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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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79
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37 Ratings
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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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GabesAles

Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 20:41:37 | More by GabesAles
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Ianleesrivette

Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -34%

10-30-2013 05:55:17 | More by Ianleesrivette
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TJMcScmeebs


2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

05-21-2012 13:41:40 | More by TJMcScmeebs
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sammytag

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 05:14:39 | More by sammytag
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 01:30:39 | More by pootz
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%

11-28-2011 06:47:50 | More by EskimoDave
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich gold in color with a frothy white head and impressive lacing.

Kinda smells like musty grain with some floralness in the background.

Have to admit I didn't like the inital swig. A harsh graininess was present. As I worked into the middle and end of the flavour profile tsome nice nuances became apparent. Specifically a nice roast malt that had a slightly buttery twinge to it. Brew is decently hopped and these provide a bitterness that lingers long after.

Mouthfeel is fairly close to bang-on. Easy to drink.

Need to try this on tap sometime. Decent

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 23:59:59 | More by Shadman
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An easy one to review. It's absolutely average in all respects.
It looks like a commercial lager, has little in the way of nose/ aroma, or head, and little in the way of taste or bitterness.
It could be one of the sweetest bitters I've ever had, not that it's malty or particularly sweet, either.
You can (and I did) pound back one of these when it the beer is cold and the day is hot, and I will say that it was refreshing and very easy to drink. I wish it were more like it's papa: the Wild Rose IPA, which is chock full of the exact flavors that are missing in this one.
It's a good introductory beer, or a "Dad" beer (if your dad always complains about the beer that you regularly keep around).
Not terrible, not bad...average.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 20:51:32 | More by MAB
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2007 03:25:08 | More by Sammy
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LDuke

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

10-11-2013 02:31:37 | More by LDuke
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

06-04-2013 22:28:26 | More by Kmat10
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

09-29-2013 22:50:11 | More by schnarr84
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:12:55 | More by Converge
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 03:49:10 | More by CrazyMike
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 02:00:09 | More by CalgaryFMC
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

09-24-2013 00:25:05 | More by FadetoBock
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ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-11-2013 22:29:43 | More by ptarmigan98
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2011 06:29:17 | More by Vandelayindustri
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Avant_Garage


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-09-2012 23:43:03 | More by Avant_Garage
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bottlerocket24

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-27-2012 00:40:56 | More by bottlerocket24
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-24-2012 19:42:20 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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Iggy12


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-30-2012 03:41:32 | More by Iggy12
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:32:23 | More by SickGnar
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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...

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 04:03:02 | More by IronDjinn
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 17:23:08 | More by andrenaline
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S.O.B. (Special Old Bitter) from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.