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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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636 Reviews
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Reviews: 636
Hads: 4,331
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 311
Gots: 843 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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 chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Barrel Republic.

Appearance: Opaque black-brown with a sudsy tan head that leaves streaks of lacing.

Aroma: Black IPA leaning towards herbal and low hops.

Flavor: Good hop/malt mix and balance. Better than the aroma suggests.

Feel: Medium+ body with good carbonation. Semi-dry.

O: Very good for style.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head lasts and lasts, with chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and spices.

Taste is spicy rye to start, citrus in the middle, and dominant pine bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. Wish there was a bit more maltiness to support all the bitter.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick review...shared with friends.

Looked nice, not much of a head and little lacing. Worried that this might be too old. Smell was piny and sweet. There was some mustiness there too.

Taste is where this let me down a little. I just found it a little mellower than I expected and it seemed to be lacking flavors.

Mouth feel was stickyish with medium carbonation.

Overall, I can't say whether I just had an old bottle, or this beer wasn't for me. I understand the appeal and I wanted to enjoy it more...but I found it average.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Black with just a hint of brown on the edges of the glass. Massive, meringue-like three-finger head of tan foam with good rentention. Great lacing, but the head sticks to itself more than it does the glass.

S – Burnt grains, charcoal, grapefruit, and pine. Slightest hint of caramel and cocoa.

T – Big burnt grain taste upfront. Notes of charcoal, bakers chocolate, and ash. Piney hops take over in the mid-palate. A spicy rye note becomes present in the finish. One of the better blended black IPA’s I’ve sampled.

M – Medium bodied and carbonated. Works with the flavor profile. Finishes dryer than the desert.

O – No doubt one of the finest examples of the style. Personally, I have never found black IPA’s to my liking, and I've always found the charred grain + super piney hops flavor combination to be a little abrasive. Personal tastes aside, a quality brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours reasonably dark. Not black, but very dark brown. Light penetrates the beer's edges. Head is about a half inch high and retains very effectively. Head leaves spirals of lace.

S-Nose is interesting. Sudsy, soapy hops. Also some grapefruit and pine hoppiness too. Spicy rye is not super intense but it is clearly detectable. Light chocolate, coffee and cola. Not sure that I love the hop profile here. I actually find the nose to be an overall slight disappointment.

T-The flavor has a clear beginning and an end. The is an obvious transition too. I enjoy the beer's ending flavor more than its initial taste. It starts off initially bitter with pine and soapy hop then comes the cola and darker malts. It finishes nicely with a more lively burst of citrus hop and a light dabbing of rye.

M-Body is lighter than the ABV would suggest initially. Tingly carbonation. A bit resinous. Pretty dry.

O/D-Not in love with this one. Was expecting to enjoy this more. The flavors aren't my favorite, and they seem to clash with one another. Worth a try but I am left a bit disappointed.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark brown with little light making it through. Pours with a massive 4 finger head. The head took up half of the glass. The bubbles are off white and homogenous in size.

S: Powerful dark fruits and hops. Earthy and pungent.

T: I am getting grapes and plums. Hints of bitter coffee. There is a "tartness" due to the bitter finish - but it is not unpleasant.

M: Smooth start - with the right amount of carbonation. Dry finish - but doesn't detract from the overall mouth feel.

O: I wouldn't turn this down - but I am not sure I will seek it out again. It is a nice brew but if I am getting something in this style I prefer Southern Tier Iniquity.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split with my brother, my portion poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark brown with lots of khaki head, good lace, carbonation visible on the sides of the glass.

S: Tons of herbal notes, resinous and dank...bitter, earthy, and a bit piney. Chocolate, roasted malt character underneath, just hints of sweetness really. Fairly unique.

T: More of the same here, Zeus hops in this bad boy? Earthy astringent notes, hints of mandarin and blood orange and grapefruit as well. Minimal sweetness as the malts are uncovered, faint bready notes and a distant roasted malt character.

