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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,434 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,434
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 199
Gots: 389 | 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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Zaphog, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Bottled 06/20/2012. Obviously, the bottle date isn't written in the box on the label that says "bottle date" -- why, that would be silly. It's stamped in black on the neck, where it's much more legible against a brown bottle holding a black beer.

A: Pours a black-ish body; it's technically a dark brown with mild translucence at the edges. But it looks black in the center. The head is a beige affair that leaves great trails of sticky lace and even maintains a modest collar on the beer as I drink. Nice.

S: A pine hop profile bounces off a strong grain aroma (must be the rye). I was hoping there would be some spice or citrus character to the nose, but if it's there, I'm not picking it up. It's earthy, which works well with the dark roasted notes.

T: Pine hops lead the charge, segueing into a mid-taste defined by roasted grains, cocoa, and earth. I pick up some of that citrus (oranges) I was looking for. Moreover, that spice that I was longing for in the nose is found here, in the form of a light burn near the finish; I might even have thought this was brewed with peppers except for the fact that the heat doesn't linger, and that I know otherwise.

M: Medium-plus bodied; the beer is packed with flavor and it clings to the palate with hop oils refusing to wash away. Bitterness becomes more pronounced in the aftertaste as the malt washes away and the oils work their magic. It's not really quaffable, as the rye and roast fight for attention.

O: This is a great occasional buy for $7, but I'm not sure it's worth the [small] premium over Sublimely Self Righteous.

Arbitrator, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Nage37, Jul 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

hoppymcgee, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev 0%

JRod1969, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

GPGURU, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

pepelemofo, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- perfect looking beer. Deep brown almost black with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Two and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Superb head retention with plenty of sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Not the most aromatic beer but solid and layered none the less. hops and malt play off each other beautifully in the nose. Piney spicy woody hops combine with rye spice and light roasted malt tones. Some citrus and dark chocolate notes come out as well.

T- woody piney hops with a distinct rye spiciness on the front end. Roasted malt and big chocolate character blends in with notes of citrus peel from the hops. Aggressively bitter on the back end with a roasty mocha finish that lingers with leafy hops for an eternity!

MF- creamy slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Perfect carb for this kind of beer.

D- great drinkability

Overall an excellent black IPA

Viciousknishs, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

sanford_and_son, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of TexIndy
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber with a foil covered crown into a tulip glass. Was almost black with mahogany edges. It had a large tan head that settled into a constant foam cap. Thick collar with lots of thick lace with lots sticking. Excellent looking beer.

The aroma was roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, rye and earthy tones. Very pleasing. The taste follows the aroma and is very smooth and balanced. The aroma led me to think it would be overly bitter and dry like several ABA's that I've had in the past with similar aroma profiles but this one was different. Smooth and dangerously easy drinking from the start with a great bitter component that compliments instead of over-rides the rest of the flavors. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with good carb levels. Smooth after-taste with slight bitter finish.

Overall, excellent and one of the best beers I've had in awhile. Did I mention it's easy drinking and smooth - could get into a lot of trouble with this one. Most highly recommend. Not available here in TX - got in care package from umagum. Rotation - if available here, I'd grab several and pray that this becomes a regular release. [H;Y]

TexIndy, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pugs78, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

CoryR, Jul 22, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a trade with bfg75! Dark brown, almost black pour with a big two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Glorious nose with loads of piney, resiny hops to complement the rye, which was a little more subdued than I would have expected. Roasty malt with hints of cocoa balance it out nicely. The taste is just as bold as the nose. Tons of resiny, piney, citrus hops are balanced perfectly with a solid roasty malt backbone with hints of caramel and cocoa. The rye is once again subdued, but definitely adds a unique twist to your typical Black IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice bitter hop finish. Drinkability is off the charts on this one! Probably the most balanced Black IPA I've tasted to date, maybe even the best overall. Another amazing beer from one of my favorite breweries! Thanks to Ben for hooking me up with this one!!!

beerdrifter, Jul 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

aleckpa, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a nice light tan colored head.

Aromas are pine like, with some earthiness, resin, and dark roasted malts.

Taste is smooth, subtle, and well balanced. Roasted malts, light cocoa and subtle sweetness. Finish is crisp, earthy, resiny, with some nice pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.

Overall a very fine example of the style.

flexabull, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black body with a foamy tan head. Good lacing around the edges of the glass.

S- Very floral and juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit pine, and citrus are in the front with no noticeable dark malt aromas.

T- A blast of those juicy hops up front, followed by a pine taste, finishing with a roasty aftertaste.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated and drinkable.

O- Most hop-forward black IPA I have had. The hop profile and aroma is makes you think you are drinking a regular IPA or an imperial amber, but the slight roasty finish lets you know the dark malt is there.

stephenjmoore, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

mnightrain, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

demgoth, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First the obvious remark "How many Wookies in a bottle of Wookey Jack?"

Clear dark brown colored ale with a tall and thick light brown colored head, looks are impressive.

Smell is strong hops and patent malt. Scents primarily of pine and eucalyptus. Scent of menthol is in this it numbs your nose when you sniff it. Lesser scents of chocolate and cake batter.

Starts out thick and bitter. Patent malt and menthol with a little carrot taste to it. Chocolate and rye with a hint of burnt rubber. hop remains mostly pine.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer but not an outstanding one.

Zorro, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Gatordaddy, Jul 21, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter from a bomber, no date that I could find. There is no light at all coming through this beer, opaque dark brown verging on black. I got a stout like mocha head half way up the glass that dissipated and coated nicely.

S- Intense resinous pine hops followed by spicy rye notes. The other malts are lost here which seems to be the intention. Why make a rye beer if rye isn't the star?

T- Huge citrus bitterness, slightly oily giving way to the rye malt with mild sweetness followed immediately by some roasted malt bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is substantial, perhaps due to it being unfiltered. Smooth with enough carbonation to keep it full bodied but not viscous.

O- Another winner from Firestone Walker. It's the best black rye IPA I've ever had, the only one so far... I like the combination and can imagine some pastrami on pumpernickle going well with this.

mschind, Jul 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Ralphs66, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

MarkyMOD, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

TheBronze, Jul 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

dominic4beer, Jul 19, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,434 ratings.