Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 843
Hads: 2,947
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 107
Gots: 406 | 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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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of big roasted malts with some sweet caramels and some toffee. Notes of sweet milk chocolaty malt and a tad bit of alcohol. As it heats up you get much more alcohol in the aroma. No hops whatsoever, but that's not out of the norm for this style.

The tastes are typical for the style; a boat load of rich roasted malts. While consumed at colder temperatures it goes down very smooth and leaves a mild bitter and dry finish. As with most stronger dark beers, as you let it warm up, the true characters of the beer come into play. You still get the rich/complex roastiness on the front of your tongue but as it gets to mid tongue you get slightly sweet coffee notes just before the hops balance out the malts. It finishes with bitter-sweet roasted notes and the 8.8% ABV makes its presence known. Overall this imperial stout is one smooth drinker and a great example of the style. (885 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing 'Double Stout' Black Ale @ 8.8% served from a couple of 12 fl oz bottles purchased for $3.50 each

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head which is quickly dissapated leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-smells like a 'RIS'

T-big tasting stout , a certain smokeyness lingers on the palate

MF-ok carbonation , big full body

Ov-ok/good beer , sampled alongside , Brooklyn-Black Choc & Hercule-Stout

prost LampertLand (504 characters)

Photo of chilly460
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, black with dark brown edges. Prodigious head kept me working to keep it from overflowing, decent retention and lacing.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts, some coffee, and definitely a smoke aroma. Got some burnt notes in there as well.

T: Medium sweet malts give way to some roasted coffee. Some dark chocolate sneaks through in different sips and I did pick up the smokiness in the taste. The beer is actually pretty complex, but I didn't find any of the tastes to be that pronounced.

M: I liked this one, slick and velvety, but still not a heavy beer.

D: Solid beer, not going to have a huge flavor profile if you've been drinking barrel aged RIS, but this one is a great "go to" stout. (749 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/10/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. About an inch of creamy and foamy milk chocolate colored head. Light pathces and streaks of lace leftover.

Smell- Deep roasted malt with a milk chocolate nose. Light hops noticable. Not an outright scent, not very outgoing that is.

Taste- Hmmm, quite different from the nose. Not quite as thick and creamy as I was expecting. Heavy super dark chocolate flavor, not the sweet milk flavor that was portrayed in the nose. Hops are quite large and potent and the malt is almost burnt enough to add a light smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel- About the right amount of carbonation with a large and lasting hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty good brew here. If you like the hops in your stout, this one is up your alley. Overall a good deal and worth a try. (908 characters)

Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colored stout with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is coffee grinds.Taste is smoked malts,chocolate,coffee,cream and sugar cane.Very creamy and velvety smooth goes down like silk.Highly recommended and I would purchase again.Two for two for this brewery!! (269 characters)

Photo of tmzl
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with huge, thick (small bubbles), creamy, dark mocha head, it's gorgeous. Leaves some sticky lacing when it goes down, otherwise good, slow, mountainous retention. Top layer that stays is very thick, creamy and leaves some random lacing when you drink. Colour is clear, dark with brown hue (but can't really see through).

Smell: Milk chocolate is the story for this one. Combined with dark fruits (currant), deep roast, medium sweet caramel and light smoke presence. This sweet malt mix is very pleasant, soft, it hugs you like a little child - warm, milky and sweet. Also some light lemon, hey hops with a hint of floral.

Taste: Dark fruits (currant mostly) still there, but tuned down. Milk chocolate still the most dominant. The middle medium sweetness consists mostly with milk chocolate and pleasant lighter roast and light coffee. Ends with medium (mostly roasted and some milk chocolate notes) bitterness and some hop presence, pine and citrus mucus. Stays for a while, gets sharp and slightly unpleasant in the after-taste - quite the opposite from the milky, warm, hugging character in the smell. Alcohol well incorporated, also some light sour and very light metallic notes here and there.