MF: Medium mouth, no alcohol really detected, good carbonation, and good bitterness on the back end.

O: Not sure I care for this one, the hop profile doesn't really do it for me. Seems pretty one-dimensional.

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Photo of papat444
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled on 12/06/13.

A very dark black pour with gobs of lacing melding on the glass and thick foam retention. Spice rye is prominent, strong roasted coffee with nuttiness, grainy coffee, bitterness felt at the end. Smooth and robust at the same time.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack our grumbler and pour a brew of the deepest chocolate amber. It holds a brief one finger head of soapy tan bubbles. This leaves spots and jabs of lacing down the sides of the glasses, with a foamy ring circumferentially to crown. Carbonation appears mild, while a chill haze permeates the liquid. No sediment is noted. The aroma is surprisingly fruity. Notes of fusel booze, strawberry, big pink bubblegum esters, floral and citric hops, and tangy sweet pineapple all mix off the bat for a refreshing pop. To balance is fresh dill, caramel and pale malts, chalky coffee roast, and a zesty soured bite of yeast. Our first impression is that the malts are much more present in the flavoring than in the nose, curbing some of that sweet and tart fruitiness with puckering bitterness. As we sip, both pale and roasted coffee malts are apparent. Waxy lipstick-like flavors, along with some puckering but juicy citric hops, bubblegum essence, chalky yeast, sweet booze, lemon rind, and butter-flashed figgy syrups mix and bring us to the peak. Here, we get a pale muskiness, plum and honeycrisp apple sweetness, and a sweeter, balancing side to the caramel malty base. The finish is a wash of bitterness and pucker, with huge citric hop bite, medicinal phenols, booze fumes, tannic dryness, and the thick roast of raw coffee. The aftertaste breathes of citric hop cone and stem, bittered minerals, herbal bitterness, booze, more charred malts, and the drying, tannic astringency of black tea. The body is on the full side, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is nice slurp, pop, cream, smack, and froth to each sip, with a nice coating and initial pucker. This drips down to wetness, but the mouth is left with a final drying bite on the breath. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips a bit more slowly.

Overall, what we liked best about this beverage was its boldness, and nice mix of flavoring. The nose painted the picture of something curiously sweet and fruity, which was nicely intriguing. The flavoring, however, was a departure from this, with big hoppy bitterness, and drying pucker by the end of the sip. This made for a nice contrast, and kept you guessing throughout. This bitterness might get to some who may not be expecting such a bite on such a sweet-seeming beer, but this guy remains drinkable, and is a tasty treat.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black pour with a khaki head with pancake batter bubbles. Spotty lace after each sip.

S - Citrus hops, brown sugar, piney.

T - Hop forward, citrus, grapefruit, balanced nicely with a solid malt back bone, rye ads different elements of hop zest. Feel is a bit too much of an acidity bomb.

O - Solid Rye IPA that had good complexity and flavor.

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Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a high brown cola colored foam that held nicely. Slight carbonation noted. Minimal lacing.

S - Has a very aromatic hoppy smell. Almost a floral scent. Notes of spices as well.

T - Tasted like a typical black IPA. Had a pronounced hoppy bite typical of an american IPA but tempered by some earthy spcies and a flavor of dark wheat bread.

M - I was pretty content after one of these. The scent was more potent as it warmed and the bitterness was perfect with my BBQ. Felt light for the ABV.

O - Not my favorite style, but I did appreciate this beer. Another nice offering from Firestone Walker, and for the brand alone I wanted to try this one. Lovers of black IPA's should enjoy this.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours dark reddish brown with a decent tan head. settles nicely with moderate lacing.

piney-citrus nose with a slightly roasty smell.

citrus-grapefruit up front, followed by a nice roasted malt flavor with a slightly bitter malty finish.

decent mouthfeel, thickens as it warms

a nice rye-pa from firestone and worthy of trying

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Photo of Kacid
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: thick 1.5 finger creamy off-white foam which receded quickly into a fine film above the beer, looks more like a porter than an stout IPA, brownish black, with more reddish brown around the edges

Nose: Chocolate, Dark malty grain, distincty floral hop pines, slight bitterness in the nose, incredibly aromatic, slight notes of coffee, hop seems to predominate, once warm smells of sweat (hops)

Taste: strong bitterness, alcohol and hop bite, residual happiness. Noticeable alcohol but it is subdued. Bitterness is strong and predominantly hops rather than dark grain, as it warms it sweetens and smells of sweet dark berries.

