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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout - COAST Brewing Company

Blackbeerd Imperial StoutBlackbeerd Imperial Stout

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225 Ratings

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

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'.

(Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 12-08-2007)
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Photo of DIM


4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:13:52 | More by DIM
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:30:08 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of Ryan011235


4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 06:16:10 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of corby112


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 08:23:14 | More by corby112
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South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: growler

11-17-2012 21:21:25 | More by zac16125
Photo of Treebs


4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 20:17:05 | More by Treebs
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 12:56:16 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.85/5  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 !

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 21:45:20 | More by mltobin
Photo of birchstick


4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:28:53 | More by birchstick
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:36:42 | More by woosterbill
Photo of prototypic


3.95/5  rDev -2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:48:10 | More by prototypic
Photo of xnicknj


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:14:47 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Jpwv

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:09:13 | More by Jpwv
Photo of spdyfire83


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

41st Review
750 ml bottle to snifter.

From notes. Thanks to whomever brought this to the DL Variant Tasting in Chicago back in October.

A: Opaque. Dense. Black. Thin head on vigorous pour.

S: Earthy and peppery (green, not black). Big roasted malt character with hint of cocoa powder and dark fruit. Booze tickles the nose.

T: Smoked, charred, robust. Balance of vanilla and chocolate with bold presence of coffee/espresso. Very roasty.

M: Thin, but well carbonated. Looong finish. I was expecting a thicker feel based on appearance, but it is not that big.

O: A very roasty and well-done Russian Imperial Stout, but...to be honest...I have had better. Nothing too memorable about it, but easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 13:10:08 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of AleWatcher


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes--

Pours pretty watery looking. Black, with hints of red. Doesn't look 'bad,' but doesn't wow me either. Decent retention, decent lacing.
The nose is really roasty-- like roasty roasty roasty malts. Chocolate malts almost come off as smokey in the flavor. It works well though.

The body is good-- firm and pretty full. Good carbonation level.

Solid drinkability. Overall, this is a respectable beer here.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 05:20:59 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of aasher


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of thagr81us in a recent reader and shared at Joe's annual tasting. It pours a nice dark, dark brown in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. It has a nice roasty sweetness and is fairly.aromatic. It tastes of roasted malts with bitter chocolates and a slight roasted malt sweetness. It drinks ok and is a nice drinker but it isn't anything crazy. The consensus is that this is a very nice beer but nothing spectacular. Solid beer, as usual by COAST.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:57:29 | More by aasher
Photo of Florida9


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Forms a thin, but relatively stable deep dark tan head. No lacing.

S: Smell is intense with notes of char, ash, and chalk. Slightly medicinal, with indications of dark fruit, and even a little vegetal at times, all mixed with a noticeable alcoholic booziness.

T: Pretty good tasting. Heavily roasted malts and lots of them. Beyond toasted malts, slight smoke quality, and char. There is a very light sweetness as well as a mix of coffee/espresso/spent coffee grains.

M: This is a heavy, full bodied beer. Chalky, grainy with a charred malt bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A good RIS. Tasty, roasty, and heavy with lots of in-your-face char/ash/borderline burnt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:27:39 | More by Florida9
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours pitch black with a quarter inch of beige head. Retention is ok, lacing is minimal.

Dusty cocoa, and some dark fruits. The nose is pretty boring though. Can't smell much at all.

Taste of black currants, raspberry juice, a bit of chocolate, and then a bitter and roast driven finish. The raspberry flavor is the most apparent, a bit weird, but good.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Well carbonated to the point of almost being dry.

This is a bit weird for a RIS. Mouthfeel is super light and the raspberry flavor is super distinct. It's weird, but it's not bad, just quite different from most other RIS's.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 06:25:59 | More by billshmeinke
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A long time want shared by Ryan011235. This was supposed to be drank along side Sexual Chocolate for our Southern Tickspitality, but plans changed. Bottle dated 06/15/10 poured into a Darkness glass.

Inky black with a tall, sticky head. The beer doesn't look super thick, but it sure is black.

There is a lot of ash, char and smoke. This is a burnt, charcoaly stout. Some dark fruits are there, but even they are burnt. Bittersweet cocoa smells powdery and ashy as well. There is a slight alcohol presence that make me think of hairspray or aerosol.

As the nose suggested, there is a lot of char and ash. Fruits try to push through, providing a backdrop of sharp black cherry and fig. Brown sugar or molasses notes come around with the sweeter flavors. There is a woody, chalky and ashy finish.

Low carbonation. The body is full yet delicate. The finish is dry, but an ashy char flavor lingers. Alcohol warms this beer slightly.

