Black Metal Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 247
Hads: 559
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 6.34%
Wants: 172
Gots: 283 | FT: 10
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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 Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a deep thick black pour with 2 fingers of brown colored head. smells of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted grains, oak / vanilla. very sweet up front which mellows down to a subtle milk chocolate flavor with lots of coffee notes, tobacco and dark roasted grains in the finish. a velvet-like feel, full body with moderate carbonation.

i've had 2 bottles sitting around for about a year, i'm going to let the other one sit a bit longer. it's hard to believe that this could develop better than it is right now, but i'm going to give it a shot. great stout. (552 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch

Pours pitch black with a small ring of tan bubbles.

Smells of roasted malts and brown sugar

Taste fallows the nose lots of brown sugar and molassas with a slight coffee afterstatse

Mouthfeel and carbonation are spot on

Overall amazing beer 2 years in the cellar have treated this beer very well (310 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - A gentle pour down the side of the glass still yields a big three fingers of deep brown foam that gently fizzes away over the course of a minute or so to the surface of the beer. No real lacing left on the glass. Body is black as black can be and totally opaque.

S - Lots of licorice up front...a bit cool on the nose. Followed by milk chocolate, roasted malt, prunes, booze, hints of diacetyl, green apples, vanilla, a touch of coffee, sweet cream. Fairly complex aroma.

T - Huge notes of cocoa and booze up front on the first sip. Burnt malt/char follows this up but the body of the beer remains sweet, sugary and a bit corn syrupy overall. Quite smooth despite the booze up front...booze practically disappears into the sweetness towards the finish. Coffee dominates the middle of each sip, kissed with vanilla and super creamy.

M - Body is rather full and carbonation is at a lower level showing just a bit of a tingle on the tip of the tongue with each sip. Body is sweet overall and leaves the biggest impression after the swallow. Like booze infused espresso with sugar. Booze/warmth up front flowing into coffee and finishing with sweet sugar.

O - Overall, an interesting and good imperial stout. Another dessert type imperial, at least in my book. Chocolate, coffee, booze and sugar...sounds like dessert to me. One of the sweetest imperial stouts I've had, at least in recent memory. Not overpowering sweetness tho - feels balanced...just sweet overall. Nice beer. Not sure I'll go crazy trying to find this again (especially since it is retired) but enjoyable beer and very glad to have tried this one. Not what I was expecting coming into it, but very satisfying. (1,778 characters)

Photo of sitarist
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, deep, dark brown color. 1/2" of dark caramel colored head falls to a ring. Sheets of lacing slide back into the drink.

It has a sweet, smoky aroma... coffee, chocolate, chocolate covered raisins, faint hints of peat, and smoked beef. No signs of oxidation yet.

I taste dark roast coffee, burnt toasted-marshmallows, bitter-sweet chocolate, and bakers chocolate at the end.

The mouth feel is a bit of a mess right now. I should have let this one continue to age! Medium body, sticky, dry, and slightly astringent.

An RIS with some great quality's, that is aging well. I believe that a few more years would cool it down a bit, and match its flavors to its mouthfeel.

Its been quite awhile I forget who sent this one to me, but thank you whoever you are. (774 characters)

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Stone IRS glass. It poured pitch black in color with a thick, mocha colored head filling the top inch of the glass. The head settled some but still had some decent retention and a little lacing as I drank it. Nice looking beer of the style.

The aroma shows a good amount of the roasted malt flavors with some really good notes of dark, bitter sweet chocolate and coffee to it with a touch of smoke. It's got some sweeter caramel and milky chocolate characteristics in there as well. I'm loving the bold roasted malts in it. Very nice aroma overall.

