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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
outstanding

549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 164
Gots: 283 | 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 Gtreid
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Infernal Hails!

Reviewed to the sounds ov Dissection's 'Storm of the Lights Bane'

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Photo of ferrari29
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Sweasty
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of glazeman
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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...

Photo of rwf08
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of crusian
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had this on cask a month or so ago, but wanted to wait for the bottle to give it a fair review. Serious difference from cask to bottle, which I'll get into. Plus one for vegetarian... this needs to be the standard.

Pours a deep black with a seriously dark finger of head, may be the darkest head I have seen...

The nose is interesting to say the least... not what I expected. Strong Belgian yeast and dark fruitiness mixed with chocolate and a bit chemical... almost bleach like.

Taste is serious, the most burnt tasting roasted beer I have had... yet has a lot of underlying fruitiness. Cask did not have as much burnt flavor to it, and had more fruitiness. mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, it is on the medium side, but I like milkshake thickness. Alcohol is nowhere to he found on this... really drinkable.
Overall this is a fantastic start to a brewery I am looking forward to. Throw this in some brandy barrels, etc... see what happens.

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

This was the first beer I've had from Jester King.

A - The appearance is very black with a reddish head. There was about 2 fingers of head and it dissipated quickly.

S - A very burnt roasted aroma. I like it but it could be too much for some. The smell is also full of chocolate and some coffee.

T - Same as the smell. The beer does not seem to change very much throughout drinking it while it warms up, but that's alright because the taste is very good.

M - Creamy thick goodness. Exactly what I want in a RIS. Not thin or watery in anyway.

D - I thought this beer was great. I am not seasoned in the RIS category but this is one that liked a lot. A sipper that you just want to keep on sipping.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to starrdogg for opening up a bottle of this. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours black with a good light tan head with pretty good retention and a slight bit of lacing. The nose is quite roasty and a bit smokey off the bat. After the initial whiff, there's some mild chocolate as well, though it keeps coming back to the smokiness. The flavor exhibits the same qualities with a dry roastedness coming through most prominently, followed by some smoke. Nothing too complex, but the components integrate quite well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. It's a bit too bitter in the finish. Drinks well and is certainly a good beer. Thanks again, Matt.

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

A - Black body with a small cap of dark mocha head, nice lacing and foam cap retention.

S - Roasted malts, really roasted, that is. Heavy on the burnt aspect but not too much, making this actually quite delightful. Balanced out with some fresh ground coffee and dark fruits, the aromatics are a good, standard starting point, but can always be improved upon.

T - Bitter chocolate notes blended with some dark roasted coffee is the gist of the flavor profile here. Not very in-depth and complex, but enough to be tasteful and stand on its own. Some alcohol notes are more prevalent as this warms although nothing is ever overbearing. Again, it's good just could be more complex for a big RIS.

M - Silky, creamy, medium to full-bodied...pretty dead on.

D - Not something that I could finish the entire bottle of myself, better off split but good enough to the point where a pint isn't any big challenge.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Levitation tulip glass.

Thrilled to see this come in the MJRBC shipment last month. Shoulda been listening to some darkness while drinking it, but whaddya gonna do? It pours a sleek obsidian, as black as the collective heart of Slayer, topped by a finger of dark-ish sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, light oak smoke, and toffee. The taste holds notes of oak, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and a decidedly light sprig of menthol. The back end of the taste is kinda acrid, just a touch too bitter for its own good. Luckily, it doesn't detract too much from the overall experience. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, but it falls short of true greatness. Perhaps a bit more metal next time?

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the malts seem burnt and exhibit some notes of smoky flavors. There are hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste; these are followed by flavors of chocolate, coffee and raisins. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is rather drinkable considering its strength because most of the alcohol is masked from the taste.

Photo of yourefragile
2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4 ozish sample at a Central PA BA gathering. Served from a bottle to a snifter.

I was very excited to try anything from Jester King, particularly this beer given the hype it has received. Sadly, sampled alongside Black Tuesday, random Dark Lord and Darkness, Dark Intrigue, Kate, Splinter Black, etc it failed to live up to expectations. Typical stoutish appearance of near opaque black with a quickly fading mocha head. Mildly thin in appearance.

Aroma is burnt and charred more than anything else. Some mild oak, chocolate, nuttiness and citrus hops. Ash and smoke dominate however in the nose; not exactly appealing.

Like the aroma, flavor is burnt, charred and raw. Body is ashy and roasty with less sweetness and malt than the nose. Citric hop bitterness randomly pops in the finish without little balance or integration with the body.

Ugh, I greatly appreciate whoever brought this to the tasting, but this was one of my biggest disappointments of the day. I finished about half of my sample before pouring out the rest; the char and roast was too much to handle. I can't wait to see what those that slagged Splinter Black say about this.

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