A solid stout to be sure, but it seems to get a little one dimensional, focusing solely on a dry, powdery, ashy profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:32:15 | More by MbpBugeye
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New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/09/2008
Received in trade form brentk56, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black color with a decent sized fluffy tan head that shows moderate retention. This smells incredible from the moment I pop the cap until I stick the bottle in the recycle bin. Dark fruits, caramel, licorice, chocolate, hints of smoke, its all in here. Little to no hop presence in the aroma. Taste is caramel and chocolate up front, licorice, dark fruit and faint hints of alcohol and hop deep underneath. Smooth chocolate frappe creamy mouthfeel, light level of carbonation, medium to thick body. I wish I hadn't sat on this one so long because I'd love to know what its like fresh. This is drinking beautifully right now, too bad its the only one I've ever seen.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:32:12 | More by johnnnniee
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing this one at our BA Dark Lord tasting. Poured a rich, deep black color with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, sweet chocolate and licorice. On the palate, this one was full bodied, with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and licorice.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 16:31:09 | More by emmasdad
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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small snifter. Jet, all light sucking, black. Highlights are.. well??? Jet black. Small one finger, tan colored and creamy appearing head, but doesn't seem all that carbonated.

Smell is of chocolate and raisins. And oh yeah coffee. Actually a lot of coffee and oh yeah chocolate. Some alcohol and spice and a bit of pipe tobacco.

Taste is initially a lot like the smell but not so much in the same order. There is the tartness of a currant or cherry followed by the deep roastyness flavors of coffee and some bitter chocolate. Late comes a bit of smoke and the alcohol burn.

Mouth is pretty much on par for the style. It is a bit dry from the tartness, but I'm okay with it.

Overall, I must say that this is a wonderful rendition of the style. This is a solid A in my book. Thanks to masterhomebrewer for the chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 06:48:12 | More by azdback
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter, enjoyed with Kegatron and Slatetank. Bottle date of 2/23/10. This brew pours black in color with a tan cap that leaves leggy fingers of lacework on the glass. The cap recedes to just a continual film across the top. A swirl revives the cap back to a finger which retains very well. When held to the light, there is some ruby red throughout the body that you can faintly see.

The smell of this brew is quite tangy with alcohol but mixed with solid charred grain elements that comes across faintly of chocolate and tobacco across the back. There is a deep earthy element throughout. Raisins come out along with the fruited alcohol scent. This brew is earthy and roasty with a citrus aspect somewhat like fresh coffee beans. As it warms up, the alcohol gets quite fusel and hops are faintly evident mingled with a smoked to very roasted grain character.

The taste is a bit more herbal and a slightly mineral filled which I am not a fan of in stouts but as the experience continues it grows on me. Fruity hops are present mixed with a fruited aspect of tangy alcohol. A solid presence of roasted to charred grain thrives throughout this brews profile imparting a little bit of burnt grain astringency. At times this brew almost tastes soapy which is strange. However, more pleasant flavors dominate tasting of bitter chocolate, slightly stale coffee grinds. A smoked to burnt grain aftertaste lingers inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking and a decent take on the style. This is an interesting arrangement with a bold array of flavors going on. At times I was really digging it and other times felt it was just ok. There is a lot going on in this brew to make your experience really drastic from cold to warm. At times I felt like I was drinking an american black ale, other times a mineral filled stout, it was interesting to say the least. Certainly worth a try. By itself it was pretty good, when we paired it up against other RIS brews this one came up a little short.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:11:28 | More by stakem
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeffo for the bottle
Poured pitch black nice thick head that drops to a heavy collar.
Smell deep roasted malt sweetness a hint of char
Taste sweet burnt malt touches of coffee and very dark chocolate
Mouthfeel is on the thin side but nicely fitting and carbonated.
A nice stout and one I would love to have regular access to

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:43:56 | More by sliverX
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks go out to Stakem for sharing this fine stout w Kegatron and me -enjoyed slightly cooler than cellar temp in a snifter Bottle date of 2/23/10.

the color is deep brown with translucent clarity. the head comes and goes to rings of light tan with a small bead. There are reddish highlights accenting the dark coffee color. The smell is unique in that it has a smoky and slightly grape-y odor, there is mild roasted smoke and slight toasted elements all coming together with mild nutty accents and slight vinous tinges in the yeast ester with a touch of alcohol presence. The feel does present a little in the way of smoke which is nice, but adds astringency also with a gentle sweetness from the malt giving body and even though they work together it seems a little on the thin side for the style with a dry finish and moderate amount of spice.

The flavor is good with a relatively high amount of smoke and light fruitiness with some cocoa and mild bitter woodiness with a gentle chewy malt graininess in the taste and hint of roasted accenting. The malt flavor seems to range from full roasted and smoky to just toasted with some biscuit and light grainy edges in the semi-bitter finish. This is a quality stout, a decent example of the style and the addition of smoke to the stout is giving this a bit of intrigue it might not normally warrant so I felt that it was executed well. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 23:34:35 | More by Slatetank
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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.