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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,299
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 79
Gots: 184 | FT: 2
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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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bohemiandonut

California

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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mondegreen

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. into a DFH Signature Glass.

Pours pitch black with a foamy light khaki head. This is what a stout should look like. Perfection.

Smell is mainly sweet. Heavy malts and light sweet fruits assault the nose.

Taste follows with a touch of roasted malts key with residual sweetness. Culminates in a full bodied mesh of sweet stout flavors. Nice.

Drinkability is great for the style. 100% recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 20:21:40 | More by mondegreen
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biggred1

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:15:47 | More by biggred1
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega as part of their Green Flash special. Apparently there was a rep there earlier in the week so 5 or 6 taps were dedicated to Green Flash beers. This one was recommended by the dude serving my table.

A- Served in a shitty shaker pint. Its a deep black beer with a nice coffee colored head. It laces the nondescript glass fairly well, giving some character to the bland glass cylinder in front of me.

S- Heavy on coffee. There is also a nice shot of anise, bittersweet chocolate, fruits and heavy roast. Hops levels are very characteristic of a Green Flash beer, in that there is a very high perception of citrusy and piney hops.

T- Yes, this is quite the bitter stout. Its bittered by both black coffee and piney hop flavors. Some licorice and berries give it a nice depth and attempt to offset the bitterness.

M- Very dry. I finished a whole glass of water and wanted more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 19:52:55 | More by MbpBugeye
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SDtastentune

California

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dirty motor oil brown with a nice tan small head, light lacing.

S - Chocolate, whiskey, malts, alcohol'ish, .

T - Fabulous! Well balanced, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, whiskey'ish, deep malts.

M - Very balanced, lower carbonation that flows well with the heavy taste palate. Like candy, aftertaste is great & not overbearing... I like.

D - Very drinkable double/imperial stout.. makes me want to buy this one more.. at $5.00 a 22 its very drinkable. Goes down smooth with a great aftertaste. Greenflash does it again! Thumbs way up!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 22:58:17 | More by SDtastentune
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bomber. Sampled on October 11, 2010. It pours opaque black with just a dab of ruby red hues if held just right under the light. There is a two-inch silky dark brown head that slowly fades away leaving a path of lacing in its wake. The aroma is rich with burnt chocolate malts, molasses, raisin, oats, and grains. Yet at the same time it is subtle and not overpowering. The oily, heavy body coats the throat. The taste is full of cooked chocolate malts and tongue tingling dry hops that finishes clean. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:49:17 | More by puboflyons
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer; one of the prettiest I've tried. In a tulip the beer was near black in color with a light brown head. The head lingered well, and left abundant lace.
Aroma a little timid. Roasted malt, liocorice, and chocolate.
The aroma came through much, much better in the taste. Espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of licorice.
The flavors went well together, and produced a really smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 00:48:24 | More by lordofthewiens
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So they're calling this a double stout on their website, and it's 8.8% ABV...It'll pack a wallop, for sure...for some reason I always fell like the ABV in stouts is higher than advertised. Oh well....Inky black with only the faintest rims of a head. Very little lacing, so far this is par for the course. Huge chocolate malt and roasty aromas. Very robust. Some barrell aging-ish smells, like smooth bourbon, way in the back. Has a "creamy" smell to it...Nice, sour roasted malt bite upfront in the flavor profile. Lots of espresso bean notes. Alcohol is apparent in the finish. Long, longer, longest finish. Very nice in its bitterness. Very dry stout, but also well balanced. This also has a beautiful round finish...kind of flows from bitter to creamy back to bitter...Very lovely beer....La la la LOVELY, as Mike Muir said...Well done, and mid-range on price at $5.99/bomber, so drinkability suffers a little from the price. Not sessionable, but dangerously good. Find and drink folks...find...and...drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:44:30 | More by SolomonGrundy
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billshmeinke

California

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours a heavy black body with about two inches of beige/tan head. Nice lacing left behind, and retention is quite nice. I can't really think of anyway this would look any better.

Smells of dark fruits (plumbs and figs). Just a touch of cocoa, caramel, and roast coffee.

Tastes follows smell. Starts off with dark fruit esters (plumbs and figs) then the cocoa and caramel come through a lot more than in the smell. Ends on a note of smokey coffee and just a hint of leafy hops. Dark fruit notes last throughout.

