Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout | Jester King Brewery

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

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

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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Photo of J_Dub
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black as black can be with a dark tan head. Minimal head but plenty of lacing.

S- A wonderful mixture of roasted malt and sour grapes. There is some of the characteristic roasted coffee and chocolate aroma you get with a traditional stout but the sour quality takes over quickly.

T- Wow. I'm sitting here sipping on my glass and it's hard to steal myself away long enough to give a proper review. The tastes follows the nose. Tartness right up front. Next you get just a slight roasted quality you expect from a stout but this quickly gives way to tart grapes/cherries. The aftertaste brings back the roasted malts with a slight sour lingering. Fantastic.

M- Mouthfeel like you would expect from a sour. Tart starts up front immediately and continues all the way through. Bitter finish that reminds you this is still a stout.

I can't do this brew justice with just my meager description. I wasn't really a sour beer lover until I visited Jester King but they have won me over. Somehow they have managed to bring together two completely different types of beer and have done it superbly well. The price and availability (I was even told by employees they aren't making this brew anymore!) keeps this from being something I can try regularly but if you see this on the shelves get as many bottles as you can.

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Photo of thatche2
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of jbeezification
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Per the bottle and instructions from Jeff at Jester King this bottle should be refrigerated for 24 hours before opening to reduce carbonation. The bottle I am reviewing was not refrigerated for any more than 3 hours from purchase to pour so mine was a gusher.

750 ml bottle poured into a (512) Snifter.

Lots of foamy, fluffy tan head that settles well but does not disappear completely.
The beer itself is black, a definite stout. I got an instant sour berry smell followed by some oak and slight chocolate. Very pleasing. Taste is very tart, yet a good malt and coffee finish which is very well balanced and very very good. This is surprisingly well balanced for such a mixture of styles. I had never had a sour imperial stout before but I can't imagine it being done better.

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Photo of DRyan
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Jester King tulip glass, served at 50 degrees

A: Looks pretty much just like the Black Metal; dark with a deep tan head that was very vigorous (overflowed the bottle when I popped the cap) but settled quickly and receded to just a thin outline on the top of the beer. The head laces very nicely and while it receded from the vigorous initial head quickly, the small “outline” hung out for quite a while
S: Up front is strong sour scent, citrus fruits, with an underlying roasty body with almost some dark fruit smell hanging out in the background.
T: Hits you right up front with a very pronounced, strong sour, which then receds to the roasty, coffee-like body of the beer. I was pretty sure I was going to like the flavor, but damn! is it nice!!! I love the balance between the heavy, thick, stout and the much lighter feeling sour flavor; easily my favorite Jester King stout so far, and probably my favorite JK sour… I’d have to have another bottle of Boxer’s Revenge side by side to be sure, but I think this is the best thing I’ve had from JK.
M: Again, it’s that combination of things. The stout brings a very smooth and velvety quality to the feel, but the sour brings a zestiness and light zing to it. Hard to classify but easy to love.
D: I will have no problem putting down this 750ml by my self in not a whole lot of time, actually, I’m going to have to pace myself to enjoy it because I could only find 3 bottles of this, and the other two are going to age for a while before I dig into it again. Fine job, Jester King, fine job indeed.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jester King Funk Metal

A- black with 2-3 finger caramel head.

T- Tart cherries, currants, blackberries, plum, leather, slight balsamic sweetness. Roasted coffee and chocolate finish.

M- slightly sticky, moderate carbonation. Nice lingering stout aftertaste.

O- Excellent! Think chocolate covered cherries.

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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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Photo of jwchestnut
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up when visiting the brewery and couldn't be happier with it. Consumed on 1/5/14 in a snifter.

A - black, black, black, black

S - tart cherries, not overly sour, chocolate, toffee, oak, balsamic

T - initially tart and a little sour, then cocoa in the middle and back of the mouth - as it warms and i drink more i'm getting more tart oakiness, cherries, sherry, balsamic, granny smiths - yet all the while over a sweet and smooth stout base - no hints of booze

M - it looks thicker than it is - medium-ish

0 - really quite impressed with this one - a beautiful marriage between two seemingly polar opposites. would have again for sure.

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Photo of gtermi
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: The body pours a dark black body with a thin tan head and quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: At first it smells like Das Wunderkind with the sourness, but then after a second I really start to pick up the imperial stout characteristics, like roasted malt, some chocolate and a little bit sweetnes.

T: Wow I didnt know what to expect with this beer, but I have to say this is amazing. The flavors mix perfectly together with the sourness strong at first, but then as that starts to fade, the roasted malt starts to shine. The two go hand in hand and just mix like peanut butter and jelly.

M: The beer goes down super easy and has a nice thin body. There isnt much tingle on the back of the throat like I get from most sours.

O: This my favorite beer created by Jester King. The flavor is just like nothing else that I have tasted and just almost imposible to describe how delicious this is. I am glad that I have bought a few bottles, cant wait to see what it does with some age on it.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light brown head that looks like pancake batter bubbling on a griddle.

