Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2009) - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged | COAST Brewing Company

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2009) - Jack Daniels Barrel AgedBlackbeerd Imperial Stout (2009) - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged

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COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mikesgroove on 02-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 86
Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 02.11.09

Pours pitch black and opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention for the style with streaks of spotty lacing left behind. Looks great.

Very inviting aroma with spicy bourbon barrel notes nicely integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Boozy with spicy bourbon but it doesn't completely overpower the other notes. Some dry oak/toothpick character along with velvety vanilla bean, marshmallow and toasted coconut. Really nice barrel character with roasted and sweet malts lingering underneath. Roasted coffee bean, burnt toast, smoke and oatmeal followed by dark chocolate, fudge and faint licorice.

Full bodied with slight viscosity and a spicy bourbon barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the flavors of regular Blackbeerd. I'm not a big fan of he regular version but the barrel aging here has greatly improved the flavor. The four or so years time has mellowed things out considerably but there's still some very nice whiskey flavor along with dry, toasted oak, coconut and vanilla. Dry, spicy and boozy but doesn't have any heat at all at this point. JD still dominant but there's also a decent malt presence lingering underneath. More roast than anything with flavors of burnt toast, bitter coffee grinds, charcoal and tamely but there is some bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee and caramel sweetness balancing things out somewhat. Decently balanced, complex and easy to drink but had lost some of it's boozy bite over the years. Still, this beer has held up surprisingly well and still has plenty of flavor.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Part of a 09, 10, Buffalo Trace, Jack Daniels side by side. From notes.

Appearance: Pours nearly black with slightly transparent brown edges.

Smell: The aroma is more balanced and complex than the regular version. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar come across the nose first, followed by the dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and smokey aromas.

Taste: This version is quite sweet to start. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar combine with the roasted malt to impart a sugary coffee flavor. The oak and smoke flavors swirl together to add nice complexity in the middle. There is much less hop bitterness here, which is a plus. Unfortunately, the sweetness seems to spiral out of control and become a bit cloying by the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: For the style, this has a medium body and medium carbonation. A light stickiness and coffee-like acidity, atlhough even the mouthfeel mellows a bit from the barrel.

Overall: The aroma was interesting and complex and the flavor was good, but the sweetness just becomes a bit too much by the end. My tasting-size glass was enough.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my contributions to a tasting at Jackie O's, tasted alongside the standard version and the Buffalo trace BA version too. It's tough to choose which barrel treatment was best, they were both good, but maybe I'd lean towards the JD if only due to more integration with age.

Looked much like the non-barrel version, brown-black with a thin tan foam, a little lace. The whiskey aroma is VERY nice, smooth and integrated, and I also caught some other notes which should be less barrel-related (cocoa, less toasted character than the standard, etc). Really inviting overall.

This tasted very good, much much better than the non-barrel bottle. Lots of whiskey but not overbearing, very approachable. Just the richness of the liquor, not the alcohol. Cocoa and lightly roasted character, delicious.

Full bodied, a little sticky or oily mouthfeel, long lasting aftertaste. I loved this bottle.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at an incredible tasting at Jackie O's. Thanks turd!

A. Pours black with a thin cap of a tan head.

S. Whiskey/ bourbon with chocolate and a dry roastiness.

T. Lots in common with the smell. A bit of caramel sweetness.

M. Very dry with a thin mouthfeel including both thin body and low carbonation.

D. Good, but not as good as the Buffalo Trace treatment.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Turd for this amazingness

Pours dark brown with a good amount of light brown head. Smells very simple but lots of great buttery bourbon. You can get a lot of oak and vanilla. Vry nice profile on the nose and tongue. The base beer is super simple which is great because you get tons of barrel characteristics. Vry nice overall... Truly a tasty beer

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Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co. This one from THE turd, turdfurgison. Props!

A-black body with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-some bourbon and a .title bit of chocolate
T-can really pick out the subtlties of the barrel. Can really taste the rare. Nice and oaky
M-medium body and smooth
O-solid and better than the base beer

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #600!!! Had this one while at Brewvival. Served from tap by the man himself into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. THe aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, cream, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was pretty good. I went crazy when I saw this one on as I have been looking for QUITE some time to tick it. If I'm honest, I really enjoyed the Buffalo Trace version better than this one. The flavors on this one seemed just a little dilute, but robust enough to please the palate. Really glad I got to finally tick this one!

