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 Radome
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Bought at the brewery in Sep '13.

A - The beer is the darkest possible brown, very close to black. No light shines through it; it looks like engine oil. The head is unbelievable. It is the darkest brown head I've ever seen. It piled up several inches high during the pour, then dropped to a solid, opaque layer. It is made up of fairly large bubbles with an oily appearance, like espresso whipped to a froth. I can't imagine a better looking beer.

S - Very complex aroma. Chocolate, coffee, rum, oak. Very low fruit aromas. A hint of leather and horse blanket, but not overpowering.

T - A wealth of dark malt flavors: dark chocolate, espresso, dark wheat dinner rolls. Fruit is restrained; maybe some raisins and prunes. There is an alcohol sweetness that again reminds me of rum, but it's balanced by a very light "farmhouse" tartness.

M - Thick, creamy, mouthcoating body. Low carbonation. Medium hops bitterness and light alcohol presence.

O - This is a delicious Imperial Stout. The farmhouse character is restrained, but adds complexity and helps cut through the sweetness. This is like drinking an Irish coffee or a chocolate milk-like mixed drink, maybe a white Russian. Yummy.

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Photo of DanielDomigan
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours Blacker then the blackest black times infinity. A dryed blood color finger of head.

S: smells of BLACK Coffee and Rotting Farmhouse yeast! and some boozyness...

T: hell fire roasted Cocoa, slight festering malts and yeast and vanilla bean tears ov dying angels

M: thick as blood with a generous amount ov carbonation

This brew was defiantly spawned from the darkest pits ov hell to pay homage to Black Metal and SATAN! \m/

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Photo of fourstringer
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into an old-fashioned glass with a moderately aggressive hand. No date on the bottle, but pretty metal label. It tells me this is best enjoyed with blast beats! Well ok then, twist my arm. I'm in TX - will Pantera's Great Southern Trendkill suffice?

A: Opaque black. Not even any transparency on the last swig from the glass. Impressive. 1.5 fingers of tight, deep caramel-colored head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Nice, full roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. Dark fruit underneath. A flemish-type, cherry tartness develops as it warms.

T: A split second of sweetness gives way to a surprising degree of tartness that lingers. Slowly yields to a medium dark chocolate bitterness and fairly dry finish. Roasted, somewhat oaky, malt carries throughout. Dark cherry. Some black licorice. Not much alcohol at all for 9% ABV. This is the inverse of something like Cuvee Freddy or Sierra/Boulevard's Incognito which starts tart and turns barrel-aged. This starts with more of the dark, round flavors and blossoms into a flemish-style sour with roasted notes. Really enjoying this.

M: High carbonation for the style, although moderate overall. Moderate body. Kinda bursts in the mouth when it hits the tongue. Could certainly be smoother and creamier.

O: Strikes me as a sort of imperial Flemish red with darker malt. This brew really syncs up with my personal tastes. Love the sour notes. I haven't had prior iterations of Black Metal for comparison, but in my ignorance, this really seems to hit the high notes for me. Maybe it's the Pantera. I'll Drag the Waters for more.


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Photo of kojevergas
2.51/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

9.3% ABV confirmed. Batch #14 - June 4th, 2013. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with strange label art and awesome branded brass-coloured pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high given its current 89 rating as well as the seemingly unique style.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of rich gold-tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Has a smooth consistency and a somewhat soft complexion. I tilt the glass to try to coax out some lacing, but none sticks. Head retention is good for the ABV - about 7 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable solid black; opaque. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's certainly to style and looks pretty good, but isn't mind-blowingly appealing or inviting. It's not unique or special.

