Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,668
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 95
Gots: 275 | 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 twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark black color with a voluminous brown head. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Nose is quite roasty with a moderate hop aroma. Dark bread with a little bit of sweetness and yeast presence. Smells decent enough, but far from the upper echelon of stout aromas out there.

Taste gets a little better as the viscous malts provide a nice chocolate, roast and milky caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is there and even a decent amount of hop flavor. Surprisingly subtle hop presence for Green Flash. This is one of the better widely available Impy stouts not in a bomber or 750. I will surely be buying this again...very nice for about 2.50 a bottle.

Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bomber the other day and now I have decided to have it. Poured the beer into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is pitch black and pours a two finger mocha head. After the head reduces, lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Smell: chocolate, cocoa, roasted sweet maltiness aromas. Possibly some raiasins and vanilla towards the end.

Taste: chocolate, cocoa, roasted sweet malts and cofeee, and some booze at the end of the sip in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied, and a little bit of carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed drinking this beer. Well worth the price of 7.50 and will have to say that it has warmed me up for bed in this month of April. Will be trying this at the bar or buying this bomber sometime again in the future.

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle for $3 in Monterey, CA. Heck of a nightcap beer. It poured pitch black with a thick, light brown head and lacing. It's a big, rich (not too heavy) chocolate-y stout, that when cold, reminded me of cocoa and chocolate milk. As it warmed, cleaner, roasty and dark bread crust notes came forward with hints of espresso and dark, dry, smoky chocolate. The finish comes out dry after an initially sweet and creamy cocoa note. My only knock is that the alcohol quickly becomes apparent in the nose. I'd be happy to pick up a few more bottles and try aging them.

Photo of Chaney
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a ridiculously vicious pitch black with an equally impressive peppery mocha head (1/2) finger or so.

S: Cocoa bomb for sure... laid waste to everything as a matter of fact. Strong, air freshener-like aroma, with tons of roasted malts.

T: Pure BA candy. It literally tasted like a melted candy bar... chocolate, vanilla, all toasted on a ketted, mildly chilled, then served!

M: Thick and creamy, with barely a trace of booze to be found. Low, yet perfectly realized carbonation. Sweet... but isn't all candy?

O: Almost like Silva, only not QUITE as memorable. Easy A!

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

Pours a molasses-like very blackish brown with a healthy three-finger head that is light mahogany and retains well. Rocky and milky in texture, the head leaves lots of lace and has a thickness to it that is really excellent.

Roast coffee grounds are at the front but there is a healthy dose of grainy malt and a touch of hops too. Smells oddly crisp for a big stout.

Taste is initially sweet with coffee and roast malt everywhere. Light fruit actually comes in next before burnt, toasted malt takes over again until the dry coffee finish. I really like the range of flavors in this, and the hops being able to cut through the malt is unexpected. Perhaps a bit too much hoppiness though, as it goes weirdly with the almost charred malt at times.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy; the beer is free flowing but definitely not thin. Leaves a coating after each sip and the finish manages to be dry despite that. Drinkability is good for the style thanks to the dry finish and masking of the abv. Excellent offering from Green Flash as usual.

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

Appearance: Dark black pour, tan head, no real lacing.

Smell: Heavy roast, bitter coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, earth

Taste: Very heavy roast, bitter chocolate and coffee, smoke dark fruits. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: medium body, aggressive carbonation, very dry

Overall: Too bitter and too heavily roasted for me.

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

A: dark black. huge, fluffy brown head looks like it could hold this bottle up if it wanted.

S: a solid milk chocolate aroma. mild fruit esters. the roast is soft, but rich. not astringent.

T: a malted flavor that is reminiscent of cereal milk. some bourbon-like alcohol. dark fruit flavors as well. raisins. the roast is similar to the nose, gentle, but makes itself known.

M: creamy luscious mouth. moderate carbonation on a full body.

D: very smooth, creamy flavors. each is delicate and play off each other. also the alcohol is very well hidden. great imp stout.

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No best before date on the bottle.

A - Thick, dark and transmitting no light. The thick tan head looks practically like cake and coats the glass with chunky lacing.

S - lots and lots of malt on the nose with initially a strong bready component melting into a chocolate.

T - solid dark chocolate bitterness up front shifting into a smoky/coffee that goes on and on!

M - practically creamy with very subtle carbonation and just a hint of warmth from the booze. Basically like a stout milkshake that coats the mouth.

D - Surprisingly drinkable considering the power and alcohol.

Superb beer; right up with there with Brooklyn Double Chocolate and Old Rasputin among my favorites.

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

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a good two finger foamy brown head that retains nicely and leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is primarily some really nice milk chocolate and coffee, dark roasted malts, underlying dark fruits, caramel and bread. Very inviting aroma with great strength.

