Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
Wookey Jack represents the newest addition of the Proprieter’s Reserve Series for Firestone Walker and their first ever black IPA which includes malted rye and caraway rye. The pour is a lovely jet black color, hints of brown and burgundy when held to the light. A nice big caramel colored head rest atop the beer, very soapy and sticky that yields some fantastic lacing and has pretty decent retention but leaves a nice amount of soapy film behind. The aroma is spot on, dank earthy hops, slight pine, lots of grassiness, almost like pot, just super dank and weedy, bright citrus cuts it well, and is finished with some spice and bitter coffee from the malts and rye. Big hit of bitter hops on the tongue straight away, lots of grassiness and dirtiness, juicy citrus and some sappy pine, nice rye flavors, a bit of unpleasant cola flavors but what really impressed me was a wonderful lingering coffee flavor that sits perfectly on the tongue. The body is spot on, medium carbonation, wonderful smoothness, coats the mouth very well, amply dry but not overpowering.
Verdict: Fantastic Black IPA, especially for being their first widely available beer of this style. The flavors are dank, bitter and balanced well, with a great body which makes for a great drinking experience, this is definitely one of the better black IPAs out there. (4.33/5)