Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 4,126
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of MDDMD
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a big tan head and good lacing

S-very citrusy, pine, roasted malt, spices

T-grapefruit, pine, roasted grains, hints of caramel, anise and a nice bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol,well-balanced

O-Really enjoyed this black ale from F-W, a nice balance of flavors

Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich cola exit from the bottle appears pitch black in the vessel. A rocky solid foam beach-sand head is resilent in its stay. Seriously its not going anyway anytime soon with a generous topping til the end of the drink and a spongey cake lacing on most of the glass.

S: Toasty rye crust, and piney-cola with green hops on the nose, mmm.A soft hint of anise comes with an overall good level of awareness.

T: The flavor is peppercorns, spicy dry cola, anise with some rosemary piney hops. Smooth burbon-cola alcohol and warm pine hop finish. Words are at a lost to describe how good the flavor all comes together here.

M: Oily slicky mouthful, medium bodied, peppery, spicy, dry rye hold with a nice bite of anise coming on the swallow. Spicy warmth on the inner cheeks of burbon-cola mix.

O: Overall exceptionally smooth drinkability, big time rye flavor with a perfect balance of cascadian ale balance of piney hops. Honestly few reviews could do this justice with words alone, trust the overall rating. Wookey Jack is all that.

Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with reddish tint with 2 finger foam

S: Floral hops, citrous, caramel malt, quite nice!

T: Follows the nose. It's hoppy but not overly hoppy. Some dark fruit notes. Very well balanced with malt backbone. Rye doesn't come through super strong but it's present.

M: Good amount of carbonation, creamy and smooth.

O: Another excellent beer from FW.

Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A big burst of citrus and pine. Subtle spice and a roasted quality to it overall.

(T)- A nice burst of citrus and pine. It slowly flows then into subtle roasty grains.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. A great combo of citrus and subtle roasted grains.

(O)- A solid to great black IPA; a solid example of the style.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark plack color, with a nice off white two finger head at the top, that leaves some nice lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Strong hop notes up front, with some chocolate and espresso in the nose as well.

T: A very unique taste, a bit of cherry and chocolate up front, and at the tail end a bit of espresso and grapefruit.

M: Not to thick, moderate carbonation and a slick sweet taste at the end.

D: I enjoyed this brew very much, very unique. A great tasting beer with hops and thickness made the perfect combination.

Photo of mattbk
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, some ruby color coming through when held out to light. Nice frothy rich head, light tan.
S - Orange, grapefruit rind, some light roast undertone, maybe a bit peachy even, pine. Very nice, not overpowering though. There is some rye coming through in aroma.
T - Yeah, this is pretty good, the grapefruit coming in more in the taste, that subtle roast is still there. Searching for rye, it may be doing more for mouthfeel, it is taking backseat to hops in this beer. The alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering, just some slight heat going down. Bitterness present, but taking backseat to hop flavor, which is a signature of FW beers. Very well balanced.
M - The mouthfeel is excellent on this beer, and this is where the rye shines through. Creamy, maybe medium-full, and accentuates a bready malt character that complements the hop taste.
D - Really like this beer. The best black IPA I have tasted, I'd put it above SSR by Stone. I might even put it above Double Jack; what it loses in drinkability, it more than makes up for in complexity.

Photo of Auracom
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased from Whole Foods. 8 oz. served in my FFF Rastal on September 12th, 2012.

A - Befitting of the style. Pours a deep hazy black, with a soft creamy medium khaki head. Good retention, lacing. Light alcohol legs.

S - Big pine sap, underneath toasted almonds, light honey, brown sugar, rye bread. Good spice. Very little tropical fruit from what I gather.

T - Combination of espresso and pine bitterness. The rye didn't show up here as I'd hoped, but I still sense some spicey undertones. There is definitely a sweet note I wouldn't attribute to any non-black IPA. It's as if a porter was slightly blended in.

M - Medium body, appropriate carbonarion, semi-dry finish.

D - More memorable than you'd think. Hits the nail on the head for the style.

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker colored fluffy head that continues to rise to almost 2 fingers before slowly biding back with lots of lacing, very dark almost pitch black beer.

Nose dominates with hops, some citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, little earthy, with some fruity and spicy rye, with a bit of malts behind bringing a light caramel and fluffy nougat, hint of chocolate and roast.

