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Black Flag Imperial Stout - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beer Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 11-09-2006

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Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this perched atop a Bevmo shelf, and like so many others who have reviewed it already, decided to give it a try (I'm a sucker for great labels, and Black Flag's Skull and Crossbones fit the bill). It's a little strange that the label was on crooked and looked thrashed straight out of the factory, but whatever.

Pours a deep black, with some serious viscosity. One of the thickest stouts I've seen. The chocolate is bitter, with a hint of sweetness, and the aftertaste is pleasant coffee/bitter chocolate with a not so pleasant charcoal-y or piney sensation.

Mouthfeel is great. No carbonation to speak of. For such a strong tasting beer, there wasn't much smell to it.

For 8.39, I wouldn't revisit very often, but worth a try. ABV is noticeable, and after a while feels like you're drinking beer mixed with molasses/rum.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 11% was a bit of a surprise to me..well, why not then? A bomber shared by a dear friend for a birthday celebration. Black and looking thick, tan topping..it looks meaty, for sure.
It bears forth bitter chocolate and hop aromas, a pretty hefty bitterness. Little bit of roast and for sure some malt sweetness and alcohol.
Definitely on the bitter side for an Imperial Stout, would like to see this with some more time in the bottle, let that bitterness start to fade, and that chocolate mellow into the rest of the beer. Not overly sweet or boozy, pretty damn nice and drinkable, still thick, though. And the bitter chocolate coats your mouth along with the hops, which becomes a little distracting.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review From Volume II, Issue I of BeerAdvocate Magazine.

Good ole Black Flag , aka Jolly Rodger--commonly know as the flag with the skull and crossbones on it. A fitting name for the style. Pours out with an almost motor oil viscosity, black as night with slowly rolling brown bubbles which form a massive head that seems to stick everywhere on the glass. Impressive head retention. Extreme aromatics of extra dark chocolate, ripe dark berries and a hefty, oily hop which gives off herbal and slight citric tones in the nose. Creamy full body with a slick mouthfeel as the oily hops coat the palate. Wow, the taste buds get smacked around both from the hops and malt. Aggressive hopping is noticeable throughout with a bitterness bomb that is followed by a thick herbal, evergreen and citric flavor. The malt comes out swinging, with a huge burnt char flavor to start, then high roasted coffee and dark choco-goodness. Finishes bittersweet with a never-ending aftertaste.

Pushing the envelope of flavor here, simply said, this beer is over-the-top. Is that a good thing? That all depends on how much you are looking for and how much you can handle. Black Flag get a thumbs up from us by keeping extreme beer real.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black Kola hue which leaves a two finger coffee laced creamy head and similar clingy lacing,the smell is sweet boozy alcohol,coffee,dark chocolate and lots of dark malts,the mouthfeel is just under being full bodied and has tastes very similar to the smell with hints of dark bittersweet chocolate,milky coffee,a touch of molasses,burnt bread,a touch of charcoal in a good way,burnt toffee and finished with a ever present hoppy bitterness that makes this really drinkable and soothes the sweetness first encountered and amazingly enough for a beer of this high ABV i find it suprisingly very well hidden and overall a enjoyable sweet/hoppy Double Stout that i could easily drink again.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle screamed "I wanna be adored" with a schmaltzy yet mystery evoking Jolly Roger style cartoon design. This has been my downfall before with the label hype but let's try this game again.

Pours with a dark curtain of midnight buh-lack allowing no light through this used motor oil offering topped with a scant thin tan collar that skids down the glass with no lace!

Nose creation of deep toast and roast. Plenty of molasses and spice wafer that is actually bold with some pep that holds in there with the best of 'em. If 11.5% ABV is true, then this is impressive.

First swigs: Messy oily buttery pumpernickel toast and spice. Some booze that is understated. Tad all over with a toasty malt that slides to a charcoal. Close to a 4/5 but slides around a lot towards a hot stout.

Feel is buttery and oily with a middle body of chewy bready cud.

Last swigs: A warm but not hot, heat seeker of an American Stout, but a welcome offering nonetheless. 11.5% ABV is hard to beleive.

Beer is good. Happy big Am beering.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very dark mahogany with nice tan head. It smelled like roasted coffee and milk chocolate, with copper hops and caramel. It tasted like burnt coffee and milk chocolate, with rusty copper hops and some caramel and licorice. It was fairly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter metallic aftertaste. Overall this had a decent scent and flavor, but it was a bit harsh. It had excellent body and hid the alcohol well, but the taste made it not so easy to drink. I'm not sure what age this bottle is, so maybe it's better fresh, or with more age? As I had it, it was decent but certainly not great.

Photo of cycoduck
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Pexkool
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a huge chocolate-colored head that overflowed the glass and made a mess in my table. The color is pitch black, no light goes through this beer.

S - Smells like licorice and brown sugar. Spicy and a hint of chocolate, well hidden.

T - Hoppy, strong licorice flavor, coffee and roasted malts and a touch of bitter chocolate at the end.

M - Not as smooth as other stouts I've had, but the mouthfeel isn't unpleasant at all. Little carbonation and pleasant bitterness.

Overall, a very good imperial stout. I enjoyed it a lot, over other imperial stouts I've had because the flavor wasn't as strong or complex. I would recommend it and have it again.

Black Flag Imperial Stout from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.