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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial StoutBlack Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
English Imperial Stout meets the Franco-Belgian Farmhouse tradition in this dry, drinkable beer; Pitch black in color with notes of chocolate, roasted and black malts coupled with earthy, peppery and floral farmhouse esters.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-17-2011)
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Photo of JulioH


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful color, dark brown/black, awesome foamy head with a very dark mocha color. Not very aromatic, but clear hints of coffee. After tasting it, a strong coffee flavor is uncovered. Not heady at all, nor boozy. Hints of sour beer linger, maybe cherries or lambic.

This is a very complex beer. It is not heavy to drink, it's one of the less filling Russian Stouts I've had. Dry and bitter remains in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 19:22:41 | More by JulioH
Photo of jwchestnut


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I totally dug this beer. Pours totally black with tan, khaki head. The nose is dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits - figs and cherries - picked up on some of those farmhouse-y saison yeast notes. The taste follows the noise primarily with the dark roasted grains, cocoa and dark fruits - maybe a little vinous. Some sweetness that is almost like Belgian candi-sugars, a little more oak and slight funk from what I am assuming is the farmhouse yeast - though they are really quite minimal. Surprisingly smooth and full mouthfeel that has an incredibly dry finish. Again, I really enjoyed this beer. One my favorites from Jester King that I thought walked the line between the two styles quite well.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 14:34:36 | More by jwchestnut
Photo of mrfrancis


3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque black with a thick, creamy tan head.

S: Pleasant aromas of caramel, coffee, roasted grain, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, minerals, raisins, plums, and black cherries are underscored by a subtle, oaky, lactic funk.

T: Notes of oak, cedar, plums, black cherry, black currant, rum raisins, figs, roasted grain, coffee, vanilla bean, caramel, dark chocolate, and minerals fill the mouth. Lactic character from the yeast is very subtle. The finish is dry and intense with oak, roasted grain, chocolate, dark fruit, and mellow alcohol.

M; Relatively full-bodied, dry, and chalky. Carbonation is crisp and intense. Alcohol presence is mellow and restrained. This is very easy to drink compared to many other examples of the style.

O: A really interesting imperial stout. The funky notes are minimal, but work in the context of this beer. Before trying this, I had heard a number of horror stories about the consistency of Jester King's output, with this beer often singled out as one of the most hit or miss. Either those stories are exaggerated or I happened to get a good bottle because, fortunately, this turned out to be a very nice ale. I would definitely try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 15:03:15 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

I know it's not appearance, but I did appreciate the healthy glugging sound as this beer departed the bottle. Add to that the thick and viscous liquid that came out and I was well on my way to enjoying this beer. The pour produced a three-finger thick head that was espresso-tinged in color, very frothy, and crystalline. The beer was pitch black and looked like a coffee without milk. The head also proved to be incredibly persistent.

Perhaps, my mind and nose were playing tricks on me, but i got hints of lactose when smelling this beer. There was dark chocolate blending with this, so it was very much like a cafe mocha. I also got some really sweet aromas that suggested Belgian candy syrup, which then were complemented by sweet malts. A very intriguing and dessert-like brew.

Black Metal's taste did not disappoint either. I immediately got dark chocolate and cherry and other dark fruit notes, then a thick dark roasted malt flavor, creamy lactose, baker's chocolate and cocoa. The dry chocolatey flavors stuck on my tongue. A damn delightful treat.

The beer is sweet and almost sugary, which may find some detractors, but I feel the other characteristics do a great job of balancing things out. There's slight yeastiness, medium carbonation and body, slight fruity lightness, and a thrust of carbonation at the finish. I also realized the beer has a slight vinous quality.

