S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter) - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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3.49/5 rDev +2.3%
16 oz. pint imbibed at Beer Revolution. Can also be found in Wild Rose mixed packs. A legit English bitter (sans the extra moniker), this one is yellow gold to light copper, with an inch or so of white head. Aroma is light, bright, and fruity, with an extremely mellow crystal malt backbone ... I get light berry and grape aroma notes, some fruit jam and bubble gum. Nice estery smell but subtle. The flavors themselves are hard to discern at the individual level, blending together in a near-seamless complex of light caramel malt, popcorn, and bramble fruit, with almost a corn-like smooth sweetness and East Kent Goldings with the volume knob turned down. Fairly fizzy and thin bodied, just a hint of English pub chew with an uber-smooth mouthfeel. Finish is dryish and includes an interesting peanut butter taste that I get with the bottles as well. One could session this for decades and probably remain frustrated that you cannot taste more ... I suppose that's the whole idea here. What's there is indeed classic English bitter. I'd amp up the overall flavor intensity. Its TOO sessionable.
02-07-2014 02:00:09 | More by CalgaryFMC
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
3.28/5 rDev -3.8%
341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.
A - Fluffy snow-white head off the pour, above a clean copper brew. Nice head retention with some light lacing.
S - Malty and floral right off the bat. Lots of caramel malt upfront with light fruity notes. Almost reminds me of the Wraspberry Ale. Slight floral character, with some subtle grassy hops in the finish, providing a gentle citrus twang.
T - Aroma translates poorly to the taste. Caramel malt is still present, but takes a backseat to the 2-row character. Fruity and hoppy twang from the aroma has been toned down a lot. Mild fruity flavor, adds some sweetness, and there's a sort of banana/clove thing going on that reminds me of a hefe. Overall this is too boring for my tastes, but still unoffensive.
M - A little more than light-bodied, and the carbonation feels high without feeling at all fizzy.
D - A mild beer overall. The flavor profile just feel uninteresting and gives me little to enjoy. A decent beer for a Calgary local, but I won't be trying this again. I feel this is a pretty complex beer, but all the flavors are so light it never comes to fruition.
05-22-2012 23:12:55 | More by Converge
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
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
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
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
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
2.95/5 rDev -13.5%
Bottle: Aptly named SOB
Poured a deep gold with a small white cap. Modest carbonation.
Aromas of musty grain husk, caramel and some grassiness.
Thin mouth feel. Decent enough blast of caramel malting in front but thins out mid palate and goes to a semi bitter thin finish.
Not the best bitter I've endured.
06-11-2010 01:30:39 | More by pootz
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
S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.