Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery
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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
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
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
Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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