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

Wookey Jack into a brandy snifter; no bottle date stamped.

Yup, this bad-boy is jet black. Tall khaki crown of two fingers plus. Tier lacing, in full effect. The head falls about as fast as the minute hand on a clock moves.

Pine forward hop nose with tart wedges of grapefruit, a barrow of kilned rye grains, pulpy orange juice, and vanilla bean. Hoppy, with a solid, but merely supportive, malt backbone.

Juicy grapefruit, leafy hop cone oils, pine needles, and a spicy rye malt buttress. Lively hop bitterness and a mildly sweet and spicy malt makes for incredible balance. There’s a lovely wet-hop flavor; hardly resinous, dank, that sort of thing. This is actually a very refreshing brew. A pretty big-medium body with a rich, tight effervescence. Absolutely solid mouthfeel.

Reeeeally enjoying my bomber of Wookey Jack. You would, too. Boom-shaka-laka.

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

Nearly jet black in colour, 1.5 fingers of tan head, good retention and lots of tight lacing on the glass. Smell is initially citrus and fruity hops with a secondary of roasted malt, a little bit of smoke and some spicy rye malts, as it warms and settles there is also a bit of pine but a nice mix of hops and spicy malts. Taste is spicy rye malts followed by pine and citrus, grapefruit and even a bit of melon, moderate bitterness mid palate with a bit of roast and smoke flavours. Light-medium carbonation, full body and lightly oily. A great black IPA that is spicy, complex and hoppy, perfect bomber to sit down and sip for an hour or so, will certainly revisit this.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Happy Columbus Day 2012

A: Poured a midnight black with little to no head to mention. Some rather large bubbles hang around the perimeter. Carbonation appears perfect, with just the right amount of fizz.

S: Dull pine, spicy grapefruit, earthly peat, floral bouquet, roasted malt, milk chocolate.

T: Layers upon layers of flavor. Oily hops, dark espresso, tea leaves, citrus, honeycomb, and hints of sea barnacle assault my palate.

M: Smoother than cocoa butter. I'll leave it at that.

O: Standout beer. One of the best black ales I have had. The flavor for this style is superb along with a perfect mouthfeel jets this one to the top. FW keeps the good times coming.

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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 WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wookey Jack pours black with a creamy light tan head. Lots of netted lacing on the glass.

The aroma has lots of piney hops, Chocolate and bready rye notes are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and velvety with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with chocolate, roasted malt, piney hops, a touch of citrus and some rye spice. It finishes mildly bitter, earthy and a little grassy. Once gone the chocolate and pine lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer with lots of rich flavor. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

IPA...? Really, I'm thinking Stout but whatever, this is a fine beer! I have the fireplace going and Firestone fits right into this chilly night. The Rye is fine, why not Rye Stout?, don't worry, I'm going on a three brewery, three hour tour soon so perhaps I can figure this out?

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Photo of delta490
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near-black, with just a hint of brown showing where light manages to get through. A big creamy tan head hangs on a long time, eventually settling down in to a nice disk, leaving tight soapy lacing. The aroma is lighter, with light roasted malt and pine hops. The taste, though, kicks it into a higher gear with roasted malt, burnt sugar, and floral and fruit hops adding to the pine. The body is nice and smooth, with just a little bite from the hops on the finish. A great black ale.

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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 Thawley
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you thought the Firestone regular IPA was good try this one. Your best girlfriend just split into two and now she's is hot for a menajahtwa. Is it you or does the beer make you sexier? You may never know.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark bown, bordering on black body with chestnut hues beneath the dense, dark tan head which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered sticky lacing on its wake.

Awesome aromas of abundant pine hops with rye and other woody notes. Big pine and floral aromas, which appear to let in just a hint of sweet chocolate malt as the beer warms.

Palate coating, chewy hops highlight the flavor offering pine, woody and floral notes similar to the aroma. Re seed shows up as it warms a touch with a nice bread malt character as well.

Medium to generous carbonation with a full body of hops that coats the tongue long into the aftertaste.

A substantial beer that is quite delicious and one of the finer black ales I've had. Tons of character to please the senses and a great blend of rye and pine, just plain well done.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a generous two inch beige head that morphs into eternal darkness in my chalice. Lacing is scant. Hop influenced head is very impressive.

