Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elNopalero on 02-14-2012

English pub ale meets the French farmhouse tradition and American oak aging in this dry, drinkable farmhouse mild ale. Full-flavored, but brewed with enough restraint to be highly sessionable. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned.
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Ratings: 306 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades pretty quickly initially, but then slows and maintains a nice almost 1 finger head with nice lacing, very dark molasses brown colored beer with some ruby light sneaking through.

Nose is unique, it has some English red ale like aromas, with red malts, caramel, toffee, toasty, candy malts, with some herbal hops, slight vegetal and earthy, but that all quickly fades to tons and tons of buttery oak, and light toasted oak that just overpowers everything else quickly and after a few seconds you can't even tell there's a beer under there.

Taste starts with a caramel sweet candy malt, molasses as well, with a light sour malt flavor in the middle, reddish malts mostly, little toasty and candy flavored, and light buttery toffee, faint yeasty. Then into hops, light herbal hops, little earthy, mild bitterness. Then again just overpowered by oak, toasty buttery oak, as well as a slight medicinal flavor that I can't put a finger on what the real off flavor is... the sour malt flavor increases the more I sip it, a bit yeasty, and just a touch of an earthy farmhouse flavor. Finish is dry, very dry, lingering bitterness from light earthy hops, a bit of a candy flavor, with some yeasty flavors, and a bit more buttery oak.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, plenty of carb.

Overall meh, nothing really special, I like that they tried something new but this doesn't go far, malts are meh, hops are even more meh, yeast could be nice if it brought more flavor other than the yeasty flavor, and oak just overpowers everything to the point where all you really get is oak and light sour candy malts.

More User Reviews:
Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I lowered my rating to closer to the current average, what contribution have I made?

Photo of dankjohn
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Justify rating with a review? I didn't like it very much.

Photo of weonfire
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A - Deep brown, certainly cannot see through. about 2 inches of white/ light brown head. head faded within a few minutes.

S - smoked porter?

T - very light. mild. smoked flavor.

M - watery. low viscosity

O - Its a replacement for water. Not suggesting this is anything close to BMC. Most likely won't ever purchase again. $8 smoked water? na....

Photo of RickS95
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Much darker than one would expect given it's low ABV, but the pour is a clear dark brown. It's dark enough that you don't see how clear it is unless it's held near a light source. The head is beige and a finger thick, but lacks in retention.

The smells are subtle, even with swirling. Strangely, smells of veggies. Some dark fruits, caramel, and smoke.

I don't care for the taste. Reminds me of watered down cola, though the carbonation is there. Earthy tastes, with hops most noticeable in the finish.

Very loose, watery feel. Light bodied despite the color. High carbonation, prickly feel in the swallow. Lingering bitterness.

It doesn't work for me. Tastes and feels lager-like, with the exception of the carbonation, nothing jumps at me.

Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a two finger light tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, fruit, wood, and subtle spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, fruit, spice, dark chocolate, and subtle wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was apretty decent brew. I went into this one truthfully expecting to find something awesome in this one. What I found however didn't really jump out at me like I would have hoped. There was a nice bit of things going on in this one which was nice to find. Really wish there would have been a bit of dark fruit going on in this one to balance it out some. But hey, you can't win them all. Definitely worth your time if you get the chance.

Photo of cfrobrew
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle
served in a New Belgium tulip

A: Very dark reddish brown with a thin head and lots of small bubbles

S: Strong malt character smell with a slight nuttiness and bitterness very dark ESB type of smell

T: Very bright taste with a nut flavor and malt character. Nice traditional english flavor with some oak characters. Though the oak flavor is not over powering.

M: Very bright nice beer to drink, smooth and enjoyable

O: I really enjoyed this beer, the first sour I ever had was a sour version of this beer, I loved it and I like this version almost as much. Great beer, I typically dont love non sour jester king beers but this one is great! I would certainly buy more, especially at this price point. Very drinkable...

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Refrigerated longer than the recommended 24 hours, and served in a tulip glass around 45 º and allowed to warm up.

Tawny light brown, glinting orange in the light saturated colors with minimal lace but an ample head of foam the color of manila folders. Second pour the retention is better, it lasts a good 5 minutes.

Pleasant aromas of toasted nutty malts, and dry american oak. Something slightly yeasty but nondescript, surfacing after the dominant oak.

Light bodied, completely to style in this case, with plenty of lasting oak flavors. Subtlety is the name of the game. Dry and woody, flavorful with some flashes of green hop traces but minimal bitterness. Very smooth and refined. A very unique rendition of a Mild Ale, and something I wish was on cask locally. Hope someone out there can pull strings to make it happen!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip-like glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch and a half light tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready and caramel malt, chocolate, oak, dark fruit (cherries), and some spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some nuts, vanilla and dark bread. Also, the chocolate is stronger in the taste than it is compared to the aroma. I thought the taste of this brew got better the longer it warmed up. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and is well carbonated. This is the 2nd Jester King brew I've tried, and I've liked them both so far. I'd like to try this one again in the future. $7.99 a bottle.

