Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,118
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
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Gots: 737 | FT: 15
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of teromous
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A very fluffy off-white nearly tan head that fades down to a light film of foam on the surface. Not much lacing. The beer is pitch black.

S: Lots of fresh-smelling hops! It really does. If you've ever smelled raw hop pellets, this smells like a freshly opened bag. A huge rush of citrus scent, and a little bit of earthiness hiding in the back.

T: It has a lot of hop bitterness. There's an up-front flavor that is similar to spruce, then the citrus rind flavor creeps in. I don't get much malt flavor, and there is zero alcohol flavor. It basically tastes like a double IPA. I saw that rye was mentioned on the label. I can only guess that it's in here, because the hops mask it pretty well.

M: The mouthfeel is very dry, and is surprisingly light. Drink the beer with your eyes closed and you will notice that it is not medium bodied.

O: Obviously this is a really great beer, and it is perfect for those who enjoy drinking IPAs of every variation. I can not stress enough, that a person should not view the color as anything other than color! It has barely any malt character. People who don't like stouts or porters, will have no problem drinking this whatsoever. On a personal note, I really wish that the malts would come through a little more. However, that doesn't change the fact that this is a really great beer and that ABAs are really open to personal interpretation.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Des Plaines, IL
Date: "Bottled on 7/19/12"
Glass: Tulip

Firestone Walker's black IPA is a citrusy, piney, hop-lover's dark beer dream, with a recipe that involves all these elements welded to a smooth and noticeable roasted malt base. With a price point of $6 per bomber, this is definitely among the better, lower-priced dark IPAs out there.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan foam, which is dense and composed of smallish bubbles. Retention is above average, gradually descending to a thin ring around the glass with a thin island of foam atop the body. Lacing is present and noticeable, but modest. Body is an opaque dark brown to black, while the carbonation is not visible through the body.

Aroma of slight roasted malt, grapefruit-like hops, a bit of Christmas wreath pine, all covered with a very light, but very smooth chocolate-caramel sweetness. Very pleasant, definitely refined, could use a bit more upfront character, but perhaps this is due to age.

Opens with smooth roasted malt flavors that delve into slight chocolate territory, and features citrusy fruity flavors, particularly grapefruit. Mid-palate notices bittering hops, some grapefruit flavors, a bit of pine, and a surprising burst of peppery spiciness, from hop choices obviously. Back palate continues the peppery spiciness, hop bitterness, and slight, smooth roastiness. Long-lingering, somewhat intense bitterness and more subdued pine resin flavors, accentuated with a slight roasted and sweet malt character.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick, and creamy, with slight traces of carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate, as expected from hops.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of NumberNone
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a fairly solid brown with a beige-to-cream colored head that keeps some form. Good lacing. Mild carbonation evident.

S: Aromas of hops, pepper, floral, bread, malt, rye, caramel, and spices come through.

T: Malt, hops, floral notes, chocolate, rye, coffee, caramel, spice, and slight ginger are detected. It has a varied mix of pleasing flavors, making it an interesting take on an ale.

M: Smooth, earthy, dry. Great balance of flavors. Good bit of bitterness. Nice movement of tastes across the palate.

O: A great tasting black rye IPA (as identified on the label) with a distinct and flavorful profile. Nice touches of dryness and bitterness. The tastes are quite bold on the palate. More high quality from Firestone Walker.

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very dark brown, the head was a light tan color with a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer is nicely balanced with the roasted malts and the hops. The taste of the beer has a great flavor to it. The malts are there and slightly roasted but not chocolaty at all, the rye gives of some light spice and the hops come in and bitter the beer nicely but not overwhelmingly. The mouthfeel is great, it's medium bodied with generous carbonation with a nice smooth feel to it. Overall it's damn good brew. Highly impressed, would totally drink this one again.

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handsome dark brown in the Crooked Line narrow tulip. Beige head foams up nicely. Pleasantly sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma of pineapple and resin is appealing.

The hops overwhelm any malty flavors, so it's hard to tell if there is much roasted barley taste. Has some of the herbacious flavor of many other black IPAs, but returns to the candied mango. A little charcoal. Very bitter in the aftertaste. It just doesn't know when to quit. Fruity and piney at the same time.

This seems to hit the bullseye for this sort-of style, it's black and it's totally hops. Not getting a repeat visit from me. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's in San Diego.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/6/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, pine, orange rind, toast, roasted malt, spicy rye, light char, chocolate, floral, and piney spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, dark chocolate, spicy rye, toast, orange rind, light char, floral, herbal, and piney spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pine, roasted malt, toast, dark chocolate, rye, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity and balance of flavors; with a very nice roasted/hop flavor balance; nice bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic black IPA. Great hop flavor profile with nice balance of roasted flavors; very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff as expected.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Brouwerij
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Two fingers of light tan head after a hard pour. Head has good retention and lacing, slowly dissipating into a thin cap.

Smell: Hops and roasted malt.

