppy, just lovely. Tastes of slight citrus with some rye malt coming through in the finish. Nice hop presence and good crisp finish. Very smooth mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 01:15:08 | More by WeedKing4
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint. Arrived at the store the day I purchased it, then aged two additional weeks prior to serving.

Appearance is dark brown with chestnut edges. Moderate lacing, ~1" tan-colored head.

Smell is hoppy pine with almost muted sweetness, rye, and roasty dark malts.

Taste is very smooth, lots of rye and dark malts with a hoppy backbone. Very clean, no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is perfect, not too dry yet substantial... Perfectly seated between too thick and too dry with an equally perfect carbonation.

Overall, it's very good, not the best, double jack is a better bang for the buck.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 19:02:13 | More by nevery
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2012 23:16:07 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-14-2012 23:14:53 | More by kjkinsey
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-14-2012 01:22:24 | More by NFStaproom
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-13-2012 16:14:54 | More by pixieskid
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District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date, despite the "BOTTLED ON" box on the bottle. This took months to finally reach San Diego. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a chestnut brown with two fingers of creamy medium fluffy head. The head recedes to a thin film, and leaves pretty impressive lacing on the glass.

S: Sharp pine and some citrus (grapefruit), a little vanilla and roast in the background, and a pretty hefty dose of woodsy spice from the rye. All the flavors work well together. Very nice.

T: Pine and citrus with some dry wood/rye, and a long mild-to-moderate bitter finish with some spice on the palate.

M: Creamy, round, and medium-full body, medium carbonation.

O: Cold, this leans more toward an IPA with a richer, creamier, roasty backbone. Warm, it shows more of the rye. By no means my favorite style, but this is pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 04:45:01 | More by pmarlowe
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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