Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 607
Hads: 4,224
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
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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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Reviews: 607 | Hads: 4,224
Photo of Sludgeman
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, $7.99, big pour into a nonic pint.

A – Two-finger head, rocky, slow to dissipate, healthy lacing all throughout the drink.

S – Huge flowery aroma, like a bouquet of knock out roses. Daughter came and sat in my life and said I smelled like mangos.

T – A little sweet, a little peppery, nice hoppiness but not overwhelming. Some light roast malt. Finished with some bitter/peppery hops.

MF – Minerally, mildly sharp, unassuming carbonation.

O – Can’t stop thinking about the huge bouquet of an aroma this beer presents from start to finish. This beer has made me reconsider my tendency to avoid rye beers. (635 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Three fingers worth of slightly cascading active light brown colored head comprised of loads of huge chunky bubbles... Excellent retention the ultimately yields to a full rich layer of lacing... The color is a rich deep dark brown with a very distinctive ruby red hue... A good bit of light leaks in around the edges... Mostly still - just a couple of stray bubbles can be seen at the bottom of the glass the seem to disappear into an abyss never to be seen again... Loads of lacing cling to the side of the glass...

S - A unique mix of insanely fresh hops... It's like I'm sticking my nose into a bag of hops I plan on using for home brewing... There is a very light spicy rye component... Fairly one dimensional, but a rock solid very pleasing one dimension...

T - Much more complexity arrives on the palate... The spicy rye component is dialed up more than a notch or two and adds a wonderful depth... It still takes a back seat to the stellar mix of fresh hops... A bit of dark fruit lies beneath the surface... A very light malty sweetness linger as well...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Clean... Crisp... Even and consistent... Brisk carbonation... Goes down very easy...

D - Oh yeah, that's good... On of the best American Black Ales that I've encountered... I have nothing bad to say about this brew which is another outstanding example of Firestone Walker craftsmanship... All that, but I love the name... (1,426 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stunning American Black Ale! Bottle picked up at the brewery in November. Pours a murky dark auburn that's approaching black, with a surprisingly light coloured head.

Knock-out aroma of pure "west-coast" hops. Wish I could name the specific hop medley, but no simple terms like pine/citrus/mango even begin to give this credit - it's none of those standards while presenting the best of all of them and perfectly balanced with its chocolate malt supporting cast.

The flavour is also hop-forward, with dark roasted malts fleshing out the body and rye notes most evident during the bitter finish. The 8.3% ABV is very well hidden - I hadn't read the bottle and had no idea until logging in to BA - with only a hint of alcohol warmth near the end.

Very sad to only have one bottle. Highly, highly recommend! (810 characters)

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

Well, that's pretty outstanding - deep, dark brown/black. The head's frothy, darker tan than most and is sticking with each and every drink, ring by ring by ring, all the way down the glass.

Grapefruit and earthy on the nose, but with some deeper malts behind the fore.

Spicy, prickly, green and citrus hops are first to reach the tongue, followed by the rye, which rounds out in the mouth nicely, earthy, grainy and seemingly deeper tones than that offered elsewhere. It then closes with the malts settling quietly, roasted and sweet.

Soft, well-balanced carbonation, popping the tongue to begin and then closing sticky, wrapping to tongue to maintain presence.

That's a great beer - there are a lot of new rye-based and black IPAs coming out on the market, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one this good. Oddly though, my affection for it may not mirror that of other beers I've ranked this highly - can't tell you why. The brewery? The style? No telling, just don't feel it. (986 characters)

Photo of WSGosset
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This is a good looking beer. It is deep black, but not quite opaque. Pours with a tight one-finger head, not to mention nice lacing. Good retention.
S: Hoppy with a hint of bitter chocolate.
T: Nice balance between hops and malt, but you can definitely tell it is an IPA. As the beer warms it smooths out quite a bit, with the malt character coming to the front and the hops becoming more apparent as part of the aftertaste.
M: Smooth, medium weight.
O: I'm really impressed both by the overall balance of this beer, as well as by the way in which the taste evolves over the course of a pint. (596 characters)

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

Bottled on ??/06/12
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense black body with a sandy light brown creamy head with bubbles on top and a microbubble collection right below the head.

S- The full green woody hops come though eve during the pour with a earthy malt aroma to follow. There is a some cat pee notes that grow in the hops as the beer opens.