Flavor follows with more rich chocolate and coffee notes, roasted malts, a little raisins, cherries and other dark fruits, some caramel and bread, a bit of alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy, oats working nicely here, soft carbonation.

Mmmmm very tasty Imperial Stout, very drinkable due to the lower than average ABV and wonderful flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. Not as intense or thick as others in the style, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Monk Fremantle.

A - Pours the classic ebony colour with acreamy tanned head that stays the distance.

S - Plenty of caramel and expresso aromas with chocolate also present.

T - Chocolate a bit more present than the smell, but creamy expresso flavours are the dominant flavour, the sweetness is also a real credit to this brew in that its so very well balanced.

M - Full body and medium to light carbonation.

O - A very fine big stout, treat with respect.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with about 2.5 fingers worth of dark tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - fairly malty with subtle chocolaty hints and a note of roastedness.

Taste and Mouthfeel - bittersweet in general. Sweet at the beginning, and in the middle you can taste the syrupy/chocolaty tones, and bitter in the finish. Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans toward the creamier side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Very drinkable, and decently complex.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some foam retained on top. The smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and toffee. I found this surprisingly good; I've known Green Flash for DIPA's but this was a treat. It is medium bodied and has a wickedly potent finish.

Definitely a stout worth trying again.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Basically as black as my 2nd grade teacher's dead incisor with some creamy tan head. Nice looking stout with great head retention.

I've always enjoyed Green Flash's IPA/DIPAs, but for some reason I have perhaps never had this beer before. Smells very roasty with lots of chocolate. Some cocoa and coffee notes are in there as well. Taste is also roasty and chocolaty with an intensely creamy and thick mouthfeel. Low and smooth carbonation. Sorry that I did not try this earlier as it is very tasty. Recommended.

Photo of colforbin73
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice stout. it is good and spicy, robust, roasty, malty --- the color is black. ibus are up. it's a double stout.

pours watery in the glass, struggles up a little foam. but carbonated ok. i get a good deal of bitterness, astringency, this beer doesn't loosen up. it is a good rich strong brew... and has a good roasty malt feel, but not quite as much sweet and soft as i would like. of course, i like it -- leathery, spicy, hoppy stout, with a very toasty background.

i would drink this again, fair enough?

Photo of biglite351
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark as night with a tall creamy dark tan head.

S - caramel, malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate with a bitter twist in the end.

T - Cocoa, coffee, raisins, prune and like the scent it has a bitter turn in the end.

M - good covering with a mild tingle all over the mouth and throat.

O - it is close, but due to the bitter hits I would only do one before moving on.

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

A - Nice black body with mahogany tints. Thick, dark khaki head. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Relatively mellow. Chocolate, hint of smoke. Cream.

T - Bitter up front. Cream. Chocolate malted milk balls. Dark chocolate backend.

M - Light body - a bit thin for the style. Otherwise creamy. Sharp char character comes through every now and then. Touch of booze.

Photo of kaseydad
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into a snifter and it damn near billowed out the top. Huge mocha brown colored head with massive lacing and a black as night ale. Very roasty aroma with chocolate in the air, butterscotch, some nice cocoa hints and a slight orange-y whiff in there too. The taste is definitely on the bitter side! A nice smokey initial taste followed by bitter chocolate and some expresso hints. Awesome stuff. Full bodied with a slight bit of carbonation on the swallow but nothing to detract from the taste. Overall I think this beer is great! I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Rich, chocolatey and creamy with a nice bitterness to it. I never imagined such an awesome brew resided in a non-descript bottle. Excellent stuff and worth searching out. Would love to see how this ages but drank all eight within a few days. Addicting.

Photo of nickhiller
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: motor oil colored, a wisp of dark brown head, thick rings of lace.

S: cocoa powder, vanilla, red apples,

T: sweet and fruity for a stout, I'm calling it red apple and then a bunch of dark stuff: bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, espresso.

M: full bodied, slippery, sweet and bitter finish, deceptively smooth, there's not even a hint of the alcohol.

D: yummy, like drinking an espresso chocolate milkshake.

Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep, dark black in color, with a big, thick, chocolate milkshake head of foam.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste-Big, bold, dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee with cream, dark chocolate. Rich and roasty, complex and creamy with a bit of a subtle hop bite just to make things ineresting.
Imperial stout lovers will not be dissappointed. Highly recommended.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter glass. No freshness date, but at 8.8%ABV, this brew has one hell of a shelf life.

Deep jet black pour. You couldn't see through this brew even with x-ray vision. Decent head, with some nice lacing on the glass.

