1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Wookey JackWookey Jack

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,543 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,543
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 203
Gots: 426 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Wookey Jack Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,543 | Reviews: 541 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep cola color with one finger beige colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,earth,and pine resin,a littlbitter chocolate is there as well as the beer warmed a little.Big roast up front on the palate with earthiness and bitter chocolate,the piney hops hit hard in the finish.This is a big brash ABA,maybe the best I have had.Awesome

oberon, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

zenwatts, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in color. Appears black in the glass, but shows to be a slightly translucent dark brown when held to the light. Forms a moderate sized light tan colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Predominantly roasted malts with some citrus, pine, and a slight metallic note.

T: Taste is full of roasted malts, some char, a slight bit of smoke. Hints of vanilla, citrus hops, and chocolate. Rye comes in fairly strong on the finish offering up a spicy component to the char-derived bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a moderate dark malt bitterness and a mild tannic astringency. Medium carbonation.

O: A decent Black Ale, but certainly not my favorite. Not sure I cared much for the interplay between the rye and the heavily roasted malts as each seemed to bring out the worst in the other.

Florida9, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of gshackles
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

gshackles, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Deingeist
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer looks like a vanilla porter when first brought to the table. Very dark brown with half a finger of coffee ice cream colored head (more than off-white, it was more like a deep beige). Every sip shows up in the lacing. This is a beautiful rich looking beer.

S: The smell was quite nice. Some esters present after it warms but just enough. Sweet blood orange and pine, but that nice dark nutty smell of malts as well. Good aroma, but not overpowering, which to me can be a good thing.

T: This is one of the best American Blacks that I've tried. It's powerful without being the kind of beer you are happy to try just once, I could easily drink two pints on a crisp fall day and come back for more the next. Rye is definitely present, but is met with citrus and pine to balance and a nice hint of dark chocolate or coffee in the dark malts to make for a very well rounded beer.

M: A nice heavy beer but with good carbonation and a hoppy freshness that makes this a very drinkable beer. Superb.

O: Love it.

Deingeist, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

RedwoodGeorge, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

KMcG, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

enelson, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

brentblack1, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Holland glass. Appearance is jet black with brown at the edges. Tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. The nose features lots of rye up front followed by subtle bitter chocolate and a nice bouquet of herbal hops. The rye is king here, very forward and present with notes of caramel hanging underneath. The taste matches the nose well with more of a roasty emphasis. The hops are also more present on the flavor as well as there is quite a bitter punch to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy somewhat hefty body. Overall, this is one of the best American Black Ales I have experienced. The rye works really well with the whole profile. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, definitely worth a try.

homebrew311, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a big tan head and good lacing

S-very citrusy, pine, roasted malt, spices

T-grapefruit, pine, roasted grains, hints of caramel, anise and a nice bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol,well-balanced

O-Really enjoyed this black ale from F-W, a nice balance of flavors

MDDMD, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of KCM
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

KCM, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of hays99
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

hays99, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

RoryOMoore, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of jsh5771
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jsh5771, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

nheinzie57, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich cola exit from the bottle appears pitch black in the vessel. A rocky solid foam beach-sand head is resilent in its stay. Seriously its not going anyway anytime soon with a generous topping til the end of the drink and a spongey cake lacing on most of the glass.

S: Toasty rye crust, and piney-cola with green hops on the nose, mmm.A soft hint of anise comes with an overall good level of awareness.

T: The flavor is peppercorns, spicy dry cola, anise with some rosemary piney hops. Smooth burbon-cola alcohol and warm pine hop finish. Words are at a lost to describe how good the flavor all comes together here.

M: Oily slicky mouthful, medium bodied, peppery, spicy, dry rye hold with a nice bite of anise coming on the swallow. Spicy warmth on the inner cheeks of burbon-cola mix.

O: Overall exceptionally smooth drinkability, big time rye flavor with a perfect balance of cascadian ale balance of piney hops. Honestly few reviews could do this justice with words alone, trust the overall rating. Wookey Jack is all that.

beerthulhu, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Lordkrystic
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Lordkrystic, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with reddish tint with 2 finger foam

S: Floral hops, citrous, caramel malt, quite nice!

T: Follows the nose. It's hoppy but not overly hoppy. Some dark fruit notes. Very well balanced with malt backbone. Rye doesn't come through super strong but it's present.

M: Good amount of carbonation, creamy and smooth.

O: Another excellent beer from FW.

sukwonee, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Chugger
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Chugger, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.1%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A big burst of citrus and pine. Subtle spice and a roasted quality to it overall.

(T)- A nice burst of citrus and pine. It slowly flows then into subtle roasty grains.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great combo of citrus and subtle roasted grains.

(O)- A solid to great black IPA; a solid example of the style.

sweemzander, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of thedoubler55
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark plack color, with a nice off white two finger head at the top, that leaves some nice lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Strong hop notes up front, with some chocolate and espresso in the nose as well.

T: A very unique taste, a bit of cherry and chocolate up front, and at the tail end a bit of espresso and grapefruit.

M: Not to thick, moderate carbonation and a slick sweet taste at the end.

D: I enjoyed this brew very much, very unique. A great tasting beer with hops and thickness made the perfect combination.

thedoubler55, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of KJabo
4/5  rDev -6.1%

KJabo, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of mattbk
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, some ruby color coming through when held out to light. Nice frothy rich head, light tan.
S - Orange, grapefruit rind, some light roast undertone, maybe a bit peachy even, pine. Very nice, not overpowering though. There is some rye coming through in aroma.
T - Yeah, this is pretty good, the grapefruit coming in more in the taste, that subtle roast is still there. Searching for rye, it may be doing more for mouthfeel, it is taking backseat to hops in this beer. The alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering, just some slight heat going down. Bitterness present, but taking backseat to hop flavor, which is a signature of FW beers. Very well balanced.
M - The mouthfeel is excellent on this beer, and this is where the rye shines through. Creamy, maybe medium-full, and accentuates a bready malt character that complements the hop taste.
D - Really like this beer. The best black IPA I have tasted, I'd put it above SSR by Stone. I might even put it above Double Jack; what it loses in drinkability, it more than makes up for in complexity.

mattbk, Sep 25, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,543 ratings.