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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2110
Reviews: 755
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 drpimento


4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Fabulous beer. I admit, I'm biased against things that smell not so good. I don't know the metric, even if I'd wanted to, of how to appreciate that kind of skank. I try to like limburger cheese; no can do. I digress. Poured this beer at a slightly warm temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that pretty much lasted all the way down and a ton of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is sweaty leather, funk, dirt, hop, malt. Flavor's like nose, but much more friendly. The aromatic qualities are muted and the oral attributes of sweetness, bitter, tang come out along with a bit o' smoke and dirty love. Body is exotically poifect. Finish is like all of the above, actually pleasant, and leaves me looking for more. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 06:06:07 | More by drpimento
Photo of shand


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged since Green Flash's launch in Florida - so it's no younger than Feb. 2012. This is one great looking stout, dark and imposing in the glass with a massive head for the style. The aroma is very smooth and roasty. After a bit of aging, Green Flash Double Stout has become a gentle giant. Creamy chocolate and roasted malts fully carry things, with a bit of sweetness peeking through at the end. Extremely drinkable. Overall, a really good, readily available, and cheap imperial stout. Pick up a four-pack and hide it for a year.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 03:00:40 | More by shand
Photo of Lungman


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We have stouts, Russian, oatmeal whatever. Then we have this untamed stallion. Tighten your belt and try to hold on for 8, % that is. This huge meal of a brew is so damn smooth that I was loving this hard, until number 3 then I had to step back out of pure respect. I don't go into the whole scientific break down of a beer. So let me just say this one is chocolate creamy velvet love in a bottle. Smells awesome, taste awesome. Fricken grand slam baby.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 06:08:13 | More by Lungman
Photo of mattcrill


4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Lots of dark roasty notes up front. Reminds me of powdered cocoa and coffee with some bread dough character. A hint of licorice and a little bit of blackberries. Clean fermentation character. Low earthy hop aroma.

Appearance: Still black pour into the Duvel tulip. Looks menacing and black hole-like. The only sign of life is the lovely batter looking tan head that clings to the glass and retains well.

Flavor: Surprising earthy hop punch up front quickly followed by a dusty, powdery chocolate character. French roast coffee and cream character asserts as the palate gets acclimated to the hops. Balance is to the hop character with the roasted notes laying a nice foundation. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Slightly creamy with a touch of dark roasted grain astringency. Warmth is noted on the back of the tongue and lingers.

Overall impression: A nicely crafted Imperial Stout. I like the drier roasty and chocolate character that I associate with Americanized stouts. Very complex and highly hopped. Great now and probably even better with some age.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:22:30 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Mdog


4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black, huge head.

Smell: Roasted malts, moderate chocolate.

Taste&Feel: Nice mildly sweet chocolate, hint of bitterness. Very smooth, somewhat light but moderate feel, very drinkable.

Overall: I really liked this one I picked up in Hudson. Nice flavor profile and very drinkable for a pretty big stout. The mouthfeel on this beer was great.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:22:49 | More by Mdog
Photo of HardTarget


4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black glass laughs at my feeble attempts to shine light through the back of it. Holds a solid finger and a half gloppy sticky foam head that looks like it will outlive me.

Smell: Dark malt, almost want to say extract but not really, just deep and rich barley with roasted notes that go a bit sweetened coffee.

Taste: Big flavor profile, starts sweet and malty, heavy deep and wide. The middle of the swallow shows a 'flash' of "green' hops, citric but not really bitter as there is so much malt to swim against, but brings it somewhere toward the middle before the flash fades and a rich sweet cold coffee, cocoa yummy finish lingers and encourages the next sip. It's almost like eating fudge batter.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body demands a good chew or two. Almost milkshake consistency, they didn't short anything in the malt bill.

