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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Photo of dannycohen62
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jamato14
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmadsen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Syracuse12
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AppaZappa
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of conoraugustine
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shirtless_mike
1.5/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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 safaricook
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Roybert
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdgogiants
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Charcoal coffee, and nice hoppy balance. This Imp Stout is a winner!

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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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Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout from Jester King Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 857 ratings.
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