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Black Metal Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 161
Gots: 286 | 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 NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

NittanyBeerFan, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Hex92
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Hex92, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Takion
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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).

Takion, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of beergod1
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.)

beergod1, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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

claytong, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

bum732, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

BarrytheBear, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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...

emerge077, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of bisonkron
3/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

bisonkron, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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

jrallen34, May 30, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

obrike, May 29, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Typical pure black. A nice brownish-tan head, maybe 2-3 fingers worth. There is some nice lacing, head fades of quickly.

S- I get a lot of chocolate, roasted malt, and some smokey notes.

T- Much like the smell, a smooth (almost watery) initial flavor, followed by notes of chocolate. The aftertaste is primarily roasted malts and smoke. The flavor is well balanced.

M- When it first hits your mouth it is almost a little bland, but it opens up rather quickly. Good carbonation for the style. Watery initially.

O- The flavor and smell on this is very nice, and is a good drinkable stout. Not a really hoppy RIS, but smooth and roasty. Not bad.


Gfunk720, May 27, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Metal...it comes from hell. Another goddamn beer shared by Lunch because he knew I really wanted to try it; thanks a lot Paul, appreciate it!

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice for a big RIS.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, smokey malts, toasted malts, light dark fruits, and light alcohol. Roasted malts dominate the nose, and the smoke comes through a bit as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts again, as well as smokey malts, dark fruits, and alcohol. Roasted malts dominate again, and the alcohol and smokiness are more prominent in the taste than the nose.

m - Medium to full bodied stout and low carbonation. Pretty thick, pretty nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a nice stout, though I was hoping for a bit more. Not a ton going on other than the roasted and smokey malts, but enjoyable none the less. Would have it again.

mdfb79, May 26, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into my bruery sniffer. Brown two finger head that thins out but head remains throughout the drink. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel notes from the malts. Taste follows the nose with a creamy taste in the middle, finishes smokey. Mouthfeel is a little thin but not too bad. Great beer from an up and coming brewery!

jcartamdg, May 25, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind courtesy of pitasoup, thanks again!

Pours a deep dark black color, with a huge light brown head that receded a bit, but stopped a good quarter inch above the beer. Looks wonderful, but will this beer be more than I can chew on a Sunday night? Looks potent...

Nose is of dark cocoa, light cream, oak, and mild hints of booze. Smells nice, I love the dark non sweet chocolate aromas.

Taste is very chocolatey up front, and to my surprise, this beer isn't hitting me over the head with huge flavors and boatloads of alcohol. There is creaminess, slight smoke, dark roasted malts, milky coffee, and light pine hops on the finish. This is flavorful and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth, with pretty good body. It's a touch thin for me though.

Overall, this is a top notch beer. I'm very happy with this, a very nice sipper.

Ok, thinking double/imperial stout, but it doesn't come off as being super strong, I'll guess right around 8-9% ABV...

Jester King Imperial Stout from Austin Texas. Wow, impressive beer, bottle says 10.4%, drinks way easier than that. Like I said earlier, my only nit pick is that the body is a little thin for my liking, but man, this is tasty! Thanks again pitasoup!

flexabull, May 23, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL pours black as hell with a large-bubbled brown head. Strings of lace show, but not much retention.

Nose is big - sweet, smoky and fruity. Bold chalky chocolate, little bit of minty hops.

Taste is a smooth melange of cocoa powder, caramel and a nice hop flavor. Not overly bitter or roasty, this one has most of its complexities up front. Alcohol is prevalent but smooth and well integrated. The minty hops get noticed again as it warms. Nice beer, a welcome addition to the Tx beer scene.

twiggamortis420, May 22, 2011
Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours, well, pretty much like you’d expect: black. I’d expect for it to be very dark brown, but it really is almost black. How much blacker could it be? None. None more black. A very rough pour produces only a small brown head that leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Chocolate dominates, accompanied by loads of seriously roasted malts and a ton of coffee.

Taste: This is a big one, and very nice. The chocolate steps aside at first and lets the coffee and roasted malts take the lead, which they do quite capably. Hops come through in what for me is an interesting way: it takes a lot of hops to balance out the malts, but they’re not hops I typically associate with aggressive hopping; instead, they seem largely to be traditional European hops, which produces a somewhat unusual result. They have a significant presence due to the volume used, but don’t beat you about the head and shoulders like many American-grown hops. The chocolate, largely lurking until now, reasserts itself in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This one comes on pretty heavy, and I suppose that in theory a higher carbonation level could lighten it a bit. However, it’s not an unusual (or unwelcome) mouthfeel for the style, and I think it works.

Drinkability: The beer gives hints about the massive ABV – a little burn in the nose here, a little warming in the throat there. Overall, though, it’s very well hidden, so beware.

rdickey, May 22, 2011
Photo of holden303
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks TenHornsProud! Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black with a full 3 fingers of chocolate brown tight bubbled head that dissipates very quickly leaving just a ring around the edges.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

T: Lots and lots of coffee, roasted malts with a nice chocolaty finish.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation on this one, for me a tad too much but has a nice mouth feel just that carbonation bite at the end.

O: Overall this is a great imperial stout, glad I had the opportunity to try it. Has quite a bit of heat, think I'll cellar the other to see if it mellows out.

holden303, May 19, 2011
Photo of specksnreds
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muuuuch better. Love that a beer of this caliber is made here in Austin. Motor oil visual with a cocoa colored head. I smell toffee and french roast. Booze is hidden, but burns just a little. Me likey burn. Creamy on the tongue. Finished the bottle, and I'm off to buy another. Might cellar a few.

specksnreds, May 19, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a La Chouffe tulip; sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release - thanks to whoever shared this one!

A: Deep black with a thin, tight layer of fine brown bubbles. Glass-coating darkness = awesome.

S: Super roasty, with plenty of coffee and dark chocolate, as well as some smoke and earthiness. A little sharp, but nicely intense.

T: Coffee dominates, with lots of chocolate, licorice, char, and bitterness following closely behind. Rich and full, with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Tasty.

M: A little thin, actually, with a fairly high amount of fine, lively carbonation.

O: I'm really glad I got a chance to try this one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know that I enjoyed it quite enough to try to trade for more, but I would definitely recommend that others seek it out. The darker side of roasted grains really gave this beer some terrific depth, but the body didn't quite stand up to the intensity of the char. I could see this doing really well in a barrel...


woosterbill, May 15, 2011
Photo of diamondc
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8 served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Dark, motor oil looking, though there is some mocha colored head wafting off to the sides.

S: Smokey, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, hot nuts. I didn't actually detect much hop action.

T: Almost matches the nose, but a very nice licorice/anise flavor takes the beer to another level. Hops are minimal here, a bit of a earthy, dirt-like bitterness to round things out.

M: The bold roasted malts completely mask the abv here. I wouldn't have guessed this was 10%, more like 7-8. Ample carbonation make this one easy to drink.

O: A great RIS, can't think of much faults. Too bad its listed as seasonal here.

diamondc, May 12, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into globe. I have had this dozens of time on tap and from the bottle.

A - Pitch black, very slight browned edges. Nice full thick 2 finger mocha brown head. Medium residual lacing

S - Robust chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, and roasted nuts.

T - Strong coffee and chocolate. There is a bit of wood smoke and charcoal to it. Vanilla, molasses, biscuit, and caramel round out the sweetness. Minor pine hops in the background.

M - Heavy, earthy, sticky. ABV hidden very well.

O - A fantastic angry hell of a beer. The bottle conditioning was done very well and it is very well balanced. Awesome beer from the guys at JK, keep it up!

OakedCanuck, May 09, 2011
Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.