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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,101
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 170
Gots: 264 | FT: 10
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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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-10-2013 21:00:37 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nice dark brown color with some nice golden caramel edges. There is a nice creamy ecru colored head that is about 1 inch tall and is pretty sticky leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma starts off with some delicious citrus hop notes mixed in with some nice slight dank pine notes. Definitely some hop forward notes in the nose. There is some nice roasty malt on the back end of the nose that slightly balances the brew. The roast is nice and grainy with some slight notes of chocolate.

The flavor starts off with some nice earthy grain and some slight chocolatey and sweet roast malt notes. Then a quick fresh rush of herbal and grassy citrus hops comes up giving the brew some wonderful life and brightness. There is also a nice slight piney note that goes along well with the other hop notes and are blended perfectly with the malt notes. Amazing brew with great balance between the roast and the malty grain notes really shine as the brew warm with some nice spice form the rye showing up with the grassy and herbal dank hop notes. Mouthfeel is nice and light-medium with some creamy notes and good carbonation.

Overall, this is a great take on the Black Ale style. Very good hop profile matched up nearly perfectly with the great rye malt profile and the awesome roasted notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:21:00 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany colored and opaque. A beige thick head settles out quickly. Low aroma of citrusy hops. Flavors of citrusy hops, morphing to orange rind pith, mix of pine and rye spice. Good balance of hops and malt, leaning more towards the hops, but good presence for the roasty dark malt. Rich and full mouthfeel, creamy, finishes a bit tannic. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 22:37:17 | More by far333
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 11:12:03 | More by micromaniac129
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-12-2013 05:53:43 | More by VeganUndead
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

09-28-2012 03:56:02 | More by RoryOMoore
Photo of dar482

New York

4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is of decent age, brewed at 3/4/13, written on the bottom left of the label.

A light tan one finger head, almost like a milk stout. The color is pitch black with a bit of brown coming through at the edges as the head recedes quickly.

The aroma is of big grapefruit with pine, malted sweetness and rye, and citrus. Certaintly smells like an IPA. As it warms up, it’s more orange and fresh fruit.

The flavor is surprising. It has a big grapefruit bitterness like Double Jack and also juicy orange and citrus. Then with a smooth clean malt that comes behind it, which then leaves a grapefruit peel finish along with an orange candy sweetness. It leaves your mouth watering because it’s so quite dry and strong.

The malt profile instead of crystal malt like Double IPAs has more of this breadiness and caramel behind it instead of rounded stickiness. There’s also a rye spice in there like Hop Rod Rye. Quite prominent actually in the later part of the beer.

As this beer warms up, the roasted malt notes slowly come through along with the rye.

Quite a complex beer, but not too far from a Double IPA. I’ve only had this with Sublimely Self Righteous, which I really did not like at all. This on the other hand is a really complex and delicious. For a rye beer, I think I like Hop Rod Rye more, but just slightly. This really is an impressive beer. Not shockingly different enough from a Double IPA for me to really go crazy for it about the style however.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 03:56:13 | More by dar482
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black or dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown white head. Thick residue and some spotty, persistent lacing.

S: Sourdough bread, oregano, and clove.

T: Roasted, peaty malt. A little molasses, black licorice, coffee, and plenty of unsweetened dark chocolate. Something of a woody character also.

M: Not heavy, but full flavored. Dry pungent finish. Woody and peaty.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, foamy head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is bready with some savory spice. Peaty and roasted malt, with some sweet and bitter notes. Great combination and balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:50:07 | More by bmwats
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed June 1st, 2012.

Beer poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass. A three finger creamy tan head forms atop the clear, cola-brown beer. Over the next few minutes, the head becomes sticky foams on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is hoppy, full of clean grassiness and grapefruit.

Flavor is interesting; some dark malt character up front with an over-roasted, nearly burnt note first, followed by some peppery cocoa (rye showing its addition here) and then a significant hop presence that manifests primarily as medium-to-heavy bitterness. A dash of acidic, almost sour citrus follows. Finish is fairly clean, considering what's going on here, though a woody bitterness lingers.

Well-carbonated and tingly on the tongue. Slightly thick.

