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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


on tap


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2011
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and breadish. Fruity and dark smoked malty. Sweet and dry caramelish. Sweet and dark malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5613) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is burnt coffee and chocolate. Flavor is cough syrup and dark chocolate. Full bodied with good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Appearance: opaque and nearly black, with a rich, silky head the color and consistency of chocolate milk, slowly fading to a generous collar; very good legs. Aroma: licorice, booze, wood, resin, a little peppermint, a hint of charcoal, all over a big body of dark, almost burnt-smelling bitter chocolate. Taste: great blast of very dark, bittersweet chocolate, with a quickly following wave of charred oak, with notes of syrupy licorice, a hint of pine, star anise and spearmint. Finish: long,smoothly bitter and talcum-dry, with strong impressions of wood, bitter chocolate, and some good whiskey. Notes: Label deScription made it sound as if this beer would club me over the head with a morningstar of crushing flavors. Instead, it was a sophisticated, well-balanced imperial stout with great chocolate flavors offset by nice dryness, judicious hops, and that random, unexpected hint of peppermint. Great palate: silky smooth; very easy drinking. Alcohol pretty well-hidden. I did let it age for a couple months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Pacific Park Market Impy stout tasting. Black pour, roasty flavor, nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6462) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7111) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3810) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4577) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2391) - 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.

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