Overall: Oh my. I've been overlooking this one as I thought the breweries specialty was the hop bombs, here they show they own the other side of the spectrum too. A lot of traditional Stout flavors, forgive me but there is even a slightly Guinness Foreign Extra sour note that really works well in the package.
Serious beer, I'll be picking up another.
Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:17:27 | More by HardTarget
Photo of KYGunner


4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Velvet black coloring with a gorgeous glow. The head was deep dark brown with syrupy lacing and very good retention.

The scent was a dry chocolate with a touch of charred malt. Loads of marshmallow and smoky char there's a bit of coffee and toffee.

Creamy chocolate, marshmallow, charred sweet malt, a little caramel and toffee accompany a smoky coffee. The sweetness of the marshmallow and caramel malt seem prevalent and delicious.

The feel is creamy thick and full with limited carbonated sensation.

I've had this a couple of times and found this last experience to be outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 01:15:20 | More by KYGunner
Photo of ckollias


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a thick, tan, frothy head that last forever leaving a good trail and solid lace.

S: Creamy roasted malt aroma with a chocolaty and coffee backbone.

T: Tastes just like it smells with that creamy chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Starts out smooth and gets slightly astringent with a coffee taste

M: Smooth mouthful with a medium – medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent imperial stout – great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:21:35 | More by ckollias
Photo of Ri0


4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - It looks very nice. Bold, obsidian and dark, with a huge 3 finger dark thick tan head. A thin head remained for almost the entire session with loads of clumpy lacing. One of the best looking stouts I have seen for an entire session.

S - Big rich, roasty malts, chocolate, caramel, light coffee, and even a bit of lactose.

T - Starts off with a smooth milk chocolate, but jumps into a bitter bakers chocolate quickly. The roasted malts and coffee are in the middle. Finishes with some more bitter chocolate, caramel, and some sweet lactose.

M - It is rich, creamy, with a medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is really good for a stout. The bitterness does linger on the tongue for a bit.

O - Really well put together Imperial Stout. Hops take a back seat to the roasted malts that showcase the aroma and flavor. Very enjoyable anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 01:38:30 | More by Ri0
Photo of MDDMD


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and great lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, hint of chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate,molasses, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a solid stout with good flavor and feel, nice for sipping

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 22:43:20 | More by MDDMD
Photo of lordofstarside


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, bottled 4/16/13. Still pretty fresh, but at under 9% I don't think these would age too well.

Anyway, it pours a solid midnight black with two fingers of khaki foam. Absolutely no transparency when held up to the sun with no visible carbonation. Good lacing, there's little not to love about the look.

Aroma is pretty run of the mill for a stout: strong roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, creme, some vanilla, and a bit of alcohol. Definitely not the most going on, but still pretty solid for a double

Taste is consistent with the smell, strong upfront bite of roast malts and coffee hits first and lasts the longest. Chocolate undertones come through with the back and leave with a nice caramel after taste

Feel is medium-thick bodied, a bit on the light side for a double/imperial. Very bitter, nicely carbonated, goes down pretty easy. While it's not bad at all, it's probably this beers weakest point

Overall this is a bit weak for a double, but still good. Worth a try, I wouldn't but it too often, though

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 00:30:09 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of Kuaff


4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bomber into a snifter at cellar temperature.

Double Stout has a beautiful three-finger, light brown, rich, creamy head which has great retention. The bottle calls this a "black ale," and it is indeed black as night.

It smells like vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. O, the chocolate! Loads of both milk and dark chocolate! An excellent little whiff of coffee as well. I think there may also be a hint of tart dark fruits in here too... maybe raisins and cherries?

The taste has everything the aroma has and more! Chocolate takes the spotlight once again (oh, joy!). Then I get a fantastic earthy bitterness in the finish. This one takes my most favorite traits of imperial stouts and amplifies them with great success.

Regarding mouthfeel, the carbonation is fairly low, with a creamy and silky smooth body that goes down really nicely.

