Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,672
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 94
Gots: 276 | FT: 1
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of flannelman808
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very very dark brown with a garnet streak. This one is topped with a gorgeous tan head. Great retention and very good lacing.

S: Coco powder (dark) and a hint of what those hops are (maybe) going to do.

D: Dark chocolate (powdered) and bitter notes coming from those hops which you can smell a little bit. I want to say its almost a resinous bitterness rather than espresso or coffee (from those hops). Pretty darn good stuff though not too complex.

M: Sticky and a little bit sandy.

D: Medium to high

Photo of da_beers
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful black, with a tan head of almost two fingers. Decent lacing.

S - Chocolates, espresso, sweet malts all hit right away. Some roasted scents from the malts as well. Has a bite to it on the nose, but also a sweetness from the malts - I dig the smell.

T - Has a nice bite at the front from the hops, then evens with a smooth warmness, followed at the end with the espresso. Roasted/smokey chocolate notes dance around the palate as well.

M - Not as full bodied as some stouts I've had, but has a nice smoothness and warming qualities.

O - Overall decent stout, definitely not Green Flashes best brew, but not bad at all. Worth a try and I overall enjoyed it.

Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my large wine shaped glass

Nice medium tan head on very dark body. The head on these is good. Lacing as well.

Nose is very roasty and malty.

Taste is roasted malt and some charred notes. Hints of chocolate with the usual dose of hops which is standard for this brand. The hops are almost distracting until you get a few sips down then it mellows out.

Mouth feel is the only limiter on this beer. I found it to be on the dry side which I don't like personally. Alcohol is there aplenty but hidden. This is a good beer but I like the heavier body more creamy styles better.

Photo of magine
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized Dinkel Acker pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color (near black). With a thick dark tan head. After a somewhat aggressive pour this brew has about a three finger thick head that easily holds the cap, very chunky head. The brew as you drink leaves minimal lace, and a lace island head. Initially a great looking brew, that fades to a good looking brew.

Smells delicious; roasted malts, chocolate, oats. Sweet cocoa, some slight hops.

Brew has a velvety smooth taste and mouthfeel. Can taste the roasted malts, has a bitter finish and unfortunately you can taste the alcohol to much with this one. Has an almost burnt malt flavor. Thin mouthfeel and flavors.

The brew is good, but looks alot better then it tastes for me. I was expecting a more thick, robust flavor and mouthfeel. Instead I am getting burnt malts and the alcohol tastes. The drinkability is cut short due to the alcohol taste being so apparent. It is good - not a "special" brew for me.

Photo of 311bulldog
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LoganMc
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. I've had this for probably more than 18 months - hopefully its strength will have preserved it reasonably well.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy mocha-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, sugar, a hint of vanilla and a faint twinge of oxidation. Rich, dark and fruity - good stuff.

Tastes of intense roasted malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, dark malt, coffee, cocoa,molasses, dried fruit, earthy yeast, stewed hop and faint vanilla. A hint of oxidation and staleness in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, coffee, mild fruitiness and stewed leaves.

Impressive - a big stout with a big flavour. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour are replete with roasted malt, burnt grain and molasses. Some mild staleness but this doesn't detract from the experience. Decent body, though could be a shade thicker. A great stout with plenty of character - worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark and opaque mahogany with an inch high thick and frothy head of light brown foam that lingers long. Aroma of darkly toasted malt, cocoa and floral hops, notes of mint.

Rich and full flavor of cocoa and hops upfront, morphing to roasted malt, espresso, licorice and molasses. Firm bitterness from the roast and the hops. Subtle pine and citrus emerges through the rich dark malt in the finish. Moderately full mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid stout. Pours good and black, midlevel weight/thickness. A decent amount of hop aroma together with what must be a drier form of chocolate. Some alcohol comes through, but not enough to turn your nose away.

