Winter Wookey
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #50
Ranked #5,984
4.09 | pDev: 11.74%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our newest blended strong ale, Winter Wookey, comes just in time for the California winter this year. A blend of Wookey Jack and un-oaked Double DBA, Winter Wookey brings dark chocolate covered dried cherry, candied apple, orange zest and toffee flavors together in a complex, warming blend. Deceivingly drinkable for its size, Winter Wookey balances a big, malty body with a complementary spectrum of hop aroma and bitterness.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an awesome blend here from firestone, these guys are the king of this. unoaked dba meets wookey jack. the black pepper spice from the rye malt comes through in the nose of the flat looking honey textured caramel colored beer. i get the esb malt base too, and then a whole bunch of hops that seem piney and bitter in the nose. the flavor is really complex with the darker malt of wookey and that english sweet malt of dba, i think they go together extremely well. the hops and the sweetness fight a little in the finish, but i think the battle is congruent and not distracting. pine is robust here, but it doesnt last long, as for me at least, the sweet malt ultimately wins out. the alcohol is scarily not really there. i feel it absolutely, but even as the beer warms i dont taste much hotness. i like the feel, it doesnt need any more than its mild carbonation, and its thick body is nice in cold weather. this is a slow sipper for certain, but i think a nice mix of two really different beers. well done.

Oct 04, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Tap and Growler in Eugene

A very dark brown with a dense off white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. The nose is great. Spicy hops - pine, weed, dankly so. Mint, cinnamon, a touch of allspice. The palate opens medium full in body with a beautiful, creamy carbonation. Moderately sweet, moderately hoppy, there's a blend of rye spiciness, hoppy darkness and medium light bitterness. Mint and herbal spices are present along with weed, pine and spices. Long finish with plenty of rye that really accentuates the spiciness and the earthiness and the hoppiness. Solid stuff with a magnificent mouthfeel.

May 29, 2014
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John_M from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 16 tons the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is a bit subdued, but there is some noticeable dry citrus, butterscotch and light vanilla evident. The flavor profile is a bit more pronounced, and the base beer, wooky jack is more noticeable. While the beer is a bit sweeter than the regular wookie, the finish is still fairly dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the finish is long and lightly bitter. The 10% abv. is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and frankly, I was surprised to learn that it was that high.

This beer grew on more and more as it warmed in my glass, but even so, I think I prefer the regular wookey jack to this beer. Glad I got to try it, but I probably don't need to try this again any time soon.

Apr 19, 2014
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hops and Pie, crazy complex beer that I liked better than its components. Apparently this is Double DBA mixed with Wookey Jack. It's dark brown almost black. The aroma is sweet wood, citrus, fruit, many varied aromas. The flavor is barrel, sugar, booze, hops, citrus, so crazy how many things dance across the palate, very enjoyable beer.

Apr 14, 2014
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GilGarp from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled on tap at Freshcraft in Denver.

Winter Wookey is a stronger version of the Wookey Jack, which is fantastic.

Served in a snifter, it has a dark brown color and thick tan head.

Aroma is boozy and hoppy with great fruitiness.

Flavor is intense and bitter but really well done.

Apr 13, 2014
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Why am I sampling the Winter Wookey when I haven't even tasted the standard version? And it isn't even winter? Chalk it up to curiosity. On to the beer:

Here's a dark brown beer topped with a half-inch of head and a few spots of lace sticking around the glass. It has a lively aroma, first noted with clean pine, then comes pineapple juice, and a touch of roasted malt. That's nice.

Winter Wookey reminds me some of Double Bastard Ale, an ale that is robust, fruity, and easy to drink despite a double figure alcohol content. This is fun to taste! Very fruity with a sharop tropical accent. There's passionfruit, pineapple, grape, and a light roast which work well together. The alcohol content is hidden well too, and it's full bodied and somewhat smooth.

That'll do Firestone. That'll do.

Mar 25, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap for the Feral One release party at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting set of aromas and flavors from the blend of beers used in this one.

Mar 10, 2014
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ThePaleRider from California

2.07/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Toronado.

A - Very similar to other Firestone barrel aged beers. Very brown with a small head.

S - Weird aroma. I picked up rum sweetness and dark fruits.

T - Blah, medicinal cherries, mulled cider, yuck.

M - didn't drink enough of it to care

O - Maybe it's just not my cup of tea but this beer was just not good. Very surprised seeing how Firestone is one of my favorites.

Mar 03, 2014
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ericj63 from Kansas

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had 22oz bomber that I purchased at tasting room in Buellton. Poured into goblet.

Nice dark brown, approaching black. Poured with quarter to half inch head of small bubbles. Still has a thin layer of bubbles 20 minutes later.

The aroma is full of rye and grapefruit from the hops.

The taste is nicely balanced. I taste rye bread, without the molasses. The spiciness of the rye and the grapefruit and pine resin from the hops combine nicely. There is also a little roasted flavor and a note of chocolate. I don't know offhand what the IBUs are, but there is definitely enough bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a lot of body at the start but dry and almost astringent in the finish. The high carbonation keeps it quite refreshing.

I would gladly drink this again, but later, not two bottles in one night. I wish I knew where I could get it around Kansas City. It was a fine souvenir of my latest trip west.

Oct 04, 2013
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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Nice head with a hint of brown in it. Pour a nice rich earthy black. Held up to the light the liquid gets hints of dark amber.

A citrus nose with darker maybe earthy undertones.

A nice citrusy IPA initial bite, that gives way to dark earthy almost roasted notes. A nice sharp IPA after taste.

Light on the tongue, a nice wash of carbonation, and a bit of alcohol.

Only my second review, but this beer needs to be in here.

Jun 16, 2013
Winter Wookey from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 105 ratings