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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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857 Reviews

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 3,015
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 119
Gots: 443 | 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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Reviews: 857 | Hads: 3,015
Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Prototypic, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black with a fluffy smallish mocha head. Leaves a bit of lace on the sides on the way down the hatch. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, slight spicy hop in the background. As it warms I get some dried fruits as well. Taste is chocolate followed by some hop bite finishing with some roast and hops that linger in the palette for a while. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, thick body, light carbonation. Great stout, very creamy roasty chocolaty. Send more.

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Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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.

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

12 Fl Oz Bottle poured at home into a Westmalle chalice on 4th Oct 2012.

Black bodied beer, with a full, dark tanned creamy head. the head sadly soon fell away to a wisp and collar.

Burnt ground coffee and roasted malt loaf type smell, add some dark chocolate and some walnuts: that is the nose I detected.

The taste follows the aromas but with a drier, bitter feel. The hop content comes into its own in the flavours once the beer hits the back of the mouth: this adds some balance and calms down the malts a little, giving the beer a semi-kick and prevents it being too smooth or rich feeling in texture.

I liked it: another Californian I'd happily have again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black, brown coloring with a thick, dense, foamy, light brown head that sits a solid inch and a half atop the brew. Clings to the glass as the head slowly recedes, and the beer has strong coffee aromas. The coffee smells are blended with a dark chocolate aroma, as well as a roasty character. Flavors are very rich, with a good blast of bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee, evenly blended and overly bitter, with a slight char and dark fruit sweetness (currant) at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is more of the roasty qualities, with a kiss of the dark cocoa. Smooth body, but remaining somewhat light to allow more ease of drinking. The finish is bitter and slightly boozey, giving a somewhat drying, astringent feel, albeit for a fuller beer such as a stout. Good beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Green Flash.

A: Black in the glass, with a huge foamy dark brown head. Retention is excellent and there is a lot of lacing left behind.

S: Pronounced dark chocolate with licorice and black strap molasses. Coffee is well integrated and there's an earthy roasted quality. No evident alcohol.

T: Lightly sweet with a moderate earthy bitterness. Lots of dark chocolate balanced by roast, coffee, and molasses. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. The finish is smooth.

M: Full body with an upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and sticky.

Overall: A really nice Imperial Stout. Robust and balanced.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with half a finger of espresso coloured head. Left some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts and coffee up front with some bitter hops in the background.

T - Nice roasted malt flavour with dark roasted coffee and chocoalte. Slightly bitter on the finish. No noticeable alcohol at all.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Very slight chew.

D - A very good double stout. Couldn't detect th e8% ABV at all. This beer is worth some hype and I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive in this one, with some milk chocolate, light coffee and some underlying vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but delivers more complexity than I was expecting. I pick up some nice licorice, with some dark chocolate, more coffee and a hint of leather and tobacco. The sweetness is not overdone with this one, and drinkability is quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, fairly smooth finish.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this is a very solid beer from the folks at Green Flash.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothybtan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts and smooth chocolate.

The taste consisted of chocolate malts, dry coffee and a touch of lactose.

The mouthfeel was full with a semi dry finish.

Overall a full flavored user friendly double stout.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bier Thirty Thursday night.. poured into my small Cigar City goblet... pitch black brew with a nice looking dark brown head that sports great lacing and okay retention.

Roasty malt and some mild coffee... enough mild maltiness to help carry the dark malts.. a bit of dark cherry essence to add to the complexities..

Dry dark bittersweet cocoa... roasty and a good dark profile midpalate shows with some decent sweetness... pretty rich.. finishes with a bit of brownie batter essence and dark fruits.. a bit of spicy hops with warmth, but the hops are definitely subdued for a Pacific stout...

Medium body... not quite thick enough for the style IMO... but carbonation is about right...


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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice black body with mahogany tints. Thick, dark khaki head. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Relatively mellow. Chocolate, hint of smoke. Cream.

T - Bitter up front. Cream. Chocolate malted milk balls. Dark chocolate backend.

M - Light body - a bit thin for the style. Otherwise creamy. Sharp char character comes through every now and then. Touch of booze.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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

Poured into a Stone Brewing flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Massive three finger, fine medium brown head that dissipated slowly leaving nice lacing. Looks great. Aroma of spicy roasted malt and dark dry fruit. Somewhat muted, probably because of the thick head. Flavor is sweet dark and roasted malt, dark fruit. Fairly complex and well integrated. Medium bodied with some creaminess. The flavor is a bit subdued compared to other big stouts, but the great dark fruit element is more forward and makes this a pleasant and different stout.

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight oatmeal, slight yeast, and hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, oatmeal, hint of alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black body which lets through no light, capped with three thick fingers of dense dark-tan foam. Head is tenacious and leaves a nice lace as well. Quite good indeed.

Smell: very nicely mixed coffee-chocolate flavor. A tantalizing mocha stout!

Taste: rich and roasty. Big burnt roastiness hits right up front before developing into more distinct coffee and chocolate flavors. A mild hint of alcoholic fruitiness tags along as well to add a little interest. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: thick body with a somewhat low carbonation. More silky than creamy; still, very good.

Overall: a great tasting and solidly crafted double stout. I'd definitely have this again.

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

Top notch appearance: jet black, big fluffy dark tan head that has strong retention; lots of sticky lacing on the glass. They really nailed the beer-milkshake vibe on this one.

Aroma is heavily roasted with lots of bittersweet chocolate notes. Chocolate malts, molasses, anise, brown sugar, a touch of bitter hoppiness beneath.

Quite flavorful; booze is totally hidden here and I really enjoyed the big taste without the excessive alcohol. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses, well mitigated by the roasted notes and hoppy bitterness that keep the sweetness in check for the most part. Again there is moderate anise, coffee, and charred elements to the flavor, but they're subtler and only emerge as the beer warms a bit.

Medium body and carbonation; somewhat lively in the mouth and not particularly thick or heavy. This is an excellent beer; it hits all the right stout flavor notes without clubbing you over the head with booze or a heavy duty feel. A great middle-of-the-road imperial, and not in terms of quality but rather size. 12 oz bottle and affordable price tag don't hurt either.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.