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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,716
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 97
Gots: 304 | 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 Absumaster
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pitch black beer with a settling head. The foam forms a small ring of off-white, beige foam.

The smell is delicious, roasted, chocolate, cookies, dough, almost too much. Especially the cookies jump out. Maybe there is also some grainy smell, like some adjunct grain like oats have been used. I cannot smell any hoparoma.

Taste is great, a nice roast, although not too harsh or overly roasted, or even burned. The dark malts tend to give the beer a coffee and dark bakery's chocolate taste. There is also the fresh baked cookies taste here. Together with the 8.8% alcohol it is a real treat. The alcohol is not really hidden but doesn't get boozy. The beer's bitterness is at the right level, pretty solid bitterness with a clean, maybe a little floral and spicy hoparoma.
Mouthfeel is good, the beer is not too sweet, which makes the alcohol stick out a little more. Overall this is a great beer.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive in this one, with some milk chocolate, light coffee and some underlying vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but delivers more complexity than I was expecting. I pick up some nice licorice, with some dark chocolate, more coffee and a hint of leather and tobacco. The sweetness is not overdone with this one, and drinkability is quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, fairly smooth finish.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this is a very solid beer from the folks at Green Flash.

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

A big thanks goes to Handle for the opportunity to try this.

A: Very dark and opaque with only a bit of brown shown when tilted and held to light. Two to three fingers of mocha head, lots of large bubbles. The head has very good head retention and leaves behinds lots of lacing and a thick films with more large bubbles. Very attractive beer.

S: The first thing I notice is lots of roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate is on the sweet side so it's a nice contrast to the roasted malts.

T: Lots going on here. Just like smell, roasted and chocolate malts are out in front. Coffee, anise and hop bitterness round things out. The hops make for an interesting aftertaste mixing with the chocolate and anise. Very tasty.

M: Thick, creamy and smooth. This is just about perfect.

O: Double Stout is a really nice beer that I'd love to have regular access to. It's very well balanced in both taste and smell and top notch in terms of look and feel. Also, the 8.8% doesn't show itself in the least. Thanks as always, Daniel.

Photo of dcook11
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No bottle date.
A- Pitch black. Some lacing. Mocha head.
S-Chocolate, vanilla, malt, no hops to speak of (must be a vintage).
T- bakers chocolate, slight bitterness, and a touch of vanilla.
M-Light bodied (surprisingly).
O Very good stout, but would have enjoyed a thicker version more.

Photo of challenja
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This is one hell of a dark beer, light barely shone through when put up to the basement lights. Dark Dark chocolate with a beautiful milk chocolate brown head.

S: It's not an intense smelling stout but whiffs of Nice roasted malt, midwestern roast coffee, bitter chocolate, anise, and alcohol remnants pierce through.

T: A really solid good tasting stout, nothing mindblowing here but you have the usual roasted malt, bitter milk chocolate, midwestern roast coffee, lemon zest with a light shot of grain alcohol cutting through a nice hop punch finish.

M: This stout has an amazing creamy mouthful like a well done milk stout without being too creamy or way too thin like most crap stouts. Medium to full bodied; a really nice medium carbonation on this one. This is a Stout worth sharing.

O: Another winner from Green Flash, a bit more milky then Founders Breakfast Stout, but still a little lacking in complexity that would bring this stout as a must buy for any serious Stout lover. Still worth the buy, but not the loyalty of must have Stout in stock.

Serving type: bottle

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Arne.

A: Pours a pitch black body with 2 fingers of long-retaining mocha head. It leaves lace along the sides as it recedes, and it maintains a thin film and medium collar on the beer afterwards.

S: Nice blend of roasted grain and coffee; it's not intensely burnt, as the burnt notes are tempered by a small wash of milk chocolate and earth. Hints of smoke and anise.

T: This is heavily roasty without being burnt, charred, or bitter. Grain and coffee dominate, leading into a mild earthiness, moderate chocolate sweetness. The finish has a hint of smoke, with an exhalation of earth.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. There's a velvety, lush presence that leads me to suspect this was brewed with oats (was it?). Solid.

O: Quite a good stout. Well worth mixing into regular rotation.

Photo of Murrhey
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken several days ago

A: Beautifully dark with a thick frothy head, chocolate milk colored head. Opaque from the darkness.

S: Chocolate and coffee, mocha all the way down.

T: Creamy and delicious. Could not taste the relatively high alcohol content at all. This gets a 5 from me.

M: Not as thick as I would have liked it, but not bad.

O: Buy this beer. I highly recommend it.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice looking beer. The head is just like a coffee milkshake visually. The retention is actually impressive. The lacing is everywhere. As the head grew from within the beer, there were layered colors within it. Nice.

A real nice combination of dark roasted malt and a touch of ash mixed with some bright hop notes. Almost a creamy finish to the aroma. Like a coffee with cream.

