Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout
Jester King Brewery

Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial StoutBlack Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout
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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #450
Ranked #11,488
3.99 | pDev: 11.53%
Mar 02, 2022
Nov 17, 2011
Very Good
Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial StoutBlack Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout
Notes: First batch of Black Metal fermented with our house mixed culture. Naturally, because of its unique fermentation with native microorganisms, the beer is different than previous versions. We’re quite happy with how it turned out, and we’re excited to release it. However, for fans of the original Black Metal, or “O.G. Black Metal” as its known, we feel as though we need to borrow the famous line from Stone Brewing Co.‘s Arrogant Bastard Ale: “You probably won’t like it.” Like all our beer, the flavors and aromas of the current batch of Black Metal are very much fermentation derived and rely far less on copious amounts of malt and hops. This is what we like to drink. We like dry, balanced, drinkable, tart beers with some interesting yeast complexity. We feel we’ve achieved this with Black Metal, and hope others enjoy it as well. There will be those that don’t, however, and wish we’d return to the days of fermenting this beer with English ale yeast, and that’s OK.
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3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2022
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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

750 ml bottle, batch #15, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.3%, OG 1085, FG 1015, IBU 44. Pitch black colour (one of the darkest beers I’ve seen), large and impressive head with colour somewhere between coke grey and brown. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, leather and chocolate, mixed with acidic and "farmhouse" notes of brettanomyces. The flavour is rich and medium sweet, with some fruity acidity, but is first and foremost dominated by roasty notes of coffee, hints of dark bitter chocolate and black pepper. Great stuff.

Apr 30, 2021
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Dec 11, 2020
2.4 by bret27 from California on Nov 18, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gordono from Nevada

This just ain’t my style of beer, that’s why I scored it on the average, because I don’t feel I can fairly judge it. Like the brewers said themselves “you’re not gonna like this.” And I didn’t.

Looks great, like a wonderful imperial stout, but looks are deceiving. It’s very sour and I get a strong, unpleasant smokiness. The dryness made it almost drinkable, but not for me.

Nov 14, 2020
3.78 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Aug 23, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas


this brew knows every Venom album lyric and their liner notes or lack-there-of and isn't afraid to punch me in the tear duct for acting like I do while sitting across the "pass it left" circle from it. and honestly, i respect the hell out of it for that.

Jul 01, 2020
4.59 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on May 06, 2020
4.19 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on May 01, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Batch #20, bottled 12/2018, had 3/17/20.

Started as a fizzy foam bomb, but did not gush. Pours near black and opaque, with a huge, thick foamy head of darker foam with lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of yeast, chocolate, coffee, some licorice, some raisins and cocoa, a tart aroma that fades, some funk, faint cherries, a little black. The flavor shows a good amount of tartness up front, then yeast, chocolate, coffee, a fair amount of hop bitterness on the finish, a little licorice and anise, a little bit of an herbal taste. Smooth, a good medium to full body, heavily carbonated but doesn’t feel fizzy. At least after the first pour.

An interesting beer that is like a Belgian stout with different yeast. The coffee and chocolate aromas and flavors are the most prominent, but nothing really stands out. A solid effort, very enjoyable and well worth a purchase.

Apr 13, 2020
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 10, 2020
2.72 by BlueJay2852 from Texas on Mar 30, 2020
4.06 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Jan 21, 2020
3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jan 05, 2020
4.75 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Dec 28, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by puck1225 from Texas

I love this beer!

Had it from tap atthe brewery,poured into a snifter. Rich dark brown with a beautiful light brown head and excellent lacing. Chocolate dark toast smell and taste with some nice funk. Licorice, chocolate, and anise flavors. Wonderful tart funkiness with it all. Very rich tasting. One of my favorites from this brewery!

Dec 27, 2019
3.78 by stage_master from New York on Dec 21, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

1pt 9.4oz bottle into a glass shaped like an upside down snowman. Weird glass for a weird beer. Batch 21, September 2019, so about 3 months old.

Looks superb in the glass. Black body, pours like motor oil. Small tan head manages to persist throughout leaving very nice lacing

The smell, however, is somewhat chemical.

