Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,117
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 294
Gots: 736 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, Love this stuff

Photo of mr-jj
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bomber

Color is dark brown with a two finger tan head. Good retention and creamy semi-sticky lacing. Aroma is good, lots of roasted malt, citrus and some rye. Flavor follows the nose, along with some coffee notes. Finish is mildly bitter and dry. Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel that makes it easy to drink.

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

Pitch black pour with a really nice big fluffy light beige head, messy and sticky as it recedes.
A great smell, mix of strong citrus, roasted malt (a bit smokey), caramel, sweet chocolate, pine, a generous pinch of salt.
Mouthful of citrus hops, rich with grapefruit, pomelo and some surprising tropical notes, mostly pineapple, but also a bit of mango. Fruitiness marries perfectly with rich milk chocolate and salted toffee. Chewy dark malts, rich dark bread, lots of spicy rye, herbs. Gets roastier bit by bit, even smokey, with dark cocoa and some coffee bean in the end. Sprinkled with spruce and piney hops. Pretty bitter hop finish, helped by the almost ashy burnt malts.
Aftertaste has burnt rye bread, lots of pine, some grapefruit peel, salt, espresso, faint caramel. Medium, but really chewy body, low carbonation.
Really rich and chewy, every sip feels almost like a bite, actually. Rye shines, hops are rough, but with that nice crisp citrus edge, even extra fruity goodness. One of the best black IPAs i've ever had.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - fantastic tan head with great lacing in this dark beer.
Smell - piney citrus
Taste - piney citrus spiced toasty malt
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - really good very different black ipa. Love the rye in it.

Photo of pugsley
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Favorite black IPA, if someone knows a better one, let me know, this one is the top until then

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

A: deep brown with ruby clearly visible at the edges; 1+ finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: piney hops with citrus in the background;

T: deeply roasted grain up front; citrus at mid-palate; smokiness from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness at the finish; smokiness lasts a long time;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: wow, is this good!

Photo of Sly007
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one is definitely one of my favorites!

Photo of MattR2014
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good black rye IPA. Buy again

Photo of jellikit
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: cola. Dark and a bit fizzy. Deep ruby red when held to light. Clear. Thin head.
Smell: not much there. A little citrus.
Taste: ever so slight on the roasted barley. Fruity hop flavor. Spicy rye at the back end.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium body. On the dry side.
Overall: I typically do not like dark ipa. This is an exception. Not a lot of roast. No harsh bitterness from the dark grain. Will buy again.

Photo of GregJ
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with light tan head. Smells mostly of pine and roast malt with some light citrus. The taste is dominated by pine, roasted malts, a little mocha, rye. Medium body and med carbonation. Aftertaste is dominated by piny hop resin.

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very tasty, has the nose of stone ipa for me

Photo of Tom_Thivierge
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2 months or younger, sublime. Older than 3 months great ipa. Younger is definitely much better.

Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark black with a nice and lathery khaki foam that leaves great lacing.

Earthy, chocolate, smoke, and spice.

Tons of roasted character, coffee, nuts, chocolate, pine, and some earthy/herbal notes.

Heavy bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, bitter, dry, refreshing.

Overall, quite an outstanding brew. The rye makes an excellent addition.

Photo of KMBradyJr
3.19/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks darker than it is

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.96/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my most favorite black ipas. So smooth.

Photo of Kraj30
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a great Black IPA. All the Jack line from FW is great

Photo of Riggsby
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great black rye ipa. Hop aroma up front followed by great coffee taste that ends with the dryness of rye. The blend of dry, from hops and rye, with the sensuousness of the coffee/malt in the middle make this top of the charts in this category. Imbibed at Burger Bar in Las Vegas.

Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle dated 10/08/2014. Poured into a stemless glass 12/13/2014.

A- Dark cola body. Beautiful thick mocha head, about two fingers in height. Long retention time, eventually drops into a thick collar and moderately thick film, very easy to regenerate this with a few swirls of the glass. Looks volatile and nicely carbonated. Lots of lacing, like brown cumulus clouds.

S- Rich hop resins making for a floral and pine potpourri with possibly a bit of citrus (tangerines come to mind) on a background of mild roasted grain and a bit of milk chocolate. The hops are very forward here.

F- This does the hybrid blend of styles very nicely. Nice roast flavours, caramel and milk chocolate richness blend in well with a strong hop flavour- tangerines, oranges, floral notes with a bit of pine on the back end. It all comes together nicely in a way that doesn't lean too much towards either the porter or IPA style.

M- Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. Fairly bitter, as expected. Finish is milk chocolate sweetness mixed in with citrus bitterness.

O- Very nice Black IPA. I'm not a huge fan of the style of beer in general, but so far this one has done what I feel is a good representation of the style as a discrete entity.

Photo of mrfulcher
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12 oz poured into a mug

a: very thick head with good retention and nice lacing. very dark brown

s: definitely some citrus - maybe grapefruit, and a little bit of spice

t: moderately roasted malts, sweet, solid hop bitterness peaking out, a little hint of rye warmth, then the roasted malts take over again in the finish. not much alcohol for the abv

m: fairly oily, but with good carbonation

o: there are a number things going on here and they all seem perfectly balanced. an inviting smell, some pretty disparate tastes that somehow pull together wonderfully, and a pleasing look. this one is a winner for sure.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows pine, grapefruit, bready and nutty malt and a soft spicy hit.
More spicy rye as a flavour, along with a little roast. Some piny hops followed by a balanced finish.

Photo of SebD
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, pine resins, some citrus, light grapefruit and a touch of spicy rye.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, chocolate, faint coffee, bitter pine resins, citrus/grapefruit and rye malts on the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a decent tan head and minimal lacing clinging for dear life. Aroma is of roast chocolate. Taste is ok, but I expected a little more for all the hype and high scores that I see for this beer. Flavors of roasted caramel and coffee, some malt sweetnessw and some hops come through. For the most part, the beer is pretty well balanced, but the hops add an odd bitterness that doesn't balance well with the rest of the brew. A little off balanced and also not as bold as I was anticipating, slightly weak and some of the complexity that should be there is gone.......

Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

22 into a simple pint. Black with coppery tones and a tan head. Aroma gives the spiciness with a little hop and malt for backing. The flavor is a bigger version of the aroma. The spiciness of the rye gets in first, followed by some of the hop profiles that are less easy for me to peg down (can't claim citrus or pine as dominant, definitely not floral in my bottle) - perhaps rye interference? Maltiness in the back gives it a balance for these medium-to-big flavors. Alcohol at the finish is subdued, which I did not expect in an 8. A solid Black IPA effort, well balanced for the genre.

Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Serving type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a belgian style tulip glass.

Aroma: A very nice, mellow citrusy hop aromas on the nose.

Appearance: This looks beautiful, looks like a stout or porter, black with a brown head.

Taste: Not a big citrusy hop flavor up front, pretty mellow, a light roasted dry character on the back end, not getting a lot of alcohol, very smooth, very drinkable for an 8% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, light feeling but not thin.

Overall: This is easier drinking than I thought it would be, I was expecting something like Union Jack, that I think is hoppier and has more bitterness. This is very smooth, a nice citrusy bitterness up front, a little roasted character on the back end, but surprisingly very drinkable. I think I need to try more black ales IPAs to get a better understanding of where this fits in the style, definitely worth drinking again and worth trying.

Photo of jmeezy
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Yet another Firestone masterpiece. Never had a rye IPA this good (and I have had some really amazing ones). Never had a black IPA this good either. This beer is the best of both worlds. Good job Firestone, yet another reason you are my favorite brewing company!

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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