Blackbeerd Imperial Stout | COAST Brewing Company

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Blackbeerd Imperial StoutBlackbeerd Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
As dark as the legend of Blackbeerd himself, behold the Imperial Stout. Sweet malts battle roasted grain on the decks of yer tongue. Like a blast from a cannon, hop are followed by smoked malt. Hold on to yer booty, a dark stouts a brewin'.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Viscous black with a large, fluffy mocha head, caving in due to large air pockets and settling to a thin film.

Smell is coffee, chocolate lava cake, with a slight sharp, metallic note, and banana skin

Taste is nice and roasty, with cocoa, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, toasty walnut, tangy Werther's and woody earthy hops.

Medium, velvety body, thin fizz, and semi-dry.

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Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge head production, but mediocre head retention, and little lacing. Brew itself is a lovely black.

Strong roasty aroma, reminiscent of Narwhal or Old Rasputin: big, bitter, tons of hops and roasted barley.

Flavor follows: tons of roasted barley, dark chocolate, a touch of char and ash, bitter earthy hops, and a touch of smoke. Very bitter.

Fairly full mouthfeel, although thinner than Ten-Fidy or FIS. Slick; dry finish.

If this is your local RIS, you should be happy you have a fantastic option at your fingertips.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can, no readable date:
Pours medium thick with a bunch of darker brown head - almost 50% of my pour. The head settled fairly quick to allow the finishing pour. Medium random cloud lacing from the remaining thick rim of head.

Nose is chocolatey with just a hint of coffee as a base. The smoke is a light accent and brings almost a woody note with it. Feel fairly slick, a little thinner than I expected from the pour - maybe medium body but it slides along so easily. The oat brings a little rubbery dryness (not abnormal for me).

Opening notes are a little more black coffee than the chocolate I got in the nose. Smoke notes follow, but work almost as if they are a part of charred roasted malt, yet subtly different enough to tell it is smoked malt. A little woody bitterness going into the last part, followed by the char and oatmeal that end the taste.

Enjoyable lightly smoked dark beer, but in combination this seems to me a borderline porter/stout - as the feel is lighter and the bitterness is less roasted. The 9.3% is sneaky in this one, as well.

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Photo of Reef
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From can, five months old.

Dark mahogany, not quite black appearance. Surprising amount of head from a normal pour. About an inch of head lasted for several minutes.

Muted black breads with molasses aroma, slight tang.

Tastes of some smoke, roast, bitter cocoa, with a hops and a slight coffee note at the end. Some licorice, slight citrus, A lot going on.

Nice smooth, full mouthfeel, consistent with the substantial ABV.

Great beer for a rainy day in the 40's. Coast is always reliable, great beers, great value.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pour is a very dark brown hue, nearly black. Khaki colored head that settles to a ring, low lacing. Doesn't appear very carbonated, rather thick and syrupy looking. Aroma consists of roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate with hints of charred wood. Dark chocolate, roasted malts with hints of dark fruit and tabacco with the taste. A little smoky and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and velvety. Overall it's a solid stout. Well balanced with an excellent smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into snifter, canned on 3/15/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, light smoke/char, herbal, pine, light pepper, slight licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, light smoke/char, herbal, pine, light pepper, slight licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted oats, dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, smoke, char, herbal, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This reminds me a great deal of Founders Imperial Stout. Dark tar like pour with heft and viscosity. Creamy lactose, char, embers, dry chocolate malts, graham cracker, burnt coffee, roasted beans and toffee. Huge beer with little to no evidence of 9.3%.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours jet black nice mocha colored head that lasts for a good bit

Aroma - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar hints of oak and a bit of smoke and tobacco

Taste - Very smooth cocoa nibs and vanilla, roasted malts brown sugar and licorice.

Feel - Heavy thick feel very smooth and velvety well carbonated.

Overall - A great beer, flavors are spot on and very balanced wonderful feel.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark beer with a thick creamy tan head when poured aggressively. The aroma is a bit weak but has roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, dark brown sugar and a little smokiness. The taste is the same with the sweet malt and almost molasses like taste. There is char and chocolate in there as well. There is a burnt coffee bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a little more carbonation than I was expecting. The beer finishes with a tingle and a slight burn.

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Photo of thatche2
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter glass.

Appearance is pitch black with one finger thick head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell is roasted malt, cold brewed coffee with cream, oats, and a hint of vanilla. There is a floral roasted aroma that is quite pleasant.

Taste follow the aroma with unique and delicate and slightly sweet roasted malt flavors leading the way. Sweetness is moderate throughout and bitterness is relatively low for an imperial stout. There is also very little alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy with low to moderate carbonation. Very nice and delicate but slightly thin feel.

Overall this is a well balanced imperial stout with interesting roasted malt flavors. I typically prefer a little less sweetness and more bitterness, but this beer works for me. If I see this beer, I will pick it up again.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a viscous jet black nice finger or so of tan creamy head with great retention.

S: Smooth roasty malts creamy yet bitter dark chocolate. But of a milk stout quality to the smell. Some licorice and Carmel also.

T: Starts off with a nice chocolate then the roasty bitterness comes with a maybe vegetal green pepper type taste? Bit more coffee up front as it warms..

F: Awesome mouthfeel. Enough carb ...velvety yet easily drinkable.

