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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2864
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%


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:
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scootny

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro growler from the Beer Boutique in Brooklyn. Like a take home cask. This is a black-brown viscous fluid that hits the glass and slowly foams into a somewhat dense, creamy, two finger head. Fade is gentle and leaves some nice lacing. No light getting through this one and as a consequence I have no idea of what the carbonation is doing. Smell is sweet and piney with a lots of roasted malt and a light banana like fruitiness. Toffee and scorched caramel flow into some fresh, yeasty brown sweet bread and hints of coffee and cocoa. Taste is so close to perfect it is killing me not to give it. Sweet and roasted malt front moves to a heavy dose of sweet pine hops that leave grapefruit skin and hop oil. Finish is quite clean and dry with a sweet dark malt syrup flavor and a healthy hop blossoming in the swallow. Feel is velvety and almost cask like with a superfine carbonation that while gentle is quite active somehow. Creamy too. Weight is surprisingly light and supple. Don't get me wrong, it is sticky and has some syrup to it but it drinks like nobody's business and you can quickly find yourself at the bottom of the glass. This is a superb version of an ABA, it hides the abv like a double agent, drinks like a session ale and has a perfect balance of taste with big sweet roasted malt and a pine dominant hop signature. Wow.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2012 01:14:49 | More by scootny
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hopsputin

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: pitch black like motor oil with a really nice and creamy looking off white heat, bout 2.5 fingers

s: dank pungent hops and toasted malt. sweet citrus blends nicely with the slight bitter roast aroma. orange, mango, maybe some pineapple. there is a slight spice too, i'm assuming the rye

t: oh yes. delicious roasted and toasted malt, with a sweet citrus flavor following it up. there is some bitterness that hits towards the end. i'm also picking up dark chocolate, and dough. the rye/spice is present in the background, and works well so that it is not the dominant flavor. real clean

m: medium with solid carbonation

o: i'm a sucker for these black ales, and this one hits the spot. its refreshing, yet also decadent. i still prefer Hop in The Dark to this, but Wookey Jack is definitely worth the buy and actually available.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 20:43:00 | More by hopsputin
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prototypic

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wookey Jack is a very dark mahogany color. It’s not quite opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy and garnet highlights at the edges. Nice color though. It’s capped with a tan head that stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s rather quick to recede to a surface covering. Holds there for a while. It left a thick, sticky web of lace trailing down the glass. Good lookin’ stuff.

If the nose is any indication, this is going to be good. It kicks off with a nice citric hop scent. Grapefruit, orange, and pine are the most notable scents. It definitely has a spicy side to it. There’s no questioning the rye’s presence. The malt base is a nice mix of chocolate, roasted, and light caramel. It smells a little sweet, but it doesn’t seem like milk chocolate. That aspect is more cocoa-ish. There’s an interesting burnt or charred scent that smells like espresso. Alcohol is blended very well. I’m not getting much. Smells really good.

The flavor is even a little better. Wow! This is great stuff! The malt base is an effective combo of chocolate, caramel, and roasted varieties. The chocolate variety is bittersweet and dark with a touch of cocoa. It does have a charred coffee flavor. Tastes like espresso. Rye imparts a nice spicy flavor that works really well with the citric hop flavors that follow. Grapefruit and orange flavors are very tasty. To a lesser degree, there is a little pine. It is a little bitter, but the malts stabilize it pretty well. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. Finishes with a mix of malty, hoppy, and spicy flavors. Excellent!

Wookey Jack has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Feels a little thin. Carbonation is light and restrained. Bubbles are soft. For what it’s worth, it definitely goes down easily and quickly.

Firestone Walker did a great job with Wookey Jack. Its greatest assets is its ability to showcase delicious hop flavors and spicy rye at the same great. The dark malt flavors complement those flavors extremely well. If you haven’t tried, seek a bottle out. You’ll be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:17:00 | More by prototypic
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-09-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a 2-finger tan head and great lacing.

S - LOTS of pine and dank earth. Sweet roasted malt. Light citrus and hop floral. Not getting coffee, or chocolate. Very nice. Not overly-strong.

T - Mmmm. Like a porter with some extra hops. There's a rich, deep-roasted/light-char malt presence but nowhere as strong as Parabola. The IPA-ness of the beer is evident. Some of the pine carries over from the smell and there's a bit of citrus and some hop bitterness that is evident but constrained. This beer is remarkably well-balanced. It dries nicely and finally in the aftertaste you discover a note of dark chocolate.

