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S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter) - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter)S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter)

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Golden-bronze colour and light in body, Wild Rose S.O.B. is delicately hopped and refreshingly delicious. Very gentle and approachable, this classic English ale is an excellent choice to enjoy as a "session beer.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: Cwrw on 02-27-2007)
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Reviews by Cwrw:
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

This Special Old Bitter (SOB) was tried from the cask at Wild Rose's new taproom in the barracks area of Calgary. The pint arrived a very hazy apricot/pineapple juice colour, with decent head retention on top. Aroma is mostly some fresh hopping with a solid if somewhat inconsistent backdrop of maltiness. Still, a very nice nose on this beer. The beer tastes a little undercarbonated, but the flavour is full of fresh hops and some caramel malts. The taste is not complex, but pleasant. A nice session ale. Cheers to Wild Rose for doing casks Friday nights too!

02-27-2007 04:13:04 | More by Cwrw
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

09-24-2013 00:25:05 | More by FadetoBock
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

10-11-2013 02:31:37 | More by LDuke
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10%

341ml bottle. Since I can't get to the Tap Room in Calgary as often as I'd like, seeing the S.O.B. in six-packs now makes this sonovagun happy.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, thickly sudsy, and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which settles after a few minutes or so, leaving a nice riddled wallpaper lace effect.

It smells of sourdough bread, biscuity and grainy caramel and pale malts, a soft flintiness, and mild citrusy, grassy, and floral hops. The taste is very much consistent, with the biscuity and lightly doughy grainy caramel malt, the hard water character mostly washed away, and some tame citrusy, herbal hops rounding things out.

The carbonation is quite low, and unobtrusive, like I've got a draught pint here or something, the body medium weight, rather nice and smooth, and also a little watery, but not as much as I would expect for the 4.1% ABV. It finishes dry, ethereally hoppy, and bang-on for another swig.

Yup, this is a more than decent session ale, the kind with a soft bitterness, and not overly heady bearing, which makes you want to have another sip to replenish the flavour again, and still leave you in possession of some of your wits (if you had any to begin with) after a spell.

05-03-2009 01:47:37 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

On-tap at the brewery. Quite blond, some lace on yellow. Disapointing after hearing much about its bitterness. There was a bit of it, more in the finish, but this is mediocre bitterness compared to the ESBs I have had. Light mouthfeel. Above average carbonation. You can almost say it was watered down and that the 4% is the result.

03-30-2007 03:25:08 | More by Sammy
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Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -16.4%

a- as with the wred wheat, a head only formed after an aggressive pour (but who cares?).

s- A pleasant grassy hoppyness - is this the calm before the storm?

t- No. Lightly bitter, very thin, watery. Almost nothing on the attack, some face is saved on the aftertaste where a grainy, hoppy remnant pleads for forgiveness.

m- light bodied. there's light malts which open this brew up to being more than just a strictly "light bodied beer", but other than that - it's just average.

d- For me, this one's just okay. No flaws, and there's whispers of pleasantness here & there, but it just doesn't make a statement. Gets a little better as it warms, but
overall, kind-of unimpressive. Up until today, the IPA was the only Wild Rose that I didn't like, but now the S.O.B has joined the ranks, although SOB is slightly better than the IPA. I guess it would make a good "session ale" at 4% and light to boot, but, unfortunately this is not what I'm looking for in a beer.

09-18-2009 05:14:39 | More by sammytag
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +7%

A - bubbly clear golden, decent white head with fair retention and good lacing
S - wheat and biscuit malts, very subtle earthy hops, and there's something there reminding me of sweet corn
T - bready malts are, not much hop taste, and again I'm getting the taste of sweet corn or corn bread, but generally all subtle flavours
M - a silky smooth feel, medium carbonation, holding the smooth feel through the finish
D - flavours are all subtle, but the balance is nice and it goes down smooth and easy, nothing fantastic but a solid drinkable beer

07-31-2010 00:27:26 | More by joemcgrath27
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%

This beer isn't quite as bitter as it should be, but it's tasty and well crafted.

It poured a dark, burnished gold and very clear with a one-finger head that left sticky lace. Good head retention as well. The aroma was yeasty (there's a slight commonality in all the Wild Rose beers) with pleasant fruity esters and subtle floral hops.

