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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Double StoutDouble Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,250
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 74
Gots: 171 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-27-2013 00:20:16 | More by rydev24
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a short 12 FL. Oz. brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in GuldenDraak’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. The beer label states “Double Stout” – “Black Ale”, which I guess means to suggest that this beer follows no specific style… hence a “Black Ale”?

A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a very thick and frothy dark khaki head with good retention, while the carbonation level looks decent, constant but mild.
S: the aroma has upfront lightly metallic elements to pair with black malts, jammy dates, sweet vanilla, chocolate-coated coffee beans, light acidity and lively overripe pear-ish fruit esters; given a good swirl, a deep yet also 3 dimensional gristy and nutty dark maltiness with a pleasant touch of sweetness chime in, along with random notes as of leather, oat, crushed hazelnut, dark-coloured honey and even (faintly) musk fragrance.
T: smoothly carbonated, the entry shows again a little metallic edge on the side of the rather deep-flavoured, silky-smooth and not-at-all heavy gristy mixture of darker malts (presumably oat has rendered the extra smooth palate over here!); black stone-fruits and hop bitterness retreat to the place of the second fiddle, showing retrained undertones of coffee, bitter herbs, damson fruits, burned nuts, and earthy hints of English hops, before the flavour ends with a subtly spicy and mildly acidic note which lingers well in the aromatically malty finish.
M&O: the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, rounded, not heavy at any time, the flavour profile is sound and balanced, not like one’s usual super-charged hop bomb even in the guise of a huge wizardry black robe. Have I mentioned alcohol, by the way? If not, then it is because it’s just hidden too well… All in all, this is a delicious strong stout not in one’s “Imperial” fashion in any sense, but a rather balanced and approachable one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 21:53:09 | More by wl0307
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights. Large head of tan foam, and some beautiful lace.

Nose is milk chocolate -- very appealing!

Taste is strong, with a big chocolate taste. There is a little char underneath it all, but it's a subtle flavor. The high ABV is masked well here, too, and this is a superb, world-class double/imperial stout. I've yet to have a mediocre beer from the top-notch Green Flash!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 16:19:33 | More by secondtooth
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rmehughes

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-25-2013 12:21:44 | More by rmehughes
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-25-2013 11:53:57 | More by scxcrunner
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MallyOMight

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-25-2013 03:13:35 | More by MallyOMight
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radlleb

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-24-2013 04:43:26 | More by radlleb
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TheDoak

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-23-2013 20:07:12 | More by TheDoak
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rybarnes

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-23-2013 12:59:05 | More by rybarnes
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

08-22-2013 23:04:48 | More by tom10101
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Hopbomber

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -26.8%

08-22-2013 10:54:03 | More by Hopbomber
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-22-2013 04:04:02 | More by csfcmitchell
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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-22-2013 03:57:21 | More by JTomczak
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CountDrunkula

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-21-2013 01:07:27 | More by CountDrunkula
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BrandonZp5

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-20-2013 04:03:19 | More by BrandonZp5
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-19-2013 22:35:22 | More by imperialking
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Renalan

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-19-2013 00:05:25 | More by Renalan
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IronTom

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-18-2013 19:25:48 | More by IronTom
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paulgarrison

Alabama

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-17-2013 17:34:09 | More by paulgarrison
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scott2269

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-16-2013 12:31:37 | More by scott2269
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

08-16-2013 11:46:02 | More by Rwalford74
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DAS30

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-15-2013 22:37:39 | More by DAS30
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-15-2013 21:59:27 | More by ChipMurray
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Disappointing -- I'd had this recommended to me by a friend of a friend while we were drinking Berserker. The young guy talked so well of it in the immediate lingering brilliance of Berserker, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a bottle.

I should've known, seeing the subtitle on the label . . . beneath "Double Stout", the label reads "Black Ale" in much smaller type, as if offering a disclaimer or a sheepish qualifier. The flavor in the mouth is certainly more like a 6% black IPA than it is an imperial stout.

The beer pours beautifully, with a half-inch of dirty brown foam. (The lacing clings to the glass a bit, but then slides off too readily). In addition to the aroma being thin and one-dimensional (all roast), the flavor on the tongue is thin and limited to roasted malt / burnt coffee. The one thing I want in an Imperial stout is almost completely absent: sweetness. There's hardly any sweet fruit, no caramel/butter, no vanilla, no candy sugar. (As it warms, a pecan savoriness expands the profile a tad, though the aroma remains pretty much AWOL except for the coffee.) There is, of course, significant hop bitterness. But that doesn't exactly help matters.

I can't help but think of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or Founders Breakfast Stout, both of which I used to love, back before I'd had Mikkeler Black Hole, Founders Imperial Stout, Peruvian Morning, Blackout Stout, Speedway, Weyerbacher Tiny, and Southern Tier Mokah. Perhaps my problem is I've gotten spoiled by the higher-ABV of my favorite double stouts . . . ?

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:36:47 | More by martyl1000
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Theniz

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

08-13-2013 11:21:07 | More by Theniz
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,250 ratings.