O: I really enjoyed this stout nice all around balance. Gonna pick up some more.

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Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-very dark brown, almost black, with a thin layer of tan head that disappears quickly to leave a slight ring around the top

S-roasted malt, slight char, and chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, roasted malt backbone, light roast, chocolate

M-crisp carbonation, medium body, dry and roasted finish

Overall the body is a little on the light side, flavors are ok, but not the most exciting RIS I have had

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, oily black gentle pour produced a pretty significant frothy khaki head that settles into a hefty ring. Some glass clinging on the way down.

Smells fairly sweet. Cocoa powder is dominant. Also some licorice, tobacco, oats, and charred barley.

I would say the flavors follow suit. It is more sweet than bitter, although there is a solid bitterness. Some of it seems to come from the hops too. A lot of bitter sweet chocolate, solid ashy/charred flavor, some flaky oats, and a lot of tobacco juice on the back end with some more lingering brown sugar/molasses sweetness. No sign of the almost 10% ABV.

The body is viscous. It has a bit of oatmeal stout like chewiness to it. Carbonation is pretty much perfect. Very smooth.

A very solid RIS, but it seems to flirt with being an American Stout at times and is a hair too sweet for the style. I think it shines more in appearance and body

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Photo of righthereisay
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saved for Christmas day. A Christmas pour.

A - Pitch black. Not much foam at all. This was born in May and it is December 25th. Maybe that is a reason. Minimal lacing that doesn't last.

S - Smell of roasted vanilla. ....and maybe some whiskey.

T - Chocolate and vanilla that a word? A little coffee...

F - No carbonation at all. Medium bodied at best. No fresh feeling at all.

O - Overall I love this brewery but this wasn't worth the price. I've had much better. Not bad. But I think the Feel lowers this one. Everything else about it I like a lot.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with minimal lacing ring.

S - Dark fruit, cocoa, and dark chocolate.

T - Sweet dark chocolate, some char/smokiness, and a lingering dark bittersweet sugary chocolate finish.

M - Big medium body with a slippery/oily texture.

O - Seek this one out.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this bottle up in Fort Mill, SC, bottled on 04/17/15

Pours jet black & thick with a pinky of caramel colored head. Viscous,
some head retention & no lacing

S: Dark fruit, a little smokeyness, some vanilla, some booze once warm

T: Raisin, figs, a little leafy hops & carob up front. Slight smokeyness, licorice, & a little dark chocolate as this warms, some dryness as well, some figgyness. Finishes dry, warming, with leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation , slightly warming, thickens up a bit once warm

Pretty drinkable & good for the style

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Photo of tillmac62
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/1/15. Pours black as a starless night. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich complex nose of dark fruit (plum, prune, date, fig), chocolate, molasses and roast over a subtle hop background. Although not barrel aged, a distinct bourbon note is quite evident

Full body with a nice creamy texture. Normal carbonation level with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a subtle burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good with a rather strong intensity of alcohol that tends to mute everything else, which hurts complexity and results in a lack of balance. However, after about half a glass, the palate adjusts to the raw alcohol and does allow for flavor complexity to emerge (translation - this is a sipper). It begins with a wave of dark chocolate over a rich molasses sweetness. The middle brings allows the dark fruit flavors to emerge, which are predominately prune and date. The finish is a slow sweet fade with a somewhat astringent alcohol bite, coupled with the associated heat and pucker, and bourbon like flavor.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

32oz. Growler poured into a 16oz. snifter glass.

Look - Pitch black. Very little head with a hard pour; no head at all with a soft pour.

Smell - Honestly a little bland in my opinion, I get a light note of dark cocoa, and a little smokiness.

Taste - This beer basically has 3 stages of flavor that do a great job blending together to form one big, balanced stout. It starts with that cocoa noticeable in the scent. That's the one taste that stays present from sip to swallow. The chocolate slowly changes to a more tobacco-like flavor, which then leads in to a light smokiness to finish the flavor ride. The flavors blend flawlessly. This is a subtle beer, but surprisingly a very exciting one.

Feel - Easy to drink, has a slight bite. It is a quite thin stout when you consider the extreme lack of carbonation. This is probably the weakest part of the experience. (that's being super critical)

Overall: Worth getting, this is a very good stout, one of the best produced in SC.

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Photo of Zach136
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App: Pitch black, no head/lacing.

Aroma/flavor: Molasses, assorted chocolates, low roast on the nose. More of theb same on the palate with a touch of extra hops.

Mouthfeel: alcohol and roast characters are in check, rich full bodied low carb.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Blackbeerd by Coast Brewing. Cocoa, milk chocolate, light roast, super smooth. This is really good for over 4 years old...................................

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Photo of DIM
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec. 2011

To this day this is the only beer I ever got " from the back" at a bottle shop. Thanks to the guys at GBX. Aged over a year and a half for no particular reason.

a: Black body, medium sized yadda yadda yadda. It looks like a stout.

s: Really nice almost charred roasty cocoa dominates. Just a trace of dark fruit and no alcohol to be found anywhere.

t: Mirrors the smell basically. Lightly smoky, deeply roasty cocoa with a little bittersweet chocolate. No heat and not much else to find really.

m: A bit thin for a big stout, but that might be my fault for aging it.

o: Great stout, loved that smoky char quality. Thanks again GBX!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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