Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
A: in a stout flute, almost opaque black body with a creamy head two+ fingers fat that left lacings down the glass
S: roasted malts, spicy rye, and earthy char
T: wet and dry roasted dark malts, rye bread, burnt coffee beans and cold, unsweetened espresso; deep dark juicy fruits in the background, only semisweet; mellow bitterness
M: smooth and creamy, slightly chalky finish, bitterness lingers on the tongue, medium-full body
O: a detailed craftsmanship and rich, smoothness - full of deep and semisweet roasted character. Another great Firestone Walker beer.
06-09-2012 00:19:07 | More by Greywulfken
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
On tap at Churchkey. Dark brown in color with a foamy, frothy, head to it. Very sticky head, leaving it's mark all over the inside of the glass.
It has a really great hoppy aroma to it. It's very juicy with lots of tropical fruit notes to it. Mango, peach and pineapple all jump out in it.
The taste shows more of the juicy citrus hops with a little chocolate coming out in the finish. The hoppiness is very good in it and everything really comes together very well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. The hoppiness was very juicy and fresh, and the touch of chocolate didn't clash with the hops as a lot of ABA's do for me. Very enjoyable beer overall.
06-08-2012 10:58:02 | More by billab914
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Bomber bottle ( a bargain at $8 and change at Yorktown (NY) beverage) Has a place on the label for bottled on date, but its blank...
Pours near black, mocha head, thats large, creamy and a bit fluffy, then a nice thick film, collar and more then ample webs of lace.
Nose of dark chocolate, dark coffee, and a hint of vanilla.
Full flavor, black IPA or what ever you want to call it. More dark chocolate and coffee notes, with mocha and again vanilla. Biting and drying hops in the rear, but packing a hefty punch.
Well crafted, pleasantly flavorful and satisfying. Would be great with some grill charred meats and/or some well aged cheddar.
Well worth seeking out and enjoying.
06-08-2012 03:42:26 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured in to a tulip. 2 finger tan head. Pitch black body. Didn't notice any transparency.
Aroma was grapefruit and citrus. Some chocolate and signs of ABV present. Fair amount of spiceyness. Slight biscuity aroma as well.
Taste was great. Lots of hop flavor up front of grapefruit and orange. Some resiny, pine flavor as well. Hop flavor was quickly followed by a bready malt backbone. Light roasty flavor with some chocolate notes. Slight spicey flavor lets your know there is definitely Rye in it. Finish is more spiceyness, slightly grainy, some piney, resiney and grapefruit notes as well. Bitterness lingers slightly as it coats the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carb and a slightly sticky finish. No real signs of ABV.. atleast not as much as noticed in the nose.
Overall another great beer from FW. Great balance anf flavors. Glad I bought more.
06-08-2012 00:27:57 | More by riored4v
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Pours dark mahogany color with a toffee colored thick head. The lacing ring is unusually robust and creamy.
S - Herbal with toasted chocolate, and the citrus appears but struggles to rise above, spicy rye dankness is evident.
T - Taste is balanced and is better than the aroma. The blend between the rye spice, toasted chocolate, and citrus balances out nicely with one not overpowering the other; the flavors all play very well together. There's a nice lingering spicy pine and bitter citrus finish that cleans off most of the malt left on the palette (besides some bitter chocolate which lays very, very low).
M - Medium body with moderately mild prickliness to add nice texture. The malt is a little sticky on the lips.
O - I'm no fan of Black IPA's, Black Rye IPA's, Rye-PA's, etc, etc, ... I pretty much can live without these beers because they confuse my palette too much and I almost never enjoy them. In this particular case, Firestone Walker has done a superb job of blending everything and I have to say I would buy more of this beer. It's drinking very well right now and is not one I would let sit in the bottle too long. If my choice would boil down to a Black/Black Rye IPA and a regular IPA of similar hoppiness, I'll pick the regular IPA almost EVERY time and this is a rare exception that peaks my interest. Worth a try but get it now before the hops start to fade unless you prefer otherwise.
06-07-2012 21:53:11 | More by jzeilinger
3.7/5 rDev -12.9%
Pours a touch lighter than black coffee with mahogany highlights. Forms a two finger high creamy toasted marshmallow head, and an attractive ring of lacing. Good retention.
Hops dominate the aroma with a blast of grapefruit that is floral and pungent with a pine accompaniment. No malt discernible on the nose but ends with a slight coffee.
