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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

868 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 868
Hads: 3,059
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 129
Gots: 460 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 868 | Hads: 3,059
Photo of chilly460
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, black with dark brown edges. Prodigious head kept me working to keep it from overflowing, decent retention and lacing.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts, some coffee, and definitely a smoke aroma. Got some burnt notes in there as well.

T: Medium sweet malts give way to some roasted coffee. Some dark chocolate sneaks through in different sips and I did pick up the smokiness in the taste. The beer is actually pretty complex, but I didn't find any of the tastes to be that pronounced.

M: I liked this one, slick and velvety, but still not a heavy beer.

D: Solid beer, not going to have a huge flavor profile if you've been drinking barrel aged RIS, but this one is a great "go to" stout.

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Photo of chumba526
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears pure black with a dark brown head.

It smells slightly of vanilla, a bit smoky and a bit coffee like.

It tastes of roasted and smoky malts. There is a bit of a coffee and chocolate flavor. The beer has only a bit of sweetness to it. The beer ends with a bit of a bitter flavor.

The beer is very smooth and there is a moderate low carbonation to it.

Overall a great example of a dry double stout. I cannot really say anything bad about this beer.

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

22oz bottle, no date.

pitch black, nice thick mocha-colored head. good lacing. smells of dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee.

taste is typical of a big stout, big roasty flavors. bittersweet chocolate, a little hops, the label says it right - "earthy". well balanced, tasty.

lower carbonation, thick and smooth.

much better than I expected, will definitely look for this again.

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

Filled up my growler on 03/11/11 - Double Stouty Goodness!!!

A: Obama's Papa dark! Oh my. Dense velvetty smooth esspresso-like foamy head. Great retention and some tracks of lace

S: Dark roasted malts and rich chocolate aromas

T: Rich, Dark chocolate bitterness. Roasty malts throughout. Floral hops come in. Touch of licorice. Alcohol warming nice and slightly present.

M: Smooth and velvetty texture. Coats the tongue. Slight alcohol burn going down but doesn't detract from overall enjoyment.

D: Moderate. Relatively lighter in body compared to all the crazy RIS's out there which allows for a bit more sessionability.
Still somewhat of bigger brew that one should probably enjoy in moderation.

One of my fav stouts for sure. Deep rich and complex malty flavors but not a syrup bomb by any means. Nice smooth mouthfeel from the use of oats. A very well balanced brew at 8.8%ABV.

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

Pint Glass: Black goodness, thick creamy foam.

S: Coffee, dark cocoa & a little bit of alcohol. Not to strong a smell though.

T: Bitter coffee, slight chocolate notes. The alcohol isn't covered up here. It's a good thing though.

M: Light carbonation, smooth going down with a little kick.

D: Good consistency, drinkable for all stout drinkers and alcoholics. One of the good ones. Drink up!

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Photo of sendsilk
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a recent trade with HopMasterFlex. Thanks Kyle! 12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

A- Nice and dark. Nice mocha head that slowly recedes, and I mean slowly, this bitch is taking its time. No worries, I can outwait it. Seriously wonderful lacing. Is this shit a stout or a black ale? Kind of confused by that.

S- Great smell. Still wondering WTF it is.

T- Okay, now I don't give a shit what "style" it is. Brilliant beer. Why the F is this not highly sought after? This is a gargantuan beer. Totally delicious. I got 2 in a trade and 2 as extras and now I wish he had sent 10 as extras. You hear that traders...more of this for me in the next trade. They may not fully appreciate it when it gets to them but when they drink it they'll want more. Solid extra bro.

M- Great, blah blah blah, coats my mouth with sweet esthers and other stuff, whatever that means. It's solid and thick, my kind of shit.

D- If I had 12 of these I would drink 6 tonight. Then I would hoard the rest of them and have maybe 1 a month as a treat to myself.

Tradability- Hopefully low right now as I would like several more of these before people figure out how good this is. Pretend I am the Alstrom Bros. and 'send me beer'. This beer.

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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thick vicious black w/ a big dark mocha head and very sticky lacing. Very very good looking stout. I'm picking up scents of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slight amount of coffee/expresso. There's also a little vanilla in the mix. I can pick all of that up in the flavors. Very bold, dark chocolate is abundant, slightly bitter, but a sweetness remains. Mouthfeel is really nice.. thick, creamy, well carbonated, smooth, velvety, but it remains light.. finishes great; full-bodied. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high, everything was hitting on all cylinders. It's hard to stop drinking! Highly enjoyable Imperial Stout!

This is one of my new favorite Imperial Stouts! I had a good feeling about it, but it exceeded all of my expectations. This is exactly what I look for in a RIS. Highly recommended!

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Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popping slowly into oblivion a bubbly dark tan head rides majestic atop this pure black brew. A broken but substantial lace is left behind. Aroma is subtle with roasted nuts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and sweet malts. Tastes of espresso, more dark chocolates, a hint of plums, and is big on the piny hops, especially for a stout. Medium to heavy body and somewhat airy with a resilient alcohol heat. Not as smooth as expected, but a good outing for sure.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date: 5 March 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured softly producing a 2-finger head, quickly dissipates to a thin film with sticky lacing, color is black, head is caramel.

Aroma is very light...too light, smelling just like Custom Brewcrafters Double Dark Cream Porter. Lightly-roasted coffee and chocolate malts. The taste can be described the same except much more intense, with the same coffee and malts, and quite well-balanced!!

Carbonation is light, alcohol is not heavy, roasted malts are heavy on the palate between tastes, yet pleasant. This beer is perfect for long breaks between tastes, as the flavor is large and in charge.

