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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,116
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 169
Gots: 271 | FT: 10
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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Photo of McStagger


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black IPA is a bit of misnomer, no?

A: Decadent espresso brown. Two finger mocha brown head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is excellent. Hard to gauge carbonation due to extremely dark, murky nature of the beer. Looks like a damn porter.

S: Does not smell like a damn porter, that's for sure. Actually, it does have some characteristics. Roasted notes, bit of toffee and mocha. The hops are less citric or pine and quite a bit more stone fruit and tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, also bits of stone fruit. Fairly strange combination of scents, but it works.

T: Slam of hop bitterness integrates beautifully into coffee bitterness throughout the mid palate. The rustic aspect of the rye really accentuates the coffee notes. This bitterness extends into the finish, with some serious fruit flexing through on the end. Extremely fruity essence on the end, with stone fruit becoming much more dominant. Almost like fresh peach. This subsides and you're left with that lingering coffee bitterness. The oily hop bitterness again plays very well with the coffee.

M: Soft, without being cloying. Full bodied without being unctuous. Very balanced, with the carbonation standing up just enough to the fairly weighty malt and hop bill. No alcohol detected.

O: Amazing beer, pure and simple. I feel lucky to live so close to this amazing brewery. While some of their beers are uninspired (looking at you, 805), Firestone proves time and time again that they are simply one of the best breweries in the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 07:10:46 | More by McStagger
Photo of hitter114


4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mmmm... Wookey

It has taken maybe a case of this to review it, but this time, poured from 22 into gulden draak tulip

A: Jet black, some mahogany, with thin white head nice lacing
S: Smells like hops, farm hops
T: Dank Hops up front, rye, malts and a little roast finish, very nice complex layering of flavors from a hybrid style
M: IPA Style mouth feel with a little roast on the roof of the mouth that lingers

O: A great beer that mixes a few beer styles. It almost takes the character of a hoppy porter at times, then at others a black ipa. Very nice, FSW

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 06:39:27 | More by hitter114
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: 1/2" mocha head over black liquid.

S: Citrus, limes, apricots and mandarin oranges.

T: Black malt, rye, chocolate, limes, mandarin oranges and apricot.

M: Quite dry with medium to thick viscosity and carbonation.

O: A beautiful beer in a style I don't normally like.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:43:33 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of Spikester


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with almost three fingers of foamy tan head. Spotty lacings.
Smell is really pungent pine resins.
Taste is likewise big piney hops with just enough malts to qualify as an IPA.
A bit of orange and grapefruit zest. Some roasted malts help fend off the pine resin assault.
Mouthfeel was exceptional with just right carbonation. Medium bodied.
Overall a big black IPA. Finish was big bitter and dry.
You must try this!
Bottled on date 7/14/2013.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 06:22:33 | More by Spikester
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A - Black with a hint of ruby around the edges. 2 fingers of khaki head that lingers for a while.

S - Huge aroma of grapefuit and piney hops. A mild sweetness follows, a sort of roasted caramel.

T - Really great complexity in this. Grapefruit, piney resiny hops, roasted caramel malt, big bitterness, maybe a hint of pineapple. However, it is all perfectly balanced and the sweetness really balances the bitterness and hides the alcohol well.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. It's creamy yet the carbonation pops enough to make the flavors stand out.

O - A really fantastic beer from FW. Huge complexity of aroma and flavor, nothing overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 23:43:00 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of HattedClassic


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a foamy head head that is a milk chocolate brown that leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself appears to be a jet black but under further inspection is actually a very dark brown. The beer smell is a mix between the hops, rye, and malt. The rye is the strongest of the three and is bolstered by the hops. The malts give a hint of roastness to the smell but is very small. The beer taste is pretty good with a nice balance between the rye spice, malt, and hops. The hops have a bitter citrus taste while the malts provide a nice roasted flavor to the mix. After the beer warms up a bit, the beer also has a slight caramel flavor. The rye spice mixes very well and its funk compliments the hops but does not overcome it. The mouthfeel is interesting. The beer is medium-bodied and thicker than an average IPA. The feel is slightly creamy. Biting carbonation. Overall, this is a great Rye IPA and worth getting. I can certainly see why it's high on most people's list.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:57:22 | More by HattedClassic
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color- Thick black coffee. Medium head tinted light mocha foam.

