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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

236 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 212
Gots: 38 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

t0rin0, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is close to black with a short mocha head and some legs. Nose is a lot of roasted malt as well as some light smoke. Chocolate, vanilla, and some roast. Taste is overly smoked and roasty. Chocolate and coffee fall into the background. The roast and smoke work together well in the background. Drinks fairly well, but the taste is just a little too far in a single direction.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, with just the faintest of auburn highlights around the edge; the massive tan head leaves plenty of foam clumpage around the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Rich bittersweet chocolate, with char, brown bread, dark fruit and coffee elements

Taste: Although the opening is filled with brown bread and chocolate tones, it doesn't take long for the citrus in the hops to add a bitter, fruity dimension; after the swallow, the sweetness returns, with hints of licorice, molasses and coffee on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation; a little lighter bodied than others of the genre

Drinkability: A really fine RIS; perhaps not as full bodied and complex as the top tier, but still very approachable

brentk56, May 30, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Texasfan549, May 03, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

The pour was wonderful, rich dark black in color with a two inch head of tn that went absolutly no where. Rich, decadent, opaque, evil. Perfect.

The aroma was loaded with molasses and notes of vanilla and chocolate. Rich like a dessert with nice hints of coffee poking out as it warms and a touch of brown sugar almost that was creeping in. The taste was spectacular. Rich, smooth, creamy feel was perfectly carbonated and just heavy enough to let you know the style. The first sip was like heaven as a wave of sweet chocolate and vanilla washed over the tongue. Light touches of coffee and molasses show up mid palate just in time to set you up for a light pine bite that gave this one that nice little kick at the end it needed. Perfectly sippable with no alcohol in the flavor and nothing but the smoothest approach possible.

Overall, blown away. I thought it was good last time, but Jamie and David have outdone themselves. Easily my favorite local stout, this was just nearly perfect.

mikesgroove, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one. I've been wanting to try this one for quite awhile.

A: The pour is black with a nice viscosity and a finger's worth of dark tan foam.

S: There is a very roasty quality to the nose which is not surprising. A decent amount of sweet, milk chocolate underneath and quite a bit of coffee as well.

T: Plenty more roast upon taking the first sip. The high roast leads to a strong sensation of coffee and a decent bitterness. Some chocolate flavor, but not all that intense.

M: Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation, maybe a bit more than usual for an RIS, but not overcarbonated.

D: A pretty nice imperial stout. No detectable alcohol and quite easy to drink, even with an ABV at better than 9%.

womencantsail, Jun 28, 2010
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, tan-colored head.

Smell: Many roasted, charred aspects to the predominately black malt-scented aroma with supporting notes of chocolate sauce, molasses, and dark caramel.

Taste: Heavily roasted, even charred black maltiness cloud the slightly lesser tastes of bittersweet chocolate morsels, blackstrap molasses, and caramel. Medium-high sweetness present. Small dash of anise precedes the growing roasty bitterness, though it doesn't manage to supplant the sweetness. Finishes roasty and fairly sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel that flows just right on the tongue, a very important facet of the style, mind you.

Drinkability: Mmm-mm! When done right, I find an Imperial Stout to be vastly enjoyable. Thankfully, this is one of those. Keep it up, Coast.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 06, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Bottled in December, 2010. Yar. This thing pours a slick obsidian topped by a half-finger of dusty burnt umber foam. I haven't been this attracted to a pirate since that brief time when I wanted a fling with Geena Davis from Cutthroat Island. (Don't worry, that phase was rather short-lived.) The nose comprises light charcoal, molasses, brown sugar, light roasted malts, light vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and very mild coffee. The taste holds notes of dark coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, relatively mild smoke, and brown sugar. Things aren't as dynamic as in the nose (if that makes any real sense), but it's still pretty tasty. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel (though still pretty smooth as well). Overall, this is an outstanding stout. I hope to someday be able to try a barrel-aged version, but this is decidedly solid without such a treatment.

TMoney2591, May 27, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger tan head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, roasty malt, caramel, maple and vanilla.

T - Vanilla, bourbon, oak and rich roasty malt. There are some sweet caramel notes with chocolate, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good RIS. Very complex mixture of flavors make it unique, too.

zeff80, Dec 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of medium-brown head on top of an opaque, black body with no light showing through. The foam exhibits average retention and leaves very nice lace.

S - A smoky aroma of dark chocolate and espresso up front. Some musty, spicy hops with molasses and notes of cinnamon and allspice.

