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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,434
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 198
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%

DMc8ride, Jul 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

AndrewMichael, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

eawolff99, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ahuckk, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from The Village Pump, $6.99. I never thought this would make it to MD. The bottle has the date 22 June 2012 printed on, but it's barely visible.

Pouring a blackish dark brown, this beer has a dense, creamy, light brown head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is nice! Big, pungent pine hops perfectly complement the rye, and the dark grains and a nice blend of roast and acidity to the nose. Unsweetened cocoa, citrus (oranges) and even some tropical fruit are present. The balance here leans towards aroma hops, just the way I like it, but the bitterness does lend an enjoyable pungency. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with a big hop flavor, a blend of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. There's some papaya and pineapple to complement the citrus as well. This is followed by a blend of roast, light caramel and unsweetened cocoa. Cocoa and citrus is a favorite combination of mine, especially when done right, and this beer does just that. The rye does add another dimension, a wholesome, spicy grain flavor that matches well with the pine. The bitterness lasts on the finish, not as resiny as I'd like. Light in body with moderate carbonation, and the alcohol is very well hidden, all of which make this beer very drinkable. While the finish also doesn't have quite enough roast for my liking (and is even a tad watery at times), but it further aids the drinkability of this beer, which is through the roof IMO.

DefenCorps, Jul 18, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep amber/brown in the glass, topped with 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger of froth that rings the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose with notes of bright grapefruit and a zesty spiciness from the rye as it mixes in with that citrus. This even has a big of a leafy tobacco thing going on with it from the hops combining with those dark roasted malts across the back. Some cocoa sweetness hangs on the edges as well but this is overall pretty dry, bitter, and roasted feeling in the nose.

The taste has fresh grapefruit bitterness and a leafy feel up front that runs into a combination of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee character. The finish on this really shows the rye with a dry spicy doughiness that sticks and lingers with some leftover bitterness and pine from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively sharp creaminess that fills up the mouth and then more of a underlying slickness that leaves some oils back on the tongue. There is some alcohol present and while it isn’t overly distracting, it does really bring out the assertiveness of those flavors here.

This was a very good entry into the Black IPA category from Firestone that really packs a fierce nature on the palate thanks to that assertive mix of American hops, rye, and high ABV. This was just balanced enough to stay drinkable but I still enjoyed it very much. Sometimes it’s fun to just brutalize your mouth with flavor!

Kegatron, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

infi, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap at The Mayor in Fort Collins.

Wookey Jack is nearly black in color with tight white head and good lacing as it settles.

Aroma is wonderfully hoppy and fresh. Really enjoyable.

Fruity but not huge on citrus which makes it unique.

Flavor is balanced and tasty. Roasty, sweet, and hoppy. A little earthy and grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall another really excellent Firestone Walker beer.

GilGarp, Jul 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

surfotog, Jul 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Rick760Sd, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mendvicdog, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

billyshears, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 06/**/12

A: Pours a dark black with a puffy 2 finger off white head that sticks around for a while before becoming rocky and fading. Leaves some good lacing.

S: A wave of fresh hops that instantly made me want to take a sip. Has both earthy and citrus qualities. A little fruit malt in the background. A hint of spiciness.

T: Starts off with an earthy hop taste, that smooths into some chocolate and malt and is cut short by a bitter pine. This one nails striking a balance between an IPA and darker ale. Alcohol comes by for a wave at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Not too carbonated but still crisp. With being so hoppy it isnt too sticky.

Overall this was an impressive beer I would recommend in a second. Have always liked black IPA's and adding rye makes perfect sense.

CloudStrife, Jul 14, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my typical review. This is not a typical brew. So it works.

Served in a 22oz bomber and picked up as fresh as I could get it in MD. Poured into a snifter. This stuff looks like a porter/stout just like how the name suggests. Very dark and intimidating when you expect it to have IPA-like characteristics. Remember the experimental odd-colored ketchup that was the craze a few years back? Yeah, that same feeling again. I take a whiff. Smells like a dumbed down version of a west coast ipa. I try to grasp the dark notes in the smell. To no avail. Let it warm up a bit. Still no rye, or chocolate or coffee notes to my nostrils. Best i can do is average IPA smell. Take a sip. Ok, let me level with you a bit. Oskar Blues Ten-Fidy - Great RIS. Stone Ruination IPA - An amazing IPA. FW Wookey Jack- F**king AMAZING. It is the best of both worlds blended together to make a beer that I can truly enjoy without picking between my favorites! Its an IPA with the dark characteristics of a porter or stout.

Pick this stuff up if you have the chance. If you are an IPA guy, this is an absolute amazing change of pace for you. If you are a porter/stout guy, give this a shot and try to enjoy this hopped up dark brew!

Titans77, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

rolltide8425, Jul 13, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, yet clear brown with a massive khaki colored head sitting on top. The head sticks around for what seems like an eternity. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Wonderful hop profile including pine, citrus and lots of tropical fruits (pineapple and mango). There is also a pronounced sweetness which I assume comes from the black rye.

T: The hops fade a little in the taste making room for the rye sweetness. While the rye is more noticeable, the fruity hops still have a significant presence.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is an ever so slight bittering effect towards the finish that acts as a palate cleanser and is quite refreshing.

O: I can't believe this is my first review of a Firestone beer. It's kind of shameful being that I lived in SLO for 5 years. That being said, this one is very tasty. Just solid all around. I'm usually not a big fan of Black IPA's or Rye beers, but this one might have made me change my mind.

BilbosNuts, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

cspieth, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

sammo, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kemoarps, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BruceBruce, Jul 11, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams signature pint glass.

Appearance: Very and I do mean very dark brown almost opaque but against the

Smell: Barley if you ask me, not so sticking smell but seriously appetizing after taking a sniff.

Taste: Complex caramel, you taste how bitter it is but offset with a weird sweetness. Yes it is still a light floral but you can't complain drinking this piece of heaven.

Mouth: Yes that good, almost a borderline five with so much stickiness and hauling after-taste.

Overall: This beer is at the top of the food chain when it comes to Black Ales and Black IPA's, flavor so complex and intrciate that it blasts your palates. I will buy it again as long as it is in stock (hopefully), Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

sbanacho, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

acurtis, Jul 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

djrn2, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

SammyJaxxxx, Jul 09, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,434 ratings.