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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 4,291
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 303
Gots: 820 | FT: 17
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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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Photo of Popp24
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip.

A - Black as licorice with a thin cream colored head.

S - Some smoked charcoal, floral hops.

T - Pretty complex flavors. Has some hop bite to it and I definitely taste some licorice and roasted malt flavors as well. Pleasant hop finish.

M - Nice and smooth with a good carbonation. Maybe a bit thin but still has some creaminess to it.

O - A really good good black IPA that leaves a nice taste in your mouth and for 5.99 well worth it. I support this beer as a top tier black ipa.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- perfect looking beer. Deep brown almost black with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Two and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Superb head retention with plenty of sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Not the most aromatic beer but solid and layered none the less. hops and malt play off each other beautifully in the nose. Piney spicy woody hops combine with rye spice and light roasted malt tones. Some citrus and dark chocolate notes come out as well.

T- woody piney hops with a distinct rye spiciness on the front end. Roasted malt and big chocolate character blends in with notes of citrus peel from the hops. Aggressively bitter on the back end with a roasty mocha finish that lingers with leafy hops for an eternity!

MF- creamy slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Perfect carb for this kind of beer.

D- great drinkability

Overall an excellent black IPA

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Photo of McStagger
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black IPA is a bit of misnomer, no?

A: Decadent espresso brown. Two finger mocha brown head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is excellent. Hard to gauge carbonation due to extremely dark, murky nature of the beer. Looks like a damn porter.

S: Does not smell like a damn porter, that's for sure. Actually, it does have some characteristics. Roasted notes, bit of toffee and mocha. The hops are less citric or pine and quite a bit more stone fruit and tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, also bits of stone fruit. Fairly strange combination of scents, but it works.

T: Slam of hop bitterness integrates beautifully into coffee bitterness throughout the mid palate. The rustic aspect of the rye really accentuates the coffee notes. This bitterness extends into the finish, with some serious fruit flexing through on the end. Extremely fruity essence on the end, with stone fruit becoming much more dominant. Almost like fresh peach. This subsides and you're left with that lingering coffee bitterness. The oily hop bitterness again plays very well with the coffee.

M: Soft, without being cloying. Full bodied without being unctuous. Very balanced, with the carbonation standing up just enough to the fairly weighty malt and hop bill. No alcohol detected.

O: Amazing beer, pure and simple. I feel lucky to live so close to this amazing brewery. While some of their beers are uninspired (looking at you, 805), Firestone proves time and time again that they are simply one of the best breweries in the world.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours dark reddish brown with a decent tan head. settles nicely with moderate lacing.

piney-citrus nose with a slightly roasty smell.

citrus-grapefruit up front, followed by a nice roasted malt flavor with a slightly bitter malty finish.

decent mouthfeel, thickens as it warms

a nice rye-pa from firestone and worthy of trying

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Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours like a lovely French roast coffee with a white sand head with big rocky bubbles. This beer is opaque and has velvet midnight black in the glass with an ever so slight hint of brown to suggest very dark chocolate, though there are some light carbonation bubbles working their ways up the sides. Lacing is thin but sticky and gorgeous like a complicated root system splaying out beneath a lovely fat ring of soil that surrounds the glass. The beer smells dank and tremendously fruity with fat mango, orange, pineapple and even some slight pine. This is the best fruity smell I can remember getting from any beer in a long time; it’s like a fruit salad in the hops aroma and I am absolutely digging it. Further whiffs suggest the tantalizing roasted coffee malts and dark chocolate below the hops. All the smells come together to overall remind me of a fruit salad lathered in dark chocolate and coffee. The smell alone has me salivating for this beer and upping my expectations tremendously. The beer’s taste loses a lot of that fruit and coffee, but that is not an entirely bad thing. Mango hops are still the dominant flavor for me with some nice side character fruit hops. The dark malts are very sideshow in the flavor, appearing mainly in the middle to provide some lovely creamy roasted flavoring before being flushed away by bitter, less-ripe fruit in the back and aftertaste. A ghost of the roasted chocolate flavor does dance on the fringes, in between the undulations of the fruit hops, but it is quite light. The rye spice is also a ghost in this taste, only slightly suggesting itself as the beer moves over the tongue and lingering a little to meld a spicy burn with the bitter burn. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and almost a touch watery. I kind of want a thicker beer too help bring more of the roasted malt flavor. The mouth is left with a good glaze of saliva and a fizzy, bitter-bitten tongue that is ready for more, if only in moderation. This beer is in between a sipper and a chugger, but I would suggest a more leisurely sip personally. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully for its 8%, with only the suggestion of a bite and burn hidden beneath the bitters. Overall this is a very nice example of the black ale style. Personally, I would love to see a little more malt action in a black ale, but this is very nice more IPA-based black. I also would have loved to see more rye action in this beer, but again the beer worked very well for what the brewer was going for. The smell of this beer is one of the best I have ever smelled, and has me dreaming of big hops and malts. This beer is definitely worthy of a sip and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this for the first time in Vegas a few years ago. Probably the best rye beer I've ever had. Great hop smell but not overpowering to the taste. My only critique is I think the bar stored it a bit too cold.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just obtained this one. It is the second one from Firestone Walker that I have tried and I do think they make fantastic beers. I guess I should give props to Beer Camp this year for introducing me to this brewery. It doesn't get distributed to my state, but I travel to VA and they do get it. Anyway, this one was interesting. Not my first black IPA, but this one was not really like the others I had tried, to the best of my recollection.

