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 WheelsPSU
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Uncle Barry's in Park Slope.

A - Black. Had a nice brown/coffee head about an inch high.

S - For a black IPA, the smell was of pungent hops with a touch of rye. Very interesting.

T - it had a nice pineapple note with a sweet finish from the dark grains.

M - It felt a bit thin but sweet. Excellent.

O - This isn't your typical black IPA as it uses rye. That being said, it finds a fantastic balance between dark grains and citrusy hops. Very well done.

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Photo of retry4z
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured refrigerated from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

Appears black with golden brown at the edges. Possesses a large and tenacious coffee-colored head.

Initially smells like an IPA, but with further inspection, other smells some forth, such as those of of coffee, caramel, hops, fruits, and big malt.

Tastes of roasted coffee and smoked wood. Some hop bitterness, but not nearly as much as in an IPA. Very pleasant after-dinner drink.

medium to full-bodied, low to medium carbonation, reminiscent of a stout.

Overall, an excellent change up from an IPA. Dark and roasted, would go great with BBQ or steak.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A housewarming gift from Duffextracold.

Dark brown cola colored pour that sits opaque black in my glass. Tight khaki head. Sticky lacing leaves little waves stuck to my glass.

Dark, dank citrus hard candy. Lots of pineapple. Pumpernickel bread crust and maybe I'm getting anis?

Hops aplenty. Grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit. Medium but chewy mouthfeel. A tad alcoholic but I'm a pretty big sissy about that. Roast malt is evident and supportive while not taking anything away from the graprefuity goodness. Which is as it should be IMO.

One of my least favorite styles but this was so well done that I loved it. Good pick Mr. Extracold.

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

A: dark, roasted malt with nice head and lacing
S: malty, toffee yumminess. maybe my nose out of whack but i dont get the hop profile.
T: very tasty malt, sugar, and rye. The back end is too sweet imho. Still a work of art.
M: great feel on this one; consistent with FW offerings.
O: A great palate awakening. Somtehing to enjoy to break the hop monotony. FW still one of my fav breweries. Their brewery tour is fun too

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Photo of goochpunch
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out black with a thin, frothy milk head. Big PNW hops with somewhat clean, fruity US yeast in the nose with a hint of dark malts. Little booze in the smell as well. Taste is very hoppy. Lots of pine sap and citrus peel. Roast isn't that strong, but it's present. A bit too sweet for me. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is a tasty beer, but the sweetness makes it less than ideal.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a St. Bernardus chalice (from notes):

A - 4.50 - Dark brown almost black, more seethrough at the edges, nice light khaki head sticks around for a while with a decent lacing

S - 4.75 - Hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes are prevalent on the nose, rye and roasted malts balance it nicely

T - 4.75 - Hop bitterness, citrusy notes, more dark malts/coffee/espresso flavors, spicy

M - 4.50 - Medium mouthfeel, lots of bitterness, bitter on the finish, good carbonation

O - 4.50 - Great Black IPA, I've had it plenty of times and will have it again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 1/10/13

Poured into a glass a very very nice black color, with some awesome carbonation, there is a very nice one-finger plus thick, creamy, off-white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very malty, with notes of chocolate, licorice, toffee, coffee, and some vanilla. The taste is also very very nice, malty, with a nice little hop note, lots dark stuff. Medium body, with a very slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very very nice brew, glad to have picked up a bottle in LV. To date the best ABA I've had. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of kjlcm
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottled on 1/25/13

I am not very good at the standard review so I will give my overall impression This is a great black ale from Firestone. Pours a dark amber and looks inviting. Tastes wonderful! Well balanced with a bit of warmth at the end. This is my first time trying and I will certainly have again.

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

Black with a light tan head, some retention & lace.

Plenty of hop aroma here, it's seriously dank (with some underlying sweaty gym socks).

Very hop forward. Surprisingly little malt flavour considering the colour, I actually wonder if they used Cynamar? Hints of underlying pumpernickel bread.

Moderate to full body is very smooth with a light acidity.

It's good, but it doesn't really come together for me.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: The Wookey is surprisingly black, as in, it has to be pretty close to the absence of light altogether. Nothing is getting through this beer. On top rests an egg shell colored finger of head which settles into a half-finger and remains there throughout the first half of the glass. The lacing is foamy and pretty evenly distributed over about 70% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Wookey Jack has always been one of my favorite smelling beers. It has an intense aroma that always greats the nose early and once it’s all the way in the glass, well, the smell is simply a beautiful thing. It has a huge citrus component along with a good dose of spice and a hint of roastiness.

