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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: 440   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.

superspak's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4751) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating (likely bottled in late 2011). Pours dense pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense dark tan head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, molasses, earth, herbal, light anise, and light dark fruitiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark roasted notes. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, toast, toffee, molasses, earth, raisin, smoke, light anise, and herbal. Light roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, char, toast, raisin, molasses, smoke, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted flavors with light fruitiness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! Awesome robust roasted flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gephross100 (363) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Fresh at the source. Farmhouse yeast hasn’t taken over yet. Currant, chocolate, vanilla nose. Medium mouthfeel long dry coffee finish. Medium sweetness. Very fruity very good. Too bad it will be all farmhouse or sour in a couple weeks

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (4181) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2016
0.75l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. Looks lovely with a huge really lingering and near creamy deep chocolate brown head that leaving good lacings. Smells of dark wood, bitter cocoa powder, some chocolate, mild cold coffee, lots of roasted malts and traces of mild sour dark dried fruits. It smells quite nice. Lots of flavor at first and in the end. It’s definitely roasted this! Dark near charred black flavors. It has a mild oily, somewhat light feeling in the mouth and it’s gentle in the carbonation. Bitter dried chocolate, green wood, some slightly acidic wood burning wood tones. Yeah, it’s warming the back of the throat pretty well. Lots of flavor, but I think I prefer the other version. 21.05.2014

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2016
An OG bottle, sad and happy opening it, because there are only so many of these left in the wild, shared with family. Pours an opaque dark brown color almost black like oil with khaki colored head. Roasted malts and chocolate on the nose at this point; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with roast and cocoa. This was a treat, glad I had a bottle to open during fireworks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrownPaperBags (16) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2016
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. This pours a semi-thick pitch black color with a massive (especially for the abv) mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hops and a bit of alcohol. The feel is nice and thick. The taste is pretty good, a load of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a nice bitter finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1296) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Had this on tap at the source in 03/2016. I’m submitting it under this listing. Pours pitch black, bubbly tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, nice sour notes. Flavor is wow, lots of roasted malts, chocolate, sour funk. Mostly an imperial stout. But brilliant funk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (2142) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Dark black. Thin mocha head. Really unique stout. Cherries. Tart. Smells yeasty. Thx carter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light sweet notes is quite nice. Taste is also a great mix of creamy black chocolate notes with some residual sugar and hints of roasted malt. Body has a nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice smooth easy drinking stout. I am surprised at how well the bottle has aged over the years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6102) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle at the nuplastikk returns tasting in VA. Black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, caramel, light coffee. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6258) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2016
From a 75 cl bottle shared at the 2016 Nuplastik is back tasting. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel, Flavors of coffee and leather. Bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Roast and some oxidation. Pours black with good head. Some dark chocolate. Bittersweet finish. Sobe caramel. Bottle shared at tasting.

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