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Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
878 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
878
Ratings:
3,089
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
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Double StoutDouble Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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Reviews: 878 | Ratings: 3,089
Photo of Myotus
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (best by 03Sep16) into a nonic pint glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before drinking. Consumed on 09Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of brown foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of khaki foam within 1 minute and 15 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is subtle in quantity and thin.
SMELL: Mild aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and bitter roasted malts are backed by subtle black cherry, plum, and vanilla aromas along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: Strong coffee and mild bitter roasted malt flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by strong bittersweet chocolate flavors along with mild plum and sweet, black cherry flavors. Subtle flavors of vanilla, floral hops, and spicy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for bitter roasted malts, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness. A big and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: Too bitter for me to personally rate any higher. I can definitely see how other people love this, though. If you're looking for a stout balancing sweetness and bitterness, look elsewhere. If you love the bitter, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of RavynX
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brown, pretty much black with a tan head that clings around the edge.

Smell: A light nose of subtle coffee notes.

Taste: Heavily roasted coffee taste up front and a lingering bitterness.

Feel: Medium carbonation that dances on the tongue.

Overall: This will be a great beer if you like your coffee.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, long lasting head. Chocolate! Lots of chocolate, tastes like a candy bar, dunked in coffee & cream. Very tasty. I couldn't sense any kind of aroma but it's other qualities make up for it. Excellent

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle into a Tulip. Paid £4.65 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, black, oily body, that when held to the light reveals only a sliver of ruby against the edges of the glass. A three-finger in height, tan-coloured dense, creamy head dissipates slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind thick, solid bands of sticky lace.

The light and simple nose primarily consists of charred dark malts and roasted coffee beans, small amounts of pine and grassy hop profiles are also noticeable in the background. The taste follows suit. Dry, earthy, dark roasted malts dominate initially, with dry roasted coffee following shortly after. Faint suggestions of bitter chocolate, cocoa and vague dark fruits enter around the mid palate but fail to really impact the heavy roast profile. In the mouth, a medium body and enthusiastic carbonation give a feel that is smooth and creamy, but quite light on the palate. Towards the finish a touch of pine and grassy hops join lingering char, roast and coffee profiles to add more of a simple, abrasive, dry bitterness rather than interest or flavour.

Overall this is a decent beer. It does a good job of balancing an intense roast profile with high drinkability and hides its 8.8% ABV incredibly well. Ultimately though, it is a little one-dimensional. For me, it needs greater malt sweetness in order to balance that powerfully bitter roast. At this price point, I won’t be picking up another bottle for what is just a good but not great beer.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour with no clarity under tan cap; decent retention and lacing. Roast malt and chocolate nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate flavor alongside roast malt; lite coffee finish. Moderate carbonation and medium plus mouthfeel. An excellent stout with roast malt and roast coffee linger.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12oz bottle from Don Quiojte $3.29. Black Coffee color, chocolate smell, heavy mouthfeel, creamy dark roasted chocolate taste, alcohol aftertaste. This is a bold tasting beer meant to be sipped, but that aftertaste makes me rate it lower.

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Photo of aleigator
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with a creamy, decent brown head. Soft aromas of toffee, coffee and bread. Great flavors of burned malt, with an oily addition of coffee, which turns pleasantly bitter in the end. Earthy, breadish flavors give this beer a warming and recognizable character. Carbonation is unusal high, making this even fuller-bodied, by adding a refreshing, slightly metallic note to the beer. Coffee goes along with underlying hints of plums and raisins, giving the beer a bodacious ending. Mouthfeel is troughout silky, smooth, with a long ending, which adds a notable bitterness, absorbing the otherwise too present malt-sweetness. As the beer warms up, spicy hints of alcohol, still well included in the overall taste, become present. Misses a little more balance, but becomes more interessting, course of the high carbonation, which makes this a very refreshing, active stout.

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

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a finger of fizzy brown head , no lacing.
S - Lots of big roasted malt going on, dark chocolate, slight smoke, some earthy hops, even a little fig.
T - Big and bold, some decent hop bite in front thats really earthy kinda pine and woody, big roasted malt, even some char to it, light coffee notes.
M - Pretty big and bold feel to it, no alcohol burn, but you can feel
O - Unique for what it is, very roasty and some burnt wood character to it but a good stout worth getting.

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

Jet black with a tan head of tight foam.
Dark chocolate coffee.
great tasting intense with a thick mouthfeel.
Very good stout at 8.8% abv will buy again.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Although I poured this is some bad glassware, I could see a very large, frothy head with this drink that dissipates slowly into some good retention and thick lacing on the side. Besides the head, the beverage has a jet-black appearance. Really engrossing aromas of cocoa, malt, vanilla, mocha coffee, and a buttery grain smell. Taste followed the nose with an additional earthy hop characteristic mixed with a syrupy dark chocolate drink. Great mouthfeel to supplement this drink too; very silky and creamy. Overall, this is an excellent dessert-like stout with a wonderful balance of aromas and flavors.

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

smells of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, and possibly vanilla
taste follows the nose with roastiness and nuttiness present as well.
smooth with a little hop bite, finishes slightly dry
great beer

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Photo of PhillyJ
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Good easy to get stout. Not super complex bit more of an American/hoppy stout but it's Green Flash. Super tasty slight chocolate n roast on the nose taste follows. taste and What complexity there is starts as it warms. Minimal head great lacing. Id recommend and will buy again.

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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
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

ADJUSTMENT made on 11/18/2015: I really liked the taste and mouth-feel this time. Upping those ratings, and the overall.

ADJUSTMENT made on 10/21/2015: I am lowering the rating after having had it recently and not being as impressed as with the last one I had.

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 (ADJUSTMENT made on 11/18/2015: licorice mid palete, with lots of molasses on the finish; in many ways, it felt like I was drinking bread; I loved it).

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
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | 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,

Enjoy

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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
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.