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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
750ml bottle from Cask n’Flask, San Jose, CA. Pours filthy, burgundy-edged obsidian (impenetrable in the glass) with a decadent grey-khaki coloured mousse. Huge cocoa, mocha, cinder toffee and dark leathery prune aroma with yeasty backnotes more Marmite than farmhouse. Fine, bittersweet, punchy imperial profile not shy on the roasted front; notes of bitter chocolate, sweet cocoa, peanut M+Ms, ash-flicked espresso with red apple and sourish heartburn undercurrents firmly ensconced in the Belgian camp. Prickling carbonation losing some head as it warms. Bovril-like, slightly salty Baltic streaks beneath the chocolate and acidity. Tasty but for me neglects any stout’s most essential ingredient- drinkability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1236) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
This really works for me. Pours pitch black with an initial huge frothy beige head, no lacing. Nose is some espresso, some fruit. Notes of espresso, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and a decent amount of tart notes in the finish. Taste is medium sweet, med/light bitter and light sour. Medium body with a pretty dry finish. Very drinkable and dare I say "refreshing" for a 9pct stout?!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (456) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2013
Nice look - foamy and black. Aroma is yeasty and mild funk. Taste is very carbonation heavy - farmhouse style comes in afterwards. Decent stout, but nothing to get too excited about.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfinney23 (1596) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Even better than the original, IMO, thanks to the bit of funky fruitiness from the farmhouse yeast. Dark and oily with coffee and chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (1332) - - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black with a thick chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is fruity with a chocolatey backbone. Taste is fruity up front, almost like raspberries, finishing with prominent notes of fudge, roasted malt and smoke. Medium mouthfeel and strong carbonation for the style. Incredibly unique and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (230) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Solid big stout with slight funk. Jet black, brown head, nice lacing. Smell is roasty cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and a touch of farmhouse yeast. Taste is big and rich with stout flavors up front and a touch of funk at the end. I was hoping for something a bit more wild, but it’s very good as a stout -- just slightly disappointing if you’re looking for something more challenging.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2510) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pitch black pour with thin tan head, yeast and roast malt aroma, taste is rich roasted malts, chocolate some, bread with some saison notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopwine (273) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Pitch black, large tan head. Dry chocolate, espresso, fruity esters from the farmhouse, and a pronounced nutty quality. Super dry and light on its feet. Really interesting take on the imperial stout style, definitely both unique and well executed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
A large pale tan head covers the pitch black pour, seemingly viscous. Spicy phenols provide peppery notions that add texture and punctuate the otherwise beefy dark malt aroma - chocolate, charcoal, almost inky malts. Not much fruitiness for all its farmhousey connotations. Plenty of small sediments in the bottle though. Its yeast manages to amplify the apparent attenuation, making for a dryish impy. Thick impy, an impression that the high carbonation and low residual sugars manage to tone down, but still plenty of roasted malt bitterness. Whilst this is something I would normally appreciate, it feels as if the malt complexity suffers and to me, there is not much point to drinking a 9%+ ale that is not either very focused or captivatingly complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1518) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Tap..Pour is dark black with a nice tan head..Nose is nice chocolate, light sweetness, spices, alcohol, earth...Taste is nice chocolate, light spices, sweetness, caramels..


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