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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 spdyfire83
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of azdback
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  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

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this one. Pours slightly darker than cola with a skim of a head and a thin band of froth around the edges. Head is refreshed with a swirl. Great nose - roast, cocoa, brown sugar and molasses. Taste is malty, roasty and expresses a bit of char, but also has a slightly chalky flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light) with a mild, even carbonation and a slight acidity that was quite unexpected. A fairly solid and drinkable RIS, but not overly mind blowing. Probably not something I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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

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

A huge thanks to Wespatrick for this great extra. Cheers! Bottle date is 02-23-2010.

Appearance – Pours a dark chocolate brown into a tulip. About a finger of mocha colored head is achieved that leaves decent lacing.

Smell – Lots of dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, and slight licorice. As the beer warms a hint of vanilla shines through, along with oak and bourbon.

Taste – Burnt/roasted malts up front, semi-sweet cocoa/chocolate follows. Vanilla, oak, and coffee all intermix during the middle and it finishes a hint dry and almost chalky.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation for the style, finishes dry as stated.

Overall – A pretty good Russian Imperial Stout, though to be honest nothing I’d write home about. Glad to try this all the same!

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip

Thanks to hannydawg for hooking me up with this as my first SC beer.

The appearance is damn good on this beer, it come out of the bottle like used motor oil, black and viscous, just the way I like it. The head as we later determined is a burnt umber in color...yeah, you can blame TMoney2591 for the fact that I know what that color looks like. The aroma isn't much in the way of outstanding, but there is the coffee roast and smoke and chocolate hanging in the background. The taste is really dark. The roast is aggressive on the palate and gives off the flavor of strong coffee. There is a touch of smoke to help cut the coffee, but it doesn't do a good enough job. The mouthfeel is actually a bit thin for how thick this looked in the glass. As this beer warms up it gets thicker. Despite all my complaining this is actually a damn tasty stout. My suggestion is not to let it warm up too much there is a magic window of temperature where it tastes amazing. This beer reminds me very much of Half Acre Big Hugs. I wouldn't turn this down if ever offered to me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage 22oz bottle courtesy of a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours opaque with a pitch black color. Bubbly sparse lacing on the sides of the glass and a low, dark tan, espresso crema looking head. This really looks like an espresso sitting in my glass.

S - Quite hoppy for an imperial stout, hoppy, grassy, coffee and dark roasted malts. A hint of alcohol and a touch of licorice on the nose too.

T - Hoppy bitterness up front, actually quite bitter overall. Lots of coffee, burnt toast, espresso beans, green hop flavors, and light licorice also.

M - Licoricey cool, medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, not at all boozy - very roasty.

O - Quite Bitter, I'd almost call this porter like in character as opposed to imperial stout. body could be a bit thicker. Good stuff. First sample in our blind 8 impy stout tasting. Ended up being in the middle of the group at the end of the night. Definitely a very good stout that was up against some tough competition.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Graciously shared by beerandbourbon (thanks Roger!) at a Jackie O's tasting. Followed by the Jack Daniels version (my bottle) and Buffalo Trace version (Roger's). This was a 2010 bottle.

The beer is brown-black with a thin tan head, a little lace. Lots of roasted malts in the nose, other than that nothing really noteworthy. I get some smoked malts (faintly) in the taste, otherwise a lot of roast character. And maybe the thinnest portion of cocoa.

Medium carbonation, this was pretty much a standard American stout. Not as good as most Russian Imperial Stouts that I've had, just a roasty stout. By trying it directly before the barrel aged versions it was very apparent that the barrel can change a beer MUCH for the better.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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

A. Pours black with a tan head that leaves touches of residual lacing.

S. Honey, roast, and chocolate

T. Lots of roast with chocolate and honey sweetness

M. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D. Decent, but not terribly exciting. Excited to try the barrel aged versions.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-dark black body with tan head
S-roast malts that have been toasted well
T-lot like it smells. Very toasty an smooth.solid brew
M-medium body and very smooth
O-nice brew. Can't wait to see what the barrel aged ones taste like

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown. Pretty dark.... A bit of white head that dissipates quickly. The is a nice layer left on the surface. Smells very toasty. Lots of roastedness. Tastes rich and roasty. Lots of coffee flavours on the tongue. A bit thin but Fairly solid. Wll carbonated and drinks well.

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