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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,594
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 90
Gots: 253 | 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 ADTaber
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ADTaber, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch fucking black color with a frothy brown head that quickly evaporates.

Cream, cocoa and licorice in the nose. Not as hoppy as I've seen described in other reviews.

Cocoa, cream and roasted coffee stand out in this example. I would say middle of the road as far as refinement goes.

Lingering cream, roasted coffee and cocoa. Alcohol warms up the palate but not by too much.

As I said, middle of the road. Perhaps my palate is off? Check it out anyway!

Brad007, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ConorThomas
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ConorThomas, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of bstave
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

bstave, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ipcolling
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ipcolling, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of FalconA
4/5  rDev -2.4%

FalconA, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of dense tightly packed rich creamy medium-to-dark brown colored head... Impressive retention... The color isn't quite black, but rather a deep dark rich brown... Very still... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Subtle milk chocolate... Faint roasted malts... Light soy sauce... Just a hint of coffee... A smidgen of caramel... A nice mix of aromas that complement one another very nicely...

T - Lightly roasted malts... Very light notes of caramel and chocolate... Marshmallows... Some faint hoppiness on the finish...

M - Slightly lush to start... Medium to full bodied... Surprisingly thin... Almost zero carbonation... Dry... Fairly uneventful and uninspired in terms of mouthfeel...

D - A respectable Imperial Stout... Definitely on the meeker end of the category... Kind of a boring brew... Solid appearance and solid aroma, however everything else is slightly disappointing, but not off putting in any way...

philbe311, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of bobhits
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black as night, check. Big creamy milk chocolate head, check. Nice lacing and good retention, not great but we'll give it a check there too. A touch thinner bodied than some of the better imperial stouts, but this is splitting hairs.

Dark roast and sharp hops blend in harmony to create an enticing all be it not overly complex aroma.

Dark dark chocolate mixed with deep roasted notes, hints of coffee and a nice bitter hop bite to top things off. This is very bitter though not overly citrus in nature, I'm rather fond of how they balanced this one.

Not the thickest or creamiest of stouts. There a good bit of hop bite and alcohol isn't hidden.

A very good though not outstanding double stout.

bobhits, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of DMc8ride
4/5  rDev -2.4%

DMc8ride, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a dark tan colored head that dissipates to a thin film and a ring around the rim that leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma is a smooth blend of coffee, cocoa and light roast malts.

More roast coffee, with a cocoa backing.

A medium body, with fairly active carbonation.

A solid Imperial Stout. Nothing that blew my mind, but every aspect was quite well executed and enjoyable.

vkv822, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of TobyMcCann
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

TobyMcCann, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of wages
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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).

wages, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of txwestern
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

txwestern, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

caljrjr, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bier Thirty Thursday night.. poured into my small Cigar City goblet... pitch black brew with a nice looking dark brown head that sports great lacing and okay retention.

Roasty malt and some mild coffee... enough mild maltiness to help carry the dark malts.. a bit of dark cherry essence to add to the complexities..

Dry dark bittersweet cocoa... roasty and a good dark profile midpalate shows with some decent sweetness... pretty rich.. finishes with a bit of brownie batter essence and dark fruits.. a bit of spicy hops with warmth, but the hops are definitely subdued for a Pacific stout...

Medium body... not quite thick enough for the style IMO... but carbonation is about right...


JohnGalt1, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of MVotter
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a about a 1/2 inch tan colored head after the pour...which disappears in less than a minute.

S - Coffee, sweet malts.

T - Sweetish caramel malts in the front. The finish has some a faint, ash bitterness.

M - More medium than heavy. Mild effervescence.

O - Absolutely delicious. I was looking for an imperial stout that, in my experience, could at least begin to rival Stone's RIS and North Coast's Old Rasputin. This may be it. Many in this style come across as too "maply"sweet, or actually have too much of a "hop" sweetness for my palate. And, this one starts that way...but, keeps its "spine" in the end. Nice.

I'm spoiled by what I believe to be the gold standard in this category: Old Rasputin. No RIS will ever match up, IMO. This one is just a little bit thinner texture; but, absolutely delicious!

MVotter, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a chocolate mousse looking thick, frothy head and great lacing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, rich and malty with a touch of booze but slightly subdued for a big malty stout

T: Dry unsweetened chocolates and roasted malts--bready and chewy but not sweet; I wish there was some sweetness to balance the rich dry maltiness but it still finishes smooth and tasty

F: Really chewy and creamy; fantastic mouth feel

O: A very nice big chocolatey, malty stout--delicious

dbossman, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of bhir
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

bhir, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Merkur
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the tap room in San Deigo

Beer pours a nice, rich, dark brown color.

As far as smell, nothing really to detect. Just a bit of slight roastiness.

Beer tastes slightly bitter on the initial taste and then hops take over the back end. A bit too hoppy for an imperial stout, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side.

Overall, an OK Imperial stout.

Merkur, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

sukwonee, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Morningside
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Morningside, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of mikehblack
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours completely black with a nice fat espresso head. Lacing clings to the glass.

S- Roasted malt, a little chocolate. Not much else going on here.

T- Dark chocolate, espresso, some roasted character. Slight bitterness from the chocolate.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Coats the mouth and I can hardly taste the alcohol. Easy drinker.

O- A pretty standard and well-balanced imperial stout that represents well for the style but doesn't provide much beyond that. Great mouthfeel, however.

mikehblack, Jan 21, 2012
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,594 ratings.