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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

3,521 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,521
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 201
Gots: 417 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ithinkimasofa, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Wet mint, moss, semi-sweet chocolate. Some fresh pine. Hints of blood orange, clean charcoal, raisin.

T: Pretty much straight-up IPA at first, juicy blood orange, fresh pine. After a second, a touch of clean charcoal comes through. Middle is heaps of barely sweetened caramel as well as more clean dark roasted charcoal and some chocolate. Decent levels of lemon/pine oiliness. Hints at rye spiciness, which is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden, adding just a touch of dryness to a very balanced brew in terms of the sweet-bitter axis. Fairly thin. Finish has decent cocoa and lingers with dry, smooth charcoal and pine/blood orange.

Notes: Overall a nicely balanced brew that, for me, doesn't quite coordinate the roast and hoppiness but is very drinkable, reasonably refined, and nicely hoppy.

4000qtrap, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a creamy beige head that thinned down and left spots/trails of lacing.

S - pine and citrus with a roasted aroma in the background.

T - piney hops upfront with roasted malt mixed in, then I get a wave of citrus rind bitterness being rounded out with espresso coffee bitterness and a slight sweetness on the lips.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

O - a fine beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Ami
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Ami, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

RES, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +17.6%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolate-brown head. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is some roasted barley malt, piney hops and some general earthiness.

T: More roasty than usual for an American Black Ale, but that's balanced nicely with citrusy and piney hops. Then, lingering on the palate in the aftertaste I get some roasted coffee beans. A touch of rye spiciness is there as well, giving this a slightly different taste than you usually get with an ABA - I'm not really getting any chocolate, for instance, but still I'm liking the malt profile.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest. Finishes semi-dry.

O: Good stuff. Closer to the "hoppy Porter" territory than most ABAs, but I'm good with that.

Kendo, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

marshmeli, Jun 21, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who contributed this, but cheers. 650ml into a snifter.

Dark brown in body, almost black with a dirty tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has some notable citrus hop aromas and pine, some sweetness, but spicy rye and roast notes are notable. Great interplay of dark malts, rye, roast, chocolate and citrus hops on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium full, roasty and moderately bitter. A really solid rye black IPA.

liamt07, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at the Paso Robles BevMo.
Tasted on 06-17-12

A: The Wookey pours a super dark brown color gilded with a thick dirty tan head. Superb retention that pockets out slowly residing to a small cap leaving some nice sudsy cling.

S: Smells of big piney hops convoyed with grapefruit peel and a dash of garden herbs. Aromas transform into smoky dark malts. A very nice clean and crisp nose with some juicy hops at play.

T: Tastes of coffee roast malts with equal parts citrus fruit that surprisingly do not clash with one another. Orange flesh accompanies some very earthy resin laden pine. Burnt sugars. Real nice upper level of bitterness and a touch of alcohol detectable. Rye is pretty subtle and may even be a bit lost on me but not to say this is anything negative. Probably contributing more to the mouthfeel here. Another solid offering from Firestone. I think Stone’s SSR still remains my fav in the Black IPA department but this one is good contender.

M: Moderately sized body this Wookey has. Good creamy mouthfeel on it with some acrid moments and a bit of a wetter finish there.

D: Overall just a really well done Black IPA and about what I have come to expect from F-W. Not just a blackened version of Double Jack but something rather unique and tasty in itself.

Wish I had another one right now actually.

Nugganooch, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

bsimms, Jun 21, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +11.8%

rdell17, Jun 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

brentusaurus, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

phishphorce, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

DWarcher, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
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%

UpToMeBeer, Jun 18, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +16%
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 -17.6%

2neardead, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Stumpy29er, Jun 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
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
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,521 ratings.