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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2093
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%


Brewed by:
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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TequilaSauer

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a glass.

Beautiful looking stout. Pitch black and rich with light head retention.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and some light alcohol on the back end.

Hits hard on the attack with chocolate and some mild alcohol. The alcohol fades and coffee, dark fruit, and very light hop flavor remain. I expected this to finish more bitter, but it actually tops off with a creamy smoothness and coffee. I'm very impressed with the entire tasting experience of this beer.

Stouts are rarely good drinking beers and this is no exception for me. It's one of the more drinkable stouts out there, but that's not saying too much.

A great beer. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 03:34:25 | More by TequilaSauer
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber this past weekend with my brother. Poured into pint glasses. Thick as tar looking, and had a black color like ink. Loads of coffee and roasted barley smell rises from the glass. Taste was stellar. Caramelized sugar and dark chocolate emerge with the first sip. Great combination of sweetness and bitterness in this stout. Mouthfeel was very hearty and thick, but it was also very hot with that boozy alcohol feeling. This beer was mostly easy to drink, but because of its pronounced abv%, one needs to drink this on the slow side. A really fine stout from a brewery that I thought only made really nice hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 21:39:15 | More by morebeergood
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black with thick cocoa head. nice lacing

S - huge roasted malt scents but a bit boozy though

T - wow, very hoppy up front with roast malts dominating the finish. light dark cherry flavors hidden through out.

M - crazy smooth. pours thick but does not have a thick feeling, fairly light for a double stout.

D - this is a stupid good double stout. great hoppy flavor really brings out the roasted malts and adds to the depth. this is one fine stout from one of my current favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 01:47:20 | More by hooliganlife
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black even in sunlight with a big chocolate head that falls slowly and leaves lots of sheet lace down my glass.

Aroma is roasted malt goodness sweet more chocolate then coffee. Hints of fruit some peat, earthy lightly smokey notes. Aroma is nice but little soft.

Taste is roasted malts some sweetness, almost like oats are present. Nice smokey earth notes in flavor too, peat. Nice sweet roasted malty goodness earthy notes go with leafy grassy and earthy hops blend perfectly. This is a nice stout smooth. Finish has your coffee notes and hops mingled.

Mouthfeel is big chewy nice full bodied stout with great mellow carbonation that makes it smooth.

Drinkability is great smooth sweet drinkable goodness. Goes down so easy not alcohol noted. Buy this one if you like big stouts, have already bought more this will be in my regular stout rotation now.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 18:29:12 | More by mntlover
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sweetbrew82

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: This double stout sits jet black in the glass, but not completely opaque as rosy brown streams of light seep in on the edges. The dark walnut-colored head is thick and creamy, like a puffy cumulus cloud in the sky. Didn't show great retention, though.

A: Wow! Aromatics explode out of the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. Deeply roasted malts, rolled oats, bakers chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a tad of alcohol. This smells delicious...

T: ...and tastes great, too! The deeply roasted malts and pronounced oats are luxuriously smooth without tasting burnt or acrid. Bittersweet chocolate just tastes great with the coffee, while the molasses stays underneath and contributes in supporting fashion. Earthy hops provide an undercurrent of flavors that work in conjunction with the rest of the profile. The finish features more of a cocoa nib quality that feels like slightly powdery chocolate. The only knock is that once it warms up a bit, it's a tad too hot for only being 8.8% ABV. Still really good, though.

M: This is a full-bodied, rich, creamy, and slightly chewy stout that stops short of being syrupy thick.

Notes: This falls just a tad short of being a top-notch American Stout. In my opinion, if the alcohol were masked a little better, it would be. Having said that, this is still a really, really good beer that I hope gets better with some time in the cellar. Kudos to Green Flash for another winner!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 21:09:26 | More by sweetbrew82
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mbunje

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pouted into a tulip glass.

