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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout | COAST Brewing Company

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COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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'.

Added by MarkSCCOT on 12-08-2007

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark beer with a thick creamy tan head when poured aggressively. The aroma is a bit weak but has roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, dark brown sugar and a little smokiness. The taste is the same with the sweet malt and almost molasses like taste. There is char and chocolate in there as well. There is a burnt coffee bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a little more carbonation than I was expecting. The beer finishes with a tingle and a slight burn.

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Photo of thatche2
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter glass.

Appearance is pitch black with one finger thick head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell is roasted malt, cold brewed coffee with cream, oats, and a hint of vanilla. There is a floral roasted aroma that is quite pleasant.

Taste follow the aroma with unique and delicate and slightly sweet roasted malt flavors leading the way. Sweetness is moderate throughout and bitterness is relatively low for an imperial stout. There is also very little alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy with low to moderate carbonation. Very nice and delicate but slightly thin feel.

Overall this is a well balanced imperial stout with interesting roasted malt flavors. I typically prefer a little less sweetness and more bitterness, but this beer works for me. If I see this beer, I will pick it up again.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a viscous jet black nice finger or so of tan creamy head with great retention.

S: Smooth roasty malts creamy yet bitter dark chocolate. But of a milk stout quality to the smell. Some licorice and Carmel also.

T: Starts off with a nice chocolate then the roasty bitterness comes with a maybe vegetal green pepper type taste? Bit more coffee up front as it warms..

F: Awesome mouthfeel. Enough carb ...velvety yet easily drinkable.

O: I really enjoyed this stout nice all around balance. Gonna pick up some more.

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Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-very dark brown, almost black, with a thin layer of tan head that disappears quickly to leave a slight ring around the top

S-roasted malt, slight char, and chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, roasted malt backbone, light roast, chocolate

M-crisp carbonation, medium body, dry and roasted finish

Overall the body is a little on the light side, flavors are ok, but not the most exciting RIS I have had

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, oily black gentle pour produced a pretty significant frothy khaki head that settles into a hefty ring. Some glass clinging on the way down.

Smells fairly sweet. Cocoa powder is dominant. Also some licorice, tobacco, oats, and charred barley.

I would say the flavors follow suit. It is more sweet than bitter, although there is a solid bitterness. Some of it seems to come from the hops too. A lot of bitter sweet chocolate, solid ashy/charred flavor, some flaky oats, and a lot of tobacco juice on the back end with some more lingering brown sugar/molasses sweetness. No sign of the almost 10% ABV.

The body is viscous. It has a bit of oatmeal stout like chewiness to it. Carbonation is pretty much perfect. Very smooth.

A very solid RIS, but it seems to flirt with being an American Stout at times and is a hair too sweet for the style. I think it shines more in appearance and body

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Photo of righthereisay
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saved for Christmas day. A Christmas pour.

A - Pitch black. Not much foam at all. This was born in May and it is December 25th. Maybe that is a reason. Minimal lacing that doesn't last.

S - Smell of roasted vanilla. ....and maybe some whiskey.

T - Chocolate and vanilla roastyness.....is that a word? A little coffee...

F - No carbonation at all. Medium bodied at best. No fresh feeling at all.

O - Overall I love this brewery but this wasn't worth the price. I've had much better. Not bad. But I think the Feel lowers this one. Everything else about it I like a lot.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with minimal lacing ring.

S - Dark fruit, cocoa, and dark chocolate.

T - Sweet dark chocolate, some char/smokiness, and a lingering dark bittersweet sugary chocolate finish.

M - Big medium body with a slippery/oily texture.

O - Seek this one out.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this bottle up in Fort Mill, SC, bottled on 04/17/15

Pours jet black & thick with a pinky of caramel colored head. Viscous,
some head retention & no lacing

S: Dark fruit, a little smokeyness, some vanilla, some booze once warm

T: Raisin, figs, a little leafy hops & carob up front. Slight smokeyness, licorice, & a little dark chocolate as this warms, some dryness as well, some figgyness. Finishes dry, warming, with leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation , slightly warming, thickens up a bit once warm