Really balanced sweetness and roasted/smokey bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel, quite rich, and a smooth but fairly crisp mouthfeel.

Pretty great drinkability. I was pretty surprised by how much I liked this beer. I haven't had much Green Flash, but I think I need to start.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 23:44:32 | More by billshmeinke
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codewarrior

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice

I bought this stout not expecting much at all. Green Flash to my mind is known for hops, odd assortments of hops. I was very pleasantly surprised with this little guy.

A: Pitch black, good-colored head, opaque.

S: Smells strong, caramelly. Rich.

T: Chocolate, smooth and velvety finish. Strong and slight burning on the way down. I can't stop drinking this thing, it's tasty as hell.

F: Luscious. Velvet. Smooth. This thing drinks like Isaac Hayes sings.

D: Enjoyable all the way down.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 00:46:25 | More by codewarrior
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ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jzed for bringing this rare find back to Ontario. Considering the potency of the flavour, it's quite drinkable. I'd buy it again if only I could get it...

This beauty poured a deep dark liquid chocolate and gave a huge dense brown head which receded to leave some nice lacing.

This stout is strikingly fresh and clean smelling. Mild malt and cocoa balanced with hop. I'm actually amazed about how clean the aroma is considering how much the taste is forthcoming. I suppose this might be the only flaw if it has one...

The texture is silky smooth as the sweet malt hits the tastebuds. Chocolate cocoa are dominant with coffee and some rum soaked dark fruits. The bitterness is light in the aftertaste and lingers into a mild citrus. Simple, straightforward and very good.

Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 01:01:10 | More by ecoastman
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle a dark dark reddish brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a thin mocha head with subtle retention.

roasty aroma of espresso and dark fruits.

very roasty, coffee forward with subtle bitterness following up the creamy sweet.

a little thin on the tongue, just the right carbonation, slightly bitter.

drinkable, in that i'll finish the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 01:02:16 | More by robwestcott
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Russ for sharing this bottle. Pours black with a nice head and some lacing. Roasty and malty on the nose, with a fair hit of licorice. The taste is solid with more roasted grain notes and lots of dry licorice flavors, with some sweetness at the end, while the roasted notes continue throughout. Smooth and firm in the mouth. A well made stout, and I enjoyed it well enough, but I can't say it really possesses anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 17:05:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Opaque black with a little red light around the edges when held up. Creamy medium brown head. Fair retention. Spotty sheets of lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Smell: Dark roasted malts smell like espresso and sweet and dark chocolate. There's a little smokiness to it. A little licorice and tobacco. Lots of hoppy aromas on the herbal and floral side of things.

Taste: Bitter roast from start to finish. The bitterness is compounded by a surprising hoppiness for a big stout. There is a little bit of chocolate flavor, but all in all, its dominated by just too much roastiness-- not so that it becomes bad, just a little one sided.

Mouthfeel: It does have a pretty smooth and silky mouthfeel, presumably due to the oats and the big malt load. The carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: Perfectly good and easy to drink, but nothing really special. If I'm going to devote an evening to a big stout, it wont be this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 00:52:03 | More by rapidsequence
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Jips

Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into tasting glass

-Color: Black as midnight w/ thin bubbly white head just rimming glass
-Mouthfeel: milky (a grade below motor oil) and smoooth
-Smell: sweet malts and milk-sugar
-Taste: Big coffe flavor througout masking toffee-molassess malts
-After: Reverse (malts w/ some coffee)

Big coffee taste will drink again!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 22:05:34 | More by Jips
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with a 3-finger khaki head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is coffee, oats, and roasted, sweet/sour malts. The flavor is toasty malts, coffee, oatmeal, charcoal with just a hint of vanilla. A good sweet & bitter combination. Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy, and slightly oily.

This is a drinkable double stout. The ABV isn't noticeable and there's little alcohol warmth or burning. It would go well with anything chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 04:20:49 | More by theghost3
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Smuttynose tulip glass in two parts. No freshness date on the bottle, but I have had this for a couple months and the store where I buy it tends to have older Green Flash product.

Appearance: Typical pitch black stout color with no light coming through. Nice brown-gray two finger, creamy head with good retention.

Aroma: Chocolate, oats, and coffee beans all in good balance. Nothing too strong, but nicely balanced. Pleasant but a little one dimensional.

