Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged
COAST Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout
4.17 | pDev: 7.67%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel AgedBlackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged
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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps a little past its prime this far out from bottling but still really great. I love a stout without a ton of sweetness and this hits that. Very nice body for the low ABV. Color was a little light, reddish, perhaps from age. Taste was strongly cocoa, bakers chocolate. Bourbon was present but not a ton of heat. Well done.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Lots of chocolate in the nose. Milk chocolate, lactose. Not getting anything in the way of barrel. Maybe after 4 years its so well integrated. It's really good.

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Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Black with a creamy tan ring of bubbles for a head. Wooden barrel, bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruity aromas – some slight oxidation under it all. Rich malty flavor featuring a super smooth bourbon barrel character, vanilla, chocolate, slight coffee roast, and nuts. Pretty heavy and creamy in the mouth, finishing clean. We were just about to leave the tasting room when they tapped this, so naturally we had to stick around. A tasty, creamy smooth BA stout that doesn’t let things get too sweet or boozy.

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Photo of zac16125
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 06/15/10

Picked up from the brewery on 12/20/13 after they decided to unexpectedly and randomly release a BA Blackbeerd vertical at the brewery. So awesome. You guys are the best.

A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges and just a sliver of bubbly light tan colored head. Leaves a small amount of patchy lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits, roasted malt and bakers chocolate, oak, a subtle scotch like peat character, sweet bourbon and charred oak.

T: At first I get huge roasted malt and herbaceous notes. Next the barrel characters come out with a nice bourbon booziness and charred oak that lingers forever on the finish. I also get dark cocoa and a hint of black coffee bitterness. The bourbon barrel notes become more prominent as it warms. This is awesome, great depth of flavor, with layers coming out in each sip.

M/D: Full bodied, seems a touch thinner than the 2013 I just had (not sure if thats the time on the bottle or just my imagination) but still somewhat chewy. Carbonation moderate, but retains a good smoothness. A bit of booze is noticed but is welcomed. Drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, great beer. The barrel characters add a lot to the base beer on this one. Barrel characters are moderate, not huge like the 2012 BA version, but more prominent than the 2013 BA version. If I hate to rate the Blackbeerd's Ive had so far itd be: 2012 BA, 2010 BA, 2013 BA and then regular. All have been very good though. Looking forward to trying more!

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 09/07/2011
Type: 22oz. Waxed Bomber
Vintage: 2010
Glass: Goose Island Chalice

Pours a midnight black in color w/ a minimal tan head and lacing. Aromas of molasses, coffee, vanilla, light bourbon, and oak. The taste was of well integrated bourbon and oak mixed w/ smooth chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Medium bodied and a bit thin for the style. For what it is it is very drinkable.

Overall, a solid brew that I would gladly sample again, but most likely will not have the pleasure.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with very little foam action; after about 30 seconds, only the vaguest ringlet remained; very leggy, though. with strands of lace trailing down from the lip of the chalice

Smell: Very roasty, with dark chocolate undertones; the barrel, however, dominates, bringing sweet Bourbon and vanilla

Taste: The Bourbon is dominant, up front, though the undertones of roast and chocolate add balance, as do what is left of the hops; a bit acrid, after the swallow, but the Bourbon is really what is memorable here and adds a pleasing balance to the roast and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, surprisingly thin; with low carbonation

Overall: Another very nice beer from Coast; wish the mouthfeel were bigger

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Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by me at the Star Wars tasting. Served side by side with the '10 Blackbeerd. 22 oz waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Bottled 6/15/10.

A: Pours a dark, opaque black. A thin and bubbly dark mocha head forms on the pour and quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Some light splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Light bourbon upfront melds nicely with light smokiness and roasted malts. There is a sweet, almost Tootsie roll like, chocolate flavor in the periphery that plays nicely with the smoke.

T: The bourbon is upfront just like nose. There is a more dark fruit presence with a touch of smoke. Roasted marshmellow, sweet chocolate, and toasted malts with the slightest hint of oak.

M: Medium bodied, a touch thin from the barrel aging. Very smooth and creamy with a little smoke on the finish. The carbonation level is medium to low.

