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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 101
Gots: 328 | 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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3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a solid jet black color and builds a tall khaki head leaving lots of lacing. An impressive start just by the looks of it.

Nearly wet my nose at first while digging for any semblance of an aroma, but once it opened up got some nice notes of milk chocolate-covered cherries, medium roast coffee and pumpernickel.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose or appearance. It's got the standard stout notes of coffee and chocolate, but it finishes with a overly earthy and acidic bite. A little too much roast and hop bitterness with not quite enough malt sweetness for my liking.

Mouthfeel is disappointing as well...too thin and too much carbonation for a double stout. Could be a lot smoother.

A bit too acrid and rough around the edges for my taste, but if you like the sound of a hop-bombed coffee stout, give this one a shot.

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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.

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3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a snifter - no date to be found.

A: Pours very dark, opaque even...thin, half finger head that fades quickly. What little bit remains is tan/mocha in color with small, fizzy bubbles. Some alcohol legs as I tilt the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate, some coffee. Plenty of roasted malts. I also get a confectionary sweetness. Reminds me of standing in line at a cotton candy stand in an amusement park. Some anise as well. Wonderful, wonderful complex smell.

T: Plenty of chocolate going on - a bitter chocolate that is balanced by that same sweetness in the smell...and when the alcohol tastes come out, it all blends into the taste of a candy truffle or a chocolate rum cake. Slight coffee notes. Not necessarily as complex as the nose would indicate.

M: Smooth, creamy beer that coats the mouth...although not as thick as I'm used to in a stout...just medium bodied. Finishes dry on the palate.

O: A pretty solid imperial stout. The taste was a little disappointing considering the nose, but still very enjoyable. Maybe a little thinner than I prefer in a stout as well. Definitely more on the chocolate/sweet side than the coffee/bitter side. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is very smooth and well balanced. Would certainly drink again, but probably not in the 22 oz format.

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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.

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Beautiful black brew tinged with brown hues. Big, full brown head, with excellent retention and lacing.

Very nice strong but balanced aroma: roasted barley, cream, and cocoa. Just the barest hint of grapes in the background.

Flavor follows the nose: lots of roasted barley, manifest as a bitter dark stout. Powdered cocoa, a hint of black coffee, chewy barley, and a nice creamy undertone. Very slight alcohol heat.

Silky, thick mouthfeel, shy of the thicker stouts. A little back-end heat. No foaming or sting. Lovely.

This is a well-crafted, straight forward imperial stout, and is an excellent representative thereof. It's not overly hoppy, letting the bitterness of the roasted malt carry the balance. It has a depth of flavor that is delicious without being overpowering. I think this is an excellent brew, offered at an excellent price point.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,778 ratings.