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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 637
Hads: 4,334
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 310
Gots: 845 | 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 russpowell
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/20/12

Pours a scarlet tinged mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Eoic lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness & grapefruit, not as assertive I would've hoped

T: Follows the nose, plus roastyness up front & little bit baker's chocolate as well. Roasty bitterness & grapefruit as this warms, then pineyness kicks in & grapefruit acidity. Finishes roasty with mucho grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, good balance for the style, a bit of warming booze

This is good but not upper ecehelon, give me a Stone's itteration on this style any day, but pretty nice & very drinkable; the abv is well disguised. Will try this again if I can find a super fresh bottle. Had this on tap & this compares favorably to that if memory serves me...

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a soft black color with brown hues around the edges. Good clarity and a soft off white head.

The nose is light overall. Some hints of malt and bready undertones. A light toast and maybe a hint of rye on the side. Some hoppy notes with more of a piney and earthy herbal characteristic. No real yeast notes, very clean.

The taste comes out a bit more versus the nose. More malty flavors with a light astringent roast note. Again a hint of rye but could be a softer malt accent. The hops also come out a bit more with more of pine and wintergreen-esk like flavor which lingers into the finish. Again no yeast off notes and very clean overall.

The body is moderate to light. Some astirngency in the finish but blends well with the hoppy herbal. piney notes. Some carbonic bite as well. Would like to see a bit more complexity but an easy drinking beer for sure

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From growler. Dark brown clear pour. Nice citrusy aroma, grapefruity in essence but not a totally generic C-hop profile at all. Flavor is citric up front with a malty finish that screams ’rye.’ Not very roasty. It’s a nice idea -- many black IPAs have a hollow roastiness that doesn’t mesh with the hops, but Wookey Jack’s main malt note in the flavor is rye, a tried and true hop complement. Well done.

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Photo of weonfire
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Mahogany/ almost a dark purple. Great Lacing. Off white head. Pencil think head is retained around rim.

S - Lots of rye, wood, earth and sweetness.

T - Frothy almost a velvety feel- something very unexpected in an IPA. Almost a chocolate taste. Love the rye and bitterness. 8.3ABVs hidden very well.

M - Frothy. Viscosity is medium. Cover mouth really nice. Alcohol give a tiny, tiny burn on tongue initially.

O - Excellent. Rye is outstanding. Alcohol is hidden soo well. Frothy taste is amazing. Certainly buy and drink this again. Best Black IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- poured into tulip glass. Pours black with just a bit of brown on the edges of the glass, huge and creamy light tan head with incredible retention, leaving thick patches of lace as it reduces. A perfect looking pour.

S- huge piney hop notes, slightly toasted malt with a bit of sweet caramel

T- piney and citrus hops give way to a slightly chocolaty sweet dark malt with just a hint of roasted notes, provides a bit of toasted flavor. Piney resinous finish that is dry with some caramel notes.

M- medium body with low carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a silky finish, perfect balance of alcohol

O- the is a style that I haven't had much, but I'm really liking it. This one has superb balance of piney hops and toasted dark malt. Would gladly drink this one again.

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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 flydudehsv
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle from Yosemite Valley's Village Store. Wookey Jack is the best Black IPA I've ever had. The aroma is an amazing blend of pine and roasted malt. Taste is perfect balance between malt and hops. Slight chocolate flavours with hops coming out in sweet lingering bitterness. 8.3% abv is well hidden, you'll have a hard time putting down this beer!

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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 Efay
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About 1 head of mocha foam. Not much retention, and not much lacing. Looks black, but you can see a chestnut hue in the light.

S- Agressive piney hops that attack your sinuses. A light citrus background and you can smell a light amount of earthly dark malt.

T-Not as aggressive as the nose. Initial smooth piney taste that ends with hoppy bitterness and bitter dark coffee malt taste after it all goes down.

M- Night and light with moderate carbonation. An easy drinker.

O- I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this was quite excellent. I usually feel that the abundant amount of hops and dark malt don't go well, but this is the contrary. The hops and malt compliment each other to make a very drinkable beer. However, I feel like it's lacking some complexity.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased somewhere in the greater Washington D.C. area (Cleveland Park Wines and Liquors representin'!) in 9-10/12, birthed on 8/21/12, poured into ma tastin' 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 2/13/13 over ~one hour.

A: 5- dark brown coloration, unfiltered haziness swallowing the light; creamy/frothy tan 2 finger head that lingers with tight bubbling, try to find the alcohol legs in the darkness --> awesomeness alcoholified!

S: 4.5 - dank, cat piss/almost bleachy (in a good way) --> definitely Amarillo and Citra in the flame out/dry hop additions; booziness but little maltiness/roast to my nose

T: 4.5 - PW bitterness (Warrior?), back of the tongue finally picks up the roasty brown ale qualities to balance out the dank, atringent dry aftertase; rye finally on display puttin' up the STOP sign, slight alcohol notes but danger, danger high voltage at 8.5%!

M: 4.25 - full body, moderate carbonation

O: 4.5 - I know that many beer nerds including me aren't crazy about the lack of commitment from black IPA/CDAs but this one might have changed my mind; the hop character ~six months after brewing really impressed me and makes me eager to try a fresh bottle or on tap; although to my buds it's the best of the style on the market, it's really an imperial rye black IPA; makes me want to try to brew one just like this; Prosit!

