Viking Metal
Jester King Brewery

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Smoke Beer
Ranked #6
Ranked #6,141
4.05 | pDev: 11.6%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 146 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Jslove
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of bobv
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Rifugium
2.66/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of DVMin98
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

2013 Batch #1. Have been sitting on this awhile. Got in a trade from my buddy Videofrog.

Decent head. A bit of smoke on the nose with some florally goodness.

Nice and tart up front, and then you really get the gin in the back which lingers.

I really enjoyed this one. Another fine offering from our friends at JK. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I shared this with my buddy Dave, who loves both smoked beers and wild ales. Here goes!

Served in my Jester King wine glass (Thanks Michael).

The beer is a hazy golden / copper hue with an inch or so of off-white head. The aroma has so much going on...smoke, funk, grass, hay, white wine, tart fruits, apples, oak. The complexity definitely carries over to the flavor profile. An armada of bold flavors. Yikes! Saison characteristics with earthy and herbal notes. Medium to full bodied with a tangy, tart finish. Smoke and oak character throughout. An interesting and complex beer for sure.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.31.14
Blend # Feb 2013

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fluffy off-white head with good retention.

S- CItrus, orange, carndy, oak and pine.

T- Silky soft citrus and oak, then a tart gin-pine finish.

D - Good carbonation wtih a light body. Silk smooth with a tart finish.

O - NIce flavors that bounce off of each other well.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend 1, bottled in 2/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, tart green apple, juniper, pear, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wood, smoke, rye, leather, herbal, white wine, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, oak, juniper, and light smoke notes; with good strength. Taste of tart green apple, lemon zest, juniper, pear, pepper, clove, white wine, oak, rye, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, light vinegar, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart green apple, lemon zest, pear, white wine, clove, pepper, oak, leather, hay, straw, rye, light smoke, musty funk, light vinegar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak, juniper, light smoke, and malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked saison style. All around great balance and complexity of tart fruity/spicy/funky yeast, juniper, light smoke, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Blend #1 Feb 2013
Jester King glassware

A: Pours very clear bright yellow color. Thin layer of bright white loose bubbled head. Leaving some sticky lacing. Great carbonation.

S: Definitely smell that dry funky JK nose. Light smoke. Some juniper berry is there. Some spice for sure.

T: Nice hit of funky smoked flavor right away. It's a very light campfire where the original Gotlandsdricka was more pronounced. Middle of the mouth is where you get that flaked rye spice mixing with the wheat creaminess. Rounds the mouth. Add in that juniper berry flavor. Very interesting. Dry finish as to be expected. Very palatable. As it warms really pulling more of that gin character which I like a lot.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this one from jester king. a smoked pilsener sour? this is a reall interesting combination of flavors here. hazy pale straw in color with an inch or so of big white head. the nose is lactic and lemony, with notes of smoke to the rauchbier extent, bizarre aromatic experience. pilsener and wheat malts present themselves behind the smoke in the taste, and the sourness only comes in late. I can see where people say bandaid flavors here, but I don't get that, its the acid. the smoke is robust, not subtle at all, huge. such an odd mix of flavors, the pilsener malts are light, but the smoke makes them heavy. the carbonation is intense, and the sour vibe makes it almost caustic or prickly on the palate. overall a one of a kind beer that is either love it or hate it, very polarizing, but I fall on the love it side, this is a challenging brew, and I love to be challenged. i will say this though, for being brewed with juniper and aged in gin barrels, I don't really get a whole lot of that in here. its subtle, maybe the only thing subtle about this brew, and I think it works nicely as such.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden color with a thin head. Slow bubbles trickle up the glass. Smells sweetly floral, smokey, with some funk and barrel. Taste is delicious, but a little less complex than in the nose. Lots of tartness. Starts sweet and finishes dry. I don't know how much gin I get in this, to be honest. Floral. Mouthfeel could ideally be a little more prickly. Medium body. Tasty.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend #1 FEB 2013

Pours out of the bottle a hazy golden yellow with a finger of soapy white head that retains and laces well for a sour beer.

The smoke is diminished greatly from the base Gotlandsdricka, but is still there in the forefront. A touch of residual gin character, souring bacteria, spice, and a field aroma which is probably coming from the amalgam of wild/brett yeast and plant matter.

The taste mirrors nicely, but with the added angle of being able to taste the sourness which is more middle of the road. Big smoke, herbal, funky.

The beer is well carbonated, but doesn't tax the palate. There is a slight thinness to the body. Drinks smooth and super easy. Come off dry, but mouthwatering at the same time.

This is a definite step up for the Gotland beer. This is pulled off nicely.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Brewery. From notes:

Golden orange in color.

Smells of belgian yeast, faint brett, orange, lemon and faint smoke and herb.

Oh boy it's tart and dry and tangy. Has sharp lemon and then some juniper comes out. Has a slight bitterness. Butterscotch and a panoply of fruit juices interplay. Has a slightly chalky and salty aftertaste.

Way complex and unique light-bodied beer with all the flavors working well together but maintinging distint whithin themselves.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Blend 1. Bottled 2/2013.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, smoke, herb, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sour smoke and botanical flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of interesting aromas and flavors that are quite unique.

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Photo of GreatBloomer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Went to Draught House last Friday for the Viking Metal premiere along with the Jester King owner. Poured into a snifter. This beer is a twisted version of Gotlandsdricka but barrel aged in gin.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color. Thin and laced one-finger head.

Aroma: Starts off with an spicy, herbal, and earthy aroma, similarly to Pilnser with smoked malts. It develops into fresh cut grass and lemon - a tang of fruit.

Taste: It is like delicious, smoked ribs in liquid form. A strange type of bitterness that is hop-like in nature, but tastes as though it comes from a different source - flaked rye, A pleasant, easy-to-drink taste.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated but the taste blends in well from start to finish.

Overall: Definitely a beer to drink often over summer when it's hot in Austin.

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