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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kentucky Common - Local Option

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Local Option visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark sour ale partially aged on American oak and partially on fresh Angel's Envy barrels, then blended.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-13-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

nmann08, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin brown head consisting of very large bubbles; these died down and eventually completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruit are present in the nose—blackberries seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of bourbon from the barrel aging. The smell of bourbon becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of sourness—like the smell, the bourbon flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting combination of sour and bourbon flavors. I thought that this beer would have been better if there was more carbonation and the taste was more balanced.

metter98, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While a smattering of American microbreweries are dragging the "Kentucky Common Ale" back from extinction, kicking and screaming- why have no one ever considered using Kentucky's indigenous bourbon barrels for maturation and layering upon their complexities until now?

The dark sour ale pours exactly that- dark. Its deep blackened mahogany color is nearly black, especially as its uncommon clarity shows off a mirror, onyx-like sheen. As a dainty and creamy coffee-like creme simmers to the top of the snifter, it slowly dissolves back within the beer nearly halfway through the session with minimal lace. Stillness is left after that.

Sharp and sweet aromas leap out immediately- tangy cider, tart fruit, dark fruit and wood spices swirl for a highly complex set of aromas that are rarely found in either sour or malty beers. Vinous red wine, savory sherry and a tinge of maple and molasses temper the acidity while weathered oak, curing tobacco, saddle leather and sea air round out the complex scent.

The front of the tongue is greeted by the more sweet and savory pieces and parts of the ale. Over-cooked caramel, maple and thin molasses provide a friendly malt-forward taste, then the ale develops into a savory and salty "sherry" like taste for a hint of terryaki-type taste that weaves into prunes, blackberries, dates, figs and raisins. But then comes the sour! Those stone and pitted fruits develop into sour cherries, crab apples, dried lime peels, sour red grapes and balsamic vinegar to finish. The later taste introduces wood and alcohol flavors that are unmistakably bourbon because of its spicy oak, vanilla and caramel contributions.

Its thin textures are a far cry from the sweeter impressions that lay on the nose and tongue. But yet, there's virtually no weight on the tongue as the ale is effortless, like dry red wine. Partly because of the strong yeast and bacteria attenuation but also because of the lacking carbonation that somehow makes the beer fit. Warm, spicy and acidic, the beer's inherent tannin-rich character is somehow easily overlooked. Trailing wood spice, bourbon heat and acidic fruit leave the beer's finish and aftertaste as much wine-like as of ale.

Where this Kentucky Common Ale seems to employ full-out souring techniques rather than simply a sour mash, the beer certainly crosses over into Belgian roots and aspirations. But it takes this level of sourness and bacteria-derived complexity to contend with the bourbon barrels and without backing down.

BEERchitect, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay chalice at Local Option.

Enjoyed the normal, humdrum version of this, so I figured a bourbon barrel-aged version would have to be pretty tasty as well, eh? It pours a very dark blood-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises dank dark greens, tart black cherry, light oak, light vinegar, and heavily-mineral-ed water. The taste holds notes of tart black cherry, vinegar, dry red wine, a touch of wood, a lighter touch of bourbon, mild molasses, and a gentle wisp of vanilla. Frankly, if you were to rattle those flavors off to me individually, leaving me to formulate an impression of the combination, I'd probably give you a disgusted look. Yet this stuff is downright delicious, I tell ya! Dunno how it works, and I don't think I'm gonna argue. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a highly enjoyable and slightly offbeat sour. Good times, indeed.

TMoney2591, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

MarkyMOD, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

afsdan, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

brandoman63, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

tobelerone, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of xnicknj
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at bainbridge barrel house - served in snifter

Pours deep reddish, near-mahogany color with a thin tanned head resting on top. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Combo of sour funk and boozy sweetness in the nose. Oaky with red wine and brett, alongside chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Unusual mix and match, but works quite well.

Biting sourness up front with acidic, vinegar hints, followed by red wine, grape skin and oak. Boozy warmth with roasted dark malts, chocolate and vanilla infused bourbon. Continuing sourness on the finish with a bite of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, chewy, bubbly and sticky on the tongue. Tons of interesting flavors happening in the glass with this one, which was a fun surprise from a brewery I had never heard of prior to ordering this on tap.

xnicknj, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

WoodBrew, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Griffith, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

KevinGordon, May 08, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%

tectactoe, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a very nice mahogany hue with a quarter inch light tan head. Fades to leave a thin thin blanket and some wisps.

S - Aroma of sweet malts, vinous notes, light chocolate, wonderful vanilla notes, and the pleasantries that is bourbon.

T - Taste is delicious too. The funky brett and vinous notes work nicely with the big oak and bourbon that the Angel's Envy imbues. Very, very nice.

M - Mouthfeel is just what I would like for the style, slightly sharp. Goes down easy.

O - A pleasant surprise here. I actually helped them bring in these kegs. The one month this spent in the barrel really made it a super fun beer. Lovely.

rudzud, Jun 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

AngusOg, May 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

smithj4, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ADTaber, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

DrinkSlurm, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Kurmaraja, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Kmlund, Mar 24, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kentucky Common from Local Option
91 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.