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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,420
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 87
Gots: 207 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Murchmac
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick chocolate shake head. Like Count Chocula in a chocolate got milk ad. Black, like I like my men and coffee.

Smoky smell off the bat which mellows into a sweet toasty chocolate smell. Like burnt alcoholic cocoa puffs.

Sweet chocolate tastes, smooth, hoppy last taste. The hops fight their way up, very complex brew. Bakers chocolate, some heat from the alcohol. So deep it puts your ass to sleep.

Smooth hoppy aftertaste, mix of hops and chocolate malts, oatmealy velvet.

This beer is the equivalent of the late great Issac Hayes voice.

Murchmac, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep and opaque - a little hint of ruby highlight peeks out of the bottom of the snifter, but otherwise, it can't get much darker. Head is a light brownish, quite creamy and pleasant.

S: Coffee grounds - like a pot of coffee brewed and then given just enough time to cool down. A little hint of an ester fruity sweetness, though I'd struggle to suggest which fruit precisely.

T: A roasted malt with coffee ground notes again, a little hoppiness slips itself in there for an added flavour - not something I typically detect in such stouts.

M + D: A 'robust medium body.' Not full, rich and creamy, but it has presence. A rather unique flavour works well with this feel, and makes for an intriguing drink. A nice effort on the style - I'd get more.

Proteus93, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of DousedInStout
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another masterpiece from Green Flash. For an imperial stout, this how relatively lower abv and much higher drinkability. The appearence is pitch black, with aromas of bittersweet chocolate. The taste is roasted, but well balanced with some hops shining through at the end. Well made, and can be enjoyed all night long.

DousedInStout, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark and roasted malts with hints of cocoa and coffee notes as well.

T- The taste is big and bold dark roasted malt flavors with a coffee-like bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good smooth creaminess to it and a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a solid Imperial Stout that is definitely worth a shot. Another great beer from Green Flash.

cjgator3, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a frothy brown head. Good head retetntion and lacing.

S- Coffee is the first smell that hits, but there are also notes of cocoa, roasted malts and caramelized sugar. Just a touch of a hops in the end very small.

T- The flavour of coffee and the bitterness of the hops work very well together. There are also fairly prominent notes of chocolate in the taste.

M- Medium in body just a touch on the thin side and low carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink but I think its a sipper. Might be a little risky trying to drink more than one on a sitting but I'm sure it can be done.

nrbw23, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of ralree
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark tan head on this one - very poofy and full. Pitch black color. Head retention is awesome.

S: Surprising amount of hop smell for a stout. Rich chocolate notes.

T: Wonderful chocolate flavor with great northwest hop notes. This is a winner. Bitter flavor permeates the nice wood-fire burned toast flavor. Very drinkable. Alcohol barely detectable. A nutty aftertaste.

M: A little overcarbonated, but not much. Thick and chewy - coats the mouth nicely. Pretty oily. Non-astringent and full-bodied. Well-done.

D: Drinks wonderfully. It's pretty rich and filling, but for this style it's great. Not one you would have with a meal for the most part, but would be great with some cheese or by itself.

ralree, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this gravy.

Pours a deep black color with ever so slight ruby highlights around the edges. Nice ice creamy tan head that leaves ok lacing.

Nose has alot of roasted malt in it, some coffee notes, a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows with big dark roasted malt flavor, defenitely slight coffee notes in here. A little bit of baker's chocolate, dry. A very large bitterness on the downslope of each pull. Bitterness rised through the finish, and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, but still missing a little bit of thickness. Seems too skim. Keeping in mind this is not an RIS, but still it seems a touch thin. Carbonation is just about right.

Drinkability is nice here, as the 9% is very easy to drink. A bit dangerous. However the intense bitterness detracts slightly from this.

Overall a fine double stout. Certainly one i would purchase again. I dont think this one will benefit too much from any extended aging, but im gonna put one away just in case. Im hoping some of the bitterness will reduce just a bit. Those of who love a good bit of bitterness in your big stouts, seek this one out, and be pleased. Good beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of lifebeer
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. a syrupy, burnt oil brown, pours with 2 fingers of mocha head that hangs around for quite a while, a little sticky lacing, but not much

s. not the usual bitter chocolate, but a sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt aroma

t. up front a sweet, not too sweet, mouthful of milk chocolate, very mild hop character, some roasted malts and licorice with a slight alcohol finish

m. chewy and slightly velvety

d. a sipper for savoring

this is a perfectly balanced stout, not to sweet, not too hoppy (surprising considering who made it), it literally warms as it goes down..ideal for the cold weather!

lifebeer, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of abfraser
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours like motor oil, pitch black with a large oatmeal brown head. Thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee. Standard style imperial stout-ish nose

T: Yum. Like a boozy, creamy mocha. Very satistfying

M: Good creamy mouthfeel, but doesn't quite punch on the mid-palate with enough intensity

D: At 8.8% abv, you're not going to be drink too many of these. But it goes down smooth.

