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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2109
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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of coffee and chocolate malt, promising the flavors that lie ahead.

However, in the mouth the brew proves far more complex than the nose would give away. The coffees and chocolates are still there, but are surprisingly accompanied by sweeter flavors: caramels, toffees, and dark fruits, perhaps black cherries sprinkled in pure cocoa powder. Though this is a sweeter stout because of these flavors, it is still a stout, and so it comes as no surprise that the flavors have a thick hoppy vein running through them, providing a nice bitter bite, and the coffee and chocolate malt are what linger longest on the tongue after the mouthful is gone. Mouthfeel is wonderful, the beer sliding across the tongue like slightly carbonated cream.

I highly recommend this brew for lovers of darker beers; you won't be sorry you splurged on a bottle. And at 8.8% for a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle, you probably won't need to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 21:21:11 | More by jondeelee
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kevinconroy

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome, one of my favorite imperial stouts. I usually like my stout at a little high abv because I feel as if the higher abv gives it that extra kick it needs, but this beer at 8.8% is awesome. It is nearly perfect and flawless.

The bottle does not lie when it states highly complex. On the nose it smells like opening a fresh bag of roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste wise this is a malt bomb, not very hoppy. Chocolate and coffee, with hints of anise.

Overall this beer is spectacular. One of the best I've had and Stouts are my specialty.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 03:36:07 | More by kevinconroy
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Very imposing pour, as the solid black body was topped with a two finger thick, khaki colored, head. The look was pitch perfect for the style. The smell strongly of coffee, chocolate, and toffee, and faintly of almonds. The taste was very evocative of coffee and chocolate as well, followed by a boatload of hops, then roasted grain astringency, and finally a brown sugar sweetness. The mouthfeel was creamy and thick. This was a heck of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:59:38 | More by rajendra82
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ralree

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark tan head on this one - very poofy and full. Pitch black color. Head retention is awesome.

S: Surprising amount of hop smell for a stout. Rich chocolate notes.

T: Wonderful chocolate flavor with great northwest hop notes. This is a winner. Bitter flavor permeates the nice wood-fire burned toast flavor. Very drinkable. Alcohol barely detectable. A nutty aftertaste.

M: A little overcarbonated, but not much. Thick and chewy - coats the mouth nicely. Pretty oily. Non-astringent and full-bodied. Well-done.

D: Drinks wonderfully. It's pretty rich and filling, but for this style it's great. Not one you would have with a meal for the most part, but would be great with some cheese or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 23:45:04 | More by ralree
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chickenflea

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malts with notes of coffee and fruit. Taste was bitter dark chocolate predominantly. Finish exhibited a pleasant burnt taste. Smooth finish. Mouthfeel was creamy. Medium body. Overall one of the best stouts I have had. Smooth, creamy, flavorful. A wonderful dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:31:00 | More by chickenflea
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Edwaka01

New York

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz into Chimay goblet.

A - BLACK. 2 finger foamy, creamy dark brown head. Long retention and mass lacing.

S - Heavy smoke, roasted DARK malts. Coffee. Chocolate. Espresso.

T - Smoke, roast, coffee, cocoa. Black malts, slightly hopped middle ground.

M - Creamy and full. Smooth, no alcohol burn.

O - I couldn't ask for anything more from a straight-forward American stout. Will re-drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 05:29:41 | More by Edwaka01
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug. Oily black with a thick, foamy tan head that stays full for a long time, leaving some sticky lacing on the mug. Smells amazing in the bottle: coffee and chocolate. Once poured it smells a lot more metallic, but that's probably the hops sneaking through. Taste follows the great smell; creamy and smooth, coffee and bitter chocolate witha smooth finish, hops just lingering on the back of the tongue. Overall this is a great beer, one of the best American imperial stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:50:27 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

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
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dqderrick

California

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

A
Looks like a shot of espresso. Makes me want a shot of espresso. Minimal head with a little lacing.

S
Sweet chocolate. Very light roasted oats... grains.

