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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout | Jester King Brewery

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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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with dark roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with only a mild sourness and more emphasis on the stout flavors. There is a mild amount of roasty and woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the flavors don't match up in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's with impeccable smoothness and high complexity that Jester King pulls off the roasty elements of stout and with the acute acidity of sour- but doing so without conflict is not yet seen in these Flanders-inspired stouts.

The pop of the cap seems ordinary until a late build-up of foam overtakes the bottle; in other words, have your glasses handy! Pouring an eruptive ale, the beer's light mocha foam easily reaches the rim with nearly half of the glass beer- the other half bubbles. Suprisingly light on lace, the beer recedes evenly as sour ales should.

Sharp tart aroams of sour cherries, under ripened berries, light cider, vinegar, and dry wine all entice the nose with savory and sour notes that intertwine. Lurking not so far behind are the stout roast of campfire, coffee, and charred woods. The beer is certainly dry and vinous to the nose as any sweet hints are low lying and recessed far in the backdrop.

The savory sourness strikes the early palate with black cherry, crab apples, blackberry, currant, and red grape- these fruits all seem seared by mesquite fired woods and release a tangy sweetness that wraps around the taste buds like aged red wine. It's both delicate and bold in taste, which points to its sheer complexity. Mild roast flavors are smooth like cold pressed coffee and add to the sense of grilled fruits to the esters involved.

Medium-dry on the palate, the bounce of early carbonation actually evades the beer relatively quickly and causes the acidity, dryness, and char to act on its own- and surprisingly it does! Light sweetness and just enough of a cushion of powder, airiness, and ash levitates the beer across the tongue, allowing vague textures of acid and tannin to finish. It's quite an amazing little beer that does so many direction at once, but with out loosing focus.

With very few sour stouts to reflect upon- Funk Metal gives me what's best about oude bruins, but elebated the "bruin" part to moderate roast and keeping the "oude" part maturely sour and earthen throughout. This is simply a masterpiece of a beer!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with light retention Aroma of sour tart notes with light roasted malt notes that are also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by tart and sour notes with light acidic notes and some light dry roasted malt with light vinous notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Pretty enjoyable even though soured stout are not something I look for on a regular basis.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into stemware at Jester King's tasting room. 8.20% ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes taken in September 2013. Cost was $6.00 USD per 8 oz pour. "Sour BA stout."

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3 finger wide head of lovely khaki-tan colour. Great creaminess and thickness. Plump and supple. Nice soft complexion. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about five minutes.

Body colour is a solid opaque black. Not quite a jet black, but very dark. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Grape fruit. Chocolate malt/cocoa notes. Pediococcus-induced bacterial sourness. Hazelnut. Cream. Some acetic character. Not real tart. Bready and crusty malts.

I'm not getting any rich oaky notes. No hops or alcohol are detectable.

A generally pleasant aroma of mild strength. It doesn't seem alive. Sourness seems quite tame. I do get a hint of brettanomyces yeast when I look for it, but there's not an overt funkiness here.

T: Dark red grape notes. Acetic character. Bready malts redolent of leavened pie crust. Dark malts. Chocolate malts and cocoa powder are present, but clash with the grape fruit. Actually the rape fruit note is the worst part of the beer and clashes with the rest of the build. Sourness is just pediococcus - no lambicus yeast, lactobacillus bacteria, or funky brettanomyces. No hop presence at all. Alcohol is noticeable but it isn't boozy or hot. A kiss of wet cardboard suggests subpar conditioning.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Flavour intensity is on the low side of average. It's a fair cohesion, but it isn't a gestalt build; the sourness and stout notes are not combined as well as they ought to be. It just doesn't come together like it should, and doesn't feel seamlessly layered. Decent complexity, but it lacks subtlety. Has a strange herbal/medicinal note on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Decently carbonated. Fair thickness and body. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or astringent. The texture does the job, but it's not a perfect companion to the taste. I do think the softness is nice; I wans't expecting that.

Dr: Drinkable enough. I don't really understand this beer's impeccable reputation, but it's a nice attempt at an emerging style, and I always like to see more breweries throwing their hats into the sour stout ring. It has room for improvement. If I got it again, it'd have to be at or below this price point. I like it, but don't love it. Hides its ABV pretty well.

Low B-

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Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Jester King goblet.

Pours a very dark brown color with a layer of creamy off white head. Lots of sour notes in the smell, but there is a strong chocolate component as well. Just a touch of vinegar. The taste is quite sour but not at all abrasive. Lots of sour vinegar notes but not particularly funky. The finish is tart with a mild smoke notes. Everything works well together in this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to Apostlebrewing, shared with rudzud and others.

Light fizzy dark head, some legs, pitch black.

Nose super dark malts, powdered chocolate, nice sour almost lambic like sour wild, great liquid bourbon aroma, toasty dusty oak,

Taste great dark stout, sour flavours again light wild lambic like, wild slight funky sour, powdered cocoa, light vanilla toasty barrel. Finish is dry but sticky sweet, nice sour lacto like creamy sour, little flemmy and slightly acidic, hint of dark sour malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, sticky flemmy feel.

