Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout

Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout

Rated 3.359 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Beer Valley Brewing Company

Ontario, OR, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

11.5% Alcohol by Volume

100 International Bittering Units

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Black Flag Imperial Stout, the first beer released by Beer Valley Brewing, is a monstrously huge beer brewed for beer enthusiasts who want to test the edge of sensory perception. Brewed with 8 different malts and 4 different hop varieties to give it depth and complexity, Black Flag Imperial Stout delivers an extreme beer drinking experience like no other beer on the planet.

ID: 24390 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank7168
Overall Percentile86.6
Style Rank895 of 2434
Style Percentile63.2
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.436
Weighted Score3.359
Standard Deviation0.480

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EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
rated 3.7 17 years ago

Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

A strange Imperial Stout, from "the eastern most microbrewery in the state of Oregon"..., that, in retrospect, I probably would not spend $7.95/22oz'er for.

And it's "Black Flag", but not the bug spray, nor the King's X song, and not Henry Rollins' group, but as in pirates... , all which of course makes no sense for an outfit nowhere near the Caribbean Sea.

Didn't help things one bit that this pops open with nary a single hint of carbonation..., ditto for how it pours. Black, so black, and still, and very, very, *very* flat.

But this does have a nice flavor profile, `tis true. Quite roasted in it's nature, that takes a while to get acclimated too, to be honest. No complaints here: I sometimes want a beer to challenge me and my taste buds. Maybe some Port Wine aspects here too -- again, that's a Pro, not a Con.

Silky in the mouthfeel, but only if you allow it to warm up some. With the distinct lack of any carbonation or fizz to this beer, it is to it's credit that even with no fizz what-so-ever, it has enough girth in the mouthfeel to hold it's own.

The finish is a bit dry and sweet, but again, not unappealing or unwelcome for this sort of beer. And the 11.5%ABV? Not wholly hidden away, but not obtrusive, either.

From the beer's website, this outfit is looking to make the jump from a contract-brewed Beer Marketing Company to a full-on microbrewery. That'd be in their best interest, since I think who they have contract brewing for them (Santa Fe Brewing, from Santa Fe, NM) is not doing this beer any favors with the piss-poor carbonation levels.

A beer that might have the makings of something nice in the future.

Music: Running Wild "Black Hand Inn" (aka German Pirate Metal, `natch!)

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    from notes (bomber)...big black heavy oily beer with tar like aspects...light smoke, riasins, chocolate, coffee. Bitter and semi sweet. Not bad, not best in class either. Hit the spot, though.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    death to squirrels! .. . pours a light black-deep brown .. . light foam .. . sweet tar and oil .. . light sticky mouth .. . very tame and quite sweet but it was alright .. . . i didn't have a lookout so the fuzz shut me down..

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Strong aroma has a firm overtone of sweet chocolate, like getting a good whiff of a Hershey bar, along with smoky, coffee and nutty hints. It pours a mouth-watering sable that is opaque save at the very edges and has a thick, fluffy, persistent light tan head that leaves some substantial lacing. Smoky flavor has tones of coffee, licorice, molasses and nuts and is subtly sweet - and has quite the alcohol kick! Texture is fizzy and lively, a little oily, very pleasing. This one is worth seeking.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    I’m looking at my notes about this beer from a week ago, they are very point form and choppy but I’m to lazy to fell in proper sentences so I’ll review it exactly the way I wrote it down. Extreme dark brown ……..small skiff….good roapy lacing………sweet coffee…….chocolate……vanilla……smooth……. chalky earth feel……..bitter lingers…..massive bitter lingers. Strawberry?!?!?!

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 4.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours out in a opaque black colour with a beige creamy lasting head. Big aroma of black coffee, black chocolate, tar with a strong presence of leafy, minty and citric hops. Big and uncompromising flavour and mouthfeel of black bitter coffee, grapefruit, mint, pine-needles and cocoa. Long bitter finish of grapefruit, menthol, coffee, pepper and alcohol. Extravagant and bold stuff.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottled. Opaque black colour with small brown head. Aroma is roast, alcohol, fruits, yeast and hops. Flavour is very much the same with some mild vanilla, old coffee and salted licorice. Rather out of balance for my taste with all the sweetish sour stuff mixed into this one.

  • ~WELDER~ 279 reviews
    rated 3.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    a very ballzy beer. poured a rich and enchanted nature brown. i like what eaglefan said i has the thickness of motor oil! but the taste is enriched with fruit and a fish oil like after taste! bar-b-q prums~ nice amount of carbonation. its a little acidy~

  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 3.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    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. I’d love to see that hop profile on a brown ale, though.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I'm a bit disappointed in the fact that the beer's label says it's from New Mexico but apparently it's from Oregon? And here I was thinking I'd be able to check of a beer from New Mexico (I've 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.

  • VAC 2186 reviews
    rated 3.4 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours with a black head topped by a pencil thin head with little to no lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with an underlying rotten fruit note. The flavor is sweet and malty with a strong roasty note, a touch of alcohol and a hoppy bitterness. Full bodied and smooth yet slightly warming.

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