Blackbeerd Imperial Stout - COAST Brewing Company

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89
very good

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 288
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 218
Gots: 52 | FT: 3
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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 AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An old review from our Epic Chicago Tasting

A - Blackish beer with a little bit of brown coming through on the sides. Small brown head that had a decent amount of lacing and retention.

S - A nice roasted smell, with some odd fruit sweetness. A bit of charred malts, with some burnt cocoa powder. It's not bad, but it's nothing special.

T - It's roasted malts in the front with some chocolate and burnt coffee malts. Little bit of licorish adds a somewhat fruity sweetness that lingers in the back of your mouth. Can't say I care a ton for this, it's solid, but not great.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, little bit slick.

D - This is of average drinkability considering the style and ABV. I'm not a huge fan, but wouldn't go so far as to call it "bad." (760 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to CrellMoset (Christopher) for this beer in a trade awhile ago! Bottled on 2/28/10.

22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip. Pours a deep evil-looking black with a thick 3-finger mocha head on top. Excellent retention; left tons of lace on the glass. Big smoky nose, with hints of plum, milk chocolate, and roasted espresso beans. Nice.

The mouth is thinner than I'd expect with how this bad boy sits in the glass. Pretty slick going down. Carbonation is light. Not coating at all. The smokiness is present in the flavor as well, but it is masked more by the coffee notes I'm getting. The finish is of mildly bitter black chocolate and licorice. This wasn't anything special, honestly, but it is drinkable. The thin feel makes this one a gulper. Not bad, just not that great. (786 characters)

Photo of drewba
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - near opaque brownish black with a one finger head that recedes into a thin ring.

S - smoke, caramel malt, slight alcohol presence.

T - Fucking smokey! Touches of roasty malt, carmelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate. A lot of astringency in the finish.

M - thing ot medium, low carbonation. Too thin for me.

D - the smoke is killing me... (345 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My good brother SAS provided this one at a recent tasting with the Boise boys... thanks, Steven. I don't know how old this one is, but I expect it is from the first batch as Steve hasn't traded in a long while.

Pours with a thick dark tan head... fantastic retention and lacing.. the head holds on forever.

Nose shows all expected RIS notes with a bit of smokey char.. there is deep cocoa and hints of dark fruits but the "black" burnt aromas are pretty high for my liking.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose with too much smoke and burnt malt character... there is plenty of good going on with the nice dark malt and caramel/malty sweetness... some cocoa comes out nicely complimented by the malts... quite a bit of French Roast with warmth.

Body seems a tad light for the style, but is still well within guidelines... carbonation also is a bit much, but certainly agreeable...

Glad I got a chance to try this one, but I would like to score one of the newest batches and give it another go around... Thanks Steven.

4.5/4/4/3.5/4 (1,036 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to glid02 for the bottle.
Bottled 2/23/10

Poured into a Foothills tasting glass. A nice dark body with almost two fingers of foamy tan head. Lots of patchy lacing left behind.

Cocoa and roasty malts on the nose. Light smokiness. Could use a little more going on. On the sweet side.

Somewhat smokey with burnt dark malts and bitter hops on the tongue. Faint metallic notes linger. Fairly average for the style. Also has a hint of dark chocolate.

Smooth body with a decent thickness, but the carbonation seems a little off.

Above average for drinkability, but not overly exciting. Not bad, just lacking. (613 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Yar, me hearties. This stout from COAST is one I've been keeping my good eye on for a while. The beer is such an opaque black with just a hint of brown around the edges that I feared I had put my patch on the wrong eye again. A tan ring of foam marks the spot of the buried treasure. No head retention or lace leaving tracks for others to follow. Overall, this is dense and decent looking.

Mateys, this smells like molasses with some noticeable hops, but the chocolate and coffee have walked the plank. Some tar like the kind used to swab the decks, but not very roasty. A bit of dark caramel, but this is more a molasses focused smell without booze that goes overboard.

When I raise my enemy's skull (pint glass)to my lips and take a taste, I'm sure that this treasure is almost worth its weight in gold. It's very malty and sweet, with smoke and roast and just a hint of a chocolate and coffee aftertaste. There is also a touch of acidity or acridity is a bit out of place, but it's nothing that makes me say "arrrgh". The end of this beer has hints of booze and molasses.

The mouthfeel is above average. It's not milkshake thick, but I can feel the beer descend from me mouth to me timbers. The Carbonation is low to medium and the body is medium plus. The aftertaste is very pleasant, like counting my doubloons.

While this was a decent conquest, I must head back to sea to find something with a bit more. This beer is not something I would store in Davy Jones' Locker, but I would fill a glass if our paths cross again. A good stout, but not something that is ready for a war at sea with the big boys. (1,639 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a bomber in a trade from PDXhops... thanks for such a fine bomber!

