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'.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Bottled in December, 2010. Yar. This thing pours a slick obsidian topped by a half-finger of dusty burnt umber foam. I haven't been this attracted to a pirate since that brief time when I wanted a fling with Geena Davis from Cutthroat Island. (Don't worry, that phase was rather short-lived.) The nose comprises light charcoal, molasses, brown sugar, light roasted malts, light vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and very mild coffee. The taste holds notes of dark coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, relatively mild smoke, and brown sugar. Things aren't as dynamic as in the nose (if that makes any real sense), but it's still pretty tasty. The body is a light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly chewy feel (though still pretty smooth as well). Overall, this is an outstanding stout. I hope to someday be able to try a barrel-aged version, but this is decidedly solid without such a treatment.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage 22oz bottle courtesy of a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours opaque with a pitch black color. Bubbly sparse lacing on the sides of the glass and a low, dark tan, espresso crema looking head. This really looks like an espresso sitting in my glass.

S - Quite hoppy for an imperial stout, hoppy, grassy, coffee and dark roasted malts. A hint of alcohol and a touch of licorice on the nose too.

T - Hoppy bitterness up front, actually quite bitter overall. Lots of coffee, burnt toast, espresso beans, green hop flavors, and light licorice also.

M - Licoricey cool, medium bodied, lowish carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, not at all boozy - very roasty.

O - Quite Bitter, I'd almost call this porter like in character as opposed to imperial stout. body could be a bit thicker. Good stuff. First sample in our blind 8 impy stout tasting. Ended up being in the middle of the group at the end of the night. Definitely a very good stout that was up against some tough competition.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/21/10! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocoalte, caramel, and subtle coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and subtle vanilla. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation but still managed to feel creamy. Overall this was an all around excellent brew. Pretty good flavor and aroma going on in this one. I have tried all of the -bal versions of this before and this is my first time trying the base beer (sad I know)... For the ABV this one sports it is really smooth and enjoyable as there was no sign of the alcohol at all. The flavor was a lot more robust and complex than I was expecting if I'm honest. If you haven't had this before you definitely need to try it at least once, you won't regret it!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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 mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/12/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing this bottle. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

A: Pitch black, very thick two finger mocha head with great retention and chunky lacing. Extremely impressive.

S: Little bit of hops, some roasted malts, a little smokiness, some chocolate and coffee.

T: Very similar to the aroma, some burnt/roasted grains, a little bit of chocolate, the smoke comes through, and there is a lot of coffee in this beer.

M: Full bodied with nice carbonation. This beer coats your mouth.

O: Really impressed, it wasn't overly sweet like some RISs come off as, the flavors were all solid and the thick, full mouthfeel really made everything work. Personally, I would have preferred less coffee and more chocolate, but this was a great beer.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours black with a tan head that leaves touches of residual lacing.

S. Honey, roast, and chocolate

T. Lots of roast with chocolate and honey sweetness

M. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D. Decent, but not terribly exciting. Excited to try the barrel aged versions.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-dark black body with tan head
S-roast malts that have been toasted well
T-lot like it smells. Very toasty an smooth.solid brew
M-medium body and very smooth
O-nice brew. Can't wait to see what the barrel aged ones taste like

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown. Pretty dark.... A bit of white head that dissipates quickly. The is a nice layer left on the surface. Smells very toasty. Lots of roastedness. Tastes rich and roasty. Lots of coffee flavours on the tongue. A bit thin but Fairly solid. Wll carbonated and drinks well.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
Another Thank you is in order this one goes out to "JSanford".

appearance: black as night with a 2 finger mocha head

smell: roasted malts, hops, coffee, smoke,

taste: mocha that tends to fade more to coffee, smokey, roasted malts, with a dry finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body, smooth

drinkability: very good stout was hoping for alittle more chocolate to counter the coffee. But still very good and so glad Jacob sent this one my way.

the CPJ

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice very dark brown color with caramel coffee head. Some lacing occurs and remains on the perimeter.

