Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 297
Gots: 160 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of Clonies720
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of weonfire
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Big khaki head. Nice lacing. Black body. Good surface foam.

Smell - Lots of roast. One dimensional roast with a little bit of acidity.

Taste - Some dark fruit presence. Dark malts. Roasty. Builds to a sour finish. Clean sourness, but it doesn't have a lot going on.

Mouthfeel - Slightly sour. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Decent for a sour stout. Not a great deal can be done with a sour stout, I think.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my doppelganger on his wedding day prior to getting ready for the festivities! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was compromised of sweet malt, roasted malt, fruit, earth, sour, funk, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, sour, tart, funk, roasted malt, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The tart and sour twist on this one was actually quite nice on the base brew. This made it quite drinkable and enjoyable throughout the glass. Wish this were readily available in my area so I could crush this daily! Definitely worth your time!

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitch black with a dark head and small bubbles
S very tart smell with cocoa
T heavily tart up front with a funkiness and aok flavor. The aftertaste carries a heavy cocoa chocolate flavor
M smooth and thick with a very nice carbonation
O I like this beer a lot. I loved it when it was sour black metal, I don't love this one as much but it's still really nice. Very cool to have a sour stout but I'd like it to be a little less bitter.

I noticed after this beer had been out for a while and warmed up the bitterness totally dropped off and it was much more like the first time I had it. Much more smooth and tart. Very nice. The next bottle I drink ill let it warm up a bit.

Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks willandperry!

Appearance. Pours a dark brown, almost black with two fingers of thick tan head that has great retention.

Smell. Tart berries and cocoa powder, funky old barrel wood, a bit of coffee, and a very slight smokiness.

Taste. Tart, sour berries and cocoa, some barrel wood and dark roasty malts with lingering dry cocoa and a little coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, low amount of soft and smooth carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff. For some reason, a sour stout never sounds appealing but this is a fine beer. Great flavours that work well together.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light brown head that looks like pancake batter bubbling on a griddle.

Smells sour cherries, stout.

Taste is sour up front then fades to malt. Leather, dark chocolate after taste, the sourness adds a nice complexity to this stout. Tobacco and barrel taste as it warms. I'm not used to the juxtapositions of sour and stout. It works well.

This is a unique brew. I’ll have another.

Photo of gtermi
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: The body pours a dark black body with a thin tan head and quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: At first it smells like Das Wunderkind with the sourness, but then after a second I really start to pick up the imperial stout characteristics, like roasted malt, some chocolate and a little bit sweetnes.

T: Wow I didnt know what to expect with this beer, but I have to say this is amazing. The flavors mix perfectly together with the sourness strong at first, but then as that starts to fade, the roasted malt starts to shine. The two go hand in hand and just mix like peanut butter and jelly.

M: The beer goes down super easy and has a nice thin body. There isnt much tingle on the back of the throat like I get from most sours.

O: This my favorite beer created by Jester King. The flavor is just like nothing else that I have tasted and just almost imposible to describe how delicious this is. I am glad that I have bought a few bottles, cant wait to see what it does with some age on it.

Photo of jwchestnut
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.26/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of genitempo
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark inked body with beige head. Heavy, heavy, heavy lace, very hesitant to dissipate.

S - Soft vinegar and fruity tart hits the nose (Think Spree Candy, but not in an attempt to cheapen the beer). Undertones of roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Very complex. A perfect level of astringency for the robustness of the recipe. Those classic stout flavors flow well into an acidic tongue.

MF - A husky medium. Carbonation is present, but never high-handed.

O - This will be a big pleaser for all those JK sour seekers. Definitely not a gateway brew into the master craft that is Jester King, but a very talented brew nonetheless. Just like when an epic band releases a new album, this is one of those pieces that needs to be revisited and revisited and revisited to appreciate every aspect of this beer. On my initial taste, I have to say, well done.

Photo of brewtus
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Jester King goblet.

Pours a very dark brown color with a layer of creamy off white head. Lots of sour notes in the smell, but there is a strong chocolate component as well. Just a touch of vinegar. The taste is quite sour but not at all abrasive. Lots of sour vinegar notes but not particularly funky. The finish is tart with a mild smoke notes. Everything works well together in this beer.

Photo of claspada
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown coca-cola looking color with a foamy dark khaki head that recedes to leave some decent, soapy lacing.

Aromas begin with dark cherries, dark berries, apple cider and vinegar. As it warms you get some roasty char, espresso and oak.

The tastes begin with a savory sourness that I was not expecting; highlighted by dark black cherries, red apple, blackberry, currant and red vinious notes. As it warms you get more and more burnt woodiness, espresso roasted malts and some tangy sweet unripened berries.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is fairly dry with a persistent acidity and light roasted/char flavor profile.

Overall this reminds me a lot of the Melange No 1 flavor profile, albeit much lighter and more drinkable. The savory, roasty flavors throw off the flavors for me a little. I like but I don't love it.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a black color, no highlights when held to the light. Head is off brown and becomes a lace around the glass.

Aroma is of medium roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some acid pops through on the aroma.

