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Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at Jester King Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Austin, Texas USA
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RATINGS: 298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (4351) - 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 (4546) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (4380) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2014
75cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks! Pours very dark with a small, beige head. Moderate roasty aroma with dark malts, dark fruits, hints of chocolate and hops. Medium sweet with nice roasty notes and a light bitterness. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen2 (2569) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Black with short brown head. Alcohol and dark malts in aroma. Slightly better taste, but it’s still crude. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3475) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours black with a brown head. Coffee raisin and funky smokey liquorice nose. Sharp tongue. Full bodied. Funky burnt raisin and ash. Long finish with notes of green apples.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tandembrauer (1000) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle at Cardinal, 2014/03/24. Black with brownish foam. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet with a lot of roasted bitterness. Lots of roasted barley used in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (7400) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours black with a small tanned head. Aroma is light roasted malts, weak smoked caramel. Taste is smooth , lovely sweet dark roasted malts,red ripe dark fruits, lovely mouthfeel and taste. Moreish ++

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6236) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2014
750 ml bottle, batch #15, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.3%, OG 1085, FG 1015, IBU 44. Pitch black colour (one of the darkest beers I’ve seen), large and impressive head with colour somewhere between coke grey and brown. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, leather and chocolate, mixed with acidic and "farmhouse" notes of brettanomyces. The flavour is rich and medium sweet, with some fruity acidity, but is first and foremost dominated by roasty notes of coffee, hints of dark bitter chocolate and black pepper. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Black pour with a big tan head. Dry roasty aromas with notes of coffee, cocoa, and farmhouse funk. Flavor is roasted malts with a dry funky earthy finish. Interesting brew with a lot going on. Not my favorite impy stout, but worth trying for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2957) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
First off as a huge metalhead this label and name kicks ass. Anyways, bottle via trade shared with hummm...I know someone. Pours out black with a dark brown head. Aroma is of syrup, chocolate, light roast, dark dried fruits, burnt grains. Taste is complex and a silky smooth borderline sexy mouth feel. Flavors of dark roasty malts,, chocolate, lit medium roast coffee, figs, light molasses, mildly funky yeast?

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