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
Photo of grittybrews
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with a finger of dark tan head. Relatively mild aroma of chocolate, roasty coffee, and boozy warmth.

Moderate carbonation and a surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Huge, roasty flavors of sweet cocoa, licorice, molasses, and espresso.

Really tasty with some big, well-balanced flavors, but this beer was a little underwhelming in other areas. Still, worth trying!

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
2.31/5  rDev -43.8%
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 Mscarpen
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up in Dallas while on a business trip. I saw it earlier in the day and didn't give it a second look due to what i originally thought of as "gimmicky" graphics. Later in the day, an owner of a different bottle shop told me this was the "must find" beer in Dallas and was the best stout in all of Texas. He sent me off to another high volume bottle shop and there it was.

A: Thick, viscous pour with almost midnight black color.

S: Is that Bacon??? Yup! Just a tad as it warmed. Chocolate, smoke, and coffee.

T: Deep, dark, maltiness with a hint of chlorophyll and bacon.

M: Thick and a bit syrupy. Coats the mouth fully.

A: Can't argue with a beer that tastes like bacon right? This beer was surprising and complex. A definite must try!

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Photo of Jeffo
2.46/5  rDev -40.1%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured jet back withg ood carbonation and a nice tannish head

S: Espresso, bitter cocoa, roasted malts, booze stings the nostrils but not overly powerful

T: Roasted malts, liquid smoke, light cocoa, faded milk chocolate, some espresso with a very, very faint licorice stick tossed in for good measure

M: Big body

O: A pretty good representation of the style

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Photo of youradhere
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Photo of bmwats
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours black as night and has a very nice 2 finger head. Body is black and has medium retention. If there was more retention and laacing would be 5..

S- big dark malt sweetness with an alcohol kick. Roasty malts and medium roast ciffee accompany a smaller chocolate scent.

T- relaxing darker roast coffee with sweeter malt with a bice bitterness toward the end. Somewhat one dimensional but the hops switch it up a little bit.

M- heavier feel in the mouth with smaller carbo. Dier finish in thw tonqgie similar to a red wine.

O- nice stout. Roast and slight dark fruit are nice tastes but somethings missing for this to be a top notch stout. Still a nicer stout.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A multi-hued tan head sits upon a pitch-black throne before succumbing and leaving no evidence of its reign behind. The aroma of sweet malts, dark chocolates, and a myriad of dark fruits waft furtive across the battlefield with trailing shadows of hops darting in and out of the charred oaken remains and among the corpse multitude*

Sweet and even slightly tart up front with a piquant dark fruit bombardment, big piney hops, black licorice, subtle vinegar notes, a certain nuttiness and more oak to feed the flames of complexity and depth. Viscous and creamy all the way down with a little tingle left behind, although the alcohol is cloaked in near invisibility.

All hail Black Metal.

* Tell me that's not a fucking bad ass name for a band.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. First off, Jester King has some sweet labels and this one doesn’t dissappoint with a hard core dude dressed up like KISS grimacing at you. Pours a dark brown/black color with a mocha tan head. Coffee, tobacco, and roast meet the nose. Some lacing. Dark chocolate, roast coffee, slight smoke, and a touch of bitter sweet round out the flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, it was solid, nothing too crazy good but decent.

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

Big thanks to JayAre46 for this badass looking 750. Here we go...

Appearance. Pours a moderately viscous black with a finger of light brown head.

Smell. Tobacco and dark fruits ...plums, figs and even a little melon. Roasted and slightly smokey dark malts with a little dark chocolate, coffee and booze.

Taste. Sweet molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, liquorice and brown sugar. Alcohol present, but just right. Roasty and smokey coffee, chocolate and a little woody in the finish. Really nice RIS.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, lower than medium carbonation.

Overall. Really liked this one. Big ris that doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Jester King brewery in Austin. From tap to pint glass. Very fresh.

1"+ head, strong retention. Very dark, just clear enough to get a pinch of light through when held up.

Smells of heavy malts, chocolate, spice, and wood.

Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, malty, spice...smooth deep flavors, very drinkable! Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Overall....Very drinkable indeed, I want another pint!!

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Photo of Humulus85
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second from Jester King...

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my snifter. Produced a nice, dark khaki, two-finger head. Decent retention and moderate lacing. Poured as opaque a black as I've ever scene. Held up to the sun and no light came through. Very nice.

Smells like a good, strong RIS. Roasted, to almost burnt, chocolate and bread, with an appropriate sting off alcohol.

I really like this one. This is very much a dark, and malty tasting brew. Layers and layers of malt upfront and through the middle, followed by a wonderful hop backing that clears everything up and leaves a nice bitterness that complements the clean, alcohol finish. A super well-balanced RIS.

There is no getting around the fact that this is a heavy beer, and a true sipper, but I found it to be very drinkable for a proper RIS. I highly recommend this to any RIS fan who can find it. Cheers!

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Austin. Fresh!!!

