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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 853
Hads: 2,994
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 114
Gots: 434 | 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: 853 | Hads: 2,994
Photo of KajII
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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...


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Photo of da_beers
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice stout. it is good and spicy, robust, roasty, malty --- the color is black. ibus are up. it's a double stout.

pours watery in the glass, struggles up a little foam. but carbonated ok. i get a good deal of bitterness, astringency, this beer doesn't loosen up. it is a good rich strong brew... and has a good roasty malt feel, but not quite as much sweet and soft as i would like. of course, i like it -- leathery, spicy, hoppy stout, with a very toasty background.

i would drink this again, fair enough?

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Photo of Hachiman
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a mocha-colored, long-lasting head. Head's unusual for such a dark beer. The darkest brown you could imagine.

The aroma's nothing special. No strong roasted notes like many imperial stouts. Oats, a little chocolate, that's all.

Mouthfeel is very smooth; you can tell where Silva Stout got its smoothness. Not heavy or particularly sticky.

The taste is very fine. A medium alcohol note followed quickly by chocolate, espresso, dried prunes.

A very fine imperial stout. It's missing the vanilla notes provided by oak aging in their Silva Stout.

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Photo of magine
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized Dinkel Acker pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color (near black). With a thick dark tan head. After a somewhat aggressive pour this brew has about a three finger thick head that easily holds the cap, very chunky head. The brew as you drink leaves minimal lace, and a lace island head. Initially a great looking brew, that fades to a good looking brew.

Smells delicious; roasted malts, chocolate, oats. Sweet cocoa, some slight hops.

Brew has a velvety smooth taste and mouthfeel. Can taste the roasted malts, has a bitter finish and unfortunately you can taste the alcohol to much with this one. Has an almost burnt malt flavor. Thin mouthfeel and flavors.

The brew is good, but looks alot better then it tastes for me. I was expecting a more thick, robust flavor and mouthfeel. Instead I am getting burnt malts and the alcohol tastes. The drinkability is cut short due to the alcohol taste being so apparent. It is good - not a "special" brew for me.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with light penetrating only the thinnest of edges. Head is mocha in color and near 2 fingers thick. Retention is above average, with a resulting lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Smells of subtle dark roast, chocolate, and a bit of heat shines through.

Taste - Starts with a touch of roasted malt, chocolate mocha and cream, then a huge citrus hop bitterness swoops in and takes control. Finishes strong with a lingering, sharply bitter citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. For a near 9%, this goes down smooth and easy. Creamy. Carbonation lends to some crispness, along with tingly lips.

Overall - I gotta be honest, for a double stout, I was expecting deeper, more darkly roasted malt, but this kicks like your regular oatmeal with a significant boost in the amount of hops. It's good, but not the 'kick in your pants' abyss deepness I was thinking it'd be. Does well to contain the high alcohol content.

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Photo of GFM
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Pours an opaque oil black. Cream colored crown with ring of carbonation bubbles around circumference of glass. Not much lacing. Coffee in the scent, but aroma is light with a hint of smoke. Feel is not as heavy as I expected. Coffee taste is muted (like the scent) and roasted malt comes through. Just enough hop bitterness to finish each sip. Got better with each sip. (8.5)

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Photo of ncvbc
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy tan head with solid retention. Smell is rich roasted malt with a light milky chocolate undertone. Taste is much of the same. Nice roast coffee and a touch of smoke. Some chocolate and a light cherry flavor or something like that. It's not too dark and has a little tartness to it at times. Also a noticeable hop presence, though it's not overwhelming by any means. A creamy smooth mouthfeel with a light tingle on the tongue. Very good body. Overall it's a solid and drinkable brew. Not a whole lot of depth to it but it's simple and tasty for sure.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late September for $4.99.

Beer pourered black with a nice long lasting brown head. Nose is sweet mocha and malts. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, alcohol,roasted coffee with a fair amount of hops thrown in. Mouthfeel is like an oatmeal stout - medium bodied and very smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is definitely a very nice cool season brew to have. Would recommend to fans of stouts.

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Photo of AltBock
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright neon orange label. On this neon orange label is a beautiful San Diego sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Wait a minute! Instead of having the sun coming over the horizon, they have a big green flash instead. To the immediate left and right of the sunrise are hop buds and barley stocks. Below the picture in big bold black letters is the word "Stout." Then just below that in flea sized letters is a heft paragraph about the beer and the brewmaster's signature. On the outer edges of the label is all the mandatory US information. No back label or even some kind of stamped best before date or vintage year.

Appearance: I decided to pour this big Double Stout into my Imperial Sly Fox pint glass. You have no idea how black this beer truly is. I could use the term "black as oil," but that would be an understatement for the true blackness of this beer. Imagine a world engulfed in utter blackness. Got it? Good because that's how black this beer is. Sitting on top of this insanely black beer was a 1 inch creamy dark mocha colored head of foam. This mocha head of foam had really good retention that left behind a long lasting 1/4 of an inch mocha film, a few spots of lace, and one big mocha streak of lace that only appeared on one side of the glass. If you like staring into pitch blackness, then you really need to share into the color of this beer. It's a match made in heaven or hell.

