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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

246 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 212
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by barleywinebrewer:
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at barley's in greenville SC hanging with mikesgroove. RIS on tap, you don't see that every day in NH to be sure.

Oh hell yeah. SO this was the reason my ass was in Barleys to begin with. The 2008 version of my lovely blackbeerd. Having been blown away by the last version, knowing this one was a little more hopped, I could not wait. Served chilled and allowed to warm before sipped, this one was consumed on 12/31/2008.

A - Pint glass handed over by the bartender with this pitch black brewk with a nice dark brown head.

S - not the best time for aroma as I've got pizza and general restaurant aromas everywhere. What I do get is roasted grains, espresso and dark malts.

T - roasted grains, espresso, molasses with a bitter note that comes up in the finish.

M -full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth and a light abv note with a residual bitter note.

D - very approachable and if I hadn't had some beer before and pizza, I'd have had another one. Not a 2 beers and drive home brew but a 2 beers and walk back to the hotel or get driven home happy kind of beer.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 11, 2009
More User Reviews:
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Stout black and lots of head, the head retention shows a promising beer. Light molasses, brown bread and black currant fruitiness in the nose. Big, lush, full body. Roasted flavors are really mild, but mild is far from flavorful, and it does not lack in subtle complexities. Balancing hoppiness lays down a light citric herbal flavor and some bitterness. Hints of dark fruit and roasted cocoa nibs come to mind, as well as some yeast in the back end. Alcohol chimes in with its warmth--it grows but never becomes hot. Raw on the palate, but pleasantly balanced. Finishes roasty with a semisweet, malty linger.

A solid Imperial Stout: bold but not reckless. Not so complex that it has a need to be paired with food or even sipped carefully. Well ... it probably should be sipped, but it is pretty damn drinkable.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

77apm, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Snikwad1020, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of badbeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a beige head that retains well. Smell of molasses, caramel, coffee, alcohol, and lactose. Taste of sweet milk chocolate, molasses, licorice, and coffee; very good. Medium body and carbonation. A good beer to drink and quite drinkable, but its limited availability limits you drinking more than one. I'd drink again if they make more. Thank you to kersta8!

badbeer, May 11, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jaminjohnson, Apr 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

dogfishandi, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Cynic-ale, Sep 07, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks again to HawkeyeDaz for sharing this 2010 bottling.

Pours your typical dark black with a small, light tan head.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate. There seem to be no surprises afoot with this. Seems very straightforward.

Tastes exactly as it smells and doesn't vary or stray from that as it warms. Some roast. There are a bit of hops here but this beer is fairly boring for the style. In fact, this seems more apt to be classified as a milk stout.

Medium to light body with good carbonation but I'm sad to say that I'm really letdown with this one. It tastes like a west coast RIS to me which is very light, airy and boring. I liken it to recent vintages of Stone IRS which I think is a decent beer but milquetoast compared to what other breweries can do with the style.

rudylaw, May 31, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of the 2010 batch purchased from CBX in Charleston.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted and black malts with good amounts of citrus hop aromas. Also present are mild hints of dark chocolate and milder hints of smoke. Both the smoke and hop aromas intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of citrus and light pine hops. The hops carry through to the end of the sip where they're joined by mild amounts of char and unsweetened chocolate flavors. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation - it benefitted from a few vigorous swirls.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass and could have another without a problem.

Overall I was a bit disappointed - I remember last years being more layered. Still, it remains a very solid beer and it'll be interesting to see what a bit of age will do to it.

glid02, Mar 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

JulianB, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/12/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing this bottle. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

A: Pitch black, very thick two finger mocha head with great retention and chunky lacing. Extremely impressive.

S: Little bit of hops, some roasted malts, a little smokiness, some chocolate and coffee.

T: Very similar to the aroma, some burnt/roasted grains, a little bit of chocolate, the smoke comes through, and there is a lot of coffee in this beer.

M: Full bodied with nice carbonation. This beer coats your mouth.

O: Really impressed, it wasn't overly sweet like some RISs come off as, the flavors were all solid and the thick, full mouthfeel really made everything work. Personally, I would have preferred less coffee and more chocolate, but this was a great beer.

mdaschaf, Mar 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Indytruks138, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ahatcher78, May 04, 2012
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to khiasmus for hookin me up with both the BA version and this one. Truly great trade.

Alright barks, here we go.

Pours a deep dark impenetrable black with a nice sized tan head that rises easily, and lingers very well leaving great lacing.

Nose is full of roasted malt and chocolate. Some slight coffee presence, and a noticeable hop profile without being too blatant. A slight vanilla presence, and more roasted malt.

Wow. An excellent imperial stout. Very top notch. Roasted malt steals the show early. Coffee and chocolate dominate the middle. A meaty smokiness here. Some slight smoke and a nice and crisp hop presence on the snappy finish. More smoke and roast balance out a hop bite and linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be. The finish is nice and bitter, in the best of ways. If anything it could use just a tiny touch more viscosity, but really borderline unnecessary.

Drinkability is fantastic. The abv barely makes itself known, and with a year or two on this it would be nearly undetectable.

