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 BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in an in-person trade at DLD. Thanks! Shared with steepH2O on a directionalDowns weekend.

Black with a mocha head with nice retention and leaves a slick coating behind its oily legs. A nice looking stout.

Smoke, burnt char, sardines, roast and pungent hops.

Loads of char and smoke coupled with an intense espresso roast. Leafy hops push hard at the end to wrap a bow on the pungent malts.

Milk chocolate shake, medium bodied, and prickly rich carbonation. A nice stout. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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 bisonkron
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- dark black in color, dark tan head, light carbonation. a few minutes of retention

s - smells of chocolate, a bit of toffee, lots of roasted notes. a bit of a boozy smell.

t- a bit of roasted malts, alcohol stands our fairly strong, toffee flavor is there but very faint. a bit of chocolate as well.

m - thick mouth feel, very creamy, light on the carbonation, decent mouth feel

o - overall, not a bad brew, was expecting more. not a ton of complexity, and probably several better options out there, at and below this price point. Wont be picking up anymore anytime soon.

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

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The appearance is a deep, dark brown with a finger of head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty straightforward, bringing roasted malt with hints of coffee and smoke. The beer is enjoyable, albeit simple. Nothing terribly complex happening here, just a tasty RIS. The alcohol content is disguised pretty well. The feel is medium bodied with a smooth finish. Overall, a solid beer, and one I would certainly have again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4 body, a dark tan head, great retention and lacing... wonderful milk chocolate aroma, very creamy, a sweet RIS but great.... the taste is light and smooth, the malt of the nose is there but balanced with some nice bitter coffee notes... an outstanding ris for less than $10

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Photo of obrike
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber at Specs Arborwalk in Austin for 10 bucks.

Poured a viscous black, short lived tan head that disappears quickly, leaving a thin tan ring for the duration..little to no lacing.

Excellent scent...picked up quite a bit of different things going on...chocolate, licorice, vanilla, roasted smokey malt. Very nice.

Initially, taste was more subtle than the smell. Got the chocolate, roasted malt, some booziness as well. Was hoping for more of bite, but enjoyed it nonetheless. It is apparent these guys brewed a complicated, well balanced Imp Stout.

I really liked it more as it warmed. The creaminess and booze kicked in...the flavors also became more pronounced. Started picking up on a bit of nutmeg?...cinammon?...more smokey flavors too.

This is a really good Imperial Stout that I'm proud to say is locally brewed right here in Central Texas. Job well done Jester King.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Typical pure black. A nice brownish-tan head, maybe 2-3 fingers worth. There is some nice lacing, head fades of quickly.

S- I get a lot of chocolate, roasted malt, and some smokey notes.

T- Much like the smell, a smooth (almost watery) initial flavor, followed by notes of chocolate. The aftertaste is primarily roasted malts and smoke. The flavor is well balanced.

M- When it first hits your mouth it is almost a little bland, but it opens up rather quickly. Good carbonation for the style. Watery initially.

O- The flavor and smell on this is very nice, and is a good drinkable stout. Not a really hoppy RIS, but smooth and roasty. Not bad.


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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5 comes from hell. Another goddamn beer shared by Lunch because he knew I really wanted to try it; thanks a lot Paul, appreciate it!

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice for a big RIS.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, smokey malts, toasted malts, light dark fruits, and light alcohol. Roasted malts dominate the nose, and the smoke comes through a bit as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts again, as well as smokey malts, dark fruits, and alcohol. Roasted malts dominate again, and the alcohol and smokiness are more prominent in the taste than the nose.

m - Medium to full bodied stout and low carbonation. Pretty thick, pretty nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a nice stout, though I was hoping for a bit more. Not a ton going on other than the roasted and smokey malts, but enjoyable none the less. Would have it again.

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

Pours jet black into my bruery sniffer. Brown two finger head that thins out but head remains throughout the drink. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel notes from the malts. Taste follows the nose with a creamy taste in the middle, finishes smokey. Mouthfeel is a little thin but not too bad. Great beer from an up and coming brewery!

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Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind courtesy of pitasoup, thanks again!

Pours a deep dark black color, with a huge light brown head that receded a bit, but stopped a good quarter inch above the beer. Looks wonderful, but will this beer be more than I can chew on a Sunday night? Looks potent...

Nose is of dark cocoa, light cream, oak, and mild hints of booze. Smells nice, I love the dark non sweet chocolate aromas.

