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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep amber/brown in the glass, topped with 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a creamy ¾ finger of froth that rings the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma smells fresh and leafy in the nose with notes of bright grapefruit and a zesty spiciness from the rye as it mixes in with that citrus. This even has a big of a leafy tobacco thing going on with it from the hops combining with those dark roasted malts across the back. Some cocoa sweetness hangs on the edges as well but this is overall pretty dry, bitter, and roasted feeling in the nose.

The taste has fresh grapefruit bitterness and a leafy feel up front that runs into a combination of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee character. The finish on this really shows the rye with a dry spicy doughiness that sticks and lingers with some leftover bitterness and pine from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively sharp creaminess that fills up the mouth and then more of a underlying slickness that leaves some oils back on the tongue. There is some alcohol present and while it isn’t overly distracting, it does really bring out the assertiveness of those flavors here.

This was a very good entry into the Black IPA category from Firestone that really packs a fierce nature on the palate thanks to that assertive mix of American hops, rye, and high ABV. This was just balanced enough to stay drinkable but I still enjoyed it very much. Sometimes it’s fun to just brutalize your mouth with flavor!

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a black amber streaked hue with a one finger off white head.

The smell featured piney hops and toasted malts.

The taste consisted of an upfront roasted malt that have way to waves of piney malts and finished with a soft caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and exceptionally toasty black IPA.

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Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who contributed this, but cheers. 650ml into a snifter.

Dark brown in body, almost black with a dirty tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has some notable citrus hop aromas and pine, some sweetness, but spicy rye and roast notes are notable. Great interplay of dark malts, rye, roast, chocolate and citrus hops on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium full, roasty and moderately bitter. A really solid rye black IPA.

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

A: Black with reddish tint with 2 finger foam

S: Floral hops, citrous, caramel malt, quite nice!

T: Follows the nose. It's hoppy but not overly hoppy. Some dark fruit notes. Very well balanced with malt backbone. Rye doesn't come through super strong but it's present.

M: Good amount of carbonation, creamy and smooth.

O: Another excellent beer from FW.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve Series snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a very dark brown with a two finger fluffy beige head. Significant splotchy lacing as the head recedes. Some roastiness and chocolate on the nose in addition to orange peel and some grapefruit notes. Dark chocolate covered orange, citrus and mild roasty notes, finishes dry with some white pepper spice and mild alcohol. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation, and a slick and creamy mouthfeel. The addition of rye adds a bit of spice that adds to Wookey Jack's complexity. Certainly one of the better Black IPA's/American Black Ales available.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby-brown coloring with a thin, filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of rich, sugary caramel, with a smokey highlight and a tangy, resiny presence. Smells interesting and tasty. Flavors are a darker and heavier roasted sweetness in the backbone, with some plum and date characteristics blending with a roasted coffee bitterness. The hops bitterness then chimes in, with resiny and floral components. Very dark and well blended, presenting with a meatier and smoother feel than most Ryes. Smooth aftertaste of roasted grain and mildly bitter hops. Clean, slightly sweet lingering finish. The beer is easy to drink, and the hops flavors build a bit while you make your way through multiple servings, but overall it avoids being overpowering. Very tasty.

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

Nice Black Ale...Could be considered an IPA as well. Pours from a 22 oz bottle as a dark brown/black color with a little light getting through at the bottom of the pint glass. Big light tan head with good retention and goo size rings of lacing.

Good strong aroma of piney and citrus hops as well as some roasted malts.

Tastes very good. First up: Mostly citrus hops up front with some roasted malt/piney hops. As the beer warms, the maltiness becomes more prominent and there is a hint of chocolate as well. The shift in flavor is more to the Black ALe style I am used to, but I will never turn down heavy-duty hoppiness either.

Mouthfeel is crisp. The hops bitterness is just right, so is the carbonation which produces a nice head. This is a fairly strong beer, but the alcohol does not interfere with the flavor or feel.

Overall, very good. A nice hoppy Black Ale, well crafted.

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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 vic21234
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date. FW just started distributing this one in the Chicago area.

A- Pours very cola-like. Dark but some light can be seen through the bottom part of the glass. A half finger of off-white head quickly fades to some froth along the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus is the most notable aroma for me, including some mango and grapefruit. I also get some sweet malt characters.

T- Inital taste is of grapefruit and just an overall citrusy hop bitterness. Then comes the dark malts. I kind of get a hint of chocolate too. Interesting stuff.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter yet smooth, alcohol is noticeable but an easy drinking beer.

Wookey Jack is good stuff, and definitely one to try if your into IPAs or Black Ales. I personally prefer its lighter cousin Double Jack, but this is a fine beer.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a cola brown w/ a towering mocha head, great retention, sticky lacing.