Aroma not very profound. Tones of citrus and pine mainly.

Here's where the horses run otta the gate. Beautiful rye spice pronounced with a charred grain with some smoke. Citrus emerges with piney tars evident. Maybe it's just my mind but I'm also picking up on cocoa powder in the back.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a snap-very crisp. Hops do linger throughout.

I've had this on and off in the past few years but lately been craving back for this. A spectacular all year round craft. I'm sure black ales are tough but this has been nailed. Really can't say enough fine things.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer. Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a massive off white head. Thick lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: Burnt malts, cocoa powder, pineapple, pine, grass, and grapefruit.

Taste: Hops start the beer off and give a moderate amount of bitterness that is balanced well with both the rye and malts! hops are citrus, pine, and grass. Little bit of roast and a little bit of chocolate. The rye adds a nice spicy taste to the beer.

Mouthfeel: on the light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer drinks like its 5% great drinkablity. This beer is creamy.

Overall: I gotta say before wookey jack I thought that New Gluarus Black Top was the best Black IPA that I have ever drank. I also thought that it would be difficult to find a better Black IPA; Firestone Walker proved me wrong. The X factor for wookey jack that makes it better is the RYE. The rye adds this spiciness and great complexity that just works so well. Let not forget this is a very affordable bomber costing around 6 to 8 dollars.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 8.11.14. Drank 1.16.15. 22oz bomber poured into a 18oz Tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with three towering fingers worth of light fluffy head. When head to the light, highlights of maroon can be seen slightly within the body. Head dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing all the way down. Drop dead gorgeous in the glass.

S: The roasted malts blend with sharp piney hops to remind me of summer campfires in the North woods of Minnesota. Very calming and balanced. Some lemon rind to leave a clean aroma after the initial hit of smokey pine.

T: Burnt pine, caramel malts, tangy orange/grapefruit. Finished with a drying roasted grain flavor. Smokey, ashy... just keeps bringing to that campfire.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, similar to Founders Porter and Spiteful GDPP. Slight alcohol warmth, finishes with a drying pine sensation.

O: Fantastic stuff. Similar, but completely different then the other black IPAs. Unique and worth exploring... begins to blur the line between IPAs and Porters.

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Photo of narwhal
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black pour from large format bottle - fantastic mixture of rye sourness & hops on both the aroma & taste - not a very heavy mouthfeel but really smooth. I would have wished for a tiny bit more bitterness, but I'm not complaining, this is fine beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a thick one finger caramel head with medium retention and leaving a constant plate.
Delicious aroma full of tropical notes, pineapples, canned peaches, tangerines, passion fruit, mango and toasted malts.
Bold flavor with notes of citrusy hops, lots of spices, grapefruit, grape juice, rye, licorice, pine resin and finishing with roasted and burnt coffee beans. Very dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting burnt note.
Medium bordering full body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 8.3% could not be more hidden.
That is a superb Black Rye IPA. Original, bold in flavors and hops (80 IBUs) and still very drinkable. My taste buds are completely soaked. Recommendable.

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Photo of gr0g
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and opaque, capped with 2+ fingers of tan foam. Excellent head retention with plenty of lacing. Pine and grapefruit aromas usually associated with hop bombs are present, and they mesh with dark, roasty malt aromas to produce a pineapple-like aroma. This is something I've encounted in other strong, hoppy beers, especially American Barleywines and Strong Ales. That pineapple is somewhat fleeting, though, as the aroma settles to a piney, resiny state. Bit of soapiness that's off-putting.

The flavor is all IPA - hop flavors are firmly in control. Apparent bitterness is less than, say, FW's own Union Jack IPA. Rye's dry, distinctive character is noticeable. Darker malt flavor notes are subdued by the overall hop-forward character. Pineapple, grapefruit notes. This is in DIPA territory in terms of ABV, but there's no intrusion of alcohol into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is much like a top-tier IPA in terms of smoothness and oiliness.

I found this to be a well-done IPA in a dark suit. The addition of rye and dark malts add a nice twist.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a small white.

The smell is citrus hops, lemons and grapefruit.

