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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


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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Black in color with tan head. Chocolate aroma. Roasty, chocolatey flavor. A nice imperial stout...would love to try a barrel aged version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11365) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle at Papsø tasting. pitch dark, small lt brown head. malty , roasted malty aroma. flavor is roastes malty, caramelly, chocoalte, dusty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1326) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
On Tao at square burger. Pours black with a medium tan head. The aromas are chocolate, roasted coffee, light vanilla. The mouthfeel is dry, roasty, and bitter with a heavy body. Great beer! Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

Clear dark black colour with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, smoke, iodine, light to moderate yeasty. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, yeasty, phenol notes. IMO a bit Belgium Imp.Stout alike ! Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110918]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Tasted on 7/26/11 from a 750mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours absolutely midnight black with an average light brown head that slowly recedes to nothing more than a thin collar of lace. The nose is super intense with espresso, darkly roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark, fruity molasses. The flavor is equally intense with the molasses and a light touch of cola up front, moving to the very dry flavors of espresso, dark malt, and dark chocolate. The body is full, heavy, and unctuous with just lighter than average carbonation, and a super long, intense espresso and dark chocolate finish with just a touch of green hops bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle. First off, Jester King has some sweet labels and this one doesn’t dissappoint with a hard core dude dressed up like KISS grimacing at you. Pours a dark brown/black color with a mocha tan head. Coffee, tobacco, and roast meet the nose. Some lacing. Dark chocolate, roast coffee, slight smoke, and a touch of bitter sweet round out the flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, it was solid, nothing too crazy good but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14464) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Pitch black - brown head. Nice hoppy, high burned, tarmac, oiley, nice smokey, cocoa, chocolate, powerfull, high malty, light yeasty notes, lovely bitterness, nice hoppy, wooden, ashed, sweetness. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle @ party in LA. Inky black. Chocolate. Thick and luscious. Pure and rich dark chocolate in an ideal balance--one of the outstanding beers at the party.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humlelala (1111) - DENMARK - SEP 22, 2011
(Sampled at Papsø’s) Pours black with medium toffee head and lace. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, alcohol and coffee. Oily on the palate, full-bodied, medium carbonation and a bitter finish with faint astringent notes. Taste is darkly sweet with some bitterness. I’ve seen more refinement in imperial stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Them boys were not jestering around when they made this amazing stout! Chilled it overnight in the fridge and then took it out to sit for an hour. This brew poured up a dark black body with a mocha-colored, thick, foamy head with unending retention and lacing effects on the glass. Aromas of roasted nuts, hops, coffee, toffee, and alcohol. Flavors of the same. Medium-bodied and very rich and creamy. Smooth finish with just a tinge of hops for a nice subtle bite; no harsh aftertaste.

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