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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2102
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%

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 dsa7783

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison for $5.79...
"Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts..." on the front, orange logo sticker...
Pours a deep-dark, ebony, jet-black hue with an enormous foamy and frothy tan head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Thick, powerful aroma dominated by roasted malts, and deep, dark, burnt chocolate...
Taste was top-notch for an Imperial Stout - bursting with roasted malts, deep, jet-black coffee, cappuccino, dark latte, rich espresso nuances... Very clean, creamy, rich, and smooth, and the best part about it was that the 8.8% ABV was extremely well hidden...
Sweet, textured flavor without being overbearing along with a creamy, rich mouthfeel and a good level of drinkability for a beer of such strong character and flavor...
Definitely one of the better Stouts on the market...

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 23:44:38 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Crosling


2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dark brown nearly black color with a small, beige head of foam. Nose is awfully light smelling, mostly hop accented with some malt character but the nose overall is disappointing. It's a hoppy stout, mostly hop accented with citrus notes and lots of bitterness. Malts are a bit over roasted and unbalanced, lots of bitter chocolate and coffee ground notes, but it could show some more fruit character. Pretty brash and not a lot of complexity or overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 03:49:11 | More by Crosling
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to drunkmonk for hook'n me up with this one. Dude, awesome extra!

Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger foamy dark tan head that fades to surface fairly quickly, leaving spotty patterns of lacing behind. Needs to warm up pretty good, but the smell will get your attention. Initially an almost pungent roasted character, but upon further 'consideration' complexities are revealed like the rings of an onion. A dark fruit thing comes through and something that comes across with some bitterness takes on a licorice-like character with a cocoa accompaniment. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied, smooth and coating. Full flavored, the taste is also complex. Scoring points for imagination and creativity! A classic Double Stout; molasses, cocoa, java, licorice and a cherry/vanilla barrel-aged character. Too cool! A ton of stuff to consider. 22oz is definitely not enough of a sample to dignify this one. A real easy drinker...the 8.8% ABV may 'kick in' at some point. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 23:28:54 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, split with a few co-workers.

Appearance: Black in color (what else?) with a frothy three finger head that leaves behind sheets of lace as it settles. Nice looking stuff - better head retention than most big stouts.

Smell: Unsweetened cocoa, molasses and roasted barley. Very muted overall - it takes quite a bit of sniffing to pick anything out.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very roasty and bready with a subtle molasses-like sweetness. Nice and thick on the palate, but not overly strong in flavor. Only semi-sweet, this isn't a dry beer per se but it is very balanced. The finish is moderately hoppy with a pleasant resiny bitterness mixing nicely with the roasted notes.

Notes: A good brew, but it does strike me as being slightly one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 00:27:06 | More by largadeer
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, dark, strong and sludgy, just like a double stout should be. This one has that San Diego sizzle that I have come to love from GF. Pours near black , leaves great sheeting/lacing. Cocoa, and cafe au lait nose, bold notes of bitter chocolate and coffee, drying resiny hops late. Just wonderful stuff. Go get some of this SD style Impy/double stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 02:42:30 | More by Billolick
Photo of Wildman


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured pitch black and formed a medium tan foam head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee and anise. Flavor was of malt, molasses, chocolate and a hint of coffee. The body is medium light, which is unusual for the style. The finish is bittersweet and slightly burnt. This is a very good beer, yet the body lacks some complexity I expect from this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 02:11:40 | More by Wildman
Photo of dedrinker


3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color, no light at the edges with a thick foamy tan batter-looking head. Aromas of baking chocolate and roasted malts. Flavors mimic the aroma with the addition of a mild earthy hoppiness, and a warm alcohol presence. Fairly standard flavor here, but slightly lacking in depth, though it does have a full-bodied and soft mouth feel. Finishes with powdered cocoa and gentle roast. Not bad, but I probably won't ever be coming this way again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 05:57:53 | More by dedrinker
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Sam's in Durham, NC.

A - A deep, dark, black hole that allows no light to pass through. It's got a huge tan head with some serious retention.

S - Roasty and malty with some chocolate and coffee notes.

T - A very smooth stout with a balanced foundation of roasted malt and alcohol. Not dry but not sweet. Some hops too. Not much bitterness (almost could use a bit more).

M - Very thick and chewy. I wonder how it would pour on pancakes. Great carbonation. Lots of small bubbles like a nitro tap.

D - This is a very nice imperial stout. It's smooth, complex and easy to drink. I'll definitely be bringing it home again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 21:52:38 | More by GJ40
Photo of yemenmocha


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a scary opaque black with tan head.

Nose is complex with metallic notes, Whopper's candy nougat, dark chocolate, and brown sugar.

