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Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild - Jester King Brewery

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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
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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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...

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3.31/5  rDev -6%
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-

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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.

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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.

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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.

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