Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 223
Gots: 512 | FT: 12
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:
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(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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Photo of rapidsequence
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Pints O'Plenty. A steal at $7.50.

Appearance: Black, nearly opaque except for a little bit of dark highlights when held up. Light tan head, lots of it. Excellent head retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Very IPA like aroma. Big, sweet citrus and tropical fruit and a touch of citra-like cattiness. A hint of spiciness and even less dark malt aromas-- just a little hint of chocolate.

Taste: Wonderfully hoppy flavor as above. Much more like a black IPA in the flavor than the smell, meaning there is some roasty and chocolate flavor. Bitterness from both the hops and dark malts are present, but restrained. Very flavorful and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and soft, almost like a cask beer. Gets clean on the finish with some lasting sweetness and a bit of resin.

Overall: Probably the best black IPA out there.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice. Bottled on 8/21/12.

A - Very dark red to brown with a large, brownish, tightly packed head. Hazy under intense light.

S - Massive citrus, resin, pine and fresh cut grass. Wow.

T - Initially almost gives a soft malt impression, followed quickly by resiny, sticky green hops. Slight roast as the flavors transition with a spicy rye note. Finish has deep plum and apricot esters with strong, clean bitterness. Dark chocolate impression as it warms. Piney hop flavors in the ending.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O - This is what a black IPA is supposed to be. The rye adds a restrained spicy note, and the hop bitterness balances perfectly with the roast, making it a continuum of bitterness. My favorite part of this beer is the initial aroma hit - unmistakably american.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of commish374
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 mL bottle.

Appearance - dark brown, nearly black. Thick, tan lacy head. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - Vanilla, spruce and citrus in the nose.

Taste - sweet, dark malty start. Hot chocolate in the middle. Hoppy in the back, that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - dry, rye finish. Makes you ready for another.

Overall - alcohol starts to catch up. This is a beautiful sipper. From the 22 oz bottle, pour it twice into your glass, enjoy the early fall fire pit, and go to sleep. Nice and easy.

Photo of TheRealBigC
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a finger or two worth of head with good retention. Smell is of medium roast coffee and citrus. Coffee grounds and a blast of hops dominate the palate, complexities come through as it warms. Fans of this style will no doubt enjoy this one.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Light roast on the nose followed by a nice firm tropical punch. Combined, these aromas create something that I would describe as 'burning candy leaves' (it really was the first thing to come to mind).

Dark dark brown in color topped with a nice dark tan head. Lacing is nice albeit a bit spotty.

Wondrous beer! Incredibly light in body with just the right amount of carbonation to make this easily quaffable. Dangerous though, it's over 8% ABV, and while I get some alcohol burn, it's hard to care because it's masked by these wonderful citrusy and tropical fruits. A nice spicy note brings this beer to a finish and leaves me wanting more.

Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with one finger beige colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,earth,and pine resin,a littlbitter chocolate is there as well as the beer warmed a little.Big roast up front on the palate with earthiness and bitter chocolate,the piney hops hit hard in the finish.This is a big brash ABA,maybe the best I have had.Awesome

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in color. Appears black in the glass, but shows to be a slightly translucent dark brown when held to the light. Forms a moderate sized light tan colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Predominantly roasted malts with some citrus, pine, and a slight metallic note.

T: Taste is full of roasted malts, some char, a slight bit of smoke. Hints of vanilla, citrus hops, and chocolate. Rye comes in fairly strong on the finish offering up a spicy component to the char-derived bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a moderate dark malt bitterness and a mild tannic astringency. Medium carbonation.

O: A decent Black Ale, but certainly not my favorite. Not sure I cared much for the interplay between the rye and the heavily roasted malts as each seemed to bring out the worst in the other.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

A: This beer looks like a vanilla porter when first brought to the table. Very dark brown with half a finger of coffee ice cream colored head (more than off-white, it was more like a deep beige). Every sip shows up in the lacing. This is a beautiful rich looking beer.

S: The smell was quite nice. Some esters present after it warms but just enough. Sweet blood orange and pine, but that nice dark nutty smell of malts as well. Good aroma, but not overpowering, which to me can be a good thing.

T: This is one of the best American Blacks that I've tried. It's powerful without being the kind of beer you are happy to try just once, I could easily drink two pints on a crisp fall day and come back for more the next. Rye is definitely present, but is met with citrus and pine to balance and a nice hint of dark chocolate or coffee in the dark malts to make for a very well rounded beer.

M: A nice heavy beer but with good carbonation and a hoppy freshness that makes this a very drinkable beer. Superb.

O: Love it.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Holland glass. Appearance is jet black with brown at the edges. Tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. The nose features lots of rye up front followed by subtle bitter chocolate and a nice bouquet of herbal hops. The rye is king here, very forward and present with notes of caramel hanging underneath. The taste matches the nose well with more of a roasty emphasis. The hops are also more present on the flavor as well as there is quite a bitter punch to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy somewhat hefty body. Overall, this is one of the best American Black Ales I have experienced. The rye works really well with the whole profile. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, definitely worth a try.

Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a big tan head and good lacing

S-very citrusy, pine, roasted malt, spices

T-grapefruit, pine, roasted grains, hints of caramel, anise and a nice bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol,well-balanced

O-Really enjoyed this black ale from F-W, a nice balance of flavors

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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