Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 842
Hads: 2,945
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.4%
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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Reviews: 842 | Hads: 2,945
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)

Photo of Gear54
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a snifter

Pour is pitch black with 1/2 finger of thin kaki head that fades quickly leaving light lace in the glass

Smell rich roasted malts with Carmel notes. No hop presence in the nose. Aroma is the strength of the beer for me

Taste follows well with chocolate and roasted Carmel malt. I get some generic nuttiness with the chocolate sweetness at well

Feel is weak for me. Flavors are faint and don't last on the palate. I like my stouts to be thick and this is not. Consistency reminds me more of a porter.
Overall a solid beer in the nose that leaves a bit to be had in the taste. (608 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark as night with a tall creamy dark tan head.

S - caramel, malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate with a bitter twist in the end.

T - Cocoa, coffee, raisins, prune and like the scent it has a bitter turn in the end.

M - good covering with a mild tingle all over the mouth and throat.

O - it is close, but due to the bitter hits I would only do one before moving on. (374 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's basically pure black with a dark brown/tan foamy head and some little lacing behind. Not much of a scent. Kind of chocolate and metallic. A bit of malt.

It has a surprisingly sweet taste. It's kind of like bubblegum, watermelon, grape all mixed together. Smoothish, with a slight sour bite to it. It's not at all what I was expecting. No real hop presence. It's not bad, but it's not my style for a black ale. (415 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Great appearance, black as they come, large 3 finger head of tan-brown foam that does add some glass lacing for good effect. Medium thickness on the pour, the foam settles at a quarter of an inch.

Big roasted malt as well as coffee and chocolate aromas are there on this one. Perhaps a little confused.

The taste is of roasted malt early, coffee on the middle and the finish sort of peters out.

Mouthfeel is quite good, medium to big bodied and coats the mouth well.

Overall, an ok brew, but having had their Silva Stout fresh, this is a bit of a let-down. (666 characters)

Photo of gerite
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours very black and opaque with a lot of dark tan head. Leaves a solid lacing all around the glass. The taste is more hops that malt which leaves a slight lingering bitterness. Overall it is smooth and refreshing but definitely has more characteristics of a Black Ale than a Double Stout. (329 characters)

Photo of Merkur
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the tap room in San Deigo

Beer pours a nice, rich, dark brown color.

As far as smell, nothing really to detect. Just a bit of slight roastiness.

Beer tastes slightly bitter on the initial taste and then hops take over the back end. A bit too hoppy for an imperial stout, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side.

Overall, an OK Imperial stout. (373 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a two finger mocha head with very nice retention and lacing. Lots of dark roasted malt in the aroma, as well as dark bitter chocolate, smoke, and cocoa. Doesn't smell like it should be overly sweet.

Lots of dark roasted malt, and bitter dark chocolate in the taste. There is also some cocoa, smoke, and some earthiness. More bitter than sweet.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a lot of dark roasted malt in the aftertaste. This is a decent stout, but not one of the best in its class. (516 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Jungle Jim's about a month ago. 22 ounce bomber with a bright orange label.

Appearance: Pours black with a dark tan, creamy head. Surprisingly high viscosity for its' depth.

Smell: Heavily roasted malts, coffee and sweets. Very nice.

Taste: Rich, dark chocolate and French coffee. Slight toffee and caramel - likely from the high amount of malts. Aftertaste lingers with more coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice beer. Worth a try, but nothing amazing to me. (522 characters)

Photo of mikehblack
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours completely black with a nice fat espresso head. Lacing clings to the glass.

S- Roasted malt, a little chocolate. Not much else going on here.

T- Dark chocolate, espresso, some roasted character. Slight bitterness from the chocolate.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Coats the mouth and I can hardly taste the alcohol. Easy drinker.

O- A pretty standard and well-balanced imperial stout that represents well for the style but doesn't provide much beyond that. Great mouthfeel, however. (491 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black body with a sudsy tan head.

Aroma: Dark syrupy malt, roasted notes.

Taste: Roasted dark malt essence. Hops are felt through the IBUs they contribute in the finish. Long gentle ebbing of dark roasted coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Overall the flavor is very top heavy with bitterness. Almost as if it is missing a depth that would make it really great. Just a fiery hint of the 8.8% ABV long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body which is quite light considering both the ABV and the style. Understated carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not completely impressed with this one but a good stout from a brewery that's more notable for their IPAs. Would I drink it again? Maybe. (740 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a India ink black with a huge 3 inch dark beige head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing as the head recedes down the glass. The aroma is, well, rather stouty. Nothing spectacular. There are definite notes of dark chocolate and strong coffee. There are definite notes of ruff graininess. The taste follows suit but less spectacularly. The flavor is dark chocolate and coffee. Nothing really exciting or provoking. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy leaving a coating of dark chocolate on the palate. This in my opinion is really just an average Imperial Stout. Its good, but its nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary. It's the basics of what any good tasting stout is. No more, no less. (757 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with a thick creamy light tan head that leaves lacing.