S - Lots of chocolate with some coffee and cocoa. A great chocolate smell.

T - Lots of coffee with mild sweetness. The more I drink the more it reminds me of smores for some reason. As the temp rises a little more chocolate bitterness comes out.

M - Doesn't feel too heavy but it does have a bit of carbonation. A nice finish.

D - Actually gets better as the temperature rises. I've had a glass sitting out now for about 30min or so and drink is a little smoother. A little more thick which makes it go down easy.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas

taste: licorice, coffee, I thought it was suppose dto be a smoked stout. It was subtle if any.

mouthfeel: full bodied stout

drinkability: we had a rare sout party is this was one of the selectons. We had this one near the end and maybe it got lost in the shuffle. But it was mind blowing. Definitly a good stout.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown, black in the glass, with a finger of tan head and an iota of auburn highlights.

Smell -- Roast malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, mild smokiness.

Taste -- Mild roast malt, cocoa and dark fruits, moderate malt sweetness. Much more smoke in the taste than in the nose.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- Pretty solid RIS, but not as amazing as I would have thought from reading the reviews.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
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 fear025
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This batch was bottled on 12/21/2010.

Aroma:The aroma is of sweet dark malt, with slightly burnt roasty overtones. There is also chocolate and dark fruits present.

Appearance:The color of the beer is black and opaque. The deep mocha colored head is thick, rich, lustrous, and long-lasting.

Taste:Tons of roast malt, dark chocolate, licorice, and coffee flavors are present in the foretaste. The strong bitter hops come out more in the midtaste. The aftertaste is mostly faded coffee and roast malt.

Mouthfeel:The body on this one is lighter than I expected, and the carbonation was good. This beer has a nice creamy feel. The aftertaste has a little hop astringency.

Drinkability:I enjoyed this beer a lot, it's a great roast-driven RIS with a lot of complexity.

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Photo of vanstaal55
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first taste of blackbeerd. bottled in 10' sold in 11'

A- pitch black..what else is new, medium size head

S- malty coffee hint of alc

T- coffee, bitter aftertaste. good, but not great

M- thick but smooth

D- little alcohol burn, after taste is bitter. not going to have trouble finishing the bomber.

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Photo of SneezyAchew
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had no intentions of cracking this one open today but with the great imperial stouts I've had out at the pub the past couple of nights ('09 Stout Trooper happened to be on tap!) my nights just feel empty this season when I DON'T drink a huge stout. Might as well try my hands at reviewing my first beer... bear with me.
Thanks to desaparecido for this one from a few months back. Grabbed this one straight from the cellar since it's approximately 55 degrees down there. Why not?
A: Poured slowly into a Stone IRS snifter. The half-inch tan head comes and goes quickly. Some sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass. Extremly dark. And consuming it on the darkest night outside in years... Actually, there's quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.
S: Sort-of sweet, mostly roasty, dark chocolate smell.
T: Medium to light carbonation. I would imagine the smokiness has faded somewhat at this point (this is the only time I've tried this beer), but there's still a prominent smoked flavor. A medium to full bodied stout, it almost prickles my tongue at first, but settles into a creamy, somewhat chewy puddle in my mouth. And then, a dry finish.
D: I had maybe 16 ounces myself, and poured two samples into brandy snifter's for my friends. I could drink more, and would definitely love to try it again, perhaps on tap, at some point. But it isn't up there with the Stout Trooper '09 from a couple days ago. I would love to try the barrel-aged versions.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger tan head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, roasty malt, caramel, maple and vanilla.

T - Vanilla, bourbon, oak and rich roasty malt. There are some sweet caramel notes with chocolate, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good RIS. Very complex mixture of flavors make it unique, too.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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 Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to CrellMoset (Christopher) for this beer in a trade awhile ago! Bottled on 2/28/10.

22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip. Pours a deep evil-looking black with a thick 3-finger mocha head on top. Excellent retention; left tons of lace on the glass. Big smoky nose, with hints of plum, milk chocolate, and roasted espresso beans. Nice.

