Kentucky Common - Local Option
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4.21/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From on-tap, a hazy dark brown color with two fingers of creamy beige head. Nice lacing left behind.
Aroma of oak and bourbon along with tart lactic notes and roasted malts.
Tasted of tart black cherry, roasted malts, bourbon and oak and wine grapes.
Medium bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation.
A very nice take on the American Wild Ale. So good.
Serving type: on-tap
03-01-2014 13:06:38 | More by Monkeyknife
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From 11/05/13 notes. Had a 10 oz. pour of this at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn.
a - Pours a deep amber brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of sour dark fruits, toasted malts , vanilla, some chocolate, oak, and light bourbon. Nice nose; not very sour or funky at all, but the light tartness works well with all the other flavors in the aroma. I like it.
t - Tastes of light tart dark berries and fruits, chocolate, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, cream, bourbon, and nuts. Nice taste, little more chocolate here than in the nose.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy; awesome mouthfeel. Very easy to drink and no heat.
o - Overall a very good beer; just well done all around. Lightly tart fruits throughout with nice light bourbon and chocolate as well. Super easy to drink and great mouthfeel. Would definitely like to have it again and would love to try the bourbon version.
Serving type: on-tap
11-06-2013 21:13:57 | More by mdfb79
3.74/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From: Crane Alley, Urbana, IL
Date: 2013-10-19 (review from notes)
Glass: Local Option pokal
Local Option's Kentucky Common is like a mildly sour black ale with a hint of porter influence, overall filled with nice aroma, flavor and feel. The sourness is pleasant, low, and compliments the bourbon and light roast rather well. This would be a good introduction to sour beers in general. Good, if rather expensive at $6 per 10oz glass: the common beer of Kentucky is no longer affordable by the local people.
Arrives with 1.5cm head of dark beige to light tan foam, retention slightly above average at 1.5 minutes. Foam is composed of small bubbles, giving it a frothy appearance. Head fades to a thick ring around the glass and a small island off-center on top of the body of the beer. Lacing is not present. Body is a dark brown, nearly black, with light accentuating amber red hues. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.
Aroma is of tart bourbon, the bourbon being smooth and mellow, not overly strong, though it is the dominant scent, while the tartness is very subdued, just enough to let you know that it exists and will be present in the taste. Also a notable dark roast element, but smooth, like cocoa powder, and a bit of raisin puree sweetness.
Front of palate is of mild bourbon, cocoa, light acidic tartness in the realm of mild/early vinegar. Mid-palate of increased acidic tartness, though still at the lower end of medium, with continued roasted malt giving light cocoa and a mild bourbon barrel component that goes well with the smooth cocoa and mild tartness. Back of palate with yet stronger tartness (fully medium), along with roasted malt yielding some cocoa, and very much reduced bourbon barrel character. Aftertaste is of light tartness, very mild cocoa, and similarly mild bourbon.
Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low carbonation, leading to a mouthfeel that is mostly smooth (3/5), creamy (1/5), and just slightly foamy (1/5). Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness on the palate, very little on the lips.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2013 20:42:43 | More by falloutsnow
Kentucky Common from Local Option
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.