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Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at Jester King Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Austin, Texas USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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This beer is now retired. All bottles from Batch 16 onward should be rated under the new Farmhouse Black Metal entry as they are brewed using a wild yeast blend, not the French Saison yeast used in the original Farmhouse Black Metal.

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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (38496) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2013

Bottle 750ml. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG12, Ulfborg.

Clear dark black colour with a large to huge, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, licorice, funky, leather notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licorice, dark malt, chocolate, funky. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft - lively. [20120818]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1342) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle shared by Marcus. Color is black with Brown head. Aroma is smoky and taste is roasted and ashy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Black and diesel-oil consistency, big brown head and sparse lace. Nice aroma, burnt and darkly roasty, coffee and dark chocolate, a little bit of dark fruit. Flavor is wonderful, roasty and burnt flavors are up front, then comes just a touch of dark fruitiness, then chocolate and coffee. There’s a bit of a Belgian note to it, presumably from the yeast, which actually seems to lighten the body just a touch. Although full bodied, I find it surprisingly drinkable. Definitely a tasty one, RIS and farmhouse ale lovers alike might enjoy this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2929) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. This version has a different layer with fruity almost jam like undercurrents. A little dryer, with muted dark chocolates and caramel notes. In my opinion much improved from the original version..

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Jet black with a huge highly carbonated head that fades quickly into a small tan ring. Aroma of roasted malts, spice, funky barnyard, and coffee. Really strange. Flavor is smooth at first with notes of roasted dry coffee and dark chocolate, but transitions into a strange horse blanket/sour finish. I applaud them for trying, but this is just weird.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2013
Very dark brown with a small brown head. malty and roasted tones. Malt, coffee and bitterness. Medium to full body with a long bitter after taste.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JakeSparks (125) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
as with witchmaker, why sour a normal style? i like you jester king, but why sour a solid beer. is different though

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Black with a red hued foam atop. I smell the blackness first with hops second. Funky yeast after. Funky farmhouse is tasted with, again, that blackness. Chocolate and some dark fruit. Big malt notes. A nice beer and the funk makes it really interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10624) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours oily black. Thick overly carbonated dark brown head. Nose and taste of roast chocolate malt, roast coffee, milk chocolate, funky florals, fudge brownie and sweet vanilla. Medium body. Finishes slightly dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7440) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head and a smoky treacle aroma. There is an ashy barnyard dark molasses flavor with an acidic finish. It’s an unusual stout, but pretty tasty.


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