Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout | Jester King Brewery

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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial StoutBlack Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

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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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with brown edges and a large, frothy, creamy mocha head leaving short walls of curtains.

Smell out of the bottle is tangy, salty roasted nuts. Chocolate covered banana, clove, and dark roasted malt follow. Then a little sharp cherry and raspberry, with an underlying smokiness arises as it warms.

Black Metal is a superior savory roasted malt and nut experience on the tongue, with dark chocolate, a touch of molasses, and salted caramel. The farmhouse yeast is light and bouncy, not heavy or spicy at all, lending a sort of pear-papaya element. There's also a hint of pine, and a hint of amaretto.

Feel is surprisingly light, while tangy, with a semi-dry finish.

Batch #17 2015 vintage, 10.8% ABV

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Beautiful black poor, tan head slowly fades, rings of lace. Coffee, licorice, funky aroma, tastes just like it smells, a little sharp in the finish, boozy. Thin to medium slippery feel.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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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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 Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black color with brown head. Aroma has tart and roasty notes with a bit of caramel. Taste starts tart with dark fruit notes, roasted malts and a bit of coffee on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice combination of tart flavors and roastiness.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown with a thin head
S: Coffee, chocolate, dark cherry, tart, roasty
T: Tart, dark cherry, roasty, light bitterness, coffee, alcohol, cacao
M: Medium with delicate carbonation
O: Tasty and good example of the style but not something I'd reach for often

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Photo of breadwinner
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As someone who otherwise disdains much dark fruit presence in his stouts, a farmhouse stout didn't sound particularly alluring, but I gotta say they pull it off nicely. As to be expected, some fruity esters in the nose, but still a goodly base of roasted malt, not charred or harsh, just lightly roasty. Palate is interesting, brighter than expected for a stout, more of that dark fruit character, some fruity chocolate perhaps too. It's nice. It's drinkable. It's still not a method I prefer for a stout, but I commend the effort.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle's been sitting in my fridge since I received it last August. Batch #16, March 25 2015

A little thinner appearing than I would prefer, with more granular carbonation, but it settles nicely with a solid finger plus of light brown head. Reddish tint at the edges of the glass.

Nose carries hints of currant and chocolate and rich red wine. More on the sweet/boozy side of things.

Flavour follows even further in this vein committing to a red wine fruit and vinegar direction which is unique though probably not my favourite manifestation if I'm truly approaching this as an RIS. Starts with a berry/cherry sweet which quickly gives way to sharply tart course. There are hints of roasted grains and coffee and all the other expected RIS-isms lurking somewhere in the shadows but this is the tart and the cherry and stone fruit notes first and foremost. Finishes quite bitter with the tart notes of plum skin lingering to combine and make for a punishing finish that will not be denied.

I'll be real: I'm not entirely sure how to go about approaching this beer. As an RIS... it jjust really isn't. Approaching it as a wild/sour/whatever the appropriate subgenre would be... it's quite well constructed and with warning can be enjoyable. I can only imagine what the Funk Metal I am preparing to crack and compare has to offer...
Thanks to @DomVan for sending this one along!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Brewery "Black Metal"
on tap at the brewery 6 November 2015, $4.50 for 8 oz.
...listed as 10.8 % ABV

Notes: Opaque brown-black body beneath a frothy head of tan. Excellent initial lacing and very good head retention. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and perhaps a bit of anise. Taste is fuller, richer, and creamier.... smooth with dark chocolate, light coffee, fruit and alcohol. Subtle funkiness with wet straw and dark cherries. It doesn't seem bitter, and yet it's there in the mix. Subtly peppery and smokey. Medium-full and creamy in the mouth with just a slight sharp note from some mild funkiness. Remarkably smooth and drinkable. Really interesting but you have to look for it. Let it warm a bit. Typical Jester King in that it's really refined and velvety; anything but brash or bombastic. Expensive, but probably worth it.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with foamy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, slight caramel, raisin, maybe cherry, earth, and slight funk. Really nice boquet. The flavor follows the aroma with a very slight tartness and some bitterness. Not enough to clash though. Lighter end of a heavy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This is a really great beer. Not sure why other are saying this is more sour than stout, but to me drinks like a stout with Saison & wild yeast characteristics. SLIGHTLY tart. Very good.

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Photo of sposter4
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter glass. Jet black with a light tan head. Smells of smoke and roasted malts. Nice roasted malt flavor. slightly sweet in the back end.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So Black...So Metal. If the smell of coffee, chocolate, raisins and such doesn't kick your ass, the taste (and the bite afterwards) will. It is dark and dense (as you should expect from a beer call Black Metal). It has a a smooth taste with a bite towards the end. Bit sour, bit bitter. Perhaps it is the result of the farmhouse treatment. Not for those raised on coffee like-porters/stouts.

