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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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:

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Fall 2012
Heady Topper stemless wine glass

A: Pours pretty much pitch black. There are some reddish hues on edges as it thins out. Some lacing on glass is left on the glass from the slightly tan colored head.

S: As for the smell, I am getting straight up Tootsie roll here. It's like a blend of chocolate, cherry cola, and cocoa. I am getting some tart cherry, slight but there. Not as pronounced as in Tart of Darkness.

T: Interesting. Certainly different than ToD. This is more stout like, in body smell and flavor. Tart cherry sweetness is still there first. But then you are getting that milk chocolate cocoa like character. Which really seems to own the beer more so than the sour. I like the blend here. Someone dry finish, with the tart cherry cola aspect going on.

M: Medium bodied.

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

A pitch black with a dark head and small bubbles
S very tart smell with cocoa
T heavily tart up front with a funkiness and aok flavor. The aftertaste carries a heavy cocoa chocolate flavor
M smooth and thick with a very nice carbonation
O I like this beer a lot. I loved it when it was sour black metal, I don't love this one as much but it's still really nice. Very cool to have a sour stout but I'd like it to be a little less bitter.

I noticed after this beer had been out for a while and warmed up the bitterness totally dropped off and it was much more like the first time I had it. Much more smooth and tart. Very nice. The next bottle I drink ill let it warm up a bit.

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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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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 LeeryLeprechaun
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a black color, no highlights when held to the light. Head is off brown and becomes a lace around the glass.

Aroma is of medium roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some acid pops through on the aroma.

Taste starts of sweet, some chocolate in the middle, and a sour finished with a somewhat harsh roast. This makes the finish clash somewhat.

Beer is full bodied.

Overall this is an interesting beer. It is nice to see someone souring a beer other than a belgian gold.

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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 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 MattSweatshirt
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, wow, can we take a second and peep the artwork here? Yeah. Bootsy.

Pouring this beer is almost as magnificent. It comes out a dark brown, but fills the glass with a black body and a long lasting fluffy tanned head. The bottle conditioning works wonders on the look of the head with no big bubbles present. Despite being refrigerated for a few days it slowly gushed out but with a glass handy it is easily taken care of and the head doesn’t get out of control.

Lots of sour beer characteristics are present here sitting atop the stout qualities. Vinegar, granny smith apple, vinous, cherry and oak aromas are there along with some slight roast and chocolate.

It continues to be dominated by the sour aspects in the taste, but you definitely know it is a stout with plenty of roasted coffee flavor. The tartness is entirely mild and makes for an easy drinking beer. The melding of the sourness to the stout is spot on. The interplay is wonderful. A wave of tart sour beer hits at first with the vinegary/tart apple and vinous flavor leading into a roastiness and a big woody barrel presence takes over at the end. More chocolate is present as it warms which puts it over the top for me. The nose is dominated more by the sour aspects but on the taste the stout qualities become more apparent.

Despite the gushing after opening the carbonation is surprisingly subdued and lends itself to a nice velvety mouth feel. The beer is medium bodied. It is drying and leaves lots of oaky flavor lingering in the mouth. The delicious flavor and the great feel of this beer lend itself to an amazing drinkability.

I’ve had most JK offerings and this here is a homerun. Like Eli, they did it.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SA - Pours opaque with noticeable yeast sediment. The head light brown with medium retention. Lacing is uneven but sticky and plentiful.

S - The nose opens up roasted and sour. There seems the be just a bit of sweet and creaminess but not much. Its mostly sour fruits.

T - Sourness takes front stage with roasted malts on the side. In the back ground you get oak smokiness and undertones of alcohol. The sourness is mostly encompassed by granny smith apples and white grapes. Overall the taste is pungent but desirable and very interesting.

M - Soft, a little creamy but with little carbonation. Could use a little more fizz.

O - Very interesting. I could see myself buying this again. If you love sour beers this one will not disappoint.

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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 wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Can't get enough...of that funky stuff!"

If anyone knows me, they know I'm a man who likes my funk, in both music and beer. So when one of my favorite local breweries, Jester King, hit their already-awesome Black Metal with some bugs and barrels, you know this mama-jama gotsta sip some slow, ya dig? Awww yeahhhh.

Funk Metal opens with a slow gush and fills the Jester King snifter with a dark, cola brown body and a mocha head to match. Excellent retention to the foam. The nose is excellent, brimming with big aromas of sour dark fruit (plum, cherry, grape), light vinegar, and a barrel-rich woodiness. Sharp and intricate, with a light roast from the dark malts lingering in the background.

The flavor is first and foremost a barrel-aged wild ale, and almost a belgian dark ale second. A nice biting acidity greets the tongue but is more funky than sour. Barrels, dark fruit, roast, and vinegar ride the back of the palate with ease. Such a great blend. Body is light and effervescent. Some lingering barrel wood and dryness on the back of the palate is all that keeps the mouthfeel from higher marks--something I didn't notice on tap at the Funk & Sour Fest. Looks like Jester King has found their mojo in a big way after some lackluster releases!

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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 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 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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Funk Metal Sour Barrel-Aged Stout from Jester King Brewery
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