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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Black Metal
Date: March 19, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, sticky sheets of lace
Aroma: dry roasted aroma, touch of fruity sweetness, dark chocolate, light toast
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, bitter dark chocolate, hint of coffee, dark caramel sweetness brings out a touch of dark fruits, long roasted finish with slight burnt character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4178) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
750 ml bottle from Hopper. Pitch ebony black with a huge cinnamon brown head that did not hardly disapate at all in the 10 minutes before I sipped it. Nose is chocolate and very roasty coffee. Flavor is coffee, pepperiness, roast, bitterness, and chocolate. Finish is lightly bitter, roasted coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2011
75cl, new American brew Anno 2010, thx to Wimenels!, complex Stout, roasted/malty and slightly spicy/sweet, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, rocky head, very good brew, yet expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4588) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Deep black pour, tan head. Aroma has loads of liquorice, milk chocolate, roasted malts, some caramel and molasses. Flavour malty sweet, somewhat bitter, liquorice, cocoa, roasted malts. Silky body, quite creamy, finish cocoa and bitter roasted malts. Nice.
(From 75cL bottle @ home. Thanks to atxdelivery!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2885) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2011
750 ml bottle
This is a solid imperial stout. There were notes of chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, had a metallic taste as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Pours dark black with a bright amber hue and caramel head. The aroma is a sweet malts, light with a bit of soy sauce. The flavor has notes of chocolate, roasted malts and light bitterness from hops that blend together well on a smooth, lighter medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Nose is pretty typical. Strong roast character, some molasses and dark fruit. Nothing really stands out too much. On tasting, body isn’t as big as I’d expect, the alcohol is discernible and there is just some lacking depth overall. Roast forward for sure, just not really anything that interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2011
750ml from the Rare Beer Club. Black metal references are long past the point of over-saturation, aren’t they? But at least these guys namecheck Kreator and not some Billyberg crew like Krallice. Still, the beer is a pretty solid RIS. Big oily pour, with an almost chalky, gritty look to it. Thin cafe au lait head lasts forever, and leaves good lacing. Big boozy nose with huge roasted malts. Pretty aggressive and one-dimensional, but at least they realize that dimension well. Roasty, thick, powerful, a solid effort. Shoulda called it Suds of ND for sure though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3350) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
Thanks to Don for this one. Pours a thick inky pitch black with a dark brown head. Reminds me of Zhukov with the pour. Aroma is rich roasted malts, dark chocolates and a hint of dark licorice. Taste is a full body, big roasted malts, like big big. Dark chocolates with a slight espresso tint. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7539) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2011
750 thanks to blutt59. Big chocolate and roast flavor. Oily. Creamy brown head. Slight tart that I like from big imperial stouts. Very tasty and bold.

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