Jester King Black Metal Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at Jester King Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Austin, Texas USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
Black Metal Imperial Stout, a.k.a. Suds of Northern Darkness, a.k.a. Iron Sword, a.k.a. El Martillo del Muerte. Black Metal is a cruel and punishing beer fermented by the sheer force of its awesome will. We are pretty sure that Kreator wrote the song “Impossible Brutality” about this beer while drinking it during their Extreme Aggression Tour.

Note: This entry is the original Black Metal. Beginning around the time of their first anniversary, Jester King switched to a farmhouse yeast for all of their beers. All ratings after this switch should be entered under the Farmhouse Black Metal Imperial Stout entry. The original Black Metal bottles feature a small sticker on the neck; the Farmhouse Black Metal bottles have the word "Farmhouse" in small print on the label.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (2938) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle 0.75l at Johnny Off License Roma Italy. 03.12.2015.Thank you John for this Vintage bottle.Taste with Mortlach, ippopotamo36, John, Trevor and cika Boban. Pour it dark color with small thick dark head.Aroma of chocolate, some mocha, vanilla also.Taste sweet really pleasent with pinch of bittery finish.Dark choclate, vanilla, roasted coffee.Perfect balanced and great result of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippopotamo36 (2195) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 14, 2015
Vintage bottle from the Johnny Off License catacombs in Rome-Italy. Many thanks to John Nolan for this amazing sharing. Pours black color with a minimal but persistent dark foam. Nose is terrific with nutty feel well balanced with roasted coffee beans and some mocha. Mouth is velvety, silky and elegant. Easy beer for the style which aged in a fantastic way. A real gem, I want it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mortlach (2217) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 14, 2015
Vintage bottle @Johnny’s Off License (Rome), thank you John! Pours oily black with a little cappuccino head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, nuts. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet with a light bitter end, a bit unbalanced but in a good way. Full body, light carbonation. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13257) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Inky black with a medium sized tan head. Good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and hops. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Medium bodied, low carbonation, lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
malty, licorice, chocolate aromas, pitch black with tan lacing, vanilla and chocolate flavour smooth with a bitter finish. just yes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (3638) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle from SB. Very dark brown with a tiny brown head. malty and fruity tones. Malt, coffee, licorice, fruit and hops. Full body with a long bitter / fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle shared by Damian and Lona. Pours a deep opaque black with a slight layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of roasty malts, coffee, and some chocolate. Taste is pretty spot on with the aroma, the coffee lingers nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (3088) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Enjoyed at Freetail Bottleshare 2015... Dark black pour with beige head... Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate... Flavor is roasty, nuances of coffee and dark chocolate with earthy finish... Really nice beer, wish they still made this ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (3282) - GREECE - AUG 2, 2015
From old notes. 750ml bottle. Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate and coffee. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily silky body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2659) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. (From notes.) Bottle. Opaque black body with a big tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, sour cherry, light licorice. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dry, sweet, boozy finish with a slight tartness. Taste of roasted malt, wood, alcohol.

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