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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 87
Gots: 234 | 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:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of aforbes10
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo! in Vacaville. Pours a really pretty black with a 1 inch light brown, creamy head. Beautiful. Smells of decadent dark chocolate nibs, truffles, cocoa powder. Awesome aroma, i want to just sit here and smell it all night (well, actually, no). Flavor is a reminder of the wonderful smell; up front, its nice deep, rich chocolate, almost like a pure chocolate drink with a bit of alcohol in it. Other new flavors follow: a distinct coffee bean taste, slightly bitter, with some green-tasting hop residues. Alcohol just barely evident on the finish, which is more chocolate and some nice charred malt. Very nice. Mouthfeel maybe a bit thinner than i'd prefer, a bit watery. Drinks very well...probably my first non-IPA that i've really been impressed with since moving out to CA.

aforbes10, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7 month old bottle.
Pours lovely with a thick creamy light brown head and a dark body.
The smell has a lot of oat component to it with chocolate, and roasted malt.
Some hop /roasted malt bitterness up front. It has sweetness to it but is roastier than the smell would indicate with much more coffee. Chocolate and some oat. A light dark fruit flavor is in there as well.
Smooth and creamy big bodied but not all the way full. Some dryness.
Fairly straightforward and good imperial stout. Not super exciting though.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

freewill35, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Lemke10
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark brown color with a frothy, brown head. The scent is of malts and other robust aromas. The texture is silky smooth like a well made barrel-aged stout. There is a complex concoction of malts, grains, and hints of spice. Rather well made and a great find. This is a stellar stout especially considering the price.

Lemke10, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Super deep brown color, close to black, very big light brown head. Super sticky. Asphault cocoa powder roasted malt and an overall earthiness on the nose.

Suprisingly light for an imperial stout. Brisk carbonation, same flavors that are on the nose, a bit of astringent coffee. Thin and burnt tasting, not really understanding the high rating on this one. Earthy bitterness that doesn't really compliment the other flavors. The one upside is you can't detect the 8.8% other than that though not a good beer. Harsh astringent and with flavors that dont meld.

jtierney89, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz poured into a goblet

A- Pours a syrupy black with a one finger of a thick foamy beige head.

S- The biggest smell I get is coffee with a hint of chocolate malts. This is definitely green flash, A surprising west coast hop finish with a refreshing smelling bitterness.

T- Good bitterness and a lot of astringent hop characteristics. A Creamy caramel flavor with lots of chocolate. A dry roasted finish of coffee and a nice smokey flavor. Blends all really nicely and not as big as 8.8 leaves you to believe.

M- Almost too smooth in my opinion, Its not quite a stout or an imperial stout but a good middle ground. The Hop profile and bitterness keep this from being too syrupy sweet.

O- An awesome stout.

TwelveOunces, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

DanGeo, May 22, 2013
Photo of Yeti1979
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Yeti1979, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours into my snifter engine oil black with a finger of coffee head. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a light lacing down the glass as we become intimate.

Smell is big and bold. Lots of roasted and dark malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, light hints of the UK hops (definitely different than the usual Green Flash citrus hops). Some fruits mixed in at the end.

Taste is bitter on a variety of levels. Lots of roasted malts give it some bite on the entry, carried through by some chocolate nibs and then bitter dark chocolate, some more bitter chocolate in the finish mixed with the hop bite which leaves a dry mouthfeel.

At first the bitterness is maybe a bit much, sort of bombarding you on too many levels without giving you a break to enjoy the intricacies of such a brew. As you progress and the beer warms some of the smaller notes become identifiable. Still, I don't think more than one of these in a night would be on my agenda. All around, another solid brew from Green Flash.

ritzkiss, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of rrski198
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with large dark tan head. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, raisans, malt, alcohol.

T: Very creamy and smooth. This beer really pulls off the alcohol without even feeling it. Big time classic stout flavors, done just right.

M: Easy, smooth, creamy. Couts the mouth and lingers.

D: For 8.8%, this is an incredabley drinkable beer that i wish i could get more of. Please distribute in MO. I have to go to AZ to get Green Flash.

rrski198, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of biggred1
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark rosewood brown with a thick and creamy dark tan cap that leaves big creamy blobs of lace on the glass as it melts. Anise, cocoa powder and dark chocolate with faint herbal hops in the aroma. Deep roasted malt flavors with notes of coffee, dark fruit, chocolate and black licorice. A pretty good dose of English hops are also evident and take this one to the next level. The complexities of the flavors grow as it warms up a bit. Big and creamy bodied, no doubt from the addition of oats. Green Flash makes a good Impy stout.

biggred1, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Fargrow, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

yancot, Tuesday at 03:36 AM
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A black ichor pours from the bottle with a huge coffee-brown, dense head. The head takes a long time to fade an leaves beautiful, speckled lacing that looks like a mountain range on the horizon.