It's kind of like a brownie in beer form. Killer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 17:06:49 | More by Kuaff
Photo of TWM

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured at about 50 degrees, two-finger head that persisted longer than I expected. The bottle was filled four months before I drank it- like that little tidbit on the bottom edge.

Appearance- Good for the type. Definitely opaque, very dark, head was thick and moderately persistent. Lacing was uneven, but still plenty to see.

Smell- This beer is defined by the malt and the roast, not hops or yeast. If you want a yeasty dark beer, find something else. If you want a lot of hops, try some others. This is a celebration of rich malts, and it started with the smell. Definite caramel and coffee, hint of chocolate and a sweetness that I normally expect with some Imperial Stouts or, of course, Milk Stouts. The smell was strong, persistent, and consistent with the flavor.

Taste- nicely bitter, balanced by the caramel tastes. Most prominent overtone was coffee, but this is such a strongly flavored beer that it has room for a lot of other flavors. The caramel and coffee notes were clear, there was something that reminded me of fruit or a homemade candy (peanut brittle?) that implied sweetness without making the beer actually taste sweet. The roasted malt was the star by far, and I loved it.

Mouthfeel- moderately heavy (hey- it's a stout!) but well evened out by the bitterness that didn't get overwhelming. The aftertaste was strong coffee- bordering on too strong, and the only (slight) downside to the feel.

Overall- This does not attempt to break new ground, just to make a darn good beer with dark roasted malts. Whenever I find this bordering on affordable, I'm going to grab some! Having said this, I can completely understand that many people would find it overpowering, too bitter, or just too much... but if you like dark beers, this is definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:00:05 | More by TWM
Photo of IPA35


4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous dark brown. Pretty big two finger head, thin bubbles and good retention. Good lacing. A pretty beer. Black in the class, very light brown around the edges.

Wow! I did not expect this to be that big considering the relativly low alcohol. I was wrong.

A pretty complex and delightly aroma. Sweet malts, roast, some smokey/woody notes. Dark chocolate and coffee (not very bitter coffee) and some sort of dark fruitiness that I always like in big stouts.

Quite an an "easy" double stout/IRS, quite drinkable and not too extreme on the roast.
It has a light dark fruit component to it, it has roastiness after that comes the coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall a very tasty beer that is well civilised.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Good stuff. Not extremely overpriced here in Europe. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:52:55 | More by IPA35
Photo of kojevergas


3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

8.8% ABV confirmed. Bottled: 09/25/12. That makes this about 8 months shy by my count. Self-identifies as a Double Stout, but it also includes the confusing epithet "Black Ale." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art, good bottle design, and blue branded standard pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger dark milky tan colour head of good milky lightly creamy complexion, nice soft appearance, good thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. Not quite a jet black but close; quite dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is light and uneven. A spot-on appearance for the style, but little stands out. You have to bring a lot to the table rise to the top of this style, and there's just nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Dark malts, caramel, peat, cream, the lightest hint of weak coffee (lacking roast or anything of interest), vague light molasses, chocolate malt, and the lightest hint of roasted malt. Nowhere near enough roast. The chocolate and coffee aren't at all evocative; there's no depth here. Not very impressed with the malts either. No hop aromatics are detectable, nor is any yeast character or alcohol. An average strength aroma for the style, and rather muted. Not bold or confident; very timid - not a good trait for an imperial stout. It's not horribly inviting as a result. No overt flaws, though.

T: A pretty run-of-the-mill dark malt build with some light smoked malt and chocolate malt. Coffee presence is minimal. Overly bitter. Lacks roast, a key flaw. Light peaty bitterness on the climax isn't at all satisfying. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through. Oats seem strangely out of place here. Caramel. It's quite a malt bomb all around, with none of the good aspects of a solid imperial stout. Very underwhelming. Timid. Badly balanced - in particular that naked grainy bitternes. Touches of molasses don't do this any favors. Badly built and constructed. Not a fan of this one.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too slick for the style, which requires more body, coarseness, and dryness. Oats lend it a strange smoothness and almost acrid astringency. Too thick for its lack of flavour depth and/or diversity. Decent carbonation. Below average execution for the style. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well. Chewy and grainy.

