Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 841
Hads: 2,943
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 107
Gots: 402 | 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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Photo of GFM
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours an opaque oil black. Cream colored crown with ring of carbonation bubbles around circumference of glass. Not much lacing. Coffee in the scent, but aroma is light with a hint of smoke. Feel is not as heavy as I expected. Coffee taste is muted (like the scent) and roasted malt comes through. Just enough hop bitterness to finish each sip. Got better with each sip. (8.5) (408 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy tan head with solid retention. Smell is rich roasted malt with a light milky chocolate undertone. Taste is much of the same. Nice roast coffee and a touch of smoke. Some chocolate and a light cherry flavor or something like that. It's not too dark and has a little tartness to it at times. Also a noticeable hop presence, though it's not overwhelming by any means. A creamy smooth mouthfeel with a light tingle on the tongue. Very good body. Overall it's a solid and drinkable brew. Not a whole lot of depth to it but it's simple and tasty for sure. (601 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late September for $4.99.

Beer pourered black with a nice long lasting brown head. Nose is sweet mocha and malts. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, alcohol,roasted coffee with a fair amount of hops thrown in. Mouthfeel is like an oatmeal stout - medium bodied and very smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is definitely a very nice cool season brew to have. Would recommend to fans of stouts. (429 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright neon orange label. On this neon orange label is a beautiful San Diego sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Wait a minute! Instead of having the sun coming over the horizon, they have a big green flash instead. To the immediate left and right of the sunrise are hop buds and barley stocks. Below the picture in big bold black letters is the word "Stout." Then just below that in flea sized letters is a heft paragraph about the beer and the brewmaster's signature. On the outer edges of the label is all the mandatory US information. No back label or even some kind of stamped best before date or vintage year.

Appearance: I decided to pour this big Double Stout into my Imperial Sly Fox pint glass. You have no idea how black this beer truly is. I could use the term "black as oil," but that would be an understatement for the true blackness of this beer. Imagine a world engulfed in utter blackness. Got it? Good because that's how black this beer is. Sitting on top of this insanely black beer was a 1 inch creamy dark mocha colored head of foam. This mocha head of foam had really good retention that left behind a long lasting 1/4 of an inch mocha film, a few spots of lace, and one big mocha streak of lace that only appeared on one side of the glass. If you like staring into pitch blackness, then you really need to share into the color of this beer. It's a match made in heaven or hell.

Smell: I knew it was going to have a potent aroma. As soon as I popped the cap, I got a strong whiff of cocoa beans and black coffee. The aroma was so black that it completely kicked what little sweetness there would have been in this beer. Not the most complex dark roasted aroma out there. There were only 3 roasted aromas in here. The aroma was dark and roasted with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. If there was one dark roasted aroma that stood out, it would have to be the dark roasted coffee beans. I liked the dark roasted aromas in here, but I would have liked a little more of a variety. It was just the 3 and that was it. Nothing more emerged when it was swirled around. I have a gut feeling that this dark roasted aroma will transfer over to the taste.

Taste: did the dark roasted aroma transfer over to the taste? You know it did or it wouldn't have been called a Double Stout. In the beginning, it felt like I was drinking a heavily roasted black coffee and not a thick roasted beer. In about 5 to 10 seconds, the roasted coffee flavor dies down to let other flavors come in to join it. After the roasted coffee beans die down, in comes a hint of dark roasted malts, plenty of bitter dark chocolate, a few dark fruits, and then this roasted beer finishes up with some lightly bitter roasted hops. The taste was basically roasted coffee in the beginning, chocolate milk shake in the middle, and roasted hops at the finish line. What I couldn't understand about the taste was were in the hell was the alcohol? You'd think a 8.8% ABV Stout would have a little touch of alcohol in it, but it clearly didn't have any of that alcohol. Good! It didn't need it! There were enough roasted flavors in here to keep me entertained!

