Black Metal Imperial Stout | Jester King Brewery

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Black Metal Imperial StoutBlack Metal Imperial Stout

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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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Ratings: 585 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of bells and whistles. A tad of smoke, more would have been appreciated. Really coffee, big in coffee, a point of astringency. Syrupy sweetener, lots of sugar, and salt. These impeded drinkability.. Huge head, big and foamy.Thanks for sharing Pino.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took the bottle (bomber) out of the fridge and let it sit for a half an hour before pouring into my snifter. Poured as black as a moonless night with a 2 inch brown head that was clinging to the edge of the glass throughout my session. Really nice looking imperial stout. Nose is mostly dark/bitter chocolate and smokey burnt roasted malts. Taste is all chocolate that is sweeter than it smellls, roasted malts, smokey like a b-b-que pit on a warm Texas hill country evening, alcohol is present but almost an afterthought. Mouthfeel is medium, could be thicker for its style but still very enjoyable. Overall one of my new favorite imperial stouts. Very drinkable for a beer as strong as it is.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a motor oil black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Small spots of lacing drip back into the remaining beer. There are some thick clumps of sediment that sink to the bottom of the glass. Smells of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and slight coffee. Taste is of coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and dark malts. There is a nice roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. Very nice. The beer has a good level of carbonation for a RIS making for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS and my first from Jester King. I would definitely get another one of these if I had the chance.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not bottle date on this, so I cant say whether its really retired or not, but this was my first jester king brew, and ive decided its the best thing to come out of texas in the dallas stars won the cup in 1999. the pour on this is an inky black with just a small mocha head. it doesn't appear nearly as thick as some other Russian imperials. its got a wild nose on it, a little funk from the yeast, and a ton of burnt barley, char, bitter chocolate, and black licorice. it actually smells and tastes quite a bit like the uinta labyrinth black ale, without all the booze. there is indeed a lot of licorice in the flavor, and it goes well with the bitter malt complexion. I am amazed how thin the body of this is. I mean, its not thin at all, but for the style its much less viscous, and it lends to drinkability, as does its well hidden abv. in the finish I notice a lot of coffee, really picks up after the swallow. not sure of there is coffee in this or not, but it sure comes across like there is. this is a rare Russian imperial stout that I could drink regularly. its just interesting enough, and just easy enough to drink that I could handle a few of these per week. fortunately for my liver, this was the only bottle around, so I don't have to worry about that. already looking forward to my next jester king ale, this was a great introduction to their lineup.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Massive thanks to Bulbman for sending this one to me so I could finally try it. The beer poured out as a very dark black color with a nice thick looking brown head on top. The beer has a pretty good retention but not much lacing. The smell of the beer is nicely roasted with a rich chocolate boozy aroma. The taste of the beer has some coffee elements to it along with more chocolate and a nice subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and oily, gently carbonated and very smooth. Overall it was great. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of nmann08
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.1 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. I chose not to serve it in a snifter per the label intentionally. Reviewed live. Not paired with food. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm as time went on (after all, how quickly can you quaff a 10.4% imperial stout?)

A: Pours a three finger beautiful tan colour head of great cream and thickness, and magnificent retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, caramel, oats, roast (not as potent as I'd like, but at least it's present), and dark malts. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Rich chocolate, with some unexpected peat notes (perhaps best described as tones actually). Lots of caramel, with a dark malty base. I'd prefer roasted barley as the foundation, but instead it's a sort of mild note on the climax and towards the finish. No alcohol or yeast comes through. The chocolate could be richer. Some nice cream is present on the climax. It could really use more roasted barley; if it were prominent the beer would be a lot better. The oats come through on the finish. It's complex enough, but not as much as other beers in style. I don't get the hop bitterness per the label hardly at all. Balanced decently but not impressive. Built pretty well, but not in a unique or special way - especially compared to other beers in the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream but not enough. Surprisingly, it's too thin for the flavours. Should be more coarse and dry (again, a problem easily remedied by the addition of more roasted barley). Not too heavy on the palate.Decently handled overall, but certainly not without its flaws.

Dr: It hides its ABV quite well, and is very drinkable as a result. It's good, but not great. I'd happily try it on draught or nitro-draught, and it might age well. It's disappointing that they're retiring this one, but the sour version sounds more appealing anyway. I like it and it's enjoyable, but it's not fantastic.

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just found out this beer no longer exists. I'm glad I had a bottle to try. Served in a Jester King goblet.

The beer pours black with a half finger of really dark tan head. The nose is full of roast and smoke with just a touch of sweetness. The flavor attacks the tongue. The taste is sweet and smokey. There is a dark fruit notes in the taste as well. The finish is bitter and full of burnt malt.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for the impromptu post-fest trade... hails brother.
Review from written notes. Served at 57-61º recommended temperature.

Black orb with a compact layer of tan mocha foam on the top, it settles to an appropriately haunting wisp of spectral swirl on the glassy obsidian surface. Delicate spotty lace clings inside the glass.

Dry roasty blackened husks, charred malts, aroma of desolation.

Intensely roasty, dry and bitter charred and blackened malts. Unsweetened bakers chocolate, cocoa, espresso, earthy lingering char in the dry aftertaste. Intensely earthy and roasty. Not sweet in the least, but as it warms the yeast lends some dark fruit and plum notes, which is a welcome contrast to the bleak charred malt husk of this blackened RIS. Medium bodied, and sippable despite the double digit abv, which is felt fairly quickly.

This is a nice RIS, maybe not entirely trve kvlt but getting there...

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with a very modest head that fritters away, leaving a ringlet; leggy, with spots of lace

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke, with a dollop of dark fruit

Taste: Chocolate and coffee from the outset, with a developing smoky aspect that builds in the middle; some dark fruit elements develop, after the swallow, but the beer clearly is dominated by the chocolate and coffee flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate to high carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: I seem to recall liking this better when I tasted it before, perhaps because the hops were more active; still, it is much better than the Farmhouse version I tasted last night

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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating (likely bottled in late 2011). Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense dark tan head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, molasses, earth, herbal, light anise, and light dark fruitiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark roasted notes. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, toast, toffee, molasses, earth, raisin, smoke, light anise, and herbal. Light roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, char, toast, raisin, molasses, smoke, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted flavors with light fruitiness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! Awesome robust roasted flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Stone IRS glass. It poured pitch black in color with a thick, mocha colored head filling the top inch of the glass. The head settled some but still had some decent retention and a little lacing as I drank it. Nice looking beer of the style.

The aroma shows a good amount of the roasted malt flavors with some really good notes of dark, bitter sweet chocolate and coffee to it with a touch of smoke. It's got some sweeter caramel and milky chocolate characteristics in there as well. I'm loving the bold roasted malts in it. Very nice aroma overall.

The taste follows through with some really bold and delicious roasted malt flavors. It's got a little more of a burnt, smoky flavor to it in the taste, which I love. The coffee and dark chocolate flavors are really good. The sweeter, milky chocolate also comes out in the finish and really helps balance it out.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall, I thought it was a really good beer. I loved the bold, roasted malt flavors and the chocolate, smoke and coffee flavors they brought. The sweeter, milky chocolate really help keep some balance to it as well. Very good beer all around, I'm sure the new farmhouse version is good but it's a shame they changed something this good.

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