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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,813 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 101
Gots: 348 | 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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Ratings: 2,813 | Reviews: 826
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

not wild about this one. pours a rich sludgy black color with a small mocha colored head. smells like a black ipa, roasty and super hoppy. tastes like an agressively hopped shot of espresso, really. its very intense on the hop front, which im not sure i love here. weird for a stout. alcohol is noticable in flavor and feel, and the mouthfeel is heavy but carbonated well. no complaints on that front. overall its a weird mix of flavors, not like any big stout ive had, worth a try

edit: on tap this is an entirely different animal. a beautiful mocha head that lasts forever, a relaxed hop profile and a clean finish that's only moderately bitter. a real gem, and completely different from the bottled version. I was amazed at the difference. go tap all the way. bumped up a few scores here based on that.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, split with a few co-workers.

Appearance: Black in color (what else?) with a frothy three finger head that leaves behind sheets of lace as it settles. Nice looking stuff - better head retention than most big stouts.

Smell: Unsweetened cocoa, molasses and roasted barley. Very muted overall - it takes quite a bit of sniffing to pick anything out.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very roasty and bready with a subtle molasses-like sweetness. Nice and thick on the palate, but not overly strong in flavor. Only semi-sweet, this isn't a dry beer per se but it is very balanced. The finish is moderately hoppy with a pleasant resiny bitterness mixing nicely with the roasted notes.

Notes: A good brew, but it does strike me as being slightly one-dimensional.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,813 ratings.