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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 2856
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.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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Photo of ExtraStout


3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 14:07:58 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of Dsimenson


4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a very dark brown, almost black, unfiltered, nice lacing. Aroma is hops, grapefruit, pine, a bit of caramel, very nice. Flavor is okey, piney, dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee and caramel. I feel like I'm in the lumber yard and inhaling deeply with my mouth open. Mouthfeel is medium thick, not quite chewy. Overall the is an outstanding black IPA, a style I am not familiar with.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 22:45:05 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of DaltonC


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is perfect, there's nothing else to say.

-On tap at Sage in the Aria Hotel in Vegas, waiter came back telling me I would have to wait 5-10 minutes due to the bar having to tap a fresh keg since it must have cashed out. Served in a proper tulip glass, black beer with a 2 finger tan thick head, beautiful beer, especially in the glass.

A. Gorgeous, baloon style tupil with a 2 finger tan, thicker head. Pitch black.

S. Firestone's IPA smell. Nose was like an excellent IPA, extremely fresh with citrus and grapefruit yet darker malt body, hint of bread, very fulfilling beautiful smell. I mean this beer's nose was absolutely wonderful.

T. 10/10. One of my few. Up there with Sucks, RuinTen, Enjoy By...this beer is delicious. It's a black IPA with so much of a west coast style IPA flavor, yet it's bready and somewhat malty, there is very little/no rye at all, at least not on draft..and i'm not a fan of very rye flavored IPA's. It's so hoppy yet creamy yet smooth yet malty yet delicious. Alcohol is seriously hidden...after 3 sips it was my favorite beer, I ordered 2. And this is at the Aria in Vegas, $8-$9 bucks a pint..seek this out, it is absolutely phenomenal.

M. Creamy, smooth, hoppy, drinkable, delicious.

O. 10/10, find it. I was skeptical being a IPA/DIPA/Black IPA drinker yet i'm not a fan of belgian style/yeasty/rye IPA's... this beer is not that. It is like Stone's sublimely black IPA mixed with FW Double Jack. It is creamy and smooth and drinkable and I almost would think it was a regular DIPA from a blind test. The rye/bread is well hidden, as well as the alcohol...this is a wonderful beer, best I have had on draft aside Celebration..seek it out bottle or draft, you won't be disappointed..

Hats off to Firestone, well done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 07:43:17 | More by DaltonC
Photo of BierJager89


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a medium brown head.

S: Orange and rye in the nose.

T: Rye, vanilla, orange and grass up front followed by malt in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: The rye adds a nice touch to the black ale/black IPA style. This was my introduction to said style, and I didn't quite get it yet. If I try it again, I might like it more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 22:17:20 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Guess2814


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of my favorite beers.. The first time I had this beer it was after a few quality beers and once I tasted this beer it stood out over the other beers.. Great quality! Had "if I remember correctly" a nice Stout taste with some hops like an IPA.. Good stuff! This beer tasted different..

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 00:00:50 | More by Guess2814
Photo of Silverpath6


4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on Tap in a stemmed tulip at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX.

Nice appearance - dark black/brown - semi-opaque.

Great citrusy aroma.

Really nice and well balanced Black Rye DIPA. Not the most complex DIPA ive had, but I would order it again if I had the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 17:37:50 | More by Silverpath6
Photo of cbutova


4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this one probably at least eight times. Reviewed from notes at The Dive Bar. Also had a recent batch at The Foundry in Northampton that was super fresh and had the brightest citrus hops I have experienced in a Black IPA.

A- Black bodied ale served in a tulip glass. Thick and very creamy light tan head. Huge lace at the top and pillows of lace continue down the glass. Head retention was pretty good.

S- Big blast of citrus, tropical, zesty and general West Coast IPA hops up front. Toasted oatmeal, roasted cracked grains and general roast in the background but not overshadowed, supports hops well.

T- Roasted grains come to mind more here but the hops still lead the way. Fresh citrus, orange peel, pine, floral and fruity hops are blended superbly with the deep roast malts. Caramel, oatmeal, spice, burnt grain and some sweetness.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice high level of carbonation supporting the hops and accentuating their flavor to be honest. Some alcohol dryness and warmth with a medium bitter finish.

The best combo of roast and hoppy I have had to this day. Something about it is just so fresh and smooth, the flavors contrast but blend so well here at the same time. Bonus points for this general stylistic dominance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 18:24:05 | More by cbutova
Photo of quakeroatmealstout

New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was on-tap so perhaps that skewed it so highly, but after a few sips this was one of my favorite beers I've had (I've rated three other beers with a 5).

