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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2106
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%

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:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of stephens101


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popping slowly into oblivion a bubbly dark tan head rides majestic atop this pure black brew. A broken but substantial lace is left behind. Aroma is subtle with roasted nuts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and sweet malts. Tastes of espresso, more dark chocolates, a hint of plums, and is big on the piny hops, especially for a stout. Medium to heavy body and somewhat airy with a resilient alcohol heat. Not as smooth as expected, but a good outing for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:06:57 | More by stephens101
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a rich looking black with a creamy brown, 2 finger head that leaves some bands.

Smell. Dark chocolate, roasty coffee and some ripe plums. A little molasses in there too.

Taste. Roasty dark chocolaty malt. Dry, bitter smokey coffee and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low smooth carbonation. Warm booze.

Overall. Pretty boozy and a little dry for me, but a good sipper. Happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:32:48 | More by Rutager
Photo of beagle75


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of diminishing beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark earthy roast; malty and heavy on bittersweet chocolate. A thread of licorice emerges as the beer warms, with the product becoming generally more full in the nose. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild chocolate, roasted grain, and moist earthy hops. A burst of carbonic acidity and some ethanol in the middle clears much of the chocolate from the palate, leaving some unconvincing dark fruit and umami revealed. Sweetness recedes before the finish that has mineral-affected bitterness of moderate intensity and lingering dark fruit including citrus.

M: Medium viscosity, full-bodied and distractingly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This full-flavored stout errs as many others also do, positioning itself in between two different styles instead of fitting either one perfectly. At almost 9% abv it is too strong to be an export stout tuned for every-day applications, but it wouldn't really turn heads as an imperial stout. It does taste good, but doesn't really soothe the palate as much as some other stouts might.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 15:53:23 | More by beagle75
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this stout in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- The body is black with a little bit of brown at the edge of the glass. The chocolate milk -like head puffs to half a finger before receding quickly and barely covering the lid.

Smell- Lots of tantalizing smells coming out of this one! It is a deep sugary and smokey scent. Some chocolate, some brown sugar, and a little bit of roast, this makes up the majority of the smells. I'm also getting the slightest hints of alcohol and even dark cherries.

Taste- This is a more aggressive stout on the palate, and by that I mean it carries a little more roastiness, even smoke. And there is an inherent bitterness from this as well.

This roasted quality never really lets up, and the hints of brandy and chocolate are buried underneath. It is certainly not as complex as the nose, but still good.

Mouth feel- Green Flash's Double Stout is more medium bodied, but not very creamy. A little more heft or smoothness would have helped, especially since it errs on the side of roasty.

Overall- The beer needs a little work on the palate. If the understated chocolate and slightly fruity flavors could come forward and fight back against the forces of roast, this beer would be down right delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 03:15:19 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of Flashy


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Really let down by this one. Love their IPA's- no mouth feel on this though- which is a major factor for stouts- or should be. Nice RIS taste, but not much else. In one of my favorite styles (as it is for many of us at BA)- but will stick with Old Rasputin, McNeills, Stone or Founders since they are all readily available in these parts and better. Watery= fatal flaw.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 23:05:21 | More by Flashy
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a dark tan head.

S - Sweet and rich malty smells. Some chocolate.

T - Bitter chocolate and really sweet. Strong malt flavor also.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good stout but a little to sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 07:11:30 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a fair brown head. Some retention and spotty lacing, but not much.

Big kahlua scent here. Booze and coffee. You get some herbal notes as well.

Smoky dark roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, but then here comes the alcohol, which obscures nearly everything. Hops come into play here as well, with some herbal bitter that is distinctive from the charred malt. Some light sweetness intermingles, but bitter and booze dominate.

Full bodied and appropriate carbonation.

This might need to lay down for a while, even only at 8.8%. Alcohol-dominant element keeps this from being a real drinker. Liked this alot, but just an odd structure and balance. Very worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 13:40:36 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of mactrail


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drier than most of the big stouts I've enjoyed. Tastes more like an amped-up regular stout than most of the Imperials. Surprisingly light mouth feel. Encompasses a lot of roasted and spicy flavors. Touch of licorice. Burnt sugar more than mellow caramel. Plenty of malt, but barely a touch of sweetness.

Nicely spritzy on the tongue and highly drinkable. Black stout appearance with a little more brown to it. Fair nose of dark roast barley in the snifter, but not highly aromatic. Rich flavors but not lush.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 05:39:02 | More by mactrail
Photo of falloutsnow


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Green Flash's double stout is a hop-forward recipe, with exceptional qualities of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Those seeking an alternative to coffee or chocolate notes in their beer may seek this out to indulge in bitterness and burnt toast flavors instead. Personally, while I appreciate this as a well-brewed beer, I'm not sure that the hop bitterness of the stout is what I'm looking for and feel it overwhelms other flavors that could be in the beer.

