Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 607
Hads: 4,224
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 293
Gots: 759 | FT: 16
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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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Reviews: 607 | Hads: 4,224
Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +4.2%
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 +0.2%
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! (408 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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 -4.2%
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 larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +10.8%
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 -2.1%
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 +6.1%

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 -5.7%

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 -1.9%
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 -15.6%
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 +6.1%

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 +0.2%

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. (911 characters)

Photo of jmeezy
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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 +1.7%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.2%

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)

Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Notes of grapefruit, mango, papaya, resin, and fresh cut grass are countered by roasty, chocolatey malt in the aroma. Fruity hops dominate. Flavor is citrusy initially, with grassy and earthy undertones, becoming roasty mid palate, which carries into a dark chocolate and coffee grounds bitterness in the finish. Again, flavoring hops, especially grapefruit, dominate, but the roast bitterness adds an interesting contrast. Excellent beer, especially for 6 bucks a bomber. Notes of fresh cut grass and pine serve in the aftertaste for even more hop character. (559 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#600! Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Darren.

A: A deep brownish black with a tan one finger head that lingers. Decent lacing.

S: Piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, a hint of chocolate.

T: Deelishous. Warming, toasty. Chocolate malts mingle with piney hops. Low bitterness. So smooth and creamy.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: If Chewbacca could speak English, he'd toast this Wookie Jack for days. A damn fine brew with killer balance. Highly recommended. (499 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Black with a very thin tan head. A few strands and islands of lacing. 4

Smell: Hoppy - leafy, mango, papaya, tropical fruit. 4.25

Taste: Bitter hoppy from start to finish, with pine and pomolo grapefruit bitterness. Some roasted malt in the middle as a compliment / accent to all the hops. There is a bit of a spicy finish with this beer along with the grapefruit hop finish. 4

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, very sticky on the teeth, smooth underneath. 3.75

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer. To my surprise I only wanted one of these and I was done. Perhaps too intense in bitterness. Very good, but I think it wrecked my palate for the evening. Went well enough with pulled pork BBQ, but wasn’t a perfect food match. Certainly a very good savoring beer, just not a beer that goes well with smoked BBQ. Perhaps better with something else, but I’m not sure what. 4 (984 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours black. Not super dark black. No head. Smells great. Malty and sweet. You can taste the alcohol but without the over the top bitterness. Glad I got a chance to try it.

Wife's Review:"It is ok." (199 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, hint of rye malts, cocoa, citrus/piney hops, hint of pine resin.

Taste - Hit right away with the roasted malts and hint of rye malts followed by the cocoa,citrus/piney hops, and pine resin.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the piney hops.

Overall - For my first offering from Firestone, they deliver a solid Cascadian. The aroma could of been a little more pronounced with the hops as I found it to be more malt dominated. Other than that, a solid Cascadian and am glad to have finally tried a Firestone offering. (687 characters)

Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A- black with light head
S - rye and malts. Hint of coffee?
T- spicy rye and malts, hint of coffee on the back
M- smooth and balanced. Leaves an amazing tingle on your tongue but finishes clean.
O- classy and delicious. Great pairing with roasted chicken (255 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark almost black color from a draft pour. 3 fingers of head. Dissipated quickly. Strong hop aroma. Mild and balanced in the mouth. Loads of roasted malts, citrus, some rye definitely. Little bitterness but hidden. Very complex and well done. Very different. If you like ipa and stout, this tastes like a good marriage of both. (336 characters)

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.