This beer is just outstanding. It complex, unique and bursting with flavor. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 18:12:39 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of nickfl


4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3000th review

Pours with a big head of dark khaki head on a very black body. The aroma is dark stone fruit and chocolate. Lots of fruit and chocolate up front in the flavor with notes of dark cherry, raspberry and lots of dark, rummy chocolate. A thick, dense body and fairly high carbonation. Very good, the chocolate and fruit are very well matched and complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 04:04:40 | More by nickfl
Photo of Florida9


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure of the year, but I believe this bottle is from the first release of this beer as a Farmhouse.

A: Black, black, black. Fully opaque. Forms a huge mocha colored head. Great retention, but very little lacing.

S: Aroma is a blend of heavily roasted malts, smoke, creaminess, and some yeasty esters.

T: Taste is pretty good. Rather creamy with notes of smoke, heavily roasted malts, dark fruits, toast, cocoa, chocolate, and a slight touch of coffee. There is a hint ofo something approaching tartness. Not necessarily tart or funky, but the yeast are imparting something quite a bit different than original version. Finish is long, creamy, and roasty.

M: Full bodied. Heavier carbonation for the style, but the beer is so thick the extra carbonation helps to lighten it a bit. Moderate burnt malt bitterness.

O: A pretty good beer. Certainly much better than the non-farmhouse version which tasted burnt and plasticy.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:24:19 | More by Florida9
Photo of DMXLOX22


4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this brew from my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. It came highly recommend by an employee there and a friend of mine whom I texted while waiting in line. Let's see how this brew goes down.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost purple, but also almost black color that came with an impressive, tan frothy head that was a little intimating, but also quite inviting. Reminds me of a Belgian brew.

Smell: Pretty heavy rush of dark, roasted malts are the first thing noticed. Tiny amount of bready-like alcohol is detected. Second take and chocolate is coming through the malts, but the burnt-like malts are a little overpowering. Almost killed the excitement for me. I'm sure it gets better than this.

Taste: First sips are a an immediate rush of a roast, coffee and toffee-like flavor. Quite strong on the first two sips to be quite honest. Then, halfway down as the brew settles and temperature drops slightly, There's a mix of cocoa and fruity flavors. Fig flavors come to mind also. Theres an acidic back-up that comes into play when all the stronger flavors settle. Not bad. I'm getting into the sour beers lately. This one has some characteristics of a sour beer.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, medium to medium-light carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

Overall: Coming into this beer, I was definitely curious and heard some good things about this brew. Glad I took upon it. The dark roasted malts originally were a reminder of a stout, but there was a good alcohol flavor and yeast flavors with some sour flavors. Farmhouse style is definitely noticed here. Would totally have again, maybe on tap. I would recommend to a friend, but would warn them first, the ABV can sneak up on you. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:40:07 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of richj1970


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Stone taster glass.

A: Midnight black with thick 3 or 4 finger chocolate colored soapy head with some nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, campfire smoke, and a bit of farmhouse funk.

T: Smoked malts with a bit of bitter finish. Espresso, dark chocolates.

M: Thick with lots of carbonation. A nice departure from other big Russian Imperial Stout that tend to be a bit flat.

O: Very unique stout. The smokiness was heavier than expected, and the farmhouse funkiness added a unique twist to the style. Not something that I want everyday, but an enjoyable diversion from the other stouts that I love.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 23:59:19 | More by richj1970
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King Brewery - Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours high viscosity motor oil with a thick soapy mocha head and great lacing. Perfect.

Smell - Estery farmhouse slightly funky aroma with roasted chocolate malts and some hot pepper.

Taste - Thick, rich chocolate and roast with a touch of farmhouse funk.

Mouthfeel - Rests roasted and slight puckering sour. Medium bodied with high carbonation (most JK brews are high carb I have noticed0. Boozy warm but great drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew, unique Jester King take on the style. Glad I could get my hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:29:42 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a thick tan head that lingers well in JK goblet.

Smell is toasted malts, chocolate, molasses and a hint of smoke.

Taste follows smell well. Lots of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and some ripe fruits. Good bit of smoky bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and well carbonated.

