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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,721
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 97
Gots: 305 | 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 elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this bottle. He knows how much I like stouts, and I couldn’t wait for cooler weather to drink this one. Can’t tell how old this one is but I’ve been sitting on it for a couple of months. Should be fine, since it clocks in at 8.8%. This beer is advertised as “big, bold and complex.” It definitely lives up to its tagline.

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. The beer is a dense, dark, velvety black. More like dark chocolate, a shade of dark brown just before pitch black.

I get a big eruption of billowy foam. Poured about half the bottle, waited for the beer to settle, then topped it off two more times. So I have a solid finger’s worth of dense, creamy head to take in.

And you know what? It smells wonderful. Just full of big, roasty, creamy, aromas. Sharp, perhaps even some hop bitterness on the edge? Definitely lots of dark chocolate and some vanilla sweetness that rounds it out. And the faintest whisper of the crema from an amazing espresso. All this in the nose, I can’t wait to taste it as my mouth is watering in anticipation.

I certainly catch the big roasty flavor from the first sip onward. Not a lot of the sweetness that I smelled, but more of the sharper, bitter chocolate and coffee/espresso notes.

The beer surprises by being lighter to the palate than I expected. Especially for a double or imperial stout I anticipated it being thick, heavy. There’s a nice bit of carbonation that keeps it light, however. It’s hot, for being nearly 9% I definitely notice the alcohol.

I sipped it and thought of long nights and cooler weather.

Photo of onefalsemove711
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Poured a deep dark brown (just a shade away from black). Two finger head mocha colored head that stuck around for a good while before becoming a sticky lace.

S - Coffee, chocolate, malt, rich bourbon and earth.

T - Coffee, malt and hops enriched with a bit of anise on the finish.

M - This beer has a nice viscosity and richness which really contributed to a great overall mouthfeel.

O - A big bold stout that has great complexity. I really enjoyed the bittersweet hoppy anise flavor that this beer possesses.

Photo of dubinsky
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12ox bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a fairly thin dark brown, almost black color. A vigorous pour yields a three finger head with a light mocha colored foamy head with lighter highlights at the edges. Very resilient lacing is left behind as the head subsides.

S – Dark Chocolate, molasses and brown sugar give way to a bit of a licorice finish on the nose along with a strong wet hop aroma. The longer the beer sits and warms up the more vanilla and coffee I’m able to pick up. Its a good smell, but not mind blowing.

T – This is rather cold still, however initial tastes yield huge dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors. Much better tasting than I thought it would be given the aroma. Huge roasted malts and grains with a nice full roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Some smokey char pressent. Fairly sweet and delicious.

M – Thick and chewy. Not at all what I was expecting given the pour. Although this is an 8.8% abv beer, its masked very well. Well balanced with perfect carbonation for the style.

O – I was not expecting this good of a stout from a west coast hob bomb maker. Very clean and clear flavors, not muddled as others who do not normally brew darker style beers. I highly recommend this beer and am so glad I can get this on a whim.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LieutenantSour for sticking this one in the box.

(A) Pours jet black with a nice thick brown head. This is opaque and blacker than night.

(S) Big on cocoa with some coffee, plum, and really dark fruits. Some hint of sweetness like black cherry.

(T) Black and roasted chocolate malts hit up front, then give way to fruits. Some plum, definitely some dark cherry, some raisin, licorice. Biscuit. Some leathery goodness works it's way in. Coffee in the aftertaste at first but more fruits as it opens up.

(M) Full body. Pretty thick. Smooth on the tongue.

(O) It's a lot fruitier than I had expected. It's definitely malty and rich. It's an excellent brew. Big flavor without really being big in the gut. Quality.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head. not much lacing from such a yummy-looking head. Very little light penetration.
Smell is toasted malts, soy, dark fruits, whiskey, coffee. Decently balanced.
Taste is toasted malt, coffee, hops, whiskey. Balance is good here as well.
Full-bodied with a light effervescence. Creamy at the start though transitioning to a dry finish. Some warming, mostly in the throat. Toasty/coffee note lingers for quite some time. Pretty good brew.

Photo of iadler
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a jet black with a tan two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap leaving nice sheets of lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee beans

T- Follows the smell with dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and coffee beans.

M- Low carbonation and medium body. Creamy and rich mouthfeel that is slightly syrupy. No sign of the 8+ ABV.

O- Really enjoyed this as there was no alcohol bite, making it very drinkable. Could easily drink this on a regular basis during the cooler months. A straight forward, but well executed stout.

