Black Flag Imperial Stout | Beer Valley Brewing Co.

Black Flag Imperial StoutBlack Flag Imperial Stout
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Black Flag Imperial StoutBlack Flag Imperial Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hopsaplenty on 11-09-2006

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. 12/30/08.

Pours a deep black color with about three fingers of thick brown head. The head receded slowly leaving all kinds of sticky lacing around the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and hops.

Taste is intense with roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and slight coffee. A generous dose of bitter piny and floral hops kicks in for the finish. Slight grapefruit and dark fruit in the taste as well. The alcohol makes its presence in the taste.

Feel is thick and full-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Leaves a bit of stickiness around the mouth. Slight warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer. I wouldn't want more than one bottle though, 22 ounces is enough for me,

Overall, a pretty good stout. I'm not usually a fan of well-hopped stouts, but this one isn't bad.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glugs out jet black with a big mocha head. Lots of lacing. Coffee, chocolate and big hops in the nose. Taste is huge on hops. Hoppiest impy stout I have ever had. Very roasty, a little smoke and big bittering citrus rind hops in the finish. Thin in the mouth. ABV is not even close to being felt. Defies the style and a tasty brew.

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Photo of FINLANDski_1619
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wattershed
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jnn4v
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with unknown age acquired as an extra from akorsak. In fact, he made sure I knew that he wouldn't vouch for its age or quality.

A: Pitch black in color. Off white color head. No discernible sediment.

S: Coffee is the dominant scent. Some anise and alcohol are evident as well. Minor licorice and molasses.

T: Coffee is the first flavor, followed by some malty flavors and molasses, ending with bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste. Almost chemical bitterness in nature, but at least a hint of the coffee flavor helps justify the flavor.

M: Good texture through and through. Deep body with some silkiness and richness.

D: High ABV was evident, but not the dominant trait. Lack of subtlety and balance from the flavors detracted from the drinkabiliy.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured dark mahogany with a nice tan head- very promising. Aromas were dominated by solvent alcohols and boozy malts. Taste was very wild; cherries, currants, more dried fruits then a sudden 180- earthy oily hops come through in strength- extremely bitter and not at all balanced witht he malts. The flavor combo is accentuated by a very dry, tannic character and tobacco flavors run rampant over the tastebuds. A hard one to sip, very challenging and the ABV is definately noticeable. Maybe its just a raw beer, and needs some tweaking- as it is now its not up to par.

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Photo of Shaimless
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of rtaps
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 

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Photo of lighthabit
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a snifter

P: Jet black in the glass, but not completely opaque as rosy brown streams of light decorate the edges of the glass. Even with a vigorous pour I was barely able to achieve a thin film of loose, soapy bubbles on top.

A: The malt bill smells like it's heavily-roasted with some slightly burnt edges to it. I can appreciate creamy dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, caramel, and a little booze. But, these citric hops compose maybe the most prominent hop aroma in any stout I've ever tried. I am an absolute hophead, without a doubt. But even I'm worried that they may have overdone it here.

T: Starts sweet with those heavily-roasted malts at the center, but they offer much more in the way of burnt char than the nose lead on. It's surrounded by caramel, creamy dark chocolate, and some espresso. I get some flavors of roasted nuts and candied sugar in the middle, followed by some slight vanilla notes riding underneath. But once again, those citric hops are crazy prominent. I know the IBU's are 100+, but I was hoping that the hop bill would be masterfully integrated into the rest of the profile. That's not necessarily the case. They don't ruin the beer by any means but they do take too much of the attention away from the malts, which should be on full display in an Imperial Stout. I will say, though, the 11% ABV is extremely well-hidden and only heats things up slightly towards the finish.

M: Black Flag is definitely a full-bodied beer that feels a little oily and syrupy, which makes it pretty smooth as it slides down. However, the heavy addition of hops is probably the culprit that keeps the malt bill from achieving that creamy, chewy feel that I look for in my Imperial Stouts.

Notes: This is a pretty good beer, all things considered. It's memorable in that it's the hoppiest damn stout ever to cross my path. But that's not necessarily a good thing. I love Big Bear Black Stout because of it's hoppiness, but that's because it's integrated into the rest of the profile so well that it works. In contrast, the hops keep this beer from becoming the delicious malt monster that it could be. I would love to see how this beer tastes in a couple years once the hops have died out, though.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color, not quite as dark as other stouts I've seen. It has a two finger creamy khaki colored head. The head sticks around for quite a while and leaves solid lines of lacing. Small bubble streams rise to the top, creating an inviting appearance.

