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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout | Jester King Brewery

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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial StoutBlack Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

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

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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful opaque, heavy black with generous 3-4 inch french silk head. Absolutely gorgeous. Excellent retention.
S: Roasted caramel and chocolate malts, bitter chocolately alcohol note, hint of farmhouse funk and some dark dried fruit. Dark cherry and coffee, especially with warming. Very pleasant.
T: Medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, chicory, peppery spice, and a hint of cream. Farmhouse funk in the distant background. Charred wood and dark cherry emerge with warming. Wood smoke and citrus emerge in the finish.
M: Creamy feel. Medium body (lighter than expected, but consistent with the ABV). Mildly bitter and dry finish.
D: The ABV makes this one quite drinkable. I love the style mash-up of farmhouse imperial stout. Nice solidly complex brew...seek it out!

11/27/15: Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Still pours a beautiful brew...literally unchanged from above. (5)
S: Charred caramel malt, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, raisin, coffee, and dark chocolate. (4)
T: A noted of aged saison hits first and quickly is overtaken by dark dry chocolate, raisin, cinnamon, burnt orange, oaky tannins, dark cherry, and a hint of chicory. (3.75)
M: Medium-heavy body. Darkly sweet. Mildly bitter and dry throughout. Lingers and matures a bit on the palate. The aged saison gives a mild off note. (3.75)
D: This one has held up well over time overall. The saison components (peppery spice, farmhouse funk, and citrus notes) have definitely diminished with age. The rest of the brew is still going strong. I'm still amazed by how the level of carbonation and appearance has remained unchanged. (3.75)

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter; modest carbonation with small head. Chocolate and malts are evident to the nose with a softened sweet smell. Chocolate and subtle sweetness on palate- medium balance and the acidity is softened. Well done

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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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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