This evening I’m drinking/reviewing several Imp Stouts and I certainly save the best of the bunch for last. A really nice combination of dark roasted goodness and some bold hop bitterness just below the surface. What I like is the complexity between the burnt/dark roasted malt notes and the pine hop bitterness. A moment of citrus as well. My wife thought she tasted lime. (I didn’t, but it certainly spoke to a hint of citrus) I think coffee now and again, but I think that’s more about the mouth feel. Maybe I settle on mocha shake towards the end of the flavor profile.

There is a milky, almost fully creamy texture to the mouth feel. Nicely done.

Green Flash rarely disappoints, and this is not one of them. A nice beer for watching the World Series as the weather turns colder and colder. Warming and wonderful.

Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Your typical impy stout - black with about a half finger of of tan head. A moderate amount of foamy lacing.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, mocha, and roasted malt. Just a touch of licorice and butteriness.

T: Notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans up front transitions into a very hoppy finish. Distinct notes of citrus mingle with chocolate in the finish.

M: Full bodied with a very subtle carbonation. Just a little hotness from the alcohol in the finish.

O: A good imperial stout overall. Not quite good enough for me to want to buy it over my normal staples like Storm King and Old Rasputin, but tasty nonetheless. I'll have no trouble finishing the four pack!

Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating.

Nice pour; very dark brown head atop a pitch black ale.

Scent is mostly milk chocolate sweetness with a bit of a caramel edge.

Flavor is somewhat lighter for the style. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, but not quite as dense as a RIS. Nice sweetness in the finish to counter the bitterness of the roasted malt and hop.

Nice body; as I said it's not quite as thick as other imperial stouts, giving it a more drinkable (perhaps dangerously so) profile.

Good offering from Green Flash, like their others. The price is a bit steep at $3 bottle, so I may not revisit.

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a viscous black color with a big, frothy graham colored head resting on top. Plenty of patchy lacing left behind with some filmy retention.

Faint hop note in the nose with some coffee beans and chocolate notes. Pretty rich, tons of roasted malts, subdued alcohol tone.

Rich and full up front with plenty of roasted malts. Dark chocolate and coffee notes. Decent amount of sweetness with caramel. Finishes a little warm with a dash of hops.

Full body, solid carbonation, chewy and smooth on the tongue. Solid stout, not terribly complex, but something I'd probably drink again.

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

Had on draft 10/13 at The Green Leafe Cafe
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch of medium brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is huge prominent roasted malts, they really dominate the nose. Notes of chocolate and coffee accentuate the malt presence.

T: Taste is big milk chocolate at the forefront. Roasted malts come through and dominate the middle with the milk chocolate blending nicely with the roasted malts. The back end of the roasted malt taste has the notes of coffee that come in and finish this beer out.

M: Medium to fuller body, moderate carbonation. light creamy body with a sticky finish.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick, very good representation of style. Ahhhh - a fantastic stout to sit back and if you can hang with the ABV, enjoy for a little bit.

Photo of uawildcat
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English pub glass. Had a nice brown color head. Laced throughout.

Smelled mostly of dark chocolate and a alcohol, its a little better than ok. However, the taste was surprisingly of sweet carmel. The sweetness was tamed by earthy hops. The taste was a bit hot at first from the alcohol, but it went down creamy.

Overall, a good double stout.

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

12oz stubby bottle into a tulip glass.

No date on bottle.

A- Pours solid black with a 1 finger khaki head that sticks around. Leaves nice lacing as well as alcohol legs on the side of the glass as it goes down.

S- Tons of roasted malts with hints of bitter dark chocolate and dark fruits.

T- Dry roasted malts with lots of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco ashtray, and earthy hops.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.


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

Pours a dark motor oil body with a wonderful mocha/espresso, brown sugar colored head that is very thick. Looks great.

Espresso and deep dark dark chockate dominate the nose with slight notes of dark fruits. Espresso truly overrules all the other smells.

The coffee taste follows through immediately at the front of the mouth while a smooth dark chocolate taste follows bringing up the finish in a velvety like fashion. Not to heavy and drinks really well. Reminds me of stout trooper from NEBCO.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is stamped with 8459 2010.

Pours like motor oil, thick, rich, and deep black brown. The head is a mocha color with hues of orange.

Dark, dry chocolate, burnt sugars, espresso roast, and a

Rich dry dark chocolate and tobacco, hints of leather, and a pronounced coffee finish.

Not as heavy as I expected from the pour, but still a full bodied beer with a nice mellow carbonation.

Nice, tasty, not too bitter and dry, but just right. This is tasty and it hide the nearly 9% ABV very well. Enjoy!

Photo of mithrascruor
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice black color with a two-finger dark tan head. Good retention.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts. There's perhaps a hint of chocolate or dark fruits in there too.

