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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 4,292
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 304
Gots: 818 | FT: 16
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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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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black body with a foamy tan head. Good lacing around the edges of the glass.

S- Very floral and juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit pine, and citrus are in the front with no noticeable dark malt aromas.

T- A blast of those juicy hops up front, followed by a pine taste, finishing with a roasty aftertaste.

M- Very smooth, well carbonated and drinkable.

O- Most hop-forward black IPA I have had. The hop profile and aroma is makes you think you are drinking a regular IPA or an imperial amber, but the slight roasty finish lets you know the dark malt is there.

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Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First the obvious remark "How many Wookies in a bottle of Wookey Jack?"

Clear dark brown colored ale with a tall and thick light brown colored head, looks are impressive.

Smell is strong hops and patent malt. Scents primarily of pine and eucalyptus. Scent of menthol is in this it numbs your nose when you sniff it. Lesser scents of chocolate and cake batter.

Starts out thick and bitter. Patent malt and menthol with a little carrot taste to it. Chocolate and rye with a hint of burnt rubber. hop remains mostly pine.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer but not an outstanding one.

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Photo of mschind
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter from a bomber, no date that I could find. There is no light at all coming through this beer, opaque dark brown verging on black. I got a stout like mocha head half way up the glass that dissipated and coated nicely.

S- Intense resinous pine hops followed by spicy rye notes. The other malts are lost here which seems to be the intention. Why make a rye beer if rye isn't the star?

T- Huge citrus bitterness, slightly oily giving way to the rye malt with mild sweetness followed immediately by some roasted malt bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is substantial, perhaps due to it being unfiltered. Smooth with enough carbonation to keep it full bodied but not viscous.

O- Another winner from Firestone Walker. It's the best black rye IPA I've ever had, the only one so far... I like the combination and can imagine some pastrami on pumpernickle going well with this.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from The Village Pump, $6.99. I never thought this would make it to MD. The bottle has the date 22 June 2012 printed on, but it's barely visible.

Pouring a blackish dark brown, this beer has a dense, creamy, light brown head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is nice! Big, pungent pine hops perfectly complement the rye, and the dark grains and a nice blend of roast and acidity to the nose. Unsweetened cocoa, citrus (oranges) and even some tropical fruit are present. The balance here leans towards aroma hops, just the way I like it, but the bitterness does lend an enjoyable pungency. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with a big hop flavor, a blend of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. There's some papaya and pineapple to complement the citrus as well. This is followed by a blend of roast, light caramel and unsweetened cocoa. Cocoa and citrus is a favorite combination of mine, especially when done right, and this beer does just that. The rye does add another dimension, a wholesome, spicy grain flavor that matches well with the pine. The bitterness lasts on the finish, not as resiny as I'd like. Light in body with moderate carbonation, and the alcohol is very well hidden, all of which make this beer very drinkable. While the finish also doesn't have quite enough roast for my liking (and is even a tad watery at times), but it further aids the drinkability of this beer, which is through the roof IMO.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep amber/brown in the glass, topped with 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger of froth that rings the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose with notes of bright grapefruit and a zesty spiciness from the rye as it mixes in with that citrus. This even has a big of a leafy tobacco thing going on with it from the hops combining with those dark roasted malts across the back. Some cocoa sweetness hangs on the edges as well but this is overall pretty dry, bitter, and roasted feeling in the nose.

The taste has fresh grapefruit bitterness and a leafy feel up front that runs into a combination of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee character. The finish on this really shows the rye with a dry spicy doughiness that sticks and lingers with some leftover bitterness and pine from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively sharp creaminess that fills up the mouth and then more of a underlying slickness that leaves some oils back on the tongue. There is some alcohol present and while it isn’t overly distracting, it does really bring out the assertiveness of those flavors here.

This was a very good entry into the Black IPA category from Firestone that really packs a fierce nature on the palate thanks to that assertive mix of American hops, rye, and high ABV. This was just balanced enough to stay drinkable but I still enjoyed it very much. Sometimes it’s fun to just brutalize your mouth with flavor!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cold on tap at The Mayor in Fort Collins.

Wookey Jack is nearly black in color with tight white head and good lacing as it settles.

Aroma is wonderfully hoppy and fresh. Really enjoyable.

Fruity but not huge on citrus which makes it unique.

Flavor is balanced and tasty. Roasty, sweet, and hoppy. A little earthy and grassy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall another really excellent Firestone Walker beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 06/**/12

A: Pours a dark black with a puffy 2 finger off white head that sticks around for a while before becoming rocky and fading. Leaves some good lacing.

S: A wave of fresh hops that instantly made me want to take a sip. Has both earthy and citrus qualities. A little fruit malt in the background. A hint of spiciness.

T: Starts off with an earthy hop taste, that smooths into some chocolate and malt and is cut short by a bitter pine. This one nails striking a balance between an IPA and darker ale. Alcohol comes by for a wave at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Not too carbonated but still crisp. With being so hoppy it isnt too sticky.

