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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 2854
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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Titans77


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my typical review. This is not a typical brew. So it works.

Served in a 22oz bomber and picked up as fresh as I could get it in MD. Poured into a snifter. This stuff looks like a porter/stout just like how the name suggests. Very dark and intimidating when you expect it to have IPA-like characteristics. Remember the experimental odd-colored ketchup that was the craze a few years back? Yeah, that same feeling again. I take a whiff. Smells like a dumbed down version of a west coast ipa. I try to grasp the dark notes in the smell. To no avail. Let it warm up a bit. Still no rye, or chocolate or coffee notes to my nostrils. Best i can do is average IPA smell. Take a sip. Ok, let me level with you a bit. Oskar Blues Ten-Fidy - Great RIS. Stone Ruination IPA - An amazing IPA. FW Wookey Jack- F**king AMAZING. It is the best of both worlds blended together to make a beer that I can truly enjoy without picking between my favorites! Its an IPA with the dark characteristics of a porter or stout.

Pick this stuff up if you have the chance. If you are an IPA guy, this is an absolute amazing change of pace for you. If you are a porter/stout guy, give this a shot and try to enjoy this hopped up dark brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:17:05 | More by Titans77
Photo of WankelEngine


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours very dark brown bordering on opaque black. Just a tint of hazelnut around the edge when held up to the light. There is a tan head with good retention. Light, spotty lacing.

S: A fairly fruity aroma. Tropical fruits, pineapple and pear. This is backed up by some roasted malt scents.

T: Very interesting. A combination of fruity IPA, roasty black malt. Similar tropical fruits as the aroma with less emphasis on pear. Pine and floral hops add bitterness, especially in the finish. There are also notes of coffee and faint licorice and smoke. The rye is subtle and provides just a bit of spice.

M: Medium-thin and mild carbonation.

O: An interesting combination of flavors. Roasted malt, rye spice and IPA fruit. They sound sort of dissonant but come together nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 05:00:38 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of argock


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Nearly black with soft 1/2 finger of tan head with average retention and a wavy layer of spare lacing.

S: Intense grapefruit and pineapple aromas meet medium roasty dark malt with coffee and nutty tones.

T: Varied flavors of roast, coffee, rye spiciness with the hops coming through late with some indistinct citrus, floral, and fruity notes.

M: Solid mouthfeel with this beer drinking a lot lighter than the ABV and especially for the dark maltiness.

O: A good but not spectacular that reminds me why I don't often drink the black IPA style -- flavors and aromas too often cover rather than accentuate each other and it can leave a nondescript product.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:37:15 | More by argock
Photo of warnerry


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:16:20 | More by warnerry
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottle calls this a "Black Rye IPA".

Pours pitch black with two glorious fingers of foam that hangs around for a while. Aroma is extremely hoppy with citrus hop aromas. Closing your eyes you could mistake this for a straight up IPA.

First sip yields a nicely balanced brew, with a refreshing burst of hop flavor. Rye spiciness is present as well. Bitterness is quite mild and fades quickly into the malty body of this brew. This is a really flavorful, easy drinking beer that doesn't fit a set style. I'm really digging the hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 01:46:28 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of mdaschaf


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a dark color, pretty much black with a one finger tan/brown head on top. Thin lacing forms on the sides of the glass.

S: A combination of chocolate/roast with some pine and grapefruit.

T: Similar to the aroma, a good bit of roast and chocolate. Grapefruit, a little pineapple, and some pine round it out. Not much in the way of rye or spice though.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Good for a black ale, but still not really something I want to be drinking all the time.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 20:23:45 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of bmwats


4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black or dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown white head. Thick residue and some spotty, persistent lacing.

S: Sourdough bread, oregano, and clove.

T: Roasted, peaty malt. A little molasses, black licorice, coffee, and plenty of unsweetened dark chocolate. Something of a woody character also.

M: Not heavy, but full flavored. Dry pungent finish. Woody and peaty.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, foamy head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is bready with some savory spice. Peaty and roasted malt, with some sweet and bitter notes. Great combination and balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:50:07 | More by bmwats
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a light tan head, some retention & lace.

Plenty of hop aroma here, it's seriously dank (with some underlying sweaty gym socks).

Very hop forward. Surprisingly little malt flavour considering the colour, I actually wonder if they used Cynamar? Hints of underlying pumpernickel bread.

Moderate to full body is very smooth with a light acidity.

