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Ol' Oi! - Jester King Brewery

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Ol' Oi!Ol' Oi!

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 360
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 35.54%
Wants: 93
Gots: 68 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jamescain on 10-24-2011

In Britain, what started out as young or “mild” dark ale was once aged in oak barrels to make something that was likely similar to sour brown ales of East Flanders. Using a similar base recipe to Commercial Suicide Dark Mild, Ol’ Oi! is Jester King’s tribute to that tradition.
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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 360
Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer hits of musty green apple., cider vinegar tart notes, then onto some toasted and chocolate malts. The oak offers another layer as the finish has some drying oak.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tannic,oaky, dry cherry, tons of leather and tobacco. A hint of smokiness to it but that just may be the savory flavors playing tricks on me. None of the acetic or vinegar notes one may expect. More in the dry, spicey terrain of Oud Bruins. Really great beer.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour - reddish with a nice light brownish head
Smell - fruits, tarts, malts
Taste - sour hits right away followed by the hints of the ale. At this point it was hard to distinguish exact tastes because all I could taste was the sours (in a good way)
Overall - great beer, I hopefully will be able to get more in the future

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Photo of pmangold
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

another great beer from Jester King - oak, dark fruit play into the sourness well. describing what I tasted is hard since there was so much going on. not the best from Jester but that doesn't mean it isn't worth seeking out.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a gorgeous dark dark red color. Smells really tart and some oak..tastes awesome! So much sourness opens up the palate. Wow. Cherries, oak, smokiness, and some dark fruits. Stellar stuff.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red-tinged copper with a small head.
Nose shows cranberries, lemon, raspberry, soft woody oak and faint chocolate.
Similar flavours, with a fair whack of tartness, lemon, chocolate fudge, caramel and raspberries.

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Photo of do_ob
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium, roasty brown and settles nearly black in the glass. Upon wiping away the condensation and holding my glass to a light source, a fading body of reddish-brown - or was it brownish-red? - liquid is visible behind the structure. Beautiful hues of warmth surround the bottom and edges, like an invisible hand holding this beer beneath my own. A steady, but slightly aggressive pour from directly above yielded a massive, dense, and sticky head of vanilla-colored foam, just over 2 fingers's width in height. This mound of fluff receded down to a thin, but still dense layer of froth after a few minutes, leaving behind an omnipresent, thick lacing on the walls of the glass.

After warming for about 5 minutes in-glass, a traditional wild yeast aroma is observed mixed with subtle sweet chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. An incredibly pleasant aroma, yet not overly assertive. Upon tasting, I instantly recognize a beer that is wildly carbonated, relatively light-bodied, and infinitely easy to drink. Before even reaching the taste buds, a lovely and sweet flavor is detected on the lips and nose. Delicious sour notes, figs, and sweet fruit initially with the souring bacteria intensifying in the moments leading up to the finish.

Still incredibly carbonated on the finish, this beer is ever-so smooth going down. Clean and crisp, yet still as smooth as silk. The characteristics of a brown ale really come to life at this point, bringing forward those roasty and charred flavors typical of the malts used in this beer. With the sourness still being present, these two "styles" are meshed flawlessly, combined into a delicious sour roastiness that works better than (my) words can describe.

Jester King has yet to disappoint me. I have to trade to get their beers, but thus far it's been well worth the time and effort. Outstanding.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, Blend #2 - dated October 9, 2013, poured into a Jester King oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a dark, murky, cola brown color, thick and opaque with a really dense, tan colored head, great retention, about a finger high that yields a tremendous amount of sticky lace. The aroma is nice, dark cherry pits, rich grain, musty oak, light vinegar with some dark fruits, like plum or raisin, a bit simple, but pleasantly sour. The flavors are in line, plums and cherries at the start, earthy pits, chewy oak and dark grains, definitely getting a lot of standard english mild character a bit ashy, lightly sour red grapes, a hint of vinegar and touch of barnyard round this out, much clearer focus on the tongue, good balance and expression. The mouthfeel is good, coating, soft, a bit creamy, lighter at the finish, lower carbonation with moderate zip, tart pucker as it goes down.

Verdict: A nice American Wild Ale from Jester King, definitely an unusual beer, but well presented take on a historically lesser known style. Dark and hearty with strong earthiness, lightly sour, an enjoyable beer for sure.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend 2, bottled 10/9/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine, toast, caramel, chocolate, brown bread, oak, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, light leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine, caramel, toast, chocolate, brown bread, oak, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, light leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. God amount of acidic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine, caramel, toast, brown bread, oak, light leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidix yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately acidic, and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome sour brown ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a jester king stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade from Camille, thanks!

Appearance - pours a deep muddy brown body with amber highlights. A thick, frothy, cloudy off white head rises and falls slowly to leave thick lacing and retention foam. Very inviting .

Smell - Tart aromas, acidic citrus, sour apple, slight toffee, caramel, leathery aromas in the background.