Aroma is mostly citrusy grapefruit and cool pine. Just a clean pure blast of hoppy goodness.

Taste is a unique combination of piney, citrusy hops; a medium roastiness from the dark malt and a peppery spice from the rye; and a hint of warming alcohol. A high note of honey sweetness in there too, not sure of the source. A great balance among diverse elements that all work in concert.

Mouthfeel is also just right. Balanced, clean, w/ a bitter, semi-dry finish. Carbonation gives it a good smoothness.

Again, FW puts out a top-notch, world-class American beer.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pour into a tulip reveals substantial head that looks like it isn't going away that quickly. There are very large bubbles in a nice light beige foam. The body itself is dark, dark, dark. Maybe some brown, some garnet at the bottom when held up to the light. Of course, there's a lot of lacing with this one. There's a nice stout surge when it's poured.

Nose- The aroma on this is terrific. It charges at you as an aromatic blend of mostly pine, some soapiness with hints of spice. I have been skeptical of the black IPA, but I'm enjoying the black rye IPAs. There is some citrus but pine is the predominant aspect.

Taste- This begins with a light sweetness that evolves into caramel malt spiced by rye, oak, and wood. There are hints of lemon that play around that also. However, this is more than the sum of its parts. There is a slight alcohol that informs the mouth but more than that, this is a well integrated beer. It's IPA characteristics are muted just enough to justify a different style. If it were an IPA with some rye sprinkled in, it would be boring to bad. This beer however achieves balance between two different beer styles to make a very nice beer. It's maltier than I like a beer to usually be but it provides a much needed backbone.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with some creaminess and syrupiness. It maybe could be carbonated more and the alcohol is apparent but faint.

Drinkability- At 6.49 (which might be higher than some places), this is a steal. This is a top 250 beer and it shows it. Take into account that this is a bomber with 8.3% ABV and you've got three quality beers for about 2 bucks a pop. Very tasty. Complex enough to keep your palate interested, simple enough not to be over powering.

Overall- Really good. A-. It could be an A but it is closer to an A-. Especially in the Firestone Walker galaxy, which is filled with stars.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Holland glass. Appearance is jet black with brown at the edges. Tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. The nose features lots of rye up front followed by subtle bitter chocolate and a nice bouquet of herbal hops. The rye is king here, very forward and present with notes of caramel hanging underneath. The taste matches the nose well with more of a roasty emphasis. The hops are also more present on the flavor as well as there is quite a bitter punch to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy somewhat hefty body. Overall, this is one of the best American Black Ales I have experienced. The rye works really well with the whole profile. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, definitely worth a try.

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a creamy beige head that thinned down and left spots/trails of lacing.

S - pine and citrus with a roasted aroma in the background.

T - piney hops upfront with roasted malt mixed in, then I get a wave of citrus rind bitterness being rounded out with espresso coffee bitterness and a slight sweetness on the lips.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

O - a fine beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Notes of grapefruit, mango, papaya, resin, and fresh cut grass are countered by roasty, chocolatey malt in the aroma. Fruity hops dominate. Flavor is citrusy initially, with grassy and earthy undertones, becoming roasty mid palate, which carries into a dark chocolate and coffee grounds bitterness in the finish. Again, flavoring hops, especially grapefruit, dominate, but the roast bitterness adds an interesting contrast. Excellent beer, especially for 6 bucks a bomber. Notes of fresh cut grass and pine serve in the aftertaste for even more hop character.

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

CDA's are far from my favorite style, I think they are somewhat of a bastard step-child, the roast doesn't generally play well with the high hops most brewers use to make them. Keep that in mind as you read this review.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a lightly transparent black with just under an inch of dark tan head that had good retention and OK lacing (would have liked a bit more). The aromas were very good, earthy grains, sharp Rye and piney hops. All the scents came together very nicely and made a wonderful total. On the tongue, the story was very similar, the pine hops had a bit more of a presence, there was just the fainest hint of roast and the Rye had a crisp, dry finish.

The body was just a touch fuller than is typical for the style and the beer benefited greatly. Drinkability was excellent, I finished the 22 and found myself wanting another. Overall, an excellent brew. Easily the best CDA I've yet had. This is a must try beer, but make sure you buy a couple bottles, you ARE going to want them.

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

Pours out like a cola with a full finger light tan collar. Big tropical hops from this one....pineapple nose and flavors...as opposed to a piney variety. There's a little roastiness in the nose and aftertaste too but that's an artifact of the process to achieve the color...(dark but translucent). I don't get the classic grainy character of a rye ale...until the end. Overall...the entire experience is on the 'lighter side'..with a hint of rye grain..another example that color is not the cover to judge this book...or something like that. It finishes pretty clean...a tad dry, with a fairly intense grassiness that lingers nicely. At 8.3%...it'll sneak up on you. REALLY nice drinker...especially if you're a hophead.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#600! Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Darren.