Overall: a good brew which is balanced but expected more stout flavour and a heavier body, rather than a simply a grainy malty IPA

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Photo of mrmkahn
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this out of a tall boy poured into a snifter at about 54*F.

A- The beer poured a deep brown with a slight transparency. There was a quarter-inch, off-white head. Virtually no lacing.

S- There was a strong aroma of floral hops when I opened the bottle, but once poured, the hops aroma virtually disappeared. In the snifter there was a rich roasted scent followed by a dark chocolate essence as well.

T- When the beer first hits the palette there is a strong taste of spice and roasted malts. There is a slight taste of molasses and chocolate but those quickly fade into the background. There is virtually no floral hop profile as the beer goes down. I was left with a strong bitterness on the front of the tongue and a slight alcohol flavor in the back.

M- The beer was smooth and balanced if not a little thin. No resiny character to it nor was there much carbonation.

O- Having tasted some of the other Firestone Walker offerings, this was just okay for them. I'm glad I tried it, and it stands as a solid sampling of a Rye IPA, but not my beer of choice for Firestone Walker or the style. It's worth a try, but I don't think I'd grab it again, particularly if the Double Jack is available.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capped bomber served into a wine glass, the village of Wookey finally gets its 15 minutes of fame here in the New World from our Union Jack guys. Pours a nice dark brown and fairly clear and bright for an unfiltered ale. Offers crimson highlights and an inch of pourous tan foam. Good retention and rings of lace.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of hops and roasted/chocolate malts. Bit resinous but not too potent. Good balance for the style as hops aren't too blatant and malts are more complex than just making the beer dark like a few I've seen.

Taste of roasted malts with a background of hops. Finishes with a bit of char and a rather light bitterness but a good dose of texture to the base grains. Touch of dark fruit as the pour settles in exchange for a bitter hop finish. Does offer some bitter chocolate on the close which keeps the feel from being too thin.

Overall hoppy but not, malty but not. So I guess that's good for a Black Pale Ale. Auto logged off again a minute ago and data lost. Why do I review live??

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in color. Appears black in the glass, but shows to be a slightly translucent dark brown when held to the light. Forms a moderate sized light tan colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Predominantly roasted malts with some citrus, pine, and a slight metallic note.

T: Taste is full of roasted malts, some char, a slight bit of smoke. Hints of vanilla, citrus hops, and chocolate. Rye comes in fairly strong on the finish offering up a spicy component to the char-derived bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a moderate dark malt bitterness and a mild tannic astringency. Medium carbonation.

O: A decent Black Ale, but certainly not my favorite. Not sure I cared much for the interplay between the rye and the heavily roasted malts as each seemed to bring out the worst in the other.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz black foil capped bottle, from Tipsy's (great name) Liquor World in Denver's far-flung west side.

This beer pours a solid brown-tinged black, with pervasive red cola highlights, and a tower of puffy, foamy and rocky beige head, which leaves some broadly spaced layers of sudsy ringed lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.

It smells of musty citrus and moldy forest floor pine coverings, gamey roast, lightly charred wet wood, bittersweet coffee, toasted caramel malt, a muted rye spiciness, an oily nuttiness, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is big and nutty in its roasted caramel malt backbone, almost equally matched in intensity by the clammy citrus, pine and floral hops, a bit of smoldering woody ash, a flavour-free coffee-like bitterness, a hint of dry cocoa, subdued dark rye booze graininess, and more dank earth.

