Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a lovely jet black color, hints of brown and burgundy when held to the light. A nice big caramel colored head rest atop the beer, very soapy and sticky that yields some fantastic lacing and has pretty decent retention but leaves a nice amount of soapy film behind. The aroma is spot on, dank earthy hops, slight pine, lots of grassiness, almost like pot, just super dank and weedy, bright cuts cuts it well, and is finished with some spice and bitter coffee from the malts and rye. Big hit of bitter hops on the tongue straight away, lots of grassiness and dirtiness, juicy citrus and some sappy pine, nice rye flavors, a bit of unpleasant cola flavors but what really impressed me was a wonderful lingering coffee flavor that sits perfectly on the tongue. The body is spot on, medium carbonation, wonderful smoothness, coats the mouth very well, amply dry but not overpowering.

Verdict: Fantastic Black IPA, especially for being their first widely available beer of this style. The flavors are dank, bitter and balanced well, with a great body which makes for a great drinking experience, this is definitely one of the better black IPAs out there.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hit the shelves today, had to buy one, poured to pint glass the beer arrives a deep dark black color with dark brown mahagoney edges in the light. A nice 2 finger mocha head with excellent retention and leaves gobs of lacing throughout. The nose is big with citrus hops, rye spice, and a hint of roasted malts. Inviting. Similarly, the taste starts off with a big citrus hops flavor that blends to a medium bitterness, rye spice, and roasted malt. The rye and citrus work very well together and the hint of roast finishes everything off well. Good. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a great beer. I could drink it all day!

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Photo of vkv822
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head.

Big citric and resiny hops upfront. The resiny aspect of the hops blends well into rye spice and is followed up by a light roastiness.

Taste follows the nose, with lots of citric hops upfront blending into rye spice and light roasted malt.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

A very well done ABA, and one I would look forward to enjoying again. Definitely a more hop-forward example of this style, with the rye being a pleasant compliment and just enough roast to make it fit the style.

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2.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had as part of the "Reserve Flight" at the Bruery Provisions for its Firestone Walker tap takeover. Poured in a 2oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin white head, with decent retention. Deep black color with very little light permeation.

S- My buddy James and I both commented on how "dank" this beer smelled. Like pungent marijuana, rye, chocolate and dark hops. Not a bad smell, just different. Earthy tones.

T- Some darker hops and a middling maltiness. Not blown away by the taste.

M- Medium bodied and wet feel.

O- I was hoping for more, but this was not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick, finger+ of light-tan head.

Smell. Huge citrus rinds and piney hops. Just a little bit of roasty malt and caramel.

Taste. Massive citrus rinds and sticky, piney hops. A little roasty malt, some sweetness, and a slight earthyness to it.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer but I like a little more roasty malts like others of the style.

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Photo of Souleman
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

David Walker did a release at the Wholefoods down the street from my place, and so a lot of people from the hood got to taste and ask questions as they went along. Wouldn't expect the co-owner of the brewery to make his way down to L.A. on a weeknight to taste with some fans, so I thought that was pretty cool.

A- Very nice across the board. Pours a nice dark, rich brown, with a slight reddish/caramel color when down to the bottom of the glass. Pretty, 1-finger of caramel tight bubbles that stay on top for a while. And filtration was definitely kept to a minimum, but not a filmy look, but nice and full of character.

S- Dang, this thing has got some unique aromas coming through. I didn't think I would be getting citrus and slightly smokey, but it has that right up front, followed by a bit of malty goodness.

T- A rich, wholesome beer, with a really awesome coffee bitterness and a bit of cocoa trailer to go along with some citrus notes. I don't know whether or not the flavor profile fits a Rye IPA, Black IPA or to consider it a hoppy porter. Either way, it is lively and is a taste that won't disappoint for those looking for a dark, rich beer.

M- Well rounded and not too clever. Is simply what you would expect for a dark beer of this sort, and doesn't lack in any manner.

Overall, I will be drinking this beer again. I won't be buying other Firestone-Walker beers, since I find them to be a bit weak, but hopefully this is a trend that they will keep going with their upcoming brews.

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Photo of lsummers
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark porter like thickness with limited light coming through. I was very impressed with it's dark reddish brown color. The lacing wasn't much to look at, neither was the head. The smell was that of an imperial ipa, hops, citrus, floral, not so much rye though. Very attractive smell though... The taste was incredible, normaly rye beers for me aren't as big a hit for me but this one hit home. The taste is that of caramel, hops, floral citrus notes with a bit of burnt aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't anything special but it doesn't detract, just something I wouldn't say adds. Overall I would definitely pick this beer up again, and if I ever saw it on tap somewhere, it would be the first beer I tried there.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ESPNman
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle from Whole Foods in Santa Barbara. Served in a Stone IRS Snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown. Not as black as the Stone 15th Aniv. Black IPA, or an IRS, but definitely dark brown / nearly black. Thick, surprisingly white head that dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

S - HOPS. Amazing citric and floral hops dominate the nose. It's the first beer that has ever caused me to make an audible "Ooooh" sound upon first smell. It has the perfect nose for an Imperial IPA, unfortunately none of the roasted malt that I'd expect in the style.

T - Much like the nose, but with the burnt caramel and roasted malts that I'd expect from a black IPA. Wonderful bitterness expressed in the citric hops, tempered with the sweet and smoky malts that are absent in the nose.

M - Somewhere in between an American Pale Ale and a DIPA. Not particularly thick on the mouth, good carbonation, and a clean finish. I'd prefer a bit of a thicker mouthfeel for what it is, but it's still above-average.

O - Yet another winner from Firestone Walker. Good beer, and one that I'm hoping becomes a year-round offering. Great compliment to Double Jack, and a very good Rye / Black IPA.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served too cold at local establishment that seems to have no trouble getting great brews.
First keg in Washington State? Incredible considering the competition. Don't know how they do it.
Nice dark pour into a stemmed glass. Virtually no head. Took a sip & decided I needed to wait for it to warm. Served way too cold. Cradling it in my hands to help it along.
Flavors definitely evolve with patience. Malt smoothness & rye up front with a nice hoppy persistence.
Well worth the effort to seek out. A fun beer. Can't wait to find it in bottles.

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4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Whole Foods Venice last night for the release with David Walker.

A: Pours nearly black with a half-inch tan head which fades slowly and leaves spotty lace.

N: Lots of grapefruit and citrus with pleasantly floral tropical notes.

T: Dark grainy malts, some roast with faint char, tobacco, and oak notes. The rye lends a balanced spice to the hops and malt profile.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Finish is furry, not Chewie. Mildly bitter and semi-dry.

O: Fresh on tap is good. Would like to see how this is from the bottle. Should be a year-round offering. Pretty darn good.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the SLO Xtreme beerfest. It pours a dark brown--almost black, with glints of red in the light. A tan/taupe head. No head retention, which is not unusual for Firestone Walker creations. The color is misleading as the bouquet has a resiny hop character. Perfectly carbonated. In fact, the ties the resiny hop with the rye flavor with a very smooth transition. Not sure if that was intended or if it occurred serendipitously. Either way, it works.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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