Appearance: Dark, but not totally lights out dark. There is some transparency in this beer, its almost like a really dark brown ale in color. Big fluffy head that settles to a nice lacing after a few minutes.

Smell:Wow, this is really where this beer hits you. You can detect the hops right away, but you also get that rye spiciness in there too. It does have a bit of the malt character but the hops really do shine in the aroma.

Taste: Not as hoppy as you would expect from the nose. The malts tame it down an bit. I detected the rye heat in there but the dark malts sweeten it up and the hops are not as prevalent, which is a bit of a downer. Nevertheless, its a tasty beer and a really good price for the bomber. I think I picked this one up at a grocery store in VA for less than $7.

Overall: Nice beer. I do like this black ale, black IPA, whatever they want to call it style. It blends the best of two worlds, for me anyway. I have drank a few but kind of backed away while summer was here. Now that we are in a transitional season and I want more stouts this is a good beer to bring me up to speed. I recommend it if you can find it. Its a good price and a very solid beer.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA.

A - Almost jet black in color on the pour, the faintest hint of light comes through a reddish/brown tint. Head is off-white.

S - Good amount of piney hops, slight fruit, and roasted malt.

T - Incredibly well-balanced. The roasted malt provides a solid backbone for the excellent blend of citrus and piney hop. Taste is almost floral and earthy at the same time. Finishes with just a tinge of chocolate.

M - Incredibly smooth, drinks like a stout.

Overall - Very solid brew here. One of the best ABAs out there.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from my kegerator... Served in a duvel glass

A: two fingers of creamy coffe/chocolate head that dissapates slowly and leavs a ton of lacing....almost completly coating the sides of the glass...The body is of the brew is black. A very nice looking beer.

S: Resinous piney and grapefruity citrus hops right up front. As the brew warms some spicy rye notes along with chocolate and roasty notes become more pronounced.

T: Yum, a great balance of rye and citrusy/piney and resinous hops, combine with wonderful roasty and chocolaty notes.... The balance here is awesome and delicious... Everything works very well here.

M: medium bodied and creamy... Medium crisp carbonation, works perfectly here... Keeps the brew from getting to heavy and syrupy and keeps it nice and drinkable. There is a bit
Of a roasty and resinous hop aftertaste.

O: this is a great brew.... I love rye ipa and black ipa's and this is a beautiful marrage of both.... Anothe great brew from Firestone walker... Loved it.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a generous two inch beige head that morphs into eternal darkness in my chalice. Lacing is scant. Hop influenced head is very impressive.

Aroma not very profound. Tones of citrus and pine mainly.

Here's where the horses run otta the gate. Beautiful rye spice pronounced with a charred grain with some smoke. Citrus emerges with piney tars evident. Maybe it's just my mind but I'm also picking up on cocoa powder in the back.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a snap-very crisp. Hops do linger throughout.

I've had this on and off in the past few years but lately been craving back for this. A spectacular all year round craft. I'm sure black ales are tough but this has been nailed. Really can't say enough fine things.

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Photo of mooseo
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml into Firestone Walker tulip.

A - Black with dark brown hues when held to the light. Head is small and light tan in color.

