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Black Metal Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Black Metal Imperial StoutBlack Metal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 165
Gots: 283 | FT: 11
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: redraider2323 on 12-21-2010

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 
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of bells and whistles. A tad of smoke, more would have been appreciated. Really coffee, big in coffee, a point of astringency. Syrupy sweetener, lots of sugar, and salt. These impeded drinkability.. Huge head, big and foamy.Thanks for sharing Pino.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a motor oil black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Small spots of lacing drip back into the remaining beer. There are some thick clumps of sediment that sink to the bottom of the glass. Smells of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and slight coffee. Taste is of coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and dark malts. There is a nice roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. Very nice. The beer has a good level of carbonation for a RIS making for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS and my first from Jester King. I would definitely get another one of these if I had the chance.

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took the bottle (bomber) out of the fridge and let it sit for a half an hour before pouring into my snifter. Poured as black as a moonless night with a 2 inch brown head that was clinging to the edge of the glass throughout my session. Really nice looking imperial stout. Nose is mostly dark/bitter chocolate and smokey burnt roasted malts. Taste is all chocolate that is sweeter than it smellls, roasted malts, smokey like a b-b-que pit on a warm Texas hill country evening, alcohol is present but almost an afterthought. Mouthfeel is medium, could be thicker for its style but still very enjoyable. Overall one of my new favorite imperial stouts. Very drinkable for a beer as strong as it is.

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to starrdogg for opening up a bottle of this. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours black with a good light tan head with pretty good retention and a slight bit of lacing. The nose is quite roasty and a bit smokey off the bat. After the initial whiff, there's some mild chocolate as well, though it keeps coming back to the smokiness. The flavor exhibits the same qualities with a dry roastedness coming through most prominently, followed by some smoke. Nothing too complex, but the components integrate quite well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. It's a bit too bitter in the finish. Drinks well and is certainly a good beer. Thanks again, Matt.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the malts seem burnt and exhibit some notes of smoky flavors. There are hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste; these are followed by flavors of chocolate, coffee and raisins. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is rather drinkable considering its strength because most of the alcohol is masked from the taste.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with a very modest head that fritters away, leaving a ringlet; leggy, with spots of lace

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke, with a dollop of dark fruit

Taste: Chocolate and coffee from the outset, with a developing smoky aspect that builds in the middle; some dark fruit elements develop, after the swallow, but the beer clearly is dominated by the chocolate and coffee flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate to high carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: I seem to recall liking this better when I tasted it before, perhaps because the hops were more active; still, it is much better than the Farmhouse version I tasted last night

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Massive thanks to Bulbman for sending this one to me so I could finally try it. The beer poured out as a very dark black color with a nice thick looking brown head on top. The beer has a pretty good retention but not much lacing. The smell of the beer is nicely roasted with a rich chocolate boozy aroma. The taste of the beer has some coffee elements to it along with more chocolate and a nice subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and oily, gently carbonated and very smooth. Overall it was great. Really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Thanks to Mark for sending this my way.

A: The pour is thick and black with a nice big brown head.

S: There is a surprising fruitiness to the nose. Lots of dark fruits like plums and raisins along with some dark sugar and licorice. Plenty of roastiness, chocolate, and even a hint of smoke.

T: Nice sweetness from the fruits with the same raisin note that was on the aroma. Milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and molasses give some additional sweetness. A nice roastiness, slight char, and another hint of smoke.

M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: I've heard lots of good things about this and I'm happy to report they were true. Solid beer from this new-ish brewery.

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

not bottle date on this, so I cant say whether its really retired or not, but this was my first jester king brew, and ive decided its the best thing to come out of texas in the dallas stars won the cup in 1999. the pour on this is an inky black with just a small mocha head. it doesn't appear nearly as thick as some other Russian imperials. its got a wild nose on it, a little funk from the yeast, and a ton of burnt barley, char, bitter chocolate, and black licorice. it actually smells and tastes quite a bit like the uinta labyrinth black ale, without all the booze. there is indeed a lot of licorice in the flavor, and it goes well with the bitter malt complexion. I am amazed how thin the body of this is. I mean, its not thin at all, but for the style its much less viscous, and it lends to drinkability, as does its well hidden abv. in the finish I notice a lot of coffee, really picks up after the swallow. not sure of there is coffee in this or not, but it sure comes across like there is. this is a rare Russian imperial stout that I could drink regularly. its just interesting enough, and just easy enough to drink that I could handle a few of these per week. fortunately for my liver, this was the only bottle around, so I don't have to worry about that. already looking forward to my next jester king ale, this was a great introduction to their lineup.

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Masterski. Thanks, Alex.

Opaque black pour. Low carbonation, small head and weak retention.

Big toasted malt note, molasses and cocoa. Slight fruitiness and licorice, rich toasty bread. On the sweet and heavy side for the style, more toasted than roasted.

Very sweet, a ton of molasses and chocolate, little bit of licorice and coffee. Toasted, bready malt; light roastiness. Rich, syrupy mouthfeel. Restrained bitterness. Molasses and toasted malt in the finish. Damn good, but it could use a bit more carbonation to liven up the mouthfeel.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to kp for this one!

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a tall, surging, deep mocha-toned head. The head flattens producing near nil lace, though it never quite dissipates.

Smell: An array of well roasted malts smelling of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, burnt nut shells, and wafting alcohol ahead of chopped fruit packed in syrup.

Taste: Simple syrup sweetness mixed up with shaved baker's chocolate and lowly astringent, though pointedly roasted barley for an alcohol-laced frappuccino quality overall. A bit of that unforgiving black patent malt in there as well. Hint of hand-picked berries, a little rum raisin. A snippet of black licorice rope. Drying, quite warming on the back half with plenty of roast that yields hints of burnt smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel.

Overall: A fairly good, slow-sipping stout that's nicely warming on this cold, dreary, drizzly day in a seemingly endless series of cold, dreary, drizzly days in Georgia. Now, off to go house-hunting!

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for the impromptu post-fest trade... hails brother.
Review from written notes. Served at 57-61º recommended temperature.

Black orb with a compact layer of tan mocha foam on the top, it settles to an appropriately haunting wisp of spectral swirl on the glassy obsidian surface. Delicate spotty lace clings inside the glass.

Dry roasty blackened husks, charred malts, aroma of desolation.

Intensely roasty, dry and bitter charred and blackened malts. Unsweetened bakers chocolate, cocoa, espresso, earthy lingering char in the dry aftertaste. Intensely earthy and roasty. Not sweet in the least, but as it warms the yeast lends some dark fruit and plum notes, which is a welcome contrast to the bleak charred malt husk of this blackened RIS. Medium bodied, and sippable despite the double digit abv, which is felt fairly quickly.

This is a nice RIS, maybe not entirely trve kvlt but getting there...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Levitation tulip glass.

Thrilled to see this come in the MJRBC shipment last month. Shoulda been listening to some darkness while drinking it, but whaddya gonna do? It pours a sleek obsidian, as black as the collective heart of Slayer, topped by a finger of dark-ish sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, light oak smoke, and toffee. The taste holds notes of oak, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and a decidedly light sprig of menthol. The back end of the taste is kinda acrid, just a touch too bitter for its own good. Luckily, it doesn't detract too much from the overall experience. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, but it falls short of true greatness. Perhaps a bit more metal next time?

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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