Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Wookey JackWookey Jack

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City and I'd hazard a guess that this is the freshest I've had it based on comparing it to the other times I've had Wookey Jack out of the bottle in the past. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - As one would expect, it pours a dark brown hue that might as well be black. No light passes through due to a combination of the dark color and the fact that there is a healthy, creamy head of khaki foam sitting on top. At about two and a half fingers, the retention is quite good, and as it slowly starts to dissipate, it leaves thick sheets of lace on the sides of the glass with just a few holes here and there along the way. A pretty thick film remains until I begin drinking it.

Smell - This one is a nice blend of all the key aroma profiles you expect in a "Black IPA". Roasted malts evoke impressions of slightly charred toast, and the hops add a bright, citrusy overtone to the entire beer, adding a level of freshness that you wouldn't get in a porter or stout. Tying the two seemingly incongruous profiles together is a bit of earthy, herbal hop profile that bridges the gap between pungent citrus and roasted grain.

Taste - Here, the hop element seems to take over the malt profiles more than in the aroma. Where in the aroma the two seemed to be sharing space on the couch, in the taste, citrus has kicked its feet up and pushed roasty to the floor. It's still there, but in a secondary role, providing a little bit of char bitterness to play with the more dominant grapefruit pith and orange zest.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-high carbonation, providing a nice, dynamic feel on the tongue and just a touch of lingering bitterness with a semidry finish.

Overall, just an excellent take on the style, and while I wouldn't say it's my favorite, it's one of the better ones out there. My favorite part about it is the way it's a very good beer when it's a little older and the hops have faded, but it's just a fabulous beer when the hops are still the primary element of the beer. The best beers all do this--change over time without becoming something uninteresting.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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