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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

3,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,949
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 262
Gots: 612 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Ratings: 3,949 | Reviews: 592
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head lasts and lasts, with chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and spices.

Taste is spicy rye to start, citrus in the middle, and dominant pine bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. Wish there was a bit more maltiness to support all the bitter.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose carries a nice bit of roast and chocolate malt along with a bit of rye and some nice citrus and earthy-pine hop notes. Flavor is hoppy with a nice underlying bitterness and moderate malt sweetness. Good rye component as well as dark malt sweetness. Medium-full body with medium bitterness. Quite smooth. Very nice beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A one fingers worth of head, dissipated to a lacing pretty quickly, but has good retention. A pretty caramelly looking head.

S: Smells amazing, perfect mix of Rye and Hops. Chocolatey, caramel, a nice pine note without being overpowering, a hint of citrus, candied fruit, a little nutty as it warms,

T: Extremely well balanced, the malts and the hops really work well together. One of the few beers that I've had which the aroma actually matches the taste almost perfectly. I would say that the pine note is much more present in the taste than it is in the aroma, but other than that it is pretty spot on. Doesn't drink like an 8% beer (maybe 6%).

M: Nice dense mouth feel. I wouldn't say creamy or syrupy, it's lighter than that, but has a substantial viscosity to it.

O: This is the best example of a dark hoppy ale that I have had so far. Call it what you want, Cascadian Dark Ale, Black IPA, or American Black Ale...who cares, it's damn tasty!

Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a foamy tan head with excellent retention
S-roasted malt, citrus, some pine
T-man theres alot going on here. Tons of citrus and pine bitterness followed by some roasted malt and sweetness in the finish. Very complex, everytime you have a sip you taste something different. balance is exceptional
M-medium bodied
O-Possibly the best black ale I have ever had. It has great balance while still being full of contrasting flavors that are right up front. Look forward to trying more of their beers.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jmaharaj
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really good. My two favorite beers are IPAs and stouts, yet I've never been a fan of Black IPAs. It usually seems like an odd mash up where roast just awkwardly falls into hop. This is well crafted and cohesive.
A deep brown beer with a light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving lazy sparse couds of foam. Smells wonderful with everything promised hitting the nose instantly.The hops hint at tropical, the rye is sharp and spicy, and the dark malt says charcoal. Nothing dominant, nothing drowned.
A little sweeter than expected, which works well. I cant really pinpoint the sweetness or its source but it carries the burnt malt into the hop finish so that dry and bitter is featured instead of exhausted. No single element dominates but all have their say, you taste the roasted malt but quickly get mango and papaya from the hops.
Medium body and average carbonation serves this beer well. Easily the best Black IPA ive had, although do I have to consider it in its own category- Black Rye IPAs? For now, until somebody does it even close to as well, this is the Black IPA.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only when held directly to the light does its seemingly black body give way to a deep chestnut brown. The head that is left on top is frothy and thick, coating the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.

The scent of hops are what jump out first, and rightfully so considering the style. They’re rich and earthy, piney and sappy. Fresh green peppers come to mind. Soft notes of wood and roast and a touch of dark chocolate are located beneath its hoppy facade. The rye isn’t overstated but does impart a pleasant spiciness to the nose. This is both aromatic and complex and I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan already.

Lively green peppers and pine needles give a fresh zing to the raw wood and earthy character that lies beneath. A dash of cocoa powder is sprinkled on top and adds a touch of sweetness near the finish. The higher abv helps to accentuate the earthy and piney bitterness that extends into the finish. The rye gives a clean overall spiciness to the taste that compliments the hop character.

A tad thinner than I had anticipated but not off-putting. The body still carries a nice weight to it and has a subtle creamy feel that the spicy character cuts into. The only indication of its alcohol content is the warming feel it leaves in the chest. For such a big beer in terms of the style and abv, this is very clean and balanced.

Wookey Jack is the first offering I’ve had from Firestone Walker and I can begin to understand why they are regarded so highly on this site. The fresh green pepper hop character reminded me of Hill Farmstead’s Society and Solitude #2 that I was lucky enough to sample. A very well crafted beer in my opinion which leaves me looking forward to the next offering I have from them.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Thick tan head lingers and sticks to the glass. Very nice.

Piney and herbal hops up front. A bit of alcohol. Then some malt sweetness and maybe even from fruity esters. No, definitely some dark fruit aroma as it warms.

Keeps improving as it warms beyond what I thought would be ideal temp. Hops hit the palate first. Very refreshing. Herbal and piney again. Malt lets you know its a "black" IPA, but is not too much of a factor. Not much roasted malt. A bit of sweetness through the middle. Then I get fruity flavors, maybe fig? Could use a more prevalent and complex malt bill. Then the hops return, carry through the finish, and linger. Still getting the esters in the finish as well, maybe too much.

Very creamy. Maybe from the rye? Can feel it lining the insides of my mouth still.

My initial disappointment quickly turned into satisfaction. Exactly what I was hoping for from this beer. More subtle than a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, which is a good thing. Recommend this one for sure.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a black amber streaked hue with a one finger off white head.

The smell featured piney hops and toasted malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted malt that have way to waves of piney malts and finished with a soft caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and exceptionally toasty black IPA.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,949 ratings.