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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,412
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 192
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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Photo of Harvey98
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Harvey98, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

TimP2115, May 21, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear but very dark auburn liquid is topped by a lasting fat finger of desert sand foam. Soapy lacing, superior retention.

Complex aromatics suggest citrus and hay, smoke and wildflowers. The dry hopping contributes substantially here I think.

Clean toasty bitterness is overlaid with layers of grain. There is a certain freshness evident in the flavor profile, which brings to mind a well stocked home brew store. The roast levels vary but there is no astringency (owing to the use of "de-bittered" black patent?) to the malt bill. The wheat seems to offer a smooth gentle tartness that integrates well with the juicy citrus notes from the hops. Rye adds further balance throughout without dominating (as it often can). Finishes moderately dry with hints of Ovaltine.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, satisfying mouthfeel. The ABV adds a bit more body and flavor but is otherwise hidden.

Very drinkable example of the style - uniquely crafted and startlingly fresh-tasting. Stone's DDH Sumblimely Self Righteous Ale bests it, but FW has produced a solid contender for top-of-the-pack for the style.

augustgarage, May 21, 2012
Photo of Bottletap
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottletap, May 21, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anxious to finally try this.

Pours a dark brown with a burgandy hue and a massive fluffy, yet bubbly, cream colored head. Nice.

The aroma is very hop forward. Orange peel, grapefruit rind, faint chocolate and light rye.

The taste definitely has a lot going on. A big rye sensation throughout the mouth with a bit of malt and a big grapefruit skin swallow followed by a nice long bitter finish. I love it. Awesome stuff!

Full bodied with a pretty kick dry finish.

Overall I think the crew hit this right on the head. The rye and citrus combo really worked here. Firestone deserves the accolades they receive and I can't wait for the next new batch from these winners.

kaseydad, May 21, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

MrVonzipper, May 20, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Nightrain87, May 20, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JustinQ, May 20, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours dark brownish black with a big tan head, fading slowly. Surprisingly opaque. Smell is nicely hoppy, dominating a slight roasty malt smell.

Taste is very loud. Lots of stuff going on, with the nice spicey hops and the powerful rye and the dark roast bitterness. This is a really interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Overall, I'm pretty impressed.

22oz bottle again, dated 04/11/13 15:12. This time poured into a large snifter.

This is still a great beer.

snaotheus, May 20, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Black with just a hint of brown on the edges of the glass. Massive, meringue-like three-finger head of tan foam with good rentention. Great lacing, but the head sticks to itself more than it does the glass.

S – Burnt grains, charcoal, grapefruit, and pine. Slightest hint of caramel and cocoa.

T – Big burnt grain taste upfront. Notes of charcoal, bakers chocolate, and ash. Piney hops take over in the mid-palate. A spicy rye note becomes present in the finish. One of the better blended black IPA’s I’ve sampled.

M – Medium bodied and carbonated. Works with the flavor profile. Finishes dryer than the desert.

O – No doubt one of the finest examples of the style. Personally, I have never found black IPA’s to my liking, and I've always found the charred grain + super piney hops flavor combination to be a little abrasive. Personal tastes aside, a quality brew.

TempeBeerMan, May 20, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with an off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of roasted notes with some citrus hops.

Tastes of the roasted notes with some spiciness on the back end. Notes of coffee and cocoa come through with a bit of roasted bitterness. Hops take over with citrus and pine with a touch of earthiness. Ends with the rye spiciness and finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an interesting take on a black IPA and certainly worth a taste.

ocelot2500, May 20, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken from both bottle and growler.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a large, fluffy, light tan head that slowly faded into a greasy film that left sticky streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Stupid fresh hoppy nose with dominating notes of pine and fresh citrus. Very very fresh and juicy smelling with hints of grapefruit rind and tropical fruits.
T: Follows the nose with tons of fruity hops, juicy nectars, bitter pine, citrus, and just a hint of roasted malt peeking through in the finish. The finish is sweet and the aftertaste has a clean bitterness to it.
M: Soft, medium-full body, smooth carbonation and a slick and clean mouthfeel.
O: The hops overshadow everything just like a good black ipa should. Roasted malts are just barely detectable in the finish. This beer is awesome because it is an ipa first and a dark, roasted beer second, and not just a hoppy stout.

scottfrie, May 20, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

AlexChillton, May 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

StoicBeast, May 19, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -5.9%

shelby415, May 19, 2012
Photo of hitshtwithsticks
3/5  rDev -29.4%

hitshtwithsticks, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

twelveinches, May 19, 2012
Photo of dbmernin83
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An awesome name for Firestone's Black IPA.
Normal look, great lacing.
Hops are huge. The roasted malt is there but it's subdued. It's like a toasted Union Jack. That being sad, it's a delicious beer, but not my favorite of the style.
A great black IPA. A great American dark ale? Yeah.

dbmernin83, May 19, 2012
Photo of BlackIIPAJK
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

BlackIIPAJK, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ejw127, May 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

DarthGuitarHero, May 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours very dark brown, fine two finger light brown head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma is fantastic, light roasted malt and nice herbal and piney hops. Flavor is complex, herbal hops, citrus, roasted malt, tropical fruit. The hops are not intense, but very fresh tasting. An unusually well balanced ale between hops and malt. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess. This is an excellent black ale that leans more towards an IPA although the roasted malt is still present.

LiquidAmber, May 18, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This is pretty dark, but has a little bit of a brownish hue, not quite black.

S- Lots of hops, a little roasted malt

T- Minty, spicy, citrusy, a tiny bit of roasted malt. Exceptional. Maybe the best I've ever tried of this style.

M- Drinks very well. Maybe a touch high on the carbonation.

O- Very solid beer. Best thing I've tried from firestone

PerHops, May 18, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best score I came up with at Khoury's in Las Vegas, the only shop in that city with this beer. Was nice to see it at almost every store in Reno when I came home.

Brown pour, 1/2" head on it, looks good. Nice hoppy aromatic dominance in the aroma department, didn't allow any roasted aroma to take over, I think that means they probably used that dehusked black malt. You get a lot of the nice hop aromas, tropical, grassy, green, pine, sticky icky danky.

Taste, nice, not massive burnt bitterness of lesser black ales, this was a light in terms of body black ale, but still dark in color, while letting the hops shine on. Alcohol pretty well stuffed under the rug and not prevalent on the tongue. Enjoyable contribution from the rye, more sweet than spicy in this connotation, but that black malt seems to absorb heat (of all kinds) a little better than others.

Some real good stuff here, really didn't want to let my last bottle go as an extra in the last trade, but spread the wealth, that's what I always say, when its a choice at least, not when its being forced upon you!

Beerandraiderfan, May 17, 2012
Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

CDA's are far from my favorite style, I think they are somewhat of a bastard step-child, the roast doesn't generally play well with the high hops most brewers use to make them. Keep that in mind as you read this review.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly transparent black with just under an inch of dark tan head that had good retention and OK lacing (would have liked a bit more). The aromas were very good, earthy grains, sharp Rye and piney hops. All the scents came together very nicely and made a wonderful total. On the tongue, the story was very similar, the pine hops had a bit more of a presence, there was just the fainest hint of roast and the Rye had a crisp, dry finish.

The body was just a touch fuller than is typical for the style and the beer benefited greatly. Drinkability was excellent, I finished the 22 and found myself wanting another. Overall, an excellent brew. Easily the best CDA I've yet had. This is a must try beer, but make sure you buy a couple bottles, you ARE going to want them.

beertunes, May 17, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,412 ratings.