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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

849 Reviews
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Reviews: 849
Hads: 2,967
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: 2,967
Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours black with chocolate head. Some lacing developing. Aroma of coffee, cocoa and maybe some dark berries. Taste is roasty bitter, but there is a sweetness that serves as the backbone to balance this beer out. I'm getting a peppery aspect as well. Full bodied and creamy texture. Finish is bitter, but nice. (324 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black (even when held up to light there is no change in color) with a medium espresso colored head. This beer smells like it's gonna be a coffee bomb! Tons of coffee and dark chocolate...and that's about it. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Smells fantastic! My nose does not deceive me, as this is definitely a coffee bomb. Amazing coffee flavor with dark chocolate notes and a tiny bit of bittering hops. Most of the bitterness comes from the dark chocolate though. There are hints of vanilla and maybe very hidden citrus notes. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Nice velvety texture and full-bodied. Drinkability is fairly high. Great imperial stout and perfect for coffee lovers. Also see Peche Mortel. (738 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow... Looks like a black stout with a chocolate milkshake for the head. Solid three finger head that slowly dissipates. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Taste adds vanilla to the mix. This is a solid beer, just short of being world class. I love Green Flash IPA, so I was eager to try this one. It didn't disappoint me, in fact- I would definitely buy this beer again. Mouthfeel is creamy and goes down easy, just like a milkshake. Drinkability is good- I wouldn't drink more than 2 of these in one sitting, but they go down pretty smoothly. (550 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Served in a snifter.

Pours a near-black color with a thin mocha head that sticks around for quite a bit and leaves some spotty lacing. Thin collar sits throughout. The nose brings a good dosing of chocolate along with some mild roast and coffee. Touch of vanilla in there as well. Some sweetness opens the taste up, followed by a mellow chocolate character and a bit of coffee and roast in the finish, creating a bit of a roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with low levels of carbonation. Finish is a bit too roasty and dry for my taste. Drinks pretty well and this is certainly something I'd order again. (638 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours extremely black in color with a very nice two fingers of tan head that leaves great lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa, raisin, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, mild cocoa notes, vanilla sweetness, and a nice coffee finish that lingers faintly. Very much like Irish cream and coffee.

M - Super smooth, coats the mouth, pretty heavy and lingers. Almost no alcohol burn for the 8.8 ABV.

D - Very drinkable, could enjoy a few of these and next time will be sure to share with a friend to spread the wealth! (552 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The last bottle from a Sam's haul up in the Dirty D... can't get Green Flash in South Carolina just yet.

A: A slow, glugging pour into a Fullers shaped-pint-glass yields a tarry black-brown brew, with a two-finger hazelnut head; retention is nice, as some swirls of coffee-colored foam float on the surface, leaving nice globs of lace.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts / coffee, and some smoke character... As it warms, there seems to be a transition to more of huskiness and slightly burned malt aroma - maybe some dark fruit, as well.

T: Sweet malt flavor gives way to some roasted notes / light coffee; some dark chocolate and again some lightly smoked character; despite the complexity of flavors, they all seem to be on the lighter side.

M: Exceptional. Nice, full-bodied creamy / velvety texture with a low carbonation that provides just enough fizz to cleanse the palate before the next sip.

D: A good double stout, for sure; I imagine sipping this one by a campfire would be pretty nice; in my opinion, an ale for savoring. (1,052 characters)

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Not a bad price. almost black with a 2 finger medium to deep tan head. Retention is lacking, as is the lacing. Smell shows big time coffee notes. Slight chocolate. Roasty, toasted grains.

Taste shows a bit more chocolate than the nose, but is still a coffee bomb. Alcohol is more noticeable, but makes it nice on a winter night. Tiny bit of hop spice. Full bodied, and fairly viscous. This could work well with some vanilla flavoring. (449 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a fair brown head. Some retention and spotty lacing, but not much.

Big kahlua scent here. Booze and coffee. You get some herbal notes as well.

Smoky dark roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, but then here comes the alcohol, which obscures nearly everything. Hops come into play here as well, with some herbal bitter that is distinctive from the charred malt. Some light sweetness intermingles, but bitter and booze dominate.

Full bodied and appropriate carbonation.