This is a big beer and is considerable. I've had imperial stouts which gave me less pause on first taste. Like everything Firestone does, though, this turned out near the top of the heap for the style. Another winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:12:02 | More by charlzm
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-19-2012 01:16:56 | More by Satchboogie
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capped bomber served into a wine glass, the village of Wookey finally gets its 15 minutes of fame here in the New World from our Union Jack guys. Pours a nice dark brown and fairly clear and bright for an unfiltered ale. Offers crimson highlights and an inch of pourous tan foam. Good retention and rings of lace.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of hops and roasted/chocolate malts. Bit resinous but not too potent. Good balance for the style as hops aren't too blatant and malts are more complex than just making the beer dark like a few I've seen.

Taste of roasted malts with a background of hops. Finishes with a bit of char and a rather light bitterness but a good dose of texture to the base grains. Touch of dark fruit as the pour settles in exchange for a bitter hop finish. Does offer some bitter chocolate on the close which keeps the feel from being too thin.

Overall hoppy but not, malty but not. So I guess that's good for a Black Pale Ale. Auto logged off again a minute ago and data lost. Why do I review live??

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 04:20:32 | More by HalfFull
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-01-2012 01:55:05 | More by 2beerdogs
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-25-2012 01:17:44 | More by ElGallo
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

05-29-2013 22:03:12 | More by fredmugs
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark mahogany color with a toffee colored thick head. The lacing ring is unusually robust and creamy.

S - Herbal with toasted chocolate, and the citrus appears but struggles to rise above, spicy rye dankness is evident.

T - Taste is balanced and is better than the aroma. The blend between the rye spice, toasted chocolate, and citrus balances out nicely with one not overpowering the other; the flavors all play very well together. There's a nice lingering spicy pine and bitter citrus finish that cleans off most of the malt left on the palette (besides some bitter chocolate which lays very, very low).

M - Medium body with moderately mild prickliness to add nice texture. The malt is a little sticky on the lips.

O - I'm no fan of Black IPA's, Black Rye IPA's, Rye-PA's, etc, etc, ... I pretty much can live without these beers because they confuse my palette too much and I almost never enjoy them. In this particular case, Firestone Walker has done a superb job of blending everything and I have to say I would buy more of this beer. It's drinking very well right now and is not one I would let sit in the bottle too long. If my choice would boil down to a Black/Black Rye IPA and a regular IPA of similar hoppiness, I'll pick the regular IPA almost EVERY time and this is a rare exception that peaks my interest. Worth a try but get it now before the hops start to fade unless you prefer otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 21:53:11 | More by jzeilinger
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

08-01-2013 04:05:47 | More by Jame515
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-21-2013 06:31:32 | More by BigBry
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-30-2014 18:16:35 | More by Herky21
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap at The Mayor in Fort Collins.

Wookey Jack is nearly black in color with tight white head and good lacing as it settles.

Aroma is wonderfully hoppy and fresh. Really enjoyable.

Fruity but not huge on citrus which makes it unique.

Flavor is balanced and tasty. Roasty, sweet, and hoppy. A little earthy and grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall another really excellent Firestone Walker beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 22:32:46 | More by GilGarp
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

04-27-2013 20:47:48 | More by Zachtheporter
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-05-2013 21:12:34 | More by shigg85
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-06-2013 16:16:02 | More by mrebeka
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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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:03:43 | More by MDDMD
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dark completely opaque black with about a finger of slightly creamy/bubbly mocha brown beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Decent carbonation. Nice layered lacing.

S- Nice citrus hops of pine, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A little bit of light chocolate and malts in the background, but definitely predominately citrus hops. Definitely above average aroma strength- smells great.

T- Nice citrus hops of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange balanced with light creamy chocolate and some dark malts. Finishes a little bit bitter but not too bitter. Very nice citrus aftertaste. Pine taste definitely comes out a little bit more towards the end.

M- Lightly creamy, easy to drink, smooth, abv very well hidden, nice carbonation. Feels great.

O- This is definitely one of the best black ales I've ever had (2nd only to HF Jimmy). Nice citrusy aromas/tastes mixed with light chocolate and dark malts all balanced with a nice lightly creamy easy to drink mouthfeel. Definitely very fresh and I'm very glad we finally got this in. I definitely recommend picking this one up- it's a great beer for the price ($7/22oz bomber).

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 21:07:19 | More by jaasen64
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-04-2013 19:40:17 | More by CoolEthan
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,101 ratings.