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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,862 Ratings

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Ratings: 2862
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%

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

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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Photo of Jnashed


4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A: black pour with lots of head. Good retention and lacing . Head is white/ brown.

S: slight burnt notes, lots of citrus hops though in addition. Earthy tones also. Sweet fragrant hops not dank

T: like it a lot. Hops up front. Certainly an IPA with plenty of flavor. Complex though with burnt char slight acrid taste. Lots of fruity overtones also. Slight chocolate and molasses.

M: full slight chewy tone. A good amount of carbonation. Not stout like at all. Again it's an IPA thru and thru.

O: excellent brew. Many different favors that work together. Better than mist regular IPA or DIPA. Rye comes through in a way similar to Sucks but that burnt taste really caps it off.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 00:40:41 | More by Jnashed
Photo of HopHog87


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving- bottle into a tumbler

Appearance- wonderful rich, ebony with a slight ruby around the edge. Finger and a half of a tan head.

Nose- A very wonderful aroma of dark hops. Not fruity but more piney, spicy and perhaps grassy.

Mouthfeel- Medium with a smooth finish.

Taste- Extremely well balanced. I anticipated a flavor much more lopsided toward the hops, but this beer showcases all that is good with a Cascadian Dark Ale; sturdy malt backbone on which the hops ride and showcase their beauty. It is bitter but not so overpowering you don't get good notes of dark malt, too. Dry and not too sweet. Dark, piney hops.

Overall- Really perfect for a CDA. I mean, I don't really have any faults with this beer. You can tell it is made of good stuff and it isn't so lopsided with either the malt/alcohol or hop bitterness. I could see anyone who enjoys bitter beers but isn't a total hophead convert to like this treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 19:00:27 | More by HopHog87
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a thick brown that is practically black except when examined under a penetrating light That will only reveal the true color but is still impenetrable. The head is alight tan that is thick and leaves a very full lacing down the glass.

The nose is a spicy malt wit the hops being nicely dominant and pleasantly balanced with the smokiness, chocolate and coffee notes that result from the rich malt.

The taste is a very strong blending of hops that is very bitter riding on a semi-sweet to dry malt that has the similar notes of chocolate, coffee and some hints of molasses and spice with a sharp hop bite up front that fades to a pleasant hop finish.

The mouthfeel is just right for this brew with it being full and flavorful but not too heavy.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and is very enjoyable. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:47:32 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of ExtraStout


3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good drinking draft and spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid Firestone Walker offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma. Significant grapefruit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 14:07:58 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of Dsimenson


4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a very dark brown, almost black, unfiltered, nice lacing. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, pine, a bit of caramel, very nice. Flavor is okey, piney, dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee and caramel. I feel like I'm in the lumber yard and inhaling deeply with my mouth open. Mouthfeel is medium thick, not quite chewy. Overall the is an outstanding black IPA, a style I am not familiar with.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 22:45:05 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark brown with little light making it through. Pours with a massive 4 finger head. The head took up half of the glass. The bubbles are off white and homogenous in size.

S: Powerful dark fruits and hops. Earthy and pungent.

T: I am getting grapes and plums. Hints of bitter coffee. There is a "tartness" due to the bitter finish - but it is not unpleasant.

M: Smooth start - with the right amount of carbonation. Dry finish - but doesn't detract from the overall mouth feel.

O: I wouldn't turn this down - but I am not sure I will seek it out again. It is a nice brew but if I am getting something in this style I prefer Southern Tier Iniquity.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:23:57 | More by fscottkey
Photo of ricknelson


3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firestone's Wookey Jack came in 8th in my recent 8 beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting; Wookey Jack got the poorest reviews with an average review score of 3.78. Unfortunately this beer was about 2 years old and was too old to properly judge. It should have been a lot fresher in all fairness.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:48:53 | More by ricknelson
Photo of joeseppy


4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a generous two inch beige head that morphs into eternal darkness in my chalice. Lacing is scant. Hop influenced head is very impressive.

Aroma not very profound. Tones of citrus and pine mainly.

Here's where the horses run otta the gate. Beautiful rye spice pronounced with a charred grain with some smoke. Citrus emerges with piney tars evident. Maybe it's just my mind but I'm also picking up on cocoa powder in the back.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a snap-very crisp. Hops do linger throughout.