Taste: Much like teh aroma, a good balance of bitter coffee beans, chocolate, and sweet oats. Not much hop presence, if any. Nice flavors and good balance, but nothing terribly complex or memorable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The alcohol is hidden so very well. Even with a decently strong profile, I could sip on this all day.

Overall, a nice and flavorful stout with good balance. A bit one dimensional at times though. Definitely enjoyable and smooth though.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 03:39:02 | More by Gosox8787
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black colour with thick tan head. Little bit of lacing and some head retention. Smells of chocolate roasted malt and bit of earthy hops. Taste has a mild sweetness from the chocolate, but with a nice amount of bitterness too. Very well balanced stout. Smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavour.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:25:49 | More by kwjd
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alpineclimber

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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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rrski198

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 01:29:40 | More by rrski198
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Kshock

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown head with low carbination. The beer is jet black and awesome

S- The smell on this stout yields some mild coffee notes, solid amount of roasted malt, and a little chocolate malt swirled in with everthing.

T- Robust to say the least, but not too dominating. It rocks your palate but doesn't destroy it. Lots of roasted malt on the palate, with black malts too. The finish is good, but it has residual flavors that stay with you.

D- This stout is 8.8 ABV, but it drinks very nicely for a beer of such massive flavor, body, and of course alcohol content. As I said above, there are some residual flavors, so if you are not really into big stouts, then you wont be huge on this area of the beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 07:53:24 | More by Kshock
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber today from Jaspers.... debitted $6.99 from my account... 8.8%, but no best-by info on the label.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip, it was a jet-black, dense, opaque, deep black liquid. Sitting atop it was a fine, smooth tan head which starts off at about 1/2" and ebbs rapidly to a thin layer. Lacing is nice, and most bubbles congregate at the rim of the glass. Lots of choco notes hit the nostrils, plus coffee and some roastiness. Has some florality in there, too. Very inviting. Body is medium-plus. Feel is quite smooth and velvety. Could be a bit fuller, imo, though.

Taste is top-shelf! Lots of roasty, mocha flavors hit the palate. Some burnt bitterness is present, but it's a good bitterness! Dark choco is also in the mix. Hops are a bit floral, but more earthy and with a touch of tobacco. Very dry in the finish, the bitter choco lingers a bit. Very nice overall, yes!!

I'd get more, if in the mood for a double stout!!

Prosit!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

1262

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 02:07:22 | More by Bierman9
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a perfect black, with an even more perfect dark coffee bean colored head. The only stout that is better in appearance is Espresso Yeti. If I could I would give this a 4.9.

S: The aroma is a little lack luster, but still something to rave about. Roasty chocolate, with small notes of toffee and caramel. Basic, but full.

T: The flavor is above the norm without the amazing complexity of a stout like KBS. I would love a little more espresso flavor in this beer. Deep rich dark chocolate loaded with hoppiness on the finish. As the beer warms the chocolate shows itself even more, and a little roasted coffee bean is beginning to become evident.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is not as big as I'd hope for, but this is a very creamy stout. The drink is just right at 8.8%.

Overall, Green Flash really has a class A stout here. I'd love to see this one Bourbon Barrel Aged to add complexity, that would make this stout almost perfect.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:30:42 | More by TKEbeerman
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours as a dark and viscous brown liquor, nearly black in the glass, with an abundance of tight brown head that eventually diminished but never disappeared. Pretty stunning lacing for a stout.

Smell -- Roast malt, cocoa, molasses. Not especially aromatic.

Taste -- Charred malt bitterness up front followed by cocoa and molasses. Noticable anise/minty hop finish reminiscent of a nice American Barleywine. Residual flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body with moderate creamy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Not necessarily mind-blowing. Very much enjoyed the hop finish. Absolutely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 01:49:24 | More by yeahnatenelson
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badboyrsl84

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a vey solid stout by green flash. It pours jet black almost the thickness of maple syrup. There was a 1 inch head that sat around for a long time. The taste wasn't very heavy but still had enough body to insure you this bad boy was a stout. It tasted of chocolatey and mocha with a slight hint of alcohol. Overall this beer is very drinkable with out slot of the fullness you feel after drinking a stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 18:19:25 | More by badboyrsl84
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