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Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild - Jester King Brewery

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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 12
Gots: 39 | FT: 5
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-22-2012)
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moonknight31

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

09-11-2013 05:49:32 | More by moonknight31
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Jame515

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

09-10-2013 23:41:29 | More by Jame515
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

B-

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 04:52:58 | More by kojevergas
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RickS95

Indiana

2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:00:20 | More by RickS95
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duff247

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-08-2013 20:15:35 | More by duff247
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-06-2013 15:11:44 | More by harpus
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PaulUH

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%

09-02-2013 23:39:50 | More by PaulUH
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Heretic42

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%

09-02-2013 21:49:54 | More by Heretic42
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -43.2%

08-29-2013 02:54:56 | More by sgttibbs
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

08-25-2013 17:52:31 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

08-25-2013 17:46:00 | More by djrn2
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beernads

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -29%

08-22-2013 13:11:26 | More by beernads
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FrizWhiz

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-21-2013 01:48:43 | More by FrizWhiz
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a belgian-style stemmed glass. No bottling date on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a translucent dark brown/raisin color and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Figs, raisins, light grassy funk, light cherry, tree bark, mild oak.

Taste: Oak, tobacco, raisins, figs, nuttiness, light maple, light molasses, malts.

Mouth-feel: Very light body with a medium carbonation. Very smooth finish. Carbonation is a bit odd, it gives the impression of being artificially carbonated even though it is my understanding that it is not.

Overall: An interesting brew for sure. Extremely light body, and while the flavors are all fairly light, it has a pretty complex flavor profile. Plenty of woodiness and nuttiness along with some mild funk. Interesting, but not quite to my tastes - the tobacco/woody elements were not altogether pleasant for me. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 20:38:28 | More by Resuin
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-15-2013 18:55:45 | More by drummermattie02
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Okisailor

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

08-13-2013 19:49:47 | More by Okisailor
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 03:32:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-04-2013 14:33:11 | More by PEIhop
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-01-2013 14:26:00 | More by Envelopes
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jester King Brewery - Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours dark brown-black with see through around the edges and a big foamy head that runs away fast. Sticky lacing here and there.

Smell - Gently roasted Munich barley with quite a yeasty aftereffect. Oak notes.

Taste - Malty and syrupy, dark and roasted. Oak for sure here. Unfortunately the taste almost knocks this brew flat on its ass.

Mouthfeel - Slighty sticky roasted feel. Light to medium bodied. Very drinkable. Oak rests on the palate and mostly coats the mouth for sure.

Overall - Jester King has a knack for it and while this one isn't perfect, it is still a good brew. Milds are best enjoyed fresh off the tap, if I'm ever in the area I'll have to stop by and try it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:10:16 | More by JMScowcroft
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OgreSanchez

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-28-2013 17:42:02 | More by OgreSanchez
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cw577enfield

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-25-2013 20:02:23 | More by cw577enfield
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-25-2013 03:18:35 | More by MSandahl23
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emergency_beef

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

07-23-2013 04:57:45 | More by emergency_beef
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-15-2013 00:13:43 | More by laxer8811
Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild from Jester King Brewery
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