A - deep black, solid with a little tan head at the edges. Just a hint of lacing.

S - big smoke and chocolate profile

T - slight initial bitterness melting into a big chocolate, coffee and smoke profile with a foundation of licorice. Really big and powerful.

M - medium bodied with mild background carbonation. Absolutely coats the mouth and sticks! Moderate alcohol warming, but not boozy!

D - too big to be more than a sipper.

Remarkably big and beefy beer. A must try for imperial stout fans.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A three and a half finger caramel colored head blooms, and then folds in upon itself. The pour is liquid jet black... not a trace of light shines thru! It looks to have a ton of carbonation, but i'm still waiting for the head to disappear.

S- Chocolate covered raisins, dried cherries, deep and dark roasted coffee. I can pick up the yeast underneath the mocha goodness. Tart dried fruit and belgian chocolate really lay at the heart of this one. I'm picking up just a touch of banana... maybe its the yeast.

T- Just like the nose! Tons of chocolate covered dried fruit, black coffee, and a touch of liquid smoke. Has a bit more sour fruit/green apple than I expected. Has some rye bread/banana yeastiness on the back of the tongue. Is this finished with a Belgian Yeast strain, cause it reminds me of Weyerbachers Tiny?

M- Again, reminds me of Tiny, but with alot more roasted coffee flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden behind the coffee and cocoa covered sour fruit. I was hoping this would be an "oil slick" of a stout, but it's alot thinner than what I had in mind. The smoke is a nice addition that alot of stouts don't have. Leaves your tongue with a touch of dry hops and chalk. Very unique and delicious. More like a Belgian Stout than an Imperial, but I am really impressesed either way!

O- So damn tasty!!! A really different take on an Imperial Stout. Tart and fruity, bitter and smokey, yeasty with a touch of hops. Very smart! Not what I expected or wanted out of a RIS called "Black Metal"... but just what I needed...

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Photo of roodie
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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!~

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Photo of route66pubs
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours nice and black, with the slightest hint of amber. The thick, dark tan head quickly subsides, leaving very little behind. Even lacing after sipping leaves virtually nothing along the glass.

S - Roasted, chocolatey malts abound, with a hint of fig initially. At the last, a coffee aroma sneaks out, but it is almost undetectable. None of the potentially unpleasant coffee acrid aromas that can be found in some heavy stouts are found here, and this is definitely a plus!

T - Smooth and creamy, chocolate abounds throughout. A rich creamy vanilla accompanies it as well, leaving thorough enjoyment with each and every sip.

M - Seems slightly lacking, for an indiscernible reason. Perhaps too much lactose, perhaps not quite enough hops to balance the extreme malt content, but this just falls off a bit too early.

O - Quite delicious and easy drinking, even in the current heat of Los Angeles. Putting back a full 750ml would not be advisable on your own, but this quite enjoyable and something worth having again.

Note, this would seem to me that it may not hold up well for cellaring purposes. It seems as though it may be a bit on the undercarbonated side, and as though it may have too much lactose content to maintain flavor for an extended period.

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Photo of shoky01
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the brewery on tap in snifter. 10%

A: Black, dark as night. 1" Brown head light lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Spices and malts, chocolate. Not a strong smell.

T: Oh so good, tiny bitter of chocolate followed by malts spices and little burn of alcohol. Did I mention this is good?

MF: little fizzy from carbonation, slight sticky.

OA: Need more of this in my life, cold is good as is, as it warms to room temp it comes alive even more. Had it on tap at The Saucer and now at the brewery itself, life is good. Now need to open a bottle.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a Black Metal from Dec 2010. Due to some unfortunate events with a broken box, this came back to me, and I was afraid the cap had leaked because it was missing about 2 inches of beer from what I normally see in these bottles, and the cap was dented. Here we go- gotta see if it is oxidized and messed up.

Popped the cap, still lets out a hiss, whew. Still smells like dark chocolate and dark fruits coming off the bottle. Looks like this one is still intact. I'm sad to have not waited longer, but this is one of my favorite beers so I'm glad to open it regardless. Poured from bottle into my Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a pitch black nice thick texture. Tan head comes up off the pitch black liquid, but it dies away pretty quickly. Smell- espresso, dark chocolate, but there is something uniquely English about the yeast- almost reminds me of a mild- it is nice and subdued. Taste- dark chocolate sweetness, espresso bitterness in the back of the throat (the big hops presence probably contributes to this), but overall very smooth- there is some dark fruit presence- maybe figs, raisons. A lot going on here.

Overall, there is pretty much no alcohol presence here at all. So smooth, decadent. I will be buying many more of these to age as soon as JK makes more.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared with my roommate, who grew up in Austin but is just getting into craft beer. Big thanks to Josh for the bottle!

Poured from the bottle into my Kuhnhenn snifter.

A - Pours very oily and thick, an impossibly dark brown with no light penetrating whatsoever. About half a finger's worth of light brown head forms even with a vigorous pour. Thick and chewy looking. Yum!