Mouthfeel: Full light-heavy body, creamy but not as smooth as one would hope, carbonation maybe a bit to crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: It's an interesting beer, has it strong points but there are also some things that bother me, the aggressive bitterness ruins the whole image of milky, warm beer that is created in the smell. It starts as a very balanced, smooth, pleasant but then kicks you. Maybe that works for some. Is this the real life? (1,664 characters)

Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured nearly black with a few ruby/brown highlights. The head was massive, rising a good 2.5" before dropping to a thin cap. Surprising amount of lace stickage on my glass.

S= Really boozy. Beyond that, I noted roasted malt/coffee, light chocolate, and a general lingering sweetness.

T= Tasted better than it smelled, with the roasty grains and the chocolate/caramel malt notes combining well enough. not a lot of hop presence, but it was certainly detectable. The finish was dry and skewed to the roasty side.

M= Really more medium than heavy in the body, with lots of carbonation. Good tongue coating capabilities.

D= A bit boozy, but all in all a very good offering. Not as smooth as its competitors, but worth drinking all the same. (831 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger brown colored head. The head has a nice level of retention, fading over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a big roasted malt smell mixed with lots of dark coffee and chocolate. Mixed with these more bitter aromas are some smells of a sweeter dark fruit variety as well as some char.

Taste – The beer begins with a strong roasted malt flavor with some light sweetness of dark fruits upfront. As the flavor advances past the initial taste, a bitter chocolate and coffee come to the tongue drowning out much of the sweeter tastes that were detected before. While these more bitter dark flavors last to the end they are later joined by some flavors of smoke and a bit of booziness. These when mixed also with a light vanilla and woody taste leave a moderately bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is thick and creamy with a rather lower level of carbonation. The combination is fantastic for the roasted and moderately bitter and dark flavors.

Overall – A dark and drier Imperial stout with tons of roasted malt flavor and a decent bitter bite. (1,262 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown with about a finger of tan foam. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate and roasted malts.

t - Chocolate jumps out first. Also some vanilla and roasted malts. A little bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium to full body. Little carbonation, pretty smooth.

d - Thought this was a very enjoyable stout. Nice smooth chocolate smell and taste, would definitely try this again. (430 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a thin head that lasts a ring. Aroma is some slight roasted malts, but very weak. The taste is a nice blend of roasted malts, fresh ground coffee and cocoa. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and fairly well hidden alcohol. This is a decent stout but doesn't seem like it would benefit from aging. (333 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark molasses with a dark, 3.5-finger tan head and ringed lacing.

S - Mild roasted malt with a little chocolate and coffee and a smidge of wood tannin.

T - Dark/burnt roasted grain and coffee, dark chocolate, touch of anise, astringent, only mildly sweet. Aftertaste is burnt/roasted with a good amount of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth but dries out.

O - Enjoyed it more from the bottle than on-tap; perhaps because the food aromas in the restaurant were interfering. It's not overly complex but this is worth drinking, especially if you are looking for a dark/burnt stout experience. (687 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle of this down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City earlier this week. The beers that I previously had from Green Flash were hop bombs and I was interested to try their take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Even though this is listed as a Double/Imperial Stout, there's enough here to warrant it being placed in a new category altogether. The hops are overshadowed by the body and carbonation here and this has a bit of a heavier feel to it than a typical IPA!

This didn't have much of an aroma to it - the roasted, cocoa, and coffee notes only came out in the taste. Even thought the bottle was heavy, the beer matched it in terms of body. No bitterness like a Stout here but more of the feel of a Cocoa Porter with the aggressive alcohol not present in the taste of the beer. Because this is like a hot chocolate that's been fermented, it wasn't easy to down this and instead, this had to be savored a bit at a time.

