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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2011
750ml - Black, dark tan creamy head. Spicy blackened marshmallow aromas ride a soft undercurrent of vanilla coffee and dark chocolate throughout. Peppery black fudge flavors round well with a sturdy foundation of dark roasted coffee, vanilla bean, and ash. Deeply rooted hop bitterness throughout keeps any perceived sweetness mostly in check. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not your ordinary Imperial Stout, but very tasty none the less…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Aroma is very chocolatey, not a lot of roast, some fruity yeast in there. Subtle coffee. Nice body. Lots of chocolate in the flavor, very bitter. Awesome hop finish. really bitter. Some floral hops. Carbonation isn’t there, really creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers, finishes very strong and dry. Pretty awesome flavors going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, earth, and some dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, earth, and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Poured into a DFH Snifter, Jet black with an awesome Brown head. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and maybe a touch of licorice. Tastes creamy smooth, Chocolate, heavy Roasted Malt and some smoke. Seems like a light hop and Alcohol finish. Light to Medium mouth feel. This is Delicious. Dammit, I need to Stop sharing these great brews (Just kidding D.K.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15426) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Dark brown head. Good lacing. Nose of roast chocolate malts, vanilla beans and rich dark coffee. Lots of mocha. Taste is medium to full bodied. Rich and deep chocolate, coffee roast, vanilla beans, chalk and ash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Pours jet black with thick motor oil pour.  Thin tan head.  Aroma of heavy chocolate, and dark fruits.  Taste is dark chocolate and coffee. Thick, smooth palate.  Very impressive.  

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle tanks to beace. Aroma is roasted and burnt malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and some vanilla. Palate is creamy and smooth. Flavor is sweet finishing dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Decent amount of roast with burnt cookie-dough malt characters. Thick and foamy with some ash flavors, dark chocolate, smoke, caramel, and simple syrup.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5827) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle shared during the room tasting Friday night of RBSG 2011. Poured a dark black body with a small tight foamy dark beige head. Aroma of lots of chocolate pudding, vanilla, tobacco, slight smoke. Medium bodied with slight heat, average carbonation, and a lingering finish. Flavor of tobaccoo, tar, dark burnt chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9667) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2011
Dark greige head over jet-black beer. Coffee, black chocolate, roasted barley - serious stuff. Cigarette ash, coffee dredges; finish is sweet coffee, served with black chocolate and a dash of mole sauce. Alcohol very present in the finish. Very thick, viscous, voluptuous MF; warming alcohol. Very good Imperial Stout. Txs to the Dewberries!

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