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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout | COAST Brewing Company

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Blackbeerd Imperial StoutBlackbeerd Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
coastbrewing.com

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'.

Added by MarkSCCOT on 12-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,602
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
352
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
61
Trade:
5
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF#6 – thanks Michael!
12oz can dated 11/29/16. Stored in my reefer at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Initially sweet roasted malt. Toward the end, a bitter aroma appears.
Head - Small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a three mm dense ring fed by effervescence and a complete thin layer.
Lacing – None.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Begins with a slightly bitter roasted malt with a hint of licorice (Licorice is stronger at lower temperatures). Allowing it to warm in my mouth doesn’t enhance any flavors and actually makes the licorice disappear. No trace of hops, alcohol, or diacetyl.
Palate – Full, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression: The lack of lacing and the small head are very typical of a high alcohol (9.3% ABV) brew, at least in my experience. However, the mono-taste, while not bad, is somewhat disappointing. Overall, not a bad brew, just not one I will seek out.
Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

not sure from whereal I got this, I believe it was a trade extra. bottle says 112016.

overall fairly nice non BA stout. very creamy mouthfeel and great chocolate flavor. really enjoyable.

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Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 BMart
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -2.7%
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 Bunuelian
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reef
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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 donjarema
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 3/2/2017 at Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery in Myrtle Beach, SC served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and molasses. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice big stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lemmy187
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottyshades
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
2.39/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Mateo2699
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -0.7%
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 Deltoro
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 352 ratings
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