Black Metal Imperial Stout | Jester King Brewery

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Black Metal Imperial StoutBlack Metal Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version of Black Metal has been permanently supplanted by the farmhouse version -

Added by redraider2323 on 12-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -76%

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1/5  rDev -76%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
2.31/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I got this one in a trade with johnbjaeger. Thanks John for another awesome trade.

Poured for a 750ml into a snifter.

A thick looking pour, comes with tiny mocha looking head. Lively carbonation visible.

Smells of dark fruity sweetness and caramel.

Flavors are those a smokey chocolate/ licorice beer.

a light to medium body with an ok amount of carbonation.

Can you spell dissapointment (can you, Jeff?) it's spelled B L A C K M E T A L. It should be against some law to make a label this cool for such a crappy beer. This is the beer that did all the things Black Xantus gets blamed for. AVOID AT ALL COST.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.46/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Doopie brought this one out and pit it against Freetail's La Muerta for our Texas Shootout last night. Good times! Also, thanks to korguy and Masterski for providing a couple bottles of this stuff.

From a 750ml into a snifter
Note: Part of the Texas Shootout against Freetail La Muerta

APPEARANCE: Slowly foamed out upon opening, but poured just fine. Came out thick and black, yielding a two finger, medium-thick, noisy, fluffy, light mocha head with very good retention. Black body with some carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and ring. Only a ring remains until the end leaving no lacing down the glass. Thick black, but otherwise average.

SMELL: A mild nose of roasted malts, caramel malts, and some dark chocolate. Very noticeable licorice and leather, which remind me much of an English style porter or stout. Odd for an imperial stout for sure.

TASTE: Some smoky and roasted notes, cocoa powder, and then that licorice and leather from the nose again, which are quite up front. Sweet caramel and toffee, and a bit of spicy alcohol at the swallow. Strong and lingering aftertaste of licorice, leather, cocoa powder and some caramel sweetness. This reminds me mostly of an English stout/porter on gear. Not a fan, but not off-putting either.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: Not good. Not horrible or even off, but just not good. This seemed like a massive English stout as opposed to a massive Imperial stout, which isn’t surprising really, given the yeast and hop bill. I am certainly a fan of English stouts, but this steroid version just didn’t do it for me. In the Texas Shootout against Freetail La Muerta, this was the clear loser. I’m glad to have tried this, so thanks again korguy and Masterski, but I certainly won’t be looking for this one again.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

4 ozish sample at a Central PA BA gathering. Served from a bottle to a snifter.

I was very excited to try anything from Jester King, particularly this beer given the hype it has received. Sadly, sampled alongside Black Tuesday, random Dark Lord and Darkness, Dark Intrigue, Kate, Splinter Black, etc it failed to live up to expectations. Typical stoutish appearance of near opaque black with a quickly fading mocha head. Mildly thin in appearance.

Aroma is burnt and charred more than anything else. Some mild oak, chocolate, nuttiness and citrus hops. Ash and smoke dominate however in the nose; not exactly appealing.

Like the aroma, flavor is burnt, charred and raw. Body is ashy and roasty with less sweetness and malt than the nose. Citric hop bitterness randomly pops in the finish without little balance or integration with the body.

Ugh, I greatly appreciate whoever brought this to the tasting, but this was one of my biggest disappointments of the day. I finished about half of my sample before pouring out the rest; the char and roast was too much to handle. I can't wait to see what those that slagged Splinter Black say about this.

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Photo of ms11781
2.99/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, viscous looking black with big beige colored head of creamy looking foam. Surprisingly, the head settles in at about a finger high and stays for quite a while. Spotty, wispy lacing is left on the glass. The head stands out though. I really can't say enough about the retention. If the lacing was a bit better this might be the best looking stout I've had.

The nose if full of big roasted malts. When the beer is chilled booze is a big component as well. As the beer warms some chocolate and subtle black licorice come out. The nose is pretty much straightforward with big roasted notes leading the way. There are some other characteristic but it's not all that complex.

The taste sort of falls flat. The roasted notes come across first but they are nowhere near as strong as the nose. That being said the roastiness is the dominant flavor. As soon as the roast fades each sip falls off considerably with light chocolate and a touch of some licorice. The chocolate and licorice are extremely weak and may only come through because there isn't anything else going on.

The mouthfeel is really big. Each sip is thick, viscous, slick and silky smooth. The mouthfeel is big and the carbonation is slow. Spot on for a really big stout.

