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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a cola brown w/ a towering mocha head, great retention, sticky lacing.

Aroma is mostly citrusy grapefruit and cool pine. Just a clean pure blast of hoppy goodness.

Taste is a unique combination of piney, citrusy hops; a medium roastiness from the dark malt and a peppery spice from the rye; and a hint of warming alcohol. A high note of honey sweetness in there too, not sure of the source. A great balance among diverse elements that all work in concert.

Mouthfeel is also just right. Balanced, clean, w/ a bitter, semi-dry finish. Carbonation gives it a good smoothness.

Again, FW puts out a top-notch, world-class American beer.

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

Appearance- Pour into a tulip reveals substantial head that looks like it isn't going away that quickly. There are very large bubbles in a nice light beige foam. The body itself is dark, dark, dark. Maybe some brown, some garnet at the bottom when held up to the light. Of course, there's a lot of lacing with this one. There's a nice stout surge when it's poured.

Nose- The aroma on this is terrific. It charges at you as an aromatic blend of mostly pine, some soapiness with hints of spice. I have been skeptical of the black IPA, but I'm enjoying the black rye IPAs. There is some citrus but pine is the predominant aspect.

Taste- This begins with a light sweetness that evolves into caramel malt spiced by rye, oak, and wood. There are hints of lemon that play around that also. However, this is more than the sum of its parts. There is a slight alcohol that informs the mouth but more than that, this is a well integrated beer. It's IPA characteristics are muted just enough to justify a different style. If it were an IPA with some rye sprinkled in, it would be boring to bad. This beer however achieves balance between two different beer styles to make a very nice beer. It's maltier than I like a beer to usually be but it provides a much needed backbone.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with some creaminess and syrupiness. It maybe could be carbonated more and the alcohol is apparent but faint.

Drinkability- At 6.49 (which might be higher than some places), this is a steal. This is a top 250 beer and it shows it. Take into account that this is a bomber with 8.3% ABV and you've got three quality beers for about 2 bucks a pop. Very tasty. Complex enough to keep your palate interested, simple enough not to be over powering.

Overall- Really good. A-. It could be an A but it is closer to an A-. Especially in the Firestone Walker galaxy, which is filled with stars.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Holland glass. Appearance is jet black with brown at the edges. Tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. The nose features lots of rye up front followed by subtle bitter chocolate and a nice bouquet of herbal hops. The rye is king here, very forward and present with notes of caramel hanging underneath. The taste matches the nose well with more of a roasty emphasis. The hops are also more present on the flavor as well as there is quite a bitter punch to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy somewhat hefty body. Overall, this is one of the best American Black Ales I have experienced. The rye works really well with the whole profile. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Notes of grapefruit, mango, papaya, resin, and fresh cut grass are countered by roasty, chocolatey malt in the aroma. Fruity hops dominate. Flavor is citrusy initially, with grassy and earthy undertones, becoming roasty mid palate, which carries into a dark chocolate and coffee grounds bitterness in the finish. Again, flavoring hops, especially grapefruit, dominate, but the roast bitterness adds an interesting contrast. Excellent beer, especially for 6 bucks a bomber. Notes of fresh cut grass and pine serve in the aftertaste for even more hop character.

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

CDA's are far from my favorite style, I think they are somewhat of a bastard step-child, the roast doesn't generally play well with the high hops most brewers use to make them. Keep that in mind as you read this review.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly transparent black with just under an inch of dark tan head that had good retention and OK lacing (would have liked a bit more). The aromas were very good, earthy grains, sharp Rye and piney hops. All the scents came together very nicely and made a wonderful total. On the tongue, the story was very similar, the pine hops had a bit more of a presence, there was just the fainest hint of roast and the Rye had a crisp, dry finish.

The body was just a touch fuller than is typical for the style and the beer benefited greatly. Drinkability was excellent, I finished the 22 and found myself wanting another. Overall, an excellent brew. Easily the best CDA I've yet had. This is a must try beer, but make sure you buy a couple bottles, you ARE going to want them.