The taste follows through with some really bold and delicious roasted malt flavors. It's got a little more of a burnt, smoky flavor to it in the taste, which I love. The coffee and dark chocolate flavors are really good. The sweeter, milky chocolate also comes out in the finish and really helps balance it out.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall, I thought it was a really good beer. I loved the bold, roasted malt flavors and the chocolate, smoke and coffee flavors they brought. The sweeter, milky chocolate really help keep some balance to it as well. Very good beer all around, I'm sure the new farmhouse version is good but it's a shame they changed something this good. (1,320 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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 (688 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired now? Ok
Pours deep black, as expected, with nice root beer-colored, double-fingered head.
Smells of alcohol and roasted cocoa and espresso.  
Very easy-going milk chocolate taste, with a bitter, burning finish. Carbonation aplenty. 
I wonder what the farmhouse version of this is like, as that's apparently the replacement for Black Metal RIS, a rock solid stout. (374 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a trade, poured into my Dogfish Head chalice.

A - For a 10%+ stout this is a great appearance, wonderful dark pour with a super dark chocolate fizzy head that slowly fades to a fizzy blanket.

S - Nice dark chocolate malts with good, rich, deep roast qualities. Very inviting.

T - More of those nice, roasty chocolate malts with some light booze. The alcohol isnt really all that noticeable in the flavour. Quite delicious.

M - Just waaay too over carbonated for a stout. Seriously, this is just distracting.

O - Overall this was a great RIS, minus the mouthfeel. Wish this hadn't been discontinued/replaced. (630 characters)

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, viscous black color with a fairly large big brown head.

Aromas begin with an array of well roasted malts including bittersweet chocolate, espresso, burnt nut shells ahead of chopped fruit packed in syrup. 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.

The tastes begin with a subtle sweetness from the dark fruits with the same raisin note that was on the aroma. Milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and molasses give some additional sweetness. As it warms you get more roastiness, a slight char and spme smokey notes.

The mouthfeel is medium to full in bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation. Finish is not nearly as thick as I was expecting, probably due to the slightly higher than normal carbonation for the style.

Overall a really solid Imperial Stout, not for the faint of heart. Would be taxing to polish this off by myself, so I am glad I split it amongst friends. In a world of Imperial Stouts on every shelf, this is above average but nothing revolutionary, just solid. I will have to try the new Farmhouse version to see how it differs positively or negatively. (1,181 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the owner of Goebel's World of Beer in Wichita, KS for this treat:

A. Pours an inky black with a lovely half finger of light brown head. Head is super tight and consistent. It burns off to a quarter finger rather rapidly, but the lacing is gorgeous, a veritable sheet of the bubbly stuff coats the glass.

S. Chocolate, brownie batter, hints of coffee, some faint vanilla, and then a rather heavy dose of zesty hops, almost piney in nature. Very nice, but hoppier than I prefer.

T. Hops are not nearly as prevalent in the flavor as on the nose. Drinks a great deal like chocolate milk. Waves of milk chocolate, subtle vanilla, some coffee grounds, and then a slight kiss of booze. This is absolutely lovely. Thick, syrupy, delicious.

M. Full bodied and cloying. The legs on this are tremendous and it shows in the mouth. Positively coats my mouth with a tar-like chocolate flavor. Creamy and balanced.

O. This is a fantastic stout. Stouts these days tend towards the extreme...needing to lean to some distinguishing characteristic to set them apart. This doesn't have that, but it's memorable nonetheless, due to near-perfect brewing. It's luscious, balanced, smooth, creamy, and wonderfully balanced. It hits all the right notes in turn and doesn't let any single one hog the spotlight. A truly great beer and quite worthy of its reputation. (1,356 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle opens with a huge crack but luckily the beer was well behaved and I didn't wear any of it. Pours a thick inky black with a huge mocha head that persists long after it should. Smells of roast, milk and dark chocolate right off the bat. The aroma is sweet with caramel and darker malts with hints of earthy hops and licorice. The flavor is very sweet with caramel and lots of milk chocolate. There's a fruity tartness in the middle somewhere as well as some brown sugar and earthy hops. Thick body with an asinine level of carbonation and a sweet thick syrupy mouthfeel. This is a very nice stout it's very flavorful and aside from the carbonation I really enjoyed it. (677 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 22/7/12 thanks Masterski ans Sean9689 for sending the bottle

