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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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636 Reviews
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Reviews: 636
Hads: 4,330
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 309
Gots: 840 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Reviews: 636 | Hads: 4,330
Photo of farrago
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even a slow, measured pour yields half a glass full of deep tan foam, decent density with an island of bigger bubbles remaining at the pour point, retention is very high, to the point it annoys as you can’t get at the liquid to sip it, the lacing is haphazard but what’s there is thick splotches. Dark, opaque brown hued liquid, slice of zinc orange at the glass bottom, few if any bubbles visible inside the glass. The rye is indeed present in the nose, however, on the whole it is sweet in a clean manner, pine, grapefruit, caramel, chocolate, scone crumbs wrapped around a core of apricot, peach, pineapple scents, fresh hops give it penetrating punch without unnecessary bite, admirable for its sinewy linger which never seems forced. Medium-bodied, the carbonation creates a tight weave but its active and keeps things bubbling along. Some rye, pumpernickel notes yet not very bready, once more relies on grapefruit, orange citrus, pine and flowers for most of its initial effect. Chocolate, molasses, anise only bring mild softness, instead it wants to stay erect as the leafy herbaceousness dries out the mid-palate. The roast mostly present as aftertaste. That pineapple, nectarine, apricot to papaya fruit drier here and thus further into the background. Taste-wise not boozy but there is a certain headiness to it. It crackles with the kind of energy and verve which makes you want to gulp as much as sip.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to snifter, no freshness date

Pours a pitch black with a finger of light mocha foam. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is of very strong hops, pine, coffee, chocolate, tropical fruit, with malt and some alcohol. Taste follows the smell quite well, fruity hop bomb laced with coffee and some other earthy floral tastes. Malt is most interesting coming from the rye, leaving a bitter after taste much different from that of the initial taste of the beer, which is one of the few flaws I find with it. Mouth is creamy, sticky and dry. Over all a good black ipa, not my favorite but deserves an honorable mention. The rye isn't something I much care for

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 OZ bottle, bottled on date is blank. Poured into a Snifter.

A:Pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan/caramel head. Maybe 1 finger head. Light carbonation and almost no lacing.

S: In the bottle its a rich chocolate aroma with some nice malt coming in. In the glass I lose this aroma, could be my glass.

T: More towards the malty side, with chocolate and some vanilla. Finishes with a coffee aftertaste. Just fantastic.

M: Medium body, little carbonation, acidic on the palate.

O: Fantastic beer. I'm a sucker for Black IPAs and this delivers. The rye just adds to it.

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Photo of ChiPool
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8/9/12 poured into Duvel tulip on 10/22/12.

A: Pours an opaque, jet black with a moderate amount of billowy beige head (3/4 inch)

S: From the pop of the cap, there is a nice aroma. I get roasty malts, and piney hops on this one.

T: More of the roasty, chocolatey malts with a lingering bitterness. Tastes like it was brewed with pine needles, and a presence of cocoa beans.

M: On the lighter side of medium: just thr right amount of carbination. Lighter than expected.

O: The best that i've had in this class so far. Quite enjoyable, especially getting into late fall.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the Potsdam IGA NY for 8$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, resin, really amazing..

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit. There is also some roasted/malty/coffee/chocolate notes. It ends with a malty roasted (almost burnt) resiny hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - American black ales are my favorite style of beer. This is another excellent example of a ABA and something I will buy again for sure. It tastes like more powerful Stone SSR.

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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 WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 8/21/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with an inch of creamy light tan head, has nice retention and leaves tons of thick, awesome lacing.

S- Lots of juicy citrus, some tropical fruit, a bit of chocolate and roast in the background.

T- Nice blend of hops and roast. The initial flavor is dominated by juicy, citric and mango hops and pine. Towards the finish a nice milk chocolate and roast flavor becomes more prominent. The flavors actually work pretty nicely together.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, smooth and prickly feel.

