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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

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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Ratings: 4,619 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a decent tan head and minimal lacing clinging for dear life. Aroma is of roast chocolate. Taste is ok, but I expected a little more for all the hype and high scores that I see for this beer. Flavors of roasted caramel and coffee, some malt sweetnessw and some hops come through. For the most part, the beer is pretty well balanced, but the hops add an odd bitterness that doesn't balance well with the rest of the brew. A little off balanced and also not as bold as I was anticipating, slightly weak and some of the complexity that should be there is gone.......

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Photo of trevorpost
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku

A - This beer is not quite black. When held to the light ruby highlights appear. It is capped with three inches of tan head with large clumps hanging onto the sides.

S - The citrus aromas are the first to reach my nostrils. Then I notice the spicy rye. Finally, as it warms, I get some chocolate malt.

T - Now the taste leads with the rye and roasted malt. The spicy rye is the first to tickle my taste buds. The roasted malt comes through as burnt toast and some chocolate. It finishes with a citrus bitterness. Grapefruit comes to mind as the main culprit.

M - Thick and creamy.

O - This is a well crafted black IPA and deserved the praise that it receives. The flavors balance perfectly with a full mouthfeel of a stout.

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Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of arizcards
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late May for $5.99. Bottled on 4-13-12.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is leaving lacing all the way down my pint glass.

Nose is wonderful, citrus dominates throughout.

Taste is well balanced, chocolate malts and a touch of rye are nicely balanced by the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is an outstanding beer. ABV is well hidden, the multiple flavors are well blended. Another outstanding effort by Firestone Walker!

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Nearly black with soft 1/2 finger of tan head with average retention and a wavy layer of spare lacing.

S: Intense grapefruit and pineapple aromas meet medium roasty dark malt with coffee and nutty tones.

T: Varied flavors of roast, coffee, rye spiciness with the hops coming through late with some indistinct citrus, floral, and fruity notes.

M: Solid mouthfeel with this beer drinking a lot lighter than the ABV and especially for the dark maltiness.

O: A good but not spectacular that reminds me why I don't often drink the black IPA style -- flavors and aromas too often cover rather than accentuate each other and it can leave a nondescript product.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BdM
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a touch lighter than black coffee with mahogany highlights. Forms a two finger high creamy toasted marshmallow head, and an attractive ring of lacing. Good retention.

Hops dominate the aroma with a blast of grapefruit that is floral and pungent with a pine accompaniment. No malt discernible on the nose but ends with a slight coffee.

Bright hop notes are set off right from the start that allow a hint of nutty malt complete with a bit of coffee and ash. The bitterness and acidity from the dark malt play nicely with the Cascade hop character. One dimensional, the dark malt plays almost no part, even as the beer warms.

Creamy with a touch of prickly carbonation. Sticky malt offsets the drying hops with a medium body. Alcohol is well hidden.

Bright hops are the center piece of this beer adding aroma and bitterness. Smooth even mouthfeel with a well hidden alcohol shows the FW craft. I didn't get much of the dark malt and felt it was rather pointless to brew this as a black ipa if the malt just gets buried under.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black body with a foamy tan head. Good lacing around the edges of the glass.

S- Very floral and juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit pine, and citrus are in the front with no noticeable dark malt aromas.

T- A blast of those juicy hops up front, followed by a pine taste, finishing with a roasty aftertaste.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated and drinkable.

O- Most hop-forward black IPA I have had. The hop profile and aroma is makes you think you are drinking a regular IPA or an imperial amber, but the slight roasty finish lets you know the dark malt is there.

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Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown color with a big puffy toasted khaki colored head that slowly dissipated into a puffy cap. Left a wall of lacing.

The aroma is of a nice citrus hop, plenty of grapefruit. Some light pine in the aroma as well. I find that the hops overpower the malt in the aroma as I really don't pick up much.

Definitely more of a mix in the flavor. The malt is fairly substantial but very smooth, not much bitterness from the malt, which is a big plus for me for this style. The malt mostly has a big bready flavor, some toasted pumpernickle and a peppery spice from the rye. The hop profile is mostly grapefruit with some pine. A bit of resin but not overly bitter at all. Some rusty notes in the end.

The feel is moderate to full with soft carbonation. Extremely smooth for the style. Usually black IPA's crush you with both roasted malt and hop bitterness. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Probably the best black IPA that I have had. Not a huge fan of the style but the flavor and feel was so smooth.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Arcadia

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Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of braican
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany red/brown with a thick, chunky head; clots of lacing along the pint glass. The nose is all bright, floral hops; spicy and citrusy. The taste reinforces the hop presence with a relatively thin malt note; strong hop bitterness. The feel is also fairly light, slightly over-carbonated; crisp, clean, and dry.

The rye and hops really standout with the aroma and taste. But the balance seems off. The malt characteristics seem fairly weak and the mouthfeel thin and watery. Still, if hops are your thing, this is one to check out.

Re-review update (10-06-2013): had another bottle and found the body to be much better, more fitting for a dark ale. Also, the taste seemed better, more malty. Hop aroma and flavor characteristics remain strong per my initial review. So, I've bumped up both taste and mouthfeel by .50 from my previous rating and bumped up my overall by .50.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,619 ratings
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