TASTE: The Citra hops are the star of this show. They are certainly present in the nose, but on the palate they bring through a large wave of citrus that carries with it a little tropical fruit (especially as it gets warmer). As the citrus passes another big wave of flavor comes through in the form of a beautiful spicy rye. A touch of roastiness is also present, particularly in the aftertaste, and it ties the whole experience together. This is a remarkable beer.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is surprisingly light for a beer of this color. On the other hand, the carbonation is a little on the low side given the big, bright, citrusy flavors. While there is enough malt to balance this out nicely, the finish is very dry and it clears the palate quite nicely.

OVERALL: This is ridiculously good beer. It is getting harder and harder to get genuinely excited about a year-round beer that is widely distributed in my market, but this beer worth getting excited about. It is easily the best beer I’ve had in the American Black Ale category, close to perfection.

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Photo of ChristopherTenore
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A) Dark brown to black and completely opaque. When the beer was poured it formed a large and frothy head. It lasted for a relatively long time. It was a light caramel color.

S) Citrus and Very hop forward nose. There was also some dark woody notes.

T) This beer is incredible. The initial flavor is extremely hop forward, citrus bitter and piney flavors evolve into an amazing smokey and toasted note that is strong and lasts in the finish beautifully. Its presently bitter and smokey its an incredible beer.

MF) Creamy and Viscus with a long finish. It leaves your mouth with the typical IPA drying sensation.

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Photo of da_beers
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a very dark brown out of the bottle that is black in the glass. Phenomenal three fingers of light tan, bubbly head. Great layered lacing coming down.

S - This is what I'm talking about! It's August first - IPA Day - (when I did the review, not uploaded to BA), and this is hop bomb on the nose is doing the trick. Sweet malts come at the end. Faint rye on the nose, but not much. Also has some nice grassy/earthy tones coming up as well. Hop presence is really spot on.

T - Very nice. Starts with that nice hop bite, with hints of rye. The sweet malts are perfectly balanced. It ends with a great hop trail, as well. The rye is subtle, but just enough. I am loving the transition across the palate.

M - Medium bodied black rye IPA. Low carbonation, but appropriate level. Highly drinkable, the bitterness and sweetness leave awesome aftertaste.

O - Love it. Would highly recommend to anyone. Again, rye is subtle IMO, but present. Hops spot on, such a great balance here.

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Photo of Pahn
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14oz tulip at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan.

Appearance: Black with a long lasting tan head that leaves a wall of lacing.

Smell: Piercingly weed-like earthy, pungent hop aroma. Some tropical fruit dancing around the greenhouse quality of Citra hops. Smells fresh and good.

Taste: Explosively hop forward just like the nose. The earthy, dank quality of Citra. The fruitiness of Citra and Amarillo hops seems to be eaten up in the caramel and hearty bread malt backbone, but the hop fix up front is irresistible. Almost bitter and dry enough, but I'm not complaining. Some roasted malt under the caramel, but the hops (particularly the Citra) are the story here.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Despite the roasted malt bitterness contributing along with the IBUs, it tastes just a bit too sweet. Great canvas for the hop flavor otherwise.

Overall: This is a great version of a black IPA. Solid wall of caramel flavor and some roasted malt, decorated with masterfully dank hops. A homerun from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black with tan head. Medium- head retention.

Rye bread, clove, black licorice, candied orange peel. There is a strong artificial alcohol perfume note in this beer for me.

Deep resin quality, citrus, pine, bitter chocolate, coffee, ruby red grapefruit, marbled bread and an underlying sense of earth.

Medium-bodied with a tacky feel on the back of the palate. There is a fairly strong sense of alcoholic heat on the finish.

The beer is pretty heavy on the resin side.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Wookey Jack, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours brown and settles black with a brown hue around the sides. Massive soapy head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted dark fruit and citrus hops, some malty sweetness. There's more to it here and you can keep pulling aromas from it, especially as it warms.

Taste - So much flavor. Definite roasted coffee and chocolate, dates, fruits, and piney hops. Very complex and quite good. All nearly perfectly blended with a touch of rye.