It's good, but it doesn't really come together for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 22:25:46 | More by Derek
Photo of scotorum


4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/15/13, so almost six months old when consumed. Age probably muted the hops somewhat on this example.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Very dark clear almost black ruby red with a huge tan head which took its time receding to thin surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Moderate pine with citrus notes.

t: Hops up front over a dark malty base. High ABV hardly evident.

m: Medium and slick. Very pleasant.

o: A very good black IPA with high drinkability. Not as distinctive as I had hoped given the name and brewer, but a good solid brew. A fresher bottle should have even more evident hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 04:32:25 | More by scotorum
Photo of DocJitsu


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the SLO Xtreme beerfest. It pours a dark brown--almost black, with glints of red in the light. A tan/taupe head. No head retention, which is not unusual for Firestone Walker creations. The color is misleading as the bouquet has a resiny hop character. Perfectly carbonated. In fact, the ties the resiny hop with the rye flavor with a very smooth transition. Not sure if that was intended or if it occurred serendipitously. Either way, it works.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 17:46:06 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick, finger+ of light-tan head.

Smell. Huge citrus rinds and piney hops. Just a little bit of roasty malt and caramel.

Taste. Massive citrus rinds and sticky, piney hops. A little roasty malt, some sweetness, and a slight earthyness to it.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer but I like a little more roasty malts like others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:47:15 | More by Rutager
Photo of DevilsCups

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz, into my Founders tulip.

A - Beautiful beer. Sits in the glass a nice black color with a very nice desert sand beige head. Light only gets through on the edges. Surprising too, as this one poured a stream of a cola like color. Lacing like a champ.

S - Citrus, roasty malt notes and a slight hint of bbq smoke. This is a great aroma, I just wish it were more pungent. Not one note steals the show, they all work together very well.

T - Citrus up front followed by the smokiness I had in the aroma. It buttons off at the end with the roasted malt note. On the bitter end for sure, but it's not overpowering.

M - Thinner, but appropriate I think. With this big of beer, a little more thickness wouldn't hurt.

O - Extremely solid brew from FW, once again. This one sits behind Stone Escondidian in the category, but not by much. And that's saying a lot, as Stone's was a truly remarkable brew. Firestone does good once again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:04:50 | More by DevilsCups
Photo of peacebone116


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at the new FW taproom in Paso Robles.

A: Beautiful black with brown & auburn highlights. The head dissipates as I nurse this beer, but it leaves a delicate lace that clings to the side of the glass as a constant reminder throughout my enjoyment.

N: Roasted grains and rye sit up front with a touch of citrus and melon (honey dew and barely ripe cantaloupe).

T/M: The body follows the nose on this beer, with really no surprises. The subtle roasted malt flavors are well complemented by the hop flavors of bitterness and citric/melon fruitiness. The mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, which I believe allows the hop flavors to shine a bit more. This beer is crisp and refreshing, a great summer time dark ale.

I believe that this recipe may have changed a bit since I reviewed the growler a couple months back. The rye seems much more evident now, which is both good and bad. The hop aromas are slightly muted as a result, but it is fun to have the spice of the rye show through a tad more. Well done to FWBC!

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 01:20:16 | More by peacebone116
Photo of harrymel


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at pints alehouse in Spokane

Black with a nice billowed light peanut quilt. Smells really citrusy, a real deviation from the norm for the style. Fruity and juicy with some lemon and tangerine. Some hints of cocoa in the back
Flavor does not disappoint: bitter and lively with hints of pine resin and biscuit. Carrying with it some nice toast and slight porter qualities. The body is silky smooth mediated with tight sharp Carb. A nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 02:03:31 | More by harrymel
Photo of Jeffo


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie pimped this beer all summer, so I had to pick one up when I saw it a Premiere Gourmet in NY.

From a bomber into a snifter
Black Rye IPA

APPEARANCE: Comes out like a porter. A brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full, bubbly wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains leacing some lacing the whole way down. Looks very nice.

SMELL: Dark malts, caramel notes, and piles of citrus and piney hops. Lots of grapefruit, lemon and orange, with some notes of pineapple. Very bold and enticing.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Dark malts and caramel up front, then lots of bitter, piney hops at the swallow. Bolder finish of caramel, melon sweetness, citrus, grapefruit, and piney hop bitterness lingers nicely. This is very much a DIPA with a touch of dark malts. Really tasty stuff, but if could be more "black" for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not quite as creamy as hoped, slightly prickly going down and finishes a touch dry on the palate. A bit of heat lingers as well. Decent enough, but a creamier, smoother feel would help quite a bit.

OVERALL: This was really, really nice. Lots of hop flavor, though the "black" part of the Black Ale, namely the dark malts and light roasted flavors, didn't quite come through. A better feel would have helped showcase what was there a little better as well. Nevertheless, I"m very glad I had a chance to try this enjoyable beer, or Doopie would have held it over my head for months. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 19:18:50 | More by Jeffo
Photo of woosterbill


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this one.

A: Black with brown highlights and a finger of dense, fine tan head. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Coffee and hops, with lots of pine and some raw herbalness. Very brash, very nice.

T: Purely hoppy up front, with pine being dominant. Some grapefruit as well, followed by a touch of coffee roastiness. The finish is long, bitter, and ashy. Good stuff.

M: Creamy medium body. Solid.

O: I really liked this one, despite not being a huge fan of the style. Well worth a shot.


Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:32:48 | More by woosterbill
Photo of sweemzander


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A big burst of citrus and pine. Subtle spice and a roasted quality to it overall.

(T)- A nice burst of citrus and pine. It slowly flows then into subtle roasty grains.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great combo of citrus and subtle roasted grains.

(O)- A solid to great black IPA; a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 15:07:26 | More by sweemzander
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a soft, dense cap of brown head that has decent retention

S - woody, spicy, earthy, rye, herbal

T - roasted malts, rye, peppery, spicy and herba hopsl, woody, earthy

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carboanted

This is an intense, hoppy, complex beer. The rye is forward and peppery. The hops are spicy and herbl. There's a nice earthiness that settles the roasted malts. There's some woodiness as well that isn't as pleasant. Overall, a really good, complex Black IPA that's worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:07:19 | More by tdm168
Photo of clayrock81


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black with thick tan head and lace ring. Citric, almost grapelike hop aroma with some hints of roasted malt. Real smooth, easy to drink, caught me by surprise on that, not a hop bomb but the piney, citrusy even grapefruit hops reall kick in and are balanced by some roasted malts and a touch of sweetness that I can only describe as bitter chocolate. The malts lead to a pleasant dry finish, not overly crisp or bitter and this is a very quality sipper and great example of this style (as this style seems easy to botch, apparently).

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 19:28:29 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Damian


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz (650ml) bottle
Bottled on: 02/18/13
Served in a pint glass

Dark mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, two-finger, beige colored crown that slowly receded to a resilient cap of foam. Thick patches of lacing stuck along glass. As the liquid fell, the patches transformed into a curtain of froth.

While this beer is listed as an American black ale, the aroma was dominated by IPA-like characteristics. Quite hoppy with strong citrus notes. Orange peel was apparent. Slightly sweet. Somewhat piney. A touch of chocolate and roasted malts were noticeable in the background. Hints of a dry, powdery yeastiness came through as well.

The flavor profile was quite similar to nose. Very hoppy and crisp. Lots of citrus. Hefty dose of orange peel. Touch of sweetness. Pine notes came through strong on the back end. The finish was crisp, dry and bitter with intense, lingering notes of pine resin. Although the beer looked dark and malty, I picked up no indication of any roasted or chocolate malts.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied than anticipated. Smooth, creamy and soft on the palate with a crisp, bubbly, medium effervescence.

This American black ale leans much more in the direction of an IPA than a dark ale of any type. While it lacked some complexity, it was flavorful and quite drinkable. All in all, a respectable offering from Firestone Walker.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:14:53 | More by Damian
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of spicy rye malt notes with some dry hoppy notes with light resinous notes. Taste is also dominated by spicy rye notes with some resinous dry hoppy notes with light dry bitter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really nice mix between some spicy rye malt with solid hops punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:27:25 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of shadetree67


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 5/24/2013
Consumed: 11/23/2013

Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black in appearance. Glints of red show through when held up to the light. A strong pour yielded 2.5 fingers of head that stuck around for awhile. Nice lacing throughout the drink.

Smell - Since this is an IPA, I was expecting a bit more hops on the nose but this bottle is nearly 6 months old. I smell slight hops and the spice of the rye.

Taste - Peppery spice from the rye. Not much in the way of hops; perhaps a bit of cut grass but not much more. Finishes sweet with caramel malts.

Mouth feel - High carbonation and medium body. Slight heat from the alcohol. Dry finish

Overall - I've had this on tap before and remember it being better. This review may not be fair since the bottle is 6 months old but hopefully at some point I'll get another and update the review.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:58:42 | More by shadetree67
Photo of scratch69


4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with a half a fingers worth of tan head.

Smell- Pine and grapefruit aromas.

Taste- Hop bitterness at the start that fades into dark roasted malt with spicy rye note throughout the swallow. Flavors blend together nicely.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall- An easy drinking Black IPA. Easily in the top 3 of this style for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 00:03:41 | More by scratch69
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with an outstanding head that disapates like a stout. Very nice look but the smell is kind of weak for an IPA. The taste is nice. I think I'm enjoying the rye, hop blend of this style. While I've only had two of this style with Terrapin Rye PA the other, I feel there is a trade off. Maybe the rye downplays certain aspect like smell and downplays the hoppiness but it does blend well overall. It's fairly smooth and drinkable. Because the hop presence is a tad lower I think the tongue burn out is less which makes this a very easy beer to drink. I enjoy this, but wish I could get it in a six pack rather than a bomber. I would get this again however.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 23:26:03 | More by sjones5045
Photo of ocelot2500


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with an off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of roasted notes with some citrus hops.

Tastes of the roasted notes with some spiciness on the back end. Notes of coffee and cocoa come through with a bit of roasted bitterness. Hops take over with citrus and pine with a touch of earthiness. Ends with the rye spiciness and finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is an interesting take on a black IPA and certainly worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 00:47:43 | More by ocelot2500
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,854 ratings.