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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,904
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 255
Gots: 577 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SPECIAL FISHING EDITION RE-REVIEW (didn't catch anything :() After having a fresh bottle, I'd say this is the best black ale I've ever had. Why? Because it doesn't really taste like a black ale - it tastes like a spicy, rye-forward IPA where the dark malts only serve to both dry and clean its finish up. The hops brilliantly accentuate the spicy rye character, rather than clash with overdone stout-like sweetness. I'd even say this does to black ales what Nugget Nectar does to amber ales - it makes them look pathetically outdated. Even after having Parabola and Sucaba, I'd gladly call this Firestone Walker's best brew, easily.

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Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 6 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with somewhat thick bubbles and good retention.

S: Fairly citrusy, but with that green piny note to it - Simcoe hops, perhaps? The darker malts don't really come through, but the citrusy profile redeems things.

T: Much like the aroma, the citrusy flavors come through strongly. The first few sips are a bit questionable in its balance and drinkability, but once this opens up, it becomes quite pleasant in conjunction with the rye malts. Further sips show some chocolate in its profile. This *is* an older bottle, but still very enjoyable, if a little lacking in complexity.

M: Pretty dry - thank you rye malts - and drinkable. It's not too heavy or light either way in terms or body, nor is it overcarbonated.

O: It's another "man, this could have been AMAZING" fresh situation with this. Right now, though, it's still really damn good. I'll be on the lookout for a fresh bottle/keg of this.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is an amazing blend of pine and roasted malt. Great depth.
The taste is big on the pine bitterness accompanied by the malt sweetness. The finish is a dry bitterness. Really great.
The texture is smooth, yet crisp with moderate carbonation.
An impressive drink.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Which one is Wookey Jack: the contentious lion or the pugilist bear? Perhaps Wookey Jack is someone or something else entirely, which owes them money.

The brownish head of this dark liquid forms large bubbles which pop like they came from sparkling wine. Nonetheless, a decent finger of head formed upon the pour and remained for a minute until resolving itself into a map of the Caribbean islands.

The first whiff is a blast of the citra and amarillo hops. Quite pleasant. By now, not particularly novel coming from a black abyss.

The malt character plays well with the bright hops. There is an earthy spiciness, which on the occasional sip veers toward the astringent.

It would be odd for these steady brewers to release a sloppy or thoughtless beer, and they have not done so here. It bears the Firestone mark of quality well.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a stark black with half an inch of a fluffy tan head. There's decent head retention and a touch of lacing. Resiny, piney hops cut through the beer's sweet, chocolaty body in both the taste and aroma. The beer drinks smoothly mixing a sweet and velvety black IPA body with earthy, resinous hops. The beer reminds me of Maine beer co's Zoe (a dark-ish amber), but has a heavy, dry, and lingering bitterness in comparison. There is also a touch of an unexpected smokiness... possibly my imagination. I would have liked a heavier body, the beer seems a bit thin.
Overall, this beer is tasty for the price, but I'll probably only have it once.

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle dated 10/08/2014. Poured into a stemless glass 12/13/2014.

A- Dark cola body. Beautiful thick mocha head, about two fingers in height. Long retention time, eventually drops into a thick collar and moderately thick film, very easy to regenerate this with a few swirls of the glass. Looks volatile and nicely carbonated. Lots of lacing, like brown cumulus clouds.

S- Rich hop resins making for a floral and pine potpourri with possibly a bit of citrus (tangerines come to mind) on a background of mild roasted grain and a bit of milk chocolate. The hops are very forward here.

F- This does the hybrid blend of styles very nicely. Nice roast flavours, caramel and milk chocolate richness blend in well with a strong hop flavour- tangerines, oranges, floral notes with a bit of pine on the back end. It all comes together nicely in a way that doesn't lean too much towards either the porter or IPA style.

M- Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. Fairly bitter, as expected. Finish is milk chocolate sweetness mixed in with citrus bitterness.

O- Very nice Black IPA. I'm not a huge fan of the style of beer in general, but so far this one has done what I feel is a good representation of the style as a discrete entity.

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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late May for $5.99. Bottled on 4-13-12.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is leaving lacing all the way down my pint glass.

Nose is wonderful, citrus dominates throughout.

Taste is well balanced, chocolate malts and a touch of rye are nicely balanced by the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is an outstanding beer. ABV is well hidden, the multiple flavors are well blended. Another outstanding effort by Firestone Walker!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wookey Jack pours black with a creamy light tan head. Lots of netted lacing on the glass.

The aroma has lots of piney hops, Chocolate and bready rye notes are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with chocolate, roasted malt, piney hops, a touch of citrus and some rye spice. It finishes mildly bitter, earthy and a little grassy. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer with lots of rich flavor. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Tucquan
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-09-20 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a 2-finger tan head and great lacing.

S - LOTS of pine and dank earth. Sweet roasted malt. Light citrus and hop floral. Not getting coffee, or chocolate. Very nice. Not overly-strong.

T - Mmmm. Like a porter with some extra hops. There's a rich, deep-roasted/light-char malt presence but nowhere as strong as Parabola. The IPA-ness of the beer is evident. Some of the pine carries over from the smell and there's a bit of citrus and some hop bitterness that is evident but constrained. This beer is remarkably well-balanced. It dries nicely and finally in the aftertaste you discover a note of dark chocolate.

M - Lighter bodied than it looks. Call it light-medium body with light carbonation.

O - OK. This is one fine beer. It's as good or better than my previous favorite black IPA; Founders' El Diablo Del Noche. Gotta have more of this.

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

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku

A - This beer is not quite black. When held to the light ruby highlights appear. It is capped with three inches of tan head with large clumps hanging onto the sides.

S - The citrus aromas are the first to reach my nostrils. Then I notice the spicy rye. Finally, as it warms, I get some chocolate malt.

T - Now the taste leads with the rye and roasted malt. The spicy rye is the first to tickle my taste buds. The roasted malt comes through as burnt toast and some chocolate. It finishes with a citrus bitterness. Grapefruit comes to mind as the main culprit.

M - Thick and creamy.

O - This is a well crafted black IPA and deserved the praise that it receives. The flavors balance perfectly with a full mouthfeel of a stout.

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Herky21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, resiny hops and some spicy rye.

The flavor is roasted dark malts with a weird blend of rye and charred plasticky resiny bitterness. The bitterness is fairly harsh and lingering in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I really wanted to like this beer, but it just did not mesh at all. It did mellow a bit as I drank it, but still was overly abrasive and unbalanced with off-notes

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Nearly jet black in colour, 1.5 fingers of tan head, good retention and lots of tight lacing on the glass. Smell is initially citrus and fruity hops with a secondary of roasted malt, a little bit of smoke and some spicy rye malts, as it warms and settles there is also a bit of pine but a nice mix of hops and spicy malts. Taste is spicy rye malts followed by pine and citrus, grapefruit and even a bit of melon, moderate bitterness mid palate with a bit of roast and smoke flavours. Light-medium carbonation, full body and lightly oily. A great black IPA that is spicy, complex and hoppy, perfect bomber to sit down and sip for an hour or so, will certainly revisit this.

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,904 ratings.