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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 613
Hads: 4,245
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 296
Gots: 791 | FT: 17
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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: 613 | Hads: 4,245
Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Dark black with almost no light penetration with three fingers of an off white head. Tiny bubbles emerge and dance up the side of the glass. Spectacular lacing.

S: Smells like a spicy and tropical IPA to me!

T: Big on the spicy malt notes with a bit of hop bitterness. Not a lot of tropical flavors that the nose had. Good, but sort of weird.

M: Tingly spiciness with a little bit of heat. Medium carbonation.

O: This was my first black IPA, and I can't say I'm a fan. Not bad, just not what I'm in the mood for on a summer night. The nose on this is really awesome and it looks beautiful. Sadly it goes downhill after that. Not much downhill, but still enough to not be my cup of tea. (724 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout, though the edges are very dark ruby, with a thin khaki colored head that leaves the glass completely messy with stick on the drink down.

Big, dank aroma of pine needles, tree sap, citrus, and roasted malt. A nearly perfect, big, expressive aroma for a black IPA.

The flavor too is full of pine, tree sap, and earthy flavors, butted up against big notes of roasted malt and mild coffee. This is a bold, expressive, delicious black IPA.

Medium body with moderate-high carbonation.

One of my favorites within the style. I love this stuff. (606 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with a couple friends. Poured brown with a light tan head and had a big, juicy aroma. Seriously, this reminds me of sweetened tropical fruit punch. Of course, there's also a spicy roasted edge to the aroma.

The taste is well balanced between hops, rye, and barley. Surprisingly well balanced. So many black IPAs are all hops, or not enough. And so few rye beers actually have a discernible rye character. But this beer has a healthy portion of each element.

Upfront is that same juicy pineapple hops hit. Then as the spicy rye and roasted barley roll in, so does a spicier citrus hops mix. Damn that's tasty. The body is a little lighter for an 8%+ beer and the semi-dry peppery finish, makes this almost too drinkable. Find this beer. (753 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small carbonation bubbles rise up in the beer during the entire drink down. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a roasty and hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with a very nice balance between roast and hop aromas and flavors. (636 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a tulip glass.

Wookie came to me looking to me black in the glass, saying drink me. The liquid is a deep black with small brown edges on the edge. A nice cream colored head that is a nice inch with nice retentionand stick, clings down the glass. Smell is very bright with citrus hop scent, a nice dose of chocolate, some roast and a bit of perfume. The hops do shine with vigor, with a nice floral/tropic display. Taste is tropic up front swindled by the chocolate malt. There is a nice rye component here that strays this from the big black IPA pack. I don't know, im not a big fan of the style, but this seems a bit different and flavorful. A nice build with not a heaping of alcohol, 10oz's is plenty for me though. (759 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with big tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. Strong citrus with light roasted and herbal aromas. Orange rind and spice finish, brown sugar sweetness with roasty bittering linger and herbal notes. Light bittering linger. Thin feel with good carbonation and light bite.

Great balance of flavors. First black IPA that wasn’t over roasty. A fantastic blend of flavors that’s more subdued than other pioneers of the style. However, I would call it a more refined flavor with the rye and complex flavors. (525 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Cap was slightly rusted.

A: More than two fingers of tan head rise creamy above an opaque, almost-black beer. Incredible retention, great lace, and impressive darkness.

S: Very nice hops. Spicy, piny Amarillo. Turns strangely and faintly metallic after my first sip...

T/M/O: Interesting. Darker, chalkier, chocolatier than expected. Perhaps this is the "wookey dust," haha. Otherwise, a dense, smooth, balanced IPA. The Citra works excellently, providing a sweeter-tinged citric bite, tropical fruit, and lingering pine. Perfect hop, perfect addition. The rye malt adds an fascinating component to the overall malt base, which is otherwise dominated by the black malt. Overall, excellent.

