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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Photo of amphion1065
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot for this Want of mine Brian. 2011 vintage, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours motor oil thick. True to its name, this is a black, black beer. An absolutely beautiful, 2.5-finger dark khaki head forms on this one and sticks around for several minutes. I cannot believe how big this head is given the ABV. The lacing looks like cappuccino foam. This is gorgeous.

A lot of coffee up front in the nose, tempered by sweeter roasted malts. Some dark chocolate, but I'm mostly detecting a lot of roasted, charred notes. A little bit of dried fruit: plums, figs. It's a very sweet smelling beer.

The taste follows up nicely on the smell, with a pronounced roasted malt character. The fruits are much more evident in the taste, though this really isn't close to a standard RIS. There's a hop bite here, with just a little bitter astringency. The alcohol is hidden very, very well - I'm surprised this is so young, and can't imagine that this would improve much with age.

Mouthfeel is very lush and thick, with just the right amount of carbonation to keep the flavors alive. Really, this is as drinkable as a 10%+ beer can be.

This beer far surpassed my expectations, and for a non -bal aged stout this is really, really excellent. I'd love to try an older bottle, but the flavors are very well integrated right now. I don't know if there's a year-round local RIS that can match this.

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

Thanks to exiled for this evil looking guy.

Pours a thick black with a mildly fluffy mocha tan head that fades quickly to some lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, pine trees and liquorice.

Tastes are tons of chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, more roasted malt and just a slight alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Overall is really good. I would most certainly drink this again.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint goblet - No best by date visible.

A: Poured as dark as Black Sabbaths music with one and a half finger coffee tinted head that lowered into a thin frothy lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Roasted malts and barley with coffee and chocolate.

T: Deep roasted malts and barley with coffee and chocolate,some molassas, slight hoppiness.

O: Black Metal is a good example of an RIS without any of the deep fruit and raisin flavor thats found in many others of the same style, It's straight forward and well balanced and will kick your head in if your not carefull.

Pairs well with Black Sabbath and chocolate chip cookies.

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

very impressed with this RIS from Jester King, thanks to rampage1 for the chance, thanks buddy, watch the mail box in october.

750 poured into a tulip shared with the gf and my guitar player ironically (not necessarily black metal but metal nonetheless!) possibly one of the best bottle designs I've encountered, ad right up my ally

A very first thing this guy looks amazing. pours almost pitch black (almost as dark as the hunahpu) with slight dark brown hue. in the glass is pitch black, with one of the best heads ive seen. a dark milk chocolate brown 2 finger head. you can tell this guy is gonna be a treat.

s- staple Russian nose. strong roasted malts and burnt characteristics. chocolate in the background. very good aroma, but i wish it was bigger, had to really stick my nose in the glass to appreciate it

t- raising the horns here! the taste is fantastic, possibly one of the best RIS ive had. ive noticed i prefer american doubles much more than RIS but this guys really got me lovin it. follows the nose with a lot more bitter chocolate, great balance of flavors. alcohol almost none existent.

m- mouthfeel is good. not as thick as i was expecting (in the glass this guy is THICK and stick on every thing!) but the feel is very light on the tongue (velvety). very smooth for an ris.

o- overall this is a very good beer. much better than i was expecting going into it. a very good example of the style.I'd recommend pairing this guy with some nice chocolate, and some God Forbid!!. doesnt quite live up to the name (which is probably a good thing) however, should probably be called smooth dark chocolate metal.

now lets go listen to some f'm METAL!

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

A - Black beer with a very small tan head that disappeared almost instantly to a partial cap before leaving entirely.

S - Chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, slightly roasted malts, really has all the stuff that you would want in a beer of this type.

T - Nice roasted malts, some molasses, a bit of char, some dark fruits. Very smooth taste, char stands out a little bit but this is very good.

M - Wish it was slightly thicker, but this is almost full bodied, with lower carbonation.

O - Really easy to drink, got half the bottle down with no problem. Good beer, definitely could see myself wanthing this again.

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

Brutally poured into my Darkside sniffer

Appearance: It pours oppressively black and is offset by a savagely tan head about one finger worth.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee and roasted grains are raging in my nose with a hint of burnt sugar.

