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RATINGS: 467   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3180) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2008
1/15/2008: Black Flag Imperial Stout American Style pours black and is opaque. It has very little carbonation and only a few brown-colored bubbles around the edges of the surface, but thatís it. The aroma is a wonderful blend of dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and hints of licorice. The flavor is dominated by heavily caramelized and roasted malt. It has quite a bit of malty sweetness that is followed by a mild to moderate level of citrus bitterness. Hints of espresso and semi-sweet round out the finish. The alcohol is surprising absent in the flavor, but its warming effects can definitely be felt. The body of this beer if full and it is smooth and very mellow on the palate. It coats the mouth well and allows all of the flavors to be absorbed. There is some residual syrupy stickiness on the lips. This is a large beer, but it drinks very nicely. It feels like port in the mouth and tastes like a complex blend of malty and hoppy flavors. I would actually prefer slightly less hop precense in this beer so that more of the rich, dark malt complexities could come through. Still, this is a very good beer!

1 pint, 6 Flouid Ounce bottle (Alc 11.5% by Vol.) from realale420. Thanks Brian! Rating #127 for this beer...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Pours black with a brown head that settles into a brown ring. Big earthy hop aroma. Big roast and chocolate too. Flavor has roast, dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee all balanced by big hop profile. Lots of earthy bitterness and roast in the finish. Some heat, but what made this a sipper was itís complexity and large body. Pretty good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bomber. First Stout in a while....no head on the pour at all. Aroma is big and sweet. Flavor is balanced seemingly well, some of the more characteristic flavors of this style in malt, chocolate and coffee. It does seem balanced. A good beer and Iíd like to taste this up against other highly rated beers in this style. (speedway, stone, etc).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (439) - 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 (4489) - 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 (8376) - 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 (2332) - 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.


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