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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,715
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 98
Gots: 301 | FT: 1
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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 hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep, dark black in color, with a big, thick, chocolate milkshake head of foam.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste-Big, bold, dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee with cream, dark chocolate. Rich and roasty, complex and creamy with a bit of a subtle hop bite just to make things ineresting.
Imperial stout lovers will not be dissappointed. Highly recommended.

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

Black forest cake with bronzed edges that are barely seen, even with bright backlighting. Stouts don't get much darker than this. The upper third of the glass is filled with a firmly creamy chunk of coffee-with-cream colored foam that looks to be milkshake thick. An extensive, circumferential sheet of moth-eaten lace puts the finising touches on this humdinger of a double stout.

The aroma, although not quite as impressive as the appearance, is more than solid as well. Roasted malt delivers the usual aromas of chocolate and coffee; more the former than the latter. An American hop might have worked better than U.K. Target, but that probably borders on nitpicking.

Green Flash Double Stout is a well-brewed big beer that is full of positives and is devoid of negatives. There's no real flash and sizzle, just straightforwardly delicious, roasted malty, immensely drinkable stout. I'm glad the ABV is only 8.8%. Pushing it over 10.0% wouldn't have accomplished anything worthwhile.

Warming does what warming usually does. That is, it reveals the beer's true colors. In this case, it turns a good double stout it a borderline great double stout. An insane amount of complexity (see The Abyss) might be lacking, but there's something to be said for simple done right.

Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, coffee beans, vanilla and an herbal-fruity hoppiness. On second thought, the grapefruitiness of an American C-hop wouldn't have worked as well. An early and mid-mouthful sweetness is overtaken on the back end by an impressive (and cumulative) hoppiness. This beautiful brew is becoming downright raspy by the second half of the bomber. Maybe that's why I like it so much.

The body/mouthfeel is built for speed... as evidenced by the fact that I'm much farther into the bomber than is usual at this point in the review. Although it's a fraction light for the style, there's a subtle chewiness on the back end that saves the day. Perfect (soft and steady) carbonation helps the cause.

Green Flash gets lost in the shuffle when the conversation turns to great California craft breweries, but that's only because there's such an abundance of excellence in the Golden State. Double Stout is yet more evidence that their lineup is rock-solid from top to bottom. Only $4.99 per bottle is icing on the cake.

Photo of Harvest06
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

22oz bottle. Brownish black pour. Brown head, long lasting, but no real lacing to speak of. Great aromas. Mocha coffee and burnt malts. Taste is the same strong coffee, slight mocha and a little bit bitter with alcohol in the finish. Very full body. Improves as it warms a little also. Very nice finishing, undervalued example of the style. Worth seeking out for a try.

Photo of Acredlegs
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head that settles to a wide swirling patch. Some dots of lacing stick as the head descended down the glass.

The smell is of coffee/chocolate with charcoal/ashy smokiness, dark fruits and earthy tones.

The taste is earthy, smoky, coffeeish/ chocolatey. Subtle dark fruits mix in in the back. It has a dry, roasty finish.

Medium-to-full-bodied. Could be a bit thicker for a "double", but it works well where it is, as there is a creamy, smooth texture.

The alcohol is covered very well.

A very enjoyable stout - English-like with an American flair for bigger. As I was on my patio drinking this a neighbor passed by (while in the second half of the bottle) smoking a cedary cigar. Though I'm not a cigar smoker, the aroma enhanced it even more, so if you are a cigar smoker, you may want to enjoy the second half with a cedary cigar! Job well-done here!

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

tap

Pours jet black, looks silky, short fine head is a tan color like coffee with cream in it.

Smells of dark roasted cocoa and hints of coffee sans coffee acidity, along with mild smokey aromas and maybe some caramel malts.

Flavor follows, a tad smokey but mostly a roasted flavor with some chocolate and caramel, maybe some vanilla, and a hint of breadiness to it as well. What little bitterness is there is coffee-like, again sans acidity. Rich to be sure, but not overbearing.

Medium feel with mild creamy carbonation.

Really good stout, hides its potency well and is just delectable across the board. Particularly enjoyed the addition of coffee flavors while avoiding the normal acidity that tends to come with that. Not my favorite stout ever, but certainly up there and would definitely try again.

Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An opaque black-brown color with a decent dark tan head and plenty of
lacing. The aroma brings a deep, beautiful leathery malt with charcoal-raisin
highlights. Captivating and edible. The flavor includes more charcoal malt intensity with licorice and raisin ideas. There's a bit of grassiness but malt is dominant and it's velvetty
smooth with just a hint of carbonation and a full body. A classy, big beer that
does not disappoint!

Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber size (22 oz) into an arrogant bastard pint glass. After cracking it I took a whif straight from the bottle and it smelled awesome, bottom line it spoke its name. After pouring the look of it was exactly as I would expect, black. It was already dark in the room but it did seem to me to be a somehow impossibly miniscule lighter amount of black than some other imperial stouts I've had. The head was off-tan reddish which I love to see, it always seems to be one of the trademarks of a solid cappuccino flavored stout. After tasting, the smell and the look of the beer had already defined the flavor of this brew, no surprises in that. Roasted malt and whatever hops they threw in give it a SOLID coffee flavoring, like the dark roasted kind of coffee that I love to drink, bold and in your face. This is balanced with a sweetness that comes in very smoothly and to me remains very camouflaged and in the background of the flavoring. The finish has a little carbonation which brings out the initial flavors even more which again is balanced well with the sweetness in the beer. Definitely a recommendable beer, I mean there are others out there which are better so I can't say this is a must have but seriously if you get a chance try this bad boy!

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

Split a bomber of this with a drinking buddy at Zeno's. This brewery has been such a surprise find, almost everything I have had from this is a quality product. Hope this one follows that trend...

Black all the way through, yadayadayada. Nice smokey mahagony brown head that doesn't last long enough. Still endearing, but nothing that wows the eyes.

Tons of chocolate. Reminds of st chokolat. Lots of oats which add a really creamy component. The complexity was deeper then my nose could decipher at this point in my craft drinking career, but there was a nice roastiness to it.

Very nice bitter malts that are present all throughout. Predominantly coffee, but some nice bitter chocolates and the creaminess of half-n-half. A little bit wet yet a side of crunchiness to it.

Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a solid two finger espresso colored head. The retention is good with some lace noted.

S: Nice dark sweet fruits, with a blast of chocolate roasted malt. There are some nice green hops as well making this a true west coast stout.

T: Being west coast they did not take any time to introduce the hops. Right from the start there is a nice blast of floral green hops. The chocolate and coffee play a big role along with a touch of smoke and some booze. This is one enjoyable hoppy stout.

M: Full bodied with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry with a bit of burn from the booze.

D: This one was shared so I did not get the chance to try to finish a bomber myself. I think I could though it is rather enjoyable.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not big on stouts but this will get me to look at more. Toasty, Carmel, some type of darker fruit with a hop hint. Two finger brown head. Mouthfeel is perfect! can't get any smoother with a hop hint. I like.

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

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a full cap of light tan foam into a Chimay chalice.

S: Sugary coffee beans, molasses.

T: Initial taste is as if you took black coffee and put 3 sugars and 3 creams in it, the classic 1998 mix for me. Oats are clearly evident, sweet and add a smoothness to the overall flavour. Roasted malt flavour rounds out the overall flavour profile, leaving a hint of burnt char.

M: Medium-bodied, would like more heft in a big stout, but pretty easy to drink, pretty oily.

D: A quite tasty overall big stout, the oats really bring out the sweetness not a bitter beer at all, very enjoyable.

Photo of Catracho5
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an impenetrable jet black with 2 fingers of fluffy, khaki colored head that dissipates slowly. Creamy lacing clings to the side of the glass.

N: Roasted barley, dark chocolate, toffee, a hint of espresso and there's some fresh wafts of vanilla.

T: Creamy vanilla, milk chocolate and roasted barley upfront. Mid-palette brings some toffee and slightly darker chocolate notes. Finishes with hints of espresso and toffee.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, velvety, smooth and surprisingly clean.

O: This is an incredibly easy drinking Imperial Stout. The flavors are more subdued compared to other RISs but it still remains rich and complex. Expertly balanced and very well done. There's a lot of vanilla going on and I'm liking it.

Photo of keithmurray
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown color with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, espresso, mocha, fudge, vanilla

Taste - dark chocolate, espresso, roasted coffee, fudge, vanilla, hops

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, great deal of bitterness in the back to provide balance

Overall - good imperial stout, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Good balance of flavors here. Recommended

Price Point - $3/12 oz bottle

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 r0nyn
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Has the dark, opaque hue of all good imperial stouts. Quarter-inch cream colored head that dissolves quickly and leaves clumps of spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Nose is mostly clean, sweet roasted malts, combining with chocolate and just a hint of coffee. No hops detectable.

The label of the bottle says "Big, Bold & Complex" and it definitely delivers on the first two, as this is a weighty stout with a lot of good, robust flavor. However, "complex" isn't the term I'd use. This isn't a bad thing by any means. Through and through, this is a straightforward stout, with plenty of rich malty chocolate, hints of dark fruit and a subdued alcohol taste. I really had to consciously pace myself while drinking this, otherwise the 8.8% would have certainly caught up with me. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, just a shade away from full, with a pleasing smoothness and heft.

This is definitely the most cost-effective imperial stout I've ever had. Easy on the wallet, but just as hard-hitting as some of the other more expensive offerings in the style. I think I've found my go-to beer for the cold winter season!

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

Jet-black oil pours into the glass with a modest head that's a toasted marshmallow tan color. Tiny islands of lace form as the head remains at a thin skim for the duration.