Smell: I knew it was going to have a potent aroma. As soon as I popped the cap, I got a strong whiff of cocoa beans and black coffee. The aroma was so black that it completely kicked what little sweetness there would have been in this beer. Not the most complex dark roasted aroma out there. There were only 3 roasted aromas in here. The aroma was dark and roasted with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. If there was one dark roasted aroma that stood out, it would have to be the dark roasted coffee beans. I liked the dark roasted aromas in here, but I would have liked a little more of a variety. It was just the 3 and that was it. Nothing more emerged when it was swirled around. I have a gut feeling that this dark roasted aroma will transfer over to the taste.

Taste: did the dark roasted aroma transfer over to the taste? You know it did or it wouldn't have been called a Double Stout. In the beginning, it felt like I was drinking a heavily roasted black coffee and not a thick roasted beer. In about 5 to 10 seconds, the roasted coffee flavor dies down to let other flavors come in to join it. After the roasted coffee beans die down, in comes a hint of dark roasted malts, plenty of bitter dark chocolate, a few dark fruits, and then this roasted beer finishes up with some lightly bitter roasted hops. The taste was basically roasted coffee in the beginning, chocolate milk shake in the middle, and roasted hops at the finish line. What I couldn't understand about the taste was were in the hell was the alcohol? You'd think a 8.8% ABV Stout would have a little touch of alcohol in it, but it clearly didn't have any of that alcohol. Good! It didn't need it! There were enough roasted flavors in here to keep me entertained!

Mouthfeel: It was a dark, thick, chewy, and full bodied Double Stout with a low level of carbonation, and a chewy dark roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was chewy with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, a splash of bitter dark chocolate, and a pinch of bitter roasted hops. With all the roasted flavors contained in the aftertaste, this aftertaste doesn't linger on. It's gone with in 6 seconds. I still have to give this beer props for completely masking it's high 8.8% ABV. The best of luck to you on finding any of that alcohol. It's hard to come by.

Drinkability: In the end, this a great dark roasted Double Stout from Green Flash. If you like staring into complete darkness while drinking a beer that's a cross between a black roasted coffee and a chocolate milk shake, then this is your Stout! What it lacked in the aroma, it made up for it in the appearance and the mouthfeel. For me, I wouldn't mind another one of these. It's easily affordable and it's full of dark roasted goodness.

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Photo of TheBeerologist
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle into an tulip

Pours dark brown to translucent black with a thick 2 finger khaki head that leaves nice lacing on the glass

Not too strong on the nose, hints of roasted malt and a little bit of booze. A little chocolate and dark fruits as well.

Very nice taste, roasty malts, dark fruits, almost a bit of vanilla as well. Very nicely balanced and not overly sweet which many Impys can be.

Pleasant mouthfeel, a little light/thin for an imperial stout, but really nicely carbonated and smooth.

Overall a great stout for the price, a little light for an imperial, but tastes great. I am very pleased with this one and will certainly be grabbing this again.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some foam retained on top. The smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and toffee. I found this surprisingly good; I've known Green Flash for DIPA's but this was a treat. It is medium bodied and has a wickedly potent finish.

Definitely a stout worth trying again.

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Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a goblet. Label is orange,w ith the word STOUT right across the middle. No freshenss date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of brown head. This settles very slowly, leaving behind a ring around the glass and an island of foam in the middle above the point of nucleation. A little lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque.

Smell: Roasted barley smells of coffee and chocolate. Slight alcohol sweet smell.

Taste: Mild roasted barley upfront gives way to strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Some fruity esters, hints of buleberries at times. Medium hop bitterness near the end. A little alcohol warming in the finish, but overall, well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A very complex brew, that begs to be sipped and explored.

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Photo of abfraser
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours like motor oil, pitch black with a large oatmeal brown head. Thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee. Standard style imperial stout-ish nose

T: Yum. Like a boozy, creamy mocha. Very satistfying

M: Good creamy mouthfeel, but doesn't quite punch on the mid-palate with enough intensity

D: At 8.8% abv, you're not going to be drink too many of these. But it goes down smooth.

A very good imperial stout. I'd put it below the Rasputin, Stone, and some of the other well known imperials, but it holds it own.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bier Thirty Thursday night.. poured into my small Cigar City goblet... pitch black brew with a nice looking dark brown head that sports great lacing and okay retention.

Roasty malt and some mild coffee... enough mild maltiness to help carry the dark malts.. a bit of dark cherry essence to add to the complexities..

Dry dark bittersweet cocoa... roasty and a good dark profile midpalate shows with some decent sweetness... pretty rich.. finishes with a bit of brownie batter essence and dark fruits.. a bit of spicy hops with warmth, but the hops are definitely subdued for a Pacific stout...

