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: 303   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle purchased at World of Beer in Tioga. Pours pitch black and thick with a massive dark brown head into my tulip glass. Aromas of roasty dark malts, some chocolate, light hops, but an interesting light grass introduced to the smell that I assume is the farmhouse yeast influence. I must say, though, that this influence is extremely subdued. Flavor follows the smell nearly perfectly with sweet chocolate balanced by slightly bitter roast flavor and a hint of anise. The farmhouse claim doesnt come through to much in he flavor but maybe makes things more drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick and rich but not overbearing with plenty if carbonation to make this full bodied and silky on the tongue. A really nice beer to be honest. Would have again for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
circinus (299) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle 75 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a dark brown very foamy head. Chocolate, fruity tart, dark fruit, roasty, berries. Slight sweetness, some bitterness, the roasty qualities mix very well with the fruity character. Full/medium body, low carbonation, slightly sweet fruity finish. Very nice and well balanced taste. Interesting as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franzen (545) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Rich coffee and chocolate aroma with a somewhat roasted acidity. Pitch black with big beige head. A bit acidic taste, very roasted taste a bit of bitterness but overshadowed by the roastiness, some alcoholic warmth. Medium body, average carbonation. Nice imperial stout, very rich in roasted flavours

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1968) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2014
750 ml bottle, Batch #15, bottled August 26, 2013. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half brown head. Head retention is good, and theres a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, milk and bittersweet chocolate, and some sweet and tart dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt malt/grain, licorice, and a bit of peppery spice and earthiness. I like the mix of roastiness, sweetness and tartness in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, its slick and coating with a good amount of soft carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, Id like to pick up a bottle the next time I come across some. $13.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours black and smells of rich chocolate and dark roasty malt. Slightest bit of tartness, but not like funk metal. Taste is dark cocoa laden chocolate. Too soft of carbonation as it was prepoured into a pitcher and then my glass, but still tasty and much better than funk metal, I thought. Would be even better with spot on carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Inbreak (5342) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
21.05.2014, 0,75l bottle @ BBGTC tasting:
Big light brown fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is loaded with Co2 stinging in the nose, followed by sour coffee, sour dark fruits, burnt caramel, dark malts, ashtray, sugar. Taste is sour-ish burnt, sour coffee, burnt caramel, ashtray, grass, yeast, hay, licorice, dark fruits, yeast. Medium bitterness, dry harsh watery mouthfeel, high carbonation. Meh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (5646) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a jet black body with a huge farmhouse-style foamy beige head. Nose is coffee, licorice, red fruits, straw, weird over-carbonated sour-ish tones and hints of dark chocolate. Taste is chocolate, coffee, sour-ish grainy notes, dry straw, hints of chalk, biscuits and ashes. Medium body, high carbonation. The over-carbonation factor plays in on this, creating a very volatile mix of flavors in high gear. Nice enough though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (1318) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Pours black with a dark tanned head. Aroma is slightly acidic with loads of roasted malts, hints of leather. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, leather and tar. Slightly sweet with a semi-dry finish. Hints of the farmhouse yeasts, but its mostly subdued by roast and alcohol. Body is close to full with a fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (1259) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Totalt svart med ett stort, mrk brunt skum. Doft: Funk, kakao, grs, kaffe, rter, alkohol, pralin butik, jord. Smak: rter, grs, kakao, kaffe, rostat korn, malt, alkohol, humle (ej beska), citrus. Mogen, trevlig bekantskap som nog vxer med ldern.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Splitenz (368) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2014
And exiting and amazing looking beer, if a bit confusing with its farmhouse meets imperial stout style. What I feel this does is make the stout part subdued and less aggressive, which is fine, but it clashes a bit with my expectations. All that said, this is an exiting meld of the furious and the mild, and a beer I had such an amazing time discovering.

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