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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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Reviews: 684 | Ratings: 4,558
Photo of shaneerickson
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a 10oz glass

L - very dark brown/black. lots of lacing around the entire glass. little head and head retention

S - the aroma is very piney. i dont smell any of the dark malts. mild floral and flowery aroma

T - starts off with a pleasant mix of resin and pine. slight floral taste lingers on the palate. not much dark malt characteristics in the taste.

F - most definitely has the nice medium-high body of a DIPA. goes down very well. leaves my mouth with a dry tannic feel.

O - very delicious DIPA. the dark malts give the beer a really great look but don't take away from the heavy hop forward taste. one of my favorites from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft, another one of these dark shape-shifters. Been seeing more and more BIPAs, which probably means they're not cool anymore, but alas...

Look is black, with light tan head that leaves a solid lacing.

Smell starts all hops out of gates, but gives way to the malts as it warms. This seems to be consistent with BIPA.

Taste is similar to the nose in that it changes as the temp of the brew rises. Both the hop-centric version and the bready, malty version are enjoyable.

Feel is full and bubbly. Nice thick body - which as a stout guy, I really like - that carries the hoppy bitterness.

Overall, I liked this, as I have others in this style. I do find them all to be somewhat similar with not much outstanding (the exception being Project PAM), but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pitch black with a foamy dark tan head, slight carbonation. Nose of sharp floral hops and bready malts and a light smell of alcohol. Taste of mildly sweet bready malts with floral and piney hops flavor. Taste stays in the mouth a while and coats the mouth, can not really notice the carbonation.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Picked up while in NV. Looks as it should - black body and off-white head with some stamina and lacing.
A mix of fruity hop aroma and a dark to not quite roast malt aroma. Reasonable fresh.
A good mix of flavors. At times the hops are fruity and interesting. The dark malts offer a nice background with no heavy roast but a touch of sweetness at times. Mild and smooth bitterness and short finish for a hoppy beer.
My biggest complaint is the higher than expected, and I would say, normal carbonation. At times it feels like a Belgian ale in my mouth with all sorts of gas and little body. Too much. When is settled down some is feels closer to moderate.
Nice mix of flavors, but a problem with the carbonation.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served cool from 335ml bottle into American nonic pint glass.

L) Very dark brown, almost black, with a reddish tinge, opaque. 1cm dense tan off-white head.

S) Amarillo hops, a lot of possible malt sweetness, maybe this is the rye.

T) Oo, nice. Very mellow citra and Amarillo hop flavours. Definite background flavour of burnt dark malt. Not a lot of hop bitterness, and what there is is wonderfully balanced off with some malt sweetness.

F) Steady in this department, the high ABV is easily accommodated, there is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste and the medium fizziness is quite nice.

O) Another superb black IPA. Fast becoming my favourite style.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with red highlights, white foam head with almost no retention. Aroma is hoppy, citric and resinous. Taste is bitter, roasted, like chocolate with citrics. Medium body with low carbonation. Very nice beer.

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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 sphmiel
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome, pours opaque black, with lingering tan head. Roasty malt nose, with an almost creamy mouthfeel. More roasted flavors, balanced by bitter hops. Lingering bitterness. Great example of the style.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice: color is black, solid; head is tan and dense about 1/2 inch thick with some moderate lacing and lingers well.

Smell is a nice balance of roast malt and strong fresh hop bitterness; subtle toast in the malt flavor with grassy earthy notes from hops.

Taste is similar to the aroma: great malt roastiness with very fresh hop bitterness; malt is roast, light coffee/espresso, hops are earthy, grassy, floral.

Mouthfeel is excellent for this style: great interplay between malt strength and hop bitterness, a bit highly carbonated but works.

Overall, a very, very good beer, somewhat easy drinking for this strength and flavor profile.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/13/15

Pours dark, almost black with a creamy khaki colored head. Smells like fresh peach, plum, nectarine, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, dark caramel, and light grassy pine. Tastes like fresh tropical and stone fruits, peach, nectarine, plum, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, bitter grassy pine, and mild dark caramel roast. Feels full-medium bodied, creamy with mild carbonation. Overall a really great black IPA.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-2 finger head when poured from a bomber. The head retention is not th best as it fades quickly and there is some lacing afterwards. (an IPA of any type should have more head retention as the hop oils aid in retention). This brew is a thick and very dark black. No light penetration at all here.

