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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: 301   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (5475) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1836) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle, batch 15. Pours pitch black with an enormous chocolate coloured head. Aroma is malt with tobacco, chocolate, wooden barrels and a nice funkiness. Velvety creamy body with very soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet and malty with cocoa, leather and oak barrels, as well as some dark fruity yeast funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10244) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Honestly, even though there is a whole nother sour version of this, one could consider this a sour stout. tart and peppery aroma, atop layers of roasted malt, dark fruit, licorice, alcohol... Good enough and intriguing enough to make me really want to try the regular...which ironicaly, i thought this was. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1366) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Opaque black beer with a large brown head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, coffee, spices, red berries and herbs. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, herbs, citrus, coffee and spices. Wow, super balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with a large light brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate notes is very enticing. Taste is a well balanced mix between some roasted malt with some notes of chocolates and some light fruity notes. Body has a full boy with a nice creamy mouthfeel with no apparent alcohol. Well balanced with super good drinkability and smooth aftertaste which may be due to farmhouse yeast makes for a great late-night stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (6102) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2014
From notes, consumed 8/24/2013. 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated March 2013, batch 13. Black with two fingers of fluffy dark tan head. No lacing. Aromas of floral hops, roast, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, yeast and funk. Tastes of roast, nutty notes, dark chocolate, slight tartness, yeast and funk. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Pretty interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Artistdave (65) - Austin, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Deep dark brew, roast, chocolate , slight burnt, very rich, alcohol warmth, not for timid. Very good imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with deep tan head. Aroma is very chocolatey, roasty. Taste is thick, chocolate, rich, dry finish. Exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chiiidog (42) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2014
The farmhouse yeast makes this beer interesting. Without that, it would be an average imperial stout. But I like the addition of the farmhouse yeast. Gives it a carbonated kick and an interesting flavor & mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (4119) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
Bottled. Pours pitch black with an average, lacing and tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, coffee, notes of vanilla and yeast. Sweet flavor that ends up dry, with alcohol and slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation.

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