Funk Metal
Jester King Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #220
Ranked #1,761
4.21 | pDev: 10.93%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Funk MetalFunk Metal
Notes: Shut up and listen. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally conditioned.

Previously known as Barrel Aged Sour Black Metal Imperial Stout.
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jester King Brewery 'Funk Metal' @ 9.5% , served from a 750 ml bottle
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to almost black in the glass with a small tan head , dissipating into a spotty lace along the tulip
S-BA stout meets wild ale
T-sour , tart , complex
MF-fizzy carbonation , full bodied
Ov-interesting beer
prost LampertLand

Jan 12, 2020
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour. Poured pitch black with a layer of brown head. Aroma was spectacular with notes of cherries, chocolate, oak, tannins, and red wine. The taste is just the same, lots of tart cherries, oak, chocolate, leather, and of course vinous notes of red wine. It’s sour but doesn’t distract from all the complex flavors I’m picking up. Mouthfeel is medium to full body. Not really any acidic harshness like other sours. Overall, surprised considering the rating. Much better than I expected!!

Mar 28, 2019
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice looking brown head that dissipates at a moderate pace but doesn't do so all the way and leaving some on the surface. The beer itself has a nice chocolate black color to it.

The smell is very good and enjoyable. It has a good funk note to it along with a decent cherry tartness to it. The stout notes are comparatively weaker compared to the wild ale notes since they are either covered or blended into. There is a good wood notes that mixes with wild ale notes while the roasted and chocolate notes barely come out.

The taste is also very good. The beer has a good tart note that mixes well with a light cherry and a good wood note. The stout notes are once again muted with a light sweet chocolate in the finish.

The feel is good. It has a medium body to and fairly fluffy carbonation. There is also a nice lightly acidic finish.

Overall, this is definitely a good. The blend of different notes that manage to stay distinct and noticeable while blending well and supporting each other.

Nov 30, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

Nov 11, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Nov 02, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Sep 17, 2018
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floyd_pugman from California

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

May 27, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Nov 16, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just had Funk Metal Sour Barrel-aged Stout from Jester King (in my 1 liter Thomas Disneyland cup) and I thought it was delicious. It's a nice blend of stout-like dark malts and fruity tartness.

Look: black with a two-inch thick bubbly head.

Aroma: tart cherries, dark chocolate, red wine

Taste: There's roasted malts, dark chocolate, tart cherries, grapes, red wine, and maybe lemon, overall it was powerful and wonderful taste experience.

Feel: medium body, creamy

Aug 22, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bomber poured into Jester King Snorkel snifter
9.4% ABV
Blend #8 — 2/21/2017

L: classic black-and-tan stout look with the head almost dark enough enough to be called brown; beautiful pour, pushes up about an inch-tall head that lingers for several minutes and sticks as it recedes; a little lacing, keeps a tight collar of brown foam

S: sour ... wow, it punches you in the face as you pour, tart cherries, fingernail polish/remover, very vinous; dark chocolate-covered cherries as it warms, still quite tart; as it warms a little more dark chocolate peeks in

T: quite tart but full of dark-malt flavor standing toe-to-toe with the yeasty/earthy farmhouse tartness; cherry espresso, lemon espresso ... maybe even a pinch of lime juice in there; the lemony sourness is impressive, for it dominates even amid all the dark malt; very yeasty and earthy but not bitter; sour grapes, red wine

F: relatively lightweight for so big a beer but heavy enough to add a creaminess around the solid amount of carbonation; interesting how it starts off feeling very ale slick to the point of flat, then the carbonation perks up, prickles and gives the second half of the swallow a crisp finish; a true achievement

O: much more sour than Black Metal, Funk Metal is the ultimate mix of Jester King's yeast profile and dark malt; it's super tasty and full of many different flavor and aroma notes, but the big sour note (mainly lemon) dominates ... it might be as sour as any JK brew I've tried

Jun 04, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a soft tan head dying to a ring with spotty lace.

Big nutty, roasty nose. The nuttiness I get from their other sours is similar, with a little funky and musty walnut shell.

Taste is bitter baker's chocolate, yet pretty sour. Big roastiness comes in, with prune and currant softening and sweetening the stout and sour properties ever so slightly.

Velvety yet ddddry!!! I don't know how they do it, but it's amazing.

