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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,596 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,596
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 91
Gots: 252 | 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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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega as part of their Green Flash special. Apparently there was a rep there earlier in the week so 5 or 6 taps were dedicated to Green Flash beers. This one was recommended by the dude serving my table.

A- Served in a shitty shaker pint. Its a deep black beer with a nice coffee colored head. It laces the nondescript glass fairly well, giving some character to the bland glass cylinder in front of me.

S- Heavy on coffee. There is also a nice shot of anise, bittersweet chocolate, fruits and heavy roast. Hops levels are very characteristic of a Green Flash beer, in that there is a very high perception of citrusy and piney hops.

T- Yes, this is quite the bitter stout. Its bittered by both black coffee and piney hop flavors. Some licorice and berries give it a nice depth and attempt to offset the bitterness.

M- Very dry. I finished a whole glass of water and wanted more.

MbpBugeye, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of SDtastentune
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dirty motor oil brown with a nice tan small head, light lacing.

S - Chocolate, whiskey, malts, alcohol'ish, .

T - Fabulous! Well balanced, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, whiskey'ish, deep malts.

M - Very balanced, lower carbonation that flows well with the heavy taste palate. Like candy, aftertaste is great & not overbearing... I like.

D - Very drinkable double/imperial stout.. makes me want to buy this one more.. at $5.00 a 22 its very drinkable. Goes down smooth with a great aftertaste. Greenflash does it again! Thumbs way up!

SDtastentune, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 fl. oz. bomber. Sampled on October 11, 2010. It pours opaque black with just a dab of ruby red hues if held just right under the light. There is a two-inch silky dark brown head that slowly fades away leaving a path of lacing in its wake. The aroma is rich with burnt chocolate malts, molasses, raisin, oats, and grains. Yet at the same time it is subtle and not overpowering. The oily, heavy body coats the throat. The taste is full of cooked chocolate malts and tongue tingling dry hops that finishes clean. Highly recommended.

puboflyons, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer; one of the prettiest I've tried. In a tulip the beer was near black in color with a light brown head. The head lingered well, and left abundant lace.
Aroma a little timid. Roasted malt, liocorice, and chocolate.
The aroma came through much, much better in the taste. Espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of licorice.
The flavors went well together, and produced a really smooth beer.

lordofthewiens, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So they're calling this a double stout on their website, and it's 8.8% ABV...It'll pack a wallop, for sure...for some reason I always fell like the ABV in stouts is higher than advertised. Oh well....Inky black with only the faintest rims of a head. Very little lacing, so far this is par for the course. Huge chocolate malt and roasty aromas. Very robust. Some barrell aging-ish smells, like smooth bourbon, way in the back. Has a "creamy" smell to it...Nice, sour roasted malt bite upfront in the flavor profile. Lots of espresso bean notes. Alcohol is apparent in the finish. Long, longer, longest finish. Very nice in its bitterness. Very dry stout, but also well balanced. This also has a beautiful round finish...kind of flows from bitter to creamy back to bitter...Very lovely beer....La la la LOVELY, as Mike Muir said...Well done, and mid-range on price at $5.99/bomber, so drinkability suffers a little from the price. Not sessionable, but dangerously good. Find and drink folks...find...and...drink.

SolomonGrundy, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours a heavy black body with about two inches of beige/tan head. Nice lacing left behind, and retention is quite nice. I can't really think of anyway this would look any better.

Smells of dark fruits (plumbs and figs). Just a touch of cocoa, caramel, and roast coffee.

Tastes follows smell. Starts off with dark fruit esters (plumbs and figs) then the cocoa and caramel come through a lot more than in the smell. Ends on a note of smokey coffee and just a hint of leafy hops. Dark fruit notes last throughout.

Really balanced sweetness and roasted/smokey bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel, quite rich, and a smooth but fairly crisp mouthfeel.

Pretty great drinkability. I was pretty surprised by how much I liked this beer. I haven't had much Green Flash, but I think I need to start.

billshmeinke, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice

I bought this stout not expecting much at all. Green Flash to my mind is known for hops, odd assortments of hops. I was very pleasantly surprised with this little guy.

A: Pitch black, good-colored head, opaque.

S: Smells strong, caramelly. Rich.

T: Chocolate, smooth and velvety finish. Strong and slight burning on the way down. I can't stop drinking this thing, it's tasty as hell.

F: Luscious. Velvet. Smooth. This thing drinks like Isaac Hayes sings.

D: Enjoyable all the way down.

codewarrior, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of ecoastman
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jzed for bringing this rare find back to Ontario. Considering the potency of the flavour, it's quite drinkable. I'd buy it again if only I could get it...

This beauty poured a deep dark liquid chocolate and gave a huge dense brown head which receded to leave some nice lacing.

This stout is strikingly fresh and clean smelling. Mild malt and cocoa balanced with hop. I'm actually amazed about how clean the aroma is considering how much the taste is forthcoming. I suppose this might be the only flaw if it has one...

