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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 849
Hads: 2,965
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 424 | 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: 849 | Hads: 2,965
Photo of willth
2.12/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is great, nice mocha head. Smell is just pure citra hops, taste is way too hoppy for a stout. Not sure what they were thinking with this one. Drain pour (158 characters)

Photo of Jemonster
2.22/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Deep dark chocolate brown with probably the darkest tan head I've ever seen on a beer. Cloudy head.

S: Sweet malt and burnt toast.

T: THAT IS BOLD. The label isn't lying, this beer packs "flavor". For me there is too much roast character and not enough of everything else. A burnt taste like old and poorly roasted french roast coffee overpowers everything. There is some sweet malt there, but just barely, and a lingering hop bitterness at the end. I feel like I might have gotten a bad batch, there is a sour tinge. This is so burnt tasting that it's undrinkable.

M: Creamy and smooth, nice level of carbonation.

O: Can't even drink this. (647 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy chocolate malts, licorice and some lactose and roast. Weird floral notes come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet plasticky lactic chocolate with black licorice and a big roasted char bitter finish that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation and a bit oily.

Overall, it just doesn't work for me. The more I sip, the less I like it. It has too many off notes for me - plastic and too much oily char that makes the black licorice unpleasant as well. (630 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Super deep brown color, close to black, very big light brown head. Super sticky. Asphault cocoa powder roasted malt and an overall earthiness on the nose.

Suprisingly light for an imperial stout. Brisk carbonation, same flavors that are on the nose, a bit of astringent coffee. Thin and burnt tasting, not really understanding the high rating on this one. Earthy bitterness that doesn't really compliment the other flavors. The one upside is you can't detect the 8.8% other than that though not a good beer. Harsh astringent and with flavors that dont meld. (558 characters)

Photo of Crosling
2.59/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dark brown nearly black color with a small, beige head of foam. Nose is awfully light smelling, mostly hop accented with some malt character but the nose overall is disappointing. It's a hoppy stout, mostly hop accented with citrus notes and lots of bitterness. Malts are a bit over roasted and unbalanced, lots of bitter chocolate and coffee ground notes, but it could show some more fruit character. Pretty brash and not a lot of complexity or overall balance. (462 characters)

Photo of RussianImperial
2.6/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I liked the smell of this beer, lots of roasty malts and chocolate just like a Stone Imperial Russian Stout. This beer looked good , real dark with a nice mocha head. mouthfeel is like a Porter...thin, with a little too much carbination. The first I noticed was the hoppiness of the beer, I let the beer sit and warm-up a litle, the hoppiness and the carbination was still prevelent, I did not like this beer even though it looked and smelled decent.Too hoppy for a darker beer.

I would not buy this Stout again. I'll stick to Stone Imperial Russian Stout or Old Rasputin. (575 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.67/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark, viscous black, very opaque. Good 2 finger mocha head that leaves a decent amount of filmy lacing.

S - Actually sensing quite of bit of dark fruits and licorice in the nose. It's a bit of a disappointment on the smell, I'm not picking much else.

T - Very sweet, lots of brown sugar and oatmeal. Fades into a bit of a coffee bitterness and milk chocolate, but it's hard to pick up. I don't know, there's something that just doesn't blend well here. It's too sweet and the balance comes too late.

M - It's smooth and creamy, which is good, alcohol is pretty much hidden.

Overall - I wasn't sold on this one. It seemed too fruity and sugary. Just seemed terribly off in the balance. (701 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.92/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this thick beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was really black as it should be. Very chocolate looking and the head was too for what little bit of time it was there. The smell was sweet but the taste was not. The beer had a bitter and dry mouth feel. It was thick and chewy. I do not think I will buy again. (326 characters)

Photo of srletend
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: oily black; absolutely no light going through; lack of much head from the bottle pour
S: artificial chocolate
T: chocolate; slight alcohol aftertaste
M: oily residue (168 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours dark brown looks black in the glass with a small tan 1/2 fingern tight bubble creamy head that left spotted lacing

smells like a milk stout coco roasted malts and a little coffee

taste is nowhere near what an impy stout should be and the taste is just ok for a regular stout - it has a bright tangy flavor maybe a mix of coffee and hops? but its not a bipa - good roast and coco flavors though

mouthfeel light thin body but has the right amount of carbonation

overall - not a stout i would buy again - will stick with the two beers green flash does well ipa and bwine (577 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

8.8% ABV confirmed. Bottled: 09/25/12. That makes this about 8 months shy by my count. Self-identifies as a Double Stout, but it also includes the confusing epithet "Black Ale." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art, good bottle design, and blue branded standard pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger dark milky tan colour head of good milky lightly creamy complexion, nice soft appearance, good thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. Not quite a jet black but close; quite dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is light and uneven. A spot-on appearance for the style, but little stands out. You have to bring a lot to the table rise to the top of this style, and there's just nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Dark malts, caramel, peat, cream, the lightest hint of weak coffee (lacking roast or anything of interest), vague light molasses, chocolate malt, and the lightest hint of roasted malt. Nowhere near enough roast. The chocolate and coffee aren't at all evocative; there's no depth here. Not very impressed with the malts either. No hop aromatics are detectable, nor is any yeast character or alcohol. An average strength aroma for the style, and rather muted. Not bold or confident; very timid - not a good trait for an imperial stout. It's not horribly inviting as a result. No overt flaws, though.

