Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 842
Hads: 2,945
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 107
Gots: 404 | 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

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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Reviews: 842 | Hads: 2,945
Photo of jhartley
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of chocolate, coffee and something akin to tanned leather.
Smooth drinking with tons of bittersweet chocolate, coffee with cream with a nice bitterness on the end.
Tongue coating, lip smacking goodness!
Very tasty! (221 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's fine- nothing exceptional though. But try it for yourself, I can't see anyone DISLIKING it!

It's pretty weak on every level compared to the top tier American Double Stouts. Certainly smells great...but I rate beers primarily based on taste. And it's very good - not great.

It's thin, but there's no astringent aftertaste.

Thin lacing didn't hang around too long.

I think it might have more "mass appeal" than a RIS or something with a 10% + ABV.

The 4-pack I purchased was reasonably priced.

Green Flash has a lineup of some pretty unique beers, and this is certainly one of them. (595 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In the aroma is intense, grainy molasses with savory, mesquite-like smokiness and a sweet chocolate undertone plus freshly ground coffee after a couple minutes. The light brown head is dense and frothy and leaves loads of lacing; the body is black and opaque. It is rich and strongly flavored with tart, husky maltiness; some light fruitiness is briefly detectable. The flavor soon mellows out and becomes more like old coffee backed by sweet, grainy malt with a bitter cocoa finish. It is full-bodied and velvety with a little carbonic bite and some alcohol warming.

Complex and intense, delicious and satisfying. Its character changes over time without becoming less enjoyable. The aroma is appetizing with molasses and mesquite, chocolate and coffee. And there is lots of rich, silky malt in the flavor along with hints of coffee and cocoa. (845 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.
Pours a deep, dark brown that lets virtually zero light through with a dark tan, creamy head.
The aroma is big chcoloate and roast coffee notes, a bit of dark fruit and a hint of burnt toast.
The taste is big and very bold. Big, dark chcololate, roast coffee, wood char, and a lingering and dry bitter bite at the finish. there is also an acidic and harsh note in that finish that is not pleasant on my palate. A little booozy as well.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall, some nice things going on but doesn't seem a coherent whole and there is a bit of a burnt taste that I'm not fond of. There are much better Imperial Stouts in the same price range. (683 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This is a very well made stout. Very smooth a full bodied, with a good coffee bitterness that lingers in your mouth well after the sip. Close overall to FBS. (159 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Bottle.
Appearance: black. Medium foamy head. Nice, persistent lacing.
Smell: light roasted barley.
Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Roasted barley. Smooth.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall. Tasty double stout. Balanced well. Can not taste the booze of a 9% beer. Well done. Will buy again. (327 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not big on stouts but this will get me to look at more. Toasty, Carmel, some type of darker fruit with a hop hint. Two finger brown head. Mouthfeel is perfect! can't get any smoother with a hop hint. I like. (216 characters)

Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Delicious. My first foray into Green Flash's stuff and it's damn near a home run. Not something I would sit and drink several of, but an excellent Imperial Stout that doesn't let the alcohol content overwhelm its complex flavors, as many other Imperials do. (257 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - black, but with the slightest bit of light coming. Mountainous, mocha head. Good amount of lacing.
Smell - espresso, dark chocolates, brownie mix.
Taste - follows the nose with the presence of espresso and chocolate. This is a smooth and complex, flavorful IS; tremendously balanced hops, malts and barley!
Feel - hop, coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, medium body. Smooth and easy to drink at nearly 9% ABV!
Overall - tremendous Imperial Stout and at a pretty good value! (529 characters)

Photo of Rbodacious
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark chocolate & tobacco are perfect relflexions with dry hop dry finish.
And oh yea dry.
Parched.
I want more.
Niiice!
Force yourself to allow this to warm up before you find it gone.
Your patience and restraint will result in a big payoff.
buutzgah! (252 characters)

Photo of Roser
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A- nice moderate foamy mocha latte head that lasted a good bit, but left very little lacing. Very, very dark/opaque (zero light getting through) black/brown. Outstanding.

S- coffee, toasted malt, caramel. A little cocoa.

T- coffee, dark chocolate. Starts off bitter, gets a little sweet in the middle, then the bitterness kicks in (again) on the finish. Very good.

M- big, full body. Smooth and creamy.

O- excellent!!! A super stout. Another great beer from Green Flash. Will be having again and would highly recommend.

Cheers! (534 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at the local liquor store and have been on a stout kick.

A - Jet black color. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the dark color. Khaki colored head with light lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with some toffee, chocolate, and malty tones. The chocolate and roasted smells seem to stick out above the rest and swirl together to and mix well. There may seem to be some coffee tones.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer and has complexity but is coasting on the chocolate/roasted notes that are very characteristic of a delicious stout. There is a sweet roasty character that is predominant and has some coffee tones that compliment. It is a powerful flavor that is very delicious.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light carbonation perfect for the style. Not as heavy as other imperial stouts but isn't as cloying as others too.

Overall, this is a delicious imperial stout. Not the best imperial stout I've ever had but is still very good with a tilt toward the roastier side. I prefer the little thicker and boozier but this is a way to double up a dry stout and keep drinking. This beer would make a great dark beer to be drunk several at a time due to it's full flavor and richness that is outstanding. I would definitely get this again and would recommend it to any dark beer fan.