On tasting, it's an odd experience. Roasty like a stout, sour like a cherry wild ale. The sour aspect edges out the roast, which is medium. Really gets into the nooks and crannies of the mouth. There is nary a trace of sweetness, and the abv is nigh on undetectable.

Mouth is a little above medium, finish a drying out tartness.

Overall, you kind of have to ignore the stout aspect, and there is virtually no evidence of it being a RIS. As a beer, 3 months old, it's a bit much for this palate. Maybe more time in the bottle would help, but maybe not. A 12oz would have been more than enough for me.

Dec 21, 2019
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 03, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

5/26/19 bottle @ home

Nov 30, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CharlesForbin from Pennsylvania

Batch 20 Dec2018. Age: 11 months. This is an unusaul unpasteurized sour stout. Smell is sour. Ingredients include rolled oats. Light bodied. Color is black. Head is small with no lacing. The 10.8% alcohol is well masked. As a stout lover I guess this is just not my thing but I respect what they are trying to do here and it appears to be a quality effort but I can't get past the sour taste and smell and won't be trying this again.

Nov 16, 2019
3.67 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Aug 06, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with no penetration to light. There’s an inch of rocky and frothy brown head on top. The aroma is of bitter, chocolatey, and slightly smoky roasted barley. I’m tasting dark roasted barley and it finishes a bit more bitter and slightly sour due to the bacteria that was added as part of the fermentation process. The mouth is dense, heavily carbonated, a touch chalky, and lightly boozy.

Jul 21, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by robotic_being from Florida

Pours an opaque brown-black, with a 2” dark mocha foam, micro bubbles, amazing retention, 2+ min hold, spotty lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, oak, funky ripe berries, fruity, brewer’s yeast, and malted barley. Taste is milk chocolate, mixed with sour cherry, tart grapefruit, roasted malts, coffee grounds, and slight lactic acid. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, medium to full body, bubbly - effervescent medium plus carbonation with a juicy semi dry finish and lingering tart fruit with a roasted malt mix. Overall flavor is unique; utilizing wild yeast from Texas in addition to the dark chocolate malts, the taste is both tart and roasty with a subtle char. Very Yummy!!!

Jul 04, 2019
4.42 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Jun 10, 2019
3 by undomiel from Maryland on Apr 27, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a red wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: pours super dark with a heavy dark tan head rising over two fingers length upon initial pour.

Smell: Bland hops and touch of yeast. Lemon zest and chocolate.

Taste: Bitter and a mellow sour. I taste lemon, little coffee, yeasty bread with another touch of citrus. It is weird. Looks like a Stout but definitely doesn't taste like it.

Mouth: Besides the look of the beer this is probably the best characteristic. Sticky and very full bodied with a slight extra carbonation.

Overall: I'm stuck on the final verdict, it pretty good but factoring in the yeast feel and the sour notes that follow this beer it is hard to grade it higher. Salud!

Apr 21, 2019
4.22 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Apr 09, 2019
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2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by T00ms from California

Sour aftertaste and a thin feel ruined for me what seemed like it was going to be great from the look & aroma. Not very enjoyable

Apr 08, 2019
4.25 by eddiefl from New York on Apr 08, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 13.53(Including tax and discount)/750 mL ($ 0.533/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio. Reviewed 3/17/19.
“BATCH #20 – DECEMBER 2018” on label. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive center pour), brown, high density, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a three to four mm ring and a thin, complete layer with some thicker islands.
Lacing – Poor – A thin ring of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Dark brown, translucent.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak roasted malt with a hint fruitiness
Flavor – 4 - Roasted malt and chocolate with a little lactic acid on the tail-end. No alcohol (10.8 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, silky, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – I like this better than the previous iterations – it’s less sour and more “stouty”.

Mar 17, 2019
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 05, 2019
4.34 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Feb 11, 2019
4.23 by dankabier1 from Colorado on Feb 09, 2019
4.48 by Rangerjak from Texas on Feb 02, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by BurtStL6 from Missouri

Super dark. Oddly earthy.

Oct 22, 2018
4.38 by JamesBondGA from Georgia on Oct 21, 2018
4.27 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania on Oct 12, 2018
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Sep 09, 2018
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Sep 09, 2018
Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 923 ratings