Blackbeerd Imperial Stout - COAST Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Bottle (bomber) dated 022310 courtesy of jpmclaug a few years back. Thank you kindly Jason!
Pours black with a touch of red along the edges when backlit. Tan head puddles to a few soapy islands. Not particularly menacing out of the bottle, but none too shabby either.
Nice blend of coconut, melted caramel, and baker's chocolate greet my fat snout. Big earthen hop presence is a pleasant surprise given the age of this bottle. A promising indicator for the overall aging of this beer. I am hopeful.
This is a pleasant surprise. Earthy hops from the nose provide a firm handshake at the front door. Ashy light bitterness mingles with roast and chocolate. Everything blends wonderfully. From front to back everything rolls effortlessly across the tongue with each nuance playing its role but with each in harmony. Like Lifeson, Peart, and Lee in its precision and complimentary excellence.
Lighter bodied but smooth as hell with a fluffy carbonation. So easy on the palate.
Not the biggest most boisterous bruiser on the block, but damn if that's not overdone at times. This is a wonderful RiS that surprised and impressed me in every way. Hides its size insanely well. I was not impressed with what the Buffalo Trace barrels did to this beer, but I'm happy as hell I didn't give up on the base.One of the more surprising beers, in a good way, in quite a while.
02-17-2013 02:30:08 | More by BarrytheBear
4.39/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured into a Fantome tulip on 9/15/11
Thanks to PDXHops
Bottled on 06 15 '10
Pours a dark cola brown that settles pretty close to black with some dark brown on the edges. One thumb of riddles-with-bubbles foam starts to drop immediately. Bubbly skim of retention. Scattered specks of lace at the top of the glass; it's more solid farther down.
I like the aroma on this one; straight-forward and enjoyable. Roasted and burnt chocolate and sugars; not overly sweet. Maybe a nip of molasses. There is an ashy sheen on the peripheries. Just a faint layer of tangy roast. The aromas mellows and rounds out over time.
Mmmm... The flavor profile is a layering together of all my favorite imperial stout characteristics. Lots of ashy notes - ashtray to the max! Burnt, bittersweet chocolate. Coffee roast is subtle; it is definitely a lesser component. Very dry throughout - sweetness is kept in the aroma where it belongs. As it gets warm there is a ghost note of dark fruit tanginess.
Full bodied but not heavy. Moderate viscosity with a reasonable amount of carbonation to temper it. Burnt, ashy notes linger on the finish.
Good grief this is a gnarly good beer; exactly what I like. I've had it on several occasions and enjoyed it every time.
02-10-2013 06:16:10 | More by Ryan011235
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
12-21-2012 08:23:14 | More by corby112
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
11-17-2012 21:21:25 | More by zac16125
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-08-2012 20:17:05 | More by Treebs
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
07-18-2012 12:56:16 | More by Alieniloquium
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
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 !
07-14-2012 21:45:20 | More by mltobin
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
06-26-2012 03:28:53 | More by birchstick
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
06-25-2012 01:36:42 | More by woosterbill
3.95/5 rDev -2%
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!
06-16-2012 03:48:10 | More by prototypic
Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
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