Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2011) - Barrel Aged Blend - COAST Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-12-2011 02:18:11 | More by Mavajo
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
2011 Vintage (duh!)! Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic since they missed out on getting any bottles of this one. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, sweet alcohol, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, sweet alcohol, caramel, and subtle dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. This was actually my second time getting to try this one as I had it on-tap at the brewery at the release when I picked up my bottles. The bottle and tap were pretty much spot on with each other with the bottle being a little more robust in the aroma department. The flavor and aroma on this one are quite nice and inviting making this one really easy to drink quite a bit of. Really glad COAST is continuing to do the BA Blackbeerd series using different treatments every year. Can't wait to see what they have planned for next year's batch as all three have been quite excellent.
08-16-2011 12:12:06 | More by thagr81us
British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
11-15-2013 01:06:20 | More by Rutager
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Bottle dated June 29th 2011. Much thanks to mikesgroove!! Woah wax removed, this bottle cap is RUSTY.
An incredibly dark brown chestnut head with tiny bubbles of foam, sits with barely half a finger nicely. Very dark bodied and super tiny light carbonation on the edges of a nearly black body. Real impressive.
Great nose. Caramel and hints of wood aged thickness. Barleywine fruit with it also. A mix of barleywine scents, and bourbon aging.
Taste is a light bodied, slightly hint of fizzy, almost wet chocolate palate, with a nice cream. Roast char balance of chocolate on the palate, finishing with an almost vinous wet texture and hinting of cream sweetness. Aftertaste is roasty coffee and a good malt grain husky quality.
Overall pretty tasty, I wish the feel on this was a little better, but pretty darn solid and impressive got to admit. Easy drinking too.
12-24-2011 22:19:03 | More by smakawhat
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
Black as night, completely opaque with a huge billowing head of tan up and over the top of the glass. Really enormous look to it. Cascading head fell back down to earth and still at over two inches high refused to gain any ground what so ever.
bourbon, rich chocolate notes and wonderful hints of molasses. As it warms it takes on a very sweet note, with touches of coffee adding a slight bitter nose to it. Really well defined though I have to admit here. Lots of bourbon, with that vanilla character very prominent indeed. Rich vanilla notes undermined the huge coffee and chocolate flavors, vanilla, molasses, hints of oak notes, sublime. Even as it comes up to near room temperature it keeps its insanely rich character. The final sips were so sweet, so full, I found myself chasing an empty glass for that last little drop.
08-15-2011 01:36:37 | More by mikesgroove
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
Thanks to jsanford for sending this my way a while back. Shared at the tasting. Poured into a snifter.
A- Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head that dissipates into a thin cap leaving some lines of lacing.
S- Herbal and medicinal at first with some smokey and roasted malt. Dark chocolate, faint dark fruit and a bit of sweet booze.
T- A good chunk of smoke and roasted malt. While the smoked malt taste is present, there is no "meaty" component I taste in other beers that use smoked malt. Dark chocolate, figs, oak, blackberries and some sweet bourbon. One of the least sweet stouts we had at the tasting.
M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. A silky like mouthfeel that finishes with some roasted malt. No sign of the ABV.
O- A very drinkable RIS with the alcohol being well masked. I really enjoyed this as it had more of a smoky and roasted malt presence with the sweetness being more subtle.
10-14-2011 01:35:17 | More by iadler
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
This bottle was courtesy of thagr81us in a massive in person trade in South Carolina in September. Thanks for grabbing this Want for me Calton!
This beer pours a full bodied midnight black in color with a beige lacing around my snifter. The aromas consist of smooth chocolate, coffee with cream, light toffee, whiskey, and slight vanilla. It's all really smooth, creamy, and doesn't present any alcohol. The flavors are pretty carry and bitter. It's like they burnt their malts. Other than that you get some bitter chocolates and whiskey but it isn't nearly as well integrated as the nose. The aftertaste is short lived in my opinion. As I continue drinking, it seems thinner in body and kind of falls apart. I'm kind of disappointed. I don't find Blackbeerd to be too special by itself but I was hoping barrel aging would really mprove this beer. It didn't.
01-27-2012 02:13:41 | More by aasher
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
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!
02-08-2014 01:59:29 | More by zac16125
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-10-2012 23:51:50 | More by jlindros
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
A - Dark brown beer, black when not in the light. Has a good amount of brown head. Not a whole lot of lace on the glass.
S - Roasted grain, dark chocolate. There is some oak as well as whiskey. Get some of the sweeter, fruitier notes from the Jack Daniels.
T - Roast and char with some bitter chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee. Bit of char, not particularly sweet. Nose is better, but this is solid.
M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.
O - Good beer, should have a bit more demand than it does. Better than the last few versions of this I've had. If you can get a bottle, I'd grab one.
10-30-2011 17:55:37 | More by AgentZero
3.93/5 rDev -6%
Bottle from the brewery, amazing people btw. if you get a chance, go. Cant be any cooler people that own a brewery. I wish them the best, and hope they can get eough money to expand.
beer pours a dark brown... not as black as I was hoping it would be... nor as thick it seems. nice head on it, and lacing is nicely stuck to the walls of the glass as it dissipates.
Smell is divine. whiskey with hints of chocolate and coffee strewn about.
taste is also nice, whiskey takes a surprising back seat based on the smell and the description. I expected it to be more aggressive. the stout doesnt seem to be enough to hold the barrel aging process either... they may want to think about almost doubling the malt bill to handle the barrel aging process... to make it thicker and more mean. it is a very nice beer, but seems like a normal stout that was tossed in barrels... which is ok... but should be meaner and thicker and fuller. Needless to say the mouthfeel is way thin. so much thinner than it should be. Overall a nice beer, but man I was hoping for so much more...
amazing brewery, amazing people though. they have my full support and enthusiasm. COAST rocks.
11-21-2011 15:35:06 | More by crusian
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
02-06-2012 22:11:27 | More by TMoney2591
3.68/5 rDev -12%
Thanks again, Richard.
The pour is black in color with a finger or so of khaki head. The aroma opens with vanilla and roasted malt as well as some milk chocolate (maybe some dark chocolate too). As it warms, the roast comes through, as does a bit of coffee. Molasses, coffee, and roasted malt are present on the palate. The whisky flavors are there, but not super prominent. A bit of vanilla to give it some sweetness. Medium bodied with fairly low, smooth carbonation.
01-16-2012 21:10:23 | More by womencantsail
Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2011) - Barrel Aged Blend from COAST Brewing Company
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