The taste is tropical fruits and just a little bit bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall although it looks like a dark stout it is infact a hopy ipa, without much malt flavour at all.

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Photo of tmm313
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pretty much pitch black in the glass. Poured a huge, sticky, creamy 2 finger head. Awesome lacing.
S- Big tropical fruit and floral up front. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, dank, caramel, and slight roast when you dig in.
T- Sweet citrus and tropical fruit over caramel, bread, and roasted malts. Finish is huge roasted malt, char, and light bitter chocolate that is almost instantly assaulted by a massive pine bitterness. Char and bitterness is overpowering. Aftertaste adds a slightly metallic spice from the rye and a touch of grapefruit.
M- Medium body. Oily and resinous. Intensely drying with big lingering bitterness.
O- This was one of those I know is a well crafted beer, but I just can't dig it. The aromas were heavenly, but the taste ended far too burned and bitter for my palate. I don't think I can recall a beer's taste deviating so drastically from its smell, which is really an accomplishment, I suppose. Huge flavors, nice complexity, just not my style.

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

12 ounce bottle into a Guinness glass. Deep black with a half a finger tan head. Smells of pine,hops, orange peel. Taste follows the nose. I'm also getting some roasted malt and faint hints of Baker's chocolate. Very pleasant and easy to drink. I could easily finish a 4 pack while watching a football game on TV.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best score I came up with at Khoury's in Las Vegas, the only shop in that city with this beer. Was nice to see it at almost every store in Reno when I came home.

Brown pour, 1/2" head on it, looks good. Nice hoppy aromatic dominance in the aroma department, didn't allow any roasted aroma to take over, I think that means they probably used that dehusked black malt. You get a lot of the nice hop aromas, tropical, grassy, green, pine, sticky icky danky.

Taste, nice, not massive burnt bitterness of lesser black ales, this was a light in terms of body black ale, but still dark in color, while letting the hops shine on. Alcohol pretty well stuffed under the rug and not prevalent on the tongue. Enjoyable contribution from the rye, more sweet than spicy in this connotation, but that black malt seems to absorb heat (of all kinds) a little better than others.

Some real good stuff here, really didn't want to let my last bottle go as an extra in the last trade, but spread the wealth, that's what I always say, when its a choice at least, not when its being forced upon you!

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark like a stout with thick and frothy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is nutty, roasty, and chocolaty but not very pronounced. Has a tinge of hop bitterness that peaks through the dark malt flavor. Flavor follows the nose. The mouth feel is very pleasant; slightly sticky, smooth, and gets creamier as the beer warms. Overall this is a fantastic beer, its got a little bit of everything. Highly recommend.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness info on the label despite a spot for a date. Poured in to FW snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of bubbly light brown head. Spotty lacing.

S - Mix of citrus hop aromas, roast and spicy rye. The background adds some lighter chocolate notes.

T - Grapefruit and pine up front accompany a sharp bitterness. The middle adds roasted malts, chocolate a nice spiciness form the rye malts.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonatoin.

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Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting for a fresh batch to review. Bottled on 9/27/13, so only a few weeks old. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with three fingers of fluffy light tan colored head. Head sticks around for several minutes before it begins to dissipate, leaving thick lacing, and maintaining half a finger of height.

Big hoppy aromas, sweet orange, grapefruit, pineapple, light pine, some spicy peppery notes, and a little bit of caramel. Also some alcohol detected.

Very bitter upfront, citrus peel and pine bitterness with some dark roasted malt flavors, mellowing to some sweeter orange and pineapple with caramel flavors. Not much of the rye influence in the taste as the hops are really strong when fresh. Dry with lingering citrus peel bitterness on the tongue, with some alcohol in the back of the throat.

Medium body, a bit slick and oily on the tongue with some light carbonation. Very much a DIPA, with just a roasted malt accent on it. Pretty tasty overall.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For those not from CA...Bevmo is like heaven!!!

Pours a dark brown with light highlights. Good size brown head that is creamy and fluffy. Good lasting power.

Aroma of hops, malts, bread.

Taste is grapefruit, malt, piney and some light wood in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, much lighter than expected. Cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Very enjoyable. Very refreshing. Really like this one!

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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