Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 607
Hads: 4,219
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 294
Gots: 760 | FT: 16
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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 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. (825 characters)

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. (523 characters)

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. (431 characters)

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. (391 characters)

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. (1,236 characters)

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. (456 characters)

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. (498 characters)

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

No date, despite the "BOTTLED ON" box on the bottle. This took months to finally reach San Diego. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a chestnut brown with two fingers of creamy medium fluffy head. The head recedes to a thin film, and leaves pretty impressive lacing on the glass.

S: Sharp pine and some citrus (grapefruit), a little vanilla and roast in the background, and a pretty hefty dose of woodsy spice from the rye. All the flavors work well together. Very nice.

T: Pine and citrus with some dry wood/rye, and a long mild-to-moderate bitter finish with some spice on the palate.

M: Creamy, round, and medium-full body, medium carbonation.

O: Cold, this leans more toward an IPA with a richer, creamier, roasty backbone. Warm, it shows more of the rye. By no means my favorite style, but this is pretty good stuff. (813 characters)

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

Black, only letting a little redness show through. Smells overwhelmingly like an IPA. Citrusy, piney notes with a little roastiness behind it. This tastes good. Floral and pine like hops leave a medium bitterness and then there is kind of a roasted aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel on this. Very good black IPA. (309 characters)

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

Poured from a bomber to snifter, no freshness date

Pours a pitch black with a finger of light mocha foam. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is of very strong hops, pine, coffee, chocolate, tropical fruit, with malt and some alcohol. Taste follows the smell quite well, fruity hop bomb laced with coffee and some other earthy floral tastes. Malt is most interesting coming from the rye, leaving a bitter after taste much different from that of the initial taste of the beer, which is one of the few flaws I find with it. Mouth is creamy, sticky and dry. Over all a good black ipa, not my favorite but deserves an honorable mention. The rye isn't something I much care for (670 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reads, Bottled on: 12/27/13. Love the boxing bear on the cap.

A: Essentially black, red-tinged dark brown. 1 finger of tan head with ok retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Hops at the forefront with a surprisingly fruity essence. Grapefruit. Citrus. Faint pine. Lighter roasted malt notes and a little oak. Touch of booze.

T: Assertive hopping throughout with a nice bitterness and more pine notes than I was expecting. Some roasted malt notes develop with some bitter cacao and a trace of smoke. Dry finish. A bit of spice from the rye, although fairly subdued. Alcohol is light for the 8.3% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Good vehicle. Smooth with a slightly velvety feel.

O: Well-executed and good drinking brew. Nice hop notes and particularly nice mouthfeel. I'd welcome some more rye presence, but tasty for sure.

Prost! (923 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/3 - Consumed 6/8

This may be the best Balanced Black IPA I've ever had. Especially as it warms. It opens up far and beyond from when very cold.

Strong earthy hop bitterness, grapefruit and the rye is subtle, but you know it's there fom the bit of spiciness going on. Expresso, coffee, chocolate intertwined with earthy pine, grassiness and grapefruit.

Again, the balance is phenominal. This might be the best "crafted" Black IPA on the market. Mouthfeel was creamy and somewhat heavy while maintaining the dry and earthy hop finish.

My favorite of the style is Stone's SSR becuase it leans more toward the citrussy DIPA style before it does the "Black." That "out of Balance" is what makes Stone's my favorite, whereas Wookey Jack blends the two in perfect harmony. I'd say Firestone NAILED IT! Great Job again from a GREAT brewery. (846 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours opaque black with ruby brown edging where light can penetrate. Head is light tan, a little less than 2 fingers thick, and with good retention. Leaves a firm layer of microbubbles atop the surface. Strong lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on strong notes of grapefruit, pine, peppery rye, and touches on toffee sweetness.

