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Kentucky Common - Local Option

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Kentucky CommonKentucky Common

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Local Option visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mrfrancis on 04-24-2012

Kentucky Common is a modern interpretation of an ale style native to pre-prohibition Louisville. Historically the beer was dark in color, creamy, and tart as a result of the introduction of lactobacillus bacteria by sour mashing. Local Option Bierkwerker took up the task of brewing this once familiar style - electing to use specialty grains rather than a large percentage of corn - yielding an adventurous taste profile befitting both conventional and courageous palates.
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by Monkeyknife:
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4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kjanisch7
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Local option, with the brewers, the owner. Several samples of a Flanders Red I realize there really isn't any cherry here, and my palate can walk out scott-free. Coffee! aroma, brown colour, lacey, creamy.
One of the more interesting beers I have had in recent months, and I have had many interesting beers. Worth going out of your way for. I am told only 2 brewers in the USA do this, and I am told from my fellow raters, that someone tried it at a oneoff cask fest in Ontario.Sammy 4.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this a coule of times, most recently at Blokes & Birds.
Served in a small 12 oz. snifter, review from notes.

Dark brownish black, thin layer of light tan foam, spotty lace around the edges.
Smells like roasted malt and sour berry, some coffee. Flavor was a jarring and astringent roasty/sour mashup, like old coffee that had turned, or an infected porter. Body was thin with some chocolate malt flavor, and the lactic sourness seemed one-dimensional.

The first time trying this at Local Option, I was ambivalent about it, the second time I didn't finish it, and a friend drank it. Not something i'll revisit, it's just not really that pleasant to drink or coalescing together flavor-wise. I applaud the attempt at resurrecting an extinct beer style, but it could use some fine tuning. For the record, dark/sour beers are a favorite of mine, and will probably give this one last try.

Photo of DAllspaw
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Local Option tulip style glass at the bar. Pours a deep brown with solid head, certainly looks good. Smell is a bit of oak and muted borboun, which is good for me, not being a fan of the heavy oaked beers.

Taste is sour, with a bready quality that is reminiscient of mashed grains, the malt profile is really pronounced for me, but this is my first proper sour that wasn't fruit dominated, so not sure what to expect, but very intrigued by it and thoroughly enjoyed ever sip.

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wesside89
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of bilhelm
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Kiuchi Hitachino Nest glass.

Gotta give it to the Option boys, as they keep trotting out new and interesting brews, sometimes (along with the dampfbier) in rare and seemingly dying styles. This stuff pours a very dark auburn-black topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, clove, very light cocoa powder, hot cinnamon, and light red wine vinegar. The taste holds notes of light red wine vinegar, light cinnamon, black cherry, tart blood orange, and spicy red wine grapes. An interesting flavor combination, to say the least, but it's pretty tasty. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky finish. Overall, a somewhat of a surprise of a beer, one that's both unusual and tasty. Keep 'em comin', boys!

Photo of craftaholic
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first wild ale and I actually loved it. I had it at Blind Tiger in NYC.

It comes in a rich brown color. The aroma is fantastic. It is smokey and of wooden barrels. It's intoxicating to just sniff this beer.

The taste is slightly sour, but not strong like oud bruins. The "funk" is not strong. It has a great medium body, but then finishes really well.

Personally, one of the best beers I have had. Maybe I might change my mind as I go along trying more wild ales.

Photo of slim2043
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MNPikey
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip at Fountainhead. Appearance is dark brown with light brown head. Almost appears like a stout, just a touch lighter. No light passes through this bad boy. Nose features ripe cherries up front which becomes progressively tart. Some roasty character comes through along with some smoke and wood. Taste is similar to nose... Initial fruitiness followed by a nice lactic tartness. The sourness never gets a chance to overtake this beer as ashy, roasted character comes in swiftly and makes for a clean and roasty finish. Notes of vanilla and smoke are present at the end which has sOme whiskey like flavors. Very nice! Mouthfeel is smooth with relatively low carbonation for style. Overall, this is unlike any wild ale I've experiences. This is what I think a sour stout should taste like. Definitely worth a try!!

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Kentucky Common from Local Option
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