Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,871
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 103
Gots: 370 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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Ratings: 2,871 | Reviews: 838
Reviews by stoutman:
Photo of stoutman
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black brew with a medium beige head with regular retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with caramel, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol and coffee, medium to robust bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a bittersweet finish, and quite tasty. Fine body with a long and smooth aftertaste of light barley and coffee. So very nice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours an almost perfectly pitch black color. The head is two fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention is quite good, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Yep, I'm loving all the dark chocolate in this. There are additional twinges of dark fruits, graham cracker, and caramel, all balanced by a slightly piny touch. Not hugely deep, but still a really nice nose.

T: It starts off just like the nose indicated - dark chocolate, graham cracker, caramel, and dark fruits come through vividly. The finish, however, is quite bitter with tones of roast and tobacco-like hops. There's also a kiss of alcohol I didn't quite expect (I'm so used to beers in the 9% range covering the booze perfectly), too. The booze gives it a nuancing touch of dark fruit, creating a reasonably complex yet dry imperial stout.

M: It starts off with a full, sweet feel; but it finishes dry and hoppy. It's one of the few dark beers I'd call refreshing - and that's a great thing. There isn't a lot of carbonation, instead relying purely on the dryness to cleanse the palate. And it works.

O: The tale of two stouts: one sweet and desert-y, the other bitter, dry, and almost refreshing. This is a manly drink: big, bitter, and even a touch harsh. But in a good way! I could totally imagine Catherine the Great (read: the manliest Czar ever, so manly she was a woman) drinking something like this while being boinked by Denis Diderot.

3.75/5: Very nice old-school imperial stout

Photo of BaalDagon
5/5  rDev +22%

I cannot speak highly enough about this double stout! If you are looking for a mature, refined adult beverage for your discriminating palate... I highly advise and heartily encourage this one! I would go on about all the usual reviewing points, but where would that leave your adventurous expectations?

Photo of oberon
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.8%ABV per label,this new gem to NC poured a jet black no light showing thru this puppy in my 22 oz nonic a frothy one finger light mocha colored head atop.A whole lot going on in the nose dark fruit,charred wood,dark roast coffee,and a bit of leafy hop.This beer is mabey now mabey is one of the new standards of the style I mean the flavors just hammer the taste buds...in a good way of course.Its roasted to the hilt and with a real smoky character but has a sweet dark fruit element to go along with some bitter chocolate and even a touch of vanilla in the finish all along keeping its big roasty-earthy base.Wow this beer blew me away I knew it would be good but this is awesome!One of the best beers of any style to come my way in a real long time.

Photo of RoyalT
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a very dark brown in color with burgundy edges and a decent head.

Smell - The aroma here shows a lot of depth. A beautiful South American coffee smell defines the bouquet and the heavily-roasted malt makes an excellent complement. There is a very light smoky aroma as well that I really enjoyed once I found it. The smells themselves are original but they are of very high quality.

Taste - The flavor adds a dash of chocolate to the qualities of the smell and just enough alcohol to peak one's interest. The malts come on a bit bigger at the taste as well. And again the apparent high quality of the ingredients is what makes this one stand out from the pack.

Mouthfeel - I'm calling this medium-bodied but it's on the heavier side of that definition. The slight alcohol doesn't sting the mouth but it's just enough to notice. The key IMO to this terrific mouthfeel is the balance. It's not especially carbonated, and the lean towards flatness in congruent with the flavors.

Drinkability - You never want to guzzle a big beer like this, but I swear this went down quicker than just about any other sample of the style I've had before. This is just a damn good-drinking dark brew and another winner for this accomplished brewery which is highly-regarded in the beer community.

Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, menacing black color, even more black than expected - the head is a deep-ass tan color and it lasts almost forever, leaving thick, chunky lacing all the way to the top of the glass.

The aroma is nice, soft, and pleasing. It isn't long and drawn out or overly-complex - rather, it's a simple constitution of roasted malts, light cocoa, and creamy, sweet java. So elegantly balanced and executed delicately to provide a smell that is both delicious and satisfying without being abrasive or cumbersome. I just hope the balance and simplicity on the nose is an indication of how this one will taste...

...and luckily, it is. The taste is a carbon copy of the aroma, only in palatable form. A dense and roasted river of chocolate malts flows to the back of your throat with seemless simplicity and finesse unlike any other. Touches of bittersweet (more so on the sweet side) mocha and creamy java coffee beans stretch out to the edges of the palate - this beer does nothing but get better as it warms up, too.

