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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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 lurpy1
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first whiff is impressive, coffee and oreos. Yes oreos. Quite strong, I can smell it across the room. Bold flavor with coffee, chocolate, grain, perhaps some plum? Never was any good naming that fruit. Not a lot of carbonation, velvety, but the thickness could be turned up to 11.

Heck of a good beer, my first try of Green Flash and I will seek out others.

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Photo of m1ked
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this the day Hamilton's had an "unannounced" keg dropped off by Chuck. Recently had it again at CBC.

A- Dark, dark, with a capaccino like foam head, that fades with minimal lacing.

S- Rummy, vanilla, smokey coffee.

T- Rich Belgian chocolate, smokey roasted coffee, rich creamy vanilla. All these flavors blend so very well in my mouth.

M- Smooth with a medium body. Not too heavy for a beer called double stout.

D- This is a great flavorful, easy to drink beer, let alone stout. I am glad I live in SD and have easy access to this one. I am interested to see how it fares at the World Cup this week.

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Photo of wcintula
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm thankful for this beer that I drink as I review this fine Thanksgiving morning. Pours black with the faintest brown highlights at the glass' edge. Big foamy, patchy head, receding slowly and leaving stripes of lacing. Smells nice, strong roasted malts, chocolate aromas, and a touch hoppiness and faint booze.

Very big flavor here. Roasted malts and chocolate intermingling to present a nice bitterness backed up by an earthy, leafy hop bitterness. The beer has got a touch of sweetness but is probably drier than it is sweet. Full and robust, with a light carbonation. Super stout.

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

Pours black with thick tan head and lots of sticky lacing in stemmed tulip.

Definitely should let this beer warm up a bit. The initial smell right out of the fridge was reminicient of stomach acid (vomit). Fortunately this disappeared and became a very pleasant roasted malt and chocolate as it warmed. Toffee shows up even later.

Taste is sweet roasted malts and chocolate up front. A little fruit comes in later.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Overall this was very nice, but absolutely has to warm up a bit!

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Photo of Yesac
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, medium sized brown foamy head that doesn't fade away quickly.

S- Coffee, earthy oak.

T- Along with the smell.. burnt oak, chocolate, and a warming from the alcohol. Drink this around a campfire. A little to much oak and earth for my liking.

M- Great job here.. not to dry, thick or thin.. its just right. Covers the palate well and makes it refreshing and hard to put down. Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

D- Good stout overall.. great for the cold weather because of its earthyness. The mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks beautiful with a nice large head and extremely black. The beer barely had any nose to it. I am really disappointed that it had a SLIGHT bit of a caramel and that's it. The flavours that came out are roasty malts, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, some bitterness, and a fruitiness that was the biggest flavour. A bit too fruity for me, but still tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it's okay. It's decently drinkable as well.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Has the dark, opaque hue of all good imperial stouts. Quarter-inch cream colored head that dissolves quickly and leaves clumps of spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Nose is mostly clean, sweet roasted malts, combining with chocolate and just a hint of coffee. No hops detectable.

The label of the bottle says "Big, Bold & Complex" and it definitely delivers on the first two, as this is a weighty stout with a lot of good, robust flavor. However, "complex" isn't the term I'd use. This isn't a bad thing by any means. Through and through, this is a straightforward stout, with plenty of rich malty chocolate, hints of dark fruit and a subdued alcohol taste. I really had to consciously pace myself while drinking this, otherwise the 8.8% would have certainly caught up with me. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, just a shade away from full, with a pleasing smoothness and heft.

This is definitely the most cost-effective imperial stout I've ever had. Easy on the wallet, but just as hard-hitting as some of the other more expensive offerings in the style. I think I've found my go-to beer for the cold winter season!

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Photo of Thads324
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely black oil color. Tight head that is a deep tan. Dissipates fairly soon to a medium ring of lacing
Very faint smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, a hint of coffee. Heavy alcohol smell at the rear with nothing else.
Starts with a smooth espresso with the tiniest bit of chocolate. A nutty, almost woody flavor with a hop bitterness towards the back half beginning. Finishes with another, more solid coffee and dried meat like complexion.
Heavy with little alcohol present. Low carbonation but sharp flavor profile maintained throughout.

Sans the weak aromas despite my barleywine snifter, the beer is excellent. Certainly
A complex flavor that continues to evolve though the glass. Heavy on body and flavor yet drinkable. I like the hop bitterness and it should short age well. All flavors are spaced well so the beer never gets old, boring or cloying. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of julian
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, OR this weekend.

A: Blacker than night. Good head formation, beige to medium brown in color. It quickly disappears to almost nothing apart from random frothy bubbles.

S: Roasted, burnt malts, coffee.

T: Earthy, roasted flavor up front, followed by a smooth, burnt malt and semi sweet oat flavor accentuated by coffee and chocolate. Overall lots of roastiness!

M: Lots of carbonation, but subsides quickly in your mouth. No adverse aftertaste. What you'd expect from a stout.

