Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 732
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 155
Gots: 202 | FT: 16
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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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. (1,959 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from jbeatty in a trade a while back. The orginal version of this beer was terrible, so I'm hoping the farmhouse element has done something positive. We put this against Jolly Pumkin Dark Dawn Stout in the Saison Stout Showdown!

From a 750ml into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy tan head with good retention, eventually fading to a thick foam cap. Black body with higher levels of carbonation, though it calms relativel quickly. A foam cap remains with some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking beer.

SMELL: Saison yeast, and some farmhouse and barnyard aromas. Cocoa powder and some light coffee notes as well. Pretty nice really, as the stout chocolate and coffee qualities are more than enough for the saison stuff.

TASTE: Some roasted malts with cocoa powder and vanilla, as well as some barnyard funk and hay in there too. Interesting blance between stout and saison. Bolder and lingering finish of cocoa, bitter chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A light funkiness lingers as well. This is definitely more stout than saison, though the farmhouse element makes this quite interesting as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Creamy and sliky on the palate. Good stuff.

OVERALL: Holly shit this is way better than the original version. Either these guys have totally revamped the base beer, or the farmhouse yeast is a Godsend. This is a beer I'd gladly drink again. Lots of good flavor and a feel that supports the show. Try this one if you get the chance. Thanks again jbeatty. Recommended. (1,668 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Metal pours black into the glass with a medium sized, fizzy, dark brown head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rich with notes of chocolate, coffee and roast malt. Alcohol notes are present throughout.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slick, a little oily, smooth with mild carbonation. The rich flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, an earthy nuttiness and a little dark fruit. I'm not getting any farmhouse tartness like I thought I would. It finishes with a mild grassy bitterness. Once gone the chocolate and roast malt linger.

This is a very tasty beer that's easy to drink. You can smell the alcohol, but not taste it. I wasn't sure what to expect for a 'Farmhouse' stout. I didn't get any typical farmhouse flavors. (815 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jester King Farmhouse Black Metal

A- pour produces a massive 3 finger dark mocha colored head resting on a black body. Head recedes to 1/2 finger and stays around. 4

S- dark chocolte, cocoa powder, espresso, some slightly funky yeast, light hop presence. 3.5

T- a little better than the nose. The balance of the farmhouse yeast to the stronger imperial stout flavors is done quite well. Chocolate, some espresso, light hop presence, cream, slightly smokey, and farmhouse yeast. 3.5   

N- slightly light in the body for such a beer. The carbonation is good. 3.5

O- this one must be allowed to warm up. A good sipper that is quite enjoyable but nothing exceptional. 4

B    (680 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip. Thanks a ton to gtermi for the bottle! Opening causing an initial gush.

A - Pours a pitch black body with an insane amount of dense mocha foam.

S - Crazy blast of farmhouse yeast. Sour and lactic acid, cherries, and spices. On the end is some light roast and intense coffee. One of the most interesting stout aromas.

T - Sour cherries, super bitter coffee beans, milk chocolate and roasted malts, coriander and spices. Becomes a bit too "mineraly" towards the end, but this is very unique and flavorful. Mouth feel is super creamy and silky, a swish in the mouth cause sit to foam up.

O - A very unique and delicious stout. Despite the mediocre reviews I really like this beer. Belgian yeast notes intertwined with traditional stout notes. Awesome stuff! (788 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
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. (647 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 750ml into a tulip.

Black with a massive brown head - persistent retention and OK lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, farmhousey yeast, metallic, brown sugar and caramel. Taste of dark chocolate, heavy roast, coffee grains, light sourness and a hint metallic again. Some tar. Mouthfeel is too light for my liking in the style, and carbonation is almost fizzy. Interesting roast character but just a weird concoction overall. (445 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours your typical stout black but the head develops quite quickly from the carbonation

The aroma is slightly acidic and sweet from the farmhouse yeast. Not a lot of roasted aroma or rich stout smells

The flavor is alright but the carbonation takes away a little from the flavor and fills the palate with foam. There is a nice roasted flavor on the back end but pretty dull throughout

Lighter body for a stout and a gratuitous amount of carbonation. The palate is left dry and the aftertaste doesn't linger around too much

Honestly, this tastes extremely similar to a home-brewed chocolate stout I once made and I accidentally over-carbonated it. It's a good beer but nothing working seeking IMO. (700 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Whoa! With a slow pour the light brown head still billows out of control. It widdles down & leaves little lacing.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, bits of licorice and light coffee.

