Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,124 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,124
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 294
Gots: 739 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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 quang_dam
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was a bit harsh to me

Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark brown with a 1 finger head of sticky, tan foam. Doesn't have a strong smell, but I have notes of chocolate, coffee, malt, and grapefruit. Heavy weight and a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty chocolate and coffee up front with a slight pine bitterness on the back end. Incredibly smooth drinking, and probably the most balanced BIPA I've ever had.

This isn't a hoppy beer, but you can still tell it's an IPA. Drinks like a stout with the bittered finish of an IPA. These black IPA's aren't one of my favorite styles, because I feel like so many breweries try to lean to one side; this one is a perfect blend of hops/pine/fruit and malt/chocolate.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant deep dark brown, 1” lacy tan cap,
S: piney, resiny hops over some roast with traces of dark dried fruit
T: Fills the mouth with a roast and prune seasoned mousse with a light dark sugar sweetness, grains and grain spice culminating in a dry, bitter finish. The bitterness vascilates through clean hop, black coffee to dark chocolate. The flavors are roast but not excessively burnt. More fruit emerges as the beer warms.
M: Creamy, medium full body, very fine, soft medium carbonation. Traces of rye body and a slight slickness.
O: A very drinkable American Black Ale.

Photo of keithv70
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my all time favorite. Great taste with the hops and rye. Simply exceptional.

Photo of DOCRW
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely frigging amazing!!!! I'm so impressed by this one.

Photo of Boccu
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great black ipa. Full flavor.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 6.49/bomber from Craft Shack
Bottled on 2/5/15 at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma some fruitiness
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to frothy ring varying from 3 mm to 22 mm and partial layer
Lacing – large chunks from recession of initial head, additional lacing spotty
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly spicey, some roasted malt, some fruitiness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

Photo of ericfine50
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great smell. Taste lingers on the tongue. A very nice drinker.

Photo of takusan1000
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A good-looking design on a great-tasting beer. Beer is dark, with only some light browness coming through the sides when held up to the light. A nice finger of head dissipates slowly to leave a permanent tan lacing. Smell is great and prominent, of PNW hops--magnum, chinook, and/or cascade.

The taste is phenomenal. Definitely an IPA, but one with lots more body and depth than normal. A nutty caramel sweetness is the initial taste, and is quickly overtaken by the less subtle twang of grapefruity, herbal, and piney hops. Roasted rye underneath throughout. A taste explosion. The bittersweet aftertaste is almost as good as drinking the beer itself. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy body, good carbonation that helps the beer aerate nicely in the mouth.

An excellent beer, and a nice treat for a Friday night.

Photo of Bone53
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all let me thank House of 1000 Beers for allowing me to get my hands on beers that i would otherwise not be able to find in Southwest PA. This is the first one in my mix six, here we go..

Appearance: Brown pour with a ruby tent when put up to the light. An aggressive pour resulted in a huge tan head

Smell: First thing i notice is spicy, citrus hop notes, but underneath that is slight roasted malts and smoke

Taste: I get a blast of hops upfront then mid palate is a slight smoky and roasted malt character, but the hops is dominant. Almost a leathery quality in the finish as well. The aftertaste linger for a while

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down smooth, prickly carbonation, and moderate bitterness on the finish

Overall: This is the second FW beer iv had, the first being Union Jack, both being around 8 months since bottling. Of course the hops in union Jack had already fallen off and ended up with a malty mess, but i thought Wookey would hold up a little better. I suppose the hops in here fell off too and was left with a semi hoppy black ipa. As it warms i get little hints of what i imagine it is like fresh. I like how the flavors linger on the pallet for a while. As is, i enjoyed Lagunitas NightTime much more than this. Ill seek out a not so hoppy FW beer next time since i can't get their beers fresh.

Photo of tlema1
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of hop aroma, with a well balanced hop&roasted malt taste...outstanding

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. Nice dark chocolate color and a 2 finger head with staying power and minimal lacing. Taste was surprisingly smooth considering the 8.3 ABV. I'm not a big fan of smokiness but felt they hit it just right. Not too bitter of a bite so I came back for more quickly and polished the bomber off in 20-25 mins. Purchased at Costco for $5.99 and well worth it.

