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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 3,015
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 119
Gots: 443 | 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: 857 | Hads: 3,015
Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber size (22 oz) into an arrogant bastard pint glass. After cracking it I took a whif straight from the bottle and it smelled awesome, bottom line it spoke its name. After pouring the look of it was exactly as I would expect, black. It was already dark in the room but it did seem to me to be a somehow impossibly miniscule lighter amount of black than some other imperial stouts I've had. The head was off-tan reddish which I love to see, it always seems to be one of the trademarks of a solid cappuccino flavored stout. After tasting, the smell and the look of the beer had already defined the flavor of this brew, no surprises in that. Roasted malt and whatever hops they threw in give it a SOLID coffee flavoring, like the dark roasted kind of coffee that I love to drink, bold and in your face. This is balanced with a sweetness that comes in very smoothly and to me remains very camouflaged and in the background of the flavoring. The finish has a little carbonation which brings out the initial flavors even more which again is balanced well with the sweetness in the beer. Definitely a recommendable beer, I mean there are others out there which are better so I can't say this is a must have but seriously if you get a chance try this bad boy!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown liquid pours out that is almost completely opaque and lets just a hint of light through in the form of a red hue. the head is a creamy looking dark coffee color that lingers for about half a minute and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively big and gives off a big aroma of coffee. there is a hint of vanilla and notes of alcohol in the back

T-the taste is quite different than the nose. it brings a big amount of roasted malt with just a hint of the coffee from the nose. the faint note of vanilla is there but a lot of bitter chocolate comes in towards the finish and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M-this is a medium to full bodied beer and very smooth and creamy. it is carbonated aggressively and tingles the throat a little.

D-this is a pretty solid offering for a double stout. the flavors and aromas are relatively big. it is pretty straight forward and somewhat conservative; but still good.

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Photo of satowns
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind with 13 other stouts.

Pours black with thin brown lacing.

Chocolate and sublte hops fill the nose.

Coffee-mocha with a hint of oak and vanilla. Get a nice citrus hop character with a nice soft bitterness.

FULL BODIED! Smooth and mellow. a decent big stout.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash? Double stout? Sure!
Not the most impressive or impact making rendition of the style I've ever encountered. Far from it, actually. Not too much head even with a solid pour, not much in the way of rings or lacing on the glass. Light has a difficult time getting through this fellow but it's not the motor oil that others of the species are.
Scents are absent. Even on the warmer side I just can't get much of anything out of the odor.
Flavors aren't all that big or impressive either, but they are quite good. Chocolate is dominant, hints of coffee roastedness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there's a smooth quality that is quite appealing. Palate fatigue shouldn't be a problem with this guy. Alcohol content is very, very sneaky. Doesn't drink like a high octane beer.
While this is far from the most powerful double stout on the market it is certainly an enjoyable one. It is somewhat refreshing to see a stout that isn't trying to be the biggest, smack-you-in-the-face stout in the world. Well worth a visit.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The coffee version of this stout is excellent, but what will the "original" formula do? On to the beer:

Ink black in color, and it's not letting any form of light into the body. The head on top forms forms two finger's thick, and drops to a semi-thin lace on top, leaving good lace. Milk chocolate bars and oatmeal in the aroma....yum. Light phenolic note adds a small bump in the road.

It is smooth, it is sweet, and it is not harsh. Not even the alcohol greets your palate. They use oatmeal in this stout, and it shows in this beer. Milk chocolate at first. Oh damn, there's the very light phenolic note again. It's hopped, but they don't show up until the end and provide a pinch of tropical flavor. As the beer dries, you can taste roasted coffee.

The original formula is a good one. But could you imagine if that light phenolic edge was removed from the equation? It would be even better. Regardless, another good one from the folks of Vista, and a recommended pick by me.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle like in the picture drank out of an american pint glass. no freshness or bottled on information on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a completely black colored body with a tall finger of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice.

