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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
English Imperial Stout meets the Franco-Belgian Farmhouse tradition in this dry, drinkable beer; Pitch black in color with notes of chocolate, roasted and black malts coupled with earthy, peppery and floral farmhouse esters.

Added by Mora2000 on 11-17-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
831
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Reviews by Hopswagger:
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P:  Huge mountain of dark brown frothy root beer head that crowns a vicious carbonated pitch black abyss.  Retention is outstanding and seems to stand still and retreat for no man. 

S:  A heavy offering of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, heavy cream, molasses,  syrup, spices, chocolate covered raisins, and slightly acidic. Also, aromas of leather, musky old furniture, sweet prunes, roasted barley and farmhouse funk.

T/M:  First thoughts is that it is harsh and unrefined. The body is thinner than expected, but still creamy, sticky and aggressively carbonated.  Mouthfeel gets somewhat chalky toward the end of the sip. 

 Flavors are similar to the nose but has more pronounced chocolate covered cherries and stevia like sweetener.  Alcohol is more prevalent but masked well given the ABV.  Heavy doses of barley and chocolate are the lead in this epic band.   Finish is semi dry with timid chalkiness followed by oak and roasted barley.  Coffee and peanut butter become involved once warmed. 

O:  This was an interesting RIS. Rough but definitely enjoyable.   When I first opened the bottle I got a whiff of some funky farmhouse yeast which is crazy weird but at the same time it works. I'm glad that they introduced so much barley it really changes the flavor up and makes things interesting. The sweet fruit was great and I really enjoyed every aspect of it. Too bad we can't get more Jester King brews in OK but I guess that gives a reason to visit Texas.   

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In in Austin.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of leather and a few assorted spices mixed in.

The flavor is similar. The chocolate and roasted malt notes are very strong and dominate the initial flavor. As the beer warms up a bit, I start to get a little bit of Belgian yeast and a little bit of brett mixed in to the flavor. There is also a little bit of anise and pepper mixed in.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at tasting. Dark pour, tan coarse head. Funky smell, with notes of chocolate and cocoa. Sour with lactic acidity, chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Medium body with high acidity.

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Photo of Mikaveli
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of warmbier804
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

Black throughout with a moderately sized dark brown head that eventually leaves the glass oily and spotted with lace.

Lots of roast and chocolate elements in the aroma, along with a hint of smoke. I don't pick up any particularly "farmhouse-like" elements.

The flavor too is bold and flavorful: roast, dark and bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of smoke.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chewy.

I like this quite a bit.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle.
There's a lot going on in this big beer. The sweet coffee, dark bread, and chocolate aroma leads to a very different and even more complex flavor. Moderately tart and, I think, even more bitter. I did much prefer the aroma to the flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.
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