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Jester King Black Metal Imperial Stout

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Formerly brewed at Jester King Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Austin, Texas USA
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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humlelala (953) - 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.

4.7
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20580) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of dark chocolate, hay and berries. Roasted flavour of caramel, dark chocolate and liquorice. Sweet and roasted finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a huge a dark brown head. The has notes of caramel, chocolate, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate, sweet and roasted malt, wood, and ashes, leading to a dry roasted and woody finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of blutt59. Pours a pitch black with a dissipating light brown head. Heavy roasty, peppery aroma. Solid body, sweet roastiness, friendly phenols and quite some chocolate. Heavy booze in the finish. Not the most sophisticated of Imperial Stouts. There’s an odd Belgian feel to this. 180911

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2585) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2011
This poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma is rathert boozy with some chocolate, coffee, and charcoal. The flavor is a bit sour and boozy with some dark fruit like raisins, licorice, chocolate and coffee. Overall I think some age would help this but it is good right now. The dude on the label looks like a KISS reject.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Well, you gotta have a bonus appearance point for the label. Smells like booze, licorice, and chocolate. Not as boozy as as the aroma would indicate. Lots of chocolate, some plywood (that’s what my notes say. It made sense at the time. ) and coffee. Very good. Thanks to secret santa for this one!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Pours black with reddish brown head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, some raisin, ash. The flavor is strong coffee with some vanilla, slight creaminess, sweetish molasses, and some brown sugar. Some alcohol burn. It grows on me after a few sips.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3120) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle shared by Harpreet. Thanks man! It pours jet black with a nice brown head. The aroma was rich with raisins, cocoa and a little coffee. The flavor is very smooth with dark fruitiness fading to notes of dark chocolate and ashy roast in the finish. Very well balanced flavors and well attenuated. I loved the mouthfeel on this. Extremely tasty without being an assault on the senses. Just a top notch imperial stout with no gimmicks.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Big thanks to markwise for sharing with me my first Jester King experience. It pours deep darkness with full mocha head. The aroma is rich chocolate covered marshmallow, chocolate covered black licorice, black strap molasses, uber rich butter dark chocolate fudge goodness. Damn, what? The taste is chocolate toffee like love followed by burnt malts, rich dark roasted coffee and sticky expensive rich chocolate infused fatty Irish Butter enhanced fudge that’s covered with molasses. It seems to have a somewhat thin prickly mouth feel that distracts from the experience a bit. But overall all this is WOW!


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