Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.73/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottled on 1/25/13
Poured into a standard tulip.
Appearance: Pours a pitch black without any clarity. A 2.5 finger tall light khaki head quickly forms. Great head retention and leaves absolute curtains of lacing behind
Aroma: Big dank tropical hops; Papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, light lemon and pine needles. The Citra and Amarillo hop varieties truly work magic on your olfactory senses. A really interesting and unique combination of semi sweet chocolate and rye malts poke through and accent the hops quite beautifully.
Taste: Again, dank hops upfront, but the lemon-y tropical notes are really in lock step with the malt profile. The malt backbone is really nice and complex. Obvious notes of spicy rye and caraway seed with a big creamy baker's chocolate note towards the beginning of the tangy, dry, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Robust, slightly oily and full bodied with moderate-high carbonation.
Overall: I tried this for the first time last year and was utterly blown away by the rough around the edges, yet truly balanced flavor profile of this complex and interesting brew. I would love to see Firestone put this beer on oak for a couple of weeks. Highly recommended to any beer lover.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2012 08:38:44 | More by flayedandskinned
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 3,100 ratings.