Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 853
Hads: 2,993
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 115
Gots: 433 | 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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: solid blackness, creamy tan head, about a quarter inch, long lasting. Quite attractive.

Aroma: Ah! Wonderful roasted dark malt, with all the requisite flavors spilling out. Chocolate and coffee, licorice, molasses, cola. Below that, vanilla and cream. Very nice.

Taste: Nice bite of roasty bitterness jumps on board the palate, sticks it out, stays a while. Full-bodied, with all those rich, dark flavors joining the mix. Rich and toasted, with a blend of cocoa, espresso, and more. They're calling this a Double Stout, instead of a Russian Imperial Stout, for reasons of their own, but it carries many of that style's hallmarks. It's at nearly 9% ABV, and I'm not feeling it yet, but I'm sure it won't take long.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12OZ, Best By 10/1/2015 (I believe I bought this sometime in later winter of this year, so my guess is it has at least 6 months of age on it).

Pours inky black, with a thick, light caramel-colored head that lasts nearly a minute, with bubbles both large and small; nice lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and perhaps some booze. Lots going on in the flavor: chocolate, coffee, and perhaps even port wine (?) with a dry finish. Great mouth-feel.

I really like this beer. I drank this once when I bought it, yet I don't remember it being this good; perhaps, I am simply paying more attention this time, but my guess is this beer has changed, and for the better. This is a great Imperial stout, especially for the price point of $8-9 a four pack. I plan to buy more to keep on hand, and I look forward to continuing to see how it ages (though at only 8.8% my guess is it won't benefit from age too much longer).

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Photo of Cross_Product
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Finished a novel and sipped a stout...good evening. Bottle to pint glass. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a latte-colored head. Smell is a bit of hops, roasted grains, coffee, and a bit of spice (cloves?). Taste is dried figs and molasses cookies, maybe some bitter chocolate. Not much alcohol in the flavor. Mouthfeel wasn't quite as rich and thick as I was expecting, but still solid. Overall, this is an excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by 09JAN16; I had this once a few years ago and loved it. I was hoping my tastes hadn't changed
A - creamy chocolaty light brown head holds good retention atop a black colored ale
S - Roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, earthy hops
T - really nice and balanced with dark baker's chocolate, roasted barley, dark roast coffee, earthy hops, and some oats come through as well
M - very creamy and smooth, full bodied, alcohol very well concealed
O - this is a very solid Imperial stout at a decent price in a 12oz format. I'll be buying this more often. I'm glad this was just as good as I remember!

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - As black as 2am & as clear as politics today.
Lacing is about to happen,but not quite,just like the elected yahoos.

Smell - Chocolate. Black coffee notes and burnt figs. Made me feel at home.
“The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Taste - Sweetness & the coffee is in your face during and after.

Feel - Oily with low carbonation.

Overall -4 for being a powerful double,however, this is not a stout for just anybody.

A friend gave me this & I owe him one good beer back now for sure...Quite a sippin stout that i will not forget!
Watchin' cubs & reds in the 4th, tied 1-1 & by the time the 7th inning stretch comes around,i'll probably still be sippin'.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Green Flash beer.

A : Pours a dark motor oil black with 100% opacity. The head is large and in charge standing at an amazing 2 fingers in my giant globe snifter glass and beige in color. It leaves its mark with lacing in rings around the glass.

S : Lots of burnt and chocolate malts, chocolate chip cookie, oatmeal, milk, very faint light roasted coffee, with a sting of road tar and alcohol. All of the smells in a stout are here, and they are well blended. Well executed.

T : Sting of hop and alcohol hit first, followed faintly by dark chocolate, burnt malts, and oatmeal. It finishes charred and with some burnt oats and rye. Somewhat backwards in its flavor procession, as generally the alcohol and hop come last. I think that's how it should be, but it's easily what sets this beer apart.

F : Very dry and charred throughout the whole feel, leaving an adhesive dryness clinging with pasty alcohol sting.

O : I would have liked more malts, oatmeal, and milk for a softer touch. This is a very hard-edged stout with powerful alcohol and hop flavors right off the bat, leading to a heavy feeling in the tummy. The complexity is not there, it's very linear and one noted. It's not bad, it's just not my style of stout.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Champagne's outside Detroit for $9.00 for a 4pk of bottles. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours next to no head that is gone in 2mins. Very dark almost black color. Super rich looking head though

S- Fig, chocolate, molasses and toffee.

T- Tobacco and fig. Nice blend of toffee sugar and dark sugar crispness. I like this

M- Dry and very chalky

O- I like this brew. Its a blend that is smooth, rich and crisp. No heat although it's almost 10%. Watch out cause this one went down quick. LOL

Food Pairing

This wonderful and a touch unusual stout went very well with....... Greek marinated quail. A 6pk of quail, salt, pepper, 2 bunches of rosemary leaves, juice of a half lemon,


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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- Deep black, only light penetrates on the extreme edge. Deep tan head, fabulous lacing.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate and a deep caramel/molasses sweetness

T- Fabulous. Deep molasses/caramel sweetness, combined with coffee, dark chocolate, and char.

