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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 668 | Ratings: 4,451
Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8.3% abv. Nearly pitch black color with a nice looking tan head. A few shades of mahogany at the edges. Nice retention and some good looking lace here.

Piney hops leap out of the glass. A hint of a catty note as well. Roasted malts follow in the nose adding some complexity. Maybe earthy at the end.

Sharp roasted malts up front, slightly charred. Rosary component lingers for a while. Sharp hop bitterness comes in with a pine feel. Seems like an almost minty feel as well. Interesting combination.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Very slight warmth from alcohol. The combination is interesting and goes well together. Nice beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours reasonably dark. Not black, but very dark brown. Light penetrates the beer's edges. Head is about a half inch high and retains very effectively. Head leaves spirals of lace.

S-Nose is interesting. Sudsy, soapy hops. Also some grapefruit and pine hoppiness too. Spicy rye is not super intense but it is clearly detectable. Light chocolate, coffee and cola. Not sure that I love the hop profile here. I actually find the nose to be an overall slight disappointment.

T-The flavor has a clear beginning and an end. The is an obvious transition too. I enjoy the beer's ending flavor more than its initial taste. It starts off initially bitter with pine and soapy hop then comes the cola and darker malts. It finishes nicely with a more lively burst of citrus hop and a light dabbing of rye.

M-Body is lighter than the ABV would suggest initially. Tingly carbonation. A bit resinous. Pretty dry.

O/D-Not in love with this one. Was expecting to enjoy this more. The flavors aren't my favorite, and they seem to clash with one another. Worth a try but I am left a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a hint of dark brown around the edges of the glass. Good head, retention and lacing on the glass. The nose is a piney hop with a hint of smoked malt. Flavor doesn't disappoint with fresh pine hop flavor and with the malt brings out some candy or bit of chocolate. Sweet.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours very dark brown bordering on opaque black. Just a tint of hazelnut around the edge when held up to the light. There is a tan head with good retention. Light, spotty lacing.

S: A fairly fruity aroma. Tropical fruits, pineapple and pear. This is backed up by some roasted malt scents.

T: Very interesting. A combination of fruity IPA, roasty black malt. Similar tropical fruits as the aroma with less emphasis on pear. Pine and floral hops add bitterness, especially in the finish. There are also notes of coffee and faint licorice and smoke. The rye is subtle and provides just a bit of spice.

M: Medium-thin and mild carbonation.

O: An interesting combination of flavors. Roasted malt, rye spice and IPA fruit. They sound sort of dissonant but come together nicely.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brownish black with a big billowing tan head.

S: Big citrus aroma, loads of orangey hops with a slightly spicy edge.

T/M: Delicious and layered. Big citrusy hops dominate up front, very ripe and juicy. Underneath are some spicy accents from the rye, and it finishes up with a surprising burst of coffee and chocolate.

O: An amazing and really well-balanced beer with a ton of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of harrymel
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at pints alehouse in Spokane

Black with a nice billowed light peanut quilt. Smells really citrusy, a real deviation from the norm for the style. Fruity and juicy with some lemon and tangerine. Some hints of cocoa in the back
Flavor does not disappoint: bitter and lively with hints of pine resin and biscuit. Carrying with it some nice toast and slight porter qualities. The body is silky smooth mediated with tight sharp Carb. A nice beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip because I just broke my snifter.

Appearance
Pours translucent black with garnet highlights. 2 fingers of head that dissipate slowly leaving behind nice lacing.

Nose
Big tropical fruits, spicy rye and caramel.

Taste
Huge tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango. Some pineapple and very balanced spicy rye. caramel malts, navel orange and lemon zest. Finishes with some pine sap, cocoa nibs and hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth, juicy and dry.

Overall
This is easily the best Black IPAs that I've ever had. Huge tropical citrus, spicy rye and balanced caramel malts. Only a touch of roasted malts on the finish which is slightly deceptive judging by the color. Well done!

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Stoddards in Boston.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is pitch black color with no clarity. Pretty standard for a dark beer.

Smell: very piney and some citrus, roasted coffee, chocolate.

Taste: more evenly spread out. Pine, roasted notes, mocha, bitterness, spiciness, all blended well together. More sips and same results.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little creamy full bodied, medium carbonation, a little expected bitterness, and easy to enjoy.

Overall: Solid black ale to me. Never seen it, so figured I try it out on draft before it hits the shelves. Will have to say it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, roasted malts, citrus and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter combination of a strong hops presence and dark chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in to create a good balance. There are sweet flavors in the background of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark brown. almost black color with faint mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet floral aroma with spicy rye, malt, earthy and citrus hops.  Subtle roast but the rye character adds another dimension. Some grassy pine and slight citrus but the nose is dominated by spicy rye and dark malts.  

