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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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2,661 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,661
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 95
Gots: 272 | 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:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of cavedave
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review

Oil change thickness and color, not much head, barely a skin of light brown, some clingy legs of petroleum consistency.

Medium aroma, espresso and roasty grain, molasses, dark caramel, fresh hop bitter scent, even a hint of floral.

Hold the phone! Quite full flavored, starts deep roasty grain and coffee bitter, bitter chocolate, alcohol spice, sweet burnt caramel, and some really deep herbal, char bitter, and pine in a remarkably dry finish which holds an illusion of balance with a micro-unit of sweet.

Very thick, yet feels less viscous, very low carb., lasting in the mouth, clean flavors and cling, excellent finish that (slap me for this, I deserve it) could be a touch more sweet.

What a great stout, extemely brash, bright, and a killer dry finish for such a crankin' malt bill. Huge, heavenly, highly recommended.

Photo of dwilson01
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber size (22 oz) into an arrogant bastard pint glass. After cracking it I took a whif straight from the bottle and it smelled awesome, bottom line it spoke its name. After pouring the look of it was exactly as I would expect, black. It was already dark in the room but it did seem to me to be a somehow impossibly miniscule lighter amount of black than some other imperial stouts I've had. The head was off-tan reddish which I love to see, it always seems to be one of the trademarks of a solid cappuccino flavored stout. After tasting, the smell and the look of the beer had already defined the flavor of this brew, no surprises in that. Roasted malt and whatever hops they threw in give it a SOLID coffee flavoring, like the dark roasted kind of coffee that I love to drink, bold and in your face. This is balanced with a sweetness that comes in very smoothly and to me remains very camouflaged and in the background of the flavoring. The finish has a little carbonation which brings out the initial flavors even more which again is balanced well with the sweetness in the beer. Definitely a recommendable beer, I mean there are others out there which are better so I can't say this is a must have but seriously if you get a chance try this bad boy!

Photo of CoolJosh
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with a drinking buddy at Zeno's. This brewery has been such a surprise find, almost everything I have had from this is a quality product. Hope this one follows that trend...

Black all the way through, yadayadayada. Nice smokey mahagony brown head that doesn't last long enough. Still endearing, but nothing that wows the eyes.

Tons of chocolate. Reminds of st chokolat. Lots of oats which add a really creamy component. The complexity was deeper then my nose could decipher at this point in my craft drinking career, but there was a nice roastiness to it.

Very nice bitter malts that are present all throughout. Predominantly coffee, but some nice bitter chocolates and the creaminess of half-n-half. A little bit wet yet a side of crunchiness to it.

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a solid two finger espresso colored head. The retention is good with some lace noted.

S: Nice dark sweet fruits, with a blast of chocolate roasted malt. There are some nice green hops as well making this a true west coast stout.

T: Being west coast they did not take any time to introduce the hops. Right from the start there is a nice blast of floral green hops. The chocolate and coffee play a big role along with a touch of smoke and some booze. This is one enjoyable hoppy stout.

M: Full bodied with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry with a bit of burn from the booze.

D: This one was shared so I did not get the chance to try to finish a bomber myself. I think I could though it is rather enjoyable.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of XxNitExX
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter

A- Pours a deep dark brown, not black but brown. 100% opaque, couldn't see a thing on the other side of the glass.

S- Up front it is pretty much all roasted malt, not coffee or chocolate like with alot of stouts, but just good fine roasted malt. A hint of sweetness and dark fruits at the end.

T- Tastes just like it smells. Strongly roasted malts, not acrid like burnt coffee. Also get a nice cherry, plum, date taste.

M- Thick and wonderful. Not something that needs to be "chewed" but good solid and thick.

Overall a great double stout. Not loaded with chocolate and coffee like many so you can really enjoy the malts.

Photo of Acredlegs
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of brurevu
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Stout poured a pitch black with a substantial tan head. The aroma was full of roasted malts and maybe a trace of hops. The taste was deep and complex with layers of nuttiness, chocolate and coffee undertones and more of the roasted malt flavor. For such a foreboding brew it had a medium body that I found to be easy to drink despite the full flavor profile that enveloped my palate. This was a great stout that I could drink regularly.

Photo of Durge
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An opaque black-brown color with a decent dark tan head and plenty of
lacing. The aroma brings a deep, beautiful leathery malt with charcoal-raisin
highlights. Captivating and edible. The flavor includes more charcoal malt intensity with licorice and raisin ideas. There's a bit of grassiness but malt is dominant and it's velvetty
smooth with just a hint of carbonation and a full body. A classy, big beer that
does not disappoint!

