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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 615
Hads: 4,249
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 296
Gots: 797 | FT: 17
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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 Booker07
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the Bottle:
Look: Irrelevant.
Smell: Lots of Hops. Crisp
Taste: Almost smoky. Hints of Rye but lots of hops. Fresh.
Feel: The bitterness lingers on the tongue but not thick as expected
Overall: Very good. Would like a little more Rye to come through.

Look:Pours Black. Pinky finger head slowly dissapates.
Smell: Hops develop. More crisp.
Taste:Hops are more present.
Feel: Seems to linger on the tongue more.
Overal: Very good conversation drink. (462 characters)

Photo of trackedout
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours black. Some deep reddish brown around the "edges." Two finger, thick tan head with sticky lacing.

S - Fruity hops, toasty malts, and a little pepper.

T - Citrus hop and toasty malt. Slight earthiness and pepper. Has a nice sour finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation, a little dry.

Overall a great beer. To me it has more of a sour finish, rather than bitter and was what I enjoyed most. (406 characters)

Photo of narwhal
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black pour from large format bottle - fantastic mixture of rye sourness & hops on both the aroma & taste - not a very heavy mouthfeel but really smooth. I would have wished for a tiny bit more bitterness, but I'm not complaining, this is fine beer. (255 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 8.11.14. Drank 1.16.15. 22oz bomber poured into a 18oz Tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with three towering fingers worth of light fluffy head. When head to the light, highlights of maroon can be seen slightly within the body. Head dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing all the way down. Drop dead gorgeous in the glass.

S: The roasted malts blend with sharp piney hops to remind me of summer campfires in the North woods of Minnesota. Very calming and balanced. Some lemon rind to leave a clean aroma after the initial hit of smokey pine.

T: Burnt pine, caramel malts, tangy orange/grapefruit. Finished with a drying roasted grain flavor. Smokey, ashy... just keeps bringing to that campfire.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, similar to Founders Porter and Spiteful GDPP. Slight alcohol warmth, finishes with a drying pine sensation.

O: Fantastic stuff. Similar, but completely different then the other black IPAs. Unique and worth exploring... begins to blur the line between IPAs and Porters. (1,010 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black with hints of red and brown with a creamy coffee color head that has great lacing and retention. Aroma is amazing, packed with citrus fruit and hops. Taste is great with the citrus fruit being balanced by roasted malts and a quick hit of spice from the rye. Overall one of the best black ipas I've had, although I would like a little more bitterness, which is why it isn't rated a 5. (405 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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. (228 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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! (408 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of GregJ
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 cl from a bottle into a snifter

A: pitch black, two finger head that is creamy and sticky with a khaki color, very strong head retention, very strong lacing (you might just wanna dig through the head rather than wait on it to settle if you opt for the latter you'll be waiting a while)
S: subtle hop aroma, not a whole lot else, a little roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, but smell wise it is kind of weak
A: really excellent, manages the hoppy/roasty balancing act with an impressive amount of grace, in fact the mixture of the hops and the roasted malt give this beer an almost cherry like character, coffee note as well, it is roasty and zesty in perpetuity and makes the two aspect complement each other
M: watery and filling, this manages to be thin rather than syrupy which is interesting and while it doesn't necessarily add to the appeal it is not detrimental either
O: I love this beer, it's been at least over a year since I had it last and it is truly even better than I remember, if I could buy this locally it would always be in my fridge, a real treat. Side note, I'd love to have this on nitro, think that would be really cool and interesting (1,163 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of Riggsby
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of mrfulcher
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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. (617 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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. (205 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (630 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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....... (579 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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. (589 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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. (911 characters)

Photo of jmeezy
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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! (261 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just obtained this one. It is the second one from Firestone Walker that I have tried and I do think they make fantastic beers. I guess I should give props to Beer Camp this year for introducing me to this brewery. It doesn't get distributed to my state, but I travel to VA and they do get it. Anyway, this one was interesting. Not my first black IPA, but this one was not really like the others I had tried, to the best of my recollection.

Appearance: Dark, but not totally lights out dark. There is some transparency in this beer, its almost like a really dark brown ale in color. Big fluffy head that settles to a nice lacing after a few minutes.

Smell:Wow, this is really where this beer hits you. You can detect the hops right away, but you also get that rye spiciness in there too. It does have a bit of the malt character but the hops really do shine in the aroma.

Taste: Not as hoppy as you would expect from the nose. The malts tame it down an bit. I detected the rye heat in there but the dark malts sweeten it up and the hops are not as prevalent, which is a bit of a downer. Nevertheless, its a tasty beer and a really good price for the bomber. I think I picked this one up at a grocery store in VA for less than $7.

Overall: Nice beer. I do like this black ale, black IPA, whatever they want to call it style. It blends the best of two worlds, for me anyway. I have drank a few but kind of backed away while summer was here. Now that we are in a transitional season and I want more stouts this is a good beer to bring me up to speed. I recommend it if you can find it. Its a good price and a very solid beer. (1,629 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a thick one finger caramel head with medium retention and leaving a constant plate.
Delicious aroma full of tropical notes, pineapples, canned peaches, tangerines, passion fruit, mango and toasted malts.
Bold flavor with notes of citrusy hops, lots of spices, grapefruit, grape juice, rye, licorice, pine resin and finishing with roasted and burnt coffee beans. Very dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting burnt note.
Medium bordering full body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 8.3% could not be more hidden.
That is a superb Black Rye IPA. Original, bold in flavors and hops (80 IBUs) and still very drinkable. My taste buds are completely soaked. Recommendable. (699 characters)

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Not my favorite style, but this is a very nicely crafted beer. Nice balance of hops (I am a big Citra fan) and malts, yielding a very well concealed 8.3% abv. (158 characters)

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.