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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

849 Reviews
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Reviews: 849
Hads: 2,965
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 424 | 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: 849 | Hads: 2,965
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)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So they're calling this a double stout on their website, and it's 8.8% ABV...It'll pack a wallop, for sure...for some reason I always fell like the ABV in stouts is higher than advertised. Oh well....Inky black with only the faintest rims of a head. Very little lacing, so far this is par for the course. Huge chocolate malt and roasty aromas. Very robust. Some barrell aging-ish smells, like smooth bourbon, way in the back. Has a "creamy" smell to it...Nice, sour roasted malt bite upfront in the flavor profile. Lots of espresso bean notes. Alcohol is apparent in the finish. Long, longer, longest finish. Very nice in its bitterness. Very dry stout, but also well balanced. This also has a beautiful round finish...kind of flows from bitter to creamy back to bitter...Very lovely beer....La la la LOVELY, as Mike Muir said...Well done, and mid-range on price at $5.99/bomber, so drinkability suffers a little from the price. Not sessionable, but dangerously good. Find and drink folks...find...and...drink. (1,010 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours a heavy black body with about two inches of beige/tan head. Nice lacing left behind, and retention is quite nice. I can't really think of anyway this would look any better.

Smells of dark fruits (plumbs and figs). Just a touch of cocoa, caramel, and roast coffee.

Tastes follows smell. Starts off with dark fruit esters (plumbs and figs) then the cocoa and caramel come through a lot more than in the smell. Ends on a note of smokey coffee and just a hint of leafy hops. Dark fruit notes last throughout.

Really balanced sweetness and roasted/smokey bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel, quite rich, and a smooth but fairly crisp mouthfeel.

Pretty great drinkability. I was pretty surprised by how much I liked this beer. I haven't had much Green Flash, but I think I need to start. (835 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice

I bought this stout not expecting much at all. Green Flash to my mind is known for hops, odd assortments of hops. I was very pleasantly surprised with this little guy.

A: Pitch black, good-colored head, opaque.

S: Smells strong, caramelly. Rich.

T: Chocolate, smooth and velvety finish. Strong and slight burning on the way down. I can't stop drinking this thing, it's tasty as hell.

F: Luscious. Velvet. Smooth. This thing drinks like Isaac Hayes sings.

D: Enjoyable all the way down. (527 characters)

Photo of ecoastman
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jzed for bringing this rare find back to Ontario. Considering the potency of the flavour, it's quite drinkable. I'd buy it again if only I could get it...

This beauty poured a deep dark liquid chocolate and gave a huge dense brown head which receded to leave some nice lacing.

This stout is strikingly fresh and clean smelling. Mild malt and cocoa balanced with hop. I'm actually amazed about how clean the aroma is considering how much the taste is forthcoming. I suppose this might be the only flaw if it has one...

The texture is silky smooth as the sweet malt hits the tastebuds. Chocolate cocoa are dominant with coffee and some rum soaked dark fruits. The bitterness is light in the aftertaste and lingers into a mild citrus. Simple, straightforward and very good.

Good stuff. (800 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle a dark dark reddish brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a thin mocha head with subtle retention.

roasty aroma of espresso and dark fruits.

very roasty, coffee forward with subtle bitterness following up the creamy sweet.

a little thin on the tongue, just the right carbonation, slightly bitter.

drinkable, in that i'll finish the bomber. (373 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Russ for sharing this bottle. Pours black with a nice head and some lacing. Roasty and malty on the nose, with a fair hit of licorice. The taste is solid with more roasted grain notes and lots of dry licorice flavors, with some sweetness at the end, while the roasted notes continue throughout. Smooth and firm in the mouth. A well made stout, and I enjoyed it well enough, but I can't say it really possesses anything to make it stand out from the crowd. (462 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Opaque black with a little red light around the edges when held up. Creamy medium brown head. Fair retention. Spotty sheets of lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Smell: Dark roasted malts smell like espresso and sweet and dark chocolate. There's a little smokiness to it. A little licorice and tobacco. Lots of hoppy aromas on the herbal and floral side of things.

Taste: Bitter roast from start to finish. The bitterness is compounded by a surprising hoppiness for a big stout. There is a little bit of chocolate flavor, but all in all, its dominated by just too much roastiness-- not so that it becomes bad, just a little one sided.

Mouthfeel: It does have a pretty smooth and silky mouthfeel, presumably due to the oats and the big malt load. The carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: Perfectly good and easy to drink, but nothing really special. If I'm going to devote an evening to a big stout, it wont be this one. (954 characters)

Photo of Jips
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into tasting glass

-Color: Black as midnight w/ thin bubbly white head just rimming glass
-Mouthfeel: milky (a grade below motor oil) and smoooth
-Smell: sweet malts and milk-sugar
-Taste: Big coffe flavor througout masking toffee-molassess malts
-After: Reverse (malts w/ some coffee)

Big coffee taste will drink again! (329 characters)

Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with a 3-finger khaki head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is coffee, oats, and roasted, sweet/sour malts. The flavor is toasty malts, coffee, oatmeal, charcoal with just a hint of vanilla. A good sweet & bitter combination. Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy, and slightly oily.

This is a drinkable double stout. The ABV isn't noticeable and there's little alcohol warmth or burning. It would go well with anything chocolate. (434 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Smuttynose tulip glass in two parts. No freshness date on the bottle, but I have had this for a couple months and the store where I buy it tends to have older Green Flash product.

Appearance: Typical pitch black stout color with no light coming through. Nice brown-gray two finger, creamy head with good retention.

Aroma: Chocolate, oats, and coffee beans all in good balance. Nothing too strong, but nicely balanced. Pleasant but a little one dimensional.

Taste: Much like teh aroma, a good balance of bitter coffee beans, chocolate, and sweet oats. Not much hop presence, if any. Nice flavors and good balance, but nothing terribly complex or memorable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The alcohol is hidden so very well. Even with a decently strong profile, I could sip on this all day.

Overall, a nice and flavorful stout with good balance. A bit one dimensional at times though. Definitely enjoyable and smooth though. (1,003 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black colour with thick tan head. Little bit of lacing and some head retention. Smells of chocolate roasted malt and bit of earthy hops. Taste has a mild sweetness from the chocolate, but with a nice amount of bitterness too. Very well balanced stout. Smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavour. (322 characters)

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

I brought this one back from a trip to Oregon.

Poured from 22fl.oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. The brewed poured an abysmal black with a dark tan head.

Smell is of sweet maltiness, a light coffee note and a slight smell of alcohol.

Taste is of dark malted barley, mocha and finishes with a dark coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, the brew is slightly syrupy in glass and this comes through in the mouthfeel.

This is an awesome imperial stout, if I could buy this locally I would have a number of bottles in my cellar. (566 characters)

Photo of rrski198
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with large dark tan head. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, raisans, malt, alcohol.

T: Very creamy and smooth. This beer really pulls off the alcohol without even feeling it. Big time classic stout flavors, done just right.

M: Easy, smooth, creamy. Couts the mouth and lingers.

D: For 8.8%, this is an incredabley drinkable beer that i wish i could get more of. Please distribute in MO. I have to go to AZ to get Green Flash. (447 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.