Mouthfeel: It was a dark, thick, chewy, and full bodied Double Stout with a low level of carbonation, and a chewy dark roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was chewy with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, a splash of bitter dark chocolate, and a pinch of bitter roasted hops. With all the roasted flavors contained in the aftertaste, this aftertaste doesn't linger on. It's gone with in 6 seconds. I still have to give this beer props for completely masking it's high 8.8% ABV. The best of luck to you on finding any of that alcohol. It's hard to come by.

Drinkability: In the end, this a great dark roasted Double Stout from Green Flash. If you like staring into complete darkness while drinking a beer that's a cross between a black roasted coffee and a chocolate milk shake, then this is your Stout! What it lacked in the aroma, it made up for it in the appearance and the mouthfeel. For me, I wouldn't mind another one of these. It's easily affordable and it's full of dark roasted goodness. (4,212 characters)

Photo of TheBeerologist
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle into an tulip

Pours dark brown to translucent black with a thick 2 finger khaki head that leaves nice lacing on the glass

Not too strong on the nose, hints of roasted malt and a little bit of booze. A little chocolate and dark fruits as well.

Very nice taste, roasty malts, dark fruits, almost a bit of vanilla as well. Very nicely balanced and not overly sweet which many Impys can be.

Pleasant mouthfeel, a little light/thin for an imperial stout, but really nicely carbonated and smooth.

Overall a great stout for the price, a little light for an imperial, but tastes great. I am very pleased with this one and will certainly be grabbing this again. (669 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some foam retained on top. The smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and toffee. I found this surprisingly good; I've known Green Flash for DIPA's but this was a treat. It is medium bodied and has a wickedly potent finish.

Definitely a stout worth trying again. (275 characters)

Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a goblet. Label is orange,w ith the word STOUT right across the middle. No freshenss date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of brown head. This settles very slowly, leaving behind a ring around the glass and an island of foam in the middle above the point of nucleation. A little lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque.

Smell: Roasted barley smells of coffee and chocolate. Slight alcohol sweet smell.

Taste: Mild roasted barley upfront gives way to strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Some fruity esters, hints of buleberries at times. Medium hop bitterness near the end. A little alcohol warming in the finish, but overall, well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A very complex brew, that begs to be sipped and explored. (825 characters)

Photo of abfraser
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours like motor oil, pitch black with a large oatmeal brown head. Thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee. Standard style imperial stout-ish nose

T: Yum. Like a boozy, creamy mocha. Very satistfying

M: Good creamy mouthfeel, but doesn't quite punch on the mid-palate with enough intensity

D: At 8.8% abv, you're not going to be drink too many of these. But it goes down smooth.

A very good imperial stout. I'd put it below the Rasputin, Stone, and some of the other well known imperials, but it holds it own. (535 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bier Thirty Thursday night.. poured into my small Cigar City goblet... pitch black brew with a nice looking dark brown head that sports great lacing and okay retention.

Roasty malt and some mild coffee... enough mild maltiness to help carry the dark malts.. a bit of dark cherry essence to add to the complexities..

Dry dark bittersweet cocoa... roasty and a good dark profile midpalate shows with some decent sweetness... pretty rich.. finishes with a bit of brownie batter essence and dark fruits.. a bit of spicy hops with warmth, but the hops are definitely subdued for a Pacific stout...

Medium body... not quite thick enough for the style IMO... but carbonation is about right...

4/4/4/3.5/4 (716 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Served in a snifter.

Pours a near-black color with a thin mocha head that sticks around for quite a bit and leaves some spotty lacing. Thin collar sits throughout. The nose brings a good dosing of chocolate along with some mild roast and coffee. Touch of vanilla in there as well. Some sweetness opens the taste up, followed by a mellow chocolate character and a bit of coffee and roast in the finish, creating a bit of a roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with low levels of carbonation. Finish is a bit too roasty and dry for my taste. Drinks pretty well and this is certainly something I'd order again. (638 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black like no other. It's head is a sticky, frothy tan color which does not recede all that much. Although it is an Imperial Stout, its aroma in not unlike that of a Sweet Stout, with a clean, creamy nose containing chocolate and coffee as well. The flavor itself unique containing the best of both worlds, so to speak, in regards to the two aforementioned styles. It begins rather sweet before giving way to a tinge of hops followed by a wallop of bitter coffee bean. As another reviewer mentions, the mouth feel and body is a little thin. Again though, this is one of the more unique stouts I've personally had. A win. (636 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep, black body with a one finger, creamy, light brown head...good retention that stayed a thick cap...nice lacing

