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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2110
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%


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:
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alpineclimber

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one back from a trip to Oregon.

Poured from 22fl.oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. The brewed poured an abysmal black with a dark tan head.

Smell is of sweet maltiness, a light coffee note and a slight smell of alcohol.

Taste is of dark malted barley, mocha and finishes with a dark coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, the brew is slightly syrupy in glass and this comes through in the mouthfeel.

This is an awesome imperial stout, if I could buy this locally I would have a number of bottles in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:22:13 | More by alpineclimber
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PatrickSwayze

California

4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 4 pack of these boys from my local farmers market store for only 8.99 and i consider that a steal. Love green flash but i have always passed this one up for some reason.

A: pours a deep black with a nice rich deep brown head that lasts quite a long time. Lacing remains throughout entire drinking session.

S: Only poured it into a standard pint glass but let me tell you, the roasted notes still kicked my nose into heaven. Plain and simple deep roast that is not overwhelming.

T: wonderful forward chocolate notes with a blended roast catching the sides of my tongue with a really mild tobacco/fig flavor pleasently whispering itself into fruititon as i breath out through my nose. Small trace of piny and grassy hop flavor towards the end

M: A great soft yet fluffy thick presence that rests gently on the buds.

O: I consider this one of my new favorite imperial stouts. And thats saying alot when my favorite are Speedway, The Abyss, Stones Russian, and Old Rasputin standard and XII. This just happens to be a sensational beer for a great price to enjoy on a nice cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 05:39:43 | More by PatrickSwayze
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da_beers

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:27:10 | More by da_beers
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tmzl

Slovenia

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with huge, thick (small bubbles), creamy, dark mocha head, it's gorgeous. Leaves some sticky lacing when it goes down, otherwise good, slow, mountainous retention. Top layer that stays is very thick, creamy and leaves some random lacing when you drink. Colour is clear, dark with brown hue (but can't really see through).

Smell: Milk chocolate is the story for this one. Combined with dark fruits (currant), deep roast, medium sweet caramel and light smoke presence. This sweet malt mix is very pleasant, soft, it hugs you like a little child - warm, milky and sweet. Also some light lemon, hey hops with a hint of floral.

Taste: Dark fruits (currant mostly) still there, but tuned down. Milk chocolate still the most dominant. The middle medium sweetness consists mostly with milk chocolate and pleasant lighter roast and light coffee. Ends with medium (mostly roasted and some milk chocolate notes) bitterness and some hop presence, pine and citrus mucus. Stays for a while, gets sharp and slightly unpleasant in the after-taste - quite the opposite from the milky, warm, hugging character in the smell. Alcohol well incorporated, also some light sour and very light metallic notes here and there.

Mouthfeel: Full light-heavy body, creamy but not as smooth as one would hope, carbonation maybe a bit to crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: It's an interesting beer, has it strong points but there are also some things that bother me, the aggressive bitterness ruins the whole image of milky, warm beer that is created in the smell. It starts as a very balanced, smooth, pleasant but then kicks you. Maybe that works for some. Is this the real life?

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 07:58:46 | More by tmzl
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bohemiandonut

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High hopes for this. Pours a dramatic thundercloud of head, beige/tan and mountainous, rocky. Great lacing as it slowly falls. It's raining in my snifter.

Smells amazing. Coconut, vanilla, mocha, oak. Sweet and mild but bursting with rich aromas.

Light on the coffee which allows the huge flavor profile of this beer to really shine. Almost tastes barreled. More bitter than some of the more revered double stouts, but not overly roasty. Just a hint of fruit here, which gets to be a bit sour as it warms, somewhat distractingly so.

Could be bigger in the mouth, but the carbonation is done just right. Thin but creamy.

Picked this up after sampling a Silva Stout, but the two really are in separate leagues. Do what you can to get the Silva, it really is extraordinary. This is a damn solid stout as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:38:13 | More by bohemiandonut
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felipe2toes

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid brown/black with a thin creamy light brown head. Head dissipates quickly into very thin froth floating in center of glass. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass as well.

Smells of chocolate and molasses and some alcohol/bourbon notes.

