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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: 291   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4727) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget (order through Galatea). Musty and malty smell with coffee, roasted and chocolate. Similar taste. Light body. High carbonation. Very tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2014
750ml bottle, the bottle was a little too aged. Sweet and thick, molassesy and rich. A little one dimensional

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (3734) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2014
12-JUL-2014, bottle @Kregme. Black with low tan head. Roast and brett. Works very well here. Chocolate, spice, leather. Full body, above average carbonation, sweet. Wonderfull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Black with a chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, blackcurrant, hint of wood. Creamy mouthfeel, rich on the palate with a slightly roasty finish. Flavours are chocolate, cranberry, toasted malts, touch of farmhouse spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Dark black pour with a thick brown head. Aroma of dark licorice, smoke, brett, and heavy roast. Taste is heavy roast, sour fruit, horse blanket, and cocoa. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3753) - Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 3/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, smoke, light char, pepper, raisin, fig, light licorice, and roast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, smoke, light char, pepper, raisin, fig, light licorice, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness and earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, smoke, light char, pepper, raisin, fig, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian imperial stout. All around great complexity and robustness of big dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3426) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on June 21 2014; eye: black, opaque, nice dark brown head that turns into a thin sheet, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, anise, chocolate, light iodine, light acidity; mouth: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, light iodine, light soy sauce, anise, acidity, light sourness, finale in coffee with presence of soy sauce, full body, average carbonation, lightly bitter, rich and lightly silky texture; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, 9,3 %, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 21 juin 2014; œil : noire, opaque, bonne mousse brun foncé qui se transforme en une mince couverture, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, anis, chocolat, léger iode, légère acidité; bouche : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, léger iode, léger sauce soya, anis, acidité, légère aigreur, finale en café avec présence de sauce soya, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement amère, texture riche et légèrement soyeuse; en résumé : bien aimé

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (1246) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 Bottle 10 months old. Black with a 1 finger mocha head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with booze. The taste adds licorice, some dark fruits, black coffee up front with a bit of tart bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick with heavy carbonation for the style and a leathery finish. Pretty damn excellent overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle purchased at World of Beer in Tioga. Pours pitch black and thick with a massive dark brown head into my tulip glass. Aromas of roasty dark malts, some chocolate, light hops, but an interesting light grass introduced to the smell that I assume is the farmhouse yeast influence. I must say, though, that this influence is extremely subdued. Flavor follows the smell nearly perfectly with sweet chocolate balanced by slightly bitter roast flavor and a hint of anise. The farmhouse claim doesn’t come through to much in he flavor but maybe makes things more drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick and rich but not overbearing with plenty if carbonation to make this full bodied and silky on the tongue. A really nice beer to be honest. Would have again for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
circinus (267) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle 75 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a dark brown very foamy head. Chocolate, fruity tart, dark fruit, roasty, berries. Slight sweetness, some bitterness, the roasty qualities mix very well with the fruity character. Full/medium body, low carbonation, slightly sweet fruity finish. Very nice and well balanced taste. Interesting as well.

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