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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

848 Reviews
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Reviews: 848
Hads: 2,964
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 424 | 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:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

We explored 19th Century British Stout recipes, then charted a fresh course to land on a modern American version of the old-world classic. Our Double Stout encompasses the very best of both worlds. Golden naked oats, dark crystal and roasted malt offer a luscious balance of bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee. Fair winds and following seas. Smooth sailing, all the way home.
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Reviews: 848 | Hads: 2,964
Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is great, pitch black beer, tan head that sticks forever with great lacing. Smell Is coffee/cream and then huge roasted malts, almost smoky. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, slight smokiness and some cream in there too. Feel is expected for a double stout, alc covered. Overall this is a solid double stout. (328 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler from Jungle Jim's. This fine stout pours thick black with a thick luxurious tan head of tight beaded foam that dissipates to a thin layer of foam, a thick ring, and epic lacing. Nose od dark bakers chocolate, moderate cream, moderate alcohol, deeply roasted grains and malts, and dark fruits. Flavors up front are roasted grains and malts, deep chocolate notes to the rear with a light hint of coffee, creamy dark fruit notes come through on the aftertaste with alcohol warmth and moderate hop balance. Smooth slick mouth feel, medium carbonation that is lightly crisp, and a bitter hop/malt character rounding it all out. Most excellent. Never had this on tap before, love the bottle, and worth noting is that it is a bit smooth. That said, this is a fantastic stout regardless of it's decanter.

Cheers! (846 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

Massive chewy, burly dark-khaki head. Extensive lacing as the head recedes, forming rings and streaks about the glass. Pitch-black body as would be expected. 5

Strong aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Faded floral hop aroma and a bit of pungent sweetness combined with hints of booze. 4

Pretty potent hop flavor and bitterness with a matching of bitter dark chocolate followed by sweet creamy malts and vanilla. 4

It's got quite the bitter element too it, which ain't much of a surprise coming from Green Flash. But there's plenty of rich creaminess and a viscous mouthfeel that drinks very easily. 4.25

Warmth did wonders for this beer and I enjoyed it more and more. An excellent choice when in need of something easily attainable. (798 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black with big dark brown head, good retention and lacing
Smell: Dark roasty malt aromas with some alcoholic dark fruit
Taste: Reminded me most of the Old Rasputin - very classic Imperial Stout flavors with great balance. Slightly sweet, roasty, with noticeable but pleasant hops character. Delicious.
Feel: Thick, smooth yet nicely carbonated

Overall: For me this is a pretty ideal imperial (double) stout. It looks great with a nice sticky tan head that stays the duration, and the flavors and aromas are varied yet balanced. It has that thick creaminess in the mouth that you expect of a heavy stout. And it's not so strong that the alcohol overpowers the rest of the palate. No gimmicks, either - just a great all around stout! (742 characters)

Photo of jfugeman
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Sweet aroma, slight toffee notes. Wonderful taste of slightly sweet coffee, very roasty; finishes with a balanced degree of bitterness. Mouthfeel is unexpectedly thick, a bit grainy, but it's incredibly drinkable for 8+% abv. Fantastic beer, definitely on the sweeter side though. (321 characters)

Photo of heerboth
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer wasn't that great overall. A bit thin for the style and a pungent smell of alcohol. As it warmed, the alcohol mellowed and the malt flavors became more pronounced. However, you can do much better in this style category. (232 characters)

Photo of Oldejoe
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look. Dark, dark mahogany, with a medium brown, medium sized head, my favorite look.
Smell. Charred wood with bit of french roast coffee.
Taste. Fairly balanced, starts with a malty richness with a bit of sweetness then finishes with a somewhat more pronounced hoppy bitterness. Pretty good.
Mouth feel. Nice heavy body, chewy, spongey, oily then a dry, upper back palette-smacking finish.
Overall. My favorite is still a sweeter, maltier beer, but this is very good for a more balanced stout. (497 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 3.49/12 oz at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
BB 10/24/15 at 45 degrees into nonic
Aroma of roasted malt and caramel, smells slightly sweet
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, some caramel, some coffee, begins sweet, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, slightly oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25 (503 characters)

Photo of jabergess
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Smooth, smooth, smooth. No bite I could detect which is highly unusual for a double/imperial stout. This thing will sneak right up and get you if you let it. I would let it. (182 characters)

Photo of BlazerT
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pitch blacj with big, light brownish, densed head. Medium lasting. Average lacing. The nice aromas of roasted malts - dark, bitter chocolate and coffee. Also you can experience nice touch of toffee and earthy notes. Taste is medium bitter, toffee, chocolate with some liquorice and vanilla. In general taste is semi-sweet. Full body, oily and velvety texture, soft carbonation. Finish is coffe, semi-sweet and bitter. Little alcohol warming. In general very enjoyable and drinkable RIS. (494 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: The head was so heavy that it overflowed the glass (It could have been a poor pour, but still). The lacing was long-lasting and exquisitely thorough. The color is a dark cola.

