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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: 437   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4352) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Deep black pour, tan head. Aroma has loads of liquorice, milk chocolate, roasted malts, some caramel and molasses. Flavour malty sweet, somewhat bitter, liquorice, cocoa, roasted malts. Silky body, quite creamy, finish cocoa and bitter roasted malts. Nice.
(From 75cL bottle @ home. Thanks to atxdelivery!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2783) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2011
750 ml bottle
This is a solid imperial stout. There were notes of chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, had a metallic taste as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Pours dark black with a bright amber hue and caramel head. The aroma is a sweet malts, light with a bit of soy sauce. The flavor has notes of chocolate, roasted malts and light bitterness from hops that blend together well on a smooth, lighter medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Nose is pretty typical. Strong roast character, some molasses and dark fruit. Nothing really stands out too much. On tasting, body isn’t as big as I’d expect, the alcohol is discernible and there is just some lacking depth overall. Roast forward for sure, just not really anything that interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2011
750ml from the Rare Beer Club. Black metal references are long past the point of over-saturation, aren’t they? But at least these guys namecheck Kreator and not some Billyberg crew like Krallice. Still, the beer is a pretty solid RIS. Big oily pour, with an almost chalky, gritty look to it. Thin cafe au lait head lasts forever, and leaves good lacing. Big boozy nose with huge roasted malts. Pretty aggressive and one-dimensional, but at least they realize that dimension well. Roasty, thick, powerful, a solid effort. Shoulda called it Suds of ND for sure though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2978) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
Thanks to Don for this one. Pours a thick inky pitch black with a dark brown head. Reminds me of Zhukov with the pour. Aroma is rich roasted malts, dark chocolates and a hint of dark licorice. Taste is a full body, big roasted malts, like big big. Dark chocolates with a slight espresso tint. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6009) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2011
750 thanks to blutt59. Big chocolate and roast flavor. Oily. Creamy brown head. Slight tart that I like from big imperial stouts. Very tasty and bold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and some burnt notes. The flavor is kind of reminiscent of a little more edgey and not so balanced Speeway Stout. I get roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, burnt notes, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, with a hint of alcohol. The body is full with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a pretty Brütal beer \m/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6974) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2011
750ml bottle pours a totally opaque, viscous black with a creamy beige head. Nose has a lot of cherry cordial, smells like a great bon bon, salty Islay whiskey, chocolate, a little soap, black pepper. Flavor has a lot of black pepper, molasses, like smoke, the whiskey in the flavor comes through more soapy, dark malts, lightly nutty. Flavor has some strong raisin too. Full bodied, oily, thick finish. Too much barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Pours ink black with two fingers of dark chestnut brown head. Nose is nice enough, slight char character and fruit skins with rich chocolate notes and acidic black grain. A tad acrid and burnt on the flavor with cherry skins and a black coffee acidity, chocolatey. Full bodied with a nice roasty finish.

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