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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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867 Reviews
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Reviews: 867
Hads: 3,058
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 129
Gots: 460 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 867 | Hads: 3,058
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 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 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%

Bottle.
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...

Cheers...

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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 maedhros09
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black with big dark brown head, good retention and lacing
Smell: Dark roasty malt aromas with some alcoholic dark fruit
Taste: Reminded me most of the Old Rasputin - very classic Imperial Stout flavors with great balance. Slightly sweet, roasty, with noticeable but pleasant hops character. Delicious.
Feel: Thick, smooth yet nicely carbonated

Overall: For me this is a pretty ideal imperial (double) stout. It looks great with a nice sticky tan head that stays the duration, and the flavors and aromas are varied yet balanced. It has that thick creaminess in the mouth that you expect of a heavy stout. And it's not so strong that the alcohol overpowers the rest of the palate. No gimmicks, either - just a great all around stout!

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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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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a dark tan head.

S - Sweet and rich malty smells. Some chocolate.

T - Bitter chocolate and really sweet. Strong malt flavor also.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good stout but a little to sweet for me.

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

Pours a dark dark brown with a healthy tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, smoke. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, smoke, roasted nuts, molasses, licorice, all in a nice combination. No single flavor sticks out and grabs you; it's just a nice mix. Lingering smoke/licorice aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy texture, almost like it was from a nitro tap. All in all, a first rate stout.

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Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark almost black in the glass with tan head
Fruity chocolate smell
Strong dark chocolate with fruitiness in the background and a mild hop finish
Good full mouthfeel
Overall a good, but not great imperial stout

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

Thanks to LieutenantSour for sticking this one in the box.

(A) Pours jet black with a nice thick brown head. This is opaque and blacker than night.

(S) Big on cocoa with some coffee, plum, and really dark fruits. Some hint of sweetness like black cherry.

(T) Black and roasted chocolate malts hit up front, then give way to fruits. Some plum, definitely some dark cherry, some raisin, licorice. Biscuit. Some leathery goodness works it's way in. Coffee in the aftertaste at first but more fruits as it opens up.

(M) Full body. Pretty thick. Smooth on the tongue.

(O) It's a lot fruitier than I had expected. It's definitely malty and rich. It's an excellent brew. Big flavor without really being big in the gut. Quality.

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Photo of da_beers
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful black, with a tan head of almost two fingers. Decent lacing.

S - Chocolates, espresso, sweet malts all hit right away. Some roasted scents from the malts as well. Has a bite to it on the nose, but also a sweetness from the malts - I dig the smell.

T - Has a nice bite at the front from the hops, then evens with a smooth warmness, followed at the end with the espresso. Roasted/smokey chocolate notes dance around the palate as well.

M - Not as full bodied as some stouts I've had, but has a nice smoothness and warming qualities.

O - Overall decent stout, definitely not Green Flashes best brew, but not bad at all. Worth a try and I overall enjoyed it.

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Photo of chilly460
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, black with dark brown edges. Prodigious head kept me working to keep it from overflowing, decent retention and lacing.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts, some coffee, and definitely a smoke aroma. Got some burnt notes in there as well.

T: Medium sweet malts give way to some roasted coffee. Some dark chocolate sneaks through in different sips and I did pick up the smokiness in the taste. The beer is actually pretty complex, but I didn't find any of the tastes to be that pronounced.

M: I liked this one, slick and velvety, but still not a heavy beer.

D: Solid beer, not going to have a huge flavor profile if you've been drinking barrel aged RIS, but this one is a great "go to" stout.

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Photo of kagent777
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A recent pick up while in Florida visiting the family. Poured into my CCB snifter. No date on the bottle that I could see :(

Appearance: Pours thick and very black with a thin but frothy head.

Smell: Roasty with a smack of herbal hops. A touch of cocoa and coffee with a bit of char. Pretty balanced and inviting for a dark ale.

Taste: Taste follows the smell. Bitter more than sweet chocolate, with only a bit of coffee flavor (grounds). A pervasive mineral/metallic smell jumps in. Very solid roasted barley character in this one.

Mouthfeel: Not the thickest Stout that I have sampled, but it can hold its own. The carbonation is more assertive than I usually find in this style. Which leads to a pricky acid sort of feel.

Overall: Interesting mix of flavors, not bad but not my favorite from a style that is well represented elsewhere.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bomber into a snifter at cellar temperature.

Double Stout has a beautiful three-finger, light brown, rich, creamy head which has great retention. The bottle calls this a "black ale," and it is indeed black as night.

It smells like vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. O, the chocolate! Loads of both milk and dark chocolate! An excellent little whiff of coffee as well. I think there may also be a hint of tart dark fruits in here too... maybe raisins and cherries?

The taste has everything the aroma has and more! Chocolate takes the spotlight once again (oh, joy!). Then I get a fantastic earthy bitterness in the finish. This one takes my most favorite traits of imperial stouts and amplifies them with great success.

Regarding mouthfeel, the carbonation is fairly low, with a creamy and silky smooth body that goes down really nicely.

It's kind of like a brownie in beer form. Killer.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: I can find no flaw with how this beer looks. Pours midnight black. Don't even try to look for light sneaking around the edges, it's just not there. Not even direct sunlight can make it through (OK, I used a high-power photography flash just for kicks, and it did manage to bring out a deep, red-brown hue for a microsecond, but that's cheating...) The head was a finger-plus of dense foam the color of espresso crema; it dissipated very slowly, and left lacing all around the glass.

S: Bready, toasted grain is the strongest aroma, followed by tart fruit. Also some coffee, molasses, and a hint of maple syrup.

T: Tangy more than malty from the start, although malty sweetness does show up about halfway through the sip. I detect grapefruit juice, then grapefruit rind. Some coffee, to be sure. Pine sap. Just a hint of fatty acid, but not for long. There's more grapefruit rind, fairly intense in its bitterness, showing up late, and it is rejoined by coffee in the finish.

M: Fairly thick and chewy, but well carbonated. Dryness bordered on astringent at the finish. Boozy notes were marginally present.

O: Perfect in appearance, good in taste. The dryness & bitterness of the finish were a little more than I'd have liked, but a very good brew all in all.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Opaque. Brown head. Smell and taste of roasted goodness. Malt, chocolate, and coffee. I love every bit of this, from the pour to the bitter aftertaste. I will get it again.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.