Taste, quite nice, and damn if there aren't some good imperial stouts out there, but this one is pretty middle of the road for the good ones. Nothing adventurous to set it apart from a lot of the upper echelon stouts. And I don't mean that condescendingly, when you want a stout that has no frills, and delivers, this stout could be your cleanup hitter. Mouthfeel and drinkability, especially, are good. Mouthfeel loses .a little for not seeming as robust towards the end.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with light penetrating only the thinnest of edges. Head is mocha in color and near 2 fingers thick. Retention is above average, with a resulting lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Smells of subtle dark roast, chocolate, and a bit of heat shines through.

Taste - Starts with a touch of roasted malt, chocolate mocha and cream, then a huge citrus hop bitterness swoops in and takes control. Finishes strong with a lingering, sharply bitter citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. For a near 9%, this goes down smooth and easy. Creamy. Carbonation lends to some crispness, along with tingly lips.

Overall - I gotta be honest, for a double stout, I was expecting deeper, more darkly roasted malt, but this kicks like your regular oatmeal with a significant boost in the amount of hops. It's good, but not the 'kick in your pants' abyss deepness I was thinking it'd be. Does well to contain the high alcohol content.

Photo of dismal
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head (once it settles). Leaves plenty of healthy lacing down the glass. The smell right off it chocolate, it pretty much dominated over any other smell. A bit of roasted malts comes out of the smell and if you really try looking for it some coffee, not much, is somewhat apparent. The taste was a bit lighter than I was expecting. Chocolate up front, followed by coffee in the aftertaste. I guess when I say light I mean it's not as flavorful as I was hoping, though there is plenty of flavor. Really it's like a mild chocolate. Typical mouthfeel for the style though may be a little thin. This one's got a higher alcohol content but really it's not noticeable at all in the taste. Very easily drinkable and that chocolate that stands out makes it that way. I enjoy most if not all I've had from Green Flash so it was no surprise I'd like this one especially since I love the style. I'd pick this one up again no problem and probably will. Good stuff.

Photo of colforbin73
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice stout. it is good and spicy, robust, roasty, malty --- the color is black. ibus are up. it's a double stout.

pours watery in the glass, struggles up a little foam. but carbonated ok. i get a good deal of bitterness, astringency, this beer doesn't loosen up. it is a good rich strong brew... and has a good roasty malt feel, but not quite as much sweet and soft as i would like. of course, i like it -- leathery, spicy, hoppy stout, with a very toasty background.

i would drink this again, fair enough?

Photo of J_Dub
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black, brown coloring with a thick, dense, foamy, light brown head that sits a solid inch and a half atop the brew. Clings to the glass as the head slowly recedes, and the beer has strong coffee aromas. The coffee smells are blended with a dark chocolate aroma, as well as a roasty character. Flavors are very rich, with a good blast of bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee, evenly blended and overly bitter, with a slight char and dark fruit sweetness (currant) at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is more of the roasty qualities, with a kiss of the dark cocoa. Smooth body, but remaining somewhat light to allow more ease of drinking. The finish is bitter and slightly boozey, giving a somewhat drying, astringent feel, albeit for a fuller beer such as a stout. Good beer.

Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

954th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz bottle

Pretty sure its a 2011 w/new black label
Purchased a single bottle from Bruery Provisions

App- A good bit of dark brown bordering on black. A nice two finger head that was a slight bit khaki in color with a good bit of cling and lace.

Smell- A good bit like a nice dark cup of coffee. Roasty espresso beans with a good bit of whispy smoke behind it. The 8.8% is well hidden in the nose. Some damper malts on a big whiff.

Taste- Much like the nose, it has a good grainular bitter note behind it. A bit semi-smooth with some roasted dark chocolate and roasty espresso.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a bit more roasty bitter and damp malts and a little peppery notes.

Drink- Its a nice better than average roasty stout. The 8% is well hidden and has some good layers of flavor. A good 4 pack to keep around the house maybe in order.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark dark brown, decent foam...

