Blackbeerd Imperial Stout | COAST Brewing Company

Blackbeerd Imperial StoutBlackbeerd Imperial Stout
351 Ratings
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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Photo of Ryannotbryan
2.39/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Arbitrator
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received in a trade from funkydelic. Thanks, Cameron! Shared at the monthly South Bay gathering at the Rose & Crown.

I found out _after_ the tasting that this is apparently pretty limited (~50 bottles this year?), so I'm thankful to have had a chance to try it.

A: Pours a pitch black with a mocha-colored head. Good retention and lacing for an RIS.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate. Coffee is last, and I'm very happy about that, as I'm not a fan of coffee-forward RISes.

T: Lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate on the initial taste, progressing into coffee in the mid-taste. I am pleasantly surprised by some burnt toffee and molasses floating around. There is also an element of smoke that adds some complexity to the beer. Didn't really detect any hops. A solid flavor.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Could stand to be a little more viscous, I think. The ABV was definitely noticeable as an ethanol sting.

D: I thought this was decent. We had it side-by-side with the Otter Creek RIS, which I thought was worlds better. Given that this is generally hard to get, I doubt I'd look for another.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of iowaherkeye
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, <i>bottled 2.18.08</i>. Pours black with plenty of ruby highlights and a small beige head, low retention.

A-Some roast--not too much though--starts out the aroma with some cola notes, toasted grain, and a bit of dry dog food.

T-Had a fair amount of earth up front, roasted malts and cola again, and some brown sugar. Dry finish with the bitterness peaking around a 3-4 (out of 10). Alcohol is masked well.

M-Lightly carbonated with a medium body.

Not really that great of a beer. Thanks to <i>kersta8</i> for sharing.

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Photo of craytonic
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very thankful for the opportunity to review this one.

Appearance: Pours near-black with a nice tan head

Smell: charred/roasted malt, with some burnt coffee, burnt toffee, and burnt chocolate in the background.

Taste: Burnt malt, burnt coffee, burnt toffee, chocolate, blackstrap molasses, bitter hoppiness coming from somewhere. Some sugar, but it is fructose, not brown sugar. Perhaps some vanilla. Alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than I expected, nothing like an abyss / kate / DL / Darkness.

Drinkability: Low; pales in comparison to the Jack Daniel's barrel aged version.

Can't hold a candle to the top offerings; nice to have if it is locally available though I guess. Just lacking for me, but then again they are just starting so this review may become a bit dated eventually.

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Photo of abernethyj
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Thanks to a generous BA for bringing this to our tasting.

A rather dark looking beer, slightly murky, with a slight trace of a head. Some loose bubbles here and there. A big nose that is assertive in the roast. Coffee and burnt toast top the line with lesser licorice and leather character. Touch of smoke maybe? The flavor is less than desirable IMO. Too much licorice and ash kind of smothers everything else. Hint of sweetness reminiscent of plums. Pretty full bodied and moderately carbonated. Not the best drink I guess.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber shared at our Epic Chicago Tasting and poured into BA taster.

A - Pours black, very little head, thing ring, no lacing.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate, hot alcohol. The alcohol here was a little too much for me.

T - Same as nose...too much alcohol...not hidden well at all. Dark fruits, chocolate, some spice, brown sugars.

M - Light to medium, not as much body as I was expecting with a slightly dry finish.

D - Meh. Average, at best. Way better stouts right down the street at any Binny's.

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Photo of drewba
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - near opaque brownish black with a one finger head that recedes into a thin ring.

S - smoke, caramel malt, slight alcohol presence.

T - Fucking smokey! Touches of roasty malt, carmelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate. A lot of astringency in the finish.

M - thing ot medium, low carbonation. Too thin for me.

D - the smoke is killing me...

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Photo of rudylaw
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks again to HawkeyeDaz for sharing this 2010 bottling.

Pours your typical dark black with a small, light tan head.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate. There seem to be no surprises afoot with this. Seems very straightforward.

Tastes exactly as it smells and doesn't vary or stray from that as it warms. Some roast. There are a bit of hops here but this beer is fairly boring for the style. In fact, this seems more apt to be classified as a milk stout.

Medium to light body with good carbonation but I'm sad to say that I'm really letdown with this one. It tastes like a west coast RIS to me which is very light, airy and boring. I liken it to recent vintages of Stone IRS which I think is a decent beer but milquetoast compared to what other breweries can do with the style.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An old review from our Epic Chicago Tasting

A - Blackish beer with a little bit of brown coming through on the sides. Small brown head that had a decent amount of lacing and retention.

S - A nice roasted smell, with some odd fruit sweetness. A bit of charred malts, with some burnt cocoa powder. It's not bad, but it's nothing special.

T - It's roasted malts in the front with some chocolate and burnt coffee malts. Little bit of licorish adds a somewhat fruity sweetness that lingers in the back of your mouth. Can't say I care a ton for this, it's solid, but not great.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, little bit slick.

D - This is of average drinkability considering the style and ABV. I'm not a huge fan, but wouldn't go so far as to call it "bad."

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Photo of KevinDixonBeer
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle. 4oz. sample poured into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes. Shared by me at a tasting on 10/16/10. Side by side with the JD and BT versions.

A: Pours a thin layer of light mocha head with much better retention than the JD version that flaots atop a slick, opaque, black beer. Lacing is also more ample here. Stringy and with better cling.

S: Detectable sweet fruit esthers make this one a bit weird. Completely different than JD and BT. Grapes, and other dark fruit mixed with an odd, creamy hoppiness. Roasted malt in the back. Very different but in at least an appreciable way.

