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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

3,507 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,507
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 200
Gots: 415 | 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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Photo of Brouwerij
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Two fingers of light tan head after a hard pour. Head has good retention and lacing, slowly dissipating into a thin cap.

Smell: Hops and roasted malt.

Taste: Hoppy up front, fading into flavors of rye and roasted malts. Not tasting any of the alcohol, despite the relatively high percentage.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body. Medium carbonation and not a super clean finish. Leaves a mild resinous hop feeling/taste in the mouth (not a necessarily a negative). Relatively palatable considering the hops and alcohol content.

Overall: An nice take on a rye IPA. Would consider drinking again, although I feel Firestone-Walker has better offerings (such as double jack).

Brouwerij, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nice dark brown color with some nice golden caramel edges. There is a nice creamy ecru colored head that is about 1 inch tall and is pretty sticky leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma starts off with some delicious citrus hop notes mixed in with some nice slight dank pine notes. Definitely some hop forward notes in the nose. There is some nice roasty malt on the back end of the nose that slightly balances the brew. The roast is nice and grainy with some slight notes of chocolate.

The flavor starts off with some nice earthy grain and some slight chocolatey and sweet roast malt notes. Then a quick fresh rush of herbal and grassy citrus hops comes up giving the brew some wonderful life and brightness. There is also a nice slight piney note that goes along well with the other hop notes and are blended perfectly with the malt notes. Amazing brew with great balance between the roast and the malty grain notes really shine as the brew warm with some nice spice form the rye showing up with the grassy and herbal dank hop notes. Mouthfeel is nice and light-medium with some creamy notes and good carbonation.

Overall, this is a great take on the Black Ale style. Very good hop profile matched up nearly perfectly with the great rye malt profile and the awesome roasted notes.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into tulip
Review from notes 10/23

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. Two finger tan head with great retention.

S - Pine, floral, grassy. Exactly what I want in a Cascadian Dark Ale, plus a little bit of rye spiciness. Some sweeter tropical fruit aromas, too. Not much in the way of roasted malt aroma.

T - Rye bread, dark roasted malts, pine and grass. None of the faint sweetness I got in the aroma, this is an earthy, piney, slightly spicy treat.

M - Medium body with a very dry finish that works perfectly.

O - A fantastic beer. One of the best CDAs/BIPAs I have had, up there with Deschutes and Stone offerings. Really great combination of flavors, and the addition of rye to this style was an inspired and excellent decision.

greenmonstah, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of farrago
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even a slow, measured pour yields half a glass full of deep tan foam, decent density with an island of bigger bubbles remaining at the pour point, retention is very high, to the point it annoys as you can’t get at the liquid to sip it, the lacing is haphazard but what’s there is thick splotches. Dark, opaque brown hued liquid, slice of zinc orange at the glass bottom, few if any bubbles visible inside the glass. The rye is indeed present in the nose, however, on the whole it is sweet in a clean manner, pine, grapefruit, caramel, chocolate, scone crumbs wrapped around a core of apricot, peach, pineapple scents, fresh hops give it penetrating punch without unnecessary bite, admirable for its sinewy linger which never seems forced. Medium-bodied, the carbonation creates a tight weave but its active and keeps things bubbling along. Some rye, pumpernickel notes yet not very bready, once more relies on grapefruit, orange citrus, pine and flowers for most of its initial effect. Chocolate, molasses, anise only bring mild softness, instead it wants to stay erect as the leafy herbaceousness dries out the mid-palate. The roast mostly present as aftertaste. That pineapple, nectarine, apricot to papaya fruit drier here and thus further into the background. Taste-wise not boozy but there is a certain headiness to it. It crackles with the kind of energy and verve which makes you want to gulp as much as sip.

farrago, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of usaftenor
4.25/5  rDev 0%

usaftenor, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of JayCin
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JayCin, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4/5  rDev -5.9%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of stickboy1125
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

stickboy1125, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of lordofstarside
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to snifter, no freshness date

Pours a pitch black with a finger of light mocha foam. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is of very strong hops, pine, coffee, chocolate, tropical fruit, with malt and some alcohol. Taste follows the smell quite well, fruity hop bomb laced with coffee and some other earthy floral tastes. Malt is most interesting coming from the rye, leaving a bitter after taste much different from that of the initial taste of the beer, which is one of the few flaws I find with it. Mouth is creamy, sticky and dry. Over all a good black ipa, not my favorite but deserves an honorable mention. The rye isn't something I much care for

lordofstarside, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -5.9%

bsuedekum, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of mattdbh
4/5  rDev -5.9%

mattdbh, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 OZ bottle, bottled on date is blank. Poured into a Snifter.

A:Pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan/caramel head. Maybe 1 finger head. Light carbonation and almost no lacing.

S: In the bottle its a rich chocolate aroma with some nice malt coming in. In the glass I lose this aroma, could be my glass.

T: More towards the malty side, with chocolate and some vanilla. Finishes with a coffee aftertaste. Just fantastic.

M: Medium body, little carbonation, acidic on the palate.

O: Fantastic beer. I'm a sucker for Black IPAs and this delivers. The rye just adds to it.

CommanderOfAwesome, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of ChiPool
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/9/12 poured into Duvel tulip on 10/22/12.

A: Pours an opaque, jet black with a moderate amount of billowy beige head (3/4 inch)

S: From the pop of the cap, there is a nice aroma. I get roasty malts, and piney hops on this one.

T: More of the roasty, chocolatey malts with a lingering bitterness. Tastes like it was brewed with pine needles, and a presence of cocoa beans.

M: On the lighter side of medium: just thr right amount of carbination. Lighter than expected.

O: The best that i've had in this class so far. Quite enjoyable, especially getting into late fall.

ChiPool, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Steimie
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Steimie, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of muletrane
4/5  rDev -5.9%

muletrane, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

IPAFrankieH, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of mecmd
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

mecmd, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the Potsdam IGA NY for 8$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, resin, really amazing..

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit. There is also some roasted/malty/coffee/chocolate notes. It ends with a malty roasted (almost burnt) resiny hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - American black ales are my favorite style of beer. This is another excellent example of a ABA and something I will buy again for sure. It tastes like more powerful Stone SSR.

spinrsx, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Trio2shine
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Trio2shine, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of JayQue
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Black Ale...Could be considered an IPA as well. Pours from a 22 oz bottle as a dark brown/black color with a little light getting through at the bottom of the pint glass. Big light tan head with good retention and goo size rings of lacing.

Good strong aroma of piney and citrus hops as well as some roasted malts.

Tastes very good. First up: Mostly citrus hops up front with some roasted malt/piney hops. As the beer warms, the maltiness becomes more prominent and there is a hint of chocolate as well. The shift in flavor is more to the Black ALe style I am used to, but I will never turn down heavy-duty hoppiness either.

Mouthfeel is crisp. The hops bitterness is just right, so is the carbonation which produces a nice head. This is a fairly strong beer, but the alcohol does not interfere with the flavor or feel.

Overall, very good. A nice hoppy Black Ale, well crafted.

JayQue, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 8/21/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with an inch of creamy light tan head, has nice retention and leaves tons of thick, awesome lacing.

S- Lots of juicy citrus, some tropical fruit, a bit of chocolate and roast in the background.

T- Nice blend of hops and roast. The initial flavor is dominated by juicy, citric and mango hops and pine. Towards the finish a nice milk chocolate and roast flavor becomes more prominent. The flavors actually work pretty nicely together.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, smooth and prickly feel.

O- A very nice black IPA, very drinkable and balanced.

WillCarrera, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Maseitz
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Maseitz, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Satchboogie, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of brn9000
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

brn9000, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

Figured I'd give this guy a try alongside some other tastiness at Fountainhead. It pours a dark ruby-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit rind, and a kiss of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit really coming in stronger and being joined by what seems to be some lime zest. The result, though, comes across as clashing, with the roasty and hoppy factions unwilling to give ground or work together. It's not an altogether awful clash, but it's certainly bloody enough. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a generally solid black IPA, but one whose clashing flavors just don't fully do it for me.

TMoney2591, Oct 16, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,507 ratings.