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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: 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Bottle, love the artwork here. Pours a black body with a coffee tan head. Very roast y up front. Light coco and chocolate malt tones. Loads of malt and sediment. Dry and roast y with a molasses like warming, actually its pretty hot. Decent big bodied IS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, pine, and fudge. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, pine, raisins, vanilla, and fudge with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pours jet black, with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt. Body is medium. Flavor is harsh. Acrid burnt roasted malt. Wish I let it age out longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6025) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
Courtesy of rayl101

Bottle: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with small brown head that quickly fades to a film. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate and a touch of fruit. The finish has light-moderate vanilla and a touch of coffee. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2744) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours a black hue. I think it sucked the light from around it. Big tan head with a lighter tan head on top of that. Strange, but cool looking layered head. Not much lacing. Creamy aroma. Coffee, malt, caramel, vanilla and chocolate aromas. Sweet velvety, cold chocolate coffee. A bit of a bitter mouthfeel after swallowing, but melded well with the sweet maltiness. Very good Imperial Stout.

   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 (2845) - 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 (6287) - 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, there’s 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. It’s 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 (12960) - 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. It’s simply delicious. Finishing on the dry bitter side.

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