Taste starts of sweet, some chocolate in the middle, and a sour finished with a somewhat harsh roast. This makes the finish clash somewhat.

Beer is full bodied.

Overall this is an interesting beer. It is nice to see someone souring a beer other than a belgian gold.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

sour stout. way more sour than stout. not very stout at all, actually. not terrible, though.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to Apostlebrewing, shared with rudzud and others.

Light fizzy dark head, some legs, pitch black.

Nose super dark malts, powdered chocolate, nice sour almost lambic like sour wild, great liquid bourbon aroma, toasty dusty oak,

Taste great dark stout, sour flavours again light wild lambic like, wild slight funky sour, powdered cocoa, light vanilla toasty barrel. Finish is dry but sticky sweet, nice sour lacto like creamy sour, little flemmy and slightly acidic, hint of dark sour malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, sticky flemmy feel.

Overall great beer.

Photo of amnesia85
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

.750 Chilled in the fridge. Popped open and poured into my HF stem. I opened the night up with a founders breakfast stout to get my stout antennae pointed into the right direction. After my first pour I went back into the fridge to find out that the beer yeasted all over the place (gushed)
A: jet black with a sliver tinged head that dissipates to form a thin layer. Not that responsive to aggressive agitation. This beer is oily and bits of the small foam layer left over cling the the side of the glass as the level goes down.
S: raspberry mocha. Acidic unripened fruit. This beers smells mad dry.
T: the initial taste is the sour (but not vinegary) fruit followed by a blast of coco powder that starts in the middle of my tongue and expands to the end of my checks in all directions, even to the back of my uvula.
M: thick and heavy. Lightly carbonated which is A.O.K. With me.
O: I was super curious to try this because of previous reviews comparing it to CD4. It is similar in that is a dark sour but is also clearly different at the same time in that funk metal sticks true to its stout by nature. I'm unaware of the blend of base beers of CD4 but I know it wasn't as chocolaty. This defiantly blows tart of darkness out of the water. That's for sure. I'd like to try it again in a few months to see how it tartens up.

Photo of J_Dub
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black as black can be with a dark tan head. Minimal head but plenty of lacing.

S- A wonderful mixture of roasted malt and sour grapes. There is some of the characteristic roasted coffee and chocolate aroma you get with a traditional stout but the sour quality takes over quickly.

T- Wow. I'm sitting here sipping on my glass and it's hard to steal myself away long enough to give a proper review. The tastes follows the nose. Tartness right up front. Next you get just a slight roasted quality you expect from a stout but this quickly gives way to tart grapes/cherries. The aftertaste brings back the roasted malts with a slight sour lingering. Fantastic.

M- Mouthfeel like you would expect from a sour. Tart starts up front immediately and continues all the way through. Bitter finish that reminds you this is still a stout.

I can't do this brew justice with just my meager description. I wasn't really a sour beer lover until I visited Jester King but they have won me over. Somehow they have managed to bring together two completely different types of beer and have done it superbly well. The price and availability (I was even told by employees they aren't making this brew anymore!) keeps this from being something I can try regularly but if you see this on the shelves get as many bottles as you can.

Photo of davey101
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Opens with a slow gush over. Thanks gtermi!

A - Pours a nice black body with two fingers of khaki foam. Initially the foam sits around for a while but as I drink it down it loses its touch as the foam fizzles away into some thin edging. Decent lacing and some random bouts of absurd retention. The beer has some sediment that is visible around the edges while in the light. The bottle also had a ton of tan sludge along the walls, this is definitely bottle conditioned!

S - Chocolate and coffee falling into some light lactic acid and cherries. Tamer notes of vanilla, oak, tobacco and ash. Smell is great but quite deceiving of the sour bomb that awaits.

T - Sour to the extreme. Faint notes of dark chocolate and coffee get absolutely engulfed by sour cherries and lactic acid. Bright and tart, this is closer to a Flanders Bruin than a stout. The finish is of smokey roasted malts. Smooth oak lingers after the sour burn fades away. This reminds me of some infected stouts that I have had in the past, only this is well rounded and perfected. Medium bodied and creamy mouth feel, does have that "infected" feel to it.

O - This was certainly different. Loads of sour cherries and lactic acid dumped on top of an innocent stout. The barrel aging is subtle but the bacteria really steals the show here. I feel a charred heartburn coming on but it was damn worth it.

Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Acquired as an extra from Surge1311, thanks dude!!

A- Opened as a gusher. Would not stop foaming from the second I opened it (annoying, -.25 for this). Pours a deep brown body with mahogany highlights. Has a mocha head that reduces quickly to a thin layer of white foam.

S- Tart fruit, red wine, dark cherries, leathery oak, and some coffee in the background.

T- Upfront it's pretty sour - I get fruit skins, red wine vinegar, tart cherries. The stout characteristics are subdued and show up ever so slightly in the follow through - slight coffee and roasty malt. There is also an oaky woodiness mixed in there. The finish is tannic.

M- Takes on the crispness and light body of a good sour.

Wow - this is extremely complex, flavorful, sour, and easy to drink. Has more sour characteristics than stout characteristics, but that's OK because it was very well crafted.

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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
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