Jester King Brewery Funk Metal (Blend #9) – Sour Stout at 9.5% ABV

Jester King Brewery Funk Metal (Blend #9) Sour Stout at 9.5% ABV | 28 IBU (C$29.49 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, packaged on 21-Mar-2018, acquired 7-Sep-2018, reviewed 6-Jan-2019)

Appearance: clear deep brown with ruby brown relief around the edges, one fat finger of rocky beige head, good retention and moderate soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: red berries, chocolate, tobacco, wood, barnyard funk. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, moderate tart, light funk. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate-high carbonation, lingering tart and mildly warming finish. (4/5)

Surprisingly high carbonation (at least, for a Stout – not so much for a Wild/Sour) make the body much lighter than the appearance might suggest. Not very Stout-like overall, actually, but unlike e.g. Tart of Darkness, there’s some roasted malt character present on the nose and the tongue. Overall I’d have to say the Sour and the Stout characters are pretty well blended, though the Wild/Sour is somewhat dominant, particularly on the front end. Very good, probably on par with ToD (and just as expensive, if not more so). (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze

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