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

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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698
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4,601
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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Reviews: 698 | Ratings: 4,601
Photo of nick_asian
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pretty much black with a nice tan head. Lacing is super solid, too.
S: A lot of hops and a little bit of bready sweetness from the rye.
T: Still a lot of the hops going on here with a good bit of piney and citrus notes. Really awesome earthy tones and still some sweetness with a balance of the toasty notes. A little hot in the finish, especially when it warms up, but it's a good touch.
M: Solid medium body. A little sticky and first, but that leaves quick.
O: Awesome beer. I'm a big hop head and i'm hella into this because of the earthy tones.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Rast
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Round one of the Great Snowstorm IPA Taste-Off (Ed. 2014)*

Pours a lovely hazel with deep head. Check this out though: the head is full of LARGE bubbles. I have no idea why or how, but they're big, and they're distinct. Lacing on the glass is less like a spiderweb and more like a mountain range. Very Sochi. Very Caucasus. My wife proclaims that it looks like scallops. Also very Sochi.

Aroma is vaguely smokey, and certainly more malty than hoppy. Ah, the glory of rye. Taste us powerful, but commendably, laudably, superbly balanced. Malts win the day, but the hops are ever-present. Fine medium mouthfeel, and cavernous rye aftertaste. Pairs well with Utz Ripples and winter Olympics.

*Rules: When significant snow likely to give you time to consume large quantities of birra is forecast, buy some up, and post 'em up.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a huge creamy tan head that persists forever before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of hops, no really, piney citrus and resin with a hint of green onion. There's a faint roasty bready malt aroma that attempts to provide some balance but is really only there for show. The flavor hits with a hint of malt first. Caramel, bread, and chocolate are quickly pushed aside by a solid hit of citrus and resinous hop flavor. The chocolate comes back and lingers a bit in a sweet resinous finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Very nice India dark ale ale or hoppy porter, very tasty with great aroma I really enjoyed this!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, there is a spot for a bottled on date, but it's blank. boo.

nice almost black color, brown in the corners of the glass. thick off-white head. good head retention and lacing. smell is nice mix of slightly roasted malt and big piney and citrus hops. similar in the taste. great balance and depth of flavor. mouthfeel is thicker, rich. lower carbonation. nice.

overall - very tasty, definitely one of the best Black IPA's I've had.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 6.

Beer is black with a medium-sized tan head. Moderate retention. Good lacing.

Citrus in the nose (orange, mango). Rye, roasted malt. All of the elements advertised are there.

Roasted mat in the nose, cocoa. Citrus fruit, mainly orange. Spicy rye. Moderately bitter. A good blend of the Black and the IPA, with the rye adding a nice twist.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, a very good black IPA. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The problem with "Black IPA" ...or, whatever- is that they really don't capture the essence of true hop dominance because the presence of roasted malt, chocolate and toffee usually rival the hops and try to balance the beer- big mistake. I want an American Black Ale to be an IPA first and not to be simply a hoppy Porter.

And like those dark and robust Porters, Wookey Jack pours with a deep and dark brown that fronts up against black. But its dark crimson highlights show a glimmer of translucence and a shade off of onyx. A frothy and airy head billows toward the top of the glass with a sandy-tan column. Long-lasting in its retention and lacing spider-webbing patterns on the glass show something akin to IPA above that of mere Porter.

Hops and roast greet the nose simultaneously but without the sweetness that usually accompany the malty scent. Instead, the coffee, charred wood, slight smoke, heavy toast and slight ash make me think about grilled citrus fruits as the hops contribute grapefruit, orange and lemon rinds to the overall scent. Free of esters and light grain spiciness keep the attention squarely on the hops and roast.

And to taste, its the charred hop character that captivates the taste buds. Grilled citrus fruit resonate on the early palate while burnt pine does so in the middle- just before a sinous bitterness in finish is exacerbated by deep hop bitterness that couples with the coffee-like bitterness from roasted grain. Its culmination seem to make the beer seem much more bitter that the 70 IBU plateau. Dry cocoa, burnt embers and a slight smoky chocolate character turn deeply carbonized with a tinge of ash to finish the beer's spicy wood taste.

Medium bodied, the beer's malt structures turn from creaminess to sharp and acidic as the carbonation falls off and leaves the hops and roast to contend for themselves. The ale suddenly dries out beautifully- again aided by resinous hop dryness, powdery ash and alcohol warmth. Just off of IPA, the ale finishes mostly dry with a linger of burning pine cones.

Make no mistake about it, Firestone Walker has worked really hard to ensure that Wookey Jack wouldn't succumb to just a hoppy Porter, they go in with a dedication to it being an IPA first and allowing the complex char to complement the grilled fruit aromas, heightened bitterness and roasty dryness with pin-point precision.