Taste - upfront the acidity hits the tongue right away - sour lactic , citrusy tartness, sour apple, astringent citrus rind. Up next come the brown ale characteristics - toffee, caramel, nuttiness, some butterscotch. The finish exhibits some of the barrel notes - wood and leathery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -medium light body, medium carbonation. Easy drinker.

Overall I was very impressed with this lesser known JK sour - amazingly complex and tasty, and I really liked how the brown ale characteristics mingled with the other flavors.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a two fingers thick tan head into a tulip glass. The body was dark brown with bright edges.
S - toast, tart dark cherries.
T - dark fruits, cherry, tart, with a hint of oak.
M - creamy, smooth, coating.
O - as well done as any oud bruin I've had.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Ol Oi! pours a fairly clear brown color with dark ruby highlights. Head is a light tan color and fairly abundant, and settles to 1/4" head. Very good retention and lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Some biscuit like malts underneath, but primarily tart lemons, horse blanket, and light oak.

Taste: Hints of brown ale underneath with some biscuit malt and nutty character, with tart lemons, funk, and oak. A nice medley of flavors; not too complex, but the flavors that are there work nicely together.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The beer is light bodied with high carbonation. Very creamy feel. Excellent. Overall, a decent soured brown. Not overly complex, but definitely worth a try, and something that is moderately sessionable with a fairly low ABV, for the style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a darker, turbid brown color. Bubbly, tan head. Almost no lacing is left behind.

S-This is clearly going to be a sour brew. Tart cherries, caramel and some oakiness.

T-Very sour! The flavor begins with a rush of sour cherries and also generic general tartness. The sourness leads into a sweet brown maltiness. Oak rounds out the flavor.

M-Puckering. Medium bodied with tickling bubbles. Flavor lingers for quite a while. Tannic.

O-Really tasty sour brown. I believe this is my first Jester King brew but if this is any indication of how cool their beer can be, I need to find a way to try some more.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into goblet
Aroma of oak and, faintly, vinegar
Head small (2 cm), fizzy, very light brown, rapidly diminishing to a 2 mm ring with a small island of bubbles
Lacing poor, just an few small clots of bubbles
Body dark amber, slight haze
Flavor is of oak with a tannic bitterness, quickly becoming slightly sweet, then fading. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

An excellent sour, perhaps a little too oaky, perhaps not. I like it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.7.14
Blend #2 Oct. 9, 2013

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a fine, light tan head, good retention.

S - Tart, some cherry, earthy.

T - Mild tartness. Subtle smoke, cherry, earthy.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Mild sour brown, nice cherry and smoke. Earthy finish helps smoth it all out.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Half-finger head, thin and airy. Dark brown almost black in color. Lace remains about the glass. Steady carbonation is evident.

S- Sourness, funk, peaches, dark chocolate.

T- Still funky with a tart fruit flavor, some dark malt and hints of grapefruit peel

M- Sour but still has a thick malt body. Sort of creamy, but also very acidic.

Overall, not bad but too heavy on the sour without enough of a malt profile or flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

jester king can do no wrong. all of their beer is fantastic, and when its on tap, i am learning, its even better! a very dark but also rather thin looking brew, small mocha colored head, but not a lot of visible carbonation activity here. a nose of earthy dark malt a step short of the bitter barley roast, somewhere more robust than chocolate malt, but not quite stout level flavors. love a dark malt first sour, and this doesn't disappoint me at all. a nice lactic acidity on the nose tells me this is going to be quite the pucker. the taste is great, if a bit familiar. it reminds me a bit of terra incognito from boulevard and sierra nevada, minus the whiskey barrel sweetness. this is dry as heck, almost lemon rind flavor acidity to the finish too, among the soil and mineral flavors form the malt. boldly flavored, but mellow in feel. there is a delicate aspect to it, not heavy on bubbles or body, it just sort of floats on the palate. insanely light for its color and complexity of flavors. a nice take on the dark wild ale, on par with the best out there. acidity that isn't gripping as it goes down makes this rather sessionable as well. it would play nice with food too, if i can get my hands on a bottle maybe i will do something special with a pork loin, its that kind of brew where it would cut fat but support richness. fantastic.

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Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blend #2, Bottled Oct. 9, 2013

A - Pours a hazy, murky brown with a light khaki head.

S - Sour cherries, acidic, oak and a little sugar on the backend.

T - Sour cherries at first that grip you and then the base of dark malty ale comes through with a bit of the oak bourbon barrel.

M - Medium bodied and high carbonation. Has a good amount of acidity to it with a dry finish.

O - Delicious beer that hits all the right notes.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Paul. Served alongside RU-55.

The beer is hazy brown with a small head. Aromas of oak, funk, sour fruit, vinegar. Puckering and intense. Some wine barrel character. Tannins and fruit with an acetic finish. Tasty, but not nearly as delectable as the RU-55.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Blend 2. Bottled 10/9/13.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, nut, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is interestingly malt and nut forward for a sour beer.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into hill farmstead wine style glass
pour is dark reddish brown with not much head or lacing
smell is over power sour fruit with heavy cherry
taste is smooth and very balanced with heavy cherry and sour undertones
not acidic the balance is very nice
mouthfeel is what you are looing for in a sour
this was overall pretty top notch and enjoyable beer

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Photo of benclimbs
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lacing, a slight head, perfect color, vibrant carbonation - basically perfect

Smell: Blend of caramel, sour fruit, prominent funk, barnyard notes, balanced and almost perfect.

