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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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22.88%
 
 
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Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Serving type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a belgian style tulip glass.

Aroma: A very nice, mellow citrusy hop aromas on the nose.

Appearance: This looks beautiful, looks like a stout or porter, black with a brown head.

Taste: Not a big citrusy hop flavor up front, pretty mellow, a light roasted dry character on the back end, not getting a lot of alcohol, very smooth, very drinkable for an 8% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, light feeling but not thin.

Overall: This is easier drinking than I thought it would be, I was expecting something like Union Jack, that I think is hoppier and has more bitterness. This is very smooth, a nice citrusy bitterness up front, a little roasted character on the back end, but surprisingly very drinkable. I think I need to try more black ales IPAs to get a better understanding of where this fits in the style, definitely worth drinking again and worth trying.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the City Tap House - Logan Square, Philadelphia. Served in a Tulip glass. Nice hoppy flavor to this one. Went down way too easily. I'll be back.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear ruby brown when pouring, two finger light tan head.

S-Roasted malt, some spiciness from the rye, burnt notes, all topped with bunch of citrus and grassy hops.

T-Starts with a blend of roasted malt and rye, but at the end of the day the citrus hop and bitterness prevail. End is a balance between all three flavors. As it warms rye seems to take over

M-Light in body, well carbonated.

O-One of the better Black IPAs I've had the balance is amazing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) in color. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very subtle notes of roasted malts with very strong aromas of hops - there are pine/resin hops that dominate with some lighter influences of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Very nicely balanced since there is a presence of roasted malts and lots of hops but the beer is not overly bitter. The beer starts with light flavors of roasted malts with a much stronger presence of pine/resin hops and lighter citrus/orange rind hops. There are light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Great example of the style (American Black Ale/Black IPA) with only the subtle notes of the roasted malts and the stronger presence of hops flavors and aromas. Very enjoyable, glad I finally got the chance to try this one after the fiasco of this being distributed in NJ.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark brown color with two fingers of thick off-white head. Good amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops along with dark caramel malts and toffee.

A well-balanced beer with citrus and pine hops together with dark caramel malts and rye bread. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

This is a complex and very tasty beer from Firestone Walker. All Black IPAs should be this good.

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Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark almost black color from a draft pour. 3 fingers of head. Dissipated quickly. Strong hop aroma. Mild and balanced in the mouth. Loads of roasted malts, citrus, some rye definitely. Little bitterness but hidden. Very complex and well done. Very different. If you like ipa and stout, this tastes like a good marriage of both.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/31/2014

Black in color with almost no head. Smell is malty and grassy hops. Thinner mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Taste is boozy, hoppy/piney bitterness with hints of caramel malt, rye spice and chocolate. Good overall but was hoping for more based on reviews and my own enjoyment of both union jack and double jack.

Had again 12/24...much better. A great black IPA

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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours black. Not super dark black. No head. Smells great. Malty and sweet. You can taste the alcohol but without the over the top bitterness. Glad I got a chance to try it.

Wife's Review:"It is ok."

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wookey pours a deep deep brown but one can also see some garnet highlights below the tall beige head. The head is dense and pocketed with large bubbles. Some good sticky lacing is left behind.

Aroma is quite hoppy, in the citrus/floral vein. Malts have a very slight roasted smell. Perhaps even spicy rye.

In the taste the first thing I noticed, really slapped in the face, was the bitterness. Quite bitter. Hops have a mild citrus taste but are light and understated. Malts balance and hoist the hops well.
Since there is rye malts in the brew I was expecting some spiciness but couldn't find any. Roasted malts sutle and are complementory and not overpowering.
The feel of the beer I think is the weak point. It was smooth and soft but almost to the point of being flat. It weighted heavy on the palette and drink semi bitter. Had the mouthfeel of a Guiness.

Overall it's good. I like the way the roasted malts were sutle and complementory and understated, not overpowering. Some BIPA's are borderline porters and stoudts in my opinion, not that that,s a bad thing.

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Photo of surfbouy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 10/30/13
Appearance: Aggro pour from 22oz bomber into 16oz snifter yields a two finger café latte head that dissipates slowly into a thin layer. Thick and heavy lacing with nearly opaque, deep black cherry color and legs like a speed skater.