Blend #7 January 2016 vintage

Aug 22, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 46°F from a 750ml bottle (blend #7- 28Jan16) into a tulip. Consumed on 30Jun16.
SMELL: Large waves of sour green apple and tobacco are entangle with mild aromas of bittersweet chocolate, oak, plums, earthy yeast, sweet coffee, and vanilla. Subtle coconut, salt like mineral, and bitter roasted malt aromas add on to the complexity.
TASTE: The taste theatrical opens with sour green apple flavors. A nice funk is established as strong tobacco flavors immediately follow while the tartness grows slightly stronger. Mild salty mineral flavors next roll out on to the palate. The stout characteristics reveal themselves as mild sweet chocolate, sweet coffee, and plum flavors accompany the previous flavors. The symphony continues with mild flavors of oak and subtle flavors of vanilla. Subtle bitter roasted malt flavors and hints of coconut finally close off this multifarious display as all prior flavors persist.
NOTE: Another great offering from Jester King. My favorite aspect that I experienced from this brew was the cascading of flavors.

Jul 08, 2016
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draught in a tulip glass. Blend #7.

Appearance is black with one finger thick creamy, tan foam. Fairly good retention.

Smell is sour funk and red fruit (mostly cherries) with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste is fairly sour with nice roasted malt coming through for balance. There is also a nice cherry flavor. Sweetness is moderate with little alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with moderate pucker from the sour. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall this is an awesome sour stout. It leans a little more sour than stout, but the balance is excellent. Sour cherries add complexity. Excellent.

Apr 09, 2016
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kemoarps from Washington

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Has been sitting in my fridge since I received it in a mindblowing BIF box in June of 2015. This is from Blend #6, born 02/24/2015 (my mom's birthday!)

Clean black pour, more in line with what I was expecting from its forebear (Black Metal). Minimal head quickly dissipates to drifts and colonies, somehow suggestively themed. I think I would even describe this beer as 'sexy.'

Nose provides the expected sour notes, but soft and creamy and inviting. Oak and soured cherries and the sour.

Flavour provides more of the same, with a silent strength to it. This will not be mistaken for anything but a sour, and it clamps your tongue in that world, but within the strength is a gentleness, like a vice-like hug that conveys protection and care; squeezing but not crushing. The tart side of the parade provides cherry and stone fruit -- primarily plum maybe? -- and it meets a whisp of chocolate from the stout side of things, all moderated by the softening influence of the oak.

This undoubtedly brings more of the 'wild' character than the presumptive base (Black Metal) against which I am comparing it, but it is more accessible, less punishing. My instinct is to credit the oak for much of this. While BM was much sharper on the corners; coming from both sour and bitter angles, FM seeks to take the positive characters found therein and sand down the corners a touch, refine them and take them from crass flailings to pointed intentionality.


Much much much love to @BullDoza for sending this one along.

Jan 31, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a thin head yielding brown, red and light black. Nothing but sourness in the aroma.

Taste, comes off nice and dry, oak tannins, gritty at times. The darker fruits are the brighter dark fruits. Lots of black cherry, blackberry. Malt, chocolate comes through a little in the mouthfeel. This one leans powerfully sour.

Would love to do this one and a tart of darkness back to back. The best in that sour vein.

Dec 05, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its like all dark brown and black with a thin head, almost ruby colors to it. Looks sexy enough.

Its all lactic sourness in the aroma, no off scents, pleasurable.

Pungent sour taste, gritty malt sticks to the teeth as if there is some brett. You don't get the tired dark fruit descriptors, you get bright fruity ones like sweet grape and plum. There is very little roast in the mouthfeel, but if you look for it you can prolly find it.

I'm a big fan of this beer. Had it a few times now, first when my bro brought it out way back in the day.

Sep 21, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip at the brewery from a cask. Mocha head and tons of lace. Pitch-black body. 5

Tart dark choc nose and creamy funk. 4.25

Love the flavor. Tart cherry from somewhere, then dark chocolate, roastiness and a stone fruit finish. 4

Tart, funky, a tad yeasty, and finishes bitter. Intriguing. Chewy too. 4


Jul 29, 2015
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. Funk Metal is a sour barrel-aged stout that was a treat to try but glad it was a small sample. I don't know if I could have finished a full bottle. Spot on for the style though.

Jul 27, 2015
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Jovial_Libations from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at the brewery in a tulip glass. Actually does taste funky and has that tradermark Jester King metallic sourness going on. Very unique offering from JK. Curious as to how age will affect it.

Jun 30, 2015
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A sour stout that is more sour than stout. Nothing much from the flavors comes through, killed by the bugs. The feel mimics this. While not a bad beer, perhaps the style isn't for me, but the sour stout nullifies itself

May 17, 2015
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champ103 from Texas

3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark black, with some ruby around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A balsamic vinegar sweet, sour, and acidic aroma. Burnt caramel malts and sugars. Lingering acidic character. Not particularly enjoyable.
T: Up front is more of a sweet chocolate, burnt malts, light roast. Which works at odds with the sharp acidic bite. Vinegary sweet, finises with tart tannin like cherries.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. Though watery and thin. Not smooth, or crisp, just kind of blah. Certainly not something I can drink more than a few ounces of.

