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Jester King Brewery
Style | ABV
American Wild Ale
In Britain, what started out as young or “mild” dark ale was once aged in oak barrels to make something that was likely similar to sour brown ales of East Flanders. Using a similar base recipe to Commercial Suicide Dark Mild, Ol’ Oi! is Jester King’s tribute to that tradition.
(Beer added by: jamescain on 10-24-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
I had this at Jester King's tasting room back in September 2013. Reviewed from notes.
Jester King's servers had an already open bottle and poured from that. They chose this serving method for the beer, so if the appearance and/or flavour suffers it's on them; they had full control on how their beer was being delivered to the consumer in this case. 6.30% ABV confirmed. Cost was $6.00 USD per 8 oz pour. Served into stemware.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Doesn't pour a head - just a white coloured floater ring. Thin and weak.
Body colour is a brown with amber hues, and has a glowing vibrance and understated rich character. Nontransparent. Pretty translucent. No yeast particles are visible.
Sm: Bacterial, with traces of unintended infection (judging by a sort of dry rot note that isn't flattering). Brown and biscuit malts. Vanilla on the back end. Rotted oak/wood. Wet cardboard. Acetic sourness. Vague fruit. Yeast? Maybe brettanomyces and pedio, but no lambicus or clean bacteria.
No hops or alcohol are detectable. A flawed, somewhat off-putting aroma of mild strength.
T: It does have a kiss of wet cardboard and rotten wood, but luckily these notes aren't too prominent. Biscuit and Belgian brown malts fill out the body. Light acetic character. Vague fruit - cherry, perhaps. It's musty. No hops or alcohol come through. Some lactobacillus comes through, but no lambicus yeast. I'm not finding any brettanomyces-induced funkiness either. Not a clean taste. Frankly, I think using a mild ale as the base beer was a rather poor decision; it has an unbecoming vague English character I'm none too fond of. Sourness never quite breaks through the oak character and malty sweetness. Not as tart or acidic and it should be. There're some elements I like here, but the imbalance is troublesome, and I think most sour lovers would be disappointed with this flavour profile (though the beer's current 90 rating suggests I'm sorely mistaken). Not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style. Lacks nuance. Not puckering by any means.
Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.
Mf: Smooth and damp/wet. Not quite thick or full-bodied enough. I just don't think a mild ale base provides a good foundation for a sour. Decently carbonated. It suits the flavour profile okay, I guess, but it's far from custom-tailored to it. Unrefreshing. Teeters on the edge of harshness. The dampness is unwelcome.
Not hot, oily, boozy, or astringent.
Dr: Downable stuff. Hides its ABV decently. Using a mild as a the base was a costly mistake and really holds the beer back. Sincere fans of traditional oud bruins will be disappointed, as will those hoping for a great wild ale. I like it, but don't love it, and definitely wouldn't get it again at this price point - let alone for $16 a bottle. It was nice to have once, but I can't say I'd recommend it to friends. I'll be shipping it off to trade partners, I'm sure, but hey - you were warned.
Not Jester King's strongest offering.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2013 22:27:38 |
More by kojevergas
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Bottle shared by elwhite at the Freetial release. I was able to take notes of this one.
A: Pours a slightly hazed reddish/brown. A bubbly beige head tries to form, but recedes in a second. Not lace. Looks pretty lifeless.
S: Odd. Biscuit malts, dry toast, light oak. Definitely apple skin/acetaldehyde. Which together is very odd.
T: Biscuit malts Other musky, dirty, moldy malts. Juxtaposed with a light apple skin flavor. What the hell is this? Tasted dirty with a light tart apple skin in the finish.
M/D: Flat, no carbonation, thin and watery. Muddled, and no defined mouthfeel. Yeah, I did not enjoy this at all.
I can not describe this accurately. Just muddled, and all sorts of weirdness going on that I can't get my head around. I wish I was able to get a better pour of AR, cause that was great. Though I did not get enough to write anything down. This is a mess, and don't know why this was brewed in the first place, let alone the high scores this is getting? They keep making Commercial Suicide worse and worse (all be it at a much stronger alcohol level).
Serving type: bottle
09-23-2013 02:58:46 |
More by champ103
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours out brown with a thin head. Smell is tart and funky with caramel and toasty notes. Taste is quite sour, which I really enjoy. I get a bit of jelly-like flavor/sweetness in the finish that I'm not crazy about. Toasty with notes of caramel. Mouthfeel could use a little more fizz. Overall this is a solid beer, but it doesn't exactly hit all the right notes for me.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2013 03:17:01 |
More by goochpunch
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
On tap at the Draught House 43rd Anniversary Party. This is the regular Commercial Suicide aged in wine barrels with the addition of wild yeast and bacteria. It is intentionally soured.
The beer pours a hazy brown color with no head.The beer appears to be completely flat. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of tart cherries, as well as some oak, vanilla and a little bit of toasted malt. One thing is certain, this is a completely different animal than the other versions of this base beer.
The flavor is very tart. I get a lot of sour cherries, as well as some light funk and some tart, red wine notes. There is also a nice oak and vanilla component and a little bit of malt. The sourness is about medium and makes the beer very enjoyable and very easy to drink.
Medium mouthfeel and no carbonation. My only complaint is that I wish the beer was carbonated. Other than that, it was outstanding.
Serving type: on-tap
10-30-2011 21:32:54 |
More by Mora2000
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tasting glass at the Draught House 43th anniversary party.
Appearance: Dark brown to red with virtually no head, only a thin ring around the center.
Aroma: Slight vanilla character with cherries, lactic acid, oak, caramel, dark fruit, and spices.
Taste: Sour cherries and plums, with vanilla and oak, all rounded out by a caramel malt character.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with light carbonation and a lingering sour acidic finish.
Overall: I preferred this version to the original CS. You can taste that CS is the base but it is subtle in comparison to the tart acidic characteristics.
Serving type: cask
10-24-2011 19:27:31 |
More by jamescain
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