Tastes of cocoa powder/milk chocolate and roasted malts. There's a little bit of coffee bitterness throughout, but nicely balanced.

Creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not too heavy for me.

Great overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:47:14 | More by felipe2toes
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NefariousR

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep black with essentially no light passage -- just a bit of brown at the bottom of the glass. Forms a creamy tan head with great retention, sticking to the glass.
S - Roasted grain, coffee, and lots of dark chocolate. Sweet aromas and maybe just a hint of hops present.
T - The roast flavors are the strongest, followed up by a great dark chocolate aftertaste. Creamy and full-flavored.
M - Full-bodied and sticky, with the taste filling and remaining in the mouth and throat. A touch of alcohol warms the sinuses.
D - This stout's a doozy, but the great flavors are more than enough to keep me drinking. On the lighter side for "double" stouts, but still a very flavorful and assertive beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:31:04 | More by NefariousR
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MaineBrewing

Maine

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured oil slick black with big creamy mocha 2 finger head. Really fine quality head that is leaving bountiful lacing as it subsides.

S - very nice sweet roasted malt nose. Hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee. Slight damp tarp with the roasted malt.

T - Taste is nice and sweet, slight notes of chocolate and coffee with a nice roasted malt character. very mellow and balanced up front, with a dry and bitter finish. Lots of Bittering hops really balance out the very sweet character you get at first.

M - very drinkable for a big stout, medium body and smooth. Almost no carbonation though, which I don't mind the way the favors meld real well, I think the lack of carbonation is good.

O - pretty good, after drinking the abomination that is le freak this is a solid entry in the imperial stout style for green flash and I am impressed. It defiantly is more on the hoppy and and is a good option when you want a dryer imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:31:39 | More by MaineBrewing
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mikeborglum

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick black like used oil with nice thick chocolaty head and long lasting laces. Flavor is bitter chocolate and coffee enhanced with roasted grains and herbs. A full body with creamy, oily feel, soft carbonation to almost lively, and nice long dry clean and balanced finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:28:58 | More by mikeborglum
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark motor oil body with a wonderful mocha/espresso, brown sugar colored head that is very thick. Looks great.

Espresso and deep dark dark chockate dominate the nose with slight notes of dark fruits. Espresso truly overrules all the other smells.

The coffee taste follows through immediately at the front of the mouth while a smooth dark chocolate taste follows bringing up the finish in a velvety like fashion. Not to heavy and drinks really well. Reminds me of stout trooper from NEBCO.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 04:11:02 | More by Patrickbrusil
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viverlee

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very decent imperial stout. Not normally what I would consider a summertime beer, this really does it for me. A near ideal night cap.

STYLE: Double/Imperial Stout

ABV: 8.8%

LOOK: Like dessert. Car tire black with a thin darkish head. Not bubbly, not fluffy, but there. What I want from this style is something that resembles whole milk. This is richer than 2% but not quite to that standard.

NOSE: Playful. Sweet chocolate milk, peanut M&Ms, raspberries, cherries, stir of licorice. It’s the light floral scent that rounds it out for me.

MOUTH: Very clean on the front, brownie batter and vanilla and dissolved rib collagen roam purposefully through the mouth. What’s notable is a whisper of lemon-orange citrus and undefined but pleasant floral notes. It finishes crisply on the back end but lingers in the cheeks, putting the mouthfeel in rare company.

Beeradvocate Rating: 91

Hayward Abbey Rating: 90

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 03:59:03 | More by viverlee
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Yeti glass with BA's balberts and rbuckstar, from a Beirkraft growler gotten in trade with Jw347.

A - Jet black with a dark brown 2-finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted malts dominate the smell, followed by notes of bitter chocolate.

T - Sweet and chocolaty, with a nice roasted finish.

M - Just a little sticky, like I found with the LA Serpent's Stout. Other than that, the carbonation is pleasant and the beer is smooth.

D - This is a great beer overall, and I wish I could get more. I'm reaching for another glass right now...