S - Dark chocolate and molasses, also some oatmeal. Also some very faint hints of dark fruit behind the sweeter flavors. As it warms these dark fruits gain more power in the nose. Very complex and delicious smelling.

T/M - Hmm. I really want to love it, but there's just something missing. Perhaps this falls more in the mouthfeel category, but there is an almost watery element to this beer that I can't quite put my finger on. There is definitely still a molasses and chocolate presence, with only a faint alcohol burn in the taste and some definite dark fruit again coming through. But again, there is almost a (dare I say it?) metallic/watery element to this that I just don't quite understand. It doesn't totally kill the beer for me, but it's definitely not what I was expecting.

O - Still pretty impressed, but it definitely does leave me wanting more. Glad to get to try it, and I still might seek out another bottle to see if there's just something off about this one. Thanks again Josh!

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my most trusted glass.

Jet black Pour. Oil. Loufa sponge mocha colored head. Several fingers thick. Smell is exquisite. Fig, bakers chocolate, ripe fruit. The fruit is what was interesting. My buddy and I both picked up mango and green apple. Seriously interesting. Not a heavy mouth. Carbonated to a level of medium. Taste was green apple up front followed by the bakers chocolate. I dig this pour.

This stout wasn't the norm for me. Their own take, and it was surprisingly well done. I'm impressed to say the least.

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Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a fine trader, dfclav, for this bottle. Originally slated to be consumed in June during a fishing trip with a metal-head friend, we brought too much beer & ended up lugging it home again. So the 750ML is plunked into two snifters, one handed to my wife with my eight-year old & her newly broken arm on the couch. Ouchie.

Love the bottle, nice nod to the old kings of 'metal' who are kind of like old Republicans, in that they bear no resemblance to the current descriptor of the same. Pours black. Smell riffs on coffe-and-cream & insanely deep malts. This is a beer you could drink through your nose.

Black Metal Imperial Stout mixes flavors with wild abandon; two sips are enough to trip a fuse. Malts drive this beer & they're sweet, deep, chocolatey, roasted, leaning more towards the latter. A strong lactose note (which I normally don't enjoy) is present too, & blends in nicely. All sorts of crazy whiffs in here: leather, licorice, prunes. Plenty more. Quick hop shot then the sweetness & lactose really kicks into overdrive in the end. Thick, really sticks to your ribs, but damn, could I have taken this down by myself. I have noplace to be tomorrow!

You always wonder about new breweries: this is the real deal. This is a crazy-complex, tasty, easy-sipping, top-shelf big stout that doesn't have a single flaw. Excellent.

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

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. A pretty aggressive pour yielded just a finger of dark brown chocolatey head. The head has good retention and slowly falls to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Just a few specs of lacing are left behind.

S - It smells of nice dark roasted malt and a big chocolate presence. Also, I am getting some scents of vanilla, coffee, and molasses. I am also getting a little bit of smoke that obviously must be from the burning churches of Norway.

T - Taste starts off with a big roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. I expected this to have a big roasted bitterness, but it is really more on the sweet side, but not too sweet by any means. There is a bit of cemetery earthiness to it as well as a touch of spicy hops. There are also some flavors of vanilla, molasses, a touch of smoke, and some dark fruits. The finish leaves some lingering roastiness on the palate. The alcohol is hid amazingly well here. Very nice.

M - This actually has a bitter of a light feel to it than I expected. It's more of a medium body, but with a little bit of a stickiness to it. The carbonation is good, and it goes down very smooth. it has a nice rich velvety feel to it. There is a nice roastiness as well as some alcohol warmth in the finish. Very creamy, great feel.

O - This has great drinkability. It is a bit of a sipper, but the flavor is great, and it just goes down so easy. This is a really good RIS. I could drink a ton of this stuff. I really recommend picking some up to try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from mikesgroove in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks Mike!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black with a deep mocha head of over two fingers. Very bubbly. Head drops slowly.

Aromas of dark roast malt, licorise, dark coffee, and very dark (90%?) cocoa. Vanilla and alcohol after the head fades away. Tiramisu in a glass.

Flavors of cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, dark coffee. An herbal hop bitterness that is greatly masked by the roasted malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, chewy, with a light sour tang. Good level of carbonation for such a big brew.

Overall a fantastic brew, if you're worthy. One of the best RISs I've had in a while. Wish this was more available to me in the Chicago area.

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Photo of JMad
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a tulip style glass..

First off, I'm happy to see all the good reviews for TX beers from people from other states. I have been keeping track of this brewery since they were just a concrete foundation. Anyways, the beer is black, thick as motor oil, the head is brown and it quickly faded to just a filmy ring. It smells heavily of roasted dark chocolate, coffee grinds, there is a hint of wood and alcohol, I could also describe this beer as 'meaty'. The taste is sweet with dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses and treacle with a nice bitter finish. This beer is smooth as silk and thick as cream, it has low carbonation with a very dry lingering finish. This is an excellent imperial stout, it can hang with the best of em.

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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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