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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial StoutBlack Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

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89
very good

621 Ratings
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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 125
Gots: 164 | FT: 11
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

djrn2, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Thorpe429, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

acurtis, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

metter98, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very Belgian-looking pour, with a huge tan foamy head that caps the black liquid; the head fades quicker than expected, only leaving a clump or two of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, charcoal and a tart, yeasty character

Taste: Chocolate, charcoal and subtle tartness that builds a bit, in the middle, along with a hint of fruit; a touch of spicy yeast, after the swallow, that cuts through the stout flavors and leaves a Belgian impression

Mouthfeel: Way too foamy and over-carbonated; medium bodied, underneath

Overall: Such a disappointment when compared to the original version, the choice of the farmhouse yeast strain really doesn't work very well with this base beer - the only disappointing beer I have had from Jester King, however

brentk56, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How do you make the best Belgian stout? The answer is to create a massive imperial stout and inject just enough yeasty spice and fruit character to add a kiss of complexity but not to rival the roasted malt. Jester King has figured this out and displays it well in Black Metal.

The inky black pour sells the "stout" appearance, and does so with enough of a yeasty haze to not allow any passage of light. And then there's the billowing pillow of foam that engulfs the snifter and signals notions of Belgian character that lies within. Its slight tan color proves to be rocky and frothy as it laces the glass intricately as the beer falls.

Robust aromas of roast, cocoa, molasses, and char rise from the glass with a ton of confidence. Filled with espresso, other fruity and spicy scents merge into the malts with mild aromas of grape, apple, and berry that versus alcohol, pepper and smoke.

The bold roasty character continues and even elevates in taste. Sharp espresso, cocoa-heavy chocolates, walnuts, burnt embers, and slightly scorched caramel are dominant on early palate, but then fold in vinous tart notes of cherry, berry, grape, and apple. Where any hop taste would appear woodish and blend into the charred taste, the beer relies on spicy peppercorn, toast, and tannin for balance instead.

Full bodied without doubt, but the Belgiany characer seems to lighten the body by pulling the beer from the tongue with its abundance of carbonation. Resulting in a semi-dry finish with slight powder and ash, the creamy upstart takes quite the journey across the palate. Certain alcohol warmth, slowly fading sweetness, and dry roast closes the beer with a delightful lingering aftertaste.

Black Metal isn't for those who are repulsed by coffee or chocolate. But even for those who have an affection for the taste, the unexpected fruit and spice notes pleasantly surprises the taste buds and evokes excitement, although the character is moderate at best.

BEERchitect, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours black in color with a rather large tan head. A lot of roasted malt with a bit of metal and acidity to it. Strong coffee aromas with a bit of licorice and burnt sugar. The flavor is heavy on the coffee and roast with the same metallic notes that were present on the aroma. The regular version is significantly better.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

GRG1313, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kylehay2004, Jan 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

largadeer, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

nickfl, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

WVbeergeek, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a SMBDC Stout tasting thanks to Amy and Michael, but don't remember who brought this one. Also thanks to redredwino for my own bottle of this.

Pours a huge dark creamy head with decent lacing, pitch black colored beer.

Nose has a Belgian stout yeast, light chocolate, milk chocolate, creamy, light black patent malt, light barrel woody esters, light dark fruit and hint of dark caramel.

Taste has bitter oatmeal dark chocolate, bitter charred malt, bitter earthy hops as well, roast, light soy, a bit astringent and briny tannic flavors, chewy and creamy chocolate, Belgian yeast esters and woody flavors, light herbal. Finishes a bit sweet and chewy, briny, tannins, astringent hops, char, chocolate, etc.

Mouth is bigger bodied, good carb, just a hint of booze.

Overall not bad, decent malts, booze is mostly hidden well, good hops for the most part, dark malts, but gets a bit too briny and astringent, burnt roasted malt flavors a bit too much.

jlindros, Feb 24, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Frank (fbc24) for bringing this to the Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share.

Love the bottle art, first off. Black as a heathen Nordic soul, with a moderate tan head that sank to a ringlet, leaving spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malts, roast, unsweetened chocolate, ash from a burnt church. Taste reflected the nose, dark roasty malts with a touch of char, chocolate, slightly bitter, a subtle Belgian yeast character that never really came through significantly. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side for a stout, but maybe not for a "farmhouse stout," about medium-bodied. Decent, but not as great as the label had me believe.

Rifugium, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mendvicdog, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MarkyMOD, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.