T - Comes off slightly sweet with cocoa nibs throughout. Roasted malts and that farmhouse element are pretty evident as well. I'm picking up some dark fruits running through the nose. The taste is really great, although there's a slight alcohol burn as well.

M - A very light body for an RIS along with high carbonation. It doesn't load you down with a thick beer, but I miss that part.

O - An odd element of blurring the lines. It has stout characteristics along with farmhouse characteristics. I tend to like the former and the latter separated and not combined. The original Blackmetal is leaps and bounds better. (812 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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 (756 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with 3-4 finger mocha head (huge foam).

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee, some sourness, dark fruits.

T: Yum. It's delicious. Chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits (cherries), not much coffee as noted in the nose, belgium yeast adding some funkiness. It tastes like slightly sweeter Deschuttes Obsidian Stout with Belgium yeast added.

M: Very smooth, but not chewy or syrupy much. Relatively high carbonation.

O: Very very good. Note though that this bottle was probably about a year old, aged in my basement cellar. (541 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. This pours a semi-thick pitch black color with a massive (especially for the abv) mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hops and a bit of alcohol. The feel is nice and thick. The taste is pretty good, a load of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a nice bitter finish. Good stuff. (401 characters)

Photo of KKB
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not quite black, but very very dark brown with a huge tan head that stays up for a while demonstrating good retention. Looks pretty good overall.

S - Roasted malts in the forefront, some dark chocolate and coffee, light licorice and a little boozy. Smells pretty good. Perhaps a little bit of dark fruit in the nose as well.

T - LOADS of roasted malts and chocolate that come up somewhat bitter and even a little funky (not unpleasant though). Slight floral quality to it as well as black licorice, some hops in here (just noticeable), a little creamy and sweet as well, with earthy overtones. Lightly smokey.

M - Medium-full body, not much carbonation, a nice silky quality to it as well as a dry finish, and some slight alcohol warmth.

D - Entirely drinkable and I can take down the 750 without it ever becoming cloying.

O - This is a good imperial stout overall, probably not something I would rush out and buy again but if it was ever offered to me I would drink it gladly. (986 characters)

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

Jester King’s
Farmhouse Black Metal Imperial Stout
Poured in JK tulip glass
A: Pours pitch black with dark brown fluffy head that slowly dissipates. Minimal lacing.
S: Roasty, coffee-like, somewhat sourish aroma.
T: Not nearly as strongly stout as it appeared to be; has a small sour tinge in the forefront, middle is roasty stouty, finish has an alcohol bite and a zing to it.
M: Light for an imperial stout. Smooth, velvety.
D: Very drinkable for an imperial stout. Goes down easily and the alcohol is not super-apparent. Very nice entry into the imperial stout canon. (573 characters)

Photo of WesM63
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours pretty much pitch black with an enormous 3finger head. The head just lasts with tons fo lacing as well.

S: Smells of dark malts and some chocolate. A tiny bit of funk on the nose.

T: Lots of dark chocolate and maltyness.

M: Full body, lots of carbonation. Thin but creamy.