This might need to lay down for a while, even only at 8.8%. Alcohol-dominant element keeps this from being a real drinker. Liked this alot, but just an odd structure and balance. Very worth picking up a bottle. (723 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle American Double stout, this one has a dark pitch black body with a deep moccha tan head, forms thick with rising chunky textured foam. Aroma has dark black chocolate notes, with creamy infused coffee notes. Flavor has dark nearly burnt coffee roast flavors, dark bitter chocolate. Herbal earthy hop finish, creamy textures round out the dark malt flavors but it does of a bit of an acrid tartness through the middle kind of like sourdough bread. Mouthfeel is big nice and chewy silky textured flows easy with natural carbonation, a bit dry in the finish. Drinkability is nice, one of the most easy going poundable big dark beers I've ever had. Impy stouts although a bid higher in abv are usually more boozey this is dangerous due to the drinkability level. This bottle may have a little bit of age considering it's a big bottle. I haven't seen it in smaller bottles yet, even though I know they changed to their new signature bottles. (946 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprised to see this one in the new 12oz bottles. but stoked. A bomber of this was always a bit much for me.

pours a rich dark oily near black with a frothy, dark brown two-finger head that has impressive retention and leaves behind snowflakes of sticky caramel lacing.

aroma of rich burnt chocolate cake, espresso roast, heavy malt. blackstrap molasses, burnt sugar. hints of vanilla and clove. smells impressive.

taste is rich, dark, and full of flavor. burnt caramel, interesting hoppy bitterness that plays perfectly into the dominant cocoa and dark malt flavors. hints of smoke. rich. more hops in the finish... one of the hoppier stouts for its richness. kinda diggin' it.

mouth is solidly carbonated and full. a touch slick and maybe a smidgen on the thin side to stand up to the flavor profiles. intense hop finish leaves a lingering bitterness that isn't the least bit offensive. but I like my stouts hoppy.

I could drink this one non stop. I think it easily stands up to the best imperial stouts out there. While a bomber was a bit much, I'm wishing I had more than the 12oz bottle. Time to go get more. (1,120 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a brown head that dissipates quickly. The body was dark brown.

S: The beer had a lighter aroma with some berry fruitiness being evident. There was a lot of sweetness in the aroma.

T: The taste was fruity and wine like with a bit of chocolate thrown in. The alcohol was also present. Floral with maybe a hint of vanilla flavor from the slight creamy feeling.

M: It has a fuller body with good carbonation.

D: The mouthfeel made it a sipper, but I enjoyed it overall. (485 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.94/5  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 (509 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with dark tinged one finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

Strong dark chocolate malt nose. Very hoppy with bright pine. Quite nice.

Light chocolate roast malt comes in up front. Strong bitter finish with coffee, roast chocolate, and lots of hop bitterness. Faint hints of alcohol. Rich, but still missing something in the middle though.

Body is quite light for the style. Could use a bit heavier feel.

Overall, quite nice. Lightness of body brings it down a bit. For a ~9% beer, I was expecting a fuller-feeling glass. (541 characters)

Photo of cudmud
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A black brew with a rich fawn head of one finger that quickly dissipates. The foam produces fair to good lacing. It's a lovely looking beer.

Smell: Aromas of toffee, coffee, chocloate, and licorice. Thers's plenty great things going on with the smell of this beer.

Taste: Roasted and dark malt flavors highlight the taste of this beer. The loads of malt are balanced with plenty of floral elements and bitternes from the hops. In short, a balanced brew that's very earthy as it dances across the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, and silk-like.

Drinkability: A very tasty beer that will warm your winter night. You'll be looking for more. (653 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black from a 22 oz bottle with ABV on the label, no freshness date.
Very thin head that dissipates fairly quickly.
The aroma is more fruity; raisins and fig like, with hints of roasted malts and chocolate.
Taste is a beautiful blend of roasted malts and fruity esters. Rich and silky, with a hint of bitterness in the finish interlaced with fruity taste.
Just enough lacing along the glass, not too much though.
The taste and mouthfeel of this stout are very good. Had raspberry cordial with this stout and I have to admit, the pairing was excellent. Not regretting getting this bottle on sale.
Drinkability is very good and this is definitely a stout worth trying. (680 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at rattle n hum at the green flash takes the taps night. Came a pitch black with thin creamy head in a mason jar cup. Temp was room tempish which I like for full flavor. Smelled of creamy caramel and vanilla malts. Pretty roasty. Fells like butter. Smooth drinking like water. (288 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch head, black, opaque

