Black Flag Imperial Stout | Beer Valley Brewing Co.

Black Flag Imperial StoutBlack Flag Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
67.4%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 233 ratings
Black Flag Imperial StoutBlack Flag Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
beervalleybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hopsaplenty on 11-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,404
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
233
Liked:
157
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
12.34%
Alströms:
3.76
 
 
Wants:
24
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25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of dnichols
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a capped 22 ounce bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a coal black body with a one finger sticky chocolate head that supported a dense even curtain. The head receded slowly to a nice even cover over the liquid that remained far into the experience

S: It had aromas of roasted malt and bitter chocolate and smokiness. There was a smell of dark roasted bitter coffee hints of alochol.

T: There was an initial sweet and creamy dark chocolate flavor that is quickly overcome by the bitter expresso (almot reminiscent of Turkish coffee) and black licorice with a bite from the alcohol. The back end bite it dominant and lingers after the sip is swallowed.

M: This is a creamy full bodied brew with little carbonation and a warm bitter finish and follows long into the aftertaste.

D: It is a bit unbalanced favoring the bitter coffee/espresso flavors and underpresenting the dark chocolate I expected. This is a one and out brew that is worth trying but I doubt it will be a long-term resident of my stash.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a rich opaque darkness with a finger of strongly steadfast ecru head. Lacing is tall and thick, lasting for a decent amount of time. The nose is dark malts, leather, dark roast coffee, and a tiny bit of chocolate. Th taste accentuates the coffee, retains a portion of the leather; a healthy hoppy bitterness invades and quickly seizes control of the government. The coup is finished by a subtle helping of powdered cocoa, which fades into obscurity along with the last vestiges of the old regime, a hint of coffee. The body is a heavy medium, with moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a bit on the bitter side, but fairly drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of charlzm
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of hophead247
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Black Flag Imperial Stout from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 67.4% out of 100 with 233 ratings
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