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Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

I was so glad to see this one on-tap, I had it last year but didn't think to take notes and have really wanted to tick it off the list! Pours that dark, inky black with a thin mocha-colored head that left behind some sticky lacing. Huge aromas and flavors of dark roasted malt, brownie batter, coffee and Jack Daniels. Granted, I'm not the biggest JD fan in the world, but it's amazing how much of that unique JD character of charcoal, caramel and vanilla comes out in the smell and taste! Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a full body and crisp carbonation. Insane drinkability, I went back for this a couple of times!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brough by Sean to our Epic Chicago Tasting. Drank it side by side with the other two versions of Blackbeerd (regular, BT). This one was the best.

A - Tough looking black beer(d) with a one figher brown head that dissipated to a nice ring.

S - Smooth chocolate and bourbon are the focal points of the nose. There is a bit of roast in this stout, as far as the nose goes this was the most impressive of the trio.

T - The real thing you notice about this one compared to the others is how much it has smooth out, I would assume it was due to the fact that this has been sitting around longer than the BT. Nice chocolate with a little bit of toasted malt and char. This is solid, not a world-beater, but solid.

M - Smooth and viscous, full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Little bit slick.

D - Very solid, particularly for a 9.3%, I like this beer and find it a good example of the style.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. black waxed bottle. 4oz. sample poured into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes. Shared by Mikey711 at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A: Pours a thin layer of light mocha head that dissipates quickly. Beer is an opaque, jet black. Lacing is spare but with good cling.

S: Nose is a tickling sweet alcohol. Creamy aromatic hops in the background with tempting layers of chocolate, brownie, and sweet soy sauce. Not the most aromatic but good balance and flavor.

T: Soy saucy upfront with a slight roasted malt and hop bitterness in the back. I'm surprised the bitterness is still present after all that time and covered (mostly) by the booze. End is soy saucy, cocoa, and chocolate with a filmy, licquorice finish. Aftertaste is sweet booze and roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated but very rough around the edges and thinner than most imperial stouts I've had. Not impressed. Oily in the mouth, but not substantial and flimsy going down. Finish is filmy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: This beer is all hype... either that or it's gone way downhill since it was first released. Not impressed at all. Taste is muted, feel is thin, and nose and appearance are very... average. Not worth seeking out but I'm glad to have tried it so I know better.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought by me to our Epic Chicago Tasting. Poured into Rochefort tulip and split amongst some awesome Chicago BAs.

A - Pours black, creamy mocha head, thick ring around the glass. Some lacing left along the sides, pretty viscous, motor oil.

S - Chocolate, slight JD, very smooth, some barrel/oak. Very easy on the nose and really impressive for 9%.

T - Chocolate, super-smooth JD, nice touch of alcohol. Not nearly as boozy and the BT or regular version. The JD and chocolate notes meld together well and create a really nice stout.

M - Medium to full, smooth and rich, oily finish.

D - This was my favorite version by a long-shot. The JD and stout were put together well and the over 9% alcohol is nearly untraceable. Recommend.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the great Chicago tasting along with the regular Blackbeerd and the Buffalo Trace. I had both the Blackbeerd and Buffalo Trace before so this finished off the trio. I was not overly impressed with the first two, this one was slightly better but not saying a ton as I think in general these stours are just all slightly above average...The taste was much sweeter and smooth, lots of vanilla and bourbon and the taste and feel is the definition of what a buttery stout tastes like.

If you can find this its worth drinking, but don't over pay.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - It pours a deep lustrous black, with a sheen like obsidian, and a nice mocha cap of foam that leaves globs of lace.

S - The aroma is beyond description; it is just ridiculous. This is immediately apparent as one of the finest brews I've ever encountered. The barrel imparted such heavenly nuances; I am astounded at the depth and quality of the vanilla, whiskey, chocolate and graham cracker notes.