Overall this was an impressive beer I would recommend in a second. Have always liked black IPA's and adding rye makes perfect sense.

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Photo of Titans77
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my typical review. This is not a typical brew. So it works.

Served in a 22oz bomber and picked up as fresh as I could get it in MD. Poured into a snifter. This stuff looks like a porter/stout just like how the name suggests. Very dark and intimidating when you expect it to have IPA-like characteristics. Remember the experimental odd-colored ketchup that was the craze a few years back? Yeah, that same feeling again. I take a whiff. Smells like a dumbed down version of a west coast ipa. I try to grasp the dark notes in the smell. To no avail. Let it warm up a bit. Still no rye, or chocolate or coffee notes to my nostrils. Best i can do is average IPA smell. Take a sip. Ok, let me level with you a bit. Oskar Blues Ten-Fidy - Great RIS. Stone Ruination IPA - An amazing IPA. FW Wookey Jack- F**king AMAZING. It is the best of both worlds blended together to make a beer that I can truly enjoy without picking between my favorites! Its an IPA with the dark characteristics of a porter or stout.

Pick this stuff up if you have the chance. If you are an IPA guy, this is an absolute amazing change of pace for you. If you are a porter/stout guy, give this a shot and try to enjoy this hopped up dark brew!

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, yet clear brown with a massive khaki colored head sitting on top. The head sticks around for what seems like an eternity. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Wonderful hop profile including pine, citrus and lots of tropical fruits (pineapple and mango). There is also a pronounced sweetness which I assume comes from the black rye.

T: The hops fade a little in the taste making room for the rye sweetness. While the rye is more noticeable, the fruity hops still have a significant presence.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is an ever so slight bittering effect towards the finish that acts as a palate cleanser and is quite refreshing.

O: I can't believe this is my first review of a Firestone beer. It's kind of shameful being that I lived in SLO for 5 years. That being said, this one is very tasty. Just solid all around. I'm usually not a big fan of Black IPA's or Rye beers, but this one might have made me change my mind.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams signature pint glass.

Appearance: Very and I do mean very dark brown almost opaque but against the

Smell: Barley if you ask me, not so sticking smell but seriously appetizing after taking a sniff.

Taste: Complex caramel, you taste how bitter it is but offset with a weird sweetness. Yes it is still a light floral but you can't complain drinking this piece of heaven.

Mouth: Yes that good, almost a borderline five with so much stickiness and hauling after-taste.

Overall: This beer is at the top of the food chain when it comes to Black Ales and Black IPA's, flavor so complex and intrciate that it blasts your palates. I will buy it again as long as it is in stock (hopefully), Salud!

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Photo of mrmkahn
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this out of a tall boy poured into a snifter at about 54*F.

A- The beer poured a deep brown with a slight transparency. There was a quarter-inch, off-white head. Virtually no lacing.

S- There was a strong aroma of floral hops when I opened the bottle, but once poured, the hops aroma virtually disappeared. In the snifter there was a rich roasted scent followed by a dark chocolate essence as well.

T- When the beer first hits the palette there is a strong taste of spice and roasted malts. There is a slight taste of molasses and chocolate but those quickly fade into the background. There is virtually no floral hop profile as the beer goes down. I was left with a strong bitterness on the front of the tongue and a slight alcohol flavor in the back.

M- The beer was smooth and balanced if not a little thin. No resiny character to it nor was there much carbonation.

O- Having tasted some of the other Firestone Walker offerings, this was just okay for them. I'm glad I tried it, and it stands as a solid sampling of a Rye IPA, but not my beer of choice for Firestone Walker or the style. It's worth a try, but I don't think I'd grab it again, particularly if the Double Jack is available.

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Photo of match1112
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks go out to pelican5 for sending this to me in a bif!

a: think pumpernickel bread. dark brown almost black with some plum highlights around the edges.
finger and a half of sand colored creamy head. slowly settles into a frothy ring leaving spotty lacing.

s: pine, spice and a little citrus twang with a hint of bready malt in the background.

t: starts and finishes with a pine forward presence. a solid rye bread flavor rounds out the body very nicely.

m: creamy full body. nice level of carbonation. a little dry and spicy on the finish.

o: really enjoy this beer. wish there was more rye presence, but none the less very solid offering.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with two fingers of khaki head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and light spice.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Pine and tangerine up front with caramel and roasty malt leading to a spice and bitter pine on the finish.

Drinks easy for the ABV -- balanced and tasty with nicely balanced rye character.

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Photo of cvm4
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown. One finger tan head.

S - Rye, malt and hops.

T - Rye comes out beautifully along with roasted malt, hops & pine.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat high carbonation.

O - It's a great rye IPA but not in my top 5. Still, worth trying & seeing for yourself.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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)

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Photo of Momar42
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.07/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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!

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.