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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 191
Gots: 380 | FT: 8
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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Photo of Treebs
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. Bottled 7/19/12.

A: Pours a dark black color with a one inch pillow of light tan foam forming on the pour. The retention is very nice on the initial pour and the head leaves nice sheets of webbing down the sides of the glass.

S: Grainy rye, mild citrus and light pine are most prominent up front. Slight roast with a semi-sweet bakers chocolate as well.

T: Hoppy notes in large quantities bombard each sip. Light citrus fruit flesh, dried rye with a hint of spiciness, and some mild pine as well. The roast comes in towards the finish with some slight chocolate as well. The hops and rye are really the stars of the show in this one and it seems a tad imbalanced.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The finish is slightly sweet with a mild drying quality to it.

O: This beer was definitely good. I just feel that it missed more of the roasty and darker qualities in the flavor profile. It walked the walk, but didn't talk the talk. It still has a good taste, but gets docked some points for the imbalance.

Treebs, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Efay
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About 1 head of mocha foam. Not much retention, and not much lacing. Looks black, but you can see a chestnut hue in the light.

S- Agressive piney hops that attack your sinuses. A light citrus background and you can smell a light amount of earthly dark malt.

T-Not as aggressive as the nose. Initial smooth piney taste that ends with hoppy bitterness and bitter dark coffee malt taste after it all goes down.

M- Night and light with moderate carbonation. An easy drinker.

O- I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this was quite excellent. I usually feel that the abundant amount of hops and dark malt don't go well, but this is the contrary. The hops and malt compliment each other to make a very drinkable beer. However, I feel like it's lacking some complexity.

Efay, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of axeman9182
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a teardrop shaped glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Wookey jack pours almost a solid black, with.just faint mahogany highlights shining through. Almost two fingers of bone colored head crown the beer. Retention is good and there's a fair bit og lacing left in its wake. The nose has a bit of dry coffee to it, and that's joined by a juicy pine and citrus aroma. The rye, which was undetectable in the nose, shows up in the flavor profile. It lends a spicy edge to the upfront coffee taste. The mid palate bitterness is fairly noticeable, and provides a nice transition into the finish. That close features a similar pine heavy/citrus light balance to the nose. It's just a little muted though. The body isn't quite bone dry, but it's definitely on the light side. The carbonation though could stand to be just a little more energetic. I've been conditioned to expect great beer from Firestone Walker, and Wookey Jack is no exception.

axeman9182, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of bishopdc0
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

bishopdc0, May 07, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First the obvious remark "How many Wookies in a bottle of Wookey Jack?"

Clear dark brown colored ale with a tall and thick light brown colored head, looks are impressive.

Smell is strong hops and patent malt. Scents primarily of pine and eucalyptus. Scent of menthol is in this it numbs your nose when you sniff it. Lesser scents of chocolate and cake batter.

Starts out thick and bitter. Patent malt and menthol with a little carrot taste to it. Chocolate and rye with a hint of burnt rubber. hop remains mostly pine.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer but not an outstanding one.

