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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 654
Hads: 4,401
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 317
Gots: 879 | FT: 16
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 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 jngrizzaffi
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a thick foamy brown head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. Strong black licorice and slight java aroma. Very smooth taste. Black licorice, coffee, maybe slight chocolate. Very good, though. Heavy bodied. Low carbonation.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is terrific...skunky pine heaven into my nostrils. The taste follows suit with as juxtaposition of dark toffee malts against bright lemon-lime pine. Some rye spice rounds out the deal. Medium in the mouth with moderate drying. This is a very unusual black ale due to the interesting hop varietals.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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

An absolute blueprint of what a 'black ale' or in my estimation a 'black IPA' should be like. Nose and taste of coffee roastiness and a hint of chocolate offset by a crisp citrus bitterness. Neither is overpowering, but a smooth balance ensues.

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Photo of seedyone
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I'a huge Firestone Walker fan so there were expectations. The appearence is black as night. The less then pure white head gives way to a vague lacing. The roasty aspects & rye dominate the aroma & flavor to the point of distraction. I had hoped for so much more.

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Photo of whynot44
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark opaque brown, basically black, with some ruby highlights against the light and a substantial foamy tan head that retreats slowly and leaves plenty of nice lacing.

The aroma at first is grapefruit and pine resin followed by rich, vaguely fruity malt - maybe dark plums or cherries.

The taste is similar with the piney/citrus hops up front and a rich malt carrying it along. lots of slightly sweet, slightly fruity malt notes with hints of toast, coffee, chocolate and pepper blending in for a really nice balance. I'm getting really fond of this style and this is an excellent example.

Mouth feel is great, full-bodies and smooth, very drinkable but great for sipping.

Altogether this is a near perfect blend of all the good things we want in a brew, excellent.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wookey Jack opens to a hoppy aroma, pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and mint mixing with lesser touches of pine resin, dandelion stem, and grapefruit rind. A good measure of orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit esters add healthy doses of sugar, playing nicely off of the citrus-centric hops. The sugars extend into heaps of brown sugar and candi sugar, adding a crystallized super sweet rim around the edge. Small chunks of toast crust and biscuit add some earthiness, as does a very, very faint edge of ash. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though the “black” part of “black IPA” is hardly noticeable here, and the peppery rye is largely subsumed beneath the massive quantities of hops and sugars. The nose is still excellent, however, speaking to a well-made IPA that boasts a wide variety of hop aromas.

On the tongue, the first notes are of hops, which bring pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon oil, eucalyptus, pine, mint, and lesser notes of dandelion stem, the flavors mainly geared toward minty and citrusy. These are met almost immediately by a wave of ash and rye, as if thick brown rye bread had been deeply toasted and sprinkled with fresh-cracked pepper. The blackness here is excellent, reminiscent of fine breads, but also containing heavy ash, bits of tobacco, black malt, and semi-burnt molasses. These black, ashy notes are strong enough that they largely take over the beer, which is impressive, given the strength of the hops. In subsequent sips, the exact same process repeats itself: an initial blast of hops, then, as the beer is held on the tongue, the black ashy flavors take over. The hops aren’t overwhelmed here, but mix with the ash (as well as the few orange-oil-and-berry fruit esters that manage to make their way through the black morass) to form a lemon-lime overtone that adds a refreshing citrusy relief to the blackness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the heavy ashy notes, with lingering bits of citrusy hops, and at least the ashy notes stay on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a full medium to medium-full, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent black rye IPA, and one of the few on the market where the black, ashy notes mix well with the hops; too often they clash horribly. Well worth trying.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SammyJaxxxx for this bottle. This is one of my favorite styles, and I have been wanting to try this for some time, so it was a great and unexpected extra.

Right off the bat, this is a beautiful beer. It's dark as night, and effortlessly produces a rich head that sticks around for a bit. Aromas are spot on for a CDA -- tropical fruit, pine, and tons of roast. It tastes every bit as great as it smells, and the bomber is gone before I know it. Another quality beer from FW.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 10/16/15. Pours black as a starless night with dark ruby edges. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of rich citrus (tangerine, pineapple, orange) over a slightly sweet malt base with a strong caramel note and a subtle rye spiciness. Underneath the fruity esters a dark malt presence lurks, but never makes it to the forefront.

