Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged - COAST Brewing Company

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 102
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 03-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by saintwarrick:
Photo of saintwarrick
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to khiasmus for the sample. Very deep brown pour with a lacy but thin, tan head. Rich aroma, lots of bourbon and coffee in the nose, thick and dark roasted maltiness Taste doesn't quite measure up to that, as a dark roasted character takes over, some coffee hints but not a lot of thickness or alcohol is present, which I was expecting. Still a nice strong stout that won't burn your senses out.

A step up from the usual Blackbeerd but not quite at the top of the heap in the RIS department.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing and thick legs.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of vanilla, butterscotch, and spicy bourbon. Also present are solid amounts of dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by boozy bourbon. Midway through the sip the dark chocolate fades, allowing vanilla to work its way into things. Finally, near the end of the sip a nice hit of butterscotch comes into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I enjoyed the bourbon notes in this beer much more than in the JD version. My one qualm remains the thickness - if it were thickened up a bit it could be great. Still, a very good beer as is and one that's worth a shot.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz black waxed 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 regular versions.

A: Pours a thin layer of light mocha head that dissipates slowly. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is thick but sparse and with good cling.

S: Heavy on the booze. Chocolate, brownie, fudge, with any hint of roasted malt and hop bitterness faded into the back and covered by alcohol. Sweet overall with an unmistakable -bal nose.

T: Sweet alcohol upfront. Brownie and fudge sweetness. Chocolate. Soy sauce is faded to the back in this version, providing a nice canvas for the rest of the flavors. Roasted malt is also barely detectable. Booze creeps up towards the finish with a hint of oakiness and vanilla. Finish is sweet with a roasted chocolate malt aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied. Lightly carbonated, oily, slick, but just the tiniest bit rough around the edges from the booze. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky and lingers.

D: Unanimously agreed upon as the best of the bunch, BT Blackbeerd really puts its brothers to shame. Great body with a nice, rich body, and a -bal body that's balanced and flavorful. Definitely worth the asking price and I'll be revisiting this one again in 6 months or so.

Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with a touch of mocha colored head. No lacing.

S: Heavy bourbon notes with some smokiness and and roastiness. Some vanilla and some wood notes

T: A very smokey stout with a smooth bourbon note. Heavy roasted flavors. Some marshmellow notes. vanilla sweetness. bitter chocolate notes.

M: Its rather chalky which dried it out quite a bit and it is somewhat thin. No heat present but a bit more smoothness would be nice

D: Its pretty easy to drink but definitely a sipper that i would like to try again. I do think that this may not really benefit much from aging

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz black wax topped bottle into several sample glasses. 2010 Release. Huge thanks go to Stakem for sharing this with a few of us.

Pours pitch black in the glass, with a fizzy looking dark mocha colored head. This maintains some robust edges; leaving back a foamy looking cascade of lace that quickly slides down sides of the glass with some residual brown oils that soon follow. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramel, and smoky smelling roast, which all blend effortlessly together in the nose. The barrel definitely gives this a sharp edge however, with burnt wood, spice, and warmth all having a certain amount of assertiveness in the nostrils.

The taste is very bourbon forward, with notes of sweet molasses, cocoa, and a charred smokiness that then gives way to a dry and burnt spiciness that sticks to the tongue. This does start to even and smooth out a bit as this warms but there is no denying that the bourbon itself lays heavy in the finish of this. The mouthfeel is full bodied, maybe a touch lighter. There is a good bit of tannic character that mingles with the sharpness of the carbonation, which thins this out a bit, but then things start to chill out a bit and it achieves much more of a flat and chewy feel that better compliments the heaviness of the flavors.

This was good but I think that the Buffalo Trace barrel here just brought a little bit too much aggressive to this. More so than I normally like in the style anyway and it detracted from the profiles some. This is still pretty decent though and I’m glad to have tried it. Thanks again for sharing Adam.

Photo of thagr81us
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was picked up directly from COAST and consumed the next day. Served from bottle into a COAST imperial pint. Pours black with a one finger light tan head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor was of malt, cream, vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate. It was heavy on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding brew. It is in the Top 3 of the best stouts I have sampled. It is not lacking in any aspect with overall pleasantness nor complexity. It was completely worth the 4 hour drive home to get my hands on this brew. If you are a stout/barrel aged fan, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on this one.

Photo of md655321
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a self-professed COAST homer and devout fan of the Jack Daniels version I was very, very excited to try this.

A: Looks like like an imperial stout poured into a glass. Whiter head than most, but still tan.

S: Divine. Very little as far as bourbon goes, but a tremendous chocolate blast. Really wonderful.

T: Good. But very little barrel taste, and just a bit of bourbon. I expected more as it was in the barrel much longer. Still NOTHING like KBS or Bourbon County. This does have a nice subtlety but it doesn't seem to come together that well. Maybe it needs time.