M - Lighter bodied than it looks. Call it light-medium body with light carbonation.

O - OK. This is one fine beer. It's as good or better than my previous favorite black IPA; Founders' El Diablo Del Noche. Gotta have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 22:08:40 | More by Tucquan
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SavvyStudent

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with less than 10% transparency. A couple finger head on pour and solid lacing.
S: fresh hop punch with some sweet malt. Amazingly aromatic. The rye isn't dense but definately there. Overall some pine, grass and citrus as expected from an IPA
T: fresh hops, rye dryness, sweet and bitter malts. Great combo and more focus on IPA than rye or black styles which is why this is a new favorite.
M: medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Pleasant dinner or dessert beer.
O: amazing offering from Firestone and not what I anticipated. The focus on hoppy IPA and foundational support of sweet malts and dry rye makes this a perfect balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 23:49:41 | More by SavvyStudent
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PPOmaha

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Candied orange slices, medium spicy aroma, could be hops or malt bill. Nice sweet malt aroma. No DMS, no hot alcohol, faint diacetyl.

Appearance: dark brown to black with amber highlights. Tan head with pinpoint carbonation.

Taste: Starts light citrus in the front palate, very bitter spicy hop flavor in the mid and finishes dry with light alcohol. The bitterness is very pleasant and lingers for several seconds. Malt backbone is there to support the bitterness. Roast is really only there in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body that lingers on the tongue. No hot alcohol.

Overall: A great DIPA that would be hard to pick out as a black IPA if not for looking at it. Hides the alcohol well and the bitterness level is pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:56:19 | More by PPOmaha
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mttaylor1066

Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The only black IPA/black ale I've enjoyed. I'd buy this again.

Pours pitch black and creates a fleeting soapy head.

The nose has a lot of resiny hops...not as floral/citrusy as a "normal" IPA... but I like it.

There is a lot of hop bitterness which dominates the taste with the hint of mint to give it some lightness. Enjoyable construct. This has some heft to the mouthfeel, which makes it a sipping kind of ale.

If all black IPAs had these fundamentals, I'd enjoy the style more often.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 23:21:07 | More by mttaylor1066
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deebo

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this bad boy on recent trip to CA. Bottled on 1/25/13. Poured into a pint glass I can smell the hops a mile away...wow what an aromatic brew! Very heady, bubbly and dense with a light tan color. The liquid is black with a garnet hue and clear when held up to light. The whiffs of aromatic citra and amarillo hops. That characteristic rye spice is also quite pronounced but takes a back seat to the juicy citrus (apricot) aroma. Taste is indeed hoppy but there is a big malt bill here. Nice roasted notes with a rye spicy zing. Plenty of carbonation and medium bodied the high alcohol content is definitely not obtrusive and hidden well beneath the ample hops and malt. Their is a slight bitter bite in the aftertaste but it cleans up very nicely. While enjoying the first pint there is some beautiful lacing present and a chunk of head remains. This is a good looking, unbelievably aromatic, well done brew. I've only had a few of the offerings from FW but am really impressed! Superb. The best black IPA I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 04:01:46 | More by deebo
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darthvohn

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: Black but not opaque; holding it up to the light you see twinkles of dark garnet. On top a long lasting tightly packed small-medium sized bubbled root beer float foam colored head. Lacing is great leaving webs of foam in it's wake.

Smell: Piney citrus hops, spicy rye and roasted malts. The longer it sat and warmed the more of the roasted aromas came through.

Taste: Lovely rye spiciness with complex roasted malts imparting some bitter chocolate notes before the resiny hops charges through making their presence known. The bitterness of a stout and IPA unite leaving a pleasant bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft and velvety. Coats the mouth nicely; nice carbonation.

Overall: This is my first black ale which really appeals to me as it combines the flavor profiles of two of my favorites styles. The finish on this beer is amazing. I find myself savoring both flavors of a stout and IPA well after I've finish the swig. If you are a fan of both IPAs and Stouts, get this. Don't procrastinate like I did. Just get it and dwell in it's tastiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:21:28 | More by darthvohn
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PaBrewSki

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. Three finger tan head slowly faded to a thin rim. Nose is a blend of hops, roasted malts and rye. First taste is very roasty with a decent hoppy bitterness towards the end that lingers. It has a medium mouth feel and the rye is present throughout with a solid amount of rye hanging around after every sip. Very drinkable. Hardly notice the 8.3%.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:01:31 | More by PaBrewSki
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Map Room. Served in a tulip.

