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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: 406   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2011 Black pour. Aroma is chocolate dust, bakers chocolate, bitter, some booze, dark chocolate nibs, hardcore bitter chocolate. Subtle cacao, roast. Damn this stuff Rocks. - 4.2 Since initial rating have had several more bottles of this and they seem to be shadows of the first, plenty of char and chocolate, but somewhat thinner on the mouthfeel than I remember, yet still difficult to finish. deducting a few points. Still tasty, but not deserving of the originally very high score I gave - 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Epic black pour with a thick tan head. The nose holds huge roast and cocoa nib, milk chocolate, booze, caramel, and lactic cream. The flavor contains massive roast and dry cocoa nib, with booze and caramel abounding. The palate is a tad thin for the style with a dry chalky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9061) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, light fruittiness, light vanilla and light licorice. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry watery finish. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and light vanilla with a smooth dry watery lingering roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5574) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Well, I like black metal and I like Stouts- so this has to be a winner. Growler at RBWG. Pours a totally black color with a small white head. A rich sweet roasted and dark fruits. The flavor is tasty; a sweet brew with loads of chocolate, some rich dark fruit, licorice, coffee beans, nice. A heavy brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Shared during RBWG. Pour is black with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of dark fruit, smoke, fudge and earthy hops. Overall body is full, viscous and finishes with nice roasted malt/dark chocolate bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 Bottle. Pours an oily near black with a big fluffy mocha head. Aroma is holy anise batman, great malt depth, rich, sweet, figs, light hopping, bright fruit, cocoa powder. Flavor follows, at first dominated by anise and almost an English hop/yeast fruit quality, dark chocolate syrupy, nice light grassiness, fig seeds, dark raspberry chocolate cake, a bit ashy, a bit acidic, well balanced overall, love that this is more traditional Belgian/English than American! Body is just a bit thin feeling and flat with the fluffy carbonation, could maybe use a bit more carbonation, overall not too syrupy or slick, very drinkable, quaffable. The alcohol gives it a very nice vinous taste, a nice soft rich raisin, very refined.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Pours a deep black with a cocoa head. Nose is somewhat harsh with notes of vinegar and raisin. Quit smooth on the tongue with a tangy bite leading off, bursting into a charcoal/chocolate, a smooth carbonation. Finishes with a burst of crab apple. This baby needs to be aged a couple years and I bet it would mellow to a fine, fine imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4117) - Utah, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Bottle shared at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Black with a big tan head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruits and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, grainy and ashy
Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (3574) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2011
750 ml bottle - Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club (February 2011), 3/9/11

Aroma: The aroma is heavy on roast and coffee with some smoke and wood as well
Appearance: It pours a thick black (motor oil) color with a small brown head
Flavor: Somewhat sweet up-front progressing quickly to dry roasty/burnt malts, coffee, and wood
Palate: Full bodied, with a soft carbonation, a smooth mouthfeel, and a surprisingly high drinkability
Overall Impression: It is always pretty exciting to get to try a beer from a brewery this new. This beer was actually really good for a start-up brewery, and one from Texas no less! Well-done Jester King! If these guys bottle more beers I’d certainly be happy to try them, but in the meantime this one was rather tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8558) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Nice black pour, brown head. Chocolate, espresso beans, licorice, raisins in the aroma. Flavor is smooth with a nice bitter finish that goes great with the rich chocoalte, roasted malt and dark fruits. Great.

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