Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ludachris:
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Only when held directly to the light does its seemingly black body give way to a deep chestnut brown. The head that is left on top is frothy and thick, coating the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes.
The scent of hops are what jump out first, and rightfully so considering the style. They’re rich and earthy, piney and sappy. Fresh green peppers come to mind. Soft notes of wood and roast and a touch of dark chocolate are located beneath its hoppy facade. The rye isn’t overstated but does impart a pleasant spiciness to the nose. This is both aromatic and complex and I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan already.
Lively green peppers and pine needles give a fresh zing to the raw wood and earthy character that lies beneath. A dash of cocoa powder is sprinkled on top and adds a touch of sweetness near the finish. The higher abv helps to accentuate the earthy and piney bitterness that extends into the finish. The rye gives a clean overall spiciness to the taste that compliments the hop character.
A tad thinner than I had anticipated but not off-putting. The body still carries a nice weight to it and has a subtle creamy feel that the spicy character cuts into. The only indication of its alcohol content is the warming feel it leaves in the chest. For such a big beer in terms of the style and abv, this is very clean and balanced.
Wookey Jack is the first offering I’ve had from Firestone Walker and I can begin to understand why they are regarded so highly on this site. The fresh green pepper hop character reminded me of Hill Farmstead’s Society and Solitude #2 that I was lucky enough to sample. A very well crafted beer in my opinion which leaves me looking forward to the next offering I have from them.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2012 04:19:29 | More by ludachris
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3.89/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured dark brown-copper-black with thick tan head that retains. and leaves nice lacing.
Nice citrus hops with pine. Rye malt, roast.
Taste: Nice rye crispness with a roasty back bone. Lots of bitter, resiny hops that stay in throat.
Mouth: Dry and astringent. A stout-like slickness.
Overall: Nice beer with good balance and complexity. Its a bit astringent and has more roast than I like for style.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 01:10:56 | More by MrBoz21
Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,774 ratings.