Photo of mikeborglum
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick black like used oil with nice thick chocolaty head and long lasting laces. Flavor is bitter chocolate and coffee enhanced with roasted grains and herbs. A full body with creamy, oily feel, soft carbonation to almost lively, and nice long dry clean and balanced finish.

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

Live review

Oil change thickness and color, not much head, barely a skin of light brown, some clingy legs of petroleum consistency.

Medium aroma, espresso and roasty grain, molasses, dark caramel, fresh hop bitter scent, even a hint of floral.

Hold the phone! Quite full flavored, starts deep roasty grain and coffee bitter, bitter chocolate, alcohol spice, sweet burnt caramel, and some really deep herbal, char bitter, and pine in a remarkably dry finish which holds an illusion of balance with a micro-unit of sweet.

Very thick, yet feels less viscous, very low carb., lasting in the mouth, clean flavors and cling, excellent finish that (slap me for this, I deserve it) could be a touch more sweet.

What a great stout, extemely brash, bright, and a killer dry finish for such a crankin' malt bill. Huge, heavenly, highly recommended.

Photo of JAXSON
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for this. Pours thick black with a thin coffee head and nice lacing. Nose is rich fudge, molasses, dates, anise. Sweet but very rich and pleasant. Mouth strangely departs from the nose and focuses on a nice, rich coffee bean with some dry baker's chocolate on the finish. Creamy, rich, expressive. Combines the sweet and roasted elements nicely, though not overly roasty. Carbonation is too sharp, really my biggest knock on this, and the mouth is a touch thin. I think I might like more dark fruits and sugar in the mouth. But this was a good one.

Photo of jondeelee
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of coffee and chocolate malt, promising the flavors that lie ahead.

However, in the mouth the brew proves far more complex than the nose would give away. The coffees and chocolates are still there, but are surprisingly accompanied by sweeter flavors: caramels, toffees, and dark fruits, perhaps black cherries sprinkled in pure cocoa powder. Though this is a sweeter stout because of these flavors, it is still a stout, and so it comes as no surprise that the flavors have a thick hoppy vein running through them, providing a nice bitter bite, and the coffee and chocolate malt are what linger longest on the tongue after the mouthful is gone. Mouthfeel is wonderful, the beer sliding across the tongue like slightly carbonated cream.

I highly recommend this brew for lovers of darker beers; you won't be sorry you splurged on a bottle. And at 8.8% for a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle, you probably won't need to drink more than one.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black, dark brown around the edges when held to a light. Head was two fingers just after pour, after a while it was a thin dark brown.
S: dark and roasty, a nice chocolaty sweetness almost reminds me of a milk stout in the aroma. It smells creamy.
T: dark roasted malt, a creamy mix of the malt, chocolate, a little nutty, oat smoothness/sweetness. There is a nice slightly piny aftertaste.
M: creamy, smooth carbonation
O: no complaints, is a great stout, wish it came in sixers and not four packs.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 1/2" light brown head that left a very nice lacing over black liquid. Very tempting looking stout.

S: Dark chocolate, some coffee, and a hint of yeast.

T: It tastes like a mocha cappuccino. Bitter chocolate gives way to a coffee finish. The only thing that is keeping this from being a 5 is the bitterness.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with low carbonation.

O: An exceptional beer that makes me crave another sip.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- Nice looking beer, two finger bubbly frothy brown head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing and retention, dark black color, opaque.
S- The aroma is pretty hidden, slight roasted malt notes, cocoa, coffee, some chocolate, slight earthy aroma as well.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, bitter taste, roasted malts, big coffee taste, oatmeal, slight chocolate.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, nice carbonation bitter on the palate, smooth and creamy, alcohol is hidden.
O- Decent stout, very easy drinking beer, well balanced, not overly complex but still enjoyable.

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/6/2011

On tap at Green Flash.

A: Black in the glass, with a huge foamy dark brown head. Retention is excellent and there is a lot of lacing left behind.

S: Pronounced dark chocolate with licorice and black strap molasses. Coffee is well integrated and there's an earthy roasted quality. No evident alcohol.

T: Lightly sweet with a moderate earthy bitterness. Lots of dark chocolate balanced by roast, coffee, and molasses. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. The finish is smooth.

M: Full body with an upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and sticky.

Overall: A really nice Imperial Stout. Robust and balanced.

Photo of litheum94
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No dates. Reviewed 6/11/11.

