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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

3,508 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,508
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 201
Gots: 415 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Rhettroactive, Sep 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ASTASOLLILJA, Sep 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

RichH55, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled 8/21/12.

A real big head off the pour, settles to four fingers in size, and interesting whipped light mocha color and texture, with a real styrofoam like retention. Body color is pitch walnut black/brown, a little bit of clarity looking up in the head. Very little lacing or clumping though.

Nose hits with a nice clarity of mellow hop, chocolate and malty sensations. Very subtle but aromatic and pleasant, maybe some cream in there too.

Fruit hop forward in the palate with a mellow orange citrus, juicy melon like action also. Body is pretty solid, almost whipped and hinting at lush, but somewhat creamy and very full. Slight interesting finish, with a spice like kick of burnt brown spices. Hop bitterness brings some nice oil

Overall a pretty solid good black hoppy ale, worthy of another drink!

smakawhat, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Shnanign, Sep 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

eorwar, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of GFish
4/5  rDev -5.9%

GFish, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. Bottled 7/19/12.

A: Pours a dark black color with a one inch pillow of light tan foam forming on the pour. The retention is very nice on the initial pour and the head leaves nice sheets of webbing down the sides of the glass.

S: Grainy rye, mild citrus and light pine are most prominent up front. Slight roast with a semi-sweet bakers chocolate as well.

T: Hoppy notes in large quantities bombard each sip. Light citrus fruit flesh, dried rye with a hint of spiciness, and some mild pine as well. The roast comes in towards the finish with some slight chocolate as well. The hops and rye are really the stars of the show in this one and it seems a tad imbalanced.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The finish is slightly sweet with a mild drying quality to it.

O: This beer was definitely good. I just feel that it missed more of the roasty and darker qualities in the flavor profile. It walked the walk, but didn't talk the talk. It still has a good taste, but gets docked some points for the imbalance.

Treebs, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

bbadger, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Hanzo, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of tut2528
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours very dark black with a solid 2 fingers worth of off-white head formation. Held directly up to the light, it displays some tints of ruby red and dark brown. Lacing is nice and as the head dissipates, it leaves a nice film along the top of the brew.

S: big rye and hop notes dominate the nose on this brew. Both aspects are very well balanced together. I also pick up on some nice citrus notes with a slight touch of grapefruit increasing the complexity. I feel that if there were anything else, I would really have to reach for it.

T: Big rye notes come through initially and at the backend of this brew. I find the middle comprised of an every slight burn malt note, citrus aspects with touches of grapefruit, big piney and bitter hops notes. It is actually quite nice but I wish there were a bit more dark notes here.

M: like a black IPA, its lighter on the tongue that it appears but is still medium bodied. The hop bitterness sits on the tongue and the back parts of the cheeks throughout the finish and it lingers for quite some time. Its pleasant but nothing to get too excited about.

O: Highly enjoyable brew but I really wish that some more darker notes came out. Other than that, I find this one highly drinkable and the rye notes really shine though and are well complemented by the bitter piney hops. Overall, this one is well balanced, I just don’t find much complexity.

tut2528, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

2dogbrew, Sep 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Skunkdrool, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting this one for a long time. Finally!

Served in a DFH snifter about the size of one of the continents that the dig up ingredients from.

A: Lots of mocha lacing here, with a dark, dark brown liquid below it. Pretty scary at this points...

S: Whoa pine! This totally one of those air freshener beers that is both hoppy and fruity at the same time. One comes across this profile every once in a while. If there's dark malt in here to offset the West Coast hop bomb, I REALLY want to try the base beer. Awesome stuff!

T: Ever so subtle chocolate (cocoa notes) underneath with a very strong citrusy, pine component. It's almost as if the malt attached itself to one of the hop sizzle cells. They are truly one in the same here... which is awesome!

M: Stupidly ridiculous lacing, not a sweet brew at all, and with quite a bit of fresh grapefruit-like bitterness.

O: I had a conversation with a friend tonight about this style and he said, "I'm still looking for that Black IPA to change my mind about the style." I'm thinking this might be the one...

Chaney, Sep 15, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured an opaque black color with a creamy tan head that retained well and left thick lacing on the glass. An attractive brew for sure. Aroma was a bit muted, but contained scents of piney and floral hops and chocolaty malts. I usually brace myself when I take the first sip of an ABA, but this one was surprisingly mellow and well-balanced. Roasty dark malts with a sensation of bakers' chocolate, countered by citrus and pine hops, that weren't too potent or resinous, as with some other beers of the style. I think brewers are finally starting to nail the ABA. Medium body, smooth and fairly dry in the finish, quite drinkable overall.

Rifugium, Sep 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jlordi12, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

millerbuffoon, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

will1256, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

DonFrap, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jackrodgers77, Sep 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

OoReFLuXoO, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Hessian257, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

scottiethebody, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer.

Pours dark brown, some clarity visible when held to the light. Beige head retains well as a half finger while also leaving impressive lacing.

Very good nose, potent and interesting. Lots of rye spice, earthiness, roasted chocolate tones, fruity hops, some brown sugar.

Taste brings on some more hops, but lots of flavors going on here, and they meld excellently. Roasted malt, burnt cocoa, biscuit, toasty malts, grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and a great dose of rye spiciness. There is also a slight woody/oak feel. Nothing overpowers anything else, a nice balance.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, easy drinking and not much sign of alcohol.

Really great beer at a good price, I will probably have to pick up another bomber while it's around. The use of rye I think really wraps this all together nicely and makes it something special. Flavorful, smooth, complex and unique, definitely a standout black IPA.

Chico1985, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee-colored brown nearing black with a thick, rocky ecru head. Pungent pine with a rough citrus rind edge juxtaposed against brown sugar and coffee grounds. Hops soften as it warms - grapefruit zest, green tea, and new evergreen growth. Dry and clean - goes down in gulps. Another great hoppy beer from FW.

bump8628, Sep 11, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,508 ratings.