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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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636 Reviews
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Reviews: 636
Hads: 4,327
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 309
Gots: 839 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Stoddards in Boston.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is pitch black color with no clarity. Pretty standard for a dark beer.

Smell: very piney and some citrus, roasted coffee, chocolate.

Taste: more evenly spread out. Pine, roasted notes, mocha, bitterness, spiciness, all blended well together. More sips and same results.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little creamy full bodied, medium carbonation, a little expected bitterness, and easy to enjoy.

Overall: Solid black ale to me. Never seen it, so figured I try it out on draft before it hits the shelves. Will have to say it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, roasted malts, citrus and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter combination of a strong hops presence and dark chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in to create a good balance. There are sweet flavors in the background of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark brown. almost black color with faint mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet floral aroma with spicy rye, malt, earthy and citrus hops.  Subtle roast but the rye character adds another dimension. Some grassy pine and slight citrus but the nose is dominated by spicy rye and dark malts.  

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a nice balance of resinous, earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and spicy rye.  Again, the rye adds complexity with level of spicy swetness that counters the piny hops and roasted notes. Grassy and piny hops followed by spicy rye with roasted and sweet malts underneath.  Hints of chocolate, toast, coffee and oatmeal lingering into a dry finish with subtle heat.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from my kegerator... Served in a duvel glass

A: two fingers of creamy coffe/chocolate head that dissapates slowly and leavs a ton of lacing....almost completly coating the sides of the glass...The body is of the brew is black. A very nice looking beer.

S: Resinous piney and grapefruity citrus hops right up front. As the brew warms some spicy rye notes along with chocolate and roasty notes become more pronounced.

T: Yum, a great balance of rye and citrusy/piney and resinous hops, combine with wonderful roasty and chocolaty notes.... The balance here is awesome and delicious... Everything works very well here.

M: medium bodied and creamy... Medium crisp carbonation, works perfectly here... Keeps the brew from getting to heavy and syrupy and keeps it nice and drinkable. There is a bit
Of a roasty and resinous hop aftertaste.

O: this is a great brew.... I love rye ipa and black ipa's and this is a beautiful marrage of both.... Anothe great brew from Firestone walker... Loved it.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature goblet. There is no date printed on the bottle under the "Bottled on:" label.

A - Pours off-black with an -off white head. Only a half inch of head, but it shows great retention and leaves a great lacing.

S - Fantastic blend of juicy citrus hops, pine, and rye. Subdued toasty malts add to the complexity. One of the best aromas I have ever smelled in an ABA.

T - Follows the nose closely. There is a big burst of tangerine and grapefruit, then the roasted caramel and rye malts hit. Bitter pine on the finish without much linger. The citrus returns on the aftertaste. Amazing.

M - Big effervescence and a medium body. Very little alcohol heat with a clean finish.

O - I have been anticipating this beer since I heard about this year's release. My local store ifnally got it in this past week and I was not disappointed. Great citrus, pine, and malt flavors and aromas. Complex and balanced. This may supplant Sublimely Self Righteous and Yakima Glory as my favorite of the style. I highly recommend this beer if you can get it.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Appears black in low light, but has a brilliant ruby red glow when held up to direct light. Tall tan head that lasts, leaving sheets of lacing behind.

N- A dank explosion of pine needles and grapefruit rind hit you as soon as your nose gets near the glass. Deep layers of toasty, bready, biscuity malt emanate from underneath. A hint of roasted malt melds with the piney hops to create that unmistakable black IPA character. Some spicy rye comes out as the beer warms.

T- Incredible balance of flavors going on. Deep bready malt with some honey sweetness perfectly compliments the upfront piney, citrusy, slightly fruity hops. Some charred flavors cut the sweetness, but don't drown it out. The malt backbone continues to evolve with toasty, roasty, and biscuity notes popping out as the beer passes over the palate. Spicy rye blends with spiciness from the hops. The hop bitterness is firm but balanced, with pine sap and grapefruit pith melding with lightly bitter roasted malt. The beer dries out for a long finish of bready, biscuity malt, citrusy, fruity hops, bitter pine resin, some spice, and a touch of roast. Some slight alcohol warmth on the back end, which makes this a beer to be savored.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel, sticky, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O- This has to be my new favorite black IPA. The style is really hard to pull off, and Firestone does it with grace. Cheers to good beer!

