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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

231 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 212
Gots: 38 | 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:
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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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

01-28-2013 13:02:49 | More by billab914
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2013 12:58:24 | More by Kelp
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tjkramer95

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2013 12:35:31 | More by tjkramer95
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thegoon55

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-12-2013 13:48:27 | More by thegoon55
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-12-2013 02:28:55 | More by IrishColonial
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-11-2013 02:32:25 | More by Rhettroactive
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CGMLS3

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-02-2013 03:04:18 | More by CGMLS3
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 08:23:14 | More by corby112
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler poured into a snifter
Last year's version (not technically sure if it was brewed end of 2011 or early 2012). The growler is from a keg tapped at the brewery 2 days ago.

A: Pours a rather thin appearing black color with only the slightest browning on the edges. A few bubbles rise to the top but not enough to assemble a head even large enough to determine its color. Leaves no lacing.

S: Big roasty malt aroma along with black coffee, bakers chocolate, a hint of dark fruits, some oak. Fairly complex nose here.

T: Roasted malts, cocoa, anise, bourbon (even though this is not the barrel aged version), vanilla, apple, hints of dark fruit. Leaves a long linger aftertaste of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Very tasty.

M/D: Not as thin as it appears during the pour, but could have a thicker/chewier mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriately low, ABV is well integrated, and drinkable is very high for the style.

O: Overall, a very nice IS. Not mind blowing, but a solid and well done RIS from one of my favorite breweries. Cant wait to try the barrel aged version!

Serving type: growler

11-17-2012 21:21:25 | More by zac16125
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-29-2012 15:44:47 | More by sendbeer
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reyes29201

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-16-2012 14:03:34 | More by reyes29201
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

09-15-2012 23:01:33 | More by t0rin0
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gpawned

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

08-22-2012 07:29:12 | More by gpawned
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Treebs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage shared at the Star Wars tasting. Big thanks to Mike (mikeincharleston) for the bottle! 22 oz bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Bottled 12/21/10.

A: Pours a very dark black with a thin mocha head forming on the pour. Subsides to thin cap that leaves minimal sheets of lace behind.

S: Roasted malts with a subtle dark fruit note in the background. Definitely sweet figs and more earthy dates. Dried oats and some light chocolate.

T: The roasty of this guy is crazy. Roasted malts and dried oats. Dark fruits with a dark chocolate bitterness. There is some light smoke to this and the finish reminiscent of sweet malts.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a below average carbonation level with a heavy drying from the roasted malts.

O: Definitely a solid stout. Not out of this world, but it was aged nicely and I look forward to trying a fresh batch of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 20:17:05 | More by Treebs
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 12:56:16 | More by Alieniloquium
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-16-2012 23:37:34 | More by ncaudle
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was split amongst few BAs, it pours a black color with a tan head. Its` nose has chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol. Sipping on this and I taste dark chocolate, roasted malts, prunes and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, a soft carbonation to it. All in all, a good RIS from these brewery out of South Carolina. Glad that I finally got to try this one !

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 21:45:20 | More by mltobin
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/21/10; consumed February 2012

A - pours black with a nice head

S - grainy malts with notes of chocolate lift out of the beer

T - lots of dark chocolates are upfront that move to some grainy malts. Much as it begins, it ends with dark chocolates.

M - medium feel with decent carbonation

D - Not the craziest representation of this style, but this is a pretty nice RIS with lots of chocolate flavors. I don't think this is worth the beers it demands, but definitely worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:28:53 | More by birchstick
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HopsJunkiedotcom

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-25-2012 20:49:28 | More by HopsJunkiedotcom
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled 2/23/10, into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Shared at a tasting alongside the 2011 BA version. Thanks to taylorhamrick for trading me this one a long, long time ago.

A: Black body with a finger of dense light-brown head. Good retention, nice lace. Excellent.

S: Lovely, balanced, roasty aroma: bitter dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and some straight malty goodness. Bitter and wonderful.

T: All the roasty goodness of the nose, with some sweetness up front and heavy bitterness behind. Dark chocolate and coffee on the long, intensely bitter finish. Very, very tasty.

M: A little thinner than most RISs, but very creamy and well-carbonated. Enjoyable.

O: I honestly wasn't expecting too much out of this one (aged stouts aren't really my thing - this one slipped my mind for a couple years), but it was a terrific surprise. The flavors were intense and well-integrated, and in no way musty or dulled by time. Great stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:36:42 | More by woosterbill
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prototypic

Ohio

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:48:10 | More by prototypic
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-12-2012 00:01:47 | More by marine1975
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whartontallboy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-26-2012 21:44:13 | More by whartontallboy
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resistdefy

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-26-2012 16:24:47 | More by resistdefy
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-21-2012 03:34:10 | More by funkel81
Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.