Commercial Suicide - Jester King Brewery
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4.33/5 rDev +22%
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.
11-24-2011 22:59:29 | More by kzoobrew
3.33/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
12-13-2011 17:29:10 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
04-24-2011 01:59:17 | More by LittleDon
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-17-2011 00:33:31 | More by obrike
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
Tripel Karmeliet Glass
A ~ A gusher. This seems to be characteristic of all Jester King brews. 5 minutes of steady foam (I counted this time.) The poor is a dark brown with a towering tan head with soda pop carb settles into a meringue-like puff in the center. Rings of lace cling.
S ~ Dark bread, wet leaves. Hints of grass & trees. Whispers of metal. Loses sharpness as it warms & becomes more inviting.
T ~ Dark bread following through quite heavily with hints of leafy vegg, smoked paprika spiciness & touches of burnt vanilla. Caramel & toasty wheat on the back end with various "organic" notes.
M ~ Lightly cracker-like & bready. Crispy. Very carbonated, which becomes a drawback. Finish is woody & dry.
D ~ Session city. Very drinkable, but it's just so dang gassy & carbonated. Huge flavors for the ABV. I dig the oak elements here. Would love a big draft pint of this. Keep the table beers comin'!
02-28-2012 23:47:03 | More by chocosushi
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured into a frosted (I know!) goblet at Hopdoddy. I had to let it warm up a lot in order to accurately judge it. From now on I ask them for not frozen glasses.
Appearance: Black with red hues when held up to the light. Kind of hard to see since it was dark in the restaurant. There was a white head but it faded quickly due to the glass.
Aroma: Initially there was really nothing, so I waited and used my hands to warm up the glass. Slowly but surely as the beer warmed up I could begin to smell it. At first there were roasty notes that appeared, and then soon after I could distinguish that there were nice chocolate and caramel notes. Later as the beer warmed up even more I could make out vanilla. Very complex from such a low ABV.
Taste: Malty and sweet, with roasted notes and a hint of oak. Again very flavorful for such a low ABV beer.
Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated and easy to drink. It was not super light bodied like beers of low alcohol tend to be.
Overall: Excellent beer from Jester King. This could easily be drunk all night and you would enjoy the experience too. They showed that big things can come in small packages. I look forward to more Jester King offerings.
05-10-2011 20:49:53 | More by jamescain
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
@ The Ginger Man in Austin
A - Pours dark brown/amber into the pint glass with almost two fingers of tan head, nice retention and lacing.
S - Oak, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee sweetness.
T - So much flavor for such a small beer is incredible. Deep oak notes, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, slight earthiness to it, as it washes off the palate it is a little bitter and there are mild dark fruit tones.
M - Medium, smooth and creamy.
D - This beer is crazy drinkable and delicious. Low ABV makes it a beer you can enjoy anytime, very sessionable!
02-22-2011 10:07:02 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Commercial Suicide from Jester King Brewery
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