Aroma- nice roasty IPA.

Taste- Shared this bottle with two friends, and we all at first blush said it reminded us of a roastier, deeper, more complex version of Arrogant Bastard (this analogy is only our starting point). Starts hoppy with a roasty rye malt, then quickly moves into an excellent balance of hops, and finishes with a perfect lingering semi-bitter hop note. A truly excellent brew combining the best of rye and IPA. 80 IBUs

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/23/2014.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 20:38:25 | More by utfiero
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with ruby red highlights and a coffee colored head - very good lacing and great retention.

Big citrus notes in the nose - grapefruit & orange, backed by a nice floral bouquet and some cranberry.

Sweet orange and ruby red grapefruit up front balanced by bitter herb & grapefruit in the back. It all hangs on a heavy malt backbone with barley wine notes. As it warms dark fruit notes can be detected - currants.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:06:41 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of BastardKing24


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap before and it was THE BOMB. very good beer regardless of its style.

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice sized head that lasts a while. Some pretty big bubbles stay afloat along with nice lacing.

Smell is inviting as hell. Huge billowing hop essence with pine, grapefruit, orange, and roasted malt.

Taste is unique, more so than sublimely self righteous. First thing is a roasty quality like a stout, then a piney citric hop flavor that holds its own well through the taste. It's a combination of a dark ale and a double IPA in one. I love this beer its so in your face, yet also balanced as hell.

Feel is right spot on, just the right amount of bubbles with a slick feel to it that lends a nice flavor package.

This is a must try beer, I will be buying this more often now that I think of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:38:40 | More by BastardKing24
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A Stout black pour with about a ring of brown head. Hardly any retention or lacing.3.5

S The hops on this are impressive, much more so than a typical black IPA. Very citrusy and lemony, without that roastiness from black IPA I expect. It really smells like an ipa, which I like. 4.5

T the taste continues this theme. It tastes like an IPA, but it's black. Very slight roast character at the back end. It's very fruity and slightly piney. First time I've had a black ipa that is mostly ipa and I like it. 4.5

MF Medium body with a medium carbonation. Very drinkable. The roast and hop combination is very nice. 4.5

Pairing: Again, cheese. The cheese here is basically non existent. As my friend said its basically just texture. The pickled strawberry was wonderful. 4

O My favorite black IPa I've had so far. Really inpressed. FW IPAs seem to be top notch in every way. 5

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 01:48:03 | More by russwbeck
Photo of Atlas1


4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of Wookey Jack from the local Central Market on the advice of a friend, and was not disappointed.

Poured into a snifter, the Wookey Jack is a nice dark brown color, with a faint mahogany hue at the edges when held up to the light. Light brown head with decent lace. The nose jumps right out at you from the get-go. Big and hoppy with lots of pine and some fruity notes. Faint vanilla and fig. Really nice. The taste is bold as well - sweet up front with lots of smooth hops and a dense smokiness in the finish that I wasn't expecting. Dark fruit with some pepper too. Mouthfeel is firm and crisp.

This is a solid beer. A bit mysterious, even. I feel there are several layers of this beer that I haven't yet tapped into, but will reveal themselves to me as I make my way through the bottle. This is a great beer for a cool fall evening on its own, but would also make a great partner for a nice blue cheese or beef stew. Might go great with fried chicken as well. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:03:18 | More by Atlas1
Photo of denver10


4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a khaki head. An aroma filled with the smell of the woods and pine trees, some rye, and chocolate. A very smooth flavor or pine, chocolate, rye. A nice full, creamy mouthfeel. Overall. not a Black IPA fan at all but I love this one. The balance and smoothness to this was very impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 05:55:36 | More by denver10
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 34oz mug; jet black with a huge thick fluffy tan head that sticks around forever and leaves tons of awesome lacing. Looks awesome, and as a member of one of my favorite styles, I'm excited. Smell is piney hops, some rye, and slight chocolate/coffee from the darker malts. Taste is just awesome...smooth chocolatey malts with a perfect amount of piney hop bitterness and rye spiciness. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth...this is a nearly perfect beer. Alcohol is hidden entirely for 8.5%.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:26:44 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of GilGarp


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 22:32:46 | More by GilGarp
Photo of C20Percent


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: First thing first -- maybe the bubbliest head I've seen on a brew. Big and bubbly and tan. The body pours a dark dark brown -- almost black color. You can't see through this beer, but there are some bubbles in the body near the edge of the glass. Preliminary lacing is pretty good. Solid appearance.

