Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 4,288
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 301
Gots: 816 | 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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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 billab914
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Dark brown in color with a foamy, frothy, head to it. Very sticky head, leaving it's mark all over the inside of the glass.

It has a really great hoppy aroma to it. It's very juicy with lots of tropical fruit notes to it. Mango, peach and pineapple all jump out in it.

The taste shows more of the juicy citrus hops with a little chocolate coming out in the finish. The hoppiness is very good in it and everything really comes together very well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. The hoppiness was very juicy and fresh, and the touch of chocolate didn't clash with the hops as a lot of ABA's do for me. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a black body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves good lace.

S - Pungent pine hops and chocolate with notes of espresso.

T - Dark, fruity malt up front with notes of chocolate and cherry. Some caramel and toffee in the middle with a finish of pine, grapefruit, and dark chocolate.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very, very nice. The combination of pungent hops and distinctly dark malt is superior to the anemic black ipas that only look dark.

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

A: Black with a sudsy, bubbly tan colored head--good retention and okay lacing

S: Lots of rye and piney hops up front; there's a subtle chocolatey malt undertone--but mostly hop resins and spicy rye

T: More hop forward up front than aromas indicated but then the spicy dark rye work their way in; mmmm

F: Medium body; oily and sticky; just what I want in an IBA

O: A real solid Black IPA; hoppy, spicy, a decent malt backbone, good stuff

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Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark black with a nice and lathery khaki foam that leaves great lacing.

Earthy, chocolate, smoke, and spice.

Tons of roasted character, coffee, nuts, chocolate, pine, and some earthy/herbal notes.

Heavy bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, bitter, dry, refreshing.

Overall, quite an outstanding brew. The rye makes an excellent addition.

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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 dalahodson
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice carmel red color full head with a dirty cream color there is light lacing on the glass. Mouth feel is smooth carmel with a nice bitter bite. Taste of carmel malts, biscuits dark fruits and full of great hops. Over all a full body easy drinking brew.

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Photo of teromous
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A very fluffy off-white nearly tan head that fades down to a light film of foam on the surface. Not much lacing. The beer is pitch black.

S: Lots of fresh-smelling hops! It really does. If you've ever smelled raw hop pellets, this smells like a freshly opened bag. A huge rush of citrus scent, and a little bit of earthiness hiding in the back.

T: It has a lot of hop bitterness. There's an up-front flavor that is similar to spruce, then the citrus rind flavor creeps in. I don't get much malt flavor, and there is zero alcohol flavor. It basically tastes like a double IPA. I saw that rye was mentioned on the label. I can only guess that it's in here, because the hops mask it pretty well.

M: The mouthfeel is very dry, and is surprisingly light. Drink the beer with your eyes closed and you will notice that it is not medium bodied.

O: Obviously this is a really great beer, and it is perfect for those who enjoy drinking IPAs of every variation. I can not stress enough, that a person should not view the color as anything other than color! It has barely any malt character. People who don't like stouts or porters, will have no problem drinking this whatsoever. On a personal note, I really wish that the malts would come through a little more. However, that doesn't change the fact that this is a really great beer and that ABAs are really open to personal interpretation.

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

Big stout tan froth that doesn’t move over opaque ruby black. 4
Leaf and resin fresh hops with just a speck of roasty meat char and root beer. 4.25
Black grape, dark chocolate, licorice, then slammin’ resin, spearmint, herbal, and resin hops. 4.25
Sarsparilla end and numbing minty linger.
Medium, round, chewy, chalky. 4

Junior Mints! Big, fresh, sticky oil and just hints of black - definitely not the stout side of things. Only hitch is I’m losing the rye. But top 3 BIPA, for realz. 4.25

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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 Yetti
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great American Black. The aroma didn't jump out of the glass and beg me to start drinking, but once I did, I was stoked.

A - as other reviewers have said, the beer pours pitch black and looks almost like molasses.

