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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 654
Hads: 4,401
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.11%
Wants: 317
Gots: 879 | FT: 16
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 vladdswrath
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours like dark chocolate, with a heavy, memory foam head. The aroma is light and flowery, which surprises you after the dark, stout like pour. The heavier malts are there, you just have to really dig in to find them. Probably because this is an IPA and not porter, despite its disguise. The taste is equally tricky. It tickles your toungue with sweetness, but right when you are expecting the creamy chocolate flavors to kick in it switches up on you, again going light and citrusy before coffee notes finally show up and drown everything else out. It's a very unique flavor, no doubt. Mouthfeel also fluctuates, feeling heavy than light than heavy again. There's a pretty high ALC hiding in here as well, as you can feel the burn that is also hiding in the background.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 10/16/15. Pours black as a starless night with dark ruby edges. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of rich citrus (tangerine, pineapple, orange) over a slightly sweet malt base with a strong caramel note and a subtle rye spiciness. Underneath the fruity esters a dark malt presence lurks, but never makes it to the forefront.

Light medium body with a rich smoothness that is slightly oily at times and has a bit of creaminess in the finish. World class carbonation with a strong effervescent middle and a roiling finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding, but falls short of world class due to the failure to completely cover the alcohol. Slightly sweet fruits lead and flow into a caramel based sweetness prior to the middle. The middle brings a moderate bitterness that is rind in nature (orange, not grapefruit). Dark malts arrive with more of a char rather than roast character along with a mild rye flavor and even more subtle spiciness. As the bitterness subsides, caramel makes its strongest influence and, unfortunately, so does the grain alcohol flavor and slight astringency. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a slow fade of alcohol, char, caramel and rye .

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Photo of Fdough1
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Pours almost inky black. Good smell. Taste starts on the front of the palate and keeps going to the back. Great mouth feel. I am a love of firestones IPA so this one adds another dimension with the black rye.

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Photo of LastMalkieri
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this beer. I'm generally not a huge fan of black ales, but this one really blew me away. Very smooth and easy to drink, and the taste was great. Definitely pick this up if you get a chance.

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Photo of Glengosch
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this Rye IPA. Imagine cracking open a bomber and getting a balanced, yet strong aroma of pine and citrussy goodness. Hops. You pour it into your favorite glass and it has the not-quite-black color of a porter. First drink gives you a bitter complexity of flavors. As you drink further you can appreciate the hops and toast flavor. Then a bitter aftertaste that's not too overwhelming. Solid beer. Great cold weather beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black IPA, Hoppy Stouts and Strong Ales - these are among my favorites. Firestone delivers.

A: A two-finger off white, dense head over a dark body with lots of lacing.

S: Very hoppy with pine, grass, pepper and a bit of tart citrus. The roasted malts are mild.

T: Roasted malt core with great chocolatey mouth feel and flavor on which ride the hops - mostly pine, earth, and grassy, with floral and fertile over ripe layers. Good meditation beer.

M: Good feel, full body and lighter carbonation. Nicely dry late in the finish.

O: Firestone builds a great Black IPA long with the best.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour, some lighter brown highlights. Chocolate, meat, coffee, some grapefruit hops. Flavor is roasted malt, a whole ton of fruit - some dried stuff, raisins, prunes, then some citrus grapefruit. Really a delicious brew. Smoke at the back end of this one. Body is medium to full, kind of a halfway stop between a porter and an IPA. Very nice. Overall another great hoppy brew from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 5/12/13

L: Pours a near jet black with little head.

S: Right off the bat is a noseful of fresh, sticky, resinous hops; somewhat grapefruity. The second is a sort of sticky, bready maltiness often found in DIPA’s. I’m also getting a fair amount of rye spice. Add these together and you get a terrific aroma.

T: Resinous hops meld with strong bready, caramel-like malts that don’t quite taste roasted, but definitely let you know they’re of the ‘dark’ variety. Strong grapefruit flavor. Rye taste is also present but not terribly strong, especially towards the finish which is on the sweeter side. Despite thorough hoppiness, this beer is only mildly bitter, and much of that bitterness is roasty in nature.

F: "Chewy, is that you?" -- just kidding, but really though... Medium-full, lush, thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome name, awesome use of rye, awesome beer.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a local bar. I love Firestone but this is not one of my favorites. Layered but not in a good way, a bit of burnt malt sweet and chalky coffee. I imagine I could have experienced better at a different pub.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first "Black IPA" experience. A pleasant experience. Black as night. A roasty aroma. Taste is roasted malt and caramel balanced against a nice piney hop profile. Nice carbonation, a little thin in the mouthfeel. Overall, I enjoyed the balance. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the IPA. it may be a gateway for me into the Rye IPA field. I will definitely be finishing the 4-pack.

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Photo of seedyone
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I'a huge Firestone Walker fan so there were expectations. The appearence is black as night. The less then pure white head gives way to a vague lacing. The roasty aspects & rye dominate the aroma & flavor to the point of distraction. I had hoped for so much more.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wookey jack IPA.

22oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while cross border shopping. Bottled June 26, 2015

Appearance - evil looking dark black coloured beer. Impressive two fingers of beige head with great retention. loads of sticky lacing behind on the glass. Lots of bubbles rising up to create a frothy top that lasts for a number of minutes.

Smell - dark and roasty aromas, with plenty of citrus punchy some caramel notes blend nicely with the sweet citrus of pineapple, mandarin orange and a small element of grapefruit. Nose isn't as big as expected, although the bottle is not at its pinnacle of its freshness.

Taste - plenty of roasty malts with some browned caramel malt flavours, lots of citrusy hops and a rather sweet and smooth finish. Flavours not as bold as I'd expect from a big black IPA, although freshness could be an issue here.

Mouthfeel - smooth with good carbonation, ridiculously easy to drink. Modest body and a juicy finish.

Overall - a very good beer, that I think that having a fresh bottle would put this over the edge and put it into truly great category. A little more citrus and bitter hops would make this truly marvellous.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

A: Opaque. Large amount of foam and persists.
S: Intense roasted aroma. Moderate hops: citrus and grassy.
T: Roasted coffee. Orange peel and grassy. Moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Full bodied.
O: The spicy character from rye is not obvious. Decent black IPA though.

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Photo of me4657
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark blackish brown. Nice craggy head fades to sustained oatmeal froth. Good lacing.

Substantial body without being viscous; pleasant!

Caramel and roasted malts, pleasant bitterness throughout attains full expression in finish.

Intense!

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Photo of mabermud
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown body. Thick and creamy head that is light brown.
Smell: Some hops and some malts. Nothing discerning at this time. More hops than malts. Refreshing after smelling a Fort George Fresh IPA that is an assault on the senses with hops.
Taste: Surprisingly nice taste. Pine and not so sweet malts. With the taste, the grains are at the forefront, and the hops are in the backseat. 60/40 split. Nonetheless, this is good to go.
Feel: Medium. Not crisp. Far from astringent mouth feel at the end, but it's there.

Overall - I would like a fresh bottle. Malty goodness with hoppy niceness.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, almost black. Crisp, hoppy, slight roastedness. Clean roastedness and bitter hops mostly in the taste, although there is a great sweet malt taste to it. Definitely tastes like a big beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big stout tan froth that doesn’t move over opaque ruby black. 4
Leaf and resin fresh hops with just a speck of roasty meat char and root beer. 4.25
Black grape, dark chocolate, licorice, then slammin’ resin, spearmint, herbal, and resin hops. 4.25
Sarsparilla end and numbing minty linger.
Medium, round, chewy, chalky. 4

Junior Mints! Big, fresh, sticky oil and just hints of black - definitely not the stout side of things. Only hitch is I’m losing the rye. But top 3 BIPA, for realz. 4.25

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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 shea117474
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6-21-15. This beer may not be as fresh as I've had before, but I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer and how it ages. The hops may have faded, allowing the silky/oily texture of the rye to come through.

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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 edward_boumil
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass
L: Very dark, with hints of reddish brown. Small head, little lacing
S: Very citrusy for me. Some piney notes but lots of fresh citrus on the nose. Hints of sweetness as well
T: Hoppy, definately an IPA, but surprisingly well balanced. The hops impart pine as well as citrus flavors. They make their presence known without being too assertive, which I appreciate. Also a bit of that roasty malt on the finish.
F: Smooth, but definately a bit dry. Sort of pulls the moisture out of your mouth. Goes back easy though
O: Great beer. Love how the hops are balanced in this one. Definately would recommend.

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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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Olney Place in Penn Yan, NY.

This pours a dark black, with a half inch off white head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like dark roasty malt, chocolate, burnt pine, and some grapefruity citrus.

This is definitely one of the upper echelon Black IPAs out there. This makes sense, as Firestone Walker is one of the upper echelon breweries out there. The "black" and the "IPA" are well balanced, one doesn't outshine the other a whole lot. There's a great slightly ashy dark malt flavor, roasty, with a burnt pine hoppiness, some grapefruit, and some grassiness. Feels a bit earthy.

This has a nice creaminess to it, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a fully thick body.

This is a pretty great black IPA, certainly one of, if not the, best ones out there.

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Photo of Miller138
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer
Poured out of bottle - nice, dark tan head and rich, dark chocolate color
Caramel and slight licorice hint in the nose
Brilliant complexity - lots of chocolate and caramel malt flavors complimented by a nice spicy hop finish.
Has a warm mouth feel and body without having a syrupy quality.
To me, this beer combines some of the best elements of an IPA, Porter and Old Ale
Really great job by the brewers

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wouldn't consider IPAs, Rye or dark beers my favorites but when you combine them all its perfection. Based on the color of this beer I was expecting it to be heavy but it was medium body and crisp. A little roasty-ness lots of resinous earthy dank hops. I enjoyed this one very much.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.