T- The slightly dry green woody hops have a slight mint quality to them with an earthy pungent dark hops finish. There is a big pungent hops flavor that lingers but not any bitterness with it. The finish also has a slight salty note to it that adds some interesting depth.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The big hops flavor is dark and pungent with some nice malt support. This beer is full of flavor but is very drinkable and the lack of bitterness in the finish is really nice. (897 characters)

Photo of Chas58
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at Central Liquors in Flemington NJ into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours an inky black that screams Porter, but with a much thinner head. The head does extend an inch high and leaves lacing along the edges, it does dissipate very quickly. A tan colored head builds and dissipates a beautiful aroma.

Smell - the first hint that this might be something special, and a little mind blowing is the aroma. I get huge hints of grapefruit and citrus and pine. A beautiful mixture, but without the maltiness or caramel one would expect based on the inky black beer sitting in the glass. the aroma is very reminiscent of Double Jack, but with a slight bit more potency. The aroma is fantastic, and lasts throughout the glass. The aroma that Firestone Walker gets from its hopping is truly one of the great skills of craftsmanship.
Taste - The first taste is spectacular it contains the wonderful citrusy and piney taste that was apparent in the nose, but with a very rich and complex maltiness. The hops are clearly upfront and the maltiness and bite are in the back of the taste.

Mouthfeel - this comes across with substantial carbonation and a strong hoppiness and a residual coating reminiscent of a porter or even some sweet stouts. Unlike most Double IPA's this has a sweet stickiness that does remain. It is very nicely balanced with the heavy hopping.

Overall - This is a spectacular beer, not for the faint of heart as it is very hoppy, and very complex, although in my opinion well balanced as are most Firestone Walker beers. This is a beer that will impress you with the pour, impress you with the aroma, and impress you with the taste. This beer will make you go out and find another. Try this, you will be pleased. (1,774 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this for 8 bucks from Halftime beverage. Looking forward to it since I love any beer I tried from them!

A - Like a deep dark porter this one is a pitch lack shade of darkness. Head is just a 1/4 inch but seems to have kick ass lacing and the lace ring itself stays around for a bit.

S - Initial smells from the bottle are rye forward with mildly bittering pine/citrus hop zest and some Porter like roasts in the mix.

T - A bit harsh at first but I will be damned even with the drying factor of rye this beer is exceptionally smooth. Bold ashy roast clash with bittering pine eventually rounding to a citrus zest. The finish itself is kind of dry with bittering pine and mild rye tones. Not bad.

M - Medium, bitter, kind of chewy.

Overall next to RyePA from Founders this one takes a pretty good take on a dry rye beer. I think if it was just a Black IPA I would love it more but don't take my review too harshly since I hate rye beers in general. (971 characters)

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

a beautiful black pour with 2 fingers of off white head and excellent lacing. smells of pine trees, caramel, roasted grains. lots of hoppy scent. the flavor is piney bitterness up front, a slight sweet ruby grapefruiness, despite being a dark ale, it is very very sweet and hoppy. the rye just adds to an exquisitely sweet flavor profile. medium body, high carbonation with a nice stickyness and creamy feel on the lips. this is an excellent beer of any profile.. whether you stick it in as an ipa, a rye ale, a black ale.. it is fantastic for all of the above. (561 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says 11/09/12

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that bears great retention time before slowly meandering down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and full tufts of surface foam. Solid, semi-thick lacing.

S- Sharp, grassy hop bouquet that's rounded out well by the rye malt. Very pleasant actually. The hops are wonderfully floral and citrusy.

T- That's what I'm talkin' about. Flood of glorious hop bitterness that''s perfectly in contrasting unison with the rye malt. It's not quite as bitter as Union Jack, though. Much more enjoyable. There are tropical fruit notes but they're distorted, in a good way, through the semi-roasty malts. Also some light spice.

M- Delicately creamy and robust. Medium carbonation is on point.

O- Such a great beer on so many levels. I'm having trouble finding a single flaw. (898 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from hokiechef (great extra!). Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep dark brown with a finger and a half light tan head that recedes quickly but leaves a good bit of lace.

Aromas of piney and citrus rind hops. A little dark malt and pepper too.

Taste is a great blend of piney hops, grapefruit rind and roasty malts. Tropical hops blend with bittersweet dark chocolate covered coffee beans. A little booze is noticeable but it drinks extremely smoothly.

Creamy/ oily slick medium feel with a comfortably zesty carbonation. Long roasty hoppy aftertaste.