T
Doesn't taste quite as sweet as sweet as it smells. A great double stout flavor. Yum. It is definitely sweet.

MF
Very smooth. Little bubbles on the back of my tongue on each sip. I long for a creamier stout.

D
Very worth it. I'd keep one in the fridge for a change of pace once in a while. I could drink a bomber by myself no problem... and then some.

PS. Referring to the bottle photo... NOW THAT is how you take a photo of a beer bottle. Damn, nice bokeh.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 03:55:12 | More by dqderrick
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Riverwarrior

Texas

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

S = Rich coffee and dark chocolate dominate without being too powerful, yet very inviting.

T = Incredible! Bold coffee and semi-sweet baker's chocolate upfront. A wave of molasses is next and before the sweetness has a chance to become cloying, here comes the roasted coffee bitterness to level off the sweetness and provide a balanced finish. No alcohol detected in the taste.

MF = Rich, thick body with carbonation being between low and moderate. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall, this is one the best stouts that I've tasted. It has it all...sweetness, coffee bitterness, and is very easy to drink. I will be keeping this one on hand. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 10:50:07 | More by Riverwarrior
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joepais

Maine

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

A huge thanks to duffmanrob
For sending this one along in the black booty BIF

I split this one amounst some friends and into snifters the brew produced a good two finger tan head that stuck around and the lacing was great. The body was a typical stout black.

O my this was a surprise I got some huge chocolate notes from the nose. Truly memorable in a lot of ways I really didn't expect to much from this brew but it did surprise me.

The flavor was nice a chocolaty with a light roasted bitter not as much hops as I thought I would find coming from a west coat brewery even that was refreshing for a change. The body was perfect for a stout with great carbonation.

Like I said this brew was a surprise. I did miss this brew when it was gone, and it was better than a top 100 brew that we cracked in the same sitting

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 17:18:09 | More by joepais
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obywan59

Virginia

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

The last of my triple play for the evening.

Pours brown, but darker than the Mendocino. Pitch black in the glass. Thick, brownish head. More dense and chunky than the aforementioned beer. Spectacular thick lacing.

I don't think I've ever used the word fruity in describing a stout before, but on capping the bottle, that was my primary impression. A bit of pineapple early on. Later, more traditional stout aromas of rich coffee and milk chocolate, but the fruityness remains. It smells like bon bons.

The taste is also a bit fruity, but less exclusively. Here it's more coffee and dark chocolate with bitterness rising in the end.

Full-bodied and warming.

An excellent stout. It's a bit too strong to be considered sessionable, but it's an awesome sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:46:02 | More by obywan59
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Hopscat

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black opaque and beautiful looking stout. Has nice short beige head poured into stemless wine goblet.
Smell is char, coffee, herbal-piney hops and some dark fruit .
Taste is big char, dark chocolate and toffee bready upfront with bitter hops slamming in mid palate with a long finish and welcome alcohol burn at the end.
Well done , balanced stout . Expected nothing less from GF
Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 13:17:53 | More by Hopscat
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- deep brown with a fluffy and creamy tan head, decent retent, looks great in snifter glass

S- tempting aromas of oats, roasted malts, and rich chocolate

T- roasted malts from front to back with dark chocolate throughout as well, sublte hints of roasted oats lie in background

M- fluffy and smooth, dry finish with slight heat

D- amazing double stout that warms well, smells phenominal, and tastes fabulous, highly recomended brew

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 05:15:59 | More by tonistruth
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BJA

California

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into perfect pint glass

A: Black. Ebony. Completely black with two fingers of head that was a vibrant brown/black color (I have to get better with my descriptions of colors). The head lasted several minutes and left decent lacing on the glass as I drank the beer down. Not the stickiest lacing I have seen though.
S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and anise. These scents blend well. The scent is strong.

T: Tastes a lot like the smells. Roasted malts (but not overly roasted: well balanced), dark chocolate (like bitter chocolate I think), coffee (of medium strength). I don’t get much anise in the taste. I also don’t think the taste is incredibly sweet. Maybe that is apparent when I mention the dark chocolate flavor.