Light medium body with a rich smoothness that is slightly oily at times and has a bit of creaminess in the finish. World class carbonation with a strong effervescent middle and a roiling finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding, but falls short of world class due to the failure to completely cover the alcohol. Slightly sweet fruits lead and flow into a caramel based sweetness prior to the middle. The middle brings a moderate bitterness that is rind in nature (orange, not grapefruit). Dark malts arrive with more of a char rather than roast character along with a mild rye flavor and even more subtle spiciness. As the bitterness subsides, caramel makes its strongest influence and, unfortunately, so does the grain alcohol flavor and slight astringency. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a slow fade of alcohol, char, caramel and rye .

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Photo of woodchipper
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber- no date found, poured to a pint glass.
L- real dark, lacy head, almost looks nitro charged with tiny bubble going up the side of the glass.
S- malty, with hop finish on smell
T- Malt first, pepper second, dry finish, hop hint on finish
F-good micro carbonation moves beer around you tongue

I know it says rye IPA, but it tastes like a stout/rye/ipa hybrid.

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

Hit the shelves today, had to buy one, poured to pint glass the beer arrives a deep dark black color with dark brown mahagoney edges in the light. A nice 2 finger mocha head with excellent retention and leaves gobs of lacing throughout. The nose is big with citrus hops, rye spice, and a hint of roasted malts. Inviting. Similarly, the taste starts off with a big citrus hops flavor that blends to a medium bitterness, rye spice, and roasted malt. The rye and citrus work very well together and the hint of roast finishes everything off well. Good. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a great beer. I could drink it all day!

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Photo of NumberNone
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a fairly solid brown with a beige-to-cream colored head that keeps some form. Good lacing. Mild carbonation evident.

S: Aromas of hops, pepper, floral, bread, malt, rye, caramel, and spices come through.

T: Malt, hops, floral notes, chocolate, rye, coffee, caramel, spice, and slight ginger are detected. It has a varied mix of pleasing flavors, making it an interesting take on an ale.

M: Smooth, earthy, dry. Great balance of flavors. Good bit of bitterness. Nice movement of tastes across the palate.

O: A great tasting black rye IPA (as identified on the label) with a distinct and flavorful profile. Nice touches of dryness and bitterness. The tastes are quite bold on the palate. More high quality from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 34oz mug; jet black with a huge thick fluffy tan head that sticks around forever and leaves tons of awesome lacing. Looks awesome, and as a member of one of my favorite styles, I'm excited. Smell is piney hops, some rye, and slight chocolate/coffee from the darker malts. Taste is just awesome...smooth chocolatey malts with a perfect amount of piney hop bitterness and rye spiciness. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth...this is a nearly perfect beer. Alcohol is hidden entirely for 8.5%.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with an outstanding head that disapates like a stout. Very nice look but the smell is kind of weak for an IPA. The taste is nice. I think I'm enjoying the rye, hop blend of this style. While I've only had two of this style with Terrapin Rye PA the other, I feel there is a trade off. Maybe the rye downplays certain aspect like smell and downplays the hoppiness but it does blend well overall. It's fairly smooth and drinkable. Because the hop presence is a tad lower I think the tongue burn out is less which makes this a very easy beer to drink. I enjoy this, but wish I could get it in a six pack rather than a bomber. I would get this again however.

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Photo of scratch69
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with a half a fingers worth of tan head.

Smell- Pine and grapefruit aromas.

Taste- Hop bitterness at the start that fades into dark roasted malt with spicy rye note throughout the swallow. Flavors blend together nicely.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall- An easy drinking Black IPA. Easily in the top 3 of this style for me.

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Photo of mabermud
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown body. Thick and creamy head that is light brown.
Smell: Some hops and some malts. Nothing discerning at this time. More hops than malts. Refreshing after smelling a Fort George Fresh IPA that is an assault on the senses with hops.
Taste: Surprisingly nice taste. Pine and not so sweet malts. With the taste, the grains are at the forefront, and the hops are in the backseat. 60/40 split. Nonetheless, this is good to go.
Feel: Medium. Not crisp. Far from astringent mouth feel at the end, but it's there.

Overall - I would like a fresh bottle. Malty goodness with hoppy niceness.

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

What a fantastic beer.
Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head.
Smell is all citrus/piney hops but with a sweet smelling twist to it.
Is this its own style? Imperial Roggen American Black Ale?
The taste is just like the smell. A sugary sweetness starts things out but the mild hop bitterness quickly takes over and lingers.
Overall a really enjoyable beer and I am just a few sips into the bottle. This is worth the price and I will most likely look for it again.

