Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 11-17-2011

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.
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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass as Immortal blasts blast beats out of the speakers.

A big fluffy brown head is produced; no doubt a product of the refermentation. The body is none more black.

Lots of chocolate and roast when cooler and seems to subside as it warms allowing cherry notes to pop out along with some peppery spice.

Less chocolate on the taste than the aroma. Quite a bit of roast. Dark fruit and cherry along with a woodiness even though it isn't barrel aged.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation to move the beer along the palate easily.

Quite drinkable for such a roasty stout. The farmhouse yeast adds a great component to this beer. With a little refinement this could be as ridiculous as running through the woods of Bergen with a witch hat and cape.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In in Austin.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of leather and a few assorted spices mixed in.

The flavor is similar. The chocolate and roasted malt notes are very strong and dominate the initial flavor. As the beer warms up a bit, I start to get a little bit of Belgian yeast and a little bit of brett mixed in to the flavor. There is also a little bit of anise and pepper mixed in.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

Black throughout with a moderately sized dark brown head that eventually leaves the glass oily and spotted with lace.

Lots of roast and chocolate elements in the aroma, along with a hint of smoke. I don't pick up any particularly "farmhouse-like" elements.

The flavor too is bold and flavorful: roast, dark and bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of smoke.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chewy.

I like this quite a bit.

Photo of DanielDomigan
4.94/5  rDev +23.8%
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/

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid beer here, been a want of mine for near a year now. To my surprise, found it in CA for $11.99 and thought it was the original but low and behold, it's the Farmhouse...

A - Damn. Jet Black. Three finger mocha head that receeds to about a 1/2 inch and never goes away. lacing is BeaUtiful.

S - Dark Chocolate and roast. A wee bit of funk but you really have to look for it. Semi-agressive swirl brings out cafe-mocha notes, complimenting the dark chocolate and roastiness. As it warms, vanilla shows itself and yes, this is very roasty to boot.

T - Everything in the nose. Mocha - Chocolate - Roasty with a wee bit of funk and peppery in the finish.

M - Not your typical Imperial Stout. Starts creamy with bold stout flavors, then finishes BONE-DRY. Not bitter, but DRY. Just how I like I like my Saisons to finish. Peppery Farmhouse finish.

O - Pretty good. Glad I was able to finally knock this one down. Not sure I'll pay for it again with Speedway being a whole whopping $1 less, but a good beer experience none-the-less.


Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lee for this one!

A: Pours a dark black with a massive brown head, pretty typical of most Jester King beers. Great retention, slowly reducing to a thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Some chocolate right away with some caramel and a little toffee. Underneath there is a slight floral component and light peppery spice.

T: Plenty of roasted malt, a little bit of dark fruit, some more chocolate, and a very faint flowery/hop flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather dry finish. Slightly smoky.

O: Pretty good, was hoping for a bit more farmhouse presence out of this one. Couldn't pick out a ton of differences from the base beer which I had less than 24 hours previous.

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a dark, dark brown head--like espresso--with amazing lacing

S: Really roasty and boozy; so much roasty chocolate and coffee; dark fruits and something herbal and grassy and funky--the farmhouse yeast I presume

T: Really roasty and dry; some coffee; something funky; lots of dry, semi-sweet chocolate

F: Creamy and dry; this beer sticks with you--nice overall mouth feel

O: A really dry beer; it smells boozier than it is; fairly bitter with just a touch of funk--I like it

Photo of richj1970
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of brandoneast
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Metal Farmhouse.

Appearance: Poured very black, mocha and inky around glass with a very dark thin head.

Smell: Nose was crushed Whoppers candy, peaty and earthy (almost like a highland scotch) roasty, nutty, nose is hot (like a cheap sugary rum), freshly made toffee, and burnt campfire marshmallow sans the vanilla. A very fresh and young (obviously) smelling imperial stout.

Taste: Bitter coffee, blackberries, still quite hot, getting the earthy almost scotch like flavors coming through maybe it's the yeast. As it warmed, it finished with a flavor of walnut or pecan brownies.

Mouthfeel: a lot thinner than expected

Overall: I was suprised how similar or rather how quite indistinguishable this Farmhouse yeast Black Metal compared to the original Black Metal with the English ale yeast. I think this really needs some age to settle down the heat and build upon the yeast complexity. Still, a very nice imperial stout!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, Batch #15, bottled August 26, 2013. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half brown head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and some sweet and tart dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt malt/grain, licorice, and a bit of peppery spice and earthiness. I like the mix of roastiness, sweetness and tartness in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and coating with a good amount of soft carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I'd like to pick up a bottle the next time I come across some. $13.99 a bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with a large light brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate notes is very enticing. Taste is a well balanced mix between some roasted malt with some notes of chocolates and some light fruity notes. Body has a full boy with a nice creamy mouthfeel with no apparent alcohol. Well balanced with super good drinkability and smooth aftertaste which may be due to farmhouse yeast makes for a great late-night stout.

Photo of fourstringer
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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.


Photo of gtermi
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a dark old motor oil black body with a HUGE dark tan head with a ton of carbonation. The head slowly fades and fades awesome to nothing and it doesnt leave any lacing on the glass.