Serving type: growler

05-04-2008 20:20:05 | More by tprokop7
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DousedInStout

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another masterpiece from Green Flash. For an imperial stout, this how relatively lower abv and much higher drinkability. The appearence is pitch black, with aromas of bittersweet chocolate. The taste is roasted, but well balanced with some hops shining through at the end. Well made, and can be enjoyed all night long.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 16:47:52 | More by DousedInStout
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AnPiobaire

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Double Stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 56 degrees.

It pours a nice dark brown/black with a tan head and some moderate lacing.

I disagree with some of the other postings. Perhaps at a higher temp this stout opens up and offers more in both the nose and taste. But the nose is roasty and malty with a hint of espresso, and a nice underlying floral hops note as well.

The taste is malty sweet with some chocolate and espresso notes as well. I did not get any boozy characteristics at all. Very nice and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. Chewier then anticipated at the pour but nice and smooth and not too carbonated which is a plus.

Overall, a very nice stout that I would certainly reccomend and will be going back for more. Enjoy!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 22:32:05 | More by AnPiobaire
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Lare453

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a dfh glass

a black as the night. small foamy light brown head. some decent lacing, little head retention.

s very malty, fresh milled grains, bitter chocolate, light coffee, toffee, light caramel.

t very light brginning. a dry malt middle with a bitter and dry doffee and malt ending. there are notes of caramel, raw cocoa and bits of bitter chocolate.

m smooth and creamy. light fluffy carbonation.

o pretty good. an inexpensive, easy to find stout i would drink again. the thing that most impresses me is that a 9% has no booze flavor or scent at all. excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:36:06 | More by Lare453
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bstave

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12 oz bottle poured into tulip snifter

A- Black as night with a 2 finger chocolate milk head which dissipated into a small ring. Can't see through this one. Lacing is forming nicely.

S- Dark roasted malts with chocolate notes. Not much else.

T- Hops up front with subtle chocolate and licorice on the back end. Very nice. Really digging it. Looking forward to see how it changes as it warms in the glass.

M- Lower carbonation which brings out a nice creamy mouth feel which I think is perfect for this style.

O- Really like this double stout. This is up there with many of my favorites. Green Flash does not disappoint. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:34:26 | More by bstave
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genitempo

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very consistent with the Green Flash Labeling. Nothing too fancy, but I do like how the bottling has the "Green Flash" name and icon etched into it. Great pour into a pint. Thick and dark, dark brown with thin, tan head.

Smell - Fruit and chocolate, not overpowering.

Taste - Rides very well (probably the best part of the taste), it never really peaks (maybe a bit of strength towards the end), instead, it really just kind of keeps at it the entire sip . Rich and complex but not too overpowering. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Mouthfeel - creamy, thickness is present but not too chewy.

Overall - Besides Lagunitas, Green Flash is one of my favorite microbrews out of California. Strong work with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:09:24 | More by genitempo
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Packforever1976

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured at cellar temp into my brandy snifter.

A: Poured almost jet black into my snifter. A nice creamy tan head, almost 2 fingers. Damn, it looks good in that snifter. Head lowers slightly, but sticks around. Sticky lacing.

S: A mixture of milk/dark chocolate in the nose. Also some dark roast coffee and dark malty goodness. I'm also picking up a slight hint of hops in there. Alot going on in this one.

T: Whoa...yum! Chocoaltey, coffee goodness. Nice dark malts as well. Slight hops in the back. Man, this is tasty.

M: Nice thickness, very creamy. Chewy and viscous. This has a fantastic mouthfeel.

D: 8.8%? Could've fooled me. The alcohol is well hidden. Goes down so smooth. Absolutely sinful. If I had access to this it would always be in my fridge. Fantastic impy stout. Love the Flash..

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 04:04:00 | More by Packforever1976
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle
dated: best before 8-30-14
oversized wine glass

A- Pours a near black with a finger high head of dark mocha. ring around the glass after 3-4 minutes, nice sticky lacing.

S- Dark malts, chocolate, some coffee, hints of brown sugar, some alcohol.

T- Very strong alcohol / hops bite right up front, followed by some roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, bitter coffee. Alcohol is surprisingly overpowering throughout the drink, much more than what your nose tells you.