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Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a deep, dark brown with a 1 finger head of sticky, tan foam. Doesn't have a strong smell, but I have notes of chocolate, coffee, malt, and grapefruit. Heavy weight and a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty chocolate and coffee up front with a slight pine bitterness on the back end. Incredibly smooth drinking, and probably the most balanced BIPA I've ever had.

This isn't a hoppy beer, but you can still tell it's an IPA. Drinks like a stout with the bittered finish of an IPA. These black IPA's aren't one of my favorite styles, because I feel like so many breweries try to lean to one side; this one is a perfect blend of hops/pine/fruit and malt/chocolate.

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Photo of Shadow10185
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great beer. Definitely an acquired taste. I usually don't enjoy these types of beers but this one was so smooth and tasty. Has a very robust flavor.

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Photo of AnalogErik
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, in a (frosted, ugh) mug - Black as the night, fruity and malty at the same time on the nose - it was great. Flavor was sweet, heavy on the earthy malt bill. Overall - strong beer, loved it.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Appears black in low light, but has a brilliant ruby red glow when held up to direct light. Tall tan head that lasts, leaving sheets of lacing behind.

N- A dank explosion of pine needles and grapefruit rind hit you as soon as your nose gets near the glass. Deep layers of toasty, bready, biscuity malt emanate from underneath. A hint of roasted malt melds with the piney hops to create that unmistakable black IPA character. Some spicy rye comes out as the beer warms.

T- Incredible balance of flavors going on. Deep bready malt with some honey sweetness perfectly compliments the upfront piney, citrusy, slightly fruity hops. Some charred flavors cut the sweetness, but don't drown it out. The malt backbone continues to evolve with toasty, roasty, and biscuity notes popping out as the beer passes over the palate. Spicy rye blends with spiciness from the hops. The hop bitterness is firm but balanced, with pine sap and grapefruit pith melding with lightly bitter roasted malt. The beer dries out for a long finish of bready, biscuity malt, citrusy, fruity hops, bitter pine resin, some spice, and a touch of roast. Some slight alcohol warmth on the back end, which makes this a beer to be savored.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel, sticky, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O- This has to be my new favorite black IPA. The style is really hard to pull off, and Firestone does it with grace. Cheers to good beer!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a big tan head and good lacing

S-very citrusy, pine, roasted malt, spices

T-grapefruit, pine, roasted grains, hints of caramel, anise and a nice bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol,well-balanced

O-Really enjoyed this black ale from F-W, a nice balance of flavors

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown with a half inch of tan head to it. Kicked ass in the aroma department, truly pushed hops more than roast. Hit all those dank, pine, tropical fruit, citrusm, grass type of hot medley notes.

Taste again covered up the roast with a high degree of hop mouthfeel and flavor. Hides alcohol very well. The rye seemed to help cover the roastiness and offered a mild sweetness.

When fresh (sometimes difficult out west w/ FW) this is an elite 1st tier black ipa. Problem is, the majority of the time you find it, its not fresh, so I have to pass.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a big, tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of spicy, light fruit, with some pine coming in. Has tropical fruit notes with an apricot and chinook-y spice.

Taste is light fruit up front that goes into a spice/rye middle with slight hints of roast and pepper before ending on a more stone fruit/grapefruit finish. The bitterness is almost perfectly balanced along with some slight astringency.

Medium body with medium carbonation works well--alcohol is expertly blended.

I really like how the spice in the hop and malt character is balanced by the fruit and pine characteristics of the hops. It is a fantastic brew that almost perfectly balances all elements. My favorite American Black Ale.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark like a stout with a substantial foamy head.

S - Hop smell, nothing too overpowering.

T - Nice IPA hop flavor, but but balanced out by the malt.

M - Medium/thick presence. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very enjoyable, like a IPA/Stout mix. Not as bitter as a pure IPA, but not as heavy as a stout.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey. Dark brown in color with a foamy, frothy, head to it. Very sticky head, leaving it's mark all over the inside of the glass.

It has a really great hoppy aroma to it. It's very juicy with lots of tropical fruit notes to it. Mango, peach and pineapple all jump out in it.

The taste shows more of the juicy citrus hops with a little chocolate coming out in the finish. The hoppiness is very good in it and everything really comes together very well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I thought it was a great beer. The hoppiness was very juicy and fresh, and the touch of chocolate didn't clash with the hops as a lot of ABA's do for me. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a black body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves good lace.

S - Pungent pine hops and chocolate with notes of espresso.

