Winter Wookey
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #45
ABV:
10%
Score:
89
Ranked #5,401
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.74%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
105
From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
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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Reviews by Abe_Froman:
Photo of Abe_Froman
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.

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
A citrus nose with darker maybe earthy undertones.

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

Mouthfeel:
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.

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Photo of John_M
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ArrogantB
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GilGarp
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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