T - Sweet malt up front with some toasted malt and lots of dry caramel, complimented by earthy bread notes and some smoke. More dry, toasty malt in the middle with a hint of woody molasses and some spicy pine hops. Finishes with dry caramel, stilton-like herbal hop character and moderate bitterness. A complex aftertaste of smoke, caramel, blue-veined cheese hops, and espresso lingers on the palate long after the beer is gone.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I rarely say this about an Imperial anything, but this beer was quite dry and might be better if it had a bit more sweetness. The malt character is quite dark in the aroma, but in the flavor it is much more caramel focused and flat with few of the chocolate and coffee notes that I would expect for the style. The mouthfeel is likewise relatively light due to the dryness, but this may be more of a good thing as it keeps the beer from becoming heavy on the palate. While I think some added sweetness would help the malt character and add to the stature of the beer, it wouldn't solve the lack of roast grain flavor and if anything would simply push down what chocolate and coffee flavor is present by emphasizing the caramel. Nevertheless, there is a great hop character that becomes quite complex and almost barleywine like in the finish and, along with an increase in roasted quality during the aftertaste, makes for a lingering complexity on the palate. Overall, I am happy to have had the chance to try this beer and would love to see how it develops with aging, barrel conditioning, and the brewery's evolution.

nickfl, Jun 14, 2010
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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4.1/5  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.

Slatetank, Jul 24, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black and forms a thin brown head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass and carbonation is a mystery.

Aroma is sweet and has some chocolate notes and a slight heat. Some coffee roast in there as well.

Beer is sweet and has an alcohol tinge to it in the front of the palate but is overall quite smooth. Finishes nicely with some mild bitterness. Pretty good.

drabmuh, Jun 04, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown with an inch of brown head and light carbonation and lacing.

s - Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee and vanilla. Pretty enjoyable.

t - Taste is bitter chocolate and coffee. Also some roasted malts and hints of booze.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body.

d - This was a pretty good RIS and smelled very nice, but didn't quite do it for me. The taste wasn't bad but a little too bitter for my liking. Still worth checking out and I'd try it again.

mdfb79, May 07, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date 022310; Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
This pours from the bottle with a black color and a brown head. The aroma has a smooth roast character to it as well as hint of licorice and big, aromatic chocolate like notes.

The flavor is more roast focused than the aroma would suggest and it even gets a bit burnt and acidic from the huge roasted grain expression found in this beer; I wouldn’t quite call it harsh though, but it definitely lingers quite a bit on the palate. There is an astringency that lingers on the tongue, and this can be a bit too much at times. This doesn’t quite have the malt and sweet / rich character to hold up to the ample roast character that makes up the dominant character of this beer. In the end, the aroma had me thinking this beer was going to be more tasty and balanced than it actually ended up being; certainly not anywhere close to being a bad beer, but I definitely was wishing for more malt lushness to balance out the somewhat too overwhelming roast character

Gueuzedude, Jun 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
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.

corby112, Dec 21, 2012
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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.

stakem, Jul 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

dbrauneis, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle, oourtesy of rnorgart. 1 of 48 bottles from te 9-Dec-08 release. Shared with jecker, Deuane, FooFaa, Ffejherb, SierraGS and others.

A: The stout is pitch black, dark and forboding. It pours with an oily thickness and has a tan colored head that lingers for 1/3rd of the glass.

S: The nose is all RIS. Dark malts, burnt and roasted, pair with coffee, chocolate, and even anise. The bready thickness is difficult to miss.

T: The taste verifies everything that I picked up in the nose: that the stout is a scorched earth, burnt and roasted beyond all recognition. The depth of the malts have semi-sweet chocolate and burnt toast flavors, along with just a touch of oily black licorice and molasses. The thickness has a oily quality that coats the palate. I'd put this a shade or two down from the barrel-aged version.

M: The mouthfeel is full, allowing all of the nuances of a RIS to shine through. The stout isn't a hoppy one, rather it allows its maltiness to bloom. Very rich.

D: While I was happy to share it with friends, I'd have been content making my way through the bottle by myself too.

akorsak, Nov 16, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Thanks Jonathan!

Blackbeerd appears a near black with a small, tan head. The aroma is extremely roasty, potentially masking any of the more subtle flavors I might discover. The beer is definitely tasty. There is a slight hop bitterness in the finish. I found the carbonation level too low for my liking. This was a decent beer, but not quite in the upper echelon of imperial stouts.

Huhzubendah, Jun 24, 2010
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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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.