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Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout (- Batch 15)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (2262) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
Aroma: Smelling of dark bread, dark fruits, sugar, coffee and smoked oak.
Appearance: A dark black colored beer. A brown head with small lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting black bread, grape-fruit peel, sweet coffee and salty licorice.
Palate: Medium low carbonation, a watery texture. A big body with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: A slightly salty sour licorice vibe. Not very funky.
Note: Bottle 750 ml at home. Reviewed 2014-02-21.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12955) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, hay and bready malt. Sweet licorice, malty flavour with salty and yeasty notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
(bottle - 750 ml) Black pour with a thin tan head. Chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Flavor is nice and rich malts with an earthy roast underneath. Nicely carbonated and bitter on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle. Poured black with a low tan head. Aromas of malted chocolate and coffee. The malt is really nice and smooth dark chocolate. Earthy notes throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Linnet (1687) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2014
Ar: roasty, alcohol, smoke, licorice, soy sauce, leather, chocolate, floral, some yeastiness in the finish, very rich. Ap: black colour, big Brown head, lacing. T: rich as sin, big bite, fat maltbase, salty, roasty, alcohol, astringent, this is true black metal! P: fullbodied, lively carbonation, salty, roasty bitter and warming finish. O: those who are about to rock, we salute you!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (5620) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
750 ml bottle. Opaque black with rich and lasting mocca head. Aroma wonderful, dark chocolate, coffee, peppery notes and some herbs. Taste is leather, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted, liquorice and alcohol with clear tangy notes, especially late in the flavor. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark thick black pour with big dark brown head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, slight acidic red fruits, hints of dark chocolate, baker’s chocolate, roasted malt, not much in the aroma. Taste is better, nice dark chocolate, roast, coffee notes into a bit of dark fruit, some slightly acidic malt, spice, finishing fairly bitter, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2012 vintage 750 ml bottle, thanks to Phatdog1. Dark black with incredible tan head with great retention. Nose is strong roasted malt with a nice Belgian yeast funk. Taste is rich dark chocolate, espresso bean, light vanilla, earthy funky yeast. Subtle funk. Secondary fruitiness and residual sugars. Mouthfeel has a creamy texture. Great stout to sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Shared at a small tasting. Enjoyed in a snifter, 2012 vintage and 75CL split 4 ways.

A - Pitch black, oily and nice 2 finger coffee coloured head.

S - Smells very nice.You get a standard stout of coffee, chocolate and roasted coffee. Green pepper nose and the farmhouse yeast adds a belgian orval nose to it

T - Taste is pretty standard. There’s licorice, smoke, chocolate and dry oaky notes. The flavor is spicy, bread and sadly the two styles just don’t meld too well

M - Big body, sticky flavors that hang out for a long time. Creamy and heavy carbonation

O - Good beer, the original I still think is better than this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swegepe (26) - SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
Grymt skum som är det svartaste jag sett. Tydlig rostad ton, kaffe, och i ytterkanten en doft av salt hav och diesel. Underbar.

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