I never really enjoyed this, just a mess. Trying it again just confirms that it is pretty poorly made. No definition, and probably not something I am coming back to again any time soon.

Dec 05, 2014
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark black. Some dark browns and reds when held to direct light. Head is khaki and drops to a minimal cap with a small collar. No lacing and minimal carbonation on the pour.

Taste: Follows the nose closely with a bigger push on the lactic tartness. Typical funk with all of the associated barnyard. Hay, grass, damp earthy basement. Sweaty rocks. Deeply fruity with a ton of tart cherry skin and flesh, Hints of blackberry and plum in the back. Dark fruit in abundance. Tons of leather as well. Woody bitterness from the malts.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts add some burnt and slightly charred elements. Carries the typical Jester King funk. Damp basement and old sweaty sock. Loaded with dark fruit, mostly cherry. Some plum. Blackberry with a touch of blueberry. Musty. Barnyard - hay, grass, and wet. Some coffee bean. Woody bitterness with an almost alkali finish to the whole thing. Slightly lactic with some strong acetic notes - almost balsamic. Leather, lots of leather - old an worn. Fruity and funky and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and minimal carbonation thanks to the barrel. Clean and smooth sip.

Overall: Slap bass - move on.

Drinkable but not truly memorable. The flavors never quite meld and the sour nature becomes too acetic as it warms. Maybe a bit more time or a more nuanced blend.

Sep 29, 2014
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 9/28/14

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7

A: Pours dark, deep brown to black - pours with a medium to large, light brown head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Big, bold, and burnt with some big sour - dark chocolate with some burnt cocoa - dark chocolate malts, burnt grains - some wet, damp sour - very lactic, with some wet farmhouse funk and some vinegar - some sour dark fruits as well

T: Very burnt and very sour - somewhat of a harsh combination, hard to drink at first although it gains some charm as it warms up - lactic, musty, damp, dirty cellar sourness - very wet, vinegar-like to an extent - dark fruits, such as figs, plums - a large amount of funk, some barnyard flavors - stout base is very burnt, with roasty chocolate, char - decidedly harsh, which I guess may be the intention - update: the flavor gets old quickly, splitting a bottle of this is actually a challenge

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, not entirely smooth, finishes with some residual lactic weirdness

O: Not as memorable as Disco Metal

Sour stouts are very hit or miss. This has a huge amount of what generally makes Jester King beers great, like their intense funk and yeasty flavors. Overall, they somewhat clash with the burnt malt profile. If you're a fan of the style, this may be worth seeking out.

Sep 29, 2014
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ELS from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Jester King

A-Nice black color with a thin head of foam. Honestly, I was so impressed by the taste of this beer I don't remember the color of the foam or the lacing.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate, but subdued smell when compared to a typical stout.

T- Shocked how good it was from the first sip. Just the perfect counter balance of roasted goodness of a stout with the funky flavor of a sour. It works so well! Reminds me of a dark sour Jolly Pumpkin does but this one is better.

M- Very pleasant mouthfeel and just right for this beer. Not the creamy, silky feel of a stout but I think the thinner texture works better for this beer.

O- The surprise of the day. I was not expecting to have a sour, funky stout this good. Great job Jester King!

Aug 04, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this one really took me by surprise. expecting an enormous oak heavy full bodied wild stout, akin to something like tart of darkness, i was totally wrong. its so light in body, not bitter at all from the roast, minimal viscosity, and really pretty clean finishing, borderline refreshing for what it is, and totally different than other wild stouts. might even be a stretch to call it that. dark in color with an average head, i am taken aback by its runny texture, not rich or syrupy at all. the nose shows lemony lacto pretty intensely, but also notes of brett, oak, vanilla and bourbon. the barrel has influenced this quite a bit. lemony citrus all through the taste, and less roasted character than i am used to in a stout, more of a dry cocoa thing, not quite as bitter, but definitely dark. i may have enjoyed black metal more, the bourbon barrel, while adding a ton of flavor, i dont think all the way jives with the sourness. the sweet vanilla seems to be fighting the bacteria cultures, and never really resolves itself. complicated set of flavors on this one, and i like it a lot, very different from anything else out there. more carbonation would be helpful, but maybe then it would even be too light. curious to see how this one evolves in the cellar over time.

Jun 30, 2014
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