Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.34/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
SPECIAL FISHING EDITION RE-REVIEW (didn't catch anything :() After having a fresh bottle, I'd say this is the best black ale I've ever had. Why? Because it doesn't really taste like a black ale - it tastes like a spicy, rye-forward IPA where the dark malts only serve to both dry and clean its finish up. The hops brilliantly accentuate the spicy rye character, rather than clash with overdone stout-like sweetness. I'd even say this does to black ales what Nugget Nectar does to amber ales - it makes them look pathetically outdated. Even after having Parabola and Sucaba, I'd gladly call this Firestone Walker's best brew, easily.
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 6 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with somewhat thick bubbles and good retention.
S: Fairly citrusy, but with that green piny note to it - Simcoe hops, perhaps? The darker malts don't really come through, but the citrusy profile redeems things.
T: Much like the aroma, the citrusy flavors come through strongly. The first few sips are a bit questionable in its balance and drinkability, but once this opens up, it becomes quite pleasant in conjunction with the rye malts. Further sips show some chocolate in its profile. This *is* an older bottle, but still very enjoyable, if a little lacking in complexity.
M: Pretty dry - thank you rye malts - and drinkable. It's not too heavy or light either way in terms or body, nor is it overcarbonated.
O: It's another "man, this could have been AMAZING" fresh situation with this. Right now, though, it's still really damn good. I'll be on the lookout for a fresh bottle/keg of this.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2013 21:11:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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