P: Black black. Big, tan head fills the glass to the brim. Settles out to a pool of bubbles, leaving really nice lacing on the glass.

A: Big cocoa smell. Oatmeal, coffee, figs and other dark fruits. Roasted barley and more chocolate, sweet and dark. Slightest hint of alcohol.

T: Starts off with a shot of liquid dark chocolate, deep and alluring. Silky mouthfeel. Roasted malts mid-palate, with a woody quality, perhaps chicory. Very dry on the finish, with bold coffee flavors. Leaves a slight sourness in the mouth, best described as a burnt acidity. Subtle dark fruit sweetness develops as it warms, and the finish smooths out a tad as well.

The best stout to get in a 4 pack, next to Old Raspy.

Photo of iheartIPA
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single 12 oz bottle at State Line Liquors in Elkton Maryland.

Pours midnight black. Not a terribly impressive head for an aggressive pour - 1.5 finger tops. Tiny golden bubbles shine in the light; clinging nicely to the glass. Pretty. Inviting.

The smell is not powerful. It takes long deep inhale to capture much of anything. I detect roasted malts and coffee. The 8.8% is nowhere to be found.

Thankfully the taste doesn't follow suit. Fairly aggressive on the tongue. Not a whole lot different from the nose, just significantly amplified. Don't recall such a flavored brew having such a muted scent. Anyway; the roasted malts and coffee are in full force and are lovely. Most surprising (and for me, most satisfying) was the hop bitterness. A very nice counterweight.

The 8.8% is there; not hidden, but an afterthought....

Very smooth, very drinkable. Overall, another quality product from Green Flash. Fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of warbird07
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my 6oz snifter...

This beer pours a real dark black, not much light getting through this..generous,off-white head, moderate lacing,..a good looking brew

molasses,chocolate,slight alcohol on the nose,bit of hops as well...

taste is pleasing..chocolate malts,anise,molasses,a bit warming,hop finish is nice..

mouthfeel is a bit thin for a double, but the abundent carbonation gives this beer good stature...a real nice example of an American double sout...Cheers!

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip, from notes.
A: pours a thick black body with a tan head with a finger of formation and retention is quite good. Lacing is large sheets. Carbonation levels are nice and slow.

S: big roasted aroma, with hints at toffee and coffee flavors. Intensity is medium to low for the style. Underlining hop bitterness are found.

T/M: Roasted malts play the front role, with a back up of hop bitterness. The coffee and toffee flavors come through on the lingering finish, the mouthfeel is full but a tad bit thin for the style.

O: This is a solid stout and really nice to see it in a 4 pack and not just a 22oz. Great flavors, I just would like it to be a bit more intense.

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

Shared by Paul. Served next to Green Flash Silva Stout.

The beer is black with a towering, beige head that leaves ample lacing in its wake. The aroma brings roast, malt, and milk chocolate. Alcohol presence is well disguised. The flavor is nice, albeit plain. The beer is silky smooth and goes down easy, although the mouthfeel is unusually thin for the style. A decent brew, and a good bargain.

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

On-tap at 1702 in Tucson on 7/18.

A - Dark as can be, pretty much black. Medium brown, fluffy, pillowy, inviting head.

S/T - Very similar between the nose and the taste. Molasses, brown sugar, sweet malt, roasted malt, caramelized sugar.

M - Smooth, subtle carbonation, tons of flavor fills the mouth.

Awesome.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an extra from a trade.

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Really dark black bodied beer with a medium almost dark bron head that really foams up. Over 3 fingers head that slowely dissapates into a nice cap. Nice lacing everywhere this beer touches the glass.

Smell: not too much here. Smells kind of weak. Roasty malts and coffee.

Taste: Wow this is the surprise. Serious roasty coffee that has a bitter bite to it. Did not expect so much flavor from this weak smelling beer! Also dark chocolate, molasses, light char and light smoke tend to linger in the back end of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Almost a full bodied stout, just under that. Lively carbonation for this style of beer. It really carries the bitter bite through to the end of the taste.

Overall: Very robust stout! Almost too bitter needs some balance for that bitter bite, but still a solid stout!

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A- Black, black, one finger, mocha head beautiful beer.

S- Chocolate covered raisins, mud pie, caramel.

T- cocoa nibs, some dark fruit, slight coffee notes, sweet & bitter notes.

M- It's like liquid velvet running down my mouth, thick and creamy.

O- For the price this is the best bang for your buck as far as an everyday Imp Stout.

