Black Flag Imperial Stout - Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. into a snifter
P: Jet black in the glass, but not completely opaque as rosy brown streams of light decorate the edges of the glass. Even with a vigorous pour I was barely able to achieve a thin film of loose, soapy bubbles on top.
A: The malt bill smells like it's heavily-roasted with some slightly burnt edges to it. I can appreciate creamy dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, caramel, and a little booze. But, these citric hops compose maybe the most prominent hop aroma in any stout I've ever tried. I am an absolute hophead, without a doubt. But even I'm worried that they may have overdone it here.
T: Starts sweet with those heavily-roasted malts at the center, but they offer much more in the way of burnt char than the nose lead on. It's surrounded by caramel, creamy dark chocolate, and some espresso. I get some flavors of roasted nuts and candied sugar in the middle, followed by some slight vanilla notes riding underneath. But once again, those citric hops are crazy prominent. I know the IBU's are 100+, but I was hoping that the hop bill would be masterfully integrated into the rest of the profile. That's not necessarily the case. They don't ruin the beer by any means but they do take too much of the attention away from the malts, which should be on full display in an Imperial Stout. I will say, though, the 11% ABV is extremely well-hidden and only heats things up slightly towards the finish.
M: Black Flag is definitely a full-bodied beer that feels a little oily and syrupy, which makes it pretty smooth as it slides down. However, the heavy addition of hops is probably the culprit that keeps the malt bill from achieving that creamy, chewy feel that I look for in my Imperial Stouts.
Notes: This is a pretty good beer, all things considered. It's memorable in that it's the hoppiest damn stout ever to cross my path. But that's not necessarily a good thing. I love Big Bear Black Stout because of it's hoppiness, but that's because it's integrated into the rest of the profile so well that it works. In contrast, the hops keep this beer from becoming the delicious malt monster that it could be. I would love to see how this beer tastes in a couple years once the hops have died out, though.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2009 17:07:44 | More by sweetbrew82
More User Reviews:
2.8/5 rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3
A - Very dark, black color. Not much visibility due to color.
S - Strong, hoppy smell.
T - Extremely bitter and hoppy. Flavor is a bit overpowering
M - Does not sit in well. Overbitterness doesn't make it smooth going down.
O - Definitely for those who want a full powered, full flavored beer, but not something you can drink on a recreational basis.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 22:35:44 | More by avwrite
Black Flag Imperial Stout from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.