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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 Mikus
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid double stout... nice balance, pretty in the glass, nice roasty notes and clean bitterness. Everything I like in a deep, dark brew. Definitely will show up in the rotation. Green Flash was one of the breweries that got me into craft, and they have not disappointed yet.

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Photo of gerite
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours very black and opaque with a lot of dark tan head. Leaves a solid lacing all around the glass. The taste is more hops that malt which leaves a slight lingering bitterness. Overall it is smooth and refreshing but definitely has more characteristics of a Black Ale than a Double Stout.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dense tan head and opaque ruby black color. Aroma is loaded with vanilla, esters, roasty grains and sweet, sweet EtOH. Flavor is a complex yet easygoing blend of roast, smoke, spice, vanilla and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is very good, warming. You can feel the alcohol in a good way. Overall, pure hot sex in a glass.

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Photo of benloho
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This was a big surprise for me. I'd heard that this was a good stout but I didn't expect it to be at this level.
A: Pours jet black. No glimpse of light through the glass. Nice creamy one-finger of tan head that sticks around.
S: I pick up vanilla, roasted malt, and smokiness right off the bat. A little bit of caramel and chocolate.
T: Just as the aroma, vanilla and chocolate, roastiness and smokiness. Really complex and a nice bitter finish that lingers that reminds me of a bittersweet bakers chocolate.
MF: Amazingly smooth and creamy. Such a full mouthfeel made me want to gulp not sip. The complexity of this beer is really working!
O: Super impressed by this Double Stout. I purchased just a single but I'm going to go grab a 4 pack so this can be in my normal repertoire.

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Photo of lochef81
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This stout really surprised me. As a fan of Green Flash, I've always known them for hoppy west coast beers, I didn't expect such a smooth, complex, enjoyable stout. This one pours a jet black hue with a thick lasting ta n head and creamy lacing. The aroma is a sweet rich blend of chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and a little smokiness. The body is creamy and luscious. Flavor follows the nose only even more rich and complex. Reminds me of some of the special stouts from Southern Tier. This was damn goid and may even become my new go to stout.

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Photo of janubio
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Black colour, with an enormous brownish head that last for long good while and leaves a milky lace. My first thouhgt was "What's that horrible smell? It's like smelling ink. Now, just leave it aside for a while and it opens to chocolate, vanilla, coffee, liquorice, raisins, brandy... and milk. A really creamy palate, plus a medium to full body makes you really enjoy it. Taste is as smell: milk chocolate, vanilla, raisins, brandy, coffee. Really great.

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Photo of dank203
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

green flash, more known by me for their IPAs. this one is actually well done, light roasted chocolate and bready nose, medium full mouth feel with good balance of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes. really well done stout, highly drinkable, slightly dry and bitter

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Photo of bryanbullock
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Good pour, with dark head solid black appearance

S- I am not sure what I am detecting in smell, but it is not pleasant. It smells almost like smoked beef on a metal plate. Small hints of chocolate

T- On my first taste, the taste matched the smell, but as I continued to drink the smell got better and the true taste was able to shine though. Bitter roasted malt and dark chocolate with hints of expresso. Very bitter for a stout.

M - More foamy than most stouts and medium viscosity.

O - Overall the taste was good but the smell was to much to over come, I do not think I will purchase again.

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Photo of teromous
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with a thick creamy light tan head that leaves lacing.

S: Slight metallic scent, and a hint of roasted grain.

T: Rich roasted flavor full of bitterness. Notes of coffee and cocoa. It has a very good flavor.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Big and full bodied with good bitterness and carbonation. Very easy to drink but doesn't put me to sleep.

O: Overall it's a very good beer. I'm not sure what's going on in the scent department. That metallic note is off-putting but it's still a good beer. Stout lovers or those who enjoy a good cup of espresso will find this a very enjoyable beer. Overall the scent is really what takes this beer down a notch. It looks perfect in the glass, tastes and feels outstanding.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice rich black color. Presents with a 1 finger tan head. The head has real staying power and isn't receding at all. This is a great presentation and appearance.

S: Coffee and espresso. Some mild bitter chocolate. A hint of caramel as it warms.

T: Coffee at the front moving into a more bitter midpalate. The finish is coffee again. After this one warms the booziness takes over masking some of the more pleasant tastes.

M: Right level of carbonation. Not as smooth as a TenFidy - but certainly nice for a drinkable stout. Slightly dry finish diminishes it slightly.

O: This is right on the border of too bitter for me. It might stack up as I continue along - but it is not overwhelming at first. This is a very coffee forward stout. I enjoy the strong coffee tones and the head that stays for the entire time.