T - It looks like my "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams" have come true, in the form of a BA RIS. This brew tastes like fabulous wealth and decadence; also some impressions of sweet candy apple flavors and nice wood earthiness, plus the requisite (but oh-so sublime) coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Absolutely phenomenal. Drinking this side-by-side with regular Blackbeerd as well as BA Fat Dog, it is apparent how godly this elixir is. I would be underwhelmed by both regular Blackbeerd and BA Fat Dog in any circumstance, but in this case BA Blackbeerd makes them taste like Russian Imperial Kvass. Trying to put the words forth to justly transcribe this taste is an exercise in futility; my efforts are better spent savoring than ticking so that's what I'm gonna do.

M - The feel is as silky-smooth as Gregory Isaacs and about as rich as Warren Buffet.

D - One of the best BA stouts ever. If I ever get to drink this again I will be beyond ecstatic.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jredner at the 110k #3 release at CCB. Review from notes. Poured into a tasting glass.

A: Black as night. the pour dropped a fluffy wet sand colored head, that left tons of sweet sticky lace.

A: Big roasted chocolate malt and whiskey. but the barrel is not overpowering. You still are able to distinguish the chocolate and roasted malt and the very earthy almost dirty hops.

T: Sweet and savory! The sweetness of the chocolate combined with the Jack is very pleasing. I get notes of roasty nuts, coffee, and wood as well. It finishes extremely smooth but you can tell the alcohol is present.

M: As with most BA brews, this one finishes very smooth. Heavy body, little carbonation.

D and overall impression: Very nice in the drinkability department, despite the whiskey. Overall a very nice example of a BA stout. Not my favorite in the style, but well worth seeking out. Skal.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from kkipple quite awhile back. 22oz bomber, bottling date hand written 2-11-09. Pours a delicious looking black color, not real viscous. Has a nice foamy head, and I am pleased to see a barrel aged stout with a solid amount of carbonation. Smell is inviting, but only gives hints of what's yet to come. Light vanilla and chocolate notes, not very boozy at all.

The taste is truly exceptional. I think the beer aged perfectly over the last 17 months and the alcohol is really kept in check to allow the other flavors to shine. Well balanced chocolate malt notes mix with the layers of vanilla and whiskey barrel character. Semi-sweet and dry at the end. The mouthfeel is thick, and with just the right degree of chewiness. The light foamy carbonation holds up well.

Really flawless here, I was not expecting to find such a high level of drinkability in this beer, but credit to them for not overdoing the ABV. If you still have a bottle of this, drink it now...

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Photo of urwithdave
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #100 from notes
A big thanks to Joey for sharing this at the 110k release.

A- Pours pitch black in color. It is a evil black. No light passes through at all. The head is dark brown i color. Decent retention with nice lacing.

S- At first whiff I get lots of roasted malts and coffee. As I dip back into it I pick up on the bourbon which is present but not overpowering.

T- Nice roasted malts start the show. The coffee flavors follow. Then I get hints of toffee, dark chocolate, wood, and vanilla. The bourbon in my opinion is blended in very well. It's not overpowering and allows the other flavors to come through nicely. This is how I prefer my BA stouts. If I wanted a shot of bourbon, I would be drinking bourbon. I'm sure others will knock it here for the bourbon being so subdued, but I find it to be just about perfect.

M- Pretty creamy but a little on the thinner side for a big stout. The carbonation is perfect imo. The alcohol leaves a slight tingle in the back of my throat.

D- Damn good! One of my favorites of the night for sure. I was really impressed how they incorporated the bourbon but didn't kill the beer.

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Photo of ucusty
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at BrewVival. Dark pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty with light oaky tannins. Barrel character seemed slightly faded. Roast, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Bourbon and vanilla were muted. Overall still a solid beer worthy of the hype...

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and oak. The flavor is whiskey, vanilla, oak, roasted malt and chocolate. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great barrel aged beer. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewvival

Appearance: Looks exactly like what you would want in a stout - pitch black color and a thick tan head that leaves a smattering of lace

Smell: Chocolate, graham crackers and vanilla

Taste: Opens with a graham cracker sweetness that quickly adds a roasty dark fruit and vanilla character; after the swallow, the chocolate and coffee flavors emerge to join the subtle barrel-aged elements; the finish is lengthy and balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Bourbon barrel aging requires a careful hand to get the balance just right - at Coast, they know how to work the style

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Photo of brdc
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go, I believe, to splitgrin for this bottle. From notes.

