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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

3,195 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,195
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 175
Gots: 304 | 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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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation, lightly sluggish pour leaving a nice tan cap, loads of lacing

S: Nice orange zest, floral notes are dominant on the nose with some pine needles with a some rye

T: The hops provide a nice citrus burst with a light pine and floral burst but the hop bitterness is very present on this beer. It comes right after I taste the citrus leading to me believe it is the hops versus some overly toasted black malt. I pick up some roasted notes along with some cocoa, light coffee. This beer is extremely dry which I like. I am so sick of oily hop bombs. Some wheat peaks in from time to time as does light bread, probably from the rye. Immediate rye pepperness and spice upfront.

M: Big body, booze is present but well hidden, loads of flavor on the palate, dry and clean. I felt the bottle was a bit drier and and bitter than the growler.

O: Most excellent!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 16:49:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, resiny hops and some spicy rye.

The flavor is roasted dark malts with a weird blend of rye and charred plasticky resiny bitterness. The bitterness is fairly harsh and lingering in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I really wanted to like this beer, but it just did not mesh at all. It did mellow a bit as I drank it, but still was overly abrasive and unbalanced with off-notes

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:47:15 | More by Beaver13
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BucannonXC5

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a goblet at Hamilton’s Tavern in San Diego, Calif. , on May 5, 2012. Two fingers of head. Color looks espresso in the dark. White cloudy, frothy lacing on the top. Lots of cobweb, spongy film on the side.

Got lots of bitterness on the nose right away. Also some butter and rye notes. Citrusy hops, but not overwhelming.

Tasted smoky malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and chocolate. All this combined with some citrusy hops.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

Good tasting beer overall, which is what I’d expect from Firestone. Would definitely try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 05:30:36 | More by BucannonXC5
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle enjoyed on 5.7.12.
Bottled on date was a no show.

A - Pours a medium to light brown with a big medium tan head with good foamy retention.

S - Very piney and hoppy is all I got it.

T - The Pine hits first and then is followed by a roasted malt finish.

D - Great carbonation with a medium body.

O - A roasted hoppy delight.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 04:40:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
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OStrungT

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an inky black color with a creamy light brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving an impressive lace.

This beer smells citrusy with some grapefruit, and lemon. I get a slight piny aroma as well as some spicy rye. A subtle malty caramel aroma is also present.

This beer pretty much tastes exactly like it smells. Citrus hops with some spicy rye and sweet malt.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. The 8.3% ABV is well hidden in both the aroma and the taste. Carobnation is perfect.

This beer would make a good session beer. It tastes great. The higher alcohol content might make it a little tough to enjoy more thana few bottles though.

Overall: This is the first good beer I have had since I cam back form Afghanistan, and I am glad that it was. I cant think of a better way to welcome myself back into the world of amazing beer than with a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 18:19:54 | More by OStrungT
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jstewart1130

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

05-08-2012 01:55:16 | More by jstewart1130
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Swervine44

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-07-2012 18:15:27 | More by Swervine44
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tatyler

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-07-2012 17:13:30 | More by tatyler
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marct

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-07-2012 14:33:39 | More by marct
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours almost black with a nice finger of light brown head that is very slow to fade. Excellent lacing as the head falls.

S - Big, juicy citrus aromas are the first thing I'm picking up. Grapefruit, and apricot, with a hint of spicy rye malts. Smells like a good balance.

T/M - The taste does not disappoint. The hops and the rye combine to give it a nice tangy/spicy character that you just don't get with hops by themselves. The roasted malts really contribute nicely. Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - I've really been looking forward to this one being released, and I was not disappointed. A very easy drinking black IPA. No hint of alcohol, great hop character, and the rye compliments it very nicely. I've had a lot of rye ales where the rye is just too over powering. IMO, Firestone has found a perfect balance. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 06:43:18 | More by Rizalini
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KBennall

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-07-2012 05:47:13 | More by KBennall
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srandycarter

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Yep, it's black, or damn close to it. Off white head leaves to ring and islands of head. Some spotty lace.