M- Thick, syrupy, and coating. A touch dry on the finish.

O- A benchmark of a straightforward American Imperial/double stout. Great stuff.

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Photo of lastmango
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like used motor oil but that is expected. Head is thin and the color of chocolate malt. Nose is also like a malted. Wonderful malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Slight hop finish.

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Photo of Secret
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Hey, that's a sexy stout. Dark as the night, with a tan/caramel head. Even with a gentle pour, head was three fingers or more, because I had to take some off the top, to avoid spilling over. Settles down in a couple of minutes. Not much lacing, but what was there was nice.

Smell: It smells of currant/raisin for sure. On the first blush, I could have easily been convinced that I was smelling a red wine which had come from a very well-toasted oak barrel. Of course, further examination gives away those predictable coffee scents, and chases away the idea that this might be wine. The two scents combine in such a way that reminds me very much of a strong American or robusto. Smell is also a tad boozy. Getting near the end of the glass, smells a bit like brown bread toast.

Taste: Much less boozy than it smells, but just as acidic. The oats definitely come through, and I'm reminded of a bowl of honeyed oatmeal, while one's fresh cup of coffee sits nearby on a cold winter's morning. The chocolate is all in the finish, for me. (Finish is astoundingly long, several minutes.) I disagree that this is syrupy or too sweet. It's not just bone dry; so what?

Feel: Not nearly as heavy as its flavor would make you believe it should be. Medium carbonation that lasts to the end.

Overall: Impressive. I could go a little lower on the total IBU, but I would buy this again if Left Hand Milk Stout weren't available. (Which is how I ended up with it in the first place.) This beer has better and more complex flavor, but in general, I prefer IBU around 15-35. That's just my deal.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Black as night body and a nut beige head. Lacks some carbonation. Had to serve with force just for a finger of head to show up.
S- Bold balanced malts and toasted coffee, could feel some raisins.
T- Strong coffee all throughout especially in the aftertaste. Could also feel bitterness lingering every sip.
F- Heavy and thick. Medium carbonation.
O- Very good IS. I really don't like boozy tasting stouts and this hit the spot.

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Photo of DavidHume
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours pitch black, with a deep khaki head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast also dominate the flavor, but the finish has an unpleasant resiny character which sticks around through and after the finish. Overall it's good stout which would probably benefit from a year or two of aging.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout.

Well thus far these guys have hit 2 grand slams. But can they make it 3 in one night? Find out on the next episode of....Lolololol fuck that, I'm drinking it now.

Look - As black and the charcoal used to roast deceased cows with a two finger head that leaves rings around the glasses and cloud formations on the top after about two minutes of sitting. I mean really, can these guys ( or anybody for that matter) make a more attractive beer? I doubt it. Lacing is spotty. 4.75.

Smell - Chocolate raisins are the first thing to hit like a nuclear bomb of chocolate...and raisins going straight up your nostrils and penetrating the virginity of your senses. Black coffee notes and dark burnt meats followed by figs and burnt, near black metal satanic barley..but mostly raisins ;). 4.75.

Taste - Well smack me up and call me Susan even though I'm a guy, it tastes like chocolate covered raisins. That..and the coffee is there as well of course. Beer needs to warm a bit, so give me a minute to continue on with this. ALRIGHTY. The coffee is there. Likewise with the Satanic barley. But there is an odd sweetness that I wish would go away so I could 5 this category..unfortunately, it isn't gonna go away. 4.

Feel - Oily bodied with medium carbonation. Really nothing else to say in this department as it doesn't change and nothing new develops. 4.

Overall - The lable claims " Big, Bold and Complex ". And while I agree with that, the sweetness of this beer kills the taste category. Do NOT get me wrong here, it is a GREAT beer..but I like massive, boozy RIS's with a boozey sting and this simply did not do that. However, this is certainly not a stout for somebody just getting into the craft game ( See Guinness for that non-sense) . No really, I'm not as big a dick as I seem in my reviews so feel free to message me about stuff and what I would recommend and hell if you're within the area we could trade/share/get drunk any time. Anyway, very sweet stout. And very easy at the ABV. But, if they tuned down the sweetness, upped the booze, it would be world class easily. 4

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great thick body and full classic stout flavor. Char and burnt toast with light plum notes and just a hint of roasted coffee beans. Very classic straightforward stout with a ton of flavor and body and a long finish.

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

L: Black as midnight with a 4 finger head
S: not much at all really
T: Big dark roast with good sweetness to balance it all out. Very tasty!
F: Fairly thick and coating
O: A solid stout.

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Photo of do_ob
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Served at nearly room temperature. Pitch black in color with very faint brown hues near the bottom edge. 1.5 fingers of soft, dense tan foam sits on top. Great classic stout aroma, including chocolate, sweet roasty malt, and coffee. Maybe some hints of cinammon in there, but very subtle. Surprisingly light weight for an imperial stout, but has a very rich and creamy mouthfeel. Not that it's LIGHT, but just not as dense and syrupy as I would have expected. Strong notes of roasted coffee beans and bitter chocolate up front, with the bitterness intensifying as it warms on the palate. Modest notes of alcohol on the back end with a moderately smooth finish. Coffee and choclate bitterness left behind on the aftertaste.