Pour produces a thick, tall (>2cm) head of brown/dark tan bubbles, small in size, creating a pillow-like appearance. As head slowly descends, it leaves substantial lacing along the sides of the glass, which is renewed with each sip. Body is an impenetrable dark brown/black, opaque but with some visible carbonation along the upper sides of the glass.

Aroma of roasted malt and soy sauce, some molasses and vanilla tucked away shyly in the back. While I don't dislike any of those ingredients, together in a beer they are not appealing, especially when the soy sauce is perhaps the second most noticeable scent.

Opens with mild roasted barley flavors, a bit of sweetness, and noticeable hop bitterness, a bit like grapefruit rind. Roasted barley quickly emerges as dominant character, becoming very "large" by early-mid-palate and enveloping most other flavors. Despite this, roasted flavor is not aggressive, actually quite "soft." By mid-palate, hop bitterness is vying with roasted notes for dominance, and overtakes them by the back of the tongue. Fades out with roasted barley and some vanilla flavors alongside continuing, but milder bitterness. Leaves a lingering aftertaste of charred toast and a bit of acrid bitterness from hops.

Beer is medium-heavy with moderate carbonation. Bubbles "feel" small, so beer is not prickly on the palate. Carbonation leads beer to foam up at first on mouth, then when dissipated, it rolls smoothly along for a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is dry and slightly sticky.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 14:19:33 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of OnThenIn


3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a brown head that dissipates quickly. The body was dark brown.

S: The beer had a lighter aroma with some berry fruitiness being evident. There was a lot of sweetness in the aroma.

T: The taste was fruity and wine like with a bit of chocolate thrown in. The alcohol was also present. Floral with maybe a hint of vanilla flavor from the slight creamy feeling.

M: It has a fuller body with good carbonation.

D: The mouthfeel made it a sipper, but I enjoyed it overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 22:29:41 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of t420o


3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Semi aggressive pour produces 1/2 finger mocha colored head that recedes quick not leaving much lacing. Beer is black in color.

S- Dark chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, coffee, some smokiness. Smells very good

T- I like the taste of this beer even though the mouthfeel is so thin. Like the nose I get chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of smoke.

M- Thin mouthfeel and slightly overcarbonated.

O- Decent drinkability. A couple of these would be good. Good beer but nothing special for sure

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:08:26 | More by t420o
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo


3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in my first in person trade ever. Thanks to TheBrewViking I gotto try this one that I've had on my wants for a while.

Also big thanks to the TSA officer that went through my whole suitcase carefully unwrapping and re-wrapping all my bottles. You are the man/ woman. I was impressed.

After having travelled across the Atlantic this bottle finally got opened and poured into a snifter.

Dark Black, nice one finger foam leaving some lacing after the head goes away.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolates and a slight hop bitterness.

In the taste I detect a smokey quality I didn'tget from the nose. There is that chocolate bitterness and some hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is OK. It feesl thicker then it it looks which is a good thing. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall not bad also not super but decent. I have another one that I'll be happy to drink. I did take it of my wants list because now I know...

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 14:02:12 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Photo of dgilks


3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black colour with a big, cream, brown head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Rich, mildly sweet chocolate. Hints of coconut and coffee. Alcohol. Nothing amazing but quite nice.

Oddly fruity with a light herbal note. Some chocolate, alcohol and berries. I don't really get it.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

This isn't a bad beer but it is overly fruity and lacking complex roast malt and chocolate for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 13:00:43 | More by dgilks
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice rich black color. Presents with a 1 finger tan head. The head has real staying power and isn't receding at all. This is a great presentation and appearance.

S: Coffee and espresso. Some mild bitter chocolate. A hint of caramel as it warms.

T: Coffee at the front moving into a more bitter midpalate. The finish is coffee again. After this one warms the booziness takes over masking some of the more pleasant tastes.

M: Right level of carbonation. Not as smooth as a TenFidy - but certainly nice for a drinkable stout. Slightly dry finish diminishes it slightly.

O: This is right on the border of too bitter for me. It might stack up as I continue along - but it is not overwhelming at first. This is a very coffee forward stout. I enjoy the strong coffee tones and the head that stays for the entire time.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:24:23 | More by fscottkey
Photo of illidurit


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Inky black with a dark tan one-finger head. Average retention and some wet spotted lacing.

Aroma is molasses sweetness with some charred malt roastiness.

Flavor is almost entirely roasty, almost burnt. A touch of sweetness comes through as dark chocolate. Dry ashy finish. Total coffee bomb beer. Not a lot of balance.

Full bodied, rather high carbonation, mostly clean finish, not much booziness.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 08:07:50 | More by illidurit
Photo of russpowell


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany tinged black with 1 pinky of cocoa colored head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Dark chocolate, faint smokeyness, raisins & plums

T: Dark chocolate, charred malt, some leafy hops & a bit of coffee tinged booze up front. Plum, prunes, iron, mocha & bit more booze burn as this warms. Finishes with oaky dryness, baker's chocolate & leafy/minty hops

MF: Oily, near zero carbonation with medium body, a bit too much hotness

Drinks kind of slow, a bit rough edged, but if you can past that this is a Imp Stout with some complexity

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 05:42:58 | More by russpowell
Photo of emmasdad


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 22 oz bottle a thick, dense black color, topped with a bit of dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate, licorice and freshly brewed coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee. A little thin on the palate, but not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 02:53:51 | More by emmasdad
Photo of TMoney2591


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a clear plastic cup.

