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Jester King Black Metal Imperial Stout

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
Black Metal Imperial Stout, a.k.a. Suds of Northern Darkness, a.k.a. Iron Sword, a.k.a. El Martillo del Muerte. Black Metal is a cruel and punishing beer fermented by the sheer force of its awesome will. We are pretty sure that Kreator wrote the song “Impossible Brutality” about this beer while drinking it during their Extreme Aggression Tour.

Note: This entry is the original Black Metal. Beginning around the time of their first anniversary, Jester King switched to a farmhouse yeast for all of their beers. All ratings after this switch should be entered under the Farmhouse Black Metal Imperial Stout entry. The original Black Metal bottles feature a small sticker on the neck; the Farmhouse Black Metal bottles have the word "Farmhouse" in small print on the label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1608) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle shared by Damian and Lona. Pours a deep opaque black with a slight layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of roasty malts, coffee, and some chocolate. Taste is pretty spot on with the aroma, the coffee lingers nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2556) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Enjoyed at Freetail Bottleshare 2015... Dark black pour with beige head... Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate... Flavor is roasty, nuances of coffee and dark chocolate with earthy finish... Really nice beer, wish they still made this ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1967) - GREECE - AUG 2, 2015
From old notes. 750ml bottle. Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate and coffee. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily silky body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2466) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. (From notes.) Bottle. Opaque black body with a big tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, sour cherry, light licorice. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dry, sweet, boozy finish with a slight tartness. Taste of roasted malt, wood, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7788) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2015
750 ml bottle at a tasting from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a large rocky tan head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee, caramel, earthy bitterness, full bodied, straight forward, big imperial stout, I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (5159) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Backlog rating. 75cl bottle from Grand Cru, Rimini. It pours a dark brown color with a meidum beige head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, with notes of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, wood, licorice and citrus. Taste is lightly boozy, medium swet with a drier finish. Notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee beans and wood. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice RIS

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle split at home with JF, acquired in an IP from some Texan dude, 16/01/15. Pitch black with an oh so dirty tan head head - this beer is a looker! Nose is chocolate, rich maltings, raisens, chocolate fudge, dark toffee. Taste comprises more chocolate fudge, charr, dark fruits, black pepper, soy sauce, light spice. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the close but kept well in check for a 10% beast. Solid impy, great looker, great balance, has aged well, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutHead (924) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours completely black with a big dense brown head. Looks amazing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Great taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark sweet fruits, vanilla and something sweet - anise perhaps. Above average body and soft carbonation. Very sweet and drinkable - far friendlier tasting that one would expect from a beer with this name. :-) Very good. My bottle was a gift from Barleywine in Copenhagen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle via unknown courtesy Tyler. Pours a dark black-brown, little to no tan head. Nose some funk, yogurt, vanilla, lacto. Body surprisingly thin, roast forward, sweet, arch. Some sweetness, candi sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (4300) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a thick, inky black with a khaki head of foam. The aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, anise. The taste is pretty sweet and leathery. Thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

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