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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,453 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,453
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 88
Gots: 221 | 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:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 30, 2012
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

GRG1313, Aug 16, 2009
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.

womencantsail, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ygtbsm94, Feb 19, 2012
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 26, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Apr 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, May 04, 2011
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.

largadeer, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...

emerge077, Mar 31, 2009
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

zeff80, Oct 09, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, denoted simply as a 'black ale' on the label.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with barely perceptible basal red cola 'highlights', and three fingers of puffy, fizzy, and bubbly light brown head, which leaves some pervasive boiling cauldron lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly sinks away.

It smells of musty medium-dark chocolate, toasted biscuity caramel malt, bittersweet coffee, middling dark fruit, a wee bit of flinty ash, and earthy, mildly leafy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly roasted caramel malt, some hard salted toffee, a touch of molasses/treacle, dark chocolate, dry, almost burnt coffee beans, black licorice, a slick oaten secondary graininess, mild, indistinct black fruit, and soft earthy, weedy hops. The alcohol is well obfuscated, at least until things start to warm up.

The carbonation is quite soft and generally innocuous, the body a stocky, and more or less full weight, with a pleasantly plump smoothness, and a barely lean creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the meek char and now basically AWOL hops not really up to staying the big-ass malt, fruit, coffee, and cocoa bum rush.

A pretty tasty, um, "Black Ale", one which exhibits a whole lot of sturdy and stoic imperial stout goodness, full stop. Dense (in the good way), complex, and yet strangely drinkable, at least until your desire for yet another bottle from that 4-pack proves to be your undoing for the night.

biboergosum, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SocalKicks, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, smoky coffee, caramel, and licorice.

T - Lots of dark sugar, caramel, brown sugar, and licorice up front. Some green hop flavors of pine in the middle with more brown sugar and chocolate. Finishes with coffee, smoke, licorice, and dark chocolate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Pretty nice, there is a lot of dark sugar and roast with a good balance between sweet, sugary notes and bitter grain. The finish is just dry enough to keep it balanced and drinkable while the licorice and coffee work nicely to keep it interesting.

nickfl, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, some alcohol and touches of coffee and hops.

T: The taste starts out very hearty roasted malt character and mildly sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. There's a slightly alcohol sting but is a bit more subdued than other big stouts nor does this beer have as much of an intense sweetness to it. The hops presence is very weak but exactly where it should be for this type of beer and is enough to provide a good balance. There's also a touch of smokiness in the finish. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky but dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this beer has a good complexity to it and it's a good alternative when you want a big stout that isn't too big. Overall it's a good beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking stout. Nice roasted tones on the nose. But the best thing about this beer is that it's so smooth. Nice and even and easy to drink. And the alcohol is well masked as well, which makes a big difference since this is such a high abv brew.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours an impenetrable inky black with several fingers of foamy mocha colored head. Shrinks down to about a ½ finger of creamy retention that has great flare up when swirled, leaving a thick cascade of lacing up on the sides. This slowly slides down, leaving big streaks of foam and oils behind. The aroma is a rather assertive and chewy mix of chocolate, coffee, roast, and molasses with a touch of herbal, earthy hops and light heat in the back.

The taste starts out with big roasted malt character up front that then melds into some softer (yet still beefy) notes of caramel, molasses, and dark fruit tang and then ends with a pretty firm feeling hop profile in the backend. Finishes with notes of roast, smoke, and bitterness that just sticks to the palette and lingers for a good bit. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a big, creamy, and slick carbonation. The nearly 9% ABV is felt in the body via some heft that does put out a warming alcohol sting but not a whole lot. At least not enough to negatively impact the drinkibility that much.

This was a nicely done American style Double Stout from Green Flash with a chewy and assertive profile that still found good balance with some sweeter tones and a big yet creamy body. A nice flavorful sipper of a Stout.

Kegatron, Dec 09, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany tinged black with 1 pinky of cocoa colored head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Dark chocolate, faint smokeyness, raisins & plums

T: Dark chocolate, charred malt, some leafy hops & a bit of coffee tinged booze up front. Plum, prunes, iron, mocha & bit more booze burn as this warms. Finishes with oaky dryness, baker's chocolate & leafy/minty hops

MF: Oily, near zero carbonation with medium body, a bit too much hotness

Drinks kind of slow, a bit rough edged, but if you can past that this is a Imp Stout with some complexity

russpowell, Nov 27, 2008
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 17, 2012
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,453 ratings.