Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Wookey JackWookey Jack

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

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 MikeyBadnews
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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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 demian317
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of lwcreasy
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Slack
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick foamy mocha colored head. Looks more like a stout than anything - lovely for a black ale. Head dissipates but leaves lots of sticky lacing and a tun mocha colored film on top of the beer. The film sticks around until the end of the beer with sticky lacing the whole way down.

Smell is an interesting aroma of rye malts, toasted rye bread, bitter grass, pineapple and an earthy wood aroma. A touch of chocolate and spice is also noted in the aroma.

Taste is initially very strong on the rye and pumpernickel bread flavors. It seriously tastes like liquid rye bread. There is a strong bitterness from the hops that is earthy, woody and grassy. Some chocolate notes are there with a dry cocoa like character towards the back end of the flavor. The cocoa like notes with the very bitter hoppiness makes for a dry finish. The beer is surprisingly bitter up front but the lingering aftertaste is a dry sweet chocolatey one that is really nice. Very interesting flavor progression on the tongue.

Feel is medium carbonation, with a nice smooth feel on the beer. The weight is close to a DIPA but given the whole package it feels appropriate. Nice dry resinous finish.

Overall a really exemplary beer for the style. If you like rye beers you have to try this one - its pretty outstanding as rye beers go.

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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 beercam
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wondering how this baby ages? It is extremely extremely unique and passionate. Very successful. I'm comparing this one to Sanitas' black IPA. Yet this is one a much more mature effort. Sanitas' achieved a fiery, zingy, youthful, very stylish jab at the style. And it was good, but not deep. FsW brings in artistry and depth. Where Sanitas was grapefruity and hop-zippy, the Wookey Jack was extremely exotic, dense, woody, lush, eccentric. There is smoke here; there is soot; there is char; rye barely, strangely, sneaks in; there is... passionfruit? no, currant? no, black cherry? i genuinely am not sure. But there is a perfume here. A fruity, perfume-y, earthy musk, in flavor, but also, somehow, in feel. 8.3% and unfiltered. Enjoy

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11/30/15 into pint glass. Pours a dark, dark brown with a substantial tan head. Initial impression is grapefruit hops bitterness, roasted malt, and a slightly peppery rye bite. This was when it was cold. As it warms, the flavor profile changes markedly - from bitter to sweet. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Somewhat dry finish.

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Photo of zshaft
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours nice black into snifter with minimal head. nose is some toffee and coffee with pine and typical black malt. seems like im gonna be drinking a pine tree. mouthfeel is medium. I remember this being more flavorful in the past. this almost seems watered down. I get a bunch of pine and quick fruity hops followed by some roasty malt. this is a great beer with nice subtile flavors throughout the palate. nothing overpowers but it all makes for a nice drinking experience. although I remember it having more pop. it's still a nice beer. for the style its top notch.

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Photo of hman43
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours black with a creamy brown head.

Smell: There are aromas of floral and citrus hops with plenty of roasted malts.

Taste: It has flavors of floral, citrus , and roasted hops that are very well balanced.

Feel: It has a medium feel to it. It is highly bitter, but not to the point of being overbearing.

Overall: It is a complex combination of hops and malts that feature the IPA flavor and bitterness with the roasted malts well in support.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amazingly deep black color with a thick, frothy, coffee colored head of about 1.5 fingers length.

S- Coffee and roasted chocolate malts right up front, some piney hops, and an earthy quality.

T- Follows the nose, with the coffee and chocolate just edging out the hops at the front of the tongue, leaving the hop bitterness to take the finish.

F- Medium body and carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well for a fairly easy drinking experience.

O- Probably the best black IPA out there, with the hops complementing the normal stout characteristics extremely well. Not surprising, given that not a single Firestone Walker beer has disappointed me yet.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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