Mouthfeel - Rests slightly sticky with a rye and wood flavor, like licking a barrel (if you can take that as "in a good way"). Not overly boozy but slightly warming. Great drinkability.

Overall - Easily my favorite black ale/black ipa/black rye. Great job! Cheers!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was bottled on 4/11/13 and is 106 days old. Firestone walker gives their beers 120 days.

Pours black with a thick head of beige foam that fell slowly. Left some lace. Nose is not loud. Piney hops, a smidgen of chocolate, coffee, toasted malt. Grapefruit. Earthy, spicy and a touch of caramel malt. Taste is dark roasted malt. Gentle grapefruit that was a little sourish with some hop bitter. It's smooth and a little heavy not really crisp or biting from the rye. In fact the rye is mellow and not at all bold and has a mellow spice to it. Light resin, a little oily. Moderate carbonation and finishes dry and a bit muddled. Lingering bitter in the after taste with a touch of that grapefruit. I thought this was dull and could have used more pep and more spice.

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Photo of deereless
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick head with staying power, significant lace, brown to black with a tinge of maroon – 4.00, S: Amazing nose, hops dominant the nose emphasizing the IPA part of the Black IPA, lots of grapefruit and some chocolate malts – 4.75, T: Hops jump to the front of the beer followed by a nice specialty grain charring, pink grapefruit and pineapple sweetness, mild espresso, amazing flavor profile – 4.75, M: Smooth and creamy, faintest hint of grittiness – 4.50, This is what a Black IPA should be, dangerously drinkable, all around a wonderful beer – 4.50

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Photo of capnamerica
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wookey Jack
80 IBUs
8.3 ABV
Unfiltered Black Rye IPA

I really enjoyed this beer. Kudos to Firestone Walker for brewing a unique beer without taking it too far. It's not every day that I runn across an unfilter black rye IPA. I'd definitely recommed this beer.

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Photo of EQueezy
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

great take on a black ipa. not as roasty, hoppy as others in this style, but the rye really gives this a nice sweet aromatic flavor.

a - black, med head.

s - nice med roast notes, slight sweet rye aroma

t - great. good clean, semi bitter pull with a sweet (but not too sweet) rye finish. excellent taste.

m - great body. goes down almost as easy as other ipas; just a notch heavier in body than a classic ipa, but not as heavy as a porter or heavier ale.

o - will def buy this again. quite a unique taste and one of the few black ipas i've found on the shelf.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 34oz mug; jet black with a huge thick fluffy tan head that sticks around forever and leaves tons of awesome lacing. Looks awesome, and as a member of one of my favorite styles, I'm excited. Smell is piney hops, some rye, and slight chocolate/coffee from the darker malts. Taste is just awesome...smooth chocolatey malts with a perfect amount of piney hop bitterness and rye spiciness. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth...this is a nearly perfect beer. Alcohol is hidden entirely for 8.5%.

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Photo of Hitmanoo
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an excellent beer. Full bodied, hoppy and flavorful.
The aroma is spot on.
The color is darker than expected, but matches the flavor.
Very strong with a high alcohol content.
Would be perfect with a burger or some chicken wings.

Highly recommended!

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

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Black or dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown white head. Thick residue and some spotty, persistent lacing.

S: Sourdough bread, oregano, and clove.

T: Roasted, peaty malt. A little molasses, black licorice, coffee, and plenty of unsweetened dark chocolate. Something of a woody character also.

M: Not heavy, but full flavored. Dry pungent finish. Woody and peaty.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, foamy head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is bready with some savory spice. Peaty and roasted malt, with some sweet and bitter notes. Great combination and balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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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 sjones5045
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with an outstanding head that disapates like a stout. Very nice look but the smell is kind of weak for an IPA. The taste is nice. I think I'm enjoying the rye, hop blend of this style. While I've only had two of this style with Terrapin Rye PA the other, I feel there is a trade off. Maybe the rye downplays certain aspect like smell and downplays the hoppiness but it does blend well overall. It's fairly smooth and drinkable. Because the hop presence is a tad lower I think the tongue burn out is less which makes this a very easy beer to drink. I enjoy this, but wish I could get it in a six pack rather than a bomber. I would get this again however.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4,594 ratings.
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