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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 653
Hads: 4,399
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 317
Gots: 877 | FT: 16
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 ihazabucket7
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Super balanced black IPA. Nice smell and taste was amazing. You get that rye, hoppy taste, malt but not overpowering. Very balanced.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great color, inspiring, dark. Pale tan head, mixed texture.

Mild smell. Nothing offputting, perhaps a bit light.

Flavor is verry bitter: hops, bitter malt, orange and orange rind.

Mouthfeel is quite good: not overly rich, but still satisfying. Carbonation is spot-on.

Finish is not intense, long, bitter & orange.

Don't re-buy - there are many better options.

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Photo of gcasher
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a bottle.
Pittsburgh does not have distribution, so we have to be wary of age. This bottle was dated July 31, 2014. The pour produced a fluffy mocha head. The beer appeared black. The taste was similar to a nice Porter with waves of the washing over it. All in all it held up great over the past year.

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Photo of rjs246
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had a bunch of black ipas (meh) and a bunch of rye ipas (slightly above meh) and none of them have come close to this. It smelled great and tasted great with all of the malt character and rye spice you expect from the style balanced perfectly with tons of hops. So damned good.

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Photo of disney2
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another great beer from Firestone Walker. Wookey Jack has all the great taste of a world class IPA with a lingering rye finish. Definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark like a stout with thick and frothy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is nutty, roasty, and chocolaty but not very pronounced. Has a tinge of hop bitterness that peaks through the dark malt flavor. Flavor follows the nose. The mouth feel is very pleasant; slightly sticky, smooth, and gets creamier as the beer warms. Overall this is a fantastic beer, its got a little bit of everything. Highly recommend.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An abundance of creamy tan head (about 2 inches), which held well. Very dark.

S - Strong hop smell, with rye, pine trees, and a bit of orange peel.

T - A powerful pine tree hoppiness, but, oddly, not as much as expected. Front is a citrus flavor and middle is a pine forest, with a bitterness that holds.

M - Medium to thick body. Not a strong alcohol presence.

O - A piney bitterness, like an IPA, but the dark color of a stout. A bit on the bitter side, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of CHickman
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a lot of bubbles racing up the brew like a Guinness which leads up to a creamy 1 finger khaki head that faded slowly and left very good lacing.

Smells of strong piney hops or pine cones, peppery spices and rye up front, followed by rich, roasted chocolate malts, grapefruit, caramel, citrus hops, coffee grinds and earthy or leafy notes. Balanced with the nice roast of the malt and grains mixing well with the spices if the hops. Zero sign of the alcohol in the nose, with the hops actually winning the arm wrestling match for attention at the end.

The rye is a nice addition and starts the taste off just like the aroma, with strong piney hops/pine cones, bitter grapefruit, peppery spices with some cinnamon and white pepper up front, followed by rye, roasted chocolate malts, charred wood, caramel, lemon,citrus hops, orange peel, coffee grinds, tea leaf, cocoa powder, dry floral hops and what seems like a crisp, burnt chocolate chip cookie dunked in hop oil. Balance is really nice with the shifts from hoppy to roasty taking place in every sip, adding nice complexities that keep you guessing. Spices are mild and add zest to counter the roasted grains/malts.

Mouthfeel is average but on the smooth side with average to almost high carbonation, a medium almost bordering on chewy body and a nice slightly bitter, roasted finish that's got a balanced weaving of the fresh dry hops, rye and roasted malts. Aftertaste is almost sweet, letting the hops come through again as the char fades.

Black IPA, American Black Ale, however you want to label this hybrid, just keep this beer in mind as it is a great example, extremely tasty and hides the ABV perfectly. Really solid beer, I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of rickrem
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark living up to the 'black'. On draft with a small head with very minimal lacing.

Nice toasty malt wit the rye coming through with just a touch of spice. Some coffee coming through with the piney bitterness

Very lightly carbonated and balanced feel.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a wine tumbler.

A: Deep, dark nearly-opaque blackness with a touch of deep amber around the edges. 1/2" off-white head recedes not too quickly. Retention is good, lacing is so-so.

S: Resinous hops & some roasty malt. Faintly fruity character. A hint of coffee & a slightly juicy suggestion of berries.

T: Nice balance between impressive hop-forwardness & roasty-toasty malts. A bit of pine, some black coffee, brown sugar, a touch of booze & did I mention hops?

M: Comes on a bit creamy but finishes impressively dry & sharp. Carb is moderate against a big, malty body.

O: Just terrific, complex & balanced. This brew is very deep.

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Photo of 303beer
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark tan to coffee colored head. Almost black beer but still smells like an Ipa. Ahh now that is a good beer. Nice hop to it. Earthy to my taste buds.

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Photo of R739
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An absolute blueprint of what a 'black ale' or in my estimation a 'black IPA' should be like. Nose and taste of coffee roastiness and a hint of chocolate offset by a crisp citrus bitterness. Neither is overpowering, but a smooth balance ensues.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent Bottled IPA with a punch

I was walking through the wine section in Costco when Precious pointed out some bottles of IPA. She and everyone else know that I love IPA. I'll try anything once so I got this along with some other beers. It came in a 22 oz. bottle. It looked like a wine bottle. I almost walked right past this thing of beauty.

You get a shock when you pour it out. It's almost like a dark beer but with a reddish tint. I wondered why somebody would be selling a stout in a bottled marked IPA. Don't they know anything about beer? It turns out they do know quite a bit. This is an ambitious take on a darkened IPA. It doesn't have that awesome IPA smell. Sometimes I think I like IPAs just because of the smell. You know what I'm talking about.

