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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 97
Gots: 306 | 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 wattershed
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Another outstanding offering by Green Flash. Tan head with good retention, pours an opaque black color. Scents of chocolate and huge coffee on the nose. Taste is similar, full body lots of chocolate malts and coffee followed with a hop roundness that makes the beer complete. Absolute beauty and I wish I had more than one.

Photo of kevfujii
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of quantumcipher
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of AshleyMiller
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an aggressive pour of this bottle resulted in a half inch of creamy tan head on top of a black body. smell and taste are pretty standard for the style. both have good roasted malt flavors with a nice amount of cocoa in it. mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. leaves a sticky syrupy film on the lips. overall this is a good stout, nothing outstanding, but a very well made representation of the style.

Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of BrewnoMarzen
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really cool 12oz bottle into tulip.

Careful pour nets a nice 2 finger cappuccino pillowy head that stick around for about a minute and leaves some nice lacing. Nice looking!

This smells like your average American stout. Toned down coffee, chocolate and maybe a little dark fruit.

Wow! The taste is much stronger than the smell. Nice strong coffee and chocolate flavor with some dark fruit underneath. I'm getting a nice hop kick toward the end. Very balanced yet strong taste. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a very good double stout!

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall I think this is a good double stout. It isn't mind-blowing but it's definitely better than average. It is well balanced and easy drinking for a 8.8% brew which to me really counts. I wouldn't buy it regularly just because there are many of it's kind but I will definitely give it the occasional go. Try it out if you see it and are a fan of imperial stouts. I don't think it will disappoint.

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

Poured into a tulip.

It's jet black and opaque. a dark tan head that has some nice craters. Wonderful lacing down the glass as I drink.

It's got a nice cocoa smell and some earthy hops.

Cocoa flavors, a hint of espresso. There is a faint dried fruit note, dates maybe. There is a nice earthy hops flavor as well.

It's velvety smooth and full bodied.

Overall this beer is excellent. Too bad it doesn't last on the shelves here.

Photo of disemgrowler
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of obywan59
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of my triple play for the evening.

Pours brown, but darker than the Mendocino. Pitch black in the glass. Thick, brownish head. More dense and chunky than the aforementioned beer. Spectacular thick lacing.

I don't think I've ever used the word fruity in describing a stout before, but on capping the bottle, that was my primary impression. A bit of pineapple early on. Later, more traditional stout aromas of rich coffee and milk chocolate, but the fruityness remains. It smells like bon bons.

The taste is also a bit fruity, but less exclusively. Here it's more coffee and dark chocolate with bitterness rising in the end.

Full-bodied and warming.

An excellent stout. It's a bit too strong to be considered sessionable, but it's an awesome sipper.

Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Aiptasia
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled tonight in a pint glass at 55 degrees after a ahndfull of fried jalapeno chips. This beer pours an asphalt dark river into the glass with a firm mocha head. Lacing clings like fishnet to the sides in soft cascades.

The beer smells of depth, as if malts knew no bounds Mocha and roasted malt sinking ever deep as if to China. The most surprising taste to date for me from any stout. The flavor is soft, milky and subtle coffee and rich malt. Holy crap is this delicious. So many stouts hit you ov3r the head with coffee and mocha. This one takes a step back and lets the malt and hops through to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is wet silk with little to no strong aftertaste. No mouth mung feeling with this stout. Overall, this stout is incredible and I will be buying more when I can find it.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of tzieser
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

a: pitch black in color with a thick fluffy coca colored head. this stout is almost completely opaque and has quite a mean head that stays for a long time. looks great.

s: not much aroma to speak of. i waited for the beer to warm up a bit and got some roasted malt hints and a bit of alcohol but not much else. i'm actually being slightly generous by giving this a 3.

t: loads of sweet roasted malt flavor. notes of dark chocolate, coffee (guess i should just say "mocha") and chewy oats. not bitter at all. this is fantastic. i was assuming Green Flash would throw tons of hops into this stout a la Stone's IRS or Old Rasputin. alcohol is dangerously well hidden. thank god

m: smooth and pleasantly slick.

quite a remarkable stout. i thought this stout was going to be much more bitter, but i was surprised at how low-key the hop character was. recommended.