Notes
Malts: Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Dash of Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat from Briess, De-Bittered Black Malt (Weyermann - Germany/Patagonia malting - Chile), Dash of Wookey dust
Hops: German Magnum (bittering), Citra & Amarillo (flavor/aroma and double dry-hopped) (1,017 characters)

Photo of Momar42
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip

Brought from California myself, its a fresh one!

A - Deep dark black with maybe a shade of brown. Light is consumed within the Wookey. Huge bubbly tan head. THICK and clingy. Drink me for the eyes.

S - Pine, roasted malt, hints of rye. Perhaps a smidge of citrus. Big lovely nose. Drink me for the nose.

T - Here goes; Oh my thats a nice blend of styles. Hops on the front, fresh and bitter...followed by a perfect blending of the rye malt...that in turn gives way to the looked for hops at the end. Perfect balance IMHO. Drink me!

M - Big carbonation but it (shocker) is the ideal amount to carry the flavor across the palate. Coats but not cloying, finishes clean and crisp. Mmmm.

O - FW is really becoming my go-to brewer lately and Wookey only furthers that path. Ideally balanced beer (as are most of theirs), refreshing, complex and just DAMN good. Find it, trade for it, just get it. Move over Stone, FW now has the best black IPA. (987 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into DFH snifter.
Really glad this made it to Buffalo.

A- Exceptionally dark brown pour, bordering black. Two finger soapy off white head that quickly drops to a thin cap. Lacing is remarkable.

S- Hop bitterness is a wonderful mash of pine and citrus. The rye adds a super spiciness that I've become increasingly drawn towards. There is a touch of dark roasted coffee and a bit of char in the mix.

T- A huge wave of everything comes at you all at once. Spice from the rye and floral bitterness, dark malts and coffee roast than finishing with a citrus hop bitterness. Slightly dry finish.

M- Thin bodied, good carbonation, slightly chewy.

O- Very good, the bitterness is there but I've had much more potent ABA's. The rye adds a lot of character which is always a plus. (781 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is terrific...skunky pine heaven into my nostrils. The taste follows suit with as juxtaposition of dark toffee malts against bright lemon-lime pine. Some rye spice rounds out the deal. Medium in the mouth with moderate drying. This is a very unusual black ale due to the interesting hop varietals. (307 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at the new FW taproom in Paso Robles.

A: Beautiful black with brown & auburn highlights. The head dissipates as I nurse this beer, but it leaves a delicate lace that clings to the side of the glass as a constant reminder throughout my enjoyment.

N: Roasted grains and rye sit up front with a touch of citrus and melon (honey dew and barely ripe cantaloupe).

T/M: The body follows the nose on this beer, with really no surprises. The subtle roasted malt flavors are well complemented by the hop flavors of bitterness and citric/melon fruitiness. The mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, which I believe allows the hop flavors to shine a bit more. This beer is crisp and refreshing, a great summer time dark ale.

I believe that this recipe may have changed a bit since I reviewed the growler a couple months back. The rye seems much more evident now, which is both good and bad. The hop aromas are slightly muted as a result, but it is fun to have the spice of the rye show through a tad more. Well done to FWBC! (1,038 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Wet mint, moss, semi-sweet chocolate. Some fresh pine. Hints of blood orange, clean charcoal, raisin.

T: Pretty much straight-up IPA at first, juicy blood orange, fresh pine. After a second, a touch of clean charcoal comes through. Middle is heaps of barely sweetened caramel as well as more clean dark roasted charcoal and some chocolate. Decent levels of lemon/pine oiliness. Hints at rye spiciness, which is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden, adding just a touch of dryness to a very balanced brew in terms of the sweet-bitter axis. Fairly thin. Finish has decent cocoa and lingers with dry, smooth charcoal and pine/blood orange.

Notes: Overall a nicely balanced brew that, for me, doesn't quite coordinate the roast and hoppiness but is very drinkable, reasonably refined, and nicely hoppy. (830 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a creamy beige head that thinned down and left spots/trails of lacing.

