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

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel AgedBlackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mikesgroove on 03-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by saintwarrick:
Photo of saintwarrick
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to khiasmus for the sample. Very deep brown pour with a lacy but thin, tan head. Rich aroma, lots of bourbon and coffee in the nose, thick and dark roasted maltiness Taste doesn't quite measure up to that, as a dark roasted character takes over, some coffee hints but not a lot of thickness or alcohol is present, which I was expecting. Still a nice strong stout that won't burn your senses out.

A step up from the usual Blackbeerd but not quite at the top of the heap in the RIS department.

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Photo of dogfishandi
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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 acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of whitekiboko
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz black waxed 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 regular versions.

A: Pours a thin layer of light mocha head that dissipates slowly. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is thick but sparse and with good cling.

S: Heavy on the booze. Chocolate, brownie, fudge, with any hint of roasted malt and hop bitterness faded into the back and covered by alcohol. Sweet overall with an unmistakable -bal nose.

T: Sweet alcohol upfront. Brownie and fudge sweetness. Chocolate. Soy sauce is faded to the back in this version, providing a nice canvas for the rest of the flavors. Roasted malt is also barely detectable. Booze creeps up towards the finish with a hint of oakiness and vanilla. Finish is sweet with a roasted chocolate malt aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied. Lightly carbonated, oily, slick, but just the tiniest bit rough around the edges from the booze. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky and lingers.

D: Unanimously agreed upon as the best of the bunch, BT Blackbeerd really puts its brothers to shame. Great body with a nice, rich body, and a -bal body that's balanced and flavorful. Definitely worth the asking price and I'll be revisiting this one again in 6 months or so.

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Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of prototypic
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with a touch of mocha colored head. No lacing.

S: Heavy bourbon notes with some smokiness and and roastiness. Some vanilla and some wood notes

T: A very smokey stout with a smooth bourbon note. Heavy roasted flavors. Some marshmellow notes. vanilla sweetness. bitter chocolate notes.

M: Its rather chalky which dried it out quite a bit and it is somewhat thin. No heat present but a bit more smoothness would be nice

D: Its pretty easy to drink but definitely a sipper that i would like to try again. I do think that this may not really benefit much from aging

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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 thagr81us
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was picked up directly from COAST and consumed the next day. Served from bottle into a COAST imperial pint. Pours black with a one finger light tan head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor was of malt, cream, vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate. It was heavy on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is an outstanding brew. It is in the Top 3 of the best stouts I have sampled. It is not lacking in any aspect with overall pleasantness nor complexity. It was completely worth the 4 hour drive home to get my hands on this brew. If you are a stout/barrel aged fan, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on this one.

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Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of md655321
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a self-professed COAST homer and devout fan of the Jack Daniels version I was very, very excited to try this.

A: Looks like like an imperial stout poured into a glass. Whiter head than most, but still tan.

S: Divine. Very little as far as bourbon goes, but a tremendous chocolate blast. Really wonderful.

T: Good. But very little barrel taste, and just a bit of bourbon. I expected more as it was in the barrel much longer. Still NOTHING like KBS or Bourbon County. This does have a nice subtlety but it doesn't seem to come together that well. Maybe it needs time.

M: Feels like beer in your mouth.

D: Very, VERY high. Like all version of Blackbeerd: low sweetness and nice roastiness means very easy drinking.

Overall a slight disappointment, but still very good. Interested to see what happens over time.

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Photo of exposur3
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jsanford
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this, despite having had it numerous times and being there on release day.

A - Pours inky black with a thin mocha-colored head. leaves a nice web of sticky lacing.
S - Sweet dark malts, high-quality bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Smells like Dark-Chocolate Bourbon Brownies. Mmm.
T - Tons of chocolate and coffee with a phenomenal bourbon finish. Very well balanced, there's hardy any of that Bourbon "burn", just loads of Bourbon flavor.
M - Medium-heavy body with moderate "prickly" carbonation. Silky-smooth.
D - What can I say, 3 of us killed a growler in a couple of hours. An amazing beer from an amazing brewery, can't wait to see what they pull out next year!

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Photo of wedge
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i cannot believe it took me this long to try this beer, i really need to step up my game! well luckily for me i waited long enough to be able to try it on tap none the less.

pours a dark inky black with a creamy brown head that rose up to a height of two fingers before settling down and dropping tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. really a very full looking beer.

aroma is deep bourbon. lots of vanilla and oakey notes that start to fill the air from the very first moment. sweet and full of character the rich chocolate notes that really fill the air. thick molasses and rich sweet vanilla notes just fill the flavor. thick an full the profile is outstanding. it seems the bourbon is really taking a hold of this beer and running with it. simply astoundingly smooth with not even a touch of alcohol pulling through i was amazed at how drinkable this could be. i cannot imagine not finishing off three or four of these.

amazing beer, i was simply floored with how easy and smooth it was. a new favorite i have.

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

Shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick, I've been wanting to tick this.

Pitch black opaque appearance, a small tan head forms and quickly settles to a collar. Boozy and musty barrel aroma, char and licorice, roasted malt. Smells decent. Tastes better than it smells, charred and chocolatey, boozy and rich. The barrel lends some rich caramel notes and a trace of vanilla. It finishes with sharp alcohol, caramelized sugar and burnt malt, dark chocolate and light tannins. This is solid, but the Jack Daniels version from 2009 is better.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 SCBuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark coffee colored with a small tan head. Smells like smoked malt, molasses, and cocoa nibs. There's a little bit of yeast to it and the taste is a little yeasty too. It has a good amount of smoked malt coming through. Followed by the roasted barley, toast from the barrel, and sweetness balanced with the bourbon. Burnt sugar finish. Mouthfeel comes up a little thin.

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2010) - Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 101 ratings