The texture is silky smooth as the sweet malt hits the tastebuds. Chocolate cocoa are dominant with coffee and some rum soaked dark fruits. The bitterness is light in the aftertaste and lingers into a mild citrus. Simple, straightforward and very good.

Good stuff.

ecoastman, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle a dark dark reddish brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a thin mocha head with subtle retention.

roasty aroma of espresso and dark fruits.

very roasty, coffee forward with subtle bitterness following up the creamy sweet.

a little thin on the tongue, just the right carbonation, slightly bitter.

drinkable, in that i'll finish the bomber.

robwestcott, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Russ for sharing this bottle. Pours black with a nice head and some lacing. Roasty and malty on the nose, with a fair hit of licorice. The taste is solid with more roasted grain notes and lots of dry licorice flavors, with some sweetness at the end, while the roasted notes continue throughout. Smooth and firm in the mouth. A well made stout, and I enjoyed it well enough, but I can't say it really possesses anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

Georgiabeer, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Opaque black with a little red light around the edges when held up. Creamy medium brown head. Fair retention. Spotty sheets of lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Smell: Dark roasted malts smell like espresso and sweet and dark chocolate. There's a little smokiness to it. A little licorice and tobacco. Lots of hoppy aromas on the herbal and floral side of things.

Taste: Bitter roast from start to finish. The bitterness is compounded by a surprising hoppiness for a big stout. There is a little bit of chocolate flavor, but all in all, its dominated by just too much roastiness-- not so that it becomes bad, just a little one sided.

Mouthfeel: It does have a pretty smooth and silky mouthfeel, presumably due to the oats and the big malt load. The carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: Perfectly good and easy to drink, but nothing really special. If I'm going to devote an evening to a big stout, it wont be this one.

rapidsequence, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Jips
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into tasting glass

-Color: Black as midnight w/ thin bubbly white head just rimming glass
-Mouthfeel: milky (a grade below motor oil) and smoooth
-Smell: sweet malts and milk-sugar
-Taste: Big coffe flavor througout masking toffee-molassess malts
-After: Reverse (malts w/ some coffee)

Big coffee taste will drink again!

Jips, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with a 3-finger khaki head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is coffee, oats, and roasted, sweet/sour malts. The flavor is toasty malts, coffee, oatmeal, charcoal with just a hint of vanilla. A good sweet & bitter combination. Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy, and slightly oily.

This is a drinkable double stout. The ABV isn't noticeable and there's little alcohol warmth or burning. It would go well with anything chocolate.

theghost3, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Smuttynose tulip glass in two parts. No freshness date on the bottle, but I have had this for a couple months and the store where I buy it tends to have older Green Flash product.

Appearance: Typical pitch black stout color with no light coming through. Nice brown-gray two finger, creamy head with good retention.

Aroma: Chocolate, oats, and coffee beans all in good balance. Nothing too strong, but nicely balanced. Pleasant but a little one dimensional.

Taste: Much like teh aroma, a good balance of bitter coffee beans, chocolate, and sweet oats. Not much hop presence, if any. Nice flavors and good balance, but nothing terribly complex or memorable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The alcohol is hidden so very well. Even with a decently strong profile, I could sip on this all day.

Overall, a nice and flavorful stout with good balance. A bit one dimensional at times though. Definitely enjoyable and smooth though.

Gosox8787, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black colour with thick tan head. Little bit of lacing and some head retention. Smells of chocolate roasted malt and bit of earthy hops. Taste has a mild sweetness from the chocolate, but with a nice amount of bitterness too. Very well balanced stout. Smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavour.

kwjd, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of alpineclimber
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one back from a trip to Oregon.

Poured from 22fl.oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. The brewed poured an abysmal black with a dark tan head.

Smell is of sweet maltiness, a light coffee note and a slight smell of alcohol.

Taste is of dark malted barley, mocha and finishes with a dark coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, the brew is slightly syrupy in glass and this comes through in the mouthfeel.

This is an awesome imperial stout, if I could buy this locally I would have a number of bottles in my cellar.

alpineclimber, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of rrski198
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with large dark tan head. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, raisans, malt, alcohol.

T: Very creamy and smooth. This beer really pulls off the alcohol without even feeling it. Big time classic stout flavors, done just right.

M: Easy, smooth, creamy. Couts the mouth and lingers.

D: For 8.8%, this is an incredabley drinkable beer that i wish i could get more of. Please distribute in MO. I have to go to AZ to get Green Flash.

rrski198, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Kshock
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown head with low carbination. The beer is jet black and awesome

S- The smell on this stout yields some mild coffee notes, solid amount of roasted malt, and a little chocolate malt swirled in with everthing.

T- Robust to say the least, but not too dominating. It rocks your palate but doesn't destroy it. Lots of roasted malt on the palate, with black malts too. The finish is good, but it has residual flavors that stay with you.

D- This stout is 8.8 ABV, but it drinks very nicely for a beer of such massive flavor, body, and of course alcohol content. As I said above, there are some residual flavors, so if you are not really into big stouts, then you wont be huge on this area of the beer.

Cheers!

