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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of hman43
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours black with a creamy brown head.

Smell: There are aromas of floral and citrus hops with plenty of roasted malts.

Taste: It has flavors of floral, citrus , and roasted hops that are very well balanced.

Feel: It has a medium feel to it. It is highly bitter, but not to the point of being overbearing.

Overall: It is a complex combination of hops and malts that feature the IPA flavor and bitterness with the roasted malts well in support.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amazingly deep black color with a thick, frothy, coffee colored head of about 1.5 fingers length.

S- Coffee and roasted chocolate malts right up front, some piney hops, and an earthy quality.

T- Follows the nose, with the coffee and chocolate just edging out the hops at the front of the tongue, leaving the hop bitterness to take the finish.

F- Medium body and carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well for a fairly easy drinking experience.

O- Probably the best black IPA out there, with the hops complementing the normal stout characteristics extremely well. Not surprising, given that not a single Firestone Walker beer has disappointed me yet.

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Photo of Thawley
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you thought the Firestone regular IPA was good try this one. Your best girlfriend just split into two and now she's is hot for a menajahtwa. Is it you or does the beer make you sexier? You may never know.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a very dark brown almost black, slight red hue in the light. Khaki colored fluffy 2 fingered head.

Nose is full of pine. Grassiness and a hint of roasted malt. I'm getting an interested woodiness to it, almost saw dust like.

Pine foward taste that follows the nose well. Pine follows all the way to the back end, and that bitter hop resin kicks in and coats your mouth at the finish. Interesting hints of spice at the end as well.

Very dry mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Ac-dx
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose: Some citrus and pine notes but mostly mild.
Nice roasted malt notes, some coffee, some grapefruit on the palate. There is a bit of an herbal component almost like fennel. I guess at times a got a bit of rye too. A balanced bitter hoppy finish.
Overall a pleasant beer.

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Photo of emyers
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date: 3/18/16

Pours black with a one-inch beige head.

Tons of citrus hops in the nose. Grapefruit, lemon peel, pine. The roasted malt barely comes through here at all - this comes off almost like a straight DIPA.

Taste carries the same citrus/pine hop punch but the malt comes through a lot more. Slight roasted malt and cocoa flavor along with hints of spice on the finish. Very balanced and refined.

Mouthfeel stays very dry and crisp, which is integral for this style. Medium carbonation.

This is a style that doesn't impress me often, but this beer definitely does.

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Photo of gautch726
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a dark red hue. Comes lidded with a heavy, dark foam head that leaves behind a wealth of lace on your glass. Aroma does not give much away as the hops dominate. It's creamy. It's smooth. It's delicious and bitter. Not overpowered by the hops which is nice and well balanced with a bit of malt and spice tossed in midway. Fades into more hops, but once again, not overpowering.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE: March 27, 2016... OCCASION: Easter Sunday, enjoyed by all... APPEARANCE: dark-as-midnight body supports a thick, creamy brown, two-finger head that leaves a wall of thick lacing... AROMA: strong citric presence, with grapefruit and mango at the forefront... a damp, dank spruce melds with the malty sweetness of rye to balance the usual FW hop punch... PALATE: creamy, smooth, yet active at the teeth and cheeks, plucking interest in warm waves... medium-to full-bodied, with a resounding, controlled finish that lingers its orange peel and grapefruit...TASTE: a chocolaty, peaty, malty presence pervades the essential grapefruit, orange and pine... spiciness comes in the shape of pepper and toasted dough... a full, complex profile... OVERALL: The crown jewel of my last roommates' get-together, the Jack is the perfect dessertif or nightcap, not heavy or alcoholic, but formidable and satisfying, like a doppelbock... sippable and savoring, this is another in the line of Firestone Walker brews that demands attention

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Photo of Martine
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent marriage of the light and dark giving this beautiful opaque brew which emits all of the fresh citrus, flower and oily pine of a decent IPA before blossoming on the tongue into spicy, roasted malty flavours on the swallow. The blend is sublime, and the transition smooth and refined between the two styles giving you the best of both worlds.

