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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

848 Reviews
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Reviews: 848
Hads: 2,963
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 111
Gots: 422 | 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: 848 | Hads: 2,963
Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts combined with unsweetened chocolate. As the beer warms small amounts of dark fruit aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front remain steady and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. As with the smell light amounts of dark fruit flavors make an appearance as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid and smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer did lots of things well, nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. Very close to being great but not quite there. Smooth and easy-drinking and worth a shot. (863 characters)

Photo of Goldfish19
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY. This double stout pours jet black with a small tan head that fades away into minimal lacing. For the aroma, all the usual suspects make an appearance with the addition of some light floral hops. Taste follows the nose with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops. The finish is smooth and slightly bitter.

Good stuff! ~ (407 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a flat black color with a nice tan head.

Aromas are of cocoa, chocolate and cream. The nose is on the subtle side, but still nice.

This is a nice full flavored stout. A bit burnt tasting, maybe a little heavy on the dark malts. But really, it turns out to be a minor flaw. There are some espresso and nice bitter bakers chocolate notes, some cream, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish has an earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is high on this one. Very nice strong stout, that doesn't go overboard. The flavors are strong, but not overpowering. And while a 22 oz took a while to finish, it was certainly enjoyable, and never too strong. Good stuff. (706 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Impenetrable black beer with a dark frown head that faded slowly. Second hald pour (warmer) produced a larger head. Nice.
Sm. Strong burnt chocolate, some malt, maybe some vanilla or alcohol or something bordering on unpleasant in there.
Ta. Burnt chocolate predominates, burnt coffee with a nice hops bitterness following. This is strongly flavored stuff. The Woof hated the smell.
Mf. Good. Nice carbonation and filling.
Dr. 22 oz. went down easily. Once you adjust to the chocolate and coffee in an old sock left on the burner taste, it's great. (552 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a wide-mouth goblet glass (would have prefered this in a shaped pint glass or smaller nonic, but that's OK).

Very dark seal brown body with faint bloody highlights and a thin milk chocolate/tan collar with a spattering of lace and an oily whirlpool in the center of the glass. Multiple layers of legs...

Booze comes across as vanilla extract in the nose. Orange peel, coffee grounds, brown sugar, hazlenuts, and maybe a hint of brown butter (one of the few times in a stout where what might be diacetyl actually works very well with the profile). Faint hops.

Roast malt, chocolate ganache, bitterness to offset the sugars...very rich flavors overall, though they are mostly fugitive, not lasting into the finish, which consists more of pipe tobacco, brown bread, and chocolate truffles. Very well done.

Velvety, chewy body with sufficient carbonation. No astringency or stickiness. Stokes your internal fire on a cool evening, but won't cause you to break a sweat. Very well done.

A big, filling meal in a glass - best served in place of hot cocoa as a night-cap. Despite the uninspired name, this is a unique stout, worth seeking out if you have the chance...

Update 9/20/2013 - this is superior on cask! (1,258 characters)

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured nearly black with a few ruby/brown highlights. The head was massive, rising a good 2.5" before dropping to a thin cap. Surprising amount of lace stickage on my glass.

S= Really boozy. Beyond that, I noted roasted malt/coffee, light chocolate, and a general lingering sweetness.

T= Tasted better than it smelled, with the roasty grains and the chocolate/caramel malt notes combining well enough. not a lot of hop presence, but it was certainly detectable. The finish was dry and skewed to the roasty side.

M= Really more medium than heavy in the body, with lots of carbonation. Good tongue coating capabilities.

D= A bit boozy, but all in all a very good offering. Not as smooth as its competitors, but worth drinking all the same. (831 characters)

Photo of ToddT
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped by a well formed three finger brown head. Head is long lasted and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and coca notes are all present in the nose.

T- Taste follows the nose, chocolate seems to dominate from beginning to the finish. The molasses, caramel, and malt notes are in a nice balance to the chocolate. Finish is dry with a slightly bitter final note of dark chocolate, coffee, and hops.

M- Full bodied and decent carbonation. Feels thick, chewy, creamy, and silky in the mouth.

D- Well balanced easy drinking double stout. The 8.8% ABV is not apparent anywhere, which could get you in trouble quick with this one.

Nicely done, super solid, nothing crazy double stout. Great job Green Flash. (773 characters)

Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colored stout with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is coffee grinds.Taste is smoked malts,chocolate,coffee,cream and sugar cane.Very creamy and velvety smooth goes down like silk.Highly recommended and I would purchase again.Two for two for this brewery!! (269 characters)

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

Pours a black color with 2 full fingers of head that leave a thick layer of lacing down the walls of the glass. Smell is big and roasty, with hints of sweetness and bitter coffee present.

