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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 3,016
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 119
Gots: 445 | 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: 857 | Hads: 3,016
Photo of lastmango
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like used motor oil but that is expected. Head is thin and the color of chocolate malt. Nose is also like a malted. Wonderful malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Slight hop finish.

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Photo of Secret
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Hey, that's a sexy stout. Dark as the night, with a tan/caramel head. Even with a gentle pour, head was three fingers or more, because I had to take some off the top, to avoid spilling over. Settles down in a couple of minutes. Not much lacing, but what was there was nice.

Smell: It smells of currant/raisin for sure. On the first blush, I could have easily been convinced that I was smelling a red wine which had come from a very well-toasted oak barrel. Of course, further examination gives away those predictable coffee scents, and chases away the idea that this might be wine. The two scents combine in such a way that reminds me very much of a strong American or robusto. Smell is also a tad boozy. Getting near the end of the glass, smells a bit like brown bread toast.

Taste: Much less boozy than it smells, but just as acidic. The oats definitely come through, and I'm reminded of a bowl of honeyed oatmeal, while one's fresh cup of coffee sits nearby on a cold winter's morning. The chocolate is all in the finish, for me. (Finish is astoundingly long, several minutes.) I disagree that this is syrupy or too sweet. It's not just bone dry; so what?

Feel: Not nearly as heavy as its flavor would make you believe it should be. Medium carbonation that lasts to the end.

Overall: Impressive. I could go a little lower on the total IBU, but I would buy this again if Left Hand Milk Stout weren't available. (Which is how I ended up with it in the first place.) This beer has better and more complex flavor, but in general, I prefer IBU around 15-35. That's just my deal.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Black as night body and a nut beige head. Lacks some carbonation. Had to serve with force just for a finger of head to show up.
S- Bold balanced malts and toasted coffee, could feel some raisins.
T- Strong coffee all throughout especially in the aftertaste. Could also feel bitterness lingering every sip.
F- Heavy and thick. Medium carbonation.
O- Very good IS. I really don't like boozy tasting stouts and this hit the spot.

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Photo of DavidHume
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours pitch black, with a deep khaki head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast also dominate the flavor, but the finish has an unpleasant resiny character which sticks around through and after the finish. Overall it's good stout which would probably benefit from a year or two of aging.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash Double Stout.

Well thus far these guys have hit 2 grand slams. But can they make it 3 in one night? Find out on the next episode of....Lolololol fuck that, I'm drinking it now.

Look - As black and the charcoal used to roast deceased cows with a two finger head that leaves rings around the glasses and cloud formations on the top after about two minutes of sitting. I mean really, can these guys ( or anybody for that matter) make a more attractive beer? I doubt it. Lacing is spotty. 4.75.

Smell - Chocolate raisins are the first thing to hit like a nuclear bomb of chocolate...and raisins going straight up your nostrils and penetrating the virginity of your senses. Black coffee notes and dark burnt meats followed by figs and burnt, near black metal satanic barley..but mostly raisins ;). 4.75.

Taste - Well smack me up and call me Susan even though I'm a guy, it tastes like chocolate covered raisins. That..and the coffee is there as well of course. Beer needs to warm a bit, so give me a minute to continue on with this. ALRIGHTY. The coffee is there. Likewise with the Satanic barley. But there is an odd sweetness that I wish would go away so I could 5 this category..unfortunately, it isn't gonna go away. 4.

Feel - Oily bodied with medium carbonation. Really nothing else to say in this department as it doesn't change and nothing new develops. 4.

Overall - The lable claims " Big, Bold and Complex ". And while I agree with that, the sweetness of this beer kills the taste category. Do NOT get me wrong here, it is a GREAT beer..but I like massive, boozy RIS's with a boozey sting and this simply did not do that. However, this is certainly not a stout for somebody just getting into the craft game ( See Guinness for that non-sense) . No really, I'm not as big a dick as I seem in my reviews so feel free to message me about stuff and what I would recommend and hell if you're within the area we could trade/share/get drunk any time. Anyway, very sweet stout. And very easy at the ABV. But, if they tuned down the sweetness, upped the booze, it would be world class easily. 4

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great thick body and full classic stout flavor. Char and burnt toast with light plum notes and just a hint of roasted coffee beans. Very classic straightforward stout with a ton of flavor and body and a long finish.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black as midnight with a 4 finger head
S: not much at all really
T: Big dark roast with good sweetness to balance it all out. Very tasty!
F: Fairly thick and coating
O: A solid stout.