Zorro, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, roasted malts, citrus and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter combination of a strong hops presence and dark chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in to create a good balance. There are sweet flavors in the background of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours like a lovely French roast coffee with a white sand head with big rocky bubbles. This beer is opaque and has velvet midnight black in the glass with an ever so slight hint of brown to suggest very dark chocolate, though there are some light carbonation bubbles working their ways up the sides. Lacing is thin but sticky and gorgeous like a complicated root system splaying out beneath a lovely fat ring of soil that surrounds the glass. The beer smells dank and tremendously fruity with fat mango, orange, pineapple and even some slight pine. This is the best fruity smell I can remember getting from any beer in a long time; it’s like a fruit salad in the hops aroma and I am absolutely digging it. Further whiffs suggest the tantalizing roasted coffee malts and dark chocolate below the hops. All the smells come together to overall remind me of a fruit salad lathered in dark chocolate and coffee. The smell alone has me salivating for this beer and upping my expectations tremendously. The beer’s taste loses a lot of that fruit and coffee, but that is not an entirely bad thing. Mango hops are still the dominant flavor for me with some nice side character fruit hops. The dark malts are very sideshow in the flavor, appearing mainly in the middle to provide some lovely creamy roasted flavoring before being flushed away by bitter, less-ripe fruit in the back and aftertaste. A ghost of the roasted chocolate flavor does dance on the fringes, in between the undulations of the fruit hops, but it is quite light. The rye spice is also a ghost in this taste, only slightly suggesting itself as the beer moves over the tongue and lingering a little to meld a spicy burn with the bitter burn. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and almost a touch watery. I kind of want a thicker beer too help bring more of the roasted malt flavor. The mouth is left with a good glaze of saliva and a fizzy, bitter-bitten tongue that is ready for more, if only in moderation. This beer is in between a sipper and a chugger, but I would suggest a more leisurely sip personally. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully for its 8%, with only the suggestion of a bite and burn hidden beneath the bitters. Overall this is a very nice example of the black ale style. Personally, I would love to see a little more malt action in a black ale, but this is very nice more IPA-based black. I also would have loved to see more rye action in this beer, but again the beer worked very well for what the brewer was going for. The smell of this beer is one of the best I have ever smelled, and has me dreaming of big hops and malts. This beer is definitely worthy of a sip and is quite enjoyable.

Maxwell, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nearly black with a thick tan head.

Lots of grapefruit and citrus aroma with sappy pine, roasted malts, coffee.

More notes of pine and dry grapefruit with moderate bitterness, roasted character, very light smoke.

Slick, medium bodied.

Nice black ale but I wish the flavors developed more.

TheMultiYeast, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of HopHog87
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

HopHog87, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a goblet at Hamilton’s Tavern in San Diego, Calif. , on May 5, 2012. Two fingers of head. Color looks espresso in the dark. White cloudy, frothy lacing on the top. Lots of cobweb, spongy film on the side.

Got lots of bitterness on the nose right away. Also some butter and rye notes. Citrusy hops, but not overwhelming.

Tasted smoky malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and chocolate. All this combined with some citrusy hops.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

Good tasting beer overall, which is what I’d expect from Firestone. Would definitely try it again.

BucannonXC5, May 10, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour, leaving a half-inch platform of tan foam. Amazingly, the foam barely dissipates at all, and the lacing is plentiful. Definitely a thing of beauty to look at. A nice blast of citrus hops in the nose, is this even a dark beer? Oh wait, I do detect a nice caramel balance with suggestions of doughy/bready sweetness.

I notice a nice balance initially in the flavor, and am very impressed it doesn't taste too potent/alcoholic. The hops are very tangy sweet and dank though, and after while they do start to hang on in the finish a bit too much. With the addition of darker malts creating a cocoa-ish caramel balance, it's almost cloying in the end, and I'm feeling robbed of a cleaner, dry more straight on bitter finish that I would prefer. Perhaps these Black IPA's just aren't my style as I prefer my hoppy brews much less sweet. The body has a silky thickness, but despite the foamy appearance, the carbonation is a bit too subtle.

The look and smell of this beer have a huge "wow" factor, and even the initial sip is pretty tasty. It becomes apparent rather quickly though that this is not something I could drink alot of. Definitely worth a try though, but split this bomber with a friend.

bennetj17, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of mpedara429
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent dark brown/cola-like color. It poured out with 3 fingers of mocha colored head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops and a hint of grapefruit.

T: Huge amount of bitter hops, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Bitter but is balanced by its sweet backbone. The sweetness isn't really characterized by any flavor besides sugary sweet. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. This beer is super smooth.

O: This beer is pretty good. It is unique, but I definitely couldn't have more than one. The hops are really intense and it is really sweet to try and balance out those hops. I'm a hophead but this put me over my limit for hops.

mpedara429, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of DEALLE2
3.92/5  rDev -8%

DEALLE2, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Pete_Orr
3.92/5  rDev -8%

Pete_Orr, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of tmm313
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

tmm313, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Oscar_The_Rauch, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Dasein11
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Dasein11, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark brown. almost black color with faint mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet floral aroma with spicy rye, malt, earthy and citrus hops.  Subtle roast but the rye character adds another dimension. Some grassy pine and slight citrus but the nose is dominated by spicy rye and dark malts.  

