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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,020
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 272
Gots: 662 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Ratings: 4,020 | Reviews: 606
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Photo of Joshpu
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Budinetz
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of ExtraStout
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black...wait, if you tilt the glass you can see that it is actually slightly translucent and a deep walnut color. Tan head, that fades quickly leaving just a covering on top with a few unfortunate large bubbles.

S - Get ready to enjoy as soon as you open a bottle, the citrus hop aromas that immediately escape are divine. Once poured, the hops are still present, but joined by a lot of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T - This is first and foremost an IPA, even better a rye IPA. The hop delivery is smooth with lots of citrus and a touch of floral. There is a sweetness and a bit of spice from the rye that plays perfectly with the floral notes of the hopes, and then the chocolate comes on as you finish, with just a hint of roasted coffee aftertaste.

M - Mediums bodied, velvety, and warming. Just enough alcohol and carbonation to linger.

O - This is one of those beers that should be a standard. If you want to make a black IPA, Cascadian ale, American Black ale...whatever you want to call it, this is it. There are lots of black IPAs out there since it became "the thing" to do, but this one does it right.

Photo of SanDNigel
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz into tulip pint
A- Coca-cola color on the pour with a thick creamy light tan head that doesn't want to go anywhere-I'm excited
S- Chocolate Chip Power Bar, toasted malt with a sweet hoppy rye backbone
T- Oohh. Aahh. Thats good. It's unexpectedly refreshing. Lighter than I thought it would be. Not lighter as in lacking flavor, just in body. Very unique. Brownie points for being something different. It just tastes like someone brewed exactly what they wanted to. Very mellowed hops
M- IPA mouthfeel; refreshing, big bubble, light (enough) bodied, but the roastey toasty-ness coats the tongue
This is a very good beer I would drink any time. I appreciate what it is. Is there bigger better beers... of coarse. But this beer is delicious and enjoyable, and for that I give it credit.

(Firestone Walker, I had written you off. I am sorry, I didn't mean it, I know good things happen there. The Costco pack does not do you justice (obviously...))

Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served too cold at local establishment that seems to have no trouble getting great brews.
First keg in Washington State? Incredible considering the competition. Don't know how they do it.
Nice dark pour into a stemmed glass. Virtually no head. Took a sip & decided I needed to wait for it to warm. Served way too cold. Cradling it in my hands to help it along.
Flavors definitely evolve with patience. Malt smoothness & rye up front with a nice hoppy persistence.
Well worth the effort to seek out. A fun beer. Can't wait to find it in bottles.

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown/black with one finger of brown head. Pretty good retention with small amounts of lacing.

S - Chocolate malt with some piney hops.

T - Malty with more subtle hops. "Bottled on" spot is blank, so not sure how old this is. I actually like the hops level if this. Some black ales get a bit over the top for me. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Hops are mostly grapefruit and pine. Tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with mild, pleasant bitterness throughout. Slightly dry.

O - One of the more harmonious black ales I've had. Nice flavor and aromas. Would definitely have again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, resiny hops and some spicy rye.

The flavor is roasted dark malts with a weird blend of rye and charred plasticky resiny bitterness. The bitterness is fairly harsh and lingering in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I really wanted to like this beer, but it just did not mesh at all. It did mellow a bit as I drank it, but still was overly abrasive and unbalanced with off-notes

Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brought this bottle back on a work trip to Portland, OR.

We split the bottle I in my allagash tulip she in a wine glass.

The beer is brown in color transparent as it pours. In the glass it is black with a dirty what head. The head forms immediately causing me to slow my pours. It laces very nicly and the head remains.

The smell is subtle but pleasant. I wouldn't guess from the smell that ipa or rye were involved but that doesn't make it a bad thing. I can get a spiciness and an almost grape nose. There are definitely fruity hops involved.

The taste is not at all what i expected. The carbonation intially fills my mouth. as it dissipates the spicy hops and rye flavor take over. there are other hops but they definitly take the back. the flavor finishes with a smooth bitter and dryness on the tongue that is almost smoky. Nice.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle ( a bargain at $8 and change at Yorktown (NY) beverage) Has a place on the label for bottled on date, but its blank...

Pours near black, mocha head, thats large, creamy and a bit fluffy, then a nice thick film, collar and more then ample webs of lace.

Nose of dark chocolate, dark coffee, and a hint of vanilla.

Full flavor, black IPA or what ever you want to call it. More dark chocolate and coffee notes, with mocha and again vanilla. Biting and drying hops in the rear, but packing a hefty punch.

Well crafted, pleasantly flavorful and satisfying. Would be great with some grill charred meats and/or some well aged cheddar.

