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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,713
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 98
Gots: 300 | 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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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely black body which lets through no light, capped with three thick fingers of dense dark-tan foam. Head is tenacious and leaves a nice lace as well. Quite good indeed.

Smell: very nicely mixed coffee-chocolate flavor. A tantalizing mocha stout!

Taste: rich and roasty. Big burnt roastiness hits right up front before developing into more distinct coffee and chocolate flavors. A mild hint of alcoholic fruitiness tags along as well to add a little interest. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: thick body with a somewhat low carbonation. More silky than creamy; still, very good.

Overall: a great tasting and solidly crafted double stout. I'd definitely have this again.

Photo of shebby
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TTAmod
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the kings of the west coast IPA brews a double stout...how is it?

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Typical. It's dark...very dark brown with an almost non-existent tan head.

S: Smells of chocolate, espresso, and charred malts.

T: In my opinion, this one is throws a bit too much of the strong coffee and burnt malt. There's an overtone of smokiness, as well, which seems a bit out of place. There are some hops to balance it out on the back end, but it still finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel is good, though. As smooth as can be.

O: The taste doesn't really do it for me, but the rest of the aspects of this beer are pretty good. If you're into the intensely bitter coffee stouts, this one may be worth seeking out.

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of tubeboy
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a nice stout. Pours pitch black with a tall toffee colored head that leaves a nice lacing. I smell roasted grains with a sweet hint of molasses and dried fruits. A very nice bitterness here that's balanced well by a rich sweetness. I really like the way this beer develops in the mouth. A very pleasing silky texture followed by a second release of carbonation in very fine texture. I would rate this right up there with Stone Russian Imperial Stout. Highly recommended.

Photo of yokken
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Snifter

A - This is a pitch black brew with a tan 2-finger head. The head held decently and left a few spots on my glass.

S - Herbal and lemony hops are pronounced. I pick up dark chocolate, fig, charcoal. A touch of alcohol is present but I can't pick up much else. Subtle vanilla as it warmed.

T - Semi sweet chocolate, charcoal and soft fig upfront. As it rolls to the sides of my tongue I get hints of alcohol and herbal hop flavors. It finishes with a rich tasting dark chocolate with mild sweetness, subtle vanilla, more alcohol, and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with low crispness and a smooth velvet like texture.

O - I really enjoyed the simple flavors of the beer. The dark chocolate, charcoal, herbal hop, and warming alcohol. I liked that the beer wasn't overly sweet, or over hopped for the style. So I'd buy it again once in a great while I guess. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

glass: snifter

a: Pitch black with a silky and rich ring atop the brew.

s: An incredible, dominant chocolate aroma along with scents of prune, milk, charcoal and pine.

t: taste has a strong, dominant chocolate flavor as well. Just a hint of leather, tobacco, charcoal and pine. Sweet upfront then transitions smoothly into rich malt base, finishing only slightly bitter.

m: full-bodied, rich and silky, medium carbonation with mild heat.

o: Great stout, a perfect combination of a drinkable beer and a sipper. Very delicious.

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DexterP236
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of conradh
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of switzer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jhmiv
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Grinnerman
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a four-pack of Green Flash Double Stout for $11.99. Cracking one open now to wash down some delicious charcuterie.

Brandy snifter glass.

Towering three and a half finger rocky head that's a bright espresso crema in color, shiny in appearance, and slowly popping down the glass. Completely opaque pour that shows some dark brown in the legs. The retention is pretty decent (I'm still waiting for this to fall a bit more). Already starting to lace before the first sip. Looks great.

First thing I detect in the nose is a powerful roasted malt with some cereal sweetness. Then, I can pick up some fumes of rocket fuel, which I thought a bit strange being that this doesn't even tip 9%. There's a nice aroma of baking chocolate and slathers of coffee with scorched milk. Spruce-y hop mingles with the already potent roasted grain bitterness and gets evened out by some maltose nectar.

Great smooth-around-the-edges kind of flavor. Milk chocolate, dark cocoa nibs, french press coffee, molasses, roasty char, some smoke, raw dough, and a much more pleasant alcohol warmth than anticipated from the nose. If there were no additives in the brewing process (which the bottle nor the Green Flash site lists none... and I don't understand why this is categorized as a American Imperial Stout short of the name), then this makes for an ideal Russian Imperial Stout in style. The coffee and chocolate flavors aren't big and bold, and seem mostly implied by the specialty malts used. If it were a RIS, I'd notch it above Old Raspy. If it were a RIS, I'd score the aroma higher. This is a velvety-smooth and bold brew with quality feel and amazing complexity. Perhaps a hair weak in carbonation, and definitely stands as a sipper. No over-the-top bitterness levels, big spicy finishes, booziness, or any other major flaws of note. I think it'd age well, but it's a great one fresh.

Very impressed by this beer, and not surprised, as Green Flash has proved to be in an elite class of brewing with consistent, unique, and well-executed beers in their lineup. Happy to have three more in my pack, and happy to share the wealth. Recommended.

Photo of javiernano
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of baseball1976
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this last night for the first time. While it was not bad, there are much better imperial stouts out there.

For me, the problem was that there was too much of an alcohol taste to the beer. I prefer more of a robust flavor, and this one just did not have it. Maybe it was a bad bottle? Not sure.

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of efb123
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Chopman50
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,713 ratings.