S- the smell is intense. very strong dark roasted malts. a small mix of milk and dark chocolate. a very strong coffee/hoppy end to it.

T- the taste is just as dark and roasted as the nose. almost burnt tasting. lots of the dark chocolate that i could smell but none of the milk. the finish is filled with strong coffee.

M- the mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this beer. too light and thin for the style. there is a nice bitter aftertaste and my mouth is left dry.

D- i like that this is a very dry and relatively low ABV big stout. most that i try are on the sweet side. i also like that this bottle cost me around 5$. ill check this one out somewhat often.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black in color and fully opaque. Large, thick, dark tan head with excellent retention, but only moderate lacing.

S: Roast malts. Dark toast. Some light coffee notes, and maybe just a little cocoa.

T: Heavily roasted malts. Borderline burnt (but not coming off as either offensive or overdone). Coffee, in the form of bitter unsweetened espresso. Cocoa powder and baking chocolate.

M: Medium-heavy in weight/body with a decent level of carbonation. Not heavy or viscous. Actually the body is lighter than expected.

D: Another very good beer from Green Flash. Great flavor, with a slightly lighter body than most Imperial Stouts, make this one very easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid stout. Pours good and black, midlevel weight/thickness. A decent amount of hop aroma together with what must be a drier form of chocolate. Some alcohol comes through, but not enough to turn your nose away.

Taste, quite nice, and damn if there aren't some good imperial stouts out there, but this one is pretty middle of the road for the good ones. Nothing adventurous to set it apart from a lot of the upper echelon stouts. And I don't mean that condescendingly, when you want a stout that has no frills, and delivers, this stout could be your cleanup hitter. Mouthfeel and drinkability, especially, are good. Mouthfeel loses .a little for not seeming as robust towards the end.

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Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours a very dark brown to almost black color. Extremely opaque, I'd say that 99% of light is blocked. Light head, only a film forms. Doesn't appear very carbonated.

S - Chocolate, roasted barley, some coffee notes. Just a hair of a hopping in there. Overall a roasted malt forward scent.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, chocolate, some light bodied graininess perhaps tied to oats. Mid-stream gets more chocolate, bitterness and some coffee astringency shows up. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate note which is immediately overcome by a potent, but not overly harsh, roasted barley flavor.

M - Moderate to strong body for a DIS. Sugary and sweet, full of body. Carbonation is light, no sting. Leaves behind a bit of an oily texture.

D - As far as DIS beers go, this one is high on the scale. I could maybe have 2 of these in one night and not go crazy. Flavors are smooth, well integrated - doesn't overwhelm the palette. Not filling.

A solid DIS. I would say it is borderline to be classified as a lesser stout - non double or perhaps a RIS. Although I'm sure the differences are very subtle.

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Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts combined with unsweetened chocolate. As the beer warms small amounts of dark fruit aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front remain steady and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. As with the smell light amounts of dark fruit flavors make an appearance as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid and smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer did lots of things well, nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. Very close to being great but not quite there. Smooth and easy-drinking and worth a shot.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY. This double stout pours jet black with a small tan head that fades away into minimal lacing. For the aroma, all the usual suspects make an appearance with the addition of some light floral hops. Taste follows the nose with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops. The finish is smooth and slightly bitter.

Good stuff! ~

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Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a flat black color with a nice tan head.

Aromas are of cocoa, chocolate and cream. The nose is on the subtle side, but still nice.