T: A pretty run-of-the-mill dark malt build with some light smoked malt and chocolate malt. Coffee presence is minimal. Overly bitter. Lacks roast, a key flaw. Light peaty bitterness on the climax isn't at all satisfying. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through. Oats seem strangely out of place here. Caramel. It's quite a malt bomb all around, with none of the good aspects of a solid imperial stout. Very underwhelming. Timid. Badly balanced - in particular that naked grainy bitternes. Touches of molasses don't do this any favors. Badly built and constructed. Not a fan of this one.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too slick for the style, which requires more body, coarseness, and dryness. Oats lend it a strange smoothness and almost acrid astringency. Too thick for its lack of flavour depth and/or diversity. Decent carbonation. Below average execution for the style. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well. Chewy and grainy.

Dr: A very subpar effort from Green Flash. One of the more underwhelming imperial stouts I've had in awhile. Almost everything good that I look for in beers of this style is not present here. I wouldn't get this again and I wouldn't recommend it. Really disappointed in this one. Somewhat drinkable but very underwhelming. Hides its ABV decently.

Low C+ (3,128 characters)

Photo of bryanbullock
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Good pour, with dark head solid black appearance

S- I am not sure what I am detecting in smell, but it is not pleasant. It smells almost like smoked beef on a metal plate. Small hints of chocolate

T- On my first taste, the taste matched the smell, but as I continued to drink the smell got better and the true taste was able to shine though. Bitter roasted malt and dark chocolate with hints of expresso. Very bitter for a stout.

M - More foamy than most stouts and medium viscosity.

O - Overall the taste was good but the smell was to much to over come, I do not think I will purchase again. (602 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at De Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick mocha colored head with good retention. Jet black in the glass with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and a ring. Only the ring remains until the end, leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Not as bold as hoped. Some roasted malts, dark chocolate brownies as well, and some obvious notes of oats in there. Hints of dark cherries and dark fruits even. A nice nose, just not all that forceful.

TASTE: Roasted malts again, a bit of caramel and sweet dark chocolate and brownies. The oats are very apparent in the flavor profile as well. Bitter chocolate and some roasted malt and spicy alcohol in the finish. Aftertaste is bold bit finishes dry. More impressive than the nose, but a little heavy on the oats perhaps.

PALATE: Medium body, lighter than expected, and medium carbonation. Only semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Lacking some weight and creaminess to bring it over the hump.

OVERALL: A decent imperial oatmeal stout, but nothing mind blowing. A little too heavy on the oats perhaps, and the palate is a little weaker than it needs to be, but still a decent brew worth checking out. There are others in the style I would reach for first, however. (1,348 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured exactly like a Guinness with the weird slow settling. The rocky and frothy brown head formed some awesome lacing. The aroma was malty, coffeeish and chocolately. The taste was of coffee, dark belgian chocolate and bittering hops This was slightly drying The mouthfeel was way too light for a stout. It was thin but smooth. (334 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours black with deep browns in the light. Head is light tan. Drops to a spotty head with a chunky loose collar. Faint spots of lacing. Pours a bit thinner than expected. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Lots of roasted malt character. Deeply roasted with some cocoa and a solid hit of bitter baker's chocolate. Some tiny hints of old coffee beans. Some grainy notes. Touches of citrus in the back. Not a lot of depth.

Taste: Oh hey, it's super roasted. Touches of smoke and char. Bitter chocolate and baker's chocolate. Loaded with bitter roasted malts. Some old, very old stake coffee. Touches of leather and dark plum. Some caramel malt in the back. A touch of pithy citrus with some pine needle thrown in for good measure. Intense levels of roast.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Thinner than I expect from the style. A bit dry and bubbly.

Overall: Double your fun? I think not!

Not a bad stout, but I feel like they missed the mark a bit. Has the crazy roast profile associated with the style, but everything else felt a little light by comparison. A bigger body and smoother Mouthfeel would really push this over barely above average. (1,186 characters)

Photo of heerboth
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer wasn't that great overall. A bit thin for the style and a pungent smell of alcohol. As it warmed, the alcohol mellowed and the malt flavors became more pronounced. However, you can do much better in this style category. (232 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

eyes...
dark, opaque with a sizable cocoa colored head, craggy head takes it's sweet time, the lacing is good... overall just a really nice looking stout.

nose...
kind of a prune-y chocolate, hints of cocoa, not much else going on but pretty good.

taste etc...
bitter chocolate with hints of coffee, the alcohol has a warming effect on the way down, there is a somewhat biting sensation in the aftertaste, this seems a bit too light in the loafers to be a stout and lacks a creaminess that would really tie it together. The ABV is well hidden.

verdict?
an OK stout, not worth looking high and low for but not bad to give it a shot... (636 characters)

Photo of Gryphon69
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle
dated: best before 8-30-14
oversized wine glass

A- Pours a near black with a finger high head of dark mocha. ring around the glass after 3-4 minutes, nice sticky lacing.