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Photo of Spider889
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this with my buddy in Chicago on my first trip out there, I am really lagging behind on some of these reviews.

This poured really well, a solid black, thick and viscous. The head was tall and a dark mocha color. My only complaint was the lack of lace that I was getting.

The smell was typical, but very well done. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Mild sweetness rounds out the nose.

The flavor is composed of heavy char and sweet milk chocolate. Undertones of coffee find there way into the taste as well.

Good vibrant carbonation, but nothing too big. Fairly thick and chewy. A really solid double stout.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head that sticks with you till the end. Lacing is nothing far and beyond, but there is a decent amount of runny lacing to be had...

S - Nothing to complex to be had here. Chocolate, coffee, and smokey notes...

T - Wow, this one is smooth. Dark roasted malts, Chocolate, and plums. Ends on a dark chocolate note. Taste is a little bit on the sweeter side, but nothing that is out of place or over the top. Abv very well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A little on the light side considering the style, but very smooth and easy to drink...

D - Green Flash brewed a solid beer here. Think I paid around 8.99 for a four pack of these. Can't beat that. Could see myself easily putting a few of these back in a sitting. Definitely something that I am going to be revisiting soon...

Cheers...

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/2/11

A: Black as night. A massive three finger head on a standard, everyday pour - wow! This leads to rich an tantilizing layer of lacing which coats the interior of the glass.

S: Dark roast coffee and chocolate, with a minor, faint trace of mint.

T: Hints of powdered sugar up front. It doesn't last long though, as a grassy and earthy quality from the chocolate malt powers through. It all finishes like a freshly brewed pot of diner coffee at 2am. This is a really delicious and complex brew.

M: Extremely viscous. This is exactly what I look for in an ADIS. It's creamy, thick and properly carbonated. One of the many highlights of the beer.

O: What an amazing beer. This is one of the hidden gems within the ADIS style. It really deserve more recognition and love, though I'm sure I wouldn't be able to find it on the shelves if it did.

Two big thumbs up for Green Flash. Seek this one out.

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Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep, black body with a one finger, creamy, light brown head...good retention that stayed a thick cap...nice lacing

S - Heavy on the roasted malts...they are everywhere...there is some dark chocolate added into the mix

T - Again, the roasted malt is everywhere...from start to finish...there is some bitter dark chocolate...a slight smoke character in the middle...faint bitter roasted coffee beans as well...there is a hop tingle at the end

M - Full bodied...tingly carbonation, coats the palate...bitterness from hops and dark chocolate

D - A nicely done stout from Green Flash...very roasted flavors all around...a little too carbonated for me

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Photo of Gushue3
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours deep dark brown almost black with a pretty large mocha head that leaves a ton of lacing. (almost a 5, it it wasnt transparent on pour i woudld have wet myself)

S- heavy on the malt. chocolate and coffee beans add a nice note. subtly sweet and bold.

T- mmm... initially i get a medium hop taste that quickly goes away and opens up to a light malt finishing with some chocolate. well played green flash.

M- good ammount of carbonation for a stout, not necessarily bad.

D- very good taste with great flavors that work well with one another. a great brew

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

22 oz. bomber aged for one year. This superb stout poured a black with minimal head. Delightful aromas of a mild/irish stout with roasted grain bill of barley and malt. Nice dry taste and finish with some sweetness, and very nice heavy mouthfeel. Definitely a fantastic doulbe stout. Not boozy at all, not overdone like a lot of RIS. I will seek more of this out as it's in the wheelhouse for my stout tastes.

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

Pours black as night into my pint glass. I can NOT see through it, even around the edges, when help up to the light. Not much lacing, this makes me sad.

TONS of roasted malts on the nose. Roast bomb.

Damn roasty on the palate. This beer has been at room temperature for nearly an hour, and its just now the most drinkable (plus im fairly drunk at this point). Bitter coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hint of licorice. Holy cow this thing is roasty.

Moderate mouthfeel, but it feels a bit light for what it is.

Damn this is one roasty f'ing beer. Maybe too roasty? The bottle proclaims that it is "Big, Bold & Complex" but I feel that may be an understatement. I feel like the beer is slightly too roasty and just out of balance. Tasty nevertheless. Looking forward to finishing my 4 pack.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as oil, very tanish creamy 3 inch head.

Smell - Malts, barley, coffee, nuts, chocolate, hops sugar and spices, wow

Taste - Nice mixture of malts, hops, coffee and alcohol. Has a bite to it for sure. Excellent roasted sweet flavor and plenty of hops in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and long lasting. Palette is numbed from the alcohol. You get a bitterness followed by some sweetness from the hops.

Drinkiabilty - A great session beer. Too strong to drink many at one sitting. A great example from this fine brewery. If it wasnt so high in alcohol would have got a higher rating.

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

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep black with essentially no light passage -- just a bit of brown at the bottom of the glass. Forms a creamy tan head with great retention, sticking to the glass.
S - Roasted grain, coffee, and lots of dark chocolate. Sweet aromas and maybe just a hint of hops present.
T - The roast flavors are the strongest, followed up by a great dark chocolate aftertaste. Creamy and full-flavored.
M - Full-bodied and sticky, with the taste filling and remaining in the mouth and throat. A touch of alcohol warms the sinuses.
D - This stout's a doozy, but the great flavors are more than enough to keep me drinking. On the lighter side for "double" stouts, but still a very flavorful and assertive beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a tight, rising mocha head that leaves a solid lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and some chocolate.

Tastes of deep roasted notes. Malts have dark chocolate and coffee with some brown sugar sweetness. Vanilla notes also make an appearance. Some earthy bitterness adds depth in the middle and balances out the sweet precisely. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.