A not quite jet black but pretty dark, just a thin edge of cola when held too the light, large three finger mocha head falls quickly and leaves no lace

S chocolate syrup and pudding, licorice, molasses, slightly nutty, there's still some faint hops in there too with a little booze , good but not overly complex

T what I smell but some dark roast coffee, char and smoke, and its just much more intense then the nose and pretty darn tasty if you ask me, the booze is better concealed then the nose too, digging it!

M full bodied but its not getting stuck in my teeth, silky but perhaps from low carbonation, very little heat and a charred wood aftertaste lingers strong with a little dark fruit

O a good example of of a big ass stout, loved the taste and not much reason too complain elsewhere. rich dark roast is always a good thing

I had little trouble taking down the 750ml on my own, nothing to put it into the world class but puts itself well above most, Is there a barrel aged version I should know about? (1,110 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle to a taster. No bottle date. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - No head. Viscous black. Some bubbles form after, which confuses me. Whatever.

Smell - Chocolate all over. Not a whole lot else.

Taste - Bitter chocolate and then some caramel. A nice bitterness develops with a good coffee roast. Hoppy bitter finish, but it's light.

Mouthfeel - Slick and not as viscous as it looks. Bitter finish is light, but rounds it out nicely.

Oveall - A little dull. Decent, but not necessarily much better than what my local brewery can make. (548 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 10,4% ABV.
Served moderately chilled an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date, but I would guess this is a 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Beautiful pour, absolutely pitch black body, topped by a massive dark mocha coloured head. The head retention and lacing are average for the Abv. A light swirl regenerates a small cap of foam and leaves moderately-heavy alcohol legs as well as a light yellow stain on the glass.

Smell: The initial nose consists of moderately dark chocolate, cocoa, a hint of coffee and some roasted malt. Warming yields dark fruit, molasses, toasted nuts, caramel and black liquorice.

Taste: Mmmmm, this is certainly a delicious imperial stout! The flavour has the same notes as the nose, but just seems a lot fuller and more powerful. The initial flavour is of dark chocolate, dark caramel, cocoa and roasted malt. Warming yields molasses, dark fruits, liquorice and a touch of smoke. The finish is lightly bitter with flavours of coffee and cocoa. The 10,4% is covered perfectly, I would not guess that this was any more than 8%.

Mouthfeel: Medium (or just over) bodied with a medium-high level of ultra smooth carbonation. I usually prefer my imperial stouts to moderately carbonated and extra heavy, but this is so sublimely drinkable I do not mind a bit!

Overall: Great imperial stout, I could have happily polished off the whole bottle! I will certainly buy this one again. (1,420 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle from HH84. Thanks! (This is the original, not the farmhouse, so it's about 9 months old I believe.)

A: Pure black like its namesake. Aggressive pour yields thin mocha lacing. Lacing sticks around, but the beer doesn't have much in the way of legs.

N: Brown sugar, heavily roasted malts. Dark chocolate/mocha coffee. Some licorice as it warms. Probably the most enjoyable part of the beer.

T: Intense roastiness, the kind you might find in pure espresso. Some chocolate and there's a bit of hop bitterness. There is a discernible sharpness from alcohol. Leaves a heavy coffee aftertaste which gives this a few more points in my book.

M: In between a dry stout and an RIS. This is pretty watery, so it loses quite a number of points here.

O: Don't dig this. Really pretty average stuff, and though I'd try the farmhouse version, I wouldn't expect much. (872 characters)

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. It has a one finger, mocha colored head that fades quickly to a thin ring on top. It looks pretty still and lets no light in.

S: Big roasted malt character with hints of coffee and toffee. A sweet molasses comes through as well. A mild hop profile is also noticeable.

