Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild - Jester King Brewery
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3.8/5 rDev +8.3%
Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.
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 of toasted malt, caramel, and some roasted nut aromas. Taste is much the same with nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness 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 flavorful and easy to drink for the ABV.
04-08-2013 04:12:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
Where the pub meets the farm and where the session meets the table- Jester King strives to achieve the perfect blend when blending what's best about those low-gravity "session" ales of England and the "table" beers of Belgium.
Upon the billowing pour, the tawny bronze beer unleashes its voluminous sandy head that shows much more than cask ale character- instead, it's the carbonation and head structure that declares Belgium artistry. Clumped lace and semi-firm retention relaxes first to a creamy texture and then to a mild bead around the edge.
Mild aromas of caramel and wood rise first, and do so with overall nutty undertones of pecan and walnut. Oak and starchy malts command the nose deeper as the session lingers and draws in light peppery and fruit tones that add complexity without becoming part of the overall story.
Nutty flavors latch onto the mouth and resonate with the taste of pecan and walnut- though these flavors are the boldest, the beer's taste is not overly bold- instead mild, with the foundation of spaghetti starch-like malts rising to give a smooth creamy taste to the nutty flavors. Light parmesan, black pepper, dried oak, and light whipping cream come into the fray and allow for a gentle building of complexity. But all of the taste happens from early to middle palate, leaving a shell of the beer lingering onward after that.
Its dry creamy body seems a juxtaposition in terms, but the starchy texture seemingly floats above the tongue and allows its well-attenuated maltiness to deliver impressions of "sweet" but without the feel of "sweet". Instead, the dry fleeting malt allows for a powdery wood texture, light peppery bite, and very mild alcohol to close the beer with a snappy finish.
Oddly compelling in taste and texture, the beer leaves much left to be wanted in a single drinking session, but paired with herb-infused sausages and a slight marmalade glaze would set the ale off nicely! It just begs for the dinner table.
01-02-2013 05:03:45 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
07-04-2014 16:48:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.25/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured out as a murky brown color with a light tan head on top. The retention is and lacing on this beer were impressive and long lasting. The smell gives off earthy toasted malt aromas as well as some subtle oak in there as well. The taste is malty and dry, slightly bitter but a bit one dimensional. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, good level of carbonation but very dry. Overall it's a decent beer but nothing I'd seek out again.
05-06-2013 16:33:10 | More by Knapp85
4.05/5 rDev +15.4%
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!
10-24-2012 00:52:23 | More by emerge077
3.51/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-28-2013 22:01:32 | More by jlindros
3.3/5 rDev -6%
Love the label art; it's got a good style to it - and that includes the art on the cap (which is my favourite of any cap art I've seen so far). 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded brass pry-off cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I know the brewery has a great reputation but it's really hard to pull off a good English Mild, and I don't know that oaking it and using farmhouse yeast sounds like a great approach. Batch #5 - May 20th, 2013. 3.5% ABV confirmed. OG 1.028. FG 1.002.
Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour.
Pours a two finger wide head of mocha/khaki colour. Nice soft complexion. Superb creaminess. Nice thickness. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is fair; it lasts a good 4-5 minutes, but then it's 3.50% - not exactly a feat.
Body colour is a clear dark amber. No yeast particles are visible.
Sm: Heavy wood, though I wouldn't identify it as oak blind; it definitely gives off a distinct pecan wood character, with perchance some walnut in there too. Heavily nutty, with plenty of caramel, toffee, and abbey malts. I get some vanilla, cocoa, and wheat. Shockingly, abbey malts are dominant. The dry woody character is surprisingly present, and really lends an interesting dimension to the beer. Any hopping is minimal in presence and herbal in character. Brown malts.
No alcohol is detectable. I don't find any farmhouse yeast - or any yeast character at all.
An intriguing aroma featuring some shocking complexity for an English Mild. It's definitely got my attention. Moderate in strength.
T: Lovely pecan wood character mixes well with a hazelnut and walnut medley. The body is filled out nicely by some well-chosen abbey malts, brown malts, and toasted malt. Zero hop character comes through (true to style). I don't get any true brettanomyces yeast or farmhouse funkiness. No oak character. I think the malt selection is very innovative for the style, and I love what they're going for with the pecan notes, but the balance just doesn't come together in a gestalt manner. It's pretty cohesive, but it doesn't quite fit together seamlessly. I applaud the experimentation and innovation with the build, but I'm far from blown away.
No alcohol comes through.
Above average depth and intensity of flavour for the style. Average duration of flavour. Great complexity for the style, and above average subtlety as well.
I do like it more than most English Milds, but at the same time it's so far from convention that traditionalists will likely despise it. This is not the English Mild you'd find on draught in England.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Great presence on the palate for the style. Good level of carbonation. Nice body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.
Not oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.
Dr: While the pecan notes are a definite highlight and lend a wondrous aspect to the beer, I can't get fully behind it as a whole. I love the innovation and it's certainly unique, but it's just not that lovely to drink. It's actually fairly unapproachable for the style, and really misses conventions. Oh, and the "farmhouse" character suggested by the label? Nowhere to be found. Overall, it may be the best English Mild I've had in the last year. But it still doesn't deliver what it needs to to truly be great.
09-10-2013 04:52:58 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.24/5 rDev -7.7%
Tan head. Color is a caramel hued brown.
Flavor profile: some caramel and nuttiness. Very bready. A lot of spices. It also has some fruitiness to it. Cherries stick out the most. Has a bit of oak showing. Maybe a slight infected flavor? Kind of rye like. A bit of smoked malt as well.
Mouthfeel: spiced and smokey. Lighter bodied. Medium amount of carbonation.
Overall, a very interesting beer. I don't know if this has been infected or if it's supposed to taste like this, but I don't like the slight cherry flavor in it. It'd be good otherwise.
01-19-2014 02:01:10 | More by mothman
4.33/5 rDev +23.4%
Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, pear, apple, raisin, chocolate, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, oak, light vanilla, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and oak notes; and great strength. Taste of big caramel, pear, apple, raisin, chocolate, toast, brown bread, toffee, nuttiness, pepper, clove, oak, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, chocolate, toast, brown bread, toffee, oak, light vanilla, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding robustness, complexity, and balance of malt, oak, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is an incredible farmhouse mild ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of malt, yeast, and oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
11-21-2013 05:08:17 | More by superspak
3.45/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
12-29-2013 05:08:00 | More by HuskyinPDX
Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild from Jester King Brewery
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