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate and some sugar

Taste: deep dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of cream/sugar sweetness at the end

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a nice semi-bitter back, dry finish, medium-low carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise and arguably my favorite from the brewery. It is sweet but not overly so and the alcohol is well masked. Could sip several on a cold night. (462 characters)

Photo of goalie33
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malts with notes of coffee and fruit. Taste was bitter dark chocolate predominantly. Finish exhibited a pleasant burnt taste. Smooth finish. Mouthfeel was creamy. Medium body. Overall one of the best stouts I have had. Smooth, creamy, flavorful. A wonderful dessert beer. (332 characters)

Photo of mtoniatt
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - BLACK - nice head on pour

S - roasted malt - toffee/carmel - sweet bourbon comes out full force when it warms to 45 - 50 degrees

T - roasty with some hoppy effect. However after effect is odd and hangs on.

Mouthfeel - smooth/touch velvety

Drinkability - Overall very good for a double stout. Had it in a bomber and it went down very nicely. One at a time... (366 characters)

Photo of david131
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A deep, black liquid with just the slightest bit of light getting through the top when held to a light. The creamy brown head has some decent retention. I can't really ask for anything more.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of fruitiness. The roastiness and hoppiness are pretty apparent.

T- Roasty with a definite hop presence. A bit astringent with a strange off flavor on the finish.

M- A very creamy body with the perfect amount of carbonation. the finish is just a little odd, though. Dry and kind of astringent.

D- The hoppiness makes this a unique take on the style, but it is enjoyable. A bit of a sipper, but worth trying. (642 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of big roasted malts with some sweet caramels and some toffee. Notes of sweet milk chocolaty malt and a tad bit of alcohol. As it heats up you get much more alcohol in the aroma. No hops whatsoever, but that's not out of the norm for this style.

The tastes are typical for the style; a boat load of rich roasted malts. While consumed at colder temperatures it goes down very smooth and leaves a mild bitter and dry finish. As with most stronger dark beers, as you let it warm up, the true characters of the beer come into play. You still get the rich/complex roastiness on the front of your tongue but as it gets to mid tongue you get slightly sweet coffee notes just before the hops balance out the malts. It finishes with bitter-sweet roasted notes and the 8.8% ABV makes its presence known. Overall this imperial stout is one smooth drinker and a great example of the style. (885 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell has aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy, oily, smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making this beer not too difficult drink, although the amount of bitterness and dryness requires that it be sipped. (612 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical stout look: used motor oil, thick mocha head that reduces to a thick ring and bubbly film.

I have encountered very stouts that smell this damn good. Sweet bourbon with none of the bite, like one mellowed by age. Chocolate is also present, but not the fake chocolate smell some of the stouts brewed with chocolate can give off. The roasted malts help accentuate both odors.

The bourbon is mitigated in the taste, which is a shame. It brought an amazing balance to this beer. But the chocolate does take over and plays with the roasted malts bringing a grittiness to the silk of the beer. The bitterness lingers even after the beer warms to room temperature. This is usually logged in the debit column for a stout, but in this case is a nice remembrance of the bourbon that was in the nose.

Overall, this is a really nice stout with some great flavor elements and incredible balance. Green Flash certainly knows the chemistry behind brewing. (952 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours jet black with a one finger brown head. Lacing is nice, though there's not much of it with the small head

S- roasted malts, some sweet chocolate...thats really all. Not a whole lot going on here, which is very disappointing

T- getting a lot of sweetness out of this...lots of chocolate, maybe a little bit of vanilla. No real bitterness at all in this one. Its not cloying, thank god...just a little bit of a system shock

M- thick, but not terribly so...not syrupy either. It kinda works with the sweetness of this

D- really not my favorite, but that doesn't mean its bad...I like my stouts to be bitter as opposed to sweet, and this one has no bitterness at all. Just a change from the norm for me (754 characters)

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