Overall this was really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:54:07 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of cbutova


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black povr of the night reminding me only of the darkest cvltists. Large, intensely dark mocha with shades of grey head builds to three fingers. Head retention is good but it falls all the way to a thin bubbly ring. Spotty lace at best.

S- Belgian yeast that you don't normally see in this type of beer becomes apparent right away with the huge roast. Dark red dried cherry raisin feel beyond the heap of dark malts.

T- Roastiness seems to take over more here, maybe one of the darkest brews flavor wise I can think of. Burnt cereal grains, dark toast, charcoal and some dark 100% cocoa feel. Yeast is strong as well and brings spice, dark fruits, slight tartness and some alcohol. Something oaky.

MF- Dry and more like a Belgian as you might expect, rather than the usual sweet RIS. Fairly warm with a super roast bitterness lingering on the palate.

Interesting to say the least and intensely dark roasty as the name might suggest. Roast burnt compounds with the heavy yeast spice and is maybe a bit too intense.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 15:16:40 | More by cbutova
Photo of Radome


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Bought at the brewery in Sep '13.

A - The beer is the darkest possible brown, very close to black. No light shines through it; it looks like engine oil. The head is unbelievable. It is the darkest brown head I've ever seen. It piled up several inches high during the pour, then dropped to a solid, opaque layer. It is made up of fairly large bubbles with an oily appearance, like espresso whipped to a froth. I can't imagine a better looking beer.

S - Very complex aroma. Chocolate, coffee, rum, oak. Very low fruit aromas. A hint of leather and horse blanket, but not overpowering.

T - A wealth of dark malt flavors: dark chocolate, espresso, dark wheat dinner rolls. Fruit is restrained; maybe some raisins and prunes. There is an alcohol sweetness that again reminds me of rum, but it's balanced by a very light "farmhouse" tartness.

M - Thick, creamy, mouthcoating body. Low carbonation. Medium hops bitterness and light alcohol presence.

O - This is a delicious Imperial Stout. The farmhouse character is restrained, but adds complexity and helps cut through the sweetness. This is like drinking an Irish coffee or a chocolate milk-like mixed drink, maybe a white Russian. Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:36:19 | More by Radome
Photo of DanielDomigan


4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours Blacker then the blackest black times infinity. A dryed blood color finger of head.

S: smells of BLACK Coffee and Rotting Farmhouse yeast! and some boozyness...

T: hell fire roasted Cocoa, slight festering malts and yeast and vanilla bean tears ov dying angels

M: thick as blood with a generous amount ov carbonation

This brew was defiantly spawned from the darkest pits ov hell to pay homage to Black Metal and SATAN! \m/

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 09:06:56 | More by DanielDomigan
Photo of fourstringer


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into an old-fashioned glass with a moderately aggressive hand. No date on the bottle, but pretty metal label. It tells me this is best enjoyed with blast beats! Well ok then, twist my arm. I'm in TX - will Pantera's Great Southern Trendkill suffice?

A: Opaque black. Not even any transparency on the last swig from the glass. Impressive. 1.5 fingers of tight, deep caramel-colored head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Nice, full roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. Dark fruit underneath. A flemish-type, cherry tartness develops as it warms.

T: A split second of sweetness gives way to a surprising degree of tartness that lingers. Slowly yields to a medium dark chocolate bitterness and fairly dry finish. Roasted, somewhat oaky, malt carries throughout. Dark cherry. Some black licorice. Not much alcohol at all for 9% ABV. This is the inverse of something like Cuvee Freddy or Sierra/Boulevard's Incognito which starts tart and turns barrel-aged. This starts with more of the dark, round flavors and blossoms into a flemish-style sour with roasted notes. Really enjoying this.

M: High carbonation for the style, although moderate overall. Moderate body. Kinda bursts in the mouth when it hits the tongue. Could certainly be smoother and creamier.

