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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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BA SCORE
93
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549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 164
Gots: 282 | 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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Photo of surly1987
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured rich black in color with little to no head whatsoever however the lacing in the glass as i swirled it was like nothing i had ever seen before; in clung like crazy. based on the pour the body appears to be perfect/ideal. the smell was amazing...rich...chocolatey...even a little hoppy. taste was right on par with the smell minus the hops and bitterness i had expected which isnt necessarily a bad thing. sooo smooth. overall i loved this beer (thanks jon). ive definately had better in the style but this was truly a great beer. A-.

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 MbpBugeye
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I'm slowly making my way through most of the beers that reference metal. Black metal, the genre isn't quite my thing, though. Let's hope this beer is a lot less weird.

Thanks to atxdelivery for this.

Appearance
A nice, tall, frothy, sand colored head stands up about a deep black beer. Plenty of lacing and visible thickness. Looks great.

Aroma
The smell has a moderate level of sweet smoke. Fruity malts are big, they give aromas of tobacco, leather, fig and licorice. Coffee and dark chocolate are also there, the latter being a secondary aroma.

Taste
The smoke that I picked up in the aroma is very much subdued in the taste. Bakers chocolate and coffee beans come out more here. Licorice and molasses are both very big. An over ripened fruitiness prevails.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied with a nice, soft carbonation. This stuff is exquisitely smooth and silky.

Overall
I love a simple, well brewed Russian Imperial Stout. That's what this is. No frills, just good brewing. We need more stouts like this.

Photo of Mako82
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

A - Jet black in color. Very dark tan head that was fairly foamy, left a nice ring around the glass

S - Dark malts, strong sense of barley, can smell the alcohol esters in the background. Smell hints toward sweetness

T - Nice rich dark malt flavor, can taste the barley behind the malts. Decent amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Has a coffee and dark chocolate flavor

M - Very mild/smooth feel, fairly dry

Cool looking bottle!

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to lnashsig for sending me a few bottles of this in a recent trade! Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic during one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, slight coffee, and subtle alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor on this one was quite complex to say the least. If the alcohol note had not been present at all this one it could have been other-worldly good. The aroma on this one was quite excellent as well and full of complexities. A definite must try before you die or kill your liver.

Photo of fatmcb1
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This pour is completely dark, black. It has little head, less than a finger, that is brown and rustic.

S - Very aromatic with chocolate and roasted malt. Feint alcohol in the background.

T - Smooth and complex. The flavor starts with chocolate and roasted malt, followed by dark fruit. Lastly, a bit of hops creep in, for a well balanced taste.

M - Very thin for an imperial stout. This almost reminds me of the thinness of a porter. It makes the overall beer come across less strong.

Photo of beermaker1
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in 5 oz tasters at The Major League Grill in Beaumont, Texas. Awesome. I could not believe I was getting it here. Thank you!

A- Pours beautiful thick dark black with mocha colored thick foamy head.

S - Dark, rich. Bitter chocolate, coffee, toffeee, not hoppy, black licorice.

T - Dark roast chocolatey coffe, light alcohol heat. Then melds into typical RIS tates, (CZAR).

M - Not as thick as it looks. Carbonation scrubs the tounge, Then the spicy hops hit you, then washes off silky sweet.

O - As I thought, worth the waite. I get one of these every time I go to this bar. I recommend trying this at least once. I love the artwork on the label. Collectable.

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

A - The pour produces the requisite sinister RIS appearance: obsidian in hue, thin mocha froth, lace, legs...

S - The aroma shows deep roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, licorice and hints of pipe tobacco.

T - The flavor reveals more sweetness than the aroma betrayed, molasses-like tones and some naked grain notes, but it still a roasty monster overall. Notes of espresso are found across the palate, along with suggestions of dark chocolate and burnt sugar, earthy hops, and it finishes with a slight hint of toffee sweetness.

M - The feel is big, rich and silky; it works well.

O - Overall this is a very nice brew that I would definitely like more of.

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AnavelGato
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle in an acrylic single malt snifter at home, purchased at Spec’s.

Appearance: This thing is a black hole, pours jet black for lack of a better term, if I described it for what it is, I would have to describe it as the absence of light. Pours thick when cold and creates a massive large bubble head about 3-4 fingers, however it dissipates quickly into about a ½ finger of head that leave a nice lacing

Aroma: Absolute chocolate monster, with a weak alcohol scent that lingers at the end. Almost has notes of whiskey for lack of a more precise descriptor; whiskey kick could also be described as a licorice-ey sweetness.