S: This is the hoppiest Black (Rye) IPA I've ever smelled. Super solid. So solid. It's like getting the best of a citrusy/piney hop with a roasted malt / toasted grain aroma. If I was blindfolded I'd think IPA for sure. Maybe the littlest bit of chocolate in the back. This definitely deserves a 5.

T: First thing I notice is the finish is thicker and chocolately than I'm used to in a regular IPA. Very unique. A lot of complexity in the flavor. A sure mix of hops and roasted malts having a karate fight -- each one wants to shine. No sip is like the other. One sip is all hops. The next sip the malts take over. Really is fantastic, though. Hops really shine at first, the finish is dominated by the malts. Really good tasting brew.

M: Medium body brew, but I'm find the body change consistency the longer you let the beer linger in your mouth. I imagine the brew will get thicker as it warms. Great carbonation -- no worries there. Some interesting chewiness that brings out the hops, then the malts, and then a warm alcohol -- almost whiskey like. Not a velvety feel -- a little rough, but there are so many positives in this brew that I don't think the feel will stand out as lackluster. Solid feel.

O: You gotta try this brew. The hops are really killer. I'm not a huge Black IPA guy, but this blew my mind. Not much more to say -- it's all above. Great overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:12:20 | More by C20Percent
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, super excited to try this one! Poured the entire bottle into my 25oz snifter, and the aroma is out of this world already and I didn't even attempt to smell it yet! Pours a deep, deep chestnut color - near black. Foamy beige head fades, leaving some lace. Aromas are huge with dank, sweet, floral hops filling the nose with pine, anise and ripened fruit in there as well. Tastes are complex and spot on for balance with notes of roasted malt, anise, grapefruit zest, pine, spicy rye, nice juicy hop flavors. Body is medium and resiny, finishes bitter and semi-dry. Overall, this was just awesome. One of the best beers I've ever tried. Pick one up if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 11:48:09 | More by barnzy78
Photo of weonfire


4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany/ almost a dark purple. Great Lacing. Off white head. Pencil think head is retained around rim.

S - Lots of rye, wood, earth and sweetness.

T - Frothy almost a velvety feel- something very unexpected in an IPA. Almost a chocolate taste. Love the rye and bitterness. 8.3ABVs hidden very well.

M - Frothy. Viscosity is medium. Cover mouth really nice. Alcohol give a tiny, tiny burn on tongue initially.

O - Excellent. Rye is outstanding. Alcohol is hidden soo well. Frothy taste is amazing. Certainly buy and drink this again. Best Black IPA I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 02:05:23 | More by weonfire
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4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a thick brown that is practically black except when examined under a penetrating light That will only reveal the true color but is still impenetrable. The head is alight tan that is thick and leaves a very full lacing down the glass.

The nose is a spicy malt wit the hops being nicely dominant and pleasantly balanced with the smokiness, chocolate and coffee notes that result from the rich malt.

The taste is a very strong blending of hops that is very bitter riding on a semi-sweet to dry malt that has the similar notes of chocolate, coffee and some hints of molasses and spice with a sharp hop bite up front that fades to a pleasant hop finish.

The mouthfeel is just right for this brew with it being full and flavorful but not too heavy.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and is very enjoyable. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:47:32 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of ChristopherTenore


4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A) Dark brown to black and completely opaque. When the beer was poured it formed a large and frothy head. It lasted for a relatively long time. It was a light caramel color.

S) Citrus and Very hop forward nose. There was also some dark woody notes.

T) This beer is incredible. The initial flavor is extremely hop forward, citrus bitter and piney flavors evolve into an amazing smokey and toasted note that is strong and lasts in the finish beautifully. Its presently bitter and smokey its an incredible beer.

