Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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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#769
Reviews:
702
Ratings:
4,623
pDev:
8.71%
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Photo of pstam87
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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Photo of Jaywalsh20
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of WillemB
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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

Photo of Justindemino
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of tlema1
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of hop aroma, with a well balanced hop&roasted malt taste...outstanding

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Photo of Mattmarinucci
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of booga73
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Jufu07
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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

Served cool from 335ml bottle into American nonic pint glass.

L) Very dark brown, almost black, with a reddish tinge, opaque. 1cm dense tan off-white head.

S) Amarillo hops, a lot of possible malt sweetness, maybe this is the rye.

T) Oo, nice. Very mellow citra and Amarillo hop flavours. Definite background flavour of burnt dark malt. Not a lot of hop bitterness, and what there is is wonderfully balanced off with some malt sweetness.

F) Steady in this department, the high ABV is easily accommodated, there is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste and the medium fizziness is quite nice.

O) Another superb black IPA. Fast becoming my favourite style.

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Photo of BMMillsy
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
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.

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

Photo of muddyh2oblues
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattbk
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%

Photo of John101475
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spark3148857
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nra818
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,623 ratings
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