O: Strikes me as a sort of imperial Flemish red with darker malt. This brew really syncs up with my personal tastes. Love the sour notes. I haven't had prior iterations of Black Metal for comparison, but in my ignorance, this really seems to hit the high notes for me. Maybe it's the Pantera. I'll Drag the Waters for more.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:12:02 | More by fourstringer
Photo of kojevergas


2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

9.3% ABV confirmed. Batch #14 - June 4th, 2013. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with strange label art and awesome branded brass-coloured pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high given its current 89 rating as well as the seemingly unique style.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of rich gold-tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Has a smooth consistency and a somewhat soft complexion. I tilt the glass to try to coax out some lacing, but none sticks. Head retention is good for the ABV - about 7 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable solid black; opaque. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's certainly to style and looks pretty good, but isn't mind-blowingly appealing or inviting. It's not unique or special.

Sm: Vague coffee. Hints of licorice, anise, raisin. Light acridity. Burnt dark sugars. Bitter dark chocolate. Buried roast - nowhere near enough for my tastes. I do find a hint of acidity, but I wouldn't say there's any real funkiness to the aroma - at least not in a brettanomyces yeast sense. The acridity is bothersome. Cocoa dust. Belgian dark malts. It flirts with a Belgian dark ale character in that sense. Marshmallow. Molasses. A kiss of espresso. There's a rather unwelcome grape note, as well as some out-of-place apple. Once you notice that grape, it's hard to push out of your mind, and as the beer warms it becomes more and more artificial, even bordering on medicinal - grape cough syrup comes to mind. Caramel.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the aroma. The grape and acridity in particular are off-putting, and I'm not finding the roastiness I love in a good stout nor am I finding the funkiness that is supposed to set this one apart. Moderately strong.

T: I like the cocoa powder and the bitter dark chocolate notes, as well as the marshmallow. But the coffee has all of the acridity of the bottom of an espresso shot and none of the rich roastiness, nuttiness, or cream you'd find in better imperial stouts. Luckily, the grape isn't as present as it is in the aroma, but it still bothers - as do the licorice/anise and molasses notes. More raisin would be nice. It never approaches vinous character, but it does have a vague Belgian dark ale vibe. Lightly burnt sugars and caramel are present, but add little. Dark malts and chocolate malts fill out the body. Boy do I wish there was more roast. There's some green apple here which works surprisingly well, but other than that I'm not finding any evidence of farmhouse yeast. There's really nothing funky about this, but it does have a fairly annoying acidity. I'd attribute the Belgian dark ale dimension to the yeast used here - which I think is just a standard Belgian yeast - but there's nothing funky. Though I find no real noticeable hop profile, it's still a bit too bitter.

The more I drink, the more I notice an artificial fruity character (berries, grape, syrups) on the burp. It grows more medicinal with each sip. With warmth, a near-cloying sweetness begins to eclipse the previously noticeable bitterness.

Frankly, I'm not sure the beer benefits from the use of Belgian yeast. Nor does the execution evoke a "Farmhouse Imperial Stout." The decision to use an atypical yeast ultimately just reduces the cohesion of the flavour profile, yielding a loosely structured non-gestalt build with little to offer the discerning drinker. Decent loose balance. Okay complexity. Lackluster subtlety.

Alcohol presence is decently hidden.

Mf: Very syrupy, to its detriment. Slick and artificial. Smooth and wet. Sticky. Nice thickness and body. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Severely flawed; the syrupy texture and sticky consistency make this almost disgusting. Doesn't complement the flavour profile at all. I'd like to see a dryer and more coarse texture to coax out more of the powdery cocoa notes.

Dr: A forgettable brew with an interesting concept that the execution fails to rise to. I remember liking the old Black Metal better. I'm not looking forward to finishing this bottle, and wish I had others to help me. It's easy enough to drink a small quantity, but drinkability plummets after a few ounces. A big disappointment from Jester King. I'm quickly learning that for the most part only their sours are worthwhile. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, nor would I buy it again. Overpriced. With the myriad of better beers in the imperial stout style available at a better price point out there, I can't understand why this beer is profitable. One of the most medicinal imperial stouts I think I've had this year.

