Black Metal Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by TenHornsProud:
3.9/5 rDev -6%
It pours pitch black with a lighter head. The smell is roasty with caramel notes. Taste is heavy on the caramel side with some malty bitter-malt finish. Not a lot of hop profile but a subtle nutty taste from the EKG additions. This is a sweet stout as evidenced from the high F.G. The mouthfeel is very akin to a milk stout.
Overall, a nice Imp Stout that could use less caramel and more balanced roasted character. Then again, as a black metaller, it's hard for me not to get behind this...anyway, it's a damned fine beer.
04-10-2011 23:43:11 | More by TenHornsProud
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3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
10.4% ABV. 750ml bottle
Appearance: Pours like the blackest crude oil you can imagine. Small head with little retention.
Smell: Strong notes of coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, and somewhat of a floral bouquet.
Taste: Dark fruits, similar tastes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, hop bitterness is present and makes itself known to balance out the sweetness of this beer.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but surprisingly light. A pleasant, easy carbonation matches the body as I'm sure over-carbonation would absolutely kill this delicate beer.
Overall: Reading the ingredients list provides some insight as to why the body is so thin. Dextrose is listed on there. Dextrose boosts the alcohol content since it completely ferments out, but leaves a thinner mouthfeel. Even with the light body, this beer certainly has it's place as a great pairing beer to a heavy dessert.
04-12-2013 22:07:29 | More by Clonies720
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
On tap - well actually out of a pitcher - at the brewery's grand opening celebration.
The beer pours a black color with a dark brown head. This is a great looking beer.
The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt with some chocolate mxied in. Not too complex, but everything mixes well together.
The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate really stands out and the roasted malt compliments it very well. A nice, chocolate-forward imperial stout. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is very - dangerously - easy to drink.
The mouthfeel is on the thinnish side of medium and is really my only complaint. I wish it was thicker and more viscous. Medium carbonation.
A very nice imperial stout.
01-30-2011 23:57:34 | More by Mora2000
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Thanks to davacano for this one! I’ve been saving this for a special occasion, but occasions seem to be few and far between. So, I’m celebrating the impending arrival of some more Jester King!
750ml bottle poured into a Jester King Grand Opening snifter. Looks like there are remnants of a bottle date at the top of the bottle but I can’t make it out. I received this bottle in 5/11.
A: About as good as a stout can look. Jet black body with a dark brown one-finger head. After some decent retention it reduces to a small cap in the center with a ring around the edge. Some spotted lacing.
S: Very aromatic. Chocolate and coffee. Faint hops and licorice. A good dose of roasted dark malt.
T: Beautiful roasted malt is featured and interplays with the chocolate and coffee from the nose. Very nicely balanced..no one flavor dominates. Finishes very smooth and dry with slight warming but overall alcohol is very well hidden.
M: Heavy body and medium-low carbonation. Kinda chewy. The balance, mostly-hidden alcohol and smooth finish make this very drinkable for such a full-flavored beer.
O: I loved this. I’m assuming that this was more hop-forward when fresh, but I’m glad that I let this rest for awhile even though it was difficult to do so. It reminded me of some other classic English style stouts I’ve had.
02-19-2012 02:48:06 | More by mjtiernan
4/5 rDev -3.6%
San Diego, CA
Black throughout with a moderately sized dark brown head that eventually leaves the glass oily and spotted with lace.
Simple, straightforward, though appropriate aroma of roast, chocolate, and dark, black malt.
The flavor is similarly straightforward, though tasty. There's lots of roast and mild chocolate.
Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Good, straightforward imperial stout, though I think the farmhouse version is slightly better.
05-30-2012 16:23:48 | More by ehammond1
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
Huge Black Metal fan drinking a beer called black metal...does it get any better?
A: black as death with an awesome milk chocolate head.
S: smells like dark chocolate. tons of roasted malt smell and some hops.
T: Huge. massive chocolate and coffee notes. licorice. Some cookie notes.
M: creamy with a nice hop bite.
D: this is a great beer that I am so glad to have tried!
03-17-2012 23:54:19 | More by miromanyth
3.9/5 rDev -6%
Another beer review written after the first one mysteriously disappeared. Pours black, brown head. Aroma was of heavily roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate malt.
Taste, same thing, a hefty dose of thick roasted malt, a smidge of smoke. Bitterness and hopping seems strong. Ample carbonation. Kind of an English yeast presence. Chewy and the alcohol doesn't seem all that high on the tongue, so its relatively drinkable. Pretty straightforward big stout: big malt, some chocolate, minimal coffee, high bitterness, good alcohol absorption.
10-12-2012 23:26:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Thanks to exiled for this evil looking guy.
Pours a thick black with a mildly fluffy mocha tan head that fades quickly to some lacing.
Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, pine trees and liquorice.
Tastes are tons of chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, more roasted malt and just a slight alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Overall is really good. I would most certainly drink this again.
07-26-2011 18:59:47 | More by daveytheformer
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Bottle shared by Grant – much obliged!
Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of robust roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are slight amounts of smoke and lighter hints of tobacco.
Tastes similar to how it smells but slightly richer. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly solid amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries up a bit with hints of smoke. Near the end of the sip the smoke fades a bit, allowing slight earthy hops and tobacco flavors to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall this is one of the better pure American Double Stouts I’ve had in a while. All the flavors are well integrated and it goes down smoothly. Worth a shot.
04-29-2011 02:51:59 | More by glid02
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
Drinking a Black Metal from Dec 2010. Due to some unfortunate events with a broken box, this came back to me, and I was afraid the cap had leaked because it was missing about 2 inches of beer from what I normally see in these bottles, and the cap was dented. Here we go- gotta see if it is oxidized and messed up.
Popped the cap, still lets out a hiss, whew. Still smells like dark chocolate and dark fruits coming off the bottle. Looks like this one is still intact. I'm sad to have not waited longer, but this is one of my favorite beers so I'm glad to open it regardless. Poured from bottle into my Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a pitch black nice thick texture. Tan head comes up off the pitch black liquid, but it dies away pretty quickly. Smell- espresso, dark chocolate, but there is something uniquely English about the yeast- almost reminds me of a mild- it is nice and subdued. Taste- dark chocolate sweetness, espresso bitterness in the back of the throat (the big hops presence probably contributes to this), but overall very smooth- there is some dark fruit presence- maybe figs, raisons. A lot going on here.
Overall, there is pretty much no alcohol presence here at all. So smooth, decadent. I will be buying many more of these to age as soon as JK makes more.
09-01-2011 00:48:32 | More by lnashsig
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
Review from notes.
A: Pours a dark black, very oily looking, with a small mocha colored head on top. Decent retention and spotty lacing.
S: A little bit of chocolate and roast. Had a lot of sweet oat aroma almost, even though its a RIS.
T: Surprising amount of licorice and brown sugar. A little bit of coffee and chocolate, and again more oatmeal.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, extremely smooth with no sign of the abv at all.
O: A good RIS, but a little bit of a letdown. The oat presence was a bit confusing, but not bad, just unexpected.
12-01-2011 03:01:05 | More by mdaschaf
Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.