Wookey Jack
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Black IPA
Ranked #5
Ranked #1,939
4.25 | pDev: 8.71%
Oct 19, 2022
Mar 11, 2012
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Rated: 4.14 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by Resistance88 from California

Jun 22, 2022
Rated: 3.48 by blackcloud from Alaska

Sep 16, 2021
Rated: 3.78 by tyjohnson55 from California

Aug 24, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Aug 21, 2021
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served on tap at the Firestone Walker Tap Room at Paso Robles, California.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a foamy, one to two, light brown head with fairly long retention and decent lacing.
S: Aroma of medium roast coffee and molasses aromas predominating for the most part.
T: Nearly semisweet. Interesting combination of black coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and plum. Nicely balanced with bittering hops causing a clean, refreshing finish.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Full mouthfeel.
O: Enjoyable. This looks and tastes an awful lot like a Porter/Stout.
Jul 27, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Gorgeous beer, black with high beige, fluffy head, lots of sticky lacing. Soft bitter aroma, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, dark bread. Taste is light, as in not overwhelming, but tingly sharp on the tongue, mellow bitterness on the palate. Complex but easy to drink. Nicely done!
Mar 29, 2021
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Reviewed by simonrgilbert57 from California

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A really excellent beer that makes me want to explore more black rye IPAs. One of the best looking beers I've ever had--color of a porter on the light side with a head of an IPA. Laces beautifully. It has a short, hoppy nose. Taste is excellent with the dry hops coming out from front to back of the mouth. Feel is a bit boozy and ever so slightly overcarbonated but that's the only real downside. Superior brewmanship from Firestone Walker.
Feb 27, 2021
Rated: 4.52 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by jakecattleco from California

Jan 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Altrurian from Portugal

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Reviewed off a note I made back in 2013 or so, even though the review is being submitted in 2020. Pours inky black, with a tight, small ecru head. Good lacing. The smell is not roasty, but lightly floral and fruity; more apple than berry. The taste is of a smoky, bitter roastiness. There’s a bitter aftertaste, but a clean finish. It’s like bitter chocolate, with a hint of ashes, leaving (perhaps despite these similes) an overall quite good impression. The feel is that of smooth, foamy carbonation. Great beer! Too bad it’s evidently no longer out there.
Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 4 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 09, 2020
Rated: 4.73 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Anders91 from California

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%
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
Rated: 3.81 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 4.25 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

Jun 01, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by atlandy from Georgia

Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by Buannaich from Colorado

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by 911CROFT from England

Aug 11, 2017
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Rated by fckedup1287 from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer is delicious, and rich and amazing!
Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Jul 30, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by Nace4 from Virginia

Jul 19, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Jun 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by mwvman from Indiana

Jun 17, 2017
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Reviewed by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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 all of it. 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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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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
Rated: 4.23 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

May 14, 2017
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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