MF) Creamy and Viscus with a long finish. It leaves your mouth with the typical IPA drying sensation.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 18:14:04 | More by ChristopherTenore
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4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- jet black. With a light tan white head, doesn't last too long

S- I'm surprised by the amount of tropical fruits I'm getting, nice west coast IPA with a kick, great earthy notes and roasted malts, also spiciness from the rye.

T- wow this is great, I'm getting everything that I got in the nose, big tropical hops up front hit the palate first followed by a little roasted malt and spicy rye in the finish but then leaves a bitter hop aftertaste.

M- dry, medium body, smooth and easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation

O- overall I didn't know what to expect from this, I didn't look up any reviews before I cracked it open and it blow me away, great black IPA, very complex brew and I love what they did with the rye also, I'm picking up different flavors every sip, overall they nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:02:41 | More by TheosTheories
Photo of magictacosinus


4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this recently. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle. Bottling date is "04/26/13," and this was consumed on "06/24/13," so nearly 2 months later. That's actually fresher than I've usually found it, believe it or not. Black IPAs do not typically age well in my experience, but this one should be doing fine - especially considering FW's impeccable standards. Review is from my notes.

Pours a jet black color unlike any dark IPA I've seen to date. Very oily and thickened in the pour, and completes itself with a creamy frothy head at the top that is about 3-4 fingers tall. The head never seems to fully dissipate, and when it does, it leaves behind shrapnel-like bits of foam and sugar scattered all about on the glass in a totally playfully messy manner. Carbonation seems really good on this, and the hoppy resins seem full fledged based on the appearance alone. World class, even considering the style at hand.

The aroma is combination of dank, pungent hoppiness, as well as a surprisingly caramel-like toasted flavor from the malts. Rather than knock the senses with a roasted, dark character, it instead takes a backseat from the floral hops, which provide pine, orange peel, grapefruit, mint, a smidgen of anise, as well as bittered, earthy sensations. Afterwards, the caramel, slightly sugary but tamed flavor creeps in to give this the impression of a pine-mint-caramel combo that is actually very breezy and not sweet or dessert-like at all. The rye crackles underneath in a slightly spicy, pungent manner, but it's by far the most subtle flavor in the concoction. Really amazing stuff - seeks balance in midst of the diverse flavors.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, bringing out a little bit more of the caramel, and especially the floral hop flavors overall. At first, there's the immediate bitterness, often melding into pine needles, citrus peel, less of the mint, although it's still there, and maybe a little bit of grapefruit. Then, the caramel, slightly leathery profile takes over and the malt washes the senses with a silky, creamy sensation that is flavorful but not heavy or too hearty. The rye provides a bit more of a bite here, and I believe these later factors cover up the relatively high ABV - which may provide a touch of sweetness, although there's no heat on this. Very well carbonated - the extra bubbles bring forward a lot of these dank hoppy nuances and creamy malts. This is fabulous... Hardly any complaints.

This sets the bar for how these beers should be made. Nothing too roasted or malty and not a hop bomb by any means. Everything melds together and does so without weighing you down. I wouldn't expect anything lesser from these guys. If you aren't so much into black IPAs, give this a whirl. The caramel melds so well with the pine and orange peel, and its complexity yet ability to shift flavors over the course of time makes it easy to drink. At less than $6 a bottle, I will definitely be buying the next one that I find fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 05:46:24 | More by magictacosinus
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4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Since my first sip of Firestone Walker’s Union Jack (See Review), I have been a fan of this fantastic brewer – this is the same Firestone that makes tires. Concurrently was my newfound love of the Black IPA; naturally, the two would meet in the guise of Wookey Jack.

It opens with a fast and furious rush of froth; it settles slowly into a pitch black body capped by a beige froth. While the nose reeks of a pine forest, the taste is rather semi-sweet and reinforced by an aggressive molasses toastiness that retreats into a grassy finale.

The mouthfeel is spectacular: it is perfectly balanced, smooth, sweet and dry – all at the same time! This Wooky is an excellent brew that covers all the bases and a wonderful addiction.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 23:33:42 | More by jjboesen
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-01-2013 22:48:42 | More by jono0101
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-14-2014 02:01:36 | More by brownbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-19-2013 13:29:48 | More by supa0525
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,116 ratings.