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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Been lucky enough to try the Union and Double Jack, and now the Wookey Jack. Pours a jet black with creamy white head. Smells very floral and hoppy, just lovely. Tastes of slight citrus with some rye malt coming through in the finish. Nice hop presence and good crisp finish. Very smooth mouthfeel and its quite easy to drink.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles around the side of the glass.

S - Strong pine resin hop presence with rye and roasted malt undertones.

T - Big piney and grapefruit hops followed by a sugary sweetness, rye and light notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D - Great example of the style. Very tasty.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Been wanting to try this for a while.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smmels of citrus hops, piney hops, caramel malts, roasted malts, chocolate, and a little bit soapy. Pretty awesome nose; just a great mix of fresh hops and caramel malt.

t - Taste of roasted malts, citrus hops, caramel malts, chocolate malts, coffee, light pine. Taste is still very good, but less hoppy than the nose, and the malts dominate a little more. Not as balanced.

m - Medium body and low carb. Mouthfeel has no bitterness at all; super easy to drink for 8.3% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Black IPA; one of the best I've had probably. The nose is balanced really well between hops and malts, and it is very easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great example of a black IPA. The classic Firestone IPA taste - a subtle, fruity malt backbone accentuated nicely by citrusy hops - is backed here by a rich, roasted sweetness, for a beer that is complex but evenly layered, and, despite its ABV, remarkably drinkable. I taste cherries, citrus, and dark chocolate, countered by a light hop bitterness. A very classy beer.

My only complaint is that the head was rather thin and dissipated quickly, leaving little lacing along the sides.

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Photo of Silverpath6
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on Tap in a stemmed tulip at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX.

Nice appearance - dark black/brown - semi-opaque.

Great citrusy aroma.

Really nice and well balanced Black Rye DIPA. Not the most complex DIPA ive had, but I would order it again if I had the chance.

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Photo of AltBock
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber bottle with the typical Firestone Walker label with the lion and bear getting ready to duke it out. In between the fighting beasts is the name of the beer in big bold black letters. In the lower left hand corner in the small black strip along the bottom was a bottled date of 1/10/13. Around the cap is an easy to open piece of plastic.

Out of the bottle into a Big Eddy Snifter came a beer that was as black as a moonless night in the desert. It was as thick as oil, but they both have the same color. I was in denial of the blackness of the beer. Every time I put this beer to the light, I kept on seeing a reflection of myself in the glass. On top of this solid black brew was a 1/2 an inch light beige head of foam. Great retention that left behind a beige film and a ton of spots and streaks of lace around the glass.

When I got that hissing sound from the cap, that's when I got a strong whiff of pine. It wasn't a straight up pine aroma. I could detect some grapefruit mixed in with the pine. When it was poured, the grapefruit/pine didn't settle down. Behind that was some orange, a drop of tangerine, and some lightly bitter citrus/ herbal hops. After all that, the beer finishes up with nice roasted rye malt backbone. The hops won't jump out at you. The rye toned the hops down.

While the pine/grapefruit kicked off the aroma, it was the roasted rye that kicked off the taste. The rye lasts a few seconds before it lets through this interesting dry citrus fruit hoppy taste. It wasn't one taste after another. It was one big mixed taste. This mixed ball of taste contained slightly bitter citrus hops, a hint of black licorice, grapefruit, pine, and a splash of orange peel. Very good and very flavorful.

This was a medium bodied Black IPA with a long lasting dry and roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was all about the roasted rye. There were some citrus elements in there as well, but I could tell that the aftertaste was all about the roasted rye.

Thanks to this beer, I'm starting to like the American Black Ale style. The malted rye in this beer mixes well with the citrus hops, grapefruit, and pine. It was also nice that its not an expensive beer. You don't need to break the bank for this beer. Would I drink another one? I could go for another fresh bottle in the near future.

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Photo of Setmup10322
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker describes this beer as an IPA for dark beer fans, and I completey agree. I tend to prefer maltier beers in general, but I found this brew to be a nice balance of hops and malts for a fairly smooth, easy drinking choice. The pepper was noticeable, as was the hint of rye -- neither were overwhelming, but made for a unique taste.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Not a whole lot on the nose, faint notes of dry roast, coffee and extremely weak resinous hops. Appearance: Black in color with fair lacing against the glass and a thin foam rim. Taste: Very strong bitter hops upfront with an extremely pleasing dark chocolate/fudge overtone the the middle of the mouth. The rye is definitely noticeable and it seems to be playing off the chocolate notes extremely well. There's some definite tropical fruit in here; possibly some mango/pineapple notes, not really getting grapefruit notes as you do in typical IPA's. Some more stout characteristics are here throughout the palate. Notes of deep, rich chocolate, dry coffee, super dry finish with roasted caramel and biscuit. Overall, this is really just fantastic. Super bitter, noticeable fruity flavors and dry stout notes. A+

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/20/13 (2 months old).

