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Commercial Suicide - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 154
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 36.04%
Wants: 24
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 10-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This version of Commercial Suicide has been permanently supplanted by the oaked farmhouse version -  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 4018/86414 
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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a tea brown color that was barely topped by any foam; no lace

Smell: Brown bread and a hint of fruit

Taste: The brown bread flavor up front quickly takes on an oaky character, with an earthy bitterness joining by mid-palate; after the swallow, a fruity complexity builds along with the oaky flavor through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Love the English style here in a low abv beer that is packed with flavor; the oak makes all the difference

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to ckeegan for getting me this one. Growler poured into several pint glasses this one was thoroughly enjoyed last night.

Pours out a nice medium brown color, with a small tannish head that fades quickly and leaves a light, dark tea color in the glass.

aroma is as earthy as it can get. deep malty nose, hints of leather, oak, nice touches of roasty malts and earthy grains. really just wonderfully balanced and smooth, nothing heavy here at all and this carries over perfectly into the flavor which was nothing short of stellar. smooth, creamy and tea like flavors dominate with hints of oak, earthy and muted hops and a deep resonated earthy grain that really shows itself off. could drink this one seriously all day long.

overall a very nice example of the style and a seriously high quality ale. I would have no trouble downing this one all day long.

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Photo of stakem
2.08/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks (?) to CaptinRedBeard for bringing this to a tasting and letting me make an ass out of myself when opening it. This brew is a gusher, the cap didn't even come all the way off and it sprayed everywhere. My pants caught most of the brew but it also went all over the table, floor, chair, countertop, sink and I think the dog. (Jason, again I apologize.) After the mess was cleaned up, the damn bottle was sitting in the sink and still slowly gushing like a mid school volcano science project. I managed to get a few ounces in my glass but it was hidden under a mountain of huge bubbly composition head. The brew itself is amber brown.

The smell of this brew is exactly what I imagine co2 to be. Just gassy and sulfuric mixed with yeast and grass. As it warms up, some mild caramel grain comes forward along with a touch of vanilla and oak. However, the main character to this brew's aroma is quite off.

The taste is oaky and mildly tannic. Sulfur is well represented with a flavor that I can only describe as sheer carbonation mixed with yeast and sulfur. A mild toasty grain inclusion gets grassy across the back and just all together off.

This is a light bodied brew with an excessive amount of carbonation. I wore more of this beer than I drank. I enjoy session ales so that isn't the reason for this bad review. This brew really was just bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Draught House Anniversary party.

The beer pours a basic brown color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasty malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of milk chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt. I don't really get much oak-aged character, but there is a lot of flavor for a beer that is so low in alcohol. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice beer that is full flavored, even if it is less than 4 percent ABV.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple pints at Austin's Gingerman. The oak character immediately jumped out with a lovely vanilla and toasted wood. There's an almost sweet caramel and light cocoa bread. It's a pleasant surprise to find such a well-made dark mild. I wish this were available outside of Austin.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 1.10.13.

A - Pours a surprisingly dark brown with a one inch tan head, fizzy, but good retention.

S - Subtle roasted malt and coffee.

T - Burnt malty coffee, watery and smokey.

D - Medium carbonation with a very light body.

O - Very light, smokey and toasted malt.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. It was very dark for a mild, nearly translucent except at the edges, more brown than amber. 2 fingers of head and nice sheets of lace. Very nice aroma of toasted malts and light hops.

It tastes a bit yeasty to me, almost a homebrew quality to it, some fruity esters which are nice but otherwise a little simple, at least in my opinion. Not bad in any way but it didn't really make a strong impression on me.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a tulip... A medium brown pour, but much much lighter on the fringes, mostly clear. A surprising amount of of head, tan, good retention and lacing... The aroma is very strong for a mild and pretty decent, some toasted grain notes, light hops on the finish. Surprised... The taste just doesn't do it for me. A weird light quad character with some faint dark fruits, yeast out of nowhere, boring light hops. Blah... The mouthfeel is way too light, very watery... This is easy to drink but boring to me. Not my favorite style so I can't hate too much, but I'd pass on this in the future.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle is waaay overcarbed, poured quick to avoid gushing and about 1/4 beer and 3/4 foam. The head is pretty if you have the patience to let it sit, fades slow and forms massive mesas and canyons in the glass.