Large capped bottle poured into a snifter.
Nearly pitch black, nice tan head, which holds reasonably well.
This is not an overpowering imperial stout, but it is quite nice, and the oak aging does lend some subtle notes that seem ot improve the overall experience, but since I was unable to secure a non oak aged bottle, that will remain an impression.
Roasted malts, oak and vanilla reach the nose, with some fruitiness, faint herbal and grassy notes.
Medium to nearly full, toasted maltiness, notes of vanilla and caramel. Nice carbonation, average, about the right amount.
A very good stout, but not quite at the top. The oak aging is quite subtle, which works well for me, as I personally do not like a bourbon assault.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SO happy to get a chance to drink a good amount of this one. Generously shared by brdc. Reviewed from notes.

Thin black pour with two fingers of light brown head. The aroma is lightly toasted malts, oak, a hefty amount of floral hoppiness, and some light vanilla elements carried over from the barrel aging. The flavor starts out dominated by sweet caramel and burnt maltiness. As warming ensues and I dig deeper, a ton of vanilla flavor begins to appear and takes over the flavor profile. Burnt toast as well. Very nice. The body is slightly fuller than medium with good carbonation levels. This one was flavorful and deceptively complex. Not huge on flavor and possibly slightly too burnt to reach the top tier of imperial stouts, but overall still superb.

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big props to Maltzilla for breaking this one open. One of 96 bottles made.

A: Pours a deep dark black hue with a small tan head. No real retention but it does grow some legs.

S: Heavily roasted malt, bordering on charred. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon.

T: Bold roast in the flavor as well. Chocolate and espresso lead the way. There is some oak and bourbon notes as well. Rather bold and aggressive. No real sweetness to be detected.

M: Rather full in body, rich, dark, fairly bitter from start to finish.

D: Enjoyable sipping beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours black with a cascading small brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with robust dark chocolate aromas. Also present are mild amounts of vanilla and whiskey, much more subdued than most others of the style.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal amounts of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Small amounts of molasses and slightly larger amounts of vanilla flavors enter into things midway through the sip. A flavor that's got almost as much oak character as whiskey character comes in and carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass (and numerous others) with absolutely no problem.

Overall I was surprised that the barrel-aged influence was as subdued as it was. That said this is a very good beer without the barrel and what mild amounts the barrel did contribute added another layer. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of maximum12
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great thanks to md655321 for the opportunity to try both of the Blackbeerd brews in a trade nearly a year gone by now. The regular 'Beerd was fantastic, so I've really looked forward to this one. After a night of lice, I'm ready for a good beer!

Pours black. Smell is simply beautiful - chocolate, malts, & just a hint of whiskey. I like where this train is headed.

JD Blackbeerd doesn't quite live up to the angelic nose, but comes close. The whiskey is front & center but not overwhelming, which is my personal preference, but it's rough & ragged. Vanilla, of course, mellowed out malts underneath the whiskey, less chocolate than I thought would be here. Jetsam of bitterness at the end, not even enough to identify, might be the ghost of hops or a roasted malt or two. As the beer warms, there's a distinct smoky aftertaste that begins to creep into the mix, too.

Creamy & smooth, even for a big stout. A sipper, but a sipper that one should sip often. Alcohol? I believe this is an N/A beverage. None to be found in my glass.

Excellent beer...but. Honestly, I almost preferred the non-JD version. The base Blackbeerd was so good that it seems a damn shame to obscure it. But if it's obscured this well, I guess I can take it!

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Photo of rudylaw
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another winner, and long time want, provided by eyebrews at a recent tasting!

Dark black pour with a solid, light, tan head foaming up. Looks the look!

Lots of Jack in the sniffer... but not as much as I would have hoped. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla all vie for your attention. It's not as hot as I thought it may be. Onto the first sip!

Oh yeah! This is most definitely a barrel aged beer we got here! It's sweet, smooth taste. Chocolate malts are present at first, which soon gives way to the Jack this beer was aged in. Coffee comes in too. There are no surprises here... which is just fine by me. It says is a RIS aged in Jack barrels and that is why I wanted to try it.

It's a little thin for me, but the drinkability is ver good for a BA beer. Overall, I'm overjoyed to finally have gotten a sample of this. Very much looking forward to trying the regular Blackbeerd next!

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2009) - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
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