S - Heavy on the roasted malts...they are everywhere...there is some dark chocolate added into the mix

T - Again, the roasted malt is everywhere...from start to finish...there is some bitter dark chocolate...a slight smoke character in the middle...faint bitter roasted coffee beans as well...there is a hop tingle at the end

M - Full bodied...tingly carbonation, coats the palate...bitterness from hops and dark chocolate

D - A nicely done stout from Green Flash...very roasted flavors all around...a little too carbonated for me (654 characters)

Photo of JoeMayo
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first have to say that this beer ages exceptionally well. This is a review of a fresh one, however, the first time I tried it, it was two years old and was unbelieveably rich and delicious. It reminded me of a smooth coffee soda.

A- Pours a solid black with a frothy brown head. Good head retetntion.

S- Coffee is the first smell that hits, but there are also notes of cocoa and caramelized sugar. There is a faint floral hop aroma as well.

T- The flavor of coffee and the bitterness of the hops work very well together. The combination is reminiscent of espresso. There are also fairly prominent notes of cocoa in the taste. Aged, the bitterness of the hops dies down and the flavor becomes much richer. It's almost a completely different beer!

M- It's good, but a little on the thin side.

D- This beer needs to be sipped, however it's still enjoyable and I would certainly not be opposed to popping a second one when I'm done. (935 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will always give new Green Flash beers a shot because the West Coast is such a wonderful beer. This was black and smelled delicious. Roasty, smoky smells, dark chocolate, good job. The flavor is nice but not as good as the aroma. Easy to drink because the alcohol is undetectable. Overall this was certainly worth the money but I still think the West Coast IPA and barleywine are their winners. (396 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Paul. Served next to Green Flash Silva Stout.

The beer is black with a towering, beige head that leaves ample lacing in its wake. The aroma brings roast, malt, and milk chocolate. Alcohol presence is well disguised. The flavor is nice, albeit plain. The beer is silky smooth and goes down easy, although the mouthfeel is unusually thin for the style. A decent brew, and a good bargain. (397 characters)

Photo of mtoniatt
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - BLACK - nice head on pour

S - roasted malt - toffee/carmel - sweet bourbon comes out full force when it warms to 45 - 50 degrees

T - roasty with some hoppy effect. However after effect is odd and hangs on.

Mouthfeel - smooth/touch velvety

Drinkability - Overall very good for a double stout. Had it in a bomber and it went down very nicely. One at a time... (366 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my large wine shaped glass

Nice medium tan head on very dark body. The head on these is good. Lacing as well.

Nose is very roasty and malty.

Taste is roasted malt and some charred notes. Hints of chocolate with the usual dose of hops which is standard for this brand. The hops are almost distracting until you get a few sips down then it mellows out.

Mouth feel is the only limiter on this beer. I found it to be on the dry side which I don't like personally. Alcohol is there aplenty but hidden. This is a good beer but I like the heavier body more creamy styles better. (587 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big beautiful chocolate brown head reaches four fingers quickly from the pour. Fades very slowly and becomes rocky as it does. Leaves waves of lace. Body sits in my Duvel glass used motor oil black. Nose has tones of roasty malt, burnt coco, raw minerals, black olives and pickled meat. Enters the mouth very roasty. The malt comes of almost burnt, dry and slightly bitter. Some creamy dark chocolate notes develop mid palate as you drink. There may be a dusting of powdery, peppery spice also. Mouthfeel is a dry, bitter richness. Hops play in balancing this brew nicely. Bold and attractively drinkable. (607 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous black color with a sizeable dark tan head on top. Low aroma-sort of ink smelling and a metallic odor going on. Dark chocolate flavor with a sharp hop bite behind it. Dry cocoa powdery taste. Slight metallic or coppery flavor. Velvety smooth and full bodied. Silky. Very drinkable-dessert in a glass. The slight metallic flavor detracts a bit but a killer, killer beer none the less. Dont know how long this has been out but I grabbed it the minute I saw a Greenflash Stout. (482 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice black body with mahogany tints. Thick, dark khaki head. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Relatively mellow. Chocolate, hint of smoke. Cream.

