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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 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 justinp444
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with a thin quickly dissipating beige head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and caramel. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of a crisp dry end to it, very fruity with a cherry flavor. Nice full mouth feel and a good amount of carbonation.

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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 do_ob
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Served at nearly room temperature. Pitch black in color with very faint brown hues near the bottom edge. 1.5 fingers of soft, dense tan foam sits on top. Great classic stout aroma, including chocolate, sweet roasty malt, and coffee. Maybe some hints of cinammon in there, but very subtle. Surprisingly light weight for an imperial stout, but has a very rich and creamy mouthfeel. Not that it's LIGHT, but just not as dense and syrupy as I would have expected. Strong notes of roasted coffee beans and bitter chocolate up front, with the bitterness intensifying as it warms on the palate. Modest notes of alcohol on the back end with a moderately smooth finish. Coffee and choclate bitterness left behind on the aftertaste.

Overall, a very good imperial stout that's not going to put you on your ass immediately if you want to enjoy 2 in a sitting. This beer smelled and tasted great. Not overly complex, but still good. I do wish it had been a tad thicker in body, and a more polished finish would've been nice, but hey. Definitely worthy of it's BA rating.

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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 Thrifty101091
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mine had some age to it and was close to best NY date but this was an absolute treat! Great imperial stout by Green Flash! Highly recommend this to anyone who loves beer! Cheers!

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No best before date on the bottle.

A - Thick, dark and transmitting no light. The thick tan head looks practically like cake and coats the glass with chunky lacing.

S - lots and lots of malt on the nose with initially a strong bready component melting into a chocolate.

T - solid dark chocolate bitterness up front shifting into a smoky/coffee that goes on and on!

M - practically creamy with very subtle carbonation and just a hint of warmth from the booze. Basically like a stout milkshake that coats the mouth.

D - Surprisingly drinkable considering the power and alcohol.

Superb beer; right up with there with Brooklyn Double Chocolate and Old Rasputin among my favorites.

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

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

The beer poured jet black with a dense dark brown head.

The aroma of the beer was of roasted coffee, dark caramel malt, and some mild dark fruitiness.

The flavor of the beer began with some intense chocolate notes that flowed into a burst of coffee-like roast. Almost like fresh brewed espresso. The finish had a great medium caramel malt sweetness that gave a smooth finish. The hops were assertive, but were well balanced with the roast characteristics. Some mild dark fruit flavors were present as well.

The mouthfeel was creamy and the body was full. The beer finished reasonably dry, which made it very drinkable. The carbonation was dialed in nicely.

This was an outstanding stout with an amazingly rich roasted coffee flavor that I really loved. My only criticism is that GF doesn't often introduce new/rotating releases like this one. Of course, they're awfully busy keeping up with the demand for West Coast IPA.


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

22oz. into a DFH Signature Glass.

Pours pitch black with a foamy light khaki head. This is what a stout should look like. Perfection.

Smell is mainly sweet. Heavy malts and light sweet fruits assault the nose.

Taste follows with a touch of roasted malts key with residual sweetness. Culminates in a full bodied mesh of sweet stout flavors. Nice.

Drinkability is great for the style. 100% recommended.

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Photo of Jips
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into tasting glass

-Color: Black as midnight w/ thin bubbly white head just rimming glass
-Mouthfeel: milky (a grade below motor oil) and smoooth
-Smell: sweet malts and milk-sugar
-Taste: Big coffe flavor througout masking toffee-molassess malts
-After: Reverse (malts w/ some coffee)

Big coffee taste will drink again!

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Photo of tony223366
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic and perfect head. My pour got 3 fingers of tan, tight head. Very dramatic and beautiful. Color is black as a starless night. Which is appropriate because they call it a Black Ale. Whatever that means. Dramatic fluffy lacing adds to the image.

S: Huge, huge coffee notes with some dark chocolate. Nice clean hop aroma that comes off slightly earthy. Possibly even tobacco. Nice roasted aroma.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the coffee, followed by that chocolate. The malts in this beer are huge and rich. Man that coffee is strong, very much a rich french roast. Nice roasted qualities in this beer. There is actually a major bitterness in the finish. It seems almost entirely from the roast of the malts, the bitterness from that coffee is almost slightly acrid. But not quite. Still very tasty.

M: The only part that feels slightly subpar. Very velvety and almost a light feel to it. Carbonation is very low, slightly lower than it should be. A touch higher would make that strong bitterness not so sharp.

O: Tasty beer for sure. It's above average but falls short of being incredibly note worthy.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Colonial Wine and Spirits in Acton, Massachusetts a few months back.

Poured a deep black with quarter inch chocolatey head and thick lacing.

Smelled of richly sweet malt and chocolate and figgy fruit. Tastes of sweet chocolately goodness and smooth malt. This is a tastey and satisfying brew. Very smooth on the palate, no bitterness on the end, a nice drinking beer, but a session brew by no means at 8.8%. I enjoyed every sip.

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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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Photo of brurevu
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Stout poured a pitch black with a substantial tan head. The aroma was full of roasted malts and maybe a trace of hops. The taste was deep and complex with layers of nuttiness, chocolate and coffee undertones and more of the roasted malt flavor. For such a foreboding brew it had a medium body that I found to be easy to drink despite the full flavor profile that enveloped my palate. This was a great stout that I could drink regularly.

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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 TTAmod
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the kings of the west coast IPA brews a double stout...how is it?

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Typical. It's dark...very dark brown with an almost non-existent tan head.

S: Smells of chocolate, espresso, and charred malts.

T: In my opinion, this one is throws a bit too much of the strong coffee and burnt malt. There's an overtone of smokiness, as well, which seems a bit out of place. There are some hops to balance it out on the back end, but it still finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel is good, though. As smooth as can be.

O: The taste doesn't really do it for me, but the rest of the aspects of this beer are pretty good. If you're into the intensely bitter coffee stouts, this one may be worth seeking out.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep space black, with an above average level of carbonation, and a three finger mocha puffy futon of a head that stays put at one like a West Bank settlement. Epic lacing.

S: Salty dark chocolate and watered-down latte lead the way into roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, ashy tobacco, and very faint hops.

T: Bitter chocolate, coffee beans, saltwater, and tobacco. Has a grassy, hoppy finish.

M: I actually really enjoy the heavier-than-normal carbonation on this AIS. Slightly viscous as it should be. Dry finish.

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

A: black with a 1+ finger creamt tan head. nice lacing coats the glass

S: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts with hints of both dark fruit and oatmeal

T: bitter coffee buffeted by dark chocolate, vanilla. as it warms alcohol becomes mildly present

M: velvety smooth and creamy. starts a bit sweet but ends with a slight bitterness. dryish

D: very good. will have again.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a beer mug. Thick black liquid covered with a nice tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: smells like brownies are in the oven. Hints of hop aroma and alcohol. Heavenly.

T: rich chocolate fudge gives way to bitter cocoa & coffee, then finishes with a complex mix of bitter and floral hops.

M: moderate to thick feel lingers pleasantly on the palate, although the drying effect of the alcohol is also felt loud & clear in the rest of the mouth. Lovely sensation despite the utter lack of carbonation.

D: at 8.8% ABV I wouldn't expect to drink these all night, but I've had stronger Imperials where the alcohol was better hidden. Still, I'm left /wanting/ more even if I know better :)

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