Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 607
Hads: 4,225
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 2.83%
Wants: 292
Gots: 763 | FT: 16
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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

Wookey Jack opens to a hoppy aroma, pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and mint mixing with lesser touches of pine resin, dandelion stem, and grapefruit rind. A good measure of orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit esters add healthy doses of sugar, playing nicely off of the citrus-centric hops. The sugars extend into heaps of brown sugar and candi sugar, adding a crystallized super sweet rim around the edge. Small chunks of toast crust and biscuit add some earthiness, as does a very, very faint edge of ash. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though the “black” part of “black IPA” is hardly noticeable here, and the peppery rye is largely subsumed beneath the massive quantities of hops and sugars. The nose is still excellent, however, speaking to a well-made IPA that boasts a wide variety of hop aromas.

On the tongue, the first notes are of hops, which bring pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon oil, eucalyptus, pine, mint, and lesser notes of dandelion stem, the flavors mainly geared toward minty and citrusy. These are met almost immediately by a wave of ash and rye, as if thick brown rye bread had been deeply toasted and sprinkled with fresh-cracked pepper. The blackness here is excellent, reminiscent of fine breads, but also containing heavy ash, bits of tobacco, black malt, and semi-burnt molasses. These black, ashy notes are strong enough that they largely take over the beer, which is impressive, given the strength of the hops. In subsequent sips, the exact same process repeats itself: an initial blast of hops, then, as the beer is held on the tongue, the black ashy flavors take over. The hops aren’t overwhelmed here, but mix with the ash (as well as the few orange-oil-and-berry fruit esters that manage to make their way through the black morass) to form a lemon-lime overtone that adds a refreshing citrusy relief to the blackness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the heavy ashy notes, with lingering bits of citrusy hops, and at least the ashy notes stay on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a full medium to medium-full, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent black rye IPA, and one of the few on the market where the black, ashy notes mix well with the hops; too often they clash horribly. Well worth trying. (2,352 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kuaff
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A little colder than cellar temperature, in my tulip.

Generally-black-looking, it's actually a very dark brown when held up to some light. A nice couple-centimeter light tan head leaves lacing.

It really kind of smells like a spruce tree, with the pine needle resin and everything. There's even a bit of sap or maple syrup. And also a delightful little mix of zesty tropical fruit such as pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. I can indeed detect a little chocolate and roasted earth as well, but it's buried a bit underneath the IPA scents. Fabulous aroma here.

The flavor immediately delivers a pine-laced tornado of astringent hops and citrus. Then I realize that the tornado swept up some loamy soil off the ground (must have passed over some fertile soils), and again the orange and chocolate (an orange grove and a chocolate factory? Damn, you get around, tornado). Wow, what a wild ride.

Feel-wise, we're treading in nirvana territory. Full but not full. Crisp but mellow. kuaffable, but not overly thick. It is one with the universe.

Despite the dark beer qualities this black ale certainly does have, this is truly an IPA at heart. And a delicious one. Now I think I'm detecting some of that grainy, spicy rye in the aroma and finish... excuse me while I go step back into the tornado. (1,295 characters)

Photo of Joshpu
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Poured nearly black in color with a 2 finger tan head. Already seeing lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly getting the piney citrus hops. I also get the roasted malt/coffee/rye smell.

T: The taste definitely follows the smell, with more of a prominent roasted malty and slight coffee bitterness finish. Also getting a peppery rye finish.

M: Medium bodied. A smooth drinking beer, definitely doesn't feel like 8%. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall a great beer. I think it's an outstanding example of an American black ale. (564 characters)

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. (336 characters)

Photo of MrGrumpfish
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff. Smooth, somewhat sweet good mouth feel and reasonable priced. A good find. (86 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,747 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles around the side of the glass.

S - Strong pine resin hop presence with rye and roasted malt undertones.

T - Big piney and grapefruit hops followed by a sugary sweetness, rye and light notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D - Great example of the style. Very tasty. (419 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled on 5/15/14 stamped on the label.

Pours an opaque black color, about 50-60 SRM with a khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. Visible lacing all around the glass as it is consumed with a constant ring around the glass just at the surface of the beer.

Smells of roasted malt, sweet caramel, rich hop oils, and grass.

Tastes sweet upon first sip with a nice chocolatey middle and a dry roasted malt finish with a pleasant bitterness from the hop content.

Very slick on the tongue with a slight prickliness that leaves the mouth yearning for another sip. Leaves the mouth feeling dry upon swallowing but definitely compliments the palate.

One of the best ABA styles I have had the pleasure of consuming. Quite drinkable despite the 8.3% abv and very easy on the palate. Would definitely seek this one out.

Cheers! (874 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with one finger beige colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,earth,and pine resin,a littlbitter chocolate is there as well as the beer warmed a little.Big roast up front on the palate with earthiness and bitter chocolate,the piney hops hit hard in the finish.This is a big brash ABA,maybe the best I have had.Awesome (365 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of DavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jhiza
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Narshwaggle
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of woodchipper
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of GBfan75
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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