1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,404 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,404
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 190
Gots: 376 | FT: 8
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: 3,404 | Reviews: 524 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

pirmannt1, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

beergorrilla, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Sum1tohate
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Sum1tohate, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kaelingirl, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark brown. almost black color with faint mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet floral aroma with spicy rye, malt, earthy and citrus hops.  Subtle roast but the rye character adds another dimension. Some grassy pine and slight citrus but the nose is dominated by spicy rye and dark malts.  

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a nice balance of resinous, earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and spicy rye.  Again, the rye adds complexity with level of spicy swetness that counters the piny hops and roasted notes. Grassy and piny hops followed by spicy rye with roasted and sweet malts underneath.  Hints of chocolate, toast, coffee and oatmeal lingering into a dry finish with subtle heat.

corby112, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ArtoriosCastus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ArtoriosCastus, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap from my kegerator... Served in a duvel glass

A: two fingers of creamy coffe/chocolate head that dissapates slowly and leavs a ton of lacing....almost completly coating the sides of the glass...The body is of the brew is black. A very nice looking beer.

S: Resinous piney and grapefruity citrus hops right up front. As the brew warms some spicy rye notes along with chocolate and roasty notes become more pronounced.

T: Yum, a great balance of rye and citrusy/piney and resinous hops, combine with wonderful roasty and chocolaty notes.... The balance here is awesome and delicious... Everything works very well here.

M: medium bodied and creamy... Medium crisp carbonation, works perfectly here... Keeps the brew from getting to heavy and syrupy and keeps it nice and drinkable. There is a bit
Of a roasty and resinous hop aftertaste.

O: this is a great brew.... I love rye ipa and black ipa's and this is a beautiful marrage of both.... Anothe great brew from Firestone walker... Loved it.

PeterIngemi, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Trevdawg
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Trevdawg, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature goblet. There is no date printed on the bottle under the "Bottled on:" label.

A - Pours off-black with an -off white head. Only a half inch of head, but it shows great retention and leaves a great lacing.

S - Fantastic blend of juicy citrus hops, pine, and rye. Subdued toasty malts add to the complexity. One of the best aromas I have ever smelled in an ABA.

T - Follows the nose closely. There is a big burst of tangerine and grapefruit, then the roasted caramel and rye malts hit. Bitter pine on the finish without much linger. The citrus returns on the aftertaste. Amazing.

M - Big effervescence and a medium body. Very little alcohol heat with a clean finish.

O - I have been anticipating this beer since I heard about this year's release. My local store ifnally got it in this past week and I was not disappointed. Great citrus, pine, and malt flavors and aromas. Complex and balanced. This may supplant Sublimely Self Righteous and Yakima Glory as my favorite of the style. I highly recommend this beer if you can get it.

NoLeafClover44, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

A- Appears black in low light, but has a brilliant ruby red glow when held up to direct light. Tall tan head that lasts, leaving sheets of lacing behind.

N- A dank explosion of pine needles and grapefruit rind hit you as soon as your nose gets near the glass. Deep layers of toasty, bready, biscuity malt emanate from underneath. A hint of roasted malt melds with the piney hops to create that unmistakable black IPA character. Some spicy rye comes out as the beer warms.

T- Incredible balance of flavors going on. Deep bready malt with some honey sweetness perfectly compliments the upfront piney, citrusy, slightly fruity hops. Some charred flavors cut the sweetness, but don't drown it out. The malt backbone continues to evolve with toasty, roasty, and biscuity notes popping out as the beer passes over the palate. Spicy rye blends with spiciness from the hops. The hop bitterness is firm but balanced, with pine sap and grapefruit pith melding with lightly bitter roasted malt. The beer dries out for a long finish of bready, biscuity malt, citrusy, fruity hops, bitter pine resin, some spice, and a touch of roast. Some slight alcohol warmth on the back end, which makes this a beer to be savored.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel, sticky, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O- This has to be my new favorite black IPA. The style is really hard to pull off, and Firestone does it with grace. Cheers to good beer!

KevinBrewer, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.1%

A good drinking bomber, spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid FW offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma.Significant grapefruit.

Sammy, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

rab53, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of ryankthx
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ryankthx, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of tizride
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

tizride, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Jammer42
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Jammer42, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

smithj4, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

This was a great pour. Pure black with some of the best retention and lacing I've seen. Taste profile is wonderfully complex. Very good mix of traditional black ale burnt flavors with a fairly hop forward taste too. Burnt malts transition smoothly into a subdued, yet up front hop profile that ends the drink with a clean bite. Creamy and not overly carbonated. Hides 8.3% ABV well, and is a tremendously sessionable beer.

boilermakerbrew, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Rudy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Rudy, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
4/5  rDev -6.1%

wdarcy77, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +4%

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, rye, some chocolate and roasted malts.

T- Tons of citrus and grapefruit, rye, some chocolate, roasted malts, finish is piney hops with a nice bitter bite. There is a good amount going on here and it works together.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid beer worth the price tag. I will definitely pick this up again given the chance. I really like the rye thrown into the mix.

larryi86, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of nevins
4/5  rDev -6.1%

nevins, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dark completely opaque black with about a finger of slightly creamy/bubbly mocha brown beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Decent carbonation. Nice layered lacing.

S- Nice citrus hops of pine, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A little bit of light chocolate and malts in the background, but definitely predominately citrus hops. Definitely above average aroma strength- smells great.

T- Nice citrus hops of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange balanced with light creamy chocolate and some dark malts. Finishes a little bit bitter but not too bitter. Very nice citrus aftertaste. Pine taste definitely comes out a little bit more towards the end.

M- Lightly creamy, easy to drink, smooth, abv very well hidden, nice carbonation. Feels great.

O- This is definitely one of the best black ales I've ever had (2nd only to HF Jimmy). Nice citrusy aromas/tastes mixed with light chocolate and dark malts all balanced with a nice lightly creamy easy to drink mouthfeel. Definitely very fresh and I'm very glad we finally got this in. I definitely recommend picking this one up- it's a great beer for the price ($7/22oz bomber).

jaasen64, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of squidrobot
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

squidrobot, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of xGreatWallx
4/5  rDev -6.1%

xGreatWallx, Aug 10, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,404 ratings.