Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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United Kingdom (England)
4.19/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Coming in a short 12 FL. Oz. brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in GuldenDraak’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. The beer label states “Double Stout” – “Black Ale”, which I guess means to suggest that this beer follows no specific style… hence a “Black Ale”?
A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a very thick and frothy dark khaki head with good retention, while the carbonation level looks decent, constant but mild.
S: the aroma has upfront lightly metallic elements to pair with black malts, jammy dates, sweet vanilla, chocolate-coated coffee beans, light acidity and lively overripe pear-ish fruit esters; given a good swirl, a deep yet also 3 dimensional gristy and nutty dark maltiness with a pleasant touch of sweetness chime in, along with random notes as of leather, oat, crushed hazelnut, dark-coloured honey and even (faintly) musk fragrance.
T: smoothly carbonated, the entry shows again a little metallic edge on the side of the rather deep-flavoured, silky-smooth and not-at-all heavy gristy mixture of darker malts (presumably oat has rendered the extra smooth palate over here!); black stone-fruits and hop bitterness retreat to the place of the second fiddle, showing retrained undertones of coffee, bitter herbs, damson fruits, burned nuts, and earthy hints of English hops, before the flavour ends with a subtly spicy and mildly acidic note which lingers well in the aromatically malty finish.
M&O: the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, rounded, not heavy at any time, the flavour profile is sound and balanced, not like one’s usual super-charged hop bomb even in the guise of a huge wizardry black robe. Have I mentioned alcohol, by the way? If not, then it is because it’s just hidden too well… All in all, this is a delicious strong stout not in one’s “Imperial” fashion in any sense, but a rather balanced and approachable one.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2013 21:53:09 | More by wl0307
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep black with ruby highlights. Large head of tan foam, and some beautiful lace.
Nose is milk chocolate -- very appealing!
Taste is strong, with a big chocolate taste. There is a little char underneath it all, but it's a subtle flavor. The high ABV is masked well here, too, and this is a superb, world-class double/imperial stout. I've yet to have a mediocre beer from the top-notch Green Flash!
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2013 16:19:33 | More by secondtooth
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Disappointing -- I'd had this recommended to me by a friend of a friend while we were drinking Berserker. The young guy talked so well of it in the immediate lingering brilliance of Berserker, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a bottle.
I should've known, seeing the subtitle on the label . . . beneath "Double Stout", the label reads "Black Ale" in much smaller type, as if offering a disclaimer or a sheepish qualifier. The flavor in the mouth is certainly more like a 6% black IPA than it is an imperial stout.
The beer pours beautifully, with a half-inch of dirty brown foam. (The lacing clings to the glass a bit, but then slides off too readily). In addition to the aroma being thin and one-dimensional (all roast), the flavor on the tongue is thin and limited to roasted malt / burnt coffee. The one thing I want in an Imperial stout is almost completely absent: sweetness. There's hardly any sweet fruit, no caramel/butter, no vanilla, no candy sugar. (As it warms, a pecan savoriness expands the profile a tad, though the aroma remains pretty much AWOL except for the coffee.) There is, of course, significant hop bitterness. But that doesn't exactly help matters.
I can't help but think of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or Founders Breakfast Stout, both of which I used to love, back before I'd had Mikkeler Black Hole, Founders Imperial Stout, Peruvian Morning, Blackout Stout, Speedway, Weyerbacher Tiny, and Southern Tier Mokah. Perhaps my problem is I've gotten spoiled by the higher-ABV of my favorite double stouts . . . ?
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2013 02:36:47 | More by martyl1000
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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