High D+

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:18:12 | More by kojevergas
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/30/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer, very #excite, get #hype

Appearance: Pours a rich black, with some brown around the edges - big, fluffy, creamy head to start - huge head fades quickly to a minimal cap - leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Chocolate malts and Jester King's trademark yeast - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, maybe a hint of semisweet chocolate - some grainy sweetness - roasty and burnt - some hints of dark fruit - yeasty, in a remarkably Jester King farmhouse way, and it doesn't quite blend with the other aromas, in my humble opinion

Taste: Chocolate, burnt, and Belgian - dark chocolate and baker's chocolate, minimal sweetness - roasty and burnt, with some charcoal - some nuts and black licorice - yeasty, in a farmhouse way, which seems to add earthy and tart notes - some dark fruit and acidity - above average burnt bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, doesn't quite feel imperial, nice carbonation, kind of oily, very dry finish

Overall: Blast beats may or may not be appropriate for the farm life

Back in 2011 I'm pretty sure I had the old (non - farmhouse) version of this, because I have very fond memories. This version will not produce memories that are as fond. Not a bad beer by any standards, but it's far from a great RIS. It's also the only beer I've ever had from Jester King that I didn't find remarkable in some way.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 05:51:51 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straight black with a bubbly dark tan head. Drops to a small cap and collar. Slightly above average carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Cocoa with some solid roasted malts. Roasty sweet with some.hints of char and smoke. Dark chocolate. Slight sweetness. Some earthy and.grassy hops. Some slight spicy esters. Bitter chocolate. Crazy roasted. Some sweeter caramel malt as it warms. Milk chocolate.

Taste: So much roasted malt. Bitter cocoa and baker's chocolate with a very slight chocolate sweetness. Pushes a hint of burnt sweetness and smoke. Yeast adds some earthy elements with some spicy esters. Bitter from cocoa, not hops. Some leafy earthy notes. Relatively mild and balanced. Some backing dark fruit as it warms. So much chocolate malt and roast. Almost milky sweet at times.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body for the style. Oddly crisp and clean. Carbonation runs a bit high, but can easily be.attributed to the yeast and bottle conditioning. Clean.

Overall: Straight up fusion metal.

Exactly what it says it is, a blend of farmhouse ingenuity with a standard imperial stout. Not my favorite, but solid. Reasonably sure I tried the non farmhouse couple years ago at a tasting. This was not the delight I remember.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 05:46:48 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of MCain04


3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black pour with a mocha head, big big head with good retention but not much lacing.

Smells very much like a farmhouse ale with that barnyard yeasty aroma and pale malts, a little bit of roasty character, and some coffee.

Taste is sweet with grape pulp, some bitterness and coffee, a tiny bit of funk, tastes very much like it is described, as a a farmhouse style RIS.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall an interesting take on RIS, and well done for the style, worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:05:00 | More by MCain04
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750Ml poured into a snifter

A- Pours extremely dark brown. Black as night in the glass. A two finger of a frothy brown head. Beautiful stuff.

S- A lot of roasted malt in this one. A big dryness, a touch of coffee. A slight yeastyness and spicy grain. A touch of dark fruit and a hoppy bitterness. Overall, A roastbomb.

T- A super roasty beer. The first flavor to really pop here is a strong fruity ester. A bit of a dark fruit malt profile. A lemony yeastyness and possibly some floral fruity notes left by hops. A touch of coffee in this beer but a lot of chocolate. A dark, bitter chocolate with a bite and a lasting flavor. A slight grain and wheat as well. Alcohol well hidden.

M- A different mouthfeel from what you would normally expect out of a RIS. Very high carbonation and lingering bitterness. A very full body. Heavy beer but balanced.

