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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,339 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,339
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 183
Gots: 354 | 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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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%

Completely black in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that reduced to a soapy cap and left ample sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrussy hop aromas with roasted malt and coffee aromas fighting through in the background. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with dense, rich carbonation. Pungent citrus hop flavors up front and into the middle with a tangy hop bite. Dark and burnt roasted malt flavors emerge below the citrus hop intensity to the end. Finishes with a combination bitter hop and burnt malt aftertaste. The intense hop and dark roasted malt aromas and flavors are in competition here. The bitter hoppiness shows through more but the roaated malt character seems to intensify the hop character even more. An exceptional black IPA.

10-12-2012 23:11:28 | More by IronLover
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-12-2012 21:58:56 | More by bubseymour
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Pours a dark brown-walnut. Oily texture on the pour. Big beige head that retains very well and leaves excellent lacing,

S - Pine, roasted malts, vanilla, hazelnut.

T - Wow, very interesting. Enters the mouth tasting like a cream stout, turns into a pine-laden East Coast IPA, and finishes with a boozy oaky-chocolate hoppiness. Really cool, interesting flavor profile. I like it a lot. The phases are very clear and distinct and the transition to each is smooth and deliberately executed as it comes to craft.

M - Medium to full bodied. Appropriately carbonated. Hops linger on the lower palette.

D - A sneakygood beer. I've never had a beer from this brewing company, but this first showing from them is nothing short of excellent. This is a GOOD beer and I would absolutely recommend it.

10-12-2012 03:23:33 | More by jmerloni
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Hopblooded52

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-11-2012 21:47:15 | More by Hopblooded52
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ystazi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

10-11-2012 19:50:53 | More by ystazi
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-11-2012 15:38:10 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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FullObs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-11-2012 15:37:02 | More by FullObs
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a dark, dark brown color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of rye aromas. There was a nice roasted malt presence and some spicy notes.

T - It tasted very roasty with spicy rye notes. A touch of pine and some sharp bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty rye black IPA. Another delicious offering from Firestone Walker.

10-11-2012 01:11:06 | More by zeff80
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warnerry

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

A - Pours deep brown/black with one finger of brown head. Pretty good retention with small amounts of lacing.

S - Chocolate malt with some piney hops.

T - Malty with more subtle hops. "Bottled on" spot is blank, so not sure how old this is. I actually like the hops level if this. Some black ales get a bit over the top for me. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Hops are mostly grapefruit and pine. Tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with mild, pleasant bitterness throughout. Slightly dry.

O - One of the more harmonious black ales I've had. Nice flavor and aromas. Would definitely have again.

10-10-2012 23:16:20 | More by warnerry
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Baldpacker

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-10-2012 19:51:13 | More by Baldpacker
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crob3888

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-10-2012 06:38:33 | More by crob3888
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benbjb

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

10-10-2012 05:43:01 | More by benbjb
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steelerguy

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Pours black...wait, if you tilt the glass you can see that it is actually slightly translucent and a deep walnut color. Tan head, that fades quickly leaving just a covering on top with a few unfortunate large bubbles.

S - Get ready to enjoy as soon as you open a bottle, the citrus hop aromas that immediately escape are divine. Once poured, the hops are still present, but joined by a lot of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T - This is first and foremost an IPA, even better a rye IPA. The hop delivery is smooth with lots of citrus and a touch of floral. There is a sweetness and a bit of spice from the rye that plays perfectly with the floral notes of the hopes, and then the chocolate comes on as you finish, with just a hint of roasted coffee aftertaste.

M - Mediums bodied, velvety, and warming. Just enough alcohol and carbonation to linger.

O - This is one of those beers that should be a standard. If you want to make a black IPA, Cascadian ale, American Black ale...whatever you want to call it, this is it. There are lots of black IPAs out there since it became "the thing" to do, but this one does it right.

10-09-2012 23:48:26 | More by steelerguy
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Mosstrooper

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a substantial brown head that has a lot of staying power. When the head finally dissipates, it leaves behind a thick ring of foam around the glass.

Smell: Spicy rye alongside herbal and piney hop aromas. Hints of pineapple.

Taste: Begins spicy before rounding to some tropical fruit flavor. Finishes with woody bitterness with a bit more rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller in body with balanced carbonation and an oily, sticky finish. Also finishes with some warming alcohol.

Overall: An excellent beer- one of the better ones I have had of this style.

10-09-2012 04:43:37 | More by Mosstrooper
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-09-2012 04:13:52 | More by swetsastonic
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with a huge light chocolate head.

S: Big tropical hop nose, some rye malt. I recognize the hop profile from FW's other hoppy beers.

T: Hops dominate. Bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple, rye, a bit of roasted malt, light chocolate.

M: Velvety smooth and chewy. Really great.

O: A really smooth and tasty black IPA.

10-09-2012 02:54:22 | More by Etan
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jjayjaye

New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours out like a cola with a full finger light tan collar. Big tropical hops from this one....pineapple nose and flavors...as opposed to a piney variety. There's a little roastiness in the nose and aftertaste too but that's an artifact of the process to achieve the color...(dark but translucent). I don't get the classic grainy character of a rye ale...until the end. Overall...the entire experience is on the 'lighter side'..with a hint of rye grain..another example that color is not the cover to judge this book...or something like that. It finishes pretty clean...a tad dry, with a fairly intense grassiness that lingers nicely. At 8.3%...it'll sneak up on you. REALLY nice drinker...especially if you're a hophead.

