philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
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+ IBU’s. (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. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2010
In short: An extremely bitter (green hops pellet) and extremely roasted and extremely everthing stout. An superb extreme beer. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2010
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 don’t 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.
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 I’ve had. mcberko (18080) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours solid black with substantial tan head. Aroma of bold fresh hops, roasted malt and espresso. Flavour of intense roasted malt, bold fresh hops, burnt espresso, and wood. Dry, intense, roasty palate with tons of depth. Sort of burnt quality on the finish. Delicious. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
I brought this bottle to Hophead22 beer tasting. This was a birthday gift from my buddy Pat, who purchased it at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA. Very good fresh hop aroma. Very different for an imperial stout. I really really liked this one. Awesome stuff. I want to go buy some more.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle brought by JoeTheYounger to Hophead22 house..One of the better beers we got to try that day..Pours black with an off white head..I would describe the aroma as a hoppy sweetness..The flavor was dark chocolate with a nice hop bite. The hoppiness really worked for this beer. Very very nice. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
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. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
(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. jake65 (3948) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a nice sized creamy brown head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is roasty malt and a deep citrus hop presence peeking through. Tastes roasty and of light coffee with a lingering citrus hop bitterness. Some light cocoa as well. I love the addition of a hoppy presence over the original. Outside of the realm of many impys and imho, much better! mjg74 (3116) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Bomber from Del Cerro. Very dark in color. Doesn’t seem as dark as the original release. Some roasted malt qualities in the nose with a huge hop aroma. Super hoppy scent for a stout. Very nice roasted flavors with some coffee and chocolate. Great hoppiness as well. The bitter hoppy finish gives this beer a really nice drink-ability for its hugeness.