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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: 309
Gots: 841 | FT: 18
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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Reviews: 636 | Hads: 4,331
Photo of gcasher
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a bottle.
Pittsburgh does not have distribution, so we have to be wary of age. This bottle was dated July 31, 2014. The pour produced a fluffy mocha head. The beer appeared black. The taste was similar to a nice Porter with waves of the washing over it. All in all it held up great over the past year.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best score I came up with at Khoury's in Las Vegas, the only shop in that city with this beer. Was nice to see it at almost every store in Reno when I came home.

Brown pour, 1/2" head on it, looks good. Nice hoppy aromatic dominance in the aroma department, didn't allow any roasted aroma to take over, I think that means they probably used that dehusked black malt. You get a lot of the nice hop aromas, tropical, grassy, green, pine, sticky icky danky.

Taste, nice, not massive burnt bitterness of lesser black ales, this was a light in terms of body black ale, but still dark in color, while letting the hops shine on. Alcohol pretty well stuffed under the rug and not prevalent on the tongue. Enjoyable contribution from the rye, more sweet than spicy in this connotation, but that black malt seems to absorb heat (of all kinds) a little better than others.

Some real good stuff here, really didn't want to let my last bottle go as an extra in the last trade, but spread the wealth, that's what I always say, when its a choice at least, not when its being forced upon you!

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark like a stout with thick and frothy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is nutty, roasty, and chocolaty but not very pronounced. Has a tinge of hop bitterness that peaks through the dark malt flavor. Flavor follows the nose. The mouth feel is very pleasant; slightly sticky, smooth, and gets creamier as the beer warms. Overall this is a fantastic beer, its got a little bit of everything. Highly recommend.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info on the label despite a spot for a date. Poured in to FW snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of bubbly light brown head. Spotty lacing.

S - Mix of citrus hop aromas, roast and spicy rye. The background adds some lighter chocolate notes.

T - Grapefruit and pine up front accompany a sharp bitterness. The middle adds roasted malts, chocolate a nice spiciness form the rye malts.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonatoin.

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Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting for a fresh batch to review. Bottled on 9/27/13, so only a few weeks old. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with three fingers of fluffy light tan colored head. Head sticks around for several minutes before it begins to dissipate, leaving thick lacing, and maintaining half a finger of height.

Big hoppy aromas, sweet orange, grapefruit, pineapple, light pine, some spicy peppery notes, and a little bit of caramel. Also some alcohol detected.

Very bitter upfront, citrus peel and pine bitterness with some dark roasted malt flavors, mellowing to some sweeter orange and pineapple with caramel flavors. Not much of the rye influence in the taste as the hops are really strong when fresh. Dry with lingering citrus peel bitterness on the tongue, with some alcohol in the back of the throat.

Medium body, a bit slick and oily on the tongue with some light carbonation. Very much a DIPA, with just a roasted malt accent on it. Pretty tasty overall.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For those not from CA...Bevmo is like heaven!!!

Pours a dark brown with light highlights. Good size brown head that is creamy and fluffy. Good lasting power.

Aroma of hops, malts, bread.

Taste is grapefruit, malt, piney and some light wood in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, much lighter than expected. Cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Very enjoyable. Very refreshing. Really like this one!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typically not a fan of black ale because many of them end up with a combination of smoke with bitter taste that simply comes off as ashy. But not this one. Beautiful dark beer with fluffy tan head that slowly dissipated and had decent lacing. Nice hop aroma. Nice sweet malt flavor with some citrus, maybe orange, and a touch of roast. Creamy, with just a bit of cloying. Overall an excellent beer that I enjoyed very much and am not a fan of the style, so that is saying something.

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Photo of vkv822
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head.

Big citric and resiny hops upfront. The resiny aspect of the hops blends well into rye spice and is followed up by a light roastiness.

Taste follows the nose, with lots of citric hops upfront blending into rye spice and light roasted malt.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

A very well done ABA, and one I would look forward to enjoying again. Definitely a more hop-forward example of this style, with the rye being a pleasant compliment and just enough roast to make it fit the style.

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Photo of beagle75
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with over one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very honest hops qualities ring out, smelling like new pellets in their hermetically-sealed bag. Lush pine, orange citrus, and overarching greenness are all present. A dark earthy aura hovers just off the main stage. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with coarse herbaceous hops, surprisingly bready malt, and aggressive acidity. Fruit is restrained but juicy and citrusy, with remarkable intensity and duration. Real darkness develops late, finishing with coffee-laced bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A really accomplished black IPA, with a hops-focused profile that, while not exotic, is brutally-awesomely honest in the nose. One might argue that it lacks representation of dark malt, but that person must not like hops.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with some brown on the edges. A huge mocha head leaves tons of lacing and sticks until the finish.