Smell - maybe I had a cold that day, but the smell was the only thing that didn't really impress me. It's pleasant, though, and doesn't stink of alcohol despite the high ABV. Other reviews have noted everything from grapefruit to pine to raw hops. I didn't get all that. Maybe I need to get another whiff.

T - Outstanding. The first sip immediately hooked me and the last gulp was just as enjoyable. It has a nice full feel and goes down smoothly. It's both light enough and robust enough to be drunk anytime of day and year.

0 - This is as good as any Black IPA I've had. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of retry4z
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured refrigerated from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

Appears black with golden brown at the edges. Possesses a large and tenacious coffee-colored head.

Initially smells like an IPA, but with further inspection, other smells some forth, such as those of of coffee, caramel, hops, fruits, and big malt.

Tastes of roasted coffee and smoked wood. Some hop bitterness, but not nearly as much as in an IPA. Very pleasant after-dinner drink.

medium to full-bodied, low to medium carbonation, reminiscent of a stout.

Overall, an excellent change up from an IPA. Dark and roasted, would go great with BBQ or steak.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: 11/9/12

Poured into a balloon glass. Dark brown in color, topped by a rich and thick tan colored head. Clarity from what I can tell is decent, though the beer sits too dark in the glass for this to really matter. The head sticks around for a long time and definitely clings to the glass.

Aroma is filled with prominent American hops. It's abundantly piney and a touch citrusy as well. A small hint of alcohol, with some darker malt undertones. Really big and bold aroma, and this is exactly what one would want from this style. Close your eyes, and you would be hard pressed to tell that this is a darker beer.

Intensely bitter, with some roasted malt flavor. Rye spiciness is there, and not over the top. Alcohol is really present and this beer finishes like an Irish whiskey on the exhale, minus the burn. Very odd, and I am thinking that the high portion of rye malt probably carries those whiskey-ish notes. Doesn't taste very similar to the aroma though, which is disappointing since I was hoping it would match the amazing aroma.

Excellent, perfect carbonation. Full-bodied. Sticky, resinous hops. Smooth, no burn. Pretty fricking good...

Oh, man I wish that this beer was a little cleaned up in the flavor. The rye gives it a spiciness, the hops are packed in there and very dank. Really liked this beer and would put this at #2 for American Black Ale's for me.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark black in color but you can still see just a slight bit of light gets through when held up to a light. Brussels lacing. A thin layer of khaki colored foam covers the top, perhaps not quite a quarter of an inch. Aroma of rye and pine like hops is very prevalent and beckons for a sip. The flavor is initially very bitter from the pine like Northwest hops, but then quickly segues into the spicy, earthy rye flavor. The mouth is silky and deceptively smooth.

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Photo of hctap00
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Thick tan head lingers and sticks to the glass. Very nice.

Piney and herbal hops up front. A bit of alcohol. Then some malt sweetness and maybe even from fruity esters. No, definitely some dark fruit aroma as it warms.

Keeps improving as it warms beyond what I thought would be ideal temp. Hops hit the palate first. Very refreshing. Herbal and piney again. Malt lets you know its a "black" IPA, but is not too much of a factor. Not much roasted malt. A bit of sweetness through the middle. Then I get fruity flavors, maybe fig? Could use a more prevalent and complex malt bill. Then the hops return, carry through the finish, and linger. Still getting the esters in the finish as well, maybe too much.

Very creamy. Maybe from the rye? Can feel it lining the insides of my mouth still.

My initial disappointment quickly turned into satisfaction. Exactly what I was hoping for from this beer. More subtle than a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, which is a good thing. Recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is an amazing blend of pine and roasted malt. Great depth.
The taste is big on the pine bitterness accompanied by the malt sweetness. The finish is a dry bitterness. Really great.
The texture is smooth, yet crisp with moderate carbonation.
An impressive drink.

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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 plaid75
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a black amber streaked hue with a one finger off white head.

