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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: 2,964
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 423 | 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: 2,964
Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at De Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick mocha colored head with good retention. Jet black in the glass with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and a ring. Only the ring remains until the end, leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Not as bold as hoped. Some roasted malts, dark chocolate brownies as well, and some obvious notes of oats in there. Hints of dark cherries and dark fruits even. A nice nose, just not all that forceful.

TASTE: Roasted malts again, a bit of caramel and sweet dark chocolate and brownies. The oats are very apparent in the flavor profile as well. Bitter chocolate and some roasted malt and spicy alcohol in the finish. Aftertaste is bold bit finishes dry. More impressive than the nose, but a little heavy on the oats perhaps.

PALATE: Medium body, lighter than expected, and medium carbonation. Only semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Lacking some weight and creaminess to bring it over the hump.

OVERALL: A decent imperial oatmeal stout, but nothing mind blowing. A little too heavy on the oats perhaps, and the palate is a little weaker than it needs to be, but still a decent brew worth checking out. There are others in the style I would reach for first, however. (1,348 characters)

Photo of CaptYellow
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Jet black. 2/3 head falls to full layer of crema.

S: Espresso. Caramel-like sweetness.

T: Heavy, heavy espresso. Hint of caramel.

M: Chewy. Started out with a clean finish, but began to lag heavily on the tounge.

D: One's enough (to share!)

O: Buy again? No. Recommend it? Yes. (286 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, some alcohol and touches of coffee and hops.

T: The taste starts out very hearty roasted malt character and mildly sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. There's a slightly alcohol sting but is a bit more subdued than other big stouts nor does this beer have as much of an intense sweetness to it. The hops presence is very weak but exactly where it should be for this type of beer and is enough to provide a good balance. There's also a touch of smokiness in the finish. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky but dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this beer has a good complexity to it and it's a good alternative when you want a big stout that isn't too big. Overall it's a good beer to drink for a long time. (1,089 characters)

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with half a finger of espresso coloured head. Left some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts and coffee up front with some bitter hops in the background.

T - Nice roasted malt flavour with dark roasted coffee and chocoalte. Slightly bitter on the finish. No noticeable alcohol at all.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Very slight chew.

D - A very good double stout. Couldn't detect th e8% ABV at all. This beer is worth some hype and I will definitely buy it again. (510 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2008 vintage sampled in May 2010. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. The flavor is pretty heavy on the chocolate with some roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me and is a tad bit watery. Medium carbonation. (345 characters)

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

Right out of my fridge it was a little cold at first but as it warmed it started to show its stuff. The aromas are intensely roasty, malty and chocolaty. The mouthfeel is medium which is a nice counterpart to the heavily roasted malt. I am glad the sweetness is on the light side. Medium finish where the bitterness starts to show. (331 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 22 oz bottle a thick, dense black color, topped with a bit of dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate, licorice and freshly brewed coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee. A little thin on the palate, but not a bad beer. (251 characters)

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

A - A pretty, dark creamy thick head that comes off like chocolate whip cream, or sweet fizzy volcanic ash. And a dark bitter chocolate color body that keep all light out.

S - Simple, but pleasant. Sweet malty with bits of roasted tones peaking there head though

T - Very sweet, the high alcohol does not show at all. It's much more like a milk stout in that regard, and worthy of our praise.

M - Thick viscous and all around yummy. A tiny bit simplified. No alcohol burn at all watch out light weights.

D - Lovely anytime that operating heavy machinery is not needed. I enjoyed it and would again and again. (612 characters)

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

Luscious mocha brown head dances for a half minute and retreats exposing a few active tiny bubble centres. Medium carbonation, midnight black, nice looking stout! Coffee bean odour, lots of vanilla oakiness going on. Regeneration impressive. This double stout is very full bodied, rich, intense, chocolate flavours with a bit of underlying dark fruit. Interesting blend of sweetness and dry, ashy astringent nuttiness including almond and pecan. Nice complexity, wonderful stuff! (479 characters)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A - Pours a pitch black with a thin light tan head; some light lacing

S - Nice roasted malt nose, cocoa and a sugary sweetness with a light alcohol smell

T&M - Very earthy in flavor, chocolate and cocoa, a nice malty flavor with a hint of bitterness that adds a nice balance. There are some dark fruit and some sweetness as well. Full bodied in feel with a silkiness on the palette

D - This is a delicious stout, very well balanced, and the earthy notes are very nice. As with most Imperials, one 22 oz is probably enough, but this is relatively easy to drink, but too heavy to have too much of. (627 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice coco in the nose. pours a definite pitch, leather color head. lots of lacing going down.
Slightly bitter coffee & coco mix. hearty. malty, with a light hop finish, and some smokiness mixed in. everything comes together rather well. As rich as this beer is, it is surprisingly drinkable.

