Kentucky Common | Local Option

Kentucky CommonKentucky Common
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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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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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From: Crane Alley, Urbana, IL
Date: 2013-10-19 (review from notes)
Glass: Local Option pokal

Local Option's Kentucky Common is like a mildly sour black ale with a hint of porter influence, overall filled with nice aroma, flavor and feel. The sourness is pleasant, low, and compliments the bourbon and light roast rather well. This would be a good introduction to sour beers in general. Good, if rather expensive at $6 per 10oz glass: the common beer of Kentucky is no longer affordable by the local people.

Arrives with 1.5cm head of dark beige to light tan foam, retention slightly above average at 1.5 minutes. Foam is composed of small bubbles, giving it a frothy appearance. Head fades to a thick ring around the glass and a small island off-center on top of the body of the beer. Lacing is not present. Body is a dark brown, nearly black, with light accentuating amber red hues. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma is of tart bourbon, the bourbon being smooth and mellow, not overly strong, though it is the dominant scent, while the tartness is very subdued, just enough to let you know that it exists and will be present in the taste. Also a notable dark roast element, but smooth, like cocoa powder, and a bit of raisin puree sweetness.

Front of palate is of mild bourbon, cocoa, light acidic tartness in the realm of mild/early vinegar. Mid-palate of increased acidic tartness, though still at the lower end of medium, with continued roasted malt giving light cocoa and a mild bourbon barrel component that goes well with the smooth cocoa and mild tartness. Back of palate with yet stronger tartness (fully medium), along with roasted malt yielding some cocoa, and very much reduced bourbon barrel character. Aftertaste is of light tartness, very mild cocoa, and similarly mild bourbon.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low carbonation, leading to a mouthfeel that is mostly smooth (3/5), creamy (1/5), and just slightly foamy (1/5). Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness on the palate, very little on the lips.

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Kentucky Common from Local Option
Beer rating: 78.2% out of 100 with 78 ratings
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