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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,410 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 191
Gots: 380 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bsimms, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of DevilsCups
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz, into my Founders tulip.

A - Beautiful beer. Sits in the glass a nice black color with a very nice desert sand beige head. Light only gets through on the edges. Surprising too, as this one poured a stream of a cola like color. Lacing like a champ.

S - Citrus, roasty malt notes and a slight hint of bbq smoke. This is a great aroma, I just wish it were more pungent. Not one note steals the show, they all work together very well.

T - Citrus up front followed by the smokiness I had in the aroma. It buttons off at the end with the roasted malt note. On the bitter end for sure, but it's not overpowering.

M - Thinner, but appropriate I think. With this big of beer, a little more thickness wouldn't hurt.

O - Extremely solid brew from FW, once again. This one sits behind Stone Escondidian in the category, but not by much. And that's saying a lot, as Stone's was a truly remarkable brew. Firestone does good once again.

DevilsCups, Jun 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

rdell17, Jun 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

brentusaurus, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info on the label despite a spot for a date. Poured in to FW snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of bubbly light brown head. Spotty lacing.

S - Mix of citrus hop aromas, roast and spicy rye. The background adds some lighter chocolate notes.

T - Grapefruit and pine up front accompany a sharp bitterness. The middle adds roasted malts, chocolate a nice spiciness form the rye malts.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonatoin.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of phishphorce
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

phishphorce, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

DWarcher, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at Churcheky, decent black ale but a little too roasty. Beer is brown and hazy with a nice tan head fo small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is piny and roasty.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the finish, it is only mildly bitter and has this nutty roasty bitterness at the backend. It is pretty enjoyable but I was hoping for more hops based on the description.

drabmuh, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

UpToMeBeer, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep brown colour (certainly more brown than black), with a firm and frothy head of mocha foam. Body is solid, holding its carbonation nicely. Lacing is great. Overall, it's a top-notch looking beer. If it were actually black like advertised it would be a clear 5/5.

Ooh, the nose is phenomenal, and is making a good play for a 5/5 itself, straight off the bat. Big fragrant hops meander among the complex and almost unknowable malt basis. Rye gives peppery notes, which mingles with a hint of faintly smoky roast, sweetness and even a touch of salt. The hops complement this, and seemingly fill in the gaps, creating an immensely nuanced but coherent and expressive whole. Gorgeous stuff.

The taste is also complex, but excitingly in different ways than expected from the nose. Here, there is really a genuine hint of smoke, which adds a subtle comforting sweetness underneath everything, above which is layered roast, malt, bright hops, smoothness. There's spice and pepper on the back, but smooth fruitiness, and even a caressing chocolate character. Wow. It's like there's such complexity to every layer at every point on the palate. I feel like I could keep describing the exciting little things which pop up at different points, and still not scratch the surface.

Feel is smooth and rich, but never so much that it starts to overwhelm the palate—it lets the flavours of the beers talk for themselves.

Wow. Just wow. This is a phenomenally good beer. Exciting, complex, rich, but for all that balanced and exceptionally drinkable. Gorgeous stuff. Just gorgeous.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

2neardead, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Stumpy29er, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of WeedKing4
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Been lucky enough to try the Union and Double Jack, and now the Wookey Jack. Pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells very floral and hoppy, just lovely. Tastes of slight citrus with some rye malt coming through in the finish. Nice hop presence and good crisp finish. Very smooth mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink.

WeedKing4, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of nevery
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint. Arrived at the store the day I purchased it, then aged two additional weeks prior to serving.
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Appearance is dark brown with chestnut edges. Moderate lacing, ~1" tan-colored head.

Smell is hoppy pine with almost muted sweetness, rye, and roasty dark malts.

Taste is very smooth, lots of rye and dark malts with a hoppy backbone. Very clean, no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is perfect, not too dry yet substantial... Perfectly seated between too thick and too dry with an equally perfect carbonation.

Overall, it's very good, not the best, double jack is a better bang for the buck.

nevery, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

NFStaproom, Jun 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

pixieskid, Jun 13, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date, despite the "BOTTLED ON" box on the bottle. This took months to finally reach San Diego. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a chestnut brown with two fingers of creamy medium fluffy head. The head recedes to a thin film, and leaves pretty impressive lacing on the glass.

S: Sharp pine and some citrus (grapefruit), a little vanilla and roast in the background, and a pretty hefty dose of woodsy spice from the rye. All the flavors work well together. Very nice.

T: Pine and citrus with some dry wood/rye, and a long mild-to-moderate bitter finish with some spice on the palate.

M: Creamy, round, and medium-full body, medium carbonation.

O: Cold, this leans more toward an IPA with a richer, creamier, roasty backbone. Warm, it shows more of the rye. By no means my favorite style, but this is pretty good stuff.

pmarlowe, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

dudecandle, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Poured into a 4 oz snifter.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a half finger of creamy off white head that leave some lacing.

Smell: Tons of rye spice with a sweet malty backbone. I'm getting some dark fruit and hops as well, but there is a lot of rye.

Taste: Tons of rye spice and citrus peel hops. The mix of flavors works extremely well. The hops kill the tongue. Nice malt background, reminds me of rye bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good beer that definitely stands out. There is as much rye in this one as any beer I've had. I would have another.

oline73, Jun 13, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a dark brown color, charcoal in the middle, ruby brown on the edges. Has a two finger tan head with ok retention and barley any lacing.

Smells like piney hops, a little bit of sharp rye, and a little roasted malt. Nice complex nose.

Really well balanced flavor and very complex. Roasted malts up front, a little chocolate, then comes the rye sharpness, then some piney, resiny west coast hops. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium bodied, a little hop resin, a little chewy, and moderately carbonated. Good stuff- get it!

Hopdaemon39, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

GennyCreamAle, Jun 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

ratty918, Jun 12, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.