Friday, March 30, 2012
Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout
Today I'm drinking Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout brewed by Jester King Craft Brewery in Austin, Texas. First and foremost, thanks to my traveling coworker for bringing this back from a Houston business trip. It ain't easy packing four wine-sized bottles in your carry-on. (He didn't). Anyway, the silver and black colors and makeup on the Gene Simmons KISS wannabe on the front are pretty cool. I did a little research (Google Images) to find that the face painting on this guy is a little different (and he probably doesn't have quite the tongue either). But I bet he's in a KISS cover band for sure!
I am considering this pair of horns from Amazon for next time (affiliate link).
I am halfway into the wine bottle. I am not sure how, but I'm a little buzzed too, a little surprising for me at only half of a 9% alcohol bottle, even of this size. But luckily I already wrote down most of my thoughts. Pardon any really bad jokes though.
I like the head, which I almost never comment about. It is a light brown, mocha-colored fluffy fun head. LOL. Nice aroma--cocoa powder and plums, fairly rich, with some nutty and hoppy contributors. Cocoa flavors are first but are coupled with distinct Belgian yeast qualities. Plums and dark cherries. Smoke, roasted malt, wood. Some flat coffee flavors, too, which I didn't love. Pretty complex beer for sure.
The 9% alcohol provided a little heat in the throat, but mostly just got me buzzed. Not a bad beer with plenty of nice flavors. I personally think there is too much going on in this beer and that some of the components collide rather than marry each other. I also think it's missing a little sweetness as the hoppy bitterness is a factor. But it is definitely different than your typical imperial stout. The label does say, "we brew what we like... and offer the rest to those who share our tastes." Thanks for sharing, Jester King! I will be back.