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Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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English Imperial Stout meets the Franco-Belgian Farmhouse tradition in this dry, drinkable beer; Pitch black in color with notes of chocolate, roasted and black malts coupled with earthy, peppery and floral farmhouse esters.

Note: This Farmhouse version replaced the original Black Metal Imperial Stout when Jester King switched to a farmhouse yeast for all beers. The original bottles feature a small Jester King sticker on the neck; newer bottles do not have this sticker and say "Farmhouse" in small print on the label.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (106) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
When I opened the bottle it was like open the seventh gate to hell, as there was a lot of pressure, and the room was filled with a lovely, roasty mindnumbing smell. The bootle oozes from bitterness and evil, but I also catch a fresh and alert smell. This baby just can’t wait to land a dirty blastbeat on your tongue. The taste is reminiscent of the Swedish beverage "Julmust", which don’t make sense to you if you are not Swedish, but sligthly behind there is classic stout flavors coming along, roasted malts, a little coffe, chocolate bitterness but also a hint of salty liquorice. The aftertaste is semi-dry and a little sour (I guess from the farmhouse yeast) and it is quite refreshing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6260) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Big deep dark brown almost black head. Body is opaque dark, like the soul of a satan rocker. Earthy roasty chocolatey aroma, quite dense, with soot and wild berry notes, and possibly traces of something funky. Sweet roasty sooty chocolatey taste with fruity wild berry and bubblegum notes. Full-bodied. Soft and kind of flat mouthfeel, with a hot, almost burning sensation. Sweetish, and faintly acidic, roasty earthy burnt aftertaste with alcoholic coffee notes. The burnt alcoholic mineraly finish lingers for a long time. Well. This is not a session beer, that’s for sure. And it’s certainly complex. (0.75l bottle, from wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5495) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with large dark beige head. Salty roasted malt aroma, some coffee. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3105) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a thick, inky black. Khaki head of foam with excellent retention. The aroma is roasty, peppery, spicy, molasses, nuts. The taste is sweet and spicy. Thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1003) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle, batch 15. Pours pitch black with an enormous chocolate coloured head. Aroma is malt with tobacco, chocolate, wooden barrels and a nice funkiness. Velvety creamy body with very soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet and malty with cocoa, leather and oak barrels, as well as some dark fruity yeast funk.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5985) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Honestly, even though there is a whole nother sour version of this, one could consider this a sour stout. tart and peppery aroma, atop layers of roasted malt, dark fruit, licorice, alcohol... Good enough and intriguing enough to make me really want to try the regular...which ironicaly, i thought this was. "

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (921) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Opaque black beer with a large brown head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, coffee, spices, red berries and herbs. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, herbs, citrus, coffee and spices. Wow, super balanced beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with a large light brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate notes is very enticing. Taste is a well balanced mix between some roasted malt with some notes of chocolates and some light fruity notes. Body has a full boy with a nice creamy mouthfeel with no apparent alcohol. Well balanced with super good drinkability and smooth aftertaste which may be due to farmhouse yeast makes for a great late-night stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (1473) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2014
From notes, consumed 8/24/2013. 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated March 2013, batch 13. Black with two fingers of fluffy dark tan head. No lacing. Aromas of floral hops, roast, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, yeast and funk. Tastes of roast, nutty notes, dark chocolate, slight tartness, yeast and funk. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Pretty interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Deep dark brew, roast, chocolate , slight burnt, very rich, alcohol warmth, not for timid. Very good imperial stout.


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