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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,812
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 101
Gots: 348 | 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: 2,812 | Reviews: 826
Photo of longbongsilver
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seen this brand around town for awhile. Seeing "double stout" and happening to feel in a stout mood, why not? To my apartment you go...

Pour is uber-black (of course), though fizzy around the glass. Head is chocolate milk shade, thick & sticks around firmly for the last couple cm. Smell is surprisingly absent of coffee-ish note (at least to my nose), which usually comes in with big stouts even when none is added. The scent that does show up is more along the lines of cinnamon, dark fruit, & licorice. Something different here as far as that goes, which I'm conflicted on: I like the coffee tone when it is present, but they may have a more left field sense on the taste than I'm expecting that could work out to something unique and refreshing. Only one way to find out...

Chocolate, a straight-up yet subtle deep roast in the background, plus the dark fruit suggested on the scent. The roast reminds me of like a beer equivalent of the bark on true smoked bbq -- which this would go well with, come to think of it. Goes down creamy, with only enough fizz on the tongue to remind me that it has any.

Must say, I'm impressed. Nice work, green...

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with half a finger of espresso coloured head. Left some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts and coffee up front with some bitter hops in the background.

T - Nice roasted malt flavour with dark roasted coffee and chocoalte. Slightly bitter on the finish. No noticeable alcohol at all.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Very slight chew.

D - A very good double stout. Couldn't detect th e8% ABV at all. This beer is worth some hype and I will definitely buy it again.

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

A- Pitch black with an aggressive foamy cappuccino head. The head settles but swirls around the top of the beer until the end. Looks delicious.

S- Deep malts, although not much in the direction of dried fruit which heavy stouts often seem to go, just big roasty malt and coffee. A little spicy hopping in the backgound

T- Chocolate right off the bat. Not a bitter chocolate like i would have expected, more a smooth creamy milk chocolate that quickly gets swallowed by a deep bitter coffee. There is a little hop presence but it simply keeps the tongue from getting too caught up in all the big malts and provides the beer with some nice length.

M- on the lighter side of medium heavy. I would have liked a little more body, perhaps even a little more carbonation, but it carries the beer well enough.

O- I really love this beer. Easily my favorite by Green Flash so far. Big, malty, complex yet somehow completely cohesive. They didnt just go swinging big, they plotted and planned and delivered delivered a single knockout blow.

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

Bottle says clearly it is 8.8% ABV.

Light proof black colored beer with a good brown colored beer.

Sweet and bitter chocolate with a strong floral hop aroma. Trace of carrot aroma and faint Kahlúa liqueur. As it warms the chocolate just gets stronger.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a strong coffee flavor and a good taste of smoke. Really good chocolate and roasted malt flavor lasts all the way through.

Mouthfeel is good.

About as easy drinking as Double stout gets period. Taste wise this could pass for a milk stout. Alcohol is completely hidden and it has no rough edges at all.

Photo of onefalsemove711
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Poured a deep dark brown (just a shade away from black). Two finger head mocha colored head that stuck around for a good while before becoming a sticky lace.

S - Coffee, chocolate, malt, rich bourbon and earth.

T - Coffee, malt and hops enriched with a bit of anise on the finish.

M - This beer has a nice viscosity and richness which really contributed to a great overall mouthfeel.

O - A big bold stout that has great complexity. I really enjoyed the bittersweet hoppy anise flavor that this beer possesses.

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

Pint Glass: Black goodness, thick creamy foam.

S: Coffee, dark cocoa & a little bit of alcohol. Not to strong a smell though.

T: Bitter coffee, slight chocolate notes. The alcohol isn't covered up here. It's a good thing though.

M: Light carbonation, smooth going down with a little kick.

D: Good consistency, drinkable for all stout drinkers and alcoholics. One of the good ones. Drink up!

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured oil slick black with big creamy mocha 2 finger head. Really fine quality head that is leaving bountiful lacing as it subsides.

S - very nice sweet roasted malt nose. Hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee. Slight damp tarp with the roasted malt.

T - Taste is nice and sweet, slight notes of chocolate and coffee with a nice roasted malt character. very mellow and balanced up front, with a dry and bitter finish. Lots of Bittering hops really balance out the very sweet character you get at first.

M - very drinkable for a big stout, medium body and smooth. Almost no carbonation though, which I don't mind the way the favors meld real well, I think the lack of carbonation is good.

