Ol' Oi! - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 92
Gots: 69 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House 43rd Anniversary Party. This is the regular Commercial Suicide aged in wine barrels with the addition of wild yeast and bacteria. It is intentionally soured.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with no head.The beer appears to be completely flat. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of tart cherries, as well as some oak, vanilla and a little bit of toasted malt. One thing is certain, this is a completely different animal than the other versions of this base beer.

The flavor is very tart. I get a lot of sour cherries, as well as some light funk and some tart, red wine notes. There is also a nice oak and vanilla component and a little bit of malt. The sourness is about medium and makes the beer very enjoyable and very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and no carbonation. My only complaint is that I wish the beer was carbonated. Other than that, it was outstanding.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out brown with a thin head. Smell is tart and funky with caramel and toasty notes. Taste is quite sour, which I really enjoy. I get a bit of jelly-like flavor/sweetness in the finish that I'm not crazy about. Toasty with notes of caramel. Mouthfeel could use a little more fizz. Overall this is a solid beer, but it doesn't exactly hit all the right notes for me.

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Slight oak, caramel and dark fruits from the brown ale base. Mild sour notes, not much. Balance is decent.

Photo of Tommo
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This used to be better, newest (2015) batch was thin. Going to age this up and possibly re-review

Photo of gcamparone
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of champ103
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle shared by elwhite at the Freetial release. I was able to take notes of this one.

A: Pours a slightly hazed reddish/brown. A bubbly beige head tries to form, but recedes in a second. Not lace. Looks pretty lifeless.
S: Odd. Biscuit malts, dry toast, light oak. Definitely apple skin/acetaldehyde. Which together is very odd.
T: Biscuit malts Other musky, dirty, moldy malts. Juxtaposed with a light apple skin flavor. What the hell is this? Tasted dirty with a light tart apple skin in the finish.
M/D: Flat, no carbonation, thin and watery. Muddled, and no defined mouthfeel. Yeah, I did not enjoy this at all.

I can not describe this accurately. Just muddled, and all sorts of weirdness going on that I can't get my head around. I wish I was able to get a better pour of AR, cause that was great. Though I did not get enough to write anything down. This is a mess, and don't know why this was brewed in the first place, let alone the high scores this is getting? They keep making Commercial Suicide worse and worse (all be it at a much stronger alcohol level).

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
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.


Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of mhksuccess
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a dark reddish brown with not much of a off-white bubbly head that leaves lots of stick on the glass.

Wood, tart cherry, and hints of chocolate greet the nose.

The flavor hits big with cherry and general fruitiness. Wood lies underneath and pops in the finish. A little leathery. Mild tartness.

Mouthfeel is thin and smooth. Has a lingering dryness and flavors.

Photo of benclimbs
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of jamescain
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass at the Draught House 43th anniversary party.

Appearance: Dark brown to red with virtually no head, only a thin ring around the center.

Aroma: Slight vanilla character with cherries, lactic acid, oak, caramel, dark fruit, and spices.

Taste: Sour cherries and plums, with vanilla and oak, all rounded out by a caramel malt character.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with light carbonation and a lingering sour acidic finish.

Overall: I preferred this version to the original CS. You can taste that CS is the base but it is subtle in comparison to the tart acidic characteristics.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky dark Amber beer with thin head. A deep sour the hits the back of the tongue without lingering.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of zhanson88
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't feel like giving a full review. May just suffer from being tasted after other superior beers

Photo of MarioM
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Ol' Oi! from Jester King Brewery
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