I've had this on and off in the past few years but lately been craving back for this. A spectacular all year round craft. I'm sure black ales are tough but this has been nailed. Really can't say enough fine things.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:27:14 | More by joeseppy
Photo of surfbouy


4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:40:10 | More by surfbouy
Photo of MrBoz21


3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown-copper-black with thick tan head that retains. and leaves nice lacing.

Nice citrus hops with pine. Rye malt, roast.

Taste: Nice rye crispness with a roasty back bone. Lots of bitter, resiny hops that stay in throat.

Mouth: Dry and astringent. A stout-like slickness.

Overall: Nice beer with good balance and complexity. Its a bit astringent and has more roast than I like for style.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:10:56 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of mlhyatt


4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date was 12/27/13 poured on 3/3/2014

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- an almost opaque darl brown. Not much head but what is there is an off white lace that covers the top of the beer.

S- bitter roast with some charred notes. There is a sweet malt that resides very faintly behind the roast. There are also some bready notes in there. The smell is very addictive.

T- a thick bread taste overwhelms the palate at first. But then the roast takes over as the beer goes down. Very unexpected sweetness that i can't describe really well. Its like there is syrup mixed in with the bread. Very nuce touch. The finish is bitter that rests on your tongue for a good while

M- the carbonation has a bite to it while swirling around in the mouth. Goes down super smooth after that though.

O- i was not expecting this beer to beat out double jack but everytjing about this is good. Haven't had very many rye ipa but i will definitely have to try more of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:26:57 | More by mlhyatt
Photo of Copernicus


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

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a boding jet black. Opaque. Only sign of light within bears the crimson glow of a fading forge. The head is tan to light brown. Full, like root beer. It clocked in around 3-4 fingers and retained for a while, leaving spotty constellations of lace upon its descent.

S: I've never smelled a beer like it. The hop aroma is basic boilerplate: piney, resiny, woodsy. Yet, its contrast with such a potent, merciless black malt is autopoietic. Tons of mild roast on the nose. Spicy, like old world bread with molasses.

T: The front drinks like an IPA, all piney, resiny hops. The middle displays a solid roasted and black malt structure but then gives way to a prominent spiciness. No doubt from the rye. The finish leaves you with a tenacious bitterness that lingers for some time. Chocolate begins to emerge as it warms.

M: Not as velvety as you would expect. The carbonation is playful , and there's no sign of alcohol.

O: A good beer, but confusing. It seems to fall a bit short of what the concept and appearance promises. Very drinkable though!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 22:08:19 | More by Copernicus
Photo of PPOmaha


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Candied orange slices, medium spicy aroma, could be hops or malt bill. Nice sweet malt aroma. No DMS, no hot alcohol, faint diacetyl.

Appearance: dark brown to black with amber highlights. Tan head with pinpoint carbonation.

Taste: Starts light citrus in the front palate, very bitter spicy hop flavor in the mid and finishes dry with light alcohol. The bitterness is very pleasant and lingers for several seconds. Malt backbone is there to support the bitterness. Roast is really only there in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body that lingers on the tongue. No hot alcohol.

Overall: A great DIPA that would be hard to pick out as a black IPA if not for looking at it. Hides the alcohol well and the bitterness level is pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:56:19 | More by PPOmaha
Photo of bbeerman


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A..Very dark luscious black. Poured a good frothy and grey head. Not too much lacing though which surprised me with the head.

S..A somewhat unique scent being a black IPA and rye beer. Wasn't sure at first smell that I'd like it.

T..Well the taste was very good. There are certainly fruity tastes throughout, more than I would have expected. I think the fruitiness contributed to my initial thoughts when smelling, but the fruit essence works upon tasting. A good rye presence made me very happy.

M..Easy to drink. Not heavy in my opinion and almost a bit light/weak on the back end. Minimal carbonation. Very little sense this was 8%+ ABV.

O..I'd be happy to drink this again. Would think it might be tasty from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 14:06:09 | More by bbeerman
Photo of fourstringer


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

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reads, Bottled on: 12/27/13. Love the boxing bear on the cap.

A: Essentially black, red-tinged dark brown. 1 finger of tan head with ok retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Hops at the forefront with a surprisingly fruity essence. Grapefruit. Citrus. Faint pine. Lighter roasted malt notes and a little oak. Touch of booze.