Bright hop notes are set off right from the start that allow a hint of nutty malt complete with a bit of coffee and ash. The bitterness and acidity from the dark malt play nicely with the Cascade hop character. One dimensional, the dark malt plays almost no part, even as the beer warms.
Creamy with a touch of prickly carbonation. Sticky malt offsets the drying hops with a medium body. Alcohol is well hidden.
Bright hops are the center piece of this beer adding aroma and bitterness. Smooth even mouthfeel with a well hidden alcohol shows the FW craft. I didn't get much of the dark malt and felt it was rather pointless to brew this as a black ipa if the malt just gets buried under.
06-07-2012 05:29:19 | More by rawfish
4.48/5 rDev +5.4%
Brand new offering from Firestone Walker.
Poured into a large tulip and it was quite foamy. I was a little over agressive with the pour and it was mostly head. And it stayed like that forever. Finally got to pour a decent amount in and was incredible impressed by the appearance and the aroma that was emanating from the glass. Some lacing.
The nose of this beer is incredible. A monster amount of sweet citrus and tropical aromas, with a touch of raisins and maybe some peach. Smells like those fruits drizzled in chocolate and spiciness. Amazing.
That first sip was magical. I'm so happy I picked this up. I find this beer so complex. Sweetness and malt right up front. Some cocoa and great luscious fruit in the middle with mango, peach, and spiciness probably from the Rye. The almost peppery flavor glides into the bitter flowery hop finish. Delicious all the way.
Wookey Jack is so creamy, too with just the right amount of carbonation. It almost warms, as it is almost 10%.
You need to seek this beer out. I believe it to be up in the world class category. Amazingly complex and delicious.
06-06-2012 01:09:28 | More by markmiller
3.68/5 rDev -13.4%
22oz bomber, split with my brother, my portion poured into a New Belgium Globe.
A: Dark brown with lots of khaki head, good lace, carbonation visible on the sides of the glass.
S: Tons of herbal notes, resinous and dank...bitter, earthy, and a bit piney. Chocolate, roasted malt character underneath, just hints of sweetness really. Fairly unique.
T: More of the same here, Zeus hops in this bad boy? Earthy astringent notes, hints of mandarin and blood orange and grapefruit as well. Minimal sweetness as the malts are uncovered, faint bready notes and a distant roasted malt character.
MF: Medium mouth, no alcohol really detected, good carbonation, and good bitterness on the back end.
O: Not sure I care for this one, the hop profile doesn't really do it for me. Seems pretty one-dimensional.
06-05-2012 14:16:24 | More by Scotchboy
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
On-tap at Map Room. Served in a tulip.
A - Light mocha foam settles to a solid cap, thick collar, and concentric circles of lacing. Black body with a light shade of brown at the bottom of the glass. Appropriately 'black' for a Black IPA.
S - Massive tropical hop bouquet, along with ripe orange, milk chocolate, biscuit, caramel, mild roast, and a hint of pine.
T - Taste is equally enjoyable, with a nice mélange of chocolate, caramel, and mild roast from the malts, mixed with citrus zest and tropical fruits flavors from the hops. I appreciate the dearth of black malt and astringency that often plague beers of this ilk. Moderate bitterness builds over time, but never becomes fatiguing.
M - Zesty, somewhat prickly carbonation. Medium-light body, with a super resinous finish laden with sticky hop oils. No obvious alcohol, but seems a tad thin for 8.3%.
D - Other than the mildly flaccid feel and harsh carbonation this beer is quite excellent. Perhaps bottle conditioning will fix these issues. In any case, I would definitely seek this out again, and would happily have multiple glasses in an evening.
06-05-2012 14:13:47 | More by MasterSki
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
A: pours black with a two finger light tan head which is slow to fade and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
S: smells like cat piss up front but a little more sniffing yields a bit of piney hop. Not a lot of malt picked up in the nose
T: chocolate and roast malt up front with some accompanying piney hop flavor and some slightly herbal hop flavor as well. there is some spicy rye flavor that mingles at times and more chinook hop flavor on the swallow with a bit of roasty flavor and sweetness
M: between medium to full body with slightly prickly carbonation but still nice and smooth
O: smells like a hop bomb but drinks very balanced. I must say that I'm impressed and this beer is finely crafted and not something thrown together to capitalize on the popularity of the style. Probably one of my favorite examples of the style
06-05-2012 09:22:44 | More by SHODriver
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
Capped bomber served into a wine glass, the village of Wookey finally gets its 15 minutes of fame here in the New World from our Union Jack guys. Pours a nice dark brown and fairly clear and bright for an unfiltered ale. Offers crimson highlights and an inch of pourous tan foam. Good retention and rings of lace.