S - Grapefruit, sweet bread, pumpernickel, pine, hints of tropical fruit.

T - Big hoppy waves of grapefruit citrus and pine. Very resinous. A smooth, rye malt backbone is present. Finish is bitter with earthy hops and a slight breadiness.

M - Silky smooth, a little creamy, medium body. Dry finish, medium carbonation.

O - My new favorite black IPA. This stuff is delicious. The hop profile reminds me of Heady Topper, which is definitely a good thing. The rye malt blends in perfectly. Awesome.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head.
Light lacing strings its way down the glass.
The smell had a blend of nice citrusy to roasty coffee and a light underscore of chocolate.
The taste was pretty much the same.
The mouthfeel was sharp and blended the smells onto my tongue in a slightly harsh way.
Overall, solid black ale, but Baranof's is better.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Been lucky enough to try the Union and Double Jack, and now the Wookey Jack. Pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells very floral and hoppy, just lovely. Tastes of slight citrus with some rye malt coming through in the finish. Nice hop presence and good crisp finish. Very smooth mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, with reddish tints on the edges. The head is maybe a finger's width, off-white, and has long retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Toffee, alcoholic phenols, a spiciness, and some slight woody hops. Really not a ton of aroma coming off of this beer.

T: The taste is definitely a kick in the mouth. Sweet malts, toffee, and lots of spicy rye start this beer out. The rye melds nicely with the herbal, woody hops to take the beer through to the end. Despite all the sweet flavor, the beer is remarkably dry. The aftertaste is that f a pleasant burnt sugar.

M: Heavy body, almost chewy, but also a lot of carbonation to cut through the body. the beer is also slightly sticky in the throat.

O: Really a solid beer. It's a big beer, but I would expect nothing less from a black rye IPA. I am amazed at how well all the flavors are playing together.

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Photo of ac22rush
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a light tan head maybe 1 finger and dissipates quickly decent lacing.

Tons of roasted coffee carmel and toffee in the nose mixed with juicy citrus and some slight piney notes. The nose isn't as powerful as I thought it might be.

Tastes great lots of dark roasty chocolate malts and huge hop flavor lots of great resin and pine with hints of floral and citrus throughout. Love the balance in this beer 80 IBU's in this monster but the malt easily goes toe to toe with the hops and the 8% alcohol content is hardly noticeable. Its says there is rye in it I don't detect the flavor but there is a certain spiciness which could also be the hops that add to that.

Love this beer great sipper and warmer. I could definitely pick up a few more bombers of this without a doubt. Firestone Walker is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries! Cheers!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - deep dark opaque mahogany. Awesome two finger tan creamy head and some sticky lacing

S - Tons of spicy rye and hops. Very floral (earthy sweet flowers), almost a coffee like note, belgian like yeast, pine, grapefruit, weed, tons of new wood, slight pineapple, nice sugar note and crisp robust toasty malts

T - Up front the hops is lovely. Hitting your pallet with floral, spicy and earthy hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, rye, baking spices, tons of wood and earth. belgian like yeast, huge toasty sweet sugary malts, more flowers and some serious dankness

M - Medium bodied, very well balanced, nice very enjoyable complexity, medium acidity and long spicy sweet finish

D/O - Very nice, refreshing, enjoyable and kinda fun to drink. It has a whole lot going on for the beer nerd and not to much going on for the novice. If you like hoppy beers with a rad twist, this is a nice addition to the rye IPA. Not for the "beer" drinker at all. Firestone does it again with another beer that can be enjoyed anytime of day or year

Final thoughts - At $5 a pop and a nice 8+% abv, this is one to add to your reviewed section and cellar. Yum

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/19/12
Poured into tulip

Appearance: Color is dark and I'd call it black without any light penetrating. The pour produced a two finger light brown-tan head and there is some moderate lacing.

Smell: Pine hops at the forefront with a bit of chocolate malt and some roasted qualities. An earthy presence is noted and absolutely no alcohol is detected.

Taste: A bittering pine hop with some grapefruit first. The rye with some spiciness is also noted front to mid palate. This is quickly followed by the roasted and chocolate and the finish is a mild coffee like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium and pretty smooth actually. Just the right amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Overall: These black IPA's play to my palate perfectly in that they bring together the best of a stout/porter and an IPA. When I'm neither in the mood for a stout or an IPA this fits the bill to perfection and this one with the rye adds another intriguing layer to consider and keep it interesting.

