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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 637
Hads: 4,335
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 310
Gots: 846 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Brilliant deep dark brown, 1” lacy tan cap,
S: piney, resiny hops over some roast with traces of dark dried fruit
T: Fills the mouth with a roast and prune seasoned mousse with a light dark sugar sweetness, grains and grain spice culminating in a dry, bitter finish. The bitterness vascilates through clean hop, black coffee to dark chocolate. The flavors are roast but not excessively burnt. More fruit emerges as the beer warms.
M: Creamy, medium full body, very fine, soft medium carbonation. Traces of rye body and a slight slickness.
O: A very drinkable American Black Ale.

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

$ 6.49/bomber from Craft Shack
Bottled on 2/5/15 at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma some fruitiness
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to frothy ring varying from 3 mm to 22 mm and partial layer
Lacing – large chunks from recession of initial head, additional lacing spotty
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly spicey, some roasted malt, some fruitiness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of takusan1000
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A good-looking design on a great-tasting beer. Beer is dark, with only some light browness coming through the sides when held up to the light. A nice finger of head dissipates slowly to leave a permanent tan lacing. Smell is great and prominent, of PNW hops--magnum, chinook, and/or cascade.

The taste is phenomenal. Definitely an IPA, but one with lots more body and depth than normal. A nutty caramel sweetness is the initial taste, and is quickly overtaken by the less subtle twang of grapefruity, herbal, and piney hops. Roasted rye underneath throughout. A taste explosion. The bittersweet aftertaste is almost as good as drinking the beer itself. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy body, good carbonation that helps the beer aerate nicely in the mouth.

An excellent beer, and a nice treat for a Friday night.

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Photo of Bone53
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all let me thank House of 1000 Beers for allowing me to get my hands on beers that i would otherwise not be able to find in Southwest PA. This is the first one in my mix six, here we go..

Appearance: Brown pour with a ruby tent when put up to the light. An aggressive pour resulted in a huge tan head

Smell: First thing i notice is spicy, citrus hop notes, but underneath that is slight roasted malts and smoke

Taste: I get a blast of hops upfront then mid palate is a slight smoky and roasted malt character, but the hops is dominant. Almost a leathery quality in the finish as well. The aftertaste linger for a while

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down smooth, prickly carbonation, and moderate bitterness on the finish

Overall: This is the second FW beer iv had, the first being Union Jack, both being around 8 months since bottling. Of course the hops in union Jack had already fallen off and ended up with a malty mess, but i thought Wookey would hold up a little better. I suppose the hops in here fell off too and was left with a semi hoppy black ipa. As it warms i get little hints of what i imagine it is like fresh. I like how the flavors linger on the pallet for a while. As is, i enjoyed Lagunitas NightTime much more than this. Ill seek out a not so hoppy FW beer next time since i can't get their beers fresh.

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Photo of RossiDaMan
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. Nice dark chocolate color and a 2 finger head with staying power and minimal lacing. Taste was surprisingly smooth considering the 8.3 ABV. I'm not a big fan of smokiness but felt they hit it just right. Not too bitter of a bite so I came back for more quickly and polished the bomber off in 20-25 mins. Purchased at Costco for $5.99 and well worth it.

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Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque black with a creamy khaki colored head and possesses notes of dark roasted malts, citrus hops, coffee, a decent woody smokiness and a touch of Rye. This is a nice dark roasty brew with a hint of Rye, a somewhat Hoppy backbone, a smooth drinkability and a slight alcohol warming at the end. Needless to say it is delicious...

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Photo of Matonika
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: is very dark brown almost midnight black. Smell : a acrid burnt malt smell with a very subtle hop aroma. Taste: this is a savory beer not really any sweetness I can pick up on, it reminds of the char on the outside of a steak. You can really pick up the rye flavor a dark loaf rye bread is this beer.
Feel: medium plus body, big head retention pours a thick creamy head, has a creamy mouth feel. Overall I would like to try this beer fresher I am drinking it on the last day of its best by date , I wonder if that has something to do with the muted taste. It is not my favorite beer but it is a well done beer.

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Photo of frognot
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black with some red streaks around the edges.

Smell:Roasty pine resin mixed with ripe blood orange aromas

Taste: Nice hopiness with some rye pepperiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Very well balanced with a lot of flavors blending nicely together.

I'm not that big of a fan of black or rye IPAs that I've tried but Wookey Jack is making me reconsider that belief.

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

Smells great good citrus hops. Tastes great good hoppy taste needing just a bit more rye for my taste leaves a slight after taste but not an offensive one.. Overall out of ten i give it a solid 9.5 with the lack of rye being the main reason it isn't higher.

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Photo of Shadow10185
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great beer. Definitely an acquired taste. I usually don't enjoy these types of beers but this one was so smooth and tasty. Has a very robust flavor.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, only letting a little redness show through. Smells overwhelmingly like an IPA. Citrusy, piney notes with a little roastiness behind it. This tastes good. Floral and pine like hops leave a medium bitterness and then there is kind of a roasted aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel on this. Very good black IPA.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pitch Black color. Big, course head. Milkshake like stickage.

Smell - Fresh roasted coffee. Malt. Hops. Alcohol.

Taste - Big, toasty malt. Bittersweet chocolate. Black licorice. Alcohol. Hoppy finish.

Mouth - Oily. Buttery. Good carbonation.

Overall - If you believe that some is good and more is better, you're going to love this beer. Firestone tells us that Wookey Jack is a Black Rye IPA. I would have guessed a hoppy California Porter. Regardless, this is one big, tasty ale.

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Photo of Booker07
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of trackedout
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of narwhal
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.