Black Metal (Farmhouse Imperial Stout) – Jester King Brewery

I have heard rumors of Jester King Brewery out of Texas but had never had one of their beers until now.  My first brew of theirs was the “Black Metal (Farmhouse Imperial Stout)” a Sour Imperial Stout named after one of my favourite styles of Metal!  The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, anise, mild coffee with some milky qualities.  The flavour is of tart lemon, balsamic sourness, burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, earth, ash, anise and some farmhouse notes in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.1%.  This bottle was from batch #16 with a bottling date of 3, 25, 2015.  Sour stouts are still a bit foreign to me but being a fan of both sour beers and stouts I was able to really enjoy both aspects of this beer.  I look forward to trying out more beer in the Jester King lineup if I can work on trading for bottles in the future.

Commercial Description:  “It is certain that the introduction of pure yeasts into industrial fermentation does not constitute the crowning achievement of a system that is henceforth immutable. It seems, for example, that if the application of the pure cultures method has improved the average quality of the beer, if it has decreased the chances of infection, it has given us beer with less character than before.” – 20th century Belgian Brewing Scientist Marc H. Van Laer



Buffalo Butt Amber Lager – Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

From Fort Worth Texas’s Rahr & Sons Brewing Company comes their “Buffalo Butt Amber Lager”.  Thanks to my Aunt for picking up this bottle for me in Texas before heading to BC recently!  This amber lager pours a deep amber colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of caramel and grainy malts.  The flavour is of candied caramel, malts that are sweet but not overly and a mild hops bitterness.  This lager drinks far more like an ale than a lager.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 25.  This is a very nice lager that does not fail to excite the taste buds like so many on the market today.

Commercial Description:  Legend has it that back in the 1840’s, a group of cowboys hanging out at one of the many bars in Fort Worth’s “Hell’s Half Acre” would quench their thirst while telling tales of their buffalo hunting days. When one of the cowboys said a nice, cold beer was the only thing that could make him forget the often-viewed sight of a buffalo’s butt, the local brewmaster laughed and vowed to create Buffalo Butt beer to commemorate the posterior of the prairie’s most majestic beast.  Today, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. continues this fine tradition with our own recipe for Buffalo Butt beer – a rich, amber lager that doesn’t require months on a dusty trail, gazing at a buffalo’s hindquarters to be enjoyed.

Food pairings as per the brewery:  Buffalo Butt pairs well with Cajun and Mexican food. Of course we also think it’s the perfect beer to be served with a rump roast, but that’s only because we’ve never really grown up.  Monterey Jack, Gruyere.