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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: 532
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 158
Gots: 285 | FT: 12
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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

03-16-2012 03:07:42 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

10-17-2012 01:50:42 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

06-09-2011 04:01:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-14-2011 00:44:29 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

03-10-2011 03:45:54 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-18-2011 01:06:45 | More by nmann08
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

03-06-2011 03:34:12 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

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

10-11-2012 22:58:30 | More by brentk56
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

05-31-2014 08:35:58 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-29-2011 13:55:07 | More by acurtis
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3.9/5  rDev -6%

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.

07-13-2011 03:33:54 | More by womencantsail
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-01-2011 18:57:03 | More by kjkinsey
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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

05-07-2011 03:32:36 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-29-2012 07:55:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-30-2013 12:05:27 | More by GRG1313
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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!

01-23-2012 20:10:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-03-2013 03:44:40 | More by jaydoc
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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

01-27-2013 06:17:35 | More by Knapp85
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

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?

03-08-2011 03:52:58 | More by TMoney2591
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-09-2013 00:06:07 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of emerge077


4/5  rDev -3.6%

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...

06-10-2011 03:05:39 | More by emerge077
Photo of largadeer


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

01-12-2012 07:02:23 | More by largadeer
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

11-25-2011 20:10:46 | More by JAHMUR
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

64 oz growler into an oversized tulip glass. This one was courtesy of jhimstedt in a recent exchange. Thanks for the trade Jared!

This pours blacker than an oil slick into the glass and is topped with thick creamy finger of milk chocolate colored head. Just a magnificently robust look on this, which retain with a tight ½ finger of froth that absolutely slathers the sides of the glass with spotty lace and brown dirty looking oils that slowly slide down. The aroma smells of burnt leather, smoke, and roasted coffee, which all surrounds a sweet and juicy core of chocolate, toffee, and citric fruit. Leafy hops and spicy alcohol esters trail off and linger in the nostrils.

The taste starts with a thick sweet base of chocolate malts (and some tangier caramel notes as well) which gives this a big creamy sweetness that then gives way to some dark burnt malts. Hops pull up the back as well, with a bitterness that works great with the roasted character that is present and also adds some pithy citric fruit flavors (that get progressively darker feeling the more this warms up) that mixes in and nicely compliments the sweetness of the malts. Burnt finish on this with a LOT of dry lingering spicy alcohol notes. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick and creamy feel that's a bit sharp up front but then gets much more chewy and viscous feeling as this works itself around in the mouth. That big ABV gives this a satisfying beefy power to the feel yet alcohol warmth is very minimal and keeps this hugely drinkable for the size. Color me impressed.

This was a darn impressive debut from Jester King, which really swung for the fences (and mostly cleared it) with this monstrous Russian Imperial Stout. While I was looking for a bit more flavor complexity out of this overall, there's no doubt that this beer has the needed attitude to hang with some of the big boys out there. I will seek more of this one out. It's pretty damn good.

01-31-2011 18:04:14 | More by Kegatron
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors for the superb price of $9.99. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Thin dark mocha foam settles to a thin ring, leaving a few tiny spots of lace. A very, very, dark, solid brown that verges on black.

S - Very English in aroma - fruity yeast, slightly buttery, plenty of toasted malts, dark fruits, milk chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Reminds me of a Crunchie chocolate bar.

T - Slightly more charry than the aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and significantly less fruity. Gets sweeter as it warms up. I remember the first time I had this there was an unpleasant bitterness in the finish, but it seems to have dissipated. Alcohol is well-hidden, as I thought this was closer to 9%.

M - Smooth, chewy, medium-full body. Lower carbonation, viscous, with minimal detectable alcohol.

D - Someone told me (can't remember who) that this was aging poorly so I cracked this bottle ASAP. I actually found it to be better than it was on release, but what do I know? Not something of which I could drink a whole 750ml, but was a nice beer to share with a few friends. I'd buy more of this, even if it cost a few bucks more.

06-29-2011 01:06:28 | More by MasterSki
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Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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