Overall great beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Batch 1, bottled in Fall 2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, oak, clove, hay, straw, vinegar, musty funk, leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, oak, and acidic yeast ester flavors; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, oak, clove, hay, straw, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, oak, clove, vinegar, straw, hay, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted malt, oak, and acidic yeast ester flavors; with a great balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly acidic/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome sour imperial stout. All around great balance and complexity of roasted malt, oak, and lactic yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Served in Jester King stemware (thanks Michael). The beer is a near black shade with an oily beige head. The aroma is quite interesting. Dark fruits, plum, brett, oak, sour cherry, rye bread. Intense sour with an overly ripe sour cherry flavor. Lactic mouthfeel with a puckering finish. Roast and stout character is overwhelmed by the wild ale component. That said, I don't mind the imbalance that much. Intriguing and interesting. A nice sipper.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Big khaki head. Nice lacing. Black body. Good surface foam.

Smell - Lots of roast. One dimensional roast with a little bit of acidity.

Taste - Some dark fruit presence. Dark malts. Roasty. Builds to a sour finish. Clean sourness, but it doesn't have a lot going on.

Mouthfeel - Slightly sour. Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Decent for a sour stout. Not a great deal can be done with a sour stout, I think.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
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

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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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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with friends for the bruins game. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark black hue with a quarter inch head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of sour almost cherries and chocolate with nice roast malts. Not too bad at all.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with lots of nice sour funk and light fruit with good faint stout notes. Very well done and a good balance of both sour and roast.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice with a good amount pf carbonation for the style.

O - Overall this was a good beer with nice cross platform. Aspects. Solid and drinkable glad I shared it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.12.13

A - Gusher! Pours a dark brown with a fizzy brown head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Funky, cherry, ripe fruit.

T - Funky cherry, red-wine, strong wood.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tart and dark cherry, strong wood lingers for a bit.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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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Photo of drpimento
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served with a nice tan head that settles to a ring. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is tart, roast, fruit. Flavor's largely tart with only a bare suggestion of stout. Body is a little on the thin side and again little like a stout. Finish is like flavor, on the short side, and I'm not so much a fan.

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Photo of claspada
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown coca-cola looking color with a foamy dark khaki head that recedes to leave some decent, soapy lacing.

Aromas begin with dark cherries, dark berries, apple cider and vinegar. As it warms you get some roasty char, espresso and oak.

The tastes begin with a savory sourness that I was not expecting; highlighted by dark black cherries, red apple, blackberry, currant and red vinious notes. As it warms you get more and more burnt woodiness, espresso roasted malts and some tangy sweet unripened berries.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is fairly dry with a persistent acidity and light roasted/char flavor profile.

Overall this reminds me a lot of the Melange No 1 flavor profile, albeit much lighter and more drinkable. The savory, roasty flavors throw off the flavors for me a little. I like but I don't love it.

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Photo of champ103
3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks willandperry!

Appearance. Pours a dark brown, almost black with two fingers of thick tan head that has great retention.

Smell. Tart berries and cocoa powder, funky old barrel wood, a bit of coffee, and a very slight smokiness.

Taste. Tart, sour berries and cocoa, some barrel wood and dark roasty malts with lingering dry cocoa and a little coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, low amount of soft and smooth carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff. For some reason, a sour stout never sounds appealing but this is a fine beer. Great flavours that work well together.

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

Enjoyed from a jester king snifter. bottle was explosive and a gusher shortly after open. beer poured deep black with massive fizzy tan head that fizzed away relatively quick. smell is sour berries. Taste is nice tart berry. Soft but subtle prickle in the mouth. Really nice sour. A bit fizzy, but fairly enjoyable. Not overly sour. Kind of like the purple sweet tart. Cheers

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Why stop at oak and lactobacillus? Why not force an endangered animal to bathe in it, or add enough nutmeg to cause a large man to vomit while seeing god? The Scottish would go all the way. Brewdog would add literal gasoline and package the beer in the skull of a California Condor. They wouldn’t puss out with simple style-bending and racially uncomfortable artwork.

Sometimes you crash over the edge, my friends, and sometimes the edge comes crashing over you. In this case it’s most definitely the former. And the latter.

This tastes like a fucking bass line, like something that makes you dance in spite of yourself. Everyone around you is busy crying because grandma’s tumor just burst and you—you sick monster—you’re shaking your ass as if getting paid to do so. The brett and bacteria are at first almost too tart but then comes the rounded cocoa nodes of a fine sweet stout, rounding up everything almost goddamn perfectly.

(Full review at: http://mynie.com/?p=66)

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

Shared with my doppelganger on his wedding day prior to getting ready for the festivities! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was compromised of sweet malt, roasted malt, fruit, earth, sour, funk, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, sour, tart, funk, roasted malt, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The tart and sour twist on this one was actually quite nice on the base brew. This made it quite drinkable and enjoyable throughout the glass. Wish this were readily available in my area so I could crush this daily! Definitely worth your time!

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