Taste: Very upfront chocolate with a bitterness characteristic of darker chocolate, 70% or higher as far as chocolate goes. No coffee notes and very little roasty notes but as it warms up the malt character comes out a bit more. The alcohol, a not to be toyed with 10.4% , is completely imperceptible so be ready to feel it if you don’t pace yourself while sippin’, I suggest a DD if you’re planning on taking less than 30-40 minutes to sip this guy down.

Mouthfeel: a dream come true… first bottled stout that I taste that feels like a nitro pour right out the bottle, Thick as a Brick if I may allude to Jethro Tull.

Overall: Very good beer, fantastic appearance and mouthfeel although the flavor could use some tweaking as it is a overwhelmingly one dimensional beer for a stout.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into three snifters. Thanks to pops and HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a pure, evil black. Dark mocha/rust colored foam. Loads of suspended sediment.

S: Big aromas of bitter dark chocolate, fudge brownies, and dark fruit drizzled with chocolate.

T: See above with flourless chocolate cake, campfire ashes, burnt espresso, and chocolate covered cherries.

M: Creamy/pillowy foam with a dry and ashy body. Huge notes of spicy hop bitterness. Sweet middle with a silky smooth finish that leads into some minor solvent alcohol astringency.

O: Made me want to kiss the goat!

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can tell that this is going to be a thick, viscous, and sticky beer even as I pour it. It looks like hot tar, minus the steam, as it glugs into my glass. The coal-colored liquid barely splashes off the bottom of the glass as it hits, producing no head or even bubbles. A swirl leaves an oily film of murky brown legs that drip slowly back into the thick liquid below.

The immediate impressions on the nose are a deep coffee roast and bitter chocolate. Other subtleties include tobacco, hints of anise, and some sweeter brown sugar and molasses to round it all out. The flavor builds on the aroma, but fails to deliver any dark fruity notes. The tobacco works its way in with the mocha and coffee, and the licorice provides just a bit of a kick. Blackstrap molasses rounds it out with a sweet appearance in the finish.

Thick and resinous, this is one big imperial stout. Oily and slick on the palate, just like the appearance would indicate. This is rich and well rounded. I wish there was some fruitiness to it to deepen the complexity, but that's about my only real complaint with this one. I would definitely seek this out again, and I recommend it.

Photo of Hex92
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night. head disappeared quick. Choc., coffee, and some other stuff going on there. Flavors really start kicking in as it warms up. Just a hint of the alcohol comes through in the taste. Coats the mouth nicely. Fits the bill as an imperial stout.

I would buy this one again.

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

Standard pour into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark, ropey pour. Completely opaque, jet black body in the glass. Very dense looking. Large bubbles settle into a weak, tight, sienna foam.

S: Dutch cocoa, light alcohol on the back end. Faint hint of an herbal sweetness, like licorice root/sasparilla.

T: A round bitterness like high quality semi-sweet chocolate at the front. Lots of roast, but more chocolate than coffee. Little to no taste of alcohol. Subsides into a rich, prune like sweetness.

M: Thick and slick in that peculiarly stout sort of way.

O: Complex, I get the impression a lot of work went into this craft stout. You could contrast this with some of the drier stouts-- it doesn't have that acerbic character, rather a sort of decadent fruity dimension. Well worth a nine dollar pint.

Note: I really enjoy the bottle design (despite the cheesy metal head on the front). Good technical info on the back, and I appreciate the vegan/vegetarian seal of approval (it is brewed in Austin after all).

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a barely-there cluster of large, dark mocha colored bubbles that dissipates quickly. A thin ring of chocolate colored foam serves as the only real head. Beer is opaque and pitch black. Lacing is non existant but the legs make my glass a dark tan color. Lack of carbonation really hurts but the legs and color are nice.

S: Nose is a stuffy cocoa powder, chocolate, and mocha. Aromas of roasted malt, espresso beans, and liquorice are deep and mysterious. Very robust and decently aromatic.