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

My brother says this is in his top three for stouts. I tried a sip of it that he was drinking and it tasted delicious. Then he let me have a bottle! What a brother! Now I finally get to review this. The only other Green Flash beer I had was their Imperial IPA and oh God was that lovely. I've got high hopes for this one.

I poured this into my Guinness glass and this Double Stout is double dark. It's black and held up to the light I can't see through it at all. The head pours thick but builds slowly its creamy-frothy head that is the color of a dark mocha coffee foam. A good amount of lacing is left around.

This smells so lovely. Roasted coffee and chocolate come out strong here but it doesn't smell like a coffee stout. I usually don't like coffee stouts too much but this coffee smell makes my mouth water. There is some bitterness in there that comes from the coffee but there's an earthy hoppiness in there. I pick up cherries too that adds a bit of sweet aroma. I enjoy just smelling this.

How does this taste? Euphoric. Unbelievable. Delicious. Sinfully good. Honestly, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. My brother was right. I'm having a hard time giving this a 5 out of 5 because, honestly, I don't know what a perfect taste...tastes like, but this is about as good as it can get. This is robust with chocolate. Wow, at first I thought this was heavy on the coffee, in a good way, but now that it has warmed up a bit the chocolate takes the lead. It's dark, cocoay, and a bit sweet. The roasted coffee flavor adds even more deliciousness and some bitterness. I'm getting some dryness, no doubt from some hops. These roasted malts are too luscious, luxurious, and heavenly. This is as good of a stout as I've ever tried. Chocolate/coffee/hop bitterness at the front, sweet and luxurious chocolate in the middle, and a lingering roastiness throughout. I can barely pick up the alcohol. Maybe this is just me, but sometimes I get a weird aftertaste from beers that are too malty and often that comes with stouts. This stout has nothing like that.

You know, I tend to like the heaviest-bodied stouts out there. The heavier the better. But despite Double Stout's intense and lovely flavors it is on the lighter side of a heavy body to me...and I like it. It's not a negative to me. It makes it easy to drink. I feel like I could drink three of these because it tastes so good and isn't too heavy. Even though it's not too full-bodied it doesn't have a watery or thin feel to it at all. Carbonation is medium. This is creamy in overall feel and smooth.

Well, my brother said it was in his top three of stouts and I have to agree. Robust, full flavor while being drinkable yet not a light-bodied stout. The Double Stout is definitely one I'll have to try again and share of its deliciousness with my friends. This is definitely one of the yummiest stouts I've ever had. I just love the flavor. Another great beer from Green Flash!

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

Viscous looking pour. Completely black body topped with a solid finger of mocha-coloured head. Good lacing but retention could be better.

Nice big nose: molasses, dark roasted malt, earthy hops, alcohol, milk chocolate, caramel.

This reminds me quite a lot of Ten Fidy on the first sip, the appearance wasn't far off either (Ten Fidy is one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had, so this is no complaint). Big malt body with tons of dark roasted malt, caramel and a touch of smoke. Fairly bitter, presenting lots of dark soily hops. Minerals and a touch of coffee round out the flavour. Grapefruit pith, dark chocolate and a well-placed alcohol bite on the finish, though showing nowhere near its 8.8%. The only improvement I could make this one is to intensify the flavour a little; I do remember Ten Fidy as being a bit more intensely-flavoured.

The pour looked fairly viscous but the mouthfeel doesn't show it as much. Decent medium body, though I might like it a little fuller. Appropriate low carbonation.

The bottle describes this one as "big, bold and complex" and I would agree. In addition to all this, it's also fairly easy-drinking; it would be no problem to mistakenly plow through a few of these and realize your mistake when you try to stand up. I could drink this regularly if it was easy to find, I can't wait to find some more Green Flash.

Photo of DavidST
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No date on the bottle, but it arrived only this week in the local store.

Pours a pitch black color with a large mocha head, which quickly dissipates down to a thin layer (Without a doubt I think a double / IRS are the best looking beers). The smell is of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Medium to thick mouth feel which coats the mouth, nice and creamy. The taste is dark chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts, its very smooth on the way down and has a nice lingering bitter after flavor, very good, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall another great Green Flash product, this has become one of those breweries where I'll try any of their products I can find and expect great results. This double stout is no exception, a wonderful example of the style. I thought I might wait a few months to see how well this ages, but its pretty perfect right now. Excellent brew, this just might be my favorite stout thus far.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,721 ratings.