Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 607
Hads: 4,224
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
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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 Viciousknishs
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- perfect looking beer. Deep brown almost black with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Two and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Superb head retention with plenty of sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Not the most aromatic beer but solid and layered none the less. hops and malt play off each other beautifully in the nose. Piney spicy woody hops combine with rye spice and light roasted malt tones. Some citrus and dark chocolate notes come out as well.

T- woody piney hops with a distinct rye spiciness on the front end. Roasted malt and big chocolate character blends in with notes of citrus peel from the hops. Aggressively bitter on the back end with a roasty mocha finish that lingers with leafy hops for an eternity!

MF- creamy slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Perfect carb for this kind of beer.

D- great drinkability

Overall an excellent black IPA (894 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown color with a big puffy toasted khaki colored head that slowly dissipated into a puffy cap. Left a wall of lacing.

The aroma is of a nice citrus hop, plenty of grapefruit. Some light pine in the aroma as well. I find that the hops overpower the malt in the aroma as I really don't pick up much.

Definitely more of a mix in the flavor. The malt is fairly substantial but very smooth, not much bitterness from the malt, which is a big plus for me for this style. The malt mostly has a big bready flavor, some toasted pumpernickle and a peppery spice from the rye. The hop profile is mostly grapefruit with some pine. A bit of resin but not overly bitter at all. Some rusty notes in the end.

The feel is moderate to full with soft carbonation. Extremely smooth for the style. Usually black IPA's crush you with both roasted malt and hop bitterness. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Probably the best black IPA that I have had. Not a huge fan of the style but the flavor and feel was so smooth. (1,015 characters)

Photo of ElderBeagle
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: super dark mahogany, good 1.5 finger tan head

S: very roasty, coffee, burnt sugar, slightly smokey.

T: very complex flavor in this beer. Big roasted malt flavor, smoke, and even a bit of wood (oak?). Also a hint of sweet caramel and then I taste the hop bite near the end of the tongue.

M: full body for this guy and good amount of carbonation. But surprisingly smooth.

O: this is a great beer overall. Big complex flavor profile but not aggressive, still easy to drink. The only knock for me is the smokey flavor as I am not a fan of smokey beers. But otherwise I was glad I tried this, good big complex brew. (619 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with a huge light chocolate head.

S: Big tropical hop nose, some rye malt. I recognize the hop profile from FW's other hoppy beers.

T: Hops dominate. Bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple, rye, a bit of roasted malt, light chocolate.

M: Velvety smooth and chewy. Really great.

O: A really smooth and tasty black IPA. (366 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(served in a 12oz, thick-glassed chalice)

A: tight, silky, frothy foam... smooth, glistening sheen... fades nice and slow, retaining a solid cap till the end... the liquid is a dark brown, not unlike lightly watered-down coffee... rather clear... fantastic, connecting bands of lace

S: pine air freshener... rose petals and mellow rubbing alcohol... moderate toffee notes poking through... nothing really fruity, but robustly hops screaming all the same

T: punchy, fresh-cut-grass-clippings-bitter/flavor... bittersweet chocolate with roasty edges... pine forest... lasting hop bitterness, phenol and medicinal alcohol... very tasty toffee-ish thread - nice counterpoint to the hops, as it somehow cuts through in the finish, but lacks the staying power to give the aftertaste a top-to-bottom completeness

M: up front flash of roundness from caramel malts, but rapidly drops off bone dry

O: seems to divide opinion... it mirrors many of the same characteristics as a few other marquee examples of the style I've tried (Yakima Glory, for one)... I suppose what makes this stand out is how delicate and drop-off dry it becomes merely halfway through each sip - maybe a little too... kinda like the PtE of ABAs? (1,214 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark mahogany color with a toffee colored thick head. The lacing ring is unusually robust and creamy.

S - Herbal with toasted chocolate, and the citrus appears but struggles to rise above, spicy rye dankness is evident.

T - Taste is balanced and is better than the aroma. The blend between the rye spice, toasted chocolate, and citrus balances out nicely with one not overpowering the other; the flavors all play very well together. There's a nice lingering spicy pine and bitter citrus finish that cleans off most of the malt left on the palette (besides some bitter chocolate which lays very, very low).

M - Medium body with moderately mild prickliness to add nice texture. The malt is a little sticky on the lips.

