Black Metal Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -6%
Review number 500!
“No one can destroy the Metal.
The Metal will strike you down with a vicious blow.
We are the vanquished foes of the Metal.
We tried to win for why, we do not know.” - Tenacious D, The Metal
Poured from a 750 graciously shared by ottovon, into a snifter. Before we partook, he warned that it was the thinnest imperial stout ever.
Pours inky black with a half-finger head the color of cocoa powder that fizzles away quickly, leaving a large-bubbled ring that lingers for a while.
Smoke, smoke, smoke. The bottle may say stout, but the aroma is screaming smoked porter. I get campfire smoke, cocoa, dark chocolate and pork, along with a hint of dark fruits — maybe dates. But it’s mostly about the smoked malts.
The porter character continues in the flavor: smoky pork, bacon, toast, slightly tangy dark chocolate. I also pick up a perfect hint of sweet dark raisins. A very smooth, drinkable blend of flavors.
Ricky was right; this ain’t a stout’s body — especially one that’s so metal. It’s incredibly thin and a little watery, but interestingly works with the flavors. The carbonation is extremely light (read: nearly flat), but neverless holds together well as it moves. Slightly tongue numbing, with some alcohol coming through the nose.
Black Metal would be better labeled as a smoked porter, I think. The thinness and the flavor lend themselves to that style far more than what Jester King is trying to convey with a this metal radness. However, I enjoyed the blend of flavors, and the weak body actually increased the beer’s drinkability dramatically. It’s good stuff.
04-15-2011 22:47:08 | More by Phelps
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
This seems like a good choice for review #666. Thanks to gawnphishin for the hook-up. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.
Seal brown liquid, opaque, seems to rise slowly to the surface as the active massive creamy head builds then recedes ever so slowly - the whole appearance brings to mind a tar sands extraction site. Dense heavy lacing liked whipped cream.
Roasted barley, chocolate and black malt, demerara rum or molasses, with a note of chocolate liqueur and grain in the nose.
Sweet dark palate entry suggestive of cocoa nibs and ganache, licorice, bread crusts, and figs. Some esters emerge mid-palate along with a mild clean bitterness from hops. The finish is medium-dry, earthy, and devoid of alcohol. Maybe the slightest whisper of diacetyl. Mild coffee-like astringency in the bittersweet aftertaste.
Velvety, medium-full bodied, not quite oily, with well concealed ABV.
A pleasing example of the style, though not compared to the best of its peers, this lacks some depth and power.
04-14-2011 23:14:21 | More by augustgarage
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
750ml bottle courtesy of Ecrassipes.
Pours pretty much like it should with a name like Black Metal, pitch black with a bubbly mocha head.
Aroma is sweat with licorice and dark chocolate malts but also a it smoky which I wasn't expecting. I fact, there is some charred wood in the nose with some espresso and molasses. The smokiness is the most memorable part of the nose for me.
Taste is very smoky up front with smoked malts, chocolate, and more molasses than in the aroma. The chocolate gets more pronounced as it warms and lingers in the finish actually. Of course the alcohol presence is there as well.
The mouthfeel is where this one falls a little short. It's light bodied for an impy stout which wouldn't be so bad on it's own but the carbonation is also very low. That combination makes it feel thin overall.
I definitely enjoyed this one and the smoke is a nice differentiating characteristic. It's just hard to call it great with the body seeming so light. So I'll just call it really good.
04-13-2011 02:49:11 | More by gford217
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Jester King's Black Metal (Imperial Stout) pours up with a modest effervescence that creates a compact tannish brown head that dissipates slowly over the opaque garnet black body. The aroma is dominated by roasted barley, but has an underlying caramel sweetness supported by dark chocolate, mocha, and toasted bread with hints of burnt molasses, charred wood, cocao nibs and layered with fruitiness i.e cherry preserves, fig bar, sugared dates,etc... The alcohol is noticeable, but well integrated. As it warms in hand, there's a burnt match (sulfery) character that I find a bit distracting. The heavily roasted flavor starts off a bit rough, but is quickly shapened by the supporting caramel & chocolate that's nicely balanced by a constant bitterness that reigns in this brash, multi-layered Russian Imperial Stout. This one is stealthy warming with good complexity and an excellent drinkability for such a young imperial stout. This upstart brewery may sound like joksters, but this is one serious beer. Get your metal on!
04-12-2011 14:26:23 | More by Beertracker
3.9/5 rDev -6%
It pours pitch black with a lighter head. The smell is roasty with caramel notes. Taste is heavy on the caramel side with some malty bitter-malt finish. Not a lot of hop profile but a subtle nutty taste from the EKG additions. This is a sweet stout as evidenced from the high F.G. The mouthfeel is very akin to a milk stout.
