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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Ratings: 581 |  Reviews: 252
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Daktyls
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours the usual pitch black color with a beautiful two-and-a-half fingered head comprised of tiny little bubbles that slowly combine into larger bubbles.

S: Strong aromas of molasses with less strong notes of chocolate and coffee. A light amount of dark fruits are present as well.

T: The usual RIS flavors here, dark cocoa notes with coffee and some roasted malts all make their presence known. Also some dark fruits a present on the finish in small amounts, some figs and dates perhaps?

M: A nice full bodied brew with a medium-low amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, very good. Definitely wish I had full-time access to this, quite enjoyable.

Thanks to scm2787 for the trade.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great stout from a local brewery!

A: Beer poured a deep black allowing no light to penetrate. It was topped off by a single fingered cocoa brown/rusty colored head that displayed decent retention and some lacing.

S: Strong molasses and dark chocolate notes, booze were also detectable, but not overwhelming.

T: Dark chocolate with lots of strong coffee flavors accompanied by molasses and alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly bitter effectively dulling the sweet front. Flavors are bold and permeate in your mouth long after each sip.

M: Medium/heavy, crisp, well carbonated.

O: Great stout that I will definitely be drinking again in the future. Hoping the farmhouse version is even better.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for this bad boy!

A rather excellent looking beer. Total Fu**ing Svart! Oily jet black liquid and a toasty brown head that doesn't last long, but looks good trying. Dissipates to a crown made of remarkably large bubbles.

A huge blast of juicy dark fruits (plum, raisin, fig), vanilla, alcohol, coffee and chocolate. Pretty much all the traits you'll find in this style, and none of it out of whack or cloying.

First taste impression is a mixture of grape, chocolate and light smoke. The vinous quality continues and lords over all the rest, the rest being plum and raisin, watery chocolate milk, and a hint of lightly roasted coffee bean. Alcohol is present but never penetrates too deeply into the main flavors. A fruit sweetness is surprising, but seems to work. The semi-dry finish hosts tart fruit and lingering dark chocolate/coffee bitterness (although not an acrid or strong bitterness), all adding some depth.

The biggest surprise here is the lighter body...hardly any carbonation! And while it might be considered a touch watery compared to better Russian imperial stouts, I found its slickness and smoothness an appropriate delivery system for the well-balanced and agreeable flavors. And since I hate over-carbonated stouts, I can let it slide...and that's what this does, slips and slides easily over the tongue, giving some crazy drinkability for a beer of this type.

Jester King calls this "a cruel and punishing brew." But, nah, not really. Instead, Black Metal has a more Gothic Rock sort of vibe, relative to more beastly examples of the style. If I let go of the fact that the Abbath-looking character on the front, and the name of the beer, are far more menacing than what it actually delivers, I can enjoy this for what it is. I can't put my finger on why I can't lift this above a B+, but screw's a really good stout that drinks easily and is remarkably balanced for such a burly ABV. I'd try more Jester King offerings in a heartbeat.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
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 aasher
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was courtesy of mystikyle, thanks Kyle! This bottle was the 2010 vintage.

This beer pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown on the verge of black with a billowing three finger dark khaki head. The nose is amazing. You get a lot of smooth and soft milk chocolate, velvety vanilla, and light toffee. It's near perfect. The flavors aren't as smooth as the nose however. You get a moderate amount of dark roasted malts, on the verge of being burnt, with a lot of sugary milk chocolate and vanilla. It's solid. It drinks pretty full and is pretty smooth but a little too overcarbonated. It's a sipper due to the sweetness. Overall it's a solid beer but I wouldn't buy one myself after having it twice now, if that means anything.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be my third Jester King beer and I doubt I will be disappointed by this one. Every one I've had has impressed me and since today is International Stout Day, I thought it'd be a good idea to pick up Jester King's Black Metal Imperial Stout.

The beer pours a pitch and opaque black. It looks like you're pouring out a dark syrup. The head forms slowly with the bottom formation having an awesome look as the carbonation rises to the top and builds the ultra creamy, chocolate mousse-colored head. No lacing, decent retention, and a bit of head always remains on top. This is a lovely-looking beer.

Roasty, smoky, chocolatey, coffee-y, booze, and a lactose sweetness. I don't think they put lactose in, it isn't mentioned as an ingredient on the bottle, but it seems to be there or something else like it. The booze is pretty strong, it is 10.4% ABV after all, but there is plenty of other aromas.

The flavors don't kick in immediately, but there's some decent hoppy bitterness from hops and a coffee, chocolate, and a bit smoky roastiness that gets stronger as you taste it. Roasted barley is strong while some chocolate bitterness sneaks in there too. It's definitely boozy, adding some warmth and makes for a beer you should drink before bed. Ha! Like most stouts, this gets better as it warms, with all of the complexities becoming more evident. This has some damn good flavors but I do think the booziness hides the other flavors a bit much. It takes away from the robustness.

I'd say this is a bit on the medium side of heavy-bodied but it's by no means light. It's pretty smooth, creamy, and a bit syrupy throughout. The end has a drier finish.

Another damn good and impressive beer by Jester King. I think they may be the most adventurous Texas brewery I've had the pleasure of trying their beers. I've only had three of them but I've been impressed by all three.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my large Tripel Karmeliet snifter. Thanks to slentz for this extra as well as Compton25 for this bottle in a trade.

A- This beer pours a deep black with a dark brown half finger head. Almost no lacing to speak of but a great looking beer.

S- Nice chocolaty scent with a hint of smoke (kind of like bacon) and a slight coffee aroma.

T- Definitely chocolate up front with a little smoke. On the back end a very pronounced roasted malt flavor. Very subtle hop bitterness.

M- Not quite carbonated like I think it should be. Thick beer though.

D- As with most of my favorite stouts, the alcohol isn't very noticeable. Its a thick stout so its best enjoyed with a group of people.

Received this beer originally as an extra from Slentz and I shared it at a tasting. I like it so much that I traded for another bottle from compton25. A great beer that I would love to have easy access to but unfortunately I don't. Solid offering from Jester King

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Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 581 ratings.
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