Smells of grapefruit and pine, roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of the rye.

Taste is very hop forward, roasted malts and coffee in the middle, with a rye dry finish, very similar to the aroma.

Texture is very smooth, medium bodied with a nice hop bite.

My thanks to David Walker, who hooked everyone at our table up with a free bottle of this at the FW tap take over at the Bruery Provisions. This and the Stone "Black IPAs" are turning me into a believer.


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Photo of WeedKing4
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Been lucky enough to try the Union and Double Jack, and now the Wookey Jack. Pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells very floral and hoppy, just lovely. Tastes of slight citrus with some rye malt coming through in the finish. Nice hop presence and good crisp finish. Very smooth mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles around the side of the glass.

S - Strong pine resin hop presence with rye and roasted malt undertones.

T - Big piney and grapefruit hops followed by a sugary sweetness, rye and light notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D - Great example of the style. Very tasty.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Been wanting to try this for a while.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smmels of citrus hops, piney hops, caramel malts, roasted malts, chocolate, and a little bit soapy. Pretty awesome nose; just a great mix of fresh hops and caramel malt.

t - Taste of roasted malts, citrus hops, caramel malts, chocolate malts, coffee, light pine. Taste is still very good, but less hoppy than the nose, and the malts dominate a little more. Not as balanced.

m - Medium body and low carb. Mouthfeel has no bitterness at all; super easy to drink for 8.3% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Black IPA; one of the best I've had probably. The nose is balanced really well between hops and malts, and it is very easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great example of a black IPA. The classic Firestone IPA taste - a subtle, fruity malt backbone accentuated nicely by citrusy hops - is backed here by a rich, roasted sweetness, for a beer that is complex but evenly layered, and, despite its ABV, remarkably drinkable. I taste cherries, citrus, and dark chocolate, countered by a light hop bitterness. A very classy beer.

My only complaint is that the head was rather thin and dissipated quickly, leaving little lacing along the sides.

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Photo of Silverpath6
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on Tap in a stemmed tulip at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX.

Nice appearance - dark black/brown - semi-opaque.

Great citrusy aroma.

Really nice and well balanced Black Rye DIPA. Not the most complex DIPA ive had, but I would order it again if I had the chance.

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Photo of AltBock
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber bottle with the typical Firestone Walker label with the lion and bear getting ready to duke it out. In between the fighting beasts is the name of the beer in big bold black letters. In the lower left hand corner in the small black strip along the bottom was a bottled date of 1/10/13. Around the cap is an easy to open piece of plastic.

Out of the bottle into a Big Eddy Snifter came a beer that was as black as a moonless night in the desert. It was as thick as oil, but they both have the same color. I was in denial of the blackness of the beer. Every time I put this beer to the light, I kept on seeing a reflection of myself in the glass. On top of this solid black brew was a 1/2 an inch light beige head of foam. Great retention that left behind a beige film and a ton of spots and streaks of lace around the glass.

When I got that hissing sound from the cap, that's when I got a strong whiff of pine. It wasn't a straight up pine aroma. I could detect some grapefruit mixed in with the pine. When it was poured, the grapefruit/pine didn't settle down. Behind that was some orange, a drop of tangerine, and some lightly bitter citrus/ herbal hops. After all that, the beer finishes up with nice roasted rye malt backbone. The hops won't jump out at you. The rye toned the hops down.

While the pine/grapefruit kicked off the aroma, it was the roasted rye that kicked off the taste. The rye lasts a few seconds before it lets through this interesting dry citrus fruit hoppy taste. It wasn't one taste after another. It was one big mixed taste. This mixed ball of taste contained slightly bitter citrus hops, a hint of black licorice, grapefruit, pine, and a splash of orange peel. Very good and very flavorful.

This was a medium bodied Black IPA with a long lasting dry and roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was all about the roasted rye. There were some citrus elements in there as well, but I could tell that the aftertaste was all about the roasted rye.

Thanks to this beer, I'm starting to like the American Black Ale style. The malted rye in this beer mixes well with the citrus hops, grapefruit, and pine. It was also nice that its not an expensive beer. You don't need to break the bank for this beer. Would I drink another one? I could go for another fresh bottle in the near future.

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Photo of Setmup10322
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker describes this beer as an IPA for dark beer fans, and I completey agree. I tend to prefer maltier beers in general, but I found this brew to be a nice balance of hops and malts for a fairly smooth, easy drinking choice. The pepper was noticeable, as was the hint of rye -- neither were overwhelming, but made for a unique taste.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a generous two inch beige head that morphs into eternal darkness in my chalice. Lacing is scant. Hop influenced head is very impressive.