T: The taste is much sweeter than the aroma leads you to believe. The sweet molasses character makes a big appearance. The roasted malts are still there and provide a nice backbone.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Finishes smoothly and with just a slight presence of the alcohol.

O: A fine example of the RIS style. Every aspect was spot on. No complaints here. (719 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours pitch black with a surprisingly active medium brown head that dissipates with lively carbonation to a thin film and ring around the glass that leaves light lacing. Nice aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate; a bit boozy. Flavor is dark roasted malt with a lot of chocolate, coffee and a hint of sourness. Finish is very chocolately, leaving an aftertaste that is surprisingly similar to pouring whiskey over chocolate ice cream. Body is surprisingly light, but has a creamy finish to make up for it. Wow! This is addictive. I really had to pace myself with this one because of the ABV. I really liked this RIS a lot, it is an excellent stout. I’m glad I got to try this original version, a chance find while visiting California. (787 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a glass. Stamped 0002515.

A: Black, appropriately enough, with huge medium-brown head (good retention). Completely opaque. Nice lacing.

S: Slightly metallic. Nutty malts. Roasty.

T/M: Surprisingly tasty, considering the smell. Creamy-full, with loads of roasted chocolate malt (black chocolate). Hops make another interesting appearance on the endtaste and dry aftertaste. Excellently deep and bitter.

O: Great imperial stout, actually. Recommended. Would drink again. Drinkable, tasty, roasted, and creamy. (543 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sent from BeerHunter76 back in November, reviewed from notes. Poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Pours syrupy & dense, opaque with a large khaki head, good lace...carbonation visible on the glass.

S: Deep dark roasted notes mixed with dark fruits, definite vinous notes, sour red grape, caramel and chocolate, pleasant booziness. A nice mix of roast & sweet notes.

T: Alcohol, roasted barley, caramel sweetness, roast bitterness, chocolate, burnt caramel, dark fruits, cherry tartness.

MF: Full bodied, dry and bitter, and a bit boozy. Nice syrupy complexion.

O: Its a decent stout, a good RIS for sure but some of the Belgian-like notes (tartness, slight funk) were a bit odd. (695 characters)

Photo of Brodybeer
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A damn. That's an amazing pour! Head is huge! Foamy huge mocha brown black head. Two to three fingers in a tulip. Dark brown. Head sticks to glass. Stays put even when tipping
S spicy chocolate. Very potent. Roasted coffee dark.
T very much like a mocha. Creamy and espresso. Cream taste lingers last. Espresso flavor is so good it might be better than espresso itself. Roasty delicious
M pretty thin but not offensive. Just plain smooth. Little lingering bitter roastyness.
O really flavorful is. Love the Roasty espresso flavor yet easy to drink. Magnificent (562 characters)

Photo of TATURBO
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Solid Black. Minimal Head

S: Very Inviting, Alcohol is borderline overpowering, Very Strong.

T: Kind Of Mediocre Roasty and chocolaty.

M: Medium Carbonation

O: Good, but not as awesome as the tasting group was expecting. Really Roasty, Kind of chocolatey. Really isn't a beer I'd hunt for. Bonus Points for cool label. Reminds me of King Diamond! Rocking! 3.5/5 IMO (372 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, this does not say Farmhouse on it anywhere. 0001700 on the barrel label.

Lots of snapping sound bubbles with a dark cocoa head, settles slowly and dissolves with lots of evisceration. Manages a very thin brown collar, but a very dark brown walnut, almost black body.

Nose is sprity fresh, and dark malt. Almost an interesting carbonated char and nuts character to this. I am liking this, this is quite different.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, but leaves a good jagged edge that is tolerable. Taste brings a nice char roast character, and lingering tobacco note. Dry and almost pop rocks in feel on the finish. No sense of heat for the high abv either.

This is kind of a fun neat beer and an interesting take on the style. I dig it. Horns up! (790 characters)

Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.