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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,651 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,651
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 209
Gots: 466 | FT: 13
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good drinking bomber, spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid FW offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma.Significant grapefruit.

Sammy, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.9%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev 0%

spycow, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small carbonation bubbles rise up in the beer during the entire drink down. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a roasty and hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with a very nice balance between roast and hop aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

djrn2, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.9%

zestar, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

acurtis, Jul 10, 2012
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

nmann08, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to being jet black) in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that hardly died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of spices (either from the hops or rye) and some hints of orange citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of spices, which linger though the finish. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Although this is a Black Ale, there are only some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bitterness leaves your mouth very dry.
O: While this beer is dark, it seems to taste more like an spicy IPA with rye because the roasted flavors are not that prominent. Nonetheless, it is rather easy to drink.

metter98, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

GRG1313, May 26, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5.9%

kjkinsey, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Quite a pour, with a huge ecru head that settles down to size as the fudge brown liquid rises, showing off some tawny highlights; clumps of foam cling to the pint glass

Smell: Toasted rye bread, caramel, pine and wintergreen

Taste: Lots of roast, up front, with the caramel, spicy rye and piney hop elements assertive through the middle; the wintergreen flavor adds another dimension to the hops, after the swallow, with the bitterness building boldly into the finish; finishes very dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very bold flavored ABA; I would prefer a less harsh hop profile and a bit more malt as the flavors are battling with my tastebuds

brentk56, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The problem with "Black IPA" ...or, whatever- is that they really don't capture the essence of true hop dominance because the presence of roasted malt, chocolate and toffee usually rival the hops and try to balance the beer- big mistake. I want an American Black Ale to be an IPA first and not to be simply a hoppy Porter.

And like those dark and robust Porters, Wookey Jack pours with a deep and dark brown that fronts up against black. But its dark crimson highlights show a glimmer of translucence and a shade off of onyx. A frothy and airy head billows toward the top of the glass with a sandy-tan column. Long-lasting in its retention and lacing spider-webbing patterns on the glass show something akin to IPA above that of mere Porter.

Hops and roast greet the nose simultaneously but without the sweetness that usually accompany the malty scent. Instead, the coffee, charred wood, slight smoke, heavy toast and slight ash make me think about grilled citrus fruits as the hops contribute grapefruit, orange and lemon rinds to the overall scent. Free of esters and light grain spiciness keep the attention squarely on the hops and roast.

And to taste, its the charred hop character that captivates the taste buds. Grilled citrus fruit resonate on the early palate while burnt pine does so in the middle- just before a sinous bitterness in finish is exacerbated by deep hop bitterness that couples with the coffee-like bitterness from roasted grain. Its culmination seem to make the beer seem much more bitter that the 70 IBU plateau. Dry cocoa, burnt embers and a slight smoky chocolate character turn deeply carbonized with a tinge of ash to finish the beer's spicy wood taste.

Medium bodied, the beer's malt structures turn from creaminess to sharp and acidic as the carbonation falls off and leaves the hops and roast to contend for themselves. The ale suddenly dries out beautifully- again aided by resinous hop dryness, powdery ash and alcohol warmth. Just off of IPA, the ale finishes mostly dry with a linger of burning pine cones.

Make no mistake about it, Firestone Walker has worked really hard to ensure that Wookey Jack wouldn't succumb to just a hoppy Porter, they go in with a dedication to it being an IPA first and allowing the complex char to complement the grilled fruit aromas, heightened bitterness and roasty dryness with pin-point precision.

BEERchitect, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of spicy rye malt notes with some dry hoppy notes with light resinous notes. Taste is also dominated by spicy rye notes with some resinous dry hoppy notes with light dry bitter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really nice mix between some spicy rye malt with solid hops punch.

Phyl21ca, May 29, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger off white head on a very dark body with some light getting through.

S: very hoppy with pine and grass predominantly with some tart citrus character as well. The roasted malts are very mild.

T: very nice roasted malt base which isn't too bitter or overwhelming for the hops. The hops are mostly pine and grassy, some floral which is different from the more earthy or citrus hopped black IPAs I am used too.

M: medium to full body and lighter side of medium carbonation. a touch dry late in the finish.

Overall: I like the hop character in combination with the malts. Neither dominate, both contribute nicely.

kylehay2004, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jaydoc, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Almost black with a very dense, thick, khaki head. Really nice fruity hops to this. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of pine. Some roast, but it’s restrained and luckily not really any chocolate. Mildly sweet on the palate, but a nice pine bitterness and plenty of fresh grapefruit flavor. There is some pineapple, but it’s not as intense as on the nose. A touch of roasted malt flavor to it, too.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.9%

SocalKicks, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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

oberon, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown verging on black, topped by a tall and sticky tan head. Sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the head falls.

Smell: A ton of citrus, primarily on the tropical fruit side of things with sweet mango, guava and pineapple notes. Roasted malt is barely noticed - if I tried this with a blindfold I'd probably think it was a standard IPA.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very tropical, citrusy, completely hop-forward. A touch of sweetness up-front, but ultimately dry and light-bodied. The finish brings out the roasted malt and earthy rye, along with a sticky resinous bitterness. The contrast between sweeter tropical fruit flavors, black malt and rye is unusual but works very well.

largadeer, May 13, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 16, 2012
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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,651 ratings.