Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged - COAST Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Black with a creamy tan ring of bubbles for a head. Wooden barrel, bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruity aromas – some slight oxidation under it all. Rich malty flavor featuring a super smooth bourbon barrel character, vanilla, chocolate, slight coffee roast, and nuts. Pretty heavy and creamy in the mouth, finishing clean. We were just about to leave the tasting room when they tapped this, so naturally we had to stick around. A tasty, creamy smooth BA stout that doesn’t let things get too sweet or boozy.
07-18-2014 17:17:11 | More by wedge
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 06/15/10
Picked up from the brewery on 12/20/13 after they decided to unexpectedly and randomly release a BA Blackbeerd vertical at the brewery. So awesome. You guys are the best.
A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges and just a sliver of bubbly light tan colored head. Leaves a small amount of patchy lacing.
S: Sweet dark fruits, roasted malt and bakers chocolate, oak, a subtle scotch like peat character, sweet bourbon and charred oak.
T: At first I get huge roasted malt and herbaceous notes. Next the barrel characters come out with a nice bourbon booziness and charred oak that lingers forever on the finish. I also get dark cocoa and a hint of black coffee bitterness. The bourbon barrel notes become more prominent as it warms. This is awesome, great depth of flavor, with layers coming out in each sip.
M/D: Full bodied, seems a touch thinner than the 2013 I just had (not sure if thats the time on the bottle or just my imagination) but still somewhat chewy. Carbonation moderate, but retains a good smoothness. A bit of booze is noticed but is welcomed. Drinkability is very good.
O: Overall, great beer. The barrel characters add a lot to the base beer on this one. Barrel characters are moderate, not huge like the 2012 BA version, but more prominent than the 2013 BA version. If I hate to rate the Blackbeerd's Ive had so far itd be: 2012 BA, 2010 BA, 2013 BA and then regular. All have been very good though. Looking forward to trying more!
12-21-2013 02:08:06 | More by zac16125
4.29/5 rDev +3.1%
Type: 22oz. Waxed Bomber
Glass: Goose Island Chalice
Pours a midnight black in color w/ a minimal tan head and lacing. Aromas of molasses, coffee, vanilla, light bourbon, and oak. The taste was of well integrated bourbon and oak mixed w/ smooth chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Medium bodied and a bit thin for the style. For what it is it is very drinkable.
Overall, a solid brew that I would gladly sample again, but most likely will not have the pleasure.
04-15-2013 00:32:33 | More by mikeyv35
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with very little foam action; after about 30 seconds, only the vaguest ringlet remained; very leggy, though. with strands of lace trailing down from the lip of the chalice
Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate undertones; the barrel, however, dominates, bringing sweet Bourbon and vanilla
Taste: The Bourbon is dominant, up front, though the undertones of roast and chocolate add balance, as do what is left of the hops; a bit acrid, after the swallow, but the Bourbon is really what is memorable here and adds a pleasing balance to the roast and chocolate
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, surprisingly thin; with low carbonation
Overall: Another very nice beer from Coast; wish the mouthfeel were bigger
11-02-2012 00:12:50 | More by brentk56
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Bottle shared by me at the Star Wars tasting. Served side by side with the '10 Blackbeerd. 22 oz waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Bottled 6/15/10.
A: Pours a dark, opaque black. A thin and bubbly dark mocha head forms on the pour and quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Some light splotches of lace are left behind.
S: Light bourbon upfront melds nicely with light smokiness and roasted malts. There is a sweet, almost Tootsie roll like, chocolate flavor in the periphery that plays nicely with the smoke.
T: The bourbon is upfront just like nose. There is a more dark fruit presence with a touch of smoke. Roasted marshmellow, sweet chocolate, and toasted malts with the slightest hint of oak.
M: Medium bodied, a touch thin from the barrel aging. Very smooth and creamy with a little smoke on the finish. The carbonation level is medium to low.
O: This has held up remarkably well and is drinking pretty well right now. I can't see it getting any better though and would drink it now.
08-10-2012 12:32:09 | More by Treebs
Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
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