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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Opaque black body sprouts foamy tan head. Beady lace all up in my glass.

Roasted malts meet toffee. Surprisingly tannic, though doesn't taste like there's any cross-contamination here. Oaky, boozy, and a touch funky too. Really wish they'd return to the English yeast with this one because the farmhouse yeast produces an inferior product. Oh well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (1117) - NORWAY - APR 19, 2014
Flaske delt med esp0r.very slow gusher. Svart uklar farge. Enorm skumtopp som forsvinner etterhvert.lavt karbonert.smaker røyk, røstet malt, sjokolade,lakris, rødvin, tre, jord, rød frukter. En kompleks øl med mange spennede innslag

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3715) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
750 mL bottle from Bieropholie, shared with friends. Deep brown-black with a nice mocha head. Lactic sourness, nice molasses and dark chocolate imperial stout character, quite nice. Medium-full body with full creamy carbonation, velvety. Lots of nice imperial stout character with restrained wild/sour notes; lightly sweet with a touch of tartness and a nice funky imperial stout finish. Rock on!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (1992) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Black with brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Funky roasty chocolate taste. Big bitter finish. Great! Smooth full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3505) - FINLAND - APR 9, 2014
Bottled, thx jookos. Pours blackish in color with a tan head. Dark, bitter cocoa, roasted notes with hints of tartness in aroma. Cocoa, bit of ashes and some tart notes in taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (4006) - 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 (6666) - 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 (12675) - 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 (2816) - 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 (4289) - 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.

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