Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Round one of the Great Snowstorm IPA Taste-Off (Ed. 2014)*
Pours a lovely hazel with deep head. Check this out though: the head is full of LARGE bubbles. I have no idea why or how, but they're big, and they're distinct. Lacing on the glass is less like a spiderweb and more like a mountain range. Very Sochi. Very Caucasus. My wife proclaims that it looks like scallops. Also very Sochi.
Aroma is vaguely smokey, and certainly more malty than hoppy. Ah, the glory of rye. Taste us powerful, but commendably, laudably, superbly balanced. Malts win the day, but the hops are ever-present. Fine medium mouthfeel, and cavernous rye aftertaste. Pairs well with Utz Ripples and winter Olympics.
*Rules: When significant snow likely to give you time to consume large quantities of birra is forecast, buy some up, and post 'em up.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 01:36:29 | More by Rast
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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 3,161 ratings.