Nose is quite nice...toasted nuts are accentuated nicely by a steady presence of oak. Malts are plenty characterful with some roast and even some chocolate.

Tastes of coconut and toast from the wood, nice barrel presence. Lots of malt presence for the low ABV. The carbonation is a big letdown though. I was plenty skeptical of this beer, especially upon purchasing a $7 bottle of 3.3% alcohol beer with known carbonation issues. In the end though, it won me over as the flavors are really nice and enjoyable. Now lets fix the carbonation issues, slash the price about 75% and put it in 12-packs...THEN we have ourselves a serious session beer!

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On Cask at the Anvil. Part of their Gravity Cask 2010 for the Houston Beer Week. I had heard that this was completely flat, though it was not in the least when Anvil released it on 10/15/10.

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color. At first a two finger bubbly, tan head rises. The foam recedes in a minute, with light lace.
S: Big toasted malt up front and dominate. Some chocolate and toffee as well. Just a wonderful malt aroma that is perfect for the style.
T: Again there is a huge toasted malt flavor that is excellent. Chocolate, toffee, toasted grains with some bread/biscuit flavors. Just an excellent clean malt bill. I love this.
M/D: A light to medium body. Just a bit light. Though I would not say this is under carbonated at all, it is lacking a bit here. So easy, and enjoyable to drink. I can drink this all day, and an amazing session beer.

I kept coming back to this again and again. Overall an amazing beer, and a real treat to see a brewery do a traditional session beer, on cask no less. Overall an incredibly well made Dark Mild, and if anyone wants to experience a true session beer in the UK style, this is it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black bodied beer that comes up red on the edges. Little bit of a tannish head that left a little bit of lace on the side.

S - Roast, some caramel sweetness, coffee. Has a solid malt backbone.

T - Really good flavor for something that has this little alcohol in it. Some caramel malts, slight bit of coffee, some cocoa powder. Really has a lot going on for something with lower ABV.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with solid carbonation.

O - Really great beer with a lot of good flavor that you can drink tons of. Fantastic for something with this low ABV.

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Photo of mltobin
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ginger Man in Austin.

The appearance is a dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Its` smell has malt, prunes, not bad. As the style indicates, the taste is mild and easy going, maybe too much so. There are some roasted malts and nuts. MF light-medium with a smooth texture. An interesting beer to include in a flight or one pint.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rated from notes: had at a share. Pours a cloudy ruby red color with off-white head. Caramel malts and some cereal grains, bread, and very light dark fruit notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Not bad.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Josh (HopsSchnapps) for this bottle!

As others have mentioned, carbonation is an issue here. Don't rush it, and give a couple inches of extra head space on the first pour in case the head wants to get all uppity. (and it will) Subsequent pours are much more manageable.

After the 4 finger head subsides mostly, the remainder sticks around, which is a nice thing. Very dark brown liquid, with a touch of lighter shades around the edges.

There's a rich maltiness to the aroma, with a soft, but droning chocolate note and bold nuttiness.

Taste is similar in rich malt forwardness. The chocolate mostly takes a back seat to a more nutty taste. It's good though.

Naturally, the carbonation is a bit stingy. That aside though, it's light on the palate.

Overall, it's very nice. You definitely have to work for it more with the carbonation issues, but it's still worth it. I will say that I'd be surprised if the ABV is actually 3.3% for these bum bottles.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve tried this on tap at the brewery and in Austin, and on cask once too. In each instance I felt like I was getting something special—a low abv but super flavorful beer that challenged expectations and Texan palates. Drinkin’ in the Sunbelt was a perennial favorite this summer, and I have two bottles right now of Black Metal cellared away, if that’s any hint as to how I feel about beers from Jester King.