Overall this beer was a bit disappointing. It looks and feels fantastic but the nose is a bit lacking and the flavor even more so. It's not a bad beer but it just doesn't stack up with other beers of the size and stature.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- dark black in color, dark tan head, light carbonation. a few minutes of retention

s - smells of chocolate, a bit of toffee, lots of roasted notes. a bit of a boozy smell.

t- a bit of roasted malts, alcohol stands our fairly strong, toffee flavor is there but very faint. a bit of chocolate as well.

m - thick mouth feel, very creamy, light on the carbonation, decent mouth feel

o - overall, not a bad brew, was expecting more. not a ton of complexity, and probably several better options out there, at and below this price point. Wont be picking up anymore anytime soon.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the standard pressure cap bottle into a Southampton snifter at low altitude. Thanks to ballmouse from personally importing this one from Texas.

A: Pours an opaque black with a two-finger creamy dark-tan head. Looks oily when swished around in the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S: Chocolate malts, oak, peat, very malty and some definite booze.

T: Oak up front with dark chocolate and heavily roasted malts to follow. It's not particularly balanced, and the finish is abrasively boozy considering the ABV.

M: Full-bodied, wet and sticky with alcohol burn on the finish. This could be much, much smoother.

D: I'm glad I had some friends with me to tackle this one. The booziness is very noticeable and there's no contrast to the oak and deeply roasted malts. I think Jester King made a good decision to retire this one.

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3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After all the buzz around this new brewery, I approach their beers with cautious enthusiasm. I tried Black Metal on draft at The HighBall two nights ago.

I was pretty underwhelmed by this offering. It had a distinctly stoutish aroma with notes of black malt and alcohol.

Despite the 10.40% ABV, the taste of alcohol was undetectable. I first attributed this to a chalky taste of what first thought would could be excessive use of black malt. I have been assured that black malt makes up 4% of the mash so this is clearly not the case. I now guess there may have been an abundance of yeast in the sample I tasted. Perhaps it was getting toward the bottom of the barrel so to speak.

Personally, I would like to taste a little more booze heat in this style of beer.

I dunno, it was pretty good, I guess. I may give it another shot sometime.

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Photo of HosP
3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from a very generous Fullobs! Poured into cbs snifter.

Pours thick, oily black. Very thin dark brown head. Left almost immediately though. Very little flavors in the smell, mostly roasted coffee notes. A little burnt hint to the smell. Unfortunately the taste follows suit. Very dull flavors. Nothing pops out at all. Some coffee notes, maybe some licorice. A little on the sweet side at first. Some bittering at the end. Very thick fullness body mouth feel. Low carbonation. Very heavy ris, not bad, just nothing to it. Still glad I got to try!

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Photo of eclipse54
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A capped 750 mL bottle won in turfy's "A Taste of Texas LIF!" Thanks a ton! Split into four tasting snifters and shared with friends; review is from notes taken on 09/30/2011.

A black body with minimal dark brown head. The body is opaque save for the surface and edges of the glass. Smells of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, a decent amount of alcohol, molasses, roasted malt, and sugar. Tastes of thick molasses, syrupy caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, rich, and finishes rather dry. Overall, a flavorful but dry, boozy, and sticky stout.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours pitch black with a great cap of mocha colored head, quickly receding into a ring.

S ~ Big bouquet of roasty phenols and Chocolate covered raisins. Lush homemade caramel notes. Solid Nose.

T ~ Dark Chocolate follows through with cherries muddled in bourbon fading into dried fruit notes. Hints of spice. (Cassia & Pepper) Molasses notes are strong that don't work for me. Ashy wood notes on the back end that seem misplaced. Finish is heavy.

M ~ A beast that's hard to drink. Heat is pretty heavy. Balance is not key which is a huge disappointment. Sticky as well.

D ~ A decent stout at best. I wouldn't revisit. Let's hope with the farmhouse version they retooled things, because something just isn't right here. Needs major adjustment in terms of balance.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

South Sound Tasting Notes

Pours an impressive black with ample dark brown head, large bubbles in the head make it look like I have an evil pancake on my beer! Smell is a bit of a letdown, chocolate and alcohol dominate, some burnt wood and slight anise follow. Taste is less exciting, just a smokey chocolate with some coffee added, it is almost too brash with the smokey char for me. Mouthfeel is fluffy and light with mild carbonation, medium bodied- too light for an RIS in my view of how the style should be. Overall not bad, just decent.

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3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a short dark mocha head, very little head retention. Nice alcohol legs with some lacing.

Mmm smells good. Sweet candy chocolate.

Kind of has a medicinal taste going on. Sweet like "molasses". Low on the roast end. Mild alcohol burn.

Medium mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation.

I don't know, it was alright. I wouldn't go as far as saying its gimmicky (the label is one of the best I've seen in awhile) but it didn't live up to expectation. Buyer beware.

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Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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