Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 843
Hads: 2,948
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 107
Gots: 407 | 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 jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark mocha colored creamy thick frothy creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer that's pretty thick with nice legs.

Nose brings lots of dark malts and earthy spicy hops, dark malts with cocoa, creamy chocolate, oats, fluffy nougat and caramel, some dark malts with a hint of roast and fresh coffee. Hops are fairly spicy but mild, little earthy too.

Taste starts creamy again, little powdered cocoa like, creamy oats with a dry powdered character. Super dry with sweet tendencies as there are lots of malt characters, black malts, little roast like with hints of coffee, then some caramel and fluffy nougat, into the cocoa, powdered cocoa and chocolate, even the dark malts bring a little bitterness. Some slight spicy hops, little chewy and fair overall bitterness, but not too hoppy. There is a hint of booze warmth, mostly hidden behind the big dark malts and spicy hops. Finish is dry and fairly bitter, long lingering bitter spicy hops and dark roasty black malts, little more powdered cocoa, and the weight of the beer still seems to sit on the tongue long after it's gone.

Mouth is big bodied, full rich and fairly thick, little creamy, with good carbonation, and just a hint of well hidden booze warmth.

Overall pretty nice, the dark malts are very nice, fluffy, creamy, but dry and tasty, decent hop profile that doesn't get too crazy bitter or spicy that I expected for a Green Flash beer called "black ale". So pretty nice. (1,480 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drier than most of the big stouts I've enjoyed. Tastes more like an amped-up regular stout than most of the Imperials. Surprisingly light mouth feel. Encompasses a lot of roasted and spicy flavors. Touch of licorice. Burnt sugar more than mellow caramel. Plenty of malt, but barely a touch of sweetness.

Nicely spritzy on the tongue and highly drinkable. Black stout appearance with a little more brown to it. Fair nose of dark roast barley in the snifter, but not highly aromatic. Rich flavors but not lush. (510 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this in a tulip Nitro tap'd at Al's of Hampden.

The color is 8 ball black with a nice creamy medium tan head which has a miniscule bead. The lace clings in a sheet, the stout is opaque no way you can see through it. The smell is nice, but a little light for the style - a pleasant amount of cocoa, coffee and slight smoke is present. The feel is very good - I normally am not a fan of nitro tapped beers, but on this hot day in the mid-90's the lighter body is a plus with creamy, not heavy body and moderate roastiness with some hop or dark grain bitterness, probably both actually. The alcohol is mild for the style which I like and the finish is bitter and semi-dry.

I like the flavors this beer has, nice toasted and chocolate malt presence with some coffee flavor and an invigorating amount of piney hops that lets you know this is a West Coast stout. It is hoppier than most American stouts, but fits the double stout moniker and has a gentle amount of caramel in the taste to lessen the impact of the hops and dark grain. Overall I really enjoyed this I consider it a decent example of the style without going overboard with hops or roasted malts a very clean and enjoyable brew. (1,202 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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 (568 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

8.8% ABV confirmed. Bottled: 09/25/12. That makes this about 8 months shy by my count. Self-identifies as a Double Stout, but it also includes the confusing epithet "Black Ale." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art, good bottle design, and blue branded standard pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger dark milky tan colour head of good milky lightly creamy complexion, nice soft appearance, good thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. Not quite a jet black but close; quite dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is light and uneven. A spot-on appearance for the style, but little stands out. You have to bring a lot to the table rise to the top of this style, and there's just nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Dark malts, caramel, peat, cream, the lightest hint of weak coffee (lacking roast or anything of interest), vague light molasses, chocolate malt, and the lightest hint of roasted malt. Nowhere near enough roast. The chocolate and coffee aren't at all evocative; there's no depth here. Not very impressed with the malts either. No hop aromatics are detectable, nor is any yeast character or alcohol. An average strength aroma for the style, and rather muted. Not bold or confident; very timid - not a good trait for an imperial stout. It's not horribly inviting as a result. No overt flaws, though.

T: A pretty run-of-the-mill dark malt build with some light smoked malt and chocolate malt. Coffee presence is minimal. Overly bitter. Lacks roast, a key flaw. Light peaty bitterness on the climax isn't at all satisfying. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through. Oats seem strangely out of place here. Caramel. It's quite a malt bomb all around, with none of the good aspects of a solid imperial stout. Very underwhelming. Timid. Badly balanced - in particular that naked grainy bitternes. Touches of molasses don't do this any favors. Badly built and constructed. Not a fan of this one.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too slick for the style, which requires more body, coarseness, and dryness. Oats lend it a strange smoothness and almost acrid astringency. Too thick for its lack of flavour depth and/or diversity. Decent carbonation. Below average execution for the style. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well. Chewy and grainy.

