Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by wagenvolks:
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
"Can't get enough...of that funky stuff!"
If anyone knows me, they know I'm a man who likes my funk, in both music and beer. So when one of my favorite local breweries, Jester King, hit their already-awesome Black Metal with some bugs and barrels, you know this mama-jama gotsta sip some slow, ya dig? Awww yeahhhh.
Funk Metal opens with a slow gush and fills the Jester King snifter with a dark, cola brown body and a mocha head to match. Excellent retention to the foam. The nose is excellent, brimming with big aromas of sour dark fruit (plum, cherry, grape), light vinegar, and a barrel-rich woodiness. Sharp and intricate, with a light roast from the dark malts lingering in the background.
The flavor is first and foremost a barrel-aged wild ale, and almost a belgian dark ale second. A nice biting acidity greets the tongue but is more funky than sour. Barrels, dark fruit, roast, and vinegar ride the back of the palate with ease. Such a great blend. Body is light and effervescent. Some lingering barrel wood and dryness on the back of the palate is all that keeps the mouthfeel from higher marks--something I didn't notice on tap at the Funk & Sour Fest. Looks like Jester King has found their mojo in a big way after some lackluster releases!
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2012 00:07:44 | More by wagenvolks
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4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 19:09:40 | More by StonedTrippin
Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.