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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,404 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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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Photo of kevgod
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

kevgod, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

The beer pours a stark black with half an inch of a fluffy tan head. There's decent head retention and a touch of lacing. Resiny, piney hops cut through the beer's sweet, chocolaty body in both the taste and aroma. The beer drinks smoothly mixing a sweet and velvety black IPA body with earthy, resinous hops. The beer reminds me of Maine beer co's Zoe (a dark-ish amber), but has a heavy, dry, and lingering bitterness in comparison. There is also a touch of an unexpected smokiness... possibly my imagination. I would have liked a heavier body, the beer seems a bit thin.
Overall, this beer is tasty for the price, but I'll probably only have it once.

ThePorterSorter, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

22 oz bottle, 8.3% abv. Nearly pitch black color with a nice looking tan head. A few shades of mahogany at the edges. Nice retention and some good looking lace here.

Piney hops leap out of the glass. A hint of a catty note as well. Roasted malts follow in the nose adding some complexity. Maybe earthy at the end.

Sharp roasted malts up front, slightly charred. Rosary component lingers for a while. Sharp hop bitterness comes in with a pine feel. Seems like an almost minty feel as well. Interesting combination.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Very slight warmth from alcohol. The combination is interesting and goes well together. Nice beer.

Bierguy5, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%

A-Pours reasonably dark. Not black, but very dark brown. Light penetrates the beer's edges. Head is about a half inch high and retains very effectively. Head leaves spirals of lace.

S-Nose is interesting. Sudsy, soapy hops. Also some grapefruit and pine hoppiness too. Spicy rye is not super intense but it is clearly detectable. Light chocolate, coffee and cola. Not sure that I love the hop profile here. I actually find the nose to be an overall slight disappointment.

T-The flavor has a clear beginning and an end. The is an obvious transition too. I enjoy the beer's ending flavor more than its initial taste. It starts off initially bitter with pine and soapy hop then comes the cola and darker malts. It finishes nicely with a more lively burst of citrus hop and a light dabbing of rye.

M-Body is lighter than the ABV would suggest initially. Tingly carbonation. A bit resinous. Pretty dry.

O/D-Not in love with this one. Was expecting to enjoy this more. The flavors aren't my favorite, and they seem to clash with one another. Worth a try but I am left a bit disappointed.

VelvetExtract, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bpfrush, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of wallyworld68
4/5  rDev -6.1%

wallyworld68, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of ControlledBurn
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ControlledBurn, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of flyingmick
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

flyingmick, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of cashmier
3.75/5  rDev -12%

cashmier, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.73/5  rDev +11%

Black with a hint of dark brown around the edges of the glass. Good head, retention and lacing on the glass. The nose is a piney hop with a hint of smoked malt. Flavor doesn't disappoint with fresh pine hop flavor and with the malt brings out some candy or bit of chocolate. Sweet.

Oakenator, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of hickmancase
3.75/5  rDev -12%

hickmancase, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -29.6%

JAHMUR, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of WankelEngine
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours very dark brown bordering on opaque black. Just a tint of hazelnut around the edge when held up to the light. There is a tan head with good retention. Light, spotty lacing.

S: A fairly fruity aroma. Tropical fruits, pineapple and pear. This is backed up by some roasted malt scents.

T: Very interesting. A combination of fruity IPA, roasty black malt. Similar tropical fruits as the aroma with less emphasis on pear. Pine and floral hops add bitterness, especially in the finish. There are also notes of coffee and faint licorice and smoke. The rye is subtle and provides just a bit of spice.

M: Medium-thin and mild carbonation.

O: An interesting combination of flavors. Roasted malt, rye spice and IPA fruit. They sound sort of dissonant but come together nicely.

WankelEngine, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of kspongeworthy
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

kspongeworthy, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

TheRuss9585, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%

A: Brownish black with a big billowing tan head.

S: Big citrus aroma, loads of orangey hops with a slightly spicy edge.

T/M: Delicious and layered. Big citrusy hops dominate up front, very ripe and juicy. Underneath are some spicy accents from the rye, and it finishes up with a surprising burst of coffee and chocolate.

O: An amazing and really well-balanced beer with a ton of flavor and complexity.

sevenarts, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

The22Lou, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of parris
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

parris, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of skunk242
3.75/5  rDev -12%

skunk242, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

tonyclifton36, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

On tap at pints alehouse in Spokane

Black with a nice billowed light peanut quilt. Smells really citrusy, a real deviation from the norm for the style. Fruity and juicy with some lemon and tangerine. Some hints of cocoa in the back
Flavor does not disappoint: bitter and lively with hints of pine resin and biscuit. Carrying with it some nice toast and slight porter qualities. The body is silky smooth mediated with tight sharp Carb. A nice beer.

harrymel, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into a tulip because I just broke my snifter.

Appearance
Pours translucent black with garnet highlights. 2 fingers of head that dissipate slowly leaving behind nice lacing.

Nose
Big tropical fruits, spicy rye and caramel.

Taste
Huge tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango. Some pineapple and very balanced spicy rye. caramel malts, navel orange and lemon zest. Finishes with some pine sap, cocoa nibs and hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth, juicy and dry.

Overall
This is easily the best Black IPAs that I've ever had. Huge tropical citrus, spicy rye and balanced caramel malts. Only a touch of roasted malts on the finish which is slightly deceptive judging by the color. Well done!

justintcoons, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Reijo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Reijo, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Had on draft at Stoddards in Boston.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is pitch black color with no clarity. Pretty standard for a dark beer.

Smell: very piney and some citrus, roasted coffee, chocolate.

Taste: more evenly spread out. Pine, roasted notes, mocha, bitterness, spiciness, all blended well together. More sips and same results.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little creamy full bodied, medium carbonation, a little expected bitterness, and easy to enjoy.

Overall: Solid black ale to me. Never seen it, so figured I try it out on draft before it hits the shelves. Will have to say it is an interesting beer.

Flounder57, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, roasted malts, citrus and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter combination of a strong hops presence and dark chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in to create a good balance. There are sweet flavors in the background of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 16, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,404 ratings.