A very good imperial stout. I'd put it below the Rasputin, Stone, and some of the other well known imperials, but it holds it own.

abfraser, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Green Flash Double Stout pours out a deep midnight black that not a single ray of light could pass through. Thick and oily looking, like it was just run for 3,000 miles. A somewhat vigorous pour yielded about a finger of creamy, thick, mocha brown head. Head was short lived, and left some thin streaks of brown lace on the glass.

Smell: What a nice, full nose on this stout. Tons of thick roasty/toasty malt aromas. Almost has a smokiness to it. Hints of chocolate and black coffee. Big booze in the nose with some underlying hops and caramel.

Taste: Taste just doesn't live up to the nose for me. Strong roasted malt flavor with a burst of bitter hops. Semi-sweet chocolate with bitter burnt coffee. Has a slight sweetness to it that is quickly was away by a strong bitterness. 8.8 percent alcohol definitely shows itself. Finishes dry with another rush of hops and booze. Not bad, just not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is thinner than I would like, but it does coat the tongue and mouth nicely. A bit too much carbonation in my opinion.

Drinkability: The overall bitterness makes this beer a little harder to enjoy. Definitely an above average stout, just not one at the top of my list.

jaxon53, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a dark tan head.

S - Sweet and rich malty smells. Some chocolate.

T - Bitter chocolate and really sweet. Strong malt flavor also.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good stout but a little to sweet for me.

jeffmonarch, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Holly Liquor for eight dollars, also had this on tap at the Blue Palms a few days back, split with my dad, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Pretty much black, minimal light shining through, one inch medium brown head that goes down slowly, nice retention, decent lacing at first
S-Very dark chocolate, roasted malts, floral and slight citrus hoppiness, charcoal, grassy accents, and some booze
T-First thing I thought of when tasting this beer was roastiness and lots of it, whether it be the grains, malt, or chocolate, it is all roasted and my palate was a little overwhelmed, got sweeter as time went on which made me wonder if some of the roasty accents would go away with a few months or even a year behind its belt, anyways this stuff started off with roasted malts, finished with light chocolate and dryness from mild hops, nicely balanced and a pleasure to drink
M-Medium bodied, but looks full as can be, roasty, dry, and semi-sweet mouthfeel, strong level of carbonation, taste lingers with a pronounced roastiness
D-Could probably drink the whole bomber but no need to, a bit heavy and rich for me, alcohol is mostly hidden until it really warms, smooth most of the way through

Nice to see Green Flash bottling some of their more adventurous brews, this and Le Freak being the standouts, a bit expensive for what it is but still quite enjoyable, would drink again, this brew should be interesting to age, recommended

Floydster, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a beautiful 3 fingered tan/brown head, and nice lacing. The smeel is of toasted malts and butter. The flavor is very nice a nice mixture of chocolate and coffee flavors, neither flavor overpowers the other. A nice and smoothe beer, the carbonation level seems good. I could see myself drinking a few of these in a night but not an all nighter, the ABV is a little lower than I look for in a double stout but the flavors are very nice.

Biggness, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours inky black, fairly viscous, a generous dark mocha head of three fingers forms up and hangs around for quite a while. As it lessens, it leaves thick cakey tracks of lace on the glass.

Aroma - dark roasted malts, coffee grounds. Good but on the simpler side.

Taste - heavily roasted grains but not as much char as I was expecting. The swallow shows some bitterness coming through. Bitter chocolate and a light abv warmth are there at the finish. Big stuff, a litle conservative, but big.

Mouthfeel - I like the smooth feeling here. Low key carbonation add to the bigness of the feel.

Drinkability - a fine double stout. Worth trying. Not a show stopper but worth trading for.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Friend shared with me.

A - Light black, chocolate head, dissipates slow with decent legs.

S - Malts, floral hops, and light alcohol.

T - Malts, floral, grassy hops, and light alcohol

M - Slt alcohol and just did not get the full malt feel of a stout. Based on the color and flavor, they may have missed gravity (I do this when I brew beer too).

D - Good, but could age longer and the roasted malt flavor could shine through more.

MisterClean, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/10/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. About an inch of creamy and foamy milk chocolate colored head. Light pathces and streaks of lace leftover.

