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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,157 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,157
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 170
Gots: 284 | 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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weonfire

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany/ almost a dark purple. Great Lacing. Off white head. Pencil think head is retained around rim.

S - Lots of rye, wood, earth and sweetness.

T - Frothy almost a velvety feel- something very unexpected in an IPA. Almost a chocolate taste. Love the rye and bitterness. 8.3ABVs hidden very well.

M - Frothy. Viscosity is medium. Cover mouth really nice. Alcohol give a tiny, tiny burn on tongue initially.

O - Excellent. Rye is outstanding. Alcohol is hidden soo well. Frothy taste is amazing. Certainly buy and drink this again. Best Black IPA I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 02:05:23 | More by weonfire
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a thick brown that is practically black except when examined under a penetrating light That will only reveal the true color but is still impenetrable. The head is alight tan that is thick and leaves a very full lacing down the glass.

The nose is a spicy malt wit the hops being nicely dominant and pleasantly balanced with the smokiness, chocolate and coffee notes that result from the rich malt.

The taste is a very strong blending of hops that is very bitter riding on a semi-sweet to dry malt that has the similar notes of chocolate, coffee and some hints of molasses and spice with a sharp hop bite up front that fades to a pleasant hop finish.

The mouthfeel is just right for this brew with it being full and flavorful but not too heavy.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and is very enjoyable. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:47:32 | More by AtrumAnimus
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ChristopherTenore

Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A) Dark brown to black and completely opaque. When the beer was poured it formed a large and frothy head. It lasted for a relatively long time. It was a light caramel color.

S) Citrus and Very hop forward nose. There was also some dark woody notes.

T) This beer is incredible. The initial flavor is extremely hop forward, citrus bitter and piney flavors evolve into an amazing smokey and toasted note that is strong and lasts in the finish beautifully. Its presently bitter and smokey its an incredible beer.

MF) Creamy and Viscus with a long finish. It leaves your mouth with the typical IPA drying sensation.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 18:14:04 | More by ChristopherTenore
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TheosTheories

Florida

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- jet black. With a light tan white head, doesn't last too long

S- I'm surprised by the amount of tropical fruits I'm getting, nice west coast IPA with a kick, great earthy notes and roasted malts, also spiciness from the rye.

T- wow this is great, I'm getting everything that I got in the nose, big tropical hops up front hit the palate first followed by a little roasted malt and spicy rye in the finish but then leaves a bitter hop aftertaste.

M- dry, medium body, smooth and easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation

O- overall I didn't know what to expect from this, I didn't look up any reviews before I cracked it open and it blow me away, great black IPA, very complex brew and I love what they did with the rye also, I'm picking up different flavors every sip, overall they nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:02:41 | More by TheosTheories
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magictacosinus

California

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this recently. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. Bottling date is "04/26/13," and this was consumed on "06/24/13," so nearly 2 months later. That's actually fresher than I've usually found it, believe it or not. Black IPAs do not typically age well in my experience, but this one should be doing fine - especially considering FW's impeccable standards. Review is from my notes.

Pours a jet black color unlike any dark IPA I've seen to date. Very oily and thickened in the pour, and completes itself with a creamy frothy head at the top that is about 3-4 fingers tall. The head never seems to fully dissipate, and when it does, it leaves behind shrapnel-like bits of foam and sugar scattered all about on the glass in a totally playfully messy manner. Carbonation seems really good on this, and the hoppy resins seem full fledged based on the appearance alone. World class, even considering the style at hand.

The aroma is combination of dank, pungent hoppiness, as well as a surprisingly caramel-like toasted flavor from the malts. Rather than knock the senses with a roasted, dark character, it instead takes a backseat from the floral hops, which provide pine, orange peel, grapefruit, mint, a smidgen of anise, as well as bittered, earthy sensations. Afterwards, the caramel, slightly sugary but tamed flavor creeps in to give this the impression of a pine-mint-caramel combo that is actually very breezy and not sweet or dessert-like at all. The rye crackles underneath in a slightly spicy, pungent manner, but it's by far the most subtle flavor in the concoction. Really amazing stuff - seeks balance in midst of the diverse flavors.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, bringing out a little bit more of the caramel, and especially the floral hop flavors overall. At first, there's the immediate bitterness, often melding into pine needles, citrus peel, less of the mint, although it's still there, and maybe a little bit of grapefruit. Then, the caramel, slightly leathery profile takes over and the malt washes the senses with a silky, creamy sensation that is flavorful but not heavy or too hearty. The rye provides a bit more of a bite here, and I believe these later factors cover up the relatively high ABV - which may provide a touch of sweetness, although there's no heat on this. Very well carbonated - the extra bubbles bring forward a lot of these dank hoppy nuances and creamy malts. This is fabulous... Hardly any complaints.

This sets the bar for how these beers should be made. Nothing too roasted or malty and not a hop bomb by any means. Everything melds together and does so without weighing you down. I wouldn't expect anything lesser from these guys. If you aren't so much into black IPAs, give this a whirl. The caramel melds so well with the pine and orange peel, and its complexity yet ability to shift flavors over the course of time makes it easy to drink. At less than $6 a bottle, I will definitely be buying the next one that I find fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 05:46:24 | More by magictacosinus
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since my first sip of Firestone Walker’s Union Jack (See Review), I have been a fan of this fantastic brewer – this is the same Firestone that makes tires. Concurrently was my newfound love of the Black IPA; naturally, the two would meet in the guise of Wookey Jack.

It opens with a fast and furious rush of froth; it settles slowly into a pitch black body capped by a beige froth. While the nose reeks of a pine forest, the taste is rather semi-sweet and reinforced by an aggressive molasses toastiness that retreats into a grassy finale.

The mouthfeel is spectacular: it is perfectly balanced, smooth, sweet and dry – all at the same time! This Wooky is an excellent brew that covers all the bases and a wonderful addiction.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 23:33:42 | More by jjboesen
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-01-2013 22:48:42 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-14-2014 02:01:36 | More by brownbeer
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supa0525

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-19-2013 13:29:48 | More by supa0525
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pengs68

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-11-2013 21:40:28 | More by pengs68
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chip26

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-10-2014 03:09:55 | More by chip26
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aquazr1

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-01-2013 04:53:04 | More by aquazr1
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Hops

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-09-2013 22:25:50 | More by Hops
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burninggoat

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-30-2013 22:05:35 | More by burninggoat
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JC333

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-08-2013 18:34:36 | More by JC333
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-25-2013 05:47:42 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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MikePags

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-02-2013 01:43:35 | More by MikePags
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SudsSurfer

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-06-2014 07:34:48 | More by SudsSurfer
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westcott

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-28-2013 17:44:44 | More by westcott
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-10-2013 00:26:25 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-15-2013 17:45:41 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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virinow

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-21-2013 00:39:06 | More by virinow
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-26-2013 20:14:02 | More by Mantooth
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-01-2013 21:15:41 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-11-2013 00:50:31 | More by WVbeergeek
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,157 ratings.