Wookey Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American Black Ale
4.27 | pDev: 8.67%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Anders91 from California

3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: almost black, thin white head

Smell: hoppy, with a bit of malt

Taste: hoppy, but well balanced by malt

Feel: smooth, prickly

Pretty good IPA, but not world class imo

Jan 14, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/19/14; drank 8/17/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black hue.

HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

A mild nose of creamed coffee & orange citrus.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Iced, creamed coffee up front with a muted grapefruit bite finish; pickle juice & a overly bitter finish emerge as this warms; not very good.

Dec 30, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours quite dark? Moderate kakhi head. Great caramel / cocoa aroma. Great flavor: dark roasted malt, lots of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, gentle bitter hop finish. Sweet and smooth. Appropriate carbonation. Overall a great black ale, I hope they decide to brew it again. Note: this beer is 2 years old and still tastes great - the hops were much more pronounced when it was fresh, still a great beer.

12 oz bottle dated 8/30/16
4.25 rating

Oct 16, 2018
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(Written July 23rd, 2015) My first Review!

22OZ bomber. When I bought this it was sitting in a refrigerated cooler at a grocery store, and the date on it was 12/19/14 (at over 7 months old); my guess is, being chilled, it retained most if not all of it’s hopped flavor. It was a very good beer, with lots of hop flavor, and a very heavy mouth-feel. It poured very dark, with a nice, light, caramel-colored head. It is one of the better (if not one of the best) IPA type beers I have had.

Jun 13, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Wookey Jack"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 01/05/16" so a year and 5 months old
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness; A friend of mine introduced me to Wookey Jack about a year ago. He had a 6-pack at one of his parties and I ended up drinking almost the whole thing. It immediately became one of my favorite beers. I love that it's hoppy, but not so much so that the malt can't compete, and that the rye shows clearly; and looking at what I've got in front of me, given that it's well over a year old, it's surprisingly hoppy - I could smell the hops when I opened the bottle. Anyway, I'm not sure when this was discontinued but I haven't been able to find it - I'm sure there are fresher bottles around, in fact this one from Total Wine & More was probably bottled before the ones that I got from my friend! I bought it anyway, despite the price, because I like it that much; and to be honest, upon tasting it now the malt has held up extremely nicely as well. There's a touch of oxidation there, sure, but it's not bad, I'm still enjoying it. All of the dark chocolate is there, the softer fudge-like and caramel notes, the roastiness, the spice from the rye, and the pine and citrus from the hops - and if there's one thing that's missing it's that the citrus seems to have waned a little. Oh man, I'm going to miss this one. Hopefully I'll come across some that's been discounted and I can buy up the lot. I said before that if the new Leo v. Ursus beers were all as good as the Forte it would be worth it to discontinue some others, but sitting here with one in my hand I doubt that. This is the best black rye IPA that I've ever tasted, and probably one of my top 10 favorites - or at least one of my top 10 favorite dark beers, that's definite. A moment of silence. ... ... ... Wookey Jack, you will be missed.

Jun 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a black body with a three finger off-white foamy head, leaves some clingy slightly foamy lacing in rings. The smell has some slightly roasted coffee. There is some rye, slight citrus/pine coming through in a spicy sort of way. The taste is mainly bitter, some slight coffee - but mainly subdued, hopped - yes, but balanced and extremely flavorful. There is a dry yet bittersweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, its about a medium, comes across fairly sessionable - maybe perhaps, and the ABV slightly felt. Overall, I’d say this is very good for a Black Ale and I would come back to this.

Jun 04, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a standard 12oz into a short stem tulip glass. 8.2% ABV.

Look: Awesome jet black color, almost no head of foam, trace amounts of lacing.
Smell: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, hints of coffee. Very subtle pine as it warms.
Taste: Much more hop forward. Bitter, piney, much more coffee. Even malt character that gives it a necessary balance. Really nice profile.
Feel: Low but sharp levels of carbonation, smooth but sticky. Pretty light body.

Great beer overall. Incredible aromas balanced by a hop forward , malt balanced Rhye IPA. Exactly what you'd want and expect from the style.

May 03, 2017
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MikeyBadnews from Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't feel like writing a review, but this deserves it's high ratings. I don't see many black IPAs but the ones I;ve tried don't compare.

Smells like chocolatey alcohol, creamy malts, clean water, bitterness if you look for it.

Taste blends hop bitterness with the roasted creaminess of the rye.

Mar 07, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I REALLY like this one. Never had this style of beer before and I was incredibly surprised with how great it was. Citrus and bitter hops along with chocolate (similar to orange laced dark chocolate). I can't wait to try more of these styles of beers.

Feb 15, 2017
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demian317 from Colorado

4.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bomber.
Dark ruby hue, fantastic French bread nose with enough yeasty undertones to accentuate a buttery mouthfeel. Alcohol proportionate to the IBU content. Bread, faint Nutella notes complimented by brisk hop overtones notable of the style, but this is, thank God, not another smash mouth IPA ubiquitous these days. Old school and very delicious.

Feb 05, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours nearly black, with a frothy light brown head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke, pine, spruce, citrus, a little tropical fruit, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: It might be dark as night but the hops jump right to the front with pine, citrus, orange, grapefruit, and lemon, tropical fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, and peach, backed with roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, a faint hint smoke, spicy rye, earthy herbal notes, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, just the right carbonation bite before going down silky smooth.

O: It's an absolute shame this beer is going away. I really hope Firestone has a change of heart and opts to make this a seasonal (at the least) instead of ushering it into retirement. What a truly wonderful beer!

Jan 31, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled on August 30th 2016.

L: Very dark brown almost black, Finger width tan head with excellent lacing.

S: Roasted malt in the form of caramel and pine and citrus hops.