D: Fairly respectable ABV, lotsa of roastiness which you'd expect from a double stout, and good mouthfeel. Good drinkability!

Overall: Pretty good. I can't demerit this for anything, it's a solid stout, although nothing really popped out at me. It was pretty average for the course.

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Photo of iadler
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a jet black with a tan two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap leaving nice sheets of lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee beans

T- Follows the smell with dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and coffee beans.

M- Low carbonation and medium body. Creamy and rich mouthfeel that is slightly syrupy. No sign of the 8+ ABV.

O- Really enjoyed this as there was no alcohol bite, making it very drinkable. Could easily drink this on a regular basis during the cooler months. A straight forward, but well executed stout.

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

Split a bomber of this with a drinking buddy at Zeno's. This brewery has been such a surprise find, almost everything I have had from this is a quality product. Hope this one follows that trend...

Black all the way through, yadayadayada. Nice smokey mahagony brown head that doesn't last long enough. Still endearing, but nothing that wows the eyes.

Tons of chocolate. Reminds of st chokolat. Lots of oats which add a really creamy component. The complexity was deeper then my nose could decipher at this point in my craft drinking career, but there was a nice roastiness to it.

Very nice bitter malts that are present all throughout. Predominantly coffee, but some nice bitter chocolates and the creaminess of half-n-half. A little bit wet yet a side of crunchiness to it.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Your typical impy stout - black with about a half finger of of tan head. A moderate amount of foamy lacing.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, mocha, and roasted malt. Just a touch of licorice and butteriness.

T: Notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans up front transitions into a very hoppy finish. Distinct notes of citrus mingle with chocolate in the finish.

M: Full bodied with a very subtle carbonation. Just a little hotness from the alcohol in the finish.

O: A good imperial stout overall. Not quite good enough for me to want to buy it over my normal staples like Storm King and Old Rasputin, but tasty nonetheless. I'll have no trouble finishing the four pack!

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Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Delicious. My first foray into Green Flash's stuff and it's damn near a home run. Not something I would sit and drink several of, but an excellent Imperial Stout that doesn't let the alcohol content overwhelm its complex flavors, as many other Imperials do.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/04/08.

Pours nearly pitch black with hints of brown and a nearly three finger chocolaty brown head. The head left a little lacing around the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The aromas seem a bit subdued.

Taste starts with sweet milk chocolate and plenty of roasted malt. That's followed by a rush of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. There's also a hint of cherry and very little alcohol presence. The finish is fairly bitter and dry.

Feel is medium body with just enough carbonation. It's very smooth and thick but not too heavy. Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer. I couldn't drink more than one, but at 8.8% I don't think I'd want to.

This is a really good double stout. I'd recommend it. Very smooth and tasty.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Stout is a great beer that I've had multiple times. First time reviewing it.

A - 4.25 -beer is a very dark brown/black color with a dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - 4.5 - HUGE roasted coffee/espresso smell. It smells like a coffee shop. Definitely some vanilla and chocolate in there too.

T - 4.5 - Same roasted coffee flavor comes through in the taste. Has a nice hop balance to it too. Chocolate, vanilla, creaminess are in the background.

M - 4.5 - Good carbonation, leaves a nice roasted dark malt flavor in the aftertaste. Alcohol completely hidden.

O - 4.5 - Great beer that has a very nice double stout flavor to it. Complexity is there but it still has a drinkability that sets it apart. I could easily drink a 4 pack of this while golfing on an Arizona summer afternoon, and that says a lot considering it's a double stout.

Comparison to 2011-2012 version (orange label - date????)

Picked up a bottle of double stout with an orange label priced 5.29 @ a local bottle shop. Not complete sure how old this is but thinking 2-3 years.

A - 4.25 - Dark brown/black beer with a nice billowy tan head on it.
S - 4.5 - Huge coffee/espresso/roasted malt smell. Chocolate/dark chocolate in there too. Creamy/whole milk/vanilla in the background.
T - 4.75 - This beer is obviously smoothed out compared to the 2013 bottles I've been drinking. Huge chocolate/espresso/coffee notes, with roasted grains in the background. It's all balanced by this creaminess that lingers the entire time.
M - 4.75 - Heavy/thick mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is chocolate/coffee/mocha latte/vanilla.
O - 4.75 - This beer better aged. I'm not sure if this is 3 or 4 years old? Either way, it's way smoothed out from before.

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Photo of veinless
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a molasses-like very blackish brown with a healthy three-finger head that is light mahogany and retains well. Rocky and milky in texture, the head leaves lots of lace and has a thickness to it that is really excellent.

Roast coffee grounds are at the front but there is a healthy dose of grainy malt and a touch of hops too. Smells oddly crisp for a big stout.