This is a nice full flavored stout. A bit burnt tasting, maybe a little heavy on the dark malts. But really, it turns out to be a minor flaw. There are some espresso and nice bitter bakers chocolate notes, some cream, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish has an earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is high on this one. Very nice strong stout, that doesn't go overboard. The flavors are strong, but not overpowering. And while a 22 oz took a while to finish, it was certainly enjoyable, and never too strong. Good stuff.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Impenetrable black beer with a dark frown head that faded slowly. Second hald pour (warmer) produced a larger head. Nice.
Sm. Strong burnt chocolate, some malt, maybe some vanilla or alcohol or something bordering on unpleasant in there.
Ta. Burnt chocolate predominates, burnt coffee with a nice hops bitterness following. This is strongly flavored stuff. The Woof hated the smell.
Mf. Good. Nice carbonation and filling.
Dr. 22 oz. went down easily. Once you adjust to the chocolate and coffee in an old sock left on the burner taste, it's great.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a wide-mouth goblet glass (would have prefered this in a shaped pint glass or smaller nonic, but that's OK).

Very dark seal brown body with faint bloody highlights and a thin milk chocolate/tan collar with a spattering of lace and an oily whirlpool in the center of the glass. Multiple layers of legs...

Booze comes across as vanilla extract in the nose. Orange peel, coffee grounds, brown sugar, hazlenuts, and maybe a hint of brown butter (one of the few times in a stout where what might be diacetyl actually works very well with the profile). Faint hops.

Roast malt, chocolate ganache, bitterness to offset the sugars...very rich flavors overall, though they are mostly fugitive, not lasting into the finish, which consists more of pipe tobacco, brown bread, and chocolate truffles. Very well done.

Velvety, chewy body with sufficient carbonation. No astringency or stickiness. Stokes your internal fire on a cool evening, but won't cause you to break a sweat. Very well done.

A big, filling meal in a glass - best served in place of hot cocoa as a night-cap. Despite the uninspired name, this is a unique stout, worth seeking out if you have the chance...

Update 9/20/2013 - this is superior on cask!

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Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured nearly black with a few ruby/brown highlights. The head was massive, rising a good 2.5" before dropping to a thin cap. Surprising amount of lace stickage on my glass.

S= Really boozy. Beyond that, I noted roasted malt/coffee, light chocolate, and a general lingering sweetness.

T= Tasted better than it smelled, with the roasty grains and the chocolate/caramel malt notes combining well enough. not a lot of hop presence, but it was certainly detectable. The finish was dry and skewed to the roasty side.

M= Really more medium than heavy in the body, with lots of carbonation. Good tongue coating capabilities.

D= A bit boozy, but all in all a very good offering. Not as smooth as its competitors, but worth drinking all the same.

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Photo of ToddT
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped by a well formed three finger brown head. Head is long lasted and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and coca notes are all present in the nose.

T- Taste follows the nose, chocolate seems to dominate from beginning to the finish. The molasses, caramel, and malt notes are in a nice balance to the chocolate. Finish is dry with a slightly bitter final note of dark chocolate, coffee, and hops.

M- Full bodied and decent carbonation. Feels thick, chewy, creamy, and silky in the mouth.

D- Well balanced easy drinking double stout. The 8.8% ABV is not apparent anywhere, which could get you in trouble quick with this one.

Nicely done, super solid, nothing crazy double stout. Great job Green Flash.

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Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colored stout with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is coffee grinds.Taste is smoked malts,chocolate,coffee,cream and sugar cane.Very creamy and velvety smooth goes down like silk.Highly recommended and I would purchase again.Two for two for this brewery!!

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with 2 full fingers of head that leave a thick layer of lacing down the walls of the glass. Smell is big and roasty, with hints of sweetness and bitter coffee present.

The taste doesn't have much of the sweetness that I detected on the nose, but the roastiness and the bitter coffee come through full force. This one has some huge flavor, more than I anticipated. Very nice too....pretty much the blueprint for what an 8.8% ABV stout should be like. Only thing keeping this from being a 5 is a lack of any real complexity.

Mouthfell is medium to medium-full, good carbonation levels. This beer impressed the hell out of me. I really didn't have any expectations at all, but if I did it would have exceeded them. Buy this beer.

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Photo of Yesac
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, medium sized brown foamy head that doesn't fade away quickly.