The taste doesn't have much of the sweetness that I detected on the nose, but the roastiness and the bitter coffee come through full force. This one has some huge flavor, more than I anticipated. Very nice too....pretty much the blueprint for what an 8.8% ABV stout should be like. Only thing keeping this from being a 5 is a lack of any real complexity.

Mouthfell is medium to medium-full, good carbonation levels. This beer impressed the hell out of me. I really didn't have any expectations at all, but if I did it would have exceeded them. Buy this beer. (749 characters)

Photo of Yesac
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, medium sized brown foamy head that doesn't fade away quickly.

S- Coffee, earthy oak.

T- Along with the smell.. burnt oak, chocolate, and a warming from the alcohol. Drink this around a campfire. A little to much oak and earth for my liking.

M- Great job here.. not to dry, thick or thin.. its just right. Covers the palate well and makes it refreshing and hard to put down. Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

D- Good stout overall.. great for the cold weather because of its earthyness. The mouthfeel is great. (529 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Thick, black, and dense. It has a nice tan head that gives a nice cascade affect.

S-Alcohol, molasses, brown sugar,and a hint of coffee.

T-Chocolate, dark fruits, some hoppiness, and a nice coffee finish, with some lingering alcohol.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Pretty drinkable double stout. It doesn't have as much coffee flavor as other double stouts I've had which made it easier to drink.

Overall, this is a pretty good double stout. However, this beer seemed to get less complex over time. It seemed to become more one deminsionable. I would recommend this stout to lovers of the style. (594 characters)

Photo of david18
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like almost everything from Green Flash Brewery, especially the double india pale ale. This is also a great beer. Not the best West Coast Double/Imperial Stout but up there. Great roasty flavor, great aroma, good dark brown head, great lacing and who doesn't love that color!

The flavor is a little less intense than my favorites (i.e. Hercules, World Wide Stout) but, again, it's up there. This is a good one to get and if you're on the east coast, can be a buck or two cheaper than the others (must be good distribution). (526 characters)

Photo of Rayek
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with deep mahogany highlights. A big and fizzy tan head has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, oak and dark fruits greet the nose.

T: Nicely balanced. Burnt oak, espresso and bakers chocolate start things off. Bitterness follows with a pepper bite that's aided by a mild alcohol presence. Finishes warm and dry with a lingering burnt bitterness.

M: The medium-heavy body is oily and has a touch too much fizz.

D: I found this to be an enjoyable beer. It's very well balanced, rather than over the top bitter like some takes on this style. A nice sipping beer for a cold evening. (656 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a jet black color with a thick, long-lasting, off-white head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S -It smelled of roasted malts and molasses. There were mild notes of caramel sweetness.

T - It tasted of sharp, coffee-like roasted malts. There were hints of oak and wood. There was a smooth caramel sweetness.

M - It was thick and creamy. A medium bodied stout.

D - This is a very nice imperial stout. Lighter than most but still very good. (462 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a sinister looking black with a creamy, dark khaki colored head that rises to about 1 1/2 fingers before it melts away to a thin skim and irregular ring. Only a few tendrils of lace were left behind.

S: Holy crap! Does this smell good! Plums dipped in caramel and dark chocolate lead into some more savory dark fruit, burnt malt, cocoa, campfire, espresso, and milk chocolate covered cherries.

T: Sweet over-ripe dark fruit and caramel mix with both milk and dark chocolate, rum drenched raisins, dark roast french press coffee, fudge brownies, cocoa nibs, dry roasty nuts, and a spicy tang from the hops and/or alcohol.

M: Equal parts thick, gooey, and sweet mixed with bitter, prickly, and with an ashy dryness. Plasters itself to everything in my mouth with a peppery dark fruit tang.

D: Man oh man. If there is such a thing as a sessionable Imperial Stout, then this is it. The alcohol is totally non-intrusive and the complexities of this only increase as it comes up to temp. This is a great stout! (1,061 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with thick tan head that lasts a long time and leaves thick lacing. SMELL faint at first and hard to find, but later easy to find, richer and more complex. Vaguely fruity, roasty, malty sweetness creeps in. Coffee, molasses and booze also. TASTE is roasty, coffee, chocolate, fruity, and some malty sweetness dance around each other early and through the middle. Roasty flavors and bitterness then take the lead, with some fruity, sweet and boozy notes adding complexity. some bitterness in the finish. Smooth. FEEL thick, full, rich texture and body. Smooth and luxurious. OVERALL delicious, rich treat. But easy drinking for those who like bold stouts. (666 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, I think it's about a year old. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit (cherries) and some coffee and hops. It's a nice smelling brew, however the aroma is light. Taste is similar to the aroma (but much stronger), it tastes like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, cherries, charred/burnt malt, and a bit of vanilla and hops. There's also a nice bitter coffee and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, and also a bit coating, silky and dry. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good brew overall, I don't think I've had a bad beer from Green Flash yet. I'd definitely buy this again in the future. (835 characters)

Photo of redneckchugger
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94
Pours jet black, huge tan head, takes forever to leave. Thick spots of lacing.
Huge chocolate, dark toasted bread nose.
The taste is out of this world. Like milk chocolate over dark bread on the front, some slight earthy hops on the midpallate and some bitterness from the roasted malt on the back end.
This is an amazing beer, easily one of the best i have had. Its not trying to reinvent the wheel. It just takes all the things you expect from a stout and does them flawlessly.
The best beer i have had this year. (543 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A black ichor pours from the bottle with a huge coffee-brown, dense head. The head takes a long time to fade an leaves beautiful, speckled lacing that looks like a mountain range on the horizon.