Thanks to mnbearsfan for sharing this bottle during DLD!

I love how it just says "stout" on the label. How very to-the-point. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of a combination of pine and menthol in the background. The taste holds notes of roasted malts (in spades, baby), dark chocolate, light coffee, light molasses, and black pepper. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a tasty stout, though a bit on the bitter and dry sides for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:52:22 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of sommersb


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 01-24-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 12-06-2012, as far as I can tell
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Big tan head, 2 fingers high, sits on top of this black and opaque beer. Shows good head retention and very good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate aromas feature some sweetness, plus toasted malts and coffee.

T: Taste includes bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a roasted bitterness, and earthy hops. A little on the astringent side.

M: Smooth mouthfeel of oats and a medium level of carbonation. The finish has bitterness of heavily-roasted grains.

O: Overall a good stout, but could benefit from some additional malt sweetness. I enjoyed this one better on draft as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 06:04:31 | More by sommersb
Photo of DocJitsu


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick dark brown with a mocha two-finger head with good retention. Notes of chocolate rum balls in the bouquet. Alcohol obscures any other fragrances that might otherwise be present. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. A bit of an alcohol burn from start to finish. Sweet vanilla and chocolate up front. Finishes with a thin plastic and chocolate bitterness. Just ok. Doesn't deliver the big, bold, and complex that's advertised on the label.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:13:09 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown on the pour, ends up black in the glass with two fingers of light tan head.nretention is superb.

S: Not a very strong aroma - I get roasted malts first and foremost. As the beer warms, I get some dark and milk chocolate as well.

T: Dark chocolate now dominates the flavor. Soon behind this I get bitter dark coffee and some roasted malts. This beer is certainly on the dry side, but there is some milk chocolate sweetness to balance. Bitter hoppiness also gives the perception of being dry - there is quite a bit of it.

M: Medium thickness with creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is a bit on the dry side and quite bitter. The dark chocolate flavor is quite nice, but more sweetness and thickness would help. This would also add to the complexity, which is also lacking.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 04:17:41 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of Offa


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent strong stout, a bit simple and devoid of complexity, especially for being as strong and heavy as it is.

Black, it has a big brown head.

Aroma is chocolate, hint of coffee, wet earth and bark, hint of winy prunes. Aroma is rich, full, nice, soft.

Taste is full and strong but simple and lacking in complexity. It is creamy, bittersweet, rich chocolate with hint of coffee, brandied prunes and wet singed leaves. It has a lingering burnt-leaf bitterness at finish. There is really nothing else. Compared to Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, for example that beer is far more complex and interesting and well-rounded than this on comparable (in fact slightly lower) abv. This has strong roasty-chocolatey elements but really nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:21:16 | More by Offa
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/16/08. Bottle. Pours black with a luscious thick brown head the color of a chocolate milkshake. Aroma of rich sweet malt, roast, and coffee. Flavor of nice coffee and roast with some wheaty, bitter hops in the finish. Nice stout, approaching an imperial stout with its strong mouthfeel. Rich, not particularly flavorful, but still a good drink.
7/5/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 19:19:07 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of SolomonGrundy


3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So they're calling this a double stout on their website, and it's 8.8% ABV...It'll pack a wallop, for sure...for some reason I always fell like the ABV in stouts is higher than advertised. Oh well....Inky black with only the faintest rims of a head. Very little lacing, so far this is par for the course. Huge chocolate malt and roasty aromas. Very robust. Some barrell aging-ish smells, like smooth bourbon, way in the back. Has a "creamy" smell to it...Nice, sour roasted malt bite upfront in the flavor profile. Lots of espresso bean notes. Alcohol is apparent in the finish. Long, longer, longest finish. Very nice in its bitterness. Very dry stout, but also well balanced. This also has a beautiful round finish...kind of flows from bitter to creamy back to bitter...Very lovely beer....La la la LOVELY, as Mike Muir said...Well done, and mid-range on price at $5.99/bomber, so drinkability suffers a little from the price. Not sessionable, but dangerously good. Find and drink folks...find...and...drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:44:30 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of Suds


3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark, completely black brew,. The head is a tan, soapy consistency. It's a wonderfully aromatic stout...roasted...smokey, dark fruit skins, charcoal, coffee...dates, wood, slightly burnt grain. Sharp taste: sweet, with a touch of astringency from the burnt grain...full in flavor. Some warmth, but no real alcohol note. It's a full, jagged, but very engaging brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 21:50:26 | More by Suds
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.