S: subtle espresso atop a mellow, subdued dark chocolate, background hint of floral alcohol

T: big, velvety malts... herbal-bitter, light licorice, patent malt in the follow-through and aftertaste.... schnapps-y booze... no noteworthy fruit notes... overall, tremendous balance of 'dark' flavor(s) - and that's its hook

M: compact and slightly slick... not much play from the carbonation

O: a decent straight-up stout, 'doubled' in composition and output - what more is there to say... does happen to stand out among other strong, American stouts... could be a killer export stout if just a touch sweeter

Photo of goalie33
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaue black body with a one finger mocha head.
S: Espresso and chocolate malt with undertones of licorice and dark fruit.
T: The taste is sweet all the way through. The beginning is fruity with notes of licorice and the finish is more chocolaty, but the sweetness is present throughout.
M/D: A little bit thin for what I like in a stout, and a double stout no less, but it was soft and the beer was very easy to drink.

A solid Double Stout with nice flavors. A little bit too sweet and thin for what I like in a double stout.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous black color with a sizeable dark tan head on top. Low aroma-sort of ink smelling and a metallic odor going on. Dark chocolate flavor with a sharp hop bite behind it. Dry cocoa powdery taste. Slight metallic or coppery flavor. Velvety smooth and full bodied. Silky. Very drinkable-dessert in a glass. The slight metallic flavor detracts a bit but a killer, killer beer none the less. Dont know how long this has been out but I grabbed it the minute I saw a Greenflash Stout.

Photo of ncvbc
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy tan head with solid retention. Smell is rich roasted malt with a light milky chocolate undertone. Taste is much of the same. Nice roast coffee and a touch of smoke. Some chocolate and a light cherry flavor or something like that. It's not too dark and has a little tartness to it at times. Also a noticeable hop presence, though it's not overwhelming by any means. A creamy smooth mouthfeel with a light tingle on the tongue. Very good body. Overall it's a solid and drinkable brew. Not a whole lot of depth to it but it's simple and tasty for sure.

Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Holly Liquor for eight dollars, also had this on tap at the Blue Palms a few days back, split with my dad, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Pretty much black, minimal light shining through, one inch medium brown head that goes down slowly, nice retention, decent lacing at first
S-Very dark chocolate, roasted malts, floral and slight citrus hoppiness, charcoal, grassy accents, and some booze
T-First thing I thought of when tasting this beer was roastiness and lots of it, whether it be the grains, malt, or chocolate, it is all roasted and my palate was a little overwhelmed, got sweeter as time went on which made me wonder if some of the roasty accents would go away with a few months or even a year behind its belt, anyways this stuff started off with roasted malts, finished with light chocolate and dryness from mild hops, nicely balanced and a pleasure to drink
M-Medium bodied, but looks full as can be, roasty, dry, and semi-sweet mouthfeel, strong level of carbonation, taste lingers with a pronounced roastiness
D-Could probably drink the whole bomber but no need to, a bit heavy and rich for me, alcohol is mostly hidden until it really warms, smooth most of the way through

Nice to see Green Flash bottling some of their more adventurous brews, this and Le Freak being the standouts, a bit expensive for what it is but still quite enjoyable, would drink again, this brew should be interesting to age, recommended

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late September for $4.99.

Beer pourered black with a nice long lasting brown head. Nose is sweet mocha and malts. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, alcohol,roasted coffee with a fair amount of hops thrown in. Mouthfeel is like an oatmeal stout - medium bodied and very smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is definitely a very nice cool season brew to have. Would recommend to fans of stouts.

Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright neon orange label. On this neon orange label is a beautiful San Diego sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Wait a minute! Instead of having the sun coming over the horizon, they have a big green flash instead. To the immediate left and right of the sunrise are hop buds and barley stocks. Below the picture in big bold black letters is the word "Stout." Then just below that in flea sized letters is a heft paragraph about the beer and the brewmaster's signature. On the outer edges of the label is all the mandatory US information. No back label or even some kind of stamped best before date or vintage year.