O: This has held up remarkably well and is drinking pretty well right now. I can't see it getting any better though and would drink it now.

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Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/15/10; Consumed February 2012

A - pours a black color with hues of red in the mix

S - nose is bourbon with dark choccolates. The grain malt that were present in the regular version were not present.

T - this opens up with dark chocolates. As this moves down the palate, dark fruits also come into the mix. The BT barrel aging adds some spicy bourbon on the back and finish.

M - light body (from the barrel aging?)

D - pretty decent BA RIS. Like the regular version, maybe not worth the hastle of tracking down, but pretty decent.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz black waxed bottle with a bottle on date of 06/15/10. Pretty sure this came from jpmclaug many moons ago. I thank you, Jason.

Bomber meets generically awesome snifter as a black liquid with mahogany highlights when backlit. Surface cover falls still after a moment with a thin mocha ring as a gentle reminder of what once was.

Nose is a bit of letdown: roast and vanilla bourbon that is not very vibrant. Nearly two years must have taken its toll of ye old bb stout here.

Big vanilla, some semisweet dark chocolate, and what plays on my palate as sharp and astringent bourbon. Honestly, it's rather cheap tasting. I've never had the base beer, though I have a bottle, and I do not consider myself all that knowledgeable in the varietal world of bourbon. I do, however, know what I like and this is not it.

Thin bodied with a carbonation that helps to pick it up, but can't carry it through.

After opening this bottle and drinking half of it, I decided to look up the reviews. I'm having a hard time reconciling what I am experiencing with what I am reading. I can't say this is an off bottle, because nothing really tastes off. It just doesn't taste all that good. This is, at best, a slightly above average bb stout..albeit one I'm more than happy to have the opportunity to have tried. Thanks, J!

Addendum: Damnit..I should have opened this with friends.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz black wax topped bottle into several sample glasses. 2010 Release. Huge thanks go to Stakem for sharing this with a few of us.

Pours pitch black in the glass, with a fizzy looking dark mocha colored head. This maintains some robust edges; leaving back a foamy looking cascade of lace that quickly slides down sides of the glass with some residual brown oils that soon follow. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramel, and smoky smelling roast, which all blend effortlessly together in the nose. The barrel definitely gives this a sharp edge however, with burnt wood, spice, and warmth all having a certain amount of assertiveness in the nostrils.

The taste is very bourbon forward, with notes of sweet molasses, cocoa, and a charred smokiness that then gives way to a dry and burnt spiciness that sticks to the tongue. This does start to even and smooth out a bit as this warms but there is no denying that the bourbon itself lays heavy in the finish of this. The mouthfeel is full bodied, maybe a touch lighter. There is a good bit of tannic character that mingles with the sharpness of the carbonation, which thins this out a bit, but then things start to chill out a bit and it achieves much more of a flat and chewy feel that better compliments the heaviness of the flavors.

This was good but I think that the Buffalo Trace barrel here just brought a little bit too much aggressive to this. More so than I normally like in the style anyway and it detracted from the profiles some. This is still pretty decent though and I’m glad to have tried it. Thanks again for sharing Adam.

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Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter, enjoyed with Kegatron and Slatetank. Bottled date of 6/15/10. This brew appears black in color with lighter brown clarity around the edges. A quick dissolving tan head initially formed across the top but left patches and fingers of lace on the glass. The head remains with a thin film across the top and a swirl brings back a finger of brown head to the surface.

The smell of this brew is sweet with toasty coconut and cocoa powder. There are herbal hops present with a light touch that comes across almost like minerals mixed with fruit and a light amount of citrus aspect. The alcohol is slightly stinging in the nose with a solid whiskey element yet smooth with a light almost dark roasted coffee to smoked aspect.