One of the best American black ales I've ever had. Fantastically balanced, keeping both hops and dark malts in the spotlight equally. Dangerously quaffable for over 8% abv, I had no problems drinking an entire 22oz. (793 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours opaque black with ruby brown edging where light can penetrate. Head is light tan, a little less than 2 fingers thick, and with good retention. Leaves a firm layer of microbubbles atop the surface. Strong lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on strong notes of grapefruit, pine, peppery rye, and touches on toffee sweetness.

Taste - Starts, and ends, with a lot of grapefruit hop character eith lesser pine. Moderate pith bitterness. Malts are subtle, nearly hidden in fact, but what does come across is toffee, caramel and with ghostly traces of mocha, mostly mid-taste and toward the finish, touches of smoke, and then the rye hits. The aftertaste imparts a nice peppery rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Smooth. Somewhat creamy, though nowhere near that of a stout. Goes down with relative ease. Somewhat chalky on the finish. The 8.3% is well hidden.

Overall - My second pass at this beer, and I'm enjoying it more so than the first attempt. Not quite the ideal amount of roasted malt character I look for in what, in my mind, is needed for the perfect black IPA, but it's a marvelous brew nonetheless; one that continues to grow on me the more I have it. (1,238 characters)

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

Date Dec. 6, 2012
Type/ Style Black Rye IPA
Package 22oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 8.3%

Aroma: Hops, Grapefruit, Citrus

Appearance: Black, 2 finger head retention, great lacing

Body/ Texture: Full bodied, spice from hops on the tongue.

Aftertaste: Citrus, Grapefruit, Melon, A lot of bitterness upfront that quickly dissipates and provides a delicious well balanced beer.

Overall: 4/5 Awesome beer from FW, Flavors balance out and the citrus from the hops is a really delicious treat. (490 characters)

Photo of Joshpu
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Poured nearly black in color with a 2 finger tan head. Already seeing lacing on the glass.

S: Mainly getting the piney citrus hops. I also get the roasted malt/coffee/rye smell.

T: The taste definitely follows the smell, with more of a prominent roasted malty and slight coffee bitterness finish. Also getting a peppery rye finish.

M: Medium bodied. A smooth drinking beer, definitely doesn't feel like 8%. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall a great beer. I think it's an outstanding example of an American black ale. (564 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pourA dark brown with about an inch of frothy light tan head. Nice sticky lace.

The aroma has nice citrus malts with some spicy rye in the background. Some hints of roasted malt in the background. A bit mellow hops on the pallet with some hints of spicy rye. Roasted malts giving a solid backbone.

The body is medium and lingers on the pallet. Soft carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable. Would like a bit more of a hop presence on the pallet but this one is sound. (506 characters)

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. (442 characters)

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. (412 characters)

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A one fingers worth of head, dissipated to a lacing pretty quickly, but has good retention. A pretty caramelly looking head.

S: Smells amazing, perfect mix of Rye and Hops. Chocolatey, caramel, a nice pine note without being overpowering, a hint of citrus, candied fruit, a little nutty as it warms,

T: Extremely well balanced, the malts and the hops really work well together. One of the few beers that I've had which the aroma actually matches the taste almost perfectly. I would say that the pine note is much more present in the taste than it is in the aroma, but other than that it is pretty spot on. Doesn't drink like an 8% beer (maybe 6%).

M: Nice dense mouth feel. I wouldn't say creamy or syrupy, it's lighter than that, but has a substantial viscosity to it.

O: This is the best example of a dark hoppy ale that I have had so far. Call it what you want, Cascadian Dark Ale, Black IPA, or American Black Ale...who cares, it's damn tasty! (956 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a foamy tan head with excellent retention
S-roasted malt, citrus, some pine
T-man theres alot going on here. Tons of citrus and pine bitterness followed by some roasted malt and sweetness in the finish. Very complex, everytime you have a sip you taste something different. balance is exceptional
M-medium bodied
O-Possibly the best black ale I have ever had. It has great balance while still being full of contrasting flavors that are right up front. Look forward to trying more of their beers. (514 characters)

Photo of jmaharaj
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really good. My two favorite beers are IPAs and stouts, yet I've never been a fan of Black IPAs. It usually seems like an odd mash up where roast just awkwardly falls into hop. This is well crafted and cohesive.
A deep brown beer with a light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving lazy sparse couds of foam. Smells wonderful with everything promised hitting the nose instantly.The hops hint at tropical, the rye is sharp and spicy, and the dark malt says charcoal. Nothing dominant, nothing drowned.
A little sweeter than expected, which works well. I cant really pinpoint the sweetness or its source but it carries the burnt malt into the hop finish so that dry and bitter is featured instead of exhausted. No single element dominates but all have their say, you taste the roasted malt but quickly get mango and papaya from the hops.
Medium body and average carbonation serves this beer well. Easily the best Black IPA ive had, although do I have to consider it in its own category- Black Rye IPAs? For now, until somebody does it even close to as well, this is the Black IPA. (1,091 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only when held directly to the light does its seemingly black body give way to a deep chestnut brown. The head that is left on top is frothy and thick, coating the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.

