Review of Jester King Commercial Suicide

09 Apr

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying another beer from the Jester King Craft Brewery located in Austin, Texas.  The brew I have lined up this time is called the Commercial Suicide.

Let’s forego all of the small talk and jump directly to the website,, and see what the commercial description has to say.

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.

Let’s give it a try.


This beer came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it possessed an ABV of 3.5%.

The brew poured a dark brown color with a deep ruby sheen.  It was almost like an oxblood color.  The crown was light tan, sized well, smooth, mostly creamy and soft.  The retention time wasn’t bad and the lacing was ok too.

The aroma began with some sort of spice.  I couldn’t really put my finger on it though.  It also released hints of toasted grains along with some walnut type of indication.  It also had a light woody/oak profile, a touch of caramel and just the slightest note of chocolate.  I didn’t really discover any of the farmhouse qualities that these Jester King brews seem to have however.

The flavor started rather nutty with savors of toasted grains and toasted bread crusts.  It released some type of mineral component that became somewhat distracting.  Once past that I got a little bit of the chocolate, although I didn’t detect any of the wood or oak or farmhouse yeast.  The mineral aspect didn’t do this beer any favors as far as creating a harmonized or very pleasant taste.  It seemed to dominate as I went along.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin bodied.  It was smooth, but it became a touch watery.  It was actually more crisp than I had anticipated.  The carbonation was good though, yet only an “ok” amount of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip.

Overall, I only found this beer to be decent.  It’s very easy to drink, but I just kept becoming distracted by the considerable mineral indication.  I’d still say give it a try though.  As I always try to emphasize, this is just my opinion and it really doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when it’s all said and done.  So, the next time you are beer shopping and you see the Jester King Commercial Suicide sitting on the shelf…  pick it up and give it a try.  You may find some very interesting facets of the brew that appeal to you that I may have missed.  Be sure to let me know of your thoughts if you’d like.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.25 out of 5

Grade:  C+

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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Country: USA, Jester King


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