Taste: My tongue is being pummeled by roasty chocolaty flavors and brutally assaulted by molasses. The roastiness is more assertive than the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with medium carbonation, this is how bottle conditioning should be done.

Overall: Metal….dark and brutal.

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

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pretty dark black with a dark brown head that fades to a ring leaving a tiny bit of lacing.

S: The nose is full of chocolate, molasses, big dark fruits, roasted malts, and a bit of vanilla. This smells much better than the glass I had on tap.

T: The taste is smokey/roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of molasses, and a touch of vanilla. Excellent flavors all around.

M: The feel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess.

O: What a big difference over the on-tap version. Not sure if it's the age or the bottle conditioning but the big smokey flavors I originally got is now very well balanced.

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Photo of surly1987
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured rich black in color with little to no head whatsoever however the lacing in the glass as i swirled it was like nothing i had ever seen before; in clung like crazy. based on the pour the body appears to be perfect/ideal. the smell was a little hoppy. taste was right on par with the smell minus the hops and bitterness i had expected which isnt necessarily a bad thing. sooo smooth. overall i loved this beer (thanks jon). ive definately had better in the style but this was truly a great beer. A-.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for sending this my way.

A: The pour is thick and black with a nice big brown head.

S: There is a surprising fruitiness to the nose. Lots of dark fruits like plums and raisins along with some dark sugar and licorice. Plenty of roastiness, chocolate, and even a hint of smoke.

T: Nice sweetness from the fruits with the same raisin note that was on the aroma. Milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and molasses give some additional sweetness. A nice roastiness, slight char, and another hint of smoke.

M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: I've heard lots of good things about this and I'm happy to report they were true. Solid beer from this new-ish brewery.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I'm slowly making my way through most of the beers that reference metal. Black metal, the genre isn't quite my thing, though. Let's hope this beer is a lot less weird.

Thanks to atxdelivery for this.

A nice, tall, frothy, sand colored head stands up about a deep black beer. Plenty of lacing and visible thickness. Looks great.

The smell has a moderate level of sweet smoke. Fruity malts are big, they give aromas of tobacco, leather, fig and licorice. Coffee and dark chocolate are also there, the latter being a secondary aroma.

The smoke that I picked up in the aroma is very much subdued in the taste. Bakers chocolate and coffee beans come out more here. Licorice and molasses are both very big. An over ripened fruitiness prevails.

Full bodied with a nice, soft carbonation. This stuff is exquisitely smooth and silky.

I love a simple, well brewed Russian Imperial Stout. That's what this is. No frills, just good brewing. We need more stouts like this.

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Photo of Mako82
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

A - Jet black in color. Very dark tan head that was fairly foamy, left a nice ring around the glass

S - Dark malts, strong sense of barley, can smell the alcohol esters in the background. Smell hints toward sweetness

T - Nice rich dark malt flavor, can taste the barley behind the malts. Decent amount of bitterness, but not overwhelming. Has a coffee and dark chocolate flavor

M - Very mild/smooth feel, fairly dry

Cool looking bottle!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to lnashsig for sending me a few bottles of this in a recent trade! Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic during one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, slight coffee, and subtle alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor on this one was quite complex to say the least. If the alcohol note had not been present at all this one it could have been other-worldly good. The aroma on this one was quite excellent as well and full of complexities. A definite must try before you die or kill your liver.

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This pour is completely dark, black. It has little head, less than a finger, that is brown and rustic.

S - Very aromatic with chocolate and roasted malt. Feint alcohol in the background.

T - Smooth and complex. The flavor starts with chocolate and roasted malt, followed by dark fruit. Lastly, a bit of hops creep in, for a well balanced taste.

M - Very thin for an imperial stout. This almost reminds me of the thinness of a porter. It makes the overall beer come across less strong.

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Photo of beermaker1
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in 5 oz tasters at The Major League Grill in Beaumont, Texas. Awesome. I could not believe I was getting it here. Thank you!

A- Pours beautiful thick dark black with mocha colored thick foamy head.

S - Dark, rich. Bitter chocolate, coffee, toffeee, not hoppy, black licorice.

