Viking Metal | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GreatBloomer on 04-29-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,594
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
135
pDev:
11.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
16
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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 StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Kurmaraja
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.66/5  rDev -33.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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 +5.7%
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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3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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 mrn1ceguy
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Sabtos
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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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Viking Metal from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 135 ratings