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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 662
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 35.25%
Wants: 301
Gots: 168 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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 jeffaroo95
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blend #5 poured from a 750ml bomber to a snifter.

A: Dark, tan head

S: funk, roasted malt.

T: tartness that carries thru to the finsh, roasted malt and cocoa finish up. very drinkable.

M: medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation

O: A beer that is super unique, definitely recommended.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black, latte colored head with solid lacing for a sour.

S - Roast, chocolate and red wine like acidity.

T - sour fruit, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Perfect balance of tart and stout.

M - Thick, chewy, velvet non lingering finish.

O - exactly what you would think and like nothing else out there.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown almost black pour with a finger o bubbly head. Smells of chocolate, dark roast, a bit of vinegar, lacto sourness and barnyard funk.
Flavor has all the awesomeness of a Chocolatey stout with just the right amount of sourness that hits you up front but allows you to enjoy the actual stout profile.
Medium in body, tart/funky/sour, light carbonation.
Really loving this beer. All the awesomeness o a sour with lots of chocolate and dark roast.

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Photo of brewtus
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Moerdertaktiken
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into Jester King glass. Very low carbonation, with tiny bubbles that quickly dissapear. Very opaque. Looks as anticipated.

Aroma: Roast, funk, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar. No alcohol detected, no hop presence. Dark fruits.

Taste: Very rounded and tart. Chocolate, roasted malt, raisins and dark fruits dominate the flavor. Very complex.

Overall: Very pleasant and enjoyable beer. It's definitely an interesting take on stout. Even if it weren't sour and had that extra level of complexity and funk, it would be an incredible beer. Well worth a trip to Austin or bottle trade.

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Photo of jwchestnut
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
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-

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Photo of ESPNman
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of davey101
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of J_Dub
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 1.5-finger frothy, rocky, brown head. Really nice retention and some awesome sheets of lacing. Pours thick and viscous like motor oil. Looks fantastic for an imperial stout.

S – This is where it gets interesting. It has some of the usual stout aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted malt but it also has a distinct aroma consisting of sour cherries and grapes. The smell is very pleasant as the tart aromas pair very well with the dark fruits and chocolate.

T – It starts off sour with cherries, grapes, and apples. As the tartness fades, the usual stout taste shows up with sweet chocolate and some vanilla, as well as bitter roasted malts. This is very unique and very, very tasty.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a tart and mouth-coating feel, and a slightly bitter, sour, and extremely dry finish. Dry bittersweet roasted chocolaty malt lingers for a bit. There isn’t a warmth from the alcohol per se, but the tart acidity lends a bit of a warming character.

O – This beer is fantastically different from anything that I’ve ever had before. It has elements of a good stout but also has great sour aromas and flavors. I never would have thought that a sour stout would be good, but Jester King has proven me very, very wrong. This is a delicious beer and one that I’m extremely glad that I got to try.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.