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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2110
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of Gatch


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 1702 in Tucson on 7/18.

A - Dark as can be, pretty much black. Medium brown, fluffy, pillowy, inviting head.

S/T - Very similar between the nose and the taste. Molasses, brown sugar, sweet malt, roasted malt, caramelized sugar.

M - Smooth, subtle carbonation, tons of flavor fills the mouth.


Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 04:16:27 | More by Gatch
Photo of micromaniac129


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep and rich of the blackest brown yet to be seen.
Out of the bottle and into the glass looks of creamy silkiness.
A thick double dollup of foamy tan head sits atop this silky darkness.

Aromatics are rich, with deep roasted malts rich coffee nuiances and some bittersweet chocolate malts.

Rich tasting with good flavor. Lots of your prototypical flavors here. Rich burnt/roasted malts, heavy doses of coffee and dark chocolates.
Hop pop is light with some bittering to keep those malts in line a bit.

A rather thick drinking beer but smooth and creamy going down. A sweet/ bitter taste.

I think this is a very good beer with all flavors balancing nicely with one another. Alcohol is well hidden. Good for an evening in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 20:52:39 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep dark brown black body, with creamy almost purple head. Head is very short lived though.Lacing is ok. Taste is complex: chocolate, coffee,nice bite but not overpowering. This could be a dangerous choice, since the alchohol is not apparent, especialy for an Imperial!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:53:21 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of felipe2toes


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid brown/black with a thin creamy light brown head. Head dissipates quickly into very thin froth floating in center of glass. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass as well.

Smells of chocolate and molasses and some alcohol/bourbon notes.

Tastes of cocoa powder/milk chocolate and roasted malts. There's a little bit of coffee bitterness throughout, but nicely balanced.

Creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not too heavy for me.

Great overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:47:14 | More by felipe2toes
Photo of scratch69


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lingering two finger dark tan head. Nice amount of thick lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of booziness.

Taste- Dark roasted malt with some char and chocolate notes. No trace of the booziness that I detected in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall- Great tasting stout. I would highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 20:27:12 | More by scratch69
Photo of ckollias


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a thick, tan, frothy head that last forever leaving a good trail and solid lace.

S: Creamy roasted malt aroma with a chocolaty and coffee backbone.

T: Tastes just like it smells with that creamy chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Starts out smooth and gets slightly astringent with a coffee taste

M: Smooth mouthful with a medium – medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent imperial stout – great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:21:35 | More by ckollias
Photo of ISmith87


4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Stout is a great beer that I've had multiple times. First time reviewing it.

A - 4.25 -beer is a very dark brown/black color with a dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - 4.5 - HUGE roasted coffee/espresso smell. It smells like a coffee shop. Definitely some vanilla and chocolate in there too.

T - 4.5 - Same roasted coffee flavor comes through in the taste. Has a nice hop balance to it too. Chocolate, vanilla, creaminess are in the background.

M - 4.5 - Good carbonation, leaves a nice roasted dark malt flavor in the aftertaste. Alcohol completely hidden.

O - 4.5 - Great beer that has a very nice double stout flavor to it. Complexity is there but it still has a drinkability that sets it apart. I could easily drink a 4 pack of this while golfing on an Arizona summer afternoon, and that says a lot considering it's a double stout.

Comparison to 2011-2012 version (orange label - date????)

Picked up a bottle of double stout with an orange label priced 5.29 @ a local bottle shop. Not complete sure how old this is but thinking 2-3 years.

A - 4.25 - Dark brown/black beer with a nice billowy tan head on it.
S - 4.5 - Huge coffee/espresso/roasted malt smell. Chocolate/dark chocolate in there too. Creamy/whole milk/vanilla in the background.
T - 4.75 - This beer is obviously smoothed out compared to the 2013 bottles I've been drinking. Huge chocolate/espresso/coffee notes, with roasted grains in the background. It's all balanced by this creaminess that lingers the entire time.
M - 4.75 - Heavy/thick mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is chocolate/coffee/mocha latte/vanilla.
O - 4.75 - This beer better aged. I'm not sure if this is 3 or 4 years old? Either way, it's way smoothed out from before.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:44:27 | More by ISmith87
Photo of acevenom


4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/22/2012.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black like motor oil with a tall, tan head. the head retains very well, dissipating very slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind on the glass. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. It has the typical imperial stout smell that really opens up as it warms. The alcohol can also be picked up in the smell. The dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee flavors blend very well together in the mouth. The roasted malts leave a light aftertaste. There are also some hops in the back end, which balance some of those big flavors. The alcohol is well-hidden, but becomes more apparent as it warms up. The flavors become bolder as the beer warms. The body is medium to full with some carbonation. The finish is dry. The beer is creamy, though a bit on the thinner side of creamy. This helps the drinkability, but this is still a sipper. This is an excellent beer. While it's not quite as good as Old Rasputin, this is still a solid imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 17:13:42 | More by acevenom
Photo of vette2006c5r


