Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

3,749 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,749
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 219
Gots: 505 | FT: 12
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:
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(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Chadhowie
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wookey Jack is awesome. Who would have thought that Firestone would produce such a legit beer. This is very well one of the to Firestone beers around and worth trying. The flavor is bold and hardcore. A very rich and complex beer as well and good on tap as well in the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack our grumbler and pour a brew of the deepest chocolate amber. It holds a brief one finger head of soapy tan bubbles. This leaves spots and jabs of lacing down the sides of the glasses, with a foamy ring circumferentially to crown. Carbonation appears mild, while a chill haze permeates the liquid. No sediment is noted. The aroma is surprisingly fruity. Notes of fusel booze, strawberry, big pink bubblegum esters, floral and citric hops, and tangy sweet pineapple all mix off the bat for a refreshing pop. To balance is fresh dill, caramel and pale malts, chalky coffee roast, and a zesty soured bite of yeast. Our first impression is that the malts are much more present in the flavoring than in the nose, curbing some of that sweet and tart fruitiness with puckering bitterness. As we sip, both pale and roasted coffee malts are apparent. Waxy lipstick-like flavors, along with some puckering but juicy citric hops, bubblegum essence, chalky yeast, sweet booze, lemon rind, and butter-flashed figgy syrups mix and bring us to the peak. Here, we get a pale muskiness, plum and honeycrisp apple sweetness, and a sweeter, balancing side to the caramel malty base. The finish is a wash of bitterness and pucker, with huge citric hop bite, medicinal phenols, booze fumes, tannic dryness, and the thick roast of raw coffee. The aftertaste breathes of citric hop cone and stem, bittered minerals, herbal bitterness, booze, more charred malts, and the drying, tannic astringency of black tea. The body is on the full side, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is nice slurp, pop, cream, smack, and froth to each sip, with a nice coating and initial pucker. This drips down to wetness, but the mouth is left with a final drying bite on the breath. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips a bit more slowly.

Overall, what we liked best about this beverage was its boldness, and nice mix of flavoring. The nose painted the picture of something curiously sweet and fruity, which was nicely intriguing. The flavoring, however, was a departure from this, with big hoppy bitterness, and drying pucker by the end of the sip. This made for a nice contrast, and kept you guessing throughout. This bitterness might get to some who may not be expecting such a bite on such a sweet-seeming beer, but this guy remains drinkable, and is a tasty treat.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours blacl with nice beige head. Took an aggressive pour. Aroma of pine and citrus, pretty much all hops. Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected from the nose. Flavor of pine, toasted or burnt wood, smokey roasted malt. Sime spice on the end I assume from the rye. Bitter finish with the strong hops lasting. One of my favorite for the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wookey Jack pours black with a creamy light tan head. Lots of netted lacing on the glass.

The aroma has lots of piney hops, Chocolate and bready rye notes are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with chocolate, roasted malt, piney hops, a touch of citrus and some rye spice. It finishes mildly bitter, earthy and a little grassy. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer with lots of rich flavor. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of Misajet90
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I started getting into rye beers after I had Ruthless Rye IPA. This beer is head and shoulders better than that. Regardless of if you like rye beers or not it's worth it to give this beer a try.

The beer pours nice and dark and it has a very nice smell to it. All that aside the taste is great, I haven't had a bunch of rye beers but out of all the ones I have had so far this one is the best.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, $7.99, big pour into a nonic pint.

A – Two-finger head, rocky, slow to dissipate, healthy lacing all throughout the drink.

S – Huge flowery aroma, like a bouquet of knock out roses. Daughter came and sat in my life and said I smelled like mangos.

T – A little sweet, a little peppery, nice hoppiness but not overwhelming. Some light roast malt. Finished with some bitter/peppery hops.

MF – Minerally, mildly sharp, unassuming carbonation.

O – Can’t stop thinking about the huge bouquet of an aroma this beer presents from start to finish. This beer has made me reconsider my tendency to avoid rye beers.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of philbe311
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Three fingers worth of slightly cascading active light brown colored head comprised of loads of huge chunky bubbles... Excellent retention the ultimately yields to a full rich layer of lacing... The color is a rich deep dark brown with a very distinctive ruby red hue... A good bit of light leaks in around the edges... Mostly still - just a couple of stray bubbles can be seen at the bottom of the glass the seem to disappear into an abyss never to be seen again... Loads of lacing cling to the side of the glass...

S - A unique mix of insanely fresh hops... It's like I'm sticking my nose into a bag of hops I plan on using for home brewing... There is a very light spicy rye component... Fairly one dimensional, but a rock solid very pleasing one dimension...

T - Much more complexity arrives on the palate... The spicy rye component is dialed up more than a notch or two and adds a wonderful depth... It still takes a back seat to the stellar mix of fresh hops... A bit of dark fruit lies beneath the surface... A very light malty sweetness linger as well...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Clean... Crisp... Even and consistent... Brisk carbonation... Goes down very easy...

D - Oh yeah, that's good... On of the best American Black Ales that I've encountered... I have nothing bad to say about this brew which is another outstanding example of Firestone Walker craftsmanship... All that, but I love the name...

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stunning American Black Ale! Bottle picked up at the brewery in November. Pours a murky dark auburn that's approaching black, with a surprisingly light coloured head.

Knock-out aroma of pure "west-coast" hops. Wish I could name the specific hop medley, but no simple terms like pine/citrus/mango even begin to give this credit - it's none of those standards while presenting the best of all of them and perfectly balanced with its chocolate malt supporting cast.

The flavour is also hop-forward, with dark roasted malts fleshing out the body and rye notes most evident during the bitter finish. The 8.3% ABV is very well hidden - I hadn't read the bottle and had no idea until logging in to BA - with only a hint of alcohol warmth near the end.

Very sad to only have one bottle. Highly, highly recommend!

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,749 ratings.