Nose is sweet with dry malt, dark chocolate, almond milk, red fruit, and oatmeal.

Taste is sweet and nutty, with chocolate milk, cashew, currant, and tart cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry but balanced. Carbonation is mild, and the alcohol is perfectly nuanced.

Overall, this is a straightforward, thoughtful, incredibly well-made stout. (523 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a stout glass, my 4th Green Flash review. The color is a dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate color head. The smell and taste is full of roasted malts. Some slight mocha flavor as well. The mouthfeel is a little harsher than I'd expect, more carbonation than I'd expect but not too bad. Overall, everything you're looking for in a double stout. (372 characters)

Photo of willth
2.12/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is great, nice mocha head. Smell is just pure citra hops, taste is way too hoppy for a stout. Not sure what they were thinking with this one. Drain pour (158 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip/wine glass

A - Deep dark chocolate molasses, two finger very deep tan head and some sticky lacing.

S - chocolate, ripe berries, rich coffee, quite grainy, molasses, huge malt, simple biscuit yeast, soil, wet wood, cake batter, nice booze and baked good baking in the oven

T - chocolate, berries, cake, very acidic coffee, fresh soil, fresh cut trees, light booze, cinnamon and more chocolate.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, very acidic and a very nice bitter to sweet chocolaty finish!

D/O - Goes down like 'butta'. Very easy to drink, tons of flavor, right amount of booze and an all year long drinker.

Final Thoughts - $10 for a 4 pack pisses me off, but the 8.8% abv is awesome. (728 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice chocolatey black color with a dark brown head

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, earthy hops

Taste: Coffee and chocolate up front, a good helping of roasted malts and earthy hops. Some dark fruit on the back end

Feel: Full body, medium carbonation

Overall: An excellent beer, Green Flash shows they can do many styles well (364 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Opaque. Brown head. Smell and taste of roasted goodness. Malt, chocolate, and coffee. I love every bit of this, from the pour to the bitter aftertaste. I will get it again. (179 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice stout.

Dark black color, with a persistent, thick mocha head.

Beautiful stout taste, milder than I'd expected, kind of like a milk stout. Perfectly balanced. This beer has great integrity.

Rich mouthfeel. Long finish, after the mild taste, some bitterness expresses itself quietly. (306 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger of frothy mocha head.

Smell - roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, coffee bean, earthy hops, smokiness.

Taste - Bold bitter flavours of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, earthy hops, oats, and slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the malts and cocoa.

Overall - A unique Imperial stout. The hint of smoke adds another level of complexity to the overall boldness of this brew. Worth seeking out if you are seeking an out of the norm Imperial stout. (586 characters)

Photo of GFM
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours an opaque oil black. Cream colored crown with ring of carbonation bubbles around circumference of glass. Not much lacing. Coffee in the scent, but aroma is light with a hint of smoke. Feel is not as heavy as I expected. Coffee taste is muted (like the scent) and roasted malt comes through. Just enough hop bitterness to finish each sip. Got better with each sip. (8.5) (408 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: I’m stuffed up at the moment (I know that being in that condition is not ideal for reviewing a beer) so I’m not getting much out of the aroma, but other reviewers have noted aromas of roasted malt and chocolate, oats, some coffee, caramel, toffee, etc.

Taste: Big flavors of roasted malt up front, immediately followed by some dark chocolate, roasted coffee, brown sugar and caramel-like sweetness, some subtle licorice and hops. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell has there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.8%, I’m surprised at how little alcohol is present on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good stout! Good, strong malty flavors, well balanced with some sweetness, dark chocolate-like bitterness and some hops. Good beer. (1,037 characters)

Photo of MDHopster
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this one because it comes at you in phases. First you smell the caramel and malts then pick up the coffee and vanilla. Appearance wise, this is black with a brownish tan head, somewhat small with some lacing. The taste and mouth feel tend to build, starting with a creamy caramel and malt but over a few sips the carbonation and coffee start to give a small bite. (381 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee. Taste is strong coffee, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some lingering bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer. (256 characters)

Photo of jooler
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not really a stout person but I love green flash. Initially tastes like chocolate with a hint of coffee. And the chocolate taste lingers. Also has an alcohol taste that is sort overwhelming (189 characters)

Photo of srletend
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: oily black; absolutely no light going through; lack of much head from the bottle pour
S: artificial chocolate
T: chocolate; slight alcohol aftertaste
M: oily residue (168 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/6/15. Not meant to age?

Dark roast coffee black with light tan head. Retains pretty well.

Smell is coffee and dark chocolate with some fruit mixed in.

Chocolate flavor up front with sweetness held in check by a bit of hop bitterness. Bakers chocolate and cocoa powder. Sweetness seems to take over as it warms some and a bit of anise is mixed in.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Seems to thin out a bit halfway thru.

Above average imperial stout. Nothing earth shattering but it's flavorful and drinkable. Almost a session stout. (555 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.