O - I'm no fan of Black IPA's, Black Rye IPA's, Rye-PA's, etc, etc, ... I pretty much can live without these beers because they confuse my palette too much and I almost never enjoy them. In this particular case, Firestone Walker has done a superb job of blending everything and I have to say I would buy more of this beer. It's drinking very well right now and is not one I would let sit in the bottle too long. If my choice would boil down to a Black/Black Rye IPA and a regular IPA of similar hoppiness, I'll pick the regular IPA almost EVERY time and this is a rare exception that peaks my interest. Worth a try but get it now before the hops start to fade unless you prefer otherwise. (1,420 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a rich, deep brown with a wonderful two finger khaki head that slumps down to leave lots of sticky, thick side lacing as it remains a finger thick.

S - Aromas of roasted malts and light pine pop on this one. I'd like it a bit roastier.

T - Taste is nice, a fair amount roastier than the nose. That said, I'd like more roasted malts on this. There are faint chocolate notes, as well as a decent pine flavour throughout and a finish that isnt too bitter. The rye comes into play, fleating in and out with nice subtle spice.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Slightly creamy, no ABV at all. Smooth and delicious.

O - Overall this was a rather enjoyable Black ale. great appearance and mouthfeel really is what makes this go from a "not bad" to a "would buy again". (837 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with a tan full head that leaves nice sticky lace. Skim retention.

Malt aroma is not toasty or smoky, or even a bit spicy. Some resinous hop notes, and malt. Nice.

Nice firm hop presence up front. Immediately bitter, with some charred notes and a spicy bitter bite as the palate clears. The dark roasted malt has no sweetness, or if it does the hops just crush it. Spicy rye gives this some nice balance.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Nice brew from this brewer. This is a style that is tough to do right. They hit this just right, and are hop-strong. The off-balance here is actually appropriate and works well. Not overly boozy, and no off flavors. Well structured beer. (696 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new brew for me don't mind these guys but usually only see the small bottles and even though its not barrel aged ill take it and pours a solid dark brown with the creamiest three finger head that settles in for the long haul and ain't going nowhere with off white lacing everywhere this beautiful looking head touches on looks it looks very approachable,the smell is strong piney hops and I mean strong they really dominate with an underlining of black peppercorns,sour lollies and passionfruit,the mouthfeel is just under full bodied,moderately carbonated and addictive with a beautiful harmony of those strong piney hops encountered on smell layered with a sweet molasses maltiness,sherbet and finished with a calming passionfruit bittersweetness and when I say calming it just really levels out the bitterness you anticipate on finish from this hop bomb and overall what a treat such a nice balance not seen enough these days and just reminds me of how tasty this style can be also great endorsement for the dark side as I know ill be back cheers. (1,058 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle at home from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.60):
Quite a strong tasting beer that hit the spot with a good combination of pine & tropical fruits early on that was balanced out well thanks to the darker malts & some sweetness. Despite the strength, the beer was quite an easy one to drink & I worked my way through it quicker than I probably should have; an excellent beer & one I'll be on the look out for again. (424 characters)

Photo of 303beer
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark tan to coffee colored head. Almost black beer but still smells like an Ipa. Ahh now that is a good beer. Nice hop to it. Earthy to my taste buds. (158 characters)

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

On tap at Capone's last night as part of the FW Philly Beer Week event.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The aroma profile is just great in this beer, as I pick up considerable dry citrus, dank earth, wet tobacco and pepper. This beer just reeks of hoppy goodness. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but it is not quite as intense. I also pick up some coffee grounds in the flavor profile, something I didn't get on the nose. Mouthfeel is great in this beer. The beer is medium bodied to full, but has a refreshing crispness and bitterness on the finish that I really like. Drinkability is excellent in this beer, and it was all I could do to keep from just gulping it down.

I'm generally not a huge fan of the black IPA (or cascadian dark) style, but this is pretty excellent. Hopefully we'll see this down in Baltimore at some point, as I'd love to be able to order this from time to time. (940 characters)

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

22oz bottle enjoyed on 5.7.12.
Bottled on date was a no show.

A - Pours a medium to light brown with a big medium tan head with good foamy retention.

S - Very piney and hoppy is all I got it.

T - The Pine hits first and then is followed by a roasted malt finish.

D - Great carbonation with a medium body.

O - A roasted hoppy delight. (338 characters)

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

Bottle to rock art pint glass

A:very dark brown could be black when not up to the light it is completely opaque it has a small tan head that leaves a thick heavy lacing around the top of the glass. Pretty much what I want to see from a black ipa without being unreal

S: pretty hoppy upfront lots of resiny piney hop aromas there are definitely some notes of rye an dark malts but they are definitely in the background as the hops are pretty dominant even as the beer starts to warm the hop smell remains strong though fades a little

T: follows the nose and it is very hoppy up front an has a big hop bitterness and resin up front, but once that fades there is a significant dark malt presence it has a sweetness to it but the is also there with a fairly heavy presence of the rye mixed in with the malt that almost overpowers the bitterness of the hops in the finish but does not completely overtake the flavor. Though I would not describe it as well balanced.