Photo of keithmurray
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown color with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, espresso, mocha, fudge, vanilla

Taste - dark chocolate, espresso, roasted coffee, fudge, vanilla, hops

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, great deal of bitterness in the back to provide balance

Overall - good imperial stout, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Good balance of flavors here. Recommended

Price Point - $3/12 oz bottle

Photo of secondtooth
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!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, I think it's about a year old. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit (cherries) and some coffee and hops. It's a nice smelling brew, however the aroma is light. Taste is similar to the aroma (but much stronger), it tastes like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, cherries, charred/burnt malt, and a bit of vanilla and hops. There's also a nice bitter coffee and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, and also a bit coating, silky and dry. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good brew overall, I don't think I've had a bad beer from Green Flash yet. I'd definitely buy this again in the future.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Once it hits your lips, it's so good."

Poured into a snifter.

A - Nice foamy, brown head. Pitch black.

S - Aroma of burnt coffee, roasted nuts.

T - Delicious from the first taste to the last. Alcohol in the background. Slight bitternenss that's appealing. Wonderful.

T - Medium to full bodied. Rich.

O - I will be drinking this again and often. Oh yes, this beer will be mine. Superb.

Photo of rrski198
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with large dark tan head. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, raisans, malt, alcohol.

T: Very creamy and smooth. This beer really pulls off the alcohol without even feeling it. Big time classic stout flavors, done just right.

M: Easy, smooth, creamy. Couts the mouth and lingers.

D: For 8.8%, this is an incredabley drinkable beer that i wish i could get more of. Please distribute in MO. I have to go to AZ to get Green Flash.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/2/11

A: Black as night. A massive three finger head on a standard, everyday pour - wow! This leads to rich an tantilizing layer of lacing which coats the interior of the glass.

S: Dark roast coffee and chocolate, with a minor, faint trace of mint.

T: Hints of powdered sugar up front. It doesn't last long though, as a grassy and earthy quality from the chocolate malt powers through. It all finishes like a freshly brewed pot of diner coffee at 2am. This is a really delicious and complex brew.

M: Extremely viscous. This is exactly what I look for in an ADIS. It's creamy, thick and properly carbonated. One of the many highlights of the beer.

O: What an amazing beer. This is one of the hidden gems within the ADIS style. It really deserve more recognition and love, though I'm sure I wouldn't be able to find it on the shelves if it did.

Two big thumbs up for Green Flash. Seek this one out.

Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thick vicious black w/ a big dark mocha head and very sticky lacing. Very very good looking stout. I'm picking up scents of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slight amount of coffee/expresso. There's also a little vanilla in the mix. I can pick all of that up in the flavors. Very bold, dark chocolate is abundant, slightly bitter, but a sweetness remains. Mouthfeel is really nice.. thick, creamy, well carbonated, smooth, velvety, but it remains light.. finishes great; full-bodied. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high, everything was hitting on all cylinders. It's hard to stop drinking! Highly enjoyable Imperial Stout!

This is one of my new favorite Imperial Stouts! I had a good feeling about it, but it exceeded all of my expectations. This is exactly what I look for in a RIS. Highly recommended!

Photo of chanokokoro
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle hard poured into a snifter

Pours a opaque black with a three finger beige frothy head. Considerable lacing, as the head recedes, especially for a imperial/double stout. Aromas of chocolate, anise, and roasty malt flood the nostrils. The initial taste of chocolate and a touch coffee flows into dark fruit and anise and finishes with roasty bitterness, very complex. Exceptional mouthfeel creamy and full bodied. A truly exceptional brew.

Photo of TequilaSauer
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a glass.

Beautiful looking stout. Pitch black and rich with light head retention.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and some light alcohol on the back end.

Hits hard on the attack with chocolate and some mild alcohol. The alcohol fades and coffee, dark fruit, and very light hop flavor remain. I expected this to finish more bitter, but it actually tops off with a creamy smoothness and coffee. I'm very impressed with the entire tasting experience of this beer.

Stouts are rarely good drinking beers and this is no exception for me. It's one of the more drinkable stouts out there, but that's not saying too much.

A great beer. Great beer.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a huge, fluffy light brown head. Great retention and some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: I definitely smell the oats here along with freshly ground coffee, powdered chocolate, fresh brown sugar and a touch of earth.

