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Jester King Black Metal Imperial Stout

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at Jester King Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Austin, Texas USA
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 415   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Pours jet black with thick motor oil pour.  Thin tan head.  Aroma of heavy chocolate, and dark fruits.  Taste is dark chocolate and coffee. Thick, smooth palate.  Very impressive.  

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (905) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle tanks to beace. Aroma is roasted and burnt malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and some vanilla. Palate is creamy and smooth. Flavor is sweet finishing dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Decent amount of roast with burnt cookie-dough malt characters. Thick and foamy with some ash flavors, dark chocolate, smoke, caramel, and simple syrup.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4161) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle shared during the room tasting Friday night of RBSG 2011. Poured a dark black body with a small tight foamy dark beige head. Aroma of lots of chocolate pudding, vanilla, tobacco, slight smoke. Medium bodied with slight heat, average carbonation, and a lingering finish. Flavor of tobaccoo, tar, dark burnt chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8014) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2011
Dark greige head over jet-black beer. Coffee, black chocolate, roasted barley - serious stuff. Cigarette ash, coffee dredges; finish is sweet coffee, served with black chocolate and a dash of mole sauce. Alcohol very present in the finish. Very thick, viscous, voluptuous MF; warming alcohol. Very good Imperial Stout. Txs to the Dewberries!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of licorice, burned coffee beans, roated malt, chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, cocoa, spicy, ash, some dark fruit with a peppery finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (2850) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Via trade with blutt59. Beautiful aroma of licorice, oak, chocolate, roast, fruit, molasses. Beautiful appearance, black in color, brown head, oily film on glass. The flavor is upfront licorice, dark chocolate, oak/wood, molasses, dark fruits. Awesome thick body,creamy mouthfeel. The finish is sweet, then turning toward roast, and a pine hop bittering. Amazing. Thanks, Bob.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle generously shared during RBSG. Great pour: a beautiful thin tan head atop pure darkness. Aroma has notes of milk chocolate, campfire, and a hint of smoke. Flavor has notes of milk chocolate and some soy with a great touch of smoked wood. Softly lingering smokiness with some vanilla in the finish. Quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6249) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle at RBSG. Pours near black with a beige head. Nice hard roasted malty aroma with some coffee notes. The flavor has roasted malts, coffee, and a light sweetness. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2527) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Much thanks to whoever brought this to our room for tasting at RBSG. Pours out of the awesome-labeled bottle black with a fading tan head. Aroma is of some heavy roast, light chocolate and some light smoke. Taste is complex with a nice smooth, and appropriately thick mouthfeel. Notes of some roast, light dried fruits, smoke, light chocolate and some slight bitterness. Once again, being a metalhead, I have to comment on the awesomeness of this label.


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