S - Hazelnuts, chocolate, coffee - very pleasant and rich aroma.

T - Coffee and cocoa join with little sweetness for a nice flavor. Then an intense acidity joins. Aftertaste is of a faintly bitter coffee, biscuits and that same acidity lingering. The acidity is almost like a hint of the flavors in some bad coffees.

M - Very full, soft and silky, refreshing with a hint of acidity and astringency on the exit.

D - Pretty good. Green Flash impresses me again. Their fairly affordable bombers routinely blow me away. (719 characters)

Photo of dismal
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,027 characters)

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black body. Massive tan head leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Chocolate fudge, licorice, and a bit of coffee.

T: Strong notes of chocolate and malty sweetness. Noticeable earthy hops. Aftertaste of roastiness and tobacco.

M: Big and thick.

D: This started out amazing for me, but it became harder to drink the more I had. Still, a very solid stout. Pretty much dessert in a bottle. (421 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black mass in a glass. Double tall foamy topping of dark tanned froth all thick and lush saying hello and sticking around for a conversation of lacing the glass with heavy amounts of sheeting with some broken edges.

Aroma is somwhat lighter then I would have thought, but what is there is clean and mildly so with a mere chocolatey presence and creamy tanged coffee tint. Slight burntness and some green juicy hops. Picks up a welcome biggerness as it warms.

Decadent taster; simple, ample, roasty, chocolatey tanged and creamy with bits of vanilla, dark cherry, dark orange, pineapple slush, coffee edged bitterness and drying in the finish. Its supply of flavors is nearly perfect and quite adequate to the Ol' taste buds with a steady, firm, tangy mild roast of milk chocolate wrapped in a darker chocolate bitterness and coffee dryness. Hops squeezed in with a fresh oily touch of leafyness. Warmth ensues and settles in some as ya get thru it, but does not hamper any enjoyment levels.

Firm and steady, creamy, smooth, bold, lush, ample medium body that encompasses a great tangy tone of roast and darker undertones of chocolate loaded fruits. The dryness is the finish is outstanding as a perfect little blend of chocolatey tang swirls about with a coffee edges blackness with burntish hints. Nice!

Gone in no time flat as this stuff drinks down way to easy and smooth with an amazing tone of creamy tang and chocolatey roast and easing bittering dryness. A super nice stout by Green Flash! (1,502 characters)

Photo of CoolJosh
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with a drinking buddy at Zeno's. This brewery has been such a surprise find, almost everything I have had from this is a quality product. Hope this one follows that trend...

Black all the way through, yadayadayada. Nice smokey mahagony brown head that doesn't last long enough. Still endearing, but nothing that wows the eyes.

Tons of chocolate. Reminds of st chokolat. Lots of oats which add a really creamy component. The complexity was deeper then my nose could decipher at this point in my craft drinking career, but there was a nice roastiness to it.

Very nice bitter malts that are present all throughout. Predominantly coffee, but some nice bitter chocolates and the creaminess of half-n-half. A little bit wet yet a side of crunchiness to it. (776 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Chimay gobblet round 45 degrees.

Deep black color, with just a hint of merlot color on the edges. 1 solid, fat finger tan head, fading to film and plenty of lacing.

Smell is pretty tame - I got sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and a whiff of piney hops.

Taste brings out a heavy mouthful of roasted malt depth, more of an unsweetened chocolate than the smell, a touch of the soy sauce quality, and a leafy bitter bite in the finish. Good yang to the smell's ying.

Very nice, smooth mouthfeel - quite creamy throughout, with the bitterness pulling thru at the end to keep it from being dessert-thick.

The alchohol is simply not present - making this tasty puppy a really pleasant surprise.

"Big, bold, flavorful, and complex" ... just as advertised on the bottle. (788 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice and thick tan head. Pours thick and like cream.

Nose is malt and light candi sugar with light cocoa.

Nice creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Flavors are all roasted grain, bitter burnt coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate. Flavors are very good but for some reason seem simple and somewhat one dimensional. Tasty and well made and the finish is quite good. Something is missing just a bit but this is a pretty nice stout. (448 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.