T: Pine and citrus hops up front, mellow into the sweeter malt, not completely balanced but still good. Pepper presence from the Rye.

F: Light bodied, dry mouthfeel.

O: It's decent but lacking complexity.

Jan 02, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black/brown color with a grey/beige head. Pine and citrus with malt. Taste follows nose pine and citrus hops blend with sweet malts and dankness. sweet mouth feel of malts and some lingering bitter hops . 12 oz bottle is perfect

Dec 30, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

blackish color with a tan head that leaves some patches of lace. pleasantly aromatic. notes of citrus, orange and lemon perhaps, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, earthy pine and grassiness, peppery spice and toasted malts. mouthfeel seems appropriate - medium light with a bit of creaminess to it.

Dec 25, 2016
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brewaddict from California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/16/16 from notes:

L - Pours a cola color with a thick cream colored head
S - I get mostly malt and caramel
T - Creamy medium toasted malt with hop finish
F - It's a little thin and dry
O - My brain always thinks stout when I drink dark beers, but the black IPA is a unique experience.

Dec 14, 2016
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dannycohen62 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 10/6/16 into a tulip glass.

L - black with a one-finger khaki head, some bubbles visible, tons of lacing left behind
S - roasted malt, touches of chocolate, pine and citrus
T - follows nose, roasty chocolate leads with a hint of espresso followed by piney bitterness from the hops, a little bit of citrus juiciness
F - moderate carbonation, nice semi-dry finish
O - incredible balance in this beer, a medley of classic black ale flavors with no one element overpowering the others

Dec 05, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a half pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark brown with a very large thick brown head. The aroma is hops, pine and some malt. The taste is a very strong blend of malt and hops with some detectable alcohol. A very good beer.

Nov 26, 2016
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Radcpa from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great dark brown appearance with some head and a low carbonation level. Very hoppy aroma. Taste is very smooth hoppy and fruity with no hint of alcohol aftertaste

Nov 23, 2016
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Impetuous from Montana

3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good head leaves light to moderate lacing on a lovely deep soil brown black.

Rye is present throughout; it's spiciness is the first thing to hit the tongue and it permeates through out adding to the fringes of the hops and combining with the malts general profile.

Feels quite smooth and lightly carbonated throughout but the rye makes it feel more tumultuous and thick than the carbonation implies.

Quite good.

Nov 15, 2016
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lwcreasy from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I'll admit to not being a huge fan of the I.B.L. style in general. But honestly I would drink a hop milkshake if it was made by Firestone Walker. Let's see if these guys can convert me to the dark side.

Poured in a tulip glass. Big fat, creamy, tan-colored head. Looks great! The body is dark, dark brown and opaque. Retention is very good, and the tan lace slides beautifully along the curved glass for a kind of aesthetic lagniappe.

Deep tangerine notes to greet the nose. A little pineapple. Spicy, grainy malt and the aroma of dark bread. All of this complementary to a rising (and strong) herbal hop punch. Light peach, nectarine, and low yeasty funkadoo are all there to add to the complexity. Very nice, though there isn't a whole lot of dark malt character.

In the flavor, we get a strong rye bread impression. It's spicy, and a nice podium for the tangerine hops and nectarine esters each to sing their respective songs. Last half of the sip features the herbal notes, and the dryness of the finish makes the malt character seem almost pretzel-like in the after.

Medium in body. Spritzy, wonderful impression of carbonation really elevates the experience. Quite drinkable for that ABV, I reckon. Pretty darn good all around. I guess this is another style I haven't given the fair shake. You live, you learn.

Oct 27, 2016
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer, really sad to hearcots beong discontinued. This one has everything - toasty roasty malts and chocolate with piney resinous hops and a touch of spiciness from the rye. Great balance of flavors. yb

Sep 28, 2016
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer, I wish I had more than one of them right now. It's a great mix of an IPA and a dark beer. It's probably the smoothest IPA I've ever had.

Sep 09, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So this is a 2012 bottle that has been refrigerated since purchase.

Deep brown in color and semi clear on the edges with a large amount of head that settles to just a touch. Minor lacing as it drinks down.

Hops, pine, citrus, malt, and a touch of sweetness on the nose.

Sweetness, malt, hops, citrus, and a bit of oak on the tongue.

Mouthful is medium and semi even with a bit more bite on the back end. Carbonation is average. Finish is dry.

After 4+ years this bottle lost little. I am impressed that FW held up that well considering it was shipped cross country, shelved, and then refrigerated. I would venture to say that this fresh is best but do not shy away from a properly cellared version.

Sep 05, 2016
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Dash of Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat from Briess, De-Bittered Black Malt (Weyermann - Germany/Patagonia malting - Chile), Dash of Wookey dust. Hopped with German Magnum (bittering), Citra & Amarillo (flavor/aroma and double dry-hopped).
8.3% ABV, 80 IBU's, 45 SRM.

Pours out to a very dark brown, near black, forming a tall creamy dark tan mousse like head with beautiful retention and lacing. Very nice looking beer. The nose at first reminds me of Liberty Ale with it's yeast esters and it's floral hop character. Very nice, bright floral nose. I love floral hops. The mouthfeel is smooth, pretty soft, with a medium dense body, a moderate astringency and a dry finish. The taste is mostly floral hops up front, followed by a well balanced malt middle. I don't get much in the way of roast, and while black IPA's don't have a ton of it, my favorite examples have more roast than this. Closing your eyes, you can't tell it's a black IPA. The yeast esters are nice. Lots of hops in the finish.

Aug 22, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle copped at Total Wine and More. Pours a dark, burnt hue. Pleasant combination of malts and hops give this black IPA a hallowed showcase to it's name. Despite the mix, seemingly well-balanced. Interesting brew but not a huge fan.

Aug 05, 2016
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