S - Hazelnuts, chocolate, coffee - very pleasant and rich aroma.

T - Coffee and cocoa join with little sweetness for a nice flavor. Then an intense acidity joins. Aftertaste is of a faintly bitter coffee, biscuits and that same acidity lingering. The acidity is almost like a hint of the flavors in some bad coffees.

M - Very full, soft and silky, refreshing with a hint of acidity and astringency on the exit.

D - Pretty good. Green Flash impresses me again. Their fairly affordable bombers routinely blow me away.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thick vicious black w/ a big dark mocha head and very sticky lacing. Very very good looking stout. I'm picking up scents of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slight amount of coffee/expresso. There's also a little vanilla in the mix. I can pick all of that up in the flavors. Very bold, dark chocolate is abundant, slightly bitter, but a sweetness remains. Mouthfeel is really nice.. thick, creamy, well carbonated, smooth, velvety, but it remains light.. finishes great; full-bodied. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high, everything was hitting on all cylinders. It's hard to stop drinking! Highly enjoyable Imperial Stout!

This is one of my new favorite Imperial Stouts! I had a good feeling about it, but it exceeded all of my expectations. This is exactly what I look for in a RIS. Highly recommended!

BB1313, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

tdmccarthy, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Nightrain87, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a good two finger foamy brown head that retains nicely and leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is primarily some really nice milk chocolate and coffee, dark roasted malts, underlying dark fruits, caramel and bread. Very inviting aroma with great strength.

Flavor follows with more rich chocolate and coffee notes, roasted malts, a little raisins, cherries and other dark fruits, some caramel and bread, a bit of alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy, oats working nicely here, soft carbonation.

Mmmmm very tasty Imperial Stout, very drinkable due to the lower than average ABV and wonderful flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. Not as intense or thick as others in the style, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

elgiacomo, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Braz
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Hearty beer. Pours thick with thick head. Classic flavors, slightly bitter, slightly sweet but it's very subtle. And a coffee like background.

Braz, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to Cab glass...

Awesome espresso-brown pour of opaque body topped by bready pumpernickel/banana bread/cinnamon/maple-colored head of 1 finger, fading slowly with great lacing.

Amazing charred malt with a fair alcohol burn from which sweetness blends with cinnamon sugar. This may need a little more time to develop desired depth. Hop presence is predominantly grassy.

That deep-roasted malt fires up with the big, grassy hoppiness to generate a dry, austere stout presence. Layered sugars from viscous alcohol works side-by-side to provide residual sweetness. The mild disjoint works and may mellow further with time.

This has such a deep, dark coffee feel to it with the husky, abundant malt and the sweet cinnamon/alcohol presence provides the tie that binds. Slight grassy hop tang adds to the overall package. Not quite Beautiful Chemistry just yet but perhaps with time.

This one drinks right in line with its weight class. It's a very very very good one but it's quite hefty. Sip and savor.

IBUnit63, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to duffmanrob
For sending this one along in the black booty BIF

I split this one amounst some friends and into snifters the brew produced a good two finger tan head that stuck around and the lacing was great. The body was a typical stout black.

O my this was a surprise I got some huge chocolate notes from the nose. Truly memorable in a lot of ways I really didn't expect to much from this brew but it did surprise me.

The flavor was nice a chocolaty with a light roasted bitter not as much hops as I thought I would find coming from a west coat brewery even that was refreshing for a change. The body was perfect for a stout with great carbonation.

Like I said this brew was a surprise. I did miss this brew when it was gone, and it was better than a top 100 brew that we cracked in the same sitting

joepais, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -2.4%

durlta, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ChrisMon02, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque black with rich dark head, 3 fingers thick; head settles and pales while it warms

S: cocoa coffee roasted malt

T: wallop of chocolate and coffee infused with anise; the chocolate tastes remain firm, while the others become secondary

M: creamy/milky, slight sting of alcohol

O: really good stout; mildly dry milky finish to this softly sweet beer adds nice character

Greywulfken, Apr 18, 2012
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.