4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double stout pours a black color with a large tan lacing head. The aroma is full of licorice and coffee notes. The taste has a mellow boozy undertone, with black licorice, mixed in with creamy coffee notes. Great body, great full flavors. Overall a very bold and flavorful stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 19:41:13 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of GbVDave


4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a sinister looking black with a creamy, dark khaki colored head that rises to about 1 1/2 fingers before it melts away to a thin skim and irregular ring. Only a few tendrils of lace were left behind.

S: Holy crap! Does this smell good! Plums dipped in caramel and dark chocolate lead into some more savory dark fruit, burnt malt, cocoa, campfire, espresso, and milk chocolate covered cherries.

T: Sweet over-ripe dark fruit and caramel mix with both milk and dark chocolate, rum drenched raisins, dark roast french press coffee, fudge brownies, cocoa nibs, dry roasty nuts, and a spicy tang from the hops and/or alcohol.

M: Equal parts thick, gooey, and sweet mixed with bitter, prickly, and with an ashy dryness. Plasters itself to everything in my mouth with a peppery dark fruit tang.

D: Man oh man. If there is such a thing as a sessionable Imperial Stout, then this is it. The alcohol is totally non-intrusive and the complexities of this only increase as it comes up to temp. This is a great stout!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 00:28:39 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical stout look: used motor oil, thick mocha head that reduces to a thick ring and bubbly film.

I have encountered very stouts that smell this damn good. Sweet bourbon with none of the bite, like one mellowed by age. Chocolate is also present, but not the fake chocolate smell some of the stouts brewed with chocolate can give off. The roasted malts help accentuate both odors.

The bourbon is mitigated in the taste, which is a shame. It brought an amazing balance to this beer. But the chocolate does take over and plays with the roasted malts bringing a grittiness to the silk of the beer. The bitterness lingers even after the beer warms to room temperature. This is usually logged in the debit column for a stout, but in this case is a nice remembrance of the bourbon that was in the nose.

Overall, this is a really nice stout with some great flavor elements and incredible balance. Green Flash certainly knows the chemistry behind brewing.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 01:55:38 | More by Naugros
Photo of Lemke10


4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark brown color with a frothy, brown head. The scent is of malts and other robust aromas. The texture is silky smooth like a well made barrel-aged stout. There is a complex concoction of malts, grains, and hints of spice. Rather well made and a great find. This is a stellar stout especially considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:41:56 | More by Lemke10
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8.8% abv

a - pours black with a two-finger cappuccino colored head, good retention and lacing

s - sweet fruits, cherry and plum, mixed in with roasted malt, malted milk, milk chocolate, latte, not as "dark" and bitter smelling as most impy stouts, notes of alcohol in there as well

t - light roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front, chocolate covered cherries on the midpalate, black cherry, dark bitter chocolate, and light coffee flavors on the finish, hints of alcohol

m - medium-to-full bodied, lower carbonation, moderately dry finish, alcohol warming

d - definitely a big stout, but a fairly drinkable one, not much alcohol in the taste and definitely complex enough to keep you interested

Very interesting and unique stout and another great beer from Green Flash. The quality/price ratio on this beer is great at under $6...I enjoyed this much more than the '07 Dark Lord I had the other day.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:27:32 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of alcstradamus


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with 2 full fingers of head that leave a thick layer of lacing down the walls of the glass. Smell is big and roasty, with hints of sweetness and bitter coffee present.

The taste doesn't have much of the sweetness that I detected on the nose, but the roastiness and the bitter coffee come through full force. This one has some huge flavor, more than I anticipated. Very nice too....pretty much the blueprint for what an 8.8% ABV stout should be like. Only thing keeping this from being a 5 is a lack of any real complexity.

Mouthfell is medium to medium-full, good carbonation levels. This beer impressed the hell out of me. I really didn't have any expectations at all, but if I did it would have exceeded them. Buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 04:07:03 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of garymuchow


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil and is pitch black in the glass. Attractive dark and abundant head with good lacing.
Complex roast aroma with some dark fruit and a nice streak of hops. Well done.
RIS like presentation with appealing hops flavors including a nice streak of lingering bitterness in the very long finish. Dark fruit, soft drying and just overall goodness.
Drinks and feels bigger than 8.8%. Rich and full with soft carbonation enhancing the feel.
This is a very nice beer and a decent value. Glad they made it out this way. A good beer for a winter day watching some football.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 17:17:33 | More by garymuchow
Photo of tigg924


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 15:56:20 | More by tigg924
Photo of Gushue3


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours deep dark brown almost black with a pretty large mocha head that leaves a ton of lacing. (almost a 5, it it wasnt transparent on pour i woudld have wet myself)

S- heavy on the malt. chocolate and coffee beans add a nice note. subtly sweet and bold.

