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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,404 Ratings

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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)
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, May 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

DeirdreE, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

GRG1313, May 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

cletusdog, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

laxer8811, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

savagepm, May 25, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pitch black with a light brown, fluffy, bubbly head. Some head retention and lace. Blood red when held up to light.

S: Everything you'd expect is there. Fresh, American hops, spicy rye, and creamy, sugary, roasted malt.

T: Very tasty but not mind-blowing as I expected. But I guess I shouldn't have expected that. Parabola, on the other hand...anyway, the American hops, roasted malt, and rye come through and create a pleasant experience. No booze, either.

M: Extremely smooth and delicious. Little carbonation. So easy to drink you won't believe you've finished the bomber.

O: The flavors come together well to make this an awesome example of a unique version of the style. With so many Black Ales out there, this is different enough to merit high marks.

Gatch, May 25, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label and the date of bottling almost hidden on the neck of the bottle.
Dark brown color on the pour, but pitch black once it was in the glass. No penetration of light whatsoever.
Massive two finger off-white to tan colored head that dissipated very, very slowly. Tons of lacing along the sides of the glass as the head dissipated.
Lots of hops; citrus (grapefruit), pine, tropical fruits (mango and some pineapple), upfront in the aroma. The spicy rye notes blend perfectly with the hops. This has to be one of the best aroma on a black IPA.
Wow, extremely hop-forward ale. There is just an explosion of hop bitterness upfront which is accentuated by the rye. Towards the finish the bitterness slowly gives way to a robust malt character. Lingering bitterness in the finish that is not too overwhelming. Just a perfectly balanced ale exploding with flavor. Mouthfeel is almost bordering on a full-bodied ale.
The alcohol is masked really well, making it very easy to drink.
Overall, this is just a fantastic brew.
A winner all the way by Firestone. Definitely worth a try and is highly, highly recommended.

CaptDavyJones, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Reviewing the Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Company out of California.
Score: 95

12 oz tap pour served in a tulip glass at Revolution Brewpub and enjoyed on 05/22/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Jet black with a layer of faint caramel-color highlights atop the beer. Served with a finger-plus of frothy tan head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Excellent lacing and excellent cling/retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Quite hop forward. Loads of piney/grassy hops and citrus. Grapefruit, rye and lemongrass primarily. Faint notes of roasted chocolate and sugary vanilla in background. Super pleasant IPA-like aroma with slight stout twist. 4.5/5

Taste: Sharp and slightly tart grapefruit, lemon and pineapple citrus upfront. Gobs of grassy/piney hops. Rye spice on the side of the tongue. Layering creamy chocolate in finish. Sweet and sour lemonade too. Very balanced overall. Refreshing and criminally drinkable. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied and medium carbonation with a zesty citrus hop kick on tongue. Bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: An absolutely superb beer. It looks like a stout, but drinks like an IPA. Unlike most black IPA, this one is primarily an IPA with subtle and complementary stout characteristics rather than a more prominent blend of the stout and IPA qualities. This might be the best black IPA that I have had to date.

Recommendation: Craft beer loving skeptics of black IPA should give this brew a whirl. This is one of the less "out there" (in terms of overall flavor and drinkability) IPA-style beers, so even casual beer drinkers should enjoy this brew (provided they are not hop haters).

Pairings: Lemon sugar cookies.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz tulip.

jegross2, May 23, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -27.2%

Dark brown with garnet edges. Big think head leaves moderate, irregular lacing. Piney hops mix with toasty dark malt aromas. Medium heavy body with high carbonation. Dark burnt malts dominate the taste with a grassy hop finish. Mild sweetness. A pleasant enough beer, but not a standout.

kscaldef, May 23, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -10.1%

22 from the COOP... Poured into my HotD goblet... great tannish head dies quickly ... nice leopard lacing.. the brew is deeep dark brown...

Nose shows skunky and citrus hoppiness.... LOVE IT ... tropical fruits with plenty of dark malt.

The "rye" leaves no flavor... maybe something on the palate... "pretty slick" for such a big ABV... glistening dark malt with fruity hoppiness... mango and melon... pithy citrus comes out on the finish...

Body is bubbly while still approachable... Tough to put down, but I am still a fan.


JohnGalt1, May 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

millelacsmark, May 23, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

A - black and cloudy. Feet cling to glass til it's all gone... Good work alcohol. Half finger of creamy head.

S - Hops and chocolate. Quite pleasant. Some toasted marshmallows and caramel in there.

