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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery

Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged StoutFunk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%

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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3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
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-

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 22:54:58 | More by kojevergas
Photo of drpimento


3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:34:30 | More by drpimento
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 21:59:31 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 02:20:05 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 17:39:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 20:59:16 | More by claspada
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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 12:14:28 | More by ADZA
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 02:53:38 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:19:31 | More by cfrobrew
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 14:21:35 | More by inlimbo77
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 15:31:44 | More by thagr81us
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 16:56:12 | More by cosmicevan
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 20:10:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 00:15:59 | More by stephens101
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 06:36:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 12:17:40 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 17:20:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:48:45 | More by ESPNman
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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:46:06 | More by wogreen
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:43:04 | More by amnesia85
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with friends for the bruins game. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark black hue with a quarter inch head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of sour almost cherries and chocolate with nice roast malts. Not too bad at all.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with lots of nice sour funk and light fruit with good faint stout notes. Very well done and a good balance of both sour and roast.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice with a good amount pf carbonation for the style.

O - Overall this was a good beer with nice cross platform. Aspects. Solid and drinkable glad I shared it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 01:53:45 | More by rudzud
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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit disappointing.

Smell is typical sour funk and dark fruit, prunes, a bit savory, BBQ smoke, teriyaki/soy as well.

Taste is great, dry, sour with more big fruit tones and a tart, mineral tones and a strong oaky dry finish.

Overall a great sour stout - interesting and complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:11:44 | More by benclimbs
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's with impeccable smoothness and high complexity that Jester King pulls off the roasty elements of stout and with the acute acidity of sour- but doing so without conflict is not yet seen in these Flanders-inspired stouts.

The pop of the cap seems ordinary until a late build-up of foam overtakes the bottle; in other words, have your glasses handy! Pouring an eruptive ale, the beer's light mocha foam easily reaches the rim with nearly half of the glass beer- the other half bubbles. Suprisingly light on lace, the beer recedes evenly as sour ales should.

Sharp tart aroams of sour cherries, under ripened berries, light cider, vinegar, and dry wine all entice the nose with savory and sour notes that intertwine. Lurking not so far behind are the stout roast of campfire, coffee, and charred woods. The beer is certainly dry and vinous to the nose as any sweet hints are low lying and recessed far in the backdrop.

The savory sourness strikes the early palate with black cherry, crab apples, blackberry, currant, and red grape- these fruits all seem seared by mesquite fired woods and release a tangy sweetness that wraps around the taste buds like aged red wine. It's both delicate and bold in taste, which points to its sheer complexity. Mild roast flavors are smooth like cold pressed coffee and add to the sense of grilled fruits to the esters involved.

Medium-dry on the palate, the bounce of early carbonation actually evades the beer relatively quickly and causes the acidity, dryness, and char to act on its own- and surprisingly it does! Light sweetness and just enough of a cushion of powder, airiness, and ash levitates the beer across the tongue, allowing vague textures of acid and tannin to finish. It's quite an amazing little beer that does so many direction at once, but with out loosing focus.

With very few sour stouts to reflect upon- Funk Metal gives me what's best about oude bruins, but elebated the "bruin" part to moderate roast and keeping the "oude" part maturely sour and earthen throughout. This is simply a masterpiece of a beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 08:44:54 | More by BEERchitect
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:10:22 | More by oline73
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to worthy sniffer

A: it pours very dark walnut brown in color. It pours with lots of carbonation that has a big head that is khaki in color but goes away quickly leaving a lacing. It looks like a standard stout

S: it definitely seems like it has quite a bit of sour yeast in the smell. It also has some sweet smell that could be dark fruit but I cannot really identify it.

T: this is crazy like this beer is really interesting to me upfront it is tart and house good sour flavor upfront but then that fades into a stout finish is like all of a sudden it is smooth and creamy with a roasted flavor. It's a very interesting combo but it really works.

M: it starts off as tart but not puckering while also being oily. Then when the stout flavor starts to come in it is thick a creamy in feel but not heavy it's actually pretty light for a stout. Lots of things in one beer but it works.

O:this one of the most interesting beer I have ever tried it is a sour upfront with a stout finish the transition is clean and works well I am really surprised but it is a mash of my two favorite styles. My first jk beer and i will be back. Not my favorite beer ever but this is 100% worth a try just for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:16:21 | More by Pinknuggets
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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
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