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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: 434   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5476) - 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 (4615) - 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 (5287) - McLean, 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 (6482) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (1586) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle 0.75l at Johnny Off License Roma Italy. 03.12.2015.Thank you John for this Vintage bottle.Taste with Mortlach, ippopotamo36, John, Trevor and cika Boban. Pour it dark color with small thick dark head.Aroma of chocolate, some mocha, vanilla also.Taste sweet really pleasent with pinch of bittery finish.Dark choclate, vanilla, roasted coffee.Perfect balanced and great result of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippopotamo36 (1082) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 14, 2015
Vintage bottle from the Johnny Off License catacombs in Rome-Italy. Many thanks to John Nolan for this amazing sharing. Pours black color with a minimal but persistent dark foam. Nose is terrific with nutty feel well balanced with roasted coffee beans and some mocha. Mouth is velvety, silky and elegant. Easy beer for the style which aged in a fantastic way. A real gem, I want it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mortlach (1562) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 14, 2015
Vintage bottle @Johnny’s Off License (Rome), thank you John! Pours oily black with a little cappuccino head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, nuts. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet with a light bitter end, a bit unbalanced but in a good way. Full body, light carbonation. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Inky black with a medium sized tan head. Good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and hops. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Medium bodied, low carbonation, lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
malty, licorice, chocolate aromas, pitch black with tan lacing, vanilla and chocolate flavour smooth with a bitter finish. just yes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2931) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle from SB. Very dark brown with a tiny brown head. malty and fruity tones. Malt, coffee, licorice, fruit and hops. Full body with a long bitter / fruity finish.

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