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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 1, 2013
750ml split between 3 of us. A - Pours a heavy metal black, with 2 fingers of espresso frappa head. Rounded patterns of vertical lacing. S - Rich and roasted black malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, berry fruit, allspice, nutmeg, unknown spice. T - Dense and creamy chocolate, almost astringent, heavy roast, acidic coffee, raspberries, star anise, charred vanilla, spicy hops. The Belgian yeast is present but mellow. M - Moderate carbonation cuts through the density lifting the body creating a super creamy feel and light/medium body Black metal is a good name for this brew. The Belgian yeast takes a back seat to the full on stout components. Lots of chocolate and roast. Light feel for such a big brew. Serving type: bottle 04-09-2013


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2408) - Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 3/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, smoke, light char, pepper, raisin, fig, light licorice, and roast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, smoke, light char, pepper, raisin, fig, light licorice, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness and earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, smoke, light char, pepper, raisin, fig, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian imperial stout. All around great complexity and robustness of big dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (2912) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on June 21 2014; eye: black, opaque, nice dark brown head that turns into a thin sheet, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, anise, chocolate, light iodine, light acidity; mouth: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, light iodine, light soy sauce, anise, acidity, light sourness, finale in coffee with presence of soy sauce, full body, average carbonation, lightly bitter, rich and lightly silky texture; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, 9,3 %, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 21 juin 2014; œil : noire, opaque, bonne mousse brun foncé qui se transforme en une mince couverture, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, anis, chocolat, léger iode, légère acidité; bouche : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, léger iode, léger sauce soya, anis, acidité, légère aigreur, finale en café avec présence de sauce soya, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement amère, texture riche et légèrement soyeuse; en résumé : bien aimé

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (348) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 Bottle 10 months old. Black with a 1 finger mocha head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with booze. The taste adds licorice, some dark fruits, black coffee up front with a bit of tart bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick with heavy carbonation for the style and a leathery finish. Pretty damn excellent overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1253) - Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle purchased at World of Beer in Tioga. Pours pitch black and thick with a massive dark brown head into my tulip glass. Aromas of roasty dark malts, some chocolate, light hops, but an interesting light grass introduced to the smell that I assume is the farmhouse yeast influence. I must say, though, that this influence is extremely subdued. Flavor follows the smell nearly perfectly with sweet chocolate balanced by slightly bitter roast flavor and a hint of anise. The farmhouse claim doesn’t come through to much in he flavor but maybe makes things more drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick and rich but not overbearing with plenty if carbonation to make this full bodied and silky on the tongue. A really nice beer to be honest. Would have again for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
circinus (197) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle 75 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a dark brown very foamy head. Chocolate, fruity tart, dark fruit, roasty, berries. Slight sweetness, some bitterness, the roasty qualities mix very well with the fruity character. Full/medium body, low carbonation, slightly sweet fruity finish. Very nice and well balanced taste. Interesting as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franzen (269) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Rich coffee and chocolate aroma with a somewhat roasted acidity. Pitch black with big beige head. A bit acidic taste, very roasted taste a bit of bitterness but overshadowed by the roastiness, some alcoholic warmth. Medium body, average carbonation. Nice imperial stout, very rich in roasted flavours

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1263) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2014
750 ml bottle, Batch #15, bottled August 26, 2013. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half brown head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and some sweet and tart dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt malt/grain, licorice, and a bit of peppery spice and earthiness. I like the mix of roastiness, sweetness and tartness in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and coating with a good amount of soft carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I’d like to pick up a bottle the next time I come across some. $13.99 a bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours black and smells of rich chocolate and dark roasty malt. Slightest bit of tartness, but not like funk metal. Taste is dark cocoa laden chocolate. Too soft of carbonation as it was prepoured into a pitcher and then my glass, but still tasty and much better than funk metal, I thought. Would be even better with spot on carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Inbreak (1873) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
21.05.2014, 0,75l bottle @ BBGTC tasting:
Big light brown fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is loaded with Co2 stinging in the nose, followed by sour coffee, sour dark fruits, burnt caramel, dark malts, ashtray, sugar. Taste is sour-ish burnt, sour coffee, burnt caramel, ashtray, grass, yeast, hay, licorice, dark fruits, yeast. Medium bitterness, dry harsh watery mouthfeel, high carbonation. Meh!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a jet black body with a huge farmhouse-style foamy beige head. Nose is coffee, licorice, red fruits, straw, weird over-carbonated sour-ish tones and hints of dark chocolate. Taste is chocolate, coffee, sour-ish grainy notes, dry straw, hints of chalk, biscuits and ashes. Medium body, high carbonation. The over-carbonation factor plays in on this, creating a very volatile mix of flavors in high gear. Nice enough though.


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