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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,764
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 100
Gots: 325 | 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 StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

not wild about this one. pours a rich sludgy black color with a small mocha colored head. smells like a black ipa, roasty and super hoppy. tastes like an agressively hopped shot of espresso, really. its very intense on the hop front, which im not sure i love here. weird for a stout. alcohol is noticable in flavor and feel, and the mouthfeel is heavy but carbonated well. no complaints on that front. overall its a weird mix of flavors, not like any big stout ive had, worth a try

edit: on tap this is an entirely different animal. a beautiful mocha head that lasts forever, a relaxed hop profile and a clean finish that's only moderately bitter. a real gem, and completely different from the bottled version. I was amazed at the difference. go tap all the way. bumped up a few scores here based on that.

Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Hoolihan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep space black, with an above average level of carbonation, and a three finger mocha puffy futon of a head that stays put at one like a West Bank settlement. Epic lacing.

S: Salty dark chocolate and watered-down latte lead the way into roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, ashy tobacco, and very faint hops.

T: Bitter chocolate, coffee beans, saltwater, and tobacco. Has a grassy, hoppy finish.

M: I actually really enjoy the heavier-than-normal carbonation on this AIS. Slightly viscous as it should be. Dry finish.

Photo of Josiah2729
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

A-Pours black. Thick and dark. Light cannot penetrate. Head is not consistent; more of a continental look.

S-Lots of chocolate, lots of roast. Alcohol masked well. Not a coercive nose. Good components but not overly concentrated. Pretty standard Imperial Stout nose. Seems to be a faded hop presence as well.

T-Noticeably bitter. Bitter from dark roast coffee flavor and some hoppiness too. Silky chocolate fudge. Alcohol pipes in as well. Well-rounded Imperial Stout.

M-Not as viscous as it looks. Subtle carbonation. Thick enough, but not as goopy as many of the style.

O/D-A solid big Stout. Not exceptional in my book. Pretty damn good but there's about a couple hundred Imperial Stouts offering pretty much the same thing. Pretty pricey for a 4 pack too.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

The alcohol abv in this stout was a but suprising. Then again, it is a double stout. This heavy stout poured a dark coffee color body with a cinnamon colored head. Nothing complemented the head then the rich lacing it left behind after the creamy head settled. Strong hints of chocolate immediately caught my attention, folloeed by a touch of used coffee and a hint of booze. The taste is very similar to the smell. Chocolate and once again, used coffee. Alcohol barely makes its presence in the finish but it finishes nice and would consider it a lip smacker. Mouthfeel? Well typical for a stout. Low carbonation and a medium to thich body. Overall this is one of the best stouts ive had yet. Flavourful and bitter, too.

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of getbehindthemule
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Neorebel
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black like no other. It's head is a sticky, frothy tan color which does not recede all that much. Although it is an Imperial Stout, its aroma in not unlike that of a Sweet Stout, with a clean, creamy nose containing chocolate and coffee as well. The flavor itself unique containing the best of both worlds, so to speak, in regards to the two aforementioned styles. It begins rather sweet before giving way to a tinge of hops followed by a wallop of bitter coffee bean. As another reviewer mentions, the mouth feel and body is a little thin. Again though, this is one of the more unique stouts I've personally had. A win.

Photo of christopheraknox
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Brianito
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black, thicker than standard beer but not all that viscous. A medium brown fizz settles on top with loose bubbles.

S: Roasted malts perforate the nose accompanied by black licorice and subtle chocolate and nut.

T/M: More bitter black malt dance on the tongue and notes of nuttiness linger. Carbonation is not aggressive but potent enough to cleanse the palette.

This one is lighter than what a "double stout" might sound like, but flavorful enough for the most enamored stout fan.


Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Brent
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double indeed - a ton of malt crammed into this beer. Poured tar black with a thin mocha head. This is all about the deep roasted malt, but it manages to balance sweetness with enough hops to hold it all together. The alcohol is there, lurking in the background, but never moves too far to the forefront to be distracting. A worthy entry in the class.

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

Green Flash Double Stout, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours very dark with a touch of ruby around the bottom of the glass. Fairly good lacing from a rocky brown head.

S: Dark malts, some roasted character, chocolate, faint coffee grounds and distant caramel. Balanced somewhere between roasty and sweet.

T: Decent earthy dark malt base, definite twang of hop bitterness on the finish. Coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel notes, decent roasted component with faint espresso bitterness. The finish has a ghost-like alcohol presence, barely discernable.

MF: Feels moderate & medium, fairly creamy and wet, finishes with a slight drying bitterness with hints of hops and cofee.

O: A simple, well-executed, drinkable stout. Nothing overly impressive but nice.

Photo of tony223366
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic and perfect head. My pour got 3 fingers of tan, tight head. Very dramatic and beautiful. Color is black as a starless night. Which is appropriate because they call it a Black Ale. Whatever that means. Dramatic fluffy lacing adds to the image.

S: Huge, huge coffee notes with some dark chocolate. Nice clean hop aroma that comes off slightly earthy. Possibly even tobacco. Nice roasted aroma.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the coffee, followed by that chocolate. The malts in this beer are huge and rich. Man that coffee is strong, very much a rich french roast. Nice roasted qualities in this beer. There is actually a major bitterness in the finish. It seems almost entirely from the roast of the malts, the bitterness from that coffee is almost slightly acrid. But not quite. Still very tasty.

M: The only part that feels slightly subpar. Very velvety and almost a light feel to it. Carbonation is very low, slightly lower than it should be. A touch higher would make that strong bitterness not so sharp.

O: Tasty beer for sure. It's above average but falls short of being incredibly note worthy.

Photo of TCJosh
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Mappies
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of r0nyn
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Has the dark, opaque hue of all good imperial stouts. Quarter-inch cream colored head that dissolves quickly and leaves clumps of spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Nose is mostly clean, sweet roasted malts, combining with chocolate and just a hint of coffee. No hops detectable.

The label of the bottle says "Big, Bold & Complex" and it definitely delivers on the first two, as this is a weighty stout with a lot of good, robust flavor. However, "complex" isn't the term I'd use. This isn't a bad thing by any means. Through and through, this is a straightforward stout, with plenty of rich malty chocolate, hints of dark fruit and a subdued alcohol taste. I really had to consciously pace myself while drinking this, otherwise the 8.8% would have certainly caught up with me. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, just a shade away from full, with a pleasing smoothness and heft.

This is definitely the most cost-effective imperial stout I've ever had. Easy on the wallet, but just as hard-hitting as some of the other more expensive offerings in the style. I think I've found my go-to beer for the cold winter season!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is an espresso coffee bean black, with a dark rich cream colored head that's slow to dissipate. Faint bubbly lacing. The beer smells of rich bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of sweetness. Tastes like it smells: rich, sweet bitter chocolate. There's a faint milk stout sweetness in it. Also roasted malts and slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, very impressed. I cannot believe how smooth this goes down for 8.8% ABV. There's a slight milk chocolate profile in it that's delicious.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,764 ratings.