Kentucky Common | Local Option

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Kentucky CommonKentucky Common

Brewed by:
Local Option
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kentucky Common is a modern interpretation of an ale style native to pre-prohibition Louisville. Historically the beer was dark in color, creamy, and tart as a result of the introduction of lactobacillus bacteria by sour mashing. Local Option Bierkwerker took up the task of brewing this once familiar style - electing to use specialty grains rather than a large percentage of corn - yielding an adventurous taste profile befitting both conventional and courageous palates.

Added by mrfrancis on 04-24-2012

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Monkeyknife:
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From on-tap, a hazy dark brown color with two fingers of creamy beige head. Nice lacing left behind.

Aroma of oak and bourbon along with tart lactic notes and roasted malts.

Tasted of tart black cherry, roasted malts, bourbon and oak and wine grapes.

Medium bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation.

A very nice take on the American Wild Ale. So good.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Local option, with the brewers, the owner. Several samples of a Flanders Red I realize there really isn't any cherry here, and my palate can walk out scott-free. Coffee! aroma, brown colour, lacey, creamy.
One of the more interesting beers I have had in recent months, and I have had many interesting beers. Worth going out of your way for. I am told only 2 brewers in the USA do this, and I am told from my fellow raters, that someone tried it at a oneoff cask fest in Ontario.Sammy 4.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this a coule of times, most recently at Blokes & Birds.
Served in a small 12 oz. snifter, review from notes.

Dark brownish black, thin layer of light tan foam, spotty lace around the edges.
Smells like roasted malt and sour berry, some coffee. Flavor was a jarring and astringent roasty/sour mashup, like old coffee that had turned, or an infected porter. Body was thin with some chocolate malt flavor, and the lactic sourness seemed one-dimensional.

The first time trying this at Local Option, I was ambivalent about it, the second time I didn't finish it, and a friend drank it. Not something i'll revisit, it's just not really that pleasant to drink or coalescing together flavor-wise. I applaud the attempt at resurrecting an extinct beer style, but it could use some fine tuning. For the record, dark/sour beers are a favorite of mine, and will probably give this one last try.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Local Option tulip style glass at the bar. Pours a deep brown with solid head, certainly looks good. Smell is a bit of oak and muted borboun, which is good for me, not being a fan of the heavy oaked beers.

Taste is sour, with a bready quality that is reminiscient of mashed grains, the malt profile is really pronounced for me, but this is my first proper sour that wasn't fruit dominated, so not sure what to expect, but very intrigued by it and thoroughly enjoyed ever sip.

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Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Eman17
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on August 13, 2013.

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Photo of curlybird
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of speedvagen
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Kiuchi Hitachino Nest glass.

Gotta give it to the Option boys, as they keep trotting out new and interesting brews, sometimes (along with the dampfbier) in rare and seemingly dying styles. This stuff pours a very dark auburn-black topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, clove, very light cocoa powder, hot cinnamon, and light red wine vinegar. The taste holds notes of light red wine vinegar, light cinnamon, black cherry, tart blood orange, and spicy red wine grapes. An interesting flavor combination, to say the least, but it's pretty tasty. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky finish. Overall, a somewhat of a surprise of a beer, one that's both unusual and tasty. Keep 'em comin', boys!

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Kentucky Common from Local Option
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 81 ratings