daleharshman (827) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Hop Harvest Edition bomber from Holiday Wine Cellar purchased quite some time back ($8.99). Like the reviewer below me, I had not intended to let this sit around but it just somehow got lost amongst all my beers. Pours a very dark brown with two fingers of mocha colored foam. Aroma of dark roasted grains, cocoa, and a little bit of floral notes which may be the last bit of the apparently copious amount of hops that were originally put into this. Flavor is more cocoa and rich chocolate and is quite good, though no real evidence remaining of the hops. Semi-sweet at first but the finish has a certain amount of bitterness that is more from the malts (like black coffee) rather than from the hops. This has a surprisingly light mouthfeel considering how big this beer is. Very smooth and the high alcohol is mostly well hidden. Not quite up to the level of Storm King when it comes to hopped-up impy stouts, but then again I opened this too late. (58, 309)
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008. I did not mean to age a fresh hopped beer 2 years but I didnít get around to it until now. Oh well. Pours very light colored for an Imperial Stout. Brown, porter looking. Apparent carbonation is very low. Even with a vigorous pour only a small white head forms. Not the best appearance. Aroma shows mildly roasty chocolate and a toasty crackery malt background. Hops are gone. Intensity is certainly low, just like the appearance the aroma indicates this is a porter. Hard to believe this is 11%, at this point. Mild chocolate milk notes. This reminds me of a slightly weak Edmund Fitzgerald. Flavor is somewhat watery, with notes of chocolate and hops. This beer is kind of a wreck right now. I donít want to rag on it too much because I believe this beer should be drunk fresh, however I thought an 11% Imperial Stout could hold up for a few years. I was wrong.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, 2008 vintage) Pours a dark brown body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, grass, pine, coffee, baking cocoa, and earth. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, grass, caramel, and pine with a bitter finish.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Jacob on 01/09/2010. Dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet coffee, roast, chocolate and floral hop aroma. Chocolate, roast and floral hop flavor. Medium full body with moderately high carbonation.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer Valley Brewing Company, LLC. Black Flag Imperial Stout American Style--2009 Fresh Hop Edition--Bottle Conditioned--2009-10 Release--22 oz. Bottle--11.00% ABV--100+ IBUís. (4.75 / 5.0) Cascadian Dark Ale--Imperial--Thin lacy tan head. Cloudy dark brown black color. Huge floral pine fresh hop burnt malt front. Thin dry sweet hop infused bitter black malt roasted tangy pine mild citrus espresso body. Crisp hop spice clean dry bitter malt hop end. HOPS!! Sampled 1/30/2010. $10.99 Each.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
( 22oz bomber 2008 Hop harvest edition thanks to bu11zeye) Pours medium brown with no head. Nose of cane sugar, caramel, and light hops. Taste of bitter chocolate, dry cocoa, spicy hops with a watery/creamy finish.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 1/9/2010 Source:Other) 22 oz bottle courtesy of Jacob at Steveís birthday bash. Spicy earthy hops with some warming. Almost black with tan head. Big wet hop flavor compliments chocolate and roast malts. Mild astringency. Finish is medium with hefty hop residual. Very nice.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Fresh Hop Edition, 22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours dark brown/black with a big, light brown head and spider web lace. Smells of dark roasted malts with some light coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Tastes good. Roasted malts, some chocolatey sweetness and a bit of coffee. Slightly chalky. Medium/full body, slightly over carbonated.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Fresh Hop Edition. Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deeper cola brown with a huge growing dense light brown lacing foam head. The aromas are light with roasted malts and light hop flowers. The flavors are strong with sweet hop nectar, chocolate, coffee, black licorice, chocolate. Loads of hop flavors and bitterness. I remembering not liking hoped up IRS but damn this is tasty.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is chocolate, light vegtables, coffee, roast, and more coffee. The look is brown in color with an off white head. The taste is coffee, chocolate, roast, malts, and slight bitterness.