Perhaps not the biggest, most decadent smell, but I get the feeling it's not trying to be some insane blow-your-head-off stout. What we get in the nose is big chocolate and big coffee. No surprises and not a ton of depth, but both are mingled equally and both come on strong. Just a bit of milk/cream sweetness in the background.

My first thought after tasting is "balance". There's char here, but unlike many other American stouts, it's not overbearing, rather balanced with just the right amount of steamed-milk sweetness, just the right amount of dark baking chocolate, hints of dark fruit (plum especially), and a flash of grassy hops. Ultimately it'll have coffee-stout lovers going berserk, and it's interesting how this isn't really sold as such. But the coffee element is the focus and the most delicious aspect. The darker, more assertive flavor elements ride through boldly in the finish. Also impressive is the alcohol, or lack thereof: 8.8% and almost nowhere to be found. Incredible.

Smooth texture, on the chewy end but not super-gooey. Carbonation tingle keeps this stout lively in the mouth.

Green Flash beers are always a wonderful experience, and this is no exception. There are certainly more complex stouts out there, but this one has tons of flavor and that's all that counts in the end.

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

My brother says this is in his top three for stouts. I tried a sip of it that he was drinking and it tasted delicious. Then he let me have a bottle! What a brother! Now I finally get to review this. The only other Green Flash beer I had was their Imperial IPA and oh God was that lovely. I've got high hopes for this one.

I poured this into my Guinness glass and this Double Stout is double dark. It's black and held up to the light I can't see through it at all. The head pours thick but builds slowly its creamy-frothy head that is the color of a dark mocha coffee foam. A good amount of lacing is left around.

This smells so lovely. Roasted coffee and chocolate come out strong here but it doesn't smell like a coffee stout. I usually don't like coffee stouts too much but this coffee smell makes my mouth water. There is some bitterness in there that comes from the coffee but there's an earthy hoppiness in there. I pick up cherries too that adds a bit of sweet aroma. I enjoy just smelling this.

How does this taste? Euphoric. Unbelievable. Delicious. Sinfully good. Honestly, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. My brother was right. I'm having a hard time giving this a 5 out of 5 because, honestly, I don't know what a perfect taste...tastes like, but this is about as good as it can get. This is robust with chocolate. Wow, at first I thought this was heavy on the coffee, in a good way, but now that it has warmed up a bit the chocolate takes the lead. It's dark, cocoay, and a bit sweet. The roasted coffee flavor adds even more deliciousness and some bitterness. I'm getting some dryness, no doubt from some hops. These roasted malts are too luscious, luxurious, and heavenly. This is as good of a stout as I've ever tried. Chocolate/coffee/hop bitterness at the front, sweet and luxurious chocolate in the middle, and a lingering roastiness throughout. I can barely pick up the alcohol. Maybe this is just me, but sometimes I get a weird aftertaste from beers that are too malty and often that comes with stouts. This stout has nothing like that.

You know, I tend to like the heaviest-bodied stouts out there. The heavier the better. But despite Double Stout's intense and lovely flavors it is on the lighter side of a heavy body to me...and I like it. It's not a negative to me. It makes it easy to drink. I feel like I could drink three of these because it tastes so good and isn't too heavy. Even though it's not too full-bodied it doesn't have a watery or thin feel to it at all. Carbonation is medium. This is creamy in overall feel and smooth.

Well, my brother said it was in his top three of stouts and I have to agree. Robust, full flavor while being drinkable yet not a light-bodied stout. The Double Stout is definitely one I'll have to try again and share of its deliciousness with my friends. This is definitely one of the yummiest stouts I've ever had. I just love the flavor. Another great beer from Green Flash!

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

Green Flash Double Stout has a thick, cascading, creamy, tan head, a very dark brown (essentially black) appearance, and an enormous, foamy lacing ring left on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted malts, oatmeal, raisin, prunes, and licorice, and the flavor is the same, with coffee and chocolate notes and a nice bitterness a the end of the sip. The alcohol is masked by the dark roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and velvety, and the finish is mostly dry, mild, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I am enjoying the sample.

RJT

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

12 oz bottle.
-Pitch Dark.
-Milk Chocolate head, yum.
-Aroma that burst through were chocolate coffee, sweet but countered with some bitter.
-Taste was pretty much "sweet-ish" chocolate body with bitter coffee at the end to finish out dry.
-Mouth feel was above average, a defiantly creamy and full drink down.
A damn good stout, but my own PERSONAL taste likes more flavors. Don't get me wrong, this is very well done. Would grab again.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a huge, fluffy light brown head. Great retention and some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: I definitely smell the oats here along with freshly ground coffee, powdered chocolate, fresh brown sugar and a touch of earth.

T: Pretty spectacular. The oats lend a creamy texture (though the mouthfeel is a bit light) and the dark chocolate and coffee flavors are excellent. The slightest hint of hops on the finish is pretty nice as well. A really great double stout.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,715 ratings.