T: Pretty spectacular. The oats lend a creamy texture (though the mouthfeel is a bit light) and the dark chocolate and coffee flavors are excellent. The slightest hint of hops on the finish is pretty nice as well. A really great double stout.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tbone1384
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of afksports
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout is an Imperial Stout that I knew about when it was underground. Before it was famous. My review documents it!

This beer is an A through and through. It pours a lovely tan head on top of a deep black body, just as rich as you need it to be. It smells like burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet malts, and alcohol. Like it's going to warm you up whether you like it or not. There's even a hoppy character to it. And the taste wallops. Boy does it pound. The front has a touch of hops and alcohol, the middle brings you all that malty goodness, and at the end of the drink there's the bitter chocolate that came through in the nose, except there's no alcohol with it. Just pure taste.

Woo!

It's big in the mouth, with a medium body and solid carbonation. I've tried it with ice cream, and it's great for that too.

There's nothing wrong with this beer - except that perhaps it's available everywhere and they don't barrel age it (as far as I know), so the hype wagon hasn't caught up to it.

Well screw all that. I'm happy I can buy this at my corner store. Cheers to Green Flash. Keep making this lovely liquid!

Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown/black color. Poured a 2 finger chocolate-colored creamy head; I did an aggressive pour. Thick lacing.

S: Toasted malts; coffee, toffee and chocolate. Alcohol is more prominent as it warmed.

T: Surprised by the hop presence up front. Big, rich roasted malt come through in the middle. Sharply bitter finish. Warming alcohol.

M: Big beer with medium body. Low carbonation. Silky smooth feel.

D: Flavorful and smooth. Even with the abv a pleasant drink.

Photo of rawfish
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shade above black with an impressive two finger high mocha head. Good retention and leaves a beautiful pattern of lacing behind on the glass.

Roasted malts with a good amount of milk chocolate, licorice, plums, raisin and burnt wood. Little bit of a herbal hop profile that further brings out the dark fruit and sweetness.

Deep sweet roasted malt with a really big chocolate profile, fudge and dark chocolate bars, glimpses of coffee grounds, smoke, candied fruit, licorice and grassy hops. Sticky and a touch smoky and acidic on the finish.

Medium body for a stout, sticky with adequate carbonation, well hidden alcohol and very smooth.

Terrific stout, sweet dessert profile that pairs wonderfully with chocolate. Very well integrated and executed by Green Flash. Creamy mouthfeel and a treat to drink.

Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a four-pack of Green Flash Double Stout for $11.99. Cracking one open now to wash down some delicious charcuterie.

Brandy snifter glass.

Towering three and a half finger rocky head that's a bright espresso crema in color, shiny in appearance, and slowly popping down the glass. Completely opaque pour that shows some dark brown in the legs. The retention is pretty decent (I'm still waiting for this to fall a bit more). Already starting to lace before the first sip. Looks great.

First thing I detect in the nose is a powerful roasted malt with some cereal sweetness. Then, I can pick up some fumes of rocket fuel, which I thought a bit strange being that this doesn't even tip 9%. There's a nice aroma of baking chocolate and slathers of coffee with scorched milk. Spruce-y hop mingles with the already potent roasted grain bitterness and gets evened out by some maltose nectar.

Great smooth-around-the-edges kind of flavor. Milk chocolate, dark cocoa nibs, french press coffee, molasses, roasty char, some smoke, raw dough, and a much more pleasant alcohol warmth than anticipated from the nose. If there were no additives in the brewing process (which the bottle nor the Green Flash site lists none... and I don't understand why this is categorized as a American Imperial Stout short of the name), then this makes for an ideal Russian Imperial Stout in style. The coffee and chocolate flavors aren't big and bold, and seem mostly implied by the specialty malts used. If it were a RIS, I'd notch it above Old Raspy. If it were a RIS, I'd score the aroma higher. This is a velvety-smooth and bold brew with quality feel and amazing complexity. Perhaps a hair weak in carbonation, and definitely stands as a sipper. No over-the-top bitterness levels, big spicy finishes, booziness, or any other major flaws of note. I think it'd age well, but it's a great one fresh.

Very impressed by this beer, and not surprised, as Green Flash has proved to be in an elite class of brewing with consistent, unique, and well-executed beers in their lineup. Happy to have three more in my pack, and happy to share the wealth. Recommended.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,661 ratings.