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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

848 Reviews
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Reviews: 848
Hads: 2,961
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 111
Gots: 422 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

We explored 19th Century British Stout recipes, then charted a fresh course to land on a modern American version of the old-world classic. Our Double Stout encompasses the very best of both worlds. Golden naked oats, dark crystal and roasted malt offer a luscious balance of bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee. Fair winds and following seas. Smooth sailing, all the way home.
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Reviews: 848 | Hads: 2,961
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)

Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle like in the picture drank out of an american pint glass. no freshness or bottled on information on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a completely black colored body with a tall finger of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice.

S- the smell is intense. very strong dark roasted malts. a small mix of milk and dark chocolate. a very strong coffee/hoppy end to it.

T- the taste is just as dark and roasted as the nose. almost burnt tasting. lots of the dark chocolate that i could smell but none of the milk. the finish is filled with strong coffee.

M- the mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this beer. too light and thin for the style. there is a nice bitter aftertaste and my mouth is left dry.

D- i like that this is a very dry and relatively low ABV big stout. most that i try are on the sweet side. i also like that this bottle cost me around 5$. ill check this one out somewhat often. (961 characters)

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

The last bottle from a Sam's haul up in the Dirty D... can't get Green Flash in South Carolina just yet.

A: A slow, glugging pour into a Fullers shaped-pint-glass yields a tarry black-brown brew, with a two-finger hazelnut head; retention is nice, as some swirls of coffee-colored foam float on the surface, leaving nice globs of lace.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts / coffee, and some smoke character... As it warms, there seems to be a transition to more of huskiness and slightly burned malt aroma - maybe some dark fruit, as well.

T: Sweet malt flavor gives way to some roasted notes / light coffee; some dark chocolate and again some lightly smoked character; despite the complexity of flavors, they all seem to be on the lighter side.

M: Exceptional. Nice, full-bodied creamy / velvety texture with a low carbonation that provides just enough fizz to cleanse the palate before the next sip.

D: A good double stout, for sure; I imagine sipping this one by a campfire would be pretty nice; in my opinion, an ale for savoring. (1,052 characters)

Photo of CCStix
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours deep dark brown. 3 finger head. Moderate lacing.
S: black licorice, sweet malt, some smokiness.
T: it's a good stout,but the alcohol is very present. Clear tones of black patent malt, slight bitter flavor upon swallow and in aftertaste, nice utilization of hops. Black Licorice taste dominates.
M: this is thick one, syrupy, and pleasant small to micro size carb bubbles.
O: I like it, it's a pretty complex stout with some attitude. Is it my favorite, no, but is it good, absolutely! I do think most decent home brewers, including myself, could replicate this so it's not spectacular. But the price is good and the quality is good , so go get some damn it! (669 characters)

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

Black as night, check. Big creamy milk chocolate head, check. Nice lacing and good retention, not great but we'll give it a check there too. A touch thinner bodied than some of the better imperial stouts, but this is splitting hairs.

Dark roast and sharp hops blend in harmony to create an enticing all be it not overly complex aroma.

Dark dark chocolate mixed with deep roasted notes, hints of coffee and a nice bitter hop bite to top things off. This is very bitter though not overly citrus in nature, I'm rather fond of how they balanced this one.

Not the thickest or creamiest of stouts. There a good bit of hop bite and alcohol isn't hidden.

A very good though not outstanding double stout. (703 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bomber. Good chocolate and secondary roast and coffee in aroma. Pours black with above average carbonation and above average mouthfeel. Roasted flavour builds up over repeated glasses. Flavour is not too chocolate. A bomber is a lot to drink.Balanced. (256 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a two finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and great lacing. Roasty, malty nose with hints of coffee, subtle chocolate, and not much else. The taste is much bolder with lots of roasty coffee along with hints of toffee, caramel, vanilla, subtle smoke, espresso, cocoa, and bitter dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent balance and a fairly dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is a very solid and drinkable stout, but nothing all that special... (496 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The nearly smeared “BOTTLED ON” date printed on the bottom of the bottle is “07/02/12.”

