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

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#6,529
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
359
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

famed, fabled and fabulous, the legendary stout from Coast Brewing is nearly as known as the infamous pirate that it portrays. Only a smoky, larger than life, ominously dark ale could do that feat.

Jet black and pouring a viscous creamy texture, the beer releases a rich tan lather. A robust and earthen perfume of roast swoons the nose with notions of dark roast coffee, cocoa, walnut, burnt sugars and a curious campfire drift. Savory, roasty and sweet on the early palate, bold hints of molasses, toffee and burnt cream all come to mind with the first saturating sip.

As the flavors begin to align on the middle palate, its roasty sweetness trends gradually more towards the char with burnt toast, bittersweet chocolate, espresso and black walnut character. Rising bitterness from hops are woodsy, piney and nearly seem to extend from the natural bitterness of coffee and cocoa. Hints of grilled fruit and spices allow a slight vinous tone with fennel, blackcurrant and fig looming.

Full, rounded and pleasantly chewy to on the mouth, the beer's rich coat leads to a long, warm and complex linger of coffee liquor with a hint of sherry. But its the char that wins out in the end as it drags the soft suggestions of smoldering embers along into an extended after palate deep into the next sip.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can with a batch number and canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: The two finger, tan colored head is thick and stays for a while leaving some great lacing that covers the whole glass. It's almost black but a hint of reddish brown comes through when it's held up to the light.

Smell: It's rich and malty with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, molasses and a hint of dark roasted coffee in the background.

Taste: It's sweet and smoky. The main flavors are of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dried fruit and molasses. There's some bitter coffee and a hint of alcohol in the end as well.

Mouthfeel: It's thick, smooth and oily with medium carbonation. Despite the sweetness on the palate it's not cloying at all.

Overall: A well balanced stout with a sweet yet bitter and smoky flavor profile with the right amount of alcohol that gets better as the beer warms up. The texture is very nice as well.

Shoutout to Mbgreg for this one!

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Photo of lewith
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 040115. With Rodda and Jack

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Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtpHokie
4.86/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of amano_h
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged four years prior to drinking (2013 vintage, consumed in 2017)

Subtle hints of Cadbury milk chocolate, rich coffee-like roasted malts, blackcurrant, figs, beeswax, and a hint of smoke trespass upon the olfactory senses with first whiff out of the glass. The chocolate-coffee dichotomy pretty much takes over the entire experience on the nose for the remainder of the drinking session, with the roastier more bitter characteristics seemingly evaporating into thin air with the passage of time.

The sensation on the palate closely matches the nose; bold flavors of French press sludge/thick Turkish coffee blend deftly with smoother milk chocolate and cocoa-notes, accentuated by the RIS grocery list characteristics of jammy dark fruits, toasted oats and charred wood. Likewise on the palate, the coffee mocha theme pervades and solidifies its dominance throughout the remainder of the drinking experience.

Medium to full-bodied, with gentle non-invasive carbonation. Creamy initial mouthfeel, with a tiny bit of slickness on the tongue. There's a bit of gritty tenacity to this brew as it sticks and sort of remains in the back of your mouth long after you're done sipping it; absolutely no evidence of any ABV-derived heat despite almost pushing two digits.

A most excellent non-BA stout.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +5.4%
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 BirdsandHops
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -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 -3%
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 +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reef
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lemmy187
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 359 ratings