Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Wookey JackWookey Jack

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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Photo of kjlcm
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottled on 1/25/13

I am not very good at the standard review so I will give my overall impression This is a great black ale from Firestone. Pours a dark amber and looks inviting. Tastes wonderful! Well balanced with a bit of warmth at the end. This is my first time trying and I will certainly have again.

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Photo of 45nDown
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of nick_asian
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pretty much black with a nice tan head. Lacing is super solid, too.
S: A lot of hops and a little bit of bready sweetness from the rye.
T: Still a lot of the hops going on here with a good bit of piney and citrus notes. Really awesome earthy tones and still some sweetness with a balance of the toasty notes. A little hot in the finish, especially when it warms up, but it's a good touch.
M: Solid medium body. A little sticky and first, but that leaves quick.
O: Awesome beer. I'm a big hop head and i'm hella into this because of the earthy tones.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a light tan head, some retention & lace.

Plenty of hop aroma here, it's seriously dank (with some underlying sweaty gym socks).

Very hop forward. Surprisingly little malt flavour considering the colour, I actually wonder if they used Cynamar? Hints of underlying pumpernickel bread.

Moderate to full body is very smooth with a light acidity.

It's good, but it doesn't really come together for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jenlo_21
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: The Wookey is surprisingly black, as in, it has to be pretty close to the absence of light altogether. Nothing is getting through this beer. On top rests an egg shell colored finger of head which settles into a half-finger and remains there throughout the first half of the glass. The lacing is foamy and pretty evenly distributed over about 70% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Wookey Jack has always been one of my favorite smelling beers. It has an intense aroma that always greats the nose early and once it’s all the way in the glass, well, the smell is simply a beautiful thing. It has a huge citrus component along with a good dose of spice and a hint of roastiness.

TASTE: The Citra hops are the star of this show. They are certainly present in the nose, but on the palate they bring through a large wave of citrus that carries with it a little tropical fruit (especially as it gets warmer). As the citrus passes another big wave of flavor comes through in the form of a beautiful spicy rye. A touch of roastiness is also present, particularly in the aftertaste, and it ties the whole experience together. This is a remarkable beer.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is surprisingly light for a beer of this color. On the other hand, the carbonation is a little on the low side given the big, bright, citrusy flavors. While there is enough malt to balance this out nicely, the finish is very dry and it clears the palate quite nicely.

OVERALL: This is ridiculously good beer. It is getting harder and harder to get genuinely excited about a year-round beer that is widely distributed in my market, but this beer worth getting excited about. It is easily the best beer I’ve had in the American Black Ale category, close to perfection.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4,615 ratings.
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