Aroma is a pleasant blend of hops and roasted/chocolate malts. Bit resinous but not too potent. Good balance for the style as hops aren't too blatant and malts are more complex than just making the beer dark like a few I've seen.
Taste of roasted malts with a background of hops. Finishes with a bit of char and a rather light bitterness but a good dose of texture to the base grains. Touch of dark fruit as the pour settles in exchange for a bitter hop finish. Does offer some bitter chocolate on the close which keeps the feel from being too thin.
Overall hoppy but not, malty but not. So I guess that's good for a Black Pale Ale. Auto logged off again a minute ago and data lost. Why do I review live??
06-05-2012 04:20:32 | More by HalfFull
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
Jet black pour, leaving a half-inch platform of tan foam. Amazingly, the foam barely dissipates at all, and the lacing is plentiful. Definitely a thing of beauty to look at. A nice blast of citrus hops in the nose, is this even a dark beer? Oh wait, I do detect a nice caramel balance with suggestions of doughy/bready sweetness.
I notice a nice balance initially in the flavor, and am very impressed it doesn't taste too potent/alcoholic. The hops are very tangy sweet and dank though, and after while they do start to hang on in the finish a bit too much. With the addition of darker malts creating a cocoa-ish caramel balance, it's almost cloying in the end, and I'm feeling robbed of a cleaner, dry more straight on bitter finish that I would prefer. Perhaps these Black IPA's just aren't my style as I prefer my hoppy brews much less sweet. The body has a silky thickness, but despite the foamy appearance, the carbonation is a bit too subtle.
The look and smell of this beer have a huge "wow" factor, and even the initial sip is pretty tasty. It becomes apparent rather quickly though that this is not something I could drink alot of. Definitely worth a try though, but split this bomber with a friend.
06-05-2012 04:15:20 | More by bennetj17
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
Wookey Jack into a brandy snifter; no bottle date stamped.
Yup, this bad-boy is jet black. Tall khaki crown of two fingers plus. Tier lacing, in full effect. The head falls about as fast as the minute hand on a clock moves.
Pine forward hop nose with tart wedges of grapefruit, a barrow of kilned rye grains, pulpy orange juice, and vanilla bean. Hoppy, with a solid, but merely supportive, malt backbone.
Juicy grapefruit, leafy hop cone oils, pine needles, and a spicy rye malt buttress. Lively hop bitterness and a mildly sweet and spicy malt makes for incredible balance. There’s a lovely wet-hop flavor; hardly resinous, dank, that sort of thing. This is actually a very refreshing brew. A pretty big-medium body with a rich, tight effervescence. Absolutely solid mouthfeel.
Reeeeally enjoying my bomber of Wookey Jack. You would, too. Boom-shaka-laka.
06-05-2012 03:31:16 | More by thecheapies
4.55/5 rDev +7.1%
A Stout black pour with about a ring of brown head. Hardly any retention or lacing.3.5
S The hops on this are impressive, much more so than a typical black IPA. Very citrusy and lemony, without that roastiness from black IPA I expect. It really smells like an ipa, which I like. 4.5
T the taste continues this theme. It tastes like an IPA, but it's black. Very slight roast character at the back end. It's very fruity and slightly piney. First time I've had a black ipa that is mostly ipa and I like it. 4.5
MF Medium body with a medium carbonation. Very drinkable. The roast and hop combination is very nice. 4.5
Pairing: Again, cheese. The cheese here is basically non existent. As my friend said its basically just texture. The pickled strawberry was wonderful. 4
O My favorite black IPa I've had so far. Really inpressed. FW IPAs seem to be top notch in every way. 5
06-05-2012 01:48:03 | More by russwbeck
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a dark greyish brown, moderate cap of dense brown froth, great retention and lacing. Scent of strong pine, grapefruit, lightly sweet malt with faint faint toast - no heavy char or roast found in others of the style. Smooth and bitter, grapefruit and pine, uniquely light malt presence - was told the dark grains for color only, not scent or flavor. Medium bodied, oily, lingering bitterness. Perhaps the best black IPA around, the black is for show and the hops still star.
06-04-2012 22:25:40 | More by rfgetz
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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