I like this style but it would be good to try one of these that wasn't so strong. The flavors weren't obstructed by the alcohol and this didn't have the feel of the other Green Flash beers but there was a bit missing from this. Having one of these that was a bit thinner would probably lead to a beer that would be easier to enjoy and would allow for a more sensory experience as well. For now, this suffices and in spite of its boldness, this was a fine brew that would warm anyone up nicely on a cold day. (1,454 characters)

Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating.

Nice pour; very dark brown head atop a pitch black ale.

Scent is mostly milk chocolate sweetness with a bit of a caramel edge.

Flavor is somewhat lighter for the style. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, but not quite as dense as a RIS. Nice sweetness in the finish to counter the bitterness of the roasted malt and hop.

Nice body; as I said it's not quite as thick as other imperial stouts, giving it a more drinkable (perhaps dangerously so) profile.

Good offering from Green Flash, like their others. The price is a bit steep at $3 bottle, so I may not revisit. (603 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark brown, as close to black as could be. A nice full finger of rich chocolate colored head, decent retention, thickish tan outer ring remains. Solid lacing.

S - Roasty and bold bitter/dark chocolate aromas. A little smokey/ashy too.

T - Roasty/smokey and bitter, sweet bitter chocolates at the back end. Pretty simple but pretty bold and delightful. Slightly boozy

M - Medium bodied-Full bodied, appropriate carbonation. Almost a sipper

O - A nice bold flavorful double stout, definitely a fan. Should be a fun 64 oz's. (542 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in an Ommegang Tulip. A hard pour produces a thick head of light brown rocky foam, great lacing as it settles out over very deep dark brown stouty-stout. I'm getting chocolate and roasted barley...very light coffee too in the nose, seems promising so far. Luxurious viscous mouthfeel with flavors of chocolate once again, malt sugar sweetness, a nice roasty sensation mingling with a not-over-the-top hopping...everything melds nicely. Chocolate again in the finish, then fades with a roasty note. Alcohol well masked in this one. Quality stuff. (553 characters)

Photo of kbuzz
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a snifter - no date to be found.

A: Pours very dark, opaque even...thin, half finger head that fades quickly. What little bit remains is tan/mocha in color with small, fizzy bubbles. Some alcohol legs as I tilt the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate, some coffee. Plenty of roasted malts. I also get a confectionary sweetness. Reminds me of standing in line at a cotton candy stand in an amusement park. Some anise as well. Wonderful, wonderful complex smell.

T: Plenty of chocolate going on - a bitter chocolate that is balanced by that same sweetness in the smell...and when the alcohol tastes come out, it all blends into the taste of a candy truffle or a chocolate rum cake. Slight coffee notes. Not necessarily as complex as the nose would indicate.

M: Smooth, creamy beer that coats the mouth...although not as thick as I'm used to in a stout...just medium bodied. Finishes dry on the palate.

O: A pretty solid imperial stout. The taste was a little disappointing considering the nose, but still very enjoyable. Maybe a little thinner than I prefer in a stout as well. Definitely more on the chocolate/sweet side than the coffee/bitter side. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is very smooth and well balanced. Would certainly drink again, but probably not in the 22 oz format. (1,321 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brackish black with a half inch of brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, smoke, coffee, chocolate and earthiness. Flavors of dark chocolate, black coffee, roasted malts and a bit of a smoky finish. Heavy bodied with little carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel as well. Pretty good Imperial Stout. Worth having again. (341 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black in color with a half finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. Nose is a touch of sherry combined with a pinch of bourbon. The taste certainly includes a healthy dose of roasted malt, but there is also a less pleasant astringent flavor as well. The finish is more roasted bitterness with hints of port.

All-in-all, not a bad effort. However, I have certainly had better double stouts. (425 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured black with a light tan head. When held up to the sun, the edges show a dark reddish brown hue. The head disappears into a tan halo with a light cloudy cover over the top. The head and legs are slick and fine. The micro/fine bubbles seem to melt off of the sides as I move the beer around in the glass. The smell is rich and smells faintly of fresh baked sourdough bread, some raisins, some coffee, and a distant dark/bitter chocolate smell. The taste is complex in a way and not disappointing. There is a balanced mix of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, sweet raisins, and coffee. This stout has a medium body and a drier finish. I don't understand why they call it Double Stout... (703 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with 4-to-5 fingers of tan frothy tan head. Good dose of sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention.