Nice sweetness throughout, however not sweet enough to be considered a "milk" or "sweet" stout, and it's balanced by a touch of bitterness from the roasted malts and maybe even a bit from the hop bill. The 8.8% ABV isn't noticeable at all, and it's a good range to make this beer highly quaffable without having to feel guilty about tackling a huge alcohol filled endeavor. Silky, creamy body, not quite "thick", good level of carbonation.

Expectations weren't necessarily "high" for this beer (actually, I didn't have really any expectations at all), but I was more than pleasantly surprised. This went down so smooth - it was super delicious and pleasing to drink. Excellent take on "simplicity done right" with nearly perfect balance. Boom, roasted.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thick vicious black w/ a big dark mocha head and very sticky lacing. Very very good looking stout.

I'm picking up scents of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slight amount of coffee/expresso. There's also a little vanilla in the mix. I can pick all of that up in the flavors. Very bold, dark chocolate is abundant, slightly bitter, but a sweetness remains.

Mouthfeel is okay .. would have liked it a bit thicker and creamy, but it was well carbonated and remains light.. finishes great. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high. It's hard to stop drinking. Very enjoyable Imperial Stout!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer; one of the prettiest I've tried. In a tulip the beer was near black in color with a light brown head. The head lingered well, and left abundant lace.
Aroma a little timid. Roasted malt, liocorice, and chocolate.
The aroma came through much, much better in the taste. Espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of licorice.
The flavors went well together, and produced a really smooth beer.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.
Pours a deep, dark brown that lets virtually zero light through with a dark tan, creamy head.
The aroma is big chcoloate and roast coffee notes, a bit of dark fruit and a hint of burnt toast.
The taste is big and very bold. Big, dark chcololate, roast coffee, wood char, and a lingering and dry bitter bite at the finish. there is also an acidic and harsh note in that finish that is not pleasant on my palate. A little booozy as well.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall, some nice things going on but doesn't seem a coherent whole and there is a bit of a burnt taste that I'm not fond of. There are much better Imperial Stouts in the same price range.

Photo of warnerry
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but purchased August 2010

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of brown head. Head has great retention. Oily, viscous pour. Looks good.

S - Chocolate, coffee and some dark dried fruits. Nose is a bit boozy as well. Chocolate is mostly bittersweet but a bit of sweet milk chocolate comes through as well. Also a faint cola aroma. Very nice.

T - Smooth roasted malts, with chocolate, some coffee and just the right amount of char. Faint dried fruits and subtlehops round this out nicely.

M - Silky smooth mouthfeel has a nice initial creaminess, transitioning to dry and bitter on the finish.

O - Very enjoyable stout. Don't know how a fresh bottle would compares, but this holds up well.

Photo of Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy chocolate malts, licorice and some lactose and roast. Weird floral notes come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet plasticky lactic chocolate with black licorice and a big roasted char bitter finish that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation and a bit oily.

Overall, it just doesn't work for me. The more I sip, the less I like it. It has too many off notes for me - plastic and too much oily char that makes the black licorice unpleasant as well.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't had this yet wasn't sure as GF has been iffy....

Poured into my allagash tulip. The color is dark i get a light transparency as it pour but is totally black in the glass. The head is tan and laces very well leaving floating island of head in the middle.

The nose i sweet malty with hints of floral hops and a definite alcohol back. chocolate dominates not coffee but as it warm alcohol is more prominent.

It starts creamy in the mouth silky smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate and hints of fig come in but the big finish is the dry chocolate much like bakers cocoa. The taste is very nice. The finish ends with a noticeable hop bitterness. very pleasant.

Very nice so green flash is about 50/50 now...

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, dark, strong and sludgy, just like a double stout should be. This one has that San Diego sizzle that I have come to love from GF. Pours near black , leaves great sheeting/lacing. Cocoa, and cafe au lait nose, bold notes of bitter chocolate and coffee, drying resiny hops late. Just wonderful stuff. Go get some of this SD style Impy/double stout.

Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Colonial Wine and Spirits in Acton, Massachusetts a few months back.

Poured a deep black with quarter inch chocolatey head and thick lacing.

Smelled of richly sweet malt and chocolate and figgy fruit. Tastes of sweet chocolately goodness and smooth malt. This is a tastey and satisfying brew. Very smooth on the palate, no bitterness on the end, a nice drinking beer, but a session brew by no means at 8.8%. I enjoyed every sip.

Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch head, black, opaque

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate and some sugar

Taste: deep dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of cream/sugar sweetness at the end

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a nice semi-bitter back, dry finish, medium-low carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise and arguably my favorite from the brewery. It is sweet but not overly so and the alcohol is well masked. Could sip several on a cold night.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2008 vintage sampled in May 2010. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. The flavor is pretty heavy on the chocolate with some roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me and is a tad bit watery. Medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with thick tan head and nice lacing rings.