S: Slight metallic scent, and a hint of roasted grain.

T: Rich roasted flavor full of bitterness. Notes of coffee and cocoa. It has a very good flavor.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Big and full bodied with good bitterness and carbonation. Very easy to drink but doesn't put me to sleep.

O: Overall it's a very good beer. I'm not sure what's going on in the scent department. That metallic note is off-putting but it's still a good beer. Stout lovers or those who enjoy a good cup of espresso will find this a very enjoyable beer. Overall the scent is really what takes this beer down a notch. It looks perfect in the glass, tastes and feels outstanding. (721 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, a light coffee roast. In the taste, a dry coffee roast and mellow pine hops in the end. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, mellow coffee roast in the aftertaste. Lack of nose, but nice mellow hops all the way through. (289 characters)

Photo of TSJ4000
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a really nice stout. I was expecting a lot of bittering hops coming from Green Hops Brewing Co. but this was well-balanced. Sometimes too much hops is too much hops. This was a really nice stout though. It was jet black and lacking a thick head but delicious, refreshing, and very full flavored. Something more than a chocolate malt ale that a lot of people brew as a stout. (379 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this one.

This beer pours a dark black with a little port that shines through the edges. The head is a collar of tan which leaves behind a delicate lacing.

Smells a bit watery with cocoa malts and an afterthought of fruity sourness.

The flavor begins with a touch of milk chocolate that dry out a bit bringing in a roasted ashy fruity sourness. I can't pin down what kind of fruit, but it's really quite bland. I'm surprised at how utterly devoid this one is of anything that catches my attention. It's kinda like the guy you've worked with for 15 years that you still haven't caught the name of.

Feels clean and pleasantly dense with a nice tickle of subdued carbonation.

A pretty easy drinking beer. Not much to disappoint or excite. (764 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a big, pillow-y two fingers of sand colored foam which fades rather slowly. Lacing is quite good.

S: Mostly roasted malts, some sweet chocolate, and almost a kind of citrus-y tang.

T: Again, roasted malt and some smokiness, a tinge of coffee, followed by a fair amount of hoppiness. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Relatively high level of carbonation (for the style) makes for a not-the-smoothest mouthfeel. Heat from the alcohol is noticeable.

O: A simple and enjoyable enough stout. Enough said. (555 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee. Taste is strong coffee, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some lingering bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer. (256 characters)

Photo of Sam21
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/09/12. Poured into snifter. 

A- Pours thick and dark with a health light tan head. Great retention and beautiful in the glass. Brooding with excellent appeal. 

S- Mild. Chocolate and a strong fruit note reminiscent of cherry. Powdered chocolate. Cocoa nibs. It's a balanced chocolate forward nose, but not overly complex - for me. 

T- Sweet dark fruit up front with cherry hard candy, prunes, and raisins that are enveloped in chocolate. Again, balanced, moderate intensity, with a nice slow sweet finish. Hop bitterness is present and adds a refreshing finish to the sweetness. It enhances the cocoa nib bitterness and coaxes balance out of it all.

MF- Full, creamy, and smooth. Really wonderful. If the body was heavier, the body would be world class for this balanced profile. Still, really wonderful. 

O- This is a smooth drinking imperial stout. The alcohol is hidden, the flavors are balanced, and the experience is excellent. I prefer a more expressive imperial stout with more charred roast notes, but this beer hit its mark.  (1,055 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- impenetrably black. Big foamy khaki head lasts and leaves nice lacing.

S- mostly dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T- big bitter roast malt. Nice flavor but nothing defining about it.

M- smooth but not all that thick.

O- a good stout but nothing overwhelming about it (277 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the kings of the west coast IPA brews a double stout...how is it?

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Typical. It's dark...very dark brown with an almost non-existent tan head.

S: Smells of chocolate, espresso, and charred malts.

T: In my opinion, this one is throws a bit too much of the strong coffee and burnt malt. There's an overtone of smokiness, as well, which seems a bit out of place. There are some hops to balance it out on the back end, but it still finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel is good, though. As smooth as can be.

O: The taste doesn't really do it for me, but the rest of the aspects of this beer are pretty good. If you're into the intensely bitter coffee stouts, this one may be worth seeking out. (760 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.