Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Pours a dark brown/black with a thin soapy head. Lacing is decent and head retention is minimal. There are some very nice glints of red through the sides however.
A: Huge fruity citrus, mango and zesty hop notes. A subtle backdrop of chocolatey roasted malt and some spicy rye character. Some mild fruity esters are present complimenting the hops.
T/M: Smooth but prominent bitterness swells with big, sweet, tropical and citrus hop notes and some light roasted malt character and some earthy rye flavor. Caramel sweetness is also present in moderation, giving a nice backdrop to the hop and roasted flavors. The yeast does a tremendous job of blending in with the rest of the beer profile, as well as not thinning the beer out to much, leaving a nice full body. Aftertastes consists of lingering fruity citrus notes, gentle roasted malt, and some earthy, spicy rye notes.
Overall, one of the best American Black Ales I have ever had. Some people feel this style is just a novelty, but beers like this and Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous go to prove that they are every bit as delicious as any style out there. Every time I open a bottle of this I am amazed at how well balanced and delicious it is. Drink Fresh.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 19:56:09 | More by Siriusfisherman
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle into tulip
A: Stout black, obsidian colored brew wearing a two finger frothy tan head with decent retention. Completely opaque, appearing to have a thick body – carbonation looks fine and light – lacing is moderate. Very interesting.
S: Rich rye aroma, caramel, dry leaves, orange peel, light citrus, notes of pumpkin, very grainy. Pumpernickel, little bit of clove and mellow banana, moist earth, pine, some presence of chocolate malt. Nutty sweetness clashes with a zesty hop character. Ever so smoky.
T: Upfront like an IPA, bitter and resinous. Lightly smoky, piney, accompanied by notes of grapefruit and lemon – hop character blends with the prickly bitters resulting from the lemon/orange citrus and the initial smoked malts. The middle mouth illuminates the rigid malt backbone, caramel, ash, and subtle dark fruits – some fig and date escorted by dark bakers chocolate. Continual clash of smoke, sweet, and [tangy fruit] – all dominated by a dry rye overtone. The rye is rather pungent almost boozey, big presence of spruce towards the finish.
M: Fine carbonation, solid/medium body, after taste is quite dry and very reminiscent of the dominant rye presence
O: Never been a fan of black IPAs/American black ales. Honestly this is one of the better representatives of the style. To me it just seems that this beer can’t make up its mind, although that creates an interesting experience. The overall experience is a Potpourri of flavors that play on the palate like a hybrid brown ale/porter and an IPA. Pretty good, pretty interesting.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 02:22:34 | More by ZagZagg
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,096 ratings.