But, bottled, I’m still undecided about how I feel about Commercial Suicide. First thing I noticed is that it’s a foam monster. Miles and miles of foam that topped and then overflowed my nonic pint glass, with only a few fingers of beer at the base. And I was careful to pour. Too much yeast? Too much agitation? Bottle-conditioning gone wild? Not sure, although I will note that after all the dust, er, foam settled and I was able to achieve a proper pint –the foam dies down quickly, with barely a trace left—there sat a thin yet noticeable layer of particulate or sediment at the bottom of my glass.

The beer itself is a ruddy, dark burgundy-brown. Almost wine like, which is how I remember it on cask. (If it wasn’t for so much effervescence!) There’s an interesting and complex nose on this that’s hard to pin down. I’d go back to the wine comparisons, for it reminds me in some ways of a darkly intense grape juice concentrate. Not syrupy, sappy, sweet… but more like an intense concentrate of stone fruits and cabernet reduction. On the palate, again, I get a lot of bubbly, and it’s almost distracting me from the intense, interesting flavor. Tannic, wine-like, and unlike any mild I’ve ever tried in my life thus far. Thin bodied but with a lingering finish. I wouldn’t mind this warming, and I wouldn’t complain if it went flat. In fact, I’d be willing to drop quotations around warming and flat in the previous sentence and say that this is best served on hand pump. Or, at the very least, suggest you let it warm, and swirl it so some of the bubbles die down. (Add half a letter grade to my score if you see it that way.) But I have a feeling bottled is how it’s going to reach folks, and until their next seasonal comes to town I’ll be happy a happy man. As soon as I clean up the mess from the foam run-off.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Draughthouse.

Commercial Suicide pours with an attractive mahogany-amber that throws some copper highlights on its edges. The head dissipates rather quickly to a small ring of bubbles. Somewhat surprisingly, the aroma still kicks some serious ass for a Mild. Big notes of coffee and roasted chestnuts with a bit of earthy hops and dark fruit in the background.

The flavor picks up where the aroma left off, amping up the fruit as plum and raisin make their way onto the palate. The biggest notes come from the malts, though; it's surprising just how much flavor Commercial Suicide packs into 3%. Toffee, caramel, toasted grain, and nuttiness. The mouthfeel is appropriately light, and the crisp, well-carbonated body finishes clean, but still leaves a hint of the malt profile to keep the next sip in anticipation. All in all, a superb version of the English Mild style that would both open and close a night of craft beer drinking with ease...definitely something I will be returning to, and often!

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Photo of Cresant
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

The 750 mL bottle had no date. The body was a medium dark brown/cola colored with a very light tan head. The body was clear and the thin head sizzled out quickly.

The smell was nutty. Dried apricots and raisins.

The taste was also nutty. Bone-dry with a stale fruitiness. More flavor than expected for the low ABV.

The body was medium to thin.

This is not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Wow. A slow gentle pour generates 4 fingers of light tan head. A hazy dark chestnut colored body.

S - Cocoa and coffee, toasted wheat bread crust, oak, vanilla, and caramel.

T - Follows the nose, dark cocoa, roasted coffee beans, dried oats, caramel rides underneath. Some acidity around the edges. Bitter dark cocoa holds strong and becomes the dominate flavor when warm. Finishes dry.

M - Active carbonation. The carbonation really calms down as the beer sets creating a light to medium creamy body.

Loads of bold flavors packed into this 3.30 ABV! This is my kind of session beer. The cocoa and oats were the main flavors and melded together very well.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Draught House.

A - Dark brown with a thin, light brown head. Spotty lacing left on the glass. Dark ruby highlights when held up to light.

S - Strong roasted malt aromas with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Coffee remains strong throughout and there are hints of sweet bread as well.

T - Lightly bitter roasted malts initially with tastes of coffee and just a bit of bitter chocolate. A light oakiness comes through towards the end of the drink. Strong maltiness throughout the beer.

