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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: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3341) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
This pours a deep black w/ a thick looking brown head of large bubbles. The nose is coffee-like w/ a hint of something that implies tartness. This is really sweet w/ a sticky, creamy textures. It reminds me quite a lot of over-sweetened coffee w/ a strong espresso bitterness in the finish. This is very mildly tart and also has a touch of a medicinal note. This is an interesting beer w/ a pretty cool label but it is honestly just not all that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4836) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Brett, dark malt and yeast aromas. Chocolate, roasted malt, Brett and saison yeast flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (7679) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Draft - Roast malts and chocolate. Jet black with a creamy brown head. Roast malts, with a funky vinegar sourness that finishes long and chocolaty. Cool.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2633) - Finspång, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
Eye: Black with a large, brown head.
Nose: Cold coffee, cocoa, licorice, roasted malt and sour berries.
Mouth: Dry and somewhat thin.
Tongue: Coffee, licorice, smoke, dry smoke and charcoal.
Brain:An interesting cross between American Imperial Stout and Belgian Strong Ale, but it is nothing I would buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3399) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2014
750ml bottle from Proof (I think). Blackish pour ridiculous brown head. Aroma of espresso, roasty, booze, cocoa, farmhouse. Tastes are same as nose with light spice, strong coffee and a milky lactic texture. Better as it warmed. Very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (731) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Big ass bottle. Poured a black color with a khaki head. Taste of cocoa malts, rich, milk chocolate, fudge, boozy and woody. High carbonation, thick carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3495) - FINLAND - MAR 28, 2014
.75 bottle. Black, mocka head. Dark berry, dry dark chocolate, roasted, slight vinous nose. Good full body. Light finish tho. Nothing sweet here, but sort of savoury, slight soy sauce.. Nice, but non too increadible. Haven’t tried the non-farmhouse version, but would guess this is a bit lighter, drier. Was expecting a bit more. But nice also not to be overrun with everything. And the vinous note..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2014
Carbon black liquid with golden brown foam. The flavor of coffee, dark syrup, chocolate and a hint of malt sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (3543) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2014
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff mars-14: vi nærmer oss slutten av kveldens program, og med denne er vi høyt oppe i euforisk begeistring. Flott skum, nesten ugjennomtrengelig svart, flott karbonering som gir en lekker munnfølelse og stoor smaksrikdom. Blir dette stående som kveldens beste? Uansett gir denne ganglag for sjelen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (3942) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2014
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika . Black color, good brownish foam. Roasted Aromas, yeast, malt, chocolate : medium/ high intensity. Full body & high complexity. Good bitterness & balance . Very enjoyable

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