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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,161
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 171
Gots: 285 | 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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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-05-2012 01:20:18 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

08-04-2012 15:42:27 | More by thebouch01
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flew this home with me 2 months ago...

A - poors super dark brown...2 finger head, down to thin lacing

S - bubble gum, fruit-grapefruit, malt/bread, bit yeasty, great nose here

T/M - holy monkeys. doesnt match the nose. roasted malt sweetness with bit of the rye spice, hops build in the background and make love to your mouth.

O - I'm a fan of this style...and this beer doesnt need to get any more perfect. Find it. Drink it. Sleep next to the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:28:53 | More by Rippeddisc
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-03-2012 23:29:11 | More by Massbmx
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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber. No freshness date. Poured into a standard pint glass. Love the name, haha, Wookey.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some cola-like highlights when held to the light. One and half fingers of beige head. Longer than average retention. when it finally settles it's a thin layer with some chunky bubbly spots. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big pine resin followed by grapefruit-y hops. Hints of roasted malts and chocolate hiding out in there.

Taste: Same as the aroma but the roasted malts are a bit more pronounced. Chocolate malt still hides a bit but that's fine by me. This is a FINE fucking example of a "Black IPA" The rye throws in a bit of spice that meshes well with the hoppy flavors. Everything here works. The rye becomes a little more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth and easy. The flavors and hops bitterness are bold but nothing you can't handle. Fuller side of medium bodied. Carbonation is average for the style. LOOONG finish of citrusy hops AND roasted malts. Interesting.

I'd throw this up with the ranks of Self-Righteous and DFH IBA. Two beers I already loved.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:10:12 | More by nimrod979
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, date is not visible but spring '12 release
Central Waters globe

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost black. Some reddish hues towards to edges. Light tan half finger head. Some lacing bits when you give it an aggressive swirl.

S: It's pretty amazing. I get all fruity hops initially on the nose. Grapefruit and citrus. Then digging in you get some roast even while cold. Chocolate is there.

T: Up front you get some nice bitterness, but not too much. Mid mouth you get the malts, but also the rye malts. Adds that touch of spice. The color doesn't lead to as much coffee and chocolate as it would appear. The malts add some creamy texture. And aid in a bitter yet smooth close.

M: Medium bodied

O: A BIPA for sure

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 15:59:06 | More by inlimbo77
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-03-2012 07:31:34 | More by bluckbeyes
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New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%

08-03-2012 00:12:18 | More by keenan41
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

08-02-2012 11:54:22 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-02-2012 04:14:47 | More by Pinche_Oso
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Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 650 ml from High Spirits in Providence, RI. Poured into standard pint glass.

Pours black. Frothy with 2 fingers of head. Smells of hops, resin, dark malts, slight chocolate and coffee notes.

Initial thought is that this is unique brew. You get rye spiciness and hops and bitterness up front and dark chocolate and burnt coffee with the finish.

Black IPA is starting to become a vague and broad beer varietal. You could label this a dark ale, black ale or black ipa very easily. Tastes like a rye ipa stout hybrid. The alcohol is noticeable but this is a relatively smooth 8.3%. One of the most unique beers I've enjoyed in 2012. Big fan of Firestone Walker and this does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 01:45:10 | More by kindbill
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/14, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my FW snifter.

a - brew poured a deep pewter black...looking like a porter with about 2 fingers of frothy cream colored head. as the head dissolved away the glass was coated with foamy lacing and the head never truly went away.

s - wow, what a medley. roast, rye, and hops. lots of earthy twigs and sticks are in there as well.

t - lots of chocolate at first, then some char which eventually shows the rye. rather interesting. different for certain. leaves a grainy finish. as i drank the beer more, it began to feel more like a rye ipa and i got into it a bit more, but it is no rye'd da lightning. first sips weren't wonderful, but 5th 6th and beyond were actually really good.

m - char and roastiness on a medium to light bodied brew with good carbonation. the hops and rye give it a bit of a zing, not so much bitter.

o - if there are 2 things in this world that i love, it is IPAs and Rye beers…but a black rye IPA had me wondering. what a wild combination. it is good, but not necessarily my favorite. even black IPAs are a tough style for me...there are a few that i adore (either, or, 5 years later, etc)...glad i tried it, at first it really seemed like this isn't something that i'd be looking for again, but as i drank it and the Rye IPA came out and shined more and it was actually quite good and potentially something i'd get again.


Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:00:24 | More by cosmicevan
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Almost black with a very dense, thick, khaki head. Really nice fruity hops to this. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of pine. Some roast, but it’s restrained and luckily not really any chocolate. Mildly sweet on the palate, but a nice pine bitterness and plenty of fresh grapefruit flavor. There is some pineapple, but it’s not as intense as on the nose. A touch of roasted malt flavor to it, too.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 22:44:26 | More by womencantsail
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-30-2012 19:15:57 | More by bconsidine
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - deep dark opaque mahogany. Awesome two finger tan creamy head and some sticky lacing

S - Tons of spicy rye and hops. Very floral (earthy sweet flowers), almost a coffee like note, belgian like yeast, pine, grapefruit, weed, tons of new wood, slight pineapple, nice sugar note and crisp robust toasty malts

T - Up front the hops is lovely. Hitting your pallet with floral, spicy and earthy hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, rye, baking spices, tons of wood and earth. belgian like yeast, huge toasty sweet sugary malts, more flowers and some serious dankness

M - Medium bodied, very well balanced, nice very enjoyable complexity, medium acidity and long spicy sweet finish

D/O - Very nice, refreshing, enjoyable and kinda fun to drink. It has a whole lot going on for the beer nerd and not to much going on for the novice. If you like hoppy beers with a rad twist, this is a nice addition to the rye IPA. Not for the "beer" drinker at all. Firestone does it again with another beer that can be enjoyed anytime of day or year

Final thoughts - At $5 a pop and a nice 8+% abv, this is one to add to your reviewed section and cellar. Yum

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 08:31:12 | More by whatthehull
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BO May 2012, opened July 2012

A - Towering off-white head with a mixed, but mostly creamy, bubble structure. Awesome retention and lace. Black with cola brown highlights. This is about as good as it gets for a black IPA.

S - Nice, relatively bright nose. Damp herbal hop, black pepper, nug, sweet grains.

T - Nice rye bite, touch of honey, roast, sharp woody bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium/light body. Par carbonation. Dry backend.

O - Nice roast with a deep woody bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:54:49 | More by vfgccp
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-29-2012 14:49:34 | More by Poucher86
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2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650ml brown glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, some pine, must, dark malts, stale malts, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Unpleasantly aggressive hop bitterness atop clean malts, some floral character, and hints of citrus. Pleasant but unimpressive. There's little complexity or subtlety. It's too bold and aggressive. Overbearing.

Mf: Too sharp. Too thick. Coarse and dry on the climax, but nicely wet on the open.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A let-down from Firestone Walker, but then I've come to expect that from them.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 08:40:04 | More by kojevergas
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-29-2012 03:27:43 | More by jrohrbacher
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown color with a big puffy toasted khaki colored head that slowly dissipated into a puffy cap. Left a wall of lacing.

The aroma is of a nice citrus hop, plenty of grapefruit. Some light pine in the aroma as well. I find that the hops overpower the malt in the aroma as I really don't pick up much.

Definitely more of a mix in the flavor. The malt is fairly substantial but very smooth, not much bitterness from the malt, which is a big plus for me for this style. The malt mostly has a big bready flavor, some toasted pumpernickle and a peppery spice from the rye. The hop profile is mostly grapefruit with some pine. A bit of resin but not overly bitter at all. Some rusty notes in the end.

The feel is moderate to full with soft carbonation. Extremely smooth for the style. Usually black IPA's crush you with both roasted malt and hop bitterness. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Probably the best black IPA that I have had. Not a huge fan of the style but the flavor and feel was so smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 01:37:06 | More by Gmann
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-28-2012 14:11:11 | More by Odysseyalien
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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a khaki head. An aroma filled with the smell of the woods and pine trees, some rye, and chocolate. A very smooth flavor or pine, chocolate, rye. A nice full, creamy mouthfeel. Overall. not a Black IPA fan at all but I love this one. The balance and smoothness to this was very impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 05:55:36 | More by denver10
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-28-2012 00:31:51 | More by TrevorWGrover
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United Kingdom (England)

4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with only a slight hint of red on the edges when held to the light. Ultra fluffy tan head with great retention and strong, clingy lacing. Good looking beverage.

S- Fresh hops, with some spicy, dank notes. Also some chocolate and spicy rye. Really complex. Awesome smell.

T- To taste this beer is to know what complexity really means. Citrus hops layered on top of chocolate layered on top of spicy rye and a malty chocolate coffee aftertaste. This beer has so many things going on and it does all of them well. This is a ridiculously complex and brilliant beer. Super tasty.

M- Just about right for the style.

O- Awesome. Straight up.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 23:05:42 | More by IPA4LIFE
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-26-2012 16:12:55 | More by Narshwaggle
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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