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a nice balance of resinous, earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and spicy rye.  Again, the rye adds complexity with level of spicy swetness that counters the piny hops and roasted notes. Grassy and piny hops followed by spicy rye with roasted and sweet malts underneath.  Hints of chocolate, toast, coffee and oatmeal lingering into a dry finish with subtle heat.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from my kegerator... Served in a duvel glass

A: two fingers of creamy coffe/chocolate head that dissapates slowly and leavs a ton of lacing....almost completly coating the sides of the glass...The body is of the brew is black. A very nice looking beer.

S: Resinous piney and grapefruity citrus hops right up front. As the brew warms some spicy rye notes along with chocolate and roasty notes become more pronounced.

T: Yum, a great balance of rye and citrusy/piney and resinous hops, combine with wonderful roasty and chocolaty notes.... The balance here is awesome and delicious... Everything works very well here.

M: medium bodied and creamy... Medium crisp carbonation, works perfectly here... Keeps the brew from getting to heavy and syrupy and keeps it nice and drinkable. There is a bit
Of a roasty and resinous hop aftertaste.

O: this is a great brew.... I love rye ipa and black ipa's and this is a beautiful marrage of both.... Anothe great brew from Firestone walker... Loved it.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature goblet. There is no date printed on the bottle under the "Bottled on:" label.

A - Pours off-black with an -off white head. Only a half inch of head, but it shows great retention and leaves a great lacing.

S - Fantastic blend of juicy citrus hops, pine, and rye. Subdued toasty malts add to the complexity. One of the best aromas I have ever smelled in an ABA.

T - Follows the nose closely. There is a big burst of tangerine and grapefruit, then the roasted caramel and rye malts hit. Bitter pine on the finish without much linger. The citrus returns on the aftertaste. Amazing.

M - Big effervescence and a medium body. Very little alcohol heat with a clean finish.

O - I have been anticipating this beer since I heard about this year's release. My local store ifnally got it in this past week and I was not disappointed. Great citrus, pine, and malt flavors and aromas. Complex and balanced. This may supplant Sublimely Self Righteous and Yakima Glory as my favorite of the style. I highly recommend this beer if you can get it.

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

A- Appears black in low light, but has a brilliant ruby red glow when held up to direct light. Tall tan head that lasts, leaving sheets of lacing behind.

N- A dank explosion of pine needles and grapefruit rind hit you as soon as your nose gets near the glass. Deep layers of toasty, bready, biscuity malt emanate from underneath. A hint of roasted malt melds with the piney hops to create that unmistakable black IPA character. Some spicy rye comes out as the beer warms.

T- Incredible balance of flavors going on. Deep bready malt with some honey sweetness perfectly compliments the upfront piney, citrusy, slightly fruity hops. Some charred flavors cut the sweetness, but don't drown it out. The malt backbone continues to evolve with toasty, roasty, and biscuity notes popping out as the beer passes over the palate. Spicy rye blends with spiciness from the hops. The hop bitterness is firm but balanced, with pine sap and grapefruit pith melding with lightly bitter roasted malt. The beer dries out for a long finish of bready, biscuity malt, citrusy, fruity hops, bitter pine resin, some spice, and a touch of roast. Some slight alcohol warmth on the back end, which makes this a beer to be savored.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel, sticky, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O- This has to be my new favorite black IPA. The style is really hard to pull off, and Firestone does it with grace. Cheers to good beer!

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

A good drinking bomber, spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid FW offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma.Significant grapefruit.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a great pour. Pure black with some of the best retention and lacing I've seen. Taste profile is wonderfully complex. Very good mix of traditional black ale burnt flavors with a fairly hop forward taste too. Burnt malts transition smoothly into a subdued, yet up front hop profile that ends the drink with a clean bite. Creamy and not overly carbonated. Hides 8.3% ABV well, and is a tremendously sessionable beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, rye, some chocolate and roasted malts.

T- Tons of citrus and grapefruit, rye, some chocolate, roasted malts, finish is piney hops with a nice bitter bite. There is a good amount going on here and it works together.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid beer worth the price tag. I will definitely pick this up again given the chance. I really like the rye thrown into the mix.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dark completely opaque black with about a finger of slightly creamy/bubbly mocha brown beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Decent carbonation. Nice layered lacing.

S- Nice citrus hops of pine, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A little bit of light chocolate and malts in the background, but definitely predominately citrus hops. Definitely above average aroma strength- smells great.

T- Nice citrus hops of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange balanced with light creamy chocolate and some dark malts. Finishes a little bit bitter but not too bitter. Very nice citrus aftertaste. Pine taste definitely comes out a little bit more towards the end.

M- Lightly creamy, easy to drink, smooth, abv very well hidden, nice carbonation. Feels great.

O- This is definitely one of the best black ales I've ever had (2nd only to HF Jimmy). Nice citrusy aromas/tastes mixed with light chocolate and dark malts all balanced with a nice lightly creamy easy to drink mouthfeel. Definitely very fresh and I'm very glad we finally got this in. I definitely recommend picking this one up- it's a great beer for the price ($7/22oz bomber).