T: Roasted malt goes full-frontal in this one. Sharp and sweet. Bitter chocolate, brownie, and liquorice are all present. Finish is grainy and smokey with a soy sauciness that creeps in the background.

M: Medium bodied and much more viscous, smooth, and rich compared to the JD version. Filmy in the mouth with low carbonation. Finish is dirty with an oily aftertaste that lingers.

D: The agreed upon second best of the bunch (compared to the JD and BT). Thicker, fuller body with an admittedly odd nose but a taste that's more appropriate though not necessarily much better that the JD. I'd come around to this one again with a little more age on it to see how it develops.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to treyrab for sharing this one with me...

Bottled on 2-18-08

A: Lighter colored head than most RIS offerings that I have tried. The characteristic creamy head is still there, perched right on top of a completely black body.

S: Slightly sweet with bitter coffee, but other than that, there isn't a whole lot going on in the smell. I was slightly disappointed with the smell, given what I was expecting. It could be one of those cases where it's built up so much that it can't possibly live up to expectations, but I think the real issue was the lack of depth and complexity to the smell.

T: A little bit of flowery cascade hops up front, giving way to bitter coffee flavors and a little bit of chocolate malt. The malt sticks with you on the palate, and when you exhale, it mixes nicely with the hops to recreate a nice flavor profile.

M/D: Great texture and feel with a creamy finish, but not quite creamy enough. The hops really add a lot to this beer, and save it from general taste obscurity.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to glid02 for the bottle.
Bottled 2/23/10

Poured into a Foothills tasting glass. A nice dark body with almost two fingers of foamy tan head. Lots of patchy lacing left behind.

Cocoa and roasty malts on the nose. Light smokiness. Could use a little more going on. On the sweet side.

Somewhat smokey with burnt dark malts and bitter hops on the tongue. Faint metallic notes linger. Fairly average for the style. Also has a hint of dark chocolate.

Smooth body with a decent thickness, but the carbonation seems a little off.

Above average for drinkability, but not overly exciting. Not bad, just lacking.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Graciously shared by beerandbourbon (thanks Roger!) at a Jackie O's tasting. Followed by the Jack Daniels version (my bottle) and Buffalo Trace version (Roger's). This was a 2010 bottle.

The beer is brown-black with a thin tan head, a little lace. Lots of roasted malts in the nose, other than that nothing really noteworthy. I get some smoked malts (faintly) in the taste, otherwise a lot of roast character. And maybe the thinnest portion of cocoa.

Medium carbonation, this was pretty much a standard American stout. Not as good as most Russian Imperial Stouts that I've had, just a roasty stout. By trying it directly before the barrel aged versions it was very apparent that the barrel can change a beer MUCH for the better.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours pitch black with a quarter inch of beige head. Retention is ok, lacing is minimal.

Dusty cocoa, and some dark fruits. The nose is pretty boring though. Can't smell much at all.

Taste of black currants, raspberry juice, a bit of chocolate, and then a bitter and roast driven finish. The raspberry flavor is the most apparent, a bit weird, but good.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Well carbonated to the point of almost being dry.

This is a bit weird for a RIS. Mouthfeel is super light and the raspberry flavor is super distinct. It's weird, but it's not bad, just quite different from most other RIS's.

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Photo of pepsican
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to cokebottle. Thanks for the pour man! Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma had chocolate, toffee, and a hint of caramel. The flavor was very similar. Again, chocolate, coffee, toffee, a slight hop bitterness and some brown sugar. It had a slight pickle flavor that I get with a lot of strong wheat beers. Finishes really smooth, not much hint of the abv%. A little thin for the style, nothing really stands out to me. Very drinkable though.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bob for sharing this at the Hunahpu release party.

A – Black with a tan soapy head and relatively big bubbles of foam for the style. It is obviously less thick than the style requires.

S – Not terribly impressed with the nose; it has vague burnt toast and a wee bit of Bavarian hoppiness, but that's about all I'm getting.

T – It tastes a lot more like an ‘Imperial’ Schwarzbier. It tastes rather good, but it can't hang in the RIS or AIS category. There is a very prominent cereal grain flavor, and for some reason it has a lager essence throughout, and perhaps a hint of malted milk balls. I don't get the usual nuances in any significant measure; little or no coffee, chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, tar or char. At this point I'd settle for a bit of carob. Just kidding, carob sucks.

M – Adding to the Schwarzbier theme, this was like Kostritzer but slightly heavier. The carbonation moves through the body of the brew with far too much ease.

D – I will say this about organic products: if it is food, go organic; if it is beer or wine, no organic. I don't know why, but organic beers are always underachieving, in my experience.

For the style, this probably deserves a lower rating. But purely for its merit, it is pretty good.

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Photo of Orangevango
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma of this one is mostly a dry roasty, almost burnt thing and hops. Big hops. Its a bit cold right now... perhaps as it warms up... nope, no such luck, all that comes out is a slight breadiness.

The flavor is similarly dominated by hops. There is a bit of super dry roastiness, and a bit of alcohol. Pretty unengaging.

As for mouthfeel, dry with low carbonation. The level of carbonation is baby bear (just right), but the combined dryness of the roasted grain bitterness and the hop bitterness is a bit much.

There are (at least) two schools of thought when it comes to Imperial stout: some like em hoppy, some like em malty. I fall firmly into the second camp. The hops in this beer altogether drown out the malt subtleties. Perhaps It was intended for long term aging, or perhaps David and Jaime just like their Impy stouts bitter. It isnt a bad beer, but it certainly isnt a stand out among imperial stouts.

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 351 ratings
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