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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,175 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,175
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 173
Gots: 293 | 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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4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep brown colour (certainly more brown than black), with a firm and frothy head of mocha foam. Body is solid, holding its carbonation nicely. Lacing is great. Overall, it's a top-notch looking beer. If it were actually black like advertised it would be a clear 5/5.

Ooh, the nose is phenomenal, and is making a good play for a 5/5 itself, straight off the bat. Big fragrant hops meander among the complex and almost unknowable malt basis. Rye gives peppery notes, which mingles with a hint of faintly smoky roast, sweetness and even a touch of salt. The hops complement this, and seemingly fill in the gaps, creating an immensely nuanced but coherent and expressive whole. Gorgeous stuff.

The taste is also complex, but excitingly in different ways than expected from the nose. Here, there is really a genuine hint of smoke, which adds a subtle comforting sweetness underneath everything, above which is layered roast, malt, bright hops, smoothness. There's spice and pepper on the back, but smooth fruitiness, and even a caressing chocolate character. Wow. It's like there's such complexity to every layer at every point on the palate. I feel like I could keep describing the exciting little things which pop up at different points, and still not scratch the surface.

Feel is smooth and rich, but never so much that it starts to overwhelm the palate—it lets the flavours of the beers talk for themselves.

Wow. Just wow. This is a phenomenally good beer. Exciting, complex, rich, but for all that balanced and exceptionally drinkable. Gorgeous stuff. Just gorgeous.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:23:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-17-2012 22:19:56 | More by 2neardead
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-16-2012 03:45:57 | More by Stumpy29er
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Been lucky enough to try the Union and Double Jack, and now the Wookey Jack. Pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells very floral and hoppy, just lovely. Tastes of slight citrus with some rye malt coming through in the finish. Nice hop presence and good crisp finish. Very smooth mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 01:15:08 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of nevery

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint. Arrived at the store the day I purchased it, then aged two additional weeks prior to serving.

Appearance is dark brown with chestnut edges. Moderate lacing, ~1" tan-colored head.

Smell is hoppy pine with almost muted sweetness, rye, and roasty dark malts.

Taste is very smooth, lots of rye and dark malts with a hoppy backbone. Very clean, no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is perfect, not too dry yet substantial... Perfectly seated between too thick and too dry with an equally perfect carbonation.

Overall, it's very good, not the best, double jack is a better bang for the buck.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 19:02:13 | More by nevery
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2012 23:16:07 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-14-2012 23:14:53 | More by kjkinsey
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-14-2012 01:22:24 | More by NFStaproom
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-13-2012 16:14:54 | More by pixieskid
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District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date, despite the "BOTTLED ON" box on the bottle. This took months to finally reach San Diego. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a chestnut brown with two fingers of creamy medium fluffy head. The head recedes to a thin film, and leaves pretty impressive lacing on the glass.

S: Sharp pine and some citrus (grapefruit), a little vanilla and roast in the background, and a pretty hefty dose of woodsy spice from the rye. All the flavors work well together. Very nice.

T: Pine and citrus with some dry wood/rye, and a long mild-to-moderate bitter finish with some spice on the palate.

M: Creamy, round, and medium-full body, medium carbonation.

O: Cold, this leans more toward an IPA with a richer, creamier, roasty backbone. Warm, it shows more of the rye. By no means my favorite style, but this is pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 04:45:01 | More by pmarlowe
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-13-2012 03:24:07 | More by dudecandle
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Poured into a 4 oz snifter.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a half finger of creamy off white head that leave some lacing.

Smell: Tons of rye spice with a sweet malty backbone. I'm getting some dark fruit and hops as well, but there is a lot of rye.

Taste: Tons of rye spice and citrus peel hops. The mix of flavors works extremely well. The hops kill the tongue. Nice malt background, reminds me of rye bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good beer that definitely stands out. There is as much rye in this one as any beer I've had. I would have another.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 02:29:04 | More by oline73
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a dark brown color, charcoal in the middle, ruby brown on the edges. Has a two finger tan head with ok retention and barley any lacing.

Smells like piney hops, a little bit of sharp rye, and a little roasted malt. Nice complex nose.

Really well balanced flavor and very complex. Roasted malts up front, a little chocolate, then comes the rye sharpness, then some piney, resiny west coast hops. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium bodied, a little hop resin, a little chewy, and moderately carbonated. Good stuff- get it!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:51:54 | More by Hopdaemon39
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-12-2012 19:21:38 | More by GennyCreamAle
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-12-2012 03:19:27 | More by ratty918
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at eulogy

Pours a deep blacked out color with a crop of lightly tanned head resting on top. Fades into some cloudy film with some spotty lacing left behind.