10-09-2012 00:40:55 | More by jjayjaye
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

A: Translucent dark brown/cola-like color. It poured out with 3 fingers of mocha colored head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops and a hint of grapefruit.

T: Huge amount of bitter hops, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Bitter but is balanced by its sweet backbone. The sweetness isn't really characterized by any flavor besides sugary sweet. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. This beer is super smooth.

O: This beer is pretty good. It is unique, but I definitely couldn't have more than one. The hops are really intense and it is really sweet to try and balance out those hops. I'm a hophead but this put me over my limit for hops.

10-09-2012 00:04:39 | More by mpedara429
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vic21234

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date. FW just started distributing this one in the Chicago area.

A- Pours very cola-like. Dark but some light can be seen through the bottom part of the glass. A half finger of off-white head quickly fades to some froth along the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus is the most notable aroma for me, including some mango and grapefruit. I also get some sweet malt characters.

T- Inital taste is of grapefruit and just an overall citrusy hop bitterness. Then comes the dark malts. I kind of get a hint of chocolate too. Interesting stuff.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter yet smooth, alcohol is noticeable but an easy drinking beer.

Wookey Jack is good stuff, and definitely one to try if your into IPAs or Black Ales. I personally prefer its lighter cousin Double Jack, but this is a fine beer.

10-08-2012 22:50:56 | More by vic21234
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-08-2012 20:56:57 | More by Rochefort10nh
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Happy Columbus Day 2012

A: Poured a midnight black with little to no head to mention. Some rather large bubbles hang around the perimeter. Carbonation appears perfect, with just the right amount of fizz.

S: Dull pine, spicy grapefruit, earthly peat, floral bouquet, roasted malt, milk chocolate.

T: Layers upon layers of flavor. Oily hops, dark espresso, tea leaves, citrus, honeycomb, and hints of sea barnacle assault my palate.

M: Smoother than cocoa butter. I'll leave it at that.

O: Standout beer. One of the best black ales I have had. The flavor for this style is superb along with a perfect mouthfeel jets this one to the top. FW keeps the good times coming.

10-08-2012 20:30:51 | More by cooler4life
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured into a perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, opaque, high carbonation

Smell: sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit

Taste: chocolate, pine, charred malt, and cream

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with underlying bitterness

Overall: A good not great Black IPA. I like the way the pine and cream interact. That said, I have been blown away by just about every other beer I have had from Firestone Walker and this beer, while good did not do that.

10-08-2012 15:29:44 | More by tigg924
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argock

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Nearly black with soft 1/2 finger of tan head with average retention and a wavy layer of spare lacing.

S: Intense grapefruit and pineapple aromas meet medium roasty dark malt with coffee and nutty tones.

T: Varied flavors of roast, coffee, rye spiciness with the hops coming through late with some indistinct citrus, floral, and fruity notes.

M: Solid mouthfeel with this beer drinking a lot lighter than the ABV and especially for the dark maltiness.

O: A good but not spectacular that reminds me why I don't often drink the black IPA style -- flavors and aromas too often cover rather than accentuate each other and it can leave a nondescript product.

10-08-2012 02:37:15 | More by argock
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vande

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

a - this is one of the best looking non stout, stout appearanced beers i've seen... a nice, very clingy, somewhat dirty tan head that is thick at first but dissipates nicely, to what looks like a calm soda...very, very dark!

s - hops intermixed with a bit of pine-resin...my nose is a bit off with the change of the seasons, so you'll have to forgive my lack of aromatic description.

t - wonderful. hint of chocolate mixed in with the sweetness of rye presence and a hoppy backbone that isn't over bearing... quite a tasty blend...

m - smoothy, somewhat velvety and creamy. excellent

o - first try, and an excellent one at that. this'll be a repeat performer i'm sure. If you haven't, pick one up!

10-08-2012 01:15:26 | More by vande
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scootny

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Nitro growler from the Beer Boutique in Brooklyn. Like a take home cask. This is a black-brown viscous fluid that hits the glass and slowly foams into a somewhat dense, creamy, two finger head. Fade is gentle and leaves some nice lacing. No light getting through this one and as a consequence I have no idea of what the carbonation is doing. Smell is sweet and piney with a lots of roasted malt and a light banana like fruitiness. Toffee and scorched caramel flow into some fresh, yeasty brown sweet bread and hints of coffee and cocoa. Taste is so close to perfect it is killing me not to give it. Sweet and roasted malt front moves to a heavy dose of sweet pine hops that leave grapefruit skin and hop oil. Finish is quite clean and dry with a sweet dark malt syrup flavor and a healthy hop blossoming in the swallow. Feel is velvety and almost cask like with a superfine carbonation that while gentle is quite active somehow. Creamy too. Weight is surprisingly light and supple. Don't get me wrong, it is sticky and has some syrup to it but it drinks like nobody's business and you can quickly find yourself at the bottom of the glass. This is a superb version of an ABA, it hides the abv like a double agent, drinks like a session ale and has a perfect balance of taste with big sweet roasted malt and a pine dominant hop signature. Wow.

10-08-2012 01:14:49 | More by scootny
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,339 ratings.