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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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4.23
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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer and a great concept by FW for adding the rye to black IPA, and in my opinion it really works!

The beer pours a healthy dark brown with lighter brown on the sides, pretty good head but not amazing, some lacing. The smell and taste really showcase the rye tinged spicy malt backbone with some great citrus hops also staring prominently. It tastes almost like a draft hoppy beer out of the bottle, which can sometimes be a tough thing to accomplish! Silky slightly toasted malts add in to give it that black malt taste that pairs so well against the resinous hops. Easily one of the better black IPAs I've had to date! The feel is good, some nice lingering flavors and medium body.

A very nice brew from FW, I will definitely be going back for more of this beer at the store!

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to being jet black) in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that hardly died down and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The nose has aromas of spices (either from the hops or rye) and some hints of orange citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of spices, which linger though the finish. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Although this is a Black Ale, there are only some hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bitterness leaves your mouth very dry.
O: While this beer is dark, it seems to taste more like an spicy IPA with rye because the roasted flavors are not that prominent. Nonetheless, it is rather easy to drink.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- They don't call it Black Ipa for nothing..it's dark. You can call it rick coffee brown and I can't argue, but it is dark and opaque. A solid 2-finger head that trims to a mocha colored film, nice lacing.

S- Just like a walk in the woods on a summer morning in NJ...fresh grass and pine sap. As this brew warms, the malt comes out, a little sweet and mocha. Oh, citrus, too.

T- It's hoppy, orange citrus and pine, and the rye malt balances the other sweet malt with a nice dry note. It tastes like it should. The alcohol is a bit heavy.

M- Rock solid, thick and creamy, with a bitter hop finish. The carbonation tingles as the flavor lingers.

O- After drinking many of this brew, I review as I enjoy. Rarely is my beer fridge w/o a bottle of Wookey Jack, a solid Black IPA.

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

On-tap, served in a pint glass

Wookey sits a dark chestnut brown with a one finger khaki cap. Good retention. The head clings to the sides all around, creating some pretty sheeting action.

The nose is of fresh pine needles, grass, orange peel, some light roast, and cocoa powder. The hops are really the focal point and they live up to the bill. Not much rye present on the nose.

Fresh cut grass, pine needles, and oranges leap onto the palate. Some mild roast comes through the middle along with cocoa powder in tow. The finish presents some spicy rye and hops. A mild bitterness builds with each sip, making this better and better as you work your way through the glass.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The finish is dry and bitter. Delicious.

I really like this beer. Black IPA's really excel with a fresh grass/pine profile and a smooth feel. Throw a decent amount of rye in there and this is right in my wheelhouse. Well-crafted, and easily enjoyed.

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Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a high brown cola colored foam that held nicely. Slight carbonation noted. Minimal lacing.

S - Has a very aromatic hoppy smell. Almost a floral scent. Notes of spices as well.

T - Tasted like a typical black IPA. Had a pronounced hoppy bite typical of an american IPA but tempered by some earthy spcies and a flavor of dark wheat bread.

M - I was pretty content after one of these. The scent was more potent as it warmed and the bitterness was perfect with my BBQ. Felt light for the ABV.

O - Not my favorite style, but I did appreciate this beer. Another nice offering from Firestone Walker, and for the brand alone I wanted to try this one. Lovers of black IPA's should enjoy this.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe. Pours a deep dark black with a favorable amount of light mocha head. The aroma is mostly typical grapefruit/piney hops flavors of an IPA, with some slight dark malts in the background. The taste brings those dark malt and bread flavors more in line with the hops and grapefruit, providing a nice contrast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, and a nice and clean finish.

Nice brew from FW, wouldn't mind finding some more of this.

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Photo of Brittanicvs
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Tulip.

A: Pours a deep brown/black, barely transparent, with about two fingers of head a beige head that slowly dissipates to just under a finger. Big bubbles that leave a decent lacing. Might have screwed up this particular pour.