The taste continues with toasted coconut and fruity alcohol like raisins. Mixed throughout is a flavor of coffee and bitter chocolate. The chocolate flavor from the roasted grain is quite enjoyable with a cocoa to semi-sweet bakers chocolate aspect. There is a nice balance of bitterness to char throughout. The alcohol is quite fusel with a whiskey kick that really exaggerates that 9% abv. This brew has a dry roasty finish with light citrus elements akin to coffee beans. The aftertaste is quite roasty to almost smoked like the aroma leads on. Very solid whiskey incorporation once the brew comes up to temperature.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It has a very rich, smooth feel about it which makes the entire experience quite enjoyable. Well rounded and an enjoyable brew to sip on. On it's own it is quite a decent brew but when matched up against other offerings in the style, I give the nod to others being a bit better in the RIS category. Regardless, this was an enjoyable offering with a very pleasant barrel aged presence.

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Photo of sliverX
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bit less heady than the regular but to be expected
Smell is regular blackbeerd but with a nice buffalo trace note, smelled some bourbon to get a reference and you can pick up those notes here
Taste is boozy bourbon forward definitely smoothed out the regular brew. Smoke coconut barrel heavy char notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth creamy heavy on the tongue a bit chewy nice,overall this is wonderful and ill never turn this down.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to stakem for sharing this with Kegatron and me, he is on a roll for providing me with great beers to enjoy!

Poured from the bomber -Bottled date of 6/15/10 just cooler than cellar temp into a snifter.

The color is dark opaque and a shade below black with good sized cap of tan with good retention and a tiny bead. There are smatterings of lace left. The smell is a gentle oak and smoke blend with the bourbon quality pretty high with slight hints of caramel in the nose. The scent of malt is dense with the smoke accent present as in the non barrel aged version, I especially like the layer of bourbon that gets interwoven into the aroma. The feel has a good amount of oak astringency and moderate carbonation with rich viscous and malty with slight tannic element and gentle alcohol drying the palate. The body of the stout is sufficiently chewy with moderately sweet middle.

Barrel Aged Blackbeerd has the tasty blend of bourbon smoked malt and slight woody accents to the usual cocoa and subtle sweet biscuity elements. The cocoa comes through well enough with some yeast fruitiness and gentle tannic taste from the smoked malts and wood aging. The mild coffee-like roastiness adds complexity and there is a nice dark sugar compliment to the other dense flavors. Overall I really enjoyed this it was probably my second favorite of the evenings 4 stouts- a nice well rounded flavor with some nice barrel character, I recommend this.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GregSVT for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with very minimal tan head that quickly fades into a thin ring. It leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Bourbon is upfront and center. There is vanilla and chocolate in the background.

Taste is very similar to the smell, but more intense. Chocolate and malt at the very beginning, as well.

It is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer. After reading the reviews of the regular Blackbeerd, which is supposedly a fairly hoppy stout, I find it interesting that there are virtually no hops to be found in this.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light black with a small brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of big barrel qualities like charred wood, vanilla, and molasses along with the malty and chocolatey aromas from the base beer. Big barrel notes...very tasty smelling stuff.

T: The taste is a bit muted compared to the aromas but it's still pretty big. Nice flavors of vanilla, molasses, and chocolate malt.

M: The feel is on the ticker side of medium with a creamy carbonation.

O: This a very tasty barrel aged stout. I wish I had a few more to drink over time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Much like the other versions, this pours a mahogany, nearly black color with brown edges. A tan cap retains nicely and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: With the smokey and acidic aroma and flavor of the base beer, it is clear that barrel aging has helped. Bourbon, vanilla, and toffee overlay a sweetness to the roasted malt, coffee, and smoke.

Taste: Very nice. The flavor starts out with a mellow sweetness. Vanilla, bourbon, and toffee set the stage for full roasted malt and coffee in the middle. The smoke, oak, and a bit of chocolate add some additional character toward the end.

Mouthfeel: The beer is more mellow here as well. Fairly smooth, medium bodied, with creamy medium carbonation. A light sweet stickiness lingers on the lips.

Overall: This was the winner of the 4 versions I tried. The sweetness did not run rampant, but the Buffalo Trace was able to erase some of the errant flavors in the base beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this beer.

A: The pour is essentially black in color with a thin layer of dark khaki head.

S: Whiskey and vanilla come through but the intense roastiness of the base beer is also really quite apparent. There is a bit of dark chocolate and coffee on the aroma as well. A touch of molasses and char.