A: A deep brownish black with a tan one finger head that lingers. Decent lacing.

S: Piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, a hint of chocolate.

T: Deelishous. Warming, toasty. Chocolate malts mingle with piney hops. Low bitterness. So smooth and creamy.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: If Chewbacca could speak English, he'd toast this Wookie Jack for days. A damn fine brew with killer balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/20/12

Pours a scarlet tinged mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Eoic lacing & good head retention

S: Pineyness & grapefruit, not as assertive I would've hoped

T: Follows the nose, plus roastyness up front & little bit baker's chocolate as well. Roasty bitterness & grapefruit as this warms, then pineyness kicks in & grapefruit acidity. Finishes roasty with mucho grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, good balance for the style, a bit of warming booze

This is good but not upper ecehelon, give me a Stone's itteration on this style any day, but pretty nice & very drinkable; the abv is well disguised. Will try this again if I can find a super fresh bottle. Had this on tap & this compares favorably to that if memory serves me...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Pours a dark amber brown with a white head. A fair amount of lace is left behind.

SMELL: Dark malts, pine, citrus. Black coffee, herb.

TASTE: The taste is somewhat charred and roasted, but has dark fruits as well as the typical citrus notes. Underneath the hop bitterness is a spicy rye base that adds good depth to the flavor. In the finish, earthy hops which are more than welcome.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated brew. The hops dry out the palate slightly.

OVERALL: A great benchmark for the Black Ale/IPA category. A big bad beast of a beer but has so much integrity you simply can't deny it. This beer reminds me of myself in some ways.

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Photo of abuono
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never been a huge fan of black IPAs. However, the rye definitely smooths out the astringency of the dark malt in wookey and makes this a *gasp* refreshing *gasp* beer. Would even pop one on a hot summer day. Two thumbs upwards.
- had on tap at Big Sur Taphouse in Big Sur, CA

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Photo of Jnashed
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A: black pour with lots of head. Good retention and lacing . Head is white/ brown.

S: slight burnt notes, lots of citrus hops though in addition. Earthy tones also. Sweet fragrant hops not dank

T: like it a lot. Hops up front. Certainly an IPA with plenty of flavor. Complex though with burnt char slight acrid taste. Lots of fruity overtones also. Slight chocolate and molasses.

M: full slight chewy tone. A good amount of carbonation. Not stout like at all. Again it's an IPA thru and thru.

O: excellent brew. Many different favors that work together. Better than mist regular IPA or DIPA. Rye comes through in a way similar to Sucks but that burnt taste really caps it off.

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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 RossiDaMan
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. Nice dark chocolate color and a 2 finger head with staying power and minimal lacing. Taste was surprisingly smooth considering the 8.3 ABV. I'm not a big fan of smokiness but felt they hit it just right. Not too bitter of a bite so I came back for more quickly and polished the bomber off in 20-25 mins. Purchased at Costco for $5.99 and well worth it.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- perfect looking beer. Deep brown almost black with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Two and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Superb head retention with plenty of sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Not the most aromatic beer but solid and layered none the less. hops and malt play off each other beautifully in the nose. Piney spicy woody hops combine with rye spice and light roasted malt tones. Some citrus and dark chocolate notes come out as well.

T- woody piney hops with a distinct rye spiciness on the front end. Roasted malt and big chocolate character blends in with notes of citrus peel from the hops. Aggressively bitter on the back end with a roasty mocha finish that lingers with leafy hops for an eternity!

MF- creamy slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Perfect carb for this kind of beer.

D- great drinkability

Overall an excellent black IPA

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Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown color with a big puffy toasted khaki colored head that slowly dissipated into a puffy cap. Left a wall of lacing.

The aroma is of a nice citrus hop, plenty of grapefruit. Some light pine in the aroma as well. I find that the hops overpower the malt in the aroma as I really don't pick up much.

Definitely more of a mix in the flavor. The malt is fairly substantial but very smooth, not much bitterness from the malt, which is a big plus for me for this style. The malt mostly has a big bready flavor, some toasted pumpernickle and a peppery spice from the rye. The hop profile is mostly grapefruit with some pine. A bit of resin but not overly bitter at all. Some rusty notes in the end.

The feel is moderate to full with soft carbonation. Extremely smooth for the style. Usually black IPA's crush you with both roasted malt and hop bitterness. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Probably the best black IPA that I have had. Not a huge fan of the style but the flavor and feel was so smooth.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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