Taste is very chocolatey up front, and to my surprise, this beer isn't hitting me over the head with huge flavors and boatloads of alcohol. There is creaminess, slight smoke, dark roasted malts, milky coffee, and light pine hops on the finish. This is flavorful and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth, with pretty good body. It's a touch thin for me though.

Overall, this is a top notch beer. I'm very happy with this, a very nice sipper.

Ok, thinking double/imperial stout, but it doesn't come off as being super strong, I'll guess right around 8-9% ABV...

Jester King Imperial Stout from Austin Texas. Wow, impressive beer, bottle says 10.4%, drinks way easier than that. Like I said earlier, my only nit pick is that the body is a little thin for my liking, but man, this is tasty! Thanks again pitasoup!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL pours black as hell with a large-bubbled brown head. Strings of lace show, but not much retention.

Nose is big - sweet, smoky and fruity. Bold chalky chocolate, little bit of minty hops.

Taste is a smooth melange of cocoa powder, caramel and a nice hop flavor. Not overly bitter or roasty, this one has most of its complexities up front. Alcohol is prevalent but smooth and well integrated. The minty hops get noticed again as it warms. Nice beer, a welcome addition to the Tx beer scene.

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Photo of rdickey
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours, well, pretty much like you’d expect: black. I’d expect for it to be very dark brown, but it really is almost black. How much blacker could it be? None. None more black. A very rough pour produces only a small brown head that leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Chocolate dominates, accompanied by loads of seriously roasted malts and a ton of coffee.

Taste: This is a big one, and very nice. The chocolate steps aside at first and lets the coffee and roasted malts take the lead, which they do quite capably. Hops come through in what for me is an interesting way: it takes a lot of hops to balance out the malts, but they’re not hops I typically associate with aggressive hopping; instead, they seem largely to be traditional European hops, which produces a somewhat unusual result. They have a significant presence due to the volume used, but don’t beat you about the head and shoulders like many American-grown hops. The chocolate, largely lurking until now, reasserts itself in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This one comes on pretty heavy, and I suppose that in theory a higher carbonation level could lighten it a bit. However, it’s not an unusual (or unwelcome) mouthfeel for the style, and I think it works.

Drinkability: The beer gives hints about the massive ABV – a little burn in the nose here, a little warming in the throat there. Overall, though, it’s very well hidden, so beware.

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Photo of holden303
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks TenHornsProud! Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black with a full 3 fingers of chocolate brown tight bubbled head that dissipates very quickly leaving just a ring around the edges.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and alcohol.

T: Lots and lots of coffee, roasted malts with a nice chocolaty finish.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation on this one, for me a tad too much but has a nice mouth feel just that carbonation bite at the end.

O: Overall this is a great imperial stout, glad I had the opportunity to try it. Has quite a bit of heat, think I'll cellar the other to see if it mellows out.

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

Muuuuch better. Love that a beer of this caliber is made here in Austin. Motor oil visual with a cocoa colored head. I smell toffee and french roast. Booze is hidden, but burns just a little. Me likey burn. Creamy on the tongue. Finished the bottle, and I'm off to buy another. Might cellar a few.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a La Chouffe tulip; sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release - thanks to whoever shared this one!

A: Deep black with a thin, tight layer of fine brown bubbles. Glass-coating darkness = awesome.

S: Super roasty, with plenty of coffee and dark chocolate, as well as some smoke and earthiness. A little sharp, but nicely intense.

T: Coffee dominates, with lots of chocolate, licorice, char, and bitterness following closely behind. Rich and full, with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Tasty.

M: A little thin, actually, with a fairly high amount of fine, lively carbonation.

O: I'm really glad I got a chance to try this one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't know that I enjoyed it quite enough to try to trade for more, but I would definitely recommend that others seek it out. The darker side of roasted grains really gave this beer some terrific depth, but the body didn't quite stand up to the intensity of the char. I could see this doing really well in a barrel...


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Photo of diamondc
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8 served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Dark, motor oil looking, though there is some mocha colored head wafting off to the sides.

S: Smokey, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, hot nuts. I didn't actually detect much hop action.

T: Almost matches the nose, but a very nice licorice/anise flavor takes the beer to another level. Hops are minimal here, a bit of a earthy, dirt-like bitterness to round things out.

M: The bold roasted malts completely mask the abv here. I wouldn't have guessed this was 10%, more like 7-8. Ample carbonation make this one easy to drink.

O: A great RIS, can't think of much faults. Too bad its listed as seasonal here.

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

750ml bottle poured into globe. I have had this dozens of time on tap and from the bottle.