Looks good in the glass, almost black, with light tan head that sticks to the glass.

Smells like roasted grain and pine resin hops, with undertones of rye spiciness.

Tastes nice and hoppy - pine resin, spice, earth - along with robust roastiness. Pretty dry and bitter, only a bare hint of sweetness and even that disappears completely in the long bitter finish. The rye, roast, and hop flavors really complement each other. Great depth of flavor and quite delicious.

Smooth, cushy texture, just the right amount of fine carbonation.

Nice beer, glad to finally try it.

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Photo of gcasher
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a bottle.
Pittsburgh does not have distribution, so we have to be wary of age. This bottle was dated July 31, 2014. The pour produced a fluffy mocha head. The beer appeared black. The taste was similar to a nice Porter with waves of the washing over it. All in all it held up great over the past year.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wookey Jack opens to a hoppy aroma, pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and mint mixing with lesser touches of pine resin, dandelion stem, and grapefruit rind. A good measure of orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and peach fruit esters add healthy doses of sugar, playing nicely off of the citrus-centric hops. The sugars extend into heaps of brown sugar and candi sugar, adding a crystallized super sweet rim around the edge. Small chunks of toast crust and biscuit add some earthiness, as does a very, very faint edge of ash. As a whole, the nose is very nice, though the “black” part of “black IPA” is hardly noticeable here, and the peppery rye is largely subsumed beneath the massive quantities of hops and sugars. The nose is still excellent, however, speaking to a well-made IPA that boasts a wide variety of hop aromas.

On the tongue, the first notes are of hops, which bring pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, as well as lemon oil, eucalyptus, pine, mint, and lesser notes of dandelion stem, the flavors mainly geared toward minty and citrusy. These are met almost immediately by a wave of ash and rye, as if thick brown rye bread had been deeply toasted and sprinkled with fresh-cracked pepper. The blackness here is excellent, reminiscent of fine breads, but also containing heavy ash, bits of tobacco, black malt, and semi-burnt molasses. These black, ashy notes are strong enough that they largely take over the beer, which is impressive, given the strength of the hops. In subsequent sips, the exact same process repeats itself: an initial blast of hops, then, as the beer is held on the tongue, the black ashy flavors take over. The hops aren’t overwhelmed here, but mix with the ash (as well as the few orange-oil-and-berry fruit esters that manage to make their way through the black morass) to form a lemon-lime overtone that adds a refreshing citrusy relief to the blackness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the heavy ashy notes, with lingering bits of citrusy hops, and at least the ashy notes stay on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a full medium to medium-full, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is an excellent black rye IPA, and one of the few on the market where the black, ashy notes mix well with the hops; too often they clash horribly. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with an aggressive tan head. There's a ton of lacing throughout.

Loads of pine hops in the aroma with a roasty back drop. There's even a splash of brownie. Heavily aromatic.

It's a fantastic balance of the roast and hop bitterness, tipping the scale to the side of hops. Pine and citrus, to be exact.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

It's a damn fine black ipa.

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Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Not my favorite style, but this is a very nicely crafted beer. Nice balance of hops (I am a big Citra fan) and malts, yielding a very well concealed 8.3% abv.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Perhaps the best Black IPA I've yet to have this has all the elements for the style. The nose is very fruity with tangerines, grapefruit, mangoes, oranges and lemon but a light char and piney resin all come together. The flavor is fruity as well with tangerines and grapefruit juice, oranges and lemon. The backbone is a sizeable structure of malty char that is balanced and hefty. This drinks very easy for its ABV and is intensely flavorful.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Serving type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a belgian style tulip glass.

Aroma: A very nice, mellow citrusy hop aromas on the nose.

Appearance: This looks beautiful, looks like a stout or porter, black with a brown head.

Taste: Not a big citrusy hop flavor up front, pretty mellow, a light roasted dry character on the back end, not getting a lot of alcohol, very smooth, very drinkable for an 8% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, light feeling but not thin.

Overall: This is easier drinking than I thought it would be, I was expecting something like Union Jack, that I think is hoppier and has more bitterness. This is very smooth, a nice citrusy bitterness up front, a little roasted character on the back end, but surprisingly very drinkable. I think I need to try more black ales IPAs to get a better understanding of where this fits in the style, definitely worth drinking again and worth trying.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the City Tap House - Logan Square, Philadelphia. Served in a Tulip glass. Nice hoppy flavor to this one. Went down way too easily. I'll be back.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear ruby brown when pouring, two finger light tan head.