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is an amazing blend of pine and roasted malt. Great depth.
The taste is big on the pine bitterness accompanied by the malt sweetness. The finish is a dry bitterness. Really great.
The texture is smooth, yet crisp with moderate carbonation.
An impressive drink.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark bown, bordering on black body with chestnut hues beneath the dense, dark tan head which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered sticky lacing on its wake.

Awesome aromas of abundant pine hops with rye and other woody notes. Big pine and floral aromas, which appear to let in just a hint of sweet chocolate malt as the beer warms.

Palate coating, chewy hops highlight the flavor offering pine, woody and floral notes similar to the aroma. Re seed shows up as it warms a touch with a nice bread malt character as well.

Medium to generous carbonation with a full body of hops that coats the tongue long into the aftertaste.

A substantial beer that is quite delicious and one of the finer black ales I've had. Tons of character to please the senses and a great blend of rye and pine, just plain well done.

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

Enjoyed this bomber beer out of a Belgian tulip glass..

A: Pours a pure black hue with amber highlights with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Great hoppy aroma with a citrus background.

T: Smooth and nice and hoppy with some mild pine and citrus notes.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a really excellent Black IPA.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: 11/9/12

Poured into a balloon glass. Dark brown in color, topped by a rich and thick tan colored head. Clarity from what I can tell is decent, though the beer sits too dark in the glass for this to really matter. The head sticks around for a long time and definitely clings to the glass.

Aroma is filled with prominent American hops. It's abundantly piney and a touch citrusy as well. A small hint of alcohol, with some darker malt undertones. Really big and bold aroma, and this is exactly what one would want from this style. Close your eyes, and you would be hard pressed to tell that this is a darker beer.

Intensely bitter, with some roasted malt flavor. Rye spiciness is there, and not over the top. Alcohol is really present and this beer finishes like an Irish whiskey on the exhale, minus the burn. Very odd, and I am thinking that the high portion of rye malt probably carries those whiskey-ish notes. Doesn't taste very similar to the aroma though, which is disappointing since I was hoping it would match the amazing aroma.

Excellent, perfect carbonation. Full-bodied. Sticky, resinous hops. Smooth, no burn. Pretty fricking good...

Oh, man I wish that this beer was a little cleaned up in the flavor. The rye gives it a spiciness, the hops are packed in there and very dank. Really liked this beer and would put this at #2 for American Black Ale's for me.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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

This is one of my favorite beers. Pours like coffee with a thin tan head. Nose is slightly hoppy but with a sweetness to it.

To me this is what a Black IPA should be. Hoppy but very complex with delicious roasted malt flavors and a crisp IPA finish. The rye is what puts this over the top from good to great. I am a fan of RyPAs and Cascadian Dark Ales, so to me this is best of both worlds. The 8.3% is buried in flavor.

First time I had it was on tap at 1702 in Tucson and I continue to buy bombers. Not a huge Firestone Walker fan overall, but this and the Merkin are good beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black with thick tan head and lace ring. Citric, almost grapelike hop aroma with some hints of roasted malt. Real smooth, easy to drink, caught me by surprise on that, not a hop bomb but the piney, citrusy even grapefruit hops reall kick in and are balanced by some roasted malts and a touch of sweetness that I can only describe as bitter chocolate. The malts lead to a pleasant dry finish, not overly crisp or bitter and this is a very quality sipper and great example of this style (as this style seems easy to botch, apparently).

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SammyJaxxxx for this bottle. This is one of my favorite styles, and I have been wanting to try this for some time, so it was a great and unexpected extra.

Right off the bat, this is a beautiful beer. It's dark as night, and effortlessly produces a rich head that sticks around for a bit. Aromas are spot on for a CDA -- tropical fruit, pine, and tons of roast. It tastes every bit as great as it smells, and the bomber is gone before I know it. Another quality beer from FW.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The only black IPA/black ale I've enjoyed. I'd buy this again.

Pours pitch black and creates a fleeting soapy head.

The nose has a lot of resiny hops...not as floral/citrusy as a "normal" IPA... but I like it.

There is a lot of hop bitterness which dominates the taste with the hint of mint to give it some lightness. Enjoyable construct. This has some heft to the mouthfeel, which makes it a sipping kind of ale.

If all black IPAs had these fundamentals, I'd enjoy the style more often.

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Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with a small light tan head leaving very intricate lace.

Smell is cat pee and skuny hops, a little bakers chocolate, which grows as it warms

Taste is big hops, herbal and morso citrus flavor with a big bitter finish. Taste is rich and malty, dark chocolate. Alcohol is a bit to prominent.

Mouthfeel is malty, off dry, med+

Drinkability is pretty good, it's on the big side, more DCDA. Alcohol is spicy and drying, it gets a little tiring after a while.

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Quite a pour, with a huge ecru head that settles down to size as the fudge brown liquid rises, showing off some tawny highlights; clumps of foam cling to the pint glass

Smell: Toasted rye bread, caramel, pine and wintergreen

Taste: Lots of roast, up front, with the caramel, spicy rye and piney hop elements assertive through the middle; the wintergreen flavor adds another dimension to the hops, after the swallow, with the bitterness building boldly into the finish; finishes very dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very bold flavored ABA; I would prefer a less harsh hop profile and a bit more malt as the flavors are battling with my tastebuds

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

Wookey Jack is awesome. Who would have thought that Firestone would produce such a legit beer. This is very well one of the to Firestone beers around and worth trying. The flavor is bold and hardcore. A very rich and complex beer as well and good on tap as well in the bottle.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.