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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1194) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 Pours pitch black with a dark mocha fizz on top. Smells strongly of chocolate and coffee. Taste is of intense chocolate flavors with some solid, present coffee bitterness and what could be hints of molasses, with faint hints of flowers underneath. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and tolerable mouth-carbonation, Jester King Farmhouse Black Metal Imperial Stout finishes with a hint of bitterness. Will benefit from prolonged aging, I highly recommend to do so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
b79turner (252) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2012
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Motor oil black with a 1" tan head. This beer is not as thick and oily as most stouts, more carbonation than Iím used to in this style. Nose is FANTASTIC! chocolate, malts, roasty. This is the smoothest, most drinkable stout Iíve had! I loved it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (991) - truckee, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Big dark roasted scents that are entangled with a dried fruit funk. The beer is so dark it appears black but the big active heads purple tint makes me think otherwise. Itís flavor has a Tartness like you might find in a Saison, The thick caramelized sweetness that you find in scotch ale, the roasted dry coal coffee of a stout and a wood barrel tint. It is a lot to comprehend take your time and sip slow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cwrw42 (51) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2012
WOW! Not for the, this faint of heart, this stout doesnít pour it oozes into the glass like oil filling the glass with a dense black liquid topped with a dark dense head. The initial aroma is reminiscent of soy sauce but its full of roasted malt character and complexity. For its size this stout drinks very easily with a full pallette and rich maltiness. Hops are present but only enough to balance but not detract from the stunning malt profile. I picked up a couple of other beers from Jester King on a trip to Austin earlier this summer and now I am eagerly looking forward to tasting them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TopherJackson (37) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Pours jet black with a thick camel colored thin head. Coffee and toffee aromas. Starts off with a burnt oaky flavor with a heavy malt finish. All around great imperial stout but I remember it better it better from the brewery...obvious I know!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle courtesy of TheBeerGod. Thanks Mike! Aged a year. Dark chocolate and vanilla flavors with dark fruit and caramel under tones. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1458) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Very nice. Motor oil with a dark tan head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee chocolate and roast malt. Little watery feel. Dark chocolate bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (5462) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2014
Pitch black, smooth creamy stable espresso like head. Rich aromatic yet concentrated and punchy roasted malts, coffee as espresso shot, dry, dark chocolate, cheesy. Amazing aroma. Taste is dark again, concentrated, plenty bitter. Aromatic, characterful, perfect carbonation. Wow, this beer is so well developed, this must have taken time. And itís better than the original, much more developed and complex. Amazing beer. (On tap at the brewery)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (1421) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Black enough, thin beige film of head stays long. Sweet aroma has some bitterness also, licorice, bit milky notes, some coffee, medical herbs, dark ripe fruits. Full body and feel, bit oily, roasted bitter, french roast coffee, long roasted finish, potent carbonation, milk chocolate, sweetness nicely balanced by roasted bitterness and carbonation. More like smooth liquid black metal, good balance, flavors and character. Not that aggressive, more nuanced and pure. Good job!

   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.

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