Glad I found it, if you are looking for a trade, give me a shout (359 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to duffmanrob
For sending this one along in the black booty BIF

I split this one amounst some friends and into snifters the brew produced a good two finger tan head that stuck around and the lacing was great. The body was a typical stout black.

O my this was a surprise I got some huge chocolate notes from the nose. Truly memorable in a lot of ways I really didn't expect to much from this brew but it did surprise me.

The flavor was nice a chocolaty with a light roasted bitter not as much hops as I thought I would find coming from a west coat brewery even that was refreshing for a change. The body was perfect for a stout with great carbonation.

Like I said this brew was a surprise. I did miss this brew when it was gone, and it was better than a top 100 brew that we cracked in the same sitting (821 characters)

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

Beautiful appearance, nearly completely black with lacing throughout. A little thinner than I thought it would be, giving the appearance. Taste reminds me of dark fruit, maybe dates or raisins, with nice smokiness underneath. Would definitely try again. (253 characters)

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

Bomber poured into a pint.

A - Pours Dark brown with a uge tan head that became a quarter inch layer. Some lacing.

S - Milk chocolate and hops.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts. Slightly bitter, dry finish. Alcohol well hidden.

M - Smooth, almost silky, medium thickness and carbonation.

D - Drinks well. (306 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown with about a finger of tan foam. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate and roasted malts.

t - Chocolate jumps out first. Also some vanilla and roasted malts. A little bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium to full body. Little carbonation, pretty smooth.

d - Thought this was a very enjoyable stout. Nice smooth chocolate smell and taste, would definitely try this again. (430 characters)

Photo of magine
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized Dinkel Acker pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color (near black). With a thick dark tan head. After a somewhat aggressive pour this brew has about a three finger thick head that easily holds the cap, very chunky head. The brew as you drink leaves minimal lace, and a lace island head. Initially a great looking brew, that fades to a good looking brew.

Smells delicious; roasted malts, chocolate, oats. Sweet cocoa, some slight hops.

Brew has a velvety smooth taste and mouthfeel. Can taste the roasted malts, has a bitter finish and unfortunately you can taste the alcohol to much with this one. Has an almost burnt malt flavor. Thin mouthfeel and flavors.

The brew is good, but looks alot better then it tastes for me. I was expecting a more thick, robust flavor and mouthfeel. Instead I am getting burnt malts and the alcohol tastes. The drinkability is cut short due to the alcohol taste being so apparent. It is good - not a "special" brew for me. (978 characters)

Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber size (22 oz) into an arrogant bastard pint glass. After cracking it I took a whif straight from the bottle and it smelled awesome, bottom line it spoke its name. After pouring the look of it was exactly as I would expect, black. It was already dark in the room but it did seem to me to be a somehow impossibly miniscule lighter amount of black than some other imperial stouts I've had. The head was off-tan reddish which I love to see, it always seems to be one of the trademarks of a solid cappuccino flavored stout. After tasting, the smell and the look of the beer had already defined the flavor of this brew, no surprises in that. Roasted malt and whatever hops they threw in give it a SOLID coffee flavoring, like the dark roasted kind of coffee that I love to drink, bold and in your face. This is balanced with a sweetness that comes in very smoothly and to me remains very camouflaged and in the background of the flavoring. The finish has a little carbonation which brings out the initial flavors even more which again is balanced well with the sweetness in the beer. Definitely a recommendable beer, I mean there are others out there which are better so I can't say this is a must have but seriously if you get a chance try this bad boy! (1,270 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown liquid pours out that is almost completely opaque and lets just a hint of light through in the form of a red hue. the head is a creamy looking dark coffee color that lingers for about half a minute and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively big and gives off a big aroma of coffee. there is a hint of vanilla and notes of alcohol in the back

T-the taste is quite different than the nose. it brings a big amount of roasted malt with just a hint of the coffee from the nose. the faint note of vanilla is there but a lot of bitter chocolate comes in towards the finish and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M-this is a medium to full bodied beer and very smooth and creamy. it is carbonated aggressively and tingles the throat a little.

D-this is a pretty solid offering for a double stout. the flavors and aromas are relatively big. it is pretty straight forward and somewhat conservative; but still good. (947 characters)

Photo of satowns
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind with 13 other stouts.

Pours black with thin brown lacing.

Chocolate and sublte hops fill the nose.

Coffee-mocha with a hint of oak and vanilla. Get a nice citrus hop character with a nice soft bitterness.

