Blackbeerd Imperial Stout
COAST Brewing Company

Blackbeerd Imperial StoutBlackbeerd Imperial Stout
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #410
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,213
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 8.89%
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
364
From:
COAST Brewing Company
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  210
Gots
  60
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Blackbeerd Imperial StoutBlackbeerd Imperial Stout
Notes: 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 chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from the Wall of Beer ($2.99; canning date of Dec. 2017) served in a Belgian snifter.
Look: Opaque, essentially black body; thin. rather weak tan head despite an aggressive pour; limited lacing.
Dark bread, booze, dark dried fruits and faint roasted nuts in the aroma.
The flavor largely follows, with more emphasis on dark bread, coffee and roasted nut flavors and less dried fruit. Very good bitter/sweet balance. High ABV is partially hidden.
Smooth, full body with appropriate light carbonation.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a cold 12 oz can of this brew at Whole Foods and am pouring it at cellar temp into my trusty snifter.
the beer pours a dark cola brown color with no light passing through my glass.
A creamy beige colored head of 2 cm foams up and fades very slowly down the sides of my glass. Very dense lattice remains after a swirl or sip of the beer.
The aroma is dark and malty with some roasted notes and a bit of charred wood but also some anice or black licorice notes. I also get a bit of black coffee to round out the malt profile.
First sip reveals a smooth textured body with very fine and gentle carbonation. Leave a good coating on my palate with each sip. Pretty easy drinker for a bigger beer.
Flavor is what I would expect roasted notes, some dark cocoa, a bit of coffee and charred wood again with a bit of anice here too. Finish lingers with a bitter coffee note and I dont get any hint of the ABV on this beer. A quite nice brew that I am glad to have picked up on vacation. Worthy of a purchase if you like Imp Stouts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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%
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 amano_h
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -4.9%
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 +5.2%
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 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 -2.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -0.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Mateo2699
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -1.2%
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 +4%
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 +1.2%
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 -4.2%
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 +5.4%
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 -5.9%
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 -1%
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 +3.7%
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 roastyness.....is 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 -2.7%
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 -4.2%
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 -6.2%
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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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 364 ratings