Jackie-Os Slim Pickins
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Sour Brown ale aged for 28 months in a barrel with green plums.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (842) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
22oz bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours dark red brown with light edges and a finger of head. Nose is nice tart dark fruits, tree bark, cola, oak. Taste is sour dark cherries, vanilla, damp wood, nutty cola, dark fruits. Finish is earthy vanilla cherry and tart dark fruit, old wet wood. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2244) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to alexsdad06 ! Pours a rusty umber color with a finger of khaki foam. Lots of layers of tart vinous fruit, some grape jelly sweetness and a deep roasted malt, earthy compost, leather, black tea, wet oak. Palate moves from tart to sweet to dry earthy with lingering vinous funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8251) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Thanks to JaBier for sharing bottle #144/204 during Beer Savant’s 50th birthday bash. This beer pours a brownish-copper color with a medium thick bubbly beige head that evaporates eventually to some large bubbles around the edges. Spotty lacing on the glass. Vinous aroma with notes of oak and malt. Light to medium body with flavors of tart fruit, oak and earthy malt. The finish is slightly sour with a woody tart plum aftertaste. Good beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22oz bottle, 80/204. Shared by phaleslu at DLD 2013. Dark brown / red color. Totally hazy. Minimal khaki head. No lace. Nice oaky tart taste, little dark fruit. Bigger body. Some very light crisp carbonation. Oak, dark fruit, light hint of chocolate. Super good lightly fruity lightly darker sour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
22 oz. bottle via trade with Puddintane- thanks again, Dave! 2011 release, bottle 80/204. Pours a murky brown color with a beige head. Lots of fruits in here, with caramel and sweet malts, oaky funk, and a sour mash character throughout. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a fruity, funky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Batch & Bottle #: 11’, 123/204; Sampled December 2012
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a one finger thick, lightly brown tinged, amber colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber, almost plum like color, that shows a clear, bright ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart fruit, perhaps a touch of acetic acid, some tannic oak, a light woodiness that can seem a touch green at times, berry like fruit notes, and perhaps a touch of cherries. The oak character gets more pronounced as the beer warms up, but is still fairly well balanced by the tart fruit notes.

Perhaps a touch more tart than the aroma suggested, but not really all that sour. Quite dry, with very little sugar, this is accentuated by a tannic, woody, oak finish that helps to dry things out further. The oak brings a touch of spiciness to this beer. The tartness is mostly lactic in character, but seems to have touches of other acid notes to it. Touches of toasted malt character are barely noticeable, but contribute a sort of hay / dried grass like note towards the finish; really though the rich maltiness one might expect in a Sour Brown doesn’t seem to be here anymore; perhaps a hint of nutty toasted malt character comes out as the beer warms up. Fairly light bodied, though it is not watery. As the beer warms up soft vanillin notes from the oak start to come out, but this is still quite subtle.

Interesting, but this is 2012 and sour beer attempts like this just don’t have the newness or intrigue to them any more. American brewers are really going to need to step up their game, and hopefully the experience gleaned from beers like this will turn into a direction and finesse that will lead to a really good sour. Still this is more than serviceable, and even enjoyable, but seems a bit simplistic in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcartamdg (2025) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2012
pours a copper brown with no head. Aroma of tropical fruit and vinegar. Taste follows, coconut and citrus, pretty sour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle acquired in trade. Pours a richer deep brownish amber pour. Richer haze. Froty tannish head. Laces ok. Aromas are dark plums, sour lactic elements. Some dark fruit, lemons, acid, and oak. Initiall is medium sourness, dry plums, sourness, rich elements. Some middle is richer sour plums, a bit of cherry, firm lactic presence. Touch of vinegar. The plums give it some deeper fruit flavor, shying away from a more vinegar or acedic presence. Some oak, gentle carmelized or biscuity malts give some chase, firm sourness yet not overwhelming linger on the finish. Some vinegar, bit of red winey like qualities, cherries, plums, lactic. Well balance with some firm flavors for the style. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5570) - Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Sample at Jackie O-s. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small bubbly beige head. The aroma has tart plums, some hints of caramel, wood, and this note that I can only describe as the Jackie O-s funk. The flavor has the tart plums, wood, caramel, sour apple, slightly acidic and some funk. This is another very drinkable sour from Brad and the crew. I need to try this in a bottle soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bomber shared by JCB. Pours dark brown; fairly still. Nose shows acetic notes, cherry and wild sour fruits, wood. Tastes surprisingly like pickle brine. Odd, but not bad.

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