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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 662
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 35.25%
Wants: 301
Gots: 168 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by BigBarley:
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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed live

Pours an intimidating, motor-oil black with a very thin, hard-to-coax head of dark, mocha colored foam. Looks exceptionally thick and alive

I can feel the funk from first sniff. Cherry-like tart smell, mixed with a sweet, sour funky note. Smells very similar to a Flanders Oud Bruin, not much here reminiscent of stout.

Wow! Extreme sour flavors assault the palate immediately. The only thing subtle about this are the stout characteristics, which hide way in the back, behind a wall of sour wild yeasty madness. This is an experience... sour, tart, spicy, corrosive. There is a LOT going on and I'm only 2 sips in. Sour and funky are literally the only things I can say to describe this beer. It's delicious if you're a huge fan of funky sour attack beers. And I've recently been drinking equal measures of imperial stouts and any and all spontaneous-fermentation/sours I can find, so this was opened at the right point in my life.

medium body, medium carbonation. Not anywhere near as thick as it looks, but that might be something to do with the crazy active carbonation. This one is not full of bubbles, but the bubbles that exist are tingly and alive. This beer impacts your mouth and your taste buds.

Overall, I'd say this beer is for the adventurous and the enthusiastic. Intimidating, unique, and memorable.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.18/5  rDev -23.7%

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

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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: two finger khaki-colored head. Beer is so dark it practically absorbs the light

Aroma: Sourness, chocolate, coffee, toasty, and a velvety smooth aroma. As it warms up, a light pleasant citrus scent comes to life.

Taste: Quite more sour than actual Imperial Stout. And I mean the sourness takes more of the palate here, with the flavors of an Imperial Stout being underlying. It is fairly sweet, but the sourness cuts into it.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and creamy. Light-medium carbonation. Clocks in at medium body.

Overall: It's an odd, rarely seen type of brew even in the vast world of craft beer, but this is just insanely refreshing and light. Dangerously drinkable for an 8.2% ABV. I paired this with a lemon bundt cake with icing, and the duo is an absolute dynamic!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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

On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a deep, black color with a tan head - exactly as expected. However, this is where things take a detour from the traditional. The aroma is extremely funky, with some very tart fruit notes and some oak, roasted malt and a little chocolate. The flavor is similar, with a lot of tartness and some vinegar notes, complimented by the expected notes of chocolate, coffee and heavily roasted malts. Surprisingly, all of this works together fairly well. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to koufax21 for bringing this to March Madness 2013!

Pours out a thinner black, brown and ruby red color, not dissimilar to Tart of Darkness, but dare I say even more impressive looking than one of my favorite beers (I should warn you, there will probably be at least one more ToD reference in this review)?

Good lactic sourness it seemed in the aroma. Like, all sour.

Taste, pungent sourness, gritty malt sticks to the teeth with the brett possibly that is part of this, I would think so. Goes with the dark fruit vibe, but instead of tiresome things like figs, prunes, raisins etc. . . you get black cherry, blackberry, sweet plum. grape. After all of that, you can discern some roasted malt aspect, but its in the background, as it should be a little bit with this mash up.

Mouthfeel remains sour throughout, you can start to think they flash burned the barrel, the smallest smoke contingent gets in there. If I had a bunch of these, this would be a good sour to take camping I'm thinking.

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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
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