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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: 418   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1073) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Too bad this version isn’t available anymore. I had this when it first came out and thought it great. While trying it again, this bottle obviously had age on it but held up very well. Strong roasted malt aroma with some coffee. Very black with a big brown fizzy head. It had a medium-weight palate with good carbonation. Flavors were toasted grains, coffee and burnt toffee. Alcohol was covered pretty well. I’ll miss this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (930) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
From a bottle. Aroma is full of dark chocolate, light toast, light leather and tobacco and moderate fruit esters. Fruit is raisin, prune and fig with a faint plum note. Really nicely balanced aroma. Faint soy sauce oxidation. Pours black with a fairly thick mocha head that shoes good retention but does steadily recede leaving a thin film on top and along the edges. No lading but fairly long legs. Flavor is similar to aroma, but perhaps a bit more fruity and the alcohol is more noticeable. Moderate roast character with supporting leather and tobacco notes. Lighter amounts of dark chocolate. Moderate raisin, prune and fig. A hint of earthy, woodsy hops and moderate bitterness. Moderate alcohol heat in the finish. Some dark chocolate in the finish along with a bit of an ashy character. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium high carbonation. Low to medium low astringency, likely from all the dark malt, and medium alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, with the aroma being better than the flavor. The flavor is just too ashy with a bit too much astringency. The carbonation is a bit high as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Awesome bottle label! Thick and dark like the head-banging, mosh-pitting black death metal it derives its name from. Pretty Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
yeah buddy, this one is pretty impressive. jet black, lots of dark grain notes, coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla and bourbon. best label ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 8, 2013
Schwarz, schöner hellbeiger schaum, aroma etwas dunkle beere, schokolade, kaffe, geschmack etwas röstmalz, schokolade, angenehme nicht zu diminierende bittere, starke rezenz, nachklang leichte bittere und etwas/fein "klebrig" ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
BOSSbrewer (2066) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Sour. Farmhouse imperial stout. Wow what a beer. Huge and intriguing. The sourness comes through but is balanced by the grain bill. Thanks for this to Butler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21061) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2013
Bottled. More or less pitch black colour with a beigeish brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, ashes, some ripe dark fruits as well as mild liquorice. Flavour is very dark chocolate, some coffee, mild nuttiness as well as some ashes, ripe fruits, alcohol and some hints of liquorice. Smooth to drink and although big, not all too thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlainG (1356) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
Noire coiffée d’une mousse brune qui ne laisse que peu de trace. Des arômes acidulées ou encore surets, peut-être de levain et probablement de mélasse. Un goût plutôt effacé, par rapport au style, où on détecte les grains grillés et les céréales. Est-ce que c’est des saveurs de fumée ou de bois brûlé? L’alcool, difficilement perceptible au goût et à l’odorat, sauf qu’il fait un bon travail. (765-030813)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2137) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 21, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a motor oil black color with one finger of dense, dark brown head. Sweet aroma with a hint of roasted coffee and a lot of dark chocolate. Taste has lots of cocoa flavors. Rich and deep, but not overbearing. A hint of dark fruit, licorice, and roasted coffee rounds out the flavor.Full-bodied, thick, and syrupy with moderate smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4112) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
CBC 2013. Pours ppitch black oily with a small brown head. Aroma si toasted malty molassis fruity a bit ashy. Flavor is as aroma, ashy dry yet has some sweetness in it, fruity nicely bitter.

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