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Photo of do_ob
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Served at nearly room temperature. Pitch black in color with very faint brown hues near the bottom edge. 1.5 fingers of soft, dense tan foam sits on top. Great classic stout aroma, including chocolate, sweet roasty malt, and coffee. Maybe some hints of cinammon in there, but very subtle. Surprisingly light weight for an imperial stout, but has a very rich and creamy mouthfeel. Not that it's LIGHT, but just not as dense and syrupy as I would have expected. Strong notes of roasted coffee beans and bitter chocolate up front, with the bitterness intensifying as it warms on the palate. Modest notes of alcohol on the back end with a moderately smooth finish. Coffee and choclate bitterness left behind on the aftertaste.

Overall, a very good imperial stout that's not going to put you on your ass immediately if you want to enjoy 2 in a sitting. This beer smelled and tasted great. Not overly complex, but still good. I do wish it had been a tad thicker in body, and a more polished finish would've been nice, but hey. Definitely worthy of it's BA rating.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Lush, Malty, Roasty, Char

Pitch black with a big, coffee colored head. Nose is full of roast, char, and grain. Smooth, creamy, and lush, with a full-body and a sweet, malty, semi-syrupy, caramel base followed by dark fruits (raisins), roast, char, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, treacle, and marshmallow. Finishes dry with lingering char and smoke. No hype. No limited availability. No lines of beer geeks. No bullshit. Just a kickass Double Stout.

STYLE: American Double Stout | ABV: 8.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. The color is virtually black with a beautiful thick brown head and generous lacing. This is a lovely looking stout. However, I was disappointed with the smell - malty but not much else. The taste features bitter, burnt coffee with some chocolate at the finish. I like some dark fruit in my stouts but didn't detect any. For a well-regarded stout, this one is surprisingly thin. Overall, I was disappointed. This stout looks great but it simply doesn't compare well with many others I like.

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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.

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Photo of Rowlaw
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very complex with strong bitterness. Although the of chocolate is there like most stouts, I taste apricot and spice after the initial bitterness subsides.

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Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black deep tan head.

Aroma: Rich semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder, light notes of earthy hop and roast.

Flavor: Treacle-molasses-cocoa powder sweet and bitterness. Earthy hop bitterness comes out more.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, touch of booze.

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Photo of Moose90
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap 10.5oz

A — Pours pitch black and dark. A robust and rich looking dark oak stained colored head forms and leaves behind some nice lacing with each sip.

S — Smells strongly of darkly roasted, almost charred malts. Great notes of bitter chocolate, dark coffee, charred toast, dark almost burnt caramel. Really nice, dark, rich, and dry.

T — Tastes is dominated by dark and rich malts, nice delicious notes of coffee, chocolate, bonfire, licorice, toffee. Really nice and dry, no sweetness here, which is appreciated. There is almost a bit of a hop bite to it as well, with notes of pepper, earth, and wood.

M — Medium-Full bodied, not overly heavy all things considered, very fulfilling without being overdone.

O — Great overall, fantastic value for the most part here, this one really should get more attention than it does. It seemed to be part of the initial craft beer movement but has been seemingly left behind recently.

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Photo of Prasm
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, one finger head - thin foam. Dark roast coffee and smoke comes through on the nose - medium expressiveness. Coffee, chocolate, and smoke flavors with a little bitter in the back-end.

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Photo of travolta
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, minimal head retention, nice lacing.

Nose: Sweet vanilla, coffee, and a touch of licorice. A little bit of cola.

Taste: Malt, coffee, sherry, fig, and chocolate. The malt is well balanced throughout and makes for some great mouthfeel. Some bourbon.

Notes: This is a smooth drinking, fine stout. Imperial...? Perhaps not, but it is very very good.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A deep mahogany brown that still manages to show some clarity through ginger highlights. The head is a strip of tan on top:

Smell:The vivacious, yet balanced fragrance comes at you from two sides of the spectrum: fresh, grassy hops and a pungent chocolate factory. It's a surprisingly near perfect pairing. There also exists a soft sweet combo of red and black fruit--strawberries and plums, for the most part.

