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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,507
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 200
Gots: 415 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 20, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%

Canada_Dan, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Amalak
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A/S. It has a deep black/brown color, with a nice foamy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. Very nice hop scent to it.

T/M. It has a beautiful hoppy taste mixed with citrus. It is very smooth. Has a bit of a pepper taste to it underneath. Nice and smooth with some carbonation.

O. It is very well balanced and nicely spiced and flavorful.

Amalak, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Kopfschuss, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of thufflife
4/5  rDev -5.9%

thufflife, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

ElGallo, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, date is not visible but spring '12 release
Central Waters globe

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost black. Some reddish hues towards to edges. Light tan half finger head. Some lacing bits when you give it an aggressive swirl.

S: It's pretty amazing. I get all fruity hops initially on the nose. Grapefruit and citrus. Then digging in you get some roast even while cold. Chocolate is there.

T: Up front you get some nice bitterness, but not too much. Mid mouth you get the malts, but also the rye malts. Adds that touch of spice. The color doesn't lead to as much coffee and chocolate as it would appear. The malts add some creamy texture. And aid in a bitter yet smooth close.

M: Medium bodied

O: A BIPA for sure

inlimbo77, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

MinorThreat, May 11, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolate-brown head. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is some roasted barley malt, piney hops and some general earthiness.

T: More roasty than usual for an American Black Ale, but that's balanced nicely with citrusy and piney hops. Then, lingering on the palate in the aftertaste I get some roasted coffee beans. A touch of rye spiciness is there as well, giving this a slightly different taste than you usually get with an ABA - I'm not really getting any chocolate, for instance, but still I'm liking the malt profile.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest. Finishes semi-dry.

O: Good stuff. Closer to the "hoppy Porter" territory than most ABAs, but I'm good with that.

Kendo, Jun 21, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The origins of the name Wookey Jack are ambiguous. Some say that it's related to Phish, the favorite band of Firestone's head brewer, Matt Brynildson. Others think it's named for Wookey Hole, a village in England known for its dark caves and resident witch. I prefer to think it was inspired by this scene from Star Wars in which Chewbacca and R2D2 are playing holographic chess:

Chewbacca: Ghaaa!
C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can't help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It's not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That's 'cause droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
Chewbacca: Grrf.

Regardless of what's in the name, we know what's in the beer: pale and black malt, rye, Midnight wheat, and a dash of Wookey dust (on this ingredient the brewery is also infuriatingly silent). German Magnum hops are added for bitterness; Citra and Amarillo for flavor and aroma. The brew is then double dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo.

Wookey is the third of Firestone Walker's Jacks, joining Union Jack (an American IPA) and Double Jack (a double IPA), and is the brewery's first black IPA. Poured into a snifter, it's as inky-black as the deep space Chewie travels through. Pour it hard and you'll get about an inch of sandy tan foam that's creamy and sticky, decorating the sides of the glass in beautiful, resinous webs.

Hops are massive in the nose, and it's a beautiful blend -- lots of pine needles, orange pith and lime peel. Just a hint of dank resin is offset by a subtle smoky note and a touch of dark chocolate. It's a very forest-like aroma, like a pine tree that grows oranges downwind of a campfire.

While there's no shortage of black IPAs on the market now, a black rye IPA is a different story -- and it's what makes Wookey Jack interesting. The spicy malt interacts with the hops well, playing off the bitterness -- 60 IBUs, if you wanted to know -- while adding its own playful bite. The front of the flavor is a blend of tangerine, pine resin, subtle tropical fruits and rye. The swallow is better-rounded, with swirls of cocoa and dark chocolate meeting the fruity hops. Smoky toast rises after the swallow, lingering in the mouth until the next sip ups the hops again.

Firestone chose to leave Wookey Jack unfiltered and unfined, meaning some small particulates are left floating in the beer. While this might affect the appearance of a standard IPA, for which clarity is key, in a black IPA it's moot, and in fact improves the body, giving it a silky, creamy texture.

Roasted malts have been applied with a deft hand in this brew. There's just enough to round out the edges of the flavor, but not so much that the hops are interrupted. The flavor doesn't pull your arms out of their sockets, but rather caresses you with a Wookiee-like growl. Ghaaa.

Phelps, May 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

JRod1969, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark brown color with two fingers of thick off-white head. Good amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops along with dark caramel malts and toffee.

A well-balanced beer with citrus and pine hops together with dark caramel malts and rye bread. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

This is a complex and very tasty beer from Firestone Walker. All Black IPAs should be this good.

Monkeyknife, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Gambrinus1184, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

richkrull, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

AndrewMichael, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of charlzm
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.

charlzm, Jun 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

brotherloco, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

SpdKilz, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

BigBry, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip because I just broke my snifter.

Pours translucent black with garnet highlights. 2 fingers of head that dissipate slowly leaving behind nice lacing.

Big tropical fruits, spicy rye and caramel.

Huge tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango. Some pineapple and very balanced spicy rye. caramel malts, navel orange and lemon zest. Finishes with some pine sap, cocoa nibs and hints of coffee.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, juicy and dry.

This is easily the best Black IPAs that I've ever had. Huge tropical citrus, spicy rye and balanced caramel malts. Only a touch of roasted malts on the finish which is slightly deceptive judging by the color. Well done!

justintcoons, Aug 17, 2012
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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.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 26, 2012
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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.

far333, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

WeisGuy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
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).

jaasen64, Aug 10, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,507 ratings.