Appearance: It poured almost like syrup. The color is opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of dark tan head dissipated very slowly and unevenly to leave a rocky lacing.

Smell: Deep, dark, roasted, and basically straightforward. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of espresso.

Taste: Each sip is tinged with a boozy sting (somewhat reminiscent of fruit-flavored vodka) and the flavors are much more muted. The roasted quality from the smell is not as noticeable (the bitterness lingers after each sip, though) and neither is the dark chocolate. Overall, the flavor is basically a pale version of the aroma.

Drinkability: Meh. It smells awesome but I was expecting a little more in terms of flavor. It is pretty bold, though. (896 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Very black color. Not too viscous. Nicely carbonated with a big tan head and outstanding retention. Nose is quite faint. I get definite toasted malt, ``burnt'' aromas, and some coffee.

Medium-to-firm mouthfeel and full body. There is a nice sweet toasted malt backbone with a fairly strong bitter coffee accompaniment. There is also just a faint touch of licorice. The flavor is fairly well-balanced, but leans a bit towards the bitter coffee notes, making the beer more of a sipper. The finish is quite dry and the coffee flavors linger nicely in the mouth. Overall, a nice American Double Stout. Enjoyable, fairly complex, and easy to find. (690 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this in a tulip Nitro tap'd at Al's of Hampden.

The color is 8 ball black with a nice creamy medium tan head which has a miniscule bead. The lace clings in a sheet, the stout is opaque no way you can see through it. The smell is nice, but a little light for the style - a pleasant amount of cocoa, coffee and slight smoke is present. The feel is very good - I normally am not a fan of nitro tapped beers, but on this hot day in the mid-90's the lighter body is a plus with creamy, not heavy body and moderate roastiness with some hop or dark grain bitterness, probably both actually. The alcohol is mild for the style which I like and the finish is bitter and semi-dry.

I like the flavors this beer has, nice toasted and chocolate malt presence with some coffee flavor and an invigorating amount of piney hops that lets you know this is a West Coast stout. It is hoppier than most American stouts, but fits the double stout moniker and has a gentle amount of caramel in the taste to lessen the impact of the hops and dark grain. Overall I really enjoyed this I consider it a decent example of the style without going overboard with hops or roasted malts a very clean and enjoyable brew. (1,202 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- Nice looking beer, two finger bubbly frothy brown head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing and retention, dark black color, opaque.
S- The aroma is pretty hidden, slight roasted malt notes, cocoa, coffee, some chocolate, slight earthy aroma as well.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, bitter taste, roasted malts, big coffee taste, oatmeal, slight chocolate.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, nice carbonation bitter on the palate, smooth and creamy, alcohol is hidden.
O- Decent stout, very easy drinking beer, well balanced, not overly complex but still enjoyable. (612 characters)

Photo of Sweasty
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After countless bottles downed over the years, finally getting around to hashing out a review. Double stout pours a shade or two above the color of a black hole. Not the darkest of stouts, but more than black enough. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of khaki head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.

Double Stout smells deep, dark, and roasty. Dark roasted coffee stands out front. Dark chocolate notes hit next. Hops present as well lending to some earthy notes. Some light caramel and molasses notes round things out.

The taste follows the nose. Strong coffee notes hit first. Dark roasted coffee shines. Beneath the coffee chocolate shines. Dark chocolate notes dominate mid palate. Some lightly sweetish caramel and molasses notes hit next. Some earthy notes rounds things out. The the long lingering finish is chocked full of more coffee notes.

Double Stout is a nice full bodied beer. The carbonation is adequate.

Green Flash Double Stout is a welcome harbinger of colder weather. While not reaching the same heights as other strong stouts, this brew hits all the right notes. The alcohol is quite well masked, making for a brew that doesn't drink as strong as it is. Another top notch brew from the folks at Green Flash. (1,274 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz distinctive brown bottle served in a snifter.

A black, opaque brew with a short-lived tan head, More than ample bubbly lacing left on the glass.