Overall, a nice Imp Stout that could use less caramel and more balanced roasted character. Then again, as a black metaller, it's hard for me not to get behind this...anyway, it's a damned fine beer.
04-10-2011 23:43:11 | More by TenHornsProud
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.
A - Beer is not black, but the deepest shade of brown. It is thick and inky and lets no light through. The head is light brown and made up of tiny bubbles that give it a very creamy and smooth appearance. It quickly drops to a thin layer, but that lasts to the end along with a very heavy lace on the glass.
S - Dark, roasted malts and coffee dominate. Hops are not noticeable, but there is a strong whiff of oak, alcohol and even tobacco. Still, the aroma is not as complex and strong as some imperial stouts.
T - Classic imperial stout profiles: roasted, slightly burnt malts, espresso, dark fruits. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering. There is a dry, acrid finish with lots of smoke that brings down the overall flavor for me.
M - Heavy body, some carbonation creaminess. There is a slight alcohol burn and a mouthcoating finish that reminds me of chocolate milk.
D - Overall a very good imperial stout. It does not emphasize hops, which is fine by me.
04-10-2011 06:10:02 | More by Radome
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Many many thanks go out to johnsaulrubio for this bottle. Been wanting to get my hands on Jester King forever now it seems like.
A- Pours a dark as night black color. One and a half finger dark mocha colored head showed medium retention. Light cap on the top of the beer for most of the drink. Nice medium ringy lace on sides of the glass.
S- Roasted malts give off a dominate overtone in the aroma for at least the front half of it. Light coffee and bitter baker's chocolate in the upfront of the aroma as well. Hints of darker fruit toward the middle of the nose bring a lightly different character than the big bitter roast. Licorice and hints of caramel malts bring up the ending of the middle aroma. Backside of the aroma has a nice earthy hop quality mixed in with a light green apple hint. Not bad as the green apple is only a light hint for a split second.
T- Like the aroma the roasted malts come charging full steam ahead. This combines with more of a darker chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Middle of the beer is a little bit lighter with some caramel malt sweetness coming through along with a black licorice understone that never gains steam. Ending of the beer has more of a coffee roast to it with a crisp earthy hop bite. Hops don't dominate the ending but blends with the roasted flavor. Hints of green apple show up again in the ending but very quickly and you don't really notice it unless you are really breaking this beer down.
M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style but I could see some people saying it's a little light. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and hints of vanilla left on the palate. Aftertaste is earthy hops, warming alcohol, coffee roast, and light green apple. Alcohol drying on the palate is medium which to be honest I figured would be more. Flavors were very well balanced to the style without going overboard on the roast aspect. Light green apple off flavor in the ending shows up but if you are not looking for it you can't tell.
O- I thought this beer was a nice drinker. As a first time beer from this up and coming brewery I will say they seem to have their shit together very good. The ABV doesn't really show itself as you are drinking this so it's a little dangerous. Even with the light off flavor I thought this beer was fantastic! Would love to get my hands on a couple to cellar. Great job Jester King!!
04-09-2011 13:34:37 | More by alleykatking
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
750 ml. bottle poured into my newly aquired Bruery tulip. And may I add, this is one of, if not the, coolest bottles I've come across.
A: Pitch black, opaque. The pour dropped a great two finger dark mocha head that left some nice lace.
A: Big, and I mean big roasted malt. Black malt, caramel, chocolate, soy, burnt coffee, and earthy hops.
T: Chocolate and roast are great, but are backed up with a vanilla, caramel, sweetness. Notes of fig, raisin, chocolate, burnt coffee, and grass. Finishes dry, slightly bitter, and smooth.
M: Couldn't be better. Creamy, smooth, heavy body. Carbonation is spot on.
O: Man, this is one good beer. Perfect feel, great blend of dark and roasted malt, and a nice hop bitterness to balance it all out. This one should not be missed. I am glad I have another bottle. Skal.
04-08-2011 22:43:43 | More by Gtreid
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
capped 750ml bottle
Lots ov brown crust underneath the cap, no sign ov oxidation or anything funky. A solid black pours carefully from the bottle, a medium sized brown head on top. Big sweet malty nose, dark fruits, coffee grinds, some smoke, licorice and a bigger than expected hop aroma. Soft non offensive waves of alcohol. Big roasty malt, creamer, molasses, some coffee and a balancing bitterness. Full bodied and creamy, a huge beer that hides its strength well, very drinkable.