Medium body... not quite thick enough for the style IMO... but carbonation is about right...


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Served in a snifter.

Pours a near-black color with a thin mocha head that sticks around for quite a bit and leaves some spotty lacing. Thin collar sits throughout. The nose brings a good dosing of chocolate along with some mild roast and coffee. Touch of vanilla in there as well. Some sweetness opens the taste up, followed by a mellow chocolate character and a bit of coffee and roast in the finish, creating a bit of a roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with low levels of carbonation. Finish is a bit too roasty and dry for my taste. Drinks pretty well and this is certainly something I'd order again.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black like no other. It's head is a sticky, frothy tan color which does not recede all that much. Although it is an Imperial Stout, its aroma in not unlike that of a Sweet Stout, with a clean, creamy nose containing chocolate and coffee as well. The flavor itself unique containing the best of both worlds, so to speak, in regards to the two aforementioned styles. It begins rather sweet before giving way to a tinge of hops followed by a wallop of bitter coffee bean. As another reviewer mentions, the mouth feel and body is a little thin. Again though, this is one of the more unique stouts I've personally had. A win.

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Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep, black body with a one finger, creamy, light brown head...good retention that stayed a thick cap...nice lacing

S - Heavy on the roasted malts...they are everywhere...there is some dark chocolate added into the mix

T - Again, the roasted malt is everywhere...from start to finish...there is some bitter dark chocolate...a slight smoke character in the middle...faint bitter roasted coffee beans as well...there is a hop tingle at the end

M - Full bodied...tingly carbonation, coats the palate...bitterness from hops and dark chocolate

D - A nicely done stout from Green Flash...very roasted flavors all around...a little too carbonated for me

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first have to say that this beer ages exceptionally well. This is a review of a fresh one, however, the first time I tried it, it was two years old and was unbelieveably rich and delicious. It reminded me of a smooth coffee soda.

A- Pours a solid black with a frothy brown head. Good head retetntion.

S- Coffee is the first smell that hits, but there are also notes of cocoa and caramelized sugar. There is a faint floral hop aroma as well.

T- The flavor of coffee and the bitterness of the hops work very well together. The combination is reminiscent of espresso. There are also fairly prominent notes of cocoa in the taste. Aged, the bitterness of the hops dies down and the flavor becomes much richer. It's almost a completely different beer!

M- It's good, but a little on the thin side.

D- This beer needs to be sipped, however it's still enjoyable and I would certainly not be opposed to popping a second one when I'm done.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Paul. Served next to Green Flash Silva Stout.

The beer is black with a towering, beige head that leaves ample lacing in its wake. The aroma brings roast, malt, and milk chocolate. Alcohol presence is well disguised. The flavor is nice, albeit plain. The beer is silky smooth and goes down easy, although the mouthfeel is unusually thin for the style. A decent brew, and a good bargain.

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Photo of mtoniatt
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - BLACK - nice head on pour

S - roasted malt - toffee/carmel - sweet bourbon comes out full force when it warms to 45 - 50 degrees

T - roasty with some hoppy effect. However after effect is odd and hangs on.

Mouthfeel - smooth/touch velvety

Drinkability - Overall very good for a double stout. Had it in a bomber and it went down very nicely. One at a time...

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Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my large wine shaped glass

Nice medium tan head on very dark body. The head on these is good. Lacing as well.

Nose is very roasty and malty.

Taste is roasted malt and some charred notes. Hints of chocolate with the usual dose of hops which is standard for this brand. The hops are almost distracting until you get a few sips down then it mellows out.

Mouth feel is the only limiter on this beer. I found it to be on the dry side which I don't like personally. Alcohol is there aplenty but hidden. This is a good beer but I like the heavier body more creamy styles better.

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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big beautiful chocolate brown head reaches four fingers quickly from the pour. Fades very slowly and becomes rocky as it does. Leaves waves of lace. Body sits in my Duvel glass used motor oil black. Nose has tones of roasty malt, burnt coco, raw minerals, black olives and pickled meat. Enters the mouth very roasty. The malt comes of almost burnt, dry and slightly bitter. Some creamy dark chocolate notes develop mid palate as you drink. There may be a dusting of powdery, peppery spice also. Mouthfeel is a dry, bitter richness. Hops play in balancing this brew nicely. Bold and attractively drinkable.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous black color with a sizeable dark tan head on top. Low aroma-sort of ink smelling and a metallic odor going on. Dark chocolate flavor with a sharp hop bite behind it. Dry cocoa powdery taste. Slight metallic or coppery flavor. Velvety smooth and full bodied. Silky. Very drinkable-dessert in a glass. The slight metallic flavor detracts a bit but a killer, killer beer none the less. Dont know how long this has been out but I grabbed it the minute I saw a Greenflash Stout.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.