Sm: Vague coffee. Hints of licorice, anise, raisin. Light acridity. Burnt dark sugars. Bitter dark chocolate. Buried roast - nowhere near enough for my tastes. I do find a hint of acidity, but I wouldn't say there's any real funkiness to the aroma - at least not in a brettanomyces yeast sense. The acridity is bothersome. Cocoa dust. Belgian dark malts. It flirts with a Belgian dark ale character in that sense. Marshmallow. Molasses. A kiss of espresso. There's a rather unwelcome grape note, as well as some out-of-place apple. Once you notice that grape, it's hard to push out of your mind, and as the beer warms it becomes more and more artificial, even bordering on medicinal - grape cough syrup comes to mind. Caramel.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the aroma. The grape and acridity in particular are off-putting, and I'm not finding the roastiness I love in a good stout nor am I finding the funkiness that is supposed to set this one apart. Moderately strong.

T: I like the cocoa powder and the bitter dark chocolate notes, as well as the marshmallow. But the coffee has all of the acridity of the bottom of an espresso shot and none of the rich roastiness, nuttiness, or cream you'd find in better imperial stouts. Luckily, the grape isn't as present as it is in the aroma, but it still bothers - as do the licorice/anise and molasses notes. More raisin would be nice. It never approaches vinous character, but it does have a vague Belgian dark ale vibe. Lightly burnt sugars and caramel are present, but add little. Dark malts and chocolate malts fill out the body. Boy do I wish there was more roast. There's some green apple here which works surprisingly well, but other than that I'm not finding any evidence of farmhouse yeast. There's really nothing funky about this, but it does have a fairly annoying acidity. I'd attribute the Belgian dark ale dimension to the yeast used here - which I think is just a standard Belgian yeast - but there's nothing funky. Though I find no real noticeable hop profile, it's still a bit too bitter.

The more I drink, the more I notice an artificial fruity character (berries, grape, syrups) on the burp. It grows more medicinal with each sip. With warmth, a near-cloying sweetness begins to eclipse the previously noticeable bitterness.

Frankly, I'm not sure the beer benefits from the use of Belgian yeast. Nor does the execution evoke a "Farmhouse Imperial Stout." The decision to use an atypical yeast ultimately just reduces the cohesion of the flavour profile, yielding a loosely structured non-gestalt build with little to offer the discerning drinker. Decent loose balance. Okay complexity. Lackluster subtlety.

Alcohol presence is decently hidden.

Mf: Very syrupy, to its detriment. Slick and artificial. Smooth and wet. Sticky. Nice thickness and body. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing. Severely flawed; the syrupy texture and sticky consistency make this almost disgusting. Doesn't complement the flavour profile at all. I'd like to see a dryer and more coarse texture to coax out more of the powdery cocoa notes.

Dr: A forgettable brew with an interesting concept that the execution fails to rise to. I remember liking the old Black Metal better. I'm not looking forward to finishing this bottle, and wish I had others to help me. It's easy enough to drink a small quantity, but drinkability plummets after a few ounces. A big disappointment from Jester King. I'm quickly learning that for the most part only their sours are worthwhile. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, nor would I buy it again. Overpriced. With the myriad of better beers in the imperial stout style available at a better price point out there, I can't understand why this beer is profitable. One of the most medicinal imperial stouts I think I've had this year.

High D+

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/30/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer, very #excite, get #hype

Appearance: Pours a rich black, with some brown around the edges - big, fluffy, creamy head to start - huge head fades quickly to a minimal cap - leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Chocolate malts and Jester King's trademark yeast - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, maybe a hint of semisweet chocolate - some grainy sweetness - roasty and burnt - some hints of dark fruit - yeasty, in a remarkably Jester King farmhouse way, and it doesn't quite blend with the other aromas, in my humble opinion

Taste: Chocolate, burnt, and Belgian - dark chocolate and baker's chocolate, minimal sweetness - roasty and burnt, with some charcoal - some nuts and black licorice - yeasty, in a farmhouse way, which seems to add earthy and tart notes - some dark fruit and acidity - above average burnt bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, doesn't quite feel imperial, nice carbonation, kind of oily, very dry finish