O - pretty good, after drinking the abomination that is le freak this is a solid entry in the imperial stout style for green flash and I am impressed. It defiantly is more on the hoppy and and is a good option when you want a dryer imperial stout.

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

Luscious mocha brown head dances for a half minute and retreats exposing a few active tiny bubble centres. Medium carbonation, midnight black, nice looking stout! Coffee bean odour, lots of vanilla oakiness going on. Regeneration impressive. This double stout is very full bodied, rich, intense, chocolate flavours with a bit of underlying dark fruit. Interesting blend of sweetness and dry, ashy astringent nuttiness including almond and pecan. Nice complexity, wonderful stuff!

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 05/22/12

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of brown head that retains well

S: Very roasty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Malt bomb

T: Again, nice roasty malts with big hints of anise, chocolate, coffee, and a little smoke as well. Some light hops add a little bitterness, but overall this is a definite malt bomb. Alcohol is hidden extremely well

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A great example of the style, the complexity really shines and shows off the malts very well. Dangerously easy to drink, too. A must try for fans of the style

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Golden Monkey goblet.

A - Pours black with a massive brown head. Head sticks around for a while with a mound in the center. Great lacing.

S - Sweet smelling. Very roasty and strong smells of milk chocolate. Subdued dark fruits accompany minute alcohol.

T - Chocolate cocoa with toasted grains, sweet malt, and mellow hops. Aftertaste is great with chocolate, coffee, and burnt wood. Sweet but very complex and smooth.

M - Rich and creamy feel. Chewy with relatively low carbonation and a moist finish.

O - This is a phenomenal beer from Green Flash. It was very full flavored and remarkably smooth. Reasonably priced at $7/bomber. I will certainly get this again.

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

A - Pitch black, with nice 2 finger head. No seeing anything through this puppy, black as night!

S - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

T - Like the smell, very much roasted malts, coffee, and sweet caramel and chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is so well hidden. So smooth and well balanced. Impressive!

M - Medium bodied, very nice and oily finish.

O - An excellent stout, double stout, etc. If you like stout beers, this is not one to miss!

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber today from Jaspers.... debitted $6.99 from my account... 8.8%, but no best-by info on the label.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip, it was a jet-black, dense, opaque, deep black liquid. Sitting atop it was a fine, smooth tan head which starts off at about 1/2" and ebbs rapidly to a thin layer. Lacing is nice, and most bubbles congregate at the rim of the glass. Lots of choco notes hit the nostrils, plus coffee and some roastiness. Has some florality in there, too. Very inviting. Body is medium-plus. Feel is quite smooth and velvety. Could be a bit fuller, imo, though.

Taste is top-shelf! Lots of roasty, mocha flavors hit the palate. Some burnt bitterness is present, but it's a good bitterness! Dark choco is also in the mix. Hops are a bit floral, but more earthy and with a touch of tobacco. Very dry in the finish, the bitter choco lingers a bit. Very nice overall, yes!!

I'd get more, if in the mood for a double stout!!

Prosit!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

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

Poured nearly black with two fingers of dark mocha head. Roasty aroma of coffee and dark cocoa.

Moderate carbonation and a somewhat light, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Dark cocoa mixed with espresso up front with some mild molasses, caramel, and vanilla. More roasty coffee and a hint of smoke on the finish.

Light-bodied with only a hint of boozy warmth, this stout still packs a lot of punch. Very balanced and flavorful.

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

Shade above black with an impressive two finger high mocha head. Good retention and leaves a beautiful pattern of lacing behind on the glass.

Roasted malts with a good amount of milk chocolate, licorice, plums, raisin and burnt wood. Little bit of a herbal hop profile that further brings out the dark fruit and sweetness.

Deep sweet roasted malt with a really big chocolate profile, fudge and dark chocolate bars, glimpses of coffee grounds, smoke, candied fruit, licorice and grassy hops. Sticky and a touch smoky and acidic on the finish.

Medium body for a stout, sticky with adequate carbonation, well hidden alcohol and very smooth.

Terrific stout, sweet dessert profile that pairs wonderfully with chocolate. Very well integrated and executed by Green Flash. Creamy mouthfeel and a treat to drink.

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 Jeffsta1
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice stout.

Dark black color, with a persistent, thick mocha head.

Beautiful stout taste, milder than I'd expected, kind of like a milk stout. Perfectly balanced. This beer has great integrity.

Rich mouthfeel. Long finish, after the mild taste, some bitterness expresses itself quietly.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.