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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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636 Reviews
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Reviews: 636
Hads: 4,331
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 309
Gots: 841 | FT: 18
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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Reviews: 636 | Hads: 4,331
Photo of Dikfour
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Three fingers of almost brown head is retained nicely. Beer is pretty close to pitch black. Dark brown around the edge of the glass. Pretty lacing.

Smell: Toasty chocolate and toffee comingle with sharp rye and an understated hop profile.

Taste: Rye really comes out and dominates this palate. The roast is pleasantly mild. Hop and bitter finish is almost overlooked by the quality of the malt pressance but really presents its self nicely after a few sips. Pretty dang well balanced and fairly complex.

Feel: A little creamy. A little warmth from the high ABV. Pretty near perfect body.

Overall: Really freaking good. Totally worth the $12 for the 4 pack. Hop heads looking to get into darker beers, this is a good place to start.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better rye based ales I've tasted. I don't always gravitate towards rye in the mash bill, but it just works exceedingly well in this beer. Robust piney hop bitterness, some roasted coffee accents on the nose, and a dark bakers chocolate flavor note are the highlights. The persistent foam cap is an added bonus. Alcohol is present but in a really appealing way, not overpowering but instead adding to the overall rich character and aroma. Drinks lighter than the appearance would suggest. I understand why this beer gets so much praise, and it deserves the hype. You won't find many black ales superior to this.

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

22oz. bomber poured into a tumbler glass.

A- Very, very dark brown. Some light penetrates around the edges. Fantastic khaki head, and fantastic lacing.

S- Chocolate, coffee, rye, and an earthy hop finish. All balanced very well.

T- What a fantastically balanced beer. Some coffee, bittersweet chocolate, rye is certainly there, but there's some earthy, piney, and grapefruit based hops on the finish. Balance. Delicious balance.

M- Creamy, and pretty wonderful.

O- This beer has hype, and it's all warranted.

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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 flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle at home from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.60):
Quite a strong tasting beer that hit the spot with a good combination of pine & tropical fruits early on that was balanced out well thanks to the darker malts & some sweetness. Despite the strength, the beer was quite an easy one to drink & I worked my way through it quicker than I probably should have; an excellent beer & one I'll be on the look out for again.

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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 mklmcgrew
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark like a stout with a substantial foamy head.

S - Hop smell, nothing too overpowering.

T - Nice IPA hop flavor, but but balanced out by the malt.

M - Medium/thick presence. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very enjoyable, like a IPA/Stout mix. Not as bitter as a pure IPA, but not as heavy as a stout.

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Photo of TH28
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a thick tan foam head and nice lacing. Aroma: resinous and light citrus hop notes, with an underlying roasted malt. Taste: light roasted malt dominates, with an acidic citrus/grapefruit hop flavor on the backside with a crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel: light to medium with a moderate carbonation. Finish: lingering roasted malt and resinous hop.

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Photo of Zonk
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really impressive. Nice bite to go along with malty rye backbone. I enjoyed this very much even though it is not a style I normally enjoy. Rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Super balanced black IPA. Nice smell and taste was amazing. You get that rye, hoppy taste, malt but not overpowering. Very balanced.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great color, inspiring, dark. Pale tan head, mixed texture.

Mild smell. Nothing offputting, perhaps a bit light.

Flavor is verry bitter: hops, bitter malt, orange and orange rind.

Mouthfeel is quite good: not overly rich, but still satisfying. Carbonation is spot-on.

Finish is not intense, long, bitter & orange.

Don't re-buy - there are many better options.

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

Served out of a bottle.
Pittsburgh does not have distribution, so we have to be wary of age. This bottle was dated July 31, 2014. The pour produced a fluffy mocha head. The beer appeared black. The taste was similar to a nice Porter with waves of the washing over it. All in all it held up great over the past year.

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Photo of rjs246
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had a bunch of black ipas (meh) and a bunch of rye ipas (slightly above meh) and none of them have come close to this. It smelled great and tasted great with all of the malt character and rye spice you expect from the style balanced perfectly with tons of hops. So damned good.

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Photo of disney2
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another great beer from Firestone Walker. Wookey Jack has all the great taste of a world class IPA with a lingering rye finish. Definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark like a stout with thick and frothy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is nutty, roasty, and chocolaty but not very pronounced. Has a tinge of hop bitterness that peaks through the dark malt flavor. Flavor follows the nose. The mouth feel is very pleasant; slightly sticky, smooth, and gets creamier as the beer warms. Overall this is a fantastic beer, its got a little bit of everything. Highly recommend.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An abundance of creamy tan head (about 2 inches), which held well. Very dark.

S - Strong hop smell, with rye, pine trees, and a bit of orange peel.

T - A powerful pine tree hoppiness, but, oddly, not as much as expected. Front is a citrus flavor and middle is a pine forest, with a bitterness that holds.

M - Medium to thick body. Not a strong alcohol presence.

O - A piney bitterness, like an IPA, but the dark color of a stout. A bit on the bitter side, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of CHickman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a lot of bubbles racing up the brew like a Guinness which leads up to a creamy 1 finger khaki head that faded slowly and left very good lacing.