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Photo of dlello2
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - black and cloudy. Feet cling to glass til it's all gone... Good work alcohol. Half finger of creamy head.

S - Hops and chocolate. Quite pleasant. Some toasted marshmallows and caramel in there.

T - Hop forward in a good way. Dark chocolate in the nose and back of mouth helps balance the bitterness. A very good flavor. Some earthy bitterness to finish it out. Overall great.

M - The most lacking of the categories for this one, though by no means bad. A bit oily and thick for a black ipa. Don't remember this slick feeling the first time I had it. Much better taking small sips (how this beer is meant to be enjoyed).

O - I think that porters are my favorite style to drink (especially with a meal) and black ipas are a close second. Really liked this version and will seek it out in bottles when it comes to Chicago!

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Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip. 2 finger tan head. Pitch black body. Didn't notice any transparency.

Aroma was grapefruit and citrus. Some chocolate and signs of ABV present. Fair amount of spiceyness. Slight biscuity aroma as well.

Taste was great. Lots of hop flavor up front of grapefruit and orange. Some resiny, pine flavor as well. Hop flavor was quickly followed by a bready malt backbone. Light roasty flavor with some chocolate notes. Slight spicey flavor lets your know there is definitely Rye in it. Finish is more spiceyness, slightly grainy, some piney, resiney and grapefruit notes as well. Bitterness lingers slightly as it coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carb and a slightly sticky finish. No real signs of ABV.. atleast not as much as noticed in the nose.

Overall another great beer from FW. Great balance anf flavors. Glad I bought more.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/20/13 (2 months old).

Looks good in the glass, almost black, with light tan head that sticks to the glass.

Smells like roasted grain and pine resin hops, with undertones of rye spiciness.

Tastes nice and hoppy - pine resin, spice, earth - along with robust roastiness. Pretty dry and bitter, only a bare hint of sweetness and even that disappears completely in the long bitter finish. The rye, roast, and hop flavors really complement each other. Great depth of flavor and quite delicious.

Smooth, cushy texture, just the right amount of fine carbonation.

Nice beer, glad to finally try it.

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Photo of Topher78
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with hints of brown on the edges. Half a finger of a khaki head that leaves good lacing. The Aroma has big citrus notes along with some roasted malt. The taste has similar characteristics as the aroma but with some spiciness as well. Very complex body with a medium mouth feel.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature goblet. There is no date printed on the bottle under the "Bottled on:" label.

A - Pours off-black with an -off white head. Only a half inch of head, but it shows great retention and leaves a great lacing.

S - Fantastic blend of juicy citrus hops, pine, and rye. Subdued toasty malts add to the complexity. One of the best aromas I have ever smelled in an ABA.

T - Follows the nose closely. There is a big burst of tangerine and grapefruit, then the roasted caramel and rye malts hit. Bitter pine on the finish without much linger. The citrus returns on the aftertaste. Amazing.

M - Big effervescence and a medium body. Very little alcohol heat with a clean finish.

O - I have been anticipating this beer since I heard about this year's release. My local store ifnally got it in this past week and I was not disappointed. Great citrus, pine, and malt flavors and aromas. Complex and balanced. This may supplant Sublimely Self Righteous and Yakima Glory as my favorite of the style. I highly recommend this beer if you can get it.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with less than 10% transparency. A couple finger head on pour and solid lacing.
S: fresh hop punch with some sweet malt. Amazingly aromatic. The rye isn't dense but definately there. Overall some pine, grass and citrus as expected from an IPA
T: fresh hops, rye dryness, sweet and bitter malts. Great combo and more focus on IPA than rye or black styles which is why this is a new favorite.
M: medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Pleasant dinner or dessert beer.
O: amazing offering from Firestone and not what I anticipated. The focus on hoppy IPA and foundational support of sweet malts and dry rye makes this a perfect balance.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good drinking draft and spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid Firestone Walker offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma. Significant grapefruit.

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

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bomber

Color is dark brown with a two finger tan head. Good retention and creamy semi-sticky lacing. Aroma is good, lots of roasted malt, citrus and some rye. Flavor follows the nose, along with some coffee notes. Finish is mildly bitter and dry. Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel that makes it easy to drink.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.