O- An awesome RIS. A unique take on the style. Veers slightly off the norm and doesn't disappoint. Also, great label.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:39:35 | More by TwelveOunces
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing a year old aged bottle

Pours a half inch dark chocolate head, body is pitch black in color. Head retention and lacing were above average.

Smell is of sweet port wine, chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. Smell of alcohol is slightly present and malt is abit smoky. Hops arent apparent at all.

Taste is of sweet chocolate syrup, slight soy sauce too. Burnt malts and roasted espresso mixed with some port wine balance the beer out. Hops arent present and alcohol cuts some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but is lighter than it looks. Head dissipated rather quickly unfortunately, beer was well carbonated.

Overall this beer was a good imperial stout. Nothing in the top ten of its style but a solid brew nonetheless. Would drink again if available to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 04:32:34 | More by angelmonster
Photo of CMUbrew


4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black as one would expect. A solid three fingers of dark brown creamy foam is produced to sit on top. A decent foam cap sticks around.

S: A funky, yeasty aroma makes it evident this isn't a typical imperial stout. The barnyard qualities do not shut out the roasty dark malt aromas, however.

T: Just what I was expecting, except better. The funky barnyard yeastiness adds an acidic tartness and some funky flavors. These blend fantastically with the bold, dark, rich malt flavors.

M: A big body that isn't overly viscous, but brings a good amount of carbonation to the table.

O: Just awesome. One can't help but be crushed by a brew this metal. Best served by candlelight with some Immortal or Behemoth blasting your face off.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 04:41:35 | More by CMUbrew
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4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black inky brew with a big dark tan head of foam. This beer has a unique appearance in that when it settles the bubbles form four cool circles in the tulip glass. Really neat. Pretty aromatics, but kind of one note in this aspect. Just some roast. Not getting any floral aromas from the Belgian yeast. The taste is very balanced, but the dark chocolate flavors really shine. Very tasty brew. I think the Belgian yeast is slightly affecting either the feel or the finish. Not preferred, but it doesn't totally distract from the good aspects of this beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:23:20 | More by C20Percent
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate are present in the nose, although these are subdued a bit by the presence of farmhouse yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with notes of earthy yeast and roasted malts. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and somewhat airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The yeast and roast make your mouth a little chalky and dry.
O: I really enjoyed this stout because it offered some of the qualities you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout but was significantly easier to drink because it wasn't as full-bodied. The use of farmhouse yeast adds some interesting qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 19:30:16 | More by metter98
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4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into SN snifter.

A: Pure black opaque with a huge dark brown head. Creamy bubbles floating on top of larger bubbles, dissipated after a min with good lacing.

S: Hint of dark fruits with a toasty character with some booziness. There's a strange aroma, most likely from the farmhouse yeast, but slight citrusi and licorice like. Definitely different but interesting.

T: That strange aroma comes through at the beginning as yeasty fruitiness mixed with roastiness, coffee and a little chocolate. I also want to say citrus but prolly confusing it for yeast hard tee coming through in a style, RiS, which I would not normally expect. Also get a lot of dark fruits from the large amount of roasted malts, which explain the ausome hugely brown head.

M: Medium body from the high attenuation, a bit dry and bitter. Medium carbonation and small hints of alcohol considering the 9% abv tag. Also, a big roasty coffee aftertaste from all that dark roasted malt dominates at the end and lingers for a while, which I'm enjoying quite a bit, yum!

O: A must have brew by Jester King. I really like the creativity of using a farmhouse year in an imperial stout. Very interesting and will have more.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 05:04:33 | More by MarioM
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours the blackest dark as night hue with a chocolate laced three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is dark chocolate,roasted malts,booze and Irish coffee,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of dark chocolate,toasty roasty malts,Irish coffee,a touch of funky tartness and finished choc dryness and overall very nice for a night like tonight and would buy again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 12:38:32 | More by ADZA
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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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