S: Roasted malt and coffee are the main players here. There is some dark chocolate noticeable as well. A slight hop bitter aroma appears towards the end.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma. Roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate. The hops make a bigger appearance in the taste providing a significant bitter bite during the finish.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, and kind of oily. It coats the palate leaving residual flavors.

O: This one is pretty solid. I like it. Decent aroma, good taste and feel. Bonus points for the cool pirate thing going on with the label.

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Photo of avwrite
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark, black color. Not much visibility due to color.

S - Strong, hoppy smell.

T - Extremely bitter and hoppy. Flavor is a bit overpowering

M - Does not sit in well. Overbitterness doesn't make it smooth going down.

O - Definitely for those who want a full powered, full flavored beer, but not something you can drink on a recreational basis.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tumbler. Exhibits a large espresso head atop an almost impenetrable dark body (a little light coming through). Nice legs as I tilt the glass, though the lacing is virtually non-existent.

A medium strength bouquet, with aromas including cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, and slight oak. Some sweetness in the nose that must be derived from the cocoa. Initially, the smell is pleasant but nothing to lift the nostrils. As I agitate, more powerful roasted coffee flavors come through on the bouquet.

The taste is also fairly medium strength but the flavor spectrum is intense. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, and hops up front, and an espresso bitterness that jumps out on the back end and really surprises you. Excellent taste and a smooth mouthfeel, which at 11% is quite impressive. I paired it with some Roquefort cheese, and the flavors of the two just dovetail together, exploding the sharp and pungent flavors of the cheese.

An overall excellent Imperial Stout.

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Photo of tbizzle0
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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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Photo of cycoduck
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of sia478
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very bitter Stout, lots of hops in here and very boozy!

Appears black with a light brown tinge to the outer layer when held under light,

Smell is dark malts, plums, hops, and booze. I almost wanted to know if this was barrel aged.

Taste is too hoppy, and too boozy for the style it represents.

Nice mouthfeel, like the way a stout should be.

I don't know how to drink more than one of these, but even just the one is a little too alcohol overdosed

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

Photo of Vancoubeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of gonzo138
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A- pours absolutely jet black, had nearly no head whatsoever has a very thin ring of coffe colored lacing

S- alcohol smell almost overpowers other smells, but there noticable hints of chocolate and coffee, just expect a bit more scent from a big beer like this

T- alcohol once again dominates, same flavors present in smell are present in the taste as well, , coffee and chocolate, little bit of a citric hop taste their at the finish, tastes good but nothing to rave about

M- very thick heavy body, almost syrupy, coats mouth and stays there, almost no carbonation

D- not very drinkable at all, 22 oz. was a bit more than I needed, after a while I didn't want anymore, something to sip for a while, a long while, a little let down, the big stouts are usually expensive (this one was 9.99 for a 22 oz. bomber) but they usually really deliver in the taste department, this one didnt quite measure up, not a bad beer, but not worth the price in my book

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/28/09
Beer Valley Brewing Co.
Black Flag Imperial Stout
11% Abv.
22oz. Bomber into NB snifter

Appearance= Vigorous pour into NB snifter yields a fat 2 finger stout colored head (caramel, tan whatever). Black body w/minimal carbonation. Sweet lacing on sides of glass as this delish brew goes down.

Smell= Good smell, choco, coffee. Typical Imperial Stout smell.

Taste= Awesome! Lingers in your mouth. Fat Stout. Bittering hops on the back end. Coffee, roasted malts dominate.

Mouthfeel= Nice and stouty! Thick and awesome. Lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability= Abv. is not present. Flavor is awesome. Thick mouthfeel. Really, really good. Would be a 5 but you can;t pound these.

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Photo of Popkas
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is black with a large big bubble caramel head that sticks around for a good while with some good lacing clinging. The nose is of very heavy roasted malts that smells a little like burnt toast with cocoa topping. The taste is of big roasted malts and bitter cocoa. The mouthfeel is full, thick and creamy - possibly my favorite part of the beer. Not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DKRowden
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%

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