Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jester King Craft Brewery - Black Metal Imperial Stout

Up until very recently, I would have thought that the terms "craft beer" and "Texas" went together about as well as the terms "Lindsay Lohan" and "sobriety." But I've started hearing more and more about decent craft breweries popping up in Texas and I finally got my first chance to try one of their beers last week.

Black Metal is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Jester King Craft Brewery, just outside of Austin, Texas. The beer has one of the best labels I've seen in a while- a pissed off looking dude in full on KISS makeup. Bad. Ass.

Black Metal pours a deep black color with an incredibly dark milk chocolate colored head. The smell was a bit faint, but I picked up some roasted malt, black licorice, molasses and dark chocolate, with some subtle hints of plum.

The taste opened with a big hit of roasted malt and milk chocolate. The middle brought some flavors of espresso and the finish brought some faint hops and charred grain husk. The mouthfeel was very smooth but a bit lighter than some of the big Russian Imperial Stouts out there. Overall, I was pretty impressed with this beer and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Texas is able to produce in the future.

Final Grade: B+

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