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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmmbeer (1341) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bomber into a tulip glass- poured a blacker than hate color, carbonation gave me the finger while I tried to see it, tan ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of a burnt to hell malt, molasses, plums, tobacco- yet, not a hint of alcohol. Hits the mouth with a body wide enough to destroy your meek and meager thoughts of what a beer can be, firm blackened malt holds up in the middle, finish makes you want to punch a wall with your fist until it comes crashing down- even if you break all of the bones in your arm, compound at the least. You know what they say about Texas beer- frankly, I don’t, but any other beer right now couldn’t hold me cock right about now except for this. Yeah. A Texas Product.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2011
bottle from a trade pours thick black with a medium tan head that laces well. Aroma is molasses and roast with earthy tobacco and leather. Flavor is semi-sweet cocoa and bitter espresso with a big roast and burnt sugar in the finish. Really dries out. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2011
750 bottle. Pours solid black with little head.Nose is light malts, coffee, burnt coal. Taste is a bit milky stout, with some coffee and lots of dark roasted malts. The most interesting thing about this beer is the body-supremely light for such a tasty beer. Goes down very east and confuses the brain into thinking you can drink this like a session beer. Fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8868) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a black with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malt with some creamy chocolate and a bit of backing dark grains. Flavor is creamy with chocolate and dark grains backed by a bit of roast. Really nice on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2011
750 ml shared by derek. Thanks! Have a couple of these.. Getting to try it before opening one. Pours a beautiful opaque black dark hue with a moderate sized dark brown hue, a cakey lacing head, pretty nice as it dies to a small film. Aromas are a good chunk of bakers chocolate, roasted malt, some sweeter toffee, caramel, and some toffee. Good kick of coffee, more cocoa, touches of dry floral hops and dry bitter roasty malts. Just a touch of dark fruit. Initial is fuller bodied preaching lots of cocoa, bakers chocolate, roast, toast. Sweeter caramel, toffee, some dark fruit comes into the fold with roast, vinous dark fruit. Into the backend lingering dry roast and fuller malt presence. Solid Imperial Stout, great appearance and aroma, solid flavor profile and balance. Not top shelf but a good one. A bit hot, bitter, roasty, envelopes the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a quickly subsided head. From the pour, it appeared very thick.

Aroma: Coffee, vanilla, roast all in big doses.

Taste: Coffee, dark roasted malt and spicy hops. Very coffee forward.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick, a little chalky.

Overall: Not bad, seems like it could handle some cellaring, look forward to getting to know this beer even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2011
750ml - Black, dark tan creamy head. Spicy blackened marshmallow aromas ride a soft undercurrent of vanilla coffee and dark chocolate throughout. Peppery black fudge flavors round well with a sturdy foundation of dark roasted coffee, vanilla bean, and ash. Deeply rooted hop bitterness throughout keeps any perceived sweetness mostly in check. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not your ordinary Imperial Stout, but very tasty none the less…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Aroma is very chocolatey, not a lot of roast, some fruity yeast in there. Subtle coffee. Nice body. Lots of chocolate in the flavor, very bitter. Awesome hop finish. really bitter. Some floral hops. Carbonation isn’t there, really creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers, finishes very strong and dry. Pretty awesome flavors going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, earth, and some dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, earth, and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Poured into a DFH Snifter, Jet black with an awesome Brown head. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe a touch of licorice. Tastes creamy smooth, Chocolate, heavy Roasted Malt and some smoke. Seems like a light hop and Alcohol finish. Light to Medium mouth feel. This is Delicious. Dammit, I need to Stop sharing these great brews (Just kidding D.K.)

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