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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'.

Added by MarkSCCOT on 12-08-2007

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of softcough
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tasted this beer on tap, bottled and from a growler.

An all time favorite. Absolutely stunning appearance of deep dark intrigue with perfect head retention.

Aromas of roasted coffee beans, vanilla and woody notes. Taste has all this plus dark dried fruit and a nice hop backbone to balance.

Wonderful mouthfeel, luxurious. Too easy to drink despite its big body and bold abv.

Please brew more.

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Photo of seanwhite
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of raverjames
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this about 3 times in the last 2 weeks, so now I must review it.
This stout looks perfect for the style. Carbonation is med-low and the head is brown. The smell is of chocolate, caramel, and slight hops. The taste is wonderful. You can taste rich toasted malts and chocolate with a smooth finish. Actually, this beer is way too smooth and drinkable. I can down one after the other. I would say this stout is similar to dark lord, if you removed the licorice flavor from DL and aged it for a few years. I have tried DL, Kate, and sexual chocolate, but coast's Blackbeerd is my favorite. It is an impressive offering from a small brewery in N. Charleston. This beer could not be made by a better group of people either. I would recommend this to any stout fan. I hope the get a bottling line soon so it will be easier to get this brew out the door.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh hell yeah. SO this was the reason my ass was in Barleys to begin with. The 2008 version of my lovely blackbeerd. Having been blown away by the last version, knowing this one was a little more hopped, I could not wait. Served chilled and allowed to warm before sipped, this one was consumed on 12/31/2008.

The pour was wonderful, rich dark black in color with a two inch head of tn that went absolutly no where. Rich, decadent, opaque, evil. Perfect.

The aroma was loaded with molasses and notes of vanilla and chocolate. Rich like a dessert with nice hints of coffee poking out as it warms and a touch of brown sugar almost that was creeping in. The taste was spectacular. Rich, smooth, creamy feel was perfectly carbonated and just heavy enough to let you know the style. The first sip was like heaven as a wave of sweet chocolate and vanilla washed over the tongue. Light touches of coffee and molasses show up mid palate just in time to set you up for a light pine bite that gave this one that nice little kick at the end it needed. Perfectly sippable with no alcohol in the flavor and nothing but the smoothest approach possible.

Overall, blown away. I thought it was good last time, but Jamie and David have outdone themselves. Easily my favorite local stout, this was just nearly perfect.

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4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A full three fingers of light brown head crackles as it slowly fades leaving a Swiss cheese like wall of lace that is an inch thick in itself. Body is pure oil blackness as expected. Nose is nicely chocolately fudgy and includes some rich smokey notes and even includes some banana bread tones. Rich tingling darkness enters the mouth with dark chocolate, fudge, and some rich vanilla. The malts are very toasty and carry a consistant smooth thick richness. Some dark fruits are present on the palate with maybe a hint of over ripe cherry. No bones about it, this is an exceptionally complex and well made imperial stout. Mouthfeel is creamy and full of dark chocolate and carmel and tons of vanilla. Off the chart drinkability for a Impy stout. Wow! Just Wow!

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wcudwight
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to stopbarking.
Pitch black. Opaque in color with a solid 3 finger tan head that recedes and holds for awhile at 1/2". Lace sticks to the glass as it empties into Davy Jones Locker.
Wonderful aroma of fresh pipe tobacco and a burning brush pile.
Flavorwise this Impy Stout has it all. Smoked grains, fruit(I taste blackberries, cherries, and cantalope) I know cantalope is unusual for the style and beer in general. But I swear I taste cantelope. Mild hints of French Roast coffee with touches of dark chocolate and molasses. All of these flavors mix and are balanced perfectly. This beer can hold it's own with the best Imperial Stouts in the world.
Mouthfeel is a bit light bodied for the style. But I think this was done on purpose by the brewers as this beer drinks like a stout....not so much an imperial stout. To me that's a good thing as my 22 oz has been consumed and my head's spinning.
My only disappointment with this beer is that I don't have any more. If I had another bomber I'd crack it open right now.

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Photo of jonothehut
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of JHull
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of khiasmus
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to kkipple for this bottle, hand bottled at the brewery a week or so ago.

Pours almost pitch black with a single finger of very tight, light tan head that settles to a ring and single layer, and lasts forever. Leaves no lacing. When held to the light, it's brown around the edges but still very dark.
The nose is wonderful. Rich dark malt and roasted grain notes, dark fruits, burnt wood, some faint hop-bittering, with a good bit of alcohol. Let this one warm before trying to sniff it, though.
Initially sweet like molasses, then with acrid grain and cocoa coming in. The burnt grain and alcohol round out the flavor, leaving behind a dark-chocolate like aftertaste. The colder it is, the more it tastes like burnt grain, while as it warms it balances better, and even becomes a little sweet.
Mouthfeel is velvety-smooth and coats the mouth. Carbonation is medium-low, and alcohol is warming in the finish. If I hadn't already had Dark Lord, this would get a five. It's excellent.
Drinkability is as high as one could expect in this style. I highly recommend that you try this beer if at all possible. I'm happy to have them here in SC and can't wait for more of their stuff. This brewery is going to be a heavyweight in craft beer in a few years. Cheers!

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a new release from Coast Brewing, It replaced Coast Rye which was a solid beer.

A. Black. Should an imperial stout be different? Get a thesauraus, throw out at me synonyms for black. This is the epitome for a dark stout. Black and low carbonation. Black, hear that black....move on.

S. Chocolate, coffee and beer, This is a stout. Good, solid and and thick. Good? Yes!!!

T, Same as the bouquet. A solid RIS and available locally. Hell yeah!!!!

M. Can you drink stouts all day? Yes? Than you are luckier than me. A SOLID STOUT. COLD? hell yeah!!!!

D. Let it cool down to serving temp , then hell yeah!!!! This is an epitome of what a stout should be...

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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JISurfer
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this off notes I found, when I had it after it's first release. Had it on tap at Charleston Beer Works.

Solid black color, motor oilesque, with a nice tan head to it. The smell was of dark chocolate, coffee, and a slight hint of hops. Taste was exceptional. If it makes sense, it was a solid taste of smokey chocolates, with a touch of hops, but it wasn't too filling. Almost a lightness about it. The alcohol, though high in this beer, was almost hardly detectable. Good coating mouthfeel. With a review like this, would it be anything other than drinkable as hell? I would rate this as easily one of my top RISs. Looks like Blackbeard still owns chucktown after 100s of years. ARRR!

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer poured a dark black with slight ruby highlights from the light. Plenty of lacing.

Smell: Amazing aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and dark bread.

Taste: Nice bready maltiness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Interesting hoppiness to it which provides a nice citrus note.

Mouthfeel: Full body with little to medium carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic brew! This one would be great during those cold winter nights!!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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