Dr: A very subpar effort from Green Flash. One of the more underwhelming imperial stouts I've had in awhile. Almost everything good that I look for in beers of this style is not present here. I wouldn't get this again and I wouldn't recommend it. Really disappointed in this one. Somewhat drinkable but very underwhelming. Hides its ABV decently.

Low C+

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 05:50:53 | More by kojevergas
Photo of da_beers


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful black, with a tan head of almost two fingers. Decent lacing.

S - Chocolates, espresso, sweet malts all hit right away. Some roasted scents from the malts as well. Has a bite to it on the nose, but also a sweetness from the malts - I dig the smell.

T - Has a nice bite at the front from the hops, then evens with a smooth warmness, followed at the end with the espresso. Roasted/smokey chocolate notes dance around the palate as well.

M - Not as full bodied as some stouts I've had, but has a nice smoothness and warming qualities.

O - Overall decent stout, definitely not Green Flashes best brew, but not bad at all. Worth a try and I overall enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:27:10 | More by da_beers
Photo of snaotheus


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a big snifter. Bottle says "02/05/13" on it, but it's not clear to me if that's a best by, sell by, or bottled on date. Tasting it at home on 12 May 2013.

Pours black with a light tan head, fair amount of carbonation. Basically opaque. Smell is rich and roasty, a little bit of coffee. I get something slightly nutty out of it.

Taste is coffee, sweetness, more of that roastiness. Not sure I can describe what I like about it, but I do like it.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Overall, this is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:28:11 | More by snaotheus
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily black with a beautifully creamy, chocolate-coloured head. The head doesn't have the retention I expected from its density, but results in decent lacing and still a very good looking beer.

Aroma of roasted chocolate and dark malts has smoky barrel undertones. Although it's got great depth, slightly more subtle than I expected. Phenomenal flavour at all levels, from an initial milky sweetness to a coffee bitterness in the finish, this truly offers all the best of roasted dark malts. Well balanced but complex - a perfect sipping beer. Mouthfeel is like velvet, with the expected creamy residue and aftertaste. This finish lingers for an impressive length of time.

Another brilliant beer from San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:23:01 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: I can find no flaw with how this beer looks. Pours midnight black. Don't even try to look for light sneaking around the edges, it's just not there. Not even direct sunlight can make it through (OK, I used a high-power photography flash just for kicks, and it did manage to bring out a deep, red-brown hue for a microsecond, but that's cheating...) The head was a finger-plus of dense foam the color of espresso crema; it dissipated very slowly, and left lacing all around the glass.

S: Bready, toasted grain is the strongest aroma, followed by tart fruit. Also some coffee, molasses, and a hint of maple syrup.

T: Tangy more than malty from the start, although malty sweetness does show up about halfway through the sip. I detect grapefruit juice, then grapefruit rind. Some coffee, to be sure. Pine sap. Just a hint of fatty acid, but not for long. There's more grapefruit rind, fairly intense in its bitterness, showing up late, and it is rejoined by coffee in the finish.

M: Fairly thick and chewy, but well carbonated. Dryness bordered on astringent at the finish. Boozy notes were marginally present.

O: Perfect in appearance, good in taste. The dryness & bitterness of the finish were a little more than I'd have liked, but a very good brew all in all.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 18:05:25 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of barczar


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields an opaque onyx body with a frothy one inch mocha head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of holy lacing.

Nutty, roasty malt, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate form the initial aroma. Tar and tobacco add complexity, along with subtle dark cherry, vanilla, and molasses.

Flavor is initially chocolate dominant, complemented by slightly tart cherries. Roast character becomes evident mid palate, and carries into a fairly bitter, coffee grounds finish. Nutty notes and light floral hops emerge. Raspberries surface in subsequent sips. I'm burping malted milk balls.