Reviewed to the sounds ov Dissection's 'Storm of the Lights Bane'
04-07-2011 00:34:40 | More by ATPete
4.65/5 rDev +12%
You certainly must appreciate a company that stands behind its products, and Jester King does just that. I want to give this beer another review since the first one had a failing cap. This one actually rode home on my motorcycle as well, but sat upright because it rode laying down last time. The cap didn't leak either way, so they seem to have nipped that problem off. So, here we go with a review of a properly presented Black Metal Imperial Stout that has been given a couple days to settle:
Appearance: Pours dark as heck with a small 1/4" head of small tan bubbles on top that are creamy looking and fade slowly. It is hard to tell what kind of bubbles are rising to maintain the head since it is black. A minute after the pour, the head is every bit of half its height. Surprisingly there is no lace left on the glass. As you swirl the beer, the lace is solid and makes a creamy wave that "oozes" down the side and back into the beer like "the blob" or something. Nice! Even though it isn't sticking, I guess the alcohol is just cleaning it up, which is different, but still appealing.
Aroma: The aroma gave lots of chocolate with some sweet toffee and a little hint of floral hops that all remind me of an exotic candy. The alcohol is already making an appearance by warming up the nose and giving some spice and bit of a prickle on the back of the nose from the heat. My palate is really fresh tonight, so I may be a little sensitive to the alcohol. As the beer sits, the chocolate is just getting more pronounced, and there is a creamy oat-like thing starting to come out.
Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely in that it has lots of chocolate with some sweetness from the toffee and a bit of alcohol in there to spice things up. Surprisingly the alcohol doesn't really burn in the finish, but is adding spicy complexity throughout the whole flavor profile. The beer is amazingly light bodied for being such a beast and is coming across as some shade of medium. The carbonation in this beer is definitely ample, so it covers up the alcohol pretty well. Amazingly as well is the fact that the finish is not acidic from the dark malts, so there must have been plenty of care taken in the water selection as well. The finish has some sweetness, but there is definitely some hops in this beer. I am tasting them more in the burp than in the flavor of the beer. I would have to say that this beer is balanced as far as the malt/hop thing goes, but the alcohol comes in there to help dry things out and keep the beer feeling light on the palate the whole time.
Opinion: I will have to go back and read my last review because the carbonation is really one of the things that make this beer. The balance of the recipe is outstanding, but there is a lot to the mouthfeel of this beer that is rather in-describable. The mix of chocolate and sweetness, with subtle floral hopping and added spice from the alcohol make this beer a real treat to drink. It is a bit like a dessert with a wallop at the end, so I doubt that I could drink more than one bottle myself, but that probably wouldn't be recommended for an ordinary human anyway.
Original Review - April 6, 2011
App = 3.5
Sml = 4.0
Tst = 4.0
Mfl = 3.0
Ovl = 4.0
Total = 3.88
I just tried this beer at the Flying Saucer tonight on tap and brought this one home, but unfortunately the cap couldn't take the "force" of my motorcycle and spewed most of the bottle on the freeway and the back of my bike. I have some Cradle Of Filth (Black Metal by some interpretation) on and am ready to partake in this beer. Let's give what is left a review:
Appearance: Pours dark as heck with a very small milk chocolate colored head that was made up of small creamy bubbles. The head was gone within about 20 seconds to leave a quite still looking black liquid.
Aroma: The chocolate is the predominant force in the aroma, but there is coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is also a big player in the beer adding spicy complexity among other notes. There are some toasty and slightly sweet aromatics coming out as the beer warms.
Taste: The flavor is quite bold with plenty of assertive roasty malt notes and a noticeable acidity. This acidity is more assertive than the beer was on tap tonight, so this may have to do with the lower carbonation after leaking. There are some sweet malty notes in this beer that have a subtle caramel quality and and assertive black malt. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation after the ride home.
Opinion: Overall this is a very well made beer. It has a great balance of hops and malt that at least 90% of beers fall short on. The malt is a huge part of this beer giving it a medium body regardless, a low carbonation, and the medium body of this beer make it quite substantial on the palate. The finish has some alcohol to dry things out, but it stays pretty assertively malty the whole time.
04-06-2011 06:51:47 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
A - Pours jet black with reddish tones in the light, one finger of tan head that has very nice retention and lacing.
S - Deep roasted malts, almost to the point of burnt in aroma, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits are all present.
T - Follows the nose with the roasted malts, some char/burnt characteristics are there, as well as bittersweet chocolate, espresso and dark fruit mostly in the way of raisins, almost zero alcohol presence.
M - Full bodied, smooth and creamy, less balanced from the bottle than the tap.