O- A very nice black IPA, very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

Figured I'd give this guy a try alongside some other tastiness at Fountainhead. It pours a dark ruby-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit rind, and a kiss of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit really coming in stronger and being joined by what seems to be some lime zest. The result, though, comes across as clashing, with the roasty and hoppy factions unwilling to give ground or work together. It's not an altogether awful clash, but it's certainly bloody enough. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a generally solid black IPA, but one whose clashing flavors just don't fully do it for me.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, black with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles around the side of the glass.

S - Strong pine resin hop presence with rye and roasted malt undertones.

T - Big piney and grapefruit hops followed by a sugary sweetness, rye and light notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

D - Great example of the style. Very tasty.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Stone nonic pint glass:

(Been enjoying everything the good folks at Firestone Walker do, this is amazing!!!)

A-Jet black with toffee head that hangs out and nice lacing

S-Excellent IPA with malt and rye on the back end

T-Follows the nose, but goes to another level


O-A great, great beer, if you can, go out and get it...

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Photo of dfillius
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately the "bottled on" field on the bottle was all black, no text. Purchased at Kraig's Kegs in Oneida, NY. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Moderately aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of light tan head with great retention. Opaque black/dark brown liquid. Good looking brew, love the head!
S: Bright citrus, pine, intense esters are a bit aggressive and bring the enjoyment down. The modest roast character is appreciated.
T: Much more balanced towards malt than the aroma indicates. Not as hoppy as I would like either. Very tasty nonetheless. Second sip was hoppier than the first. Good chocolate and vanilla. Alomst an American porter rather than a ABA. A tad of licorice is hinted at in the finish. Only negative is the lacking hoppiness/not fully true to style.
M: Very nicely balanced, though a tad warm. Not as bitter as I like my ABAs.
D: Very tasty. Nicely balanced. I would buy again, and despite it's variance, I'll still put it in the top 25% of ABAs for it's drinkability.

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Photo of beagle75
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with over one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very honest hops qualities ring out, smelling like new pellets in their hermetically-sealed bag. Lush pine, orange citrus, and overarching greenness are all present. A dark earthy aura hovers just off the main stage. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with coarse herbaceous hops, surprisingly bready malt, and aggressive acidity. Fruit is restrained but juicy and citrusy, with remarkable intensity and duration. Real darkness develops late, finishing with coffee-laced bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A really accomplished black IPA, with a hops-focused profile that, while not exotic, is brutally-awesomely honest in the nose. One might argue that it lacks representation of dark malt, but that person must not like hops.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wookey pours a deep deep brown but one can also see some garnet highlights below the tall beige head. The head is dense and pocketed with large bubbles. Some good sticky lacing is left behind.

Aroma is quite hoppy, in the citrus/floral vein. Malts have a very slight roasted smell. Perhaps even spicy rye.

In the taste the first thing I noticed, really slapped in the face, was the bitterness. Quite bitter. Hops have a mild citrus taste but are light and understated. Malts balance and hoist the hops well.
Since there is rye malts in the brew I was expecting some spiciness but couldn't find any. Roasted malts sutle and are complementory and not overpowering.
The feel of the beer I think is the weak point. It was smooth and soft but almost to the point of being flat. It weighted heavy on the palette and drink semi bitter. Had the mouthfeel of a Guiness.

Overall it's good. I like the way the roasted malts were sutle and complementory and understated, not overpowering. Some BIPA's are borderline porters and stoudts in my opinion, not that that,s a bad thing.

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Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely black in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that reduced to a soapy cap and left ample sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrussy hop aromas with roasted malt and coffee aromas fighting through in the background. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with dense, rich carbonation. Pungent citrus hop flavors up front and into the middle with a tangy hop bite. Dark and burnt roasted malt flavors emerge below the citrus hop intensity to the end. Finishes with a combination bitter hop and burnt malt aftertaste. The intense hop and dark roasted malt aromas and flavors are in competition here. The bitter hoppiness shows through more but the roaated malt character seems to intensify the hop character even more. An exceptional black IPA.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-walnut. Oily texture on the pour. Big beige head that retains very well and leaves excellent lacing,

S - Pine, roasted malts, vanilla, hazelnut.

