Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2012) - Blanton's Barrel Aged
COAST Brewing Company

Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2012) - Blanton's Barrel AgedBlackbeerd Imperial Stout (2012) - Blanton's Barrel Aged
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Russian Imperial Stout
4.33 | pDev: 7.85%
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2012) - Blanton's Barrel AgedBlackbeerd Imperial Stout (2012) - Blanton's Barrel Aged
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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been holding on to this bottle since it was freshly released 5 years ago. Decided to drink it side by side with the 2013 bottling which was supposedly the same barrels.

Bomber poured into a wine glass appears black in color with a khaki head that fades holding along the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is sweet with hint of anise, char, espresso, earth and oak. As it warms up, it has vanilla, caramel and toasted coconut coming out.

Taste has a dark raisony fruited character blending to chocolate/espresso earthiness and roast. Slightly sweet mingled with the alcohol with oak becoming noticeable in the aftertaste.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. It has been quite awhile since I last had a blackbeerd and this exceeded the experience I remember of the past. Not sure if this favorable experience is due to difference in barrels used or the aging/cellaring of the beer but regardless it was great.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a four year vertical - 2010 through 2013 - this was my second favorite (2013 > 2012 > 2010 > 2011). Milk chocolate flavor where 2013 was more fudge, 2010 was bakers chocolate, and 2011 was cocoa powder.

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

Surprise bottle of this from Rutager in our recent trade. Thanks heaps man. Have enjoyed every Blackbeerd I've seen so far, so am expecting the same here.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 27 November 2012

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with great retention. Jet black body with lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring that remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, sweet cream and vanilla with milk and dark chocolate on the nose. Coconut and a faint roasted base to support it all. Bold and enticing for sure. Really nice.

TASTE: Bourbon, dark chocolate and sweet cream up front with more chocolate, bourbon and alcohol at the swallow. Big and lingering aftertaste is roasted with bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet cream and bitter, dark chocolate as balance. This is a great combo of sweet bourbon barrel and roasted, bitter, chocolaty base beer. Really nice and well put together.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Enough weight on the palate, creamy, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating. Some heat lingers as well.

OVERALL: Really, really good stuff. Great balance, plenty of hop bitterness, and a great feel to boot. Good looking too. Was impressed with the base Blackbeerd and the 2011 barrel aged version, and this one follows suit. Enjoyed this very much and would gladly drink it, or any other version of Blackbeerd for that matter, over and over again. Thanks again Rutager. Always good times.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A black pour capped by a wispy tan head; splotches of lace are left behind

Smell: The Bourbon is very pronounced in the aroma, with chocolate and roasty tones underneath

Taste: The Bourbon hits the tastebuds right up front, with the roast and chocolate tones following; vanilla and oak adds some complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have never been disappointed by the BA Blackbeerd series and this is another good one

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black waxed bottle dated 112712 with no discernible mention of version on the bottle. Courtesy of Jamie. Thank you very much for the opportunity. Hoping this bottle brings the Stanley Cup back to Chicago.

Sexy black pour into a Voodoo Barrel Room Collection snifter. Big thanks again to Alex! Mocha cover drops to a puffy ring along the edges.

Smells very nice: melted caramel, vanilla, baker's chocolate, and some bark. It's inviting and well integrated.

All the nose plays fairly on the taste. Biggest surprise is the massive barrel presence, which imparts a big time heat. Shockingly bourbon forward. All the makings of a really nice BA RIS, but this needs a little time to settle down.

I really enjoyed the base version of this beer and was really disappointed with the Buffalo Trace version. This sits squarely in the middle. I'm happy to be drinking this, but am trudging through the bottle.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 waxed vintage (thank you Aaron!) split into tulips with my brother.

A: Dense, opaque pour with plenty of darker tan head, in this glass at least...

S: Nice, strong bourbon-forward nose, but not too boozy...loads of chocolate and plenty of vanilla. Some caramel, roast, hint of char.

T: Plenty of sweetness, nice bourbon kick, with layers of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. I really dig the bourbon profile on this beer; its more prominent than I assumed it would be. Still, not overly hot or distracting (to my palate).

MF: Full bodied; slightly dry finish.

O: Good! I've never had the base beer or any other variations, but this one exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared this guy at DLD. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle.

A: Pours dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Very sweet smelling up front. Big whiskey character with a fair amount of oak. Nice notes of chocolate and roast with a light dark fruit as well.

T: Same as the nose. Whiskey up front with a nice hit of oak and sweet caramel notes. Roasty with some dark fruit and a slight bit of heat.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

O: A nice stout overall with a big whiskey profile. I've enjoyed some of the iterations more, but this was nice.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone shared this at Dark Lord Day - thanks! Served in a snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and splotchy lacework. Very dark brown body with light transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Intense Blanton's aroma; very intense whiskey and oak presence. Underneath that there is roasted malt, anise, and mild chocolate.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a hefty dose of bourbon up front, with notes of roast, anise, oak, faint vanilla, and some char in the finish. I actually agree with the categorization of this as an RIS rather than an 'American' stout as it's quite well-attenuated.