T: Opens sweet molasses, chocolate, and cocoa. Espresso beans, roasted malt, and rich dark fruit flavors in the middle with some toffee and tobacco notes. End is sweet with a slight creamy hop bitterness in the back. Finish is brown sugar with a sweet, slight booze and molasses aftertaste. Very smooth and with decent complexity.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down super smooth, rich, and viscous. Finish is messy with a slightly hot, lingering aftertaste. Very nice.

O: There was a bit of hype around this beer when it was first released. Having finally gotten a chance to try it, I'd say its well deserved. This one's fallen off the radar a little bit but its definitely worth seeking out. One of the sleepers in the imperial stout category.

Photo of beergod1
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH Snifter, Jet black with an awesome Brown head. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe a touch of licorice. Tastes creamy smooth, Chocolate, heavy Roasted Malt and some smoke. Seems like a light hop and Alcohol finish. Light to Medium mouth feel. This is Delicious. Dammit, I need to Stop sharing these great brews (Just kidding D.K.)

Photo of claytong
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - black opaque, decent head retention, one inch in a wide snifter.

smell - coffee, chocolate, caramel, all things c. stereotypical of the style but i do enjoy the style

taste - the same with some roasted malts, nothing spectacular or irregular for an ris. tasty though

moutfeel - solid body, creamy, really enjoyed it. kept it in there for a while.

surprised a texas brewery makes such a solid ris as it doesnt seem like they have much good times to drink one, hell i had it in june there, so what am i saying

Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dark chocolate covered cherries, slight metallic roastiness, fresh ground coffee, some toffee sweetness, chocolate covered espresso beans.

L: Thick dark black, tan creamy dense head that dissipates to a dusting. Decent lacing.

T: Coffee sweetness with some dark fruits. Medium earthy bitterness leading to some slight cocoa sweetness before drying. Roasty, slightly harsh, almost chalky finish. Some alcohol.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Very coffee driven, a little harsh from the roastiness, fairly dry. Not too bad.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in an in-person trade at DLD. Thanks! Shared with steepH2O on a directionalDowns weekend.

Black with a mocha head with nice retention and leaves a slick coating behind its oily legs. A nice looking stout.

Smoke, burnt char, sardines, roast and pungent hops.

Loads of char and smoke coupled with an intense espresso roast. Leafy hops push hard at the end to wrap a bow on the pungent malts.

Milk chocolate shake, medium bodied, and prickly rich carbonation. A nice stout. Thanks for the opportunity!

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 UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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 bisonkron
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- dark black in color, dark tan head, light carbonation. a few minutes of retention

s - smells of chocolate, a bit of toffee, lots of roasted notes. a bit of a boozy smell.

t- a bit of roasted malts, alcohol stands our fairly strong, toffee flavor is there but very faint. a bit of chocolate as well.

m - thick mouth feel, very creamy, light on the carbonation, decent mouth feel

o - overall, not a bad brew, was expecting more. not a ton of complexity, and probably several better options out there, at and below this price point. Wont be picking up anymore anytime soon.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is a deep, dark brown with a finger of head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty straightforward, bringing roasted malt with hints of coffee and smoke. The beer is enjoyable, albeit simple. Nothing terribly complex happening here, just a tasty RIS. The alcohol content is disguised pretty well. The feel is medium bodied with a smooth finish. Overall, a solid beer, and one I would certainly have again.

Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch2...black body, a dark tan head, great retention and lacing... wonderful milk chocolate aroma, very creamy, a sweet RIS but great.... the taste is light and smooth, the malt of the nose is there but balanced with some nice bitter coffee notes... an outstanding ris for less than $10

Photo of obrike
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber at Specs Arborwalk in Austin for 10 bucks.

Poured a viscous black, short lived tan head that disappears quickly, leaving a thin tan ring for the duration..little to no lacing.

Excellent scent...picked up quite a bit of different things going on...chocolate, licorice, vanilla, roasted smokey malt. Very nice.

Initially, taste was more subtle than the smell. Got the chocolate, roasted malt, some booziness as well. Was hoping for more of bite, but enjoyed it nonetheless. It is apparent these guys brewed a complicated, well balanced Imp Stout.

I really liked it more as it warmed. The creaminess and booze kicked in...the flavors also became more pronounced. Started picking up on a bit of nutmeg?...cinammon?...more smokey flavors too.

This is a really good Imperial Stout that I'm proud to say is locally brewed right here in Central Texas. Job well done Jester King.

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