Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 70
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Avg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 04-20-2012

Shut up and listen. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned.

Previously known as Barrel Aged Sour Black Metal Imperial Stout.
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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its like all dark brown and black with a thin head, almost ruby colors to it. Looks sexy enough.

Its all lactic sourness in the aroma, no off scents, pleasurable.

Pungent sour taste, gritty malt sticks to the teeth as if there is some brett. You don't get the tired dark fruit descriptors, you get bright fruity ones like sweet grape and plum. There is very little roast in the mouthfeel, but if you look for it you can prolly find it.

I'm a big fan of this beer. Had it a few times now, first when my bro brought it out way back in the day.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip at the brewery from a cask. Mocha head and tons of lace. Pitch-black body. 5

Tart dark choc nose and creamy funk. 4.25

Love the flavor. Tart cherry from somewhere, then dark chocolate, roastiness and a stone fruit finish. 4

Tart, funky, a tad yeasty, and finishes bitter. Intriguing. Chewy too. 4


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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. Funk Metal is a sour barrel-aged stout that was a treat to try but glad it was a small sample. I don't know if I could have finished a full bottle. Spot on for the style though.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at the brewery in a tulip glass. Actually does taste funky and has that tradermark Jester King metallic sourness going on. Very unique offering from JK. Curious as to how age will affect it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.12/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A sour stout that is more sour than stout. Nothing much from the flavors comes through, killed by the bugs. The feel mimics this. While not a bad beer, perhaps the style isn't for me, but the sour stout nullifies itself

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Photo of champ103
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark black, with some ruby around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A balsamic vinegar sweet, sour, and acidic aroma. Burnt caramel malts and sugars. Lingering acidic character. Not particularly enjoyable.
T: Up front is more of a sweet chocolate, burnt malts, light roast. Which works at odds with the sharp acidic bite. Vinegary sweet, finises with tart tannin like cherries.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Though watery and thin. Not smooth, or crisp, just kind of blah. Certainly not something I can drink more than a few ounces of.

I never really enjoyed this, just a mess. Trying it again just confirms that it is pretty poorly made. No definition, and probably not something I am coming back to again any time soon.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark black. Some dark browns and reds when held to direct light. Head is khaki and drops to a minimal cap with a small collar. No lacing and minimal carbonation on the pour.

Taste: Follows the nose closely with a bigger push on the lactic tartness. Typical funk with all of the associated barnyard. Hay, grass, damp earthy basement. Sweaty rocks. Deeply fruity with a ton of tart cherry skin and flesh, Hints of blackberry and plum in the back. Dark fruit in abundance. Tons of leather as well. Woody bitterness from the malts.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts add some burnt and slightly charred elements. Carries the typical Jester King funk. Damp basement and old sweaty sock. Loaded with dark fruit, mostly cherry. Some plum. Blackberry with a touch of blueberry. Musty. Barnyard - hay, grass, and wet. Some coffee bean. Woody bitterness with an almost alkali finish to the whole thing. Slightly lactic with some strong acetic notes - almost balsamic. Leather, lots of leather - old an worn. Fruity and funky and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and minimal carbonation thanks to the barrel. Clean and smooth sip.

Overall: Slap bass - move on.

Drinkable but not truly memorable. The flavors never quite meld and the sour nature becomes too acetic as it warms. Maybe a bit more time or a more nuanced blend.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 9/28/14

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7

A: Pours dark, deep brown to black - pours with a medium to large, light brown head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Big, bold, and burnt with some big sour - dark chocolate with some burnt cocoa - dark chocolate malts, burnt grains - some wet, damp sour - very lactic, with some wet farmhouse funk and some vinegar - some sour dark fruits as well

T: Very burnt and very sour - somewhat of a harsh combination, hard to drink at first although it gains some charm as it warms up - lactic, musty, damp, dirty cellar sourness - very wet, vinegar-like to an extent - dark fruits, such as figs, plums - a large amount of funk, some barnyard flavors - stout base is very burnt, with roasty chocolate, char - decidedly harsh, which I guess may be the intention - update: the flavor gets old quickly, splitting a bottle of this is actually a challenge

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, not entirely smooth, finishes with some residual lactic weirdness

O: Not as memorable as Disco Metal

Sour stouts are very hit or miss. This has a huge amount of what generally makes Jester King beers great, like their intense funk and yeasty flavors. Overall, they somewhat clash with the burnt malt profile. If you're a fan of the style, this may be worth seeking out.

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Photo of ELS
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Jester King

A-Nice black color with a thin head of foam. Honestly, I was so impressed by the taste of this beer I don't remember the color of the foam or the lacing.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate, but subdued smell when compared to a typical stout.

T- Shocked how good it was from the first sip. Just the perfect counter balance of roasted goodness of a stout with the funky flavor of a sour. It works so well! Reminds me of a dark sour Jolly Pumpkin does but this one is better.

M- Very pleasant mouthfeel and just right for this beer. Not the creamy, silky feel of a stout but I think the thinner texture works better for this beer.