Dr: A very subpar effort from Green Flash. One of the more underwhelming imperial stouts I've had in awhile. Almost everything good that I look for in beers of this style is not present here. I wouldn't get this again and I wouldn't recommend it. Really disappointed in this one. Somewhat drinkable but very underwhelming. Hides its ABV decently.

Low C+ (3,128 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 smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive foamy, thick head--looks like frothed chocolate milk. Leaves minor spotty lace. Near black in color with no light passing through.

Chalky mocha aroma.

Ruby rich flavors of espresso, brandy and cream. Nice bitter hop in the finish--subtle but balancing. Good body with a little oiliness from the alcohol. A wonderful stout. (335 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown with about a finger of tan foam. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate and roasted malts.

t - Chocolate jumps out first. Also some vanilla and roasted malts. A little bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium to full body. Little carbonation, pretty smooth.

d - Thought this was a very enjoyable stout. Nice smooth chocolate smell and taste, would definitely try this again. (430 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason this is my 2200 review. Beer is served in a small snifter. Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, no lacing low carbonation.

Aroma is malt and alcohol, sweetness mostly.

Beer is medium bodied and much better than I expected, overall the beer is malty and sweet with a nice finish, not too bitter, not dry, good throughout. I'd have this beer again. (380 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/30/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, caramel, oats, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, char, caramel, oats, floral, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, char, roasted malt, toast, oats, caramel, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a moderate hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, chalky, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,370 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head that settles to a wide swirling patch. Some dots of lacing stick as the head descended down the glass.

The smell is of coffee/chocolate with charcoal/ashy smokiness, dark fruits and earthy tones.

The taste is earthy, smoky, coffeeish/ chocolatey. Subtle dark fruits mix in in the back. It has a dry, roasty finish.

Medium-to-full-bodied. Could be a bit thicker for a "double", but it works well where it is, as there is a creamy, smooth texture.

The alcohol is covered very well.

A very enjoyable stout - English-like with an American flair for bigger. As I was on my patio drinking this a neighbor passed by (while in the second half of the bottle) smoking a cedary cigar. Though I'm not a cigar smoker, the aroma enhanced it even more, so if you are a cigar smoker, you may want to enjoy the second half with a cedary cigar! Job well-done here! (884 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz distinctive brown bottle served in a snifter.

A black, opaque brew with a short-lived tan head, More than ample bubbly lacing left on the glass.

As expected, the aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts with a nice hint of dark chocolate. The flavor profile is a little marred, IMO, by a slight sour note {not apparent in more recent tasting). Very long-lasting flavor of dark malt with a hint of hops.

M: Full body with very good carbonation. Smooth but with a bit of crispness.

O: a rich stout favoring lots of heavily roasted malts.

(Revised and upgraded with bottle consumed in Nov. 2013). (609 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that lasts. The aroma is perfect. It has a smooth, rich chocolatey scent that boasts of black malts and sweet chocolate; just the way I like it. The taste is great. It is silky smooth all the way down. It's sweet up front with a stiff roasted backbone. It's laced with chocolate and coffee flavors; exceptional. The mouthfeel is perfect. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous stout. I love the flavor profile and the excellent mouthfeel; another winner from this fabulous brewery! (585 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep black with a small khaki colored head on top, minimal retention and lacing.

S: A good bit of roasty malt, some cocoa, coffee, and a little cream. All and all pretty nice.

T: Mirrors the aroma with a nice creamy flavor in the middle which blends the cocoa, coffee, and roast flavors together nicely.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice and smooth.

O: A very solid imperial stout. Very drinkable and clean. (474 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2008 vintage sampled in May 2010. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. The flavor is pretty heavy on the chocolate with some roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me and is a tad bit watery. Medium carbonation. (345 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to smoked for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with more than 2 fingers of dark tan head. It maintains some solid frothy retention and paints patches of leggy lace all over the glass. When held to the light, a faint amount of dark brown clarity is noted. A light swirl effortlessly brings forth a finger of dark tan head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is roasty striking up thoughts of coffee with an earthy and citrus element of fresh coffee beans. That coffee like citrus quality blends into more of an herbal and more distinct character of hops. Quite roasty smelling that is almost ashy mixed with more char and chocolate malt. A very mellow inclusion of fruity alcohol is the last thing noted.

The taste is bitter from the level of roast in the grain. It presents itself with chocolate, coffee and a bit of an acrid bite. It is ashy and bitter from a not only the level of roast but it is accented by an herbal/citrus bitterness from the hops inclusion. It also displays a bit of an herbal/vegetative quality across the back that mixes with light notes of solvent and fruity alcohol. The aftertaste is lightly musty that focus back on the roast of the malt that is somewhat like coffee and bitter chocolate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a solid inclusion of roast, alcohol and hops that impart their own very unique character to the overall experience. however I just dont think it blends together that well. Overall it is not a bad brew by any means, it is just a little rough around the edges that gets more perplexing as the experience continues. The depth of flavor almost changes to tobacco and leather once it is warms which is nice but it doesn't blend well with the faint musty grain and herbal hop inclusion. Worth a try for sure but not something I would reach for continually. (1,953 characters)

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

Shared by Paul. Served next to Green Flash Silva Stout.