Overall: Blast beats may or may not be appropriate for the farm life

Back in 2011 I'm pretty sure I had the old (non - farmhouse) version of this, because I have very fond memories. This version will not produce memories that are as fond. Not a bad beer by any standards, but it's far from a great RIS. It's also the only beer I've ever had from Jester King that I didn't find remarkable in some way.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straight black with a bubbly dark tan head. Drops to a small cap and collar. Slightly above average carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Cocoa with some solid roasted malts. Roasty sweet with some.hints of char and smoke. Dark chocolate. Slight sweetness. Some earthy and.grassy hops. Some slight spicy esters. Bitter chocolate. Crazy roasted. Some sweeter caramel malt as it warms. Milk chocolate.

Taste: So much roasted malt. Bitter cocoa and baker's chocolate with a very slight chocolate sweetness. Pushes a hint of burnt sweetness and smoke. Yeast adds some earthy elements with some spicy esters. Bitter from cocoa, not hops. Some leafy earthy notes. Relatively mild and balanced. Some backing dark fruit as it warms. So much chocolate malt and roast. Almost milky sweet at times.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body for the style. Oddly crisp and clean. Carbonation runs a bit high, but can easily be.attributed to the yeast and bottle conditioning. Clean.

Overall: Straight up fusion metal.

Exactly what it says it is, a blend of farmhouse ingenuity with a standard imperial stout. Not my favorite, but solid. Reasonably sure I tried the non farmhouse couple years ago at a tasting. This was not the delight I remember.

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Photo of MCain04
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black pour with a mocha head, big big head with good retention but not much lacing.

Smells very much like a farmhouse ale with that barnyard yeasty aroma and pale malts, a little bit of roasty character, and some coffee.

Taste is sweet with grape pulp, some bitterness and coffee, a tiny bit of funk, tastes very much like it is described, as a a farmhouse style RIS.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall an interesting take on RIS, and well done for the style, worth a try for sure.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750Ml poured into a snifter

A- Pours extremely dark brown. Black as night in the glass. A two finger of a frothy brown head. Beautiful stuff.

S- A lot of roasted malt in this one. A big dryness, a touch of coffee. A slight yeastyness and spicy grain. A touch of dark fruit and a hoppy bitterness. Overall, A roastbomb.

T- A super roasty beer. The first flavor to really pop here is a strong fruity ester. A bit of a dark fruit malt profile. A lemony yeastyness and possibly some floral fruity notes left by hops. A touch of coffee in this beer but a lot of chocolate. A dark, bitter chocolate with a bite and a lasting flavor. A slight grain and wheat as well. Alcohol well hidden.

M- A different mouthfeel from what you would normally expect out of a RIS. Very high carbonation and lingering bitterness. A very full body. Heavy beer but balanced.

O- An awesome RIS. A unique take on the style. Veers slightly off the norm and doesn't disappoint. Also, great label.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing a year old aged bottle

Pours a half inch dark chocolate head, body is pitch black in color. Head retention and lacing were above average.

Smell is of sweet port wine, chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. Smell of alcohol is slightly present and malt is abit smoky. Hops arent apparent at all.

Taste is of sweet chocolate syrup, slight soy sauce too. Burnt malts and roasted espresso mixed with some port wine balance the beer out. Hops arent present and alcohol cuts some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but is lighter than it looks. Head dissipated rather quickly unfortunately, beer was well carbonated.

Overall this beer was a good imperial stout. Nothing in the top ten of its style but a solid brew nonetheless. Would drink again if available to me.

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Photo of CMUbrew
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black as one would expect. A solid three fingers of dark brown creamy foam is produced to sit on top. A decent foam cap sticks around.

S: A funky, yeasty aroma makes it evident this isn't a typical imperial stout. The barnyard qualities do not shut out the roasty dark malt aromas, however.

T: Just what I was expecting, except better. The funky barnyard yeastiness adds an acidic tartness and some funky flavors. These blend fantastically with the bold, dark, rich malt flavors.

