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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

849 Reviews
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Reviews: 849
Hads: 2,965
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 424 | 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: 849 | Hads: 2,965
Photo of Brushkanna
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (253 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (435 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,114 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This is a very well made stout. Very smooth a full bodied, with a good coffee bitterness that lingers in your mouth well after the sip. Close overall to FBS. (159 characters)

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Bottle.
Appearance: black. Medium foamy head. Nice, persistent lacing.
Smell: light roasted barley.
Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Roasted barley. Smooth.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall. Tasty double stout. Balanced well. Can not taste the booze of a 9% beer. Well done. Will buy again. (327 characters)

Photo of Murphious
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Excellent stout with great smoothness and wonderful bitter chocolate aroma as warms from a bottle. Lovely dark tan head and decent foam. Great roasted flavor in the malt with slight hop dryness in the finish. (208 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep and rich of the blackest brown yet to be seen.
Out of the bottle and into the glass looks of creamy silkiness.
A thick double dollup of foamy tan head sits atop this silky darkness.

Aromatics are rich, with deep roasted malts rich coffee nuiances and some bittersweet chocolate malts.

Rich tasting with good flavor. Lots of your prototypical flavors here. Rich burnt/roasted malts, heavy doses of coffee and dark chocolates.
Hop pop is light with some bittering to keep those malts in line a bit.

A rather thick drinking beer but smooth and creamy going down. A sweet/ bitter taste.

I think this is a very good beer with all flavors balancing nicely with one another. Alcohol is well hidden. Good for an evening in the fall. (740 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- Deep black, only light penetrates on the extreme edge. Deep tan head, fabulous lacing.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate and a deep caramel/molasses sweetness

T- Fabulous. Deep molasses/caramel sweetness, combined with coffee, dark chocolate, and char.

M- Thick, syrupy, and coating. A touch dry on the finish.

O- A benchmark of a straightforward American Imperial/double stout. Great stuff. (440 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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 (381 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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! (973 characters)

Photo of felipe2toes
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid brown/black with a thin creamy light brown head. Head dissipates quickly into very thin froth floating in center of glass. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass as well.

Smells of chocolate and molasses and some alcohol/bourbon notes.

Tastes of cocoa powder/milk chocolate and roasted malts. There's a little bit of coffee bitterness throughout, but nicely balanced.

Creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not too heavy for me.

Great overall beer. (463 characters)

Photo of alpineclimber
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 1702 in Tucson on 7/18.

A - Dark as can be, pretty much black. Medium brown, fluffy, pillowy, inviting head.

S/T - Very similar between the nose and the taste. Molasses, brown sugar, sweet malt, roasted malt, caramelized sugar.

M - Smooth, subtle carbonation, tons of flavor fills the mouth.

Awesome. (314 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Opaque. Brown head. Smell and taste of roasted goodness. Malt, chocolate, and coffee. I love every bit of this, from the pour to the bitter aftertaste. I will get it again. (179 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lingering two finger dark tan head. Nice amount of thick lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of booziness.

Taste- Dark roasted malt with some char and chocolate notes. No trace of the booziness that I detected in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall- Great tasting stout. I would highly recommend this. (462 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Stout is a great beer that I've had multiple times. First time reviewing it.

A - 4.25 -beer is a very dark brown/black color with a dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - 4.5 - HUGE roasted coffee/espresso smell. It smells like a coffee shop. Definitely some vanilla and chocolate in there too.

T - 4.5 - Same roasted coffee flavor comes through in the taste. Has a nice hop balance to it too. Chocolate, vanilla, creaminess are in the background.

M - 4.5 - Good carbonation, leaves a nice roasted dark malt flavor in the aftertaste. Alcohol completely hidden.

O - 4.5 - Great beer that has a very nice double stout flavor to it. Complexity is there but it still has a drinkability that sets it apart. I could easily drink a 4 pack of this while golfing on an Arizona summer afternoon, and that says a lot considering it's a double stout.

Comparison to 2011-2012 version (orange label - date????)

Picked up a bottle of double stout with an orange label priced 5.29 @ a local bottle shop. Not complete sure how old this is but thinking 2-3 years.

A - 4.25 - Dark brown/black beer with a nice billowy tan head on it.
S - 4.5 - Huge coffee/espresso/roasted malt smell. Chocolate/dark chocolate in there too. Creamy/whole milk/vanilla in the background.
T - 4.75 - This beer is obviously smoothed out compared to the 2013 bottles I've been drinking. Huge chocolate/espresso/coffee notes, with roasted grains in the background. It's all balanced by this creaminess that lingers the entire time.
M - 4.75 - Heavy/thick mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is chocolate/coffee/mocha latte/vanilla.
O - 4.75 - This beer better aged. I'm not sure if this is 3 or 4 years old? Either way, it's way smoothed out from before. (1,758 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical stout look: used motor oil, thick mocha head that reduces to a thick ring and bubbly film.

I have encountered very stouts that smell this damn good. Sweet bourbon with none of the bite, like one mellowed by age. Chocolate is also present, but not the fake chocolate smell some of the stouts brewed with chocolate can give off. The roasted malts help accentuate both odors.

The bourbon is mitigated in the taste, which is a shame. It brought an amazing balance to this beer. But the chocolate does take over and plays with the roasted malts bringing a grittiness to the silk of the beer. The bitterness lingers even after the beer warms to room temperature. This is usually logged in the debit column for a stout, but in this case is a nice remembrance of the bourbon that was in the nose.

Overall, this is a really nice stout with some great flavor elements and incredible balance. Green Flash certainly knows the chemistry behind brewing. (952 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5/22/2012.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black like motor oil with a tall, tan head. the head retains very well, dissipating very slowly. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind on the glass. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. It has the typical imperial stout smell that really opens up as it warms. The alcohol can also be picked up in the smell. The dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee flavors blend very well together in the mouth. The roasted malts leave a light aftertaste. There are also some hops in the back end, which balance some of those big flavors. The alcohol is well-hidden, but becomes more apparent as it warms up. The flavors become bolder as the beer warms. The body is medium to full with some carbonation. The finish is dry. The beer is creamy, though a bit on the thinner side of creamy. This helps the drinkability, but this is still a sipper. This is an excellent beer. While it's not quite as good as Old Rasputin, this is still a solid imperial stout. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep dark brown black body, with creamy almost purple head. Head is very short lived though.Lacing is ok. Taste is complex: chocolate, coffee,nice bite but not overpowering. This could be a dangerous choice, since the alchohol is not apparent, especialy for an Imperial! (279 characters)

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! (1,061 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double stout pours a black color with a large tan lacing head. The aroma is full of licorice and coffee notes. The taste has a mellow boozy undertone, with black licorice, mixed in with creamy coffee notes. Great body, great full flavors. Overall a very bold and flavorful stout. (279 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.