A - deep dark brown/black color. Head is medium to small, but seems a very dense, rich, color. Looks like a quintuppel espresso in my glass.

S - Smoky roasted malts and chocolate. Hint of estery booze.

T - Bitter chocolate

MF - Nice substance, but could use a bit thicker body.

D - at $5 for a bomber...very economical for a world class Imperial Stout.

Not as good as Stone IRS or Great Divide yeti...but definitely up there. Most appealing is the smell. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. I have had on draught and the MF is beter. Excellent beer. GF does it again!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 04:37:28 | More by mbunje
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Riverwarrior

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Rich coffee and dark chocolate dominate without being too powerful, yet very inviting.

T = Incredible! Bold coffee and semi-sweet baker's chocolate upfront. A wave of molasses is next and before the sweetness has a chance to become cloying, here comes the roasted coffee bitterness to level off the sweetness and provide a balanced finish. No alcohol detected in the taste.

MF = Rich, thick body with carbonation being between low and moderate. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall, this is one the best stouts that I've tasted. It has it all...sweetness, coffee bitterness, and is very easy to drink. I will be keeping this one on hand. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 10:50:07 | More by Riverwarrior
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kbnooshay

New York

3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:55:33 | More by kbnooshay
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moosington

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very opaque black with just a tiny smidge of brown visible with a tilt. Creamy tan head.

Roasted coffee and malt is the pervading scent. A touch of dark chocolate as well. The smell is not extremely strong, though the roastiness becomes more and more apparent as it warms up.

Flavor is coffee forward with hints of molasses and baking chocolate. Nice little hop bitterness in the finish that coats and sticks to the tongue. Just a touch of alcohol warmth as well.

Nice medium/full mouthfeel with a nice carbonated finish that, as just mentioned, coats the tongue and opens up for the roasty and bitter components.

Very drinkable for the style, not a struggle to finish a bomber at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:39:07 | More by moosington
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with black raspberry highlighting. Despite being opaque it is nowhere close to the thick or nubilous Imperial Stout. That said, it's a heck of a looker nonetheless. The firm, dark caramel crust spread over top adds a fashionable dressing. It also frills the glass with its own unique style of graffiti. And already I know there's more than meets the eyes...

Because the aroma caught my attention instantly, even before I could look at it! It is a rich and almost sickly sweet smell of long-boiled malts. It bears resemblance to fresh-roasted mocha coffee, almond biscotti and delicatessen European chocolate truffles. As so very lovely these scents are, it is the majestic hints of dark caramel and hazelnut that are ultimately responsible for keeping my nose on such a short leash.

The list of flavours is almost too long to list here in its entirety. Some highlights include: unrefined cocoa, black coffee, Black Forest Cake, summer berries, almond biscotti and chocolate covered hazelnuts. There is an excellent balance of bitter and sweet, both wrestling for position but neither able to pin the other for any substantial amount of time.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a "double stout" only because my enjoyment of it in comparison to the average stout is, in fact, double. Disregarding the alcohol percentage, which is higher than normal but scarcely noticed anyways, there isn't anything overly dynamic nor decadent about this beer. It really is just like anything other stout - except, for whatever reason, twice as enjoyable.

And it's disappeared twice as fast too! Although I shouldn't really be surprised by how much I'm enjoying this stout nor that it seems this one bomber won't be enough. Come to think of it, every bomber of Green Flash I've had - Barleywine (10%), Imperial IPA (9%), Le Freak (9.2%) - have been no problem to finish and in all cases left me yearning for even more. I'll take note and be sure not to buy just one bottle of this next time around.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:53:48 | More by biegaman
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an oily pitch black, a whopping two inch head of tan color, sits there for several minutes before receding to a thick foam, and lacing spiderwebs before disintegrating into a multitude of spots. Aroma is kinda weak, but nice notes of oats, toasted malt, chocolates, a bit of coffee. Taste is full, mouth is thick and silky smooth, finely carbonated, drying into the finish. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt, hop oils, but mostly its about the thick , chewy malts. Very nice to drink, tasty, purchased for only $5, can't go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:04:37 | More by objectivemonkey
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bitterthebetter

