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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: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 ďImpossible BrutalityĒ 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Deep dark pour, with a mocha head that lasts quite a while, before fading to decent lacing. Aroma is fairly standard: Coco, coffee, dark burnt malts, a bit of dark fruit, and just a hint of hops. Flavor is much the same, with the dominant notes being the dark burnt roast, and bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is spot on: creamy and just slightly cut by a bit of booze. A very nice IS, though not over the top in any way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fratto (2835) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottles from blutt59 and Conan. Black pour with a big brown head. Aroma is lots of chocolate, kinda coffee, and a little roasted. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and just a little alcohol. Big, roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
bottle, dark brown to black in color with good aroma of black coffee, cocoa nibs and chocolate, flavor is dense espresso, roast malts, charred, lasting finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Big thanks to starrdogg for opening up a bottle of this. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours black with a good light tan head with pretty good retention and a slight bit of lacing. The nose is quite roasty and a bit smokey off the bat. After the initial whiff, thereís some mild chocolate as well, though it keeps coming back to the smokiness. The flavor exhibits the same qualities with a dry roastedness coming through most prominently, followed by some smoke. Nothing too complex, but the components integrate quite well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Itís a bit too bitter in the finish. Drinks well and is certainly a good beer. Thanks again, Matt. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-10-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12452) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
Capped 750 from ericandersnavy. Pours very black with a 3 finger creamy dark tan head. Getting a lot of chocolate in the aroma. Think that stiff head may be an obstacle to fine detail. Near full body. Lots of smooth dark malt and chocolate. Heat ramps up a bit. Moves on into something more mocha than anything else. Starbucks should get a recipe that will match this. Itís simply delicious. Finishing on the dry bitter side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle courtesy blutt59 and Fratto. Pours very dark black color with a tannish head. Aroma is roasted malts, some toasted notes, chocolate and a bit wood. Flavor is dark chocolate and very roasty. Sweet malts continue on through the flavor. Finishes dry with a large tingle finish. Pretty good, a bit burnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2011
(750ml bottle thanks to blutt59) pours near black, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of milk chocolate, mild ash, nice hop presence, cream, vanilla. Taste of ash, bakers chocolate, moderately aggressive hop presence, medium thick body, linger of medium hops and dark chocolate. Really drinkable for the abv! Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2011
750ml bottle courtesy of Ecrassipes. Pours pretty much like it should with a name like Black Metal, pitch black with a bubbly mocha head. Aroma is sweat with licorice and dark chocolate malts but also a it smoky which I wasnít expecting. I fact, there is some charred wood in the nose with some espresso and molasses. The smokiness is the most memorable part of the nose for me. Taste is very smoky up front with smoked malts, chocolate, and more molasses than in the aroma. The chocolate gets more pronounced as it warms and lingers in the finish actually. Of course the alcohol presence is there as well. The mouthfeel is where this one falls a little short. Itís light bodied for an impy stout which wouldnít be so bad on itís own but the carbonation is also very low. That combination makes it feel thin overall. I definitely enjoyed this one and the smoke is a nice differentiating characteristic. Itís just hard to call it great with the body seeming so light. So Iíll just call it really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2011
This is one of those beers where I already like it based on the name and label alone. Nonetheless, here we go. Pours very black with a moderate brown head fading to a respectable ring. Iíd rate the blackness somewhere close to Yeti, possibly darker, but lighter than Ten Fidy. Aroma of fudge, cocoa mix, pecans, espresso, raisins, earth, leaves, and hint of spicy herbal hops that remind me of oregano. Flavor of fudge, cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, nuts, toasted pumpernickel, and a slight hint of raisin and spice. Finishes bitter, but moderately so compared to some hop bombs with flavors of coffee, nuts, earth, and rum. Chewy mouthfeel, creamy carbonation, but itís never too heavy and does have a noticeable alcohol burn. Iím pleased to have an imperial stout like this brewed in Texas. This would have been unheard of like 7 years ago. great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
batch2...black body, a dark tan head, great retention and lacing... wonderful milk chocolate aroma, very creamy, a sweet RIS but great.... the taste is light and smooth, the malt of the nose is there but balanced with some nice bitter coffee notes... an outstanding ris for less than $10

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