Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Shut up and listen. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned.

Previously known as Barrel Aged Sour Black Metal Imperial Stout.

Added by Mora2000 on 04-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,674
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
743
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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Ratings: 743 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Identified on label as 'Blend #9 -March 2018'. Alc/Vol 9.5%.

"Down below heavy clouds, swollen and green with electric rain, the two-grinned snake waves at us in arrhythmic symphony. We dance up the leg of a star dusted mountain; from its summit, our souls are projected into the darkness of the universe as scattered laser light beams. We seek the taste of eternity. You dig?"

Dark cola colored body, no light leaks through. A finger of tan, creamy head forms upon pouring, and sticks around as thick cap. Leaves behind some irregular shapes of lacing.
Aroma has dark roasted malts and chocolate, with sour notes intruding.
Taste is a sour expression of tasty stout with dark roasted malts. Cherry in the sour and chocolate in the stout. Oak and slight char. Funk is minimal, but the finish is dry.
Has a bifurcated mouth feel, with the sour seeming to be cooler in temperature and flowing faster, and the stout seeming to be warmer in temperature and flowing slower. This must be a sensation based on the smell and flavors. Good carbonation. Smooth mouth feel but an abrupt dry finish.
This beer expresses as described on the label - as a sour barrel-aged stout. I like the beer a lot. The components blend so well together, even though the blend is perceived as two or more separate flows working together. The appearance looks like a stout but the head and slight garnet hint at something else, and the flavor and taste brings out all aspects of the differing active components.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daemose for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. 2013 vintage bottle, consumed 9.23.18. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown, with maybe a reddish undertone. Nearly opaque. Forms a half-finger of dense tan head with good retention. Fairly low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate and dry tobacco. Milder malic acid and sour cherries. Some oak, and a touch of char that I wonder if from the barrel or the malts. Nice, not overly sour and I get no acetic character on the nose at all, which is a frequent interloper for the “sour stouts” in my experience.

T: Dark roasted malts, sour dark cherries and the malic tartness without coming across as overly acidic. Some citric lemony tart, dark chocolate malts, and the mild char. Oak tannin dryness in the back end. Maybe a mild Lactobacillus and Pediococcus funk – but it stays fairly low. Citric and malic acid tartness linger after the swallow.

M: A fairly light body for anything calling itself a stout – perhaps this would have been better labeled as a “dark sour”. The malts are roasted, but this just doesn’t have the body to be a stout. Low alcohol presence. Fairly low carbonation sensation, but certainly not flat.

O: This loses some points with me in regards to the body. Otherwise, this was pretty good. Not much funk to speak of – not in any significant manner anyway. But I enjoy the absence of the acetic acid, and the sour/tart flavors are well-balanced with the roasted malts, which is nice. Good, but not great.

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Photo of goalie35
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopkrid
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Jester King but this is a bit of the pour man's Tart of Darkness, but maybe that is actually a complement as tart of darkness is amazing an unique and this is the only thing that has come close. A bit too much astringent bitterness from the dark chocolate malt which doesn't jive with the sour side.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BurtStL6
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a stout with the prettiest deep red head I’ve ever seen.

Decently sour and yet there is a stout feel.

Extremely unique and enjoyable

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Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinkybarre1s
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brantleysmith
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonnydrinker
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of floyd_pugman
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown; decent head. Nose is astringent, with a heavy dose of roasted chocolate malt along with tart cherry, biscuit, and tawny port. Reminiscent of Tart of Darkness. Palate follows suit, starting with chocolate but quickly turning astringent, with roasted chocolate malt, toast, oak, and tawny port flavors leading to a decidedly sour finish. I’m not a huge fan of the style, but would put it above ToD for its higher complexity and easier drinkability.

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Photo of denver10
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afroskully
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam. Great head retention and lacing left behind. Aroma is biscuit and toast malts, with a tart cherry weaving through the malts. There is an oak note as well. Flavor profile is once again, biscuit malts and toast. Cherries, oak, and earthy finish round out the flavor profile. While it opens more like a tangy stout, it finishes like a sour with a tart, sour pucker. Mouth feel is velvety with a particular grainy feel. It has a medium-thick thickness. Overall, an intriguing stout that carries a good, honest portion of a stout, although slightly bitter, with a sour beer finish.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Draft. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 743 ratings