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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,354
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 86
Gots: 193 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Dark bomber. Good chocolate and secondary roast and coffee in aroma. Pours black with above average carbonation and above average mouthfeel. Roasted flavour builds up over repeated glasses. Flavour is not too chocolate. A bomber is a lot to drink.Balanced.

01-18-2009 07:31:28 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-19-2012 03:12:44 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch thick dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Randsom swaths of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, bread/biscuit, and slight chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa beans, and some hop flavors on the finish. There is a slight roasty/hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout that has more roasty aromas and flavors than any sort of coffee/chocolate found in other stouts.

09-06-2011 03:58:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-15-2012 01:58:19 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

On tap at Rustico. Served in a snifter.

Pours a near-black color with a thin mocha head that sticks around for quite a bit and leaves some spotty lacing. Thin collar sits throughout. The nose brings a good dosing of chocolate along with some mild roast and coffee. Touch of vanilla in there as well. Some sweetness opens the taste up, followed by a mellow chocolate character and a bit of coffee and roast in the finish, creating a bit of a roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with low levels of carbonation. Finish is a bit too roasty and dry for my taste. Drinks pretty well and this is certainly something I'd order again.

02-17-2011 14:39:51 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-05-2011 00:51:46 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

11-27-2010 04:49:56 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Black forest cake with bronzed edges that are barely seen, even with bright backlighting. Stouts don't get much darker than this. The upper third of the glass is filled with a firmly creamy chunk of coffee-with-cream colored foam that looks to be milkshake thick. An extensive, circumferential sheet of moth-eaten lace puts the finising touches on this humdinger of a double stout.

The aroma, although not quite as impressive as the appearance, is more than solid as well. Roasted malt delivers the usual aromas of chocolate and coffee; more the former than the latter. An American hop might have worked better than U.K. Target, but that probably borders on nitpicking.

Green Flash Double Stout is a well-brewed big beer that is full of positives and is devoid of negatives. There's no real flash and sizzle, just straightforwardly delicious, roasted malty, immensely drinkable stout. I'm glad the ABV is only 8.8%. Pushing it over 10.0% wouldn't have accomplished anything worthwhile.

Warming does what warming usually does. That is, it reveals the beer's true colors. In this case, it turns a good double stout it a borderline great double stout. An insane amount of complexity (see The Abyss) might be lacking, but there's something to be said for simple done right.

Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, coffee beans, vanilla and an herbal-fruity hoppiness. On second thought, the grapefruitiness of an American C-hop wouldn't have worked as well. An early and mid-mouthful sweetness is overtaken on the back end by an impressive (and cumulative) hoppiness. This beautiful brew is becoming downright raspy by the second half of the bomber. Maybe that's why I like it so much.

The body/mouthfeel is built for speed... as evidenced by the fact that I'm much farther into the bomber than is usual at this point in the review. Although it's a fraction light for the style, there's a subtle chewiness on the back end that saves the day. Perfect (soft and steady) carbonation helps the cause.

Green Flash gets lost in the shuffle when the conversation turns to great California craft breweries, but that's only because there's such an abundance of excellence in the Golden State. Double Stout is yet more evidence that their lineup is rock-solid from top to bottom. Only $4.99 per bottle is icing on the cake.

03-01-2009 22:38:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Double Stout is a delicious and no-frills kinda Stout. One sip delivers all the moderate and balanced flavors with a high level of drinkability.

Pouring an onyx-black color and with seemingly bright clarity despite its darkness, this handsome ale develops a thick and moussey light tan head that retains until the final sips and laces with rings around the glass that denotes each sip (surprisingly fewer rings than I would have thought).

Milder than expected aromas of true roast and malt gives elements of coffee, cocoa, heavy toast, and cream. Low lying caramel notes, no fruity esters, and no apparent spices leave the nose simple, pure, and all about the malt and roast.

Very clean flavors carry the dialogue of coffee and malt with deeper notes of French roast varieties, malted milk, bittersweet cocoa, and a touch of vanilla. Slight smoky sweetness of caramel and phenol give a bit of intrigue and becons a pairing with barbecue. No real fruitiness or caramel sweetness of English Stouts make this beer a very yeast-neutral, clean, and malty-dry flavored beer.

Full bodied with creamy malt textures, but without the heaviness or weight that's associated with sweeter versions. Rich from start to finish with somewhat marshmallowy texture- the creamy maltiness makes an impression throughout. A dry roasty finish closes the beer with a long linger of coffee and cocoa bitterness.

In an odd way, this beer makes brewing seem too easy. Immaculately balanced, simple profile, and exquisite execution makes the beer seem perfect as is but still making me want more.