Photo of philbe311
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Three fingers worth of mostly even lush whipped light khaki colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Rock solid retention... Much darker than expected... It's a deep rich dark brown... Though a wee bit of lit still leaks in around the edges... A few stray carbonation streaks and bubbles can be seen towards to the top of the glass... The proceed at a moderate to slightly quick pace...

S - Interesting aroma... Starts with a subtle sweetness... Caramel... Brown sugar... It is quickly complimented by a strong allusion of wood and oak... The competing aromas then continue to play off one another with the woody oakness coming out on top by the slightest of margins... Rather unique...

T - In terms of aroma, the oak won by a nose (pun intended)... However, in terms of palate, the oak wins by miles... The oak dominates at the beginning, in the middle and at the end with little else shining through... There are some light bready notes and perhaps just a kiss of brown sugar that lingers beneath the surface... The oak further intensifies on the finish and lingers...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lush... Sleek... Light carbonation... The finish has a touch of both chalkiness and dryness...

D - Loaded with flavor and character, especially given the modest 3.5% ABV... The oak isn't subtle by any means and dominates the beer... It's not a bad thing, but it seems to make this offering a bit one dimensional... A tasty and interesting interruption of the session beer genre, though I'm not sure it's something I would revisit with regularity...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a super large dirty white head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with some oak notes and funky ester is a weird mix that I wasn’t expecting. Taste is a mix between some tart notes with lightly sweet caramel malt with dry funky yeast notes. Body is light with perfect carbonation. Glad I’ve had the chance to try this beer but not sure it is something I would seek on a regular basis.

Photo of andys_war_hall
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Poured a dark ruby brown, with a thick two finger head that quickly disappeared. The beer had a nice clarity to it with no sediment in the glass.

S: Smells slightly of fresh baked bread. Also picking up a strong oak presence due to the barrels it was stored in.

T: Lots of oak on the first sip. Toasty bread and lots more oak on the way down. The aftertaste reminded me of sipping on a nice whisky. With some warming up the taste becomes more complex. I recommend letting this warm up a bit before consuming. As always, the oak flavor was more pronounced, along with a nice nuttiness and the sweetness of a whisky really came through.

M: Very smooth, mildly carbonated, tickled a little on the way down.

O: Overall I am glad that I picked this up. It is not one that I would seek out again, but glad I had the chance to try another beer from Jester King. I never know what to expect when I pop open one of their beers, and that always has me excited.

Photo of gtermi
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark brown body with a creamy tan head. The head leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass as it fades.

S: The smell sort of reminds me a weaker Tumbler. It has a bit of nuttiness and some chocolate.

T: Like the smell, I get a good amount of nuttiness, a faint bit of cocoa and a tiny bit of sweet malt.

M: This beer is beyond smooth. There is a good amount of creaminess and has a tiny bit of tingle down my throat.

O: This reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Tumbler. It is pretty tasty and is easy to drink. This makes for a perfect low alcohol beer for the winter.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a murky looking brown, with no real head or lacing, and chunks of stuff that looks kind of like dirt floating around.

Smells funky and grassy, with some barnyard, some nutty coffee-like flavors, and some lactic acid.

Tastes interesting, but a bit of a departure from the aroma. The coffee is only slightly in the taste, and it's more sour than funky, with some oak, vanilla, grass, and nuttiness.

This one is pretty light bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a slightly gritty mouthfeel.

This one is definitely interesting, unique, and pretty light and refreshing.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/9/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Unexpectedly, interestingly dark - a solid brown from a distance, some lighter tones when held up to the light - some clarity - pours with a big, creamy, beige head - keeps a borderline solid cap, leaves some decent streaks of lacing

Smell: Remarkably strange, even considering how weird this beer should be - some serious, ripe oak - like, fresh wood (not old barrels) - some strange saison notes - lightly floral - lightly tart and lightly acidic - some dark malts - very mild overall (intentional)

Taste: Weird and flavorful - loads of fresh oak - some dark malts, baker's chocolate - lightly tart with some yeasty funk, a touch sour - earthy, lightly grassy - mild but very flavorful considering the super-low ABV

Mouthfeel: Light, very drinkable, nicely carbonated

Overall: Clearly not worth drinking because it has less alcohol than Bud Light

This is a weird beer. But I like it. The oak is very interesting. And there is a lot of flavor in this beer, especially considering how mild it is. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of genitempo
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from bottle to snifter. Allowed the bottle to stand for a bit, bringing it to a nice pouring temp at approximately 40 degrees. The body is a rich bronze with minimal CO2 activity (expected from s bottle-conditioned ale). Rocky beige head that leaves negligible trace.

S - Subtlety moves the nose. It's brightness is present, but not overly assertive. Hops polish off the scent, nothing ever even near overbearing. The oak hits the nostrils, it's presents felt more than smelt.

