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RATINGS: 257   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
750 ML. Damn. That’s black. Like, Norwegian night black. Dark brown light frothy head. Has a prune and cough syrup aroma. Has a good carbonated start which I didn’t expectct from the pour. Goes from slightly sweet to a palate covering dark malt and still a bit of prune feel. Fucking metal.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2094) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle at SBWF 2013. Taste of rosted malts, chcolate, dark fruits and some tartness

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1715) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Black colored with a frothy tan head. A thin layer lasts on top producing some lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted ash, toasted grains, a splash of vanilla and light fruity esters. The flavors mostly follow with a few exceptions: burnt ashy malt, coffee, dark chocolate, a light lactic-like character, and some dark fruit. Very smooth, silky in the body and drinkable. The Farmhouse yeast adds an interesting element that I enjoyed but this is still very much an Imperial Stout. The fact that it’s <10% is a good thing. Nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wordsworth (129) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
750mL bottle drinking from Finnish pub mug. Color is pitch black with a pencil-thick dark khaki head that slowly dissipates into a collar. Lacing is medium. Aroma is roasted malt, a dark fruit sweetness, chocolate, espresso, some hops. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, a faint sourness, and a long roasty finish that gives hints of the ABV. Otherwise, the hops are not noticeable in what is a pleasantly balanced palate. Beer has a thick mouthfeel but dissipates like a thinner beer than it appears to be, though oily. Overall very solid beer and my second favorite Jester King variety. Worth cellaring.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NBird (333) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2013
@home with col trickle. Black/very dark brown , with a large brown head. Smells.. Coffee,choc, roasted malts, sweet sugar, slight sour. Tastes..coffee and choc, roasted malts and sourness comes through as it warms.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Japalo (1088) - DENMARK - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle@ Home. 75cl. Small head. Black tar. Low carbonation. Roasted toasted biscuit Caramalty notes. All come into play. Dry bitter. Hoppy in a pine kind of way. Great complex flavours.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1671) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours black with high brown head. Pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, resin. Taste is of chocolate, intense coffee, roasted malt, mild acidity, alcohol. Not really sour. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Nice chocolate. Acidity not too distrubing. A good brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
pours insanely dark brown with a creamy beige head, excellent retention and lacing. roasted chcocolate, umamied mushrooms, soy-balsamic blend - light acidity that is, surprising to the hairy metal guy that didn’t read the label onto bottle, fruitiness, hazelnuts, lactose-like sweetness, smoke, roasted acidity, hint of coconut. average carbonation, medium body - oily, smoky and bold resinous-bitter coffee finish. thoroughly enjoyed this stuff..

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
75cl bottle from CPK, London. It pours a pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and herbs, floral hops. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Strange but good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10405) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle shared at Natifest ’13. Poured a black color with an average to large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate malt, tobacco and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.


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