Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,118
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 294
Gots: 736 | 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 IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely black in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that reduced to a soapy cap and left ample sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrussy hop aromas with roasted malt and coffee aromas fighting through in the background. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with dense, rich carbonation. Pungent citrus hop flavors up front and into the middle with a tangy hop bite. Dark and burnt roasted malt flavors emerge below the citrus hop intensity to the end. Finishes with a combination bitter hop and burnt malt aftertaste. The intense hop and dark roasted malt aromas and flavors are in competition here. The bitter hoppiness shows through more but the roaated malt character seems to intensify the hop character even more. An exceptional black IPA.

Photo of jmerloni
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-walnut. Oily texture on the pour. Big beige head that retains very well and leaves excellent lacing,

S - Pine, roasted malts, vanilla, hazelnut.

T - Wow, very interesting. Enters the mouth tasting like a cream stout, turns into a pine-laden East Coast IPA, and finishes with a boozy oaky-chocolate hoppiness. Really cool, interesting flavor profile. I like it a lot. The phases are very clear and distinct and the transition to each is smooth and deliberately executed as it comes to craft.

M - Medium to full bodied. Appropriately carbonated. Hops linger on the lower palette.

D - A sneakygood beer. I've never had a beer from this brewing company, but this first showing from them is nothing short of excellent. This is a GOOD beer and I would absolutely recommend it.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a dark, dark brown color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of rye aromas. There was a nice roasted malt presence and some spicy notes.

T - It tasted very roasty with spicy rye notes. A touch of pine and some sharp bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty rye black IPA. Another delicious offering from Firestone Walker.

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown/black with one finger of brown head. Pretty good retention with small amounts of lacing.

S - Chocolate malt with some piney hops.

T - Malty with more subtle hops. "Bottled on" spot is blank, so not sure how old this is. I actually like the hops level if this. Some black ales get a bit over the top for me. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Hops are mostly grapefruit and pine. Tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with mild, pleasant bitterness throughout. Slightly dry.

O - One of the more harmonious black ales I've had. Nice flavor and aromas. Would definitely have again.

Photo of steelerguy
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black...wait, if you tilt the glass you can see that it is actually slightly translucent and a deep walnut color. Tan head, that fades quickly leaving just a covering on top with a few unfortunate large bubbles.

S - Get ready to enjoy as soon as you open a bottle, the citrus hop aromas that immediately escape are divine. Once poured, the hops are still present, but joined by a lot of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T - This is first and foremost an IPA, even better a rye IPA. The hop delivery is smooth with lots of citrus and a touch of floral. There is a sweetness and a bit of spice from the rye that plays perfectly with the floral notes of the hopes, and then the chocolate comes on as you finish, with just a hint of roasted coffee aftertaste.

M - Mediums bodied, velvety, and warming. Just enough alcohol and carbonation to linger.

O - This is one of those beers that should be a standard. If you want to make a black IPA, Cascadian ale, American Black ale...whatever you want to call it, this is it. There are lots of black IPAs out there since it became "the thing" to do, but this one does it right.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a substantial brown head that has a lot of staying power. When the head finally dissipates, it leaves behind a thick ring of foam around the glass.

Smell: Spicy rye alongside herbal and piney hop aromas. Hints of pineapple.

Taste: Begins spicy before rounding to some tropical fruit flavor. Finishes with woody bitterness with a bit more rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller in body with balanced carbonation and an oily, sticky finish. Also finishes with some warming alcohol.

Overall: An excellent beer- one of the better ones I have had of this style.

Photo of Etan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with a huge light chocolate head.

S: Big tropical hop nose, some rye malt. I recognize the hop profile from FW's other hoppy beers.

T: Hops dominate. Bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple, rye, a bit of roasted malt, light chocolate.

M: Velvety smooth and chewy. Really great.

O: A really smooth and tasty black IPA.

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

Pours out like a cola with a full finger light tan collar. Big tropical hops from this one....pineapple nose and flavors...as opposed to a piney variety. There's a little roastiness in the nose and aftertaste too but that's an artifact of the process to achieve the color...(dark but translucent). I don't get the classic grainy character of a rye ale...until the end. Overall...the entire experience is on the 'lighter side'..with a hint of rye grain..another example that color is not the cover to judge this book...or something like that. It finishes pretty clean...a tad dry, with a fairly intense grassiness that lingers nicely. At 8.3%...it'll sneak up on you. REALLY nice drinker...especially if you're a hophead.

Photo of mpedara429
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent dark brown/cola-like color. It poured out with 3 fingers of mocha colored head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops and a hint of grapefruit.

T: Huge amount of bitter hops, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Bitter but is balanced by its sweet backbone. The sweetness isn't really characterized by any flavor besides sugary sweet. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. This beer is super smooth.

O: This beer is pretty good. It is unique, but I definitely couldn't have more than one. The hops are really intense and it is really sweet to try and balance out those hops. I'm a hophead but this put me over my limit for hops.