S-Roasted malt, some spiciness from the rye, burnt notes, all topped with bunch of citrus and grassy hops.

T-Starts with a blend of roasted malt and rye, but at the end of the day the citrus hop and bitterness prevail. End is a balance between all three flavors. As it warms rye seems to take over

M-Light in body, well carbonated.

O-One of the better Black IPAs I've had the balance is amazing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black) in color. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very subtle notes of roasted malts with very strong aromas of hops - there are pine/resin hops that dominate with some lighter influences of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Very nicely balanced since there is a presence of roasted malts and lots of hops but the beer is not overly bitter. The beer starts with light flavors of roasted malts with a much stronger presence of pine/resin hops and lighter citrus/orange rind hops. There are light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Great example of the style (American Black Ale/Black IPA) with only the subtle notes of the roasted malts and the stronger presence of hops flavors and aromas. Very enjoyable, glad I finally got the chance to try this one after the fiasco of this being distributed in NJ.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark brown color with two fingers of thick off-white head. Good amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops along with dark caramel malts and toffee.

A well-balanced beer with citrus and pine hops together with dark caramel malts and rye bread. Finished clean.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

This is a complex and very tasty beer from Firestone Walker. All Black IPAs should be this good.

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Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark almost black color from a draft pour. 3 fingers of head. Dissipated quickly. Strong hop aroma. Mild and balanced in the mouth. Loads of roasted malts, citrus, some rye definitely. Little bitterness but hidden. Very complex and well done. Very different. If you like ipa and stout, this tastes like a good marriage of both.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/31/2014

Black in color with almost no head. Smell is malty and grassy hops. Thinner mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Taste is boozy, hoppy/piney bitterness with hints of caramel malt, rye spice and chocolate. Good overall but was hoping for more based on reviews and my own enjoyment of both union jack and double jack.

Had again 12/24...much better. A great black IPA

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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours black. Not super dark black. No head. Smells great. Malty and sweet. You can taste the alcohol but without the over the top bitterness. Glad I got a chance to try it.

Wife's Review:"It is ok."

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wookey pours a deep deep brown but one can also see some garnet highlights below the tall beige head. The head is dense and pocketed with large bubbles. Some good sticky lacing is left behind.

Aroma is quite hoppy, in the citrus/floral vein. Malts have a very slight roasted smell. Perhaps even spicy rye.

In the taste the first thing I noticed, really slapped in the face, was the bitterness. Quite bitter. Hops have a mild citrus taste but are light and understated. Malts balance and hoist the hops well.
Since there is rye malts in the brew I was expecting some spiciness but couldn't find any. Roasted malts sutle and are complementory and not overpowering.
The feel of the beer I think is the weak point. It was smooth and soft but almost to the point of being flat. It weighted heavy on the palette and drink semi bitter. Had the mouthfeel of a Guiness.

Overall it's good. I like the way the roasted malts were sutle and complementory and understated, not overpowering. Some BIPA's are borderline porters and stoudts in my opinion, not that that,s a bad thing.

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Photo of surfbouy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 10/30/13
Appearance: Aggro pour from 22oz bomber into 16oz snifter yields a two finger café latte head that dissipates slowly into a thin layer. Thick and heavy lacing with nearly opaque, deep black cherry color and legs like a speed skater.

Aroma:Hops, spices, dark chocolate, coffee and mild caramel

Flavor: Dark chocolate, coffee, slight pine, rye spiciness, some biscuit? Very slight alcohol warming with medium bittering and slight astringency at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with dry/ bitter finish. Low active carbonation, very slight alcohol warming in the back. Slight astringency.

Opinion: I really like this beer. It’s very complex yet moderately session-able in spite of the fact of the 8.5 % ABV. I’m currently cellaring one and will probably do more.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 1/7/16

A dark cola liquid, thumbs width of dense dark foam slowly falls to a thin film leaving three partial rings

S passion fruit, guava, and pineapple shine through all the dark malt, lots of tropical notes in something so dark, citrus and chocolate syrup try to balance out the tropical notes

T spruce, dark chocolate, and char make their mark among the tropical hops, piney, maybe some licorice, everything's massive in this one, plenty going on

M has heavy weight, bubbles soften it up, bitter bite, slick inside, a little sticky outside, citrus and pine linger making you forget how dark this stuff looks

O not really feeling the rye malt but its hard to miss all this hops shining through the dark stuff, drinking a little too smooth for something that can hurt ya with ease

One of the better BIPA's on the market but the price tags tough to swallow even though its hitting every spot. I'm stoked to see Firestone on the shelf here in Alberta but sitting at twice the price of some solid locals its going to be hard to compete with the new found value coming from my 'locals".....

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.
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