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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2011) - Barrel Aged Blend - COAST Brewing Company

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2011) - Barrel Aged BlendBlackbeerd Imperial Stout (2011) - Barrel Aged Blend

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 66
Gots: 14 | FT: 5
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of Jack Daniels Barrels and Buffalo Trace Barrels.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 07-02-2011)
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Reviews by Mavajo:
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical stout color scheme here -- black body, brown head. Not quite Hunahpu dark, but a monster in it's own right.

The smell is solid -- dark chocolate, oak, bourbon and a hint of roast. The taste on this is really enjoyable. Dark chocolate, coffee, hops, a dash of roast and nice undertone of bourbon. Not a bourbon-bomb at all -- very subtlely done. Good mouthfeel -- thick, creamy and velvety. Roastiness lingers on the aftertaste.

This is a great beer. Better than I expected. Kind of reminds me of Stone IRS.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:18:11 | More by Mavajo
More User Reviews:
Photo of orangesol


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-05-2014 06:02:22 | More by orangesol
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 06/29/11

A: Pours an absolutely opaque jet black with just under 1 fingers width of dark mocha colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly. Effectively zero lacing but some alcohol legs.

S: Big roasted malt, along with equally big leather. Next I get anise and bakers chocolate. Barrel notes arent huge but are certainly present, with oaky bourbon. As it warms more chocolatey fudge aromas come out. Awesome.

T: Doesnt really follow the nose. Starts off with herbaceous notes, and grainy roasted malt. There is a prominent, unique dark fruit-like flavor, that I cant place. Not nearly the chocolate that was present on the nose, but some bakers chocolate on the finish. Barrel notes are fairly subtle, with oak being the most prominent. Some toasted coconut and a bit of booze comes out as it warms. Good complexity.

M/D: Smooth, moderate carbonation, full bodied, a bit chewy, ABV well masked, drinkability is good.

O: Ive now had all the barrel aged vintages except 2009. 2012 remains my favorite. That being said, this is a great beer. Glad I was able to try this vintage!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:59:29 | More by zac16125
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-02-2014 11:15:49 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-28-2013 02:32:55 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Mikesgroove!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a thin espresso foam head.

Smell. Sweet bourbon and dark chocolate, vanilla and molasses, and some oak barrel.

Taste. Dark dark chocolate and a ton of it, some dark roasted malts, vanilla and smooth light bourbon, and a touch of molasses and coffee. Some roasty cocoa powder bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body but not too thick and viscous, low smooooth carbonation. Really nice.

Overall. I was wondering if I left this in the cellar too long but I regret nothing. So smooth and well integrated. Fantastic stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 01:06:20 | More by Rutager
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-19-2013 20:30:55 | More by MacQ32
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-07-2013 20:19:03 | More by DeutschesBier
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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

05-12-2013 03:59:24 | More by DarthKostrizer
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-31-2013 21:52:04 | More by mikeincharleston
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-30-2012 16:36:33 | More by badboy7113
Photo of marine1975

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-09-2012 02:11:29 | More by marine1975
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-02-2012 14:27:43 | More by sendsilk
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

08-31-2012 20:07:22 | More by dtx00
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JLindros to sharing this bottle with me. Poured into a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured an oily black hue with a nice thin half a finger half that faded to leave a light soft halo and cloud.

S - Aromas of nice rich dark chocolate along with light smoke and vanilla. Very enticing.

T - Wow, this is delicious. Tasty, light smokey with lots of chocolate and roasty malts. There is a light bitter coffee finish too.

M - Mouthfeel seemed slightly thin for the ABV, however, it was hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a delicious stout and I'm glad I got to try it. Definitely delicious after a year of sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 20:18:31 | More by rudzud
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Shared at a tasting alongside regular Blackbeerd. Huge thanks to the ridiculously generous kingkong for sending this one my way.

A: Deep black body under a half inch of light brown head. Pretty decent retention, spotty lace. Good.

S: Lovely but underpowered aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. A bit of spice and heat. Really nice, but nothing terribly memorable.

T: Sweet oaky vanilla up front, followed by some whisky, some chocolate, and some bitter, charred roastiness on the finish. Very tasty, but, again, it falls short of being distinctive.

M: Creamy, nicely carbonated medium-full body. Fuller than the non-BA version, which was a very pleasant surprise. Excellent.

O: This was a delicious beer, but most BA stouts are. I'd gladly drink it every day if I could, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Definitely worth a shot, though.


Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:42:20 | More by woosterbill
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from dboon a while back. Thanks a lot buddy. This bottle is of normal proportions as well.

From a bomber into a snifer
Bottled on 29 June 2011
Drunk right after a base beer from 21 December 2010

APPEARANCE: This baby pours just like the base beer. Pitch black and sludgy out of the bottle, yielding a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, dark tan head with great retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. A little too much for the style. Head fades to a thick foam cap, but only a wisp remains and leaves no real lacing down the glass. Though the carbo is a little much, this is a thick, black beer with a nice head.

SMELL: The base beer is definitely there, with some nice roasted malts, dark chocolate and cocoa powder in there for sure. Bourbon barrel plays a nice roll and is very well balanced, adding some bourbon, oak and vanilla as well. Very good stuff. A touch bolder and it'd be the perfect nose.

TASTE: Same story here as well. The base beer comes out first, supplying some nice roasted malts and flavors of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. This soon gives way to some bourbon barrel through the middle, with oak, vanilla, and some caramel sweetness. Bolder flavors of bourbon barrel, dark chocolate and roasted malts after the swallow, showing great balance between the base beer and barrels. Some nice hop bitterness and coffee linger along with the barrel flavors. Wonderfully crafted.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down silky smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Nice feel here for sure.

OVERALL: This was excellent. Whereas a lot of breweries turn their imperial stout into a bourbon bomb by barrel aging it too long, this is an example of how complex and interesting the style can be when the barrels are used to add just a bit of complexity to the base beer. This is not a bourbon bomb, but instead, it's a imperial stout with some bourbon barrel influence. One of my favorites, and well worth hunting down. I could drink this in mass quantities. Cheers for this one dboon. As always.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 18:36:07 | More by Jeffo
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-03-2012 15:27:55 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of brystmar


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by whartontallboy -- thanks Ethan!

This brew's pitch black body summons tremendous amounts of head in my glass. Laces well, great retention; beautiful!

Deep, dark, heavily roasted malts are the dominant character in both aroma & taste. Heavily viscous, very dark and roasty. Barrel character is there but doesn't dominate. This was a tasty start to an awesome night!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:08:35 | More by brystmar
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-13-2012 01:38:06 | More by whartontallboy
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kkipple for this gem.

Thick pitch black syrupy looking beer, light fluffy quite dark colored head.

Nose is awesome, lots of dark chocolate, syrupy, molasses, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt and light coffee, burnt toffee, very light earthy spicy hops, cocoa, bakers choc, light barrel vanilla, some smoke.

Taste starts very rich, thick malts, light booze that blends well, and light earthy spicy hops. The malts bring nice darkness, some smoke, chewy roasted malts but light, hint of toffee, plenty of caramel, and tons of chocolate, creamy milk choc, bakers, dark, etc. no burnt or briny flavors. hint of creme brulee, with touches of vanilla barrel and oak like. Delicious. Finish is smooth, caramel, chocolate, drinkable, light bitterness, and a faint hint of whisky.

Mouth is slightly thin for what I expected but still med to heavier bodied, decent carb, very little warming booze, fluffy.

Overall great, very drinkable, great malts, chocolate, light roast and smoke, fluffy, no briny over burnt flavors smooth and drinkable, I would love to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 23:51:50 | More by jlindros
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a nice, stoutly appearance - the black liquid capped by a tan head that webs some lace

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, with hints of oak and vanilla

Taste: Bold chocolate and coffee flavors, up front, with a nice bit of roast in the mix; by mid-palate, the oak and vanilla round out the profile; just a touch of Bourbon that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Incredibly balanced; the folks at COAST know how to brew a big stout as well as how to barrel-age it

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 23:04:29 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-27-2012 02:17:43 | More by THECPJ
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-27-2012 02:10:59 | More by Hodgin
Photo of TMoney2591


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Rogue shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to J2Brew2 for this bottle!

Celebrated one buddy's wedding with the non-barreled Blackbeerd, so it's only fitting to celebrate the engagement of another (belatedly) with the barreled one. Always strive for more, baby! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown (very close to straight black) topped by a finger or so of golden brown foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, light whiskey, and a kiss of char (plenty o' tongue, by the way...). The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast somehow coming through even darker and a bit of cinnamon and molasses tossed in for good measure. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice BA stout. It's not Earth-shattering, but it's damn solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:11:27 | More by TMoney2591
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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2011) - Barrel Aged Blend from COAST Brewing Company
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