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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout - COAST Brewing Company

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Blackbeerd Imperial StoutBlackbeerd Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

257 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 214
Gots: 44 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 12-08-2007

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'.
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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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of modernartblues
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev -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.

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

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

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

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

Photo of johnnnniee
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
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.

Photo of azdback
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.

Photo of stakem
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.

Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of Slatetank
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Part of a 09, 10, Buffalo Trace, Jack Daniels side by side. From notes.

Appearance: This pours a mahogany color with walnut edges. A creamy tan colored head retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted aroma here. Fully roasted malt, coffee, a lot of smoke and tobacco. The smoke and tobacco do not fit my normal preferences.

Taste: The flavor follows the nose, although some dark fruit sweetness sneaks in here. Full roasted malt, and coffee are noticeable up front and provide a firm bitterness. It eases up with some general quick sweetness in the middle that has a general dark fruit quality to it. Some earthy hop flavors up the bitterness - the wrong direction for how the sip is progressing. Toward the end, the flavor turns almost acrid, with smoke and tobacco adding to a taste that is already fairly bitter. The 09 has smoothed out considerably, and maybe aging this beer is the formula to greater success.

Mouthfeel: As can be expected from any RIS, this has a full body, but only light/medium for the style. A smooth medium carbonation neither adds nor detracts from the taste experience, simply highlights it. Toward the end of the sip, it becomes slightly acidic like brewed coffee and feels astringent as well.

Overall: This is a little bit rough on the palate to be considered very drinkable. A year on the 09 bumped it up a bit, maybe more time would help.

10: 4/4/3.5/4/3.5
09: 4/4/4/4

Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.