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good drinking bomber, spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid FW offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma.Significant grapefruit.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a great pour. Pure black with some of the best retention and lacing I've seen. Taste profile is wonderfully complex. Very good mix of traditional black ale burnt flavors with a fairly hop forward taste too. Burnt malts transition smoothly into a subdued, yet up front hop profile that ends the drink with a clean bite. Creamy and not overly carbonated. Hides 8.3% ABV well, and is a tremendously sessionable beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, rye, some chocolate and roasted malts.

T- Tons of citrus and grapefruit, rye, some chocolate, roasted malts, finish is piney hops with a nice bitter bite. There is a good amount going on here and it works together.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid beer worth the price tag. I will definitely pick this up again given the chance. I really like the rye thrown into the mix.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dark completely opaque black with about a finger of slightly creamy/bubbly mocha brown beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Decent carbonation. Nice layered lacing.

S- Nice citrus hops of pine, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A little bit of light chocolate and malts in the background, but definitely predominately citrus hops. Definitely above average aroma strength- smells great.

T- Nice citrus hops of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange balanced with light creamy chocolate and some dark malts. Finishes a little bit bitter but not too bitter. Very nice citrus aftertaste. Pine taste definitely comes out a little bit more towards the end.

M- Lightly creamy, easy to drink, smooth, abv very well hidden, nice carbonation. Feels great.

O- This is definitely one of the best black ales I've ever had (2nd only to HF Jimmy). Nice citrusy aromas/tastes mixed with light chocolate and dark malts all balanced with a nice lightly creamy easy to drink mouthfeel. Definitely very fresh and I'm very glad we finally got this in. I definitely recommend picking this one up- it's a great beer for the price ($7/22oz bomber).

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, pine, grapefruit, and citrus hops, rye, coffee, and bit of black licorice.

T - Starts off with grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some roasted chocolate malts and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, pint hops and more bitterness come through with some rye spiciness and coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and rye, with pine and grapefruit hops, bitterness, and some coffee.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasty, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. I like the rye addition to the Black IPA and the balance is really spot on.

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Photo of edproctor
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from randy's firestone growler into my "epic dance parties" pint glass. thanks to my lovely wife for picking this one up for me on a recent trip to paso. Cheers!!!

a- this is quite a dark ipa. fades from khaki into a dark brown quickly before turning into a light black abyss. not much head on this one...but i did open this growler day before yesterday so thats to be expected.

s- i mean, i get the strong pine hops up front, but those hops are almost dominated by a strong roasted malt. definitely picking up some toasted cardamon/coriander seeds in the finish. actually, now that i think about it im getting the rye much more than the hops...which i was not expecting.

t- oh now is the hops time to shine. piney fresh forest hops!!! really fresh tasting with lots of hop bitterness. fresh grapefruit, orange zest, grassy. what a fun beer!!!

m- resiny and palate coating. even though this beer is on its second day in the growler it has lost none of its potency.

o- a real winner. i love this beer! arguably one of the best ryepa's out there right now for sure. beautiful balance. what a wookie!!!

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Photo of chimaylvr
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sevred on tap in tumbler at Track 84

App: dark mahogany, half inch foam, thin lacing throughout

Smell: piney hop underlied by charcoal and black toast, herbal, medicinal

Taste: compared to the Revival black ale I had yesterday, not quite there for me. Piney bitter hop profile, resinous, oily, malt character is medium, not bad, roasted coffee beans

Mouthfeel: crisp, semi dry and tongue tingling bite from good carbonnation

Overall: I like it. I've had better and not much worse. It lacks a palate balancing malt sweetness to offset the bitter hoppiness. I would have it again though

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout that billowed nicely. the body was a dark black color.
s - big piney hops.
t - complex flavors here of pine, rye, and roasted chocolate.
m - creamy and slick.
o - whew, this is good. i really dig this style and this is one of the best i've had.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of of tan, frothy head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big citrusy hoppiness with emphasis on orange and pineapple. Light roastiness. Pleasant spicy earthiness from the rye. Smells pretty good.

4.0 T: As far as black IPAs go, this is one of the better ones. It's not overly roasty nor is it overly bitter from the hops. Orange and pineapple citrus. Spicy rye. Light roastiness. Tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer among a wretched style. I don't think I would have given such high scores if this was any other style, but so it is. Making a black IPA that is even drinkable is already above average and this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of PeacefulHopFrog
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ML bottle, no bottling date, even though there is a space for it.

A - Dark chocolate brown, to the point where light only shines through at the bottom. Thick, dark golden-brown head lingers to a light brown layer after 10 minutes.

S - Roasted malt and hop resin flood the nose with a hint of citrus fruit.