T - Dark roast chocolatey coffe, light alcohol heat. Then melds into typical RIS tates, (CZAR).

M - Not as thick as it looks. Carbonation scrubs the tounge, Then the spicy hops hit you, then washes off silky sweet.

O - As I thought, worth the waite. I get one of these every time I go to this bar. I recommend trying this at least once. I love the artwork on the label. Collectable.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The pour produces the requisite sinister RIS appearance: obsidian in hue, thin mocha froth, lace, legs...

S - The aroma shows deep roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, licorice and hints of pipe tobacco.

T - The flavor reveals more sweetness than the aroma betrayed, molasses-like tones and some naked grain notes, but it still a roasty monster overall. Notes of espresso are found across the palate, along with suggestions of dark chocolate and burnt sugar, earthy hops, and it finishes with a slight hint of toffee sweetness.

M - The feel is big, rich and silky; it works well.

O - Overall this is a very nice brew that I would definitely like more of.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors for the superb price of $9.99. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Thin dark mocha foam settles to a thin ring, leaving a few tiny spots of lace. A very, very, dark, solid brown that verges on black.

S - Very English in aroma - fruity yeast, slightly buttery, plenty of toasted malts, dark fruits, milk chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Reminds me of a Crunchie chocolate bar.

T - Slightly more charry than the aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and significantly less fruity. Gets sweeter as it warms up. I remember the first time I had this there was an unpleasant bitterness in the finish, but it seems to have dissipated. Alcohol is well-hidden, as I thought this was closer to 9%.

M - Smooth, chewy, medium-full body. Lower carbonation, viscous, with minimal detectable alcohol.

D - Someone told me (can't remember who) that this was aging poorly so I cracked this bottle ASAP. I actually found it to be better than it was on release, but what do I know? Not something of which I could drink a whole 750ml, but was a nice beer to share with a few friends. I'd buy more of this, even if it cost a few bucks more.

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

750ml Bottle in an acrylic single malt snifter at home, purchased at Spec’s.

Appearance: This thing is a black hole, pours jet black for lack of a better term, if I described it for what it is, I would have to describe it as the absence of light. Pours thick when cold and creates a massive large bubble head about 3-4 fingers, however it dissipates quickly into about a ½ finger of head that leave a nice lacing

Aroma: Absolute chocolate monster, with a weak alcohol scent that lingers at the end. Almost has notes of whiskey for lack of a more precise descriptor; whiskey kick could also be described as a licorice-ey sweetness.

Taste: Very upfront chocolate with a bitterness characteristic of darker chocolate, 70% or higher as far as chocolate goes. No coffee notes and very little roasty notes but as it warms up the malt character comes out a bit more. The alcohol, a not to be toyed with 10.4% , is completely imperceptible so be ready to feel it if you don’t pace yourself while sippin’, I suggest a DD if you’re planning on taking less than 30-40 minutes to sip this guy down.

Mouthfeel: a dream come true… first bottled stout that I taste that feels like a nitro pour right out the bottle, Thick as a Brick if I may allude to Jethro Tull.

Overall: Very good beer, fantastic appearance and mouthfeel although the flavor could use some tweaking as it is a overwhelmingly one dimensional beer for a stout.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into three snifters. Thanks to pops and HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a pure, evil black. Dark mocha/rust colored foam. Loads of suspended sediment.

S: Big aromas of bitter dark chocolate, fudge brownies, and dark fruit drizzled with chocolate.

T: See above with flourless chocolate cake, campfire ashes, burnt espresso, and chocolate covered cherries.

M: Creamy/pillowy foam with a dry and ashy body. Huge notes of spicy hop bitterness. Sweet middle with a silky smooth finish that leads into some minor solvent alcohol astringency.

O: Made me want to kiss the goat!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can tell that this is going to be a thick, viscous, and sticky beer even as I pour it. It looks like hot tar, minus the steam, as it glugs into my glass. The coal-colored liquid barely splashes off the bottom of the glass as it hits, producing no head or even bubbles. A swirl leaves an oily film of murky brown legs that drip slowly back into the thick liquid below.