Body is fairly thick and smooth, with carbonation unexpectedly spritzy. There's a touch of alcohol warmth.

The tart cherry/raspberry notes are slightly overwhelming, but it lacks the acrid character present in some roast malt dominated examples. Chocolate and roast character are in good balance, and coffee isn't over the top. Wish the carbonation were lower. Bitterness is slightly higher than I'd prefer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:21:56 | More by barczar
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger brown colored head. The head has a nice level of retention, fading over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a big roasted malt smell mixed with lots of dark coffee and chocolate. Mixed with these more bitter aromas are some smells of a sweeter dark fruit variety as well as some char.

Taste – The beer begins with a strong roasted malt flavor with some light sweetness of dark fruits upfront. As the flavor advances past the initial taste, a bitter chocolate and coffee come to the tongue drowning out much of the sweeter tastes that were detected before. While these more bitter dark flavors last to the end they are later joined by some flavors of smoke and a bit of booziness. These when mixed also with a light vanilla and woody taste leave a moderately bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is thick and creamy with a rather lower level of carbonation. The combination is fantastic for the roasted and moderately bitter and dark flavors.

Overall – A dark and drier Imperial stout with tons of roasted malt flavor and a decent bitter bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 14:02:11 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of PaleZombie


4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large wine glass,

A - Poured black with about 2 fingers of creamy brown head.

S - Woah! Roasted caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, molasses, maybe some slight vanilla.

T - Strong sweet caramel malt, Biter-sweet chocolate, coffee and some molasses and licorice in the back end. Wonderful!

M - Fairly heavy almost syrup like texture, very creamy medium carbonation.

O - This is a grate brew! If you see this pick it up, you wont be disappointed. Great intense flavors, I will definitely be buying this one again!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 04:25:53 | More by PaleZombie
Photo of macrosmatic


3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Talking Pint in Riverview, FL. Served in a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a one-finger mocha head and low visible carbonation.

S: Roasty bitterness, milky/lactose sweetness, and maybe just a bit of smoke.

T: Huge roasted malt flavors that are quite bitter, some cacao, and almost a flavor that reminds me of smoked peat in scotch. Almost woody dryness with the big roast bitterness on the finish.

M: Body is on the thin side for a double stout. Alcohol is well-hidden, and there isn't much carbonation.

O: Acceptable for style, but there are many better examples out there. Certainly not objectionable though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 01:40:08 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of BeerNotes


4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Opaque abyss brown with a khaki head. Not much lacing.

S: Cocoa, coffee, oats. Lots of full, roasted character.

M: Really smooth with a bit of a tingle at the very end.

T: Big, bold, dark flavors. Abundant chocolate notes.

O: It’s a big beer, in every way, and the word ‘balanced’ doesn’t belong anywhere near it. It’s a celebration of dark, roasted malts and the flavor profiles that come with them. Those flavors really start to expand once the beer warms up a bit, too, allowing the more subtle, cocoa notes and a great dryness to come through. The end is absolutely incredible; bitter, dark chocolate with no hint of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 18:18:22 | More by BeerNotes
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a muddy jet black with an average (1-2 finger) tan creamy head that lasted throughout, and produced excellent sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was bold of a roasty bread malt and a leathery yeast with notes of baker’s chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a hint of dark fruit (raisons and prunes).

The taste was a tad bitter, very malty with a bold roasty overtone and a hint of creamy bitter chocolate from the get go, progressing with a big dose of roasted coffee, a light fruity sweetness and a decent alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long while proceeding the swallow, with a bold roasty alcohol presence left behind to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was extremely full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall this was a very impressive Imperial Stout and even though it was simple and basic, it did possess an awesome drinkability and great flavor. Just goes to show sometimes simple and basic works the best...


Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 15:03:42 | More by KajII
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,110 ratings.