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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 614
Hads: 4,247
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.29%
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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 neomantra
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at the Paso Robles BevMo.
Tasted on 06-17-12

A: The Wookey pours a super dark brown color gilded with a thick dirty tan head. Superb retention that pockets out slowly residing to a small cap leaving some nice sudsy cling.

S: Smells of big piney hops convoyed with grapefruit peel and a dash of garden herbs. Aromas transform into smoky dark malts. A very nice clean and crisp nose with some juicy hops at play.

T: Tastes of coffee roast malts with equal parts citrus fruit that surprisingly do not clash with one another. Orange flesh accompanies some very earthy resin laden pine. Burnt sugars. Real nice upper level of bitterness and a touch of alcohol detectable. Rye is pretty subtle and may even be a bit lost on me but not to say this is anything negative. Probably contributing more to the mouthfeel here. Another solid offering from Firestone. I think Stone’s SSR still remains my fav in the Black IPA department but this one is good contender.

M: Moderately sized body this Wookey has. Good creamy mouthfeel on it with some acrid moments and a bit of a wetter finish there.

D: Overall just a really well done Black IPA and about what I have come to expect from F-W. Not just a blackened version of Double Jack but something rather unique and tasty in itself.

Wish I had another one right now actually. (1,339 characters)

Photo of Booker07
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the Bottle:
Look: Irrelevant.
Smell: Lots of Hops. Crisp
Taste: Almost smoky. Hints of Rye but lots of hops. Fresh.
Feel: The bitterness lingers on the tongue but not thick as expected
Overall: Very good. Would like a little more Rye to come through.

Poured:
Look:Pours Black. Pinky finger head slowly dissapates.
Smell: Hops develop. More crisp.
Taste:Hops are more present.
Feel: Seems to linger on the tongue more.
Overal: Very good conversation drink. (462 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a decent sized tan head that has good retention and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, tobacco, light roastiness, some tangerine, and a bit of rye. The taste has some sweetness with tangerines, a rye twang, some grapefruit, and a bit of pine. The finish has a decent bitterness with some lingering rye spiciness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite enjoyable. Certainly one of the better black IPAs that I've had. I liked that it didn't have a lot of roastiness and enjoyed the rye. Perhaps a touch too sweet. (598 characters)

Photo of Copernicus
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a boding jet black. Opaque. Only sign of light within bears the crimson glow of a fading forge. The head is tan to light brown. Full, like root beer. It clocked in around 3-4 fingers and retained for a while, leaving spotty constellations of lace upon its descent.

S: I've never smelled a beer like it. The hop aroma is basic boilerplate: piney, resiny, woodsy. Yet, its contrast with such a potent, merciless black malt is autopoietic. Tons of mild roast on the nose. Spicy, like old world bread with molasses.

T: The front drinks like an IPA, all piney, resiny hops. The middle displays a solid roasted and black malt structure but then gives way to a prominent spiciness. No doubt from the rye. The finish leaves you with a tenacious bitterness that lingers for some time. Chocolate begins to emerge as it warms.

M: Not as velvety as you would expect. The carbonation is playful , and there's no sign of alcohol.

O: A good beer, but confusing. It seems to fall a bit short of what the concept and appearance promises. Very drinkable though! (1,091 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/9/12 poured into Duvel tulip on 10/22/12.

A: Pours an opaque, jet black with a moderate amount of billowy beige head (3/4 inch)

S: From the pop of the cap, there is a nice aroma. I get roasty malts, and piney hops on this one.

T: More of the roasty, chocolatey malts with a lingering bitterness. Tastes like it was brewed with pine needles, and a presence of cocoa beans.

M: On the lighter side of medium: just thr right amount of carbination. Lighter than expected.

O: The best that i've had in this class so far. Quite enjoyable, especially getting into late fall. (587 characters)

Photo of mschind
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter from a bomber, no date that I could find. There is no light at all coming through this beer, opaque dark brown verging on black. I got a stout like mocha head half way up the glass that dissipated and coated nicely.

S- Intense resinous pine hops followed by spicy rye notes. The other malts are lost here which seems to be the intention. Why make a rye beer if rye isn't the star?

T- Huge citrus bitterness, slightly oily giving way to the rye malt with mild sweetness followed immediately by some roasted malt bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is substantial, perhaps due to it being unfiltered. Smooth with enough carbonation to keep it full bodied but not viscous.