Smells sour cherries, stout.

Taste is sour up front then fades to malt. Leather, dark chocolate after taste, the sourness adds a nice complexity to this stout. Tobacco and barrel taste as it warms. I'm not used to the juxtapositions of sour and stout. It works well.

This is a unique brew. I’ll have another.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz bottle into a stemless tulip pint. No visible bottling or best-by date.

Look- Pours a deep ruby brown with three fingers of crackly beige head. Excellent lacing.

Smell- Wow, that's unique. And in a good way. Chocolate milk, roasted pine nuts, white wine, pear cider. Raspberry, oak, vanilla, and a bit of leather emerge as it warms.

Taste- Bracingly sour, barely tempered by a robust roasty-toasty flavor that slowly asserts itself after the swallow. Primary flavors are cherry pie, blackberry/red raspberry, toasted biscuit, cola, espresso, and mocha, in that order. Smooth transition from tart, juicy flavors on the sip through the mellow choclaty finish with a hint of red wine and wood. Superb.

Mouthfeel- Assertive acidity at first, medium body, extremely fine but present carbonation. Dry, clean finish. Smooth, soft feel. mild mineral on the finish, barely noticeable and very appropriate. Very easy drinking. I probably could have finished the whole bottle myself. Scratch that, I would have if I could have.

Overall- Well, I'm impressed. I've got mixed feelings about JK, and some of their more experimental offerings (such as the one-off mash-ups they offer on tour days) are just a hot mess. This, however, is spot-on. None of the sometimes observed (what I would consider) "undesirable" wild characteristics (dirty feet, horse sweat, asparagus, etc.) are evident. The slightly sweet and well-rounded stout flavors blend perfectly with the not-quite puckery sourness and produce something both unique and delicious. Bravo. I'd like to see more like this. Absolutely, absolutely worth trying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brewtus
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours absolutely black with a single finger tan head that fades quickly.
S- chocolate, blackberries, raspberry, some nice funk, vanilla.
T- smokey, some chocolate, slightly sour throughout, berries, some coffee
M- thiner for a stout, very easy to drink, pretty smooth
O- one of the most unique beers I've had, amazing balance between stout and sour, very smooth texture, tart and roasty. Tons of complex flavors. This is a little over a year old so I'd be curious what it would taste like fresh. Wish I would get another bottle.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to franklinn, poured into a Hill Farmstead.

Pour: Instant gusher... probably the most insane gusher I've seen. Have a glass ready! After that near calamity, great splashy, but midnight black pour with two fingers of khaki head. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Big lactic tartness up front, and a slight balsamic vinegar. Lots of roast and red wine barrel presence. This smells incredible.

Taste: Lots of farmhouse qualities up front: funk and some earth. Gives way to a big lactic tartness, a clean smooth roasted coffee, and lots of red wine. Finishes incredibly smooth and tart, and very dry.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is incredible velvety... tartness is just right, dry finish makes this stout astoundingly refreshing.

Overall: Very well done beer. Body is what makes this a nice stout, but qualities otherwise make this more of a black saison. I'd say this and CD4 are nearly interchangeable, albeit for the mouthfeel.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a thin tan head. Smells of funk, roast, coffee, acid. Taste is pretty sour up front. Funk comes out in the middle with some stout-y flavors. Typical charred, roasty coffee-like flavors aren't as strong as in most stouts. I get more tobacco and leather with cocoa powder than anything in terms of the malts. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is moderate in body with prickly, tiny bubbles. If ever there was an 8.2% stout made for drinking outside on a hot hill country day, this is it.

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Photo of Moerdertaktiken
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into Jester King glass. Very low carbonation, with tiny bubbles that quickly dissapear. Very opaque. Looks as anticipated.

Aroma: Roast, funk, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar. No alcohol detected, no hop presence. Dark fruits.

Taste: Very rounded and tart. Chocolate, roasted malt, raisins and dark fruits dominate the flavor. Very complex.

Overall: Very pleasant and enjoyable beer. It's definitely an interesting take on stout. Even if it weren't sour and had that extra level of complexity and funk, it would be an incredible beer. Well worth a trip to Austin or bottle trade.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Acquired as an extra from Surge1311, thanks dude!!

A- Opened as a gusher. Would not stop foaming from the second I opened it (annoying, -.25 for this). Pours a deep brown body with mahogany highlights. Has a mocha head that reduces quickly to a thin layer of white foam.

S- Tart fruit, red wine, dark cherries, leathery oak, and some coffee in the background.

T- Upfront it's pretty sour - I get fruit skins, red wine vinegar, tart cherries. The stout characteristics are subdued and show up ever so slightly in the follow through - slight coffee and roasty malt. There is also an oaky woodiness mixed in there. The finish is tannic.

M- Takes on the crispness and light body of a good sour.

Wow - this is extremely complex, flavorful, sour, and easy to drink. Has more sour characteristics than stout characteristics, but that's OK because it was very well crafted.

