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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: 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2011
growler 3/4/11 shared in seabass’ room. dark,rich, thick appearance with an orange tinted head. lightly smoky aroma mixes with notes of charcoal, barley, chocolate, caramel and coffee-like nuttiness. the flavor is pretty much the same...charcoal dryness on the finish. smooth slick texture with low carbonation. finally, a brutally named beer which can live up...8/4/8/4/16+

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured very healthy deep brown with an awesome dense head that wasn’t a whole lot lighter in shade.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up well-roasted black patent maltage, generously complemented by baker’s chocolate, maple, and a touch of smoke.. fresh, greener earth and grassy hops worked well on the edges.. I really dug the nose! The flavor found syrupy molasses and black patent malts at the core, with coffee flavor and roast plus earth around.. finished with a little bit more sour malts, residual sugars, and roast.. warmed up the belly well. Heavy-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate (just a hair too much).. smooth, coating feel across the middle.. the roasty sourness was out of balance at the end.. overall an excellent brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (7076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o swoopjones. Many thanks to Mike for this awesome gift! Pours black with an average size lasting frothy light-brown head. Gorgeous aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and light leafy hops. Flavour, which is just as nice, of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, light alcohol, vanilla and light leafy hops. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Simply put, this is fucking awesome and one of the best looking bottles ever!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2878) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 21, 2011
Thanks to Blankboy & HogTownHarry (C/O Swoopjones) awesome label. Appearance: Pitch oily black, thick brown head. Aroma: Leather, chocolate, malt, cherry, cafe latte. Flavour: Thick, chocolate milkshake, espresso, leather, peat, aniseed, caramel, beautifully balanced, delicious. Alcohol not evident at all. Just fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
750ml bottle, courtesy of SwoopJones, shared with me, blankboy and garthicus - huge thanks to Mike!!! Pours like motor oil, huge mottled brown/dark brown frothy head (4+). Damn that’s a nice aroma - really restrained and delicate, oats, light coffee, ripe plums, a little lactose, gentle fresh herbal bitterness ---- really, really appealing (9-). Taste follows, plus dry leafy bitterness, more coffee and lactose and alcohol - really fine stuff, well balanced, not huge, but on the big side. Solid body, decent carbonation, creamy, reasonably long fruity/roasty finish, dry herbal aftertaste. Such a solid impy, how it should be done. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle at Avery support group. Pours pure black with tan foam. Smells very roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Tastes surprisingly mild with a smooth texture and hints of chocolate and roasted barley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1454) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Wow - looks like I’ve neglected to enter a single rating for JK. Wasn’t super impressed right off the bat, but more because at that time (many months ago) other offerings on tap were pretty spectacular and Commercial Suicide was what it was and I thoght the Rye needed some work. Now that they’ve got things rolling, time to step and say I’m REALLY glad they’re doing what they’re doing. Still not a big stout fan, but this one is quite tasty and @ 1.4% it is far too easy to drink - I knocked back a 750 and was wondering how it evaporated so quickly. num num num

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
750ml bottle courtesy of atxdelivery. thanks, josh! looks like i’m rating #100 for this one. sweet. pours a rich, sludgy black with a slowly developing dark moch head that has nice retention and leaves slick rings of lace. aroma is great with huge notes of dark chocolate, chocolate cake dougnuts, and toasted marshmallow backed by charred malts, light soy, and earth with hints of black coffee, tobacco barn, and a touch of toffee. flavor is delicious as well with heavy roasted malts, burnt chocolate brownies, and roast coffee backed by sugared plums, earth, wet leather, and hints of cigar ash with a touch of vanilla on the back end. palate is where this one let me down. how can a beer that looks so imposing and rich be so thin and meager on the tongue? carbonation is solid and the finish is long and roasty but this beer confounds me with it gorgeous, rich appearance but lack of muscle in the mouth. overall, this could be a bad-ass imperial stout as the label suggests but it needs some time in the gym to improve its body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
A: The pour is thick and black with a nice big brown head. S: There is a surprising fruitiness to the nose. Lots of dark fruits like plums and raisins along with some dark sugar and licorice. Plenty of roastiness, chocolate, and even a hint of smoke. T: Nice sweetness from the fruits with the same raisin note that was on the aroma. Milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and molasses give some additional sweetness. A nice roastiness, slight char, and another hint of smoke. M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation. O: I’ve heard lots of good things about this and I’m happy to report they were true. Solid beer from this new-ish brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one in trade. Pours obsidian black with a somewhat energetic dark tan head. There is a ton of yellow lace on the glass. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, some licorice, earth, and coffee with hints of toasty bitterness. There are hints of char and coffee bitterness as well. The flavor is deep and dark: roast, toast, char, chocolate, licorice, black coffee, earth, and bits of molasses. Liked a toned-down black Tuesday. Mouthfeel is thick and sultry, full of depth. Excellent imperial stout.

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