Black Metal Imperial Stout
Jester King Brewery

Black Metal Imperial StoutBlack Metal Imperial Stout
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #120
Ranked #2,100
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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mhksuccess from California

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a snifter glass
already had a lot to drink prior to this
anyway it pours very dark and little head
smell is of chocolate and slightly boozy and hint of cocoa
taste is nice what you expect in a RIS
chocolate cocoa slight roasty seemed pretty easy to drink
until i got towards the end of the bottle was get a little buzz
it seem like for 10% it hit you kind of hard or maybe it was all from before lol
anyway i liked this brew would try again

Feb 16, 2013
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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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flannelman808 from California

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep very dark brown and very opaque (even in small amounts), also this carries a violet streak around the edges. Topped with a good sized medium brown head smooth in nature with pretty good retention. Not too much lacing noted, but some does cling to the glass.

S: Melting snickers bar on the nose this reminds me of milk chocolate and nougat, caramel and peanuts.

T: Throw some dark chocolate along with all of the aforementioned smells on the the palate as well as some frothy carbonation and you have it. Very rich in nature with the bitterness showing its balancing presence in the form of dark chocolate. Despite the rich nature of this beer both a tough of alcohol and hop driven bitterness (and carbonation) really help to balance it out.

M: frothy with a touch of prickle

O: Good stuff, Ill be curious to see how it ages. Carries a good depth of flavor and has a nice balance finally leaving one with a dry bitter feeling mouth. Tough to do with all the malt driven flavors. This is one which would absolutely benefit from having been aged in barrels... hopefully that's in the works.

Feb 04, 2012
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starrdogg from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Nov 16, 2011
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carlmoberg from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Apr 13, 2014
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metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the malts seem burnt and exhibit some notes of smoky flavors. There are hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste; these are followed by flavors of chocolate, coffee and raisins. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is rather drinkable considering its strength because most of the alcohol is masked from the taste.

Mar 06, 2011
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Dec 01, 2011
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dseanv from Texas

4.62/5  rDev +10.3%

Aug 15, 2014
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mendvicdog from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Oct 19, 2012
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jhimstedt from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Nov 18, 2011
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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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bmwats from Louisiana

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, dark brown, foamy, head. Settles fairly quickly, but leaves a decent blanket of foam on the surface. Just a bit of beer ring quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, a little molasses, and even a little less licorice.

T: Roasted grains, and dark roasted espresso. Just a hint of the dark chocolate that comes out in the nose and just a little bittersweet. Has a pretty nice smoky tone in there, too.

M: Thick and robust. Full flavored with a dry bittersweet finish tha lingers throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is great. Dark, imtimidating appearance. Fair head, but no real lacing to speak of. Nose is a great combination of roasted grains and coffee balanced nicely with some sweet and bitter components. Flavor in turn is roasted...grains, coffee, a little dark chocolate, and a semi-sweet and bittersweet finish. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Oct 09, 2011
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StoneBrewFanatic from Virginia

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

A - Pours jet black with reddish tones in the light, one finger of tan head that has very nice retention and lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, almost to the point of burnt in aroma, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits are all present.

T - Follows the nose with the roasted malts, some char/burnt characteristics are there, as well as bittersweet chocolate, espresso and dark fruit mostly in the way of raisins, almost zero alcohol presence.

M - Full bodied, smooth and creamy, less balanced from the bottle than the tap.

O - This is a very high quality imperial stout with a lot of subtleties to be appreciated, the bottle conditioning seems to very quite a bit unfortunately, but worth trying nonetheless.

Apr 06, 2011
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Getalegup from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Apr 03, 2014
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largadeer from California

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Masterski. Thanks, Alex.

Opaque black pour. Low carbonation, small head and weak retention.

Big toasted malt note, molasses and cocoa. Slight fruitiness and licorice, rich toasty bread. On the sweet and heavy side for the style, more toasted than roasted.

Very sweet, a ton of molasses and chocolate, little bit of licorice and coffee. Toasted, bready malt; light roastiness. Rich, syrupy mouthfeel. Restrained bitterness. Molasses and toasted malt in the finish. Damn good, but it could use a bit more carbonation to liven up the mouthfeel.

Jan 12, 2012
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roodie from Texas

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Great Divide goblet

A: pours a beautiful teak colored hue with brown egg colored head which is thin, specks of lacing

S: beautiful dark chocolate astringency, coffee bitterness, sweet maltiness underlies

T: chocolate both bitter and sweet, rounds out with a coffee/cream combo, with a light sweetness

M: velvety and smooth, thinner than I expected

O: a great beer, believe the hype!~

Sep 11, 2011
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mwbbq from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Mar 17, 2014
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thewimperoo from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Aug 17, 2014
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BrewCrew2010 from Mississippi

5/5  rDev +19.3%

Dec 09, 2011
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Aorem76 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Jun 24, 2014
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RocPorterFanatic from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black as night into a tulip with frothy off white head.

S - Hints of charcoal, dark chocolate and a little coffee. Notes of fresh caramel or toffee are really making their way through as well.

T - Lots of dark chocolate blast the tastebuds in the first sip. This flavor lingers for a long time. Black licorice and charred fruit flavors come into play nicely. Sweet, but not overly done. Flavors of smoked almonds and brown sugar are very agressive and very welcomed.

M - Agressive carbonation keeps this beer from being cloying. Very appropriate and enjoyable.

O - Great beer. This has been on my wants list for quite some time. I will keep this on my list, as I already want more, and the bottle I have, just won't suffice.

Dec 22, 2011
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ObeMaltKinobee from Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.4%

Dec 31, 2011
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Brandyn from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +19.3%

Jan 28, 2014
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HopHead84 from California

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Bottle thanks to GregVST. Poured into a Darkness snifter while playing At the Heart of Winter on the speakers and two separate Immortal videos on my computer monitors.

A: Foreboding black with a huge dark brown head that seems to linger sempiternally. Retention is excellent and there's an impressive amount of lacing.

S: Big cocoa and dark chocolate notes meld with a frostbitten black strap molasses presence and traces of espresso. Roasted malt is grim, and it accompanies licorice and darkened anise. No evident alcohol. There's a decided coldness that coincides with earth and frost. Evil is pervasive here. There's a touch of smoke, most likely smoke from the burning kingdoms of my enemies.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malt are at the forefront of this attack. Coffee is evident. Dry and aggressive, with a moderate grim earthy bitterness, forever descending in a palace of moon. Blackstrap molasses is pronounced, with notes of dying hopes and dreams. The sun no longer rises...grey mist swirl across the meadows.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy, dry, dark, thick, and sticky. The mouthfeel is frostbitten perfection.

Overall: Pure evil. This is a high quality Russian Imperial Stout. With sword in hand, I now stand on my enemy's land...

May 07, 2011
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sgoro from Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.3%

Nov 15, 2011
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