As expected, the aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts with a nice hint of dark chocolate. The flavor profile is a little marred, IMO, by a slight sour note {not apparent in more recent tasting). Very long-lasting flavor of dark malt with a hint of hops.

M: Full body with very good carbonation. Smooth but with a bit of crispness.

O: a rich stout favoring lots of heavily roasted malts.

(Revised and upgraded with bottle consumed in Nov. 2013). (609 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears to be completely opaque, deep brown-black topped by a cocoa-tan colored head. Retention is a fine bubbled 1/8 inch layer with spotty bits of lace on the glass above. Aroma is very chocolaty with a milk stout kind of chocolate, light coffee and caramel glazed toast. Taste is also very milk chocolaty with some slight hop bitterness, roast coffee beans, and a little bit of an alcohol kick. This reminds me a lot of a coffee oatmeal stout. Texture is slick and velvety smooth. Creamy chocolaty flavors remain throughout the extended finish. I find myself taking my time consuming this. Decent drinkability.

This certainly makes for a good dessert brew. (661 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell has aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy, oily, smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making this beer not too difficult drink, although the amount of bitterness and dryness requires that it be sipped. (612 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/7/11

Dark brown, think stained cherry. No light passes through once in the glass. The head rises to two fingers in an ample manner and I had to tame the pour. Thinner retention. Lace is quite good.

Smells solid. Tangy roast and dark fruits give way to coffee grounds and semi-sweet chocolate, powdery cocoa and a spot of espresso. A touch grainy, too. Comes together, seeming more robust as it warms. No trace of alcohol in the nose.

The flavor profile is pretty much in line with the aroma. Lots of roast - roasted coffee/espresso, roasted grains and a chocolate notion that borders on burnt. The burnt aspect builds with each additional sip. Doesn't seem quite as sweet as the nose, which is a good thing. There's just enough to round out the roast. A good bit of hop kick is had, too.

Rolling carbonation augments the already full feel making seem more boisterous than perhaps it is. Again, the alcohol is extremely well-hidden (not that it's a crazy abv, but still). Very slightly coating. Roasted grains on the finish.

Though not outrageously great, there is little to complain about. Carbonation is too much for me. Worth a shot though. (1,190 characters)

Photo of MisterE
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Four-pack of short 12 oz. bottles at Ward's for $9.99

A: pour produces a thick, dark tan, foamy, 2-finger head that holds on for the duration - beer is pitch black

S: the nose is all malt and very clean, without much change as it warms

T: burnt malt and dark chocolate with a pronounced hop finish, but not boozy at all

M: medium to full mouthfeel with solid but not excessive carbonation

O: very pleasant balance, but not remarkable

This is not really an Imperial Stout, but a Black Ale (black IPA). (506 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: A real deep black color with a light brown off white one finger head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Dark and roasty with hints of chocolate, coffee and a nice hop kick.

T: Flavors of roasted coffee start off which quickly turn to a deep creamy chocolate flavor. One other reveiwer nailed it perfectly when he said chocolate milk shake. Sweeet and creamy. Finish comes back to the roasted flavors with a nice floral hop kick. A very nice balance with the roasted flavors and the hops.

M: Very thick and coating, but also dry. Different for sure because the hops makes the mouthfeel dryer than it really is. A bit of alcohol is detected.

D: Medium. One bomber was enough for me.

Overall a solid stout done the Green Flash way. I am very happy I tried it. They keep making very good/great beers. Congrats. (871 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with two fingers thick dense tan head, settles slowly to a thin ring, leaving a spray of lace on the glass. Smell: toasted and buttered dark bread, black plum, moderate roast, earthy, hint of wood smoke. Taste: bready, plum, maybe fig, mild roast, caramel, hopping is earthy, mildly grassy and citric. Feel is quite creamy, finishing drying with light residual sweetness. This is odd to review. Enjoyable beer, but not an impy stout. (457 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a creamy off white head , the head kept on coming. The aroma was more chocolate than anything. I could detect some coffee, but not overdone.
The fist sip was very carbonated, more so then most of the premium stouts I've tried. The taste was there, but for me, the carbonation made it more difficult to enjoy. This sort of reminded me of the popular "Gu" stouts. Very carbonated.
So, that left the mouthful a bit uneven and the aftertaste was good, but I would have enjoyed this one so much more if it was more up front in flavor