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep inky black with tan head

rich malty aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slight pine hops

smooth malt upfront with roasted malt, creamy oats, bitter chocolate, and slight espresso notes lead into slight pine and lemon hops, with a semi dry finish

smooth, medium bodied without being too sweet or malty, just greatly balanced with good dark flavors and no trace of the alcohol

smooth, malty, delicious and inviting with a solid malty complexity leading to a balanced finish with hops clearing it out. an excellent stout without any trace of the alcohol, i cant wait to age a couple and tip 'em back

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:18:52 | More by bitterthebetter
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this one! Review is from notes.

Black body with a creamy head of tan foam that puffs itself above the glass rim. Laces nicely and retains a ring at the edge with some broken skim across the surface. Slighty sweet yet dry chocolate aroma. Tobacco, malted milk ball, and chocolate comprise the major flavors. Dry in the aftertaste but still vaguely sweet. Full bodied, but retaining a certain lightness about it. Very clean and easy drinking, defined by an authentic stouty character...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 00:38:38 | More by emerge077
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JoeBloe

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a good one to end the night with - poured very nicely into a stout glass - put up a nice 2 finger tan head - light in the aroma , coffee, chocolate, roasty malty - taste follows thru with a sweet malt finish - easy drinking - nice lacing - a solid stout - not as robust as other imperial stouts - good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 11:50:17 | More by JoeBloe
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julian

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, OR this weekend.

A: Blacker than night. Good head formation, beige to medium brown in color. It quickly disappears to almost nothing apart from random frothy bubbles.

S: Roasted, burnt malts, coffee.

T: Earthy, roasted flavor up front, followed by a smooth, burnt malt and semi sweet oat flavor accentuated by coffee and chocolate. Overall lots of roastiness!

M: Lots of carbonation, but subsides quickly in your mouth. No adverse aftertaste. What you'd expect from a stout.

D: Fairly respectable ABV, lotsa of roastiness which you'd expect from a double stout, and good mouthfeel. Good drinkability!

Overall: Pretty good. I can't demerit this for anything, it's a solid stout, although nothing really popped out at me. It was pretty average for the course.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 05:31:31 | More by julian
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 18 Mar 2009.

Poured in Celis pint glass. Very large dark brown head. Light carbonation. Dark oily brown black color. Sweet chocolate aroma, ethanol, roasty malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Like chocolate milk with a bitter mocha espresso chaser. Lactose sweetness. Bitter chocolate finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol is warming.

Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 03:15:09 | More by htomsirveaux
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everetends

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I got from hopsleeroy I believe. Really need to start writing down who sends me what. Pretty sure it was hopsleeroy. Well, I am whore for Double Stouts and Impy Stouts. Served this one up in your standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a really nice deep, oily black. This beer allows no light through whatsover. This is pitch, frickin black. Can't see through it because no light gets through it, so no idea about carbonation movement. It did pour a really nice finger of mocha colored head. Sadly, the head didn't hold out long enough. You know the type, quit long before you wanted. Dipped down a chunky ring that tries to lay down some lace, but it really doesn't have the stick. It does try to hard so that I was I gave it a 4.

S: Smell is quite nice. Lots of really nice and sweet ass malty goodness. The malts smell of rich caramel and sugary goodness. This beer smells of chocolate, but not just any chocolate. I am talking a really rich, milk chocolately fudge characteristic. This is pretty nice, but smells incredibly sweet. Not getting any balancing notes like hops or what not. This smells great though, smells like dessert and I am glad I saved it for such occassion.

