Black Flag Imperial Stout | Beer Valley Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
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
Ratings:
233
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
25
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0
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Photo of IntriqKen
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a black liquid that's not quite pitch black and not quite syrupy. Small off-white head on top that melts quickly to a ring of almost sticky lacing.
Aromas are mostly coffee and dark chocolate...little else.
Taste is sweet dark fruits and bittersweet dark chocolate with a hint of hops in the middle and then again after you swallow.
Mouthfeel is creamy.
Aftertaste is very nice...sweet dark candied fruits and coffee and bittersweet coffee continues to 'melt' from your mouth after you swallow.
A nice pleasant alcohol warmth follows it all.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled with much attention at Capone's. Drinking from a pint glass.

A: The best part of the appearance is watching the dark brown bubbles fall recklessly to the bottom, making way for the lighter brown to surface and become the head, which lasted reasonably long. The head has left a thick film coating the glass and the body follows suit. Not the darkest nor the most opaque Imperial Stout, but the color is a rich, very dark brown with amber and tawny edges.

S & T: A true maltbomb. Mostly milk chocolate & fudge with a subtle hint of coffee. Oats, toasted malts, nuts, and alcohol infused fruit (maybe cherries), very light. General alcoholic warmth is there. I might even call it hot. Citrusy hops are on the nose, barely, but the grapefruit finishes strong on the palette. It may very well be the longest enduring flavor here. The alcohol hits you in the nose and in the back of the throat but it is not offensive.

M: Full body, very thick and chewy, smooth and creamy, nice bitter finish, just enough carbonation.

D: One of the more drinkable Imperial Stouts in my opinion. What sets the Black Flag apart from other IS's I've had is that it isn't too much of *any one* thing. There is no overabundance of one flavor, it really is quite balanced, strong flavor, yes, but quite balanced.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pitch black stout into my piraat snifter, a light lace of carbonation afloat on the surface

s: pungent roast body carries aromas of smooth charred barley and burnt espresso, soy sauce, licorice, bittersweet chocolate sauce, a wave of smoked meats lurks underneath, burnt molasses, dark fruit reduction left on the stove a little too long, a roast bomb all the way

m: carbonation nearly nonexistent, just a tickle, body on the full side

t: charred barley and astringent espresso, undercurrents of dark cocoa, bitter chocolate finish with long-lingering flavors of soy sauce, again a pure, unbalanced roast bomb - if an enjoyable one

d: pretty easy for the abv, and a solid ris all around

bomber from HimerMan in No BS 4

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sending this bottle.

Pours very deep brown, producing a finger of light tan head. This slowly fades to some nice lacing.

Big roastiness in the aroma, especially as it warms. I also pick up bitter chocolate, molasses, and light smoky notes.

The flavor opens with toasted grain, chocolate, and coffee, then leaves you with bitter roasty malts.

Full bodied, with some nice carbonation, this is smooth on the tongue.

Alcohol is very well hidden in this brew, making for quite a drinkable imperial stout.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite impressive pour, just what you want to see, jet black, good tan head, the staple of good IS appearance. Nice chunkies floating.

Aroma, very heavy hop bill, decent amount of alcohol in the nose. Big wafting choco coffee rock at yeah.

Taste comes across just like the aroma, this is heavy beer. Mouthfeel, holds up through most of the bottle, drinkability suffers as you start to slow down the pace, via the heavy-ness, and its a bit pricey, considering some of the comparable stouts you can get much cheaper, but overall, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to Rizalini for this one.

A: Pours black with a huge, billowing, dense, and thick glass of light brown head that took forever to fade into a very bubbly collar leaving tons of specs of lace down the glass.
S: Simple notes of chocolate and roasted oats. Smells a bit like an oatmeal stout with creamy notes of grains.
T: Follows the nose with dominant notes of chocolate and roasted oats, but I’m getting a good dose of leafy bitter hops in the finish. The aftertaste is full of lightly bitter dark chocolate.
M: Medium-full body, full mouthfeel and low, soft carbonation. Alcohol is hidden extremely well.
O: No bells or whistles just a clean, flavorful and easy to drink imperial stout. I thouroghly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. Viggo brought this one, so thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled nov 28/08.

pours deep dark brown, not quite black, with a huge cascading light brown head. the big fluffy head drops slowly and leaves lots of clumpy lace behind.

aroma is good. light alcohol. fresh hops, more citrus than pine. bread. biscuit. big floral character too.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. espresso. bittersweet chocolate. bread and biscuit. a bit one-dimensional and underwhelming after the last few bottles it was compared against.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is good. decent balance, but not hte depth and complexity i was looking for.

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Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rolandboy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mtomlins
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DerrickW
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Madskill
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of KG710
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bgold86
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vancoubeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Black Flag Imperial Stout from Beer Valley Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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