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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Barrel Aged Kentucky Common is a modern interpretation of a 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Dark mahogany with modest, tan head / Rich nose of roast coffee and chocolate / Light to medium body, moderately tart with just a hint of sugar, and excellent balance and dry finish / Deep flavors of bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, and hazelnuts, with notes of oatmeal and caramel / An elegant, chocolately, sour; but, not really fair to compare this to a Belgian sour since this is not made with brettanomyces. Spoke to the brewer and he thought this beer would be better classified as a "traditional ale", and I agree although, appreciated on its own merits, its a pretty fine sour. Would love to see more of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob_w (373) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (1104) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Draft at Hopcat GR - pours almost pitch black , thin off white head . Faint roast and cocoa notes with a hint of sour . Tasty up front that leads to a mild creamy finish . Interesting and tasty . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
On tap at fountainhead. Interesting blackish brown thin fan head. Nose is dark fruits, roasted malts, cherry cola. Interesting grape soda carbonation and sourness with mild chocolate notes. Complex to say the least and I think it works. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at Farmhouse Tavern. Pours Murky dark brown with light tab head. Aroma’s of chocolate, plum, light funk, and a bit of a metallic note. Flavors of chocolate, light toast, some bread, plum, cherry, dark fruits, and nice tartness. Mouthfeel is a little soft, but overall I thought this worked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at the Local option, with the brewers, the owner. Several samples of a Flanders Red I realize there really isn’t any cherry here, and my palate can walk out scott-free. Coffee! aroma, brown colour, lacey, creamy. I am told only 2 brewers in the USA do this, and I am told from my fellow raters, that someone tried it at a one off cask fest in Ontario.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
On tap
Brewed by Against the Grain, I knew this would not let me down after a trip on the train to Local Option for an evening nightcap. Despite a price tag that was a bit high I enjoyed this solid, sessionable beer with plenty of unique character. Hopefully more regional breweries try their hand at this somewhat different style.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body rolled around like waves on a choppy sea. Fluid and soft the nose is standard for the style. Sour coffee, malt, and rye drive a profile which is right on par with expectations. My first thought is a Snickers bar dipped in espresso grounds.

Flavor / Palate - Gentle and soft, the mouthfeel is not as intense as expected. A mix of coffee, plums, and sour mash play against each in a competition to see which can last the longest. Eventually it transitions to a burnt chocolately finish with a tart bite. Just thinking about this makes me want to seek out another pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3371) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Sampler, guest tap @ the GI Clyborn location. Color is dark brown. Moldy cobwebby aroma with faint cherry pit and some roast. It is akin to a Flanders but even tamer and the roast is novel (light roast). Flavor has more sour cherry flavor covered in roast. Interesting and very quaffable. Would love to buy this in a 10 dollar sixer. But roast and sour a bit weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2012
From the tap poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5108) - 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.

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