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Photo of ELS
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown almost black pour with a finger o bubbly head. Smells of chocolate, dark roast, a bit of vinegar, lacto sourness and barnyard funk.
Flavor has all the awesomeness of a Chocolatey stout with just the right amount of sourness that hits you up front but allows you to enjoy the actual stout profile.
Medium in body, tart/funky/sour, light carbonation.
Really loving this beer. All the awesomeness o a sour with lots of chocolate and dark roast.

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Photo of jeffaroo95
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blend #5 poured from a 750ml bomber to a snifter.

A: Dark, tan head

S: funk, roasted malt.

T: tartness that carries thru to the finsh, roasted malt and cocoa finish up. very drinkable.

M: medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation

O: A beer that is super unique, definitely recommended.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a thin finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet chocolate malts, sour cherries and other dark fruits, oak, red wine, some light roastiness and lactic acid, and a touch of booze.

T - Sweet chocolate malts, sour cherries, other dark fruits, red wine, oak, some lactic acid, vanilla, hint of black licorice, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Great sour stout. Great overall balance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of lokieman
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip

A: Pours a dark ruby black with an effervescent, foamy head that dissipates down to a quarter inch of creamy, off white head.

S: Smells of dark fruits dipped in vinegar with an underlying roasted note from the malts. Quite an interesting combination...unlike anything I've experienced before.

T: Pungent sourness punches you in the taste buds then a slight sweetness from the dark fruit comes through with an underlying roastiness. The sour notes come back to dominate again in the end with a dry, pungent finish. Excellent stuff...

M: A lot drier than I was expecting. The carbonation gives it an almost champagne feel. Not viscous or cloying at all which is a good thing in this stout's case.

O: Never been a huge fan of sours but this is one sour I can get on board with. The balance between sweet and roasted with sour is superbly executed. So easy to drink and new favorite Jester King beer.

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Photo of genitempo
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark inked body with beige head. Heavy, heavy, heavy lace, very hesitant to dissipate.

S - Soft vinegar and fruity tart hits the nose (Think Spree Candy, but not in an attempt to cheapen the beer). Undertones of roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Very complex. A perfect level of astringency for the robustness of the recipe. Those classic stout flavors flow well into an acidic tongue.

MF - A husky medium. Carbonation is present, but never high-handed.

O - This will be a big pleaser for all those JK sour seekers. Definitely not a gateway brew into the master craft that is Jester King, but a very talented brew nonetheless. Just like when an epic band releases a new album, this is one of those pieces that needs to be revisited and revisited and revisited to appreciate every aspect of this beer. On my initial taste, I have to say, well done.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 1.5-finger frothy, rocky, brown head. Really nice retention and some awesome sheets of lacing. Pours thick and viscous like motor oil. Looks fantastic for an imperial stout.

S – This is where it gets interesting. It has some of the usual stout aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted malt but it also has a distinct aroma consisting of sour cherries and grapes. The smell is very pleasant as the tart aromas pair very well with the dark fruits and chocolate.

T – It starts off sour with cherries, grapes, and apples. As the tartness fades, the usual stout taste shows up with sweet chocolate and some vanilla, as well as bitter roasted malts. This is very unique and very, very tasty.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a tart and mouth-coating feel, and a slightly bitter, sour, and extremely dry finish. Dry bittersweet roasted chocolaty malt lingers for a bit. There isn’t a warmth from the alcohol per se, but the tart acidity lends a bit of a warming character.

O – This beer is fantastically different from anything that I’ve ever had before. It has elements of a good stout but also has great sour aromas and flavors. I never would have thought that a sour stout would be good, but Jester King has proven me very, very wrong. This is a delicious beer and one that I’m extremely glad that I got to try.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a loud hiss, followed by a very slow gush of foam. Pours with a large mocha head that leaves lots of lacing. The color is pitch black.

The smell is full of sour funk when the head is most prominent. The funky smell recedes with the head and becomes much more balanced. I smell some funk undertones with acidic edges. There's some bitter chocolate trying to sneak through.

The flavor starts refreshingly sour which tingles the tong a bit. Then there's a big tart acidic bite that quickly falls. The flavor finishes with roasted grains which is like dark bitter chocolate and lightly roasted coffee.

The feel is lightened by some lively carbonation. However, the carbonation washes away and leaves behind an oily coating that is rich in roast.

Overall, Jester King created a flagship standard for sour stouts. Every aspect of the brew is exemplary. Funk Metal will provide enjoyment to those that have appreciation for sours and stouts.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black, latte colored head with solid lacing for a sour.

S - Roast, chocolate and red wine like acidity.

T - sour fruit, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Perfect balance of tart and stout.

M - Thick, chewy, velvet non lingering finish.

O - exactly what you would think and like nothing else out there.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with light tan head in a Raise Your Pints MS snifter.

Smell is tartly acidic with lots of chocolate and toasted maltiness.

Taste is sweet and tart up front. Cherry and lemon. Toasted malts, chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

Overall this was odd and very delicious. Will definitely buy again if I can find it.

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