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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,525 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,525
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 201
Gots: 419 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

DonFrap, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Zach136, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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?

bigfnjoe, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev -5.9%

CoryR, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Tucquan, Sep 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

oglmcdgl, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jampics2, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Fatehunter, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of philbe311
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Three fingers worth of slightly cascading active light brown colored head comprised of loads of huge chunky bubbles... Excellent retention the ultimately yields to a full rich layer of lacing... The color is a rich deep dark brown with a very distinctive ruby red hue... A good bit of light leaks in around the edges... Mostly still - just a couple of stray bubbles can be seen at the bottom of the glass the seem to disappear into an abyss never to be seen again... Loads of lacing cling to the side of the glass...

S - A unique mix of insanely fresh hops... It's like I'm sticking my nose into a bag of hops I plan on using for home brewing... There is a very light spicy rye component... Fairly one dimensional, but a rock solid very pleasing one dimension...

T - Much more complexity arrives on the palate... The spicy rye component is dialed up more than a notch or two and adds a wonderful depth... It still takes a back seat to the stellar mix of fresh hops... A bit of dark fruit lies beneath the surface... A very light malty sweetness linger as well...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Clean... Crisp... Even and consistent... Brisk carbonation... Goes down very easy...

D - Oh yeah, that's good... On of the best American Black Ales that I've encountered... I have nothing bad to say about this brew which is another outstanding example of Firestone Walker craftsmanship... All that, but I love the name...

philbe311, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -5.9%

baybum, Jun 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

2beerdogs, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

CuriousMonk, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of jegross2
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Company out of California.
Score: 95

12 oz tap pour served in a tulip glass at Revolution Brewpub and enjoyed on 05/22/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Jet black with a layer of faint caramel-color highlights atop the beer. Served with a finger-plus of frothy tan head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Excellent lacing and excellent cling/retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Quite hop forward. Loads of piney/grassy hops and citrus. Grapefruit, rye and lemongrass primarily. Faint notes of roasted chocolate and sugary vanilla in background. Super pleasant IPA-like aroma with slight stout twist. 4.5/5

Taste: Sharp and slightly tart grapefruit, lemon and pineapple citrus upfront. Gobs of grassy/piney hops. Rye spice on the side of the tongue. Layering creamy chocolate in finish. Sweet and sour lemonade too. Very balanced overall. Refreshing and criminally drinkable. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied and medium carbonation with a zesty citrus hop kick on tongue. Bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: An absolutely superb beer. It looks like a stout, but drinks like an IPA. Unlike most black IPA, this one is primarily an IPA with subtle and complementary stout characteristics rather than a more prominent blend of the stout and IPA qualities. This might be the best black IPA that I have had to date.

Recommendation: Craft beer loving skeptics of black IPA should give this brew a whirl. This is one of the less "out there" (in terms of overall flavor and drinkability) IPA-style beers, so even casual beer drinkers should enjoy this brew (provided they are not hop haters).

Pairings: Lemon sugar cookies.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz tulip.

jegross2, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Jame515, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

peensteen, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

shigg85, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

micromaniac129, Oct 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Durandal_777, May 19, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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.


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.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Burt, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

yemenmocha, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of WanderingFool
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

WanderingFool, Jan 16, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8.3% abv. Nearly pitch black color with a nice looking tan head. A few shades of mahogany at the edges. Nice retention and some good looking lace here.

Piney hops leap out of the glass. A hint of a catty note as well. Roasted malts follow in the nose adding some complexity. Maybe earthy at the end.

Sharp roasted malts up front, slightly charred. Rosary component lingers for a while. Sharp hop bitterness comes in with a pine feel. Seems like an almost minty feel as well. Interesting combination.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Very slight warmth from alcohol. The combination is interesting and goes well together. Nice beer.

Bierguy5, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a big tan head and good lacing

S-very citrusy, pine, roasted malt, spices

T-grapefruit, pine, roasted grains, hints of caramel, anise and a nice bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol,well-balanced

O-Really enjoyed this black ale from F-W, a nice balance of flavors

MDDMD, Sep 29, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,525 ratings.