Well worth seeking out and enjoying.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, opaque, high carbonation

Smell: sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit

Taste: chocolate, pine, charred malt, and cream

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with underlying bitterness

Overall: A good not great Black IPA. I like the way the pine and cream interact. That said, I have been blown away by just about every other beer I have had from Firestone Walker and this beer, while good did not do that.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I`ve had the Double Barrel ale,the double Jack and now the Wookey Jack and this is by far the best of the three.With a nice 8.30 ABV this will get the job done.Very good Black Ale.I have liked all the Firestone ale`s I have tried.Nice color and very nice smell too it.I will be buying more of these in the future.Keep on pounding the brews,Motley Drunk.

Photo of deebo
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this bad boy on recent trip to CA. Bottled on 1/25/13. Poured into a pint glass I can smell the hops a mile away...wow what an aromatic brew! Very heady, bubbly and dense with a light tan color. The liquid is black with a garnet hue and clear when held up to light. The whiffs of aromatic citra and amarillo hops. That characteristic rye spice is also quite pronounced but takes a back seat to the juicy citrus (apricot) aroma. Taste is indeed hoppy but there is a big malt bill here. Nice roasted notes with a rye spicy zing. Plenty of carbonation and medium bodied the high alcohol content is definitely not obtrusive and hidden well beneath the ample hops and malt. Their is a slight bitter bite in the aftertaste but it cleans up very nicely. While enjoying the first pint there is some beautiful lacing present and a chunk of head remains. This is a good looking, unbelievably aromatic, well done brew. I've only had a few of the offerings from FW but am really impressed! Superb. The best black IPA I've tasted.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Almost fooled me with the blank bottled on date on the label, but I found a date of 5/2/12 stamped on the neck.

A: Tan two and a half finger head with decent retention and tight, tight bubbles. Looks extremely deep brown to me but I’m pretty color blind, so what do I know? Letting the bubbles die down reveals a slick oily appearance.

S: Smelled the hops from a foot and half away as I was pouring. Heavy grapefruit with a very evident rye note. A whiff of bubble gum and pepper too.

T: Way more rye in the flavor that I anticipated. Very overpowering. There is some of the grapefruit there but it’s holding on for its dear life.

M: Lightly fizzy carb, medium oily body. No alcohol present, but drinkability not as high as I’d like thanks to the somewhat dry and acrid finish and aftertaste.

O: Disappointed to be honest. Burnt malt + spicy rye + bitter hops is just too much for my taste. It did grow on me and become less abrasive as I went on, but still not one of my favorite FW brews.

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant deep dark brown, 1” lacy tan cap,
S: piney, resiny hops over some roast with traces of dark dried fruit
T: Fills the mouth with a roast and prune seasoned mousse with a light dark sugar sweetness, grains and grain spice culminating in a dry, bitter finish. The bitterness vascilates through clean hop, black coffee to dark chocolate. The flavors are roast but not excessively burnt. More fruit emerges as the beer warms.
M: Creamy, medium full body, very fine, soft medium carbonation. Traces of rye body and a slight slickness.
O: A very drinkable American Black Ale.

Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout, though the edges are very dark ruby, with a thin khaki colored head that leaves the glass completely messy with stick on the drink down.

Big, dank aroma of pine needles, tree sap, citrus, and roasted malt. A nearly perfect, big, expressive aroma for a black IPA.

The flavor too is full of pine, tree sap, and earthy flavors, butted up against big notes of roasted malt and mild coffee. This is a bold, expressive, delicious black IPA.

Medium body with moderate-high carbonation.

One of my favorites within the style. I love this stuff.

Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany colored and opaque. A beige thick head settles out quickly. Low aroma of citrusy hops. Flavors of citrusy hops, morphing to orange rind pith, mix of pine and rye spice. Good balance of hops and malt, leaning more towards the hops, but good presence for the roasty dark malt. Rich and full mouthfeel, creamy, finishes a bit tannic. Good beer overall.

Photo of Libationguy
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black with tan head. Medium- head retention.

Rye bread, clove, black licorice, candied orange peel. There is a strong artificial alcohol perfume note in this beer for me.

Deep resin quality, citrus, pine, bitter chocolate, coffee, ruby red grapefruit, marbled bread and an underlying sense of earth.

Medium-bodied with a tacky feel on the back of the palate. There is a fairly strong sense of alcoholic heat on the finish.

The beer is pretty heavy on the resin side.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 34oz mug; jet black with a huge thick fluffy tan head that sticks around forever and leaves tons of awesome lacing. Looks awesome, and as a member of one of my favorite styles, I'm excited. Smell is piney hops, some rye, and slight chocolate/coffee from the darker malts. Taste is just awesome...smooth chocolatey malts with a perfect amount of piney hop bitterness and rye spiciness. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth...this is a nearly perfect beer. Alcohol is hidden entirely for 8.5%.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,020 ratings.