Smells of strong piney hops or pine cones, peppery spices and rye up front, followed by rich, roasted chocolate malts, grapefruit, caramel, citrus hops, coffee grinds and earthy or leafy notes. Balanced with the nice roast of the malt and grains mixing well with the spices if the hops. Zero sign of the alcohol in the nose, with the hops actually winning the arm wrestling match for attention at the end.

The rye is a nice addition and starts the taste off just like the aroma, with strong piney hops/pine cones, bitter grapefruit, peppery spices with some cinnamon and white pepper up front, followed by rye, roasted chocolate malts, charred wood, caramel, lemon,citrus hops, orange peel, coffee grinds, tea leaf, cocoa powder, dry floral hops and what seems like a crisp, burnt chocolate chip cookie dunked in hop oil. Balance is really nice with the shifts from hoppy to roasty taking place in every sip, adding nice complexities that keep you guessing. Spices are mild and add zest to counter the roasted grains/malts.

Mouthfeel is average but on the smooth side with average to almost high carbonation, a medium almost bordering on chewy body and a nice slightly bitter, roasted finish that's got a balanced weaving of the fresh dry hops, rye and roasted malts. Aftertaste is almost sweet, letting the hops come through again as the char fades.

Black IPA, American Black Ale, however you want to label this hybrid, just keep this beer in mind as it is a great example, extremely tasty and hides the ABV perfectly. Really solid beer, I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of rickrem
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark living up to the 'black'. On draft with a small head with very minimal lacing.

Nice toasty malt wit the rye coming through with just a touch of spice. Some coffee coming through with the piney bitterness

Very lightly carbonated and balanced feel.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a wine tumbler.

A: Deep, dark nearly-opaque blackness with a touch of deep amber around the edges. 1/2" off-white head recedes not too quickly. Retention is good, lacing is so-so.

S: Resinous hops & some roasty malt. Faintly fruity character. A hint of coffee & a slightly juicy suggestion of berries.

T: Nice balance between impressive hop-forwardness & roasty-toasty malts. A bit of pine, some black coffee, brown sugar, a touch of booze & did I mention hops?

M: Comes on a bit creamy but finishes impressively dry & sharp. Carb is moderate against a big, malty body.

O: Just terrific, complex & balanced. This brew is very deep.

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Photo of 303beer
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark tan to coffee colored head. Almost black beer but still smells like an Ipa. Ahh now that is a good beer. Nice hop to it. Earthy to my taste buds.

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Photo of R739
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with two fingers of creamy tan head. Smell - roasted malts, hint of rye malts, cocoa, citrus/piney hops, hint of pine resin. Taste - Hit right away with the roasted malts and hint of rye malts followed by the cocoa,citrus/piney hops, and pine resin. Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the piney hops.

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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 PhilHeinricke
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent Bottled IPA with a punch

I was walking through the wine section in Costco when Precious pointed out some bottles of IPA. She and everyone else know that I love IPA. I'll try anything once so I got this along with some other beers. It came in a 22 oz. bottle. It looked like a wine bottle. I almost walked right past this thing of beauty.

You get a shock when you pour it out. It's almost like a dark beer but with a reddish tint. I wondered why somebody would be selling a stout in a bottled marked IPA. Don't they know anything about beer? It turns out they do know quite a bit. This is an ambitious take on a darkened IPA. It doesn't have that awesome IPA smell. Sometimes I think I like IPAs just because of the smell. You know what I'm talking about.

The taste is bitter and strong but not too much. After a couple of sips and sniffs it only gets better. At the end I really enjoyed this. The only problem is that it has a high alcohol content which I can't handle. I usually get tipsy after one 12 oz. Mich Ultra. One bottle of Wookey Jack contributed to a good, much needed Sunday afternoon nappy.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A little colder than cellar temperature, in my tulip.

Generally-black-looking, it's actually a very dark brown when held up to some light. A nice couple-centimeter light tan head leaves lacing.

It really kind of smells like a spruce tree, with the pine needle resin and everything. There's even a bit of sap or maple syrup. And also a delightful little mix of zesty tropical fruit such as pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. I can indeed detect a little chocolate and roasted earth as well, but it's buried a bit underneath the IPA scents. Fabulous aroma here.

The flavor immediately delivers a pine-laced tornado of astringent hops and citrus. Then I realize that the tornado swept up some loamy soil off the ground (must have passed over some fertile soils), and again the orange and chocolate (an orange grove and a chocolate factory? Damn, you get around, tornado). Wow, what a wild ride.

Feel-wise, we're treading in nirvana territory. Full but not full. Crisp but mellow. kuaffable, but not overly thick. It is one with the universe.

Despite the dark beer qualities this black ale certainly does have, this is truly an IPA at heart. And a delicious one. Now I think I'm detecting some of that grainy, spicy rye in the aroma and finish... excuse me while I go step back into the tornado.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "01/02/15 19:24") poured into 9 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark cola brown with dense, bubbly tan head.

Smell: Pine, citrus zest, earth, rye spice and roasted malt.

Taste: Dark, roasted malt, rye pepperiness, citrus and light, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very well integrated rye, black malt and hops, surprisingly drinkable.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.