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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


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RATINGS: 290   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2387) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2015 March 7, 2015. Bottle at home, batch #15, august 27, 2013
Black with a large creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, tobacco, some licorice, light soy and spices. Taste is medium sweet, some salty notes and light soft roasted bitterness, finish is smooth, some spices and chocolate. Medium smooth bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (7806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roast chocolate, light funk, taste is similar, dry, coffee. Interestingly, this was much better the morning after opened.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berlinoise2go (675) - NORWAY - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle (75cl) from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. Huge, dark beige/brown head, slowly reducing to a thick film, no lacing. Pitch black colour. Rich aroma of tobacco, roasted malt, lightly burnt wood, coffee, chocolate, licorice, demerara sugar, tangy fruit. Fairly sweet taste, fabulously balanced by woody dryness and blackcurrant-like acidity. Full body, soft carbonation. Lingering aftertaste with associations to raw licorice and tannic red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (6189) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle shared with a friend. Yes I do have one :-) Poured a deep mahogany with a frothy tan head. The aroma is molasses, rich boozy alcohol. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich peaty earthy alcoholic, coffee, dark chocolate, liqourice bitter palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (7173) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
sample courtesy of a friend. Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pout. A lovely smooth imperial stout. Great stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5587) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Pitch black with a brown head. Aroma hops, roast, chocolate... Flavour dark chocolate, liquorice, roast, bitters, herbal roast, nice! Aftertaste is bitter, spicy, roast, dark chocolate. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full body. Delicious no nonesense stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (847) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
When I opened the bottle it was like open the seventh gate to hell, as there was a lot of pressure, and the room was filled with a lovely, roasty mindnumbing smell. The bootle oozes from bitterness and evil, but I also catch a fresh and alert smell. This baby just can’t wait to land a dirty blastbeat on your tongue. The taste is reminiscent of the Swedish beverage "Julmust", which don’t make sense to you if you are not Swedish, but sligthly behind there is classic stout flavors coming along, roasted malts, a little coffe, chocolate bitterness but also a hint of salty liquorice. The aftertaste is semi-dry and a little sour (I guess from the farmhouse yeast) and it is quite refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6893) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Big deep dark brown almost black head. Body is opaque dark, like the soul of a satan rocker. Earthy roasty chocolatey aroma, quite dense, with soot and wild berry notes, and possibly traces of something funky. Sweet roasty sooty chocolatey taste with fruity wild berry and bubblegum notes. Full-bodied. Soft and kind of flat mouthfeel, with a hot, almost burning sensation. Sweetish, and faintly acidic, roasty earthy burnt aftertaste with alcoholic coffee notes. The burnt alcoholic mineraly finish lingers for a long time. Well. This is not a session beer, that’s for sure. And it’s certainly complex. (0.75l bottle, from wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with large dark beige head. Salty roasted malt aroma, some coffee. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (4104) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a thick, inky black. Khaki head of foam with excellent retention. The aroma is roasty, peppery, spicy, molasses, nuts. The taste is sweet and spicy. Thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

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