M: This is a heavier beer but not the heaviest I have encountered by any means. There seems to be just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate a bit. I find it disappointing when beers of this style do not have enough carbonation to cleanse the palate.

O: Damn good beer. The nose remains present to the last drop. I find that impressive along with unicorns that can still manage to propel themselves into the stratosphere the next morning after a night of heavy drinking at a carne asada and pollo asado bbq. (Rabbit trail). I find the beer to be very drinkable and the high alcohol is well hidden. Too well hidden?

I love when beer is ebony. It probably skews my ratings in the appearance department, because I want to award 5s to those beers that accomplish this (with an equally impressive head of course). I originally wrote this review while drinking this beer for the first time. I have now had several (this is a different night; I am not hammered). My original interpretations hold up, and I continue to love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:38:30 | More by BJA
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my seventh sun snifter. Pours an opague black not a trace of light. Light brown colored heading,looks like a root beer float kind of heading. Excellent lacing all the way through.

The aroma was very subtle but nice. Leave the big hops to IPAs. I like my stouts more of an English style I guess. Nice roasted malts notes of chocolate and coffee.

Taste was just the same. Heavy mocha, burnt tobacco leaf and a touch of brown sugar. Second wave brings a kind of fig quality to it and settles with a quick anise like heat in the finish.

Mouth is full bodied, excellent carbonation. I love the nice smooth velvety texture.

Well this one will be the last of 2011 tastings for me and what a shocker to finish with. Extremely easy going double stout and the 8.8% ABV is almost not existent. This just may win my suprise of the year for 2011.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:30:58 | More by TheFightfan1
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tubeboy

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a nice stout. Pours pitch black with a tall toffee colored head that leaves a nice lacing. I smell roasted grains with a sweet hint of molasses and dried fruits. A very nice bitterness here that's balanced well by a rich sweetness. I really like the way this beer develops in the mouth. A very pleasing silky texture followed by a second release of carbonation in very fine texture. I would rate this right up there with Stone Russian Imperial Stout. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:27:43 | More by tubeboy
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle from Total Wine & More poured into 18.2oz. Samuel Smith's Pint Glass

A: This may be the sexiest beer I've ever poured. It's black as hell in the center with hints of deep soil brown around the edges. The head is a solid three inches of mousse colored thickness and is dissipating extremely slowly. Upon pour, I got that sexy, lavish drop similar to Guinness; you know, where it looks like sand churning in a shallow pool.

S: Coffee and cappuccino. No thinness, no alcohol, no chocolate or screwing around. This is malted cappuccino. Such a great aroma.

T: Imagine if steak tasted like an average stout, but the steak was charred. It's slightly grainy, but that char is awesome. Cappuccino on steroids. Hints of finely shaven dark bakers chocolate. Not sweet, but bitter. The beer isn't bitter, just the chocolate is.

M: Ugh! It's smooth as hell, slightly thinning, and a little oily. A nice, full hop tingle, but not too much. Not even enough to register until the dryness takes over my mouth post-sip, bringing me back for more. Really frothy. Not as thick as I assumed, but it's perfect. P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

OVERALL: Green Flash Double Stout is a sexy, classy, rough and tumble broad. Everything about it is about average and the textbook style areas are a hit. I suggest all of you bourbon stout lovers take a step back and see what a non-barrell aged stout is supposed to be like just as a refreshing reminder. This is the best non-bourbon/brandy stout I've had to date and the most stylistically perfect. Green Flash has always been a hell of a brewery, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

NOTE: Live review.
(EDIT:) Still massive amounts of lacing with only about eight ounces left. It's all there on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:44:20 | More by RobertColianni
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque dark chocolate brown
Carmel toastie light smell
Bitter chocolate black stout with a little alcohol vapor
Lighter mouthfeel for a stout but has a great aftertaste of dark chocolate and toast
Highly recommend its a great winter beer to warm you up

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 23:26:18 | More by Brushkanna
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mattcrill

Ohio

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
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Fieldzy27

Florida

4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.
A- pours black with brown tint, a tan sandy colored head sits on top. Fine microbubbles hold together for a few minutes leaving behind solid sheets of lace.