T: Taste mirrors the smell pretty well. Lots of damned malt coming through. There is a nice roast on it but there is not a burnt quality. Really nice malt character. Talking malt shop type malt. Malt balls and caramel. Then come that chocolately goodness. A really nice and rich milk chocolate comes out. Not getting much by way of bitter dark chocolate. Mostly just some sweet and very present milky goodness. There is a bit of piney hops presence in here, but all this sweetness easily bitch slaps it into an after thought.

M: Full bodied beer through and through. Nice and chewy, this beer is heavy. It has a touch more heat to it than the ABV suggests, but thats what I want from my stouts. I need my stouts to have a warming quality, and this one comes through. Carbonation is just enough to give this a slight tingle and decent crispness. Aftertaste is nice with a really nice lingering chocolate layer on the palate.

D: Well, this is absolutely a dessert beer because it does have a nice sweetness to it. As a dessert beer, it does have drinkability for that category. I think this beer is absolutely good, hence the straight 4's, but it is a bit one dimensional via all this sweetness. With that said, it sits well with a bit of weight and satisfies. Will drink again given the chance. Another fine brew by Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 05:20:39 | More by everetends
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Double Stout from Green Flash was black as oil and had a 2 finger foam head that looked like stiff batter. Head retention was nice and slow and it was densely packed bubbles.

Aroma was of bitter chocolate and coffee. Taste was very much the same but had a real nice bite for the first sip. The bitterness of the coffee came through then you were left with well rounded smoothness. In the mouth it left a little bit of an off flavor. It seemed creamy like an oatmeal stout. Overall it was a well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 22:20:47 | More by cswhitehorse
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours into my snifter engine oil black with a finger of coffee head. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a light lacing down the glass as we become intimate.

Smell is big and bold. Lots of roasted and dark malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, light hints of the UK hops (definitely different than the usual Green Flash citrus hops). Some fruits mixed in at the end.

Taste is bitter on a variety of levels. Lots of roasted malts give it some bite on the entry, carried through by some chocolate nibs and then bitter dark chocolate, some more bitter chocolate in the finish mixed with the hop bite which leaves a dry mouthfeel.

At first the bitterness is maybe a bit much, sort of bombarding you on too many levels without giving you a break to enjoy the intricacies of such a brew. As you progress and the beer warms some of the smaller notes become identifiable. Still, I don't think more than one of these in a night would be on my agenda. All around, another solid brew from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 18:50:33 | More by ritzkiss
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seaoflament

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is from March 2008.

Dark with a good inch of foam. Excellent retention with some lacing.

Roasted with some bitter chocolate, malted milk, chocolate covered grains, and a touch of spicy hops in the background. A bit of rum soaked raisins as the beer warms up, more fruitiness. Some caramel and molasses as well. Hints of maple syrup and toffee.

Roasted barley and bitter chocolate bitterness but the year of age has mellowed out the bitterness. Earthy hoppiness in the finish. More hop flower flavor. Some caramel crystal malts in the middle. More chocolate as it warms up. Fruity esters in the finish as well, some plum and chocolate covered raisins.

Very smooth, finishes with low carbonation. Low dryness in the finish but enough of it so it doesn't feel too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 04:45:11 | More by seaoflament
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black forest cake with bronzed edges that are barely seen, even with bright backlighting. Stouts don't get much darker than this. The upper third of the glass is filled with a firmly creamy chunk of coffee-with-cream colored foam that looks to be milkshake thick. An extensive, circumferential sheet of moth-eaten lace puts the finising touches on this humdinger of a double stout.

The aroma, although not quite as impressive as the appearance, is more than solid as well. Roasted malt delivers the usual aromas of chocolate and coffee; more the former than the latter. An American hop might have worked better than U.K. Target, but that probably borders on nitpicking.

Green Flash Double Stout is a well-brewed big beer that is full of positives and is devoid of negatives. There's no real flash and sizzle, just straightforwardly delicious, roasted malty, immensely drinkable stout. I'm glad the ABV is only 8.8%. Pushing it over 10.0% wouldn't have accomplished anything worthwhile.