Overall i am very impressed with this imperial stout. I would go so far as to agree with barks that this just may be better than the JD BA version. I really like the hop presence near the finish, and the big roastiness that hangs on all the way through. Wish i had another one of these rarities to put some age on, but that's the way it goes. If you can manage to get your hands on either version of this imperial stout, do not let the opportunity slip through your fingers. This is probably one of the top ten imperial stouts in the nation. Great beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Jul 15, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle. 4oz. sample poured into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes. Shared by me at a tasting on 10/16/10. Side by side with the JD and BT versions.

A: Pours a thin layer of light mocha head with much better retention than the JD version that flaots atop a slick, opaque, black beer. Lacing is also more ample here. Stringy and with better cling.

S: Detectable sweet fruit esthers make this one a bit weird. Completely different than JD and BT. Grapes, and other dark fruit mixed with an odd, creamy hoppiness. Roasted malt in the back. Very different but in at least an appreciable way.

T: Roasted malt goes full-frontal in this one. Sharp and sweet. Bitter chocolate, brownie, and liquorice are all present. Finish is grainy and smokey with a soy sauciness that creeps in the background.

M: Medium bodied and much more viscous, smooth, and rich compared to the JD version. Filmy in the mouth with low carbonation. Finish is dirty with an oily aftertaste that lingers.

D: The agreed upon second best of the bunch (compared to the JD and BT). Thicker, fuller body with an admittedly odd nose but a taste that's more appropriate though not necessarily much better that the JD. I'd come around to this one again with a little more age on it to see how it develops.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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!

prototypic, Jun 16, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bottle, procured from the Charleston Beer Exchange, into my New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance . deep, dark brown with no light coming through. head is a dirty pale brown, a good inch thick & comprised of an army of tiny bubbles.

aroma . dark chocolate, vanilla bean, a bit of fruit. hops showing up here as well.

taste . dark chocolate jumps out first with a hint of espresso. some lactic sugar taste as well. getting some flavor of that smoked malt they like to use here as well. i bet this would pair nicely with some roast beast. nice bracing hop bite on the finish. delicious.

mouthfeel . creamy & rich. oily.

drinkability . considering the weight of this beer, it really goes down easy. alcohol is well hidden & only shows itself slightly on the finish.

having tried this before at Brewvival, i knew what to expect here, and again, i was impressed. a real nice, full-bodied braw with all the flavors i expect and love in an imperial stout...great dark malts delivering chocolate & coffee notes with a bit of creaminess followed with a hop kick. if you can get yr hands on one of these guys, don't let it go.

branimal9, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to rnorgart for hooking me up with a bottle of this pretty rare bottled brew in a trade.

Pours a very dark brown/lighter black with a 1 1/2 fingers of creamy mocha colored tan head. Solid 1/2 finger of retention that flares up nicely, leaving a huge cascade of lacing down the sides of the snifter that sticks to the sides with a massive latticework. The aroma reminds me of gunpowder, with some pretty stand out notes of smoked and roasted malts that float in and out of thick accents of chocolate sweetness and dark fruits, and some light coffee. There is also a tingle of floral hops in the back, as well as just a faint bit of heat that tickles the nose.

The taste starts out with a big ole' sweet base of chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit tang that gives way to a charred smokiness and a combo of roasted malt, coffee, and some hop bitterness that livens things up towards the finish. Finishes with a dry, bitter, tangy, feel that hangs on the palette for a bit. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a moderately creamy carbonation and a slick feel. The overall feel seems just a touch light at times but carries those big flavors pretty well. Alcohol is there but was pretty well hidden even as it warms and even compliments a lot of that dark fruit stickiness that comes out.

I remembered reading in a thread on here that David from COAST suggested not sitting on these bottles for very long because this was their first attempt at bottling their product. Well I'm happy to report that not only have they held up well but that this is another very solid Imperial Stout coming out of the South. With big sweet character, balancing bitterness, and some added smokey character, this reminded me a lot of another great Southern Imperial Stout from Foothills called Sexual Chocolate. Very nice and I'm definitely going to keep a look out for more when they decide to bottle this again.

Kegatron, Oct 05, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/21/10! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocoalte, caramel, and subtle coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and subtle vanilla. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation but still managed to feel creamy. Overall this was an all around excellent brew. Pretty good flavor and aroma going on in this one. I have tried all of the -bal versions of this before and this is my first time trying the base beer (sad I know)... For the ABV this one sports it is really smooth and enjoyable as there was no sign of the alcohol at all. The flavor was a lot more robust and complex than I was expecting if I'm honest. If you haven't had this before you definitely need to try it at least once, you won't regret it!

thagr81us, May 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Kmlund, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of md655321
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark, almost black with a tan/mocha head.

Smell is nothing amazing, just standard American stout with a bit more hops.

Taste is very good, but unique for an RIS. With all the people who complain about people becoming obsessed with 'big beers' this should be one that people are desperate for. Nothing like Dark Lord, or Darkness. It is not sweet, boozy, or barrel aged. It is simply beautiful and incredibly balanced. Almost shockingly balanced. Drinks like a 6% stout, although it get a bit thicker and chewier as it warms up. Contains the usual roasty notes with very subtle chocolate and coffee.

At 9.3% this is a brewing marvel. It completely eschews the standard throw everything into the mash style that has become so popular. It is simply delicious.

Its also a perfect base beer for Barrel Aging, as seen by its Jack Daniels cousin.

md655321, Mar 16, 2010
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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.