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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 191
Gots: 380 | FT: 8
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 Momar42
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip

Brought from California myself, its a fresh one!

A - Deep dark black with maybe a shade of brown. Light is consumed within the Wookey. Huge bubbly tan head. THICK and clingy. Drink me for the eyes.

S - Pine, roasted malt, hints of rye. Perhaps a smidge of citrus. Big lovely nose. Drink me for the nose.

T - Here goes; Oh my thats a nice blend of styles. Hops on the front, fresh and bitter...followed by a perfect blending of the rye malt...that in turn gives way to the looked for hops at the end. Perfect balance IMHO. Drink me!

M - Big carbonation but it (shocker) is the ideal amount to carry the flavor across the palate. Coats but not cloying, finishes clean and crisp. Mmmm.

O - FW is really becoming my go-to brewer lately and Wookey only furthers that path. Ideally balanced beer (as are most of theirs), refreshing, complex and just DAMN good. Find it, trade for it, just get it. Move over Stone, FW now has the best black IPA.

Momar42, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Rwalford74
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Rwalford74, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Hitmanoo
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an excellent beer. Full bodied, hoppy and flavorful.
The aroma is spot on.
The color is darker than expected, but matches the flavor.
Very strong with a high alcohol content.
Would be perfect with a burger or some chicken wings.

Highly recommended!

Hitmanoo, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours extremely dark, Almost pitch black in the glass. A one finger of a lingering off tan colored head. Visible alcohol legs.

S- Super fresh citrus, oranges, lemon, mango and pine. A slight roasted malt and a warming spiciness.

T- A slight bitterness comes up at first. A wave of a fresh hop profile. There is a ton of pine in this beer. There is also an array of fresh citrus flavors. There is a lot of lime and orange and pineapple and grapefruit. Nice fresh hop flavor. There is a spiciness from the rye and a nice bit of roasteyness from the malts that are very well balanced and work tremendously well with the hops.

M- A spicy and bitter brew but very well balanced. A dry roasty finish. Not too strong. A good size and nice carbonation.

O- This is an amazing brew. Luckily my bottle is super fresh. A big and perfectly balanced ale. The best black ale I have ever had by a nice margin.

TwelveOunces, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 1/10/13

Poured into a glass a very very nice black color, with some awesome carbonation, there is a very nice one-finger plus thick, creamy, off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very malty, with notes of chocolate, licorice, toffee, coffee, and some vanilla. The taste is also very very nice, malty, with a nice little hop note, lots dark stuff. Medium body, with a very slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very very nice brew, glad to have picked up a bottle in LV. To date the best ABA I've had. Highly Recommended!

Wasatch, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a dark brown color, charcoal in the middle, ruby brown on the edges. Has a two finger tan head with ok retention and barley any lacing.

Smells like piney hops, a little bit of sharp rye, and a little roasted malt. Nice complex nose.

Really well balanced flavor and very complex. Roasted malts up front, a little chocolate, then comes the rye sharpness, then some piney, resiny west coast hops. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium bodied, a little hop resin, a little chewy, and moderately carbonated. Good stuff- get it!

Hopdaemon39, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of MDHopster
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfectly black with a full creamy two finger head, took,about three minutes for the head to fade to a persistent corona ring. Excellent balance of rye and hops bitterness with a tad of lingering rye aftertaste, less so on he hops. Smooth mouth feel with mild carbonation. Excellent aroma. Higher gravity takes this out if session beer status

MDHopster, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Topher78
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with hints of brown on the edges. Half a finger of a khaki head that leaves good lacing. The Aroma has big citrus notes along with some roasted malt. The taste has similar characteristics as the aroma but with some spiciness as well. Very complex body with a medium mouth feel.

Topher78, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of sierratwohearted
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

12 oz bottle/bottled 7/31/14. 8.3% ABV.
a - black/opaque
s - floral hops, slight spice(rye)
t - hops up front, rye and roasted malt dance together perfectly in the mouth.
m - slightly creamy, medium bodied.
o - what great balance achieved with such an ambitious recipe. the rye pairs so well with the roasted malt. the hops work just enough. this is probably one of my favorite beers.

sierratwohearted, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Steamer
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown, chocolate color with a one-finger beige head. Nice lacing. The strong hops and rye smells hit hard like fresh pine needles; citrus overtones. The taste follows the smell up front but it is remarkably smooth. A robust, full hops burst but not at all harsh; becomes bitter as expected at the end. Medium mouth feel, like a porter more than a dark IPA. This one goes on the favorite list as one to always have at the ready!