T - Again, the taste is delicate, but distinct. Complex, but not confusing. The malt and hops are very well-balanced, neither ever overbearing each other or creating nuances. The finish dries very well, presenting an oaky aftertaste, comparable to finishing a clove cigarette.

MF - As much as one can expect with a mild ale. Not too cumbersome on the palate, which I would expect with such a low booze brew.

O - The skill that reveals itself in pretty much every aspect of enjoying this beer proves that Jeff Stuffings' is a master of the craft; an artist delving into new grounds. Although Milds are not my favorite, I can honestly say that this recipe would rank at the top of those seeking such a sessionable beer. Bravo.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with a off white almost tan head.
Aroma is initially oaky and caramel and Munich notes.
Taste is woody and winey and a bit of smoke and some strange phenols from the yeast but its not off putting in any way. A little thin but that was to be expected. Nice session beer that I'm glad I bought. Leaves you thinking but gives you room to move around and drink the whole bottle. Valient effort. Don't understand the low scores(

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint. This one isn't a gusher like the last JK I opened, but it is overcarbed.

2.75 A: Fairly clear deep amber color. Four plus fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

2.75 S: Nose on this isn't really strong, but I guess that's what I was expecting. However, it also isn't very interesting. The main focus is a dry woodiness with herbal notes. It's not bad, just kinda boring.

2.75 T: Taste is also lackluster. I'm not saying this because it is 3.5%, I'm saying that because it can't hold up with any of the other session beers I've had. Again dry woodiness, a few layers of herbalness and not much else. Maybe a touch of toastiness.

3.25 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation despite the appearance. Lightly creamy and smooth.

3.0 D: It's okay, but it's boring, even for a session beer.

Photo of zookerman182
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear maroon ish purple with a half finger head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma is oak, wood, dark fruit.
taste is Wood. small coffee roast. Light toffee and dark fruit.some milk chocolate and coco powder as it warms
Mouthful is where this beer is severely lacking. Super thin. Overly carbonated. No lingering flavors. this one element hurts this otherwise decent beer.
Overall it's not something I'd want to try again.

Photo of Tommo
1.27/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is simply awful. i honestly dont know why they produce this beer. It is bitter, poor flavor and just overall terrible

Photo of darocny
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany color. Retains thin head for awhile. Vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet malt with woody notes.

T: Lots of complexity and great balance of flavors. Malty sweet with a reserved, pitch-perfect woodiness. Nutty flavors with a dryness that rounds everything out. Great stuff.

M: Tremendous creaminess for the style. Carbonation keeps working throughout. Easy drinking, but repeatedly draws you back in for more.

O: This is one of the best of JK's regular line up so far. It packs in a lot of complexity for a low-abv beer. Given its price, it makes for an excellent semi-regular treat throughout the year. Highly sessionable, but with so much complexity, makes this beer drinkable year-round and any day of the week.

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint/tulip glass, Oaked farmhouse version, no bottle date. This pours a dark brown, mahoganyish color with a three finger tan head which quickly loses half its size then remains as a a thin film. The smells are of a very strong malty type, a little nuttiness, caramel, a little oak but not as prominent as the others. The feel is surprising thicker than I was expecting, mid to thick. The taste is pretty good, full flavored for a 3.5% abv beer, the taste is like the smell a little nutty flavor, loads of malts, caramel and a hint of vanilla.

Photo of champ103
2.51/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a chocolate brown/ruby red color. A pathetic bubbly white head forms and vanishes in a second with no lace. From the look, there seems to be almost no carbonation to this at all.
S: Mild oak, smoke, and vanilla in the nose. Followed by an astringent, almost metallic aroma. A strange acidic twang.
T: Ug, no better here. Very mild oak and vanilla flavors. Burnt toast. Astringent with a metallic tiny flavor. Again, a strange acidity. Not good.
M/D: To say this is light is generous. So paper thin, and hardly any carbonation here. Not something I care to come back to or finish.

After a very surprising beer in RU-55, I follow it up with this. I remember loving this beer when it was not "farmhouse." The original version was great, especially on cask. This is a thin, unappealing beer that has no business in the English mild or farmhouse styles. A complete mess.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.12.13

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a foamy very light tan head with good retention.

S - Smokey, bready, toasted malts, some wood.

T - Smokey, burnt toast.

D - Very light body with good carbonation. Watery finish.

O - Very light and smokey. Not much oak shows.

Photo of cvm4
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours purple brown in color with a creamy colored head.

S - Very malty & toasty, a bit of nuts & caramel. Also, there's a big helping of oakiness.

T - Starts off with some light malts & spices. Develops into a bit of sour apple & ends with a dry oak finish.

M - Light body, effervescent, high carbonation, dry on the palette.

O - A great cross between an English ale & a farmhouse ale.

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Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild from Jester King Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.