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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 75
Gots: 167 | 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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kojevergas

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
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+

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 05:50:53 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

06-05-2013 09:22:15 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

08-19-2013 22:35:22 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Appears a deep, opaque black with a small, tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and velvetty collar. Scattered spots of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is espresso, vanilla, bitter cocoa, and brown sugar.
Flavors are of the mentioned aromas with some bitter cocoa, ripe fruit, raisins, coffee, and creamy vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, fruity, with balanced cocoa, fruit, raisins, and espresso mixed with cream all in a smooth, luscious finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 23:19:22 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-16-2012 05:38:32 | More by MarkyMOD
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Poured a slow and sluggish dark dark brown, like an Imperial Stout should pour. Head was average and dark brown. Nose was roasted, coffee and chocolate but not that promising. Taste followed the nose and mouthfeel was good. taste better as it warmed to room temp. Drakes Imperial was a slightly better choice but along the same flavor, pour and smell but Green Flash was missing the deeper chocolate notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 13:45:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle for $3 in Monterey, CA. Heck of a nightcap beer. It poured pitch black with a thick, light brown head and lacing. It's a big, rich (not too heavy) chocolate-y stout, that when cold, reminded me of cocoa and chocolate milk. As it warmed, cleaner, roasty and dark bread crust notes came forward with hints of espresso and dark, dry, smoky chocolate. The finish comes out dry after an initially sweet and creamy cocoa note. My only knock is that the alcohol quickly becomes apparent in the nose. I'd be happy to pick up a few more bottles and try aging them.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 03:32:49 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a short 12 FL. Oz. brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in GuldenDraak’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. The beer label states “Double Stout” – “Black Ale”, which I guess means to suggest that this beer follows no specific style… hence a “Black Ale”?

A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a very thick and frothy dark khaki head with good retention, while the carbonation level looks decent, constant but mild.
S: the aroma has upfront lightly metallic elements to pair with black malts, jammy dates, sweet vanilla, chocolate-coated coffee beans, light acidity and lively overripe pear-ish fruit esters; given a good swirl, a deep yet also 3 dimensional gristy and nutty dark maltiness with a pleasant touch of sweetness chime in, along with random notes as of leather, oat, crushed hazelnut, dark-coloured honey and even (faintly) musk fragrance.
T: smoothly carbonated, the entry shows again a little metallic edge on the side of the rather deep-flavoured, silky-smooth and not-at-all heavy gristy mixture of darker malts (presumably oat has rendered the extra smooth palate over here!); black stone-fruits and hop bitterness retreat to the place of the second fiddle, showing retrained undertones of coffee, bitter herbs, damson fruits, burned nuts, and earthy hints of English hops, before the flavour ends with a subtly spicy and mildly acidic note which lingers well in the aromatically malty finish.
M&O: the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, rounded, not heavy at any time, the flavour profile is sound and balanced, not like one’s usual super-charged hop bomb even in the guise of a huge wizardry black robe. Have I mentioned alcohol, by the way? If not, then it is because it’s just hidden too well… All in all, this is a delicious strong stout not in one’s “Imperial” fashion in any sense, but a rather balanced and approachable one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 21:53:09 | More by wl0307
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, dark, strong and sludgy, just like a double stout should be. This one has that San Diego sizzle that I have come to love from GF. Pours near black , leaves great sheeting/lacing. Cocoa, and cafe au lait nose, bold notes of bitter chocolate and coffee, drying resiny hops late. Just wonderful stuff. Go get some of this SD style Impy/double stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 02:42:30 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-09-2013 07:55:32 | More by oriolesfan4
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-05-2013 01:15:22 | More by XmnwildX12
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:38:41 | More by stakem
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Zorro

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says clearly it is 8.8% ABV.

Light proof black colored beer with a good brown colored beer.

Sweet and bitter chocolate with a strong floral hop aroma. Trace of carrot aroma and faint Kahlúa liqueur. As it warms the chocolate just gets stronger.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a strong coffee flavor and a good taste of smoke. Really good chocolate and roasted malt flavor lasts all the way through.