S - pine and citrus with a roasted aroma in the background.

T - piney hops upfront with roasted malt mixed in, then I get a wave of citrus rind bitterness being rounded out with espresso coffee bitterness and a slight sweetness on the lips.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

O - a fine beer. (448 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolate-brown head. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose. What's there is some roasted barley malt, piney hops and some general earthiness.

T: More roasty than usual for an American Black Ale, but that's balanced nicely with citrusy and piney hops. Then, lingering on the palate in the aftertaste I get some roasted coffee beans. A touch of rye spiciness is there as well, giving this a slightly different taste than you usually get with an ABA - I'm not really getting any chocolate, for instance, but still I'm liking the malt profile.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest. Finishes semi-dry.

O: Good stuff. Closer to the "hoppy Porter" territory than most ABAs, but I'm good with that. (807 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who contributed this, but cheers. 650ml into a snifter.

Dark brown in body, almost black with a dirty tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has some notable citrus hop aromas and pine, some sweetness, but spicy rye and roast notes are notable. Great interplay of dark malts, rye, roast, chocolate and citrus hops on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium full, roasty and moderately bitter. A really solid rye black IPA. (433 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at the Paso Robles BevMo.
Tasted on 06-17-12

A: The Wookey pours a super dark brown color gilded with a thick dirty tan head. Superb retention that pockets out slowly residing to a small cap leaving some nice sudsy cling.

S: Smells of big piney hops convoyed with grapefruit peel and a dash of garden herbs. Aromas transform into smoky dark malts. A very nice clean and crisp nose with some juicy hops at play.

T: Tastes of coffee roast malts with equal parts citrus fruit that surprisingly do not clash with one another. Orange flesh accompanies some very earthy resin laden pine. Burnt sugars. Real nice upper level of bitterness and a touch of alcohol detectable. Rye is pretty subtle and may even be a bit lost on me but not to say this is anything negative. Probably contributing more to the mouthfeel here. Another solid offering from Firestone. I think Stone’s SSR still remains my fav in the Black IPA department but this one is good contender.

M: Moderately sized body this Wookey has. Good creamy mouthfeel on it with some acrid moments and a bit of a wetter finish there.

D: Overall just a really well done Black IPA and about what I have come to expect from F-W. Not just a blackened version of Double Jack but something rather unique and tasty in itself.

Wish I had another one right now actually. (1,339 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz, into my Founders tulip.

A - Beautiful beer. Sits in the glass a nice black color with a very nice desert sand beige head. Light only gets through on the edges. Surprising too, as this one poured a stream of a cola like color. Lacing like a champ.

S - Citrus, roasty malt notes and a slight hint of bbq smoke. This is a great aroma, I just wish it were more pungent. Not one note steals the show, they all work together very well.

T - Citrus up front followed by the smokiness I had in the aroma. It buttons off at the end with the roasted malt note. On the bitter end for sure, but it's not overpowering.

M - Thinner, but appropriate I think. With this big of beer, a little more thickness wouldn't hurt.

O - Extremely solid brew from FW, once again. This one sits behind Stone Escondidian in the category, but not by much. And that's saying a lot, as Stone's was a truly remarkable brew. Firestone does good once again. (950 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info on the label despite a spot for a date. Poured in to FW snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of bubbly light brown head. Spotty lacing.

S - Mix of citrus hop aromas, roast and spicy rye. The background adds some lighter chocolate notes.

T - Grapefruit and pine up front accompany a sharp bitterness. The middle adds roasted malts, chocolate a nice spiciness form the rye malts.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonatoin. (497 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at Churcheky, decent black ale but a little too roasty. Beer is brown and hazy with a nice tan head fo small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is piny and roasty.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the finish, it is only mildly bitter and has this nutty roasty bitterness at the backend. It is pretty enjoyable but I was hoping for more hops based on the description. (400 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep brown colour (certainly more brown than black), with a firm and frothy head of mocha foam. Body is solid, holding its carbonation nicely. Lacing is great. Overall, it's a top-notch looking beer. If it were actually black like advertised it would be a clear 5/5.

