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Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
English pub ale meets the French farmhouse tradition and American oak aging in this dry, drinkable farmhouse mild ale. Full-flavored, but brewed with enough restraint to be highly sessionable. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned.

Added by elNopalero on 02-14-2012

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56
Ratings:
347
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
39.23%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 347
Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the barrel aged cask conditioned sour version of Jester King’s Commercial Suicide, their low gravity English mild which I loved on its own right. But something about souring it made it just utterly fantastic in so many different, wonderful ways. High praise, and well-deserved.

This pours a dark ruby-brown with thin bubbles and an apparent low carbonation. Great aroma, very tart and bold, with an obvious comparison to balsamic vinegar that doesn’t do it justice. Tastes mouthpuckeringly tart, like sour cherries or blackberries, and just incredibly so. More tartness than a hoppy bitterness, which is in its own way refreshing. The souring process brought something to this beer which made it distinctive and in a class all its own. This is wonderful! I loved every sip and wish I could have had more.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Looks very much the handsome half of mild sat in a handled glass dark brown body and frothing full off white head
Now the aroma gives away it isn't quite the blighty mild
Sour raspberry and chestnut on the nose
The sawdust and dark fruit flavour of English mild is there set against prickling sour farmhouse
It's not heavy but the the strength and style I think my anticipation of the beer has been justified

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Photo of darocny
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark mahogany color. Retains thin head for awhile. Vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet malt with woody notes.

T: Lots of complexity and great balance of flavors. Malty sweet with a reserved, pitch-perfect woodiness. Nutty flavors with a dryness that rounds everything out. Great stuff.

M: Tremendous creaminess for the style. Carbonation keeps working throughout. Easy drinking, but repeatedly draws you back in for more.

O: This is one of the best of JK's regular line up so far. It packs in a lot of complexity for a low-abv beer. Given its price, it makes for an excellent semi-regular treat throughout the year. Highly sessionable, but with so much complexity, makes this beer drinkable year-round and any day of the week.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, pear, apple, raisin, chocolate, toast, brown bread, nuttiness, toffee, oak, light vanilla, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and oak notes; and great strength. Taste of big caramel, pear, apple, raisin, chocolate, toast, brown bread, toffee, nuttiness, pepper, clove, oak, light vanilla, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, chocolate, toast, brown bread, toffee, oak, light vanilla, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding robustness, complexity, and balance of malt, oak, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is an incredible farmhouse mild ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of malt, yeast, and oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black-brown with a finger of frothy khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, oak, Belgian yeast, some mild spices, nuttiness, and some dark fruit esters.

T - Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, oak, Belgian yeast, pepper, other spices, nuttiness, dark fruit esters, vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, oaky, and spicy finish.

D - Nice oaked mild. Great overall balance with a different mix of flavors.

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Photo of cfrobrew
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle
served in a New Belgium tulip

A: Very dark reddish brown with a thin head and lots of small bubbles

S: Strong malt character smell with a slight nuttiness and bitterness very dark ESB type of smell

T: Very bright taste with a nut flavor and malt character. Nice traditional english flavor with some oak characters. Though the oak flavor is not over powering.

M: Very bright nice beer to drink, smooth and enjoyable

O: I really enjoyed this beer, the first sour I ever had was a sour version of this beer, I loved it and I like this version almost as much. Great beer, I typically dont love non sour jester king beers but this one is great! I would certainly buy more, especially at this price point. Very drinkable...

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Jester King goblet, which is the same glass as my Founders Better Half goblet, yet more aesthetically pleasing.

A - It's warm and dark, yet thin and opaque. There's a strong amount of carbonation with a tan/mushroom-colored head. Good amount of head retention and nice lacing.

S - Big malts...an English bitter for sure. As it warmed, it got more of an oak presence.

T - Lovely: chocolate, oak, charcoal, dried dark fruit... Yeast and some sweet nuttiness followed by a faint sour quality. There is a lot going on, but it is highly restrained and subtle at the same time. I really appreciate the subtle qualities being presented. This could have easily been overkill...

M - It remindes me of the appearance: dark, dry, and thin... That is the only downside for me: too thin and slightly too dry. The dryness brings out more of the smoky quality, or is it vice versa?

O - This is a delishious session... It really grew on me the more I drank it. I'm glad we occasionally get jester king brews brought to us.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar-fridge temperature.

L – Brown color with a humungous 5-finger frothy, foamy, cream-colored head. Amazing retention but only patches of lacing.

S – Lots of malty aromas with caramel, nutty, and toasted notes, along with cloves from the farmhouse yeast, a hint of figs, and a noticeable but pleasant amount of woody oak.

T – It starts off with toasted, nutty malts and spicy cloves and gradually progresses to a sweeter malty presence with caramel and juicy fig notes. Toward the finish, the dry, woody oak makes an appearance. The taste is definitely mild and all the right flavors are here.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and mouth-coating feel, and a moderately sweet and dry finish. Oaky dryness lingers for a bit.

