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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: 413   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 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. I’d 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 it’s never too heavy and does have a noticeable alcohol burn. I’m 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 (3478) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmaster (36) - California, USA - APR 3, 2011
Pours more black than brown with a tall head. Smells of gas, cola, and chocolate. Opens with 80% cacao, burnt malt, bitter hops, wood and leather. Quick, clean finish, than a warm resurrection of hops with red wine. Nice subtle sweetness. Will probably buy a couple to age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2011
(draught) deep black with light brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roast malt. Flavor is bitter chocolate, hints of coffee and dark fruits, roast malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
These guys are really starting to churn out some excellent stuff. This IS started with a bit more hops then I normally like, but a hefty malt backbone comesthrough and balances things out nicely. Lovely mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2279) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
On tap. Pours a black brown color with a small foamy brown head. Notes of cola, espresso, And vanilla. Nice silky mouthfeel with a decent finish length.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Black pour with a good looking tan head. Aroma holds cocoa nib, cream, and bitter roast. Flavor isn’t quite as exciting, with chocolate, caramel, cream, and some nice bitter presence. Palate is just a touch thin. Quite nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1339) - 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 (2130) - 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 (9704) - 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.

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