M: A big body that isn't overly viscous, but brings a good amount of carbonation to the table.

O: Just awesome. One can't help but be crushed by a brew this metal. Best served by candlelight with some Immortal or Behemoth blasting your face off.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black inky brew with a big dark tan head of foam. This beer has a unique appearance in that when it settles the bubbles form four cool circles in the tulip glass. Really neat. Pretty aromatics, but kind of one note in this aspect. Just some roast. Not getting any floral aromas from the Belgian yeast. The taste is very balanced, but the dark chocolate flavors really shine. Very tasty brew. I think the Belgian yeast is slightly affecting either the feel or the finish. Not preferred, but it doesn't totally distract from the good aspects of this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate are present in the nose, although these are subdued a bit by the presence of farmhouse yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with notes of earthy yeast and roasted malts. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and somewhat airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The yeast and roast make your mouth a little chalky and dry.
O: I really enjoyed this stout because it offered some of the qualities you would expect from a Russian Imperial Stout but was significantly easier to drink because it wasn't as full-bodied. The use of farmhouse yeast adds some interesting qualities.

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Photo of MarioM
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into SN snifter.

A: Pure black opaque with a huge dark brown head. Creamy bubbles floating on top of larger bubbles, dissipated after a min with good lacing.

S: Hint of dark fruits with a toasty character with some booziness. There's a strange aroma, most likely from the farmhouse yeast, but slight citrusi and licorice like. Definitely different but interesting.

T: That strange aroma comes through at the beginning as yeasty fruitiness mixed with roastiness, coffee and a little chocolate. I also want to say citrus but prolly confusing it for yeast hard tee coming through in a style, RiS, which I would not normally expect. Also get a lot of dark fruits from the large amount of roasted malts, which explain the ausome hugely brown head.

M: Medium body from the high attenuation, a bit dry and bitter. Medium carbonation and small hints of alcohol considering the 9% abv tag. Also, a big roasty coffee aftertaste from all that dark roasted malt dominates at the end and lingers for a while, which I'm enjoying quite a bit, yum!

O: A must have brew by Jester King. I really like the creativity of using a farmhouse year in an imperial stout. Very interesting and will have more.

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Photo of ADZA
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours the blackest dark as night hue with a chocolate laced three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is dark chocolate,roasted malts,booze and Irish coffee,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of dark chocolate,toasty roasty malts,Irish coffee,a touch of funky tartness and finished choc dryness and overall very nice for a night like tonight and would buy again cheers.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass.

A-Pours as black as a thousand midnights with a 3/4 inch brown head that retains a long while before gradually descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Very glassy aroma with some strong underlying chocolate tones and just a bit of funk.

T- A bright tangy flavor comes on at first before a heavy dark roasted malt presence washes over bringing notes of milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla. The flavors clash though and bring about an awkward profile.

M- My biggest problem with "dark saisons" is the chalky and endlessly dry mouthfeel. The high carbonation just does not go well with the highly viscous nature of a stout, porter, black ale, what-have-you. I definitely prefer my farmhouse ales to have a light body.

O- While I admire them for their risk-taking approach to brewing and their labels' sick artwork, the folks at Jester King just have not done it for me yet. An example of when a brewery is just a bit too extreme.

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Photo of Claytonbrewsby
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting one... Especially the farmhouse/stout combination. I was expecting this brew to be heavy as hell since it is called metal and all. But upo pouring it, it did come out very brown, almost black with a tan head. It has a mild spicy smell about it. The mild spicy smell does follow in taste, slightly. It definitely has farmhouse characteristics with a light stouty taste behind it. It's hard to describe, it's worth a drink so give it a try!

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 3-finger bubbly, frothy, brown head. Great retention and some nice patchy lacing.

S – Lots of coffee, licorice, molasses, and chocolate with touches of a yeasty, vinous, almost vinegary aroma.