M- full body, creamy smooth and fizz until you swallow.

O- Average nose, and to me this bottle anyway the alcohol is overpowering any balance of the flavors, I have another that I will probably sit on for a year or so and see if it settles down some.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:26:05 | More by Gryphon69
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satowns

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind with 13 other stouts.

Pours black with thin brown lacing.

Chocolate and sublte hops fill the nose.

Coffee-mocha with a hint of oak and vanilla. Get a nice citrus hop character with a nice soft bitterness.

FULL BODIED! Smooth and mellow. a decent big stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:42:57 | More by satowns
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jmaharaj

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with an aggressive foamy cappuccino head. The head settles but swirls around the top of the beer until the end. Looks delicious.

S- Deep malts, although not much in the direction of dried fruit which heavy stouts often seem to go, just big roasty malt and coffee. A little spicy hopping in the backgound

T- Chocolate right off the bat. Not a bitter chocolate like i would have expected, more a smooth creamy milk chocolate that quickly gets swallowed by a deep bitter coffee. There is a little hop presence but it simply keeps the tongue from getting too caught up in all the big malts and provides the beer with some nice length.

M- on the lighter side of medium heavy. I would have liked a little more body, perhaps even a little more carbonation, but it carries the beer well enough.

O- I really love this beer. Easily my favorite by Green Flash so far. Big, malty, complex yet somehow completely cohesive. They didnt just go swinging big, they plotted and planned and delivered delivered a single knockout blow.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 05:56:27 | More by jmaharaj
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle out of fridge poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a dark black, head doesn't readily form unless vigorously poured. Head is a dark tan and dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing comes in spots and lines that flow down the side of the glass.

S-Roasty, bitter malts and sweet chocolate. Unlike any aroma I've detected on a beer to this point, but still on point for a sweet stout.

T-Bitter roasted malts, sweet dark cocoa, some coffee notes round it all out. Sweetness pervades throughout, but is punctuated by notes of bitterness.

M-Creamy, full and round.

O-a singular beer for sure. Your pallet is hit by a ton of sweetness and bitterness all at once, but manages not to overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 06:00:37 | More by Muhly
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dqderrick

California

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A
Looks like a shot of espresso. Makes me want a shot of espresso. Minimal head with a little lacing.

S
Sweet chocolate. Very light roasted oats... grains.

T
Doesn't taste quite as sweet as sweet as it smells. A great double stout flavor. Yum. It is definitely sweet.

MF
Very smooth. Little bubbles on the back of my tongue on each sip. I long for a creamier stout.

D
Very worth it. I'd keep one in the fridge for a change of pace once in a while. I could drink a bomber by myself no problem... and then some.

PS. Referring to the bottle photo... NOW THAT is how you take a photo of a beer bottle. Damn, nice bokeh.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 03:55:12 | More by dqderrick
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Appearance: Pitch black with lacing big khaki head Aroma: Coffee, semi-sweet chocolate Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, some subtle fruit Palate: Slight earthy bitterness, dry, slightly bitter yet smooth finish Overall: I think this smooths with age since I remember it being more bitter (or could be my palate). Very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 18:07:04 | More by icehawk
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wages

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking Green Flash beers for about 6+ months since it was first available in my town. We can get their IPA, Double Stout, and Hop Head Red (my favorite). Here's a fresh review of the Double Stout.

appearance - 4/5 - Pours pitch black with a brown head. As the foam settles, the head looks a little weird. Sort of like it is glazed or something. The head diminishes and leaves lacing only in the top 1" or so of the glass.

smell - 4.5/5 - Rich smell of alcohol and roasted chocolate goodness.

taste - 5/5 - Lots of chocolate and a sweet finish. Roasted taste lingers after the swallow.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - Thick, but not too thick. Perfect carbonation that doesn't distract. Has a slight almost syrup body that lingers a bit.

overall - 4.5/5 - I'd rather rate this like a 4.8 just because it blows me away every time I drink one, but there is truth in my assessment of the appearance (though appearances aren't that important to me).

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:16:29 | More by wages
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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