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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout | Jester King Brewery

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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged StoutFunk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Photo of kemoarps
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.18/5  rDev -23.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Clonies720
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: two finger khaki-colored head. Beer is so dark it practically absorbs the light

Aroma: Sourness, chocolate, coffee, toasty, and a velvety smooth aroma. As it warms up, a light pleasant citrus scent comes to life.

Taste: Quite more sour than actual Imperial Stout. And I mean the sourness takes more of the palate here, with the flavors of an Imperial Stout being underlying. It is fairly sweet, but the sourness cuts into it.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and creamy. Light-medium carbonation. Clocks in at medium body.

Overall: It's an odd, rarely seen type of brew even in the vast world of craft beer, but this is just insanely refreshing and light. Dangerously drinkable for an 8.2% ABV. I paired this with a lemon bundt cake with icing, and the duo is an absolute dynamic!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a deep, black color with a tan head - exactly as expected. However, this is where things take a detour from the traditional. The aroma is extremely funky, with some very tart fruit notes and some oak, roasted malt and a little chocolate. The flavor is similar, with a lot of tartness and some vinegar notes, complimented by the expected notes of chocolate, coffee and heavily roasted malts. Surprisingly, all of this works together fairly well. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at CBC 2016. Dark brown pour. Sour, dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. Right up my alley.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to koufax21 for bringing this to March Madness 2013!

Pours out a thinner black, brown and ruby red color, not dissimilar to Tart of Darkness, but dare I say even more impressive looking than one of my favorite beers (I should warn you, there will probably be at least one more ToD reference in this review)?

Good lactic sourness it seemed in the aroma. Like, all sour.

Taste, pungent sourness, gritty malt sticks to the teeth with the brett possibly that is part of this, I would think so. Goes with the dark fruit vibe, but instead of tiresome things like figs, prunes, raisins etc. . . you get black cherry, blackberry, sweet plum. grape. After all of that, you can discern some roasted malt aspect, but its in the background, as it should be a little bit with this mash up.

Mouthfeel remains sour throughout, you can start to think they flash burned the barrel, the smallest smoke contingent gets in there. If I had a bunch of these, this would be a good sour to take camping I'm thinking.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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