Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,672
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
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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 afksports
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout is an Imperial Stout that I knew about when it was underground. Before it was famous. My review documents it!

This beer is an A through and through. It pours a lovely tan head on top of a deep black body, just as rich as you need it to be. It smells like burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet malts, and alcohol. Like it's going to warm you up whether you like it or not. There's even a hoppy character to it. And the taste wallops. Boy does it pound. The front has a touch of hops and alcohol, the middle brings you all that malty goodness, and at the end of the drink there's the bitter chocolate that came through in the nose, except there's no alcohol with it. Just pure taste.

Woo!

It's big in the mouth, with a medium body and solid carbonation. I've tried it with ice cream, and it's great for that too.

There's nothing wrong with this beer - except that perhaps it's available everywhere and they don't barrel age it (as far as I know), so the hype wagon hasn't caught up to it.

Well screw all that. I'm happy I can buy this at my corner store. Cheers to Green Flash. Keep making this lovely liquid!

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

A: Deep brown/black color. Poured a 2 finger chocolate-colored creamy head; I did an aggressive pour. Thick lacing.

S: Toasted malts; coffee, toffee and chocolate. Alcohol is more prominent as it warmed.

T: Surprised by the hop presence up front. Big, rich roasted malt come through in the middle. Sharply bitter finish. Warming alcohol.

M: Big beer with medium body. Low carbonation. Silky smooth feel.

D: Flavorful and smooth. Even with the abv a pleasant drink.

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

Just picked up a four-pack of Green Flash Double Stout for $11.99. Cracking one open now to wash down some delicious charcuterie.

Brandy snifter glass.

Towering three and a half finger rocky head that's a bright espresso crema in color, shiny in appearance, and slowly popping down the glass. Completely opaque pour that shows some dark brown in the legs. The retention is pretty decent (I'm still waiting for this to fall a bit more). Already starting to lace before the first sip. Looks great.

First thing I detect in the nose is a powerful roasted malt with some cereal sweetness. Then, I can pick up some fumes of rocket fuel, which I thought a bit strange being that this doesn't even tip 9%. There's a nice aroma of baking chocolate and slathers of coffee with scorched milk. Spruce-y hop mingles with the already potent roasted grain bitterness and gets evened out by some maltose nectar.

Great smooth-around-the-edges kind of flavor. Milk chocolate, dark cocoa nibs, french press coffee, molasses, roasty char, some smoke, raw dough, and a much more pleasant alcohol warmth than anticipated from the nose. If there were no additives in the brewing process (which the bottle nor the Green Flash site lists none... and I don't understand why this is categorized as a American Imperial Stout short of the name), then this makes for an ideal Russian Imperial Stout in style. The coffee and chocolate flavors aren't big and bold, and seem mostly implied by the specialty malts used. If it were a RIS, I'd notch it above Old Raspy. If it were a RIS, I'd score the aroma higher. This is a velvety-smooth and bold brew with quality feel and amazing complexity. Perhaps a hair weak in carbonation, and definitely stands as a sipper. No over-the-top bitterness levels, big spicy finishes, booziness, or any other major flaws of note. I think it'd age well, but it's a great one fresh.

Very impressed by this beer, and not surprised, as Green Flash has proved to be in an elite class of brewing with consistent, unique, and well-executed beers in their lineup. Happy to have three more in my pack, and happy to share the wealth. Recommended.

Photo of SawDog505
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Poured pitch black, with a 3 inch mocha head, that takes sometime to settle into a solid set of bubbles. Lots of lace. Smell is chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some piny hops. Taste is all of those things, but way way more chocolate and coffee then the smell would have you expect. Fairly large body, for it's easy drinkability. Nice amount carbonation and not very dry. This is a very good stout and the price is right.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this many times. One of my go to stouts. Past Time for a review

12 oz brown bottle shaped Green Flash style. Can't say enough at how much I love their bottles. Unique and beautiful shape with superb quality. The Double stout designated label color changed a while back though the brew is still as killer as its ever been. The labeling is of a black color which is more fitting for a stout of this style and quality. Sums up what it's all about. I poured this into a tulip style pint glass(stout glass) and I've also used a stemmed Tulip glass in the past.

A - black onyx in color. Black as night. A shade of rich brown head sits massively atop this black beauty. Settles into a sturdy ring of lace and leaves exceptional stick.