O - This is a very high quality imperial stout with a lot of subtleties to be appreciated, the bottle conditioning seems to very quite a bit unfortunately, but worth trying nonetheless.
04-06-2011 02:00:55 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
Beer poured from bottle into Snifter glass
A -Body has a black body; copper/golden beige head; 1/2 finger foam formed and dissipated very quickly; little amount of active carbonation; body was a bit syrupy in appearance and formed a small amount of lacing
S - Coffee notes; subtle hints of sweet caramel on the back-end; little smokiness, but mostly roasted barley notes;
T - Coffee and chocolate flavors hit the palette immediately; malt flavors of roasted malt; hops come up but at the end towards the back of the mouth
M - Creamy; filling; nitrogen effervescence on the tongue slight dry aftertaste; well-balanced blend of roasted malts and hops
D - Great stout; smooth drink and a quality after dinner brew, would go great with a some desserts
04-04-2011 02:28:55 | More by ferrari29
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
A traditional farmhouse brewery is open in Texas. This is a good thing. They start things off with an Imperial stout. That is a great thing. Black Metal looks the part. It's as black as the soul of Olve Eikemo(Immortal reference). Basically its a touch above black hole. Things are topped off by a couple fingers worth of milk chocolate head. Head fades to a ring, leaving some lace in its wake.
Black Metal smells the part of a good imperial stout. Deep roasty bitterness shines. Bitter chocolate, and dark roasted coffee stand out. A bit of an herbal quality struggles to make itself known. Some strong earthy notes round things out.
The flavor matches the nose. Chocolate notes are much stronger on the palate. Tons of dark chocolate shine. Beneath the chocolate is noticeable dark roasted coffee qualities. A bit of of caramel and licorice pop underneath all the chocolate and coffee. A bit of an earthy bitterness takes hold in the sweetish finish.
Black Metal is full bodied, yet not overly viscous.
Black Metal is fine example of an imperial stout. The alcohol is kept in check and never becomes overbearing. Its as quaffable as any good imperial stout can be. Props for creating an outstanding stout, and leading off with it to boot. Its always great to see another brewery open in Texas. With quality brews like this I hope they stick around awhile
04-03-2011 22:37:20 | More by Sweasty
3.9/5 rDev -6%
Had this on tap at the ginger man in Austin. Served in a pint glass...
A: dark, dark brown with barely any light brown head that quickly faded, leaving a small crown.
S: Lots of roasted malts on the nose, as well as some chocolate. This is not a very pungent beer though.
T: The taste of this beer was way more toward a porter or imperial stout as it was very roasty and slightly hoppy. I would not say it was nearly malty/sweet enough for an RIS. There was a little coffee and tobacco, but no caramel or dark fruits.
M: Appropriate for the style. Not much carbonation, medium-body, and good aftertaste.
O: Not my favorite of the style, but not a bad offering either. I won't be trading for any, or bring bottles home, but would recommend giving it a try if you're in Texas.
04-03-2011 18:54:06 | More by glazeman
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Super dark almost black color. Little to no head. Te name seems to fit.
Smell: Dark chocolate malts, roasted malts, roasted coffee beans. A few dark fruit smells.
Taste: Delicious beer that doesnt hide its ABVs. They're very much a part of the taste. Malts are the most obvious flavors along with the coffee. There are also sme aftertastes of fruity esters and biscuits.
Mouthfeel: Thick. Real thick.
Overall: A good beer overall. Quite delicious. It would make a damn good dessert beer.
04-03-2011 16:11:06 | More by thatlongname
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Spring break family vacation was supposed to be a trip to my Sister-in-law's place in Austin. As such, this beer was one of the ones I had hoped to find. Sadly, our plans were changed due
to religious intolerance and the possible
presence of Satan in my home...
but I digress
Anyway, thanks to my friend Ken, I had the opportunity to try this one a week or so back.
Poured a deep black color with a little brown head. Aromas of black coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and quite delicious, with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, black licorice and roasted malt. Well worth the wait...
04-02-2011 06:31:32 | More by emmasdad
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
To review this beer I obviously put on some black metal in the background. Selected tracks of Pantera, In Flames, and, of course, Black Label Society. Oh! and Slayer!
A: Dark motor oil black. Thin espresso like head with some decent lacying.
S: I get caramelized stone fruits with burnt sugar and coffee. A back end aroma of tobacco smoke and roast.
T: Dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and caramelized stone fruits. Just like the smell but a hint of raisin as well.
M: Thick viscous tar like fluid. A meal in a glass. This might be my favorite trait about this beer. This is a meal in a bottle. Monks could survive on this for all of Lent, past Easter, hit up some middle eastern holidays and finish off at Christmas with just one bottle.
