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Black Flag Imperial Stout - Beer Valley Brewing Co.

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Black Flag Imperial StoutBlack Flag Imperial Stout

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very good

207 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 11-09-2006)
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Photo of Mora2000


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle shared by slasher007.

Pours dark brown with a nice sized khaki head. Aroma is quite a bit of citrus hops as well as some roasted malt. The taste is roasted malt with a solid hop presence. A different take on an imperial stout that I do like. The mouthfeel is where I don't like the beer, as I feel it is too thin for a beer of this style. Overall, it is a very good beer I just wish it was thicker.

01-07-2010 18:17:00 | More by Mora2000
Photo of felipe2toes


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured a deep and brooding black, with a thick 2-finger pillowy and khaki head.

Smelled of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and vanilla. There were even leather and wood aromas after the beer warmed up a bit.

Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee on the palate, but the bitterness wasn't overwhelming--nice balance of malty sweetness. Also faint notes of bourbon and vanilla.

I liked the carbonation on this beer, nice bittersweet finish as well.

Although there wasn't much hot alcohol in the flavor, the 11% abv was noticeable after finishing the entire bottle.

12-28-2009 03:47:41 | More by felipe2toes
Photo of younger35


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Received this beer from Gibby in a trade. I've had this beer many times on tap when I lived in Boise but never got around to reviewing. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish with hints of black with a one finger medium tan head. Surprisingly "light" colored for an Imperial Stout. A thin collar along with a spotty cap remain and manage to leave behind a fair amount of spotty lacing.
Smell- Supremely roasty and chocolaty with a rich milk chocolate nose. Some darkly roasted coffee hides amongst the chocolate as does some lightly sweet caramel. The nose is just really rich and thick smelling with a sort of lactose like sweetness. The hops are noticeable, mostly citric, but the supreme richness of the roast seems to rule the nose.
Taste- Well... The hops that get overshadowed in the nose are MORE than present in the taste. It starts with a big citric bite that holds in it lemon and pinches of grapefruit. Way more than I was expecting, or remember, that's for sure. The malts make their appearance a bit later and the sweet milk chocolate I got in the nose are in the form of raw bitter bakers chocolate. The beer isn't sweet in the least as the coffee is actually more prevalent than the chocolate. The finish is choked full of a charred roast that seems to linger forever with a bit of citric/roasted malt bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Sort of thin for the style but still near medium. The carbonation is super light and the beer has a crazy oily feel. Amazing that this is 11% though because it's not noticeable at all.
Drinkability- Overall not bad. I've had this beer many times but I swear I don't remember it being this hoppy. Maybe this is fresher than what I had? Maybe I just didn't know what I was tasting. Either way I love hops, just not necessarily in my Imperial Stouts (see Darkness). But, saying that, I do like this beer. Maybe it's just a nostalgic thing but who cares. I enjoyed the hell out of it. Thanks Jeff!

03-06-2010 02:12:14 | More by younger35
Photo of Wasatch


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks goes out to sirhc.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a black color, some carbonation, no head (at least first pour), no sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, big on the toffee/caramel/chocolate, some roastiness, and vanilla. The taste is malty, good dose of the big three toffee/caramel/chocolate, some sweetness on the lips from the vanilla. The finish is slightly dry. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, but does warm the tummy up. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, it does kick some ass with the taste and ABV, recommended.

08-20-2007 23:37:12 | More by Wasatch
Photo of birchstick


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
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

The Black Flag came out as dark as night with an aggressive pour and head profile. It came through as a 3-4 finger head with some good retention. It gave the appearance a little later of the root beer float of the ice cream floating in the top of the liquid. Pretty cool.

The aroma was a dominant coffee smell with some hints of chocolate in the back drop. The taste was again up front dominated by that bitter coffee maltiness. It has a really sharp bite in the mouth for the feel as it lets you know who is boss on the way out. The abv is pretty apparent in this one. Not a bad brew but did not provide the depth of flavor I look for in a an Imperial. Definitely worth the look over though.