A huge roasted malt character simply dominates this brew, with hints of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, hint of vanilla and a bite from the hops all taking a back seat. Black burnt, coffee is in charge from beginning to end. Slight sourness in the after taste. Nice tingling of the hops at the end, as this beer is never really sweet to begin with, but the hops do a nice job of scrubbing the palate leaving you wanting to take another sip.

One of the least sweet stouts I have ever had, as the roasted malt character simply doesn't allow any sweet malt character to really shine through. Hovering just shy of 9%ABV, you would expect some alcohol in the taste, but there is simply is none. Hop bitterness is definitely stronger than your average stout, defining this an American interpretation of the style all the way. If you are after a big, kick ass Americanized Stout, look no further than this beer.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. It poured black in color with a thick and full tan head to it. The head had some decent retention to it and left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty hoppy, citrusy flavor to it. It's mixed with some roasted, burnt, bitter flavors as well as some sweeter, malty, molasses like flavors.

The taste shows a nice mix of flavors. I get some of the roasted, bitter, coffee like flavors mixed with some sweeter, molasses, chocolate notes. I pretty good dose of herbal, citrus, bitter hops as well. Everything has a pretty nice balance to it in that none of the flavors over power the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it's a very good stout with a lot of flavors. Everything also comes together pretty nicely in it and all the flavors get a chance to shine. Very nice beer overall.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't trust this brewery. Hopefully this beer will restore my faith in the brewery.

A - Impressive. A nice half inch of mocha colored head with a thick very carbonated dark liquid. Can't see through this beer here!

S - Alright a nice bit of roast, chocolate, and coffee. A bit of sour funk but maybe from the hops.

T - Not as roasty as expected but I did get a moderate bit of chocolate and coffee. Slight bit of hop presence which is nice but more bitter than I wanted. Ok at best. Why is the front of the beer so funky tasting?

M - Light to medium. Thick yet very drinkable. Still not loving it though.

Overall I only appreciate the fact that it is a great stout but it's still lacking in roast and has a moderate sourness that isn't great in the beginning in the beer. Still for 6.99 it was a decent bomber.

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

Poured from a squat, 70's era bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep dark brown with a dark tan head that starts at about 1/2", and rapidly reduces to a soapy film on top. Nice caramel-looking lacing as the glass is swirled.

Has a sweet, malty smell, filled with yeast, vanilla, toffee, and a hint of sour. Smells like it is going to be a bit of a malt-bomb.

Malty and full, this smooth stout has almost a biscuity feel to it. Dark coffee and chocolate, creamy aftertaste, mild bitterness, this is an easy sipping stout. I don't taste any of the sour that i caught a whiff of earlier. The chocolate gets darker as you work your way into this beer, and the coffee bitter becomes more pronounced.

Very full bodied, this is a slow sipper, and what I've characterized in the past as a " fork and knife" beer.

My frost introduction to Green Flash was to have it's IPA, which I was told was their flagship beer. After having it a few times, i was totally unimpressed, and avoided GF for a while. This is now the second GF I've had recently that I've liked quite a bit. I think I'll give them another shot as a brewery; you should give this stout a shot. I'm glad I've got three more downstairs for later!

Photo of Jesse13713
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A clumpy sort of 'eyeball' looking froth that has multiple layers. It has a rich caramel froth and laces well to the glass. The beer itself is dark brown to black.

Smell - Smells heavily of vanilla and chocolate. There is a slight coffee smell as well. Smells roasted.

Taste - An insanely powerful chocolate taste. A delicious fizzy spicy burn like bourbon and cinnamon. A nice balance between bitterness and smoothness. For some reason, I taste light cucumber in this; although I;m sure that isn't an ingredient.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Easily drinkable for an 8% stout. Perfect to sip; but you could also drink it quickly if desired.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and rich stout, very drinkable with a stimulating chocolate milk edge.

Presentation: 12 oz custom brown capped bottle. Radial green designed label with rays spreading from the Green Flash seal... Lazy for being repetitive, although identifiable. Three word description: big, bold & complex. Shows 8.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, large frothy head, medium retention, nice surface memory and touches of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate... Milk chocolate? there is a nice lactic touch to it.

T - Taste follows and expand the roasted malts, chocolates, hint of coffee. Sweet lactic touch... It might not be lactic per se but it is a milk chocolate sense woven around a sweet fruitiness that is probably the most unusual feature in the palate, and it is rather nice.

M - Medium-full body, with low carbonation, which works rather well, and a very well rounded smooth sense.

O - All things come together like a charm. This is a very nice stout.

Notes: Nice surprise. First non-hoppy brew I really like from Green Flash, and well worth the repeat.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,668 ratings.