Steamer, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Wookey Jack, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours brown and settles black with a brown hue around the sides. Massive soapy head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted dark fruit and citrus hops, some malty sweetness. There's more to it here and you can keep pulling aromas from it, especially as it warms.

Taste - So much flavor. Definite roasted coffee and chocolate, dates, fruits, and piney hops. Very complex and quite good. All nearly perfectly blended with a touch of rye.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sticky with a rye and wood flavor, like licking a barrel (if you can take that as "in a good way"). Not overly boozy but slightly warming. Great drinkability.

Overall - Easily my favorite black ale/black ipa/black rye. Great job! Cheers!

JMScowcroft, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of EdwardK77
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a beautiful foamy head from a 22 oz. bomber. (Used an IPA glass) An island of foam remains as a nice lacing is left behind on the glass. A dark brownish ale which allows some light through.

S- I'm getting a nicely roasted profile of scents from this ale, my sense of smell can't isolate all of it but it's damn good.

T- This is black IPA done right, it's like taking a beautiful IPA base and melding it with the roasted flavors that can be found in a good stout.

M- Nice amount of stickiness and bitter profile going on, it makes you want to crush an 8.3 ABV ale.

O- I'm becoming a Firestone Walker fanboy, this is a high quality black IPA and it certainly makes me understand the parabola quest that everyone seems to be on. I put this at the head of my black IPA class.

EdwardK77, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Celtics17
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer tastes nothing how it looks. It pours a solid black, just like a stout. The smell was one of the best for me personally. The fruit notes were strong with this one. The taste was hard to wrap my mind around. I was searching for the rye, but couldn't find it with the first few sips. A few more sips brought out the rye, as the beer warmed up a bit. I got a nice smokey feel to this beer. Overall another great beer from Firestone.

The citrus dies down, and more of the roasted caramel, with rye shine through.

Celtics17, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of AvaStJames
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

AvaStJames, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jhan05
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%

jhan05, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of goosewhisperer
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-dark black, light only comes through when the beer is being poured. Lot's of lacing lines the glass after the head dissipates.

s-not like it looks at all. The citra and the ammarillos really are big in the nose. The rye comes out here too, but take a backseat to the hops.

t-the hops come through first, and are followed by the malts and the rye. There is a slight pumpernickel here, and the wookey dust is sitting in the background. The beer is well balanced and a good combination of the hops and malts. There is a good bitter finish that is not too strong for the style.

m-good carbonation that fits the beer. On the lighter side of medium bodied.

o-great addition to the FW line up. This beers really does it for me, and will be a regular in the FW rotation. Well done.

goosewhisperer, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of ISmith87
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a St. Bernardus chalice (from notes):

A - 4.50 - Dark brown almost black, more seethrough at the edges, nice light khaki head sticks around for a while with a decent lacing

S - 4.75 - Hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes are prevalent on the nose, rye and roasted malts balance it nicely

T - 4.75 - Hop bitterness, citrusy notes, more dark malts/coffee/espresso flavors, spicy

M - 4.50 - Medium mouthfeel, lots of bitterness, bitter on the finish, good carbonation

O - 4.50 - Great Black IPA, I've had it plenty of times and will have it again.

ISmith87, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of cbutova
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this one probably at least eight times. Reviewed from notes at The Dive Bar. Also had a recent batch at The Foundry in Northampton that was super fresh and had the brightest citrus hops I have experienced in a Black IPA.

A- Black bodied ale served in a tulip glass. Thick and very creamy light tan head. Huge lace at the top and pillows of lace continue down the glass. Head retention was pretty good.

S- Big blast of citrus, tropical, zesty and general West Coast IPA hops up front. Toasted oatmeal, roasted cracked grains and general roast in the background but not overshadowed, supports hops well.

T- Roasted grains come to mind more here but the hops still lead the way. Fresh citrus, orange peel, pine, floral and fruity hops are blended superbly with the deep roast malts. Caramel, oatmeal, spice, burnt grain and some sweetness.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice high level of carbonation supporting the hops and accentuating their flavor to be honest. Some alcohol dryness and warmth with a medium bitter finish.

The best combo of roast and hoppy I have had to this day. Something about it is just so fresh and smooth, the flavors contrast but blend so well here at the same time. Bonus points for this general stylistic dominance.

cbutova, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of PeacefulHopFrog
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ML bottle, no bottling date, even though there is a space for it.