A - Light mocha foam settles to a solid cap, thick collar, and concentric circles of lacing. Black body with a light shade of brown at the bottom of the glass. Appropriately 'black' for a Black IPA.

S - Massive tropical hop bouquet, along with ripe orange, milk chocolate, biscuit, caramel, mild roast, and a hint of pine.

T - Taste is equally enjoyable, with a nice mélange of chocolate, caramel, and mild roast from the malts, mixed with citrus zest and tropical fruits flavors from the hops. I appreciate the dearth of black malt and astringency that often plague beers of this ilk. Moderate bitterness builds over time, but never becomes fatiguing.

M - Zesty, somewhat prickly carbonation. Medium-light body, with a super resinous finish laden with sticky hop oils. No obvious alcohol, but seems a tad thin for 8.3%.

D - Other than the mildly flaccid feel and harsh carbonation this beer is quite excellent. Perhaps bottle conditioning will fix these issues. In any case, I would definitely seek this out again, and would happily have multiple glasses in an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 14:13:47 | More by MasterSki
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from The Village Pump, $6.99. I never thought this would make it to MD. The bottle has the date 22 June 2012 printed on, but it's barely visible.

Pouring a blackish dark brown, this beer has a dense, creamy, light brown head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is nice! Big, pungent pine hops perfectly complement the rye, and the dark grains and a nice blend of roast and acidity to the nose. Unsweetened cocoa, citrus (oranges) and even some tropical fruit are present. The balance here leans towards aroma hops, just the way I like it, but the bitterness does lend an enjoyable pungency. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with a big hop flavor, a blend of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. There's some papaya and pineapple to complement the citrus as well. This is followed by a blend of roast, light caramel and unsweetened cocoa. Cocoa and citrus is a favorite combination of mine, especially when done right, and this beer does just that. The rye does add another dimension, a wholesome, spicy grain flavor that matches well with the pine. The bitterness lasts on the finish, not as resiny as I'd like. Light in body with moderate carbonation, and the alcohol is very well hidden, all of which make this beer very drinkable. While the finish also doesn't have quite enough roast for my liking (and is even a tad watery at times), but it further aids the drinkability of this beer, which is through the roof IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:19:25 | More by DefenCorps
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edproctor

California

4.4/5  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!!!

Serving type: growler

08-09-2012 08:41:29 | More by edproctor
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iwantsomerocks

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on 7/19/12. Poured into my Orval chalice. 1/2 finger head that lingers for a little.

Appearance is dark caramel. Nice.

In the nose I get hints of caramel and lots of piney hops. Maybe some kind of roasted nuts. This seems interesting.

Taste is amazing. Sweet caramel up front, leads to slightly bitter aromatic hops, which linger until the back, at which point they vanish. Leaves a slight caramel taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not overly carbonated like some ABAs tend to be.

Overall, this is exceptional. Definitely better than Sublimely in my opinion. Must try if you haven't.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:44:46 | More by iwantsomerocks
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a FW pint glass because apparently that's the en vogue thing to do these days. The beer is opaque and black, displaying a mountainous beige head that completely coats the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma offers roast, pine, and rye. Nicely done. The flavor brings piney hops with a slightly roasted malt bill. Alcohol presence is non-obtrusive. Beautiful chocolate notes linger in the finish. Without question one of the best examples of the style I have had. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 00:26:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Pints O'Plenty. A steal at $7.50.

Appearance: Black, nearly opaque except for a little bit of dark highlights when held up. Light tan head, lots of it. Excellent head retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Very IPA like aroma. Big, sweet citrus and tropical fruit and a touch of citra-like cattiness. A hint of spiciness and even less dark malt aromas-- just a little hint of chocolate.

Taste: Wonderfully hoppy flavor as above. Much more like a black IPA in the flavor than the smell, meaning there is some roasty and chocolate flavor. Bitterness from both the hops and dark malts are present, but restrained. Very flavorful and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and soft, almost like a cask beer. Gets clean on the finish with some lasting sweetness and a bit of resin.

Overall: Probably the best black IPA out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:17:21 | More by rapidsequence
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vande

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - this is one of the best looking non stout, stout appearanced beers i've seen... a nice, very clingy, somewhat dirty tan head that is thick at first but dissipates nicely, to what looks like a calm soda...very, very dark!

s - hops intermixed with a bit of pine-resin...my nose is a bit off with the change of the seasons, so you'll have to forgive my lack of aromatic description.

t - wonderful. hint of chocolate mixed in with the sweetness of rye presence and a hoppy backbone that isn't over bearing... quite a tasty blend...

m - smoothy, somewhat velvety and creamy. excellent

o - first try, and an excellent one at that. this'll be a repeat performer i'm sure. If you haven't, pick one up!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:15:26 | More by vande
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Mosstrooper

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a substantial brown head that has a lot of staying power. When the head finally dissipates, it leaves behind a thick ring of foam around the glass.