S: I am picking up a decent amount of booze, some sweet malt, roasted malt and a little bit of coffee and chocolate.

T: There is a nice bitterness at first and then it turns to a chocolatey and roasted malt and there is also a bit of mineraly taste.

M: This is beyond smooth. There is a tiny bit of tingle on the back of the throat and has a nice smooth carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic beer and I would recommend this to anybody. I only wish that this was in 4 or 6 packs so I could just drink 12 oz at a time.

Photo of yamar68
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks antlerwrestler19! Poured from 750 to tulip glass:

Pours a dark, dark coffee black with little clarity. The medium brown head swells to fill more than half the glass. Great lacing.

Deep chocolate notes, various cocoa, some mocha bits, pretty damn smooth. Nothing to write home about but it definitely holds its own.

Dense dark chocolate character. Vanilla bean, hard water presence, some more bitter dark chocolate.

The feel is a bit aggressive. Everything seems in order but the sugar is slightly overpowering. Otherwise it's a home run.

Thanks Kyle!

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL from Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery. Poured into JK stemware.

Super dark body and head. Thick head and excellent retention.

Really chocolatey in the aroma. Some anise, dark spice, dark fruits too. Not a hugely powerful aroma, but all the other aspects make up for that.

More cacao than anything else, but dark fruits too. Very roasty, with some leather, and somewhat creamy tasting as well. Not nearly as English-y as the previous (non-farmhouse) Black Metal, but the farmhouse yeast is not nearly as present here as any of their other farmhouse beers.

Great mouthfeel, thick and creamy, but dry finish. Lots of subtlety and spice in the aftertaste. Peppery. Very drinkable.

Excellent vision, excellent execution. They seem to have figured out this farmhouse bottle conditioning thing. I like this better than the first batch of the farmhouse version. These guys are killing it right now.

Photo of jwchestnut
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A-Pours as black as a thousand midnights with a 3/4 inch brown head that retains a long while before gradually descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Very glassy aroma with some strong underlying chocolate tones and just a bit of funk.

T- A bright tangy flavor comes on at first before a heavy dark roasted malt presence washes over bringing notes of milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla. The flavors clash though and bring about an awkward profile.

M- My biggest problem with "dark saisons" is the chalky and endlessly dry mouthfeel. The high carbonation just does not go well with the highly viscous nature of a stout, porter, black ale, what-have-you. I definitely prefer my farmhouse ales to have a light body.

O- While I admire them for their risk-taking approach to brewing and their labels' sick artwork, the folks at Jester King just have not done it for me yet. An example of when a brewery is just a bit too extreme.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of JulioH
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of genitempo
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jester King has been making waves in the Austin Beer scene for quite a bit of time now. Their Brewmaster, Jeff Stuffings, puts his creative edge upon a wealth of beer knowledge and it shows. Although Jester King's Black Metal is a year-round effort from the brewery, it seems that this beer doesn't receive as much recognition as some of the others. Let this not be a reason to discredit the artistry behind Black Metal. It's pour is rather weighty, showing it's 9.3% ABV, leaving a blackened body with foamy, tan head. Black Metal puts chocolate and roasted malts on the front-end, with a hint of that belgian yeast that Stuffing's loves to employ. The beer amasses a sense of fullness in your mouth, but due to the bottle-conditioning, we see that weight implore an element of creaminess that has a bit of a lift. Flavors are bitter and charred in the best way, giving the imbiber a comparison to Old Rasputin but honed down. The sip ends with a bright twist, pushing forward a spice with mild astringency (a quality that Stuffing's has conquered).

Don't let Jeff Stuffing's other masterpieces cloak this creation, Black Metal's got some talent.

Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this bottle is probably a good two and a half to three years old
A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a two finger dense tan head that is slow to fade and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, and toasted marshmallows
T: taste is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and kind of peppery and spicy yeast. swallow is more coffee and chocolate with some charred wood. hints of oxidation but not terrible
M: this beer is surprisingly light on the palate due to some pretty prickly carb. the finish is
O: It looks like they didn't use an oxygen fixing cap but the beer is pretty solid. a bit too heavy on the carbonation but the flavors are there. the farmhouse yeast does some interesting things but it doesn't overshadow the rest of the beer.

Photo of mwilbur
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful opaque, heavy black with generous 3-4 inch french silk head. Absolutely gorgeous. Excellent retention.
S: Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, bitter chocolately alcohol note, hint of farmhouse funk and some dark dried fruit. Dark cherry and coffee, especially with warming. Very pleasant.
T: Medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, chicory, peppery spice, and a hint of cream. Farmhouse funk in the distant background. Charred wood and dark cherry emerge with warming. Wood smoke and citrus emerge in the finish.
M: Creamy feel. Medium body (lighter than expected, but consistent with the ABV). Mildly bitter and dry finish.
D: The ABV makes this one quite drinkable. I love the style mash-up of farmhouse imperial stout. Nice solidly complex it out!

Photo of ruzzal
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funky farmhouse yeast didnt work for me with a stout. Thin and awkward tasting. First JK and not impressed.

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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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