Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2013) - Blanton's Barrel Aged - COAST Brewing Company

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2013) - Blanton's Barrel Aged
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Reviews: 4
Hads: 33
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 3
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South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MacQ32 on 11-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

As dark as the legend of Blackbeerd himself, behold the Imperial Stout. Sweet malts battle roasted grain on the decks of yer tongue. Like a blast from a cannon, hop are followed by smoked malt. Hold on to yer booty, a dark stouts a brewin'.

This Blackbeerd aged one year in 2nd use Blanton's barrels. As to be expected it is more oak and less bourbon. Still delicious.
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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 33
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.52/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my kind of stout. Much drier than folks seem to love these days but I tend to prefer that. Much more lively and drinkable for it. The head and carbonation on this are surprisingly strong for an imperial stout; like the froth on a cappucino. The shift to Blanton's is perhaps part of my love for this. The tobacco, honey, spice, and fudgey notes come through. This has always been a stout driven by various chocolate notes but this one is the most vanilla and fudge dominant. (482 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.39/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/25/13

A: Opaque black, with only slight browning on the edges. Just under 1 fingers width of dark mocha colored head builds, then fades fairly quickly. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Huge aroma. At first I get lots of dark fruit aromas, accompanied by dark chocolate and roasted malt. Then the barrel notes come out, lots of oak and mild bourbon. I also get a bit of booze and cinnamon.

T: Earthy/herbaceous, roasted malt, bitter black coffee, bakers chocolate, subtle booze. Lots of oak, only very subtle bourbon notes, and the barrel characters as a whole are a lot less prominent in this years version compared to last.

M/D: Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel, very smooth, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, another excellent beer from COAST. I think I prefer the smack-you-in-the-face bourbon characters of the 2012 version, to the more subtle bourbon notes from the second use barrels in this years version. That being said, this one is still excellent. (1,040 characters)

Photo of LancetherealLeader
4.6/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/25/13 and poured into a Westbrook snifter....

A: Black with just a 1/2 head that slowly fades. Very nice lacing.

S: The bourbon hits first and then you get a good dose of oak and chocolate.

T: The oak and chocolate take center stage here, while the bourbon in the background gives this beer such a balanced taste.

M: Very smooth, which is dangerous because the ABV is well hidden.

O: Fantastic local beer! This is the first 'Blackbeerd' that I have had and am looking forward to to trying the 2012 version with the stronger bourbon taste. (557 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.46/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours near black with half a finger of dense chocolate head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Very oaky with tons of rich chocolate aromas. Mild dark fruits and bourbon.

T - As it smells. Mostly oaky and bourbon vanilla with chocolate and minimal dark fruit. Aftertaste is mildly bourbony with oak.

M - Medium to full bodied with ideal carbonation. Fantastically smooth.

O - More balanced, smooth fantastic flavor than previous years. Would drink within a year rather than cellaring as the beer was aged in two year old barrels already and is quite nicely balanced. (573 characters)

Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2013) - Blanton's Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
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