M: Feels like beer in your mouth.

D: Very, VERY high. Like all version of Blackbeerd: low sweetness and nice roastiness means very easy drinking.

Overall a slight disappointment, but still very good. Interested to see what happens over time.

Photo of jsanford
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this, despite having had it numerous times and being there on release day.

A - Pours inky black with a thin mocha-colored head. leaves a nice web of sticky lacing.
S - Sweet dark malts, high-quality bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Smells like Dark-Chocolate Bourbon Brownies. Mmm.
T - Tons of chocolate and coffee with a phenomenal bourbon finish. Very well balanced, there's hardy any of that Bourbon "burn", just loads of Bourbon flavor.
M - Medium-heavy body with moderate "prickly" carbonation. Silky-smooth.
D - What can I say, 3 of us killed a growler in a couple of hours. An amazing beer from an amazing brewery, can't wait to see what they pull out next year!

Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i cannot believe it took me this long to try this beer, i really need to step up my game! well luckily for me i waited long enough to be able to try it on tap none the less.

pours a dark inky black with a creamy brown head that rose up to a height of two fingers before settling down and dropping tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. really a very full looking beer.

aroma is deep bourbon. lots of vanilla and oakey notes that start to fill the air from the very first moment. sweet and full of character the rich chocolate notes that really fill the air. thick molasses and rich sweet vanilla notes just fill the flavor. thick an full the profile is outstanding. it seems the bourbon is really taking a hold of this beer and running with it. simply astoundingly smooth with not even a touch of alcohol pulling through i was amazed at how drinkable this could be. i cannot imagine not finishing off three or four of these.

amazing beer, i was simply floored with how easy and smooth it was. a new favorite i have.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick, I've been wanting to tick this.

Pitch black opaque appearance, a small tan head forms and quickly settles to a collar. Boozy and musty barrel aroma, char and licorice, roasted malt. Smells decent. Tastes better than it smells, charred and chocolatey, boozy and rich. The barrel lends some rich caramel notes and a trace of vanilla. It finishes with sharp alcohol, caramelized sugar and burnt malt, dark chocolate and light tannins. This is solid, but the Jack Daniels version from 2009 is better.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a lover of Buffalo Trace, I've looked forward to this. Out of my Harpoon Tulip...

A- Pretty much pure black. Nice brownish khaki head, about 1 finger worth. Retains well, with good lacing.

S- Has a nice warm smell of oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel/brown sugar, and alcohol. Very nice melding of smells, quite pleasant.

T- A nice creamy stout with a touch of hoppy finish. I get some smoaky oak notes, chocolate, and vanilla, and delicious bourbon. The bourbon really came out once the beer got up to close to room temp.

M- A little thin, but the carbonation is right. The flavor is nice, but falls off pretty quickly. Wish it just had some more body. Probably the weakest part of this beer.

D- It is quite nice and drinkable, and is easier to drink than the ABV would suggest. A pretty solid RIS, best drank warm.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes at bottle share. Offered by Marissa - thanks.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head and little lace.

S: Nose is bourbon upfront and center with roasty char and dark chocolate notes.

T: Sweet, boozy bourbon with a faint cherry-like element melded with a oak and vanilla finish.

M: Slick and thick. Very rich and full.

O: Very much enjoyed having this again.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark coffee colored with a small tan head. Smells like smoked malt, molasses, and cocoa nibs. There's a little bit of yeast to it and the taste is a little yeasty too. It has a good amount of smoked malt coming through. Followed by the roasted barley, toast from the barrel, and sweetness balanced with the bourbon. Burnt sugar finish. Mouthfeel comes up a little thin.

Photo of ZacHart
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice, this pitch black brew produced a thick, dense head that was the color of chocoloate milk and dissipated slowly, leaving slight lacing. The scents of bourbon and spicy vanilla are unmistakable. The flavor begins with huge, chocolately roasted malts which quickly give way to the dominant oak, bourbon, and vanilla character. The 9.3% ABV is barely detectable, making this a dangerously smooth and highly drinkable cool weather beer.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle thanks to rnorgart in my first trade!

Pours medium-thick jet black, with a little bubbly tan head that dissipates.

Aroma had some strong licorice, chocolate, molasses, and a strange woodiness.

Flavor was much milder than expected with some nice sweetness, and a lingering sweet finish.

mouthfeel was much lighter and thinner than expected as well. The beer was sweet, but definitely smooth.

Overall, a very solid beer, but not quite one of the best -bal aged stouts out there. Glad I got to try it though!

Photo of zac16125
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to G311 for this one.