T: Assertive hopping throughout with a nice bitterness and more pine notes than I was expecting. Some roasted malt notes develop with some bitter cacao and a trace of smoke. Dry finish. A bit of spice from the rye, although fairly subdued. Alcohol is light for the 8.3% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Good vehicle. Smooth with a slightly velvety feel.

O: Well-executed and good drinking brew. Nice hop notes and particularly nice mouthfeel. I'd welcome some more rye presence, but tasty for sure.


Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:57:46 | More by fourstringer
Photo of Franziskaner


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark black in color but you can still see just a slight bit of light gets through when held up to a light. Brussels lacing. A thin layer of khaki colored foam covers the top, perhaps not quite a quarter of an inch. Aroma of rye and pine like hops is very prevalent and beckons for a sip. The flavor is initially very bitter from the pine like Northwest hops, but then quickly segues into the spicy, earthy rye flavor. The mouth is silky and deceptively smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:02:39 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of champ103


3.36/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About time I have put my thoughts down for this one. I have had many bottles, and on tap at several places. Throughout Houston, and elsewhere. Maybe the beer I have had the most of, without a review.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A beige head rises to over two fingers. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Piny, soapy, oily hops. Orange, grapefruit. Mixed with deep almost burnt caramel malts. Chocolate, light roast. A mess.
T: Again, a mess of piny, oily, orange, and grapefruit like hops with the big malt flavor. Burnt caramel malt with tons of sweetness. Some coffee, and chocolate. Finishes with an everlasting bitterness.
M/D: A full and resinous body. Almost sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation, but just very slick overall. Not hard to drink. Considering, I keep having a pint or bottle when available.

This is a hard review to write. I keep trying this cause I want to like it. Though I keep being let down. Certainly a standard for this style, if that is your thing. I have never been a fan with the clash of hops and big malts. After many tries, this is obviously not for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:07:50 | More by champ103
Photo of BastardKing24


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap before and it was THE BOMB. very good beer regardless of its style.

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice sized head that lasts a while. Some pretty big bubbles stay afloat along with nice lacing.

Smell is inviting as hell. Huge billowing hop essence with pine, grapefruit, orange, and roasted malt.

Taste is unique, more so than sublimely self righteous. First thing is a roasty quality like a stout, then a piney citric hop flavor that holds its own well through the taste. It's a combination of a dark ale and a double IPA in one. I love this beer its so in your face, yet also balanced as hell.

Feel is right spot on, just the right amount of bubbles with a slick feel to it that lends a nice flavor package.

This is a must try beer, I will be buying this more often now that I think of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:38:40 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of Rast


4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Round one of the Great Snowstorm IPA Taste-Off (Ed. 2014)*

Pours a lovely hazel with deep head. Check this out though: the head is full of LARGE bubbles. I have no idea why or how, but they're big, and they're distinct. Lacing on the glass is less like a spiderweb and more like a mountain range. Very Sochi. Very Caucasus. My wife proclaims that it looks like scallops. Also very Sochi.

Aroma is vaguely smokey, and certainly more malty than hoppy. Ah, the glory of rye. Taste us powerful, but commendably, laudably, superbly balanced. Malts win the day, but the hops are ever-present. Fine medium mouthfeel, and cavernous rye aftertaste. Pairs well with Utz Ripples and winter Olympics.

*Rules: When significant snow likely to give you time to consume large quantities of birra is forecast, buy some up, and post 'em up.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:36:29 | More by Rast
Photo of DaltonC


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is perfect, there's nothing else to say.

-On tap at Sage in the Aria Hotel in Vegas, waiter came back telling me I would have to wait 5-10 minutes due to the bar having to tap a fresh keg since it must have cashed out. Served in a proper tulip glass, black beer with a 2 finger tan thick head, beautiful beer, especially in the glass.

A. Gorgeous, baloon style tupil with a 2 finger tan, thicker head. Pitch black.

S. Firestone's IPA smell. Nose was like an excellent IPA, extremely fresh with citrus and grapefruit yet darker malt body, hint of bread, very fulfilling beautiful smell. I mean this beer's nose was absolutely wonderful.

