Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Ok, wow, can we take a second and peep the artwork here? Yeah. Bootsy.
Pouring this beer is almost as magnificent. It comes out a dark brown, but fills the glass with a black body and a long lasting fluffy tanned head. The bottle conditioning works wonders on the look of the head with no big bubbles present. Despite being refrigerated for a few days it slowly gushed out but with a glass handy it is easily taken care of and the head doesn’t get out of control.
Lots of sour beer characteristics are present here sitting atop the stout qualities. Vinegar, granny smith apple, vinous, cherry and oak aromas are there along with some slight roast and chocolate.
It continues to be dominated by the sour aspects in the taste, but you definitely know it is a stout with plenty of roasted coffee flavor. The tartness is entirely mild and makes for an easy drinking beer. The melding of the sourness to the stout is spot on. The interplay is wonderful. A wave of tart sour beer hits at first with the vinegary/tart apple and vinous flavor leading into a roastiness and a big woody barrel presence takes over at the end. More chocolate is present as it warms which puts it over the top for me. The nose is dominated more by the sour aspects but on the taste the stout qualities become more apparent.
Despite the gushing after opening the carbonation is surprisingly subdued and lends itself to a nice velvety mouth feel. The beer is medium bodied. It is drying and leaves lots of oaky flavor lingering in the mouth. The delicious flavor and the great feel of this beer lend itself to an amazing drinkability.
I’ve had most JK offerings and this here is a homerun. Like Eli, they did it.
12-17-2012 05:52:12 | More by MattSweatshirt
More User Reviews:
4.73/5 rDev +12.9%
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!
04-12-2013 22:08:43 | More by Clonies720
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
04-20-2012 02:53:38 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-13-2013 04:07:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Blackness, light mocha head, pencil thin head, no apparent lacing, not opaque what so ever.
S - Green apple, tart raspberry, blend of sour fruit.
T - initial: sour bacteria - granny smith apple, cranberry, tart raspberry. finish has slight roast with real minor chocolate. hop level is low.
M - Froth level is good, a bit thin, viscosity is a medium level.
O - Jester King calls this a Sour Barrel Aged Stout - if that is really the case, this would be the weirdest beer I have ever had. I certainly agree with BeerAdvocate, this fits more of the American Wild Ale style. Regardless, excellent sour love the Brettanomyces . Tart level is 6/10. Roast level blends in really well. At 16.99 its a tough beer to 'highly' recommend. But the monetary value eliminated - it is certainly very good and very unique.
03-24-2013 20:22:50 | More by weonfire
Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
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