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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1232) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
Dirt brown color, not much head. Flavor is cherry, balsamic vinegar. Aroma is breadsticks and more vinegar. This is really the style that’s gonna take off? I don’t dislike it but this beer is ubergeek status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrana (352) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Tart and malty with flavors of vinegar, chocolate, and vanilla. Not the best marriage of flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pablo951 (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Strong bitter sweet very tart light aroma dark and a hint of chocolate. Very unique

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (2121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Black pour from draft with no head at derby. Sweet prune and wine aroma. Black cherry smell too. Dry pallette. Fruity and boozy. Not bad for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3438) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2013
On tap at Torst. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet tarts, a chocolate maltiness and nuttiness, and some dark fruits. Average texture. A pretty interesting beer but something doesn’t work right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3652) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Draught at Local Option. Brown body.Tan head. Slightest taste of chocolate. But then big sour tart taste takes over. I like this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3114) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Mug’s Ale House, Brooklyn tap ($7): Pours milky brown with a tan head. Aroma is sour mash, chocolate malt, and some weird funk. Taste is rather sour in a straightforward kind of way, coupled with vanilla and whiskey notes. Body is nice and creamy owing to the low carbonation. Pretty good. I would like to have more of this style (I think I had one before...). I hope it comes back like the gose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (4293) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2013
Draft a at Local Option, Chicago. Pours clear brown with a tiny off white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic, aspects on the nose becoming downplayed and replaced by tart fruit. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmgreenuk (3591) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2013
Tap at Local Option, Chicago. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is liqourice malt and a hint of vanilla in the background. The flavour is strong sour with a vinegar palate that totally dominates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2013
mild sour aroma, lots of esters. dark color, near opaque. acidic, sour, with an oaky note and also a cider/wine like note. fairly complex and involved. the body seems on the lower side of medium/higher side of thin. very interesting aroma and flavor. a little bit muddled.

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