Pours inky black with a light tan head and little lacing. Smell is very nice with the bourbon really coming through alongside a fair amount of chocolate and malt. The barrel dominates the falvor as well. A bit of oak and plenty of chocolate. Mouthfeel is quite nice and has that typical barrel-aged mouthfeel that is a bit difficult to ever describe. Drinkability is quite high as well. I will hand it to COAST on this one, as this is much, much better than the regular version of Blackbeerd.

Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. 50belair contributed this one. thanks matt!

22oz bottle topped with black wax.

pours nearly opaque balck with a thin ring of tan head. nice reddish brown highlights show through when held to hte light. no lace.

aroma is great. bourbon and vanilla. raw oak. milk chocolate. bit of dark chocolate. dark fruit. light milk chocolate. caramel. light toffee.

taste is great. similar to the aroma. definitely matches my memory of the non-ba version, but with a nice bourbon overlay.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance overal and between the barrel and base beer.

Photo of AgentZero
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank at a tasting with jrallen34.

A - A nice deep black color with a small mocha head that left some chunk lacing on the sides.

S - Some dark fruit and a deep roasted, but not bitter, malt smell on the nose. There is some sweet bourbon that comes through on the end, but my insufficent sense of smell had to force me to look for it.

T - Roasted malts dominate off the front end with some cocoa. Hints of vanilla and a nice cocoa presence on the end compliment a nice bourbon taste. This does not drink hot like a lot of bourbon stouts, but rather smooth with a nice mellow bourbon taste. very well done.

M - Full bodied with a midling amount of carbonation.

D - Not too bad, I never check the ABV until I'm rating it and at 9.3% this is pretty solidly drinkable.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps a little past its prime this far out from bottling but still really great. I love a stout without a ton of sweetness and this hits that. Very nice body for the low ABV. Color was a little light, reddish, perhaps from age. Taste was strongly cocoa, bakers chocolate. Bourbon was present but not a ton of heat. Well done.

Photo of PDXHops
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Near black body with a modest finger of tan head. This reduces slowly to a thick collar of bubbles and an island of foam in the middle, leaving a good amount of soapy lacing that slowly dries out to a crackly ring.

I had a hunch bourbon barrel-aging would work really well with Blackbeerd, and I was right. Since the base beer has minimal sweetness, the bourbon/oak flavors don't turn everything into a sugar bomb mess. The bourbon/vanilla/oak combo brings out a certain chocolate quality that was hiding in the background of Blackbeerd, while still allowing its unique charred/burnt/roasted/smoky/hoppy character to shine through. At once prickly and smooth, with spicy notes and a punch of leafy hops fighting through the creamy body. The lingering smokiness, chocolate and restrained bourbon are just about perfect. If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was a beer that had been cellared for quite some time already. Kudos to the gang at COAST on an exceedingly well-constructed brew. My only complaint is I don't have another one.

Note- My regular Blackbeerd review for reference:

Overall impression: Great stuff, right up there with Abyss among my favorite examples of barrel-aged beer. While barrel-aging doesn't necessarily make for a better beverage than the base brew, it certainly worked out nicely here. (Regular Blackbeerd is pretty damned good, too, and I expect it to only improve with age.)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Lots of chocolate in the nose. Milk chocolate, lactose. Not getting anything in the way of barrel. Maybe after 4 years its so well integrated. It's really good.

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this beer.

A: The pour is essentially black in color with a thin layer of dark khaki head.

S: Whiskey and vanilla come through but the intense roastiness of the base beer is also really quite apparent. There is a bit of dark chocolate and coffee on the aroma as well. A touch of molasses and char.

T: Pretty much the same story on the palate. Whiskey flavor and vanilla with charred oak. Lots of roasted malts with some molasses and toffee sweetness as well as dark chocolate notes.

M: The body is certainly a bit thin on this beer, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are solid.

O: The barrel aging helps to take away some of the intense roast character, but it's not an amazing beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 15th June 2010, received in a trade with thagr81us. Thanks, Calton! I can't believe this hasn't been reviewed in almost two months. I wonder why.

A very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, brown head present. The head recedes to a ring rather soon, leaving a little lace. The nose is solid. Plenty of barrel character is present, there's vanilla which works well with the chocolate. A mild alcohol bite is present, as well as some charred oak and tannins. Not much roast is present, this is on the sweeter end of the stout spectrum, leaning heavily on caramel, a little sweet licorice and fudge.

The palate opens with a blend of caramel, moderate dark chocolate and some barrel character - heat, vanilla, charred oak. The chocolate and cocoa are rich, but there isn't enough of a body to work with it. Alcohol appears towards the finish, and there's a little bit of charred oak bitterness and some barrel tannins and tartness. There's also a malt component to the bitterness, with burnt grain and cocoa. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this is decent. I do wish the finish had a little more oomph.

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.