Ooh, the nose is phenomenal, and is making a good play for a 5/5 itself, straight off the bat. Big fragrant hops meander among the complex and almost unknowable malt basis. Rye gives peppery notes, which mingles with a hint of faintly smoky roast, sweetness and even a touch of salt. The hops complement this, and seemingly fill in the gaps, creating an immensely nuanced but coherent and expressive whole. Gorgeous stuff.

The taste is also complex, but excitingly in different ways than expected from the nose. Here, there is really a genuine hint of smoke, which adds a subtle comforting sweetness underneath everything, above which is layered roast, malt, bright hops, smoothness. There's spice and pepper on the back, but smooth fruitiness, and even a caressing chocolate character. Wow. It's like there's such complexity to every layer at every point on the palate. I feel like I could keep describing the exciting little things which pop up at different points, and still not scratch the surface.

Feel is smooth and rich, but never so much that it starts to overwhelm the palate—it lets the flavours of the beers talk for themselves.

Wow. Just wow. This is a phenomenally good beer. Exciting, complex, rich, but for all that balanced and exceptionally drinkable. Gorgeous stuff. Just gorgeous. (1,627 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Been lucky enough to try the Union and Double Jack, and now the Wookey Jack. Pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells very floral and hoppy, just lovely. Tastes of slight citrus with some rye malt coming through in the finish. Nice hop presence and good crisp finish. Very smooth mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink. (353 characters)

Photo of nevery
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint. Arrived at the store the day I purchased it, then aged two additional weeks prior to serving.
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Appearance is dark brown with chestnut edges. Moderate lacing, ~1" tan-colored head.

Smell is hoppy pine with almost muted sweetness, rye, and roasty dark malts.

Taste is very smooth, lots of rye and dark malts with a hoppy backbone. Very clean, no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is perfect, not too dry yet substantial... Perfectly seated between too thick and too dry with an equally perfect carbonation.

Overall, it's very good, not the best, double jack is a better bang for the buck. (606 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date, despite the "BOTTLED ON" box on the bottle. This took months to finally reach San Diego. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a chestnut brown with two fingers of creamy medium fluffy head. The head recedes to a thin film, and leaves pretty impressive lacing on the glass.

S: Sharp pine and some citrus (grapefruit), a little vanilla and roast in the background, and a pretty hefty dose of woodsy spice from the rye. All the flavors work well together. Very nice.

T: Pine and citrus with some dry wood/rye, and a long mild-to-moderate bitter finish with some spice on the palate.

M: Creamy, round, and medium-full body, medium carbonation.

O: Cold, this leans more toward an IPA with a richer, creamier, roasty backbone. Warm, it shows more of the rye. By no means my favorite style, but this is pretty good stuff. (813 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Poured into a 4 oz snifter.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a half finger of creamy off white head that leave some lacing.

Smell: Tons of rye spice with a sweet malty backbone. I'm getting some dark fruit and hops as well, but there is a lot of rye.

Taste: Tons of rye spice and citrus peel hops. The mix of flavors works extremely well. The hops kill the tongue. Nice malt background, reminds me of rye bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good beer that definitely stands out. There is as much rye in this one as any beer I've had. I would have another. (682 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a dark brown color, charcoal in the middle, ruby brown on the edges. Has a two finger tan head with ok retention and barley any lacing.

Smells like piney hops, a little bit of sharp rye, and a little roasted malt. Nice complex nose.

Really well balanced flavor and very complex. Roasted malts up front, a little chocolate, then comes the rye sharpness, then some piney, resiny west coast hops. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium bodied, a little hop resin, a little chewy, and moderately carbonated. Good stuff- get it! (588 characters)

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.