Appearance: Dark with nice foam at the top, but not too much.

Smell: Huge nose on this one. I could smell it when it was being poured.

Taste: Love how it's not too overbearing. The alcohol isn't obvious and it's just a good clean drink. Of course I savored this one, but it was so smooth you could chug this (.. don't).

Mouthfeel: I'm not a great judge of mouthfeel, but no points deducted here.

Overall: I very seldom write full reviews, unless the beer has never been rated here, but I thought this deserved a write up and a straight 5/5. I don't get this enthusiastic about a beer often. Stouts are usually my thing and their heaviness often helps with the sophistication, but this IPA is complex enough in flavor without making any mistakes. It's something I'd reach for before my favorite Rogue beers, and while Lagunitas, Samuel Smith, and Speakeasy very seldom disappoint, I'm excited to try more from Firestone. This is a new favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 01:56:29 | More by quakeroatmealstout
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Uncle Barry's in Park Slope.

A - Black. Had a nice brown/coffee head about an inch high.

S - For a black IPA, the smell was of pungent hops with a touch of rye. Very interesting.

T - it had a nice pineapple note with a sweet finish from the dark grains.

M - It felt a bit thin but sweet. Excellent.

O - This isn't your typical black IPA as it uses rye. That being said, it finds a fantastic balance between dark grains and citrusy hops. Very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 17:23:50 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Pahn

New York

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14oz tulip at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan.

Appearance: Black with a long lasting tan head that leaves a wall of lacing.

Smell: Piercingly weed-like earthy, pungent hop aroma. Some tropical fruit dancing around the greenhouse quality of Citra hops. Smells fresh and good.

Taste: Explosively hop forward just like the nose. The earthy, dank quality of Citra. The fruitiness of Citra and Amarillo hops seems to be eaten up in the caramel and hearty bread malt backbone, but the hop fix up front is irresistible. Almost bitter and dry enough, but I'm not complaining. Some roasted malt under the caramel, but the hops (particularly the Citra) are the story here.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Despite the roasted malt bitterness contributing along with the IBUs, it tastes just a bit too sweet. Great canvas for the hop flavor otherwise.

Overall: This is a great version of a black IPA. Solid wall of caramel flavor and some roasted malt, decorated with masterfully dank hops. A homerun from Firestone Walker.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 23:10:19 | More by Pahn
Photo of Libationguy


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 22:07:56 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Hitmanoo

New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 23:26:09 | More by Hitmanoo
Photo of Slatetank


4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse served chilled in a tulip.

The color is black with a thin pale creamy head with tight bead and thick lace rings collect on the glass -retention is good. The smell is very aromatic with hop esters that are both tropical fruit and grapefruit with some pineapple and the nose has some light caramel sweetness also. The feel is pretty great with big tangy citrus and bitterness from the hops moderately high with light sweetness and mild spice texture with low alcohol in the feel.

The flavor hits the palate with lots of tropical fruitiness of grapefruit with a mild pineapple and tangerine effect from the hops with mild spice and some more citrus flavor as the dark rye moves in the fruitiness and slight caramel and dark fruit notes with a luscious lasting hop flavor which blends well with the rye foundation. Overall this is a great Imperial black rye the hop flavor is consistent with other FW beers -lots of flavor without overdoing the bitterness -I love that -a true pleasure to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 01:29:11 | More by Slatetank
Photo of acidicbassist


4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of the black IPA; first time having the Wookey Jack.

A - Dark "stoutish" colour with a suprising light, 3/4" head

S - The citrusy, floral hops overpower the senses in quite an enjoyable way

T - Wonderful hoppy flavour with a crisp spice throughout

M - It definitely has a nice bite to it from start to finish, however, I think I would prefer a thicker, creamier texture

Overall, a fantastic beer. The taste is amazing, and I could enjoy this quite often. The only thing I really dislike, is that it seems to be "thinner" than I would expect from a black IPA, hence, great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 04:38:39 | More by acidicbassist
Photo of ElderBeagle


4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: super dark mahogany, good 1.5 finger tan head

S: very roasty, coffee, burnt sugar, slightly smokey.

T: very complex flavor in this beer. Big roasted malt flavor, smoke, and even a bit of wood (oak?). Also a hint of sweet caramel and then I taste the hop bite near the end of the tongue.

M: full body for this guy and good amount of carbonation. But surprisingly smooth.

O: this is a great beer overall. Big complex flavor profile but not aggressive, still easy to drink. The only knock for me is the smokey flavor as I am not a fan of smokey beers. But otherwise I was glad I tried this, good big complex brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 01:01:18 | More by ElderBeagle
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a small white.

