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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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 Immortale25
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says 11/09/12

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that bears great retention time before slowly meandering down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and full tufts of surface foam. Solid, semi-thick lacing.

S- Sharp, grassy hop bouquet that's rounded out well by the rye malt. Very pleasant actually. The hops are wonderfully floral and citrusy.

T- That's what I'm talkin' about. Flood of glorious hop bitterness that''s perfectly in contrasting unison with the rye malt. It's not quite as bitter as Union Jack, though. Much more enjoyable. There are tropical fruit notes but they're distorted, in a good way, through the semi-roasty malts. Also some light spice.

M- Delicately creamy and robust. Medium carbonation is on point.

O- Such a great beer on so many levels. I'm having trouble finding a single flaw.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from hokiechef (great extra!). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep dark brown with a finger and a half light tan head that recedes quickly but leaves a good bit of lace.

Aromas of piney and citrus rind hops. A little dark malt and pepper too.

Taste is a great blend of piney hops, grapefruit rind and roasty malts. Tropical hops blend with bittersweet dark chocolate covered coffee beans. A little booze is noticeable but it drinks extremely smoothly.

Creamy/ oily slick medium feel with a comfortably zesty carbonation. Long roasty hoppy aftertaste.

One of the best American black ales I've ever had. Fantastically balanced, keeping both hops and dark malts in the spotlight equally. Dangerously quaffable for over 8% abv, I had no problems drinking an entire 22oz.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours opaque black with ruby brown edging where light can penetrate. Head is light tan, a little less than 2 fingers thick, and with good retention. Leaves a firm layer of microbubbles atop the surface. Strong lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on strong notes of grapefruit, pine, peppery rye, and touches on toffee sweetness.

Taste - Starts, and ends, with a lot of grapefruit hop character eith lesser pine. Moderate pith bitterness. Malts are subtle, nearly hidden in fact, but what does come across is toffee, caramel and with ghostly traces of mocha, mostly mid-taste and toward the finish, touches of smoke, and then the rye hits. The aftertaste imparts a nice peppery rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat creamy, though nowhere near that of a stout. Goes down with relative ease. Somewhat chalky on the finish. The 8.3% is well hidden.

Overall - My second pass at this beer, and I'm enjoying it more so than the first attempt. Not quite the ideal amount of roasted malt character I look for in what, in my mind, is needed for the perfect black IPA, but it's a marvelous brew nonetheless; one that continues to grow on me the more I have it.

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Photo of SColl
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date Dec. 6, 2012
Type/ Style Black Rye IPA
Package 22oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 8.3%

Aroma: Hops, Grapefruit, Citrus

Appearance: Black, 2 finger head retention, great lacing

Body/ Texture: Full bodied, spice from hops on the tongue.

Aftertaste: Citrus, Grapefruit, Melon, A lot of bitterness upfront that quickly dissipates and provides a delicious well balanced beer.

Overall: 4/5 Awesome beer from FW, Flavors balance out and the citrus from the hops is a really delicious treat.

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

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Poured nearly black in color with a 2 finger tan head. Already seeing lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly getting the piney citrus hops. I also get the roasted malt/coffee/rye smell.

T: The taste definitely follows the smell, with more of a prominent roasted malty and slight coffee bitterness finish. Also getting a peppery rye finish.

M: Medium bodied. A smooth drinking beer, definitely doesn't feel like 8%. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall a great beer. I think it's an outstanding example of an American black ale.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pourA dark brown with about an inch of frothy light tan head. Nice sticky lace.

The aroma has nice citrus malts with some spicy rye in the background. Some hints of roasted malt in the background. A bit mellow hops on the pallet with some hints of spicy rye. Roasted malts giving a solid backbone.

The body is medium and lingers on the pallet. Soft carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable. Would like a bit more of a hop presence on the pallet but this one is sound.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head lasts and lasts, with chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and spices.

Taste is spicy rye to start, citrus in the middle, and dominant pine bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. Wish there was a bit more maltiness to support all the bitter.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A one fingers worth of head, dissipated to a lacing pretty quickly, but has good retention. A pretty caramelly looking head.

S: Smells amazing, perfect mix of Rye and Hops. Chocolatey, caramel, a nice pine note without being overpowering, a hint of citrus, candied fruit, a little nutty as it warms,

T: Extremely well balanced, the malts and the hops really work well together. One of the few beers that I've had which the aroma actually matches the taste almost perfectly. I would say that the pine note is much more present in the taste than it is in the aroma, but other than that it is pretty spot on. Doesn't drink like an 8% beer (maybe 6%).

M: Nice dense mouth feel. I wouldn't say creamy or syrupy, it's lighter than that, but has a substantial viscosity to it.

