Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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4.23
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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

Photo of muddyh2oblues
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattbk
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, some ruby color coming through when held out to light. Nice frothy rich head, light tan.
S - Orange, grapefruit rind, some light roast undertone, maybe a bit peachy even, pine. Very nice, not overpowering though. There is some rye coming through in aroma.
T - Yeah, this is pretty good, the grapefruit coming in more in the taste, that subtle roast is still there. Searching for rye, it may be doing more for mouthfeel, it is taking backseat to hops in this beer. The alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering, just some slight heat going down. Bitterness present, but taking backseat to hop flavor, which is a signature of FW beers. Very well balanced.
M - The mouthfeel is excellent on this beer, and this is where the rye shines through. Creamy, maybe medium-full, and accentuates a bready malt character that complements the hop taste.
D - Really like this beer. The best black IPA I have tasted, I'd put it above SSR by Stone. I might even put it above Double Jack; what it loses in drinkability, it more than makes up for in complexity.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of John101475
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber- no date found, poured to a pint glass.
L- real dark, lacy head, almost looks nitro charged with tiny bubble going up the side of the glass.
S- malty, with hop finish on smell
T- Malt first, pepper second, dry finish, hop hint on finish
F-good micro carbonation moves beer around you tongue

I know it says rye IPA, but it tastes like a stout/rye/ipa hybrid.

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Photo of deebo
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Mtoogs
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spark3148857
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nra818
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mntlover
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours black looking but shows deep dark brown when held to the light with some mahogany around the edges. Head is almost milk chocolate in color thumb sized that falls to ringed scum with some sheet lace.

Aroma is very nice hop forward nice pine notes, big juicy citrus grapefruit, pineapple. Its is a black IPA there are roasted notes but hops defiantly dominate.

Taste is creamy like roasted flavors almost dry, like a mild iced coffee with small hints of chocolate. Hop flavors to start but the roasted notes last a while before the bitterness hits your taste buds. Hops do not kick as much as you would think from the smell, but definite citrus rind and pine bitterness to round out the roasted malt. A well balanced very enjoyable black IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium level of carbonation seems to fit the brew and stays out of the way of the flavors.

Overall very well balanced and tasty brew, might be the best black IPA I have had.

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Photo of Ebru
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mr-jj
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bomber

Color is dark brown with a two finger tan head. Good retention and creamy semi-sticky lacing. Aroma is good, lots of roasted malt, citrus and some rye. Flavor follows the nose, along with some coffee notes. Finish is mildly bitter and dry. Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel that makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of C_Pel
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoctor
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours jet black with hints of chocolate with fluffy and active two fingers of tan head that maintains itself really well, eventually settling at a healthy film. Very good retention; nice thick layers of lacing.

S:
Sharp, dry, astringent hops right off the bat with roasty nut odors interspersed with pineapple and wet grass.

T:
Rich, soft and well-balanced hop and malt interplay, but hops definitely dominate the flavor. Dirt, coffee grounds, underripe pineapple and slightly metallic rye flavors.

M:
Soft and sharp with a creamy and consistent feel when you give it a quick swish. The beer is pretty dry- and quick-feeling on the whole with some prickly carbonation and some parching bitterness at the finish.

O:
Fabulous beer!
This is a rare treat, indeed. An American beer that manages to be wholly well-balanced and in tune with itself while still maintaining a strong 'punch-you-in-the-face-with-flavor' feel.
The beer pours very nice and looks just like you would hope. The smell hints at what is to come but doesn't give it away. Finally, the taste manages to take it up a notch but the rye (I think) keeps it even and mellow. The palate is the same way, being both prickly and soft, sharp and creamy. The flavor and feel lingers, but diminishes just fast/well enough that it makes it very drinkable. Excellent.
Will try to have again; worth getting a hold of.

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Photo of EEscobar
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with one finger beige colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,earth,and pine resin,a littlbitter chocolate is there as well as the beer warmed a little.Big roast up front on the palate with earthiness and bitter chocolate,the piney hops hit hard in the finish.This is a big brash ABA,maybe the best I have had.Awesome

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Photo of philbe311
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Three fingers worth of slightly cascading active light brown colored head comprised of loads of huge chunky bubbles... Excellent retention the ultimately yields to a full rich layer of lacing... The color is a rich deep dark brown with a very distinctive ruby red hue... A good bit of light leaks in around the edges... Mostly still - just a couple of stray bubbles can be seen at the bottom of the glass the seem to disappear into an abyss never to be seen again... Loads of lacing cling to the side of the glass...

S - A unique mix of insanely fresh hops... It's like I'm sticking my nose into a bag of hops I plan on using for home brewing... There is a very light spicy rye component... Fairly one dimensional, but a rock solid very pleasing one dimension...

T - Much more complexity arrives on the palate... The spicy rye component is dialed up more than a notch or two and adds a wonderful depth... It still takes a back seat to the stellar mix of fresh hops... A bit of dark fruit lies beneath the surface... A very light malty sweetness linger as well...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Clean... Crisp... Even and consistent... Brisk carbonation... Goes down very easy...

D - Oh yeah, that's good... On of the best American Black Ales that I've encountered... I have nothing bad to say about this brew which is another outstanding example of Firestone Walker craftsmanship... All that, but I love the name...

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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!!!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - fantastic tan head with great lacing in this dark beer.
Smell - piney citrus
Taste - piney citrus spiced toasty malt
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - really good very different black ipa. Love the rye in it.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4,611 ratings.
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