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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,406
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 190
Gots: 376 | 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 Topher78
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with hints of brown on the edges. Half a finger of a khaki head that leaves good lacing. The Aroma has big citrus notes along with some roasted malt. The taste has similar characteristics as the aroma but with some spiciness as well. Very complex body with a medium mouth feel.

Topher78, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Hitmanoo
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an excellent beer. Full bodied, hoppy and flavorful.
The aroma is spot on.
The color is darker than expected, but matches the flavor.
Very strong with a high alcohol content.
Would be perfect with a burger or some chicken wings.

Highly recommended!

Hitmanoo, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours extremely dark, Almost pitch black in the glass. A one finger of a lingering off tan colored head. Visible alcohol legs.

S- Super fresh citrus, oranges, lemon, mango and pine. A slight roasted malt and a warming spiciness.

T- A slight bitterness comes up at first. A wave of a fresh hop profile. There is a ton of pine in this beer. There is also an array of fresh citrus flavors. There is a lot of lime and orange and pineapple and grapefruit. Nice fresh hop flavor. There is a spiciness from the rye and a nice bit of roasteyness from the malts that are very well balanced and work tremendously well with the hops.

M- A spicy and bitter brew but very well balanced. A dry roasty finish. Not too strong. A good size and nice carbonation.

O- This is an amazing brew. Luckily my bottle is super fresh. A big and perfectly balanced ale. The best black ale I have ever had by a nice margin.

TwelveOunces, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 1/10/13

Poured into a glass a very very nice black color, with some awesome carbonation, there is a very nice one-finger plus thick, creamy, off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very malty, with notes of chocolate, licorice, toffee, coffee, and some vanilla. The taste is also very very nice, malty, with a nice little hop note, lots dark stuff. Medium body, with a very slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very very nice brew, glad to have picked up a bottle in LV. To date the best ABA I've had. Highly Recommended!

Wasatch, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Rwalford74
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Rwalford74, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of flayedandskinned
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 1/25/13
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black without any clarity. A 2.5 finger tall light khaki head quickly forms. Great head retention and leaves absolute curtains of lacing behind

Aroma: Big dank tropical hops; Papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, light lemon and pine needles. The Citra and Amarillo hop varieties truly work magic on your olfactory senses. A really interesting and unique combination of semi sweet chocolate and rye malts poke through and accent the hops quite beautifully.

Taste: Again, dank hops upfront, but the lemon-y tropical notes are really in lock step with the malt profile. The malt backbone is really nice and complex. Obvious notes of spicy rye and caraway seed with a big creamy baker's chocolate note towards the beginning of the tangy, dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Robust, slightly oily and full bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Overall: I tried this for the first time last year and was utterly blown away by the rough around the edges, yet truly balanced flavor profile of this complex and interesting brew. I would love to see Firestone put this beer on oak for a couple of weeks. Highly recommended to any beer lover.

flayedandskinned, May 12, 2012
Photo of aranheaney
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stone nonic pint glass:

(Been enjoying everything the good folks at Firestone Walker do, this is amazing!!!)

A-Jet black with toffee head that hangs out and nice lacing

S-Excellent IPA with malt and rye on the back end

T-Follows the nose, but goes to another level


O-A great, great beer, if you can, go out and get it...

aranheaney, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a hint of dark brown around the edges of the glass. Good head, retention and lacing on the glass. The nose is a piney hop with a hint of smoked malt. Flavor doesn't disappoint with fresh pine hop flavor and with the malt brings out some candy or bit of chocolate. Sweet.

Oakenator, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with only a slight hint of red on the edges when held to the light. Ultra fluffy tan head with great retention and strong, clingy lacing. Good looking beverage.

S- Fresh hops, with some spicy, dank notes. Also some chocolate and spicy rye. Really complex. Awesome smell.

T- To taste this beer is to know what complexity really means. Citrus hops layered on top of chocolate layered on top of spicy rye and a malty chocolate coffee aftertaste. This beer has so many things going on and it does all of them well. This is a ridiculously complex and brilliant beer. Super tasty.

M- Just about right for the style.

O- Awesome. Straight up.

IPA4LIFE, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Momar42
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip

Brought from California myself, its a fresh one!

A - Deep dark black with maybe a shade of brown. Light is consumed within the Wookey. Huge bubbly tan head. THICK and clingy. Drink me for the eyes.

S - Pine, roasted malt, hints of rye. Perhaps a smidge of citrus. Big lovely nose. Drink me for the nose.

T - Here goes; Oh my thats a nice blend of styles. Hops on the front, fresh and bitter...followed by a perfect blending of the rye malt...that in turn gives way to the looked for hops at the end. Perfect balance IMHO. Drink me!

M - Big carbonation but it (shocker) is the ideal amount to carry the flavor across the palate. Coats but not cloying, finishes clean and crisp. Mmmm.

O - FW is really becoming my go-to brewer lately and Wookey only furthers that path. Ideally balanced beer (as are most of theirs), refreshing, complex and just DAMN good. Find it, trade for it, just get it. Move over Stone, FW now has the best black IPA.

Momar42, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of BergBeer
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber from Bevmo! for 5 bucks!

A: Jet black with an aggressive cream head! Great retention on this one!

S: Outstanding! One of the best smelling beers I've ever had! Getting tons of citrus, pine and oak! Pineapple, pine needles, peach, green apple, green grape, and orange!

Taste: Of the top comes a sweet malt that flows into a rye spicyness! Then comes the hops to give it that nice bitter IPA punch! Getting sweet malt, rye, Granny Smith, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and a slight mellow oak ending! Reaches an almost cask like finish!

Mouthfeel: Rye spice to begin but mellows out to an almost creaminess! Supe smooth and goes down easy! Perfect carbonation!

O: Might seem like I'm gushing on this one but I truly enjoyed it this much! One of the best and most unique IPAs I've had! Black/rye IPAs are coming to be some what normal but this blows everything I've had in that category out of the water! Bench mark in IPAs and dominates the Black/rye IPA field for me! Do yourself a favor and pick this beauty up!

Edit: Had it on tap at Firestone Taproom and while the oak flavors are more hidden the freshness is incredible! Outstanding both ways! My taste buds would melt if I could find this one on cask!

BergBeer, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the 750 ml. bottle bottled on 03/07/14. Sampled on June 17, 2014.

This is gorgeous to look at. I like it when Black IPA's really are black and not brown and hat is what I see here along with this tremendous foamy tan head that lingers all of the way to the finish. 5 out of 5 for the way it looks.

The aroma is enchanting with its dark malts, grainy, light spice, and citrus/piney hop characters all meshing together o bring out something enticing.

Body is full.

The hops are more pungent in the taste but not to the point of being too bitter. They are the leading characteristic on first sip to the lingering bitter finish, yet at he same time it has a milder dose of dark malts, rye, and creaminess.

puboflyons, Jun 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

csmartin6, Nov 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Fcip78, Mar 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Snikwad1020, Mar 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Mattco, Jun 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

xdefeatsy, Aug 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

juicebox, Sep 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jminch, Dec 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Rosethoj, Feb 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

En29356, Jun 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

mightyhef, May 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

ExpendableCrewman, Nov 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

MrVonzipper, May 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jworkman, Jun 12, 2014
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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