If you’re living under a beer-soaked rock then you might be thinking that I’m talking about Chewbacca’s Halloween costume. Well, I’m not. (Although, I did take a few moments to open up Photoshop and splice together a couple of images to show what that might look like.)
I’m actually talking about the Proprietor’s Reserve Unfiltered Black Rye IPA that Firestone Walker recently released called Wookey Jack. Everyone around me has been raving about this one lately. Heck, even our own Beer Soaked Guido had a glass of Wookey Jack last week when he visited the tasting room at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles. So although I’m probably the last kid on the block to try this brew, I’m probably the first to take it to Photoshop.
Firestone Walker – Wookey Jack – Unfiltered Black Rye IPA – 8.5% ABV – 60 IBU
Wookey Jack is our first foray into the dark outer world of black IPAs. Rich dark malts and spicy rye careen into bold citrus laden hops creating a new dimension in IPA flavor. This brew has been left unfiltered and unfined to retain all of its texture and character. At 60 IBUs, Wookey Jack is gnarly on the outside yet complex and refined on the inside.
It pours a deep dark black with about an inch high cream-colored head up top. It looks like a stout in the glass and smells like an IPA. Hops are upfront and prominent, with a definite malt backbone. The rye really adds to this one and makes me want to let out a “raaawr” of approval. It’s really well-balanced and easy to drink. Definitely couldn’t tell this one weighs in at 8.5% abv from the taste of it. As with all Proprietor’s Reserve brews from Firestone that I’ve been lucky enough to try, this one is fantastic. 5 Beer Soaked caps from me. This one would be welcomed on the long flight to Kashyyyk.
Beer Soaked Erik