O- The surprise of the day. I was not expecting to have a sour, funky stout this good. Great job Jester King!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one really took me by surprise. expecting an enormous oak heavy full bodied wild stout, akin to something like tart of darkness, i was totally wrong. its so light in body, not bitter at all from the roast, minimal viscosity, and really pretty clean finishing, borderline refreshing for what it is, and totally different than other wild stouts. might even be a stretch to call it that. dark in color with an average head, i am taken aback by its runny texture, not rich or syrupy at all. the nose shows lemony lacto pretty intensely, but also notes of brett, oak, vanilla and bourbon. the barrel has influenced this quite a bit. lemony citrus all through the taste, and less roasted character than i am used to in a stout, more of a dry cocoa thing, not quite as bitter, but definitely dark. i may have enjoyed black metal more, the bourbon barrel, while adding a ton of flavor, i dont think all the way jives with the sourness. the sweet vanilla seems to be fighting the bacteria cultures, and never really resolves itself. complicated set of flavors on this one, and i like it a lot, very different from anything else out there. more carbonation would be helpful, but maybe then it would even be too light. curious to see how this one evolves in the cellar over time.

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Photo of jeffaroo95
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blend #5 poured from a 750ml bomber to a snifter.

A: Dark, tan head

S: funk, roasted malt.

T: tartness that carries thru to the finsh, roasted malt and cocoa finish up. very drinkable.

M: medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation

O: A beer that is super unique, definitely recommended.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Jester King stemware (thanks Michael). The beer is a near black shade with an oily beige head. The aroma is quite interesting. Dark fruits, plum, brett, oak, sour cherry, rye bread. Intense sour with an overly ripe sour cherry flavor. Lactic mouthfeel with a puckering finish. Roast and stout character is overwhelmed by the wild ale component. That said, I don't mind the imbalance that much. Intriguing and interesting. A nice sipper.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with light retention Aroma of sour tart notes with light roasted malt notes that are also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by tart and sour notes with light acidic notes and some light dry roasted malt with light vinous notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Pretty enjoyable even though soured stout are not something I look for on a regular basis.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black, latte colored head with solid lacing for a sour.

S - Roast, chocolate and red wine like acidity.

T - sour fruit, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Perfect balance of tart and stout.

M - Thick, chewy, velvet non lingering finish.

O - exactly what you would think and like nothing else out there.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit disappointing.

Smell is typical sour funk and dark fruit, prunes, a bit savory, BBQ smoke, teriyaki/soy as well.

Taste is great, dry, sour with more big fruit tones and a tart, mineral tones and a strong oaky dry finish.

Overall a great sour stout - interesting and complex.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown almost black pour with a finger o bubbly head. Smells of chocolate, dark roast, a bit of vinegar, lacto sourness and barnyard funk.
Flavor has all the awesomeness of a Chocolatey stout with just the right amount of sourness that hits you up front but allows you to enjoy the actual stout profile.
Medium in body, tart/funky/sour, light carbonation.
Really loving this beer. All the awesomeness o a sour with lots of chocolate and dark roast.

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Photo of brewtus
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours absolutely black with a single finger tan head that fades quickly.
S- chocolate, blackberries, raspberry, some nice funk, vanilla.
T- smokey, some chocolate, slightly sour throughout, berries, some coffee
M- thiner for a stout, very easy to drink, pretty smooth
O- one of the most unique beers I've had, amazing balance between stout and sour, very smooth texture, tart and roasty. Tons of complex flavors. This is a little over a year old so I'd be curious what it would taste like fresh. Wish I would get another bottle.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch 1, bottled in Fall 2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, oak, clove, hay, straw, vinegar, musty funk, leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, oak, and acidic yeast ester flavors; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, oak, clove, hay, straw, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, oak, clove, vinegar, straw, hay, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted malt, oak, and acidic yeast ester flavors; with a great balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome sour imperial stout. All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt, oak, and lactic yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Moerdertaktiken
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into Jester King glass. Very low carbonation, with tiny bubbles that quickly dissapear. Very opaque. Looks as anticipated.

Aroma: Roast, funk, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar. No alcohol detected, no hop presence. Dark fruits.

Taste: Very rounded and tart. Chocolate, roasted malt, raisins and dark fruits dominate the flavor. Very complex.

Overall: Very pleasant and enjoyable beer. It's definitely an interesting take on stout. Even if it weren't sour and had that extra level of complexity and funk, it would be an incredible beer. Well worth a trip to Austin or bottle trade.

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Photo of jwchestnut
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up when visiting the brewery and couldn't be happier with it. Consumed on 1/5/14 in a snifter.

A - black, black, black, black

S - tart cherries, not overly sour, chocolate, toffee, oak, balsamic

T - initially tart and a little sour, then cocoa in the middle and back of the mouth - as it warms and i drink more i'm getting more tart oakiness, cherries, sherry, balsamic, granny smiths - yet all the while over a sweet and smooth stout base - no hints of booze

M - it looks thicker than it is - medium-ish

0 - really quite impressed with this one - a beautiful marriage between two seemingly polar opposites. would have again for sure.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Opened bottle and this guy was definitely a gusher. Quickly poured into my pint glass and got a glass that was half dark mahogany beer and half hot cocoa colored foam. The cap does deflate to about a finger or so, but not much in the way of lacing. Fun start.

