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Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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.

hopwine's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopwine (611) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Pitch black, large tan head. Dry chocolate, espresso, fruity esters from the farmhouse, and a pronounced nutty quality. Super dry and light on its feet. Really interesting take on the imperial stout style, definitely both unique and well executed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (5572) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
How: Bottle..
Where: Tasting 2015-10-09.
Appearance: Black colour with a brown head.
Aroma: Chocolate, fruit, roasted malt, liquorice.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, some coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1416) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, blackcurrant, hint of wood and crackers. Flavours are chocolate, cranberry, toasted malts, touch of farmhouse spice and grainy crackers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1505) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2015
Pitch black body with a brown head that settles as a fully lasting layer, good lacing. Quite strong aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee, faint fruits, well-hidden tartness, hints of leather and a light sour background. Strong flavour of dark caramel, coffee and dark roasted malt. Acidic and tart fruits in the back and funky hints. Moderate sweet, light sour and moderate bitter taste. A very special imperial stout!
[75 cl bottle, shared with Svensenga smak & behag (while listening to Norwegian black metal), from Vinmonopolet Vika]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (3355) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Large shared bottle. There’s a lot going on in this big beer. The sweet coffee, dark bread, and chocolate aroma leads to a very different and even more complex flavor. Moderately tart and, I think, even more bitter. I did much prefer the aroma to the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 3 Nov 2012 -- On tap at the Dia de la Muerta release party at the Brewery! Bottle share at the party! Didn’t get a picture or write down what batch this was, but it was pre-16. Great beer, quite a bit different from the La Muerta I was drinking at the release, creamier and more attenuated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1763) - GREECE - AUG 2, 2015
From tap. Black color with light beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, coffee, some yeasty dusty notes. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15334) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle at Haket during Ölets Dag 2015. Opaque black beer with a nice and lasting brownish head. Roasted leather and dark chocolate aroma, cocoa, fruity, soot, tobacco, some licorice. Roasted chocolate and licorice flavor, cocoa, viola, leather notes, floral, some warming alcohol. Good but maybe I was hoping for a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2015
pours black with a thick, lasting tan head and dense lacing that coats the glass. fruity aroma with notes of cassis and fig. taste is rich with big sour fruit and licorice. finish is sour and dry. A very unique take on the imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (323) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2015
Heavy aroma of coffee, chocolate and roast. The taste is similiar with some sourness in the background. Feels a little dry for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2782) - NORWAY - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Black body, small brown head, roasty aroma with chocolate, spicy farmhouse yeast. Peppery cocoa taste, sharp espresso finish, mild fruit esters.

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