Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 645
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 296
Gots: 164 | FT: 11
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 champ103
3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark black, with some ruby around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A balsamic vinegar sweet, sour, and acidic aroma. Burnt caramel malts and sugars. Lingering acidic character. Not particularly enjoyable.
T: Up front is more of a sweet chocolate, burnt malts, light roast. Which works at odds with the sharp acidic bite. Vinegary sweet, finises with tart tannin like cherries.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Though watery and thin. Not smooth, or crisp, just kind of blah. Certainly not something I can drink more than a few ounces of.

I never really enjoyed this, just a mess. Trying it again just confirms that it is pretty poorly made. No definition, and probably not something I am coming back to again any time soon. (796 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A sour stout that is more sour than stout. Nothing much from the flavors comes through, killed by the bugs. The feel mimics this. While not a bad beer, perhaps the style isn't for me, but the sour stout nullifies itself (219 characters)

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. (1,320 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King's tasting room. 8.20% ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes taken in September 2013. Cost was $6.00 USD per 8 oz pour. "Sour BA stout."

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3 finger wide head of lovely khaki-tan colour. Great creaminess and thickness. Plump and supple. Nice soft complexion. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about five minutes.

Body colour is a solid opaque black. Not quite a jet black, but very dark. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Grape fruit. Chocolate malt/cocoa notes. Pediococcus-induced bacterial sourness. Hazelnut. Cream. Some acetic character. Not real tart. Bready and crusty malts.

I'm not getting any rich oaky notes. No hops or alcohol are detectable.

A generally pleasant aroma of mild strength. It doesn't seem alive. Sourness seems quite tame. I do get a hint of brettanomyces yeast when I look for it, but there's not an overt funkiness here.

T: Dark red grape notes. Acetic character. Bready malts redolent of leavened pie crust. Dark malts. Chocolate malts and cocoa powder are present, but clash with the grape fruit. Actually the rape fruit note is the worst part of the beer and clashes with the rest of the build. Sourness is just pediococcus - no lambicus yeast, lactobacillus bacteria, or funky brettanomyces. No hop presence at all. Alcohol is noticeable but it isn't boozy or hot. A kiss of wet cardboard suggests subpar conditioning.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Flavour intensity is on the low side of average. It's a fair cohesion, but it isn't a gestalt build; the sourness and stout notes are not combined as well as they ought to be. It just doesn't come together like it should, and doesn't feel seamlessly layered. Decent complexity, but it lacks subtlety. Has a strange herbal/medicinal note on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Decently carbonated. Fair thickness and body. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent. The texture does the job, but it's not a perfect companion to the taste. I do think the softness is nice; I wans't expecting that.

Dr: Drinkable enough. I don't really understand this beer's impeccable reputation, but it's a nice attempt at an emerging style, and I always like to see more breweries throwing their hats into the sour stout ring. It has room for improvement. If I got it again, it'd have to be at or below this price point. I like it, but don't love it. Hides its ABV pretty well.

Low B- (2,680 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark black. Some dark browns and reds when held to direct light. Head is khaki and drops to a minimal cap with a small collar. No lacing and minimal carbonation on the pour.

Taste: Follows the nose closely with a bigger push on the lactic tartness. Typical funk with all of the associated barnyard. Hay, grass, damp earthy basement. Sweaty rocks. Deeply fruity with a ton of tart cherry skin and flesh, Hints of blackberry and plum in the back. Dark fruit in abundance. Tons of leather as well. Woody bitterness from the malts.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts add some burnt and slightly charred elements. Carries the typical Jester King funk. Damp basement and old sweaty sock. Loaded with dark fruit, mostly cherry. Some plum. Blackberry with a touch of blueberry. Musty. Barnyard - hay, grass, and wet. Some coffee bean. Woody bitterness with an almost alkali finish to the whole thing. Slightly lactic with some strong acetic notes - almost balsamic. Leather, lots of leather - old an worn. Fruity and funky and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and minimal carbonation thanks to the barrel. Clean and smooth sip.

Overall: Slap bass - move on.

Drinkable but not truly memorable. The flavors never quite meld and the sour nature becomes too acetic as it warms. Maybe a bit more time or a more nuanced blend. (1,321 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served with a nice tan head that settles to a ring. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is tart, roast, fruit. Flavor's largely tart with only a bare suggestion of stout. Body is a little on the thin side and again little like a stout. Finish is like flavor, on the short side, and I'm not so much a fan. (306 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. Funk Metal is a sour barrel-aged stout that was a treat to try but glad it was a small sample. I don't know if I could have finished a full bottle. Spot on for the style though. (228 characters)

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. (471 characters)

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. (480 characters)

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. (471 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this sitting in my fridge for a while time to crack it as I love the brewery,label and style and it pours a black as night hue with no moon out its black with a two finger chocolate creamy head and clingy attractive lacing everywhere,the smell is Brett,red wine,oak,bourbon with cola and sour snake lollies,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of red wine,sweet bourbon,funky Brett,the slightest touch of dark chocolate,a nice hit of oak mid taste and finished off with a sour funkiness and overall it's amazing how much Brett and barrel ageing can change and overtake a brew but luckily enough I love my sours and reminds me of some Flemish red ales or brown bruins and yeah like most of their range I'd revisit it cheers. (762 characters)