Aroma:Hops, spices, dark chocolate, coffee and mild caramel

Flavor: Dark chocolate, coffee, slight pine, rye spiciness, some biscuit? Very slight alcohol warming with medium bittering and slight astringency at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with dry/ bitter finish. Low active carbonation, very slight alcohol warming in the back. Slight astringency.

Opinion: I really like this beer. It’s very complex yet moderately session-able in spite of the fact of the 8.5 % ABV. I’m currently cellaring one and will probably do more.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 1/7/16

A dark cola liquid, thumbs width of dense dark foam slowly falls to a thin film leaving three partial rings

S passion fruit, guava, and pineapple shine through all the dark malt, lots of tropical notes in something so dark, citrus and chocolate syrup try to balance out the tropical notes

T spruce, dark chocolate, and char make their mark among the tropical hops, piney, maybe some licorice, everything's massive in this one, plenty going on

M has heavy weight, bubbles soften it up, bitter bite, slick inside, a little sticky outside, citrus and pine linger making you forget how dark this stuff looks

O not really feeling the rye malt but its hard to miss all this hops shining through the dark stuff, drinking a little too smooth for something that can hurt ya with ease

One of the better BIPA's on the market but the price tags tough to swallow even though its hitting every spot. I'm stoked to see Firestone on the shelf here in Alberta but sitting at twice the price of some solid locals its going to be hard to compete with the new found value coming from my 'locals".....

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Photo of lsummers
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark porter like thickness with limited light coming through. I was very impressed with it's dark reddish brown color. The lacing wasn't much to look at, neither was the head. The smell was that of an imperial ipa, hops, citrus, floral, not so much rye though. Very attractive smell though... The taste was incredible, normaly rye beers for me aren't as big a hit for me but this one hit home. The taste is that of caramel, hops, floral citrus notes with a bit of burnt aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't anything special but it doesn't detract, just something I wouldn't say adds. Overall I would definitely pick this beer up again, and if I ever saw it on tap somewhere, it would be the first beer I tried there.

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Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee-colored brown nearing black with a thick, rocky ecru head. Pungent pine with a rough citrus rind edge juxtaposed against brown sugar and coffee grounds. Hops soften as it warms - grapefruit zest, green tea, and new evergreen growth. Dry and clean - goes down in gulps. Another great hoppy beer from FW.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams signature pint glass.

Appearance: Very and I do mean very dark brown almost opaque but against the

Smell: Barley if you ask me, not so sticking smell but seriously appetizing after taking a sniff.

Taste: Complex caramel, you taste how bitter it is but offset with a weird sweetness. Yes it is still a light floral but you can't complain drinking this piece of heaven.

Mouth: Yes that good, almost a borderline five with so much stickiness and hauling after-taste.

Overall: This beer is at the top of the food chain when it comes to Black Ales and Black IPA's, flavor so complex and intrciate that it blasts your palates. I will buy it again as long as it is in stock (hopefully), Salud!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very dark brown, the head was a light tan color with a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer is nicely balanced with the roasted malts and the hops. The taste of the beer has a great flavor to it. The malts are there and slightly roasted but not chocolaty at all, the rye gives of some light spice and the hops come in and bitter the beer nicely but not overwhelmingly. The mouthfeel is great, it's medium bodied with generous carbonation with a nice smooth feel to it. Overall it's damn good brew. Highly impressed, would totally drink this one again.

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Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a light brown, fluffy, bubbly head. Some head retention and lace. Blood red when held up to light.

S: Everything you'd expect is there. Fresh, American hops, spicy rye, and creamy, sugary, roasted malt.

T: Very tasty but not mind-blowing as I expected. But I guess I shouldn't have expected that. Parabola, on the other hand...anyway, the American hops, roasted malt, and rye come through and create a pleasant experience. No booze, either.

M: Extremely smooth and delicious. Little carbonation. So easy to drink you won't believe you've finished the bomber.

O: The flavors come together well to make this an awesome example of a unique version of the style. With so many Black Ales out there, this is different enough to merit high marks.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a medium brown head.

S: Orange and rye in the nose.

