Ol' Oi! | Jester King Brewery

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Ol' Oi!Ol' Oi!

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Britain, what started out as young or “mild” dark ale was once aged in oak barrels to make something that was likely similar to sour brown ales of East Flanders. Using a similar base recipe to Commercial Suicide Dark Mild, Ol’ Oi! is Jester King’s tribute to that tradition.

Added by jamescain on 10-24-2011

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium, roasty brown and settles nearly black in the glass. Upon wiping away the condensation and holding my glass to a light source, a fading body of reddish-brown - or was it brownish-red? - liquid is visible behind the structure. Beautiful hues of warmth surround the bottom and edges, like an invisible hand holding this beer beneath my own. A steady, but slightly aggressive pour from directly above yielded a massive, dense, and sticky head of vanilla-colored foam, just over 2 fingers's width in height. This mound of fluff receded down to a thin, but still dense layer of froth after a few minutes, leaving behind an omnipresent, thick lacing on the walls of the glass.

After warming for about 5 minutes in-glass, a traditional wild yeast aroma is observed mixed with subtle sweet chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. An incredibly pleasant aroma, yet not overly assertive. Upon tasting, I instantly recognize a beer that is wildly carbonated, relatively light-bodied, and infinitely easy to drink. Before even reaching the taste buds, a lovely and sweet flavor is detected on the lips and nose. Delicious sour notes, figs, and sweet fruit initially with the souring bacteria intensifying in the moments leading up to the finish.

Still incredibly carbonated on the finish, this beer is ever-so smooth going down. Clean and crisp, yet still as smooth as silk. The characteristics of a brown ale really come to life at this point, bringing forward those roasty and charred flavors typical of the malts used in this beer. With the sourness still being present, these two "styles" are meshed flawlessly, combined into a delicious sour roastiness that works better than (my) words can describe.

Jester King has yet to disappoint me. I have to trade to get their beers, but thus far it's been well worth the time and effort. Outstanding.

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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House 43rd Anniversary Party. This is the regular Commercial Suicide aged in wine barrels with the addition of wild yeast and bacteria. It is intentionally soured.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with no head.The beer appears to be completely flat. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of tart cherries, as well as some oak, vanilla and a little bit of toasted malt. One thing is certain, this is a completely different animal than the other versions of this base beer.

The flavor is very tart. I get a lot of sour cherries, as well as some light funk and some tart, red wine notes. There is also a nice oak and vanilla component and a little bit of malt. The sourness is about medium and makes the beer very enjoyable and very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and no carbonation. My only complaint is that I wish the beer was carbonated. Other than that, it was outstanding.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle.
Mildly tart with w moderately strong flavor and near negligible funk.
Hazy dark brown body with a good head.
Aroma of sour dark fruits.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Half-finger head, thin and airy. Dark brown almost black in color. Lace remains about the glass. Steady carbonation is evident.

S- Sourness, funk, peaches, dark chocolate.

T- Still funky with a tart fruit flavor, some dark malt and hints of grapefruit peel

M- Sour but still has a thick malt body. Sort of creamy, but also very acidic.

Overall, not bad but too heavy on the sour without enough of a malt profile or flavor.

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4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Ol' Oi! from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 428 ratings