Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 version, bottle. Black pour, loose tan head with a light lacing left upon the glass. Very hoppy aroma on it: herbal, leafy, a little minty and spicy over a roasty backdrop. The flavor of this hits super hard: anise, coffee, chocolate roastiness on a rich, smooth body with a big hop payload. More minty, herbal, leafy notes that lead to a very bitter and lingering finish. Lots of intensity and complexity between the big malt and hop flavors. Definitely one of the more novel imperial stouts Iíve had.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at Sixteen Tons. Thanks, Mike! Pours deep black with a nice cap of tan foam. Aroma of chocolate, roast, a little whiskey and a ton and a half of earthen hops. The flavors swirl around on the tongue, with the hops being the most assertive but also featuring some nice chocolate, whiskey, coffee and maybe even a light bit of dark fruit. Mostly itís the hops though, quite probably the hoppiest stout Iíve ever had the pleasure of consuming.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: An extremely bitter (green hops pellet) and extremely roasted and extremely everthing stout. An superb extreme beer.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when over one year of age. Bottle sent to me by ditmier. Thanks a lot Eric
The look: Black body topped by a long lasting large beige head
In long: Nose is very "green". This is like smelling a hop pellet. The fresh green hop pellet aroma is so strong in this thing is that in a blind tasting I donít think I could have guessed this was a stout or even a dark beer. Taste is just over the top in all departments. highly roasted malts, extremely bitter, very sweet (but totally hidden by the bitterness), burnt toasts, wood coal, some chocolate, front lawn green grass, coffee filter, toffee, bitter grapefruits (really!) and so much more... What the fuck was that? An 11% Black IPA? If you really love a new classic like GI Night Stalker then you really owe it to yourself to hunt down a bottle of this Beer Valley brew (must the be Fresh Hop version, the regular version is totally different and under-hopped). With the regular Black Flag being uninteresting I had no idea that this Fresh Hop version would be so kick-ass. I opened it with no expectations sitting at home. It made my day. Life is such a beautiful thing. But boobs are even nicer.
dosbeerigos (24) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hopped up Imperial Stout, sounds like Heaven to me. This Imperial Stout is brewed once a year and then slammed with 200 lbs of fresh hops. I expected a Hop bomb followed by coffee. Well I was sort-a right. This beer was sort of a Cluster F*%! of flavors. The beer itself was very good but the hops took away from the stout or maybe the stout took away from the hops. Well personally I would prefer you to take 200 lbs of hops and slam it into an IPA or something. Overall a great idea just not what I expected.
daleharshman (1030) - 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 (12594) - 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 (3800) - 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 (5975) - 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.