Day #351 – Jester King Farmhouse Black Metal Imperial Stout

December 18, 2011

Day 4 is a big-time beer and one I have been looking forward to for a LONG time.

Jester King Farmhouse Black Metal Imperial Stout

This is their big boy, the Black Metal, an Imperial Stout. I reviewed the original of this back on Day #105 and I loved it. It was just what I was hoping it would be, and so I can be honest in saying that I am anxious and nervous at the same time to try the new version. Farmhouse strains have a bit of funkiness to them and I am a little skeptical to see how it will affect this fat imperial stout.

This is an Imperial Stout, and the new version is a lower ABV than before. It is now only 9% (ONLY 9% ha!) and that was due to adding a smaller amount of fermentable sugars, as the Farmhouse yeast did not require it. This lead to lower gravities and therefore less alcohol. Not that that’s a bad thing though. Let’s check it out.

This beer pours a very dark black color. No light gets through this one. It foams up big time with lots of brown bubbles. Foamy.

The aroma is dark chocolate, big roasted notes, light coffee, dark malts with a touch of light sweetness. There is certainly a distinct aroma due to the farmhouse yeast.

The flavor is dark malts, sweet flavors with roasted cocoa, lightly bittered on the finish. There is a slight twinge I would say from the farmhouse yeast.

I think I prefer the original version of this with the English Ale yeast as it had a larger chocolate presence.




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