Taste - Starts, and ends, with a lot of grapefruit hop character eith lesser pine. Moderate pith bitterness. Malts are subtle, nearly hidden in fact, but what does come across is toffee, caramel and with ghostly traces of mocha, mostly mid-taste and toward the finish, touches of smoke, and then the rye hits. The aftertaste imparts a nice peppery rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat creamy, though nowhere near that of a stout. Goes down with relative ease. Somewhat chalky on the finish. The 8.3% is well hidden.

Overall - My second pass at this beer, and I'm enjoying it more so than the first attempt. Not quite the ideal amount of roasted malt character I look for in what, in my mind, is needed for the perfect black IPA, but it's a marvelous brew nonetheless; one that continues to grow on me the more I have it. (1,238 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 8/21/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with an inch of creamy light tan head, has nice retention and leaves tons of thick, awesome lacing.

S- Lots of juicy citrus, some tropical fruit, a bit of chocolate and roast in the background.

T- Nice blend of hops and roast. The initial flavor is dominated by juicy, citric and mango hops and pine. Towards the finish a nice milk chocolate and roast flavor becomes more prominent. The flavors actually work pretty nicely together.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, smooth and prickly feel.

O- A very nice black IPA, very drinkable and balanced. (641 characters)

Photo of goldendenizen
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: dark, roasted malt with nice head and lacing
S: malty, toffee yumminess. maybe my nose out of whack but i dont get the hop profile.
T: very tasty malt, sugar, and rye. The back end is too sweet imho. Still a work of art.
M: great feel on this one; consistent with FW offerings.
O: A great palate awakening. Somtehing to enjoy to break the hop monotony. FW still one of my fav breweries. Their brewery tour is fun too (419 characters)

Photo of dlello2
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - black and cloudy. Feet cling to glass til it's all gone... Good work alcohol. Half finger of creamy head.

S - Hops and chocolate. Quite pleasant. Some toasted marshmallows and caramel in there.

T - Hop forward in a good way. Dark chocolate in the nose and back of mouth helps balance the bitterness. A very good flavor. Some earthy bitterness to finish it out. Overall great.

M - The most lacking of the categories for this one, though by no means bad. A bit oily and thick for a black ipa. Don't remember this slick feeling the first time I had it. Much better taking small sips (how this beer is meant to be enjoyed).

O - I think that porters are my favorite style to drink (especially with a meal) and black ipas are a close second. Really liked this version and will seek it out in bottles when it comes to Chicago! (827 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at less than 6 bucks for a bomber and at over 8% abv, this is by far the best deal in the store, nevermind that its a fantastic beer! pours beautiful silky black color with a tall and lasting off white head. it lets zero light through and is shining like obsidian. the smell is a whole lot of west coast hops and some burnt malt. there is no chocolate or coffee in the smell or the taste, which i can usually find in a beer this black. just a nice smokey black ipa here, with the alcohol only becoming present when it warms up a little. it is smooth and warming in the mouth, full bodied, with average carbonation. it has a great bitter finish that plays counterpoint to the rich malt profile. this is a great beer and a great price, will definitely do this one again. (768 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: black/drk brown body, finger khaki, good lacing

S: pine, roasted malt, nutty,

T: mild grapefruit, solid nutty malt,
long roasted bitter pine finish

M: med body, smooth, firm oily mouth

O: Another Firestone gem! I would get again
and recommend. Usually not HUGE fan of black ales,
but this one is just delicious.

VERY GOOD, TREAT YOURSELF! (348 characters)

Photo of neomantra
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nothing spectacular about the appearance. A jet black color with modest head retention and lacing. Par for the course with most any dark beer for me (maybe my perception of color is bad).

The aroma was pronounced upon first sniff but after that initial blast of hops and some spice from the rye it was somewhat muted.

The taste and mouthfeel were fantastic. Roasted/black malts and rye make for an amazing mix of flavor with the west coast hops. The mouthfeel was silky/oily with relatively low carbonation without drifting into the realm of a cask ale.

Overall this was definitely worth trying even at 19 bucks for a bomber. I can definitely see why it's so highly regarded. (681 characters)

Photo of commish374
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 mL bottle.

