Black Flag Imperial Stout - Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
Commercial Description: Black Flag Imperial Stout is the first beer released by Beer Valley Brewing. It is a monstrously huge beer brewed for extreme beer & wine enthusiasts who want to test the edge of sensory perception. Brewed with eight different malts and four different hop varieties (Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, & Warrior) to give it depth and complexity, Black Flag Imperial Stout delivers an extreme beer drinking experience like no other beer on the planet! 11% ABV; 100+ IBU's
*Contract brewed by the Sante Fe Brewing Co.
BVBC's Black Flag Imperial Stout pours up with ample carbonation that creates a moderate tannish-brown head that just barely rings the deep oily, jet black body. The burnt roasted aroma features some underlying dark chocolate, espresso character with just a hint of caramel sweetness along with a low-moderate fruitiness. Touch of pungent hops, notable alcoholic warmth. There's just a hint of dustiness (oxidation) that detracts. The heavily roasted flavor shows lots of black barley with minimal chocolate with a touch of coffee & molasses, but features a very pronounced bitterness that delivers an acidic, burnt (acrid), bitter, chalky, dry roasted finish that is rather harsh & unpleasant. Very warming. This medium-full bodied stout seems a bit thin, lacks creaminess, and is overly astringent. This one started off great, but finished a bit lackluster. Raise the Black Flag you dirty scallywags!
04-11-2008 05:29:54 | More by Beertracker
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a moderate, creamy, tan head to it. The head had some pretty good retention to it and left some decent lacing as well.
The aroma shows a pretty good amount of bitter, citrusy, hoppiness to it. Some roasty flavors come through behind that to add a bit more bitterness. A slight chocolaty flavor is there too.
The taste shows a lot of dark and bitter-sweet chocolate to it, along with a moderate roasted malt, burnt, slight coffee flavor. I'm getting a pretty big hoppy, citrus flavor in it as well. It's very big on the dry, bitterness overall. The finish shows more of the bitter chocolate, which lingers.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a little high for the style. Drinkability is decent, it was flavorful but not very smooth. It could have used some more sweetness to balance out the bitterness some. Tho hoppiness just didn't mesh well with the roasted bitterness for me that well. Not a bad beer at all though.
11-26-2010 23:01:09 | More by billab914
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
received this one from saulcharlesworth in an under 100 BIF, thanks!!
a- dark and night and thicker than most stouts. decent sized tan head with minimal lacing.
s- lots of roasted malts going on here, hints of chocolate syrup, mocha coffee beans and some coal.
t&m- thick and smooth, heavy heavy heavy on the roastyness, lots of malts and chocolate. hints of coffee and raisins.
d- not too complex but not super boring. the flavors dont all mesh particularly well together but thats not a terrible thing, it kept me interested throughout the beer.
03-08-2010 01:58:13 | More by caresville
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
I believe this is a bottle from 2010
A- Pours deep and dark chocolate brown into my Bruery tulip. A three finger khaki head floats like a butterfly and fades unto itself leaving a thick ring of foam all along the inside of the glass.
S- Over done black coffee, notes of bittersweet chocolate bar, toffee, vanilla macadamia nut brittle, and sticky sweet caramel. Lots of roasted espresso, orange zest and just a touch of pine. Not that complex, but very decent as it warms up. Not quite a Cascadian IPA... but it wants to be.
T- Slapped in the face with burnt espresso beans. Too much coffee and bitter cocoa on the first sip. Huge alcohol notes that I thought would be hidden better by the dark roasted malt and faded citrus hop bite. Reminds me of a subdued Storm King.
M- Bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, bitter citrus... do you see where this is leading? It's kinda bitter. Thin and bitter!
O- I had really high hopes for this one after aging it for almost two years. Don't bother! If intensely bitter coffee and citrus peel is your bag, by all means... buy it up and enjoy! Basically a Black IPA IMHO!
06-13-2012 01:13:58 | More by Thickfreakness
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
Smells like oil and chocolate. The head could have been more attractive. The beer itself was rather brown and muddy. Flavors were rustic, chocolate, and most certainly exhibiting a hop presence, though nicely integrated into the profile as not to be unpleasantly bitter as some imperial stouts seem to be. There's hints of chocolate covered fruit. The body is on the weaker side of something that is 11.5%, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. All in all, decent and certainly well crafted, but nothing stands out to make it exceptional.
02-15-2010 05:41:05 | More by hophead247
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
Consumed on 12/23/07.
Pours black, very little carbonation. Thin orange/brown head forms quickly, dissipated almost as fast. Aromas of bitter chocolate and lacquer with subtle grass and cherry notes. Also, big alcohol smell. Mouthfeel somewhat thin, uncarbonated. Flavor is primarily bitter chocolate with hints of citrus (orange?). Alcohol warmth (almost burn). Lingering, not entirely agreeable bitterness.
Flawed but still enjoyable.
03-01-2008 03:44:53 | More by charlzm
Black Flag Imperial Stout from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.