T – It starts off sweet with molasses, caramel, chocolate, and licorice. Spicy phenols and tart dark fruit esters come through next. Interestingly, there isn’t as much of a bitter roasted finish here as the nose suggested – it’s mostly taken over by the vinous dark fruits.

F – Full-bodied with good carbonation, a somewhat sharp mouthfeel from the carbonation and mildly tart acidity, and a bitter, spicy, somewhat tart, and dry finish. A conglomerate of all of those flavors mixed with a bit of alcohol warmth lingers for a bit. The ABV is very well-hidden.

O – This is an interesting beer for sure. The marriage of a stout and a farmhouse beer is a very intriguing idea. They seem to pull it off pretty well here, but I’m just not sure that the styles fit together well. I don’t get much farmhouse funk but rather a vinous tart flavor that blends with the dark fruits that are sometimes found in some stouts – which, now that I think about it, sounds like the styles blend together pretty well. Anyway, this is a nice beer from Jester King. I’ll see another great example of the blend later on with Funk Metal.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml split between 3 of us.

A - Pours a heavy metal black, with 2 fingers of espresso frappa head. Rounded patterns of vertical lacing.

S - Rich and roasted black malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, berry fruit, allspice, nutmeg, unknown spice.

T - Dense and creamy chocolate, almost astringent, heavy roast, acidic coffee, raspberries, star anise, charred vanilla, spicy hops. The Belgian yeast is present but mellow.

M - Moderate carbonation cuts through the density lifting the body creating a super creamy feel and light/medium body

Black metal is a good name for this brew. The Belgian yeast takes a back seat to the full on stout components. Lots of chocolate and roast. Light feel for such a big brew.

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Photo of genitempo
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jester King has been making waves in the Austin Beer scene for quite a bit of time now. Their Brewmaster, Jeff Stuffings, puts his creative edge upon a wealth of beer knowledge and it shows. Although Jester King's Black Metal is a year-round effort from the brewery, it seems that this beer doesn't receive as much recognition as some of the others. Let this not be a reason to discredit the artistry behind Black Metal. It's pour is rather weighty, showing it's 9.3% ABV, leaving a blackened body with foamy, tan head. Black Metal puts chocolate and roasted malts on the front-end, with a hint of that belgian yeast that Stuffing's loves to employ. The beer amasses a sense of fullness in your mouth, but due to the bottle-conditioning, we see that weight implore an element of creaminess that has a bit of a lift. Flavors are bitter and charred in the best way, giving the imbiber a comparison to Old Rasputin but honed down. The sip ends with a bright twist, pushing forward a spice with mild astringency (a quality that Stuffing's has conquered).

Don't let Jeff Stuffing's other masterpieces cloak this creation, Black Metal's got some talent.

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

Black and diesel-oil consistency, big brown head and sparse lace.

Nice aroma, burnt and darkly roasty, coffee and dark chocolate, a little bit of dark fruit.

Flavor is wonderful, roasty and burnt flavors are up front, then comes just a touch of dark fruitiness, then chocolate and coffee.

There's a bit of a Belgian note to it, presumably from the yeast, which actually seems to lighten the body just a touch. Although full bodied, I find it surprisingly drinkable.

Definitely a tasty one, RIS and farmhouse ale lovers alike might enjoy this beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best of the bunch here so and by far! Served with a llight brown head that lingered to the bottom and was superbly balanced. Color is an opaque black brown with a light brown head that subsided at the same rate as the glass emptied. Aroma is a pleasant roast, malt, slight fruit. Flavor's like malt, nothing out of sorts. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, of a shorter length, and incredibly drinkable for, not only a beer of its class, but relative to all and just a work of art. All hail!