Photo of rtaps
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black with a nice 1.5 finger dark tan slightly frothy head, medium lacing and retention

nice roasted malt aroma with oats, little nutty, there is something else in there that i can't pick out.
(smell really opened up at it warmed up)

the roasted malts really stand out here but it's a very pleasant taste not to overpowering. molasses, oats, a spice kind of witch i'm thinking is from coffee.
(flavors really opened up as-well as it warmed up a tad)

full bodied, lightly carbonated, slightly vicious and smooth.

really enjoyed this drank it through the count down at new years, so i ended 2011 as started 2012 with it.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my seventh sun snifter. Pours an opague black not a trace of light. Light brown colored heading,looks like a root beer float kind of heading. Excellent lacing all the way through.

The aroma was very subtle but nice. Leave the big hops to IPAs. I like my stouts more of an English style I guess. Nice roasted malts notes of chocolate and coffee.

Taste was just the same. Heavy mocha, burnt tobacco leaf and a touch of brown sugar. Second wave brings a kind of fig quality to it and settles with a quick anise like heat in the finish.

Mouth is full bodied, excellent carbonation. I love the nice smooth velvety texture.

Well this one will be the last of 2011 tastings for me and what a shocker to finish with. Extremely easy going double stout and the 8.8% ABV is almost not existent. This just may win my suprise of the year for 2011.

Photo of Squid55
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2743/41626">Green Flash Double Stout</a> from Green Flash Brewing Company.
Score: 91

12 oz tap pour served in a St. Bernardus Watou chalice/goblet glass at the Lincoln Park beer geek bar The Local Option. The picture I took at the bar came out horribly, so I am using a stock photo from a liquor store's website.

Appearance: Pours a totally opaque jet black color with just under a finger of creamy tan/mocha head that settles into a thick ring around the glass and bubbly clump in the center. Average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Burnt/roasted chocolate, dark fruit and light coffee. A very pleasant smelling stout, but nothing unique or overly complex. 4/5

Taste: This is a very chocolate-forward beer. Tons of roasted/burnt chocolate flavors throughout. A nice blend of bitter dark and sweet milk chocolate coat the palate. Increasing amounts of raisin/fig/dark fruit sweetness on the mid-palate as the beer layers. A little alcohol is noticeable (8.8% ABV), but the booziness is not "hot" -- just detectable. Finish is lingering bitter, unsweetened dark chocolate, with an increasing amount of fig flavor as the beer layers. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter for most of the beer. Halfway through the glass, the finish stays dry, but becomes bittersweet.

Overall: A very solid imperial stout that I could easily see myself returning to again. While it's not innovative or standout in any regard, the Green Flash Double Stout is a delicious chocolate-forward stout. My only gripe is the detectable alcohol, though there was not enough booziness present to ruin the beer. There was enough, however, to warrant grading down the taste rating from 4.5 to 4.0 between first impression and last sip.

Recommendation: A solid chocolate-forward beer for malty stout lovers, and a good starter imperial stout for casual beer drinkers.

Food pairings: Steak.

Cost: $7 for a 12 oz tap pour or $10.99 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles.

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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

A: This beer looks very nice. It pours a dark black with a nice brown head that is very thick. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: This is a nice smelling beer. It has a good amount of chocolate, sweet malt, coffee and a little bit of roastedness.

T: There are a lot of coffee and chocolate on the tongue. There is a nice amount of roasted malt and even some slight liquorice. A nice taste for an Imperial Stout, but not great. I was let down with how the flavor was near as strong as I was hoping.

M: I love how smooth this beer is. It is so nice going down and it just doesnt get any easier to drink.

O: This is a very solid beer. I love getting this ever now and then. I love Green Flash and they made another good beer.

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of H0POFF
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.