01-30-2012 16:53:53 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-09-2013 22:59:44 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light fruity overtones and some residual sugar is quite pleasant. Taste is also a solid mix between some roasted malt with some black chocolate notes and some light fruity ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with solid malt backbone and not overly dry; in fact coffee-like notes are quite subtle.

07-05-2012 20:16:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev 0%

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours black in color with a rather impressive two fingers of tan head.

S: Intense roasted malt and coffee aromas to this. Plenty of dark chocolate aromas with a subtle earthiness. Perhaps a hint of smoke, same thing for licorice. A bit of molasses and toffee for sweetness.

T: The roasted malt flavor is quite powerful with a slight bitterness and earthy hop note. Lots of strong coffee and dark chocolate flavors, maybe a bit of licorice and burnt sugar. Subtle sweetness on the mid-palate.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, medium carbonation.

O: A very tasty beverage. Another solid beer from Green Flash.

09-26-2011 22:57:12 | More by womencantsail
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

10-24-2013 07:29:59 | More by zestar
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2011 19:39:38 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-17-2011 02:50:50 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

02-19-2012 06:48:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

11 ounce pour - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Black, inky body with a frothy, long-lived, dirtied beige head. It's an appearance we desire, nay, demand from our stouts.

Smell: Roasty malted barley with a little tinge of burnt grain to it. Chocolate shavings come forward ahead of the notes of dark fruits. Heavy toast, pinch of peppercorns.

Taste: Chocolate in a fling with roasted maltiness. Light touch of dark fruits (black cherry, raisin). Then, some lightly peppery, lowly citrusy, earthy hops with enough bitterness to shore up the initial roastiness. Rebounded pop of sugar sweetness midway, then, more of the choco-roast until the semi-dry, pillowy soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Recommended. A solidly malty, quality brew.

08-26-2012 15:57:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-26-2013 21:43:27 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours black with a nice and thick tan head. Pours thick and like cream.

Nose is malt and light candi sugar with light cocoa.

Nice creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Flavors are all roasted grain, bitter burnt coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate. Flavors are very good but for some reason seem simple and somewhat one dimensional. Tasty and well made and the finish is quite good. Something is missing just a bit but this is a pretty nice stout.

08-16-2009 07:30:54 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Large dark tan head on a jet black body. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, and milk chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts, vanilla, both milk and dark chocolate, hint of pine hops, raisin and coffee. Very smooth and creamy with light to moderate carbonation. Overall this one is complex, very clean tasting with a mouthfeel making it incredibly enjoyable and easy to drink.

12-09-2012 04:52:49 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%

8.8%ABV per label,this new gem to NC poured a jet black no light showing thru this puppy in my 22 oz nonic a frothy one finger light mocha colored head atop.A whole lot going on in the nose dark fruit,charred wood,dark roast coffee,and a bit of leafy hop.This beer is mabey now mabey is one of the new standards of the style I mean the flavors just hammer the taste buds...in a good way of course.Its roasted to the hilt and with a real smoky character but has a sweet dark fruit element to go along with some bitter chocolate and even a touch of vanilla in the finish all along keeping its big roasty-earthy base.Wow this beer blew me away I knew it would be good but this is awesome!One of the best beers of any style to come my way in a real long time.

04-21-2008 21:17:58 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

Served in a clear plastic cup.

Thanks to mnbearsfan for sharing this bottle during DLD!

I love how it just says "stout" on the label. How very to-the-point. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of a combination of pine and menthol in the background. The taste holds notes of roasted malts (in spades, baby), dark chocolate, light coffee, light molasses, and black pepper. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a tasty stout, though a bit on the bitter and dry sides for my tastes.

05-03-2011 23:52:22 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-15-2011 00:17:48 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to Jason for this one! Review is from notes.

Black body with a creamy head of tan foam that puffs itself above the glass rim. Laces nicely and retains a ring at the edge with some broken skim across the surface. Slighty sweet yet dry chocolate aroma. Tobacco, malted milk ball, and chocolate comprise the major flavors. Dry in the aftertaste but still vaguely sweet. Full bodied, but retaining a certain lightness about it. Very clean and easy drinking, defined by an authentic stouty character...

03-31-2009 00:38:38 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Poured a jet black color with a thick, long-lasting, off-white head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S -It smelled of roasted malts and molasses. There were mild notes of caramel sweetness.

T - It tasted of sharp, coffee-like roasted malts. There were hints of oak and wood. There was a smooth caramel sweetness.

M - It was thick and creamy. A medium bodied stout.

D - This is a very nice imperial stout. Lighter than most but still very good.

10-09-2009 02:22:13 | More by zeff80
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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.