Aroma not very profound. Tones of citrus and pine mainly.

Here's where the horses run otta the gate. Beautiful rye spice pronounced with a charred grain with some smoke. Citrus emerges with piney tars evident. Maybe it's just my mind but I'm also picking up on cocoa powder in the back.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a snap-very crisp. Hops do linger throughout.

I've had this on and off in the past few years but lately been craving back for this. A spectacular all year round craft. I'm sure black ales are tough but this has been nailed. Really can't say enough fine things.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a massive off white head. Thick lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: Burnt malts, cocoa powder, pineapple, pine, grass, and grapefruit.

Taste: Hops start the beer off and give a moderate amount of bitterness that is balanced well with both the rye and malts! hops are citrus, pine, and grass. Little bit of roast and a little bit of chocolate. The rye adds a nice spicy taste to the beer.

Mouthfeel: on the light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer drinks like its 5% great drinkablity. This beer is creamy.

Overall: I gotta say before wookey jack I thought that New Gluarus Black Top was the best Black IPA that I have ever drank. I also thought that it would be difficult to find a better Black IPA; Firestone Walker proved me wrong. The X factor for wookey jack that makes it better is the RYE. The rye adds this spiciness and great complexity that just works so well. Let not forget this is a very affordable bomber costing around 6 to 8 dollars.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 8.11.14. Drank 1.16.15. 22oz bomber poured into a 18oz Tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with three towering fingers worth of light fluffy head. When head to the light, highlights of maroon can be seen slightly within the body. Head dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing all the way down. Drop dead gorgeous in the glass.

S: The roasted malts blend with sharp piney hops to remind me of summer campfires in the North woods of Minnesota. Very calming and balanced. Some lemon rind to leave a clean aroma after the initial hit of smokey pine.

T: Burnt pine, caramel malts, tangy orange/grapefruit. Finished with a drying roasted grain flavor. Smokey, ashy... just keeps bringing to that campfire.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, similar to Founders Porter and Spiteful GDPP. Slight alcohol warmth, finishes with a drying pine sensation.

O: Fantastic stuff. Similar, but completely different then the other black IPAs. Unique and worth exploring... begins to blur the line between IPAs and Porters.

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Photo of narwhal
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black pour from large format bottle - fantastic mixture of rye sourness & hops on both the aroma & taste - not a very heavy mouthfeel but really smooth. I would have wished for a tiny bit more bitterness, but I'm not complaining, this is fine beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a thick one finger caramel head with medium retention and leaving a constant plate.
Delicious aroma full of tropical notes, pineapples, canned peaches, tangerines, passion fruit, mango and toasted malts.
Bold flavor with notes of citrusy hops, lots of spices, grapefruit, grape juice, rye, licorice, pine resin and finishing with roasted and burnt coffee beans. Very dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting burnt note.
Medium bordering full body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 8.3% could not be more hidden.
That is a superb Black Rye IPA. Original, bold in flavors and hops (80 IBUs) and still very drinkable. My taste buds are completely soaked. Recommendable.

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Photo of gr0g
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and opaque, capped with 2+ fingers of tan foam. Excellent head retention with plenty of lacing. Pine and grapefruit aromas usually associated with hop bombs are present, and they mesh with dark, roasty malt aromas to produce a pineapple-like aroma. This is something I've encounted in other strong, hoppy beers, especially American Barleywines and Strong Ales. That pineapple is somewhat fleeting, though, as the aroma settles to a piney, resiny state. Bit of soapiness that's off-putting.

The flavor is all IPA - hop flavors are firmly in control. Apparent bitterness is less than, say, FW's own Union Jack IPA. Rye's dry, distinctive character is noticeable. Darker malt flavor notes are subdued by the overall hop-forward character. Pineapple, grapefruit notes. This is in DIPA territory in terms of ABV, but there's no intrusion of alcohol into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is much like a top-tier IPA in terms of smoothness and oiliness.

I found this to be a well-done IPA in a dark suit. The addition of rye and dark malts add a nice twist.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a small white.

The smell is citrus hops, lemons and grapefruit.

The taste is tropical fruits and just a little bit bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall although it looks like a dark stout it is infact a hopy ipa, without much malt flavour at all.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a Guinness glass. Deep black with a half a finger tan head. Smells of pine,hops, orange peel. Taste follows the nose. I'm also getting some roasted malt and faint hints of Baker's chocolate. Very pleasant and easy to drink. I could easily finish a 4 pack while watching a football game on TV.

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