T - Roasted, malty flavor with a touch of chocolate that hides behind a subtle smoky background taste.

M - Very mild mouthfeel for the aggressive appearance and smell. A longer finish is present, but it is not one of those finishes that feels like all you can taste is floral hop. A very drinkable beer indeed.

There are so many incredible beers out there, but Firestone Walker continues to impress me with every new addition to their line. I have never had a black rye IPA before but this one has set an incredibly high standard for me.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flew this home with me 2 months ago...

A - poors super dark brown...2 finger head, down to thin lacing

S - bubble gum, fruit-grapefruit, malt/bread, bit yeasty, great nose here

T/M - holy monkeys. doesnt match the nose. roasted malt sweetness with bit of the rye spice, hops build in the background and make love to your mouth.

O - I'm a fan of this style...and this beer doesnt need to get any more perfect. Find it. Drink it. Sleep next to the bottle.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber. No freshness date. Poured into a standard pint glass. Love the name, haha, Wookey.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some cola-like highlights when held to the light. One and half fingers of beige head. Longer than average retention. when it finally settles it's a thin layer with some chunky bubbly spots. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big pine resin followed by grapefruit-y hops. Hints of roasted malts and chocolate hiding out in there.

Taste: Same as the aroma but the roasted malts are a bit more pronounced. Chocolate malt still hides a bit but that's fine by me. This is a FINE fucking example of a "Black IPA" The rye throws in a bit of spice that meshes well with the hoppy flavors. Everything here works. The rye becomes a little more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth and easy. The flavors and hops bitterness are bold but nothing you can't handle. Fuller side of medium bodied. Carbonation is average for the style. LOOONG finish of citrusy hops AND roasted malts. Interesting.

I'd throw this up with the ranks of Self-Righteous and DFH IBA. Two beers I already loved.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, date is not visible but spring '12 release
Central Waters globe

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost black. Some reddish hues towards to edges. Light tan half finger head. Some lacing bits when you give it an aggressive swirl.

S: It's pretty amazing. I get all fruity hops initially on the nose. Grapefruit and citrus. Then digging in you get some roast even while cold. Chocolate is there.

T: Up front you get some nice bitterness, but not too much. Mid mouth you get the malts, but also the rye malts. Adds that touch of spice. The color doesn't lead to as much coffee and chocolate as it would appear. The malts add some creamy texture. And aid in a bitter yet smooth close.

M: Medium bodied

O: A BIPA for sure

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

Purchased 650 ml from High Spirits in Providence, RI. Poured into standard pint glass.

Pours black. Frothy with 2 fingers of head. Smells of hops, resin, dark malts, slight chocolate and coffee notes.

Initial thought is that this is unique brew. You get rye spiciness and hops and bitterness up front and dark chocolate and burnt coffee with the finish.

Black IPA is starting to become a vague and broad beer varietal. You could label this a dark ale, black ale or black ipa very easily. Tastes like a rye ipa stout hybrid. The alcohol is noticeable but this is a relatively smooth 8.3%. One of the most unique beers I've enjoyed in 2012. Big fan of Firestone Walker and this does not disappoint.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/14, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my FW snifter.

a - brew poured a deep pewter black...looking like a porter with about 2 fingers of frothy cream colored head. as the head dissolved away the glass was coated with foamy lacing and the head never truly went away.

s - wow, what a medley. roast, rye, and hops. lots of earthy twigs and sticks are in there as well.

t - lots of chocolate at first, then some char which eventually shows the rye. rather interesting. different for certain. leaves a grainy finish. as i drank the beer more, it began to feel more like a rye ipa and i got into it a bit more, but it is no rye'd da lightning. first sips weren't wonderful, but 5th 6th and beyond were actually really good.

m - char and roastiness on a medium to light bodied brew with good carbonation. the hops and rye give it a bit of a zing, not so much bitter.

o - if there are 2 things in this world that i love, it is IPAs and Rye beers…but a black rye IPA had me wondering. what a wild combination. it is good, but not necessarily my favorite. even black IPAs are a tough style for me...there are a few that i adore (either, or, 5 years later, etc)...glad i tried it, at first it really seemed like this isn't something that i'd be looking for again, but as i drank it and the Rye IPA came out and shined more and it was actually quite good and potentially something i'd get again.


