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Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at Jester King Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Austin, Texas USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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This beer is now retired. All bottles from Batch 16 onward should be rated under the new Farmhouse Black Metal entry as they are brewed using a wild yeast blend, not the French Saison yeast used in the original Farmhouse Black Metal.

English Imperial Stout meets the Franco-Belgian Farmhouse tradition in this dry, drinkable beer; Pitch black in color with notes of chocolate, roasted and black malts coupled with earthy, peppery and floral farmhouse esters.

Note: This Farmhouse version replaced the original Black Metal Imperial Stout when Jester King switched to a farmhouse yeast for all beers. The original bottles feature a small Jester King sticker on the neck; newer bottles do not have this sticker and say "Farmhouse" in small print on the label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (4246) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 10, 2014
Pitch black, smooth creamy stable espresso like head. Rich aromatic yet concentrated and punchy roasted malts, coffee as espresso shot, dry, dark chocolate, cheesy. Amazing aroma. Taste is dark again, concentrated, plenty bitter. Aromatic, characterful, perfect carbonation. Wow, this beer is so well developed, this must have taken time. And it’s better than the original, much more developed and complex. Amazing beer. (On tap at the brewery)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
I wasn’t happy with this one. Nose is spice and pepper with some chocolate and roasted malt. Black with beautiful big brown head. I lose the plot on this beer in the taste. Disjointed with mostly yeast funk and roast, with spice that doesn’t blend in. Big mouthfeel is too over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8410) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2014
750 ml bottle. Batch #15. Bottled Aug/27/2013. Shared with mjs. Thanks!
Black colour with a small tan head. Biscuits, mild roasted malt and sweetness in the aroma. Sweet malt, roasted malt, wood dryness and mild bitterness in the flavour. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (4464) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 Bottle - thanks Brian! Pours pitch black, medium tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, some lacing. Aroma is roasty, anise, chocolate. Flavor is lightly tart, typical JK funk going on, roasty, anise again, somewhat medicinal. Fairly bitter and acidic. Medium light body overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barn0216 (501) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Deep black brown, no foam. Root beer aroma, very pleasant, unexpected. Roasty, chocolate, good flavor, maybe a little thin. Overall, it is decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1141) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2014
750ml bottle pours almost flat brown-black with a few bubbles. Nose is dark chocolate and some dark fruit. Taste is dark roast baker’s chocolate and some fruity grape/berry notes. Finish is bitter roast chocolate and subtle berry. Would have liked a touch more carbed. Interesting and pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lordcheezus (1) - Bowling Green, USA - JAN 4, 2014 does not count
Pours black as motor oil, thick and rich. Very malty and roasty. It’s incredibly delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (5185) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
(Bottle, 0.75 l - Batch #15, Aug 27 2013, at Kitty’s, 20140104) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma had vanilla, mild sourness, roasted malts and wood. Palate was full bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were wood, vanilla, roasted malts, mild sourness, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty, woody, sour and bitter. Not bad but somewhat confusing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pour: deep brown with a light brown head. Nose: chocolate, hay, coffee Feel: slick, fizzy oily Tongue: coffee, bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2227) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
750ml bottle. Black with a mocha head that fades to a ring. Roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, slight funk, earthy, anise. Mild carbonation, moderate body, slightly tangy, some alcohol on the finish with some vegetable notes.

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