The smell is citrus hops, lemons and grapefruit.

The taste is tropical fruits and just a little bit bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall although it looks like a dark stout it is infact a hopy ipa, without much malt flavour at all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 22:41:13 | More by Dave1999
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark copper brown. Ok lacing and very little foam.

Smell: Fruity rye, fairly rye-whiskey-like. Also very peppery.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The most licorice I've ever had in a beer, followed by plums. I like this a lot better in hindsight, making me want it again. Feels a bit thin and doesn't hold up to the flavor and smell.

Overall Drinkabiity: Another great example of a great style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 23:57:53 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of 57md


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark brown to black with less than a finger of tan head. There is good retention to the head, however and it leaves rings on the glass that are almost as thick as those left by a nitro-tapped beer. There are certainly hops present in the nose, but there are also roasty notes that make for a complex olfactory experience. The flavor includes roasted malts combined with some decent hoppiness and accentuated well with a touch of smoke (a pleasant surprise). The finish is not super hoppy, but the bitterness is enough to round out an exceptional drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 06:50:13 | More by 57md
Photo of ccrida


3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with a small light tan head leaving very intricate lace.

Smell is cat pee and skuny hops, a little bakers chocolate, which grows as it warms

Taste is big hops, herbal and morso citrus flavor with a big bitter finish. Taste is rich and malty, dark chocolate. Alcohol is a bit to prominent.

Mouthfeel is malty, off dry, med+

Drinkability is pretty good, it's on the big side, more DCDA. Alcohol is spicy and drying, it gets a little tiring after a while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 02:15:23 | More by ccrida
Photo of Chadhowie


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wookey Jack is awesome. Who would have thought that Firestone would produce such a legit beer. This is very well one of the to Firestone beers around and worth trying. The flavor is bold and hardcore. A very rich and complex beer as well and good on tap as well in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 22:16:47 | More by Chadhowie
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A/S. It has a deep black/brown color, with a nice foamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. Very nice hop scent to it.

T/M. It has a beautiful hoppy taste mixed with citrus. It is very smooth. Has a bit of a pepper taste to it underneath. Nice and smooth with some carbonation.

O. It is very well balanced and nicely spiced and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 19:50:54 | More by Amalak
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose carries a nice bit of roast and chocolate malt along with a bit of rye and some nice citrus and earthy-pine hop notes. Flavor is hoppy with a nice underlying bitterness and moderate malt sweetness. Good rye component as well as dark malt sweetness. Medium-full body with medium bitterness. Quite smooth. Very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 19:10:40 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a black amber streaked hue with a one finger off white head.

The smell featured piney hops and toasted malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted malt that have way to waves of piney malts and finished with a soft caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and exceptionally toasty black IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 20:28:42 | More by plaid75
Photo of BeerBuckeye


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA.

A - Almost jet black in color on the pour, the faintest hint of light comes through a reddish/brown tint. Head is off-white.

S - Good amount of piney hops, slight fruit, and roasted malt.

T - Incredibly well-balanced. The roasted malt provides a solid backbone for the excellent blend of citrus and piney hop. Taste is almost floral and earthy at the same time. Finishes with just a tinge of chocolate.

M - Incredibly smooth, drinks like a stout.

Overall - Very solid brew here. One of the best ABAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 12:08:49 | More by BeerBuckeye


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass for $6.50
Sampled 20AUG12

[A] Arrives with a solid 1 1/2 finger head, medium light brown in color, creamy/foamy and tightly compacted. Retention is fantastic. Lacing is well above average. The body is very dark brown.

[S] Sweet, juicy tropical hop aromas rush the nose initially with a dank, piney resinous underlying. Spicy rye is strong and provides a nice counter to the fruitiness, but also a nice compliment to the mild dark, roasty malt character underneath.

[T] Rye is a little more forward on the palate than it was on the nose. I had this beer about a month ago when it first debuted in PA - and the flavor was a 4.5 easily. A couple weeks later, just a small drop off. [Note: A month and a half later even - AND out of the bottle - and Wookey Jack is still a great beer. Transformed, sure, but still highly enjoyable.]

[M] Body is medium to medium full. Smooth across the front with a sharp carbonation from midpalate on, providing a pleasant bite. Spicy rye aids in drying out the finish. ABV is MIA.

[O] I'm generally not keen on black IPAs but this one stands out. The fact that you can close your eyes, smell, and barely tell this beer is black in color puts it in the front of its field.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 21:19:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,856 ratings.