A - Pitch black, very slight browned edges. Nice full thick 2 finger mocha brown head. Medium residual lacing

S - Robust chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, and roasted nuts.

T - Strong coffee and chocolate. There is a bit of wood smoke and charcoal to it. Vanilla, molasses, biscuit, and caramel round out the sweetness. Minor pine hops in the background.

M - Heavy, earthy, sticky. ABV hidden very well.

O - A fantastic angry hell of a beer. The bottle conditioning was done very well and it is very well balanced. Awesome beer from the guys at JK, keep it up!

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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep black with a thick mahogany head that lingers throughout the glass.

S: Chocolate up front with hints of dark fruits and roasted malt, the bottle claims to have a massive hop presence but there is none that i can detect.

T: Blasted with a huge burst of rich chocolate with a nice roast/black patent malt finish. Again still no hop flavor I believe mainly due to the overwhelming chocolate presence.

M: Smooth and rich with a slight alcoholic burn in the finish.

O: A very good RIS but a little heavy on the chocolate. I could see this beer improving after it has been laid down for a year or two.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Bottle thanks to GregVST. Poured into a Darkness snifter while playing At the Heart of Winter on the speakers and two separate Immortal videos on my computer monitors.

A: Foreboding black with a huge dark brown head that seems to linger sempiternally. Retention is excellent and there's an impressive amount of lacing.

S: Big cocoa and dark chocolate notes meld with a frostbitten black strap molasses presence and traces of espresso. Roasted malt is grim, and it accompanies licorice and darkened anise. No evident alcohol. There's a decided coldness that coincides with earth and frost. Evil is pervasive here. There's a touch of smoke, most likely smoke from the burning kingdoms of my enemies.

T: Dark chocolate and roasted malt are at the forefront of this attack. Coffee is evident. Dry and aggressive, with a moderate grim earthy bitterness, forever descending in a palace of moon. Blackstrap molasses is pronounced, with notes of dying hopes and dreams. The sun no longer rises...grey mist swirl across the meadows.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy, dry, dark, thick, and sticky. The mouthfeel is frostbitten perfection.

Overall: Pure evil. This is a high quality Russian Imperial Stout. With sword in hand, I now stand on my enemy's land...

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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 rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and dark near black with some brown highlights when held to the light. Small cap of tan head. Scent is dominated my roasted malts which gives hints of dark roasted cocoa, nuts, coffee, char, earth and smoke. Faint hints of sweetness and dark fruit (black cherry). Taste is an exercise in blending malts as the components of scent shine through. Sweetness is pleasant, fruitiness has some cherry but also a touch of hoppy citrus. Full bodied, smooth and doesn't linger on the palate. A very nice beer which showcases the malts and doesn't let them hide behind any other ingredient.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

444th review on BA
bottle to snifter
750 ML, Capped

App- It's black and thick and rich. It pours with a brown two finger head and no cling at all.

Smell- It's very hoppy with a lot of chocolate and coffee. A larger grainy smell with a slight booze. A lot of dark/roasty/toasted malts.

Taste- I like where they took this. It's more light and balanced and flavorful. Lots of Chocolate and darker malts. It's got a big roasted balanced behind it without being to overdone or powerful for the taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level, although was balancing on being high carbed. A lot of roasty and chocolate.

Drink- It's a good stout. It's fairly big with a lot of chocolate and malts. The booze was very tempered against the mentioned flavors. I would like this one again.

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours thick and black as motor oil. There is absolutely no light coming through with backlighting...a black hole. Beautiful 2-3 inch extremely dark tan head with excellent retention. Nice lacing.
S: Dark roasted caramel malts...sweet smelling. Medium roast coffee. Toffee.
T: Dark bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee (again bitter), sweet roasted caramel malt. The overall effect is layers of dark rich sweetness. Alcohol is suprisingly well hidden, but does come forward with warming. Charred wood also comes through.
M: Smooth as silk up front. Heavy and chewy. Bitter with a bit of a dry finish. Nice complexity here.
D: Good drinkability for such a hefty brew. Again, the alcohol is quite well hidden. Glad I got to try this bad boy.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant – much obliged!

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are slight amounts of smoke and lighter hints of tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells but slightly richer. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly solid amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries up a bit with hints of smoke. Near the end of the sip the smoke fades a bit, allowing slight earthy hops and tobacco flavors to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is one of the better pure American Double Stouts I’ve had in a while. All the flavors are well integrated and it goes down smoothly. Worth a shot.

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Black Metal Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
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