Pretty drinkable & good for the style

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Photo of tillmac62
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/1/15. Pours black as a starless night. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich complex nose of dark fruit (plum, prune, date, fig), chocolate, molasses and roast over a subtle hop background. Although not barrel aged, a distinct bourbon note is quite evident

Full body with a nice creamy texture. Normal carbonation level with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a subtle burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good with a rather strong intensity of alcohol that tends to mute everything else, which hurts complexity and results in a lack of balance. However, after about half a glass, the palate adjusts to the raw alcohol and does allow for flavor complexity to emerge (translation - this is a sipper). It begins with a wave of dark chocolate over a rich molasses sweetness. The middle brings allows the dark fruit flavors to emerge, which are predominately prune and date. The finish is a slow sweet fade with a somewhat astringent alcohol bite, coupled with the associated heat and pucker, and bourbon like flavor.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

32oz. Growler poured into a 16oz. snifter glass.

Look - Pitch black. Very little head with a hard pour; no head at all with a soft pour.

Smell - Honestly a little bland in my opinion, I get a light note of dark cocoa, and a little smokiness.

Taste - This beer basically has 3 stages of flavor that do a great job blending together to form one big, balanced stout. It starts with that cocoa noticeable in the scent. That's the one taste that stays present from sip to swallow. The chocolate slowly changes to a more tobacco-like flavor, which then leads in to a light smokiness to finish the flavor ride. The flavors blend flawlessly. This is a subtle beer, but surprisingly a very exciting one.

Feel - Easy to drink, has a slight bite. It is a quite thin stout when you consider the extreme lack of carbonation. This is probably the weakest part of the experience. (that's being super critical)

Overall: Worth getting, this is a very good stout, one of the best produced in SC.

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Photo of Zach136
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App: Pitch black, no head/lacing.

Aroma/flavor: Molasses, assorted chocolates, low roast on the nose. More of theb same on the palate with a touch of extra hops.

Mouthfeel: alcohol and roast characters are in check, rich full bodied low carb.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Blackbeerd by Coast Brewing. Cocoa, milk chocolate, light roast, super smooth. This is really good for over 4 years old...................................

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Photo of DIM
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec. 2011

To this day this is the only beer I ever got " from the back" at a bottle shop. Thanks to the guys at GBX. Aged over a year and a half for no particular reason.

a: Black body, medium sized yadda yadda yadda. It looks like a stout.

s: Really nice almost charred roasty cocoa dominates. Just a trace of dark fruit and no alcohol to be found anywhere.

t: Mirrors the smell basically. Lightly smoky, deeply roasty cocoa with a little bittersweet chocolate. No heat and not much else to find really.

m: A bit thin for a big stout, but that might be my fault for aging it.

o: Great stout, loved that smoky char quality. Thanks again GBX!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (bomber) dated 022310 courtesy of jpmclaug a few years back. Thank you kindly Jason!

Pours black with a touch of red along the edges when backlit. Tan head puddles to a few soapy islands. Not particularly menacing out of the bottle, but none too shabby either.

Nice blend of coconut, melted caramel, and baker's chocolate greet my fat snout. Big earthen hop presence is a pleasant surprise given the age of this bottle. A promising indicator for the overall aging of this beer. I am hopeful.

This is a pleasant surprise. Earthy hops from the nose provide a firm handshake at the front door. Ashy light bitterness mingles with roast and chocolate. Everything blends wonderfully. From front to back everything rolls effortlessly across the tongue with each nuance playing its role but with each in harmony. Like Lifeson, Peart, and Lee in its precision and complimentary excellence.

Lighter bodied but smooth as hell with a fluffy carbonation. So easy on the palate.

Not the biggest most boisterous bruiser on the block, but damn if that's not overdone at times. This is a wonderful RiS that surprised and impressed me in every way. Hides its size insanely well. I was not impressed with what the Buffalo Trace barrels did to this beer, but I'm happy as hell I didn't give up on the base.One of the more surprising beers, in a good way, in quite a while.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fantome tulip on 9/15/11

Thanks to PDXHops

Bottled on 06 15 '10

Pours a dark cola brown that settles pretty close to black with some dark brown on the edges. One thumb of riddles-with-bubbles foam starts to drop immediately. Bubbly skim of retention. Scattered specks of lace at the top of the glass; it's more solid farther down.