T: Pretty much the same story on the palate. Whiskey flavor and vanilla with charred oak. Lots of roasted malts with some molasses and toffee sweetness as well as dark chocolate notes.

M: The body is certainly a bit thin on this beer, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are solid.

O: The barrel aging helps to take away some of the intense roast character, but it's not an amazing beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber received in a trade with funkdelic. Thanks again Cameron!

Pours a dark black color that is opaque with dark mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.  Spots of lace left behind.

Sweet bourbon aroma that's not too boozy with a good amount of earthy oak.  Toasty with lots of chocolate malt, oatmeal and burnt toast.  A bit burnt/acrid smelling.  

Medium bodied and slightly chewy with a light bourbon presence while still containing a good amount of heat.  Decent barrel character with the bourbon well integrated into the flavor with toasted oak and faint vanilla.  Lots of roasted malt with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast.  Slightly acrid and dry.  

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes at bottle share. Offered by Marissa - thanks.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head and little lace.

S: Nose is bourbon upfront and center with roasty char and dark chocolate notes.

T: Sweet, boozy bourbon with a faint cherry-like element melded with a oak and vanilla finish.

M: Slick and thick. Very rich and full.

O: Very much enjoyed having this again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks for beerand bourbon (Roger) for bringing this bottle to a tasting at Jackie O's. We had this alongside the standard version and the Jack Daniels version. 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. A very rich whiskey aroma, strong and slightly more bourbon-forward versus the JD version. Some cocoa and roasted malts beneath.l

This is a beer that benefits GREATLY from the barrel treatment. It's amazing that such an average base beer can come through so strongly after barrel treatment. Or maybe not amazing, I guess I just like bourbon whiskey. Lots of whiskey character, rich and alcoholic, very tasty.

Full bodied, a little sticky or oily mouthfeel, long lasting aftertaste. This was a close second to the JD version. Maybe with a year of age this will be identical.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-26-2011 15:34:47
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BeerAndBourbon ( Cincinnati, Ohio )

B+ / 3.95 rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Traci treatment.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A-dark black with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-not much difference between this and the jd.
T-nice and roast. Subtle bourbon taste that finishes nicely
M-medium bodied and very smooth
O-impressive and very drinkable

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours the prettiest of the bottles with a dark black body and a creamy tan head.

S. Lots of sweetness with vanilla and bourbon on a nice chocolately backdrop.

T. The best of the Blackbeerds in my opinion. (I.e. better than the jack) vanilla and bourbon with a touch of oak.

M. Still a bit astringent, but better than the other iterations.

D. Still a bit too dry, but good.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks roger for sharing this alongside jack Daniels and the base beer.

Pours very similar to the jd variation. Smells much more full and rounded than the jd variety... The bourbon is more present but at the same time melds with the base beer better. Tastes sweet and bourbon heavy but not as dry as the jd. Very nice body and a great mouthfeel

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing and thick legs.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of vanilla, butterscotch, and spicy bourbon. Also present are solid amounts of dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by boozy bourbon. Midway through the sip the dark chocolate fades, allowing vanilla to work its way into things. Finally, near the end of the sip a nice hit of butterscotch comes into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I enjoyed the bourbon notes in this beer much more than in the JD version. My one qualm remains the thickness - if it were thickened up a bit it could be great. Still, a very good beer as is and one that's worth a shot.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a lover of Buffalo Trace, I've looked forward to this. Out of my Harpoon Tulip...

A- Pretty much pure black. Nice brownish khaki head, about 1 finger worth. Retains well, with good lacing.

S- Has a nice warm smell of oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel/brown sugar, and alcohol. Very nice melding of smells, quite pleasant.

T- A nice creamy stout with a touch of hoppy finish. I get some smoaky oak notes, chocolate, and vanilla, and delicious bourbon. The bourbon really came out once the beer got up to close to room temp.

M- A little thin, but the carbonation is right. The flavor is nice, but falls off pretty quickly. Wish it just had some more body. Probably the weakest part of this beer.

D- It is quite nice and drinkable, and is easier to drink than the ABV would suggest. A pretty solid RIS, best drank warm.

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 101 ratings