T. 10/10. One of my few. Up there with Sucks, RuinTen, Enjoy By...this beer is delicious. It's a black IPA with so much of a west coast style IPA flavor, yet it's bready and somewhat malty, there is very little/no rye at all, at least not on draft..and i'm not a fan of very rye flavored IPA's. It's so hoppy yet creamy yet smooth yet malty yet delicious. Alcohol is seriously hidden...after 3 sips it was my favorite beer, I ordered 2. And this is at the Aria in Vegas, $8-$9 bucks a pint..seek this out, it is absolutely phenomenal.

M. Creamy, smooth, hoppy, drinkable, delicious.

O. 10/10, find it. I was skeptical being a IPA/DIPA/Black IPA drinker yet i'm not a fan of belgian style/yeasty/rye IPA's... this beer is not that. It is like Stone's sublimely black IPA mixed with FW Double Jack. It is creamy and smooth and drinkable and I almost would think it was a regular DIPA from a blind test. The rye/bread is well hidden, as well as the alcohol...this is a wonderful beer, best I have had on draft aside Celebration..seek it out bottle or draft, you won't be disappointed..

Hats off to Firestone, well done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 07:43:17 | More by DaltonC
Photo of PaBrewSki


4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter. Three finger tan head slowly faded to a thin rim. Nose is a blend of hops, roasted malts and rye. First taste is very roasty with a decent hoppy bitterness towards the end that lingers. It has a medium mouth feel and the rye is present throughout with a solid amount of rye hanging around after every sip. Very drinkable. Hardly notice the 8.3%.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:01:31 | More by PaBrewSki
Photo of darthvohn


4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: Black but not opaque; holding it up to the light you see twinkles of dark garnet. On top a long lasting tightly packed small-medium sized bubbled root beer float foam colored head. Lacing is great leaving webs of foam in it's wake.

Smell: Piney citrus hops, spicy rye and roasted malts. The longer it sat and warmed the more of the roasted aromas came through.

Taste: Lovely rye spiciness with complex roasted malts imparting some bitter chocolate notes before the resiny hops charges through making their presence known. The bitterness of a stout and IPA unite leaving a pleasant bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft and velvety. Coats the mouth nicely; nice carbonation.

Overall: This is my first black ale which really appeals to me as it combines the flavor profiles of two of my favorites styles. The finish on this beer is amazing. I find myself savoring both flavors of a stout and IPA well after I've finish the swig. If you are a fan of both IPAs and Stouts, get this. Don't procrastinate like I did. Just get it and dwell in it's tastiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 03:21:28 | More by darthvohn
Photo of BierJager89


4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 22:17:20 | More by BierJager89
Photo of tmm313


3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pretty much pitch black in the glass. Poured a huge, sticky, creamy 2 finger head. Awesome lacing.
S- Big tropical fruit and floral up front. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, dank, caramel, and slight roast when you dig in.
T- Sweet citrus and tropical fruit over caramel, bread, and roasted malts. Finish is huge roasted malt, char, and light bitter chocolate that is almost instantly assaulted by a massive pine bitterness. Char and bitterness is overpowering. Aftertaste adds a slightly metallic spice from the rye and a touch of grapefruit.
M- Medium body. Oily and resinous. Intensely drying with big lingering bitterness.
O- This was one of those I know is a well crafted beer, but I just can't dig it. The aromas were heavenly, but the taste ended far too burned and bitter for my palate. I don't think I can recall a beer's taste deviating so drastically from its smell, which is really an accomplishment, I suppose. Huge flavors, nice complexity, just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 20:50:12 | More by tmm313
Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Very dark brown with a tan colored head.

N: A mix of pine scented hops, spicy rye, and some dark roasted malt with a note of milk chocolate and cookie dough.

T: Confirms nose with a full-bodied mouthfeel and displays good balance for the style. Long lingering finish with all flavors integrated well.

O: Black IPAs are not a popular choice for me, but I certainly have tried a fair amount of them. This one stands out for its balance and integration of flavors. When you have dark malt, big hoppy aromas and bitterness, as well as some dry, spicy rye it can be difficult to keep everything in check. You can see how this could become a "tug o' war" event on your palate with each flavor fighting to overpower the others. However, this beer was not the case. Everyone played well in the sandbox.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 02:12:45 | More by Oscar_The_Rauch
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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,862 ratings.