S: Toffee, roasty, sweet malts, maybe a hint of Vanilla, and a haunting note of Citrus.

T: Tastes big. Herbal and earthy right up front, met with a solid dark malt back. Not too sweet, but it's boldness definitely muscles through between the hops. Finishes with that Citrus I smelled, but it's very mellow. Has an unexpected acidic/mineral quality to it.

M: Medium/Light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and a dry finish, supported by the acidic/mineral note that *almost* coats the tongue.

O: Having only had a few Black IPA's and a few Ryes I can safely say this is an interesting blend of both styles. I expected it to be more like a BIPA, and forgot about the rye until realizing how dry it was. It's definitely worth a try.

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

650ml into Firestone Walker tulip.

A - Black with dark brown hues when held to the light. Head is small and light tan in color.

S - Grapefruit, sweet bread, pumpernickel, pine, hints of tropical fruit.

T - Big hoppy waves of grapefruit citrus and pine. Very resinous. A smooth, rye malt backbone is present. Finish is bitter with earthy hops and a slight breadiness.

M - Silky smooth, a little creamy, medium body. Dry finish, medium carbonation.

O - My new favorite black IPA. This stuff is delicious. The hop profile reminds me of Heady Topper, which is definitely a good thing. The rye malt blends in perfectly. Awesome.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled 8/21/12.

A real big head off the pour, settles to four fingers in size, and interesting whipped light mocha color and texture, with a real styrofoam like retention. Body color is pitch walnut black/brown, a little bit of clarity looking up in the head. Very little lacing or clumping though.

Nose hits with a nice clarity of mellow hop, chocolate and malty sensations. Very subtle but aromatic and pleasant, maybe some cream in there too.

Fruit hop forward in the palate with a mellow orange citrus, juicy melon like action also. Body is pretty solid, almost whipped and hinting at lush, but somewhat creamy and very full. Slight interesting finish, with a spice like kick of burnt brown spices. Hop bitterness brings some nice oil

Overall a pretty solid good black hoppy ale, worthy of another drink!

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Photo of Treebs
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. Bottled 7/19/12.

A: Pours a dark black color with a one inch pillow of light tan foam forming on the pour. The retention is very nice on the initial pour and the head leaves nice sheets of webbing down the sides of the glass.

S: Grainy rye, mild citrus and light pine are most prominent up front. Slight roast with a semi-sweet bakers chocolate as well.

T: Hoppy notes in large quantities bombard each sip. Light citrus fruit flesh, dried rye with a hint of spiciness, and some mild pine as well. The roast comes in towards the finish with some slight chocolate as well. The hops and rye are really the stars of the show in this one and it seems a tad imbalanced.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The finish is slightly sweet with a mild drying quality to it.

O: This beer was definitely good. I just feel that it missed more of the roasty and darker qualities in the flavor profile. It walked the walk, but didn't talk the talk. It still has a good taste, but gets docked some points for the imbalance.

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Photo of tut2528
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours very dark black with a solid 2 fingers worth of off-white head formation. Held directly up to the light, it displays some tints of ruby red and dark brown. Lacing is nice and as the head dissipates, it leaves a nice film along the top of the brew.

S: big rye and hop notes dominate the nose on this brew. Both aspects are very well balanced together. I also pick up on some nice citrus notes with a slight touch of grapefruit increasing the complexity. I feel that if there were anything else, I would really have to reach for it.

T: Big rye notes come through initially and at the backend of this brew. I find the middle comprised of an every slight burn malt note, citrus aspects with touches of grapefruit, big piney and bitter hops notes. It is actually quite nice but I wish there were a bit more dark notes here.

M: like a black IPA, its lighter on the tongue that it appears but is still medium bodied. The hop bitterness sits on the tongue and the back parts of the cheeks throughout the finish and it lingers for quite some time. Its pleasant but nothing to get too excited about.

