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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,652 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,652
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 210
Gots: 466 | FT: 13
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 StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at less than 6 bucks for a bomber and at over 8% abv, this is by far the best deal in the store, nevermind that its a fantastic beer! pours beautiful silky black color with a tall and lasting off white head. it lets zero light through and is shining like obsidian. the smell is a whole lot of west coast hops and some burnt malt. there is no chocolate or coffee in the smell or the taste, which i can usually find in a beer this black. just a nice smokey black ipa here, with the alcohol only becoming present when it warms up a little. it is smooth and warming in the mouth, full bodied, with average carbonation. it has a great bitter finish that plays counterpoint to the rich malt profile. this is a great beer and a great price, will definitely do this one again.

StonedTrippin, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve Series snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a very dark brown with a two finger fluffy beige head. Significant splotchy lacing as the head recedes. Some roastiness and chocolate on the nose in addition to orange peel and some grapefruit notes. Dark chocolate covered orange, citrus and mild roasty notes, finishes dry with some white pepper spice and mild alcohol. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation, and a slick and creamy mouthfeel. The addition of rye adds a bit of spice that adds to Wookey Jack's complexity. Certainly one of the better Black IPA's/American Black Ales available.

chanokokoro, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Jaycase
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: black. off-white frothy head. small bubbles lifting to the surface

s: rye, slight piney & citrusy hops

t: piney and citrusy hops at first, rye follows. some chocolate there too.

m: med to high carbonation (good). medium body. creamy

o: excellent beer. Rye is nuanced very well. Highly enjoyable black ipa. Well balanced. Glad to hear this will be a year round offering from FW.

Jaycase, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Which one is Wookey Jack: the contentious lion or the pugilist bear? Perhaps Wookey Jack is someone or something else entirely, which owes them money.

The brownish head of this dark liquid forms large bubbles which pop like they came from sparkling wine. Nonetheless, a decent finger of head formed upon the pour and remained for a minute until resolving itself into a map of the Caribbean islands.

The first whiff is a blast of the citra and amarillo hops. Quite pleasant. By now, not particularly novel coming from a black abyss.

The malt character plays well with the bright hops. There is an earthy spiciness, which on the occasional sip veers toward the astringent.

It would be odd for these steady brewers to release a sloppy or thoughtless beer, and they have not done so here. It bears the Firestone mark of quality well.

beerpadawan, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Beer4Baltimore, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with an aggressive tan head. There's a ton of lacing throughout.

Loads of pine hops in the aroma with a roasty back drop. There's even a splash of brownie. Heavily aromatic.

It's a fantastic balance of the roast and hop bitterness, tipping the scale to the side of hops. Pine and citrus, to be exact.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

It's a damn fine black ipa.

Vonerichs, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of GoGators
4.25/5  rDev 0%

GoGators, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

C2H5, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a rich, deep brown with a wonderful two finger khaki head that slumps down to leave lots of sticky, thick side lacing as it remains a finger thick.

S - Aromas of roasted malts and light pine pop on this one. I'd like it a bit roastier.

T - Taste is nice, a fair amount roastier than the nose. That said, I'd like more roasted malts on this. There are faint chocolate notes, as well as a decent pine flavour throughout and a finish that isnt too bitter. The rye comes into play, fleating in and out with nice subtle spice.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Slightly creamy, no ABV at all. Smooth and delicious.

O - Overall this was a rather enjoyable Black ale. great appearance and mouthfeel really is what makes this go from a "not bad" to a "would buy again".

rudzud, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

brotherloco, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

mothman, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Rekrule, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Gehrig13
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Gehrig13, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

ElGallo, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of fox227
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

fox227, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie pimped this beer all summer, so I had to pick one up when I saw it a Premiere Gourmet in NY.

From a bomber into a snifter
Black Rye IPA

APPEARANCE: Comes out like a porter. A brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full, bubbly wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains leacing some lacing the whole way down. Looks very nice.

SMELL: Dark malts, caramel notes, and piles of citrus and piney hops. Lots of grapefruit, lemon and orange, with some notes of pineapple. Very bold and enticing.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Dark malts and caramel up front, then lots of bitter, piney hops at the swallow. Bolder finish of caramel, melon sweetness, citrus, grapefruit, and piney hop bitterness lingers nicely. This is very much a DIPA with a touch of dark malts. Really tasty stuff, but if could be more "black" for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not quite as creamy as hoped, slightly prickly going down and finishes a touch dry on the palate. A bit of heat lingers as well. Decent enough, but a creamier, smoother feel would help quite a bit.

OVERALL: This was really, really nice. Lots of hop flavor, though the "black" part of the Black Ale, namely the dark malts and light roasted flavors, didn't quite come through. A better feel would have helped showcase what was there a little better as well. Nevertheless, I"m very glad I had a chance to try this enjoyable beer, or Doopie would have held it over my head for months. Cheers!

Jeffo, Aug 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

mctizzz, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of kchannel9
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

kchannel9, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

BeerThursdays, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of loupap
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

loupap, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a khaki head a half inch tall. Dark brown/black body. Great head retention and lacing.

Rye spice on the nose, roasty. Diggin it.

Roasted malts a first, big time rye from the middle on. Good hop prescence plays well with the rye aspect.

Thicker mouthfeel for the style I feel. Smooth. Adequate carbonation.

What a great beer. Very very hard to find any faults in Wookey Jack. From the appearance to the mouthfeel, near perfection. Best FW I've had yet.

Duff27, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of dasenebler
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
8/23/12
22oz, no date.

Pours very dark, almost black. Some floaties. Great head, epic lacing. (4)

Nose is hoppy but not overpowering. Citra character is apparent with its half pungent/funky and half tropical/citrus. Not much roast in the nose. (3.5)

Flavor is excellent. Supremely balanced between the dark malts and bright American hops. I've had a lot of beers in this style, and they're either shredders with the hops or too roasty and malty to be considered American Black Ale. Wookey Jack might be the standard bearer for the style. Spicy rye flavor is a great addition, and lightens the body considerably, I feel. The 8%ABV is hardly noticeable, until you've finished your first glass. Dry, with a resinous medium mouthfeel. (4.5, 4)

I'm very impressed with this beer. Highly drinkable and balanced. The rye malts are a key component. (4.5)

dasenebler, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of lion22
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

lion22, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Beeradelphia
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Beeradelphia, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

JVan, Aug 23, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,652 ratings.