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Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout Hop Harvest/Fresh Hop Edition

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Hop Harvest Edition was brewed in September of 2008 using 200 lbs of fresh, Treasure Valley high alpha CTZ hop flowers from the John Wilmunster hop farm in Greenleaf, ID. Brewed with 8 different malts, the 11% ABV, 100+ IBU, Black Flag Imperial Stout - 2008 Hop Harvest Edition has a huge hop profile that coats the tongue. Black Flag Imperial Stout - 2008 Hop Harvest Edition has a green or yellow bottle cap and is hand stamped with ""2008 Hop Harvest Edition"" on the right side of the label.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (755) - USA - JUN 19, 2014
Dark brown, clear with some floaties of sediment, tan head. Toffee, cocoa, dark fruit, warming alcohol, a little licorice, some resiny hop character in the finish. A little leathery age on this, and the hop character others have commented on is very restrained, this may be an older bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Vintage 2010 A: Pours a black beer of ultimate opaqueness, and a single to two finger, thick and whipped tan head. Falls slowly and leave a quilt of the same. The beer also leaves halos of lacing. S: Oaty. Toasted oats, tea like hops, graham. Cocoa, toffee. Nice. Very nice. I figured it’s about six months out for this beer, and the hops should have balanced out nicely in this. I think another couple months will only help. T: Alcohol comes thru a bit strong. Beyond that, we’ve got charcoal, cocoa, nuts, soil, tea like hops. Bitter and creamy. A near chalky finish. Still plenty of sweet cinnaon and graham flavors. The alcohol is too high and the hops are too aggressive. The beer tastes a bit burnt as well. M: Thick, warm and sticky with low carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel. O: Primary compaint is that on the flavor, the beer is a bit too bitter. I would like a little less hop power on this beer. Fresh hops can be appreciated without a severe increase in the hop approach - it can be done tastefully. Otherwise, the beer is crafted with likely decent shelf/cellar life, and the beer has a nice nose. Serving type: bottle 04-29-2011

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (180) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pecan head fading to a skiff, body opaque black/brown. Aromas vanilla, caramel, smoke, cider, citrus and lychee. Flavors of FRUIT, malt, smoke, spice, vanilla, grapefruit. Tasting side by side with the standard dry hop this has HUGE fruitiness, much more complex. Body is average viscosity, medium carbonation. Finish bittersweet with faint grapefruit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3328) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Holy crap, I was surprised by this one! So good. It pours black with a brown head. The aroma super sweet with chocolate chip cookies, mocha and coffee. The flavor is awesome with roasted malt, dark chocolate and a big floral, piney bitterness with dark chocolate, roast and ash in the finish. A tad rough with the black malt in the finish, but I don’t mind it. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3826) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Black in color with a small beige head. Aroma is of brown sugar, chocolate, citrus, pine, coffee. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee, citrus, chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
(Bottle) Pours brown black in the glass with creamy, pale brown head. The aroma hold boatloads of dark chocolate, caramelized milk chocolate, espresso, earthy tobacco and green chilly. In addition a lot of resinous, woodsy, herbal, grassy, light fruity and grapefruity hops. Fat, aggressive and yummy nose. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic brutal yet smooth roast and aggressive but complex hops. The mouthfeel is smooth malty still astringent hoppy with a soft carbonation. Hard roast and lingering, mega bitter hop finish. Medium to full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
Bomber courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours very dark brown, almost. Lack, with a rather big frothy goldenish mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of trace on the glass. Smell is is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, dark bread, prunes, wood, freshly cut grass, resinous wood, liquorice root, black pepper, dark bread and hints of lemon zest and green peppers. Taste is rich, slightly sweet and bitter with heavily roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, pumpernickel, grapefruit rinds, salty liquorice, green chili, resinous wood, freshly cut grass and burnt caramel. Mouthfeel is found, soft, smooth, very tiny roasted tart and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter and malty with roasted malts, pumpernickel, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, green chili, resinous wood, grapefruit rinds and hints of salty liquorice. A nice surprise!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3041) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. 2011 Fresh Hop Edition with green cap. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, citrus. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with lots of citrus and some coffee. Full body with soft carbonation. A nice hoppy impy stout. Thanks Craig.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phillies08Champs (700) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
2008 bottle. Pours dark brown with some head. nose is slight black licorice with roasted malt. first sip is molasses and rown malg. finish is sweet with hints of coco.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1510) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle: jet black with a tan head. Hops definitely abound in the aroma with some caramel in the end. Frothy malty flavors with mild hops traveling thru the flavors. A good solid bitter aftertaste. This is not one that you drink quickly.


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