Jester King / 18th St. - Multifarious | Jester King Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Jester King / 18th St. - MultifariousJester King / 18th St. - Multifarious
Very Good
Jester King / 18th St. - MultifariousJester King / 18th St. - Multifarious

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 58
Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is black with a thin, dark brown sliver at the very edge, and a huge, overly active tan foam that dies to a thin blanket.

A smoky but sweet malt aroma has a cocoa dusted banana character with salty, hickory roasted almonds.

Taste is tangy and slightly tart, but not much, with roasty salted caramel and measured woody smoke, like a hoppy Porter. Really, this is just barely identifiable as a Farmhouse, but for a spritz of lemon. A hint of piney hops and acidic coffee make this seem like an uber-fresh Pappy's Porter, if not for the label stating this is an almost a two year old bottle of beer!

Thin, slick and silky for a Jester King brew, the middle is lightly crisp and the finish semi-dry.

 703 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

750 mL bottle. Pours with an enormous khaki head atop a black body. Smells smokey, roasty, with a sharp yeast aroma that makes it smell brighter and fruitier. Tastes smokey and roasty. Strong bitter malt flavor throughout. Oat flavor is also very strong. Not quite tart, but the yeast is sharp and bright in the back end. Medium body. High carbonation. At best, it's an interesting combination of flavors.

 414 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the beat goes on for jester king, hands down the boss of the smoked beers these days, at least here in the united states. they are all just so dynamic and layered and different, and this is of course no exception. an oatmeal stout at its core, but fermented with the funky mixture they always use, and with a healthy dose of smoked malt. its dark in color but somehow light on the pour, very effervescent and heady, and delicate looking. the aroma is amazing, the smoked malt has a peat aspect to it, not that campfire cherry wood malt, this is something different it seems, more earthy, wetter, funkier, maybe a product of the brett and the dark grains, but it seems like a different type of smoked grain to me. a little bit of acid to it, but it isnt sour or acrid from bacteria or smoke, its funky and dry and rustic and earthy and perfect for the late fall. so much going on here, lots of roast with coffee notes here, black walnuts, bitterness, smoothness from the oats, rampant carbonation, a very excited and exciting beer. i could have easily consumed the whole bottle by myself, its that good. the label art is amazing too, took me a long time to realize its a skull if you back it away from your face. perfect beer in the perfect season.

 1,247 characters

Photo of Myotus
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured very gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled 05Jan16) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 22Sep16.
SMELL: Mild aromas of hickory smoked bacon, sweet chocolate, plums, and bitter roasted malts intertwine with subtle scents of sweet oats, salty minerals, and vanilla.
4 out of 5
TASTE: The mild bitterness from the roasted malts brew immediately makes itself known with no other initial balance. Mild flavors of sweet chocolate and plums quickly pursue and counter the bitterness. A mild combination of hickory smoked bacon and salty minerals offer a unique flavor addition that is not typically found in this style. The sweetness of the oats finally emerge as the bitter roasted malt flavors significantly increase. Subtle flavors of vanilla and hints of hay appear lastly while the sweetness from the oats grows stronger and all other flavors maintain.
3.75 out of 5.
NOTE: This was drastically more bitter than what I remember having on tap at the brewery. It was difficult to appreciate the other flavors when the bitterness was constantly harassing the tongue. I also found the lack of complexity in this beer disturbing. I am unsure as to what happened with this, but I hope that more time can make my other bottle more satisfying and complex.

 1,295 characters

Photo of Smakawhat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Batch #1 January 5th 2016.

Rich and thick bubblebath lathering head out of the bottle. This thing is practically exploding but a good controlled pour keeps it under wraps. Light tan, a good swiss cheese bubbled retention, and a fist full of light espresso tan head, that settles with great popping, and faint lacing. Body color is simple walnut brown, nearly black and quite opaque.

Varied and fun aroma. Smoked whiffs of malt primarily, and sticking to light porter sensing roast character. Nice dominant smoke and a touch of chocolate, but much farmhouse sensing flavors are pretty much buried.

Palate gives up the basics. A bit of touching peppery yeast that makes for a tingly slightly mouthfeel. A hint of saison herbality and farmhouse flavors slightly attach themselves to a classic style. Mid palate has nice smoke and roast character, forgoing creamy classic consistency or mineral and mild sensing funk tones and lighter body. Smoke quality doesn't get quite into big richness, but is a solid angle and accent to the brew.

You are basically dealing with an accented smoked like porter with some house funk on top. Strangely it all works out in the end, in a straightforward manner.

 1,256 characters

Photo of gibgink
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared on 6/5/16. Pours black with billowy tan head. Smoke predominant on the nose, and to me, overpowered my taste buds. Was glad to try, but would not have again.

 167 characters

Photo of thatche2
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draught in a tulip glass (similar in the bottle).

Appearance is almost black with some brown around the edges. There is a ton of beautiful creamy tan foam initially with pretty good retention.

Smell is roasted malt, leather, and chocolate with some funky yeast, earthy and smoke flavors.

Taste follows the nose almost exactly with some roasted malt flavors present throughout. Classic Jester King yeast flavors come through at first with nice caramel malt and leather notes. Some smoke comes through on the mid palate really nicely with some lingering. The depth of flavors is incredible. It is fairly dry and bitter with little alcohol present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and slightly watery with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a really well balanced beer with good roasted malt flavors. Not real full in body but very drinkable with great depth of flavors that seemed to develop more in the bottle. After about a year of aging, some times started to developed that was a nice added element.

 1,026 characters

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black with khaki colored head. Oats, roasted malt, smoke, and some dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate, also some hops linger on the palate. Full bodied, yet silky smooth. Finishes with a hoppy roasty flavor. No funk and tartness like I expected, this is a very delicious oatmeal stout from Jester King, well done!

 364 characters

Photo of Alby
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall decent brew and I concur with has been said so far, very earthy in terms of aroma followed by hint of tartness and rather harsh for an oatmeal stout. It is enjoyable but do not expect any hint of sweetness with this.

 226 characters

Photo of cultclassic89
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black with hues of brown at the edges, light cream coffee head with large bubbles.

S: I feel like I'm picking up lactose here. Milky and roasty with a very slight brett character.

T: The roasted character dominates here. Very light chocolate, not much of the lactose quality as on the nose. Very very light acidity, almost nonexistant.

F: Medium light and fluffy. Hardly any acidity to speak of.

O: I expected more acidity here, but this is the closest to a traditional stout that I've had from Jester King since the original Black Metal.

 545 characters

Photo of Tommo
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Was very excited for this beer, but it is not my cup of tea. Acrid and harsh, bitter and unrelenting. Overall this is just not smooth in any way. Has nice jester king style notes of funk, but overall just a harsh stout

 218 characters

Photo of Premo88
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. poured into tulip at the brewery
(March 27, 2016)

L: black, dark brown and clear around edges; thick tan head

S: peaty and sweet, wine, red wine

T: black malt -- bitter and earthy; roasted/charred wood; burnt wood ... it's pretty bitter; as it warms, sweetens a little but not much; tart back flavor like lime peel; very oyster stout-like at times; some meaty red wine

F: good carbonation, full and smooth

O: very bitter and earthy, almost tastes like dirt at times; very little sweetness shows up in the flavor; it's drinkable but very full of farmhouse dirt flavor

 582 characters

Jester King / 18th St. - Multifarious from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 58 ratings