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Photo of teromous
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A very fluffy off-white nearly tan head that fades down to a light film of foam on the surface. Not much lacing. The beer is pitch black.

S: Lots of fresh-smelling hops! It really does. If you've ever smelled raw hop pellets, this smells like a freshly opened bag. A huge rush of citrus scent, and a little bit of earthiness hiding in the back.

T: It has a lot of hop bitterness. There's an up-front flavor that is similar to spruce, then the citrus rind flavor creeps in. I don't get much malt flavor, and there is zero alcohol flavor. It basically tastes like a double IPA. I saw that rye was mentioned on the label. I can only guess that it's in here, because the hops mask it pretty well.

M: The mouthfeel is very dry, and is surprisingly light. Drink the beer with your eyes closed and you will notice that it is not medium bodied.

O: Obviously this is a really great beer, and it is perfect for those who enjoy drinking IPAs of every variation. I can not stress enough, that a person should not view the color as anything other than color! It has barely any malt character. People who don't like stouts or porters, will have no problem drinking this whatsoever. On a personal note, I really wish that the malts would come through a little more. However, that doesn't change the fact that this is a really great beer and that ABAs are really open to personal interpretation.

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Photo of hreb
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty aroma accompanied by a serious punch of green hops. Centennial, Amarillo? [almost: website says Citra & Amarillo] Beer itself is nearly opaque black with just a tinge of reddish brown when held up to direct light. Extra large brown head. Flavor is a really smooth, almost creamy, full-on rye IPA. The robust edge in the rye flavor is complemented perfectly by the healthy IBU quotient, though I don't think there's anything roasty or otherwise blackened in the flavor to suggest the black Lovibond rating. It's even a little bit citrusy.

22oz bottle with "12/14/12 09:20" printed on the bottom left. Highly recommended. Among the best rye IPAs I've ever had. Must try side by side with Lenny's some time. (interesting side note: though this is 83% as alcoholic as Lenny's, it's about a third as viscous.)

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brought this bottle back on a work trip to Portland, OR.

We split the bottle I in my allagash tulip she in a wine glass.

The beer is brown in color transparent as it pours. In the glass it is black with a dirty what head. The head forms immediately causing me to slow my pours. It laces very nicly and the head remains.

The smell is subtle but pleasant. I wouldn't guess from the smell that ipa or rye were involved but that doesn't make it a bad thing. I can get a spiciness and an almost grape nose. There are definitely fruity hops involved.

The taste is not at all what i expected. The carbonation intially fills my mouth. as it dissipates the spicy hops and rye flavor take over. there are other hops but they definitly take the back. the flavor finishes with a smooth bitter and dryness on the tongue that is almost smoky. Nice.

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Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served too cold at local establishment that seems to have no trouble getting great brews.
First keg in Washington State? Incredible considering the competition. Don't know how they do it.
Nice dark pour into a stemmed glass. Virtually no head. Took a sip & decided I needed to wait for it to warm. Served way too cold. Cradling it in my hands to help it along.
Flavors definitely evolve with patience. Malt smoothness & rye up front with a nice hoppy persistence.
Well worth the effort to seek out. A fun beer. Can't wait to find it in bottles.

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Photo of brewtus
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz into tulip

A- pours black with a nice two finger light beige head
S- piney hops, some coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, floral (weird combo right?)
T/M-starts with a dry toasty smokiness, leads into a nice warm hop flavor complimented with some dry rye. Finishes with chocolate, coffee, and smoke like a porter. Texture is just thicker than an ipa, as expected.
O- this is one of the best black IPAs I've ever had, the smell and taste are just amazing, west coast style ipa mixed with Midwest style porter. it's flavors balance out perfectly, not too bitter, not too dry, not too roasty, and not too hoppy, very uniqueand extremely enjoyable. Got this in a trade and really wish I had access to get this again.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For those not from CA...Bevmo is like heaven!!!

Pours a dark brown with light highlights. Good size brown head that is creamy and fluffy. Good lasting power.

Aroma of hops, malts, bread.

Taste is grapefruit, malt, piney and some light wood in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, much lighter than expected. Cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Very enjoyable. Very refreshing. Really like this one!

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.