- Nice thick black and dark ruby brown... finger of light mocha head quickly down to a bit of a dusting trying to center itself in the tumbler glass. Thin ring.

- Plentiful chocolate and roasty dark malt notes... light bitter grassy hopping... soothingly sweet smell. Little light fig, maybe prune.

- Grainy, oats, slight woody flavor.. nice chocolate malts and a roasted barley character... light bitter bitter hops with a touch of sweet zing.. earthy and herbal.

- Surprisingly light bodied.. a little drying as it should be... a touch chewy.. overall great carbonation...

- Quit drinkable, but just a touch thin... if it is truly the alc. it says... then it hides it very very well... but I would peg it to be 8% and under personally. Overall decent.. though has a slight background flavor I can't peg. (888 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber provided by Craytonic. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour creates a two finger, thicker looking, beige head with good retention. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp leaving lots of immediate sticky lacing. A slight wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots down the glass. Could be slightly thicker for the style, but pretty good looking.

SMELL: Dark malts, roasted and smoked malts, and some dark fruit esters, like raisins, dark grapes and dates. Some dark, pure chocolate in there and some gram crackers. A larger dose of hops gives it a citrus hoppy aroma as well. Different, but appealing for sure.

TASTE: Just like the nose said. Dark, roasted and smoked malts throughout. Citrus hoppy notes with dark fruits, grapes mostly, and some gram cracker notes again. Quite a good amount of citrus hops on the swallow, but well balanced and appealing. Bold and lingering aftertaste is roasted and smoky, with bitter pure chocolate, coffee, and some citrus notes as well. Not boozy whatsoever. Hoppy and bold for a stout, but well balanced and not out of place. Well put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium-high levels of carbonation. Soft and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. No booze at all here. A little too much carbonation, but quite nice otherwise.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable, drinkable, and unique stout. As far as the hoppier stouts go, this one is a great example. Enjoyed this one more than Night Stalker, for example. These bottles are tough to come by, unfortunately, but I'll definitely be on the lookout for another one in the future. Thanks for giving me the chance to try this one Craytonic. (1,775 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Review number 200! Decided to open something special.

A - Black as can be with what started as a monster tan head that has died down a bit but still lingers

S - Big roasted aroma's mingle with notes of vanilla. A big wiff of smoke fills my nostrils as well. A hint of sweetness lies in there but mostly roast and smoke. This is just what I look for.

T - Follows the aroma. Mostly smoke and roast in this. However not as much as the aroma would suggest. Some chocolate and coffee but it really plays a minor part. Finishes with more smoke/tobacco notes.

M - This part really kills this beer. The body is way too thin. Light to medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D - A solid brew and one that I enjoy. Goes down real easy. Nice roasted notes but not as much as some other RIS's. Really needs a thicker body. If you like smokey stouts you would enjoy this one. I'll certainly pick this up any chance I can get but it isn't as great as I was hoping for. (967 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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. (1,282 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bottle into a Smuttynose tulip. Pours a thick black with a full, foamy, frothy khaki head. As the head fades there is very dense lacing left behind, the beer looks awesome.

The smell is very smoky, full of roasted malt throughout. Beyond the smoke there is chocolate, subtle nutty coffee and hints of citrus hops. The citrus hops aren't as strong as Night Stalker or Darkness, but they are definitely there. Hints of vanilla and graham cracker sweetness are present as well, but the smoke really dominates this one start to finish.

The taste follows the smell, very roasty-smoky malts introduce and dominate the flavor. The smoky malt is followed by some bitter baker's chocolate, and traditional stout flavors. Beyond the regular and expected there is a healthy amount of orange peel flavor, almost like biting into an orange peel. It tastes like I might imagine a chocolate covered orange to taste, but I have never tried it. There is also some vanilla, graham cracker and alcohol sweetness. As the beer warms it becomes much more pleasant, there is a definite dark fruit presence, mostly cherries. The hops become more juicy and less abrasive, and the malts and chocolate notes also get a bit more complex. Definitely better as it approaches room temperature.

The beer is well carbonated, but it's a bit thin bodied for an imperial stout. The alcohol is well-hidden and incorporated into the other flavors nicely. The beer has a very crisp, dry finish. This is a good beer, glad I got to try it. (1,536 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle traded to me from mikeyv35. thanks! drank from stone IRS tulip/snifter glass. 2010 edition. bottled in feb.

A- this one pours out an opaque black body with a full finger of khaki colored head on it. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind surprisingly little lacing.

S- dark roasted and almost charred malts. some dark chocolate in here also. at the end theres a decently strong scent of coffee. the alcohol is pretty noticeable. this is going to be one assertive drink.

T- the roasted and burnt malts i could smell come back in a big way with the first sip. the chocolate is more subdued than i would have expected form the nose. the coffee finish is somewhat aggressive. moderate alcohol burn.

