Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.16/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Bottle date: 11/9/12
Poured into a balloon glass. Dark brown in color, topped by a rich and thick tan colored head. Clarity from what I can tell is decent, though the beer sits too dark in the glass for this to really matter. The head sticks around for a long time and definitely clings to the glass.
Aroma is filled with prominent American hops. It's abundantly piney and a touch citrusy as well. A small hint of alcohol, with some darker malt undertones. Really big and bold aroma, and this is exactly what one would want from this style. Close your eyes, and you would be hard pressed to tell that this is a darker beer.
Intensely bitter, with some roasted malt flavor. Rye spiciness is there, and not over the top. Alcohol is really present and this beer finishes like an Irish whiskey on the exhale, minus the burn. Very odd, and I am thinking that the high portion of rye malt probably carries those whiskey-ish notes. Doesn't taste very similar to the aroma though, which is disappointing since I was hoping it would match the amazing aroma.
Excellent, perfect carbonation. Full-bodied. Sticky, resinous hops. Smooth, no burn. Pretty fricking good...
Oh, man I wish that this beer was a little cleaned up in the flavor. The rye gives it a spiciness, the hops are packed in there and very dank. Really liked this beer and would put this at #2 for American Black Ale's for me.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2013 09:41:06 | More by MusicaleMike
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4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Grabbed this in a trade back in mid spring 2014. Review taken from notes: Spring 2014. I must say it sucks not getting Firestone Walker stuff here in Kentucky at the moment.
1 pint, 6 oz brown bomber with a traditional Firestone Walker Reserve series label and a small black foil wrap around the cap. Elegant white, gold, black and grey make up the colors on this exceptional label. The traditional Lion and Bear grace the bottom corners as usual and really set off another fantastic design from FW. Poured into a Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve stemmed tulip glass.
A - black in color on the pour and a dark midnight looking red when held to the light with a crisp splash of brown. Creamy tan colored head that sits with some size before settling to a creamy and thick ring of lacing leaving superb stick to the glass.
S - pine and grapefruit hop aromas up front. The rich malt let off a balanced aroma of coffee and chocolate. A lovely dark fruit character going on here. The rye lets off some spice that pair well with the strong hop resin you find in the first few whiffs.
T - this is where Wookey Jack really shows its class. Big pine and grapefruit hops to start followed quickly by a bang of rich, black roasted coffee beans and only a small hint of bitter chocolate. This has a real roasted malt backbone along with an insanely grand spicy rye character. It's west coast fruity, but the roasted malt and rye spices let off some truly remarkable flavors. Sensational.
M - medium full in body and a sticky thick coating that's just right. Typical Firestone texture makes for a very delicious mouthfeel. This is a treat.
O - one of the best black ipa's I've had with all the great qualities of the style but also hitting the mark of differences as well with the rye and spice. This is probably the most drinkable black ipa I've had and one ill trade for again when its time. It actually saddens me I can't have this at my fingertips whenever I want it. The FW quality is there, the west coast style as well, but the roasted rich malt and rye characters throw you for a one of a kind experience. It's as perfect as the style can get.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 16:57:55 | More by BradtheGreat7
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,170 ratings.