Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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698
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4,601
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4.23
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%

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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%

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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of lsummers
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark porter like thickness with limited light coming through. I was very impressed with it's dark reddish brown color. The lacing wasn't much to look at, neither was the head. The smell was that of an imperial ipa, hops, citrus, floral, not so much rye though. Very attractive smell though... The taste was incredible, normaly rye beers for me aren't as big a hit for me but this one hit home. The taste is that of caramel, hops, floral citrus notes with a bit of burnt aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't anything special but it doesn't detract, just something I wouldn't say adds. Overall I would definitely pick this beer up again, and if I ever saw it on tap somewhere, it would be the first beer I tried there.

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Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee-colored brown nearing black with a thick, rocky ecru head. Pungent pine with a rough citrus rind edge juxtaposed against brown sugar and coffee grounds. Hops soften as it warms - grapefruit zest, green tea, and new evergreen growth. Dry and clean - goes down in gulps. Another great hoppy beer from FW.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams signature pint glass.

Appearance: Very and I do mean very dark brown almost opaque but against the

Smell: Barley if you ask me, not so sticking smell but seriously appetizing after taking a sniff.

Taste: Complex caramel, you taste how bitter it is but offset with a weird sweetness. Yes it is still a light floral but you can't complain drinking this piece of heaven.

Mouth: Yes that good, almost a borderline five with so much stickiness and hauling after-taste.

Overall: This beer is at the top of the food chain when it comes to Black Ales and Black IPA's, flavor so complex and intrciate that it blasts your palates. I will buy it again as long as it is in stock (hopefully), Salud!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very dark brown, the head was a light tan color with a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer is nicely balanced with the roasted malts and the hops. The taste of the beer has a great flavor to it. The malts are there and slightly roasted but not chocolaty at all, the rye gives of some light spice and the hops come in and bitter the beer nicely but not overwhelmingly. The mouthfeel is great, it's medium bodied with generous carbonation with a nice smooth feel to it. Overall it's damn good brew. Highly impressed, would totally drink this one again.

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

A: Pitch black with a light brown, fluffy, bubbly head. Some head retention and lace. Blood red when held up to light.

S: Everything you'd expect is there. Fresh, American hops, spicy rye, and creamy, sugary, roasted malt.

T: Very tasty but not mind-blowing as I expected. But I guess I shouldn't have expected that. Parabola, on the other hand...anyway, the American hops, roasted malt, and rye come through and create a pleasant experience. No booze, either.

M: Extremely smooth and delicious. Little carbonation. So easy to drink you won't believe you've finished the bomber.

O: The flavors come together well to make this an awesome example of a unique version of the style. With so many Black Ales out there, this is different enough to merit high marks.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a medium brown head.

S: Orange and rye in the nose.

T: Rye, vanilla, orange and grass up front followed by malt in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: The rye adds a nice touch to the black ale/black IPA style. This was my introduction to said style, and I didn't quite get it yet. If I try it again, I might like it more.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown with ruby clearly visible at the edges; 1+ finger light brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: piney hops with citrus in the background;

T: deeply roasted grain up front; citrus at mid-palate; smokiness from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness at the finish; smokiness lasts a long time;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: wow, is this good!

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

22 oz bottle into tulip
Review from notes 10/23

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. Two finger tan head with great retention.

S - Pine, floral, grassy. Exactly what I want in a Cascadian Dark Ale, plus a little bit of rye spiciness. Some sweeter tropical fruit aromas, too. Not much in the way of roasted malt aroma.

T - Rye bread, dark roasted malts, pine and grass. None of the faint sweetness I got in the aroma, this is an earthy, piney, slightly spicy treat.

M - Medium body with a very dry finish that works perfectly.

O - A fantastic beer. One of the best CDAs/BIPAs I have had, up there with Deschutes and Stone offerings. Really great combination of flavors, and the addition of rye to this style was an inspired and excellent decision.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark brown with a thinner than head and good lacing.
Smell some hop with some barley. Reminds me of Burton baton
Lots of hop bitterness upfront with some barley taste and malt taste mid and a bitter finish
Mouthfeel is good but seemed kind of sticky to me

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Photo of ac22rush
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a light tan head maybe 1 finger and dissipates quickly decent lacing.