T - Hop forward in a good way. Dark chocolate in the nose and back of mouth helps balance the bitterness. A very good flavor. Some earthy bitterness to finish it out. Overall great.

M - The most lacking of the categories for this one, though by no means bad. A bit oily and thick for a black ipa. Don't remember this slick feeling the first time I had it. Much better taking small sips (how this beer is meant to be enjoyed).

O - I think that porters are my favorite style to drink (especially with a meal) and black ipas are a close second. Really liked this version and will seek it out in bottles when it comes to Chicago!

dlello2, May 22, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Thanks go west to rau71 for sending a box of Firestone Walker goodness this way. When are they coming to Minnesota? I might be able to support their sales all by myself. 22 oz. bottle split up the middle.

Pour is black, which surprises no one. The smell is that unholy clash of roast & hops. It's strong, but wrong. Reminds me a little of a San Diego pier. I have no idea why. Maybe I saw Han Solo there once.

Wookey Jack, in addition to having a cool name, has lots of my favorite things. But as in too many black IPAs, the ingredients seem to be head-butting one another rather than shaking hands (not fist-bumping; that's for mindless fucking idiots). Surprisingly, the rye sticks its tongue out first, there's a strong, spicy & earthy shot right out the box. Aggressive roast slaps the rye around, then the hops drop-kick both out of the aftertaste, leaving a bitter, juicy, pine skewing all over the palate. There are more distinct levels to this Wookey than any beer I might have tried to date. They snuggle up a bit as it warms, but they're still keeping their distance.

What a weird beer; only Firestone Walker. It did grow on me as it warmed, & I have to say that this is a very good beer, & keeps me hopeful that this style doesn't entirely suck. Arrr-rrrr.

maximum12, May 22, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a decent sized tan head that has good retention and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, tobacco, light roastiness, some tangerine, and a bit of rye. The taste has some sweetness with tangerines, a rye twang, some grapefruit, and a bit of pine. The finish has a decent bitterness with some lingering rye spiciness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite enjoyable. Certainly one of the better black IPAs that I've had. I liked that it didn't have a lot of roastiness and enjoyed the rye. Perhaps a touch too sweet.

jethrodium, May 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

codynevels, May 21, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

FW Wookey Jack

A- pour produces a 2 finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Beer is very dark brown in color 4

S- citrusy and piney hop scent followed by the rye and chocolate malt. 4

T- i really like this black ipa a lot. The hops are strong enough to withstand the rich rye and chocolate malt. 4

M- very smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. FW usually has the mouthfeel down very well. 4.5

O- a very enjoyable beer. At $5.99 I got 6 of them which I wouldn't do with many other black ipa's. Very well done beer. 4.5


t420o, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Harvey98, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

TimP2115, May 21, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear but very dark auburn liquid is topped by a lasting fat finger of desert sand foam. Soapy lacing, superior retention.

Complex aromatics suggest citrus and hay, smoke and wildflowers. The dry hopping contributes substantially here I think.

Clean toasty bitterness is overlaid with layers of grain. There is a certain freshness evident in the flavor profile, which brings to mind a well stocked home brew store. The roast levels vary but there is no astringency (owing to the use of "de-bittered" black patent?) to the malt bill. The wheat seems to offer a smooth gentle tartness that integrates well with the juicy citrus notes from the hops. Rye adds further balance throughout without dominating (as it often can). Finishes moderately dry with hints of Ovaltine.

Light-bodied, well carbonated, satisfying mouthfeel. The ABV adds a bit more body and flavor but is otherwise hidden.

Very drinkable example of the style - uniquely crafted and startlingly fresh-tasting. Stone's DDH Sumblimely Self Righteous Ale bests it, but FW has produced a solid contender for top-of-the-pack for the style.

augustgarage, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottletap, May 21, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Anxious to finally try this.

Pours a dark brown with a burgandy hue and a massive fluffy, yet bubbly, cream colored head. Nice.

The aroma is very hop forward. Orange peel, grapefruit rind, faint chocolate and light rye.

The taste definitely has a lot going on. A big rye sensation throughout the mouth with a bit of malt and a big grapefruit skin swallow followed by a nice long bitter finish. I love it. Awesome stuff!

Full bodied with a pretty kick dry finish.

Overall I think the crew hit this right on the head. The rye and citrus combo really worked here. Firestone deserves the accolades they receive and I can't wait for the next new batch from these winners.

kaseydad, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

MrVonzipper, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Nightrain87, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

JustinQ, May 20, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,404 ratings.