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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,721 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,721
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 97
Gots: 305 | 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

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with light penetrating only the thinnest of edges. Head is mocha in color and near 2 fingers thick. Retention is above average, with a resulting lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Smells of subtle dark roast, chocolate, and a bit of heat shines through.

Taste - Starts with a touch of roasted malt, chocolate mocha and cream, then a huge citrus hop bitterness swoops in and takes control. Finishes strong with a lingering, sharply bitter citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. For a near 9%, this goes down smooth and easy. Creamy. Carbonation lends to some crispness, along with tingly lips.

Overall - I gotta be honest, for a double stout, I was expecting deeper, more darkly roasted malt, but this kicks like your regular oatmeal with a significant boost in the amount of hops. It's good, but not the 'kick in your pants' abyss deepness I was thinking it'd be. Does well to contain the high alcohol content.

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Basoos1
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of AdamBear
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a nice tan head

S-chocolate covered coffee beans and grassy hops. Medium strength

T-comes in with a pretty good taste of roasted grains and chocolate cocoa beans. It's a great taste. Matching after-taste.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-Once again, green flash makes an amazing beer for an amazing price. This isn't something that will compare with the higher end imperial stouts but it'll definitely please you.

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

Consumed 11/23/12

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black, with a large, dense light brown head - keeps a very impressive cap, and coats the glass with lacing

Smell: Roasty grains, chocolate, and coffee - lightly burnt, secondary to the massive amount of roast - chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, dark chocolate - coffee with some sugar - toffee to round things out - hints of grassy and fruity hops

Taste: Nicely balanced and tasty - very roasted - roasted grains, roasted coffee, roasted chocolate bars, and some burnt tones - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some chocolate cake - burnt sugar and toffee - some hints of dark fruits, and some hints of citrus - sweet, but also dry, nice level of roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: Bordering on full, great carbonation, very smooth, roasty finish

Overall: Double Good

I think this is my first non-IPA from Green Flash that I have reviewed. And it kicks ass. It's not particularly earth-shattering, but it's better than some more expensive, harder-to-get alternatives. Beyond a solid choice, definitely worth a try.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is plain amazing. Pitch black with awesome tan head and lacing.

The smell is chocolate, dark fruits, slight hops, and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is a smooth chocolate on the front then into a big coffee/burn chocolate roast on the back that lingers for a bit after each sip.

The mouth feel on this one nails it with being med/heavy.

I'm not sure how fresh this is but it is still just a tad too hoppy for me. An amazing beer non the less but a few months would probably make it even that much better.

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with dark tinged one finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

Strong dark chocolate malt nose. Very hoppy with bright pine. Quite nice.

Light chocolate roast malt comes in up front. Strong bitter finish with coffee, roast chocolate, and lots of hop bitterness. Faint hints of alcohol. Rich, but still missing something in the middle though.

Body is quite light for the style. Could use a bit heavier feel.

Overall, quite nice. Lightness of body brings it down a bit. For a ~9% beer, I was expecting a fuller-feeling glass.

Photo of Jimmys
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark black. huge, fluffy brown head looks like it could hold this bottle up if it wanted.

S: a solid milk chocolate aroma. mild fruit esters. the roast is soft, but rich. not astringent.

T: a malted flavor that is reminiscent of cereal milk. some bourbon-like alcohol. dark fruit flavors as well. raisins. the roast is similar to the nose, gentle, but makes itself known.

M: creamy luscious mouth. moderate carbonation on a full body.

D: very smooth, creamy flavors. each is delicate and play off each other. also the alcohol is very well hidden. great imp stout.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of wtkphoto
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is an espresso coffee bean black, with a dark rich cream colored head that's slow to dissipate. Faint bubbly lacing. The beer smells of rich bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of sweetness. Tastes like it smells: rich, sweet bitter chocolate. There's a faint milk stout sweetness in it. Also roasted malts and slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, very impressed. I cannot believe how smooth this goes down for 8.8% ABV. There's a slight milk chocolate profile in it that's delicious.

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle of this down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City earlier this week. The beers that I previously had from Green Flash were hop bombs and I was interested to try their take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Even though this is listed as a Double/Imperial Stout, there's enough here to warrant it being placed in a new category altogether. The hops are overshadowed by the body and carbonation here and this has a bit of a heavier feel to it than a typical IPA!

This didn't have much of an aroma to it - the roasted, cocoa, and coffee notes only came out in the taste. Even thought the bottle was heavy, the beer matched it in terms of body. No bitterness like a Stout here but more of the feel of a Cocoa Porter with the aggressive alcohol not present in the taste of the beer. Because this is like a hot chocolate that's been fermented, it wasn't easy to down this and instead, this had to be savored a bit at a time.

I like this style but it would be good to try one of these that wasn't so strong. The flavors weren't obstructed by the alcohol and this didn't have the feel of the other Green Flash beers but there was a bit missing from this. Having one of these that was a bit thinner would probably lead to a beer that would be easier to enjoy and would allow for a more sensory experience as well. For now, this suffices and in spite of its boldness, this was a fine brew that would warm anyone up nicely on a cold day.

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this one.

This beer pours a dark black with a little port that shines through the edges. The head is a collar of tan which leaves behind a delicate lacing.

Smells a bit watery with cocoa malts and an afterthought of fruity sourness.

The flavor begins with a touch of milk chocolate that dry out a bit bringing in a roasted ashy fruity sourness. I can't pin down what kind of fruit, but it's really quite bland. I'm surprised at how utterly devoid this one is of anything that catches my attention. It's kinda like the guy you've worked with for 15 years that you still haven't caught the name of.

Feels clean and pleasantly dense with a nice tickle of subdued carbonation.

A pretty easy drinking beer. Not much to disappoint or excite.

Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Chimay chalice. Is this bottle conditioned?

Appearance: Darkness. Etc. Like all good DS and RIS. Nice frothy foam initially, dissipating to scattered and spotty lacing all around the glass. A swirl or two quickly recharges nicely too, more so than most of the style I've seen.

Smell: Lots of what is expected in a good ways here. Roasted malts, mild sourness and citrus, a bit of coffee, more visceral wood, smoke, and charcoal and tar aromas, which I like. I feel like the hops may be curbing some of the malt sweetness here, but this is a brew that's not messing around.

Taste: Reminds me a bit of a less malt-bomb-like version of Siberian Night in some ways, and with a hop bite that may lead this to be a cellar candidate, despite the fact that there seems to be no yeast on the bottom, unless it all swirled around. Huge big-body roasted notes, some woodiness, smoke, charcoal, and blackened malts. Then it sinks in with warming to some more vanilla and mild chocolate flavors, though I don't get much coffee, along with some fruitier esters with citrus in the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly creamy and full-bodied, still with a bit of levity in the body. Not cloying in the least but coating like all hell.

Drinkability: Insanely drinkable overall, though I'd be willing to bet if they bottle the bourbon barrel aged version, people'd go crazy. Worth checking out to put it mildly. Green Flash can do it all.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,721 ratings.