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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: 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4395) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (712) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammer (1047) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Midnight, blindfolded at the bottom of a well black pour from bottle. Off white head. Taste is smoke, coffee, leather and booze. Mild kick to the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle… Pours as black and thick as tar with no head. The aroma offers hearty - yet eloquent - notes of molasses, deeply roasted malts and dark Cuban mocha. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Delicious, bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. Burnt, acrid, bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of dosbeerigos!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle from Kegs and Barrels, Plano, TX
Pours blacker than noon in Norway during winter. The nose is assaulted with blast beats of hazelnut, chocolate, red wine, oak, and a touch of roasted evil. Flavor is a cauldron of chocolate nuts, smoky sweet peat, coffee grounds, and hate. Thick and lingering on the tongue. \m/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Hell yeah black metal. Awesome fucking logo. The nose is dark and roasty with bittersweet chocolate, and hints of dark fruit. Pours black with a tan head. Viscuous looking. Flavors of dark roasted malts, patent notes, some underlying sugary dark fruits. Dry roasty long finish. SOme alcohol notes here and there. A decent imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
750mL thanks to ericandersnavy. Sweet label. The pour is a near ink black with a lager, deep brown head. Excellent retention and lace. Nose is butter, olives, saltwater, meat, maple. Taste is ashy, smoky, tobacco, pretty chalky and astringent. Palate is lacking, chalky, ashy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
22oz bottle. Medium brown head, black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

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