Taste: very sour but not too much, balanced ripe fruit, sour oaky wine barrel notes, wow!

Mouthfeel is balanced and smooth, not too dry or sticky

Overall a fantastic, impressive beer - my first Jester King and think this almost stands up to Supplication from RR as one of the best sour browns I've had.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, 10/09/13
JK tulip

A: Pours a dirty brown color. Murky with some light getting through if you really look. Light tan off white head.

S: Typical JK house yeast and farmhouse funk. Getting some nutty brown ale character. Not as tart or sour smelling as I was assuming. Dryness.

T: Flavor follows the nose. Again, some of that JK light tartness. Dry chalk. Brown/mild ale flavors. Some lingering oak tannic character. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of MarioM
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml Poured into a Jester King stemmed glass

A: Bottle gusher when opened. Obviously high carbonation. Dark mahogany brown with red hints when put up against a light source. Creamy off white head which dissipated to a thin rim and a gentle thin patch of micro bubbles and some nice lacing.

S: Oak, dark fruits, vanilla and slight lactic sourness. A very tasty smelling and complex brew. Can't wait to try this puppy!

T: Wow... (first thing that came to mind) Light bodied and crisp. Nice malt character with a light tartness and lingering dark fruits with a perfect mellow oak at the end which lingers with just enough vanilla to let you know it was in oak. Definitely a Flanders Oud Bruinesque with more pronounced oak character, making it unique and definitely Jester King like, which I love.

M: Waiting a while between drinks leaves a rich bright oak taste that probably will linger all day if you don't drink anything else, very interesting. This is a good thing in this case. I'm not a fan of huge oak characters, especially bourbon, but this is wonderful and I like a lot!

O: What a treat! Wish I could have grabbed more than one bottle while visiting JK for the F1 race in Austin this November. This is a perfect example where a noticeable oak character is delicious and ads so much great complexity to the beer. Gentle tartness and dark fruits paired extremely well with the oak aging and just plain delicious! If I see this anywhere, anytime, I will buy without a doubt!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Jester King's tasting room back in September 2013. Reviewed from notes.

Jester King's servers had an already open bottle and poured from that. They chose this serving method for the beer, so if the appearance and/or flavour suffers it's on them; they had full control on how their beer was being delivered to the consumer in this case. 6.30% ABV confirmed. Cost was $6.00 USD per 8 oz pour. Served into stemware.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Doesn't pour a head - just a white coloured floater ring. Thin and weak.

Body colour is a brown with amber hues, and has a glowing vibrance and understated rich character. Nontransparent. Pretty translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Bacterial, with traces of unintended infection (judging by a sort of dry rot note that isn't flattering). Brown and biscuit malts. Vanilla on the back end. Rotted oak/wood. Wet cardboard. Acetic sourness. Vague fruit. Yeast? Maybe brettanomyces and pedio, but no lambicus or clean bacteria.

No hops or alcohol are detectable. A flawed, somewhat off-putting aroma of mild strength.

T: It does have a kiss of wet cardboard and rotten wood, but luckily these notes aren't too prominent. Biscuit and Belgian brown malts fill out the body. Light acetic character. Vague fruit - cherry, perhaps. It's musty. No hops or alcohol come through. Some lactobacillus comes through, but no lambicus yeast. I'm not finding any brettanomyces-induced funkiness either. Not a clean taste. Frankly, I think using a mild ale as the base beer was a rather poor decision; it has an unbecoming vague English character I'm none too fond of. Sourness never quite breaks through the oak character and malty sweetness. Not as tart or acidic and it should be. There're some elements I like here, but the imbalance is troublesome, and I think most sour lovers would be disappointed with this flavour profile (though the beer's current 90 rating suggests I'm sorely mistaken). Not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style. Lacks nuance. Not puckering by any means.

Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and damp/wet. Not quite thick or full-bodied enough. I just don't think a mild ale base provides a good foundation for a sour. Decently carbonated. It suits the flavour profile okay, I guess, but it's far from custom-tailored to it. Unrefreshing. Teeters on the edge of harshness. The dampness is unwelcome.

Not hot, oily, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Downable stuff. Hides its ABV decently. Using a mild as a the base was a costly mistake and really holds the beer back. Sincere fans of traditional oud bruins will be disappointed, as will those hoping for a great wild ale. I like it, but don't love it, and definitely wouldn't get it again at this price point - let alone for $16 a bottle. It was nice to have once, but I can't say I'd recommend it to friends. I'll be shipping it off to trade partners, I'm sure, but hey - you were warned.

Not Jester King's strongest offering.


2nd impression from a batch #3 bottle:

Kind of spicy, actually. More sourness would be nice. All around a balanced enjoyable brew, but not mind-blowing.


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Ol' Oi! from Jester King Brewery
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