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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: 299   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2014
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a little sediment and a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and a little funk - with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
1/23/2014. 750 ml. bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, spices. A bit peppery with yeast, chocolate and spices. Not overly bitter. Good balance. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (1100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into brandy snifter. A sweet passion fruit smell with some grassy spiciness and a mild cheesy aroma start this one off, but a little longer reveals quite a bit of complexity occurring in this. Some other subtle notes that poke through are raisin, cereal, mild milk chocolate, woody/piney, and a bit of alcohol every now and again. A brown espresso-like head starts out very abundant, but recedes to a light layer atop a dark, brown-red beer that’s not quite opaque, but close. Small bubble cascade down the side of the glass rather than lace. Initial, generous, tart cherry and melon sweetness tastes comes through with some piney spice. The pine spice turns somewhat bitter and is then accompanied by moderate bitter roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. There’s a also a very mellow sour dairy (spoiled milk) taste of the yeast in the background. The last taste as the drink is swallowed is a cola-like sweetness. There’s an above-average level of carbonation for an Imperial Stout (although nothing overwhelming) but it keeps the beer relatively thin (again for an Imp Stout). The mouth is coated with a combination of a smokey/ashy chocolate/coffee bittering, along with some pine spice, which disappears fairly early, and a very soft, mild brie-esque flavor replaces it. The cheese flavor, when it appears, matches the smokey chocolate mouth coating stride-for-stride for awhile - probably pairs really nicely with mild soft cheese - before a milky, creamy coating begins to wash and mellow out the smokiness. Unique complexity with nothing that’s over-powering or overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. deep dark blackish color with brown head. Chocolatey, roasty, sweet, and a little boozy aroma. More choco and big roast flavors light metallic and get a little bit of farmhouse yeast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (3958) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. A touch of funk in the nose with some roast and coffee. Pretty tasty considering all the other crappy jester king beer I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (5095) - Leuven, BELGIUM - 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 (1288) - 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 (9918) - 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 (6295) - 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 (537) - 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.

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