Very strong citrus and pine aroma (hops). Along with the powerful hop aroma, there is also a rich coffee and charred grain scent.

A decent hop bite right up front, not a ridiculous amount though. The bitterness is quickly cut by a rich, buttery, sweet malt flavor. There are flavors of coffee, toffee, chocolate, wood, nuts, caramel, and smoked grains. VERY RICH!

Full bodied brew. Very thick feeling and a bit oily.

Awesome beer. This one does live up to the hype and am glad to have finally picked one up. I would definitely grab this one again as I am quickly becoming a Firestone fan. This comes up as one of the top 10 or so beers in the country and I am a proud supporter.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep black colour. Light tan head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thickish covering... lots of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass...

Aroma - Juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruit) followed by lots of sweet and roasted malts, chocolate and coffee notes, faint brown sugar traces, strong piney resin and citrus hopiness, light nuttiness, some rubberiness, honey, cut wet grass / hay...

Taste - Piney, grassy and citrus hop bitterness mixed with lots of toasted chocolate malts.. some tart fruits (grapefruit and pear ), coffee, nice caramel malts and notes of floral honey, some brown sugar hints, quite herbal, some liquorice, light roastiness...

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... full bodied... incredibly drinkable considering it is 8.3 percent

Overall - An excellent black IPA and one of the best beers i've had in a while... highly recommended..

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours like dark chocolate, with a heavy, memory foam head. The aroma is light and flowery, which surprises you after the dark, stout like pour. The heavier malts are there, you just have to really dig in to find them. Probably because this is an IPA and not porter, despite its disguise. The taste is equally tricky. It tickles your toungue with sweetness, but right when you are expecting the creamy chocolate flavors to kick in it switches up on you, again going light and citrusy before coffee notes finally show up and drown everything else out. It's a very unique flavor, no doubt. Mouthfeel also fluctuates, feeling heavy than light than heavy again. There's a pretty high ALC hiding in here as well, as you can feel the burn that is also hiding in the background.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 10/16/15. Pours black as a starless night with dark ruby edges. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

World class nose of rich citrus (tangerine, pineapple, orange) over a slightly sweet malt base with a strong caramel note and a subtle rye spiciness. Underneath the fruity esters a dark malt presence lurks, but never makes it to the forefront.

Light medium body with a rich smoothness that is slightly oily at times and has a bit of creaminess in the finish. World class carbonation with a strong effervescent middle and a roiling finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding, but falls short of world class due to the failure to completely cover the alcohol. Slightly sweet fruits lead and flow into a caramel based sweetness prior to the middle. The middle brings a moderate bitterness that is rind in nature (orange, not grapefruit). Dark malts arrive with more of a char rather than roast character along with a mild rye flavor and even more subtle spiciness. As the bitterness subsides, caramel makes its strongest influence and, unfortunately, so does the grain alcohol flavor and slight astringency. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a slow fade of alcohol, char, caramel and rye .

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Photo of Fdough1
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Pours almost inky black. Good smell. Taste starts on the front of the palate and keeps going to the back. Great mouth feel. I am a love of firestones IPA so this one adds another dimension with the black rye.

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

I was very impressed with this beer. I'm generally not a huge fan of black ales, but this one really blew me away. Very smooth and easy to drink, and the taste was great. Definitely pick this up if you get a chance.

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Photo of Glengosch
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this Rye IPA. Imagine cracking open a bomber and getting a balanced, yet strong aroma of pine and citrussy goodness. Hops. You pour it into your favorite glass and it has the not-quite-black color of a porter. First drink gives you a bitter complexity of flavors. As you drink further you can appreciate the hops and toast flavor. Then a bitter aftertaste that's not too overwhelming. Solid beer. Great cold weather beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Act25
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black IPA, Hoppy Stouts and Strong Ales - these are among my favorites. Firestone delivers.
(this one went higher in my second try)

A: A two-finger off white, dense head over a dark body with lots of lacing.