Appearance - dark brown, nearly black. Thick, tan lacy head. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell - Vanilla, spruce and citrus in the nose.

Taste - sweet, dark malty start. Hot chocolate in the middle. Hoppy in the back, that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - dry, rye finish. Makes you ready for another.

Overall - alcohol starts to catch up. This is a beautiful sipper. From the 22 oz bottle, pour it twice into your glass, enjoy the early fall fire pit, and go to sleep. Nice and easy. (521 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Mix of coffee and citrus hops, great nose. Some pine and it warms.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black. Off-white creamy head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Bold citrus hoppiness with a slight coffee roasty body. Medium high bitterness leading to a good balance of coffee-ness and roastiness. Bold malt but not too sweet throughout. Finishes hoppy and slightly roasty, dry.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Really solid black IPA, quite hoppy with some roast. Really enjoyed this beer. (506 characters)

Photo of Brittanicvs
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Tulip.

A: Pours a deep brown/black, barely transparent, with about two fingers of head a beige head that slowly dissipates to just under a finger. Big bubbles that leave a decent lacing. Might have screwed up this particular pour.

S: Toffee, roasty, sweet malts, maybe a hint of Vanilla, and a haunting note of Citrus.

T: Tastes big. Herbal and earthy right up front, met with a solid dark malt back. Not too sweet, but it's boldness definitely muscles through between the hops. Finishes with that Citrus I smelled, but it's very mellow. Has an unexpected acidic/mineral quality to it.

M: Medium/Light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and a dry finish, supported by the acidic/mineral note that *almost* coats the tongue.

O: Having only had a few Black IPA's and a few Ryes I can safely say this is an interesting blend of both styles. I expected it to be more like a BIPA, and forgot about the rye until realizing how dry it was. It's definitely worth a try. (991 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only when held directly to the light does its seemingly black body give way to a deep chestnut brown. The head that is left on top is frothy and thick, coating the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.

The scent of hops are what jump out first, and rightfully so considering the style. They’re rich and earthy, piney and sappy. Fresh green peppers come to mind. Soft notes of wood and roast and a touch of dark chocolate are located beneath its hoppy facade. The rye isn’t overstated but does impart a pleasant spiciness to the nose. This is both aromatic and complex and I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan already.

Lively green peppers and pine needles give a fresh zing to the raw wood and earthy character that lies beneath. A dash of cocoa powder is sprinkled on top and adds a touch of sweetness near the finish. The higher abv helps to accentuate the earthy and piney bitterness that extends into the finish. The rye gives a clean overall spiciness to the taste that compliments the hop character.

A tad thinner than I had anticipated but not off-putting. The body still carries a nice weight to it and has a subtle creamy feel that the spicy character cuts into. The only indication of its alcohol content is the warming feel it leaves in the chest. For such a big beer in terms of the style and abv, this is very clean and balanced.

Wookey Jack is the first offering I’ve had from Firestone Walker and I can begin to understand why they are regarded so highly on this site. The fresh green pepper hop character reminded me of Hill Farmstead’s Society and Solitude #2 that I was lucky enough to sample. A very well crafted beer in my opinion which leaves me looking forward to the next offering I have from them. (1,740 characters)

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, yet clear brown with a massive khaki colored head sitting on top. The head sticks around for what seems like an eternity. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Wonderful hop profile including pine, citrus and lots of tropical fruits (pineapple and mango). There is also a pronounced sweetness which I assume comes from the black rye.

T: The hops fade a little in the taste making room for the rye sweetness. While the rye is more noticeable, the fruity hops still have a significant presence.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is an ever so slight bittering effect towards the finish that acts as a palate cleanser and is quite refreshing.

O: I can't believe this is my first review of a Firestone beer. It's kind of shameful being that I lived in SLO for 5 years. That being said, this one is very tasty. Just solid all around. I'm usually not a big fan of Black IPA's or Rye beers, but this one might have made me change my mind. (1,026 characters)

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