O: Good Imp. Stout, no doubt. But the price is high and it isn't better than Old Raspy. I'll buy more to see what time does but don't kill yourself for this beer.
03-30-2011 13:16:03 | More by rwf08
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
From the Rare Beer Club (February 2011). 750 mL bottle poured into a Texas-sized tulip. My first beer from Texas - cool. The label art reminds me of some macabre character out of Creepshow, but this is about beer, so I digress.
Pours a thick black with a nice dark beige head. Smells of coffee, burnt malts, some mild dark chocolate. Not much lacing.
Took a sip and the burnt malt roastiness hit me first. Unfortunately this flavor dominates the overall profile. There are subtle notes of molasses, coffee, and dark fruits, but the burnt malts seem almost over-roasted, and that's a shame. Some more chocolate balance in the taste and this beer would be incredible.
Mouthfeel is bitter and lingers for some time, but I'm honestly not put off by this.
Overall this was a nice offering from RBC. Some more chocolate to balance things out and this beer would be right up there with Stone IRS.
03-27-2011 01:36:24 | More by ElGallo
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
The glass tumbler exposed a black liquid, an elixir, capped with a mocha-tinged head which set the ambiance. The aroma was rich with chocolate, hints of cappuccino and an underlying component of bitterness. The flavor is smokey roasted malt complemented by the by the chocolate tones. Depth through the center. As the beer warms, some fruity boozy fruit emerges. A touch of bitterness in the finish and the palate is is left with a powdery dryness. A nice cap to the night.
03-27-2011 00:54:08 | More by BeardedBoffin
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks tsatem for this bottle
from notes 3-25-11
A - good black/red pour to a dark black body and a big dark brown head.
S - dark malts, chocolate, coffee, dry woody/rawhide hop notes.
T - Nutty chocolate, coffee/rawhide. Good balance, sweetens a bit as it warms
M - big and smooth, creamy. real nice
O (D) - hard to put this one down, very enjoyable.
03-26-2011 16:02:53 | More by ColdPoncho
3.83/5 rDev -7.7%
Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this one at a recent stout tasting.
A: opaque black with a thick creamy brown head. Looks very nice.
S: notes of smoke, char, with a sweetness that I am having trouble putting my finger on, almost a caramel/marshmellow character
T: not nearly as much going on as the nose promised, decent balance, some funky wood character with a drying quality on the finish and a hint of astringency
MF: low carbonation, medium body
O: This beer, while unique, is not my favorite. There is some weird stuff going on with the sweetness and I probably wouldn't try this again.
03-26-2011 00:54:34 | More by homebrew311
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
A-dark as night with tan head around the edges
S-sweet vanilla. Very inviting and I cannot wait to dive in.
T-light bodied with a nice hint of vanilla. A lot lighter and smoother than I expected.
M-light bodied and oh so smooth
O-decent beer but alot lighter bodied than I expected.
03-26-2011 00:07:32 | More by brew3crew
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks calbertb2 and tsatem for this one
First off... This is a killer bottle design! Very reminiscent of black ops
Pours a very dark almost black with a nice bit of light brown head. Vry highly carbonated. The bottle says fermented by the sheer force of it's awesome will and it's true. Smells chocolatey with some slight roast. Very heavy on caramel and other really sweet malts. Tastes the same. Like a non barrel aged version of black ops. Vry smooth and highly drinkable. Definitely going back for more.
03-25-2011 22:22:32 | More by Urbancaver
4/5 rDev -3.6%
I had this one at the Ginger Man during my latest jaunt to Austin. Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a smallish tan head.
It has an inviting nose of charred malts, brown sugar and coffee.
The taste mirrors the nose. Charred/blackened malts, dark fruit, coffee, a mish mash of molasses and dark brown sugar. The alchol is well hidden.
The mouth is soft with low carbonation.
Maybe a bit too aggressive to session, but it is a great end of the evening beer.
03-24-2011 18:32:09 | More by Redrover
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle shared by Starrdog, thanks Matt. Beer is dark brown / black with a tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, looks fine.
Aroma is not quite what I expected, some roast, some coffee but some smoke. More smoke than I thought.
I think I liked it better than the rest of the people drinking it but once I put the though of RIS out of my head and started thinking smoke beer, it was really good. The lead off is a little thin, the midpalate was quite smoky and the finish was medium bodied with a little ashy / coffee finish. Not my favorite RIS / smoked beer but a decent one for sure.
03-24-2011 04:37:19 | More by drabmuh
Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.