Taste come more malt forward at first, fluffy caramel nougat again, little roast and chocolate, similar profile to the nose. Hops are not far behind, nice earthy spicy hops, not of pine, light citrus, fairly bitter with a light spicy rye character as well. A hint of booze warms the palette. Finish is drier but slightly sticky sweet, more warming booze, little rye and dark crystal almost roasty malts, more spicy pine hops.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, a bit rich, nice carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall nice, a lot going on with nice hops, dark malts, not too roasty or astringent, decent hops typical for the style, but no matter how good they are, all those flavors just don't seem like they should.

Photo of C20Percent
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: First thing first -- maybe the bubbliest head I've seen on a brew. Big and bubbly and tan. The body pours a dark dark brown -- almost black color. You can't see through this beer, but there are some bubbles in the body near the edge of the glass. Preliminary lacing is pretty good. Solid appearance.

S: This is the hoppiest Black (Rye) IPA I've ever smelled. Super solid. So solid. It's like getting the best of a citrusy/piney hop with a roasted malt / toasted grain aroma. If I was blindfolded I'd think IPA for sure. Maybe the littlest bit of chocolate in the back. This definitely deserves a 5.

T: First thing I notice is the finish is thicker and chocolately than I'm used to in a regular IPA. Very unique. A lot of complexity in the flavor. A sure mix of hops and roasted malts having a karate fight -- each one wants to shine. No sip is like the other. One sip is all hops. The next sip the malts take over. Really is fantastic, though. Hops really shine at first, the finish is dominated by the malts. Really good tasting brew.

M: Medium body brew, but I'm find the body change consistency the longer you let the beer linger in your mouth. I imagine the brew will get thicker as it warms. Great carbonation -- no worries there. Some interesting chewiness that brings out the hops, then the malts, and then a warm alcohol -- almost whiskey like. Not a velvety feel -- a little rough, but there are so many positives in this brew that I don't think the feel will stand out as lackluster. Solid feel.

O: You gotta try this brew. The hops are really killer. I'm not a huge Black IPA guy, but this blew my mind. Not much more to say -- it's all above. Great overall beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) in color. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very subtle notes of roasted malts with very strong aromas of hops - there are pine/resin hops that dominate with some lighter influences of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Very nicely balanced since there is a presence of roasted malts and lots of hops but the beer is not overly bitter. The beer starts with light flavors of roasted malts with a much stronger presence of pine/resin hops and lighter citrus/orange rind hops. There are light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Great example of the style (American Black Ale/Black IPA) with only the subtle notes of the roasted malts and the stronger presence of hops flavors and aromas. Very enjoyable, glad I finally got the chance to try this one after the fiasco of this being distributed in NJ.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer and a great concept by FW for adding the rye to black IPA, and in my opinion it really works!

The beer pours a healthy dark brown with lighter brown on the sides, pretty good head but not amazing, some lacing. The smell and taste really showcase the rye tinged spicy malt backbone with some great citrus hops also staring prominently. It tastes almost like a draft hoppy beer out of the bottle, which can sometimes be a tough thing to accomplish! Silky slightly toasted malts add in to give it that black malt taste that pairs so well against the resinous hops. Easily one of the better black IPAs I've had to date! The feel is good, some nice lingering flavors and medium body.

A very nice brew from FW, I will definitely be going back for more of this beer at the store!

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to being jet black) in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that hardly died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of spices (either from the hops or rye) and some hints of orange citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of spices, which linger though the finish. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Although this is a Black Ale, there are only some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bitterness leaves your mouth very dry.
O: While this beer is dark, it seems to taste more like an spicy IPA with rye because the roasted flavors are not that prominent. Nonetheless, it is rather easy to drink.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- They don't call it Black Ipa for nothing..it's dark. You can call it rick coffee brown and I can't argue, but it is dark and opaque. A solid 2-finger head that trims to a mocha colored film, nice lacing.

S- Just like a walk in the woods on a summer morning in NJ...fresh grass and pine sap. As this brew warms, the malt comes out, a little sweet and mocha. Oh, citrus, too.

T- It's hoppy, orange citrus and pine, and the rye malt balances the other sweet malt with a nice dry note. It tastes like it should. The alcohol is a bit heavy.

M- Rock solid, thick and creamy, with a bitter hop finish. The carbonation tingles as the flavor lingers.