Appearance: I decided to pour this big Double Stout into my Imperial Sly Fox pint glass. You have no idea how black this beer truly is. I could use the term "black as oil," but that would be an understatement for the true blackness of this beer. Imagine a world engulfed in utter blackness. Got it? Good because that's how black this beer is. Sitting on top of this insanely black beer was a 1 inch creamy dark mocha colored head of foam. This mocha head of foam had really good retention that left behind a long lasting 1/4 of an inch mocha film, a few spots of lace, and one big mocha streak of lace that only appeared on one side of the glass. If you like staring into pitch blackness, then you really need to share into the color of this beer. It's a match made in heaven or hell.

Smell: I knew it was going to have a potent aroma. As soon as I popped the cap, I got a strong whiff of cocoa beans and black coffee. The aroma was so black that it completely kicked what little sweetness there would have been in this beer. Not the most complex dark roasted aroma out there. There were only 3 roasted aromas in here. The aroma was dark and roasted with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. If there was one dark roasted aroma that stood out, it would have to be the dark roasted coffee beans. I liked the dark roasted aromas in here, but I would have liked a little more of a variety. It was just the 3 and that was it. Nothing more emerged when it was swirled around. I have a gut feeling that this dark roasted aroma will transfer over to the taste.

Taste: did the dark roasted aroma transfer over to the taste? You know it did or it wouldn't have been called a Double Stout. In the beginning, it felt like I was drinking a heavily roasted black coffee and not a thick roasted beer. In about 5 to 10 seconds, the roasted coffee flavor dies down to let other flavors come in to join it. After the roasted coffee beans die down, in comes a hint of dark roasted malts, plenty of bitter dark chocolate, a few dark fruits, and then this roasted beer finishes up with some lightly bitter roasted hops. The taste was basically roasted coffee in the beginning, chocolate milk shake in the middle, and roasted hops at the finish line. What I couldn't understand about the taste was were in the hell was the alcohol? You'd think a 8.8% ABV Stout would have a little touch of alcohol in it, but it clearly didn't have any of that alcohol. Good! It didn't need it! There were enough roasted flavors in here to keep me entertained!

Mouthfeel: It was a dark, thick, chewy, and full bodied Double Stout with a low level of carbonation, and a chewy dark roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was chewy with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, a splash of bitter dark chocolate, and a pinch of bitter roasted hops. With all the roasted flavors contained in the aftertaste, this aftertaste doesn't linger on. It's gone with in 6 seconds. I still have to give this beer props for completely masking it's high 8.8% ABV. The best of luck to you on finding any of that alcohol. It's hard to come by.

Drinkability: In the end, this a great dark roasted Double Stout from Green Flash. If you like staring into complete darkness while drinking a beer that's a cross between a black roasted coffee and a chocolate milk shake, then this is your Stout! What it lacked in the aroma, it made up for it in the appearance and the mouthfeel. For me, I wouldn't mind another one of these. It's easily affordable and it's full of dark roasted goodness.

Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an undated bomber from around 2007-2008 (they haven't used this old label since that period). Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is inky - very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin layer of dark tan head. Just a little bit of occasional lace. 8.8% ABV isn't that big for an imperial stout these days, and I've seen ones with much higher alcohol content retain a nicer head. That's basically the only strike against this beer. Not a big deal.

Smell is heavenly. The most forward note is dark fruits, like prune and raisin, which is more reminiscent of a quad than a stout. Behind that is burnt sugar, molasses, coffee, milk chocolate and a slight whiff of bourbon.

That very concentrated "inkiness" carries through to the palate. Espresso, dark chocolate, oats and bitter black malts dominate, with a tinge of green raisin and a cool finish that can probably be attributed to the hops and the booze. Nice roasty/bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel starts off thin, but quickly rounds out and becomes velvety with a surprising amount of soft, prickly carbonation, considering this one's age.

Overall, this beer might have seen better days in terms of look and feel, but the flavor is mostly all there. The nose is downright sexy. The beer is not too sweet and finishes rather dry. It would probably make for a nice complement to a really rich, sweet desert like cheesecake.

Photo of Woo-Woo-Dogs
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black, with a good head of tan foam and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, tobacco.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee and tobacco.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth, with malty bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good stuff. Well balanced, complex, and smooth as silk. Not one of the best, but still very good.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,672 ratings.