Palate has a large roasty component, some chocolate, and plenty of alcohol warmth. Big bodied also.

Very flavorful but the alcohol isn't masked very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 21:52:07 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at Julio's Springfest and I had to buy a bottle. Served in my DFH snifter. Poured an opaque black. Half-inch, dense, mocha-colored head quickly settled into a thin skim of ringlets and foam. Head was replenished with each vigorous pour. Sheets of watery lacing, but no legs. Nose is all chocolatey goodness. Sweet, sugary and roasty with the slightest hint of alcohol detectable at the back. Taste consistent with nose all the way with the addition of a touch of oats and a kiss of hops. Mouthfeel was smooth; not quite velvety as there was a mild effervescence, but no carbonation burn. Alcohol is present, but more in terms of a warming sensation rather than being overly hot. My first Green Flash, and I was not disappointed. This beer is a winner, but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 00:12:31 | More by Jwale73
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bomber poured into a DFH pint glass yields an opaque brown-black body, apparently with brown-black highlights, crowned with three fingers of dark khaki foam that begins lacing the glass as it recedes to a fat finger that retains well. Subsequent additions from the bomber to the glass solidify the head into a creamy puck that leaves thick lacing.

Rich molasses smell, with caramel, and somewhere in the back is a friendly, earthy hop aroma.

Molasses greets the tongue, with earthy, buzzy hops and a backing of dark, semi-sweet chocolate-covered caramels. A little fruity, with a nice finishing mild coffee bitterness.

Smooth with an oaty silkiness, medium-bodied and not at all heavy; another excellent offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 00:31:23 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of ArrogantB


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will always give new Green Flash beers a shot because the West Coast is such a wonderful beer. This was black and smelled delicious. Roasty, smoky smells, dark chocolate, good job. The flavor is nice but not as good as the aroma. Easy to drink because the alcohol is undetectable. Overall this was certainly worth the money but I still think the West Coast IPA and barleywine are their winners.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 03:45:56 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Overlord


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with brownish edging. Has a crust of deep brown foam. Quite attractive.

Smells like cocoa, milk chocolate, and some hops. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and again; hops. Rich, flavorful, and just thick enough.

My favorite Green Flash brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2008 07:17:08 | More by Overlord
Photo of charlzm


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Stone World Bistro, Escondido CA, 05/21/08.

Labeled as 8.00% ABV on menu.

Opaque black, even in direct sunlight. Thin skin of tan foam for a head which provides decent if minimal lacing.

Almost no aroma - just a vague roasted malt smell.

A bit chewy and smooth in the mouth. Easiest way to describe the flavor is as an imperial Guinness. Roasted dark malts, chocolate, coffee, a touch of butterscotch (not a flaw in this beer, in my opinion). Finishes with some lingering bitterness on the tongue. Nothing out of balance or unusual, but the flavors are more intense than a typical Euro stout.

Very tasty and drinkable as hell.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2008 17:55:17 | More by charlzm
Photo of srandycarter


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark syrupy pour, overzealous speed resulted in pretty prominent head. Very bright light does not show through. Lacing sticky and clings to glass throughout.

S - Roasted Malt, coffee, chocolate.

T - Much the same as smell.

M - Something doesn't quite mix with flavors, heaviness and carbonation. Carbonation doesn't seem to flow at finish, but has a sharp presence of its own. Hard to explain. Could be more coating and larger volume on flavors.

D - Nice suds, fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 04:32:01 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Halcyondays


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a full cap of light tan foam into a Chimay chalice.

S: Sugary coffee beans, molasses.

T: Initial taste is as if you took black coffee and put 3 sugars and 3 creams in it, the classic 1998 mix for me. Oats are clearly evident, sweet and add a smoothness to the overall flavour. Roasted malt flavour rounds out the overall flavour profile, leaving a hint of burnt char.

M: Medium-bodied, would like more heft in a big stout, but pretty easy to drink, pretty oily.

D: A quite tasty overall big stout, the oats really bring out the sweetness not a bitter beer at all, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 04:35:48 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a thin head that lasts a ring. Aroma is some slight roasted malts, but very weak. The taste is a nice blend of roasted malts, fresh ground coffee and cocoa. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and fairly well hidden alcohol. This is a decent stout but doesn't seem like it would benefit from aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 02:57:20 | More by atsprings
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slow and sluggish dark dark brown, like an Imperial Stout should pour. Head was average and dark brown. Nose was roasted, coffee and chocolate but not that promising. Taste followed the nose and mouthfeel was good. taste better as it warmed to room temp. Drakes Imperial was a slightly better choice but along the same flavor, pour and smell but Green Flash was missing the deeper chocolate notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 13:45:25 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tprokop7


4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Yeti glass with BA's balberts and rbuckstar, from a Beirkraft growler gotten in trade with Jw347.