The beer is black with a towering, beige head that leaves ample lacing in its wake. The aroma brings roast, malt, and milk chocolate. Alcohol presence is well disguised. The flavor is nice, albeit plain. The beer is silky smooth and goes down easy, although the mouthfeel is unusually thin for the style. A decent brew, and a good bargain. (397 characters)

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

09/10/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. About an inch of creamy and foamy milk chocolate colored head. Light pathces and streaks of lace leftover.

Smell- Deep roasted malt with a milk chocolate nose. Light hops noticable. Not an outright scent, not very outgoing that is.

Taste- Hmmm, quite different from the nose. Not quite as thick and creamy as I was expecting. Heavy super dark chocolate flavor, not the sweet milk flavor that was portrayed in the nose. Hops are quite large and potent and the malt is almost burnt enough to add a light smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel- About the right amount of carbonation with a large and lasting hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty good brew here. If you like the hops in your stout, this one is up your alley. Overall a good deal and worth a try. (908 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reasonably soft pour produces a full, three-finger thick, deeply browned, creamed-cocoa colored head. The beer is opaque and quite black, though it does show hints of rubies in its depths if you hold it directly up to the light. My first smell of the aroma yields aromatics that are not nearly as burnt / roasted as I was expecting, instead a mix of sweet, dark malt and aromas of dark chocolate are what I first notice. Subsequent draughts of the aroma yield toasty grain-husk aromas, a touch of roast charcoal, a hint of burnt acidity, some dark roast coffee aromas and perhaps a hint of burnt fruit character. The aroma, while characterful, is a bit more subdued than I would expect of a stout of this strength; it is actually in a way nice that it is not bowling me over.

Sweet, dark chocolate and malt notes up front yield to a drying, roast coffee finish. The finish lingers for quite some time with a roast grain bitterness and a touch of burnt acidity; though the bitter, burnt grain character is really what lingers on in the palate after the beer has slid down ones throat. I really like the rich, chewy malt decadence that starts out each sip, but after a bit the finish gets a little too sharp and burnt. Pretty well carbonated, but the texture of this beer is creamy enough that the carbonation is only lightly noticed. The beer is certainly chewy and thick, though it is not overly so; this is a good beer to have one pint of when you only want one.

A nice beer. It get a bit less harsh in the finish as the beer warms up. The dark, sweet malt character becomes a bit more apparent throughout the flavor profile, which is what helps to mitigate the burnt bitter notes of the finish. A tasty beer I would be happy to have again.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,782 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh; served in a snifter

A - pitch black with a thick cap of brown head that has decent retention

S - faintly roasty, faint coffee, a bit creamy

T - chocolate, coffee, roasty, faint bitterness in the finish

M - smooth, rich, well carbonated, medium bodied

There is nothing of great note here. It was an amped up version of a very traditional stout. All the flavors were there and it was highly drinkable. It's worth a try. (458 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, poured into some large snifters.

A- Green Flash DS is black with a nice sturdy 1/2 inch tan head that left some spotty lacing.

S- This stout has a big roasted malt base to it with some chocolate and dark fruits with warming. No sign of the alcohol which is nice. Smells very robust.

T- A tasty stout with more of the chocolate and cocco coming through more than the smell. Also getting just a bit of tootsie roll as well. Roasted malts and not as much hops than I was expected from green flash.

M- Double Stout glides down so smooth it's amazing. This one is a step above medium bodied with light carbonation. Just a hint of the alcohol comes through with some heat. No bitterness as the hops are low, or have faded from a slightly old bottle.

D- Could have finished the whole bottle by myself. The alcohol while not sessionable is not terribly high either which helped out also. I finished my portion in no time. (951 characters)

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a 3" fluffy head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: chocolates and roasted malts are abundant and create a great aroma.

Taste: roasted malts, big milk chocolate, hints of coffee, prunes, mild alcohol tones, and a nice hearty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish.

Drinkability: nice flavored beer, but alcohol will bring this down a notch. Great American stout. (461 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a full cap of light tan foam into a Chimay chalice.

S: Sugary coffee beans, molasses.

T: Initial taste is as if you took black coffee and put 3 sugars and 3 creams in it, the classic 1998 mix for me. Oats are clearly evident, sweet and add a smoothness to the overall flavour. Roasted malt flavour rounds out the overall flavour profile, leaving a hint of burnt char.

M: Medium-bodied, would like more heft in a big stout, but pretty easy to drink, pretty oily.

D: A quite tasty overall big stout, the oats really bring out the sweetness not a bitter beer at all, very enjoyable. (630 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.