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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6646) - 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 (3051) - 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?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crille (90) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2014
"Black metal" black color with a nice brown head. The nose is full of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is tart (light), caramel, smoked wood (?) and some coffee notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Superb dark chocolate flavors take hold of this unique take on the Imperial Stout style, as Saison yeast and discreet ashes rear their heads in the background.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam loudly fizzes away into the darkness.
-The prickly carbonation doesn’t necessarily fit with the rich dark malts and their residual sugars.
-I don’t really see how the farmhouse yeast helps this beautiful grain bill.
-The finish is pretty tame; lightly mineral, sweet and barely bitter.
-A 2-year-old bottle proved to be an IMMENSE improvement (which is rare). Farmhouse yeast took a back seat and barely added a touch of rusticity and acidity, leaving lots of room to the beer’s gorgeous dark malt aromas and flavors. From 3.4 to 4.4, really? Don’t remember the last time this happened to me.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle at Crowbar. Black with a huge, light brown head. Salty caramel nose. In the mouth also hints of smoked flavours. Quite good, some Bambergian character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeLuke23 (83) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Dark opaque black with a tan head. Nice head with tight bubbles. Aroma is of milk chocolate , dark cherry , and coffe. Flavor is the same with some mild bitter and burnt toast. Great CO2. Slightly fruity & peppery. Great interpretation of Belgian Stout. ---Rated @ your Moms House.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsol (975) - NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
Svart farge med brunt skum. lukter sjokolade, kaffe. Fyldig og faktisk ganske mye kullsyre. også noe syrlig og salt i smak sammen med den brente kaffen og sjokoladen.syrlig og bitter ettersmak. Dette var mye smak og mye øl:-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (3050) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
Svart med høyt kremete skum. Espresso, mørk sjokolade. Fyldig smak av brent mørk sjokolade. Salt lakris. Bitter og salt ettersmak, god kullsyrefølelse. Mye mat i denne, 0,7 flaske, skapt for å deles

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a very large, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, fruit, ash, and a slightly sour presence, but not in a bad way. Medium body, with a long, bitter finish.

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