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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: 426   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (577) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2011 Roasted, deep bitter chocolate. Nice full body. Very rich. A good beer to share.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle, thanks emacgee for sharing. Cool bottle. Beer is okay. Lots of roast, molasses, coffee, cocoa. Mouthfeel is a little thin. I did get a bottom of the bottle pour so I may not have had this beer at its best. Will have to try again and re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Pours dark black with nice creamy tan head, aroma had notes of toffee, caramel, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, hints of anise, dark fruit and roasted malt in there as well. Taste focused on coffee and bitter chocolate, led into anise and dark fruit, some nice roast and toffee notes finishing fairly bitter but a bit thin. Good stuff overall!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks, Blake! Great bottle. I’ll bring it to a church burning. Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a small dark tan ring. The look lives up to the name. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and light soy. Flavor of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, cola, and dark roasted malts. The flavor leaned a little bit sweeter than the roastier aroma. Both were pretty damn rich. Medium-full bodied, with a roasty, sweet, smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Excellent imperial stout. Still holdin’ on to Black Metal!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2396) - 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 (11704) - 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 (1373) - Hurst, 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 (40504) - 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 (2528) - 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.

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