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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout | Jester King Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.99/5
Very Good
864 Ratings
Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial StoutBlack Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

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
Ranking:
#4,118
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
864
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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165
Gots:
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Ratings: 864 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of ericdavidmorris
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WanderFlora
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LoudRed
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbwimer
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dannycohen62
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jamato14
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmadsen
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigchiquilin
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breadwinner
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -7.3%
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 kvgomps
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Syracuse12
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AppaZappa
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dwreck
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of conoraugustine
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shirtless_mike
1.5/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 864 ratings
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