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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle at the parentals with my dad. Pour is deep, viscous black with a big frothy brown head - good lacing. Roasty, chocolate, earthy, leathery, ash, leathery, tangy, grapey, and coffee in the aroma. Taste is rich dark chocolate, woody, leather, smoky, espresso, light vanilla, earthy, dark fruits, black licorice, and tangy with a long roasted chocolate finish. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not as good as the original, but tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée avec une pointe de torréfaction et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col brun mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de torréfaction avec une petite de petits fruits et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #5349)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Trade from Errl. Pours super viscous and thick with deep coffee crema colored head. Nose of burnt malts, coffee, molassess, dark things. Chewy mouthfeel, tar, burnt malt and coffee. Definitely different than my recollection of the original. There is a short, but distinct sourness before the long finish like acetic red fruit. Interesting twist. Good beer for a snowy night like this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Keg@CBC2013 Opaque black color, small brown head. A bit woody, toasted-roasted aroma, maybe some milky notes too. Full-bodied. Milky, roasted, kind of shorty finish. Not much farmhouse found.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Big dark roasted scents that are entangled with a dried fruit funk. The beer is so dark it appears black but the big active heads purple tint makes me think otherwise. It’s flavor has a Tartness like you might find in a Saison, The thick caramelized sweetness that you find in scotch ale, the roasted dry coal coffee of a stout and a wood barrel tint. It is a lot to comprehend take your time and sip slow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3632) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours black with a tan head. Flavors of licorice, chocolate and coffee. Heavy bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth smoky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1431) - 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?!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (619) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfinney23 (1839) - 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.

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