FULL BODIED! Smooth and mellow. a decent big stout. (273 characters)

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

Green Flash? Double stout? Sure!
Not the most impressive or impact making rendition of the style I've ever encountered. Far from it, actually. Not too much head even with a solid pour, not much in the way of rings or lacing on the glass. Light has a difficult time getting through this fellow but it's not the motor oil that others of the species are.
Scents are absent. Even on the warmer side I just can't get much of anything out of the odor.
Flavors aren't all that big or impressive either, but they are quite good. Chocolate is dominant, hints of coffee roastedness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there's a smooth quality that is quite appealing. Palate fatigue shouldn't be a problem with this guy. Alcohol content is very, very sneaky. Doesn't drink like a high octane beer.
While this is far from the most powerful double stout on the market it is certainly an enjoyable one. It is somewhat refreshing to see a stout that isn't trying to be the biggest, smack-you-in-the-face stout in the world. Well worth a visit. (1,025 characters)

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

The coffee version of this stout is excellent, but what will the "original" formula do? On to the beer:

Ink black in color, and it's not letting any form of light into the body. The head on top forms forms two finger's thick, and drops to a semi-thin lace on top, leaving good lace. Milk chocolate bars and oatmeal in the aroma....yum. Light phenolic note adds a small bump in the road.

It is smooth, it is sweet, and it is not harsh. Not even the alcohol greets your palate. They use oatmeal in this stout, and it shows in this beer. Milk chocolate at first. Oh damn, there's the very light phenolic note again. It's hopped, but they don't show up until the end and provide a pinch of tropical flavor. As the beer dries, you can taste roasted coffee.

The original formula is a good one. But could you imagine if that light phenolic edge was removed from the equation? It would be even better. Regardless, another good one from the folks of Vista, and a recommended pick by me. (981 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle like in the picture drank out of an american pint glass. no freshness or bottled on information on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a completely black colored body with a tall finger of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice.

S- the smell is intense. very strong dark roasted malts. a small mix of milk and dark chocolate. a very strong coffee/hoppy end to it.

T- the taste is just as dark and roasted as the nose. almost burnt tasting. lots of the dark chocolate that i could smell but none of the milk. the finish is filled with strong coffee.

M- the mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this beer. too light and thin for the style. there is a nice bitter aftertaste and my mouth is left dry.

D- i like that this is a very dry and relatively low ABV big stout. most that i try are on the sweet side. i also like that this bottle cost me around 5$. ill check this one out somewhat often. (961 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black in color and fully opaque. Large, thick, dark tan head with excellent retention, but only moderate lacing.

S: Roast malts. Dark toast. Some light coffee notes, and maybe just a little cocoa.

T: Heavily roasted malts. Borderline burnt (but not coming off as either offensive or overdone). Coffee, in the form of bitter unsweetened espresso. Cocoa powder and baking chocolate.

M: Medium-heavy in weight/body with a decent level of carbonation. Not heavy or viscous. Actually the body is lighter than expected.

D: Another very good beer from Green Flash. Great flavor, with a slightly lighter body than most Imperial Stouts, make this one very easy to drink. (671 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid stout. Pours good and black, midlevel weight/thickness. A decent amount of hop aroma together with what must be a drier form of chocolate. Some alcohol comes through, but not enough to turn your nose away.

Taste, quite nice, and damn if there aren't some good imperial stouts out there, but this one is pretty middle of the road for the good ones. Nothing adventurous to set it apart from a lot of the upper echelon stouts. And I don't mean that condescendingly, when you want a stout that has no frills, and delivers, this stout could be your cleanup hitter. Mouthfeel and drinkability, especially, are good. Mouthfeel loses .a little for not seeming as robust towards the end. (692 characters)

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

22oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours a very dark brown to almost black color. Extremely opaque, I'd say that 99% of light is blocked. Light head, only a film forms. Doesn't appear very carbonated.

S - Chocolate, roasted barley, some coffee notes. Just a hair of a hopping in there. Overall a roasted malt forward scent.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, chocolate, some light bodied graininess perhaps tied to oats. Mid-stream gets more chocolate, bitterness and some coffee astringency shows up. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate note which is immediately overcome by a potent, but not overly harsh, roasted barley flavor.

M - Moderate to strong body for a DIS. Sugary and sweet, full of body. Carbonation is light, no sting. Leaves behind a bit of an oily texture.

D - As far as DIS beers go, this one is high on the scale. I could maybe have 2 of these in one night and not go crazy. Flavors are smooth, well integrated - doesn't overwhelm the palette. Not filling.

A solid DIS. I would say it is borderline to be classified as a lesser stout - non double or perhaps a RIS. Although I'm sure the differences are very subtle. (1,130 characters)

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