O- After drinking many of this brew, I review as I enjoy. Rarely is my beer fridge w/o a bottle of Wookey Jack, a solid Black IPA.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a pint glass

Wookey sits a dark chestnut brown with a one finger khaki cap. Good retention. The head clings to the sides all around, creating some pretty sheeting action.

The nose is of fresh pine needles, grass, orange peel, some light roast, and cocoa powder. The hops are really the focal point and they live up to the bill. Not much rye present on the nose.

Fresh cut grass, pine needles, and oranges leap onto the palate. Some mild roast comes through the middle along with cocoa powder in tow. The finish presents some spicy rye and hops. A mild bitterness builds with each sip, making this better and better as you work your way through the glass.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The finish is dry and bitter. Delicious.

I really like this beer. Black IPA's really excel with a fresh grass/pine profile and a smooth feel. Throw a decent amount of rye in there and this is right in my wheelhouse. Well-crafted, and easily enjoyed.

Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a high brown cola colored foam that held nicely. Slight carbonation noted. Minimal lacing.

S - Has a very aromatic hoppy smell. Almost a floral scent. Notes of spices as well.

T - Tasted like a typical black IPA. Had a pronounced hoppy bite typical of an american IPA but tempered by some earthy spcies and a flavor of dark wheat bread.

M - I was pretty content after one of these. The scent was more potent as it warmed and the bitterness was perfect with my BBQ. Felt light for the ABV.

O - Not my favorite style, but I did appreciate this beer. Another nice offering from Firestone Walker, and for the brand alone I wanted to try this one. Lovers of black IPA's should enjoy this.

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe. Pours a deep dark black with a favorable amount of light mocha head. The aroma is mostly typical grapefruit/piney hops flavors of an IPA, with some slight dark malts in the background. The taste brings those dark malt and bread flavors more in line with the hops and grapefruit, providing a nice contrast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, and a nice and clean finish.

Nice brew from FW, wouldn't mind finding some more of this.

Photo of Brittanicvs
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Tulip.

A: Pours a deep brown/black, barely transparent, with about two fingers of head a beige head that slowly dissipates to just under a finger. Big bubbles that leave a decent lacing. Might have screwed up this particular pour.

S: Toffee, roasty, sweet malts, maybe a hint of Vanilla, and a haunting note of Citrus.

T: Tastes big. Herbal and earthy right up front, met with a solid dark malt back. Not too sweet, but it's boldness definitely muscles through between the hops. Finishes with that Citrus I smelled, but it's very mellow. Has an unexpected acidic/mineral quality to it.

M: Medium/Light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and a dry finish, supported by the acidic/mineral note that *almost* coats the tongue.

O: Having only had a few Black IPA's and a few Ryes I can safely say this is an interesting blend of both styles. I expected it to be more like a BIPA, and forgot about the rye until realizing how dry it was. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of mooseo
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml into Firestone Walker tulip.

A - Black with dark brown hues when held to the light. Head is small and light tan in color.

S - Grapefruit, sweet bread, pumpernickel, pine, hints of tropical fruit.

T - Big hoppy waves of grapefruit citrus and pine. Very resinous. A smooth, rye malt backbone is present. Finish is bitter with earthy hops and a slight breadiness.

M - Silky smooth, a little creamy, medium body. Dry finish, medium carbonation.

O - My new favorite black IPA. This stuff is delicious. The hop profile reminds me of Heady Topper, which is definitely a good thing. The rye malt blends in perfectly. Awesome.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled 8/21/12.

A real big head off the pour, settles to four fingers in size, and interesting whipped light mocha color and texture, with a real styrofoam like retention. Body color is pitch walnut black/brown, a little bit of clarity looking up in the head. Very little lacing or clumping though.

Nose hits with a nice clarity of mellow hop, chocolate and malty sensations. Very subtle but aromatic and pleasant, maybe some cream in there too.

Fruit hop forward in the palate with a mellow orange citrus, juicy melon like action also. Body is pretty solid, almost whipped and hinting at lush, but somewhat creamy and very full. Slight interesting finish, with a spice like kick of burnt brown spices. Hop bitterness brings some nice oil

Overall a pretty solid good black hoppy ale, worthy of another drink!

Photo of Treebs
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. Bottled 7/19/12.

A: Pours a dark black color with a one inch pillow of light tan foam forming on the pour. The retention is very nice on the initial pour and the head leaves nice sheets of webbing down the sides of the glass.

