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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 270
Gots: 132 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Shut up and listen. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned.

Previously known as Barrel Aged Sour Black Metal Imperial Stout.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 04-20-2012)
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Reviews by Moerdertaktiken:
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4.54/5  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.

Moerdertaktiken, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

DanGeo, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

TxHopHead4, Apr 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Tiernan, May 17, 2014
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4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Clonies720, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Ben7773, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

fo1ksguitar, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Janeinma, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

dogfishandi, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Janis_Hoplin, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

valkyre65, Apr 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Isotope, Jun 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Bizoneill, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

TJ008, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JasonSiedman, May 26, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

weonfire, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jackp_43, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

InVinoVeritas, Mar 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

buzzword, Aug 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

AlexChillton, Apr 09, 2013
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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.