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

Very black, inky like syrup, brown head of about two fingers that had plenty of staying power and left uber-sticky lace.

Coffee and chocolate come through first, followed by loads of roasty, smoky malts. The taste follows the smell almost exactly. Very nice.

The body is this beer's best quality, very thick and smooth, almost chewy rich, almost syrupy, yet very drinkable. Aftertaste of smoky malts and milk chocolate.

Another hit from Green Flash. Highly recommended.

RE-reviewed. Edited appearance, up half point. Still highly recommended.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark dark brown, decent foam...

S: subtle espresso atop a mellow, subdued dark chocolate, background hint of floral alcohol

T: big, velvety malts... herbal-bitter, light licorice, patent malt in the follow-through and aftertaste.... schnapps-y booze... no noteworthy fruit notes... overall, tremendous balance of 'dark' flavor(s) - and that's its hook

M: compact and slightly slick... not much play from the carbonation

O: a decent straight-up stout, 'doubled' in composition and output - what more is there to say... does happen to stand out among other strong, American stouts... could be a killer export stout if just a touch sweeter

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Photo of tmzl
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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?

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Photo of CCStix
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours deep dark brown. 3 finger head. Moderate lacing.
S: black licorice, sweet malt, some smokiness.
T: it's a good stout,but the alcohol is very present. Clear tones of black patent malt, slight bitter flavor upon swallow and in aftertaste, nice utilization of hops. Black Licorice taste dominates.
M: this is thick one, syrupy, and pleasant small to micro size carb bubbles.
O: I like it, it's a pretty complex stout with some attitude. Is it my favorite, no, but is it good, absolutely! I do think most decent home brewers, including myself, could replicate this so it's not spectacular. But the price is good and the quality is good , so go get some damn it!

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always a fan of Green Flash & was happy when they arrived. Been waiting around on this one vs. jumping on the hoppy stuff fresh, but it's time. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is high black with very low carbonation; barest ring is visible to the naked eye. The smell is full of fresh roast & sweet cocoa. Smells like a rabid grin.

Double Stout is twice something, but I'm unsure what they're doubling down on. Pair of sevens? Nice roast in the foreground, followed by a heavy dusting of bitter cocoa, bare touch of sweet lactose. Moderately thick, pretty easy to drink.

There is zilch remarkable about this beer; it's the Mark Lemke of big stouts. Recognizable, not too bad, has some legs, but really, you're just waiting for something that performs better to come along & take it's place. Routinely good.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with a five finger high head.

Nose: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and pumpernickel.

Taste: Vanilla, roasted malt, espresso, caramel, liquorice and milk chocolate.

Thick lacing and a medium, creamy body with little carbonation - Fantastic!

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Photo of mdagnew
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from CraftBeerCo..

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty nut brown head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Rich roasted and charred dark chocolate maltiness, sweet coffee, some brown sugar sweetness, some sooty like smokiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents, dates), pine and citric hop notes, toasted (maybe charred ?) fruit loaf, some earthiness, milky notes...

Taste - Dark chocolate, lots of roasted / charred bready malts, barely any alcohol noticeable, treacle sweetness, dark spicy fruits (raisins, date,some figs, red grape), piney and grassy hop bitterness, citrus hints, traces of piney resin, light liquorice, light sourness...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... fairly full bodied... for an 8/9% brew this is dangerously drinkable..

Overall - A very good Impy stout and another fine brew from Green Flash... definitely worth a try...

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.
A- pours black with brown tint, a tan sandy colored head sits on top. Fine microbubbles hold together for a few minutes leaving behind solid sheets of lace.

S- smell is sweet cocoa and coffee , milk chocolate and some notes of grapefruit and orange mixing around. Smells great.

T- big chocolate blast hits the palat first, sweetness washes over the taste buds in a fanfare which leads into a clean dark chocolate and black coffee finish. Very mild astringency and a dry toasty finish. Excellent.

M- viscosity is thick and heavy, small amount of oily felling but the little astringency in it take it away after the swallow. Perfect.

Zero flaws in this one. A shining example of an american imperial stout.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Double Stout a couple weeks ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I haven't been too impressed with the two Green Flash beers I've had so far, but I'm interested to see what this brewery can do with a Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok and it's very typical looking for Green Flash, it's not that eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over two fingers worth of slightly lighter mocha colored head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Stout, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a slightly grainy, roasted malt, light caramel, light toffee, light coffee, and some nice chocolate aromas with a little bit of stale malts showing up in the background. Up next comes a slight earthy aroma but other than that there's pretty much no hop presence. This beer had a nice aroma, but I could go without the slight stale malt aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the stale malt aspect doesn't really show up and all the aspects seem to be fairly even with none of them sticking out the most. Up next comes a light earthy flavor with a noticeable alcohol flavor that is just a little warming, but it had a pretty sharp boozy flavor to it and there's also a pretty noticeable smokey flavor. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers a little with a chocolate and watery roasted malt aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but i wish the alcohol was hidden better.