S: Grainy rye, mild citrus and light pine are most prominent up front. Slight roast with a semi-sweet bakers chocolate as well.

T: Hoppy notes in large quantities bombard each sip. Light citrus fruit flesh, dried rye with a hint of spiciness, and some mild pine as well. The roast comes in towards the finish with some slight chocolate as well. The hops and rye are really the stars of the show in this one and it seems a tad imbalanced.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The finish is slightly sweet with a mild drying quality to it.

O: This beer was definitely good. I just feel that it missed more of the roasty and darker qualities in the flavor profile. It walked the walk, but didn't talk the talk. It still has a good taste, but gets docked some points for the imbalance.

Photo of tut2528
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours very dark black with a solid 2 fingers worth of off-white head formation. Held directly up to the light, it displays some tints of ruby red and dark brown. Lacing is nice and as the head dissipates, it leaves a nice film along the top of the brew.

S: big rye and hop notes dominate the nose on this brew. Both aspects are very well balanced together. I also pick up on some nice citrus notes with a slight touch of grapefruit increasing the complexity. I feel that if there were anything else, I would really have to reach for it.

T: Big rye notes come through initially and at the backend of this brew. I find the middle comprised of an every slight burn malt note, citrus aspects with touches of grapefruit, big piney and bitter hops notes. It is actually quite nice but I wish there were a bit more dark notes here.

M: like a black IPA, its lighter on the tongue that it appears but is still medium bodied. The hop bitterness sits on the tongue and the back parts of the cheeks throughout the finish and it lingers for quite some time. Its pleasant but nothing to get too excited about.

O: Highly enjoyable brew but I really wish that some more darker notes came out. Other than that, I find this one highly drinkable and the rye notes really shine though and are well complemented by the bitter piney hops. Overall, this one is well balanced, I just don’t find much complexity.

Photo of Chaney
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting this one for a long time. Finally!

Served in a DFH snifter about the size of one of the continents that the dig up ingredients from.

A: Lots of mocha lacing here, with a dark, dark brown liquid below it. Pretty scary at this points...

S: Whoa pine! This totally one of those air freshener beers that is both hoppy and fruity at the same time. One comes across this profile every once in a while. If there's dark malt in here to offset the West Coast hop bomb, I REALLY want to try the base beer. Awesome stuff!

T: Ever so subtle chocolate (cocoa notes) underneath with a very strong citrusy, pine component. It's almost as if the malt attached itself to one of the hop sizzle cells. They are truly one in the same here... which is awesome!

M: Stupidly ridiculous lacing, not a sweet brew at all, and with quite a bit of fresh grapefruit-like bitterness.

O: I had a conversation with a friend tonight about this style and he said, "I'm still looking for that Black IPA to change my mind about the style." I'm thinking this might be the one...

Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured an opaque black color with a creamy tan head that retained well and left thick lacing on the glass. An attractive brew for sure. Aroma was a bit muted, but contained scents of piney and floral hops and chocolaty malts. I usually brace myself when I take the first sip of an ABA, but this one was surprisingly mellow and well-balanced. Roasty dark malts with a sensation of bakers' chocolate, countered by citrus and pine hops, that weren't too potent or resinous, as with some other beers of the style. I think brewers are finally starting to nail the ABA. Medium body, smooth and fairly dry in the finish, quite drinkable overall.

Photo of Chico1985
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer.

Pours dark brown, some clarity visible when held to the light. Beige head retains well as a half finger while also leaving impressive lacing.

Very good nose, potent and interesting. Lots of rye spice, earthiness, roasted chocolate tones, fruity hops, some brown sugar.

Taste brings on some more hops, but lots of flavors going on here, and they meld excellently. Roasted malt, burnt cocoa, biscuit, toasty malts, grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and a great dose of rye spiciness. There is also a slight woody/oak feel. Nothing overpowers anything else, a nice balance.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, easy drinking and not much sign of alcohol.

Really great beer at a good price, I will probably have to pick up another bomber while it's around. The use of rye I think really wraps this all together nicely and makes it something special. Flavorful, smooth, complex and unique, definitely a standout black IPA.

Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee-colored brown nearing black with a thick, rocky ecru head. Pungent pine with a rough citrus rind edge juxtaposed against brown sugar and coffee grounds. Hops soften as it warms - grapefruit zest, green tea, and new evergreen growth. Dry and clean - goes down in gulps. Another great hoppy beer from FW.

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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