Smelled dark chocolate, light coffee, toffee, caramel, fudge, crayon and cocoa.

Tasted cocoa, dark chocolate, crayon, roasted nuts, dark fruits and buttery bitter notes.

Full body. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, warming finish.

This was a very good stout. Not fantastic, but good all around. (666 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 2.19. Served in a Sweetwater snifter. No bottling info given. 

Pours jet black with beautiful 2 finger mocha head. Laces well all the way down. 

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts and burnt coffee. 

Bold roasted flavors up front. Coffee, bitter chocolate and dark malts. Well rounded flavors evolve into subtle but present dark fruit and more smooth chocolaty malts. Long bittersweet finish. 

Medium bodied but creamy smooth with light carbonation. Not as thick as I tend to prefer but it feels good swishing around my mouth. 

Overall this is a very well done stout. I think I'll be picking up more next time I'm in an area that sells Green Flash to see how this does with some age. If you enjoy stouts, this is certainly worth a try.  (798 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a pitch black with a two finger light bronze colored head that is super creamy and leaves super dense lacing. Beautiful appearance!

Nose: Chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, cream, light cinnamon.

Taste: Roast, sweet, honey, booze heat, milk chocolate, noticeable acidity.

Moderate carbonation with a light presence on the tongue relative to the style. Great flavors but not all that well-rounded. Would drink again but there are plenty of other beers that are better for this style. (517 characters)

Photo of dickieb
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a really nice brown head which leaves some wonderful lacing. The smell is fairly light and mostly of darker roasted malts and some hints of vanilla jumping out at me. The taste has more kick with dark chocolate and the roasted malts being the backbone with a lingering bite from the subtle hopping. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy excellent for the style and it has a nice drinkability to it. Not as good as the IPA's from Green Flash but a solid offering. (474 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to smoked for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with more than 2 fingers of dark tan head. It maintains some solid frothy retention and paints patches of leggy lace all over the glass. When held to the light, a faint amount of dark brown clarity is noted. A light swirl effortlessly brings forth a finger of dark tan head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is roasty striking up thoughts of coffee with an earthy and citrus element of fresh coffee beans. That coffee like citrus quality blends into more of an herbal and more distinct character of hops. Quite roasty smelling that is almost ashy mixed with more char and chocolate malt. A very mellow inclusion of fruity alcohol is the last thing noted.

The taste is bitter from the level of roast in the grain. It presents itself with chocolate, coffee and a bit of an acrid bite. It is ashy and bitter from a not only the level of roast but it is accented by an herbal/citrus bitterness from the hops inclusion. It also displays a bit of an herbal/vegetative quality across the back that mixes with light notes of solvent and fruity alcohol. The aftertaste is lightly musty that focus back on the roast of the malt that is somewhat like coffee and bitter chocolate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a solid inclusion of roast, alcohol and hops that impart their own very unique character to the overall experience. however I just dont think it blends together that well. Overall it is not a bad brew by any means, it is just a little rough around the edges that gets more perplexing as the experience continues. The depth of flavor almost changes to tobacco and leather once it is warms which is nice but it doesn't blend well with the faint musty grain and herbal hop inclusion. Worth a try for sure but not something I would reach for continually. (1,953 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark as night black hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy,chocolate coloured three finger head that leaves behind lots of clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is mainly tobacco,oak,light mocha and some piney hops,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of dark belgian chocolate,bitter coffee,oak,tobacco and finished off with a twist of dark fruity/piney bitter hops and overall its a nice double stout that just lacks in a few fields to be in the top range in my mind cheers. (549 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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