Warming does what warming usually does. That is, it reveals the beer's true colors. In this case, it turns a good double stout it a borderline great double stout. An insane amount of complexity (see The Abyss) might be lacking, but there's something to be said for simple done right.

Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, coffee beans, vanilla and an herbal-fruity hoppiness. On second thought, the grapefruitiness of an American C-hop wouldn't have worked as well. An early and mid-mouthful sweetness is overtaken on the back end by an impressive (and cumulative) hoppiness. This beautiful brew is becoming downright raspy by the second half of the bomber. Maybe that's why I like it so much.

The body/mouthfeel is built for speed... as evidenced by the fact that I'm much farther into the bomber than is usual at this point in the review. Although it's a fraction light for the style, there's a subtle chewiness on the back end that saves the day. Perfect (soft and steady) carbonation helps the cause.

Green Flash gets lost in the shuffle when the conversation turns to great California craft breweries, but that's only because there's such an abundance of excellence in the Golden State. Double Stout is yet more evidence that their lineup is rock-solid from top to bottom. Only $4.99 per bottle is icing on the cake.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:38:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Rainintheface

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a 1+ finger creamt tan head. nice lacing coats the glass

S: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts with hints of both dark fruit and oatmeal

T: bitter coffee buffeted by dark chocolate, vanilla. as it warms alcohol becomes mildly present

M: velvety smooth and creamy. starts a bit sweet but ends with a slight bitterness. dryish

D: very good. will have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 15:20:35 | More by Rainintheface
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Richardberg

New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a beer mug. Thick black liquid covered with a nice tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: smells like brownies are in the oven. Hints of hop aroma and alcohol. Heavenly.

T: rich chocolate fudge gives way to bitter cocoa & coffee, then finishes with a complex mix of bitter and floral hops.

M: moderate to thick feel lingers pleasantly on the palate, although the drying effect of the alcohol is also felt loud & clear in the rest of the mouth. Lovely sensation despite the utter lack of carbonation.

D: at 8.8% ABV I wouldn't expect to drink these all night, but I've had stronger Imperials where the alcohol was better hidden. Still, I'm left /wanting/ more even if I know better :)

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 00:46:57 | More by Richardberg
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templar316

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep, rich, black stout with a touch of ruby glow in the light, not even enough to say highlight. A vigorous pour gets a creamy toffee colored head which laces nicely, and sticks around for awhile. Smells good biscutty start, rolling into alcohol and finishing with the floral boquet of a west coast stout. The taste starts with coffee and chocolate, but quickly rolls into hop bitterness, finishing with a floral sweetness. It's smooth on the tongue but a little dry in the finish not one to drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 03:57:08 | More by templar316
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is pitch black and pretty thick lookign with three fingers of dark tan head. Settles pretty slowly to a mostly full, somewhat thin lace with some coating of stick left on the sides.

Smell is chock full of fudgy chocolate goodness - it smells just like a freshly baked brownie. Mmm. Then as it warms a pretty hoppy element also becomes apparent, with a good dose of citrus hops. Sadly the chocolate fudge aroma fades as it warms and the hops become more dominant. It's nice but would be stellar if I could hold onto the initial aroma for longer.

Taste also has a nice amount of semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor and also a good dose of roasted malt. Not quite as fudgy and chocolaty as the nose but still quite good. Some coffee is evident, as well. The taste also confirms that this is quite a hoppy stout, with a healthy dose of citrus hop flavor. Some hop bitterness and roasted malt is left on the palate into the finish.

This is not quite full bodied but it feels a bit deceptively thin in the finish. Generally it's hefty enough but I"m left wanting a bit more body in the finish.

This is quite a hoppy imperial stout, but it's balanced nicely and overall very solid. Great drinkability and a reasonable price make this one that I would certainly consider coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 01:25:33 | More by number1bum
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.