Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 842
Hads: 2,945
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.4%
Wants: 107
Gots: 406 | 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 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. (723 characters)

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. (946 characters)

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. (1,120 characters)

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. (485 characters)

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 (509 characters)

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. (541 characters)

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. (653 characters)

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. (680 characters)

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. (288 characters)

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. (462 characters)

Photo of goalie33
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaue black body with a one finger mocha head.
S: Espresso and chocolate malt with undertones of licorice and dark fruit.
T: The taste is sweet all the way through. The beginning is fruity with notes of licorice and the finish is more chocolaty, but the sweetness is present throughout.
M/D: A little bit thin for what I like in a stout, and a double stout no less, but it was soft and the beer was very easy to drink.

A solid Double Stout with nice flavors. A little bit too sweet and thin for what I like in a double stout. (529 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malts with notes of coffee and fruit. Taste was bitter dark chocolate predominantly. Finish exhibited a pleasant burnt taste. Smooth finish. Mouthfeel was creamy. Medium body. Overall one of the best stouts I have had. Smooth, creamy, flavorful. A wonderful dessert beer. (332 characters)

Photo of mtoniatt
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - BLACK - nice head on pour

S - roasted malt - toffee/carmel - sweet bourbon comes out full force when it warms to 45 - 50 degrees

T - roasty with some hoppy effect. However after effect is odd and hangs on.

Mouthfeel - smooth/touch velvety

Drinkability - Overall very good for a double stout. Had it in a bomber and it went down very nicely. One at a time... (366 characters)

Photo of david131
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A deep, black liquid with just the slightest bit of light getting through the top when held to a light. The creamy brown head has some decent retention. I can't really ask for anything more.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of fruitiness. The roastiness and hoppiness are pretty apparent.

T- Roasty with a definite hop presence. A bit astringent with a strange off flavor on the finish.

M- A very creamy body with the perfect amount of carbonation. the finish is just a little odd, though. Dry and kind of astringent.

D- The hoppiness makes this a unique take on the style, but it is enjoyable. A bit of a sipper, but worth trying. (642 characters)

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

Aromas of big roasted malts with some sweet caramels and some toffee. Notes of sweet milk chocolaty malt and a tad bit of alcohol. As it heats up you get much more alcohol in the aroma. No hops whatsoever, but that's not out of the norm for this style.

The tastes are typical for the style; a boat load of rich roasted malts. While consumed at colder temperatures it goes down very smooth and leaves a mild bitter and dry finish. As with most stronger dark beers, as you let it warm up, the true characters of the beer come into play. You still get the rich/complex roastiness on the front of your tongue but as it gets to mid tongue you get slightly sweet coffee notes just before the hops balance out the malts. It finishes with bitter-sweet roasted notes and the 8.8% ABV makes its presence known. Overall this imperial stout is one smooth drinker and a great example of the style. (885 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell has aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy, oily, smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making this beer not too difficult drink, although the amount of bitterness and dryness requires that it be sipped. (612 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical stout look: used motor oil, thick mocha head that reduces to a thick ring and bubbly film.

I have encountered very stouts that smell this damn good. Sweet bourbon with none of the bite, like one mellowed by age. Chocolate is also present, but not the fake chocolate smell some of the stouts brewed with chocolate can give off. The roasted malts help accentuate both odors.

The bourbon is mitigated in the taste, which is a shame. It brought an amazing balance to this beer. But the chocolate does take over and plays with the roasted malts bringing a grittiness to the silk of the beer. The bitterness lingers even after the beer warms to room temperature. This is usually logged in the debit column for a stout, but in this case is a nice remembrance of the bourbon that was in the nose.

Overall, this is a really nice stout with some great flavor elements and incredible balance. Green Flash certainly knows the chemistry behind brewing. (952 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours jet black with a one finger brown head. Lacing is nice, though there's not much of it with the small head

S- roasted malts, some sweet chocolate...thats really all. Not a whole lot going on here, which is very disappointing

T- getting a lot of sweetness out of this...lots of chocolate, maybe a little bit of vanilla. No real bitterness at all in this one. Its not cloying, thank god...just a little bit of a system shock

M- thick, but not terribly so...not syrupy either. It kinda works with the sweetness of this

D- really not my favorite, but that doesn't mean its bad...I like my stouts to be bitter as opposed to sweet, and this one has no bitterness at all. Just a change from the norm for me (754 characters)

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High hopes for this. Pours a dramatic thundercloud of head, beige/tan and mountainous, rocky. Great lacing as it slowly falls. It's raining in my snifter.