O: Highly enjoyable brew but I really wish that some more darker notes came out. Other than that, I find this one highly drinkable and the rye notes really shine though and are well complemented by the bitter piney hops. Overall, this one is well balanced, I just don’t find much complexity.

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Photo of Chaney
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting this one for a long time. Finally!

Served in a DFH snifter about the size of one of the continents that the dig up ingredients from.

A: Lots of mocha lacing here, with a dark, dark brown liquid below it. Pretty scary at this points...

S: Whoa pine! This totally one of those air freshener beers that is both hoppy and fruity at the same time. One comes across this profile every once in a while. If there's dark malt in here to offset the West Coast hop bomb, I REALLY want to try the base beer. Awesome stuff!

T: Ever so subtle chocolate (cocoa notes) underneath with a very strong citrusy, pine component. It's almost as if the malt attached itself to one of the hop sizzle cells. They are truly one in the same here... which is awesome!

M: Stupidly ridiculous lacing, not a sweet brew at all, and with quite a bit of fresh grapefruit-like bitterness.

O: I had a conversation with a friend tonight about this style and he said, "I'm still looking for that Black IPA to change my mind about the style." I'm thinking this might be the one...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured an opaque black color with a creamy tan head that retained well and left thick lacing on the glass. An attractive brew for sure. Aroma was a bit muted, but contained scents of piney and floral hops and chocolaty malts. I usually brace myself when I take the first sip of an ABA, but this one was surprisingly mellow and well-balanced. Roasty dark malts with a sensation of bakers' chocolate, countered by citrus and pine hops, that weren't too potent or resinous, as with some other beers of the style. I think brewers are finally starting to nail the ABA. Medium body, smooth and fairly dry in the finish, quite drinkable overall.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer.

Pours dark brown, some clarity visible when held to the light. Beige head retains well as a half finger while also leaving impressive lacing.

Very good nose, potent and interesting. Lots of rye spice, earthiness, roasted chocolate tones, fruity hops, some brown sugar.

Taste brings on some more hops, but lots of flavors going on here, and they meld excellently. Roasted malt, burnt cocoa, biscuit, toasty malts, grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and a great dose of rye spiciness. There is also a slight woody/oak feel. Nothing overpowers anything else, a nice balance.

Extremely smooth mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, easy drinking and not much sign of alcohol.

Really great beer at a good price, I will probably have to pick up another bomber while it's around. The use of rye I think really wraps this all together nicely and makes it something special. Flavorful, smooth, complex and unique, definitely a standout black IPA.

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Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee-colored brown nearing black with a thick, rocky ecru head. Pungent pine with a rough citrus rind edge juxtaposed against brown sugar and coffee grounds. Hops soften as it warms - grapefruit zest, green tea, and new evergreen growth. Dry and clean - goes down in gulps. Another great hoppy beer from FW.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a black body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves good lace.

S - Pungent pine hops and chocolate with notes of espresso.

T - Dark, fruity malt up front with notes of chocolate and cherry. Some caramel and toffee in the middle with a finish of pine, grapefruit, and dark chocolate.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very, very nice. The combination of pungent hops and distinctly dark malt is superior to the anemic black ipas that only look dark.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger off white head on a very dark body with some light getting through.

S: very hoppy with pine and grass predominantly with some tart citrus character as well. The roasted malts are very mild.

T: very nice roasted malt base which isn't too bitter or overwhelming for the hops. The hops are mostly pine and grassy, some floral which is different from the more earthy or citrus hopped black IPAs I am used too.

M: medium to full body and lighter side of medium carbonation. a touch dry late in the finish.