The alcohol is hidden so well I did a double take at the ABV; it drinks like a 5% nevermind an 8.3%. Fans of either style would really appreciate this beer.

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Photo of k8kruk
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Really dark black-brown and basically opaque. Some warm tan head that lingers with significant lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like pine sap, citrus and warm spices.

T: Nice bitterness, balanced with toasty notes. Resin, grapefruit peel, coffee grounds and carbon with a lingering, tannic bitterness after you've swallowed.

M: Silky and thick.

O: Very easy to drink, especially given how dark and very bitter it is. Nicely balanced. Worth trying if you're a fan of bitter hops.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 03/10/16:

Very dark brown to black, sans most of the reddish hues you’d normally find in this dark of a beer. Quite opaque, but not apparently cloudy. Seems fairly thick, with medium-brown, fine, chunky, frothy, and thick head. Superb retention, quite filmy and adequately lacy. Resin, pine, fresh paint aromas, light leathery and citric notes, even some suggestion of brothy vegetables, probably from the rye. Likely to be warm or hot, as if the ABV were not indication enough. Obviously more of a Black Ale (imperial, hoppy variant, though) than an IPA or Rye beer, and the taste mostly reflects this. Light roastiness, ever-present rindy and perfumey bitterness, some molasses, strong orange oils, pure booze, spicy vegetal character, strong assorted peppercorns in the nose and the back and sides of tongue. Medium- to full-bodied, astringent, warming to burning, chewy but not too syrupy, sloshy, foamy.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyable from the get go. Almost stout like. I've alway been a fan of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but this is a bit more alive with more diversity.

L: Dark with a brownish head
S: Slightly roasted aroma
T: Complex, earthy with a pleasant rye involvement. Chocolate malt, spearmint hint, finishing notes of smoke
F: lighter than its look and smell. More like a IIPA mouthfeel.
O: Great beer that I will share with friends. Will keep in my rotation for fall, winter, and cold summer beach blanket nights

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Photo of BethanyB
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Millions of bubbles burst against the glass once the ebony boy is poured, then settle up top into a big and bubbly light tan/dark beige head. The aroma is pungent and sinus-clearing: Fresh basil and mint, grapefruit, and rich, earthy hops mix well with unmistakeable spicy rye. In terms of flavor: toasty dark malt combines with herbaceous hops to create a medium-high bitterness which is delicately balanced by slight squeezes of caramel and citrus. The rye is less potent on the tongue than the nose, but still provides a zingy, peppery quality which lasts through the finish. As the brew warms, dark chocolate malt comes forth,, and the bitterness becomes more prominent, taking on a smoky character. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin for a beer this dark and complex, and the mild carbonation only highlights this shortfall. These attributes, however, do not detract much, if at all, from the beer's true merits. Unique, yet still a crowd pleaser, this is a strong choice for lovers of stouts, rye beers, and IPAs alike.

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Photo of Alexkauruk
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very strong hops aroma and taste with pleasant floral and citrus finish. Well balanced. Hides alcohol very well. Don't have this annoying aftertaste unlike many IPA's. Overall very good Beer. Will buy it again for sure.
PS Really good pleasant aftertaste )))

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown with a half inch of tan head to it. Kicked ass in the aroma department, truly pushed hops more than roast. Hit all those dank, pine, tropical fruit, citrusm, grass type of hot medley notes.

Taste again covered up the roast with a high degree of hop mouthfeel and flavor. Hides alcohol very well. The rye seemed to help cover the roastiness and offered a mild sweetness.

When fresh (sometimes difficult out west w/ FW) this is an elite 1st tier black ipa. Problem is, the majority of the time you find it, its not fresh, so I have to pass.

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Photo of shaneerickson
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a 10oz glass

L - very dark brown/black. lots of lacing around the entire glass. little head and head retention

S - the aroma is very piney. i dont smell any of the dark malts. mild floral and flowery aroma

T - starts off with a pleasant mix of resin and pine. slight floral taste lingers on the palate. not much dark malt characteristics in the taste.

