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Jester King Black Metal Imperial Stout

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

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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Black color/ fleeting tan head. Nice dark chocolate, coffee grounds, earthy dirt, smoke aromas. Medium bodied with light co2. Sugared up dark coffee, dark chocolate, dirt, ash flavors--good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6770) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2011
5/29/11. 750mL bottle courtesy Cavie! Opaque black pour with a nice brown head. Nice aroma of chocolate and a hint of roasted coffee. Nice creamy chocolate flavor with just a touch of roasted malt. Nice!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
black, thin tan ring. Plum, licorice, roast. Heavy sweetness, light roast and chocolate, bit if acrid bitterness in the finish. Thin, salty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Black, somewhat thick oily pour. Tan thinner head. The smell is roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, malts, prunes, and oreos. The taste is cookies, malts, coffee, dark, malts, coffee, and roast. Hidden alcohol. Thicker body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2236) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Not nearly as brutal as the commercial description would lead you to believe but that’s not a bad thing. Thick and a little oily. No alcohol kick but it’s definitely in there.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
75cl bottle. Very thick black color with a medium tan head. Dried fruit, chocolate, and smokey aroma. The flavor is really mellow without a lot of bitterness or roastiness. Seems like a lot of carafa for that color. On the flip side, the mouthfeel and flavor are a little dulled and loose so oxidation could already be contributing to that despite this beer’s relatively young age. Easy enough to drink, but not one I would keep around for very long due to the already muted flavors and creeping oxidation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4883) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle thanks to someone at tasting. Black pour, tan head, standard imp stout appearance. Heavily roasted malt, burnt coffee, dry dark chocolate, light toffee notes, and bitter hops. A good roasty, dry stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Dark black beer with a deep, deep brown head of fine bubbles Good aroma of almost burnt coffee grounds - the taste feels like it should be sweet but has lots of bitter coffee and chocolate flavor. Palate is thick and forces you to not drink it too fast. As fine an Imperial Stout as I’ve ever had and will have it again when cold weather hits months from now.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (774) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club: pours like motor oil., chocolate milk head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, grass, dark fruits, spicy herbal hops, nuts, cocoa,. Oily mouthfeel. Spicy hops, roasted caramel hops, cream. bitter finish. well balanced. Solid new offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
750ml bottle courtesy of Steve, a buddy from TX. Rating #62. Super thick and viscous black pour with a nice brown head. Big nose, lots of dark, dry fruits, alcohol was noticeable, light roast and almost a little smokey, ashy even, quite enjoyable. Roasty, smokey chocolate flavor, a slight lingering aftertaste, real nice. (1729)


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