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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 3,015
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 119
Gots: 443 | 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: 857 | Hads: 3,015
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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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Not a bad price. almost black with a 2 finger medium to deep tan head. Retention is lacking, as is the lacing. Smell shows big time coffee notes. Slight chocolate. Roasty, toasted grains.

Taste shows a bit more chocolate than the nose, but is still a coffee bomb. Alcohol is more noticeable, but makes it nice on a winter night. Tiny bit of hop spice. Full bodied, and fairly viscous. This could work well with some vanilla flavoring.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a fair brown head. Some retention and spotty lacing, but not much.

Big kahlua scent here. Booze and coffee. You get some herbal notes as well.

Smoky dark roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, but then here comes the alcohol, which obscures nearly everything. Hops come into play here as well, with some herbal bitter that is distinctive from the charred malt. Some light sweetness intermingles, but bitter and booze dominate.

Full bodied and appropriate carbonation.

This might need to lay down for a while, even only at 8.8%. Alcohol-dominant element keeps this from being a real drinker. Liked this alot, but just an odd structure and balance. Very worth picking up a bottle.

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

Big bottle American Double stout, this one has a dark pitch black body with a deep moccha tan head, forms thick with rising chunky textured foam. Aroma has dark black chocolate notes, with creamy infused coffee notes. Flavor has dark nearly burnt coffee roast flavors, dark bitter chocolate. Herbal earthy hop finish, creamy textures round out the dark malt flavors but it does of a bit of an acrid tartness through the middle kind of like sourdough bread. Mouthfeel is big nice and chewy silky textured flows easy with natural carbonation, a bit dry in the finish. Drinkability is nice, one of the most easy going poundable big dark beers I've ever had. Impy stouts although a bid higher in abv are usually more boozey this is dangerous due to the drinkability level. This bottle may have a little bit of age considering it's a big bottle. I haven't seen it in smaller bottles yet, even though I know they changed to their new signature bottles.

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

surprised to see this one in the new 12oz bottles. but stoked. A bomber of this was always a bit much for me.

pours a rich dark oily near black with a frothy, dark brown two-finger head that has impressive retention and leaves behind snowflakes of sticky caramel lacing.

aroma of rich burnt chocolate cake, espresso roast, heavy malt. blackstrap molasses, burnt sugar. hints of vanilla and clove. smells impressive.

taste is rich, dark, and full of flavor. burnt caramel, interesting hoppy bitterness that plays perfectly into the dominant cocoa and dark malt flavors. hints of smoke. rich. more hops in the finish... one of the hoppier stouts for its richness. kinda diggin' it.

mouth is solidly carbonated and full. a touch slick and maybe a smidgen on the thin side to stand up to the flavor profiles. intense hop finish leaves a lingering bitterness that isn't the least bit offensive. but I like my stouts hoppy.

I could drink this one non stop. I think it easily stands up to the best imperial stouts out there. While a bomber was a bit much, I'm wishing I had more than the 12oz bottle. Time to go get more.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a brown head that dissipates quickly. The body was dark brown.

S: The beer had a lighter aroma with some berry fruitiness being evident. There was a lot of sweetness in the aroma.

T: The taste was fruity and wine like with a bit of chocolate thrown in. The alcohol was also present. Floral with maybe a hint of vanilla flavor from the slight creamy feeling.

M: It has a fuller body with good carbonation.

D: The mouthfeel made it a sipper, but I enjoyed it overall.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very very dark brown with a garnet streak. This one is topped with a gorgeous tan head. Great retention and very good lacing.

S: Coco powder (dark) and a hint of what those hops are (maybe) going to do.

D: Dark chocolate (powdered) and bitter notes coming from those hops which you can smell a little bit. I want to say its almost a resinous bitterness rather than espresso or coffee (from those hops). Pretty darn good stuff though not too complex.

M: Sticky and a little bit sandy.

D: Medium to high

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Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with dark tinged one finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

Strong dark chocolate malt nose. Very hoppy with bright pine. Quite nice.

Light chocolate roast malt comes in up front. Strong bitter finish with coffee, roast chocolate, and lots of hop bitterness. Faint hints of alcohol. Rich, but still missing something in the middle though.

Body is quite light for the style. Could use a bit heavier feel.

Overall, quite nice. Lightness of body brings it down a bit. For a ~9% beer, I was expecting a fuller-feeling glass.

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

Appearance: A black brew with a rich fawn head of one finger that quickly dissipates. The foam produces fair to good lacing. It's a lovely looking beer.

Smell: Aromas of toffee, coffee, chocloate, and licorice. Thers's plenty great things going on with the smell of this beer.

Taste: Roasted and dark malt flavors highlight the taste of this beer. The loads of malt are balanced with plenty of floral elements and bitternes from the hops. In short, a balanced brew that's very earthy as it dances across the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, and silk-like.

Drinkability: A very tasty beer that will warm your winter night. You'll be looking for more.

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

Poured pitch black from a 22 oz bottle with ABV on the label, no freshness date.
Very thin head that dissipates fairly quickly.
The aroma is more fruity; raisins and fig like, with hints of roasted malts and chocolate.
Taste is a beautiful blend of roasted malts and fruity esters. Rich and silky, with a hint of bitterness in the finish interlaced with fruity taste.
Just enough lacing along the glass, not too much though.
The taste and mouthfeel of this stout are very good. Had raspberry cordial with this stout and I have to admit, the pairing was excellent. Not regretting getting this bottle on sale.
Drinkability is very good and this is definitely a stout worth trying.

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

Had on cask at rattle n hum at the green flash takes the taps night. Came a pitch black with thin creamy head in a mason jar cup. Temp was room tempish which I like for full flavor. Smelled of creamy caramel and vanilla malts. Pretty roasty. Fells like butter. Smooth drinking like water.

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Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch head, black, opaque

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate and some sugar

Taste: deep dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of cream/sugar sweetness at the end

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a nice semi-bitter back, dry finish, medium-low carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise and arguably my favorite from the brewery. It is sweet but not overly so and the alcohol is well masked. Could sip several on a cold night.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.