M: it goes down pretty smooth the hops do leave a somewhat resinous feel to it but that does not necessarily last as it would with a standard hoppy ipa. It is thin and pretty light considering the abv which is not really noticeable at all as this beer is pretty drinkable.

O:This is definitely one of the best black ipa's I've had the rye definitely helps this beer stand out as difference but I am happy to say I liked this after being somewhat underwhelming by union and double jack. I highly recommend this beer a quality offering from firestone walker (1,521 characters)

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 (592 characters)

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. (335 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bomber (dated March 15, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-This is a good looking beer. The tan head is tall at two-plus fingers, pillowy, and slow to fade. A nice curtain of lace is left behind on the glass, too. The brew is nearly black and mostly opaque.

S-I detect a fair amount of spice and some herbal notes, but also a lot of citrus fruit like orange, grapefruit, and lemon. There is a little hint of cocoa and chocolate, but don't go looking for heavy malt influence because it isn't here.

T-The taste is more spicy, dank, and bitter than the smell. I lose a lot of the citrus. There is also more cocoa/chocolate from the malts and just a hint of dark-roasted bitterness. Alcohol is mostly concealed.

M-The feel is medium bodied with a fine carbonation that gives a soft bite, but mostly lays low.

O-I never know what to expect from black IPAs, but this was a good one for the sort-of spicy meal I had. Anyway, this good-looking brew leans heavily toward the hop end of things and fans of rye spice should enjoy. On the other hand, if you like a little more chocolate/malty flavor in your black ale, you might be better served elsewhere. Final note, for an ABV of 8.3% the alcohol remains well hidden. (1,221 characters)

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 (531 characters)

Photo of rjs246
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had a bunch of black ipas (meh) and a bunch of rye ipas (slightly above meh) and none of them have come close to this. It smelled great and tasted great with all of the malt character and rye spice you expect from the style balanced perfectly with tons of hops. So damned good. (282 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, pine resins, some citrus, light grapefruit and a touch of spicy rye.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has roasted malts, chocolate, faint coffee, bitter pine resins, citrus/grapefruit and rye malts on the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle (630 characters)

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.

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 WSGosset
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This is a good looking beer. It is deep black, but not quite opaque. Pours with a tight one-finger head, not to mention nice lacing. Good retention.
S: Hoppy with a hint of bitter chocolate.
T: Nice balance between hops and malt, but you can definitely tell it is an IPA. As the beer warms it smooths out quite a bit, with the malt character coming to the front and the hops becoming more apparent as part of the aftertaste.
M: Smooth, medium weight.
O: I'm really impressed both by the overall balance of this beer, as well as by the way in which the taste evolves over the course of a pint. (596 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark copper brown. Ok lacing and very little foam.

Smell: Fruity rye, fairly rye-whiskey-like. Also very peppery.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The most licorice I've ever had in a beer, followed by plums. I like this a lot better in hindsight, making me want it again. Feels a bit thin and doesn't hold up to the flavor and smell.

Overall Drinkabiity: Another great example of a great style. (399 characters)

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

Served in a pint glass for $6.50
Sampled 20AUG12

[A] Arrives with a solid 1 1/2 finger head, medium light brown in color, creamy/foamy and tightly compacted. Retention is fantastic. Lacing is well above average. The body is very dark brown.

[S] Sweet, juicy tropical hop aromas rush the nose initially with a dank, piney resinous underlying. Spicy rye is strong and provides a nice counter to the fruitiness, but also a nice compliment to the mild dark, roasty malt character underneath.

[T] Rye is a little more forward on the palate than it was on the nose. I had this beer about a month ago when it first debuted in PA - and the flavor was a 4.5 easily. A couple weeks later, just a small drop off. [Note: A month and a half later even - AND out of the bottle - and Wookey Jack is still a great beer. Transformed, sure, but still highly enjoyable.]

[M] Body is medium to medium full. Smooth across the front with a sharp carbonation from midpalate on, providing a pleasant bite. Spicy rye aids in drying out the finish. ABV is MIA.

[O] I'm generally not keen on black IPAs but this one stands out. The fact that you can close your eyes, smell, and barely tell this beer is black in color puts it in the front of its field. (1,231 characters)

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. (651 characters)

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.