S - dark robust malts up front with a waft of oats alongside. Nice shots of both milk and dark chocolate do very well paired together in the nose. Some roasted coffee and a big sweet yet bitter malt bill. Exactly how a big stout should smell.

T - dark and roasted malts, splash of dark fruit, a lovely complex and warm golden oats note. ome stout spice, nice smokey character. A hint of black coffee bean, sweet milk chocolate balanced in perfectly with a dark chocolate bitterness. Finish is silky smooth and leaves a brilliant big black stout flavor that remains well after the pass

M - big and silky smooth body. Rich, bitter, and sweet but balanced to perfection. Alcohol notes play sidekick as this warms and its thick and massive texture is something of instant legend. Smooth and coating start to finish. Leaves you knowing you just enjoyed one hell of a big black colored stout.

O - quite possibly my favorite Green Flash beer which is saying a whole lot given I have overly enjoyed everything I've had from them. Just a fantastic outfit that create top shelf brews with the best of them. One of the best non barrel aged big stouts being created today. A real stunner.

Photo of warnerry
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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 PeprSprYoFace
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a deep black with a nice tan head. It dissipated to a ring but with some decent lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty. But of caramel and some dark chocolate. Some coffee too.

Taste is a solid stout. Just a nice and roasty and smooth stout. The roast bites the tongue in the finish. Decent amount of caramel. Some dark chocolate and a bit of espresso flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and has a nice carb.

Overall a tasty stout. Nothin fancy just a solid stout. Will be having this often.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pitch black body that has a bit of transparency as it pours. Small tan head with good lacing. Nondescript, but good looking stout.

Smell - Wow, it smells good. Chocolate and coffee aromas with some slightly fruity aromas in the back. I swear I smell a hint of bourbon, but there's no bourbon in this. Maybe it's just some booze I smell.

Taste - A wonderful flavor, as well. Chocolate with a slight sweetness to balance a coffee bitterness. Roasted malt flavors and again, bourbon! Not strong, but I swear it's there. It finishes with a slightly grassy and earth hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - I wish it were thicker. It finishes pretty dry, in fact. It leaves me with the bitterness only and none of the good flavors.

Overall - I'm very impressed by this beer. I'm also impressed by how long in alcohol it is for how flavorful it is. I've been sitting on this bottle for nearly a year. Glad I opened it.

Photo of nickhiller
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: motor oil colored, a wisp of dark brown head, thick rings of lace.

S: cocoa powder, vanilla, red apples,

T: sweet and fruity for a stout, I'm calling it red apple and then a bunch of dark stuff: bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, espresso.

M: full bodied, slippery, sweet and bitter finish, deceptively smooth, there's not even a hint of the alcohol.

D: yummy, like drinking an espresso chocolate milkshake.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Yesac
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, medium sized brown foamy head that doesn't fade away quickly.

S- Coffee, earthy oak.

T- Along with the smell.. burnt oak, chocolate, and a warming from the alcohol. Drink this around a campfire. A little to much oak and earth for my liking.

M- Great job here.. not to dry, thick or thin.. its just right. Covers the palate well and makes it refreshing and hard to put down. Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

D- Good stout overall.. great for the cold weather because of its earthyness. The mouthfeel is great.

Photo of cvm4
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty much black with a 2 finger tan head.

S - Coffee dominates with roasted malt and dark chocolate lingering.

T - I can't tell which is the winner here, the dark chocolate or the coffee. They both come in spades and in waves. A slight sweetness and roasted malts are there to balance everything out.

M - Creamy with great carbonation. Finishes dry on the palette.

O - All the elements I described above come together for a great beer! If you love the battle of coffee and dark chocolate in a beer, then this is for you.

Photo of Wildman
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured pitch black and formed a medium tan foam head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee and anise. Flavor was of malt, molasses, chocolate and a hint of coffee. The body is medium light, which is unusual for the style. The finish is bittersweet and slightly burnt. This is a very good beer, yet the body lacks some complexity I expect from this style.

Photo of suminorudder
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, served in a 14 OZ tulip glass.

A: pitch black when held to the light. Utter darkness. Creamy mocha colored half finger head fading to a halo around the rim and a film across the surface.

