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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ChanceK, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

acurtis, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

djrn2, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

drewone, Apr 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

crosamich, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some chocolate notes were noticeable on the first whiff alongside coffee roastiness, a tad of oaky barrel, smoke, and slight booze.

T: the roasty smokiness was more apparent on the palate alongside chocolate oaky barrel accents a touch of berries and a mild booze flavor.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, smokey, roasty, slight oaky, and mild dry finish.

O: it was a decent stout with some strange qualities but was pretty interesting and tasty.

Gobzilla, Apr 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Fitzmke, Apr 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

kiki3drt292, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid black with a creamy tan head.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malt, tart cherries, tobacco, caramel and yeasty esters.

T - Sour cherry, milk chocolate, woody tannins, burnt toast, lingering astringent coffee into aftertaste.

M - Somewhat thin for an Imperial Stout with a lingering astringency.

D - Strange, based on ingredients listed on bottle not sure where the sour cherry or belgian like esters are coming from (dry english ale yeast listed). Interesting beer.

brewcrew76, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of broken22
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the cool label caught my eye. After reading the description I figured it sounded as if it wasn't all for show an this beer could actually be good.

Pours out nice and dark. Very much your typical Russian stout characteristic. An aggressive head mocha colored head formed with on initial pour. The head subsided fairly quick leaving just that little layer of cream patch to cover the surface. Visually this thing is dark like I said earlier. No light is penetrating this thing which is always a good sign. The beer does not have any noteworthy aromatic properties. I can smell a subtle alcohol note that is dominated by heavy malt. The flavor is very good. There is a nice smoke and a caramel like flavor. The beer comes in smooth without much hitting the senses. It is when you swallow that this beer comes alive leaving you with a nice lingering bitter. Mouthfeel is heavy with very little carbonation.

Overall this is a nice beer. I had my doubts with the over the top label. I'm glad it worked out that its an enjoyable beer that stays true to the Russian Imperial Stout.

broken22, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 25.4 oz. bomber poured into a stemmed tulip. No visible bottling date. I reviewed the "English" version a few days back, and I see that the brewers have updated the preferred drinking vessel on the back of the label from a tulip glass to a drinking horn. Seems appropriate.

Look- Near black, seems slightly redder than I remember the traditional version being. Could be the light, though. Decent couple fingers of chocolate milk-colored head that falls quickly, but isn't as fizzy as I was expecting after the previous. A few traces of lace remain as the head falls to a thin film over the course of a minute or so.

Smell- Cocoa, patent malt, candied cherries and .... cinnamon? Interesting. Again, I'm comparing it to the version I had earlier this week, and it's definitely more intriguing, while retaining the basic essence. Swirling brings out stronger touches of cocoa, caramel, yeasty spice, and a hint of smoke.

Taste- Aggressive sour cherry bite up front- caught me a bit off guard. Milk chocolate follows, along with burnt graham cracker and black pepper. Aftertaste is of wood ash and espresso dregs. Lingering pucker - something like a cross between wild raspberries and under-ripe peaches. I don't quite know what to make of it, but it's growing on me halfway through the glass.

Mouthfeel- Medium-to-full body for the style, lightened by a generous share of carbonation. Not as smooth as I'd like. Astringent, dry finish, moderate warming on the back end.

Overall- Far from your typical stout and definitely more complex than the "English" version, but does that mean it's better? More aggressive, more offensive, more unusual, to be sure; but I don't think this offering would make my "go-to beer" list and I'm a little sad to see the other one go, even though I've only had it the one time. Definitely worth trying if you're adventurous.

Lawl3ss, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

galapas, Mar 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

dtx00, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

richkrull, Mar 19, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter.

Dark brown body with a tan fizzy head of 2.5 fingers. Nice retention. Small chunky lacing.
Smells of; black licorice, black cherries, smokey earth, charred oak, dried tobacco...

The flavor has all the notes from the nose-- and it works. I like it, I like it much more than the regular version. Very dry, smokey, charred finish with a light tart touch.
The dry tobacco and chocolate notes are really coming through as this warms.

Body is a little thin and very carbonated-- I'd actually be concerned about this turning into a bottle bomb if anyone aged it.

Overall-- this is much better than the regular... Not bad Jester King!

AleWatcher, Mar 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

funkel81, Mar 14, 2012
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JedSeed, Mar 12, 2012
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jrcmlc, Mar 11, 2012
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Icehalo, Mar 10, 2012
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, Feb 27, 2012
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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
Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.