One of Jester King Brewery’s most iconic beers is being rereleased today, but with a twist.
Last seen in the fall of 2013, this incarnation of Black Metal is a 9.1 percent ABV “farmhouse imperial stout” that was brewed in October 2014 with “Hill Country well water, malted barley, oats, and hops” before being fermented for nine months in stainless steel.
The major change for the newest version is that it will incorporate the Austin, Texas-based brewery’s “house mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery in the Texas Hill Country.” This is a change from the previous two versions of Black Metal, the first of which used pure English Ale cultured brewer’s yeast and the second which used French saison yeast.
A post on Jester King’s website explains the choice in more detail:
Tomorrow’s release marks the first batch of Black Metal fermented with our house mixed culture. Naturally, because of its unique fermentation with native microorganisms, the beer is different than previous versions. We’re quite happy with how it turned out, and we’re excited to release it. However, for fans of the original Black Metal, or “O.G. Black Metal” as its known, we feel as though we need to borrow the famous line from Stone Brewing Co.‘s Arrogant Bastard Ale: “You probably won’t like it.” Like all our beer, the flavors and aromas of the current batch of Black Metal are very much fermentation derived and rely far less on copious amounts of malt and hops. This is what we like to drink. We like dry, balanced, drinkable, tart beers with some interesting yeast complexity. We feel we’ve achieved this with Black Metal, and hope others enjoy it as well.
According to Jester King, the newest version of Black Metal is available today at the brewery packaged in 750ml bottles ($12), with 3,000 total bottles filled. There will be a three bottle per person per day limit, but unlike the vast majority of its beers, this release will see limited distribution to retailers across Texas.