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Photo of Myotus
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 51°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #17 - 22Sep15) into a tulip. Consumed on 20Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with 3 fingers worth of dense, cinnamon colored foam that changes color to khaki after 15 seconds. The massive foam head finally dissipates into a fingers worth after 3 and a half minutes while still retaining its density. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a moderate amount of both very small and small rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Mild aromas of bittersweet chocolate, black pepper, bitter roasted malts, coffee, and earthy yeast combine with subtle aromas of sour yeast, oak, smoked goodness, figs, black cherries, and raisins.
TASTE: Strong bittersweet chocolate and mild black pepper flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of coffee and smoked goodness. Subtle flavors of bitter roasted malts and oak proceed onto the palate as coffee flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle earthy yeast flavors along with hints of sour yeast, figs, black cherries, and raisins enter lastly as all previous flavors maintain, except for bitter roasted malts, which grow to mild.
FEEL: Extremely full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness (personally displeaing to me).
NOTE: As beer warms, bitter roasted malt flavors become more apparent. This batch clocked in at 10.8% alcohol which could not be perceived in the smell nor taste (perfectly fine by me). I recall the previous batch being more sour, which I had looked forward to in this one. The great thing about Jester King is that they use mixed cultures to brew their beer which causes them to constantly evolve. I can't wait to see what some aging will do to this batch.

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Photo of thatche2
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass (Batch #17 SEP 21, 2015).

Appearance is deep black/ink-like with 100% opacity. There is nice creamy head (deep tan/granola color) that is about 2.5 fingers thick and a lot of lacing around the glass (good retention).

Smell is moderate roasted malt qualities and oats with some nice sour qualities present as well. Some fresh coffee and smokiness and chocolate also comes through.

Taste is creamy malt and oats followed by a surge of funkiness/sourness with coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and dark fruit (tart cherries) noticeable. There is some sweetness upfront with a dry finish in which some alcohol comes through. Some spice, charred wood and smokiness is also present.

Mouth feel is medium/full bodied and very creamy up front. The finish is a little lighter with some moderate carbonation and sourness adding nice balance.

Overall this beer is very drinkable and quite interesting. The farmhouse/sour aspects and oats create good balance to this imperial stout with some dark fruit also noticeable. It is very delicious.

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Photo of FartyJerko
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, batch #17 brewed Sept. 21, 2015

Great looking beer and a mouth-watering smell. I could smell this beer from 5 feet away, which I thought was impressive. Maybe I'm just hungry.

This is a ridiculously drinkable stout for nearly 11% alcohol, but that might not be too big a surprise if you take into account the addition of oats to this beer. I'm not traditionally find of oatmeal stouts, but I think this beer does a really good job of balancing barley and oats.

Even with the placebo of knowing this is brewed with JK's farmhouse yeast and souring bacteria, I'd be fibbing if I said I could tell. I'm glad I have another to age to see if any funky characteristics shine through after an extended timeout.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loads of chocolate fudge and raspberries on the nose. I LOVE the saltiness on the palate. The saltiness is the first flavor you get, followed by the chocolate. The combination of salt and chocolate make this truly a unique batch.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2013. From bottle to goblet.

Pours deep dark black and compliments the screech owls in the background of my porch. Medium brown head that retains well and leaves subtle lacing.

Smells like a good Imperial stout brewed in a barn in all the right ways. Dark malts with hints of sour and funk.

Tastes like a good Stout at first then blast beats into a crazy farmhouse/saison with sourness and funk carried by the Black malt in all it's roasted complexity. Notes of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit with hints of hay then other strange flavor combinations.

Feels like the best of both styles. With a juicy thick body and a slight lingering astringency.

Overall I only thought this brew was okay when I had it young, 3 to 5 months old, but maturation in the cellar has made a world of difference! 2 styles that I love brought together in a beautifully dark, well balanced, union. Would like to see other brewery's attempted this style!
A brutally delicious brew!
... And quite Metal!!!

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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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Photo of jrenihan
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting take on the sour stout. Quite funky, with a barnyard flavour, mixed with roasted malt and chocolate. The funk is a weird blend with the stout. Good but not for large quantities.

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Photo of aubzachsyd
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #16 bottled on 3/26/2015. Poured into a JK tulip glass. Classic imperial stout pour, pitch black with a brown head that continually laced the glass. That's about it for the classic imperial stout. Initial smell is roast but quickly dissipates and the tart smell takes over. Initial taste is tart cherries then continues with roast, chocolate and some coffee with the tart cherries taking over at the end. Very dry. Gets much better as it warms. Interesting take on an imperial stout.