Tons of roasted coffee carmel and toffee in the nose mixed with juicy citrus and some slight piney notes. The nose isn't as powerful as I thought it might be.

Tastes great lots of dark roasty chocolate malts and huge hop flavor lots of great resin and pine with hints of floral and citrus throughout. Love the balance in this beer 80 IBU's in this monster but the malt easily goes toe to toe with the hops and the 8% alcohol content is hardly noticeable. Its says there is rye in it I don't detect the flavor but there is a certain spiciness which could also be the hops that add to that.

Love this beer great sipper and warmer. I could definitely pick up a few more bombers of this without a doubt. Firestone Walker is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries! Cheers!

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottled poured into an IPA glass. Bottled 5/28. Drank 9/8.

A - Brown, approaching black. 1 finger head. Fades quickly. Billowy foam.

S - Molasses, coconut, and applewood bacon... is that even possible?

T - Hints of mango, bitter espresso, anise, and pineapple. Bitter espresso/grapefruit rind finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Better cold, because as it warmed, it took on more of a syrupy complexion.

O - Although not generally a fan of this style of beer, I can appreciate the tastes and complexities of this beer. Recommend you try...

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Photo of Slatetank
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse served chilled in a tulip.

The color is black with a thin pale creamy head with tight bead and thick lace rings collect on the glass -retention is good. The smell is very aromatic with hop esters that are both tropical fruit and grapefruit with some pineapple and the nose has some light caramel sweetness also. The feel is pretty great with big tangy citrus and bitterness from the hops moderately high with light sweetness and mild spice texture with low alcohol in the feel.

The flavor hits the palate with lots of tropical fruitiness of grapefruit with a mild pineapple and tangerine effect from the hops with mild spice and some more citrus flavor as the dark rye moves in the fruitiness and slight caramel and dark fruit notes with a luscious lasting hop flavor which blends well with the rye foundation. Overall this is a great Imperial black rye the hop flavor is consistent with other FW beers -lots of flavor without overdoing the bitterness -I love that -a true pleasure to drink.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a big ipa fan but this was a nice surprise, looks dark but with obvious carbonation, smells hoppy and floral, taste is a perfect balance between sweet and bitter, a great black ipa.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 03/04/13

Pours out looking like a stout with a black body you can’t see any light through and a khaki head. Great lacing and good head retention.

Sweet citrus fruit and pine hop aromas. The rye peeks through with a nice little spice.

The taste opens with a hit of hop flavor and bitterness upfront and the bitterness lingers throughout the taste which is nice. This thing is heavily hopped. Big citrus and pine flavors. The malts come through nicely as well providing rye spiciness, roastedness, and breadiness.

Medium bodied and carbonated. Goes down smooth. Very nice.

I’m glad Firestone Walker is now available in Texas. This beer is superb. Haven't had much to compare it to in the Black IPA category, but it is delicious. The added rye is a nice touch.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Dark brown with a small mocha colored head. The head stays active and forms a thin ceiling of bubbles that stays until the last sip.

S - Pungent hops, green pine, orange, grapefruit, rye really comes out strong as it warms up.

T - Roasted wet grain, orange and grapefruit oils, some sappy pine mixed in, sharp rye really stand out and adds a sharp earthiness. There's a faint smokey character, some sweet citrus, finishes with green, resinous, hop bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Nice pungent hop aroma with a nice roasty background. The rye really shined here and mix well with the hop profile. Good stuff. I did a blind taste test with another Black Rye IPA and the Wookey was the better of the two.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

bottle date 1/24/14 12:01
thick beutiful head pour inside two snifters.
super dark amber with good clarity only shown by using a really bright LED flashlight.
also revealed excellent carbonation.
nose is piney hop with some malty undertone.
taste is chocolate, molasses, hop and general goodness.
I really like this beer and highly suggest it. would love ot have one fresher but this is still amazing.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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