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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1181) - Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Pours pitch black with small brown head. Smells like dark and milk chocolate, coffee and espresso, hints of caramel and licorice and molasses, and no alcohol burn. Taste follows the nose perfectly except there are hints of alcohol warmth. Full-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and very soft mouth-carbonation, Jester King Black Metal Imperial Stout finishes smooth with a chocolate licorice flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HELL666 (28) - Athens, GREECE - APR 9, 2012
Black as Hell, big brown creamy head...Aroma roasted malt, chololate, yeast, green apple,alcohol. The taste is same with the aroma. full body, oily texture, cabonation is very lively (it’s bottle conditioned), finish is bitter and alcoholic with long duration. Just perfect...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mbutler91c (19) - Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA - FEB 13, 2013
As near perfection as you can find in a stout. Dark, rich, full bodied. Pours a deep black with a nice dark carmel head. Has a rich coffee, tobacco, chocolate taste that lingers on the palate for just the right length of time. A beer not for the faint of heart but one that is a great addition to any cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Them boys were not jestering around when they made this amazing stout! Chilled it overnight in the fridge and then took it out to sit for an hour. This brew poured up a dark black body with a mocha-colored, thick, foamy head with unending retention and lacing effects on the glass. Aromas of roasted nuts, hops, coffee, toffee, and alcohol. Flavors of the same. Medium-bodied and very rich and creamy. Smooth finish with just a tinge of hops for a nice subtle bite; no harsh aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sixtyneedles (28) - Athens, GREECE - APR 13, 2012
Bottle @ tasting (courtesy of HELL666) Pitch Black with a really strong head aromas lead with alcohol, roasted malt,chocolate and yeast tastes is similar to aroma with chocolate being more upfront but the yeast is still big in play , carbonation is strong and the aftertaste goes on forever :) a really unusual imp stout but awesome none the less

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheWolfofDusk (12) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Full disclosure, when i first heard of this beer my love of all forms of metal led me to try it, the fact the its my favorite kind of beer, the hammering crushing unbeatable stout of doom, i had to try it. Beer pours dark as midnight, beige head, light does not pass through it, a good thing for any real stout in my opinion. tastes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, thick malty and heavy, quite simply one of the best beers i have ever had. and the artwork looks like Abbath from Immortal, also a plus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - MAY 24, 2012
The blackest black heavy beer I’ve ever seen and drunk. Even foam is dark brownish ! ! ! This calice of petrol enhances roasted malt and vinous flavours. Mouth full of chocolate and coffee as well as porto like notes, very long, complex, deep. Marduk and Emperor guys would appreciate as well as local Black pioneers from USA: ABSU members probably drink this beer for breakfast ... that is better than coffee actually.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjohnny (513) - - OCT 7, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 Caramel malt aroma. Pours black with a dark brown head that sticks around forever. Caramel and molasses sweetness. Roasty. Plum followed by a slight bitterness. The smallest acidic edge. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck / Tim for this one. 75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2013. As Klaas lovely said, produced before Jester King started having issues with infections :) This one is never coming back if I am not mistaken, the original plan was to have everything farmhouse, they made non-farmhouse beers during their first year in order to get enough funds going. All the non-farmhouse beers are retired now. Pours black with a mocha head. Smell is sweet mocha, dark sugar, chocolate, creamy choc. Taste is sweet chocolate, sweet mocha, sweet creamy, toffee, caramel, light roast, molasses, bitter chocolate, light licorice, minor touch of booze. Creamy – very, very good and way better than the Farmhouse version in my opinion. #15 Jester King

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Best of the bunch here so and by far! Served with a llight brown head that lingered to the bottom and was superbly balanced. Color is an opaque black brown with a light brown head that subsided at the same rate as the glass emptied. Aroma is a pleasant roast, malt, slight fruit. Flavor’s like malt, nothing out of sorts. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, of a shorter length, and incredibly drinkable for, not only a beer of its class, but relative to all and just a work of art. All hail!

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