T - Wow, very interesting. Enters the mouth tasting like a cream stout, turns into a pine-laden East Coast IPA, and finishes with a boozy oaky-chocolate hoppiness. Really cool, interesting flavor profile. I like it a lot. The phases are very clear and distinct and the transition to each is smooth and deliberately executed as it comes to craft.

M - Medium to full bodied. Appropriately carbonated. Hops linger on the lower palette.

D - A sneakygood beer. I've never had a beer from this brewing company, but this first showing from them is nothing short of excellent. This is a GOOD beer and I would absolutely recommend it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a dark, dark brown color with a light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of rye aromas. There was a nice roasted malt presence and some spicy notes.

T - It tasted very roasty with spicy rye notes. A touch of pine and some sharp bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty rye black IPA. Another delicious offering from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown/black with one finger of brown head. Pretty good retention with small amounts of lacing.

S - Chocolate malt with some piney hops.

T - Malty with more subtle hops. "Bottled on" spot is blank, so not sure how old this is. I actually like the hops level if this. Some black ales get a bit over the top for me. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Hops are mostly grapefruit and pine. Tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with mild, pleasant bitterness throughout. Slightly dry.

O - One of the more harmonious black ales I've had. Nice flavor and aromas. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of steelerguy
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black...wait, if you tilt the glass you can see that it is actually slightly translucent and a deep walnut color. Tan head, that fades quickly leaving just a covering on top with a few unfortunate large bubbles.

S - Get ready to enjoy as soon as you open a bottle, the citrus hop aromas that immediately escape are divine. Once poured, the hops are still present, but joined by a lot of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee.

T - This is first and foremost an IPA, even better a rye IPA. The hop delivery is smooth with lots of citrus and a touch of floral. There is a sweetness and a bit of spice from the rye that plays perfectly with the floral notes of the hopes, and then the chocolate comes on as you finish, with just a hint of roasted coffee aftertaste.

M - Mediums bodied, velvety, and warming. Just enough alcohol and carbonation to linger.

O - This is one of those beers that should be a standard. If you want to make a black IPA, Cascadian ale, American Black ale...whatever you want to call it, this is it. There are lots of black IPAs out there since it became "the thing" to do, but this one does it right.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a substantial brown head that has a lot of staying power. When the head finally dissipates, it leaves behind a thick ring of foam around the glass.

Smell: Spicy rye alongside herbal and piney hop aromas. Hints of pineapple.

Taste: Begins spicy before rounding to some tropical fruit flavor. Finishes with woody bitterness with a bit more rye spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Fuller in body with balanced carbonation and an oily, sticky finish. Also finishes with some warming alcohol.

Overall: An excellent beer- one of the better ones I have had of this style.

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Photo of Etan
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with a huge light chocolate head.

S: Big tropical hop nose, some rye malt. I recognize the hop profile from FW's other hoppy beers.

T: Hops dominate. Bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple, rye, a bit of roasted malt, light chocolate.

M: Velvety smooth and chewy. Really great.

O: A really smooth and tasty black IPA.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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 mpedara429
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent dark brown/cola-like color. It poured out with 3 fingers of mocha colored head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Piney hops and a hint of grapefruit.

T: Huge amount of bitter hops, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. Bitter but is balanced by its sweet backbone. The sweetness isn't really characterized by any flavor besides sugary sweet. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. This beer is super smooth.

O: This beer is pretty good. It is unique, but I definitely couldn't have more than one. The hops are really intense and it is really sweet to try and balance out those hops. I'm a hophead but this put me over my limit for hops.

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Photo of vic21234
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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 cooler4life
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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 tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, opaque, high carbonation

Smell: sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit

Taste: chocolate, pine, charred malt, and cream

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with underlying bitterness

Overall: A good not great Black IPA. I like the way the pine and cream interact. That said, I have been blown away by just about every other beer I have had from Firestone Walker and this beer, while good did not do that.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.