M- Not the smoothest, a little rich a little creamy, on the light side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer, but when it comes to the style it's not too memorable and I would say it's just barley an above average example of the style, but with so many high quality Double and Imperial Stouts this one gets lost. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, it was a little rich and creamy and it was a little filling, the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think the alcohol flavor would start to wear one me if I have more than one so I think one would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and that it was still fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was that the alcohol wasn't hidden as well as I would have liked, I've had 12% beers that didn't taste as boozy. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I don't think I would recommend it, it's pretty forgettable when it comes to the style and it's not hard to find a better Imperial Stout. All in all I thought this beer was fairly solid, but it's nowhere near my favorite of the style but it is one of the better Green Flash beers that I've had, but I still can't say I'm a fan of this brewery. This was a solid attempt at the style, but with a little work this could be a better beer, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing 'Double Stout' Black Ale @ 8.8% served from a couple of 12 fl oz bottles purchased for $3.50 each

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head which is quickly dissapated leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-smells like a 'RIS'

T-big tasting stout , a certain smokeyness lingers on the palate

MF-ok carbonation , big full body

Ov-ok/good beer , sampled alongside , Brooklyn-Black Choc & Hercule-Stout

prost LampertLand

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with 4-to-5 fingers of tan frothy tan head. Good dose of sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention.

Smelled dark chocolate, light coffee, toffee, caramel, fudge, crayon and cocoa.

Tasted cocoa, dark chocolate, crayon, roasted nuts, dark fruits and buttery bitter notes.

Full body. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, warming finish.

This was a very good stout. Not fantastic, but good all around.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black opaque and beautiful looking stout. Has nice short beige head poured into stemless wine goblet.
Smell is char, coffee, herbal-piney hops and some dark fruit .
Taste is big char, dark chocolate and toffee bready upfront with bitter hops slamming in mid palate with a long finish and welcome alcohol burn at the end.
Well done , balanced stout . Expected nothing less from GF
Highly recommended

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lures on 2/21/14

A-Black color with a creamy, decent brown head.

S-Soft aromas of toffee, coffee and bread.

T-Great flavors of burned malt, with an oily addition of coffee, which turns pleasantly bitter in the end. Earthy, breadish, plum and raisin flavors

M-Mouthfeel is troughout silky, smooth, with a long ending, which adds a notable bitterness, absorbing the otherwise too present malt-sweetness. As the beer warms up, spicy hints of alcohol, still well included in the overall taste, become present. Goo carbonation

O-A great imperial stout!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful thick oily black. Half finger of thin bubbly brown foam settles down into an almost iridescent dark mosaic.

A little bit of a let down. It looked like it was going to be tar thick and juicy, but the aroma is a little understated. What is there is appealing, though. Primarily the coffee and some rich chocolate. The promise is there, but...

Well, that's a little more like it. As I drink, some of that thick velvet that I was promised by the pour returns. Not as thick as I'd expected (hoped), but certainly a sight better than what the aroma offered. The carbonation features fine, piercing bubbles, because that makes sense and doesn't sound pretentious as shit. But seriously. Fine and piercing. The flavour is THIS CLOSE to being amazing. As it is, it's still pretty tasty, what with the rich rolly poly coffee beans, a touch of bakers chocolate, and a definitive sweetness about it that... about that sweetness. There's something about it. Is it the wrong shade? Perhaps a touch. Is it missing a transitional element? Maybe. I think if it were a bit thicker and creamier, or a bit less of whatever that sweet is it might meld just right. As it is it feels like it strays a little bit trying to have the best of both worlds, but needing to meet somewhere a little more in the middle.
A good beer no doubt, but feels like it could have been even better. I kind of feel like that speaks to most Green Flash I've had. Hits the spot, though, that's for sure.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with two and a half fingers of creamy chocolate/mocha head.

S - Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, and roasted malt

T - The roastiness is very apparent in this. Good bit of roasted coffee and bitterness that is offset by the sweet chocolate. Nothing is overpowering, but very well balanced

M - Moderate-to-thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. I would have liked a thicker, heavier mouthfeel, but it was still good.

O - A very solid stout. The roasted coffee and sweet chocolate complement each other great, and although there is nothing unique or outstanding about this beer, every aspect is well executed and balanced.

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