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a nice balance of resinous, earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and spicy rye.  Again, the rye adds complexity with level of spicy swetness that counters the piny hops and roasted notes. Grassy and piny hops followed by spicy rye with roasted and sweet malts underneath.  Hints of chocolate, toast, coffee and oatmeal lingering into a dry finish with subtle heat.

corby112, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of sleuthdog
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/19/12
Poured into tulip

Appearance: Color is dark and I'd call it black without any light penetrating. The pour produced a two finger light brown-tan head and there is some moderate lacing.

Smell: Pine hops at the forefront with a bit of chocolate malt and some roasted qualities. An earthy presence is noted and absolutely no alcohol is detected.

Taste: A bittering pine hop with some grapefruit first. The rye with some spiciness is also noted front to mid palate. This is quickly followed by the roasted and chocolate and the finish is a mild coffee like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium and pretty smooth actually. Just the right amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Overall: These black IPA's play to my palate perfectly in that they bring together the best of a stout/porter and an IPA. When I'm neither in the mood for a stout or an IPA this fits the bill to perfection and this one with the rye adds another intriguing layer to consider and keep it interesting.

sleuthdog, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of goochpunch
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out black with a thin, frothy milk head. Big PNW hops with somewhat clean, fruity US yeast in the nose with a hint of dark malts. Little booze in the smell as well. Taste is very hoppy. Lots of pine sap and citrus peel. Roast isn't that strong, but it's present. A bit too sweet for me. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is a tasty beer, but the sweetness makes it less than ideal.

goochpunch, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of MrBoz21
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

MrBoz21, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Libationguy
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Libationguy, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Wet mint, moss, semi-sweet chocolate. Some fresh pine. Hints of blood orange, clean charcoal, raisin.

T: Pretty much straight-up IPA at first, juicy blood orange, fresh pine. After a second, a touch of clean charcoal comes through. Middle is heaps of barely sweetened caramel as well as more clean dark roasted charcoal and some chocolate. Decent levels of lemon/pine oiliness. Hints at rye spiciness, which is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden, adding just a touch of dryness to a very balanced brew in terms of the sweet-bitter axis. Fairly thin. Finish has decent cocoa and lingers with dry, smooth charcoal and pine/blood orange.

Notes: Overall a nicely balanced brew that, for me, doesn't quite coordinate the roast and hoppiness but is very drinkable, reasonably refined, and nicely hoppy.

4000qtrap, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of EQueezy
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

great take on a black ipa. not as roasty, hoppy as others in this style, but the rye really gives this a nice sweet aromatic flavor.

a - black, med head.

s - nice med roast notes, slight sweet rye aroma

t - great. good clean, semi bitter pull with a sweet (but not too sweet) rye finish. excellent taste.

m - great body. goes down almost as easy as other ipas; just a notch heavier in body than a classic ipa, but not as heavy as a porter or heavier ale.

o - will def buy this again. quite a unique taste and one of the few black ipas i've found on the shelf.

EQueezy, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Oxymoron
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a soft black color with brown hues around the edges. Good clarity and a soft off white head.

The nose is light overall. Some hints of malt and bready undertones. A light toast and maybe a hint of rye on the side. Some hoppy notes with more of a piney and earthy herbal characteristic. No real yeast notes, very clean.

The taste comes out a bit more versus the nose. More malty flavors with a light astringent roast note. Again a hint of rye but could be a softer malt accent. The hops also come out a bit more with more of pine and wintergreen-esk like flavor which lingers into the finish. Again no yeast off notes and very clean overall.

The body is moderate to light. Some astirngency in the finish but blends well with the hoppy herbal. piney notes. Some carbonic bite as well. Would like to see a bit more complexity but an easy drinking beer for sure

Oxymoron, Feb 25, 2013
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.