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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: 689 | Ratings: 4,573
Photo of NickandToni
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyable from the get go. Almost stout like. I've alway been a fan of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but this is a bit more alive with more diversity.

L: Dark with a brownish head
S: Slightly roasted aroma
T: Complex, earthy with a pleasant rye involvement. Chocolate malt, spearmint hint, finishing notes of smoke
F: lighter than its look and smell. More like a IIPA mouthfeel.
O: Great beer that I will share with friends. Will keep in my rotation for fall, winter, and cold summer beach blanket nights

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Photo of BethanyB
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Millions of bubbles burst against the glass once the ebony boy is poured, then settle up top into a big and bubbly light tan/dark beige head. The aroma is pungent and sinus-clearing: Fresh basil and mint, grapefruit, and rich, earthy hops mix well with unmistakeable spicy rye. In terms of flavor: toasty dark malt combines with herbaceous hops to create a medium-high bitterness which is delicately balanced by slight squeezes of caramel and citrus. The rye is less potent on the tongue than the nose, but still provides a zingy, peppery quality which lasts through the finish. As the brew warms, dark chocolate malt comes forth,, and the bitterness becomes more prominent, taking on a smoky character. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin for a beer this dark and complex, and the mild carbonation only highlights this shortfall. These attributes, however, do not detract much, if at all, from the beer's true merits. Unique, yet still a crowd pleaser, this is a strong choice for lovers of stouts, rye beers, and IPAs alike.

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

Very strong hops aroma and taste with pleasant floral and citrus finish. Well balanced. Hides alcohol very well. Don't have this annoying aftertaste unlike many IPA's. Overall very good Beer. Will buy it again for sure.
PS Really good pleasant aftertaste )))

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

It pours almost pitch black with a big and sticky tan head. Smells of pine and dirt. This is a down and duuuurty ipa, and I still love it! A little metallic, very bitter, roasty. Cheers!

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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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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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