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Black Metal Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 164
Gots: 281 | FT: 11
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
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 obrike
4.14/5  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.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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.


Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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!

Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of rdickey
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of holden303
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of specksnreds
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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...


Photo of diamondc
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep black with a thick mahogany head that lingers throughout the glass.

S: Chocolate up front with hints of dark fruits and roasted malt, the bottle claims to have a massive hop presence but there is none that i can detect.

T: Blasted with a huge burst of rich chocolate with a nice roast/black patent malt finish. Again still no hop flavor I believe mainly due to the overwhelming chocolate presence.

M: Smooth and rich with a slight alcoholic burn in the finish.

O: A very good RIS but a little heavy on the chocolate. I could see this beer improving after it has been laid down for a year or two.

Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Bottle thanks to GregVST. Poured into a Darkness snifter while playing At the Heart of Winter on the speakers and two separate Immortal videos on my computer monitors.

A: Foreboding black with a huge dark brown head that seems to linger sempiternally. Retention is excellent and there's an impressive amount of lacing.

S: Big cocoa and dark chocolate notes meld with a frostbitten black strap molasses presence and traces of espresso. Roasted malt is grim, and it accompanies licorice and darkened anise. No evident alcohol. There's a decided coldness that coincides with earth and frost. Evil is pervasive here. There's a touch of smoke, most likely smoke from the burning kingdoms of my enemies.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malt are at the forefront of this attack. Coffee is evident. Dry and aggressive, with a moderate grim earthy bitterness, forever descending in a palace of moon. Blackstrap molasses is pronounced, with notes of dying hopes and dreams. The sun no longer rises...grey mist swirl across the meadows.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy, dry, dark, thick, and sticky. The mouthfeel is frostbitten perfection.

Overall: Pure evil. This is a high quality Russian Imperial Stout. With sword in hand, I now stand on my enemy's land...


Photo of Texasfan549
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took the bottle (bomber) out of the fridge and let it sit for a half an hour before pouring into my snifter. Poured as black as a moonless night with a 2 inch brown head that was clinging to the edge of the glass throughout my session. Really nice looking imperial stout. Nose is mostly dark/bitter chocolate and smokey burnt roasted malts. Taste is all chocolate that is sweeter than it smellls, roasted malts, smokey like a b-b-que pit on a warm Texas hill country evening, alcohol is present but almost an afterthought. Mouthfeel is medium, could be thicker for its style but still very enjoyable. Overall one of my new favorite imperial stouts. Very drinkable for a beer as strong as it is.

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and dark near black with some brown highlights when held to the light. Small cap of tan head. Scent is dominated my roasted malts which gives hints of dark roasted cocoa, nuts, coffee, char, earth and smoke. Faint hints of sweetness and dark fruit (black cherry). Taste is an exercise in blending malts as the components of scent shine through. Sweetness is pleasant, fruitiness has some cherry but also a touch of hoppy citrus. Full bodied, smooth and doesn't linger on the palate. A very nice beer which showcases the malts and doesn't let them hide behind any other ingredient.

Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

444th review on BA
bottle to snifter
750 ML, Capped

App- It's black and thick and rich. It pours with a brown two finger head and no cling at all.

Smell- It's very hoppy with a lot of chocolate and coffee. A larger grainy smell with a slight booze. A lot of dark/roasty/toasted malts.

Taste- I like where they took this. It's more light and balanced and flavorful. Lots of Chocolate and darker malts. It's got a big roasted balanced behind it without being to overdone or powerful for the taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level, although was balancing on being high carbed. A lot of roasty and chocolate.

Drink- It's a good stout. It's fairly big with a lot of chocolate and malts. The booze was very tempered against the mentioned flavors. I would like this one again.

Photo of mwilbur
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours thick and black as motor oil. There is absolutely no light coming through with backlighting...a black hole. Beautiful 2-3 inch extremely dark tan head with excellent retention. Nice lacing.
S: Dark roasted caramel malts...sweet smelling. Medium roast coffee. Toffee.
T: Dark bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee (again bitter), sweet roasted caramel malt. The overall effect is layers of dark rich sweetness. Alcohol is suprisingly well hidden, but does come forward with warming. Charred wood also comes through.
M: Smooth as silk up front. Heavy and chewy. Bitter with a bit of a dry finish. Nice complexity here.
D: Good drinkability for such a hefty brew. Again, the alcohol is quite well hidden. Glad I got to try this bad boy.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant – much obliged!

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are slight amounts of smoke and lighter hints of tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells but slightly richer. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly solid amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries up a bit with hints of smoke. Near the end of the sip the smoke fades a bit, allowing slight earthy hops and tobacco flavors to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is one of the better pure American Double Stouts I’ve had in a while. All the flavors are well integrated and it goes down smoothly. Worth a shot.

Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Radome
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.