I like the aroma on this one; straight-forward and enjoyable. Roasted and burnt chocolate and sugars; not overly sweet. Maybe a nip of molasses. There is an ashy sheen on the peripheries. Just a faint layer of tangy roast. The aromas mellows and rounds out over time.

Mmmm... The flavor profile is a layering together of all my favorite imperial stout characteristics. Lots of ashy notes - ashtray to the max! Burnt, bittersweet chocolate. Coffee roast is subtle; it is definitely a lesser component. Very dry throughout - sweetness is kept in the aroma where it belongs. As it gets warm there is a ghost note of dark fruit tanginess.

Full bodied but not heavy. Moderate viscosity with a reasonable amount of carbonation to temper it. Burnt, ashy notes linger on the finish.

Good grief this is a gnarly good beer; exactly what I like. I've had it on several occasions and enjoyed it every time.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12.09.08

Pours viscous, jet black and completely opaque with a one finger dark beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly roasted malt aroma with a balance of burnt sugar, dark malt and cocoa. Notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal and spent coffee grain countered by lactose, bakers chocolate and toffee. Stronger alcohol presence than expected.

Tastes very similar to the aroma with the addition of a surprising hop forward flavor that has somehow held up for four years. Dry and earthy with subtle resinous pine flavor that lingers over the complex malt profile into a dry finish. Underneath the earthy hops, there's a nice balance of sweet and roasted malt notes. Lots of dark chocolate, licorice and alcohol sweetness countered by slightly acrid, roasted coffee bean flavor along with oatmeal, toast and burnt sugar. More alcohol flavor than I prefer but not hot per say with a well masked ABV. A decent imperial stout but the barrel treatments of this beer are a vast improvement.

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Photo of zac16125
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler poured into a snifter
Last year's version (not technically sure if it was brewed end of 2011 or early 2012). The growler is from a keg tapped at the brewery 2 days ago.

A: Pours a rather thin appearing black color with only the slightest browning on the edges. A few bubbles rise to the top but not enough to assemble a head even large enough to determine its color. Leaves no lacing.

S: Big roasty malt aroma along with black coffee, bakers chocolate, a hint of dark fruits, some oak. Fairly complex nose here.

T: Roasted malts, cocoa, anise, bourbon (even though this is not the barrel aged version), vanilla, apple, hints of dark fruit. Leaves a long linger aftertaste of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Very tasty.

M/D: Not as thin as it appears during the pour, but could have a thicker/chewier mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriately low, ABV is well integrated, and drinkable is very high for the style.

O: Overall, a very nice IS. Not mind blowing, but a solid and well done RIS from one of my favorite breweries. Cant wait to try the barrel aged version!

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Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage shared at the Star Wars tasting. Big thanks to Mike (mikeincharleston) for the bottle! 22 oz bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Bottled 12/21/10.

A: Pours a very dark black with a thin mocha head forming on the pour. Subsides to thin cap that leaves minimal sheets of lace behind.

S: Roasted malts with a subtle dark fruit note in the background. Definitely sweet figs and more earthy dates. Dried oats and some light chocolate.

T: The roasty of this guy is crazy. Roasted malts and dried oats. Dark fruits with a dark chocolate bitterness. There is some light smoke to this and the finish reminiscent of sweet malts.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a below average carbonation level with a heavy drying from the roasted malts.

O: Definitely a solid stout. Not out of this world, but it was aged nicely and I look forward to trying a fresh batch of this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a taster. Bottled 12/21/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black, but not inky. Small brown head and a little lacing.

Smell - Chocolate predominantly. Hops come through after with a smokey aroma that I didn't expect. Sweet smelling, too.

Taste - Chocolate dark roasted malts. Loads of hops. Sweet with a licorice taste. Bitter finish and rather thin. Not the most interesting RIS.

Mouthfeel - Thin, high carbonation. Missing a depth of flavor and a chewiness.

Overall - I expected more. Decent, but disappointing. Nothing offensive, but just an average RIS.

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Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was split amongst few BAs, it pours a black color with a tan head. Its` nose has chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol. Sipping on this and I taste dark chocolate, roasted malts, prunes and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, a soft carbonation to it. All in all, a good RIS from these brewery out of South Carolina. Glad that I finally got to try this one !