07-22-2008 02:15:01 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of Reappropriated


4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

08-17-2013 23:14:43 | More by Reappropriated
Photo of bovinecrusader


4/5  rDev +5.3%

22oz bomber into a oversized wine glass.
Note: Stamp on bottle mentioned 2008 Hop Harvest Edition

Pours a fluid molasses color, with almost zero opacity. Great head retention, leaving a light khaki crown of decent lacing. Nose reminiscent of shortbread with a thin layer of milk chocolate, with light hints of fresh cherries hinting at the hop forward nature of the stout. Palate is very surprising... Hops add pepper, pine, lots of espresso, with a hint of raspberry acidity. Malts are secondary, adding a graham cracker-y, toasty support for the hops. Finishes dry, yet smooth, with lingering fruity hops on the back palate.

Drinkability? Well, I'm very impressed...most failed attempts at Imp. Stouts leave so much cloying residual sugars that it becomes warm, room temp coffee. However, the hops really help lift and lighten the stout, making it almost crisp with its delicate hop acidity. Drinks more like a hopped Scotch Ale, or a hopped Porter...

Great find and very surprising beer. Furthermore, everytime I've seen it in stores, its under $4.99 a bottle. Ain't nothin' wrong with that.

01-20-2009 08:03:49 | More by bovinecrusader
Photo of jaydoc


4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-26-2013 20:12:37 | More by jaydoc
Photo of sansho


4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-10-2013 23:08:42 | More by sansho
Photo of hopsaplenty


4/5  rDev +5.3%

22oz brown bottle, 240706 21 D1 1855 inkjetted beneath the front label.

Imperial Stout, American Style. Brewed and bottled by Santa Fe Brewing Co., Santa Fe, NM. Beer Valley is currently contract brewing their flagship beer while awaiting the arrival of their brewery equipment.

Thick, viscous pour of solid, oily black. Minimal group of soapy, off white and caramel bubbles. From the depths of the glass a shimmering, oil slick color arrives on the surface before transforming itself into a fine cast of head dust. Gauzy lace spiderwebs the glass. Rich aromas of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, granular sugar, and toffee. Viscous and sweet, deep roasted coffee spiked with liquid sugar up front and a long lingering sweet bitey roasted bitterness in the finish. Warming alcohol underneath it all pushes along the bitter chocolate. Whole pine cone sappiness meshes with the roasted bite in the finish. The carbonation is severely lacking, as in virtually nonexistent, and this lends a slackness to the otherwise full bodied chewiness. This is big and bold, but perhaps a tad sweet. Had the carbonation level been bumped up, it would have worked to address this. Black Flag is not inexpensive, $11, but has lots of promise and I admire the balls it takes to lead out with an Imperial Stout as the flagship. I am looking forward to future bottles if the carbonation issue is addressed and am wondering what Beer Valley has in store next.

Big thanks to the AW from Oro Valley, AZ for securing the last bottle on the shelf. You know who you are.

11-13-2006 13:27:38 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of wattershed


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-16-2011 20:27:34 | More by wattershed
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-06-2014 05:21:46 | More by bernat1971
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-05-2012 08:04:15 | More by Rizalini
Photo of DogFood11


4/5  rDev +5.3%

One odd case of bombers on top of a bevmo shelf. I pulled it down and sure enough a brew I've yet to see or sample. Black Flag Imperial Stout. No price tage but later found out they are $10 bucks a pop. Should I have grabbed 4 bottle so blindly?? The verdict is out.

Poured into a chalice it took an aggressive pour to get any bubbles at all. The cap looked like a hand bottler as it was depressed in the middle and just looked amatuer. First whif and I could tell this beer was not spoiled in the least bit. Heavily burnt malts not only lead this beer into the hell depths but gives it a hardy charred bitterness. The charcoal lingers a bit and then fades gracefully. Ground Coffee type dryness on the backside.

Notes: Lifeless start but who cares the taste was very good. Big Big Big problem here is $10 bucks a bomber is out of control. They have some extremely tough competition in STONE at $4. Nice to see this though and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a bottle again when its around.

03-20-2007 04:39:17 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Kopfschuss


4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-13-2013 00:05:23 | More by Kopfschuss
Photo of sprucetip


4/5  rDev +5.3%

From notes. Black but with ruby highlights when backlit. Active, decent tan head, some retention, no lacing. SMELL Roasty, black patent, coffee, floral and fruity, hint of caramel malty sweetness. TASTE black patent, coffee, strong roastiness, molasses, hoppy and roasty bitterness, and a big sweet malty base trying to be noticed but mostly being dominated by the aforementioned bold flavors. FEEL med fiz, thick, rich, creamy and luxurious but wit hmoderatly sharp hoppy bitter finish. A bit out of balance, but I appreciate the boldness. Obviously one to savor at 11%. Glad to have tried it.