Wow, the bouquet is not so much sour as tangy. Vinous, tart red cherries, some vinegar, there is also a charred oak scent, dark cocoa, a faint earthiness, and some roast. I really like this combo of scents.

Stupendous! The palate follows the nose. It really boils down to that tangy and slightly roasty combination of flavors that works so well. The tanginess is again mostly tart cherries, vinegar, woody, and even some lacto flavor. The stout profile is mostly dark chocolate and roasty. And man do they go well together.

Solid medium body and pretty dry finish thanks to the vinous and tart flavors. Not overly sour, so not puckering, slides over the palate.

I really enjoyed this incredibly complex and tangy stout. The amount of control that must have been needed to brew this beer: letting the tangy and slightly lacto flavors out, but not overpowering the chocolatey, roasty stout notes. This beer is more art. And I would gladly have this again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King's tasting room. 8.20% ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes taken in September 2013. Cost was $6.00 USD per 8 oz pour. "Sour BA stout."

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3 finger wide head of lovely khaki-tan colour. Great creaminess and thickness. Plump and supple. Nice soft complexion. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about five minutes.

Body colour is a solid opaque black. Not quite a jet black, but very dark. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Grape fruit. Chocolate malt/cocoa notes. Pediococcus-induced bacterial sourness. Hazelnut. Cream. Some acetic character. Not real tart. Bready and crusty malts.

I'm not getting any rich oaky notes. No hops or alcohol are detectable.

A generally pleasant aroma of mild strength. It doesn't seem alive. Sourness seems quite tame. I do get a hint of brettanomyces yeast when I look for it, but there's not an overt funkiness here.

T: Dark red grape notes. Acetic character. Bready malts redolent of leavened pie crust. Dark malts. Chocolate malts and cocoa powder are present, but clash with the grape fruit. Actually the rape fruit note is the worst part of the beer and clashes with the rest of the build. Sourness is just pediococcus - no lambicus yeast, lactobacillus bacteria, or funky brettanomyces. No hop presence at all. Alcohol is noticeable but it isn't boozy or hot. A kiss of wet cardboard suggests subpar conditioning.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Flavour intensity is on the low side of average. It's a fair cohesion, but it isn't a gestalt build; the sourness and stout notes are not combined as well as they ought to be. It just doesn't come together like it should, and doesn't feel seamlessly layered. Decent complexity, but it lacks subtlety. Has a strange herbal/medicinal note on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Decently carbonated. Fair thickness and body. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent. The texture does the job, but it's not a perfect companion to the taste. I do think the softness is nice; I wans't expecting that.

Dr: Drinkable enough. I don't really understand this beer's impeccable reputation, but it's a nice attempt at an emerging style, and I always like to see more breweries throwing their hats into the sour stout ring. It has room for improvement. If I got it again, it'd have to be at or below this price point. I like it, but don't love it. Hides its ABV pretty well.

Low B-

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Photo of ESPNman
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet.

A- Pours an inky black, almost no head to speak of. Big, frothy bubbles rise to the surface and almost immediately pop. No retention... This beer looks flat.

S- Stone fruit, dark cherries, cocoa, a bit of oak, and so much tart. The smell alone of this beer makes my mouth pucker. No real malt sweetness to speak of on the nose.

T- Yep, this is one sour brew. Much like the nose, it opens with some ripe cherry and medicinal cola-like flavors. From there, it's all pucker... Tart through the middle, acidic, and a dry finish with some earth and cocoa.

M- A bit thinner than I would have expected, virtually no carbonation to speak of. Tart and dry on the finish.

O- This is a very intense sour stout. It has all of the hallmarks of a big sour, but without any vinous notes or fruitiness that usually goes with it for balance. The stout notes are dry and bitter, and make this a one-note beer... Thankfully that one bitter/sour note is very well done.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a thin tan head. Smells of funk, roast, coffee, acid. Taste is pretty sour up front. Funk comes out in the middle with some stout-y flavors. Typical charred, roasty coffee-like flavors aren't as strong as in most stouts. I get more tobacco and leather with cocoa powder than anything in terms of the malts. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is moderate in body with prickly, tiny bubbles. If ever there was an 8.2% stout made for drinking outside on a hot hill country day, this is it.

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Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 8/10/13 at the brewery.

Black as black with a skinny, swirly tan head.

Smells of milk chocolate, marshmallows and black licorice. The tongue gets its sour on when it meets a blast of overripe cherries , and damn that was not expected. Once I pick my bewildered but delighted tongue off the floor I notice a hint of vinegar, some vanilla notes and some buried dark chocolates that add a welcomed sweetness. A bit of grain works in at the back to finish things off.

Quite drinkable with a well-blended but noticeable alcohol heat.

Tart and Tart and sweet in all the right places makes for nice, unique drinking.

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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
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