F - most definitely has the nice medium-high body of a DIPA. goes down very well. leaves my mouth with a dry tannic feel.

O - very delicious DIPA. the dark malts give the beer a really great look but don't take away from the heavy hop forward taste. one of my favorites from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft, another one of these dark shape-shifters. Been seeing more and more BIPAs, which probably means they're not cool anymore, but alas...

Look is black, with light tan head that leaves a solid lacing.

Smell starts all hops out of gates, but gives way to the malts as it warms. This seems to be consistent with BIPA.

Taste is similar to the nose in that it changes as the temp of the brew rises. Both the hop-centric version and the bready, malty version are enjoyable.

Feel is full and bubbly. Nice thick body - which as a stout guy, I really like - that carries the hoppy bitterness.

Overall, I liked this, as I have others in this style. I do find them all to be somewhat similar with not much outstanding (the exception being Project PAM), but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pitch black with a foamy dark tan head, slight carbonation. Nose of sharp floral hops and bready malts and a light smell of alcohol. Taste of mildly sweet bready malts with floral and piney hops flavor. Taste stays in the mouth a while and coats the mouth, can not really notice the carbonation.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Picked up while in NV. Looks as it should - black body and off-white head with some stamina and lacing.
A mix of fruity hop aroma and a dark to not quite roast malt aroma. Reasonable fresh.
A good mix of flavors. At times the hops are fruity and interesting. The dark malts offer a nice background with no heavy roast but a touch of sweetness at times. Mild and smooth bitterness and short finish for a hoppy beer.
My biggest complaint is the higher than expected, and I would say, normal carbonation. At times it feels like a Belgian ale in my mouth with all sorts of gas and little body. Too much. When is settled down some is feels closer to moderate.
Nice mix of flavors, but a problem with the carbonation.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served cool from 335ml bottle into American nonic pint glass.

L) Very dark brown, almost black, with a reddish tinge, opaque. 1cm dense tan off-white head.

S) Amarillo hops, a lot of possible malt sweetness, maybe this is the rye.

T) Oo, nice. Very mellow citra and Amarillo hop flavours. Definite background flavour of burnt dark malt. Not a lot of hop bitterness, and what there is is wonderfully balanced off with some malt sweetness.

F) Steady in this department, the high ABV is easily accommodated, there is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste and the medium fizziness is quite nice.

O) Another superb black IPA. Fast becoming my favourite style.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with red highlights, white foam head with almost no retention. Aroma is hoppy, citric and resinous. Taste is bitter, roasted, like chocolate with citrics. Medium body with low carbonation. Very nice beer.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a big ipa fan but this was a nice surprise, looks dark but with obvious carbonation, smells hoppy and floral, taste is a perfect balance between sweet and bitter, a great black ipa.

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Photo of sphmiel
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome, pours opaque black, with lingering tan head. Roasty malt nose, with an almost creamy mouthfeel. More roasted flavors, balanced by bitter hops. Lingering bitterness. Great example of the style.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is black, solid; head is tan and dense about 1/2 inch thick with some moderate lacing and lingers well.

Smell is a nice balance of roast malt and strong fresh hop bitterness; subtle toast in the malt flavor with grassy earthy notes from hops.

Taste is similar to the aroma: great malt roastiness with very fresh hop bitterness; malt is roast, light coffee/espresso, hops are earthy, grassy, floral.

Mouthfeel is excellent for this style: great interplay between malt strength and hop bitterness, a bit highly carbonated but works.

Overall, a very, very good beer, somewhat easy drinking for this strength and flavor profile.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/13/15

Pours dark, almost black with a creamy khaki colored head. Smells like fresh peach, plum, nectarine, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, dark caramel, and light grassy pine. Tastes like fresh tropical and stone fruits, peach, nectarine, plum, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, bitter grassy pine, and mild dark caramel roast. Feels full-medium bodied, creamy with mild carbonation. Overall a really great black IPA.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.