Black Flag Imperial Stout - Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a black color without much of a head on it. Smells of dark chocolates and some roasted notes. Taste is similar to the nose. Starts with dark chocolates and these dominate the palate. There is a subtle amount of vanilla and roasted character toward the backend. Finished with dry dark chocolates. Medium, creamy body and finishes dry.
Pretty solid RIS. Lots of dark chocolates make this a perfect dessert beer.
11-26-2011 04:48:53 | More by birchstick
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours black, 1 inch khaki thick head. Great retention leaving a laced rim around the glass
Rich chocolate, roasted malts, nutty. I think i smell maple mixed in there
Not really picking out any specific flavors initially but leaves a very nice after taste of rich chocolate, smokey, nutty, and coffee.
Mouth feel is nice full body creamy and smooth like a stout should be
Overall I'm happy with this stout, has a nice aroma and a good after taste
11-17-2011 03:34:28 | More by rtaps
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
This stout poured out with a nice looking black body and a light brown colored head. The head leaves some lacing behind on the glass. The smell is roasted and a little chocolatey. The taste of the beer gives off a dark chocolate sweetness up front that fades into an interesting hop bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was moderately thick feeling and had a good carbonation level to it. Overall I thought this beer was quite good, haven't seen it in my area since 2009 though.
07-19-2011 16:59:09 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Strong aroma has a firm overtone of sweet chocolate, like getting a good whiff of a Hershey bar, along with smoky, coffee and nutty hints. It pours a mouth-watering sable that is opaque save at the very edges and has a thick, fluffy, persistent light tan head that leaves some substantial lacing. Smoky flavor has tones of coffee, licorice, molasses and nuts and is subtly sweet - and has quite the alcohol kick! Texture is fizzy and lively, a little oily, very pleasing. This one is worth seeking.
07-10-2011 01:31:02 | More by Cyberkedi
4.88/5 rDev +28.4%
a: coffee black but also pitch black with a half inch of tan head.
s: roasted almonds, coffee, oatmeal. was expecting to smell more chocolate but that comes in the taste.
t: superb taste to this. exactly what you want to taste when it comes to an imperial stout. malty, slight booze, but chocolate over powers booze even at 11%.
m: smooth. very smooth. nuts, still malty but very good on the tongue.
d: super easy to drink. this is the perfect ale for the colder months.
o: lots of expectations for this ale, lived up for sure. i think it's best if you left it warm up a bit. can imagine this going well with a hot fudge brownie rather than a burger although i doubt you could go wrong there either.
04-11-2011 00:58:05 | More by Nikokristiansson
2.63/5 rDev -30.8%
Bottle opened by bmanning. Thanks, Ben. 2008 vintage. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pour yields a black-bodied brew with a very, very small light mocha head that comes up and then dies down almost immediately without leaving anything behind. The nose is quite roasty with a bit of chocolate and a very mild coffee presence. The flavor is just way too dry with overwhelming roast and almost nothing else there. Feel is medium with a dry, dry finish. Not a big fan of this at all.
03-20-2011 20:43:42 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours solid black with a small brown head.
It smells slightly sour. I get a smooth citrus hoppy smell. I also get a slight roasted coffee smell and a bit of a dark chocolate smell. There is also a mild sweet malt smell.
It tastes of smooth citrusy malt: mostly orange flavored. I get a bit of a chocolate and roasted coffee smell. There is a very strong bitter aftertaste. This is very malt heavy with strong roasty notes but there is also a strong hop present. It is a pretty smooth beer.
There is a low carbonation to the beer. There is a somewhat smooth and creamy mouthfeel to the stout.
Overall a great smooth hoppy imperial stout. It goes down quite smooth when considering how high it is in alcohol.
03-19-2011 22:13:59 | More by chumba526
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
I love this stout. I bought a 22 oz bottle and split it with my pops. I poured it into frozen pint glasses.
The appearance was dark brown, almost black and very inviting with almost two fingers of beige foam and lots of lacing.
The smell was malty and woody. I could smell the high alcohol content.
The taste was also malty with a bit of a smokiness and again I could detect the high alcohol content. It had a rather woodiness to it as well. Nothing a long the lines of chocolate like a lot of stouts but just a slight hint of coffee.
The mouthfeel was nice but only if you like tasting the alcohol, this beer did not hide or disguise its high alcohol content very well but I like that about it.
The drinkability was very drinkable but again, only if you like a beer that you can taste the alcohol.
I really like this stout, a strong dark smokey American Style Imperial Stout. A very good drink, but again, for the millionth time, only if you like beer that does not hide its high alcohol content folks! Sorry if I sound like a broken record but the 11% alcohol is a characteristic of this beer that cannot be denied.
03-07-2011 02:18:43 | More by Bludgeon
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sending this bottle.
Pours very deep brown, producing a finger of light tan head. This slowly fades to some nice lacing.
Big roastiness in the aroma, especially as it warms. I also pick up bitter chocolate, molasses, and light smoky notes.
The flavor opens with toasted grain, chocolate, and coffee, then leaves you with bitter roasty malts.
Full bodied, with some nice carbonation, this is smooth on the tongue.
Alcohol is very well hidden in this brew, making for quite a drinkable imperial stout.
03-05-2011 02:55:15 | More by Pellinore1
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
A pitch brown-black color with a giant tan foamy head and lots of chunks left lining the glass. The aroma is a nice malted milkshake with coffee and toffee ideas. Love it. The flavor brings out the same chocolate malt sweetness but now I pick up quite a bit of licorice bitterness blended in nicely as well. This is a very smooth, slightly resinous, mid-plus bodied brew. Silky. Coffee is present as in the aroma and mild ideas of citrus hop. It's drinkable enough but I think it has a little too much alcohol to go crazy. All and all this is definitely a smooth and flavorable stout, sure to please.
