Viking Metal | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GreatBloomer on 04-29-2013

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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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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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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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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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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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Viking Metal from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 135 ratings