T - Dark, fruity malt up front with notes of chocolate and cherry. Some caramel and toffee in the middle with a finish of pine, grapefruit, and dark chocolate.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very, very nice. The combination of pungent hops and distinctly dark malt is superior to the anemic black ipas that only look dark.

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Photo of dbossman
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a sudsy, bubbly tan colored head--good retention and okay lacing

S: Lots of rye and piney hops up front; there's a subtle chocolatey malt undertone--but mostly hop resins and spicy rye

T: More hop forward up front than aromas indicated but then the spicy dark rye work their way in; mmmm

F: Medium body; oily and sticky; just what I want in an IBA

O: A real solid Black IPA; hoppy, spicy, a decent malt backbone, good stuff

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Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark black with a nice and lathery khaki foam that leaves great lacing.

Earthy, chocolate, smoke, and spice.

Tons of roasted character, coffee, nuts, chocolate, pine, and some earthy/herbal notes.

Heavy bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, bitter, dry, refreshing.

Overall, quite an outstanding brew. The rye makes an excellent addition.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better rye based ales I've tasted. I don't always gravitate towards rye in the mash bill, but it just works exceedingly well in this beer. Robust piney hop bitterness, some roasted coffee accents on the nose, and a dark bakers chocolate flavor note are the highlights. The persistent foam cap is an added bonus. Alcohol is present but in a really appealing way, not overpowering but instead adding to the overall rich character and aroma. Drinks lighter than the appearance would suggest. I understand why this beer gets so much praise, and it deserves the hype. You won't find many black ales superior to this.

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Photo of dalahodson
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice carmel red color full head with a dirty cream color there is light lacing on the glass. Mouth feel is smooth carmel with a nice bitter bite. Taste of carmel malts, biscuits dark fruits and full of great hops. Over all a full body easy drinking brew.

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Photo of teromous
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A very fluffy off-white nearly tan head that fades down to a light film of foam on the surface. Not much lacing. The beer is pitch black.

S: Lots of fresh-smelling hops! It really does. If you've ever smelled raw hop pellets, this smells like a freshly opened bag. A huge rush of citrus scent, and a little bit of earthiness hiding in the back.

T: It has a lot of hop bitterness. There's an up-front flavor that is similar to spruce, then the citrus rind flavor creeps in. I don't get much malt flavor, and there is zero alcohol flavor. It basically tastes like a double IPA. I saw that rye was mentioned on the label. I can only guess that it's in here, because the hops mask it pretty well.

M: The mouthfeel is very dry, and is surprisingly light. Drink the beer with your eyes closed and you will notice that it is not medium bodied.

O: Obviously this is a really great beer, and it is perfect for those who enjoy drinking IPAs of every variation. I can not stress enough, that a person should not view the color as anything other than color! It has barely any malt character. People who don't like stouts or porters, will have no problem drinking this whatsoever. On a personal note, I really wish that the malts would come through a little more. However, that doesn't change the fact that this is a really great beer and that ABAs are really open to personal interpretation.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big stout tan froth that doesn’t move over opaque ruby black. 4
Leaf and resin fresh hops with just a speck of roasty meat char and root beer. 4.25
Black grape, dark chocolate, licorice, then slammin’ resin, spearmint, herbal, and resin hops. 4.25
Sarsparilla end and numbing minty linger.
Medium, round, chewy, chalky. 4

Junior Mints! Big, fresh, sticky oil and just hints of black - definitely not the stout side of things. Only hitch is I’m losing the rye. But top 3 BIPA, for realz. 4.25

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Photo of Briken
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with big tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. Strong citrus with light roasted and herbal aromas. Orange rind and spice finish, brown sugar sweetness with roasty bittering linger and herbal notes. Light bittering linger. Thin feel with good carbonation and light bite.

Great balance of flavors. First black IPA that wasn’t over roasty. A fantastic blend of flavors that’s more subdued than other pioneers of the style. However, I would call it a more refined flavor with the rye and complex flavors.

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Photo of Yetti
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great American Black. The aroma didn't jump out of the glass and beg me to start drinking, but once I did, I was stoked.

A - as other reviewers have said, the beer pours pitch black and looks almost like molasses.

Smell - maybe I had a cold that day, but the smell was the only thing that didn't really impress me. It's pleasant, though, and doesn't stink of alcohol despite the high ABV. Other reviews have noted everything from grapefruit to pine to raw hops. I didn't get all that. Maybe I need to get another whiff.

T - Outstanding. The first sip immediately hooked me and the last gulp was just as enjoyable. It has a nice full feel and goes down smoothly. It's both light enough and robust enough to be drunk anytime of day and year.

0 - This is as good as any Black IPA I've had. You won't be disappointed.

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