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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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636 Reviews
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Reviews: 636
Hads: 4,330
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 309
Gots: 839 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 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 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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 metter98
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to being jet black) in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that hardly died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of spices (either from the hops or rye) and some hints of orange citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of spices, which linger though the finish. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Although this is a Black Ale, there are only some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bitterness leaves your mouth very dry.
O: While this beer is dark, it seems to taste more like an spicy IPA with rye because the roasted flavors are not that prominent. Nonetheless, it is rather easy to drink.

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Photo of obywan59
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/2/14

Pours near black with ruby highlights. and a 2 1/2 finger tannish head. that leaves copious lacing.

Aroma of coffee and milk chocolate with dried fruit, ripe citrus and peppery rye.

Coffee more than chocolate in the taste . The roast is more apparent here as well, it's rather smokey. Sweet roast malt and tart citric hops.

Medium to medium full in body. Syrupy and moderately crisp. Slightly warming and somewhat drying.

Another excellent offering from FW. Rich and creamy. Full of flavor and aroma.

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Photo of t420o
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FW Wookey Jack

A- pour produces a 2 finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Beer is very dark brown in color 4

S- citrusy and piney hop scent followed by the rye and chocolate malt. 4

T- i really like this black ipa a lot. The hops are strong enough to withstand the rich rye and chocolate malt. 4

M- very smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. FW usually has the mouthfeel down very well. 4.5

O- a very enjoyable beer. At $5.99 I got 6 of them which I wouldn't do with many other black ipa's. Very well done beer. 4.5


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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "01/02/15 19:24") poured into 9 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark cola brown with dense, bubbly tan head.

Smell: Pine, citrus zest, earth, rye spice and roasted malt.

Taste: Dark, roasted malt, rye pepperiness, citrus and light, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very well integrated rye, black malt and hops, surprisingly drinkable.

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

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a nice light tan colored head.

Aromas are pine like, with some earthiness, resin, and dark roasted malts.

Taste is smooth, subtle, and well balanced. Roasted malts, light cocoa and subtle sweetness. Finish is crisp, earthy, resiny, with some nice pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.

Overall a very fine example of the style.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass
L: Very dark, with hints of reddish brown. Small head, little lacing
S: Very citrusy for me. Some piney notes but lots of fresh citrus on the nose. Hints of sweetness as well
T: Hoppy, definately an IPA, but surprisingly well balanced. The hops impart pine as well as citrus flavors. They make their presence known without being too assertive, which I appreciate. Also a bit of that roasty malt on the finish.
F: Smooth, but definately a bit dry. Sort of pulls the moisture out of your mouth. Goes back easy though
O: Great beer. Love how the hops are balanced in this one. Definately would recommend.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle dated 10/08/2014. Poured into a stemless glass 12/13/2014.

A- Dark cola body. Beautiful thick mocha head, about two fingers in height. Long retention time, eventually drops into a thick collar and moderately thick film, very easy to regenerate this with a few swirls of the glass. Looks volatile and nicely carbonated. Lots of lacing, like brown cumulus clouds.

S- Rich hop resins making for a floral and pine potpourri with possibly a bit of citrus (tangerines come to mind) on a background of mild roasted grain and a bit of milk chocolate. The hops are very forward here.

F- This does the hybrid blend of styles very nicely. Nice roast flavours, caramel and milk chocolate richness blend in well with a strong hop flavour- tangerines, oranges, floral notes with a bit of pine on the back end. It all comes together nicely in a way that doesn't lean too much towards either the porter or IPA style.

M- Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. Fairly bitter, as expected. Finish is milk chocolate sweetness mixed in with citrus bitterness.

O- Very nice Black IPA. I'm not a huge fan of the style of beer in general, but so far this one has done what I feel is a good representation of the style as a discrete entity.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey teku.

A- pours black with a 2" tan head. Thick trails and latches of lacing cover the glass.

S- chocolate, light roast, spice, good amount of pine.

T- semi sweet chocolate, some light roasted malts, mint from the pine/chocolate combo, and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice smooth feel with light acidity at the finish.

O- very good black ipa. Great balance of chocolate, roast and pine.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pitch Black color. Big, course head. Milkshake like stickage.

Smell - Fresh roasted coffee. Malt. Hops. Alcohol.

Taste - Big, toasty malt. Bittersweet chocolate. Black licorice. Alcohol. Hoppy finish.

Mouth - Oily. Buttery. Good carbonation.

Overall - If you believe that some is good and more is better, you're going to love this beer. Firestone tells us that Wookey Jack is a Black Rye IPA. I would have guessed a hoppy California Porter. Regardless, this is one big, tasty ale.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.