The mouth is thinner than I'd expect with how this bad boy sits in the glass. Pretty slick going down. Carbonation is light. Not coating at all. The smokiness is present in the flavor as well, but it is masked more by the coffee notes I'm getting. The finish is of mildly bitter black chocolate and licorice. This wasn't anything special, honestly, but it is drinkable. The thin feel makes this one a gulper. Not bad, just not that great.

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Photo of drewba
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
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 JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My good brother SAS provided this one at a recent tasting with the Boise boys... thanks, Steven. I don't know how old this one is, but I expect it is from the first batch as Steve hasn't traded in a long while.

Pours with a thick dark tan head... fantastic retention and lacing.. the head holds on forever.

Nose shows all expected RIS notes with a bit of smokey char.. there is deep cocoa and hints of dark fruits but the "black" burnt aromas are pretty high for my liking.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose with too much smoke and burnt malt character... there is plenty of good going on with the nice dark malt and caramel/malty sweetness... some cocoa comes out nicely complimented by the malts... quite a bit of French Roast with warmth.

Body seems a tad light for the style, but is still well within guidelines... carbonation also is a bit much, but certainly agreeable...

Glad I got a chance to try this one, but I would like to score one of the newest batches and give it another go around... Thanks Steven.


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Photo of sisuspeed
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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 jampics2
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Yar, me hearties. This stout from COAST is one I've been keeping my good eye on for a while. The beer is such an opaque black with just a hint of brown around the edges that I feared I had put my patch on the wrong eye again. A tan ring of foam marks the spot of the buried treasure. No head retention or lace leaving tracks for others to follow. Overall, this is dense and decent looking.

Mateys, this smells like molasses with some noticeable hops, but the chocolate and coffee have walked the plank. Some tar like the kind used to swab the decks, but not very roasty. A bit of dark caramel, but this is more a molasses focused smell without booze that goes overboard.

When I raise my enemy's skull (pint glass)to my lips and take a taste, I'm sure that this treasure is almost worth its weight in gold. It's very malty and sweet, with smoke and roast and just a hint of a chocolate and coffee aftertaste. There is also a touch of acidity or acridity is a bit out of place, but it's nothing that makes me say "arrrgh". The end of this beer has hints of booze and molasses.

The mouthfeel is above average. It's not milkshake thick, but I can feel the beer descend from me mouth to me timbers. The Carbonation is low to medium and the body is medium plus. The aftertaste is very pleasant, like counting my doubloons.

While this was a decent conquest, I must head back to sea to find something with a bit more. This beer is not something I would store in Davy Jones' Locker, but I would fill a glass if our paths cross again. A good stout, but not something that is ready for a war at sea with the big boys.

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Photo of Docer
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a bomber in a trade from PDXhops... thanks for such a fine bomber!

- Nice thick black and dark ruby brown... finger of light mocha head quickly down to a bit of a dusting trying to center itself in the tumbler glass. Thin ring.

- Plentiful chocolate and roasty dark malt notes... light bitter grassy hopping... soothingly sweet smell. Little light fig, maybe prune.

- Grainy, oats, slight woody flavor.. nice chocolate malts and a roasted barley character... light bitter bitter hops with a touch of sweet zing.. earthy and herbal.

- Surprisingly light bodied.. a little drying as it should be... a touch chewy.. overall great carbonation...

- Quit drinkable, but just a touch thin... if it is truly the alc. it says... then it hides it very very well... but I would peg it to be 8% and under personally. Overall decent.. though has a slight background flavor I can't peg.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is close to black with a short mocha head and some legs. Nose is a lot of roasted malt as well as some light smoke. Chocolate, vanilla, and some roast. Taste is overly smoked and roasty. Chocolate and coffee fall into the background. The roast and smoke work together well in the background. Drinks fairly well, but the taste is just a little too far in a single direction.

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout from COAST Brewing Company
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