S - Wow. It is ALL about the hops. Once you get over that, you can pick up some charred malt.

T - Something like a hoppy porter. A little washed out, IMHO.

M - Lighter on all accounts than I had hoped for. Balance veers to the hops. Good carb.

D - Glad to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 05:06:28 | More by srandycarter
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InfernoBoss

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-07-2012 04:03:50 | More by InfernoBoss
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Bobheed

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, nearly black with very little light coming through the edges. Has about a two finger eggshell head.

S: Initially getting a citrusy, grapefruit skin aroma with lots of spices and a bit of roastiness coming in at the end.

T: Right at the front it's citrusy hop notes. Getting a bit of black pepper and herbal spiciness in the middle as well as a caramel type of sweetness. The end is a very bitter citrus kick that lingers. Alcohol is slightly present, which seems kind of odd at only 8.3%

M: Medium carbonation, full bodied, and has a powerful bitter citrus kick. I'm not sure if the kick comes mostly from the flavors, but it leaves quite an impression on my tongue

Overall this was excellent. I think I have new clear favorite black IPA. I would expect nothing less from Firestone

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 03:36:55 | More by Bobheed
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brought this bottle back on a work trip to Portland, OR.

We split the bottle I in my allagash tulip she in a wine glass.

The beer is brown in color transparent as it pours. In the glass it is black with a dirty what head. The head forms immediately causing me to slow my pours. It laces very nicly and the head remains.

The smell is subtle but pleasant. I wouldn't guess from the smell that ipa or rye were involved but that doesn't make it a bad thing. I can get a spiciness and an almost grape nose. There are definitely fruity hops involved.

The taste is not at all what i expected. The carbonation intially fills my mouth. as it dissipates the spicy hops and rye flavor take over. there are other hops but they definitly take the back. the flavor finishes with a smooth bitter and dryness on the tongue that is almost smoky. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 23:16:04 | More by bishopdc0
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popery

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

05-06-2012 18:07:29 | More by popery
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ambruns1979

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-06-2012 07:07:02 | More by ambruns1979
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-06-2012 06:16:50 | More by strongaf
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MikeDre

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-05-2012 22:12:49 | More by MikeDre
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Kevlee722

Washington

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-05-2012 04:47:43 | More by Kevlee722
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theempire

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-04-2012 06:56:18 | More by theempire
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draheim

Washington

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

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a cola brown w/ a towering mocha head, great retention, sticky lacing.

Aroma is mostly citrusy grapefruit and cool pine. Just a clean pure blast of hoppy goodness.

Taste is a unique combination of piney, citrusy hops; a medium roastiness from the dark malt and a peppery spice from the rye; and a hint of warming alcohol. A high note of honey sweetness in there too, not sure of the source. A great balance among diverse elements that all work in concert.

Mouthfeel is also just right. Balanced, clean, w/ a bitter, semi-dry finish. Carbonation gives it a good smoothness.

Again, FW puts out a top-notch, world-class American beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 06:29:07 | More by draheim
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DovaliHops

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brownish black color which appears to have a ruby hue when held up to the light. Large cream colored head. Scent is nice and roasty. Some roasted malt with burnt toast aromas and a nice little hop profile going on. A bit of citrus with more roasted malt. Taste is initially hoppy with more of an IPA side than a stout side. Definitely makes you wonder how they can make something so hoppy...so DARK. Just hints of roasted malt and grain with a tiny bit of char...but other than that, it's citrusy, hoppy, and bitter. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate, but you really have to hunt for it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice, crisp, bitter finish. Drinkability is high. ABV is not noticeable at all. Overall, a solid beer from an awesome brewery that never really seems to fail.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 05:54:22 | More by DovaliHops
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badboyrsl84

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-03-2012 03:10:37 | More by badboyrsl84
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baybassboy

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-02-2012 18:13:46 | More by baybassboy
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,195 ratings.