Black Metal Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 164
Gots: 283 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This version of Black Metal has been permanently supplanted by the farmhouse version -
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 4018/75396 

(Beer added by: redraider2323 on 12-21-2010)
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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many many thanks go out to johnsaulrubio for this bottle. Been wanting to get my hands on Jester King forever now it seems like.

A- Pours a dark as night black color. One and a half finger dark mocha colored head showed medium retention. Light cap on the top of the beer for most of the drink. Nice medium ringy lace on sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts give off a dominate overtone in the aroma for at least the front half of it. Light coffee and bitter baker's chocolate in the upfront of the aroma as well. Hints of darker fruit toward the middle of the nose bring a lightly different character than the big bitter roast. Licorice and hints of caramel malts bring up the ending of the middle aroma. Backside of the aroma has a nice earthy hop quality mixed in with a light green apple hint. Not bad as the green apple is only a light hint for a split second.

T- Like the aroma the roasted malts come charging full steam ahead. This combines with more of a darker chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Middle of the beer is a little bit lighter with some caramel malt sweetness coming through along with a black licorice understone that never gains steam. Ending of the beer has more of a coffee roast to it with a crisp earthy hop bite. Hops don't dominate the ending but blends with the roasted flavor. Hints of green apple show up again in the ending but very quickly and you don't really notice it unless you are really breaking this beer down.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style but I could see some people saying it's a little light. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and hints of vanilla left on the palate. Aftertaste is earthy hops, warming alcohol, coffee roast, and light green apple. Alcohol drying on the palate is medium which to be honest I figured would be more. Flavors were very well balanced to the style without going overboard on the roast aspect. Light green apple off flavor in the ending shows up but if you are not looking for it you can't tell.

O- I thought this beer was a nice drinker. As a first time beer from this up and coming brewery I will say they seem to have their shit together very good. The ABV doesn't really show itself as you are drinking this so it's a little dangerous. Even with the light off flavor I thought this beer was fantastic! Would love to get my hands on a couple to cellar. Great job Jester King!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Clonies720
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of imagery
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Urge Gastropub
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.

Photo of sigtau200ws
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of miromanyth
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brooklynbrews
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of cisteve
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lnashsig
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jarod7736
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.