Taste: Gourmet chocolate comes with a white pepper kick. The fruit is there too, plums in particular. The malt bill has a strong, grainy presence. It starts out toasty and complex, then ends up slightly smoky in the finish, like roasted chestnuts. Also balancing out the sweetness are the noticeable hops, which are earthy, with medium bitterness. The result is neither too sweet, not too bitter. It's everything you've been looking for in a stout, living together in harmony.

Mouthfeel: The smooth mouthfeel has some creaminess to it, but the stays within average viscosity. Strong carbonation adds a refreshing quality, making this big beer deceivingly drinkable. Indeed, the alcohol warming is barely noticeable, quietly loitering in the back of the throat.

Overall: The Imperial Stout I've been waiting for! It has all the "right" qualities, but steers completely clear from the dark-and-sticky territory. Hops, spice, and bubbles are what drive it above and beyond the norm. And yet, it still has the dark chocolate strawberries everyday Imperial Stout lovers are hoping for.

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Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as can be with a huge 2-3 finger brown head. Looks the part

Smell: Heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a slight smoke presence

Taste: That dark roasted malt and chocolate upfront and then a nice smokey presence mid palate that follows through the finish. Possibly the slightest hint of dark fruits mid palate as well, but fades fast

Mouthfeel: i think this is where this beer could be improved. Its medium bodied, but theres a lot of bitterness that destracts from the flavors a bit

Overall: Solid, straightforward imperial stout. Iv had many that are better, but this is still somewhat unique. Its heavily roasted, and the smokey character is probably what i enjoy most about this beer. If the mouthfeel was less bitter and more smooth and creamy, this would get a higher rating from me. I plan on cellaring a couple and suspect that the bitterness will subside and that the flavors come together more

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Photo of Dikfour
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark dark black. No light gets through. Thick, dark brown, fluffy head is retained nicely.

Smell: Roasty and caramel. little boozy too.

Taste: Deep thick Roasty malt. Not overly hot. Alcohol is masked fairly well. A little caramel and chocolate on the back end. Maybe a hint of coffee in the follow through.

Feel: Pretty big and creamy. Needs just a skoshe more boddy and It'd be perfect.

Overall: Really great Double Stout. Big, Bold, & Complex just like the bottle says. Dangerously easy drinking for an 8.8% beer.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark black ... looks like it has texture.

Overall: Has a sweet taste with hints chocolate, berries,cinnamon, malts and more. Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, and highly recommend this to anyone who loves beer! Cheers!

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Photo of justinp444
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with a thin quickly dissipating beige head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and caramel. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of a crisp dry end to it, very fruity with a cherry flavor. Nice full mouth feel and a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) tasted in 2015.

Appearance : black color with tan foamy head.
Aroma : roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate.
Flavor & mouthfeel : sweet with notes of roasted malt, leading to a bitter chocolate finish.

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Photo of Thrifty101091
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mine had some age to it and was close to best NY date but this was an absolute treat! Great imperial stout by Green Flash! Highly recommend this to anyone who loves beer! Cheers!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is great, pitch black beer, tan head that sticks forever with great lacing. Smell Is coffee/cream and then huge roasted malts, almost smoky. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, slight smokiness and some cream in there too. Feel is expected for a double stout, alc covered. Overall this is a solid double stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler from Jungle Jim's. This fine stout pours thick black with a thick luxurious tan head of tight beaded foam that dissipates to a thin layer of foam, a thick ring, and epic lacing. Nose od dark bakers chocolate, moderate cream, moderate alcohol, deeply roasted grains and malts, and dark fruits. Flavors up front are roasted grains and malts, deep chocolate notes to the rear with a light hint of coffee, creamy dark fruit notes come through on the aftertaste with alcohol warmth and moderate hop balance. Smooth slick mouth feel, medium carbonation that is lightly crisp, and a bitter hop/malt character rounding it all out. Most excellent. Never had this on tap before, love the bottle, and worth noting is that it is a bit smooth. That said, this is a fantastic stout regardless of it's decanter.


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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.