The scent of hops are what jump out first, and rightfully so considering the style. They’re rich and earthy, piney and sappy. Fresh green peppers come to mind. Soft notes of wood and roast and a touch of dark chocolate are located beneath its hoppy facade. The rye isn’t overstated but does impart a pleasant spiciness to the nose. This is both aromatic and complex and I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan already.

Lively green peppers and pine needles give a fresh zing to the raw wood and earthy character that lies beneath. A dash of cocoa powder is sprinkled on top and adds a touch of sweetness near the finish. The higher abv helps to accentuate the earthy and piney bitterness that extends into the finish. The rye gives a clean overall spiciness to the taste that compliments the hop character.

A tad thinner than I had anticipated but not off-putting. The body still carries a nice weight to it and has a subtle creamy feel that the spicy character cuts into. The only indication of its alcohol content is the warming feel it leaves in the chest. For such a big beer in terms of the style and abv, this is very clean and balanced.

Wookey Jack is the first offering I’ve had from Firestone Walker and I can begin to understand why they are regarded so highly on this site. The fresh green pepper hop character reminded me of Hill Farmstead’s Society and Solitude #2 that I was lucky enough to sample. A very well crafted beer in my opinion which leaves me looking forward to the next offering I have from them. (1,740 characters)

Photo of hctap00
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Thick tan head lingers and sticks to the glass. Very nice.

Piney and herbal hops up front. A bit of alcohol. Then some malt sweetness and maybe even from fruity esters. No, definitely some dark fruit aroma as it warms.

Keeps improving as it warms beyond what I thought would be ideal temp. Hops hit the palate first. Very refreshing. Herbal and piney again. Malt lets you know its a "black" IPA, but is not too much of a factor. Not much roasted malt. A bit of sweetness through the middle. Then I get fruity flavors, maybe fig? Could use a more prevalent and complex malt bill. Then the hops return, carry through the finish, and linger. Still getting the esters in the finish as well, maybe too much.

Very creamy. Maybe from the rye? Can feel it lining the insides of my mouth still.

My initial disappointment quickly turned into satisfaction. Exactly what I was hoping for from this beer. More subtle than a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, which is a good thing. Recommend this one for sure. (1,012 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a black amber streaked hue with a one finger off white head.

The smell featured piney hops and toasted malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted malt that have way to waves of piney malts and finished with a soft caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and exceptionally toasty black IPA. (366 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin brown head. Looks more like a brown ale, considerably lighter than most. Leaves some nice lacing.

Pungent hops. Classic pine and grapefruit. Some light coffee/roast.

Wonderful balance of bitterness, hop flavor, malt sweetness and a touch of spicy rye. Really think they hit the rye sweet spot in this beer. Fantastic.

Sadly I have only the one bottle. Right up there for black ales and another winner from FW. (417 characters)

Photo of VeganBrewz
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first glass from the bomber I'd purchased poured a deep, nutty brown and had the viscosity of thinned-down maple syrup. Silky and totally black in the glass, with about a finger of dense, dark tan head that fades to a thin film of bubbles and leaves light, sticky lacing that follows the beer down the glass as you drink.

The Amarillo and Citra are really on display in the nose - an immediate burst of grapefruit emerges followed by dark fruit, caramel malt sweetness and slight bitterness as it warms.

Taste is pretty close to the nose - big, bright grapefruity citrus up front with some burnt-coffee acidity and deep roasty malt character, finished with nice, crisp hoppy bitterness. The initial citrus fades quite a bit as the beer warms, and the malt and acidity become the primary flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with sharp carbonation tingle lingering, slightly bitter alcohol finish.

Overall, this is a really well designed beer. I'm newish to black ipas/cascadian dark ales/etc but I'm constantly amazed at the things that various brewers are able to pull off within the style, and this one is no exception. Firestone has a great brewmaster on their roster and it shows. (1,193 characters)

Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.