Archive for March, 2012


I know it’s been awhile since I posted a new review, but life has a way of making things difficult.  On a positive note, I just got back from a trip to Texas where I was able to sample some of the regional beers I don’t get in NorCal.  There were two from Jester King that were especially interesting. Jester King’s a small brewery in Austin that actually won an important case against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission that allowed them to actually label their beers correctly.  For example: they were able to label their pale ales as such rather than as “pale beer.”  Their next move looks like challenging the state law requiring the breweries to make all sales through a distributor.

The first I tried was the Black Metal Imperial Stout.  It poured an inky black with a thick brown head.  The smell was sweet, chocolatey, and boozy.  It tasted like earthy chocolate with some roasted coffee.  The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy.  Less boozy than expected.  I shared this with a couple of friends and the adventurous beer drinker enjoyed it while the beer newb was not impressed.

I’d drink it again if I had someone to share with.