12-11-2009 18:52:30 | More by sprucetip
Photo of Exiled


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-15-2011 02:20:03 | More by Exiled
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-07-2014 00:44:56 | More by Beersnake1
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2013 19:26:52 | More by rainfairy
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-09-2012 18:53:06 | More by 4ster
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Great Label! It's black, and aggressive, just like the beer!

As might be expected, it pours an opaque black body beneath a thick finger of light tan froth that recedes into a 1/2" thich creamy cap. The head retention is excellent, and it maintains a solid surface covering throughout the pint. The lacing is almost as good. It leaves wide curtains of patterned lace with the first settling of the head, and then thin creamy rings that blend into an almost solid curtain as you go.

The nose offers a deep roastiness that's just a bit charred, a mild note of red fruitiness, and some restrained grassy/piney hops.

The flavor is much fuller than the aroma suggests, and it's kind of flip-flopped. It's loaded with American hops that are piney, softly citrusy, grassy, leafy, and even a bit herbal and minty. Combined with the roasted malts, they also lend a delicate note of black licorice.

It starts hoppy, in a big way, and the maltiness takes a back seat. You almost don't even get the roastiness at first. Then, in the swallow, it's dark caramel and roasty side becomes more apparent. The hops stick in there a bit, but they're faded enough that you can get the malt notes.

It's anchored by a bold bitterness, and that cuts through it and lingers in the finish.

Overall I find it an interesting and compelling beer, but at the same time its "take no prisoners" aggression is a little bit much for extended drinkability.

08-11-2009 00:28:35 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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
Photo of joe1510


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

22oz Bomber

A big thank you goes out to JohnGalt1 for sending me a couple of these in a recent trade, thanks again Toby! Black Flag fills my snifter with a deep dark liquid that actually allows some light to shine through when backlit creating mahogany highlights. The beige head grew to two fingers on the pour and is dense and creamy while leaving sticky lacing down the glass after each drink. The lacing this beer leaves behind is impressive for such a high abv.

As soon as I popped the cap on this big stout I could smell the huge hoppiness. Of course there's a large stout underneath, with a solid roastiness and mild day old coffee grounds, but the Pac NW hoppiness is what takes this beer over. The stout body, although it seems a little thin, lays down a nice base for the big grapefruit pith hoppiness and spicy alcohol. This is like a black IPA on steroids.

The flavor ends up following the aroma stride for stride. I really enjoy this beer with all the great big hoppiness and would have given it a higher score if the bottle was labeled differently. For a big stout I'd expect a lot more roastiness and all around maltiness, for a "black IPA" this fits the bill. The roastiness seems to be a little toned down for the style while the grapefruit hoppiness leads the way. There's even a drizzling of caramel here and there.

The body of this stout is on the bigger side of medium with a hop bite that will stomp on your tongue with each sip. The bitterness grows and grows as this beer disappears. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

The hops in this stout are doing a number on me and I really can't get enough but the alcohol will catch up to you in a hurry. These couple glasses are going fast.

I heard this beer was big on the hops but I never expected this. I really enjoy this beer although I think it's slightly mislabeled and could stand for a little more body and roastiness. Thanks for the treat Toby, I'm anxious to see what some age does to this beer if I can keep the other bottle long enough.

10-22-2008 04:26:34 | More by joe1510
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

A; Poured a deep brown almost black but in the light as it poured it was dark brown. Had a nice tannish head which looked very good.Lots of bubbles and lacing

S: Chocolate, sharp booze notes on the nose, roasted malts, coffee

T: Toasted and burnt grains, cocoa, sharp booze feel, the end has a battle of chocolate and coffee, not your fufu coffee either, more like my gramps Folgers!

M: Nice carbonation, warming, full bodied

D: Great drink and easy to drink.

11-11-2010 01:22:00 | More by barleywinefiend
Black Flag Imperial Stout from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
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