Taste is initially sweet with coffee and roast malt everywhere. Light fruit actually comes in next before burnt, toasted malt takes over again until the dry coffee finish. I really like the range of flavors in this, and the hops being able to cut through the malt is unexpected. Perhaps a bit too much hoppiness though, as it goes weirdly with the almost charred malt at times.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy; the beer is free flowing but definitely not thin. Leaves a coating after each sip and the finish manages to be dry despite that. Drinkability is good for the style thanks to the dry finish and masking of the abv. Excellent offering from Green Flash as usual.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A - Pours a pitch black with a thin light tan head; some light lacing

S - Nice roasted malt nose, cocoa and a sugary sweetness with a light alcohol smell

T&M - Very earthy in flavor, chocolate and cocoa, a nice malty flavor with a hint of bitterness that adds a nice balance. There are some dark fruit and some sweetness as well. Full bodied in feel with a silkiness on the palette

D - This is a delicious stout, very well balanced, and the earthy notes are very nice. As with most Imperials, one 22 oz is probably enough, but this is relatively easy to drink, but too heavy to have too much of.

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Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Appearance: black. Medium foamy head. Nice, persistent lacing.
Smell: light roasted barley.
Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Roasted barley. Smooth.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall. Tasty double stout. Balanced well. Can not taste the booze of a 9% beer. Well done. Will buy again.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger brown head that sticks with you till the end. Lacing is nothing far and beyond, but there is a decent amount of runny lacing to be had...

S - Nothing to complex to be had here. Chocolate, coffee, and smokey notes...

T - Wow, this one is smooth. Dark roasted malts, Chocolate, and plums. Ends on a dark chocolate note. Taste is a little bit on the sweeter side, but nothing that is out of place or over the top. Abv very well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A little on the light side considering the style, but very smooth and easy to drink...

D - Green Flash brewed a solid beer here. Think I paid around 8.99 for a four pack of these. Can't beat that. Could see myself easily putting a few of these back in a sitting. Definitely something that I am going to be revisiting soon...


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Photo of t420o
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Semi aggressive pour produces 1/2 finger mocha colored head that recedes quick not leaving much lacing. Beer is black in color.

S- Dark chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, coffee, some smokiness. Smells very good

T- I like the taste of this beer even though the mouthfeel is so thin. Like the nose I get chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of smoke.

M- Thin mouthfeel and slightly overcarbonated.

O- Decent drinkability. A couple of these would be good. Good beer but nothing special for sure

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Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an undated bomber from around 2007-2008 (they haven't used this old label since that period). Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is inky - very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin layer of dark tan head. Just a little bit of occasional lace. 8.8% ABV isn't that big for an imperial stout these days, and I've seen ones with much higher alcohol content retain a nicer head. That's basically the only strike against this beer. Not a big deal.

Smell is heavenly. The most forward note is dark fruits, like prune and raisin, which is more reminiscent of a quad than a stout. Behind that is burnt sugar, molasses, coffee, milk chocolate and a slight whiff of bourbon.

That very concentrated "inkiness" carries through to the palate. Espresso, dark chocolate, oats and bitter black malts dominate, with a tinge of green raisin and a cool finish that can probably be attributed to the hops and the booze. Nice roasty/bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel starts off thin, but quickly rounds out and becomes velvety with a surprising amount of soft, prickly carbonation, considering this one's age.

Overall, this beer might have seen better days in terms of look and feel, but the flavor is mostly all there. The nose is downright sexy. The beer is not too sweet and finishes rather dry. It would probably make for a nice complement to a really rich, sweet desert like cheesecake.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a stout glass, my 4th Green Flash review. The color is a dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate color head. The smell and taste is full of roasted malts. Some slight mocha flavor as well. The mouthfeel is a little harsher than I'd expect, more carbonation than I'd expect but not too bad. Overall, everything you're looking for in a double stout.

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Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This is a very well made stout. Very smooth a full bodied, with a good coffee bitterness that lingers in your mouth well after the sip. Close overall to FBS.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

It's jet black and opaque. a dark tan head that has some nice craters. Wonderful lacing down the glass as I drink.

It's got a nice cocoa smell and some earthy hops.

Cocoa flavors, a hint of espresso. There is a faint dried fruit note, dates maybe. There is a nice earthy hops flavor as well.

It's velvety smooth and full bodied.

Overall this beer is excellent. Too bad it doesn't last on the shelves here.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, bottled 4/16/13. Still pretty fresh, but at under 9% I don't think these would age too well.

Anyway, it pours a solid midnight black with two fingers of khaki foam. Absolutely no transparency when held up to the sun with no visible carbonation. Good lacing, there's little not to love about the look.

Aroma is pretty run of the mill for a stout: strong roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, creme, some vanilla, and a bit of alcohol. Definitely not the most going on, but still pretty solid for a double

Taste is consistent with the smell, strong upfront bite of roast malts and coffee hits first and lasts the longest. Chocolate undertones come through with the back and leave with a nice caramel after taste

Feel is medium-thick bodied, a bit on the light side for a double/imperial. Very bitter, nicely carbonated, goes down pretty easy. While it's not bad at all, it's probably this beers weakest point

Overall this is a bit weak for a double, but still good. Worth a try, I wouldn't but it too often, though

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