Black Flag Imperial Stout - Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A – Pours inky, jet black, motor oil. An aggressive pour yields a HUGE four-finger (!) head of sand colored foam that doesn’t go away. EVER. This is definitely the largest head I have ever seen from a beer of this ABV, and it is so thick it looks like it came out of one of those foam machines. Clumpy, patchy lacing. Amazing.
S – Medium strength aroma of toasted grains, burnt coffee, chocolate, and west coast hops. While nice, the aroma could be stronger.
T – Initial taste of dark cocoa, espresso, and charred grains, but those characteristics are subtle. Strong dark fruit esters of plum and prune become present right before the finish. Finishes with a bit of floral west coast hop kick. Yes- you can taste the hops in this stout. Becomes more and more boozy as it warms, and you can definitely start to feel the 11% ABV. Delicious.
M – Medium bodied and slightly oily. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry. Not really a flaw, but I feel a slightly chewier feel would serve to make this fine beer even better.
O – This brew is substantially different from most Imperial Stouts I have sampled and not an ordinary imperial stout by any means. While some may find that it lacks some depth and punch in the “burnt/roasted” area, I find the fruitiness and hop presence mixed with the traditional elements to be exquisite, and the overall complexity and balance more than makes up for any lack of richness. A fruity and slightly hoppy imperial?? Yes, please! A regular in my rotation, and will continue to be for some time.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 01:12:30 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This is a very good beer, with layers of solid flavor that is often lacking in other stouts. I would definitely recommend this beer, as you get hints of chocolate and spice, with a little earthy vibe, then the a definite hoppy flavor on the back-end. One of the things I complain about is stouts sometimes being boring and one notes, but this is not one of them, this is loaded with flavors, both subtle and not so subtle.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2013 23:14:43 | More by Reappropriated
Black Flag Imperial Stout from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.