Taste: Hoppy up front, fading into flavors of rye and roasted malts. Not tasting any of the alcohol, despite the relatively high percentage.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body. Medium carbonation and not a super clean finish. Leaves a mild resinous hop feeling/taste in the mouth (not a necessarily a negative). Relatively palatable considering the hops and alcohol content.

Overall: An nice take on a rye IPA. Would consider drinking again, although I feel Firestone-Walker has better offerings (such as double jack).

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nice dark brown color with some nice golden caramel edges. There is a nice creamy ecru colored head that is about 1 inch tall and is pretty sticky leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma starts off with some delicious citrus hop notes mixed in with some nice slight dank pine notes. Definitely some hop forward notes in the nose. There is some nice roasty malt on the back end of the nose that slightly balances the brew. The roast is nice and grainy with some slight notes of chocolate.

The flavor starts off with some nice earthy grain and some slight chocolatey and sweet roast malt notes. Then a quick fresh rush of herbal and grassy citrus hops comes up giving the brew some wonderful life and brightness. There is also a nice slight piney note that goes along well with the other hop notes and are blended perfectly with the malt notes. Amazing brew with great balance between the roast and the malty grain notes really shine as the brew warm with some nice spice form the rye showing up with the grassy and herbal dank hop notes. Mouthfeel is nice and light-medium with some creamy notes and good carbonation.

Overall, this is a great take on the Black Ale style. Very good hop profile matched up nearly perfectly with the great rye malt profile and the awesome roasted notes.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into tulip
Review from notes 10/23

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. Two finger tan head with great retention.

S - Pine, floral, grassy. Exactly what I want in a Cascadian Dark Ale, plus a little bit of rye spiciness. Some sweeter tropical fruit aromas, too. Not much in the way of roasted malt aroma.

T - Rye bread, dark roasted malts, pine and grass. None of the faint sweetness I got in the aroma, this is an earthy, piney, slightly spicy treat.

M - Medium body with a very dry finish that works perfectly.

O - A fantastic beer. One of the best CDAs/BIPAs I have had, up there with Deschutes and Stone offerings. Really great combination of flavors, and the addition of rye to this style was an inspired and excellent decision.

Photo of farrago
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even a slow, measured pour yields half a glass full of deep tan foam, decent density with an island of bigger bubbles remaining at the pour point, retention is very high, to the point it annoys as you can’t get at the liquid to sip it, the lacing is haphazard but what’s there is thick splotches. Dark, opaque brown hued liquid, slice of zinc orange at the glass bottom, few if any bubbles visible inside the glass. The rye is indeed present in the nose, however, on the whole it is sweet in a clean manner, pine, grapefruit, caramel, chocolate, scone crumbs wrapped around a core of apricot, peach, pineapple scents, fresh hops give it penetrating punch without unnecessary bite, admirable for its sinewy linger which never seems forced. Medium-bodied, the carbonation creates a tight weave but its active and keeps things bubbling along. Some rye, pumpernickel notes yet not very bready, once more relies on grapefruit, orange citrus, pine and flowers for most of its initial effect. Chocolate, molasses, anise only bring mild softness, instead it wants to stay erect as the leafy herbaceousness dries out the mid-palate. The roast mostly present as aftertaste. That pineapple, nectarine, apricot to papaya fruit drier here and thus further into the background. Taste-wise not boozy but there is a certain headiness to it. It crackles with the kind of energy and verve which makes you want to gulp as much as sip.

Photo of lordofstarside
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to snifter, no freshness date

Pours a pitch black with a finger of light mocha foam. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is of very strong hops, pine, coffee, chocolate, tropical fruit, with malt and some alcohol. Taste follows the smell quite well, fruity hop bomb laced with coffee and some other earthy floral tastes. Malt is most interesting coming from the rye, leaving a bitter after taste much different from that of the initial taste of the beer, which is one of the few flaws I find with it. Mouth is creamy, sticky and dry. Over all a good black ipa, not my favorite but deserves an honorable mention. The rye isn't something I much care for

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 OZ bottle, bottled on date is blank. Poured into a Snifter.

A:Pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan/caramel head. Maybe 1 finger head. Light carbonation and almost no lacing.

S: In the bottle its a rich chocolate aroma with some nice malt coming in. In the glass I lose this aroma, could be my glass.

T: More towards the malty side, with chocolate and some vanilla. Finishes with a coffee aftertaste. Just fantastic.

M: Medium body, little carbonation, acidic on the palate.

O: Fantastic beer. I'm a sucker for Black IPAs and this delivers. The rye just adds to it.

Photo of ChiPool
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/9/12 poured into Duvel tulip on 10/22/12.

A: Pours an opaque, jet black with a moderate amount of billowy beige head (3/4 inch)

S: From the pop of the cap, there is a nice aroma. I get roasty malts, and piney hops on this one.

T: More of the roasty, chocolatey malts with a lingering bitterness. Tastes like it was brewed with pine needles, and a presence of cocoa beans.

