Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,749
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 219
Gots: 505 | FT: 12
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 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.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of GoGators
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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".

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Rekrule
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Gehrig13
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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)

Photo of lion22
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 8/23/12

Appearance: Dark brown with some nice clarity around the edges, creamy beige head - fades to a little cap, leaves some lacing

Smell: Very intriguing - nicely hoppy with citrus, pine, and some great floral notes - tangerine and ruby red grapefruit flesh, on the sweet side of citrus with some light tropical notes, like pineapple, and some pine - nicely balanced with the malts - roasty and slightly burnt - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate - some rye aroma in the background, works very well with the sweetness

Taste: Nicely balanced, particularly for the style - malts are roasty with some unexpected depth - some caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate - rye bread with some slight rye spiciness - lightly sweet, works with the roasted character - average level of bitterness with some fruity hops - grapefruit, orange, and tangerine flesh - juicier than the usual offerings from Firestone Walker

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, creamy, nicely carbonated, oddly drinkable

Overall: One of the best of the style, at least thus far

This greatly exceeded expectations. As much as I love Firestone Walker, I am not particularly enamored with some of their hoppy beers; I usually find them too herbal/spicy/earthy. Yet somehow, despite the fact that this involves rye, the hop profile is juicy, which nicely balances with the roasty malts. This is one of the best black IPAs I have encountered.

Photo of pschul4
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ariech for this bottle!
Poured from the 22oz bottle into my Great Lakes snifter

A- Pours a nice dark cola with a 1 finger head that sticks around nicely

S- Definitely some dark malts here (chocolate/coffee) beside the awesome fruity hops that makes this the best smelling BPA I've ever came across

T- Excellent. Unlike other black ales that hit you with hops in the front and malts in the back (mullet style) Wookey Jack blends both in a flavor you have to taste to believe. Tons of fruity and piney hops working together with the dark malts from the nose to make a very balanced Black Ale

M- Like the taste it's incredibly balanced with smoothness that leads into a finishing prickly feeling from the carbonation

O- What is there to say? Phenomenal black ale and a treat at any time

Photo of mjr2377
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,749 ratings.