Smell: Oats, molasses and strong roasted notes, but not too much chocolate or coffee. Somewhat chalky aroma.

Taste: Heavily roasted with oats, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Some spicy hops notes but that is secondary to the roast. Some lingering smoke, molasses and maybe even a hint of pine or citrus.

Feel: Extremely smooth and creamy. Full bodied, low carbonation with a finish that dries up just enough. Slightly warming. Fantastic mouthfeel.

Overall: Exceedingly good, strong Oatmeal Stout. I am simply blown away, especially considering the availability and price.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Sweet chocolate aroma with hints of molasses, toasted oats, and licorice. Rich coffee taste, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a Chock Full O' Nuts finish. Hearty for just a Stout. Very good.

Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

This is a very well made stout. Very smooth a full bodied, with a good coffee bitterness that lingers in your mouth well after the sip. Close overall to FBS.

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Coffee, Malts, Chocolate. Exactly what I wanted. Really good brew with a beautiful mouthfeel. If you are craving a delicious stout, this is it.

Photo of DaveBlueHollywood
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't like dark Beer I would never order one or purchase in a store, until now. I tried the Double Stout as part of a tasting and I could not get enough. It pours like Jagermeister, very thick. I usually drink ales and lagers, so I prepared my knife and fork to get threw the sample.

I took a wiff and was very suprised, very pleasing, had a nice head but not so thick that you would need a straw. It was smooth, like silky smooth, not bitter or heavy. Some coffee like qualities in the taste, rich and creamy. Its not what I usually come to expect from a dark beer, I usually find stouts to be undrinkable, this beer is craveable.

It says in the guidelines that 5's should be rare, so i gave a couple of 4.5's as I am not an expert in beer tasting I cant grade mouth feel or smell but I can't imagine any possible improvement to the taste and apperance, so overall it has to be a 5 in my book. Welcome to Florida Green Flash.

Photo of BenHesk12
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Double Stout pours a deep pure black with a thick brown head. Strong aromas of dark chocolate. This beer is rich, smooth, creamy, full bodied, with a soft mouthfeel. Very well balanced, the alcohol is present but offset well with typical stout flavors of chocolate, coffee, and low bitterness. Nothing incredibly complex here, just a solid, well balanced stout that I could enjoy again and again. Overall this beer hits the mark as an american double stout, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Photo of RTEdmunds
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly black in color with a foamy khaki colored head. Good retention.

Smells nutty, with deep roasty tones. I get a bit of a burned smell at the end and a hint of coffee, but it's subtle.

The coffee taste is more pronounced than the nose let on; surprising but it's nice. Follows up with some earthy flavors. Very nice.

Feels thick and robust. Carbonation is a bit on the low side. A bit creamy, I would say.

This is a very good stout. Reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin. After a good experience with Green Flash's IPA and now this, I will definitely keep an eye out for more of their stuff in the future.

Photo of jondeelee
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of coffee and chocolate malt, promising the flavors that lie ahead.

However, in the mouth the brew proves far more complex than the nose would give away. The coffees and chocolates are still there, but are surprisingly accompanied by sweeter flavors: caramels, toffees, and dark fruits, perhaps black cherries sprinkled in pure cocoa powder. Though this is a sweeter stout because of these flavors, it is still a stout, and so it comes as no surprise that the flavors have a thick hoppy vein running through them, providing a nice bitter bite, and the coffee and chocolate malt are what linger longest on the tongue after the mouthful is gone. Mouthfeel is wonderful, the beer sliding across the tongue like slightly carbonated cream.

I highly recommend this brew for lovers of darker beers; you won't be sorry you splurged on a bottle. And at 8.8% for a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle, you probably won't need to drink more than one.

Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Davis Beer Shoppe
Davis, CA

A beautiful beer. A nearly midnight black pour and a foaming light brown head that sticks and sticks leaving sheets of lacing down the entire glass.

An immense amount of chocolate and coffee in the nose along with roasted and bitter malts...but the star of the show is the rich, decadent chocolate aroma. It's sublime.

Taste follows right along with the nose. There's just enough bitterness to cut through the sweetness, though the chocolate and roasted coffee flavors are a match made in heaven. An incredibly tasty stout.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. While certainly good, it could be just a tad thicker and more velvety.

A truly delicious and, in my opinion, an under-appreciated stout. This is a big stout done right. No alcohol presence, just pure and delicious clean flavors and aroma. I'm going to do my best to keep this one in the fridge year-round. Yes, it's 100 degrees outside, but it still tastes perfect.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,871 ratings.