S- smell is sweet cocoa and coffee , milk chocolate and some notes of grapefruit and orange mixing around. Smells great.

T- big chocolate blast hits the palat first, sweetness washes over the taste buds in a fanfare which leads into a clean dark chocolate and black coffee finish. Very mild astringency and a dry toasty finish. Excellent.

M- viscosity is thick and heavy, small amount of oily felling but the little astringency in it take it away after the swallow. Perfect.

Zero flaws in this one. A shining example of an american imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 19:33:37 | More by Fieldzy27
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SacoDeToro

California

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

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

The beer poured jet black with a dense dark brown head.

The aroma of the beer was of roasted coffee, dark caramel malt, and some mild dark fruitiness.

The flavor of the beer began with some intense chocolate notes that flowed into a burst of coffee-like roast. Almost like fresh brewed espresso. The finish had a great medium caramel malt sweetness that gave a smooth finish. The hops were assertive, but were well balanced with the roast characteristics. Some mild dark fruit flavors were present as well.

The mouthfeel was creamy and the body was full. The beer finished reasonably dry, which made it very drinkable. The carbonation was dialed in nicely.

This was an outstanding stout with an amazingly rich roasted coffee flavor that I really loved. My only criticism is that GF doesn't often introduce new/rotating releases like this one. Of course, they're awfully busy keeping up with the demand for West Coast IPA.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2008 23:02:27 | More by SacoDeToro
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jminsc76

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Father's Office in Santa Monica (a.k.a. FO1) and upon seeing Green Flash's Imperial Stout on tap I knew I had to go right to dessert. The head is big, thick, and creamy, with a light brown contrasting the dark impenetrable body. As the head dissipates, creamy lacing spirals and sticks down the side. Not a lot of brown tinge when I agitate or tilt the glass. The look and the smell scream Fresh batch! Fresh batch!, with aromas of strong coffee and slight carob. Not overly intense though. It's still fairly cold, so the bouquet may increase in strength as I progress.

Mmmm, the initial taste is a punch in the mouth of roasted coffee and molasses. As I was distracted by the pretty brunette passing the bar, wasn't paying attention when I took that first sip, so it kind of floored me (so did the pretty brunette, but it is FO1 after all). Explosive roasted flavors. Really gets you.

A little of the carob flavor I detected in the smell, but the aforementioned flavors seem to overpower any strong cocoa taste. Also don't taste too much of the maltiness some of the other BA members point out in their reviews, so perhaps repeated tastings either on tap or on bottle may eventually reveal the nascent malt.

Upon further sipping, the taste is almost overly sweet from the molasses, but the thick mouthfeel combined with the roasted goodness balances it all out. Full-bodied, refined, and very strong on the palate. It's also quite alcoholic, as my cognition of the outside world is quickly going numb. Ahhhh, a good Imperial Stout with an exceptional look, taste, and mouthfeel. Taste is foremost though. Good job Green Flash, and good job FO1 for putting it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 15:56:40 | More by jminsc76
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

This is a really great Impy that is value for the level of complexity involved $8 Canadian in Vancouver. Big Black and very luscious with just the right complexity on the finish. I put this on par with Old Rasputin and Brooklyn with all the right notes tied up with a high level of drinkability. I will buy more of this to cellar as it is a style that can always do with some aging

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 18:56:26 | More by canucklehead
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alpineclimber

Alberta (Canada)

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

I brought this one back from a trip to Oregon.

Poured from 22fl.oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. The brewed poured an abysmal black with a dark tan head.

Smell is of sweet maltiness, a light coffee note and a slight smell of alcohol.

Taste is of dark malted barley, mocha and finishes with a dark coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, the brew is slightly syrupy in glass and this comes through in the mouthfeel.

This is an awesome imperial stout, if I could buy this locally I would have a number of bottles in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:22:13 | More by alpineclimber
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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