Pungent piny hops in the nose with some tempering soft sweetness. Hints of chocolate and toasted malts with a touch of rye spice. Fainter alcohol warmth spikes beneath.

Bitter and sticky right up front with some fairly powerful pine hops. Roasted malt tones with some chocolate and caramel. Bitter throughout, meshed with some spicy rye tones. Finishes dry and slightly boozy.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I'm not the biggest fan of black IPAs but this was really tasty - possibly one of the better examples of the style I've had in recent memory.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 00:53:16 | More by xnicknj
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New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Been wanting to try this for a while.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smmels of citrus hops, piney hops, caramel malts, roasted malts, chocolate, and a little bit soapy. Pretty awesome nose; just a great mix of fresh hops and caramel malt.

t - Taste of roasted malts, citrus hops, caramel malts, chocolate malts, coffee, light pine. Taste is still very good, but less hoppy than the nose, and the malts dominate a little more. Not as balanced.

m - Medium body and low carb. Mouthfeel has no bitterness at all; super easy to drink for 8.3% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Black IPA; one of the best I've had probably. The nose is balanced really well between hops and malts, and it is very easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 19:45:14 | More by mdfb79
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-11-2012 19:01:20 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
Photo of arizcards


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

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late May for $5.99. Bottled on 4-13-12.

Beer poured black with a very nice tan head that is leaving lacing all the way down my pint glass.

Nose is wonderful, citrus dominates throughout.

Taste is well balanced, chocolate malts and a touch of rye are nicely balanced by the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is an outstanding beer. ABV is well hidden, the multiple flavors are well blended. Another outstanding effort by Firestone Walker!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 23:22:05 | More by arizcards
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured into a snifter.

a- pour a black color with reddish with tints. has a small beige head and leaves behind little lacing.

s- hops and roastedness, some vanilla and spice

t- hoppy at first with a nice bitterness, some vanilla and toasted malts that balance the beer out nicely.

m- medium mouthfeel, no noticeable alcohol, very drinkable.

o- another great beer from FW. wish we got distribution in georgia!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:50:30 | More by dejrrma
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/3 - Consumed 6/8

This may be the best Balanced Black IPA I've ever had. Especially as it warms. It opens up far and beyond from when very cold.

Strong earthy hop bitterness, grapefruit and the rye is subtle, but you know it's there fom the bit of spiciness going on. Expresso, coffee, chocolate intertwined with earthy pine, grassiness and grapefruit.

Again, the balance is phenominal. This might be the best "crafted" Black IPA on the market. Mouthfeel was creamy and somewhat heavy while maintaining the dry and earthy hop finish.

My favorite of the style is Stone's SSR becuase it leans more toward the citrussy DIPA style before it does the "Black." That "out of Balance" is what makes Stone's my favorite, whereas Wookey Jack blends the two in perfect harmony. I'd say Firestone NAILED IT! Great Job again from a GREAT brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 18:02:49 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: thick 1.5 finger creamy off-white foam which receded quickly into a fine film above the beer, looks more like a porter than an stout IPA, brownish black, with more reddish brown around the edges

Nose: Chocolate, Dark malty grain, distincty floral hop pines, slight bitterness in the nose, incredibly aromatic, slight notes of coffee, hop seems to predominate, once warm smells of sweat (hops)

Taste: strong bitterness, alcohol and hop bite, residual happiness. Noticeable alcohol but it is subdued. Bitterness is strong and predominantly hops rather than dark grain, as it warms it sweetens and smells of sweet dark berries.

Overall: a good brew which is balanced but expected more stout flavour and a heavier body, rather than a simply a grainy malty IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 16:21:23 | More by Kacid
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-09-2012 00:30:17 | More by sbricker
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New York

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

A: in a stout flute, almost opaque black body with a creamy head two+ fingers fat that left lacings down the glass

S: roasted malts, spicy rye, and earthy char

T: wet and dry roasted dark malts, rye bread, burnt coffee beans and cold, unsweetened espresso; deep dark juicy fruits in the background, only semisweet; mellow bitterness

M: smooth and creamy, slightly chalky finish, bitterness lingers on the tongue, medium-full body

O: a detailed craftsmanship and rich, smoothness - full of deep and semisweet roasted character. Another great Firestone Walker beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 00:19:07 | More by Greywulfken
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-08-2012 14:14:42 | More by Evan
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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