T- mmm... initially i get a medium hop taste that quickly goes away and opens up to a light malt finishing with some chocolate. well played green flash.

M- good ammount of carbonation for a stout, not necessarily bad.

D- very good taste with great flavors that work well with one another. a great brew

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:50:03 | More by Gushue3
Photo of ehammond1

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:24:43 | More by ehammond1
Photo of LaneMeyer


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A- Black, black, one finger, mocha head beautiful beer.

S- Chocolate covered raisins, mud pie, caramel.

T- cocoa nibs, some dark fruit, slight coffee notes, sweet & bitter notes.

M- It's like liquid velvet running down my mouth, thick and creamy.

O- For the price this is the best bang for your buck as far as an everyday Imp Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 08:52:11 | More by LaneMeyer
Photo of warbird07


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my 6oz snifter...

This beer pours a real dark black, not much light getting through this..generous,off-white head, moderate lacing,..a good looking brew

molasses,chocolate,slight alcohol on the nose,bit of hops as well...

taste is pleasing..chocolate malts,anise,molasses,a bit warming,hop finish is nice..

mouthfeel is a bit thin for a double, but the abundent carbonation gives this beer good stature...a real nice example of an American double sout...Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 04:20:44 | More by warbird07
Photo of rootbeerman


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black, dark brown around the edges when held to a light. Head was two fingers just after pour, after a while it was a thin dark brown.
S: dark and roasty, a nice chocolaty sweetness almost reminds me of a milk stout in the aroma. It smells creamy.
T: dark roasted malt, a creamy mix of the malt, chocolate, a little nutty, oat smoothness/sweetness. There is a nice slightly piny aftertaste.
M: creamy, smooth carbonation
O: no complaints, is a great stout, wish it came in sixers and not four packs.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 10:22:54 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of elNopalero


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this bottle. He knows how much I like stouts, and I couldn’t wait for cooler weather to drink this one. Can’t tell how old this one is but I’ve been sitting on it for a couple of months. Should be fine, since it clocks in at 8.8%. This beer is advertised as “big, bold and complex.” It definitely lives up to its tagline.

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. The beer is a dense, dark, velvety black. More like dark chocolate, a shade of dark brown just before pitch black.

I get a big eruption of billowy foam. Poured about half the bottle, waited for the beer to settle, then topped it off two more times. So I have a solid finger’s worth of dense, creamy head to take in.

And you know what? It smells wonderful. Just full of big, roasty, creamy, aromas. Sharp, perhaps even some hop bitterness on the edge? Definitely lots of dark chocolate and some vanilla sweetness that rounds it out. And the faintest whisper of the crema from an amazing espresso. All this in the nose, I can’t wait to taste it as my mouth is watering in anticipation.

I certainly catch the big roasty flavor from the first sip onward. Not a lot of the sweetness that I smelled, but more of the sharper, bitter chocolate and coffee/espresso notes.

The beer surprises by being lighter to the palate than I expected. Especially for a double or imperial stout I anticipated it being thick, heavy. There’s a nice bit of carbonation that keeps it light, however. It’s hot, for being nearly 9% I definitely notice the alcohol.

I sipped it and thought of long nights and cooler weather.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:28:57 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Smokee


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured, black/brown with a thin tan head. Chocolate, bready smell, not too much though. Great first sip. A little boozy, coffee, bread, and a peppery 2nd taste. Chocolate, coffee as well. After sitting, the head maintains much more than I thought.

Overall great.

Very drinkable and very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 23:15:08 | More by Smokee
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is an espresso coffee bean black, with a dark rich cream colored head that's slow to dissipate. Faint bubbly lacing. The beer smells of rich bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of sweetness. Tastes like it smells: rich, sweet bitter chocolate. There's a faint milk stout sweetness in it. Also roasted malts and slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, very impressed. I cannot believe how smooth this goes down for 8.8% ABV. There's a slight milk chocolate profile in it that's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 18:56:15 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of JMad


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a thick rocky coffee colored head. Smells sweet and dark chocolatey, there are also some fruity notes in the background that make the beer very appetizing. Bittersweet dark chocolate dominates the taste buds with some coffee and herbal hops. The beer is thick and silky with moderate carbonation and a dry finish but seems to thin out mid-swallow. This is a top notch stout and I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:35:13 | More by JMad
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,110 ratings.