A: bitter dark chocolate up front with roasty French press coffee filtering through. Allusions of vanilla and the faintest notes of woodsy herbs.

T: taste follows the aroma very nicely, moving from one note to the next. Bitter chocolate, coffee, boozy vanilla and finish of woodsy herbs and faint notes of mint.

M: very smooth, surprisingly light and crisp. Carries its alcohol very well, though I feel slightly more body would have been more appropriate.

O: this is a very delicious beer, smooth and with complicated nuances. The drying alcohol elicited the herbal flavors very nicely, and complimented the roasted, chocolatey profile. I would definitely make this a regular, go to beer. I think this is stylisticly closer to a foreign export stout, but that's just my opinion.

Photo of BDTyre
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy! Nearly pitch black with a dark tan head. Reminsicent of motor oil mixed with cola.

Chocolates, liqueur and coffee all come through in the nose.

Rich, malty taste with slight vinous hints, strong coffee notes and traces of dark chocolate. Hops creep in every now and then, just so you know they're in there.

Very smooth, lovely stout that is dangerously drinkable at 8.8%.

Photo of Jungleyors
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of farrago
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black and I mean jet black, like a brick of onyx. Pours an agitated two-finger head of dark brown froth, mixed of bubbles large and small, lacing mostly larger bubbles and slides off quickly. Gargantuan melted chocolate and cappuccino coffee driven nose, after that very similar toffee and butterscotch accents, hint of cherry or blackberry fruit, no hops discerned, you'll either say it has purity of purpose or is monochrome. Very full-bodied, grips the tongue like a vise, while slow to move you sense it's a choice, not because it's not capable. Tastes like three slices of German chocolate cake washed down with cafe con leche. Grape, cherry, apricot, plum fruit, much variety in this department. Roasty and toasty more than bitter, you pucker nonetheless. Consistently becomes drier through the mid-palate, suggesting the hops having more textural effect than flavor-wise. Not really "chewy" since it resists chewing on it. There's a sense of accomplishment when the glass is finally empty.

Photo of TheChadWasGood
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a nice tan head

S-chocolate covered coffee beans and grassy hops. Medium strength

T-comes in with a pretty good taste of roasted grains and chocolate cocoa beans. It's a great taste. Matching after-taste.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-Once again, green flash makes an amazing beer for an amazing price. This isn't something that will compare with the higher end imperial stouts but it'll definitely please you.

Photo of iheartIPA
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single 12 oz bottle at State Line Liquors in Elkton Maryland.

Pours midnight black. Not a terribly impressive head for an aggressive pour - 1.5 finger tops. Tiny golden bubbles shine in the light; clinging nicely to the glass. Pretty. Inviting.

The smell is not powerful. It takes long deep inhale to capture much of anything. I detect roasted malts and coffee. The 8.8% is nowhere to be found.

Thankfully the taste doesn't follow suit. Fairly aggressive on the tongue. Not a whole lot different from the nose, just significantly amplified. Don't recall such a flavored brew having such a muted scent. Anyway; the roasted malts and coffee are in full force and are lovely. Most surprising (and for me, most satisfying) was the hop bitterness. A very nice counterweight.

The 8.8% is there; not hidden, but an afterthought....

Very smooth, very drinkable. Overall, another quality product from Green Flash. Fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of snaotheus
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a big snifter. Bottle says "02/05/13" on it, but it's not clear to me if that's a best by, sell by, or bottled on date. Tasting it at home on 12 May 2013.

Pours black with a light tan head, fair amount of carbonation. Basically opaque. Smell is rich and roasty, a little bit of coffee. I get something slightly nutty out of it.

Taste is coffee, sweetness, more of that roastiness. Not sure I can describe what I like about it, but I do like it.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Overall, this is a very nice beer.

Photo of RAC81
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as oil, very tanish creamy 3 inch head.

Smell - Malts, barley, coffee, nuts, chocolate, hops sugar and spices, wow

Taste - Nice mixture of malts, hops, coffee and alcohol. Has a bite to it for sure. Excellent roasted sweet flavor and plenty of hops in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and long lasting. Palette is numbed from the alcohol. You get a bitterness followed by some sweetness from the hops.

Drinkiabilty - A great session beer. Too strong to drink many at one sitting. A great example from this fine brewery. If it wasnt so high in alcohol would have got a higher rating.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,672 ratings.