Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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4,615
Reviews:
702
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost black, but it isn't quite as some shades of dark brown sneak in where it thins out at the edges of the glass, though barely. It looks big but not too thick, seeming in the look to take on the characteristics of both IPA and porter or stout. A big, frothy head resides on top at about two fingers to begin with, falling slowly and keeping good form the entire way through. Eventually it's a heavy, thick pillow that could easily hold up a coin that maintains nearly a solid finger's height. It leaves deposits of chunky lace in plenty.
Hops and malts play off each other well all the way through, sitting together and letting the nose and the tongue try to distinguish each element without separating any. Big, juicy citrus bitterness offers itself up with lots of resinous pine, zest and pith with a lot of raw leaf. It's rugged but refined in its bitterness. It plays out against a big roasty note, lots of char with even a little bit of charcoal to it, but no real harshness. Some of the notes that typically accompany a nice, roasty malt-forward brew are easily detectable: namely coffee grounds, some woods (slightly ashy, but not too much), and, in this beer's case, a little toast as well. As the bitterness continues to play, it takes on a bit more bittersweet, juicy fruit blend as more citrus comes out on the tongue. The finish offers up a long-lingering mingling of pithy bitterness and roast.
The feel also plays out the IPA and porter/stout integration very well. It tends toward dry but with a brighter edge to it, a little juiciness getting the tongue working against what might otherwise be an ashy sort of feel. The body is medium, finding the place where it should be. Carbonation is moderate and remains steady throughout, fading ever so slightly but not losing the crispness and doing pretty well in keeping smooth until a little dryness pulls out the finish.
I understand the love for this beer; it's the most complete and deepest version of the style I've had to date.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4,615 ratings.
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