Viking Metal
Jester King Brewery

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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Smoked Beer
Ranked #14
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,806
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 11.72%
Ratings:
149
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 15, 2021
Added:
Apr 29, 2013
Wants:
  50
Gots:
  17
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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4.16 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on Mar 15, 2021
 
4.06 by kjkinsey from Texas on Feb 11, 2021
 
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a golden yellow color and a mostly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An unusual aroma of smoke, citrus fruit, malt, an herbal quality, a funky, yeasty quality, and gin.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish, very fleeting), a tinge of juniper, a good shot of the advertised smokiness, a decent bit of the funky, yeasty quality, a little gin, and some citrus fruit (lemon, orange). This is an oddball flavor, but somehow it works. The citrus is more powerful than the juniper, but they mix well with the smoke.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer won't please everyone, but if you want something unusual, check it out. Drinkable.

Nov 12, 2019
 
4.1 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Aug 21, 2019
 
4 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 14, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Jslove from Colorado

Blend #3, Nov 2018

This beer is as advertised. Without going into great detail, the look and mouthfeel are there. The nose and taste are a wonderful balance of juniper, cedar, and smoke with a velvety cool finish.

More accessible, although not better, than Gotlandsdricka. Brilliant. Perhaps not for everyone, but a farmhouse that’s not to be missed in my opinion. Jester King never disappoints in this style.

Apr 23, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

Blend #1.
Feb 2013.
Alc/Vol 7.4%.
FG 0.999.
IBU 16.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a slightly hazy, golden body with some lacing. Nose of light to medium smoke, slight botanicals, lemon, and a bit of funk. Taste of lemon, slight orange, slight smoke, and gin; almost like a smoky, fizzy gin cocktail that I may have had in the past. Very interesting, refreshing, and not too smoky. Fairly nice mouthfeel and would never, ever turn this down if it was within my grasp. Cheers to Austin and especially Sir John R. for the hookup so long ago!

Apr 14, 2019
 
4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Mar 17, 2019
 
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 05, 2019
 
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Feb 16, 2019
 
2.26 by dankabier1 from Colorado on Feb 09, 2019
 
3.17 by Rangerjak from Texas on Feb 02, 2019
 
4.43 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jul 28, 2018
 
4.38 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Apr 28, 2018
 
4.25 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky on Mar 25, 2018
 
4.31 by Kurmaraja from California on Feb 09, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

This almost looks like a NE-IPA. Opaque orange with a fuzzy, mild white blanket clinging to the glass in wavy mounds.

Smell is lightly smoky with cheesy funk, gin, wild mint and herbal botanics.

Dry and tart, flavor starts with charred lemon transitioning through a medium, frothy soft body to tangy blackberry-mint with a light smoke and charred, spiced oak, becoming more crisp with time.

This is probably my favorite smoked beer of theirs, as the gin really helps to lighten and brighten up the overall beer with unique popping accents that develop complexity and keep it from becoming the meaty gut bomb of smoke and ash tray that some smoked beers devolve into.

2017 vintage

Nov 06, 2017
 
4.08 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 28, 2017
 
4.35 by tbryan5 from Louisiana on Oct 08, 2017
 
3.75 by vfgccp from New York on Sep 23, 2017
 
3.94 by sd123 from Georgia on Sep 16, 2017
 
3.8 by mig100 from Texas on Sep 02, 2017
 
2.86 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Aug 26, 2017
 
3.5 by Matt141 from Texas on Aug 26, 2017
 
3.81 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Aug 11, 2017
 
3.36 by IrishColonial from Texas on Aug 08, 2016
 
3.96 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Oct 07, 2015
 
4 by Jpepe08 from Vermont on Jul 19, 2015
 
3.5 by baybum from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2015
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2.66/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Rifugium from North Dakota

Really messy beer with a lot of clashing elements. Smokey, sour, BandAids. And if that weren't enough, an unpleasant gin flavor underneath. Pretty gross.

Mar 15, 2015
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3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

This beer was harsh and off putting. I don't need smooth beers, but the aftertaste needs to make me not regret drinking this beer. Made it a challenge to drink my glass and made finishing the bottle not possible. I was not a fan.

Mar 15, 2015
 
3.38 by kbuzz from North Carolina on Mar 14, 2015
 
3.75 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin on Jan 12, 2015
 
4.02 by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin on Jan 10, 2015
 
3.73 by Kramerwtmf from California on Jan 09, 2015
 
4.25 by PatrickInAustinTx from Texas on Nov 16, 2014
 
4.5 by nathanmiller from New York on Oct 29, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

Sour, smokey, salty. It's really good.................................................................................................................

Oct 20, 2014
 
3.75 by Kmlund from Massachusetts on Oct 17, 2014
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 149 ratings