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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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497 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 222
Gots: 125 | FT: 8
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

02-10-2013 04:39:23 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

01-14-2014 12:34:18 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

04-21-2013 02:03:46 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -1%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

02-10-2013 04:42:33 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-12-2012 03:58:24 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-12-2012 02:02:20 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

02-22-2013 05:51:25 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

01-08-2014 18:52:42 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

03-30-2014 00:07:24 | More by largadeer
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nickfl

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

03-27-2013 03:13:29 | More by nickfl
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 12:54:21 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-27-2013 07:09:54 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

4.18/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:10:22 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
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
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-22-2013 13:10:48 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-06-2013 16:28:54 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-04-2014 20:03:22 | More by yourefragile
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12-13-2013 07:18:12 | More by XmnwildX12
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch 1, bottled in Fall 2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, oak, clove, hay, straw, vinegar, musty funk, leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, oak, and acidic yeast ester flavors; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, oak, clove, hay, straw, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, oak, clove, vinegar, straw, hay, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted malt, oak, and acidic yeast ester flavors; with a great balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome sour imperial stout. All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt, oak, and lactic yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:52:12 | More by superspak
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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.