Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great black IPA that I have enjoyed a few times.

Scent is full of piney, rye spiciness and citrus. Very dark beer with brown highlights at the edge of my glass. Clear at the edges, but generally opaque. The rye is more apparent in the taste and plays well with the hops. Fairly string bitterness. Mild alcohol warming, but neither hot nor astringent. Nice mouthfeel on the fuller side of medium. All around enjoyable and likely my favorite Black IPA with a well integrated rye flavor.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another solid offering from the Firestone Walker brewery. The beer is highly complex with a great hoppiness flavor. At 8.3% ABV it is very drinkable. Highly recommended!

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

On tap, in a (frosted, ugh) mug - Black as the night, fruity and malty at the same time on the nose - it was great. Flavor was sweet, heavy on the earthy malt bill. Overall - strong beer, loved it.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 1/2/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1+ finger head
S: Nice malt/hop balance; toasted malts and citrus/grassy hops
T: Matches the nose
M: Medium+ bodied
O: Definitely solid. If I can source a slightly fresher bottle I'm sure my score will increase

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

as a huge fan of both black ipa's and rye's i couldnt have been more excited to discover this beer
its getting good distribution in colorado and i have had the pleasure of having it from a bomber and on tap at my local roadhouse here in rural gilpin county colorado
to me this beer has some of the characteristics of a black ipa like stone's sublimely self righteous, but also a smokiness that i think comes from the rye
the overall taste is a more muted hopiness than the stone black ipa but with a deeper character that the rye adds to the mix
i didnt notice much difference between the bomber and the tap version at all but both were totally enjoyable and super drinkable
the color was notably on the brownish to amber side instead of deep black and had a decent head and smoky complex taste
had 3 pints in short order out on the deck in the sun and felt the abv!
great beer

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Photo of Stevem68
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep Amber / chocolate color with a nice foam head. Aroma of malts and rye. Flavor is roasty, malty and a touch sweet. You get a mild hop profile. Overall one of the better black IPAs I've had

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Photo of RandyV
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the kind of beer that built FW's reputation. Great hybrid type ale with a nice hop bite, spicy rye characteristic, all nicely balanced with malt sweetness. Add in some stout like bitter chocolate and coffee notes and you have one fine CDA, American black ale, black ipa (choose your lingo). Thank you Firestone!

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Photo of Dikfour
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Three fingers of almost brown head is retained nicely. Beer is pretty close to pitch black. Dark brown around the edge of the glass. Pretty lacing.

Smell: Toasty chocolate and toffee comingle with sharp rye and an understated hop profile.

Taste: Rye really comes out and dominates this palate. The roast is pleasantly mild. Hop and bitter finish is almost overlooked by the quality of the malt pressance but really presents its self nicely after a few sips. Pretty dang well balanced and fairly complex.

Feel: A little creamy. A little warmth from the high ABV. Pretty near perfect body.

Overall: Really freaking good. Totally worth the $12 for the 4 pack. Hop heads looking to get into darker beers, this is a good place to start.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better rye based ales I've tasted. I don't always gravitate towards rye in the mash bill, but it just works exceedingly well in this beer. Robust piney hop bitterness, some roasted coffee accents on the nose, and a dark bakers chocolate flavor note are the highlights. The persistent foam cap is an added bonus. Alcohol is present but in a really appealing way, not overpowering but instead adding to the overall rich character and aroma. Drinks lighter than the appearance would suggest. I understand why this beer gets so much praise, and it deserves the hype. You won't find many black ales superior to this.

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tumbler glass.

A- Very, very dark brown. Some light penetrates around the edges. Fantastic khaki head, and fantastic lacing.

S- Chocolate, coffee, rye, and an earthy hop finish. All balanced very well.

T- What a fantastically balanced beer. Some coffee, bittersweet chocolate, rye is certainly there, but there's some earthy, piney, and grapefruit based hops on the finish. Balance. Delicious balance.

M- Creamy, and pretty wonderful.

O- This beer has hype, and it's all warranted.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber- no date found, poured to a pint glass.
L- real dark, lacy head, almost looks nitro charged with tiny bubble going up the side of the glass.
S- malty, with hop finish on smell
T- Malt first, pepper second, dry finish, hop hint on finish
F-good micro carbonation moves beer around you tongue

I know it says rye IPA, but it tastes like a stout/rye/ipa hybrid.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle at home from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.60):
Quite a strong tasting beer that hit the spot with a good combination of pine & tropical fruits early on that was balanced out well thanks to the darker malts & some sweetness. Despite the strength, the beer was quite an easy one to drink & I worked my way through it quicker than I probably should have; an excellent beer & one I'll be on the look out for again.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this for the first time in Vegas a few years ago. Probably the best rye beer I've ever had. Great hop smell but not overpowering to the taste. My only critique is I think the bar stored it a bit too cold.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark like a stout with a substantial foamy head.

S - Hop smell, nothing too overpowering.

T - Nice IPA hop flavor, but but balanced out by the malt.

M - Medium/thick presence. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very enjoyable, like a IPA/Stout mix. Not as bitter as a pure IPA, but not as heavy as a stout.

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Photo of TH28
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a thick tan foam head and nice lacing. Aroma: resinous and light citrus hop notes, with an underlying roasted malt. Taste: light roasted malt dominates, with an acidic citrus/grapefruit hop flavor on the backside with a crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel: light to medium with a moderate carbonation. Finish: lingering roasted malt and resinous hop.

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Photo of Zonk
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really impressive. Nice bite to go along with malty rye backbone. I enjoyed this very much even though it is not a style I normally enjoy. Rich mouthfeel.

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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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