O – This is a nice English mild. All of the right aromas and flavors are there, and the mouthfeel is spot on for a sessionable mild. I don’t really get the low score here. Does it have as much flavor as a DIPA or sour or pack as much of a punch as a barleywine or RIS? Of course not. Is it supposed to? Absolutely not. This beer is meant to be mild (it’s in the name after all) and to be drunk in large quantities without putting you on your ass. This beer fulfills both of those requirements and is tasty at that. Nice beer from Jester King.

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Photo of qchic
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have little experience with Jester King, but this certainly piques my interest in finding more. Super low ABV (as everyone else mentions) but plenty of flavor and funk. This bottle from batch #8, perhaps, benefits from sitting since 4/15. Described as an English mild, this is like no other, but does feature cereal grains. Some funky ripe fruit sourness gives it a vinous quality which paces my consumption favorably. Dry, dry, dry with a farmhouse yeasty aroma. Fantastic! Why so many haters!?

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phenomenal style mashup. You get that malt body and distinctive English mild flavor with an overlay of barnyard, a tartness that hints of dried cherry and cranberry, and a big wood presence. Would go great with pub type fare.

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Photo of genitempo
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from bottle to snifter. Allowed the bottle to stand for a bit, bringing it to a nice pouring temp at approximately 40 degrees. The body is a rich bronze with minimal CO2 activity (expected from s bottle-conditioned ale). Rocky beige head that leaves negligible trace.

S - Subtlety moves the nose. It's brightness is present, but not overly assertive. Hops polish off the scent, nothing ever even near overbearing. The oak hits the nostrils, it's presents felt more than smelt.

T - Again, the taste is delicate, but distinct. Complex, but not confusing. The malt and hops are very well-balanced, neither ever overbearing each other or creating nuances. The finish dries very well, presenting an oaky aftertaste, comparable to finishing a clove cigarette.

MF - As much as one can expect with a mild ale. Not too cumbersome on the palate, which I would expect with such a low booze brew.

O - The skill that reveals itself in pretty much every aspect of enjoying this beer proves that Jeff Stuffings' is a master of the craft; an artist delving into new grounds. Although Milds are not my favorite, I can honestly say that this recipe would rank at the top of those seeking such a sessionable beer. Bravo.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Refrigerated longer than the recommended 24 hours, and served in a tulip glass around 45 º and allowed to warm up.

Tawny light brown, glinting orange in the light saturated colors with minimal lace but an ample head of foam the color of manila folders. Second pour the retention is better, it lasts a good 5 minutes.

Pleasant aromas of toasted nutty malts, and dry american oak. Something slightly yeasty but nondescript, surfacing after the dominant oak.

Light bodied, completely to style in this case, with plenty of lasting oak flavors. Subtlety is the name of the game. Dry and woody, flavorful with some flashes of green hop traces but minimal bitterness. Very smooth and refined. A very unique rendition of a Mild Ale, and something I wish was on cask locally. Hope someone out there can pull strings to make it happen!

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Photo of Myotus
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #8
Poured from a 750ml bottle (16Apr15) into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth after 1 minute and 30 seconds. Dark brown in color with a copper tint. Rising bubbles are very small in size and very subtle in quantity once the head settles. Lacing is thin and moderate. 3.75
SMELL: Has mild aromas of sweet toasted malts and oak, subtle aromas of barley and sour yeast, and hints of piney hops. 3.5
TASTE: Mild flavors of sour yeast and sweet toasted malts enter initially. Flavors of mild oak, subtle barley, and hints of piney hops enter immedieately after as roasted malt flavors persist, but sour yeast flavors grow slightly stronger. 4.0
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and had a subtle dryness in the finish. Sourness playfully agitates the tongue. 3.25
NOTE: Not their best brew, but for the price and the size of the bottle, this is practically champagne. This is still pretty good.
OVERALL RATING: 3.79 out of 5.
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Batch #9
Poured gently from a 750ml bottle (10Nov15) into a tulip. Consumed on 06Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth after 45 seconds. Dark brown in color with a copper tint. Rising bubbles are medium in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apples, earthy yeast, tobacco, and hay entangle with mild aromas of toast, oak, and coffee. Hints of spicy hops can also be detected.
TASTE: Very strong sour green apple along with strong hay flavors first strike the palate. Mild earthy yeast, tobacco, toast, and oak flavors immediately follow.The taste profile comes to a close with subtle coffee flavors and hints of spicy hops as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and somewhat creamy. Finishes with a mild, but pleasant dryness. Sourness from the beer playfully agitated the tongue.
NOTE: This batch was much more sour than the last, which I loved. The yeast profile was also bigger.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a tulip glass that left a thick ring of lace throughout. the body was a deep mahogany color.
s - wheat and oak dominate the aroma.
t - oak, spicy, with a sweet cherry flavor.
m - medium and bubbly.
o - lots going on here for a 3.5% beer. really nice one.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint/tulip glass, Oaked farmhouse version, no bottle date. This pours a dark brown, mahoganyish color with a three finger tan head which quickly loses half its size then remains as a a thin film. The smells are of a very strong malty type, a little nuttiness, caramel, a little oak but not as prominent as the others. The feel is surprising thicker than I was expecting, mid to thick. The taste is pretty good, full flavored for a 3.5% abv beer, the taste is like the smell a little nutty flavor, loads of malts, caramel and a hint of vanilla.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip-like glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with an inch and a half light tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready and caramel malt, chocolate, oak, dark fruit (cherries), and some spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some nuts, vanilla and dark bread. Also, the chocolate is stronger in the taste than it is compared to the aroma. I thought the taste of this brew got better the longer it warmed up. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and is well carbonated. This is the 2nd Jester King brew I've tried, and I've liked them both so far. I'd like to try this one again in the future. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted w/ Heavy D & Saramisu
Watou Chalice

