Black Metal Imperial Stout | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

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 -
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24018/75396

Added by redraider2323 on 12-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
581
Reviews:
252
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
170
Gots:
293
For Trade:
11
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Ratings: 581 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of Mateo2699
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Maven
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jemarent
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seifer1886
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BA_Berto
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikepcarney
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LFinCO
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of mdgogiants
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Eddiehop
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sazz9
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RPM3334
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigRedDog
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of acashk
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WTKeene
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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