Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,747
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 219
Gots: 505 | FT: 12
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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(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 31 Aug, 2014

The beer pours into a Duvel glass with a light tan 1" head on the dark brown, almost black liquid. While the head recedes fairly soon, there are rings of lacing on the side facing a way from me with patches and large speckles of foam on the side where I'm sipping. Most of the surface remains covered with a thin layer of foam for quite a while.

The smell is more or less like dark chocolate with some cattiness from the hops mixed in and sometimes dominationg the smell.

The flavors are fairly complex, with dark chocolate from the roasted malt, some almost but not quite burnt character giving way to the catty flavor and then dryness from the hops.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the finish begins in in the dark almost burnt chocolate of the dark malt and gradually fades into a nice dryness that invites another sip.

Overally this is a nicely drinkable beer and one that has a great deal of balance from the ingredients playing together nicely. The malt could taste burnt but does not, the hops could have a stronger catty character but don't linger long enough to become unpleasant. On the this is a good example of the style which I'll be happy to have again in the future.

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September 26, 2014

22 oz bottle, tulip

A – Pours dark brown to black, with excellent clarity, dark tan foam on top. About an inch of medium-thick head, slowly fading to a nice thin layer of foam on top. Despite the color, has a somewhat light visual impression.

S – A lot of elements of a porter, a dark, sweet maltiness with hints of toffee and chocolate. A ton of hops follow, with some grassy, citrus aromas.

T – If I hadn’t seen it, would probably peg this is a straight higher-alcohol APA or American IPA. The dark malts add some of their own bitterness, but some thicker malty carbonation aids in the balance. Again, some toffee and maybe vanilla from the malt, citrus and a touch of tropical from the hops, slight alcohol warmth.

M – Despite a ton of hoppiness, this is pretty full-bodied on the front, and has a sudsy thickness. Bitterness moves to the front and lingers on the palate.

O – Black IPA has a lot of room for interpretation, and I feel like this is a solid example of the style. Malty, fruity, bitter, and complex. Very enjoyable.

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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