O- Another winner from Firestone Walker. It's the best black rye IPA I've ever had, the only one so far... I like the combination and can imagine some pastrami on pumpernickle going well with this. (886 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 OZ bottle, bottled on date is blank. Poured into a Snifter.

A:Pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan/caramel head. Maybe 1 finger head. Light carbonation and almost no lacing.

S: In the bottle its a rich chocolate aroma with some nice malt coming in. In the glass I lose this aroma, could be my glass.

T: More towards the malty side, with chocolate and some vanilla. Finishes with a coffee aftertaste. Just fantastic.

M: Medium body, little carbonation, acidic on the palate.

O: Fantastic beer. I'm a sucker for Black IPAs and this delivers. The rye just adds to it. (580 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brownish black color which appears to have a ruby hue when held up to the light. Large cream colored head. Scent is nice and roasty. Some roasted malt with burnt toast aromas and a nice little hop profile going on. A bit of citrus with more roasted malt. Taste is initially hoppy with more of an IPA side than a stout side. Definitely makes you wonder how they can make something so hoppy...so DARK. Just hints of roasted malt and grain with a tiny bit of char...but other than that, it's citrusy, hoppy, and bitter. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate, but you really have to hunt for it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice, crisp, bitter finish. Drinkability is high. ABV is not noticeable at all. Overall, a solid beer from an awesome brewery that never really seems to fail. (794 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottle on 12/14/12 finally fairly fresh. Side note when they first released it to New Hampshire it was already 4 months and it did blow me away. Pours a really dark brown, with a one inch head, that leaves nice webs if lace. Smell is pine, hints of chocolate, some coffee notes, some citrus, and some cut grass. Taste is very similar lots citrus and chocolate, blended well. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and easy drinking. This is really solid, especially when the hops are fresh and the center of attention. Going to have a Sublimely Self Righteous after and see which is better. (625 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque cola with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like licorice and strong pine, with some herbal hops and spicy rye and dry dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like bitter herbal hops and spicy rye, with some pine and licorice and unsweetened dark chocolate. It had a lasting bitter aftertaste with a little alcohol heat.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a very nice rye IPA with a strong scent and taste, and a solid body. The finish was a bit harsh, but it was not difficult to drink. Yum. (541 characters)

Photo of Brouwerij
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Two fingers of light tan head after a hard pour. Head has good retention and lacing, slowly dissipating into a thin cap.

Smell: Hops and roasted malt.

Taste: Hoppy up front, fading into flavors of rye and roasted malts. Not tasting any of the alcohol, despite the relatively high percentage.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body. Medium carbonation and not a super clean finish. Leaves a mild resinous hop feeling/taste in the mouth (not a necessarily a negative). Relatively palatable considering the hops and alcohol content.

Overall: An nice take on a rye IPA. Would consider drinking again, although I feel Firestone-Walker has better offerings (such as double jack). (746 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this for 8 bucks from Halftime beverage. Looking forward to it since I love any beer I tried from them!

A - Like a deep dark porter this one is a pitch lack shade of darkness. Head is just a 1/4 inch but seems to have kick ass lacing and the lace ring itself stays around for a bit.

S - Initial smells from the bottle are rye forward with mildly bittering pine/citrus hop zest and some Porter like roasts in the mix.

T - A bit harsh at first but I will be damned even with the drying factor of rye this beer is exceptionally smooth. Bold ashy roast clash with bittering pine eventually rounding to a citrus zest. The finish itself is kind of dry with bittering pine and mild rye tones. Not bad.

M - Medium, bitter, kind of chewy.

Overall next to RyePA from Founders this one takes a pretty good take on a dry rye beer. I think if it was just a Black IPA I would love it more but don't take my review too harshly since I hate rye beers in general. (971 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Almost black with a very dense, thick, khaki head. Really nice fruity hops to this. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple with a touch of pine. Some roast, but it’s restrained and luckily not really any chocolate. Mildly sweet on the palate, but a nice pine bitterness and plenty of fresh grapefruit flavor. There is some pineapple, but it’s not as intense as on the nose. A touch of roasted malt flavor to it, too. (443 characters)

Photo of mychalg9
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle (can't interpret date ".../09/12 14:27") into a DFH globe.