Smells amazing. Coconut, vanilla, mocha, oak. Sweet and mild but bursting with rich aromas.

Light on the coffee which allows the huge flavor profile of this beer to really shine. Almost tastes barreled. More bitter than some of the more revered double stouts, but not overly roasty. Just a hint of fruit here, which gets to be a bit sour as it warms, somewhat distractingly so.

Could be bigger in the mouth, but the carbonation is done just right. Thin but creamy.

Picked this up after sampling a Silva Stout, but the two really are in separate leagues. Do what you can to get the Silva, it really is extraordinary. This is a damn solid stout as well. (810 characters)

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

22oz. into a DFH Signature Glass.

Pours pitch black with a foamy light khaki head. This is what a stout should look like. Perfection.

Smell is mainly sweet. Heavy malts and light sweet fruits assault the nose.

Taste follows with a touch of roasted malts key with residual sweetness. Culminates in a full bodied mesh of sweet stout flavors. Nice.

Drinkability is great for the style. 100% recommended. (408 characters)

Photo of biggred1
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark rosewood brown with a thick and creamy dark tan cap that leaves big creamy blobs of lace on the glass as it melts. Anise, cocoa powder and dark chocolate with faint herbal hops in the aroma. Deep roasted malt flavors with notes of coffee, dark fruit, chocolate and black licorice. A pretty good dose of English hops are also evident and take this one to the next level. The complexities of the flavors grow as it warms up a bit. Big and creamy bodied, no doubt from the addition of oats. Green Flash makes a good Impy stout. (529 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega as part of their Green Flash special. Apparently there was a rep there earlier in the week so 5 or 6 taps were dedicated to Green Flash beers. This one was recommended by the dude serving my table.

A- Served in a shitty shaker pint. Its a deep black beer with a nice coffee colored head. It laces the nondescript glass fairly well, giving some character to the bland glass cylinder in front of me.

S- Heavy on coffee. There is also a nice shot of anise, bittersweet chocolate, fruits and heavy roast. Hops levels are very characteristic of a Green Flash beer, in that there is a very high perception of citrusy and piney hops.

T- Yes, this is quite the bitter stout. Its bittered by both black coffee and piney hop flavors. Some licorice and berries give it a nice depth and attempt to offset the bitterness.

M- Very dry. I finished a whole glass of water and wanted more. (896 characters)

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

A - Dark dirty motor oil brown with a nice tan small head, light lacing.

S - Chocolate, whiskey, malts, alcohol'ish, .

T - Fabulous! Well balanced, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, whiskey'ish, deep malts.

M - Very balanced, lower carbonation that flows well with the heavy taste palate. Like candy, aftertaste is great & not overbearing... I like.

D - Very drinkable double/imperial stout.. makes me want to buy this one more.. at $5.00 a 22 its very drinkable. Goes down smooth with a great aftertaste. Greenflash does it again! Thumbs way up! (544 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bomber. Sampled on October 11, 2010. It pours opaque black with just a dab of ruby red hues if held just right under the light. There is a two-inch silky dark brown head that slowly fades away leaving a path of lacing in its wake. The aroma is rich with burnt chocolate malts, molasses, raisin, oats, and grains. Yet at the same time it is subtle and not overpowering. The oily, heavy body coats the throat. The taste is full of cooked chocolate malts and tongue tingling dry hops that finishes clean. Highly recommended. (541 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer; one of the prettiest I've tried. In a tulip the beer was near black in color with a light brown head. The head lingered well, and left abundant lace.
Aroma a little timid. Roasted malt, liocorice, and chocolate.
The aroma came through much, much better in the taste. Espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of licorice.
The flavors went well together, and produced a really smooth beer. (401 characters)

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