M- lighter bodied than i would have liked. i would almost describe it as medium (should always be full on an imperial stout). the alcohol could be better hidden, but maybe im drinking this one a little prematurely.

D- something id gladly grab another of if i get the chance. if i do, ill make sure to sit on it for longer. this one might not have been ready yet. id love to try either of the barrel aged ones also. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber shared at our Epic Chicago Tasting and poured into BA taster.

A - Pours black, very little head, thing ring, no lacing.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate, hot alcohol. The alcohol here was a little too much for me.

T - Same as nose...too much alcohol...not hidden well at all. Dark fruits, chocolate, some spice, brown sugars.

M - Light to medium, not as much body as I was expecting with a slightly dry finish.

D - Meh. Average, at best. Way better stouts right down the street at any Binny's. (504 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage on tap in a shaker pint, a poor presentation for such a fine brew, but whatcha gonna do? Near black with a modest but dense dark tan head that retains surprisingly well and leaves sticky and oily lacing up and down.

From the first whiff, this is shaping up to be a unique take on the RIS style. Black pepper, a substantial hoppiness and a touch of smoke weave in and out of plentiful dark roasted and burnt malts in the nose. Chocolate is present only in the form of a dusting of cocoa.

If you don't like your impy stouts too sweet, then this could be the beer for you. The bitterness is quite substantial, and teams up with cracked black pepper for a very prickly mouthfeel. Loads of burnt malt and charred wood are enhanced by a subtle smokiness. Finishes very dry with a hint of chocolate sweetness sneaking in at the swallow.

Overall impression: Unique, challenging and enjoyable RIS. I've got a few bottles cellaring and have high hopes about how this beer will age. (988 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 02/23/2010. Big thanks to Gyle41386 for this.

4.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid light brown head. Falls to about a half a finger of really creamy head and remains. Very good retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Very nice mix of roastiness and sweetness. Roasted barley and sweet chocolate are the strongest flavor. Coffee to a lesser extent. Not the most complex of aromas, but what is there is very nice. Great job.

4.0 T: Pretty good, but not nearly as good as the nose. Not as roasty as the nose, but the chocolate is there again. Slightly sourish twang in there, almost like a touch of lactose. Coffee is a bit stronger than in the nose.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. It's not bad, but I NEED my impy stouts to be full bodied.

4.0 D: Tasty and easy to drink. If the mouthfeel was a bit thicker, this would have floored me. (936 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks...Mcallister...sharing...cool guy. OK.
Pours a dark black with a nice light brown head. Quickly fades to an inky stillness. Smell is a bit weak but nice. Equal parts of coffee and chocolate with some earth, mild spice, caramel sweetness.
Taste is much like the smell just a bit more powerful. Nice earthy, charcoal notes take some of the sweetness out of this brew. There's some nice dark fruit as well that add to the mild sweetness that makes this a really nice beer. Nice dry finish.
Feels rich and creamy and I really didn't want to see the bottom of the glass. Really nice to sip on. (596 characters)

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

Very deep brown and completely opaque. A two finger tannish head hold suprisingly good retention with thick chunky lace.

Chocolate, licorice, leather, unmalted barley, hints of burnt caramel and roasted malts. Earthy character as well.

Light roast with a hint of coffee. Big on bakers chocolate which keeps things very dry in the finish. Black truffle, tea, cocoa, currant, black berry, with a sweet middle. Thick and creamy and quite tasty. (443 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer poured a dark black with slight ruby highlights from the light. Plenty of lacing.

Smell: Amazing aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and dark bread.

Taste: Nice bready maltiness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Interesting hoppiness to it which provides a nice citrus note.

Mouthfeel: Full body with little to medium carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic brew! This one would be great during those cold winter nights!! (444 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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%. (741 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared by womencantsail at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark as night black with a half finger of tan head that left good blotchy lacing. Common RIS aroma consisting of roasted malts, molasses, and chocolate with slight coffee and faint char notes. The flavors are almost the same as the nose but there seems to be more coffee and hop character on the taste. The chocolate and some dark fruit give some acccents in the overall flavor. The beer was medium body with a low amount of carbonation that had a silky toasty and mild hop bitter finish. Pretty straight forward RIS from coast brewing. Drank well and would love to try the barrel aged version. (656 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,906 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing at the 110k release. Reviewing from notes.

A- Pours very black in color. A dark brown head that disappears rather quickly. Decent lacing left behind.

S- Roasted malts and a little dark chocolate. I'm not picking up on much of anything else here.

T- Roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and the dark almost burnt chocolate. A little bitter and not a good bitter.

M- Kind of thin for the style but the carbonation is spot on.

D- It was a decent brew, but the BA version blows the base out of the water. (527 characters)

Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.