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

Pours out like a cola with a full finger light tan collar. Big tropical hops from this one....pineapple nose and flavors...as opposed to a piney variety. There's a little roastiness in the nose and aftertaste too but that's an artifact of the process to achieve the color...(dark but translucent). I don't get the classic grainy character of a rye ale...until the end. Overall...the entire experience is on the 'lighter side'..with a hint of rye grain..another example that color is not the cover to judge this book...or something like that. It finishes pretty clean...a tad dry, with a fairly intense grassiness that lingers nicely. At 8.3%...it'll sneak up on you. REALLY nice drinker...especially if you're a hophead.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#600! Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Darren.

A: A deep brownish black with a tan one finger head that lingers. Decent lacing.

S: Piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, a hint of chocolate.

T: Deelishous. Warming, toasty. Chocolate malts mingle with piney hops. Low bitterness. So smooth and creamy.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: If Chewbacca could speak English, he'd toast this Wookie Jack for days. A damn fine brew with killer balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/20/12

Pours a scarlet tinged mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Eoic lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness & grapefruit, not as assertive I would've hoped

T: Follows the nose, plus roastyness up front & little bit baker's chocolate as well. Roasty bitterness & grapefruit as this warms, then pineyness kicks in & grapefruit acidity. Finishes roasty with mucho grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, good balance for the style, a bit of warming booze

This is good but not upper ecehelon, give me a Stone's itteration on this style any day, but pretty nice & very drinkable; the abv is well disguised. Will try this again if I can find a super fresh bottle. Had this on tap & this compares favorably to that if memory serves me...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Pours a dark amber brown with a white head. A fair amount of lace is left behind.

SMELL: Dark malts, pine, citrus. Black coffee, herb.

TASTE: The taste is somewhat charred and roasted, but has dark fruits as well as the typical citrus notes. Underneath the hop bitterness is a spicy rye base that adds good depth to the flavor. In the finish, earthy hops which are more than welcome.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated brew. The hops dry out the palate slightly.

OVERALL: A great benchmark for the Black Ale/IPA category. A big bad beast of a beer but has so much integrity you simply can't deny it. This beer reminds me of myself in some ways.

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Photo of abuono
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never been a huge fan of black IPAs. However, the rye definitely smooths out the astringency of the dark malt in wookey and makes this a *gasp* refreshing *gasp* beer. Would even pop one on a hot summer day. Two thumbs upwards.
- had on tap at Big Sur Taphouse in Big Sur, CA

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Photo of Jnashed
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A: black pour with lots of head. Good retention and lacing . Head is white/ brown.

S: slight burnt notes, lots of citrus hops though in addition. Earthy tones also. Sweet fragrant hops not dank

T: like it a lot. Hops up front. Certainly an IPA with plenty of flavor. Complex though with burnt char slight acrid taste. Lots of fruity overtones also. Slight chocolate and molasses.

M: full slight chewy tone. A good amount of carbonation. Not stout like at all. Again it's an IPA thru and thru.

O: excellent brew. Many different favors that work together. Better than mist regular IPA or DIPA. Rye comes through in a way similar to Sucks but that burnt taste really caps it off.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 10/16/15. Pours black as a starless night with dark ruby edges. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of rich citrus (tangerine, pineapple, orange) over a slightly sweet malt base with a strong caramel note and a subtle rye spiciness. Underneath the fruity esters a dark malt presence lurks, but never makes it to the forefront.

Light medium body with a rich smoothness that is slightly oily at times and has a bit of creaminess in the finish. World class carbonation with a strong effervescent middle and a roiling finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding, but falls short of world class due to the failure to completely cover the alcohol. Slightly sweet fruits lead and flow into a caramel based sweetness prior to the middle. The middle brings a moderate bitterness that is rind in nature (orange, not grapefruit). Dark malts arrive with more of a char rather than roast character along with a mild rye flavor and even more subtle spiciness. As the bitterness subsides, caramel makes its strongest influence and, unfortunately, so does the grain alcohol flavor and slight astringency. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a slow fade of alcohol, char, caramel and rye .

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Photo of RossiDaMan
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. Nice dark chocolate color and a 2 finger head with staying power and minimal lacing. Taste was surprisingly smooth considering the 8.3 ABV. I'm not a big fan of smokiness but felt they hit it just right. Not too bitter of a bite so I came back for more quickly and polished the bomber off in 20-25 mins. Purchased at Costco for $5.99 and well worth it.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.