The taste started off with caramel malt that gave way — though not entirely — to bitterness. Again, this could be a little more bitter, but the style guidelines do point out balance is the key for an English bitter, and this fits the bill. The subtle carbonation was bang-on and medium body was nice.

This is a highly drinkable ale and easily sessionable as well. It's a crowd pleaser that even my macro-drinking friends have enjoyed.

07-28-2007 03:38:41 | More by vanrassel
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +25.5%

A- I gave this an aggressive pour, but not much of a head formed, but rather a decently frothy ring around the glass. The color is dark gold/light bronze and is also nice & clear. I didn't find that there was much lacing, just a little that clings to the glass.

S- This has a very malty aroma, maybe even slightly yeasty....much different than other bitters I've tried. I don't detect any hop bitterness unfortunately but that's ok, it's something different!

T- I agree with other reviewers...this is the sweetest bitter that I've tried to date! It is biscuity, but also slightly toasty, and what I feel is a honeyed sweetness to it. Also mixed in is some modest herbal/spicy notes. There is some decent bitterness on the finish, which is what I'm quite pleased with. Actually quite complex in the flavors, well done!

M- Good medium body to this beer. The carbonation is mild, just as it should be....it's nice and buttery smooth. It really lets you grasp the character of the brew!

D- I've never tried this at the taphouse before and am convinced that it would even be better, but I'll never pass up a bottle of this brew! It's easy drinking, the alcohol content is lower, so you won't get stupid off of it, and I think it would appeal to a large group of beer drinkers, both experienced and newbies! Great choice to enjoy an evening with!

10-07-2009 02:20:16 | More by ChrisCage
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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Rich golden just leaning coppery, smallish white head, clear with a few streams of big rapidly rising bubbles. Cap fades to a skim that has good retention & leaves okay lacing.

S: Muddled citrus, herbal, & grassy hops – EKG? Must be. Pale malt that is slightly biscuit & also hints grainy. Faint hints of caramel & diacetyl. Fair overall, but not all that pungent or strong though.

T: Citrus is even more muted – herbal & grassy, hay-like hops with just a hair beyond moderate bitterness. Malts are biscuit pale with touches of grain, caramel, & sweetness. Diacetyl really fades. Fairly balanced until the finish when it goes hoppy.

M: Just a bit under medium body with CO2 a touch over-matched. Barest hints of texture with a finish that is drying from attenuation and hops.

D: A bit simple. Surely straight ahead, non-complicated session strength Bitter. Feels like an English style done for people used to US pub pales. Drinkable and will not unduly slow you down.

08-26-2012 05:32:23 | More by SickGnar
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Clear coppery hue in appearance, served with very little head at the brewery, although the party pig my friend the Spitfire picked up the same day provided bountiful amounts of head upon a personal pour.

Mild herbally hops on the nose, very faint malt.

Nice herbal hop flavour profile, similar to a tradition English Pub Bitter, which isn't overwhelmingly bitter at all. Nice dandelion and baby greens flavour.

The mouthfeel is on the light side, especially considering this is a 5% abv offering.

An enjoyable hot summer afternoon ale, on the patio of the Wild Rose Tap Room, or in the back yard of the Spitfire's, only getting up to deplete the party pig more of its contents. She was so proud of her Lando...

07-05-2008 04:03:02 | More by IronDjinn
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Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -37%

Appearance: very clear, light amber color, head deflated imidiately, no lacing

Smell: very little

Taste: very light modied, did not particularly care for the flavor profile.. very little hopped, and kind of dry..

Mouthfeel: poor mouthfeel... not much else to add here...

Overall: Not definately my least liked brew from Wild Rose - will not buy this again.

10-19-2011 20:41:37 | More by GabesAles
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-14-2011 19:13:09 | More by MrTinnedPEach
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-11-2013 22:29:43 | More by ptarmigan98
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

07-16-2012 00:54:38 | More by Alberta_Beer_Guy
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2011 06:29:17 | More by Vandelayindustri
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +7%

I have had the SOB a number of times and always enjoy having a pint at the new brewery and tasting room location.
Beer is a clear, and dark golden color with a thin layer of foam. Good head retention and some traces of lace. There is a yeast smell to go a long with the floral hops, but not the big hoppy aromas expected in a bitter. The taste is more on the malty side, but it is well balanced with the hop bitterness. The carbonation is quite low makeing it smooth but not flat in the mouth. A nice drinkable ale, but I would have liked a bit more bitter kick to it, but still a good sessional.

