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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,423
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 88
Gots: 207 | FT: 2
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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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

ToddBeans, May 18, 2014
Photo of Minkybut
2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Minkybut, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of jsh420
2.95/5  rDev -28%
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

jsh420, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

erikhovenkamp, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
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+

kojevergas, May 17, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -22%
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.

Jeffo, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of bryanbullock
3.2/5  rDev -22%
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.

bryanbullock, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of kbnooshay
3.2/5  rDev -22%
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.

kbnooshay, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Ego
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
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...

Ego, Jun 30, 2008
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,423 ratings.