Smell- Deep roasted malt with a milk chocolate nose. Light hops noticable. Not an outright scent, not very outgoing that is.

Taste- Hmmm, quite different from the nose. Not quite as thick and creamy as I was expecting. Heavy super dark chocolate flavor, not the sweet milk flavor that was portrayed in the nose. Hops are quite large and potent and the malt is almost burnt enough to add a light smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel- About the right amount of carbonation with a large and lasting hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty good brew here. If you like the hops in your stout, this one is up your alley. Overall a good deal and worth a try.

GClarkage, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/04/08.

Pours nearly pitch black with hints of brown and a nearly three finger chocolaty brown head. The head left a little lacing around the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The aromas seem a bit subdued.

Taste starts with sweet milk chocolate and plenty of roasted malt. That's followed by a rush of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. There's also a hint of cherry and very little alcohol presence. The finish is fairly bitter and dry.

Feel is medium body with just enough carbonation. It's very smooth and thick but not too heavy. Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer. I couldn't drink more than one, but at 8.8% I don't think I'd want to.

This is a really good double stout. I'd recommend it. Very smooth and tasty.

bkilpatr, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of bjoyce12
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by employee of Derby Street Wine & Spirits in Hingham, MA. Glad it was suggested to me. Pours a dark brown, excellent nose, but the taste puts this Green Flash offering in the top 10% of all stouts. Great malty presence with a deep undercarriage of flavors without any of the the alcohol burn. Overall, a superior stout.

bjoyce12, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a goblet. Label is orange,w ith the word STOUT right across the middle. No freshenss date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of brown head. This settles very slowly, leaving behind a ring around the glass and an island of foam in the middle above the point of nucleation. A little lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque.

Smell: Roasted barley smells of coffee and chocolate. Slight alcohol sweet smell.

Taste: Mild roasted barley upfront gives way to strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Some fruity esters, hints of buleberries at times. Medium hop bitterness near the end. A little alcohol warming in the finish, but overall, well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A very complex brew, that begs to be sipped and explored.

beveritt, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black? Black. Tanned head of about one inch, maybe a little more. This is well-packed, lasts long, and leaves some good lacing.

Heavily roasted aroma includes notes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso once the head dies down a little. Some piney hops as well.

The flavor is very flavorful, with a stronger hop leaf presence than I would have guessed. This lasts pretty long into the finish, and helps offset the toughness of the malts; the finish is quite bitter and coating, somewhat harsh at first.

Definitely enough bitterness to balance beautifully with the sweetness of the malt. Mouthfeel is solid and creamy, there is a lot of carbonation but the fullness is a nice complement.

Solid stout that throws big sweetness, bitterness, and rich creaminess all together. Challenging but pretty damn good.

BretSikkink, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown with a healthy tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, smoke. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, smoke, roasted nuts, molasses, licorice, all in a nice combination. No single flavor sticks out and grabs you; it's just a nice mix. Lingering smoke/licorice aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy texture, almost like it was from a nitro tap. All in all, a first rate stout.

PhxHorn, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- deep brown with a fluffy and creamy tan head, decent retent, looks great in snifter glass

S- tempting aromas of oats, roasted malts, and rich chocolate

T- roasted malts from front to back with dark chocolate throughout as well, sublte hints of roasted oats lie in background

M- fluffy and smooth, dry finish with slight heat

D- amazing double stout that warms well, smells phenominal, and tastes fabulous, highly recomended brew

tonistruth, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this after a stone 12th and both are similiar.

A: Pours black with some brown around the edge. Nice lacing. A finger of mocha head.

S:Anise up front which I hate but I am also super sensitive to it. Behind that chocolate and roast not much else.

T: Much like stone 12th. The anise takes it down a notch for me but it is better balanced. More subtle chocolate and roast. They play off of each other well. Not complex but it works.

M: Thicker than the stone. Medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D: Very enjoyable on what has turned into an August stout tasting. Very good. Definitely something that imperial stout lovers should seek out.

aerozeppl, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, lots of nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is big and malty, dark chocolates hit next, with some slight bitterness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, a joy to drink, Thanks Joe.

Wasatch, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Inky black with a dark tan one-finger head. Average retention and some wet spotted lacing.

Aroma is molasses sweetness with some charred malt roastiness.

Flavor is almost entirely roasty, almost burnt. A touch of sweetness comes through as dark chocolate. Dry ashy finish. Total coffee bomb beer. Not a lot of balance.

Full bodied, rather high carbonation, mostly clean finish, not much booziness.

illidurit, Aug 14, 2008
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,420 ratings.