07-30-2007 12:43:41 | More by BigBry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +7%

I love bitters, and it's been a while since I've had one so hopefully this will be a treat. Wild Rose SOB pours a pale amber-orange color with a half-finger of head that doesn't last very long before becoming a patchy cap and collar of beige foam. Smell is mostly caramel sweetness and pale malt in the foreground, with some grassy hops in the background.

Some brown sugar or caramel sweetness is the first taste I notice; harmonizes nicely with some nut flavors and subtle hop bitterness in the finish. A little bit of citrus taste, with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, but still a little creamy. Carbonation is biting on the tongue and it sort of interferes with the taste.

I like it - tasty and refreshing. The labelling recommends it as a session beer and I think it would definitely be suitable for that purpose, with its low ABV and balanced flavour profile. If bitters are your thing, this is definitely worth a try.

05-18-2011 00:45:49 | More by thehyperduck
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a long tulip glass.

Appearance - a gentle copper colour with a quickly fading white foam head. Lace is thick and pronounced on the sides of the glass. Medium carbonation.

Smell - Amazing caramel malt aromas - very favourable barley smell. A light fresh sweetness to the pint, I anticipate a creaminess to the flavour.

Taste - a creamy barley malt flavour throughout with a quick dry finish. Subsequent tastings are less on the maltiness and more on the dry hop finish. Some earthiness to the flavour as well.

Mouthfeel - a short burst of flavour before the sudden finish creates the impression of an intense, short ride. Not bad.

Drinkability - pounding away on this is easy and does not get boring but is overall not too challenging. Price is a little restrictive at $13 for a six-pack.

03-28-2010 02:42:33 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

Amber brown apperance with lots of head that settles slowly. Smell is sweet with bread and malt, has a hint of grass.

Taste is very malty with bread and citrus. Picked up some sweetness and dry hops. Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. After taste is bitter.

Overall, suprisingly full flavored for it's abv. Refreshing to, worth a try if your getting a taster pack or at a restaurant.

02-15-2011 03:49:10 | More by CrazyMike
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-09-2012 23:43:03 | More by Avant_Garage
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours a clear, light golden colour, finger of head with mild retention (2-3 minutes) and no real lacing.

S - Bready malts dominate the nose, with a bittersweet corn finish. Grassy hop scents are easily masked by the bready malts.

T - Metallic, bready malts come off the top, followed by some sour lemon. The bitterness is evident and the finish is quite dry. There's a unique nutty flavour to this one as well, almost reminiscent of peanut butter on the finish.

M - The dryness is a bit of a turnoff, but it is fitting of the style so I can't knock it. Carbonation is nicely balanced and it goes down quite smooth. A tad thin, but by no means terrible.

D - Interesting offering by Wild Rose. Tasty but nothing spectacular. I'm inclined to think this would be much better on tap. Would've liked a bit more in the hop department, but all in all a decent bitter.

09-19-2010 17:23:08 | More by andrenaline
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

06-04-2013 22:28:26 | More by Kmat10
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a crystal clear dark gold, with rather a bit more head than I prefer in this style.

Smells mostly of tart biscuit-y grain, with some light fruit flavours and a touch of orange-rind hops.

Taste is nicely balanced between slightly acrid biscuit, orange-y hops and a stiff IBU background. Finishes with a blast of toast/biscuit. Clean.

Mouthfeel is nice and light. A bit more spritzy than I like, and even a bit carbonated-watery. Clean.

Very drinkeable, pleasant session beer. Though it doesn't leave you with a strong impression either way. Tasty, but ultimately does little to distinguish itself, and is easily forgotten. Thoroughly 'average'

04-05-2009 20:36:42 | More by prosper
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

341ml bottle poured into pint glass jan28 2010

A clear copper with two fingers of thick off white head that falls fairly quickly and leaves lace where the foam existed

S lots of toffee with some biscuit and grassy hops

T not far from the smell but not as strong

M a little thin but decent carbonation makes up for it

D a good session beer, lots of flavor for a light alcohol brew

not a bad beer from Wild Rose, perhaps more of a summer beer but still not to bad an this winter day

01-29-2010 09:13:48 | More by wordemupg
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S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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