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: 304   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 1, 2013
750ml split between 3 of us. A - Pours a heavy metal black, with 2 fingers of espresso frappa head. Rounded patterns of vertical lacing. S - Rich and roasted black malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, berry fruit, allspice, nutmeg, unknown spice. T - Dense and creamy chocolate, almost astringent, heavy roast, acidic coffee, raspberries, star anise, charred vanilla, spicy hops. The Belgian yeast is present but mellow. M - Moderate carbonation cuts through the density lifting the body creating a super creamy feel and light/medium body Black metal is a good name for this brew. The Belgian yeast takes a back seat to the full on stout components. Lots of chocolate and roast. Light feel for such a big brew. Serving type: bottle 04-09-2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4583) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2017
Pours a deep black from the bomber with bubbly tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of mild farmhouse funk over big roasted dark malts and a hint of mild fruitiness. Taste is even more of the farmhouse, but still a nice stouted base, with a semi-sweet finish. Solid, but I like the not farmhouse or the newer generations better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12640) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Sample from 2013 bottle at the "Black Friday 02" tasting on 11/25/2016. Brown-black color with a medium tan head that recedes gradually to a film. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of roast malt, yeast and chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of chocolate malt, earthy yeast and coffee. The finish is roasty with a malty aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8360) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2016
(Bottle, batch #15) Pitch black colour with dense, dark brown head. Malty, roasted nose with black coffee, black rye bread, liquorice, dark chocolate, soy sauce, some orange peel and a touch of smoke (I guess some brimstone was to be expected). Malty, roasted nose with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, soy sauce, liquorice, black rye bread, orange peel, hints of spicy yeast and a balanced coffee bitterness in the finish. The farmhouse yeast makes its impression, but doesnt take over, Almost full body, with a touch of sweetness. Rich, well balanced and tasty, with lots of liquorice and black coffee. Very nice. (Recommended with something dark and sinister.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (595) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
Dark brown/black color. Mild aromas, roasted malt, some floral/grass hints. Taste is roasted malt, mild chocolate, some herbal, grass and yeast hints. Bitter, roasted finish. P.S. Took me a while to figure out if this was the correct batch, since the tasting was 1.5 years ago, but after some research Im 99% sure this is the one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (4541) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2016
0.75l bottle from Barley Wine, batch #15. After leaking a good glass or so in my suitcase on the trip back from Copenhagen due to a bad cap, this one pours a jet-black body with a strange dark chocolaty bubbly and kinda foamy head. The aroma has clear oxidized tones, but its also really filled with lovely licorice, roasted malts, chocolate and there is some mild faint acidity all the way in the back. Was not expecting it to have much carbonation left, but there is definitively some left in here. The mouthfeel is oily and not as viscous as I had hoped, but all in all nice enough. The flavors are definitely on the extreme oxidized-side and really dominated by roasted chocolate malts and some salty licorice. Tones of alcohol lingering in the light warming dark chocolaty aftertaste. Yeah, clearly affected by the fact that there has been a leakage, but still a really nice one! 01.07.2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2016
750ml bottle. (Unsure about Batch No, but the bottle has been sitting in the cellar for close to two years.) Pours pitch black, with a fluffy brown head. Roasted, spicy aroma, coffee, earth, chocolate, caramel, light phenols, faint hops. Off-dry, medium to full bodied, mid bitterness, balanced CO2. Roasted, spicy, lightly phenolic taste, chocolate, coffee, caramel, earth, ashes. Feels rather uncomplex, I get a "home brew" feel from this. Not overly impressed. (2016-06-05)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christos (5471) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016
(Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout ) Bottle 750 ml at home, batch #13, March 2013. Served into a snifter, ABV 9.3% Pitch black coloured body with a tall and very thick dark brown head on top, with excellent retention. Nice aroma with roasted malts, milky and dark chocolate, light funk. Great taste, lots of roasted malts, coal, some chocolate, ash, only a hint of funk,well hidden alcohol. Medium thick body, nicely carbonated, quite dry on the palate. Very tasty and dangerously drinkable, also so much better than the one I had almost a year ago (batch 16+).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3516) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2016
Boise Imperial Stout Tasting. Brown pour with a thin ring of light brown head. Nose is roasty and dark chocolate, light hints of the farmhouse yeast. Flavor is sweet and mild bitters, sort of floral and earthy. Enough dark chocolate and roast to add some robustness to the brew. Goes well with the yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (2205) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle shared at tasting. Dark pour, tan coarse head. Funky smell, with notes of chocolate and cocoa. Sour with lactic acidity, chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Medium body with high acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (2055) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAR 22, 2016
Black color with brown head. Aroma has tart and roasty notes with a bit of caramel. Taste starts tart with dark fruit notes, roasted malts and a bit of coffee on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice combination of tart flavors and roastiness.

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