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, pine, grapefruit, and citrus hops, rye, coffee, and bit of black licorice.

T - Starts off with grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some roasted chocolate malts and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, pint hops and more bitterness come through with some rye spiciness and coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and rye, with pine and grapefruit hops, bitterness, and some coffee.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasty, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. I like the rye addition to the Black IPA and the balance is really spot on.

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Photo of edproctor
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from randy's firestone growler into my "epic dance parties" pint glass. thanks to my lovely wife for picking this one up for me on a recent trip to paso. Cheers!!!

a- this is quite a dark ipa. fades from khaki into a dark brown quickly before turning into a light black abyss. not much head on this one...but i did open this growler day before yesterday so thats to be expected.

s- i mean, i get the strong pine hops up front, but those hops are almost dominated by a strong roasted malt. definitely picking up some toasted cardamon/coriander seeds in the finish. actually, now that i think about it im getting the rye much more than the hops...which i was not expecting.

t- oh now is the hops time to shine. piney fresh forest hops!!! really fresh tasting with lots of hop bitterness. fresh grapefruit, orange zest, grassy. what a fun beer!!!

m- resiny and palate coating. even though this beer is on its second day in the growler it has lost none of its potency.

o- a real winner. i love this beer! arguably one of the best ryepa's out there right now for sure. beautiful balance. what a wookie!!!

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Photo of chimaylvr
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sevred on tap in tumbler at Track 84

App: dark mahogany, half inch foam, thin lacing throughout

Smell: piney hop underlied by charcoal and black toast, herbal, medicinal

Taste: compared to the Revival black ale I had yesterday, not quite there for me. Piney bitter hop profile, resinous, oily, malt character is medium, not bad, roasted coffee beans

Mouthfeel: crisp, semi dry and tongue tingling bite from good carbonnation

Overall: I like it. I've had better and not much worse. It lacks a palate balancing malt sweetness to offset the bitter hoppiness. I would have it again though

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

a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout that billowed nicely. the body was a dark black color.
s - big piney hops.
t - complex flavors here of pine, rye, and roasted chocolate.
m - creamy and slick.
o - whew, this is good. i really dig this style and this is one of the best i've had.

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

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of of tan, frothy head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big citrusy hoppiness with emphasis on orange and pineapple. Light roastiness. Pleasant spicy earthiness from the rye. Smells pretty good.

4.0 T: As far as black IPAs go, this is one of the better ones. It's not overly roasty nor is it overly bitter from the hops. Orange and pineapple citrus. Spicy rye. Light roastiness. Tasty.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer among a wretched style. I don't think I would have given such high scores if this was any other style, but so it is. Making a black IPA that is even drinkable is already above average and this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of PeacefulHopFrog
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ML bottle, no bottling date, even though there is a space for it.

A - Dark chocolate brown, to the point where light only shines through at the bottom. Thick, dark golden-brown head lingers to a light brown layer after 10 minutes.

S - Roasted malt and hop resin flood the nose with a hint of citrus fruit.


T - Roasted, malty flavor with a touch of chocolate that hides behind a subtle smoky background taste.

M - Very mild mouthfeel for the aggressive appearance and smell. A longer finish is present, but it is not one of those finishes that feels like all you can taste is floral hop. A very drinkable beer indeed.

There are so many incredible beers out there, but Firestone Walker continues to impress me with every new addition to their line. I have never had a black rye IPA before but this one has set an incredibly high standard for me.

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

Flew this home with me 2 months ago...

A - poors super dark brown...2 finger head, down to thin lacing

S - bubble gum, fruit-grapefruit, malt/bread, bit yeasty, great nose here

T/M - holy monkeys. doesnt match the nose. roasted malt sweetness with bit of the rye spice, hops build in the background and make love to your mouth.

O - I'm a fan of this style...and this beer doesnt need to get any more perfect. Find it. Drink it. Sleep next to the bottle.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber. No freshness date. Poured into a standard pint glass. Love the name, haha, Wookey.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some cola-like highlights when held to the light. One and half fingers of beige head. Longer than average retention. when it finally settles it's a thin layer with some chunky bubbly spots. Excellent lacing.

Aroma: Big pine resin followed by grapefruit-y hops. Hints of roasted malts and chocolate hiding out in there.

Taste: Same as the aroma but the roasted malts are a bit more pronounced. Chocolate malt still hides a bit but that's fine by me. This is a FINE fucking example of a "Black IPA" The rye throws in a bit of spice that meshes well with the hoppy flavors. Everything here works. The rye becomes a little more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth and easy. The flavors and hops bitterness are bold but nothing you can't handle. Fuller side of medium bodied. Carbonation is average for the style. LOOONG finish of citrusy hops AND roasted malts. Interesting.

I'd throw this up with the ranks of Self-Righteous and DFH IBA. Two beers I already loved.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.