The smell featured piney hops and toasted malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted malt that have way to waves of piney malts and finished with a soft caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and exceptionally toasty black IPA.

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Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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

A: Black with reddish tint with 2 finger foam

S: Floral hops, citrous, caramel malt, quite nice!

T: Follows the nose. It's hoppy but not overly hoppy. Some dark fruit notes. Very well balanced with malt backbone. Rye doesn't come through super strong but it's present.

M: Good amount of carbonation, creamy and smooth.

O: Another excellent beer from FW.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve Series snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a very dark brown with a two finger fluffy beige head. Significant splotchy lacing as the head recedes. Some roastiness and chocolate on the nose in addition to orange peel and some grapefruit notes. Dark chocolate covered orange, citrus and mild roasty notes, finishes dry with some white pepper spice and mild alcohol. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation, and a slick and creamy mouthfeel. The addition of rye adds a bit of spice that adds to Wookey Jack's complexity. Certainly one of the better Black IPA's/American Black Ales available.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby-brown coloring with a thin, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of rich, sugary caramel, with a smokey highlight and a tangy, resiny presence. Smells interesting and tasty. Flavors are a darker and heavier roasted sweetness in the backbone, with some plum and date characteristics blending with a roasted coffee bitterness. The hops bitterness then chimes in, with resiny and floral components. Very dark and well blended, presenting with a meatier and smoother feel than most Ryes. Smooth aftertaste of roasted grain and mildly bitter hops. Clean, slightly sweet lingering finish. The beer is easy to drink, and the hops flavors build a bit while you make your way through multiple servings, but overall it avoids being overpowering. Very tasty.

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

Nice Black Ale...Could be considered an IPA as well. Pours from a 22 oz bottle as a dark brown/black color with a little light getting through at the bottom of the pint glass. Big light tan head with good retention and goo size rings of lacing.

Good strong aroma of piney and citrus hops as well as some roasted malts.

Tastes very good. First up: Mostly citrus hops up front with some roasted malt/piney hops. As the beer warms, the maltiness becomes more prominent and there is a hint of chocolate as well. The shift in flavor is more to the Black ALe style I am used to, but I will never turn down heavy-duty hoppiness either.

Mouthfeel is crisp. The hops bitterness is just right, so is the carbonation which produces a nice head. This is a fairly strong beer, but the alcohol does not interfere with the flavor or feel.

Overall, very good. A nice hoppy Black Ale, well crafted.

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

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- They don't call it Black Ipa for nothing..it's dark. You can call it rick coffee brown and I can't argue, but it is dark and opaque. A solid 2-finger head that trims to a mocha colored film, nice lacing.

S- Just like a walk in the woods on a summer morning in NJ...fresh grass and pine sap. As this brew warms, the malt comes out, a little sweet and mocha. Oh, citrus, too.

T- It's hoppy, orange citrus and pine, and the rye malt balances the other sweet malt with a nice dry note. It tastes like it should. The alcohol is a bit heavy.

M- Rock solid, thick and creamy, with a bitter hop finish. The carbonation tingles as the flavor lingers.

O- After drinking many of this brew, I review as I enjoy. Rarely is my beer fridge w/o a bottle of Wookey Jack, a solid Black IPA.

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Photo of vic21234
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date. FW just started distributing this one in the Chicago area.

A- Pours very cola-like. Dark but some light can be seen through the bottom part of the glass. A half finger of off-white head quickly fades to some froth along the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus is the most notable aroma for me, including some mango and grapefruit. I also get some sweet malt characters.

T- Inital taste is of grapefruit and just an overall citrusy hop bitterness. Then comes the dark malts. I kind of get a hint of chocolate too. Interesting stuff.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter yet smooth, alcohol is noticeable but an easy drinking beer.

Wookey Jack is good stuff, and definitely one to try if your into IPAs or Black Ales. I personally prefer its lighter cousin Double Jack, but this is a fine beer.

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