The bubbles are a bit finicky, but dismissed easily enough, the body a heady medium weight, generally smooth, as the early clamminess gets ironed out somehow, and maybe a tad creamy. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the roasted caramel, black rye, fruity hops, and simmering alcohol all a potent combo.

Like any situation where promoting the best qualities of a product where one's bias towards the perceived inherent flaws make said description pointless, I shall slog through and endeavor. So, this is indeed what it claims to be - black (i.e. 'burnt'), big and hoppy (the base IPA), and rye-offset (the use of additional rye malts). Oh, and approaching Imperial in alcohol strength - the integration there is something I can duly sign off on.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

September 26, 2014

22 oz bottle, tulip

A – Pours dark brown to black, with excellent clarity, dark tan foam on top. About an inch of medium-thick head, slowly fading to a nice thin layer of foam on top. Despite the color, has a somewhat light visual impression.

S – A lot of elements of a porter, a dark, sweet maltiness with hints of toffee and chocolate. A ton of hops follow, with some grassy, citrus aromas.

T – If I hadn’t seen it, would probably peg this is a straight higher-alcohol APA or American IPA. The dark malts add some of their own bitterness, but some thicker malty carbonation aids in the balance. Again, some toffee and maybe vanilla from the malt, citrus and a touch of tropical from the hops, slight alcohol warmth.

M – Despite a ton of hoppiness, this is pretty full-bodied on the front, and has a sudsy thickness. Bitterness moves to the front and lingers on the palate.

O – Black IPA has a lot of room for interpretation, and I feel like this is a solid example of the style. Malty, fruity, bitter, and complex. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I may have gotten a bottle that was past its optimal freshness range, as I didn't get much of the Citra hops that many seem to be experiencing. The roasted malt was the key note, almost coffee like with mild cocoa as well. A little pine from the hops on the follow through, but again, not as pronounced as some others report. Still, a good darker beer that isn't swarming with dark or citrus notes.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured the Wookey into a tulip style glass. The initial pour left a couple fingers of foam which stuck really well to the side of the glass. This is a very dark beer, almost no light comes through.

The Jack smells really good. I like the hop prevalence coming off the top. The flavor is pretty well balanced. The hops come through really well. I also like the lighter coffee presence.

This is a very good black IPA. It is unlike any black IPA's I've had before. This makes for a worthwhile pick up.

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Photo of ricknelson
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firestone's Wookey Jack came in 8th in my recent 8 beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting; Wookey Jack got the poorest reviews with an average review score of 3.78. Unfortunately this beer was about 2 years old and was too old to properly judge. It should have been a lot fresher in all fairness.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose carries a nice bit of roast and chocolate malt along with a bit of rye and some nice citrus and earthy-pine hop notes. Flavor is hoppy with a nice underlying bitterness and moderate malt sweetness. Good rye component as well as dark malt sweetness. Medium-full body with medium bitterness. Quite smooth. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great color, inspiring, dark. Pale tan head, mixed texture.

Mild smell. Nothing offputting, perhaps a bit light.

Flavor is verry bitter: hops, bitter malt, orange and orange rind.

Mouthfeel is quite good: not overly rich, but still satisfying. Carbonation is spot-on.

Finish is not intense, long, bitter & orange.

Don't re-buy - there are many better options.

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Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque black with a creamy khaki colored head and possesses notes of dark roasted malts, citrus hops, coffee, a decent woody smokiness and a touch of Rye. This is a nice dark roasty brew with a hint of Rye, a somewhat Hoppy backbone, a smooth drinkability and a slight alcohol warming at the end. Needless to say it is delicious...

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Surprising. Not walk in on your best friend and girlfriend "surprising," but a lil off the beaten path. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, this bad boy flies around for a while; but then like John Daly, it ends up being pretty par for the course. A lil dark, a lil hoppy, a lil boom boom in the zoom zoom, and a lil too bitter in the end.

Raul doesn't mind popping it, but like my fish oils every morning, it won't be a daily thang.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.