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. (877 characters)

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. (575 characters)

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! (774 characters)

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. (677 characters)

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

Enjoyed from a jester king snifter. bottle was explosive and a gusher shortly after open. beer poured deep black with massive fizzy tan head that fizzed away relatively quick. smell is sour berries. Taste is nice tart berry. Soft but subtle prickle in the mouth. Really nice sour. A bit fizzy, but fairly enjoyable. Not overly sour. Kind of like the purple sweet tart. Cheers (375 characters)

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

Served in Jester King stemware (thanks Michael). The beer is a near black shade with an oily beige head. The aroma is quite interesting. Dark fruits, plum, brett, oak, sour cherry, rye bread. Intense sour with an overly ripe sour cherry flavor. Lactic mouthfeel with a puckering finish. Roast and stout character is overwhelmed by the wild ale component. That said, I don't mind the imbalance that much. Intriguing and interesting. A nice sipper. (446 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Fall 2012
Heady Topper stemless wine glass

A: Pours pretty much pitch black. There are some reddish hues on edges as it thins out. Some lacing on glass is left on the glass from the slightly tan colored head.

S: As for the smell, I am getting straight up Tootsie roll here. It's like a blend of chocolate, cherry cola, and cocoa. I am getting some tart cherry, slight but there. Not as pronounced as in Tart of Darkness.

T: Interesting. Certainly different than ToD. This is more stout like, in body smell and flavor. Tart cherry sweetness is still there first. But then you are getting that milk chocolate cocoa like character. Which really seems to own the beer more so than the sour. I like the blend here. Someone dry finish, with the tart cherry cola aspect going on.

M: Medium bodied. (801 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 8/10/13 at the brewery.

Black as black with a skinny, swirly tan head.

Smells of milk chocolate, marshmallows and black licorice. The tongue gets its sour on when it meets a blast of overripe cherries , and damn that was not expected. Once I pick my bewildered but delighted tongue off the floor I notice a hint of vinegar, some vanilla notes and some buried dark chocolates that add a welcomed sweetness. A bit of grain works in at the back to finish things off.

Quite drinkable with a well-blended but noticeable alcohol heat.

Tart and Tart and sweet in all the right places makes for nice, unique drinking. (632 characters)

Photo of wogreen
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours like a thick chocolate milk shake; very dark with a dark brown head

S - no major hints of the barrel like i expected also not too vinegary like some sours can be

T - the warm flavors from the barrel aging are very subtle and dont overpower the sour flavor

M - thick, rich and drinkable (298 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.12.13

A - Gusher! Pours a dark brown with a fizzy brown head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Funky, cherry, ripe fruit.

T - Funky cherry, red-wine, strong wood.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tart and dark cherry, strong wood lingers for a bit. (292 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Opened bottle and this guy was definitely a gusher. Quickly poured into my pint glass and got a glass that was half dark mahogany beer and half hot cocoa colored foam. The cap does deflate to about a finger or so, but not much in the way of lacing. Fun start.

Wow, the bouquet is not so much sour as tangy. Vinous, tart red cherries, some vinegar, there is also a charred oak scent, dark cocoa, a faint earthiness, and some roast. I really like this combo of scents.

Stupendous! The palate follows the nose. It really boils down to that tangy and slightly roasty combination of flavors that works so well. The tanginess is again mostly tart cherries, vinegar, woody, and even some lacto flavor. The stout profile is mostly dark chocolate and roasty. And man do they go well together.

Solid medium body and pretty dry finish thanks to the vinous and tart flavors. Not overly sour, so not puckering, slides over the palate.

I really enjoyed this incredibly complex and tangy stout. The amount of control that must have been needed to brew this beer: letting the tangy and slightly lacto flavors out, but not overpowering the chocolatey, roasty stout notes. This beer is more art. And I would gladly have this again. (1,244 characters)

Photo of ESPNman
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet.

A- Pours an inky black, almost no head to speak of. Big, frothy bubbles rise to the surface and almost immediately pop. No retention... This beer looks flat.

S- Stone fruit, dark cherries, cocoa, a bit of oak, and so much tart. The smell alone of this beer makes my mouth pucker. No real malt sweetness to speak of on the nose.

T- Yep, this is one sour brew. Much like the nose, it opens with some ripe cherry and medicinal cola-like flavors. From there, it's all pucker... Tart through the middle, acidic, and a dry finish with some earth and cocoa.

M- A bit thinner than I would have expected, virtually no carbonation to speak of. Tart and dry on the finish.

O- This is a very intense sour stout. It has all of the hallmarks of a big sour, but without any vinous notes or fruitiness that usually goes with it for balance. The stout notes are dry and bitter, and make this a one-note beer... Thankfully that one bitter/sour note is very well done. (976 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with dark roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with only a mild sourness and more emphasis on the stout flavors. There is a mild amount of roasty and woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the flavors don't match up in my opinion. (681 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,273 characters)

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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
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