Taste: Very nice roasted malt flavor with relatively mild bitterness. Certainly some sweetness, but more cream-like (not sugary). Gets a nice balance, with a tad bit on the bitter side in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied, which seems a tad light for a stout. Moderate carbonation yet quite smooth.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink. It has a strong ABV, but not outrageous for this style, and the alcohol isn't present in the flavor.

While I find this a tad thin for a stout, it nevertheless it an enjoyable and very drinkable beer. It certainly isn't the alcohol-bomb like some of its cousins, while managing to have a good kick in the flavor department without being over-the-top.

Photo of Minkybut
2.92/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this thick beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was really black as it should be. Very chocolate looking and the head was too for what little bit of time it was there. The smell was sweet but the taste was not. The beer had a bitter and dry mouth feel. It was thick and chewy. I do not think I will buy again.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a deep,asphalt black with 2 full fingers of dense and lasting dark,tan foam that resulted in sticky sheets of lacing on the glass.

S-Starts off with a slight metallic/mineral note that would usually be off putting but it was quickly followed by notes of slightly charred malts and sweetened coffee with bitter chocolate and dark caramel rounding out the nose.

T-Flavors of strong coffee,dark chocolate,ash,oats,scalded milk and clean but earthy hops on the finish.

M-Real nice feel.Rich,creamy and smooth with a medium/full body.

O-Just a solid,solid RIS on par with Raspy IMO.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep dark brown black body, with creamy almost purple head. Head is very short lived though.Lacing is ok. Taste is complex: chocolate, coffee,nice bite but not overpowering. This could be a dangerous choice, since the alchohol is not apparent, especialy for an Imperial!

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Strange pop of the cap!

A nice light milk chocolate head with creamy consistency, with a solid dark walnut black/brown color. Holds real well and leaves real nice looking whisks of head brown on top. Looks great. Also some leopard like lacing nice and spotty.

Nose is nice light malty roast. Nice sense of ripping roasted grain. Moves from chocolate to Nutty back and forth very nice.

Taste is a little boozy, but palate is filled with a dark roasting malt. Gravy and carbon fills the palate, aftertaste goes to a coffee angle. Slightly hoppy bitter in the finish as well. Texture has some wet sensation but not entirely. Some expressive carbonation is but very tolerable. Some mild sense of licorice as well.

Overall a very impressive palate, if somewhat all over the place. Very tasty they did well.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.67/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark, viscous black, very opaque. Good 2 finger mocha head that leaves a decent amount of filmy lacing.

S - Actually sensing quite of bit of dark fruits and licorice in the nose. It's a bit of a disappointment on the smell, I'm not picking much else.

T - Very sweet, lots of brown sugar and oatmeal. Fades into a bit of a coffee bitterness and milk chocolate, but it's hard to pick up. I don't know, there's something that just doesn't blend well here. It's too sweet and the balance comes too late.

M - It's smooth and creamy, which is good, alcohol is pretty much hidden.

Overall - I wasn't sold on this one. It seemed too fruity and sugary. Just seemed terribly off in the balance.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a huge, fluffy light brown head. Great retention and some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: I definitely smell the oats here along with freshly ground coffee, powdered chocolate, fresh brown sugar and a touch of earth.

T: Pretty spectacular. The oats lend a creamy texture (though the mouthfeel is a bit light) and the dark chocolate and coffee flavors are excellent. The slightest hint of hops on the finish is pretty nice as well. A really great double stout.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep and rich of the blackest brown yet to be seen.
Out of the bottle and into the glass looks of creamy silkiness.
A thick double dollup of foamy tan head sits atop this silky darkness.

Aromatics are rich, with deep roasted malts rich coffee nuiances and some bittersweet chocolate malts.

Rich tasting with good flavor. Lots of your prototypical flavors here. Rich burnt/roasted malts, heavy doses of coffee and dark chocolates.
Hop pop is light with some bittering to keep those malts in line a bit.

A rather thick drinking beer but smooth and creamy going down. A sweet/ bitter taste.

I think this is a very good beer with all flavors balancing nicely with one another. Alcohol is well hidden. Good for an evening in the fall.

Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out extremely dark brown with a chocolate colored frothy head. Retention is excellent. Seeing a little lacing.

S - The nose is amazing. Lots of toasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, raisins, and just a touch of alcohol.

T - Lots of roasted coffee with some bitterness to start. The middle is chocolaty and sweet with undertones of dark fruit. Finish is bitter with tons or toasted grains and coffee. Surprisingly alcohol is pretty toned down.

M - So damn creamy. Definitely full bodied. Carbonation is done right as well.

O - This is a straight all around good double stout. Not a bad price either. 11 dollars a 4 pack. Worth every penny.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,716 ratings.