S- Coffee, earthy oak.

T- Along with the smell.. burnt oak, chocolate, and a warming from the alcohol. Drink this around a campfire. A little to much oak and earth for my liking.

M- Great job here.. not to dry, thick or thin.. its just right. Covers the palate well and makes it refreshing and hard to put down. Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

D- Good stout overall.. great for the cold weather because of its earthyness. The mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Thick, black, and dense. It has a nice tan head that gives a nice cascade affect.

S-Alcohol, molasses, brown sugar,and a hint of coffee.

T-Chocolate, dark fruits, some hoppiness, and a nice coffee finish, with some lingering alcohol.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Pretty drinkable double stout. It doesn't have as much coffee flavor as other double stouts I've had which made it easier to drink.

Overall, this is a pretty good double stout. However, this beer seemed to get less complex over time. It seemed to become more one deminsionable. I would recommend this stout to lovers of the style.

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Photo of david18
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like almost everything from Green Flash Brewery, especially the double india pale ale. This is also a great beer. Not the best West Coast Double/Imperial Stout but up there. Great roasty flavor, great aroma, good dark brown head, great lacing and who doesn't love that color!

The flavor is a little less intense than my favorites (i.e. Hercules, World Wide Stout) but, again, it's up there. This is a good one to get and if you're on the east coast, can be a buck or two cheaper than the others (must be good distribution).

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Photo of Rayek
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with deep mahogany highlights. A big and fizzy tan head has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, oak and dark fruits greet the nose.

T: Nicely balanced. Burnt oak, espresso and bakers chocolate start things off. Bitterness follows with a pepper bite that's aided by a mild alcohol presence. Finishes warm and dry with a lingering burnt bitterness.

M: The medium-heavy body is oily and has a touch too much fizz.

D: I found this to be an enjoyable beer. It's very well balanced, rather than over the top bitter like some takes on this style. A nice sipping beer for a cold evening.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a jet black color with a thick, long-lasting, off-white head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S -It smelled of roasted malts and molasses. There were mild notes of caramel sweetness.

T - It tasted of sharp, coffee-like roasted malts. There were hints of oak and wood. There was a smooth caramel sweetness.

M - It was thick and creamy. A medium bodied stout.

D - This is a very nice imperial stout. Lighter than most but still very good.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a sinister looking black with a creamy, dark khaki colored head that rises to about 1 1/2 fingers before it melts away to a thin skim and irregular ring. Only a few tendrils of lace were left behind.

S: Holy crap! Does this smell good! Plums dipped in caramel and dark chocolate lead into some more savory dark fruit, burnt malt, cocoa, campfire, espresso, and milk chocolate covered cherries.

T: Sweet over-ripe dark fruit and caramel mix with both milk and dark chocolate, rum drenched raisins, dark roast french press coffee, fudge brownies, cocoa nibs, dry roasty nuts, and a spicy tang from the hops and/or alcohol.

M: Equal parts thick, gooey, and sweet mixed with bitter, prickly, and with an ashy dryness. Plasters itself to everything in my mouth with a peppery dark fruit tang.

D: Man oh man. If there is such a thing as a sessionable Imperial Stout, then this is it. The alcohol is totally non-intrusive and the complexities of this only increase as it comes up to temp. This is a great stout!

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Photo of sprucetip
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with thick tan head that lasts a long time and leaves thick lacing. SMELL faint at first and hard to find, but later easy to find, richer and more complex. Vaguely fruity, roasty, malty sweetness creeps in. Coffee, molasses and booze also. TASTE is roasty, coffee, chocolate, fruity, and some malty sweetness dance around each other early and through the middle. Roasty flavors and bitterness then take the lead, with some fruity, sweet and boozy notes adding complexity. some bitterness in the finish. Smooth. FEEL thick, full, rich texture and body. Smooth and luxurious. OVERALL delicious, rich treat. But easy drinking for those who like bold stouts.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.