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Photo of Premo88
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. poured into tulip on tap at the brewery (Aug. 8, 2015)
(9.1% ABV version)

L: dark brown ... it's hard to tell for sure because the dark here runs from brown to black quickly as the depth of the brew increases in the glass, but it's clear ... might be the most clear beer of Jester King's lineup I've tried so far; some cool lacing; foam is tan, beautiful complement ... almost brown foam

S: pure milk chocolate to begin with ... holy cow! it's super sweet, shocking from a JK brew but they really loaded up with malt for a traditional stout. as it warms, starts to show the signature JK tartness ... very backwards but still very cool. as the sour and sweet notes mix, it takes on a chocolate cheesecake aroma. absolutely fantastic!

T: sour espresso/chocolate ... what a mix! super sweet underneath the farmhouse tart notes of lemon ... the stout-like chocolate and coffee really take over in the second half of the swallow. not as sweet as the nose but still full of balancing flavors.

F: much more farmhouse ale-like than stout-like, and I love it. very crisp and light and easy to drink.

O: if ever there was a "summer" stout, this is it. it truly blends the best of both the imperial stout and the farmhouse ale, leaving you with a balanced sweet/sour mix of notes that make for a delightful experience. for the beer drinker looking to get into sours, this might be a good starting point because the dark malt here really kicks in a lot of sweetness. i will drink this every chance I get, it's that good.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, almost black in some light. Barely there khaki head. Dark roasted, almost burnt smelling, malt, coffee, mild musty yeast. Up front the flavor is of the roasty imperial stout base, but the acidity and fungal yeasty funk immediately flood the tongue. Finish has a solid bitterness and overtones of coffee. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and lively for being so high abv. Overall pretty awesome.

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Photo of do_ob
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big bottle into a snifter. Pours dark brown and settles black in the glass. The first pour from the bottle yielded a 2.5 finger head of tan, crunchy foam. Interesting aroma - definite notes of yeast and sourness like a wild ale. This smell is quite evenly balanced with underlying notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight hint of alcohol. Medium weight with a surprisingly carbonated mouthfeel. This beer feels incredibly lively on the palate, much like a wild ale. Tart cherries and sour notes up front with undertones of roasiness. This one stays pretty tart all the way through, and finishes crisp. On the back end, you start seeing those notes of charred wood, chocolate, and coffee. The aftertaste is a pleasant blend of sourness and choclate.

I've been wanting to crack this beer for a while now, and I couldn't wait any longer. I had high expectations for this beer, and for the most part it didn't disappoint. Luckily I am a fan of wild ales as well as imperial stouts, because while this beer is called a "russian imperial stout", it's not. It's a sour that has roasty/choclatey undertones. Aside from labels, though, it's an excellent beer. Very well-balanced, and surpringinly easy to drink. I can't believe this beer is north of 9% abv, honestly. You can't taste a bit of booziness.

Overall, a bit off-center, but I imagine that's what they were going for. Damn good blending of two styles that I never would've thought would mesh.

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Photo of cwreay90
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Batch #16 - bottled March 25th 2015)This was an interesting beer, not bad at all but tastes nothing like it smells. It was very nice on the nose, a blend of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Didn't expect it to be so tart/sour in the taste. I felt like between the sourness and the stout-like characteristics the flavors clashed a little bit. Again, it was not unpleasant by any means, just a bit... odd.

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Photo of ARoman
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into brandy snifter. A sweet passion fruit smell with some grassy spiciness and a mild cheesy aroma start this one off, but a little longer reveals quite a bit of complexity occurring in this. Some other subtle notes that poke through are raisin, cereal, mild milk chocolate, woody/piney, and a bit of alcohol every now and again. A brown espresso-like head starts out very abundant, but recedes to a light layer atop a dark, brown-red beer that’s not quite opaque, but close. Small bubble cascade down the side of the glass rather than lace. Initial, generous, tart cherry and melon sweetness tastes comes through with some piney spice. The pine spice turns somewhat bitter and is then accompanied by moderate bitter roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. There’s a also a very mellow sour dairy (spoiled milk) taste of the yeast in the background. The last taste as the drink is swallowed is a cola-like sweetness. There’s an above-average level of carbonation for an Imperial Stout (although nothing overwhelming) but it keeps the beer relatively thin (again for an Imp Stout). The mouth is coated with a combination of a smokey/ashy chocolate/coffee bittering, along with some pine spice, which disappears fairly early, and a very soft, mild brie-esque flavor replaces it. The cheese flavor, when it appears, matches the smokey chocolate mouth coating stride-for-stride for awhile - probably pairs really nicely with mild soft cheese - before a milky, creamy coating begins to wash and mellow out the smokiness. Unique complexity with nothing that’s over-powering or overwhelming.

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