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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,777
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 101
Gots: 328 | FT: 1
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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

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Reaper16
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours an expected ink-black color (well, there's sorta' some lighter brown at the very bottom of the glass), with an unexpected amount of head: two entire fingers of evenly tan foam. It laces like a dream, too. Great looking stout.

The majority of this beer's aroma comes from just grains. You can smell the grain bill like it was a mix of malts laying in a bag. It smells like dried malt and maybe some wort too; this is so beery. Imagine walking through a brewery but there's also some Cocoa Puffs being eaten by the brewers. That's what Double Stout smells like. Not as roasty smelling as I would like. There's some dark fruits on the back end of the nose, but this is really about grain.

I think I'm going to score the taste a 4.0. It's close, but it's so tasty and drinkable that it gets the bump up despite its lack of complexity. The biggest flavors I get are Dr. Pepper and molasses. There's molasses for days, and it plays very well with the dark-sugars-meets-prune component going on (that so reminds me of Dr. Pepper). There's an honest hop flourish on the midpalate. Not as roasted as it probably should be, and there is actually minimal chocolate or coffee here (what little there is peeks out mostly on the finish). So, yeah, not super-complex. But drinkable and enjoyable.

There's a small amount of chewiness to the mouthfeel, but it's not quite as thick as you want it to be. Still, it's on a mouthfeel par with, say, Old Rasputin (which is this beer's closest, most accurate comparison/competition). Overall, it's a good imperial stout in a market that's full of great ones. A decent buy in 4-packs, but I'd probably buy Old Rasputin first at a similar price point.

Photo of Parrotshake
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Rogue pint. Pours pitch black with a huge fluffy tan head. Smells of cocoa powder and roasted malt leap out of the glass.

Flavor-wise, fairly straightforward. Very roasty with dry cocoa powder, coffee and a hint at charcoal. Fleeting milk chocolate sweetness but finishes dry with a light astringency. Metallic hops in the finish. Not much alcohol character. Very nice.

Low carbonation, medium bodied and quite creamy, even chewy. Delightful feel. Not quite a world-beater but a very fine stout to be sure. Green Flash are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. 4/5 beers or better across the board.

Photo of KnightRider
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ncfranklin
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

A: Pitch black. Very prominent brown head. Just what it should be.

S: Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasty malt. Very nice.

T: Straight after the nose. Lots of bitter chocolate and roasty malt. Coffee is a small underpinning, just enough to give a earthiness to the finish.

M: Creamy, with a good chewiness. Despite its body it doesn't get tiring. The roasty burnt malt provides a dry bit to the finish.

O: A solid representation of the style, and sets middle of the road between a Russian Imperial and sweeter takes on the stout.

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
-Pitch Dark.
-Milk Chocolate head, yum.
-Aroma that burst through were chocolate coffee, sweet but countered with some bitter.
-Taste was pretty much "sweet-ish" chocolate body with bitter coffee at the end to finish out dry.
-Mouth feel was above average, a defiantly creamy and full drink down.
A damn good stout, but my own PERSONAL taste likes more flavors. Don't get me wrong, this is very well done. Would grab again.

Photo of bnes09
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful ink black. Thick and luscious, whole wheat-colored head with excellent retention. Good lacing as well.

Smell is dark and roasted with coffee character.

Deep roasted flavors of burnt toast, coffee, and almonds. Moderate hop bitterness compliments with an herbal character. Sweetness is subtle with a smooth molasses tone. Great balance and depth of flavor.

Medium to full bodied with plenty to excite the palate. Finish is dry and satisfying. A hearty meal in a glass.

Good stuff. Really hits the spot.

Photo of berr
1/5  rDev -75.6%

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.

Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of RandyV
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lacing and head on the pour. Smell is pretty non-distinct, malt and molasses with maybe a little black licorice.

There's more going on in the taste, with coffee/espresso bitterness most prominant. That black licorice I mentioned is there, although faint, and there is enough malt to provide balance. I getting some oakiness, although I know this isn't the barrel aged version. It's nice.

This is a nice stout, very drinkable with some nice flavors. Old Raspy is still the standard, IMHO.

Photo of ambruns1979
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Very black color. Not too viscous. Nicely carbonated with a big tan head and outstanding retention. Nose is quite faint. I get definite toasted malt, ``burnt'' aromas, and some coffee.

Medium-to-firm mouthfeel and full body. There is a nice sweet toasted malt backbone with a fairly strong bitter coffee accompaniment. There is also just a faint touch of licorice. The flavor is fairly well-balanced, but leans a bit towards the bitter coffee notes, making the beer more of a sipper. The finish is quite dry and the coffee flavors linger nicely in the mouth. Overall, a nice American Double Stout. Enjoyable, fairly complex, and easy to find.

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
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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%

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.