Immediate hop whiff after popping the top is very appetizing. Pours a dark cola brown/red settling to a very dark brown with a sizzling one-finger head....love the energy of this head. Initial smell is citrus hops with a bit of pine and a good dose of rye malt. Taste is more of the same, with a sharp carbonation attacking the front of the tongue while the hops, a bit of coffee, and caramel sweetness caress and soothe the rest of the mouth. Some chocolatey goodness coupled with rye on the back end. Carbonation is nicely done on this one, with a medium body rounding out a really nice mouthfeel. Overall, very well done, I will be trying this again in the future very soon. (764 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased from Whole Foods. 8 oz. served in my FFF Rastal on September 12th, 2012.

A - Befitting of the style. Pours a deep hazy black, with a soft creamy medium khaki head. Good retention, lacing. Light alcohol legs.

S - Big pine sap, underneath toasted almonds, light honey, brown sugar, rye bread. Good spice. Very little tropical fruit from what I gather.

T - Combination of espresso and pine bitterness. The rye didn't show up here as I'd hoped, but I still sense some spicey undertones. There is definitely a sweet note I wouldn't attribute to any non-black IPA. It's as if a porter was slightly blended in.

M - Medium body, appropriate carbonarion, semi-dry finish.

D - More memorable than you'd think. Hits the nail on the head for the style. (770 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly entirely black with just some ruby highlights. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam with decent retention and a nice lace. Quite good!

Smell: big aroma of fresh hops with a piney, citrusy character with underlying notes of floral and sweet. Quite good.

Taste: big hops right up front with a piney, funky character. There's a nice malty flavor here which works well and the bitterness at the end is strong and smooth. Good!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a well-balanced American black ale. I could quaff tons of it! (669 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany red/brown with a thick, chunky head; clots of lacing along the pint glass. The nose is all bright, floral hops; spicy and citrusy. The taste reinforces the hop presence with a relatively thin malt note; strong hop bitterness. The feel is also fairly light, slightly over-carbonated; crisp, clean, and dry.

The rye and hops really standout with the aroma and taste. But the balance seems off. The malt characteristics seem fairly weak and the mouthfeel thin and watery. Still, if hops are your thing, this is one to check out.

Re-review update (10-06-2013): had another bottle and found the body to be much better, more fitting for a dark ale. Also, the taste seemed better, more malty. Hop aroma and flavor characteristics remain strong per my initial review. So, I've bumped up both taste and mouthfeel by .50 from my previous rating and bumped up my overall by .50. (897 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Des Plaines, IL
Date: "Bottled on 7/19/12"
Glass: Tulip

Firestone Walker's black IPA is a citrusy, piney, hop-lover's dark beer dream, with a recipe that involves all these elements welded to a smooth and noticeable roasted malt base. With a price point of $6 per bomber, this is definitely among the better, lower-priced dark IPAs out there.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan foam, which is dense and composed of smallish bubbles. Retention is above average, gradually descending to a thin ring around the glass with a thin island of foam atop the body. Lacing is present and noticeable, but modest. Body is an opaque dark brown to black, while the carbonation is not visible through the body.

Aroma of slight roasted malt, grapefruit-like hops, a bit of Christmas wreath pine, all covered with a very light, but very smooth chocolate-caramel sweetness. Very pleasant, definitely refined, could use a bit more upfront character, but perhaps this is due to age.

Opens with smooth roasted malt flavors that delve into slight chocolate territory, and features citrusy fruity flavors, particularly grapefruit. Mid-palate notices bittering hops, some grapefruit flavors, a bit of pine, and a surprising burst of peppery spiciness, from hop choices obviously. Back palate continues the peppery spiciness, hop bitterness, and slight, smooth roastiness. Long-lingering, somewhat intense bitterness and more subdued pine resin flavors, accentuated with a slight roasted and sweet malt character.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thick, and creamy, with slight traces of carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate, as expected from hops. (1,709 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from hokiechef (great extra!). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep dark brown with a finger and a half light tan head that recedes quickly but leaves a good bit of lace.

Aromas of piney and citrus rind hops. A little dark malt and pepper too.

Taste is a great blend of piney hops, grapefruit rind and roasty malts. Tropical hops blend with bittersweet dark chocolate covered coffee beans. A little booze is noticeable but it drinks extremely smoothly.

Creamy/ oily slick medium feel with a comfortably zesty carbonation. Long roasty hoppy aftertaste.

One of the best American black ales I've ever had. Fantastically balanced, keeping both hops and dark malts in the spotlight equally. Dangerously quaffable for over 8% abv, I had no problems drinking an entire 22oz. (793 characters)

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.