T: Rye, vanilla, orange and grass up front followed by malt in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: The rye adds a nice touch to the black ale/black IPA style. This was my introduction to said style, and I didn't quite get it yet. If I try it again, I might like it more.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown with ruby clearly visible at the edges; 1+ finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: piney hops with citrus in the background;

T: deeply roasted grain up front; citrus at mid-palate; smokiness from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness at the finish; smokiness lasts a long time;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: wow, is this good!

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into tulip
Review from notes 10/23

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. Two finger tan head with great retention.

S - Pine, floral, grassy. Exactly what I want in a Cascadian Dark Ale, plus a little bit of rye spiciness. Some sweeter tropical fruit aromas, too. Not much in the way of roasted malt aroma.

T - Rye bread, dark roasted malts, pine and grass. None of the faint sweetness I got in the aroma, this is an earthy, piney, slightly spicy treat.

M - Medium body with a very dry finish that works perfectly.

O - A fantastic beer. One of the best CDAs/BIPAs I have had, up there with Deschutes and Stone offerings. Really great combination of flavors, and the addition of rye to this style was an inspired and excellent decision.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Not a whole lot on the nose, faint notes of dry roast, coffee and extremely weak resinous hops. Appearance: Black in color with fair lacing against the glass and a thin foam rim. Taste: Very strong bitter hops upfront with an extremely pleasing dark chocolate/fudge overtone the the middle of the mouth. The rye is definitely noticeable and it seems to be playing off the chocolate notes extremely well. There's some definite tropical fruit in here; possibly some mango/pineapple notes, not really getting grapefruit notes as you do in typical IPA's. Some more stout characteristics are here throughout the palate. Notes of deep, rich chocolate, dry coffee, super dry finish with roasted caramel and biscuit. Overall, this is really just fantastic. Super bitter, noticeable fruity flavors and dry stout notes. A+

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/20/13 (2 months old).

Looks good in the glass, almost black, with light tan head that sticks to the glass.

Smells like roasted grain and pine resin hops, with undertones of rye spiciness.

Tastes nice and hoppy - pine resin, spice, earth - along with robust roastiness. Pretty dry and bitter, only a bare hint of sweetness and even that disappears completely in the long bitter finish. The rye, roast, and hop flavors really complement each other. Great depth of flavor and quite delicious.

Smooth, cushy texture, just the right amount of fine carbonation.

Nice beer, glad to finally try it.

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Photo of gcasher
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a bottle.
Pittsburgh does not have distribution, so we have to be wary of age. This bottle was dated July 31, 2014. The pour produced a fluffy mocha head. The beer appeared black. The taste was similar to a nice Porter with waves of the washing over it. All in all it held up great over the past year.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best score I came up with at Khoury's in Las Vegas, the only shop in that city with this beer. Was nice to see it at almost every store in Reno when I came home.

Brown pour, 1/2" head on it, looks good. Nice hoppy aromatic dominance in the aroma department, didn't allow any roasted aroma to take over, I think that means they probably used that dehusked black malt. You get a lot of the nice hop aromas, tropical, grassy, green, pine, sticky icky danky.

Taste, nice, not massive burnt bitterness of lesser black ales, this was a light in terms of body black ale, but still dark in color, while letting the hops shine on. Alcohol pretty well stuffed under the rug and not prevalent on the tongue. Enjoyable contribution from the rye, more sweet than spicy in this connotation, but that black malt seems to absorb heat (of all kinds) a little better than others.

Some real good stuff here, really didn't want to let my last bottle go as an extra in the last trade, but spread the wealth, that's what I always say, when its a choice at least, not when its being forced upon you!

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark like a stout with thick and frothy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is nutty, roasty, and chocolaty but not very pronounced. Has a tinge of hop bitterness that peaks through the dark malt flavor. Flavor follows the nose. The mouth feel is very pleasant; slightly sticky, smooth, and gets creamier as the beer warms. Overall this is a fantastic beer, its got a little bit of everything. Highly recommend.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info on the label despite a spot for a date. Poured in to FW snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of bubbly light brown head. Spotty lacing.

S - Mix of citrus hop aromas, roast and spicy rye. The background adds some lighter chocolate notes.

T - Grapefruit and pine up front accompany a sharp bitterness. The middle adds roasted malts, chocolate a nice spiciness form the rye malts.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonatoin.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.
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