O: Not sure what to make of this one. I applaud jester king for their take on a RIS. I feel it has makings of it's own RIS, but it's not quite there yet. Worth trying one. (508 characters)

Photo of ottomark
2.46/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is strong bu the flavors are mushy. There's no clear body to this beer. No purity to it. No clear flavors working together to make what I consider a good stout flavor. I looked hard for this beer, particularly on tap. But I was disappointed when I found it. The main feature here is the strength of the beer. (318 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours black with a two-finger length dark tan head that dissipates slowly. The is no lacing, but I do get some alcohol legs. The aroma is of farmhouse yeast, dark roasted barley malt, chocolate, coffee, anise, dark fruits, and maybe a little alcohol. The beer tastes of those classic RIS flavors from the dark roasted barley malt as well as coffee and chocolate. In the back end, you get some of that farmhouse yeast flavor. I get those dark fruits, cherries, and anise notes as well. It's sweet, but not too sweet. There is some alcohol as well. It all comes together to be well-balanced. The aftertaste doesn't linger long, but it is of mild chocolate. The body is medium with strong carbonation due to the bottle conditioning. The finish is slightly dry. It's an easy sipper. This is an excellent beer. (835 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured like liquid black metal, only a little thinner with a good looking tan cap, bubbles and light lacing

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and a little bit of booze

T: Immediately felt it was a bit thin, dry and hot with some bitter chocolate and coffee there for support. Not impressed by the lack of "farmhouse" funk here and really not impressed by the metallic notes I received

M: Very dry, thin, a little warm, perhaps a tad bit overcarbonated

O: Pretty average. Was looking for a little more farmhouse here (520 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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! (564 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P:  Huge mountain of dark brown frothy root beer head that crowns a vicious carbonated pitch black abyss.  Retention is outstanding and seems to stand still and retreat for no man. 

S:  A heavy offering of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, heavy cream, molasses,  syrup, spices, chocolate covered raisins, and slightly acidic. Also, aromas of leather, musky old furniture, sweet prunes, roasted barley and farmhouse funk.

T/M:  First thoughts is that it is harsh and unrefined. The body is thinner than expected, but still creamy, sticky and aggressively carbonated.  Mouthfeel gets somewhat chalky toward the end of the sip. 

 Flavors are similar to the nose but has more pronounced chocolate covered cherries and stevia like sweetener.  Alcohol is more prevalent but masked well given the ABV.  Heavy doses of barley and chocolate are the lead in this epic band.   Finish is semi dry with timid chalkiness followed by oak and roasted barley.  Coffee and peanut butter become involved once warmed. 

O:  This was an interesting RIS. Rough but definitely enjoyable.   When I first opened the bottle I got a whiff of some funky farmhouse yeast which is crazy weird but at the same time it works. I'm glad that they introduced so much barley it really changes the flavor up and makes things interesting. The sweet fruit was great and I really enjoyed every aspect of it. Too bad we can't get more Jester King brews in OK but I guess that gives a reason to visit Texas.    (1,484 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with a huge dark mocha head that recedes extremely slowly and leaves great lacing.

Lots of heavily roasted malts, bakers chocolate and hints of coffee, much like he original version. But where it differs is in the spicy yeast and faint dark fruit presence. Still has a stronger impy stout character than Belgian.

Taste has a tad more of the Belgian character than the aroma with sugary dark fruits and light spices up front. But the underlying roasted black malts and dark chocolate still dominate, especially in the finish, which is really roasty.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and much drier than the original version.

A really nice Belgian version of an already good beer. Not sure if it's better than the original but I do like it better than most Belgian style stouts I have tried recently. (837 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
2.01/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer was more than I could handle. So much yeast, so much hops, and in a stout, too. Not sure why there was so much grassy, hoppiness in a stout. I know Russian Imperials can have that sometimes, but I can't imagine why anyone would like that. It was out-of-this-world thick with maltiness too. I knew I was probably purchasing the craziest beer I've ever had, but I was still not prepared for this. With four people partaking, we did not finish the bottle. Nobody wanted more than a few ounces of this beast of beer extremes. My throat just felt attacked from all directions. Guess I'll have to build up to this kind of beer more slowly. I'm usually really into strong dark beers like Boulevard's Dark Truth and Real Ale's Anniversary XV, but this was just a whole another level of intensity. One thing I noticed was that there was an oiliness in the mouthfeel that reminded me exactly of farmhouse ciders I used to drink in England. Must be the telltale sign of unfiltered, unpasteurized yeast. (1,001 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

Suggested. (1,053 characters)

Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.