Black Metal Imperial Stout, a.k.a. Suds of Northern Darkness, a.k.a. Iron Sword, a.k.a. El Martillo del Muerte. Black Metal is a cruel and punishing beer fermented by the sheer force of its awesome will.
Final Rating: 4.2/5
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass.
Pours a deep, deep black, inky body with a huge, gushing dark mocha colored head that reduces fairly quickly to a thin layer of foam, leaves a little lacing. Beautiful.
Smell is interesting.. almost smells sour with hints of coffee, milk chocolate, and toffee. Not overly aromatic, tough to get a good analysis here.
Upfront is heavy freshly ground coffee, roasty malt. The follow through is bittersweet chocolate and maybe some farmhouse belgian spiciniess. The finish is hoppy, roasty, and toasted and charred.
Mouthfeel is medium with medium high carbonation. Not super rich, but super tasty.
I liked Black Metal a lot.. my only complaint would be that I don’t get much “farmhouse” character.. maybe a little more spiciness, fruityness, or tartness would have helped. Overall recommendable.