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:
#14,379
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
233
Liked:
157
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
12.34%
Alströms:
3.76
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Photo of necro616
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, for $7.95. Picked it up a couple months ago, but at 11% alcohol by volume, I don’t see that being a problem, although there’s no obvious date on the bottle.

Poured into a River City snifter, this is the color of it’s namesake, with a big tan head that was somewhere between khaki and mocha in color. Despite it’s alcohol strength, it was easy to bring back the head with a swish of the glass.

Big, bitter, roasty nose to this at first. A little bit of coffee and chocolate floats up to the workers at my olfactory as well.

Big, roasty and bitter in the taste as well. It’s not hard to conclude that a lot of hops were killed to make this beer. Quite acidic, with tiny elements of citrus rind peeking out from behind the roast malt There’s an undercurrent of alcohol, but it’s like a medicinal, rubbing alcohol kind of booziness, not enjoyable in the way I’d find, say, a bourbon flavor. As it warmed, there came to be a little bit of a mild, chocolate-like sweetness, but it's fairly low in the mix. Things end on a hoppy and dry twang.

Full bodied, with a coating, sticky and creamy mouthfeel.

This is drinkable, but not my cup of tea when it comes to the style. It’s like a more strictly bitter version of Old Rasputin. I’m not a big sweetness guy, but a little more sweetness would definitely improve this beer. The nitro treatment might also work well with it, perhaps smoothing out some of the rough edges.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a big ass black, its as dark as can be pretty much. Almost a full inch of tan head. There is some yeast or sediment floating around on this one though. Aroma has a significant amount of alcohol noticeable, some dark fruit bitterness notes. Coffee and chocolate to a lesser extent.

Taste is a big 100ibu like bitterness, huge roastiness, striaght up west coast Dark Lord without the sweetness and a little less big. Its not as good as Dark Lord, but it really goes in that direction. Big no adjunct imperial stout. Bomber only format keeps it from being a repeat purchase.

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Photo of bgold86
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommyg71
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Albertsons. CO2 fill pours out with a fast rising, creamy beige head that stays fluffy throughout. Dark roast grains and bitter chocolate dominate the aroma. Taste follows with tons of roast grain bitterness. A hint of alcohol warmth at the finish, but mostly bitter. Top notch RIS.

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Massive, rich, earthy, inviting aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, freshly ground espresso beans, tons of brown sugar and dark molasses, lots of dark chocolate and hints of smoke. Awesome!

Taste: Delicious! There’s tons of rich, earthy, roasted malt, up front, followed by hints of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice, tons of brown sugar and dark molasses-like sweetness, and quite a bit of smoke, which really gives this imperial stout a rauchbier feel and taste, without the uppercut to the face punch that most rauchbiers have. Finally, at the finish, there’s just a touch of slightly bitter hops. Truly a delicious beer!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and very smooth, as there’s just a touch of carbonation. With an ABV of 11%, there is just a touch of a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another delicious American, Russian Imperial Stout! I love the flavors and the addition of smoke. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Chanfles
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fremont897
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sarateee
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Truly enjoyed this beer and it's taste!

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Photo of Erik-P
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of LamontCranston
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

This is not a Lager. Thick creamy brown/tan foam. Bold roasted flavors with hints of hops and chocolate, followed by a sweet malty backbone. Highly recommended for stout lovers.

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Photo of banger7
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jcon
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Trenzalor
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Varls
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Boothman
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of banksw86
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Beerswag
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%

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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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