T - Bitter up front. Cream. Chocolate malted milk balls. Dark chocolate backend.

M - Light body - a bit thin for the style. Otherwise creamy. Sharp char character comes through every now and then. Touch of booze. (367 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very very dark brown with a garnet streak. This one is topped with a gorgeous tan head. Great retention and very good lacing.

S: Coco powder (dark) and a hint of what those hops are (maybe) going to do.

D: Dark chocolate (powdered) and bitter notes coming from those hops which you can smell a little bit. I want to say its almost a resinous bitterness rather than espresso or coffee (from those hops). Pretty darn good stuff though not too complex.

M: Sticky and a little bit sandy.

D: Medium to high (509 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate and coffee. There is also quite a bit of a roasted/charred/burnt type flavour and a bit of vanilla.

Overall - Nice appearance and lots of roasted/burnt flavours - if that's what you're into. Not a whole lot on the nose though. The booze was well hidden. An above average Imperial Stout, but not up there with the best. (706 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout on cask at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Beautiful cask head, very frothy, carbonated and bubbly. Great retention and decent lacing. Black color with sludge-like brown tones, sort of like the Gowanus Canal: not quite brown, not quite black, but nothing can live in it.

Smell: Lotta hops, will make you sneeze! Grass, open fields. Roasty, nutty nose. A tad woodsy. Nicely complex (but not quiet).

Taste: Some chocolate, sugar, wooden beams in a smokehouse. Burnt marshmallows at a campfire. Dry finish, graham-cracker-like graininess. Roasted s'mores. Autumny taste. Late August, boy-scout campfire, wheatfield aromas from afar. Too anxious to wait for the marshmallow to roast, you eat the chocolate and graham cracker, not caring for the whole s'more to be done.

Mouthfeel: Woodsy, dry, reminds me of KBS! Full flavor, medium body and carbonation. Well balanced, creamy, not too boozy. Sweet dry finish, like licking tree bark.

Overall: Nice! This feels like a mixture of Black IPA and Imperial Stout. Drinkable, only the dryness might hurt it, but otherwise delicious. (1,120 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge light brown crown of foam rises from the middle of spacious bubbles. Brew is medium viscosity, much like hot oil, the color is of burnt oil too.

S - Mild smokeyness. Hearty chocolate and deep roasty goodness.

T/M - Slight burn from the heat. Dry and biscuit-y. Very good bitterness. Unique flavor for a 8.8% IS. Chalky and chocolate.

O - You can smell the smoke, but cannot taste the smoke. A very mixed up brew, it's not too sure what direction to go... A bit all over the board, but I still enjoyed the brew! I wonder what this one would do with some age??? Recommended! (586 characters)

Photo of tony223366
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic and perfect head. My pour got 3 fingers of tan, tight head. Very dramatic and beautiful. Color is black as a starless night. Which is appropriate because they call it a Black Ale. Whatever that means. Dramatic fluffy lacing adds to the image.

S: Huge, huge coffee notes with some dark chocolate. Nice clean hop aroma that comes off slightly earthy. Possibly even tobacco. Nice roasted aroma.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the coffee, followed by that chocolate. The malts in this beer are huge and rich. Man that coffee is strong, very much a rich french roast. Nice roasted qualities in this beer. There is actually a major bitterness in the finish. It seems almost entirely from the roast of the malts, the bitterness from that coffee is almost slightly acrid. But not quite. Still very tasty.

M: The only part that feels slightly subpar. Very velvety and almost a light feel to it. Carbonation is very low, slightly lower than it should be. A touch higher would make that strong bitterness not so sharp.

O: Tasty beer for sure. It's above average but falls short of being incredibly note worthy. (1,126 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.