Smell: Spicy rye alongside herbal and piney hop aromas. Hints of pineapple.

Taste: Begins spicy before rounding to some tropical fruit flavor. Finishes with woody bitterness with a bit more rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller in body with balanced carbonation and an oily, sticky finish. Also finishes with some warming alcohol.

Overall: An excellent beer- one of the better ones I have had of this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:43:37 | More by Mosstrooper
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-walnut. Oily texture on the pour. Big beige head that retains very well and leaves excellent lacing,

S - Pine, roasted malts, vanilla, hazelnut.

T - Wow, very interesting. Enters the mouth tasting like a cream stout, turns into a pine-laden East Coast IPA, and finishes with a boozy oaky-chocolate hoppiness. Really cool, interesting flavor profile. I like it a lot. The phases are very clear and distinct and the transition to each is smooth and deliberately executed as it comes to craft.

M - Medium to full bodied. Appropriately carbonated. Hops linger on the lower palette.

D - A sneakygood beer. I've never had a beer from this brewing company, but this first showing from them is nothing short of excellent. This is a GOOD beer and I would absolutely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 03:23:33 | More by jmerloni
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this one and was not disappointed. Pored chilled into a tulip.

Pours an extremely dark sable colour. Looks black but if you hold it up to the light you see it's actually an extremely dark reddish brown. About an inch of light brown head that clickly recedes and leaves a thin layer on the surface that clings to the glass.

I was actually surprised at the strength of the hop aroma to this one. Pine, grass and spice.

Flavor is actually more well balanced then I thought it would be. The hops blend well with the spice and bitterness from the dark rye. Very faint background of bitter coffee that you would expect from the dark malts.

Mouthfeel is medium/heavy with moderat carbonation. Pleasant aftertaste lingers on seemingly all parts of the tongue.

All around just a great beer. Always been a big fan of rye beers and this one is easily my favorite to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:10:23 | More by srhoadsy
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours blacl with nice beige head. Took an aggressive pour. Aroma of pine and citrus, pretty much all hops. Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected from the nose. Flavor of pine, toasted or burnt wood, smokey roasted malt. Sime spice on the end I assume from the rye. Bitter finish with the strong hops lasting. One of my favorite for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:26:12 | More by BMMillsy
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, $7.99, big pour into a nonic pint.

A – Two-finger head, rocky, slow to dissipate, healthy lacing all throughout the drink.

S – Huge flowery aroma, like a bouquet of knock out roses. Daughter came and sat in my life and said I smelled like mangos.

T – A little sweet, a little peppery, nice hoppiness but not overwhelming. Some light roast malt. Finished with some bitter/peppery hops.

MF – Minerally, mildly sharp, unassuming carbonation.

O – Can’t stop thinking about the huge bouquet of an aroma this beer presents from start to finish. This beer has made me reconsider my tendency to avoid rye beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:24:18 | More by Sludgeman
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wogreen

Texas

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - thick black cloud with a foamy brown head
S - faint hint of hops
T - smooth creamy flavor, nearly stout-like though with a bit more hopped up flavor
M - thick, creamy
O - A fine balance between a stout and pale ale makes this a beer that seems almost sessionable despite the 8.3% ABV

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:13:03 | More by wogreen
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snaotheus

Washington

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.

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2013-06-08
22oz bottle again, dated 04/11/13 15:12. This time poured into a large snifter.

This is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:20:12 | More by snaotheus
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a trade with bfg75! Dark brown, almost black pour with a big two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Glorious nose with loads of piney, resiny hops to complement the rye, which was a little more subdued than I would have expected. Roasty malt with hints of cocoa balance it out nicely. The taste is just as bold as the nose. Tons of resiny, piney, citrus hops are balanced perfectly with a solid roasty malt backbone with hints of caramel and cocoa. The rye is once again subdued, but definitely adds a unique twist to your typical Black IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice bitter hop finish. Drinkability is off the charts on this one! Probably the most balanced Black IPA I've tasted to date, maybe even the best overall. Another amazing beer from one of my favorite breweries! Thanks to Ben for hooking me up with this one!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 14:11:43 | More by beerdrifter
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,864 ratings.