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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2292) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10308) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5350) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37673) - 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]

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7230) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1298) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Purchased May 2012; Sampled November 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku produces a three finger thick, fairly dense, darkly browned head that leaves some spotty lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is simply black, and quite opaque as it does not pass any light despite holding it up directly to the light. The aroma smells hugely roasted, like concentrated cold coffee, with overtones of licorish, fruity notes of burnt prunes, touches of molasses, and more roasted fruit notes that leans towards raisins, burnt berry notes, and perhaps even some melon. If you really dig into it, whole grain, roasted, black malt notes as well as a solid roasted nut character. Up front dark chocolate notes, concentrated sweet, darkened malt, at times cuts through the mostly more dominant, espresso notes. As the beer warms up the fruit and the licorish, and other rounded fermentation notes become more noticeable.

A touch too cold still, quite effervescent and carbonated, which initially lightens things up a bit. The cold accentuates a bitter, burnt, roasted malt character that lingers in the finish with a somewhat burnt-tart, and burnt bitter character that almost has an astringency to it. Amply roasted espresso notes mix with concentrated dark chocolate notes. The beer is actually fairly light bodied, it is still viscous enough to be a sipping brew of course, but it is on the light side for an Imperial Stout. The light body certainly accentuates the roasted character in this beer as there isn’t as much sweet malt character left to balance out the huge roast character; still the roasted character is not so dominant as to make this unbalanced. As the beer warms up a touch of chalky, roast malt character starts to come out.

This is quite nice; I was wondering if this was going to be too funky, or too thin, but this is well integrated, and even balanced. I really like the mix of dark, roasted, concentrated fruit, dark chocolate, concentrated coffee liquor / syrup, fermentation character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grima (2173) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2012
Best bottle design ever!!!! The beer in the glass is pitch black, with a thick, brown durable head. It smells strongly malty, roasty, slightly sour, with coffee & chocolate. Starts massively malty-roasty, slightly bitter and yeasty-sourish. In the background, a lot of coffee and chocolate is noticeable. The middle part is massive malty, again with lots of coffee, toffee and tart yeasty notes. Goes into a very coffee-roasted, chocolaty finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Black, dense brown head. Smells like coffee, prune, dark chocolate and black pepper. Nice thick, rich palate. I get a lot of coffee and prune, but also dry, woody flavors like cedar. Plus some black pepper, too. Dry, woody finish. Thanks to rougeau13 for the trade!

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