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Winter Wookey - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Winter Wookey
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90
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our newest blended strong ale, Winter Wookey, comes just in time for the California winter this year. A blend of Wookey Jack and un-oaked Double DBA, Winter Wookey brings dark chocolate covered dried cherry, candied apple, orange zest and toffee flavors together in a complex, warming blend. Deceivingly drinkable for its size, Winter Wookey balances a big, malty body with a complementary spectrum of hop aroma and bitterness.

(Beer added by: SocalKicks on 02-22-2014)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Why am I sampling the Winter Wookey when I haven't even tasted the standard version? And it isn't even winter? Chalk it up to curiosity. On to the beer:

Here's a dark brown beer topped with a half-inch of head and a few spots of lace sticking around the glass. It has a lively aroma, first noted with clean pine, then comes pineapple juice, and a touch of roasted malt. That's nice.

Winter Wookey reminds me some of Double Bastard Ale, an ale that is robust, fruity, and easy to drink despite a double figure alcohol content. This is fun to taste! Very fruity with a sharop tropical accent. There's passionfruit, pineapple, grape, and a light roast which work well together. The alcohol content is hidden well too, and it's full bodied and somewhat smooth.

That'll do Firestone. That'll do.

DoubleJ, Mar 25, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled on tap at Freshcraft in Denver.

Winter Wookey is a stronger version of the Wookey Jack, which is fantastic.

Served in a snifter, it has a dark brown color and thick tan head.

Aroma is boozy and hoppy with great fruitiness.

Flavor is intense and bitter but really well done.

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Had 22oz bomber that I purchased at tasting room in Buellton. Poured into goblet.

Nice dark brown, approaching black. Poured with quarter to half inch head of small bubbles. Still has a thin layer of bubbles 20 minutes later.

The aroma is full of rye and grapefruit from the hops.

The taste is nicely balanced. I taste rye bread, without the molasses. The spiciness of the rye and the grapefruit and pine resin from the hops combine nicely. There is also a little roasted flavor and a note of chocolate. I don't know offhand what the IBUs are, but there is definitely enough bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a lot of body at the start but dry and almost astringent in the finish. The high carbonation keeps it quite refreshing.

I would gladly drink this again, but later, not two bottles in one night. I wish I knew where I could get it around Kansas City. It was a fine souvenir of my latest trip west.

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Winter Wookey from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.