S: Very hoppy with pine, grass, pepper and a bit of tart citrus. The roasted malts are mild.

T: Roasted malt core with great chocolatey mouth feel and flavor on which ride the hops - mostly pine, earth, and grassy, with floral and fertile over ripe layers. Good meditation beer.

M: Good feel, full body and lighter carbonation. Nicely dry late in the finish.

O: Firestone builds a great Black IPA long with Stone, 21st Amendment and the best.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour, some lighter brown highlights. Chocolate, meat, coffee, some grapefruit hops. Flavor is roasted malt, a whole ton of fruit - some dried stuff, raisins, prunes, then some citrus grapefruit. Really a delicious brew. Smoke at the back end of this one. Body is medium to full, kind of a halfway stop between a porter and an IPA. Very nice. Overall another great hoppy brew from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. A new favorite of mine. Smells like an IPA (pine, hops, ) with some smokeyness. Tastes like a black lager (malty, bready, ) with a touch of wood and Coffee and spice. I am literally sucking it down, but trying to savor. Ah, What the hell, I have a 4 pack. This is my top Non-Stout.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 5/12/13

L: Pours a near jet black with little head.

S: Right off the bat is a noseful of fresh, sticky, resinous hops; somewhat grapefruity. The second is a sort of sticky, bready maltiness often found in DIPA’s. I’m also getting a fair amount of rye spice. Add these together and you get a terrific aroma.

T: Resinous hops meld with strong bready, caramel-like malts that don’t quite taste roasted, but definitely let you know they’re of the ‘dark’ variety. Strong grapefruit flavor. Rye taste is also present but not terribly strong, especially towards the finish which is on the sweeter side. Despite thorough hoppiness, this beer is only mildly bitter, and much of that bitterness is roasty in nature.

F: "Chewy, is that you?" -- just kidding, but really though... Medium-full, lush, thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome name, awesome use of rye, awesome beer.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a local bar. I love Firestone but this is not one of my favorites. Layered but not in a good way, a bit of burnt malt sweet and chalky coffee. I imagine I could have experienced better at a different pub.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first "Black IPA" experience. A pleasant experience. Black as night. A roasty aroma. Taste is roasted malt and caramel balanced against a nice piney hop profile. Nice carbonation, a little thin in the mouthfeel. Overall, I enjoyed the balance. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the IPA. it may be a gateway for me into the Rye IPA field. I will definitely be finishing the 4-pack.

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Photo of seedyone
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

10/08/16 From bottle at home. Dated 7/24/15. The malt & rye combo reaches a point that starts to taste like a mellow bittersweet chocolate & I have no problem there.

10/27/15 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I'a huge Firestone Walker fan so there were expectations. The appearence is black as night. The less then pure white head gives way to a vague lacing. The roasty aspects & rye dominate the aroma & flavor to the point of distraction. I had hoped for so much more.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wookey jack IPA.

22oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while cross border shopping. Bottled June 26, 2015

Appearance - evil looking dark black coloured beer. Impressive two fingers of beige head with great retention. loads of sticky lacing behind on the glass. Lots of bubbles rising up to create a frothy top that lasts for a number of minutes.

Smell - dark and roasty aromas, with plenty of citrus punchy some caramel notes blend nicely with the sweet citrus of pineapple, mandarin orange and a small element of grapefruit. Nose isn't as big as expected, although the bottle is not at its pinnacle of its freshness.

Taste - plenty of roasty malts with some browned caramel malt flavours, lots of citrusy hops and a rather sweet and smooth finish. Flavours not as bold as I'd expect from a big black IPA, although freshness could be an issue here.

Mouthfeel - smooth with good carbonation, ridiculously easy to drink. Modest body and a juicy finish.

Overall - a very good beer, that I think that having a fresh bottle would put this over the edge and put it into truly great category. A little more citrus and bitter hops would make this truly marvellous.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4,558 ratings.
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