02-26-2011 03:41:56 | More by Durge
2.63/5 rDev -30.8%
A- Pours black, with a kaki head, and very good head retention.
S- Well I poured this, and have let this warm up for about 5 minutes, and I'm getting not much arouma, just some malt, marshmellow, and a bit of toasted malt. Not impressive at all for a imperial stout!
T- Very dark roasted malt, Chocolate, very grainy, even the toasted malt taste a little off. Bit of hops at the end, they come through with a lot of alpha acid, that you exspect in an IPA. I mean you exspect big IBU for a imperial stout but its so off. I'm not impressed by this taste at all.
M&D- The bitterness of the hops are pretty lasting and and don't mix well for this blend of malts. Little alcohol burn. I'm about half way through this pint, and i'm not looking forward to finishing this. This imperial has a lot to work on, i'm a huge fan and not impressed at all. Get on it BEER valley!
02-22-2011 03:46:23 | More by Dlish
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
So I have been walking past this bottle of beer at the store for a while. The label is what initially caught my eye. I pick up the bottle to see what its all about and there isn't any description at all on the bottle so I put it back. I went to their website and they only say something like "MOST EPIC BEER EVEH!" (you need to read that in your best 300 movie voice) Since I'm a big dark beer fan I couldn't resist and finally purchased one to try it out. I figure with the high alcohol content that a lot can go wrong but still end up tasting pretty good.
So I pop and pour this thing out. Not a lot of head is forming at all and it is a little lighter than expected but definitely not light. This beer smells great. It has a nice coffee chocolate smell to it, so things are looking good so far and I am ready to taste this bad boy. Well much like I was expecting from the pour this thing is rather light on the mouth as its not to thick. The flavor is pretty complex. The initial taste is a sweet caramel and then the finish is a nice bitter chocolate. The bitterness really hangs on and fades out slowly. You can definitely notice the higher alcohol content taste as it is also a little sharp in the beginning.
So I'm pretty happy with this beer. I'm glad to this thing ended up being OK. I think the brewery could a better job on this beers label by putting a little more info about the beer. I'm cool with neat looking labels but I don't want to feel like this is the coolest thing about the beer. I want to know a little bit about the beer before I buy it. So if you looking for a new dark beer to try give this one a shot. My local beer store is selling these for $10.99 per 22oz bottle.
02-19-2011 05:26:26 | More by broken22
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
This stout poured out with a nice deep brown headwith reddish tint. The beer it self is practically a black hole with no light escaping.
The smell hits right away with strong coffee and notes of brown sugar. While the beer is 11% ABV, there is next to no heat on the nose
The first flavor to hit my tongue was vanilla, and then coffee, whiskey, coffee, and a hint of cherry. Also this stout definitely has its fair share of residual sugar. Be sure not to spill any down the side of the glass or your hand will be stuck there permanently the next time you go for a drink.
This stout had way too much carbonation. The mouthfeel could be a lot smoother. The carbonation takes away from the flavor.
All in all, it is a decent stout but I'm not sure I'm gonna spend another $10 on it. If they tone down the residual sugar and the carbonation, I'll consider it though.
02-09-2011 17:07:57 | More by TheBeerCarl
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured from 22oz bottle. Got from OakedCanuck in my Secret Santa...sweetness! Been wanting to try this one out..shared with Supernova777.
A- Pours a nice deep dark brown color. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. Very light streaky lacing on the glass itself.
S- Tons of citrus hops in the front of this. Actually if you hold it close to your nose this is about all you can pick up. Hold it farther back and roasted malts along with some nice bitter chocolate notes come out in the backing.
T- Roasted malts come out first of course with some light bitter chocolate notes. The middle of this beer has a coffee like roasted bill to it along with that damn chocoalte note (acutally it was nice). Ending was yet more of the chocoalte note with some light roasted and a huge citrus hop bite to it that lingers along with a light alcohol flavor.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and chocolate left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol heat, chocoalte malt, and light faint citrus hops. This was a very well balanced imperial stout which is hard to find balance wise. Clean and crisp flavors. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.
D- This was a nice drinking stout. The ABV was very well hidden on it. I could have drank this entire beer myself no problem but I suppose sharing means caring right? Next time though I won't bring it!
01-08-2011 02:48:38 | More by alleykatking
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
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a two finger light brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Very dark brown color, no highlights. Nose is baked chocolate. Flavor is baked chocolate with hints of molasses and caramel. High ABV is hidden. $9.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.
11-21-2010 23:18:47 | More by jdhilt
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my tall Allagash chalice/snifter glass. Pairing with a nice plate of cheese: sharp provolone, mature gouda, and asiago. Pours a semi dark brown, with a decent amount of light shining through for a stout. In fact as the glass is full, held up into the light, there's a faint reddish tinge towards the bottom and top edges. Head is very small and slow rising. About half of a finger of soft creamy frothy bubbles. Leaves a very quick sliding fizzy lacing.
Aroma is welcoming. Bitter sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, malts, charred wood, raisins, and mild booze.
Flavor is conflicting to me. It starts with a mild sweetness that quickly follows by heavy roastedness. The mid flavors are full of over roasted coffee, mild booze. Then it finishes sweet again, with chocolate and raisins in the back ground. Now what hurts the overall beer for me is the after taste. About 5 to 10 seconds after each sip, a heavy over roasted/burnt coffee bitterness and dryness hits the palate. So I would say the beer has a very good start, but a disappointing finish. Carbonation and booze levels are middle of the road, medium body.
11-18-2010 00:47:19 | More by ShadesOfGray
Black Flag Imperial Stout from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.