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Photo of Durge
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another magnificent brew found on tap at The Draught House Pub in Austin, this stout shows a pitch black color with a modest tan ring on top and no signs of lace. The aroma brings intense malt with pleasant grass charcoal. Clearly a quality brew is evidenced. The flavor delivers deep raisin and heavy charcoal malt with lemony edges. Beautifully blended, yet intense in its sensory reward! It's pretty much full bodied with an easy, velvety feel. It offers a very subtle carbonation but it's more than adequate for this style. A great imperial stout!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How do you make the best Belgian stout? The answer is to create a massive imperial stout and inject just enough yeasty spice and fruit character to add a kiss of complexity but not to rival the roasted malt. Jester King has figured this out and displays it well in Black Metal.

The inky black pour sells the "stout" appearance, and does so with enough of a yeasty haze to not allow any passage of light. And then there's the billowing pillow of foam that engulfs the snifter and signals notions of Belgian character that lies within. Its slight tan color proves to be rocky and frothy as it laces the glass intricately as the beer falls.

Robust aromas of roast, cocoa, molasses, and char rise from the glass with a ton of confidence. Filled with espresso, other fruity and spicy scents merge into the malts with mild aromas of grape, apple, and berry that versus alcohol, pepper and smoke.

The bold roasty character continues and even elevates in taste. Sharp espresso, cocoa-heavy chocolates, walnuts, burnt embers, and slightly scorched caramel are dominant on early palate, but then fold in vinous tart notes of cherry, berry, grape, and apple. Where any hop taste would appear woodish and blend into the charred taste, the beer relies on spicy peppercorn, toast, and tannin for balance instead.

Full bodied without doubt, but the Belgiany characer seems to lighten the body by pulling the beer from the tongue with its abundance of carbonation. Resulting in a semi-dry finish with slight powder and ash, the creamy upstart takes quite the journey across the palate. Certain alcohol warmth, slowly fading sweetness, and dry roast closes the beer with a delightful lingering aftertaste.

Black Metal isn't for those who are repulsed by coffee or chocolate. But even for those who have an affection for the taste, the unexpected fruit and spice notes pleasantly surprises the taste buds and evokes excitement, although the character is moderate at best.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from jbeatty in a trade a while back. The orginal version of this beer was terrible, so I'm hoping the farmhouse element has done something positive. We put this against Jolly Pumkin Dark Dawn Stout in the Saison Stout Showdown!

From a 750ml into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy tan head with good retention, eventually fading to a thick foam cap. Black body with higher levels of carbonation, though it calms relativel quickly. A foam cap remains with some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking beer.

SMELL: Saison yeast, and some farmhouse and barnyard aromas. Cocoa powder and some light coffee notes as well. Pretty nice really, as the stout chocolate and coffee qualities are more than enough for the saison stuff.

TASTE: Some roasted malts with cocoa powder and vanilla, as well as some barnyard funk and hay in there too. Interesting blance between stout and saison. Bolder and lingering finish of cocoa, bitter chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A light funkiness lingers as well. This is definitely more stout than saison, though the farmhouse element makes this quite interesting as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Creamy and sliky on the palate. Good stuff.

OVERALL: Holly shit this is way better than the original version. Either these guys have totally revamped the base beer, or the farmhouse yeast is a Godsend. This is a beer I'd gladly drink again. Lots of good flavor and a feel that supports the show. Try this one if you get the chance. Thanks again jbeatty. Recommended.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Metal pours black into the glass with a medium sized, fizzy, dark brown head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is rich with notes of chocolate, coffee and roast malt. Alcohol notes are present throughout.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is slick, a little oily, smooth with mild carbonation. The rich flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, an earthy nuttiness and a little dark fruit. I'm not getting any farmhouse tartness like I thought I would. It finishes with a mild grassy bitterness. Once gone the chocolate and roast malt linger.

This is a very tasty beer that's easy to drink. You can smell the alcohol, but not taste it. I wasn't sure what to expect for a 'Farmhouse' stout. I didn't get any typical farmhouse flavors.

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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 851 ratings.
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