Re-tasted 02/02/13
This time around I wasnt as impressed as I was the first time. As my first review stated, I wasnt excited about the amount of carbonation. It was too much for me. Now, I know there are a number of other super stouts, many Russian Imperial Stouts that like to have the carbonation. Me, I prefer one without much carbonation.
I also did not detect as much chocolate this time. I will be honest to say that tonight we tasted two stouts, one known for its chocolate tones. So, it might have been the first one with loads of chocolate, and now the Double Stout leaving me somewhat wanting for more. (1,164 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Green Flash beer.

A : Pours a dark motor oil black with 100% opacity. The head is large and in charge standing at an amazing 2 fingers in my giant globe snifter glass and beige in color. It leaves its mark with lacing in rings around the glass.

S : Lots of burnt and chocolate malts, chocolate chip cookie, oatmeal, milk, very faint light roasted coffee, with a sting of road tar and alcohol. All of the smells in a stout are here, and they are well blended. Well executed.

T : Sting of hop and alcohol hit first, followed faintly by dark chocolate, burnt malts, and oatmeal. It finishes charred and with some burnt oats and rye. Somewhat backwards in its flavor procession, as generally the alcohol and hop come last. I think that's how it should be, but it's easily what sets this beer apart.

F : Very dry and charred throughout the whole feel, leaving an adhesive dryness clinging with pasty alcohol sting.

O : I would have liked more malts, oatmeal, and milk for a softer touch. This is a very hard-edged stout with powerful alcohol and hop flavors right off the bat, leading to a heavy feeling in the tummy. The complexity is not there, it's very linear and one noted. It's not bad, it's just not my style of stout. (1,238 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Talking Pint in Riverview, FL. Served in a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a one-finger mocha head and low visible carbonation.

S: Roasty bitterness, milky/lactose sweetness, and maybe just a bit of smoke.

T: Huge roasted malt flavors that are quite bitter, some cacao, and almost a flavor that reminds me of smoked peat in scotch. Almost woody dryness with the big roast bitterness on the finish.

M: Body is on the thin side for a double stout. Alcohol is well-hidden, and there isn't much carbonation.

O: Acceptable for style, but there are many better examples out there. Certainly not objectionable though. (670 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Chimay gobblet round 45 degrees.

Deep black color, with just a hint of merlot color on the edges. 1 solid, fat finger tan head, fading to film and plenty of lacing.

Smell is pretty tame - I got sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and a whiff of piney hops.

Taste brings out a heavy mouthful of roasted malt depth, more of an unsweetened chocolate than the smell, a touch of the soy sauce quality, and a leafy bitter bite in the finish. Good yang to the smell's ying.

Very nice, smooth mouthfeel - quite creamy throughout, with the bitterness pulling thru at the end to keep it from being dessert-thick.

The alchohol is simply not present - making this tasty puppy a really pleasant surprise.

"Big, bold, flavorful, and complex" ... just as advertised on the bottle. (788 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was curious so I tried this. Here goes:

A: Excellent. Pours a thick, creamy head with lots of lacing. Definitely more than one inch. Beer is opaque and lets no light through.

S: OK, but nothing special. Lots of dark fruit and the burnt malt makes its presence known. Kind of generic, really. No hops are detectable.

T: The burnt malt gives off the taste of a lot of dark fruit. Can taste plum, raisins, figs, etc. The dark fruit is really overwhelming in this beer. Also of note, there is a huge boozy presence in the background that coats the palate. The alcohol kind of overshadows the flavor profile of this beer, but the malt profile is good nonetheless.

M: Very rich and creamy. Glides down the throat.

O: A good beer. However, I've tasted stouts similar to it and was therefore bored with the flavor. Still good, however. (832 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.