S- Dark malts, chocolate, some coffee, hints of brown sugar, some alcohol.

T- Very strong alcohol / hops bite right up front, followed by some roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, bitter coffee. Alcohol is surprisingly overpowering throughout the drink, much more than what your nose tells you.

M- full body, creamy smooth and fizz until you swallow.

O- Average nose, and to me this bottle anyway the alcohol is overpowering any balance of the flavors, I have another that I will probably sit on for a year or so and see if it settles down some. (732 characters)

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a solid jet black color and builds a tall khaki head leaving lots of lacing. An impressive start just by the looks of it.

Nearly wet my nose at first while digging for any semblance of an aroma, but once it opened up got some nice notes of milk chocolate-covered cherries, medium roast coffee and pumpernickel.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose or appearance. It's got the standard stout notes of coffee and chocolate, but it finishes with a overly earthy and acidic bite. A little too much roast and hop bitterness with not quite enough malt sweetness for my liking.

Mouthfeel is disappointing as well...too thin and too much carbonation for a double stout. Could be a lot smoother.

A bit too acrid and rough around the edges for my taste, but if you like the sound of a hop-bombed coffee stout, give this one a shot. (834 characters)

Photo of baseball1976
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this last night for the first time. While it was not bad, there are much better imperial stouts out there.

For me, the problem was that there was too much of an alcohol taste to the beer. I prefer more of a robust flavor, and this one just did not have it. Maybe it was a bad bottle? Not sure. (302 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black. Thin, flat cap of brown head. No lace.

S - Coffee beans, liquorice, coal, raisins, cherry.

T - Big, black coffee. Charred malt, a musty earthiness. Less dimensional than its nose, too much lasting coffee for me to get past to anything else.

M - Thin body for a stout, low carbonation.

O - I am not a coffee fan so this is not a hit for me, but I can see the attraction to this big, bold, brash stout, especially in the cooler weather. (453 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chunky full inch of head sits atop this beer, like newly fallen snow atop a solid rock of granite, leaving thick and bubbly lace behind. Lightly malty on the nose, with just a touch of sweetness as you inhale for your first drink.

Smooth with an exceptional mouthfeel, the malts lie heavy on the tnogue, with a bitter touch of tannins on the very end, lasting for a number of minutes afterwards. The malts though override any other flavors that may be present - all malts, not much else.

Still good for a once-in-a-while infusion of "heavy." (547 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega as part of their Green Flash special. Apparently there was a rep there earlier in the week so 5 or 6 taps were dedicated to Green Flash beers. This one was recommended by the dude serving my table.

A- Served in a shitty shaker pint. Its a deep black beer with a nice coffee colored head. It laces the nondescript glass fairly well, giving some character to the bland glass cylinder in front of me.

S- Heavy on coffee. There is also a nice shot of anise, bittersweet chocolate, fruits and heavy roast. Hops levels are very characteristic of a Green Flash beer, in that there is a very high perception of citrusy and piney hops.

T- Yes, this is quite the bitter stout. Its bittered by both black coffee and piney hop flavors. Some licorice and berries give it a nice depth and attempt to offset the bitterness.

M- Very dry. I finished a whole glass of water and wanted more. (896 characters)

Photo of DocDownUnder
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new import to AUS! 12oz. into the Duvel.

A-Pitch black with a silky smooth looking tan head.

S-Strong dark chocolate and roasty aroma.

T-As smooth as it looks this has a bitter coffee-ish bite. Strong roast bitterness, and more coffee bitterness. Acidic.

M-The amount of carbonation probably doesn't help the bite.

O-Looks and smells amazing, but the bitterness is too much. Not my style. (403 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Black with three fingers of mocha foam that dies down in a few minutes leaving a quilt of the same. Crazy lace. Smells of hops (pine, weed) then a huge malt presence. Molasses, cocoa, licorice, coffee and a bit of milk chocolate are all very strong. Flavor is sweet, coffee grounds and bitter all at once; not sure I like the juxtaposition versus a well integrated profile. Some molasses, dark figs and a little hershey syrup in there. When this beer first entered my lips, I noticed the body - it seemed thin and flat, then I gave it a light swish and some carb came out. Overall the body was poorly constructed with a lower than anticipated (even for a stout) and no body to back it up with a dry finish. Meh, has stuff going for it, but not that all impressed. (777 characters)

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.