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/21/10; consumed February 2012

A - pours black with a nice head

S - grainy malts with notes of chocolate lift out of the beer

T - lots of dark chocolates are upfront that move to some grainy malts. Much as it begins, it ends with dark chocolates.

M - medium feel with decent carbonation

D - Not the craziest representation of this style, but this is a pretty nice RIS with lots of chocolate flavors. I don't think this is worth the beers it demands, but definitely worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled 2/23/10, into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Shared at a tasting alongside the 2011 BA version. Thanks to taylorhamrick for trading me this one a long, long time ago.

A: Black body with a finger of dense light-brown head. Good retention, nice lace. Excellent.

S: Lovely, balanced, roasty aroma: bitter dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and some straight malty goodness. Bitter and wonderful.

T: All the roasty goodness of the nose, with some sweetness up front and heavy bitterness behind. Dark chocolate and coffee on the long, intensely bitter finish. Very, very tasty.

M: A little thinner than most RISs, but very creamy and well-carbonated. Enjoyable.

O: I honestly wasn't expecting too much out of this one (aged stouts aren't really my thing - this one slipped my mind for a couple years), but it was a terrific surprise. The flavors were intense and well-integrated, and in no way musty or dulled by time. Great stuff.


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Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Release

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this one!

Blackbeerd pours a dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. There are a few burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. It’s topped with a light tan head that rises to roughly a finger in height. Retention was good. It held firm there for a bit. Lacing was rather sticky and thick as it trailed down the glass. Looks good.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The roasted variety seems to be the stronger of the two. Chocolate leans toward the bittersweet side. There’s a hint of sweetness, but not much. Roasted coffee or espresso follows quickly and complements the malts nicely. Secondary scents include molasses, a smoked or charred scent, and a little alcohol. The alcohol doesn’t come through too strong though. It’s integrated nicely over the last couple of years.

The flavor is quite good. Definitely impressive. Roasted and chocolate malts anchor things nicely. Bittersweet dark chocolate is nice and flavorful, but the roasted variety overpowers it in the end. Roasted coffee is rather pronounced. There’s a bit of a smoked or charred flavor that could be attributable to the coffee. Tough to say. It’s tasty in any case. There is a bit of molasses and very subtle dark fruit on the tail. Alcohol is there, but isn’t too strong. It has integrated nicely. Finishes roasty with a smoky or burnt twist.

Blackbeerd has a medium body. It feels a little more substantial as it warms a tad, but it’s ultimately too thin. Carbonation is light and soft, but it needs more body to feel svelte and smooth. Nevertheless, it goes down pretty easy.

Coast Brewing Company never fails to deliver (at least not yet). Blackbeerd Imperial Stout is tasty! It’s only real shortcoming is its body. I suspect a bit more in the malts department might bump it up a notch all around. It’s still quite flavorful and enjoyable as it is. Definitely worth checking out. Thanks a ton, Dan!

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Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - 2010 vintage - thanks to CarolinaKevin

Pours an opaque blacked out color with a fluffy beige head resting on top. Fades slowly into a cloudy layer of film, leaving webbed patches of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of roasted dark malts in the nose, coupled with a dash of dark fruit. Hints of dates and anise with some dark chocolate. Faint bitterness and warmth.

Some touches of dark fruit and sweetness up front. A wealth of dark malt and roasty tones, which is swirled with the raisin and anise flavors. The licorice isn't out of control, and adds a nice flavor to the finish. Burly malt backbone holds everything together. A little warm towards the end.

Fuller body, slightly milder carbonation, creamy and slick on the tongue. A nice drinking imperial stout with plenty of flavor - I'd drink this again but I doubt I'd go crazy trying to trade for it.

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Photo of Jpwv
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 02-23-10 (almost 2 years)

A- standard looking stout. Dark brown almost black. Light brown colored head.

S- sweet caramel malt some dark chocolate

T- starts sweet caramel, dark bitter chocolate, ends with a roasty coffee. Makes me think of a Reisen or dark chocolate Milk Dud with a coffee bean in the middle.

M- low end of medium mouthfeel. Nothing special here but not watery by any means.

O- solid stout. The more I drank the more I enjoyed it. Worth trying if you have not had it. Would definitely try again if given the opportunity.

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.