The immediate impressions on the nose are a deep coffee roast and bitter chocolate. Other subtleties include tobacco, hints of anise, and some sweeter brown sugar and molasses to round it all out. The flavor builds on the aroma, but fails to deliver any dark fruity notes. The tobacco works its way in with the mocha and coffee, and the licorice provides just a bit of a kick. Blackstrap molasses rounds it out with a sweet appearance in the finish.

Thick and resinous, this is one big imperial stout. Oily and slick on the palate, just like the appearance would indicate. This is rich and well rounded. I wish there was some fruitiness to it to deepen the complexity, but that's about my only real complaint with this one. I would definitely seek this out again, and I recommend it.

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Photo of Hex92
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night. head disappeared quick. Choc., coffee, and some other stuff going on there. Flavors really start kicking in as it warms up. Just a hint of the alcohol comes through in the taste. Coats the mouth nicely. Fits the bill as an imperial stout.

I would buy this one again.

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Photo of Takion
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard pour into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark, ropey pour. Completely opaque, jet black body in the glass. Very dense looking. Large bubbles settle into a weak, tight, sienna foam.

S: Dutch cocoa, light alcohol on the back end. Faint hint of an herbal sweetness, like licorice root/sasparilla.

T: A round bitterness like high quality semi-sweet chocolate at the front. Lots of roast, but more chocolate than coffee. Little to no taste of alcohol. Subsides into a rich, prune like sweetness.

M: Thick and slick in that peculiarly stout sort of way.

O: Complex, I get the impression a lot of work went into this craft stout. You could contrast this with some of the drier stouts-- it doesn't have that acerbic character, rather a sort of decadent fruity dimension. Well worth a nine dollar pint.

Note: I really enjoy the bottle design (despite the cheesy metal head on the front). Good technical info on the back, and I appreciate the vegan/vegetarian seal of approval (it is brewed in Austin after all).

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a barely-there cluster of large, dark mocha colored bubbles that dissipates quickly. A thin ring of chocolate colored foam serves as the only real head. Beer is opaque and pitch black. Lacing is non existant but the legs make my glass a dark tan color. Lack of carbonation really hurts but the legs and color are nice.

S: Nose is a stuffy cocoa powder, chocolate, and mocha. Aromas of roasted malt, espresso beans, and liquorice are deep and mysterious. Very robust and decently aromatic.

T: Opens sweet molasses, chocolate, and cocoa. Espresso beans, roasted malt, and rich dark fruit flavors in the middle with some toffee and tobacco notes. End is sweet with a slight creamy hop bitterness in the back. Finish is brown sugar with a sweet, slight booze and molasses aftertaste. Very smooth and with decent complexity.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down super smooth, rich, and viscous. Finish is messy with a slightly hot, lingering aftertaste. Very nice.

O: There was a bit of hype around this beer when it was first released. Having finally gotten a chance to try it, I'd say its well deserved. This one's fallen off the radar a little bit but its definitely worth seeking out. One of the sleepers in the imperial stout category.

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Photo of beergod1
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH Snifter, Jet black with an awesome Brown head. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe a touch of licorice. Tastes creamy smooth, Chocolate, heavy Roasted Malt and some smoke. Seems like a light hop and Alcohol finish. Light to Medium mouth feel. This is Delicious. Dammit, I need to Stop sharing these great brews (Just kidding D.K.)

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

appearance - black opaque, decent head retention, one inch in a wide snifter.

smell - coffee, chocolate, caramel, all things c. stereotypical of the style but i do enjoy the style

taste - the same with some roasted malts, nothing spectacular or irregular for an ris. tasty though

moutfeel - solid body, creamy, really enjoyed it. kept it in there for a while.

surprised a texas brewery makes such a solid ris as it doesnt seem like they have much good times to drink one, hell i had it in june there, so what am i saying

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Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Dark chocolate covered cherries, slight metallic roastiness, fresh ground coffee, some toffee sweetness, chocolate covered espresso beans.

L: Thick dark black, tan creamy dense head that dissipates to a dusting. Decent lacing.

T: Coffee sweetness with some dark fruits. Medium earthy bitterness leading to some slight cocoa sweetness before drying. Roasty, slightly harsh, almost chalky finish. Some alcohol.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.

Very coffee driven, a little harsh from the roastiness, fairly dry. Not too bad.

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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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