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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Almost black with a very dense, thick, khaki head. Really nice fruity hops to this. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of pine. Some roast, but it’s restrained and luckily not really any chocolate. Mildly sweet on the palate, but a nice pine bitterness and plenty of fresh grapefruit flavor. There is some pineapple, but it’s not as intense as on the nose. A touch of roasted malt flavor to it, too.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - deep dark opaque mahogany. Awesome two finger tan creamy head and some sticky lacing

S - Tons of spicy rye and hops. Very floral (earthy sweet flowers), almost a coffee like note, belgian like yeast, pine, grapefruit, weed, tons of new wood, slight pineapple, nice sugar note and crisp robust toasty malts

T - Up front the hops is lovely. Hitting your pallet with floral, spicy and earthy hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, rye, baking spices, tons of wood and earth. belgian like yeast, huge toasty sweet sugary malts, more flowers and some serious dankness

M - Medium bodied, very well balanced, nice very enjoyable complexity, medium acidity and long spicy sweet finish

D/O - Very nice, refreshing, enjoyable and kinda fun to drink. It has a whole lot going on for the beer nerd and not to much going on for the novice. If you like hoppy beers with a rad twist, this is a nice addition to the rye IPA. Not for the "beer" drinker at all. Firestone does it again with another beer that can be enjoyed anytime of day or year

Final thoughts - At $5 a pop and a nice 8+% abv, this is one to add to your reviewed section and cellar. Yum

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Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BO May 2012, opened July 2012

A - Towering off-white head with a mixed, but mostly creamy, bubble structure. Awesome retention and lace. Black with cola brown highlights. This is about as good as it gets for a black IPA.

S - Nice, relatively bright nose. Damp herbal hop, black pepper, nug, sweet grains.

T - Nice rye bite, touch of honey, roast, sharp woody bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium/light body. Par carbonation. Dry backend.

O - Nice roast with a deep woody bitterness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, some pine, must, dark malts, stale malts, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Unpleasantly aggressive hop bitterness atop clean malts, some floral character, and hints of citrus. Pleasant but unimpressive. There's little complexity or subtlety. It's too bold and aggressive. Overbearing.

Mf: Too sharp. Too thick. Coarse and dry on the climax, but nicely wet on the open.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A let-down from Firestone Walker, but then I've come to expect that from them.


01/06/15: Further impressions:

I dig the label design, even if it is a bit generic. I wanted to revisit this Black IPA now that I have more experience with the style. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Pale tan colour. Nicely creamy and full, with a sumptuous even consistency and a soft appearance. Retention is good for the ABV and style - about 8-9 minutes. Leaves a nice ring of even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. More stout-like and dark than I'm accustomed to with beers of this style; few are ink-black.

Overall, it's apt for the style albeit typical. Not unique or special.

AROMA: The hop profile seems apt for the style: pine, a bit of evergreen, sappy tree resins. Suggests a sticky feeling brew with a pronounced hop profile but no untamed hop bitterness. Some cream and dark malts seem to cover up the hop bite, bringing enough sweetness to keep the brew in balance but not so much that it's cloying. Hopefully the taste lives up to the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are present.

TASTE/TEXTURE: It's definitely hop forward, with pine dominating the hop profile. Subsidiary hoppy notes of evergreen, sap, and mild resins complement. The hop bitterness is a bit too aggressive, tipping the balance too much towards the hops. A sore absence of roasted barley holds the brew back, but it does have some fairly harsh dark and schwarz malts which lend it a rough-around-the-edges feel, violating the cleanliness of the flavour profile but also bringing some needed sweetness into the mix.

Like with most beers in this still-young style, the dark malts are just fundamentally mismatched to the hops. Rye's signature spiciness never manifests, making me wonder if enough rye was used in the grain bill. Fortunately, no untoward yeast presence, hop presence, or overt alcohol comes through. As it warms, a pleasant suggestion of faint milk chocolate emerges.

Moreover, the flavour profile overall is both simple and shallow, with merely average flavour duration and intensity. Has no stand-out characteristics. I do like the evergreen hop character, and I think that's the right direction to take in this style, but it undercommits.

Mouthfeelwise, it's aptly creamy and smooth, but the hop bitterness does drag on the palate and unfortunately its blatant overcarbonation restricts drinkability. A softer more luscious feel would do wonders. I like its coating, slightly chewy presence on the palate. Ultimately, this texture neither elevates the beer nor accentuates any constituent flavours.

OVERALL: This is certainly an above average attempt at the style, and while it's drinkable I can't say it's anywhere near world-class. I'll be avoiding it in the future, and continue to be skeptical of the hullabaloo surrounding Firestone Walker. More of a focus on the evergreen hop character, some tweaking of the ingredient choices (if you're going to do rye, do rye), and a leavened creamier texture would help bring this beer up to a B-.


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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.