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RATINGS: 464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Created for extreme beer and wine fanatics. Brewed with 8 different malts and massive quantities of Warrior, Chinook, Columbus, and Cascade hops, Black Flag Imperial Stout delivers a beer drinking experience like no other malted beverage on the planet.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottled. Completely opaque, no color even around the edges. Very small, creamy, brown head that turns into a ring. The aroma is loaded with dark fruits and esters, similar to a grand cru (banana too!), but also with lots of molasses and some chocolate. Fullish body, virtually flat with a wet finish. Tastes like dark fruits, esters, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee with a lightly bitter, mocha finish. Tons of malts, enough hops, alcohol is very well hidden. Yummy!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Glugs out jet black with a big mocha head. Lots of lacing. Coffee, chocolate and big hops in the nose. Taste is huge on hops. Hoppiest impy stout I have ever had. Very roasty, a little smoke and big bittering citrus rind hops in the finish. Thin in the mouth. ABV is not even close to being felt. Defies the style and a tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
bottled, consumed on 12/23/07. Pours black, very little carbonation. Thin orange/brown head forms quickly, dissipated almost as fast. Aromas of bitter chocolate and lacquer with subtle grass and cherry notes. Also, bit alcohol smell. Mouthfeel somewhat thin, uncarbonated. Flavor is primarily bitter chocolate with hints of citrus (orange?). Alcohol warmth (almost burn). Lingering, not entirely agreeable bitterness. Flawed but still enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2007
From a 22-oz. bottle--Poured a thin black-brown body with a thick tan head. Nose of burnt malts and chocolate. Flavor was peaty and rich. Extremely toasty and robust. Alcohol well hidden, but comes out at end when brew warms up. Very good!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with an incredibly thin, off-white head. Smell: Unsweetened chocoate and scorched coffee along with chimney soot and smoke. Also, thereís a hefty amount of citrusy grapefruit befitting an IPA. Taste: Dark chocolate with a brief, fleeting sweetness. After that, itís a conveyor belt of flavors - charred fruits, pipe ash, and forgotten coffee grounds. Overabundance of citrus hops. The strong hop bitterness couples with a sharp roasted quality that borders on being astringent. Ashen, distinctly alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: This beer was a debacle. Excessively hopped and needlessly astringent, to me, these qualities donít make for an enjoyable imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8001) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Thanks to cbkschubert for this one. I love the label. Pours a shade or two shy of jet black with 3-fingers of deep brown head and tons of lace. This one looks thick and oily as it pours, which is always a good sign. The aroma is molasses, dark patent malt, heavy chocoff, some hops, and mild cognac. Tastes chocolate malty, with big molasses, dark chocolate, some coffee, some backup hops, and some cognacy heat as it warms. The palate is rich, complex, and well balanced for this style, and I enjoyed the solid dose of hoips throughout. I loved this one, and Iíd gladly pay or trade top dollar to drink it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Iím a bit disappointed in the fact that the beerís label says itís from New Mexico but apparently itís from Oregon? And here I was thinking Iíd be able to check of a beer from New Mexico (Iíve already got plenty of beers from Old Mexico). The beer pours out suprisingly still. I mean really still with basically no head. I like head. Head is good so when you have no head, can that still be good? Anyways, the aroma is slightly boozey, a roasted smokeyness, licorice and figs as well as the expected sweet malts. Alcohol also permeates the senses. Appearance is jet black but due to not having any head, it gets a few points knocked off. Medium body. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, scorched chocolate, alcohol and dark fruits. Not a world class stout, but still tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Black, tan head and lacing. Nose of caramel, molasses, licorice, jaggery, some oak and nutty marshmallow. The impact is strong, huge sweet and bitter bite, plenty of alcohol but it blends rather seamlessly. The finish is creamy and chalky, a nice full body in the tail. Complex though, I need another go at this one before I can get the full details.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3137) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Beautiful, very hoppy smell with dates. Pepper and citrus along with a bit of ash. The roastiness has a bit of conflict with the hops, though. This is a very hoppy imperial stout. Iíd love to see that hop profile on a brown ale, though.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (819) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
22 oz from bottletrek.com. Pours thick as oil, low carbonation, zero head. There is a unique charred aroma along with undertones of coffee. Flavor is roasted barely, chocolate, coffee, and like the aroma, a burntness. I love the hop infusion on this one, it definitely makes the beer that much more complex. Unlike the pour, the body is thinner than I expected, but it works. Awesome stout. I cannot wait to try some other beers from Beer Valley.


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