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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

680 Ratings
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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 146
Gots: 169 | FT: 12
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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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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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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!

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.   

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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.

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2.01/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

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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.

Suggested.

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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.