A - Dark chocolate brown, to the point where light only shines through at the bottom. Thick, dark golden-brown head lingers to a light brown layer after 10 minutes.

S - Roasted malt and hop resin flood the nose with a hint of citrus fruit.

T - Roasted, malty flavor with a touch of chocolate that hides behind a subtle smoky background taste.

M - Very mild mouthfeel for the aggressive appearance and smell. A longer finish is present, but it is not one of those finishes that feels like all you can taste is floral hop. A very drinkable beer indeed.

There are so many incredible beers out there, but Firestone Walker continues to impress me with every new addition to their line. I have never had a black rye IPA before but this one has set an incredibly high standard for me.

PeacefulHopFrog, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of acidicbassist
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of the black IPA; first time having the Wookey Jack.

A - Dark "stoutish" colour with a suprising light, 3/4" head

S - The citrusy, floral hops overpower the senses in quite an enjoyable way

T - Wonderful hoppy flavour with a crisp spice throughout

M - It definitely has a nice bite to it from start to finish, however, I think I would prefer a thicker, creamier texture

Overall, a fantastic beer. The taste is amazing, and I could enjoy this quite often. The only thing I really dislike, is that it seems to be "thinner" than I would expect from a black IPA, hence, great beer!

acidicbassist, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of deereless
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick head with staying power, significant lace, brown to black with a tinge of maroon – 4.00, S: Amazing nose, hops dominant the nose emphasizing the IPA part of the Black IPA, lots of grapefruit and some chocolate malts – 4.75, T: Hops jump to the front of the beer followed by a nice specialty grain charring, pink grapefruit and pineapple sweetness, mild espresso, amazing flavor profile – 4.75, M: Smooth and creamy, faintest hint of grittiness – 4.50, This is what a Black IPA should be, dangerously drinkable, all around a wonderful beer – 4.50

deereless, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of steelerguy
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black...wait, if you tilt the glass you can see that it is actually slightly translucent and a deep walnut color. Tan head, that fades quickly leaving just a covering on top with a few unfortunate large bubbles.

S - Get ready to enjoy as soon as you open a bottle, the citrus hop aromas that immediately escape are divine. Once poured, the hops are still present, but joined by a lot of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T - This is first and foremost an IPA, even better a rye IPA. The hop delivery is smooth with lots of citrus and a touch of floral. There is a sweetness and a bit of spice from the rye that plays perfectly with the floral notes of the hopes, and then the chocolate comes on as you finish, with just a hint of roasted coffee aftertaste.

M - Mediums bodied, velvety, and warming. Just enough alcohol and carbonation to linger.

O - This is one of those beers that should be a standard. If you want to make a black IPA, Cascadian ale, American Black ale...whatever you want to call it, this is it. There are lots of black IPAs out there since it became "the thing" to do, but this one does it right.

steelerguy, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle (with a born on date of 8/9/2013), into a tulip.
Appearance - black, though against the light it shows some mahagony. Thick, fluffy tan head that recedes to a thin head that stays! Plenty of sticky tan lacing!
Smell - wow, didn't expect this to be such a hop punch in the face! Wonderful citrus hops, grapefruit! I'd be surprised if you find any black ale that smells better, and you probably won't find many DIPA's that do either!
Taste - there's so much going on with this beer! Hop forward, but momentarily gives way to some roasted coffee, a touch of rye bread, but citrus hops are noticeable throughout. Very complex on the palate, very well done!
Feel - not as complex as the taste; lacks some of the rye, roasted barley and malts. Lots of hops...which certainly isn't a bad thing!
Overall - somewhat pricey, but I'll seek out again and again!

DenverHopHead, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of DemoniChris
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%

DemoniChris, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an inky black color with a creamy light brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving an impressive lace.

This beer smells citrusy with some grapefruit, and lemon. I get a slight piny aroma as well as some spicy rye. A subtle malty caramel aroma is also present.

This beer pretty much tastes exactly like it smells. Citrus hops with some spicy rye and sweet malt.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. The 8.3% ABV is well hidden in both the aroma and the taste. Carobnation is perfect.

This beer would make a good session beer. It tastes great. The higher alcohol content might make it a little tough to enjoy more thana few bottles though.

Overall: This is the first good beer I have had since I cam back form Afghanistan, and I am glad that it was. I cant think of a better way to welcome myself back into the world of amazing beer than with a beer like this.

OStrungT, May 09, 2012
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.