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Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1254) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2014
750ml bottle pours almost flat brown-black with a few bubbles. Nose is dark chocolate and some dark fruit. Taste is dark roast baker’s chocolate and some fruity grape/berry notes. Finish is bitter roast chocolate and subtle berry. Would have liked a touch more carbed. Interesting and pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lordcheezus (1) - Bowling Green, USA - JAN 4, 2014 does not count
Pours black as motor oil, thick and rich. Very malty and roasty. It’s incredibly delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (5460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
(Bottle, 0.75 l - Batch #15, Aug 27 2013, at Kitty’s, 20140104) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma had vanilla, mild sourness, roasted malts and wood. Palate was full bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were wood, vanilla, roasted malts, mild sourness, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty, woody, sour and bitter. Not bad but somewhat confusing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pour: deep brown with a light brown head. Nose: chocolate, hay, coffee Feel: slick, fizzy oily Tongue: coffee, bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2292) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
750ml bottle. Black with a mocha head that fades to a ring. Roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, slight funk, earthy, anise. Mild carbonation, moderate body, slightly tangy, some alcohol on the finish with some vegetable notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2239) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
pours midnight black, full tan head that required a three stage pour. lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight earthy dirt. huge full body is ultra creamy. as it warms, booze begins to burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7594) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2013
750 ml bottle @ Malja, Kuopio. Rated on 26.12.2013.
Pours a black colour with a chunky tan head. Aroma of farmyard, chocolate and wet wool. Flavour of roasted malts, rich dark fruitiness, farmyard, earthiness and some smoky chipotle-like vegetable notes. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes roasty and a bit yeasty. The vegetable-like notes don’t quite fit in that well, but still a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5225) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2013
750ml bottle @ Malja, Kuopio

Pours pitch black with a smooth white head. Aroma of roasted malts, hints of yeast, licorice, spices and dark chocolate. Taste is smooth, slightly roasty and funky yeasty with earthy notes and some licorice, cocoa and dark chocolate. Finish is sweetish, roasty and spicy with notes of funky yeast, dark chocolate and ripe fruits. Okay Belgian style IS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5053) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750 ml bottle from The Beer Trappe. Huge pour. Black. Coffee and chocolate with cocoa powder finish but a slightly saison like aroma mixed in. Taste and body is not too heavy, though there is body here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1235) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Very nice. Motor oil with a dark tan head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee chocolate and roast malt. Little watery feel. Dark chocolate bitter finish.

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