Overall, a very good imperial stout that's not going to put you on your ass immediately if you want to enjoy 2 in a sitting. This beer smelled and tasted great. Not overly complex, but still good. I do wish it had been a tad thicker in body, and a more polished finish would've been nice, but hey. Definitely worthy of it's BA rating.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Lush, Malty, Roasty, Char

Pitch black with a big, coffee colored head. Nose is full of roast, char, and grain. Smooth, creamy, and lush, with a full-body and a sweet, malty, semi-syrupy, caramel base followed by dark fruits (raisins), roast, char, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, treacle, and marshmallow. Finishes dry with lingering char and smoke. No hype. No limited availability. No lines of beer geeks. No bullshit. Just a kickass Double Stout.

STYLE: American Double Stout | ABV: 8.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. The color is virtually black with a beautiful thick brown head and generous lacing. This is a lovely looking stout. However, I was disappointed with the smell - malty but not much else. The taste features bitter, burnt coffee with some chocolate at the finish. I like some dark fruit in my stouts but didn't detect any. For a well-regarded stout, this one is surprisingly thin. Overall, I was disappointed. This stout looks great but it simply doesn't compare well with many others I like.

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Photo of Gear54
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a snifter

Pour is pitch black with 1/2 finger of thin kaki head that fades quickly leaving light lace in the glass

Smell rich roasted malts with Carmel notes. No hop presence in the nose. Aroma is the strength of the beer for me

Taste follows well with chocolate and roasted Carmel malt. I get some generic nuttiness with the chocolate sweetness at well

Feel is weak for me. Flavors are faint and don't last on the palate. I like my stouts to be thick and this is not. Consistency reminds me more of a porter.
Overall a solid beer in the nose that leaves a bit to be had in the taste.

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Photo of Rowlaw
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very complex with strong bitterness. Although the of chocolate is there like most stouts, I taste apricot and spice after the initial bitterness subsides.

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Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black deep tan head.

Aroma: Rich semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder, light notes of earthy hop and roast.

Flavor: Treacle-molasses-cocoa powder sweet and bitterness. Earthy hop bitterness comes out more.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, touch of booze.

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Photo of Prasm
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, one finger head - thin foam. Dark roast coffee and smoke comes through on the nose - medium expressiveness. Coffee, chocolate, and smoke flavors with a little bitter in the back-end.

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Photo of travolta
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, minimal head retention, nice lacing.

Nose: Sweet vanilla, coffee, and a touch of licorice. A little bit of cola.

Taste: Malt, coffee, sherry, fig, and chocolate. The malt is well balanced throughout and makes for some great mouthfeel. Some bourbon.

Notes: This is a smooth drinking, fine stout. Imperial...? Perhaps not, but it is very very good.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A deep mahogany brown that still manages to show some clarity through ginger highlights. The head is a strip of tan on top:

Smell:The vivacious, yet balanced fragrance comes at you from two sides of the spectrum: fresh, grassy hops and a pungent chocolate factory. It's a surprisingly near perfect pairing. There also exists a soft sweet combo of red and black fruit--strawberries and plums, for the most part.

Taste: Gourmet chocolate comes with a white pepper kick. The fruit is there too, plums in particular. The malt bill has a strong, grainy presence. It starts out toasty and complex, then ends up slightly smoky in the finish, like roasted chestnuts. Also balancing out the sweetness are the noticeable hops, which are earthy, with medium bitterness. The result is neither too sweet, not too bitter. It's everything you've been looking for in a stout, living together in harmony.

Mouthfeel: The smooth mouthfeel has some creaminess to it, but the stays within average viscosity. Strong carbonation adds a refreshing quality, making this big beer deceivingly drinkable. Indeed, the alcohol warming is barely noticeable, quietly loitering in the back of the throat.

Overall: The Imperial Stout I've been waiting for! It has all the "right" qualities, but steers completely clear from the dark-and-sticky territory. Hops, spice, and bubbles are what drive it above and beyond the norm. And yet, it still has the dark chocolate strawberries everyday Imperial Stout lovers are hoping for.

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Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as can be with a huge 2-3 finger brown head. Looks the part

Smell: Heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a slight smoke presence

Taste: That dark roasted malt and chocolate upfront and then a nice smokey presence mid palate that follows through the finish. Possibly the slightest hint of dark fruits mid palate as well, but fades fast

Mouthfeel: i think this is where this beer could be improved. Its medium bodied, but theres a lot of bitterness that destracts from the flavors a bit

Overall: Solid, straightforward imperial stout. Iv had many that are better, but this is still somewhat unique. Its heavily roasted, and the smokey character is probably what i enjoy most about this beer. If the mouthfeel was less bitter and more smooth and creamy, this would get a higher rating from me. I plan on cellaring a couple and suspect that the bitterness will subside and that the flavors come together more

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.