Mouthfeel is good.

About as easy drinking as Double stout gets period. Taste wise this could pass for a milk stout. Alcohol is completely hidden and it has no rough edges at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 23:27:02 | More by Zorro
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is chocolate with a bakers chocolate finish. Decent stout. $7.15 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 22:18:05 | More by jdhilt
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-12-2013 18:02:46 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-07-2013 20:12:02 | More by orangesol
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DoubleJ

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The coffee version of this stout is excellent, but what will the "original" formula do? On to the beer:

Ink black in color, and it's not letting any form of light into the body. The head on top forms forms two finger's thick, and drops to a semi-thin lace on top, leaving good lace. Milk chocolate bars and oatmeal in the aroma....yum. Light phenolic note adds a small bump in the road.

It is smooth, it is sweet, and it is not harsh. Not even the alcohol greets your palate. They use oatmeal in this stout, and it shows in this beer. Milk chocolate at first. Oh damn, there's the very light phenolic note again. It's hopped, but they don't show up until the end and provide a pinch of tropical flavor. As the beer dries, you can taste roasted coffee.

The original formula is a good one. But could you imagine if that light phenolic edge was removed from the equation? It would be even better. Regardless, another good one from the folks of Vista, and a recommended pick by me.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 06:33:24 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 17:05:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, lots of nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is big and malty, dark chocolates hit next, with some slight bitterness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, a joy to drink, Thanks Joe.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:42:02 | More by Wasatch
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-25-2012 14:37:39 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-02-2012 04:40:46 | More by duceswild
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash : Double Stout (2010 vintage)

Appearance: Black as night with a tan head with some staying power. Minimal lace is left behind.

Smell: Roasted malt with mocha undertones and subtle hints of chocolate.

Taste: Full bodied, exhibiting well rounded char, coffee and roasted malt notes. Suggestions of chocolate. This is noticably aged since there is a small sweetness as the hops have faded. Still, a piney, resinous hop profile remains intact. Alcohol plays only a small role in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, coffee like flavors dance on the palate and linger into a strong finish.

Overall: Green Flash, while known widely for its IPA and hopped up beers, are truly capable of making an excellent stout. Aged or fresh,very good, but my next sample will be a current vintage.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:54:33 | More by Stinkypuss
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 06:57:38 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-26-2013 01:03:49 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with black raspberry highlighting. Despite being opaque it is nowhere close to the thick or nubilous Imperial Stout. That said, it's a heck of a looker nonetheless. The firm, dark caramel crust spread over top adds a fashionable dressing. It also frills the glass with its own unique style of graffiti. And already I know there's more than meets the eyes...

Because the aroma caught my attention instantly, even before I could look at it! It is a rich and almost sickly sweet smell of long-boiled malts. It bears resemblance to fresh-roasted mocha coffee, almond biscotti and delicatessen European chocolate truffles. As so very lovely these scents are, it is the majestic hints of dark caramel and hazelnut that are ultimately responsible for keeping my nose on such a short leash.

The list of flavours is almost too long to list here in its entirety. Some highlights include: unrefined cocoa, black coffee, Black Forest Cake, summer berries, almond biscotti and chocolate covered hazelnuts. There is an excellent balance of bitter and sweet, both wrestling for position but neither able to pin the other for any substantial amount of time.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a "double stout" only because my enjoyment of it in comparison to the average stout is, in fact, double. Disregarding the alcohol percentage, which is higher than normal but scarcely noticed anyways, there isn't anything overly dynamic nor decadent about this beer. It really is just like anything other stout - except, for whatever reason, twice as enjoyable.

And it's disappeared twice as fast too! Although I shouldn't really be surprised by how much I'm enjoying this stout nor that it seems this one bomber won't be enough. Come to think of it, every bomber of Green Flash I've had - Barleywine (10%), Imperial IPA (9%), Le Freak (9.2%) - have been no problem to finish and in all cases left me yearning for even more. I'll take note and be sure not to buy just one bottle of this next time around.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:53:48 | More by biegaman
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