M - Smooth, medium body, lower carbonation, with a tannic, oaky finish, and some alcohol warmth.

D - A touch hot, with a good deal of whiskey character to it. I drink Blanton's fairly regularly and this accurately conveyed the character of that brand. Enjoyable stuff, but not my favorite Blackbeerd variant nor in the highest tier of barrel-aged stouts. Still, I'd happily drink it again.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 22 oz. waxed bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass. Review taken from notes taken last night. Served chilled and allowed to warm over about 45 minutes.

Appearance: Dark brown in color, with some lighter brown highlights around the edges. Definitely not the typical inky black stout. Small, medium beige head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Aroma: Light milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla tones stand out upfront. Some sweet marshmallow, light coconut and bourbon from the barrels as well. Definitely not too overpowering, much more sublte that I expected.

Taste: Roasted coffee and milk chocolate notes blend nicely and give a nice combination of roast and sweetness. Big caramel, molasses, and bourbon give some more sweetness. Not over the top sweet, much more subtle and showcases the barrel well. Some vanilla and coconut is present as well.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than most imperial stouts in body, almost thin. Very easy to sip.

Overall, a really nice, subtle take on a barrel aged stout. The barrel really can give off some nice bourbon character as the base stout is not too strong. The vanilla, coconut and caramel are really pleasant and balance well. The booze is almost undetectable. Reminds me a lot of the 50/50 stouts in that the base beer is balanced and sweet and not overpowering at all. Definitely a nice beer. No need to sit on this beer, as it is nicely balanced fresh and I can't see age improving it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during one of our random Sunday tastings! Served from bottle into Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, sweet alcohol, caramel, and subtle metallic. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I heard the barrels they were using for this year’s BA release I was actually quite excited. Lucky for me this one delivered! A really nice well balanced flavor going on here with just the right touch of sweetness and roastiness going on to balance each other out. There was also a nice touch of caramel going on that really made this one stand out. Glad to see COAST still doing great things with their barrel program and can’t wait to see what they have in-store for next year.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nearly black color with almost two fingers of chocolate colored head (poured aggressively). Dissipates quickly leaving only a thin layer across the surface. Lacing is not very sticky

S - roasty chocolate and vanilla, very oaky with some alcohol astringency, also some caremel and coffee

T - oaky bourbon and vanilla dominate, sweet roasty chocolate and coffee also very present. Maybe some dark fruit at the finish, pretty smokey

M - super smooth, minimal carbonation. Heavier bodied, a little sticky

O - very good, rich oaky and bourbony. Soooo smooth

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Photo of zac16125
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/27/12

A: Pours a jet black with only the slightest browning on the edges when held up to light. 1/2 fingers width of dark mocha colored head is fizzy, and dissipates down to almost nothing very quickly. Leaves effectively zero lacing, and only faint alcohol legs.

S: Big sweet bourbon notes accompany an equally large roasted character. I also get hints of raw oak, coffee, vanilla, booze. Wonderful.

T: Huge roasted malt flavors, along with bakers chocolate and coffee. Bourbon oak and vanilla flavors linger in the aftertaste. I also get hints of dark fruit, apple (which I also picked up in the non BA version), raw oak. Bourbon notes become much more prominent as it warms. As it warms to room temperature, this becomes absolutely fantastic. Not only do the bourbon notes become more pronounced, but also sweet malt flavors strengthen. Wonderful bourbon notes here, strong but not overpowering, which compliment, rather than dominate, the base beer.

M/D: Exquisitely smooth, carbonation is appropriately low, full bodied, with a thick, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

O: The original Blackbeerd is a very solid and a very good IS, but nothing exceptional, and rather one dimensional in that its huge on the roasted notes. This, on the other hand, is a special beer. The barrel has done wonders to this one, by adding a depth of flavor and a complexity to the base beer, complimenting it perfectly. Very well done, so glad I live local and get the opportunity to enjoy this one!

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Photo of thegoon55
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised no ones reviewed this yet, but here we go. 2012 poured into a duck rabbit snifter.

A- pitch black, quarter inch tan head.

S- bourbon up forward, followed by toffee, coffee, molasses, fruit.

T- wow. Sweet bourbon, a tad of vanilla, followed by a very well balanced coffee flavor. The balance is very good for the beer being so young.

M- for the style medium to thin mouthfeel medium carbonation.

O- impressed. Not a big fan of the normal blackbeerd but this is very good.

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Blackbeerd Imperial Stout (2012) - Blanton's Barrel Aged from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 81 ratings