Photo of vic21234
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date. FW just started distributing this one in the Chicago area.

A- Pours very cola-like. Dark but some light can be seen through the bottom part of the glass. A half finger of off-white head quickly fades to some froth along the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus is the most notable aroma for me, including some mango and grapefruit. I also get some sweet malt characters.

T- Inital taste is of grapefruit and just an overall citrusy hop bitterness. Then comes the dark malts. I kind of get a hint of chocolate too. Interesting stuff.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter yet smooth, alcohol is noticeable but an easy drinking beer.

Wookey Jack is good stuff, and definitely one to try if your into IPAs or Black Ales. I personally prefer its lighter cousin Double Jack, but this is a fine beer.

Photo of cooler4life
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Happy Columbus Day 2012

A: Poured a midnight black with little to no head to mention. Some rather large bubbles hang around the perimeter. Carbonation appears perfect, with just the right amount of fizz.

S: Dull pine, spicy grapefruit, earthly peat, floral bouquet, roasted malt, milk chocolate.

T: Layers upon layers of flavor. Oily hops, dark espresso, tea leaves, citrus, honeycomb, and hints of sea barnacle assault my palate.

M: Smoother than cocoa butter. I'll leave it at that.

O: Standout beer. One of the best black ales I have had. The flavor for this style is superb along with a perfect mouthfeel jets this one to the top. FW keeps the good times coming.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, opaque, high carbonation

Smell: sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit

Taste: chocolate, pine, charred malt, and cream

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with underlying bitterness

Overall: A good not great Black IPA. I like the way the pine and cream interact. That said, I have been blown away by just about every other beer I have had from Firestone Walker and this beer, while good did not do that.

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Nearly black with soft 1/2 finger of tan head with average retention and a wavy layer of spare lacing.

S: Intense grapefruit and pineapple aromas meet medium roasty dark malt with coffee and nutty tones.

T: Varied flavors of roast, coffee, rye spiciness with the hops coming through late with some indistinct citrus, floral, and fruity notes.

M: Solid mouthfeel with this beer drinking a lot lighter than the ABV and especially for the dark maltiness.

O: A good but not spectacular that reminds me why I don't often drink the black IPA style -- flavors and aromas too often cover rather than accentuate each other and it can leave a nondescript product.

Photo of vande
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - this is one of the best looking non stout, stout appearanced beers i've seen... a nice, very clingy, somewhat dirty tan head that is thick at first but dissipates nicely, to what looks like a calm soda...very, very dark!

s - hops intermixed with a bit of pine-resin...my nose is a bit off with the change of the seasons, so you'll have to forgive my lack of aromatic description.

t - wonderful. hint of chocolate mixed in with the sweetness of rye presence and a hoppy backbone that isn't over bearing... quite a tasty blend...

m - smoothy, somewhat velvety and creamy. excellent

o - first try, and an excellent one at that. this'll be a repeat performer i'm sure. If you haven't, pick one up!

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro growler from the Beer Boutique in Brooklyn. Like a take home cask. This is a black-brown viscous fluid that hits the glass and slowly foams into a somewhat dense, creamy, two finger head. Fade is gentle and leaves some nice lacing. No light getting through this one and as a consequence I have no idea of what the carbonation is doing. Smell is sweet and piney with a lots of roasted malt and a light banana like fruitiness. Toffee and scorched caramel flow into some fresh, yeasty brown sweet bread and hints of coffee and cocoa. Taste is so close to perfect it is killing me not to give it. Sweet and roasted malt front moves to a heavy dose of sweet pine hops that leave grapefruit skin and hop oil. Finish is quite clean and dry with a sweet dark malt syrup flavor and a healthy hop blossoming in the swallow. Feel is velvety and almost cask like with a superfine carbonation that while gentle is quite active somehow. Creamy too. Weight is surprisingly light and supple. Don't get me wrong, it is sticky and has some syrup to it but it drinks like nobody's business and you can quickly find yourself at the bottom of the glass. This is a superb version of an ABA, it hides the abv like a double agent, drinks like a session ale and has a perfect balance of taste with big sweet roasted malt and a pine dominant hop signature. Wow.

Photo of Jimmys
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber to myself. it was bottled on 10:48 on some month and day in the year 2012 (cant make out either of those

A: i would call this body a very hazed, very dark brown. head is off-white and more on the brown side. terrific retention and a thick chunk of lacing.

S: hoppy and very american nose. so many hops. makes me think im smelling a deeply IPA-tastic brew. there is definitely some roasty undertones but this nose is all about the hops.

T: bubblgum at the start. sweet before getting bitter. a touch of alcohol right in the middle. the rye starts things off and lingers throughout the finish along with plenty of bitterness that i would say is mostly imparted by roasted and chocolate malt.

M: pretty subtle/moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: this stuff rocks. the rye adds a whole new dimension of flavor that works great with the extreme amount of hops used. the nose is still super hoppy but it is not a complaint for me. great brew.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Pints O'Plenty. A steal at $7.50.

