JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fairly aggressive pour produced a minor bubbly head that
stuck around for a while, but was not what I expected. Brew is black but does let a little bit of light shine through.
Nose is expected RIS aromas, but seems a little light.. a little buttery.. hop nose is a little grassy, but not off the charts... dark chocolate and lite French Roast.
I remember the original Black Flag having a much much larger hop bitterness and hop flavor. Big chocolate malt and not as roasty as I remember... the hop flavors seem limited to the grassy side of things. Mouthfeel is thick but not overbearing... carbonation is very light emphasizing a smooth viscosity. A little yeasty fruitiness reminds me of dried cherries on the finish.. more grassy hops... alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.
I actually like this more than the regular Black Flag.. I always think the regular is just too much enamel stripping hopped.... this is very enjoyable.
MikeJslc (777) - USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
furthur (821) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
joeneugs (5451) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
_angst_ (4351) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
smith4498 (3477) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Macegan75 (809) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.