M: On the lighter side of medium: just thr right amount of carbination. Lighter than expected.

O: The best that i've had in this class so far. Quite enjoyable, especially getting into late fall.

Photo of spinrsx
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the Potsdam IGA NY for 8$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, resin, really amazing..

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit. There is also some roasted/malty/coffee/chocolate notes. It ends with a malty roasted (almost burnt) resiny hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - American black ales are my favorite style of beer. This is another excellent example of a ABA and something I will buy again for sure. It tastes like more powerful Stone SSR.

Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Black Ale...Could be considered an IPA as well. Pours from a 22 oz bottle as a dark brown/black color with a little light getting through at the bottom of the pint glass. Big light tan head with good retention and goo size rings of lacing.

Good strong aroma of piney and citrus hops as well as some roasted malts.

Tastes very good. First up: Mostly citrus hops up front with some roasted malt/piney hops. As the beer warms, the maltiness becomes more prominent and there is a hint of chocolate as well. The shift in flavor is more to the Black ALe style I am used to, but I will never turn down heavy-duty hoppiness either.

Mouthfeel is crisp. The hops bitterness is just right, so is the carbonation which produces a nice head. This is a fairly strong beer, but the alcohol does not interfere with the flavor or feel.

Overall, very good. A nice hoppy Black Ale, well crafted.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 8/21/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with an inch of creamy light tan head, has nice retention and leaves tons of thick, awesome lacing.

S- Lots of juicy citrus, some tropical fruit, a bit of chocolate and roast in the background.

T- Nice blend of hops and roast. The initial flavor is dominated by juicy, citric and mango hops and pine. Towards the finish a nice milk chocolate and roast flavor becomes more prominent. The flavors actually work pretty nicely together.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, smooth and prickly feel.

O- A very nice black IPA, very drinkable and balanced.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

Figured I'd give this guy a try alongside some other tastiness at Fountainhead. It pours a dark ruby-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit rind, and a kiss of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit really coming in stronger and being joined by what seems to be some lime zest. The result, though, comes across as clashing, with the roasty and hoppy factions unwilling to give ground or work together. It's not an altogether awful clash, but it's certainly bloody enough. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a generally solid black IPA, but one whose clashing flavors just don't fully do it for me.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles around the side of the glass.

S - Strong pine resin hop presence with rye and roasted malt undertones.

T - Big piney and grapefruit hops followed by a sugary sweetness, rye and light notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D - Great example of the style. Very tasty.

Photo of aranheaney
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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

M-EXCELLENT!

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

Photo of dfillius
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately the "bottled on" field on the bottle was all black, no text. Purchased at Kraig's Kegs in Oneida, NY. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Moderately aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of light tan head with great retention. Opaque black/dark brown liquid. Good looking brew, love the head!
S: Bright citrus, pine, intense esters are a bit aggressive and bring the enjoyment down. The modest roast character is appreciated.
T: Much more balanced towards malt than the aroma indicates. Not as hoppy as I would like either. Very tasty nonetheless. Second sip was hoppier than the first. Good chocolate and vanilla. Alomst an American porter rather than a ABA. A tad of licorice is hinted at in the finish. Only negative is the lacking hoppiness/not fully true to style.
M: Very nicely balanced, though a tad warm. Not as bitter as I like my ABAs.
D: Very tasty. Nicely balanced. I would buy again, and despite it's variance, I'll still put it in the top 25% of ABAs for it's drinkability.

Photo of beagle75
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with over one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very honest hops qualities ring out, smelling like new pellets in their hermetically-sealed bag. Lush pine, orange citrus, and overarching greenness are all present. A dark earthy aura hovers just off the main stage. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with coarse herbaceous hops, surprisingly bready malt, and aggressive acidity. Fruit is restrained but juicy and citrusy, with remarkable intensity and duration. Real darkness develops late, finishing with coffee-laced bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A really accomplished black IPA, with a hops-focused profile that, while not exotic, is brutally-awesomely honest in the nose. One might argue that it lacks representation of dark malt, but that person must not like hops.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wookey pours a deep deep brown but one can also see some garnet highlights below the tall beige head. The head is dense and pocketed with large bubbles. Some good sticky lacing is left behind.

Aroma is quite hoppy, in the citrus/floral vein. Malts have a very slight roasted smell. Perhaps even spicy rye.

In the taste the first thing I noticed, really slapped in the face, was the bitterness. Quite bitter. Hops have a mild citrus taste but are light and understated. Malts balance and hoist the hops well.
Since there is rye malts in the brew I was expecting some spiciness but couldn't find any. Roasted malts sutle and are complementory and not overpowering.
The feel of the beer I think is the weak point. It was smooth and soft but almost to the point of being flat. It weighted heavy on the palette and drink semi bitter. Had the mouthfeel of a Guiness.

Overall it's good. I like the way the roasted malts were sutle and complementory and understated, not overpowering. Some BIPA's are borderline porters and stoudts in my opinion, not that that,s a bad thing.

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,118 ratings.