O: This is the best example of a dark hoppy ale that I have had so far. Call it what you want, Cascadian Dark Ale, Black IPA, or American Black Ale...who cares, it's damn tasty!

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Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a foamy tan head with excellent retention
S-roasted malt, citrus, some pine
T-man theres alot going on here. Tons of citrus and pine bitterness followed by some roasted malt and sweetness in the finish. Very complex, everytime you have a sip you taste something different. balance is exceptional
M-medium bodied
O-Possibly the best black ale I have ever had. It has great balance while still being full of contrasting flavors that are right up front. Look forward to trying more of their beers.

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

Really, really good. My two favorite beers are IPAs and stouts, yet I've never been a fan of Black IPAs. It usually seems like an odd mash up where roast just awkwardly falls into hop. This is well crafted and cohesive.
A deep brown beer with a light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving lazy sparse couds of foam. Smells wonderful with everything promised hitting the nose instantly.The hops hint at tropical, the rye is sharp and spicy, and the dark malt says charcoal. Nothing dominant, nothing drowned.
A little sweeter than expected, which works well. I cant really pinpoint the sweetness or its source but it carries the burnt malt into the hop finish so that dry and bitter is featured instead of exhausted. No single element dominates but all have their say, you taste the roasted malt but quickly get mango and papaya from the hops.
Medium body and average carbonation serves this beer well. Easily the best Black IPA ive had, although do I have to consider it in its own category- Black Rye IPAs? For now, until somebody does it even close to as well, this is the Black IPA.

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

Only when held directly to the light does its seemingly black body give way to a deep chestnut brown. The head that is left on top is frothy and thick, coating the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.

The scent of hops are what jump out first, and rightfully so considering the style. They’re rich and earthy, piney and sappy. Fresh green peppers come to mind. Soft notes of wood and roast and a touch of dark chocolate are located beneath its hoppy facade. The rye isn’t overstated but does impart a pleasant spiciness to the nose. This is both aromatic and complex and I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan already.

Lively green peppers and pine needles give a fresh zing to the raw wood and earthy character that lies beneath. A dash of cocoa powder is sprinkled on top and adds a touch of sweetness near the finish. The higher abv helps to accentuate the earthy and piney bitterness that extends into the finish. The rye gives a clean overall spiciness to the taste that compliments the hop character.

A tad thinner than I had anticipated but not off-putting. The body still carries a nice weight to it and has a subtle creamy feel that the spicy character cuts into. The only indication of its alcohol content is the warming feel it leaves in the chest. For such a big beer in terms of the style and abv, this is very clean and balanced.

Wookey Jack is the first offering I’ve had from Firestone Walker and I can begin to understand why they are regarded so highly on this site. The fresh green pepper hop character reminded me of Hill Farmstead’s Society and Solitude #2 that I was lucky enough to sample. A very well crafted beer in my opinion which leaves me looking forward to the next offering I have from them.

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Photo of hctap00
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Thick tan head lingers and sticks to the glass. Very nice.

Piney and herbal hops up front. A bit of alcohol. Then some malt sweetness and maybe even from fruity esters. No, definitely some dark fruit aroma as it warms.

Keeps improving as it warms beyond what I thought would be ideal temp. Hops hit the palate first. Very refreshing. Herbal and piney again. Malt lets you know its a "black" IPA, but is not too much of a factor. Not much roasted malt. A bit of sweetness through the middle. Then I get fruity flavors, maybe fig? Could use a more prevalent and complex malt bill. Then the hops return, carry through the finish, and linger. Still getting the esters in the finish as well, maybe too much.

Very creamy. Maybe from the rye? Can feel it lining the insides of my mouth still.

My initial disappointment quickly turned into satisfaction. Exactly what I was hoping for from this beer. More subtle than a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, which is a good thing. Recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of joecast
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin brown head. Looks more like a brown ale, considerably lighter than most. Leaves some nice lacing.

Pungent hops. Classic pine and grapefruit. Some light coffee/roast.

Wonderful balance of bitterness, hop flavor, malt sweetness and a touch of spicy rye. Really think they hit the rye sweet spot in this beer. Fantastic.

Sadly I have only the one bottle. Right up there for black ales and another winner from FW.

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Photo of VeganBrewz
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first glass from the bomber I'd purchased poured a deep, nutty brown and had the viscosity of thinned-down maple syrup. Silky and totally black in the glass, with about a finger of dense, dark tan head that fades to a thin film of bubbles and leaves light, sticky lacing that follows the beer down the glass as you drink.

The Amarillo and Citra are really on display in the nose - an immediate burst of grapefruit emerges followed by dark fruit, caramel malt sweetness and slight bitterness as it warms.