Glass- Snifter (1,321 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Double Stout
Poured into a Stone stout glass:
Black pour, luscious body, fat finger of cappuccino-colored head that fades to reveal nice lacing.
Smells of chocolate, raisin, fig, plum. A dark fruit bouquet soaking a chocolate twizzler.
Taste has roast that enters upfront, char, then the chocolate dark fruit comes forth, nice bitterness from some hops. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, thickly satisfying. Sticky. Carbonation is medium.
This is a big winner. A great example of the style, and as far as RIS's/ imperial stouts go, the best bang for your buck out there right now. (605 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

From a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by 02/05/ year smeared, but guessing 2015.

Black pour with a good size oatmeal colored head which dissipated leaving decent lacing initially. Nose was of roasted malt with a dash of brandy thorn in. Would this be harsh??

No it would not. Sweet, not boozy, lightly toasted on the malts side. The kind of stout you just love to roll around in your mouth. Thee is a slight burn in the back of the mouth from the 8.8abv, which is not that high for an imperial stout.

A very good stout, will be looking out for it again. (572 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Really good double stout. Nice toasted burnt malt character and hops at the end. Standard black coffee in the nose but not as much as expected in the taste. Alcohol only slightly noticeable, big carbonation, medium mouthfeel. (225 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark almost black in the glass with tan head
Fruity chocolate smell
Strong dark chocolate with fruitiness in the background and a mild hop finish
Good full mouthfeel
Overall a good, but not great imperial stout (210 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful black brew tinged with brown hues. Big, full brown head, with excellent retention and lacing.

Very nice strong but balanced aroma: roasted barley, cream, and cocoa. Just the barest hint of grapes in the background.

Flavor follows the nose: lots of roasted barley, manifest as a bitter dark stout. Powdered cocoa, a hint of black coffee, chewy barley, and a nice creamy undertone. Very slight alcohol heat.

Silky, thick mouthfeel, shy of the thicker stouts. A little back-end heat. No foaming or sting. Lovely.

This is a well-crafted, straight forward imperial stout, and is an excellent representative thereof. It's not overly hoppy, letting the bitterness of the roasted malt carry the balance. It has a depth of flavor that is delicious without being overpowering. I think this is an excellent brew, offered at an excellent price point. (853 characters)

Photo of jdmiser
4/5  rDev -2.2%

It was a good Stout. Nothing to write home about. I'm not sure how amazing it was though considering I'm not a big Stout drinker, so I may have to revisit it at a later date. (174 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev -2.2%

I like this beer. Pours as it's name suggests.
All the ingredients are there-- nice sculptured foamy head
Black molasses in the nose along with a jab of hops.
But on the initial taste-- and maybe I'm expecting something else seeing "Double" in the name-- its initial stance on my palate is thin, a bit flat, deflated-- where's the air pump?
I wouldn't say this if the label simply said "Stout",,, but seeing "Double" I expected "Sumo".
Regardless of my critical demeanor-- it's a great brew with all the classic flavors.
A gorgeous beer. (541 characters)

Photo of Murphious
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Excellent stout with great smoothness and wonderful bitter chocolate aroma as warms from a bottle. Lovely dark tan head and decent foam. Great roasted flavor in the malt with slight hop dryness in the finish. (208 characters)

Photo of dakotaben
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

A deep brown dark chocolate look with a big head that looks like a nice chocolate shake consistency. Heavy lasting lace.

S chocolate smell. Smell a twinge of booze. Bit of earth.

T. Chocolate theme with a roasted taste followed up with bitterness.

M. Not super thick, but full.

Overall yeah. A sipper, but good. (322 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured an opaque dark chocolate color with less than 1F in a snifter.
The aroma wafts from the glass- it's excellent, although not strong: fruit, especially fig, and chocolate.

The mouth feel is not very carbonated as expected.

The taste is stands out in this beer. Strong fig, fruit, and chocolate. Unlike other US brewed imperial stouts, there is more emphasis on the fig- fruit quality of the taste, and not chocolate.
The UK Target hops in the beer yield special qualities and bring out the fruit.

Roasted malt is brought out as the beer warms.

Overall, another excellent beer from Green Flash. Easy drinking, yet complex. (631 characters)

Photo of BaalDagon
5/5  rDev +22.2%

I cannot speak highly enough about this double stout! If you are looking for a mature, refined adult beverage for your discriminating palate... I highly advise and heartily encourage this one! I would go on about all the usual reviewing points, but where would that leave your adventurous expectations? (302 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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 okay .. would have liked it a bit thicker and creamy, but it was well carbonated and remains light.. finishes great. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high. It's hard to stop drinking. Very enjoyable Imperial Stout! (634 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours an almost perfectly pitch black color. The head is two fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention is quite good, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Yep, I'm loving all the dark chocolate in this. There are additional twinges of dark fruits, graham cracker, and caramel, all balanced by a slightly piny touch. Not hugely deep, but still a really nice nose.

T: It starts off just like the nose indicated - dark chocolate, graham cracker, caramel, and dark fruits come through vividly. The finish, however, is quite bitter with tones of roast and tobacco-like hops. There's also a kiss of alcohol I didn't quite expect (I'm so used to beers in the 9% range covering the booze perfectly), too. The booze gives it a nuancing touch of dark fruit, creating a reasonably complex yet dry imperial stout.

M: It starts off with a full, sweet feel; but it finishes dry and hoppy. It's one of the few dark beers I'd call refreshing - and that's a great thing. There isn't a lot of carbonation, instead relying purely on the dryness to cleanse the palate. And it works.

O: The tale of two stouts: one sweet and desert-y, the other bitter, dry, and almost refreshing. This is a manly drink: big, bitter, and even a touch harsh. But in a good way! I could totally imagine Catherine the Great (read: the manliest Czar ever, so manly she was a woman) drinking something like this while being boinked by Denis Diderot.

3.75/5: Very nice old-school imperial stout (1,507 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.