Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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4,605
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699
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4.23
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a huge black IPA fan

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, some pine, must, dark malts, stale malts, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Unpleasantly aggressive hop bitterness atop clean malts, some floral character, and hints of citrus. Pleasant but unimpressive. There's little complexity or subtlety. It's too bold and aggressive. Overbearing.

Mf: Too sharp. Too thick. Coarse and dry on the climax, but nicely wet on the open.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A let-down from Firestone Walker, but then I've come to expect that from them.

C

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01/06/15: Further impressions:

I dig the label design, even if it is a bit generic. I wanted to revisit this Black IPA now that I have more experience with the style. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Pale tan colour. Nicely creamy and full, with a sumptuous even consistency and a soft appearance. Retention is good for the ABV and style - about 8-9 minutes. Leaves a nice ring of even coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. More stout-like and dark than I'm accustomed to with beers of this style; few are ink-black.

Overall, it's apt for the style albeit typical. Not unique or special.

AROMA: The hop profile seems apt for the style: pine, a bit of evergreen, sappy tree resins. Suggests a sticky feeling brew with a pronounced hop profile but no untamed hop bitterness. Some cream and dark malts seem to cover up the hop bite, bringing enough sweetness to keep the brew in balance but not so much that it's cloying. Hopefully the taste lives up to the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are present.

TASTE/TEXTURE: It's definitely hop forward, with pine dominating the hop profile. Subsidiary hoppy notes of evergreen, sap, and mild resins complement. The hop bitterness is a bit too aggressive, tipping the balance too much towards the hops. A sore absence of roasted barley holds the brew back, but it does have some fairly harsh dark and schwarz malts which lend it a rough-around-the-edges feel, violating the cleanliness of the flavour profile but also bringing some needed sweetness into the mix.

Like with most beers in this still-young style, the dark malts are just fundamentally mismatched to the hops. Rye's signature spiciness never manifests, making me wonder if enough rye was used in the grain bill. Fortunately, no untoward yeast presence, hop presence, or overt alcohol comes through. As it warms, a pleasant suggestion of faint milk chocolate emerges.

Moreover, the flavour profile overall is both simple and shallow, with merely average flavour duration and intensity. Has no stand-out characteristics. I do like the evergreen hop character, and I think that's the right direction to take in this style, but it undercommits.

Mouthfeelwise, it's aptly creamy and smooth, but the hop bitterness does drag on the palate and unfortunately its blatant overcarbonation restricts drinkability. A softer more luscious feel would do wonders. I like its coating, slightly chewy presence on the palate. Ultimately, this texture neither elevates the beer nor accentuates any constituent flavours.

OVERALL: This is certainly an above average attempt at the style, and while it's drinkable I can't say it's anywhere near world-class. I'll be avoiding it in the future, and continue to be skeptical of the hullabaloo surrounding Firestone Walker. More of a focus on the evergreen hop character, some tweaking of the ingredient choices (if you're going to do rye, do rye), and a leavened creamier texture would help bring this beer up to a B-.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with garnet edges. Big think head leaves moderate, irregular lacing. Piney hops mix with toasty dark malt aromas. Medium heavy body with high carbonation. Dark burnt malts dominate the taste with a grassy hop finish. Mild sweetness. A pleasant enough beer, but not a standout.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - pours a dense dark brown-black. Short tan head. A little bit of lacing.

S - let down. Not much going on here. Fresh beer too. Very mild floral, pine and citrus. Some woody funk that appears in many Firestone beers. The rye isn't obvious, but it's there. Mild malty aroma with a dash of hops.

T - is thankfully more robust than the aroma. There is some citrus from the hops and a mild caramel from Midnight Wheat. The rye isn't a major flavor component, but it might add a little spicyness. The flavor isn't bad, but I find it to be rather boring.

M - medium grainy texture with low-medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness with a short sustain.

O - I normally like Firestone beers, but this one was unimpressive and I won't buy it again.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4,605 ratings.
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