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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 140
Gots: 168 | FT: 12
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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of jtinder
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ThirdEyePA
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of RicoFalcon
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ElCommodoro
1.93/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

Photo of reyna311
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 whallgren
2/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of jbeezification
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dbossman
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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 Bobheed
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a super dark, nearly black color, very little light coming through the edges. About a hand of a mocha head, largest head I've seen on a stout

S: Getting lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and a peanut butter kind of smell. A little smokey also

T: Follows the nose pretty well, but with the addition of some dark fruits. Dark cherries and dates, flowing into a smokey chocolate flavor

M: Medium-light body, very creamy, medium carbonation.

Overall this was quite nice. Definitely a bit different than most RISs, Has a real big taste and fairly high alcohol, but is really easy to drink

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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