Black Metal Imperial Stout
Jester King Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #129
Ranked #2,233
4.19 | pDev: 11.46%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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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Sigmund from Norway

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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russpowell from Arkansas

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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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beergoot from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Maven from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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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TX-Badger from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
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
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dar482 from New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out of the bottle in a brown color, although very much black in the glass. Be gentle on the pour as lots of fluffy head is easily formed.

The aroma hits of a red wine, a touch of tart quality, dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, anise.

The flavor follows with a smack of medium tart quality up front. Balsamic vinegar, red wine, vinous bitterness, then onto a bready malt, sweet milk chocolate, and some spicy farmhouse character. There's some anise bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium. A really well done dark sour ale, reminds me of Hill Farmstead Edith.

Jun 15, 2015
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened from a bottle into a BBT snifter.

Appearance: Sizable fluffy mocha head, dark brown. Stouts are boring, they all look the same.

Smell: Wow this is complex. Almost smells barrel aged. A serious bourbon note going on here. Lots of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate, some port notes coming up on the back. This is lovely.

Taste: Holy hell this is good. Lots of coffee and chocolate, almost like a pure hot chocolate or mocha flavor. I really do get a bourbon barrel type character from this. Slight oxidation, but no big deal. A slight fruity note, tiny bit smoky. Coffee notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: For a non barrel aged, non-adjunct stout, this is really thick. Still pretty prominent carb, I'm very very happy with this.

Overall: A lot better than I was expecting. This was amazing. Surprising complexity for a non-BA beer with no adjuncts and five years of age on it.

May 23, 2015
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markgugs from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

OG Black Metal, very off-putting nose, lots of nail polish/acetone, but thankfully the beer tasted fantastic. Soft, roasted notes, layers of cocoa, creamy finish.

Mar 16, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this bottle for a while now, tonight seemed like the right night. Had it fresh and this one held onto since they went farms house on it...enjoyed from that jester king zwanze tulip.

a - brew pours a deep lush black with a nice dark brown cap that eventually dissolves down to a thin skin. Lacing is slippery and doesn't cling much.

s - nose is faded chocolate with some soft roast notes. Not really much to it. Very subdued. Little burnt.

t - comes alive on the first sip. Nice chocolate and roasted coffee. I had remembered this being a roast bomb but this is nice. Roast is still fairly aggressive but the oxidation puts the chocolate in a mellow place that sits right with the roast...and lends to some dark fruit sweetness which is really nice.

m - fairly soft and light. Easy drinker, almost thin even. Abc is invisible.

o - this beer is in a great place right now. Very enjoyable. Drink them if you got them!

Apr 29, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have no clue what year this is.

A- Pitch black. This is a fearsome looking beer. Pinky sized head that transitions to the smallest of lacing with no legs.

S- Pretty bland here. Dark chocolate and malt.

T- Dark chocolate and malt. Very big RIS.

M- Very little carbonation, but very thick for a RIS.

O- This was my first Jester King, and they did a really good job for a bold dark RIS.

Feb 15, 2014
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: In a snifter glass the beer built a dense 2+ finger head made of tiny bubbles. The color of the foam reminds me of cola fizz, mocha or tan, but with tons of sustain. No real coating on the edge as the head fell into the black abyss of the beer. Swirling it, the foam would agitated and build back of for a few seconds.

S: Dark chocolate, smoke, and old coffee come through in the roast side of the nose. Also picking up some sweeter toffee and tobacco. Alcohol can be detected.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa and melted chocolate chips blend into a nice toffee and caramel middle. The bitterness is moderate and balance is on the malt side with the sweetness fairly high (not nearly as much as DL) but it blends well with the malt profile. Picking up some rustic, earthy hop flavors in the aftertaste and towards the end. Getting some harshness at colder temps, but as it warmed up it mellowed that right out.

M: Alcohol warming is mild and reminds you its a big beer. Carbonation seems a bit high (maybe where I'm getting the harshness from) and the body is big as all get out. Very low astringency all things considered.

O: Thanks to canadianghetto​ for this OG Black Metal. Chocolatey goodness with a rustic hop flavor and great when listening to the latest 1349 in the polar vortex.

Feb 02, 2014
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BierJager89 from California

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours imposingly black with a brown head from an epically metal bottle.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and brown sugar in the nose.

T: Roasted malt, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, pretty much the same as the nose. Delicious.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: I wish this hadn't gone away. I've heard bad things about the new version, at least in relation to this. Like they took something that wasn't broke, and, well, broke it. This, however, is a delicious, thick, heavy imperial stout, worthy of the blackest of metals. Listen to Venom or Melechesh as you sip this dark concoction.

Jan 24, 2014
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Thesoundandthefury from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Popped this bottle after a request from a fellow beer geek. Poured an inky black with minimal head retention. Smells of astringent malts, a hint of fusel alcohol, and bitter chocolate. Taste follows the nose, which was a bit of a disappointment. The patent malt used here is a little overbearing, as the charred malt flavor carries from start to finish, hiding any nuances that may have been lurking to come out. Finish is dry and lightly acrid. Glad I tried it, but was disappointed by it.

Dec 04, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, earthy

T-dark roasted malt, rich chocolate, molasses, little coffee, hints of dark fruit

F-medium body with light carbonation, creamy and smooth

O-a rich and chocolatey stout, nice blend of flavors

Aug 31, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 5.7.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a fizzy dark brown head that fades fairly quickly.

S - Chocolate, tart cherry.

T - A touch of chocolate, but very tart, sour, cherry. Infected.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - First bottle was awesome. 4.25. This one is infected, but still drinkable.

Jul 12, 2013
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jakethesnake9z9z for this bottle.

Pours an opaque black with a thick, medium brown head.

Nose is strong on chocolate with a tinge of coffee.

Taste is also strong on the chocolate. A light touch of coffee comes through, and there is zero roast bitterness. I like the strong chocolate aspects of this beer. The 10% ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Good thickness and carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice stout. The heavy chocolate aspect without much residual sweetness makes this fairly unique. Would have liked just a touch more roasted malt bitterness.

Jun 16, 2013
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into JK 1st anny snifter - 2010 bottle - I forget who sent this but thanks!

Pitch black, heavy pour with a one-finger crop of darkly tanned head resting on top. Fades slowly, leaving spotty lacing and a collar of film while drinking.

Darkly roasted malts with touches of baker's chocolate, cocoa, anise and boozy warmth. Light suggestions of coffee beans too.

Cascading waves of dark roasty malts and semi-sweet chocolate, followed by cocoa and soft notes of anise. Layered malt backbone with a tempered sweetness and a pleasant boozy warmth. Finishes with chocolate and a bit of coffee.

Full body, decent carbonation, chewy and soft on the tongue. I've tasted this a couple times before, but it was nice to sit down with a full bottle and really enjoy it. I'm bummed this has been 'permanently' replaced by the farmhouse version.

Jun 10, 2013
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black as night and thick like well used motor oil with a quarter inch of dark tan head that fades slowly in a DFH snifter
S: smells of bitter dark chocolate, roast malt, coffee and charred wood
T: chocolate, roast malt, coffee, anise and a slight sweetness, slight char and burnt sugar. swallow is more chocolate and coffee with a bit of warming alcohol on the back end
M: big and thick in the mouth with soft and smooth carb that leads to a silky mouthfeel. finish is a touch dry but doesn't linger
O: Very impressive and quite good. very smooth flavors and good complexity. drinks pretty easy as well. I'm curious what the farmhouse version is like

Jun 06, 2013
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