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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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2,496 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,496
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 87
Gots: 233 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours very dark with a touch of ruby around the bottom of the glass. Fairly good lacing from a rocky brown head.

S: Dark malts, some roasted character, chocolate, faint coffee grounds and distant caramel. Balanced somewhere between roasty and sweet.

T: Decent earthy dark malt base, definite twang of hop bitterness on the finish. Coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel notes, decent roasted component with faint espresso bitterness. The finish has a ghost-like alcohol presence, barely discernable.

MF: Feels moderate & medium, fairly creamy and wet, finishes with a slight drying bitterness with hints of hops and cofee.

O: A simple, well-executed, drinkable stout. Nothing overly impressive but nice.

Scotchboy, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, roasty stouts: the beer man’s alternative to coffee in the morning. Plus, it’s Saturday, so why the hell not?

To the breakfast of champions – cheers!

A: I’m loving the head on this one: it begins with a full half-inch of brown cream, and stays put for a while. Retention finishes out as a pattern of dark tan bubbles, like the bottom of a glass of chocolate milk, lined with intricate swirls of sandy fizz. Wet pockets of oily lacing line the glass, above the dark chocolate body that lays as thick as molasses. It has a very nice black coffee presence, but with the brightening contrast of a cappuccino-colored head.

S: Toasted barley, mocha, chocolate truffles, brownie batter, and just-used coffee grounds swarm the senses in waves at first – so pleasant, spectacularly smooth in their sweetness yet wonderfully rich in their roastiness. It’s Founders Breakfast Stout with more chocolate and less coffee, giving this one a creamy complexion. Getting a secondary performance from charcoal, woody alcohol, caramel-covered apple, tart cherry puree, and a light hop juiciness that’s hard to put a finger on (though it still makes some noise in the profile). This nose is a sensation of creamy goodness, but with a kick of beautiful complexity.

T: Front-end acidity empowers this brew with powerful coffee tastes and hop oils, drying it out just enough to make the chocolate tastes a welcome reprieve. Once they hit, though, it’s still pretty dry: the chocolate is a cocoa and chocolate malt taste, and it’s accompanied by pancake batter, roasts, earthy vanilla bean, and hickory-smoked umami. Alcohol astringency is present, but only for a moment (which seems to be a perfect representation of the 8.8% ABV). It ends on a note of pepper and thick, grainy bread, with a touch of raspberry and dry citrus rind. The hop presence is a prickling yet delicate, with all the flavor of a British pale; it’s unique and well-executed.

M: Surprisingly watery, with the smoothness of, once again, something British. It does have some chalky quality that Americanizes it a bit, though it still satisfies with its creamy drinkability.

O: Double Stout is quite a different animal than I expected, especially after my long night yesterday with Doris (THE DESTROYER); that said, I really like it. It’s well-balanced beer, with a nose you’d just love to swim around in and a palate that hits the spot without overdoing anything. I’m not sure I’d age this one, but I definitely would take a few more bottles – and happily, at that.

BarryMFBurton, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Mattyb79, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -2.4%

stortore, May 20, 2014
Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev -2.4%

JoeMans, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

LambicPentameter, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

jmccraney, Sep 23, 2012
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.

JuicesFlowing, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Evan, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a tight, rising mocha head that leaves a solid lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and some chocolate.

Tastes of deep roasted notes. Malts have dark chocolate and coffee with some brown sugar sweetness. Vanilla notes also make an appearance. Some earthy bitterness adds depth in the middle and balances out the sweet precisely. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black pour, tan head, no real lacing.

Smell: Heavy roast, bitter coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, earth

Taste: Very heavy roast, bitter chocolate and coffee, smoke dark fruits. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: medium body, aggressive carbonation, very dry

Overall: Too bitter and too heavily roasted for me.

craytonic, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of IndyDad
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

IndyDad, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of HoppySeb
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into KBS snifter. Aggressive pour. Appearance is a beautiful jet black. Upon pouring, a foamy cappuccino-like foam is formed atop the glass. The foam eventually recedes into a thin, almost transparent layer covering the entirety of the surface and ultimately settling into a ring around the glass which accompanies you as you finish the beer.

The nose at first instance is that of chocolate milk. Coffee aroma closely follows and there are traces of dark fruit and molasses. Its taste has a sweet start with notes of chocolate and very faint vanilla. The finish is bitter, pleasantly so – a bitter finish you would expect from espresso.

Its mouthfeel is thick and chewy, quite appropriate to fully appreciate the spectrum of flavors in this beer.

Overall, a quite solid Imperial Stout – I would definitely seek again and enjoy it on a regular basis.

HoppySeb, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of jjayjaye
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to drunkmonk for hook'n me up with this one. Dude, awesome extra!

Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger foamy dark tan head that fades to surface fairly quickly, leaving spotty patterns of lacing behind. Needs to warm up pretty good, but the smell will get your attention. Initially an almost pungent roasted character, but upon further 'consideration' complexities are revealed like the rings of an onion. A dark fruit thing comes through and something that comes across with some bitterness takes on a licorice-like character with a cocoa accompaniment. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied, smooth and coating. Full flavored, the taste is also complex. Scoring points for imagination and creativity! A classic Double Stout; molasses, cocoa, java, licorice and a cherry/vanilla barrel-aged character. Too cool! A ton of stuff to consider. 22oz is definitely not enough of a sample to dignify this one. A real easy drinker...the 8.8% ABV may 'kick in' at some point. Highly recommended!

jjayjaye, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle with me.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black, good viscosity. Nice head. Ok retention and lacing.

S: Strong hop presence. A bit of sweet molasses and dark sugars. A touch of alcohol.

T/M: Much of the same. Much more sweetness. Hops give just enough bitterness. Heavy body that is silked out by smooth carbonation.

D: ABV isn't too bad for the style but it's not the easiest to drink.

pwoods, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of dansmcd
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black. Thin, flat cap of brown head. No lace.

S - Coffee beans, liquorice, coal, raisins, cherry.

T - Big, black coffee. Charred malt, a musty earthiness. Less dimensional than its nose, too much lasting coffee for me to get past to anything else.

M - Thin body for a stout, low carbonation.

O - I am not a coffee fan so this is not a hit for me, but I can see the attraction to this big, bold, brash stout, especially in the cooler weather.

dansmcd, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Ajlvt, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Basoos1
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of sprucetip
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with thick tan head that lasts a long time and leaves thick lacing. SMELL faint at first and hard to find, but later easy to find, richer and more complex. Vaguely fruity, roasty, malty sweetness creeps in. Coffee, molasses and booze also. TASTE is roasty, coffee, chocolate, fruity, and some malty sweetness dance around each other early and through the middle. Roasty flavors and bitterness then take the lead, with some fruity, sweet and boozy notes adding complexity. some bitterness in the finish. Smooth. FEEL thick, full, rich texture and body. Smooth and luxurious. OVERALL delicious, rich treat. But easy drinking for those who like bold stouts.

sprucetip, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

freduardo, May 14, 2012
Photo of deadliest
4/5  rDev -2.4%

deadliest, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

InfernoBoss, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 1/2" light brown head that left a very nice lacing over black liquid. Very tempting looking stout.

S: Dark chocolate, some coffee, and a hint of yeast.

T: It tastes like a mocha cappuccino. Bitter chocolate gives way to a coffee finish. The only thing that is keeping this from being a 5 is the bitterness.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with low carbonation.

O: An exceptional beer that makes me crave another sip.

DaftCaskBC, Aug 12, 2011
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,496 ratings.