Appearance: Black, nearly opaque except for a little bit of dark highlights when held up. Light tan head, lots of it. Excellent head retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Very IPA like aroma. Big, sweet citrus and tropical fruit and a touch of citra-like cattiness. A hint of spiciness and even less dark malt aromas-- just a little hint of chocolate.

Taste: Wonderfully hoppy flavor as above. Much more like a black IPA in the flavor than the smell, meaning there is some roasty and chocolate flavor. Bitterness from both the hops and dark malts are present, but restrained. Very flavorful and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and soft, almost like a cask beer. Gets clean on the finish with some lasting sweetness and a bit of resin.

Overall: Probably the best black IPA out there.

Photo of Megahertz
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice. Bottled on 8/21/12.

A - Very dark red to brown with a large, brownish, tightly packed head. Hazy under intense light.

S - Massive citrus, resin, pine and fresh cut grass. Wow.

T - Initially almost gives a soft malt impression, followed quickly by resiny, sticky green hops. Slight roast as the flavors transition with a spicy rye note. Finish has deep plum and apricot esters with strong, clean bitterness. Dark chocolate impression as it warms. Piney hop flavors in the ending.

M - Medium body, mild carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O - This is what a black IPA is supposed to be. The rye adds a restrained spicy note, and the hop bitterness balances perfectly with the roast, making it a continuum of bitterness. My favorite part of this beer is the initial aroma hit - unmistakably american.

Photo of commish374
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 mL bottle.

Appearance - dark brown, nearly black. Thick, tan lacy head. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - Vanilla, spruce and citrus in the nose.

Taste - sweet, dark malty start. Hot chocolate in the middle. Hoppy in the back, that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - dry, rye finish. Makes you ready for another.

Overall - alcohol starts to catch up. This is a beautiful sipper. From the 22 oz bottle, pour it twice into your glass, enjoy the early fall fire pit, and go to sleep. Nice and easy.

Photo of TheRealBigC
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a finger or two worth of head with good retention. Smell is of medium roast coffee and citrus. Coffee grounds and a blast of hops dominate the palate, complexities come through as it warms. Fans of this style will no doubt enjoy this one.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light roast on the nose followed by a nice firm tropical punch. Combined, these aromas create something that I would describe as 'burning candy leaves' (it really was the first thing to come to mind).

Dark dark brown in color topped with a nice dark tan head. Lacing is nice albeit a bit spotty.

Wondrous beer! Incredibly light in body with just the right amount of carbonation to make this easily quaffable. Dangerous though, it's over 8% ABV, and while I get some alcohol burn, it's hard to care because it's masked by these wonderful citrusy and tropical fruits. A nice spicy note brings this beer to a finish and leaves me wanting more.

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with one finger beige colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,earth,and pine resin,a littlbitter chocolate is there as well as the beer warmed a little.Big roast up front on the palate with earthiness and bitter chocolate,the piney hops hit hard in the finish.This is a big brash ABA,maybe the best I have had.Awesome

Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in color. Appears black in the glass, but shows to be a slightly translucent dark brown when held to the light. Forms a moderate sized light tan colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Predominantly roasted malts with some citrus, pine, and a slight metallic note.

T: Taste is full of roasted malts, some char, a slight bit of smoke. Hints of vanilla, citrus hops, and chocolate. Rye comes in fairly strong on the finish offering up a spicy component to the char-derived bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a moderate dark malt bitterness and a mild tannic astringency. Medium carbonation.

O: A decent Black Ale, but certainly not my favorite. Not sure I cared much for the interplay between the rye and the heavily roasted malts as each seemed to bring out the worst in the other.

Photo of Deingeist
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer looks like a vanilla porter when first brought to the table. Very dark brown with half a finger of coffee ice cream colored head (more than off-white, it was more like a deep beige). Every sip shows up in the lacing. This is a beautiful rich looking beer.

S: The smell was quite nice. Some esters present after it warms but just enough. Sweet blood orange and pine, but that nice dark nutty smell of malts as well. Good aroma, but not overpowering, which to me can be a good thing.

T: This is one of the best American Blacks that I've tried. It's powerful without being the kind of beer you are happy to try just once, I could easily drink two pints on a crisp fall day and come back for more the next. Rye is definitely present, but is met with citrus and pine to balance and a nice hint of dark chocolate or coffee in the dark malts to make for a very well rounded beer.

M: A nice heavy beer but with good carbonation and a hoppy freshness that makes this a very drinkable beer. Superb.

O: Love it.

Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Holland glass. Appearance is jet black with brown at the edges. Tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. The nose features lots of rye up front followed by subtle bitter chocolate and a nice bouquet of herbal hops. The rye is king here, very forward and present with notes of caramel hanging underneath. The taste matches the nose well with more of a roasty emphasis. The hops are also more present on the flavor as well as there is quite a bitter punch to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy somewhat hefty body. Overall, this is one of the best American Black Ales I have experienced. The rye works really well with the whole profile. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, definitely worth a try.

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