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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,664 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,664
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 95
Gots: 274 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle of this down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City earlier this week. The beers that I previously had from Green Flash were hop bombs and I was interested to try their take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Even though this is listed as a Double/Imperial Stout, there's enough here to warrant it being placed in a new category altogether. The hops are overshadowed by the body and carbonation here and this has a bit of a heavier feel to it than a typical IPA!

This didn't have much of an aroma to it - the roasted, cocoa, and coffee notes only came out in the taste. Even thought the bottle was heavy, the beer matched it in terms of body. No bitterness like a Stout here but more of the feel of a Cocoa Porter with the aggressive alcohol not present in the taste of the beer. Because this is like a hot chocolate that's been fermented, it wasn't easy to down this and instead, this had to be savored a bit at a time.

I like this style but it would be good to try one of these that wasn't so strong. The flavors weren't obstructed by the alcohol and this didn't have the feel of the other Green Flash beers but there was a bit missing from this. Having one of these that was a bit thinner would probably lead to a beer that would be easier to enjoy and would allow for a more sensory experience as well. For now, this suffices and in spite of its boldness, this was a fine brew that would warm anyone up nicely on a cold day.

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jjboesen
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on a recent visit to Alewife during Baltimore Beer Week 2010.

This looks like the quintessential stout: tar black color with a thin crown of beige froth. It is the proverbial glass of oil. The lacing smears the glass rim is splotchy and loose. It possesses a potent nose of cocoa powder and enough molasses to indicate the inevitable sweetness to come. The cocoa powder noted above reappears on the palate, but is supplemented by a sloppy malt blanket that subsides into a toasty finish.

Green Flash brews one sweet and potent stout; a very brew from the West Coast stout. I simply must make a trip to San Diego one day.

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Big thanks to smoked for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with more than 2 fingers of dark tan head. It maintains some solid frothy retention and paints patches of leggy lace all over the glass. When held to the light, a faint amount of dark brown clarity is noted. A light swirl effortlessly brings forth a finger of dark tan head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is roasty striking up thoughts of coffee with an earthy and citrus element of fresh coffee beans. That coffee like citrus quality blends into more of an herbal and more distinct character of hops. Quite roasty smelling that is almost ashy mixed with more char and chocolate malt. A very mellow inclusion of fruity alcohol is the last thing noted.

The taste is bitter from the level of roast in the grain. It presents itself with chocolate, coffee and a bit of an acrid bite. It is ashy and bitter from a not only the level of roast but it is accented by an herbal/citrus bitterness from the hops inclusion. It also displays a bit of an herbal/vegetative quality across the back that mixes with light notes of solvent and fruity alcohol. The aftertaste is lightly musty that focus back on the roast of the malt that is somewhat like coffee and bitter chocolate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a solid inclusion of roast, alcohol and hops that impart their own very unique character to the overall experience. however I just dont think it blends together that well. Overall it is not a bad brew by any means, it is just a little rough around the edges that gets more perplexing as the experience continues. The depth of flavor almost changes to tobacco and leather once it is warms which is nice but it doesn't blend well with the faint musty grain and herbal hop inclusion. Worth a try for sure but not something I would reach for continually.

Photo of jsh420
2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours dark brown looks black in the glass with a small tan 1/2 fingern tight bubble creamy head that left spotted lacing

smells like a milk stout coco roasted malts and a little coffee

taste is nowhere near what an impy stout should be and the taste is just ok for a regular stout - it has a bright tangy flavor maybe a mix of coffee and hops? but its not a bipa - good roast and coco flavors though

mouthfeel light thin body but has the right amount of carbonation

overall - not a stout i would buy again - will stick with the two beers green flash does well ipa and bwine

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Lots of malt, coffee, and chocolate in the aroma. Very much a stout.

T: Tasted of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and light hops. This is a complex stout that's never overbearing or overpowering. Extremely tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with an earthy character and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a very likeable, easy to drink stout.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of coldriver
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Caramel colored tightly bubbled two finger head, pours an opaque black. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and caramel. Tastes of coffee, burnt toffee, mild alcohol, and chocolate - a little smokey as well. Creamy and oily but slightly raspy (like a smoked porter) mouthfeel, well balanced. A great beer from Green Flash and one of the few imperial stouts available in this area in 12 oz bottles (at a decent price!). Nicely done.

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

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass and enjoyed with mesquite mac and cheese.

A: Poured pitch black with a 3-finger foamy mocha head. Head resolved after about five minutes, but left and excellent lacing and approx 5mm remained throughout the drink.

S: Typical stout; extremely chocolatey with coffee.

T: Very chocolatey with hints of coffee, strawberry, pine, and an oaty base. More complex than other stouts in this price range.

M: Creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very high on the drinkability scale as far as stouts go. Definitely some warming alcohol at the end, but it's very welcoming and somewhat overcome by this beer's great taste.

O: One of my new favorite stouts, at a fairly reasonable price. Green Flash did a great job all around - this is a beautiful beer.

Photo of BradnerBoy
5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

22 oz bottle from John's Marketplace PDX shared with neighborhood beer buddy in matching tulips 11.30.11.

Finger and a half dark cocoa brown head, a bit uneven and rocky, over dark brown/black opaque body, no visible carbonation, really nice spider legs, good retention, a really nice looking beer. Big dose of roasted malt, more coffee than chocolate in the nose, faint citrus and floral hop aromas. Taste mirrors the nose, really roasty goodness, a bit of sweetness on back end for balance. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, almost creamy from the oats. Tasty, impressive, worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SawDog505
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Poured pitch black, with a 3 inch mocha head, that takes sometime to settle into a solid set of bubbles. Lots of lace. Smell is chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some piny hops. Taste is all of those things, but way way more chocolate and coffee then the smell would have you expect. Fairly large body, for it's easy drinkability. Nice amount carbonation and not very dry. This is a very good stout and the price is right.

Photo of MLasoski
5/5  rDev +22%

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,664 ratings.