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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Large head with a brief upward cascading stream of bubbles. Settles in a lumpy fashion. The liquid is deep mahogany brown where light passes through along the edge. Plenty of fine and lumpy lace, resulting in many rings as I drink it.

Generous aroma of hop resin (half floral, half pine) and chocolate and black patent malts. There's a touch of sweetness, like dark cherries.

The rye really shows up in the taste. Astringent, with the black patent contributing to this as well. It's not coffee enough to be a dark porter or stout. Also, the pronounced hop really makes this a great hybrid of IPA and a Black Ale. Moderate aftertaste of bitter hop and burnt grains. Thick body but this may be more notable due to the very low level of carbonation. Still, the whole package works very well.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz black foil capped bottle, from Tipsy's (great name) Liquor World in Denver's far-flung west side.

This beer pours a solid brown-tinged black, with pervasive red cola highlights, and a tower of puffy, foamy and rocky beige head, which leaves some broadly spaced layers of sudsy ringed lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.

It smells of musty citrus and moldy forest floor pine coverings, gamey roast, lightly charred wet wood, bittersweet coffee, toasted caramel malt, a muted rye spiciness, an oily nuttiness, and further earthy, leafy hops. The taste is big and nutty in its roasted caramel malt backbone, almost equally matched in intensity by the clammy citrus, pine and floral hops, a bit of smoldering woody ash, a flavour-free coffee-like bitterness, a hint of dry cocoa, subdued dark rye booze graininess, and more dank earth.

The bubbles are a bit finicky, but dismissed easily enough, the body a heady medium weight, generally smooth, as the early clamminess gets ironed out somehow, and maybe a tad creamy. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the roasted caramel, black rye, fruity hops, and simmering alcohol all a potent combo.

Like any situation where promoting the best qualities of a product where one's bias towards the perceived inherent flaws make said description pointless, I shall slog through and endeavor. So, this is indeed what it claims to be - black (i.e. 'burnt'), big and hoppy (the base IPA), and rye-offset (the use of additional rye malts). Oh, and approaching Imperial in alcohol strength - the integration there is something I can duly sign off on.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 9/20/13 $5.99. Dark black with a ridiculous head, I had to wait on it. Aroma was piney and had notes of orange and spice, super fresh hoppiness. Flavor was spicy, pine, citrus. Very well done for the style and the price is super reasonable.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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