Black Metal Imperial Stout
Jester King Brewery

Black Metal Imperial StoutBlack Metal Imperial Stout
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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #231
ABV:
10.4%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,066
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
259
Ratings:
342
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 05, 2022
Added:
Dec 21, 2010
Wants:
  167
Gots:
  293
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Black Metal Imperial StoutBlack Metal Imperial Stout
Notes: Black Metal, a.k.a. Iron Sword, a.k.a. Blackened Death, a.k.a. El Martillo del Muerte, is a cruel and punishing beer fermented by the sheer force of its awesome will. Best enjoyed while pumping out blast beats, summoning trolls, or enjoying a nice, leisurely reading of the Necronomicon.
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Rated: 4.27 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by o29 from Texas

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.49 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pitch black beer with a moderate tan head. Roasty and malty aroma and flavour, with notes of strong coffee, liquorice and dark bitter chocolate. Rich and full mouthfeel, warming, maybe a bit too much carbonation. Medium bitterness in the finish. All in all mighty impressive.
Apr 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Nov 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by JamesStreet from Louisiana

Aug 24, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Midnight black with a brown head that fades slowly over time. Earthy and roasted malt nose giving off raisin, char, leather, and slight molasses. Taste mirrors this but gives us more bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, and hints of booze to work with, more potent in general. Feel is heavy roasted yet highly drinkable, good rugged complexion without getting stuck in the rut. I'm convinced this was the beer version of a time machine, taking me back to simpler times, welcomed in 2020 tbh
Jun 22, 2020
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Mine is a collaboration between these guys & American Solera, weighing in at 10.7% ABV

Pours a very effervescent ebony with one finger of caramel colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Roastyness & coffee

T: Follows the nose, there is iron, baker's chocolate & dryness up front. More roastyness, & dryness, plus some charred grain as this warms. Finishes roasty, dry & with charred grain notes

MF: Fairly chewy, restrained carbonation

A very good take on the style
Jun 21, 2020
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Tar black body; initially thick, light brown head that fades to a thin wisp after a few minutes. Big charred grain smell; dark roast coffee ground notes; dark and bitter chocolate. The taste follows along the lines of the aroma; bittersweet chocolate and cocoa notes; sweet cocoa; some booziness; strong charred grain husk bitterness; cigarette ash. Heavy body; silky and oily; heavily sweet initially yet finishes with a dry, ashy feel.

Perhaps not as dense and rich as a traditional Russian imperial stout, and certainly exhibiting a rather unique sweet / dry mouthfeel dichotomy. And boozy. I like the booziness. The best huge American high ABV stout? No. Unique and tasty? You bet.
Jun 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can

Pours opaque black, tan lacing for a head.

Aroma is of cocoa, coffee, toast, and mesquite.

Flavor is of coffee, licorice, mesquite, walnut, and toast.

Full body, tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A roasty, bitter stout with some good flavor and drinks pretty evenly. Doesn't feel like 10%. A nice change of pace from the sweeter big American stouts and pastry stouts that are common now. Would have again.
Apr 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pitch black, staining the glass brown, with an enticingly dark chocolate souffle head that builds almost nitro-like but tall, slowly collapsing as large bubbles develop to a creamy blankey and curled ridges.

Very roasty malt pairs with notes of bitter cacao and acidic espresso. It's nutty, and almost woody, reminding me of Oak Aged Yeti, yet the silky body is actually quite light, with a surprisingly cleanly dry finish. As it warms, it continues to develop notes of tobacco with a light smokiness to the heavily roasted malt.

Despite not being a sour, it still has that Jester King character featured in all their other dark beers.
Apr 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by crob3888 from California

Mar 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by Ajlvt from Washington

Apr 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Nunya from Ohio

Jul 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by Kurmaraja from California

Jul 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I had the Black Metal Russian Imperial Stout a while ago but I am writing from notes that I took. I thought it was great. Too bad it is retired. It was already retired long ago when I bought it. I doubt you can get it now.

Look: almost black with a thick mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits

Taste: the taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits maybe wine, it's a bit sweet.

Feel: medium to full body.
Jan 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.68 by RBorsato from Virginia

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by BKotch from Texas

Nov 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Sep 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Mateo2699 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pour is a dark brown, nearing black hue with a big khaki colored head that lasts for a few minutes. Smell is big cocoa powder foward, big roasty malts and almost an oaky barrel aged aroma about it. Hints of red wine and plenty of dark fruit. The taste follows the nose well, big dark fruits. Plenty of plums, raisins and licorice. Some interesting farmhouse funk character compliments the dark fruit and cocoa nicely. Mouthfeel is a little chewy, finishes a little dry. Overall not your typical stout, a whole lot going on here.
Nov 06, 2016
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Reviewed by Maven from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I've looked at this one for awhile waiting to open it.

Chilled and poured into a wine glass. Fresh pour it smells like dark chocolate and fudgey flour. A little espresso and sweetness.

The taste is very different. Rum soaked sweet drizzled cake. Toasty macaroons and drenched syrup. A little acidic with carbonation, but that's like saying Kate Upton is a little chubby. It's still a good experience. I get a lot of jammed aged figs and a little licorice. Dark mashed fruits and candied sugar. Moderate chocolate. A lot of prunes. A lot.

Residual sweetness and stickiness on the lips. No pushy sweetness or assault on the tongue.
Sep 17, 2016
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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An OG bottle, sad and happy opening it, because there are only so many of these left in the wild, shared with family. Pours an opaque dark brown color almost black like oil with khaki colored head. Roasted malts and chocolate on the nose at this point; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with roast and cocoa. This was a treat, glad I had a bottle to open during fireworks.
Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.83 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.47 by jemarent from Michigan

Jun 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by seifer1886 from Texas

Jun 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.54 by BA_Berto from New York

Apr 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.62 by mikepcarney from Ohio

Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Apr 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by LFinCO from Colorado

Jan 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light sweet notes is quite nice. Taste is also a great mix of creamy black chocolate notes with some residual sugar and hints of roasted malt. Body has a nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice smooth easy drinking stout. I am surprised at how well the bottle has aged over the years.
Jan 18, 2016
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Rated by mdgogiants from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great imperial stout. Dark deep flavor that combines the sweetness and hoppiness you should expect from a beer like this.
Jan 10, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Black pour, brown head. Heavily roasted malt, pretty big aroma from there.

Taste was again a chunky, heady mix of roasted malts, minor bitter chocolate. Chewy. Only got one more bottle of this stuff left.
Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.81 by Eddiehop from Texas

Oct 30, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by SocalKicks from California

Oct 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.21 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Oct 01, 2015
 
Rated: 4.38 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts

Sep 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Sep 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.65 by SergeLowpz from Texas

Aug 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.66 by Sazz9 from Texas

Aug 26, 2015
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