Kshock, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber today from Jaspers.... debitted $6.99 from my account... 8.8%, but no best-by info on the label.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip, it was a jet-black, dense, opaque, deep black liquid. Sitting atop it was a fine, smooth tan head which starts off at about 1/2" and ebbs rapidly to a thin layer. Lacing is nice, and most bubbles congregate at the rim of the glass. Lots of choco notes hit the nostrils, plus coffee and some roastiness. Has some florality in there, too. Very inviting. Body is medium-plus. Feel is quite smooth and velvety. Could be a bit fuller, imo, though.

Taste is top-shelf! Lots of roasty, mocha flavors hit the palate. Some burnt bitterness is present, but it's a good bitterness! Dark choco is also in the mix. Hops are a bit floral, but more earthy and with a touch of tobacco. Very dry in the finish, the bitter choco lingers a bit. Very nice overall, yes!!

I'd get more, if in the mood for a double stout!!

Prosit!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

1262

Bierman9, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a perfect black, with an even more perfect dark coffee bean colored head. The only stout that is better in appearance is Espresso Yeti. If I could I would give this a 4.9.

S: The aroma is a little lack luster, but still something to rave about. Roasty chocolate, with small notes of toffee and caramel. Basic, but full.

T: The flavor is above the norm without the amazing complexity of a stout like KBS. I would love a little more espresso flavor in this beer. Deep rich dark chocolate loaded with hoppiness on the finish. As the beer warms the chocolate shows itself even more, and a little roasted coffee bean is beginning to become evident.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is not as big as I'd hope for, but this is a very creamy stout. The drink is just right at 8.8%.

Overall, Green Flash really has a class A stout here. I'd love to see this one Bourbon Barrel Aged to add complexity, that would make this stout almost perfect.

TKEbeerman, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Kshock -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours as a dark and viscous brown liquor, nearly black in the glass, with an abundance of tight brown head that eventually diminished but never disappeared. Pretty stunning lacing for a stout.

Smell -- Roast malt, cocoa, molasses. Not especially aromatic.

Taste -- Charred malt bitterness up front followed by cocoa and molasses. Noticable anise/minty hop finish reminiscent of a nice American Barleywine. Residual flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body with moderate creamy carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Not necessarily mind-blowing. Very much enjoyed the hop finish. Absolutely worth a try.

yeahnatenelson, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a vey solid stout by green flash. It pours jet black almost the thickness of maple syrup. There was a 1 inch head that sat around for a long time. The taste wasn't very heavy but still had enough body to insure you this bad boy was a stout. It tasted of chocolatey and mocha with a slight hint of alcohol. Overall this beer is very drinkable with out slot of the fullness you feel after drinking a stout.

badboyrsl84, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of ryno09
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - One finger head, mocha brown head, leaves a bit of lacing. The head fades quickly as expected for a beer with such a high ABV. Pitch black with no light coming through the glass.

Aroma - Big roasted malts. I get some oats as well. A hint of sweet chocolate malt and a tad bit of alcohol. As it heats up you get much more alcohol in the aroma. No hops what so ever which is almost shocking for a Green Flash beer.

Taste - For double/imperial stout you get a medium mouth feel, mainly from the oats used. Up front you get rich roasted malt character. At colder temperatures it goes down very smooth and leaves a dry finish. As with most dark beers, as you let it warm up, the true characters of the beer come into play. You still get the rich roastyness on the front of your tongue but as it gets to mid tongue you get slightly sweet coffee notes just before the Target hops balance out the malts before going too sweet light some double/imperial stouts do. It finishes with bitter-sweet roasted notes and the 8.8% ABV makes its presence known. Overall the Double Stout is one smooth drinker.

ryno09, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at De Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick mocha colored head with good retention. Jet black in the glass with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and a ring. Only the ring remains until the end, leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Not as bold as hoped. Some roasted malts, dark chocolate brownies as well, and some obvious notes of oats in there. Hints of dark cherries and dark fruits even. A nice nose, just not all that forceful.

TASTE: Roasted malts again, a bit of caramel and sweet dark chocolate and brownies. The oats are very apparent in the flavor profile as well. Bitter chocolate and some roasted malt and spicy alcohol in the finish. Aftertaste is bold bit finishes dry. More impressive than the nose, but a little heavy on the oats perhaps.

PALATE: Medium body, lighter than expected, and medium carbonation. Only semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Lacking some weight and creaminess to bring it over the hump.

OVERALL: A decent imperial oatmeal stout, but nothing mind blowing. A little too heavy on the oats perhaps, and the palate is a little weaker than it needs to be, but still a decent brew worth checking out. There are others in the style I would reach for first, however.

Jeffo, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of CaptYellow
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Jet black. 2/3 head falls to full layer of crema.

S: Espresso. Caramel-like sweetness.

T: Heavy, heavy espresso. Hint of caramel.

M: Chewy. Started out with a clean finish, but began to lag heavily on the tounge.

D: One's enough (to share!)

O: Buy again? No. Recommend it? Yes.

CaptYellow, Jun 21, 2010
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,596 ratings.