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque black with a creamy khaki colored head and possesses notes of dark roasted malts, citrus hops, coffee, a decent woody smokiness and a touch of Rye. This is a nice dark roasty brew with a hint of Rye, a somewhat Hoppy backbone, a smooth drinkability and a slight alcohol warming at the end. Needless to say it is delicious...
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Photo of Matonika
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: is very dark brown almost midnight black. Smell : a acrid burnt malt smell with a very subtle hop aroma. Taste: this is a savory beer not really any sweetness I can pick up on, it reminds of the char on the outside of a steak. You can really pick up the rye flavor a dark loaf rye bread is this beer.
Feel: medium plus body, big head retention pours a thick creamy head, has a creamy mouth feel. Overall I would like to try this beer fresher I am drinking it on the last day of its best by date , I wonder if that has something to do with the muted taste. It is not my favorite beer but it is a well done beer.

Photo of frognot
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black with some red streaks around the edges.

Smell:Roasty pine resin mixed with ripe blood orange aromas

Taste: Nice hopiness with some rye pepperiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Very well balanced with a lot of flavors blending nicely together.

I'm not that big of a fan of black or rye IPAs that I've tried but Wookey Jack is making me reconsider that belief.

Photo of seabeetastetest
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells great good citrus hops. Tastes great good hoppy taste needing just a bit more rye for my taste leaves a slight after taste but not an offensive one.. Overall out of ten i give it a solid 9.5 with the lack of rye being the main reason it isn't higher.

Photo of bvilord
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a big well balanced smooth beer. Smells of hops, pine and chocolate. nice butter mouth feel. Tastes like a hoppy chocolate porter.

Photo of Shadow10185
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great beer. Definitely an acquired taste. I usually don't enjoy these types of beers but this one was so smooth and tasty. Has a very robust flavor.

Photo of arvidkoval
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, only letting a little redness show through. Smells overwhelmingly like an IPA. Citrusy, piney notes with a little roastiness behind it. This tastes good. Floral and pine like hops leave a medium bitterness and then there is kind of a roasted aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel on this. Very good black IPA.

Photo of T100Mark
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pitch Black color. Big, course head. Milkshake like stickage.

Smell - Fresh roasted coffee. Malt. Hops. Alcohol.

Taste - Big, toasty malt. Bittersweet chocolate. Black licorice. Alcohol. Hoppy finish.

Mouth - Oily. Buttery. Good carbonation.

Overall - If you believe that some is good and more is better, you're going to love this beer. Firestone tells us that Wookey Jack is a Black Rye IPA. I would have guessed a hoppy California Porter. Regardless, this is one big, tasty ale.

Photo of Booker07
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the Bottle:
Look: Irrelevant.
Smell: Lots of Hops. Crisp
Taste: Almost smoky. Hints of Rye but lots of hops. Fresh.
Feel: The bitterness lingers on the tongue but not thick as expected
Overall: Very good. Would like a little more Rye to come through.

Poured:
Look:Pours Black. Pinky finger head slowly dissapates.
Smell: Hops develop. More crisp.
Taste:Hops are more present.
Feel: Seems to linger on the tongue more.
Overal: Very good conversation drink.

Photo of trackedout
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours black. Some deep reddish brown around the "edges." Two finger, thick tan head with sticky lacing.

S - Fruity hops, toasty malts, and a little pepper.

T - Citrus hop and toasty malt. Slight earthiness and pepper. Has a nice sour finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation, a little dry.

Overall a great beer. To me it has more of a sour finish, rather than bitter and was what I enjoyed most.

Photo of narwhal
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black pour from large format bottle - fantastic mixture of rye sourness & hops on both the aroma & taste - not a very heavy mouthfeel but really smooth. I would have wished for a tiny bit more bitterness, but I'm not complaining, this is fine beer.

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 8.11.14. Drank 1.16.15. 22oz bomber poured into a 18oz Tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with three towering fingers worth of light fluffy head. When head to the light, highlights of maroon can be seen slightly within the body. Head dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing all the way down. Drop dead gorgeous in the glass.

S: The roasted malts blend with sharp piney hops to remind me of summer campfires in the North woods of Minnesota. Very calming and balanced. Some lemon rind to leave a clean aroma after the initial hit of smokey pine.

T: Burnt pine, caramel malts, tangy orange/grapefruit. Finished with a drying roasted grain flavor. Smokey, ashy... just keeps bringing to that campfire.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, similar to Founders Porter and Spiteful GDPP. Slight alcohol warmth, finishes with a drying pine sensation.

O: Fantastic stuff. Similar, but completely different then the other black IPAs. Unique and worth exploring... begins to blur the line between IPAs and Porters.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black with hints of red and brown with a creamy coffee color head that has great lacing and retention. Aroma is amazing, packed with citrus fruit and hops. Taste is great with the citrus fruit being balanced by roasted malts and a quick hit of spice from the rye. Overall one of the best black ipas I've had, although I would like a little more bitterness, which is why it isn't rated a 5.

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 4,124 ratings.