Overall: I like the hop character in combination with the malts. Neither dominate, both contribute nicely.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a FW pint glass because apparently that's the en vogue thing to do these days. The beer is opaque and black, displaying a mountainous beige head that completely coats the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma offers roast, pine, and rye. Nicely done. The flavor brings piney hops with a slightly roasted malt bill. Alcohol presence is non-obtrusive. Beautiful chocolate notes linger in the finish. Without question one of the best examples of the style I have had. Recommended.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a huge creamy tan head that persists forever before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of hops, no really, piney citrus and resin with a hint of green onion. There's a faint roasty bready malt aroma that attempts to provide some balance but is really only there for show. The flavor hits with a hint of malt first. Caramel, bread, and chocolate are quickly pushed aside by a solid hit of citrus and resinous hop flavor. The chocolate comes back and lingers a bit in a sweet resinous finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Very nice India dark ale ale or hoppy porter, very tasty with great aroma I really enjoyed this!

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 7/19/12

A: When poured aggresively, dark with a creamy coffee-like head that minimally stays
around through the duration of the drink. Nice

S: Wofts a roasty, coffee aroma with definite hints of pine.

T: Not too much rye, but a definite hint. Finishes with a citrusy, piney, hop taste. This tastes a lot lighter than it appears.

M: A little creamy, medium bodied feel. Would've liked it to be a little more full bodied.

O: It's a safe bet that anything Firestone Walker is going to be very good. This one doesn't deviate from that thought. Typically not a fan of Rye beers, but this one has a really good balance of Rye, hops, and everything else.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this one.

A: Black with brown highlights and a finger of dense, fine tan head. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Coffee and hops, with lots of pine and some raw herbalness. Very brash, very nice.

T: Purely hoppy up front, with pine being dominant. Some grapefruit as well, followed by a touch of coffee roastiness. The finish is long, bitter, and ashy. Good stuff.

M: Creamy medium body. Solid.

O: I really liked this one, despite not being a huge fan of the style. Well worth a shot.

Cheers!

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Photo of mychalg9
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle (can't interpret date ".../09/12 14:27") into a DFH globe.

Immediate hop whiff after popping the top is very appetizing. Pours a dark cola brown/red settling to a very dark brown with a sizzling one-finger head....love the energy of this head. Initial smell is citrus hops with a bit of pine and a good dose of rye malt. Taste is more of the same, with a sharp carbonation attacking the front of the tongue while the hops, a bit of coffee, and caramel sweetness caress and soothe the rest of the mouth. Some chocolatey goodness coupled with rye on the back end. Carbonation is nicely done on this one, with a medium body rounding out a really nice mouthfeel. Overall, very well done, I will be trying this again in the future very soon.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Mix of coffee and citrus hops, great nose. Some pine and it warms.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black. Off-white creamy head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Bold citrus hoppiness with a slight coffee roasty body. Medium high bitterness leading to a good balance of coffee-ness and roastiness. Bold malt but not too sweet throughout. Finishes hoppy and slightly roasty, dry.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Really solid black IPA, quite hoppy with some roast. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep deep brown in color with auburn highlights. Thin light tan head. Smells wonderful. Piney resinous hops. Roasted malt, touches of anise.

Great Black IPA. Piney and citric hops on the tip of the tongue roll into subdued yet balancing roasted chocolate and coffee malt. Touches of caramel on the very back end of the tongue. Spicy rye compliments the hop profile on the back end of the tongue but isn't overpowering. the rye plays a big part in clearing the palate the palate providing a very rare moment in the world of rye beer, amazing balance. While the rye is critical to the spicy taste of the beer, it still allows other flavors to come through. Very amazing.

big full mouth feel.

I normally dont like rye beer but this one uses other flavors to compliment the spicy notes of the rye rather than just let the rye be the only star of the show.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with ruby red highlights and a coffee colored head - very good lacing and great retention.

Big citrus notes in the nose - grapefruit & orange, backed by a nice floral bouquet and some cranberry.

Sweet orange and ruby red grapefruit up front balanced by bitter herb & grapefruit in the back. It all hangs on a heavy malt backbone with barley wine notes. As it warms dark fruit notes can be detected - currants.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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