A - Jet black with a dark brown 2-finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted malts dominate the smell, followed by notes of bitter chocolate.

T - Sweet and chocolaty, with a nice roasted finish.

M - Just a little sticky, like I found with the LA Serpent's Stout. Other than that, the carbonation is pleasant and the beer is smooth.

D - This is a great beer overall, and I wish I could get more. I'm reaching for another glass right now...

Serving type: growler

05-04-2008 20:20:05 | More by tprokop7
Photo of wagenvolks


3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Three Philosopher's chalice.

I love Green Flash's West Coast IPA, so I was excited to see how the company treated the darker side of the spectrum with their Double Stout. The bottle pours thick, black & opaque, with a dark custard head buildidng to a half-inch before receding slowly to a patch of large bubbles. The aroma doesn't really knock my socks off. There's some caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted notes, while a hint of gingerbread and earthy hops waft in for good measure. It's good, but I was looking for more given the style.

First sip: Hellooo roasted malts. Big-time notes of coffee grounds and baker's chocolate dominate the palate, while some dark raspberry, smoke, and a roasted nuttiness round out the flavor profile. Body is creamy and thick, sitting heavily on the tongue and finishing with a bitter coffee aftertaste. A bit of chalkiness creeps in as the beer warms, but its not too distracting. Overall, there was a nice complexity to this Double Stout, which isn't too surprising. I have to admit, though, I was a bit underwhelmed by this one, considering the fact that it's gotten excellent reviews so far and that I love Green Flash's IPA and IIPA. I might buy it again, but only if I found it somewhere on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 03:24:26 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice appearance. Pitch black with a slightly tanned head. Generous in size, thick and foamy. Very nice indeed.

Plenty of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Very indicative of a nice stout. Slight hoppiness as well which is always nice in the style.

Coffee greets the palate immediately. Wonderful. Chocolate and a hop bite finish the mouthfeel. A very good surprise. I have never heard of Green Flash but with NC getting more and more shit in every day, the state is becomming a beer haven in the south. I highly recommend this beaut.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:10:15 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8.8% abv

a - pours black with a two-finger cappuccino colored head, good retention and lacing

s - sweet fruits, cherry and plum, mixed in with roasted malt, malted milk, milk chocolate, latte, not as "dark" and bitter smelling as most impy stouts, notes of alcohol in there as well

t - light roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front, chocolate covered cherries on the midpalate, black cherry, dark bitter chocolate, and light coffee flavors on the finish, hints of alcohol

m - medium-to-full bodied, lower carbonation, moderately dry finish, alcohol warming

d - definitely a big stout, but a fairly drinkable one, not much alcohol in the taste and definitely complex enough to keep you interested

Very interesting and unique stout and another great beer from Green Flash. The quality/price ratio on this beer is great at under $6...I enjoyed this much more than the '07 Dark Lord I had the other day.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:27:32 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Zorro


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says clearly it is 8.8% ABV.

Light proof black colored beer with a good brown colored beer.

Sweet and bitter chocolate with a strong floral hop aroma. Trace of carrot aroma and faint Kahlúa liqueur. As it warms the chocolate just gets stronger.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a strong coffee flavor and a good taste of smoke. Really good chocolate and roasted malt flavor lasts all the way through.

Mouthfeel is good.

About as easy drinking as Double stout gets period. Taste wise this could pass for a milk stout. Alcohol is completely hidden and it has no rough edges at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 23:27:02 | More by Zorro
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout had one predominant feature upon my sampling...an extreme taste of coffee. Now do understand that I do not drink coffee and do not prefer the taste of coffee. But this stout was still very drinkable pouring a ruby brown with a dark mocha head that fades after a few minutes. You can't taste any presence of alcohol yet a bitterness persists far beyond your sip. I was fortunate enough to get a tap sample in a growler from Bierkraft in Brooklyn NYC. www.bierkraft.com

Serving type: growler

04-23-2008 02:24:30 | More by koopa
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.8%ABV per label,this new gem to NC poured a jet black no light showing thru this puppy in my 22 oz nonic a frothy one finger light mocha colored head atop.A whole lot going on in the nose dark fruit,charred wood,dark roast coffee,and a bit of leafy hop.This beer is mabey now mabey is one of the new standards of the style I mean the flavors just hammer the taste buds...in a good way of course.Its roasted to the hilt and with a real smoky character but has a sweet dark fruit element to go along with some bitter chocolate and even a touch of vanilla in the finish all along keeping its big roasty-earthy base.Wow this beer blew me away I knew it would be good but this is awesome!One of the best beers of any style to come my way in a real long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 21:17:58 | More by oberon
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.