M/D - Light bodied with a crisp moouthfeel and good carbonation. Ridiculously easy drinking and an excellent session beer. Yes, a real American session beer. I love it.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at Jester King opening, 29 Jan 2011. Served in a Jester King snifter.

Small light brown head quickly dissipates. Lightly carbonated. Clear brown color. Light malty aroma. Moderately malty sweet. Very slight astringency through the middle. Light body, minimal alcohol. Some light chocolate. Pretty mild overall.

Very easy to drink.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Second in Austin.

Dark brown, with some light passing through. No head a little lace. Roasted malt aroma with a similar taste. A strong amount of carbonation and medium body. If I wasn't told, I would have thought I was drinking a porter. Malty and somewhat bittersweet. Drinks much bigger than the 3.3% ABV. Makes an excellent session beer.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of lnashsig, Cheers Lee!

Gentle and careful pour produces a massive antique white head. This is in no way a gusher, just very foamy. The head is made up of big bubbles, forming a meringue like rockiness atop. The head works its way back ever so slowly leaving spotty lacing clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is a deep auburn color though there is a decent amount of color variation ranging from browns to reds.

The nose is brilliant for such a small beer. Nutty brown bread and coffee aromas dominate up front. A bit of caramel sweetness lingers behind. Not picking up much hop presence, which is fine as the warm maltiness is more than capable of carrying the nose.

The flavor delivers the same characteristics that were picked up by the nose. The flavor starts out a bit sweeter than expected, the caramel flavor really takes the forefront. As the beer reaches the midpalate the warm and roasted malt flavors really take hold. Brown bread, slight coffee and subtle cocoa powder flavors round things out on the back of the tongue. Again, there is not much in the way of hops. There may be a soft grassy flavor but it just does not stand out.

Light bodied beer with very lively carbonation. The carbonation in this beer is very interesting. I appreciate the level of carbonation but this is a beer I would love to have from a hand pull. Either way the carbonation works for this beer. The finish is rather dry and pleasant.

I am a fan of this beer. When it comes to true session beers it can be difficult to find one that can deliver the flavor and complexity needed to keep ones attention, Jester king has done just that. The flavors are layered perfectly and mesh very well. I could easily see myself sitting down to several glasses of this one. One worth seeking out.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to miikezombie for sending this in an overly generous thank you box.
A- Pours a fairly dark murky brown with a slight red tint. I was aware of the high carbonation reports so I poured this beer as gentle as possible. It still built the most massive light tan bubbly head I have ever seen, truly gargantuan, leaving some lacing on the glass.
S- Quite a smokey nose on this beer with some burnt sugar, cinnamon and some bready yeast.
T- The taste follows the nose with a strong smokiness as in Marlboro Red's, very roasty with a bit of spiciness.
M- Lighter bodied brew with a bit too much carbonation making it slightly tougher to drink.
O- This is a pretty polarizing beer, I can definitely find enjoyable qualities that I'm sure many would enjoy. A bit over carbed which kind of throws things off for me.
Thanks Glen.

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Photo of brewtus
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pretty dark brown with a solid two finger off white head. Smell is oaky, smokey. Taste is also smokey and oak, malty, there's definitely some funk going on and a barnhouse flavor. This isn't the best farmhouse ever but it is extremely impressive how much flavor they pack into such an amazingly low abv beer. The flavors of the mild brown ale are prominent with some funk on top. Worth a pick up for the price.

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Photo of obrike
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock.

Poured into an unchilled pint glass. No head or lacing whatsoever, but dark soda-looking beer...several folks at the bar asked if it was a coke with no ice.

Smelled like a tame doppelbock...some dark fruit, a little sweetness...actually pretty decent for such a low ABV brew.

Taste followed...doppelbock-esque, a bit tame, to be expected for such a low alcohol beer. Still, more flavor than any bmc brew on the market...that in itself is a victory.

Easy drinking, good carbonation, drank this one down in about 10 minutes...a very nice sessionable beer.

Cheers to JK for brewing a beer that beer drinkers can still enjoy...without kicking your ass in booze.

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