A ~ Dark Auburn w/ very delicate carb & splotches of lace.

S ~ Caramel malt, bread crust, mild cocoa...faint vanilla/oak notes.

T ~ Toasted bread..light roast character..Farmhouse yeast really ties
everything together & adds a nice ester component to the flavor

M ~ Dry & Toasty..Very mild funk. Goes down very easily.

D ~ Super drinkable, & just as good if not better than the first time I had it.
I love seeing beers that show how flavor can be imparted w/out increasing the ABV tenfold. Thanks brad.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep amber in color, finger of head with nice retention. smells of funky yeast, chocolate, raisins, oak. the flavor is nutty with hints of oak, vanilla.. a very mild tasting ale. high carbonation, light in body, slightly tart. excellent sessionable ale with a creamy mouthfeel.. very flavorful.

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with a off white almost tan head.
Aroma is initially oaky and caramel and Munich notes.
Taste is woody and winey and a bit of smoke and some strange phenols from the yeast but its not off putting in any way. A little thin but that was to be expected. Nice session beer that I'm glad I bought. Leaves you thinking but gives you room to move around and drink the whole bottle. Valient effort. Don't understand the low scores(

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Fall '12
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a cloudy hazy reddish hued brown. About a half finger of off white or light tan head. Good carbonation. Tiny bubbles.

S: On the nose, getting nuttiness. Caramel. Slight woody vanilla hints. Not getting much of the farmhouse yeast? Maybe some spice notes. Smells like a nice bitter.

T: Definitely pulling those traditional English bitter or mild notes. Getting some light caramel like flavors. Some nuttiness. In the mid palate you do taste that slight twang of the yeast strain. A really dry finish, with lingering flavors of those oak spirals.

M: It's light leading to medium. Heavily carbonated. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of gtermi
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark brown body with a creamy tan head. The head leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass as it fades.

S: The smell sort of reminds me a weaker Tumbler. It has a bit of nuttiness and some chocolate.

T: Like the smell, I get a good amount of nuttiness, a faint bit of cocoa and a tiny bit of sweet malt.

M: This beer is beyond smooth. There is a good amount of creaminess and has a tiny bit of tingle down my throat.

O: This reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Tumbler. It is pretty tasty and is easy to drink. This makes for a perfect low alcohol beer for the winter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some roasted nut aromas. Taste is much the same with nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is flavorful and easy to drink for the ABV.

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Photo of cvm4
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours purple brown in color with a creamy colored head.

S - Very malty & toasty, a bit of nuts & caramel. Also, there's a big helping of oakiness.

T - Starts off with some light malts & spices. Develops into a bit of sour apple & ends with a dry oak finish.

M - Light body, effervescent, high carbonation, dry on the palette.

O - A great cross between an English ale & a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jester King Brewery - Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours dark brown-black with see through around the edges and a big foamy head that runs away fast. Sticky lacing here and there.

Smell - Gently roasted Munich barley with quite a yeasty aftereffect. Oak notes.

Taste - Malty and syrupy, dark and roasted. Oak for sure here. Unfortunately the taste almost knocks this brew flat on its ass.

Mouthfeel - Slighty sticky roasted feel. Light to medium bodied. Very drinkable. Oak rests on the palate and mostly coats the mouth for sure.

Overall - Jester King has a knack for it and while this one isn't perfect, it is still a good brew. Milds are best enjoyed fresh off the tap, if I'm ever in the area I'll have to stop by and try it again.

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3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on 7/19/13 Bomber in snifter

A - Pours a dark brown with some red highlights. Has a two finger light tan head that dissipates quickly but a thin cap holds out.

S - Sweet malts and caramel upfront. Dark fruits, maybe some cherry? Notes of spice too.

T - Well I didn't smell any oak but its very prevalent in the flavor. Oak, vanilla, and malt dominate. Notes of caramel and molasses. Finishes dry. Flavors started to wear on me as the beer warmed

M - Very light body and high carbonation. Finishes dry, very drinkable.

O - Interesting and tasty beer. Flavors were subtle but enjoyable and beer is endlessly drinkable. I ended up knocking a few points off on it due to the flavors starting to wear on me as the bear warmed but other than that enjoyable and very different.

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Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild from Jester King Brewery
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