The taste is bitter and strong but not too much. After a couple of sips and sniffs it only gets better. At the end I really enjoyed this. The only problem is that it has a high alcohol content which I can't handle. I usually get tipsy after one 12 oz. Mich Ultra. One bottle of Wookey Jack contributed to a good, much needed Sunday afternoon nappy.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A little colder than cellar temperature, in my tulip.

Generally-black-looking, it's actually a very dark brown when held up to some light. A nice couple-centimeter light tan head leaves lacing.

It really kind of smells like a spruce tree, with the pine needle resin and everything. There's even a bit of sap or maple syrup. And also a delightful little mix of zesty tropical fruit such as pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. I can indeed detect a little chocolate and roasted earth as well, but it's buried a bit underneath the IPA scents. Fabulous aroma here.

The flavor immediately delivers a pine-laced tornado of astringent hops and citrus. Then I realize that the tornado swept up some loamy soil off the ground (must have passed over some fertile soils), and again the orange and chocolate (an orange grove and a chocolate factory? Damn, you get around, tornado). Wow, what a wild ride.

Feel-wise, we're treading in nirvana territory. Full but not full. Crisp but mellow. kuaffable, but not overly thick. It is one with the universe.

Despite the dark beer qualities this black ale certainly does have, this is truly an IPA at heart. And a delicious one. Now I think I'm detecting some of that grainy, spicy rye in the aroma and finish... excuse me while I go step back into the tornado.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "01/02/15 19:24") poured into 9 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark cola brown with dense, bubbly tan head.

Smell: Pine, citrus zest, earth, rye spice and roasted malt.

Taste: Dark, roasted malt, rye pepperiness, citrus and light, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very well integrated rye, black malt and hops, surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the City Tap House - Logan Square, Philadelphia. Served in a Tulip glass. Nice hoppy flavor to this one. Went down way too easily. I'll be back.

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Photo of Maxbier
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber. Dark pour (nearly black) with one finger light brown head. Citrus aroma with some roast malt hints. Flavor is decent amount of smokey roasty malt but mostly bitterness and citrus and piney hoppy. Love the combo of rye spicyness and piney hop.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is routinely on top 100 beer lists and I could never find it in my area so when I was in Chicago I finally was able to grab some.

A - Nice black color. Bountiful off-white colored head with fine bubbles and strong lacing.

S - Initially there is a great American hop presence with citrus, pine, and some herbal characteristics. On the backside you can then smell some of the maltier, roastier tones but mostly hop forward.

T - Very robust flavors with a sweet malt character and the hops from the nose hitting the front of the tongue. The citrusy, piney notes are the main players and then in the middle the richer porter-like flavors come through with chocolate, caramel, light roasted malt. There is also a subtle spice character from the rye and hops that I really enjoy toward the back of the tongue. Surprisingly this is one of the sweetest Black IPAs I've had with lots of sweet rich flavors to balance the spice, roast, and alpha-acids.
M - Moderate mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Very balanced with enough of everything to keep coming back for more. Doesn't release quickly from the palate but not too sticky either.

Overall, this is an amazing black IPA. I definitely see what all of the fuss is about with this black IPA. It is on the sweeter side of BIPA but I really enjoy the mash-up of flavors. I would prefer just more of the NW hops but a very hoppy porter is a winner in my book. I would strongly recommend this beer to every craft beer lover.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of Reckage
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle from Dec. 2013. Pours dark and has a slight cola look, good amount of tan head that lasts with some stringing on the glass. Get a nose of a ipa with some rye shining through. Taste is amazing, wet dank hops, citrus, earthy rye, all blended beautifully. Mouthfeel is almost like a porter imo, very nice. Overall this is a great beer, super drinkable. If you see it try it, won't be disappointed.

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Photo of itswaz
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a class is example of the perfect IPA. Good bite and smooth notes with a finish that makes you want more. It does not drink like a normal 8.0abv brew. I'll makes this a go to anytime.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I may have gotten a bottle that was past its optimal freshness range, as I didn't get much of the Citra hops that many seem to be experiencing. The roasted malt was the key note, almost coffee like with mild cocoa as well. A little pine from the hops on the follow through, but again, not as pronounced as some others report. Still, a good darker beer that isn't swarming with dark or citrus notes.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Off of the pour you get that nice hop aroma. The flavor is bold, lots of hops and roasted malts, maybe a hint of chocolate malt or coffee. The hops and malts blend really well making it hard to detect the 8.3% ABV. This is anther great offering from a great brewery. This is a MUST try in the "Jack" line. Great beer!

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Photo of Jmc181
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another delicious beer by Firestone Walker. A darker style IPA, with some subtle Rye "pepperiness"...but candidly, in a blind taste test, I think most would just call it a near perfect IPA. I love the look in the glass, and even better in my mouth! These Brewers have established themselves as a personal favorite of mine, and I can't wait to try all their beers. Check the dates and get them as fresh as possible. Credit to the Brewers for making the dating so clear and straightforward...it makes a difference, IMO.

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Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark brown with a 1 finger head of sticky, tan foam. Doesn't have a strong smell, but I have notes of chocolate, coffee, malt, and grapefruit. Heavy weight and a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty chocolate and coffee up front with a slight pine bitterness on the back end. Incredibly smooth drinking, and probably the most balanced BIPA I've ever had.

This isn't a hoppy beer, but you can still tell it's an IPA. Drinks like a stout with the bittered finish of an IPA. These black IPA's aren't one of my favorite styles, because I feel like so many breweries try to lean to one side; this one is a perfect blend of hops/pine/fruit and malt/chocolate.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.