Taste is pretty close to the nose - big, bright grapefruity citrus up front with some burnt-coffee acidity and deep roasty malt character, finished with nice, crisp hoppy bitterness. The initial citrus fades quite a bit as the beer warms, and the malt and acidity become the primary flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with sharp carbonation tingle lingering, slightly bitter alcohol finish.

Overall, this is a really well designed beer. I'm newish to black ipas/cascadian dark ales/etc but I'm constantly amazed at the things that various brewers are able to pull off within the style, and this one is no exception. Firestone has a great brewmaster on their roster and it shows.

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Photo of Yetti
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great American Black. The aroma didn't jump out of the glass and beg me to start drinking, but once I did, I was stoked.

A - as other reviewers have said, the beer pours pitch black and looks almost like molasses.

Smell - maybe I had a cold that day, but the smell was the only thing that didn't really impress me. It's pleasant, though, and doesn't stink of alcohol despite the high ABV. Other reviews have noted everything from grapefruit to pine to raw hops. I didn't get all that. Maybe I need to get another whiff.

T - Outstanding. The first sip immediately hooked me and the last gulp was just as enjoyable. It has a nice full feel and goes down smoothly. It's both light enough and robust enough to be drunk anytime of day and year.

0 - This is as good as any Black IPA I've had. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, there is a spot for a bottled on date, but it's blank. boo.

nice almost black color, brown in the corners of the glass. thick off-white head. good head retention and lacing. smell is nice mix of slightly roasted malt and big piney and citrus hops. similar in the taste. great balance and depth of flavor. mouthfeel is thicker, rich. lower carbonation. nice.

overall - very tasty, definitely one of the best Black IPA's I've had.

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this one and was not disappointed. Pored chilled into a tulip.

Pours an extremely dark sable colour. Looks black but if you hold it up to the light you see it's actually an extremely dark reddish brown. About an inch of light brown head that clickly recedes and leaves a thin layer on the surface that clings to the glass.

I was actually surprised at the strength of the hop aroma to this one. Pine, grass and spice.

Flavor is actually more well balanced then I thought it would be. The hops blend well with the spice and bitterness from the dark rye. Very faint background of bitter coffee that you would expect from the dark malts.

Mouthfeel is medium/heavy with moderat carbonation. Pleasant aftertaste lingers on seemingly all parts of the tongue.

All around just a great beer. Always been a big fan of rye beers and this one is easily my favorite to date.

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Photo of Topher78
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: black/drk brown body, finger khaki, good lacing

S: pine, roasted malt, nutty,

T: mild grapefruit, solid nutty malt,
long roasted bitter pine finish

M: med body, smooth, firm oily mouth

O: Another Firestone gem! I would get again
and recommend. Usually not HUGE fan of black ales,
but this one is just delicious.

VERY GOOD, TREAT YOURSELF!

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Photo of iabeerbaron
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful beer! Perfect dark black pour with a nice thick head. Huge amounts of lacing on my glass. Nice toasted malt aroma with the piney/spruce smell of hops. Really nice blend of roasted malt to go along with the bitterness from the hops. Firestone Walker is making some great beers.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hennepin tulip

A- pours as black as night with a three finger slightly offwhite head. The head is extremely fluffy, and a lot lighter than I expected considering the style of beer. Impressive, to say the least

S- the smell is amazing. Tons of rye, a nice smack of resinous hops, and a little bit of citrus coming through as well

T- the taste follows the nose, with the rye kicking you in the face, and the hops retreating to the background, but still complementing the rye quite well. The finish is nice and piney. I don't get any of the "dark" flavors at all, be it coffee/chocolate/whatever, though

M- medium bodied, about expected for the style. Still seems to be lacking something to me, though

O- this is an awesome beer, and rather affordable too. But what else would you really expect from Firestone?

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/19/12
Poured into tulip

Appearance: Color is dark and I'd call it black without any light penetrating. The pour produced a two finger light brown-tan head and there is some moderate lacing.

Smell: Pine hops at the forefront with a bit of chocolate malt and some roasted qualities. An earthy presence is noted and absolutely no alcohol is detected.

Taste: A bittering pine hop with some grapefruit first. The rye with some spiciness is also noted front to mid palate. This is quickly followed by the roasted and chocolate and the finish is a mild coffee like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium and pretty smooth actually. Just the right amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Overall: These black IPA's play to my palate perfectly in that they bring together the best of a stout/porter and an IPA. When I'm neither in the mood for a stout or an IPA this fits the bill to perfection and this one with the rye adds another intriguing layer to consider and keep it interesting.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.