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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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868 Reviews
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Reviews: 868
Hads: 3,059
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 129
Gots: 460 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 868 | Hads: 3,059
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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Photo of SPLITGRIN
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

My first Green Flash beer.

A : Pours a dark motor oil black with 100% opacity. The head is large and in charge standing at an amazing 2 fingers in my giant globe snifter glass and beige in color. It leaves its mark with lacing in rings around the glass.

S : Lots of burnt and chocolate malts, chocolate chip cookie, oatmeal, milk, very faint light roasted coffee, with a sting of road tar and alcohol. All of the smells in a stout are here, and they are well blended. Well executed.

T : Sting of hop and alcohol hit first, followed faintly by dark chocolate, burnt malts, and oatmeal. It finishes charred and with some burnt oats and rye. Somewhat backwards in its flavor procession, as generally the alcohol and hop come last. I think that's how it should be, but it's easily what sets this beer apart.

F : Very dry and charred throughout the whole feel, leaving an adhesive dryness clinging with pasty alcohol sting.

O : I would have liked more malts, oatmeal, and milk for a softer touch. This is a very hard-edged stout with powerful alcohol and hop flavors right off the bat, leading to a heavy feeling in the tummy. The complexity is not there, it's very linear and one noted. It's not bad, it's just not my style of stout.

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

A - Nice black body with mahogany tints. Thick, dark khaki head. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Relatively mellow. Chocolate, hint of smoke. Cream.

T - Bitter up front. Cream. Chocolate malted milk balls. Dark chocolate backend.

M - Light body - a bit thin for the style. Otherwise creamy. Sharp char character comes through every now and then. Touch of booze.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very very dark brown with a garnet streak. This one is topped with a gorgeous tan head. Great retention and very good lacing.

S: Coco powder (dark) and a hint of what those hops are (maybe) going to do.

D: Dark chocolate (powdered) and bitter notes coming from those hops which you can smell a little bit. I want to say its almost a resinous bitterness rather than espresso or coffee (from those hops). Pretty darn good stuff though not too complex.

M: Sticky and a little bit sandy.

D: Medium to high

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Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate and coffee. There is also quite a bit of a roasted/charred/burnt type flavour and a bit of vanilla.

Overall - Nice appearance and lots of roasted/burnt flavours - if that's what you're into. Not a whole lot on the nose though. The booze was well hidden. An above average Imperial Stout, but not up there with the best.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout on cask at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Beautiful cask head, very frothy, carbonated and bubbly. Great retention and decent lacing. Black color with sludge-like brown tones, sort of like the Gowanus Canal: not quite brown, not quite black, but nothing can live in it.

Smell: Lotta hops, will make you sneeze! Grass, open fields. Roasty, nutty nose. A tad woodsy. Nicely complex (but not quiet).

Taste: Some chocolate, sugar, wooden beams in a smokehouse. Burnt marshmallows at a campfire. Dry finish, graham-cracker-like graininess. Roasted s'mores. Autumny taste. Late August, boy-scout campfire, wheatfield aromas from afar. Too anxious to wait for the marshmallow to roast, you eat the chocolate and graham cracker, not caring for the whole s'more to be done.

Mouthfeel: Woodsy, dry, reminds me of KBS! Full flavor, medium body and carbonation. Well balanced, creamy, not too boozy. Sweet dry finish, like licking tree bark.

Overall: Nice! This feels like a mixture of Black IPA and Imperial Stout. Drinkable, only the dryness might hurt it, but otherwise delicious.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge light brown crown of foam rises from the middle of spacious bubbles. Brew is medium viscosity, much like hot oil, the color is of burnt oil too.

S - Mild smokeyness. Hearty chocolate and deep roasty goodness.

T/M - Slight burn from the heat. Dry and biscuit-y. Very good bitterness. Unique flavor for a 8.8% IS. Chalky and chocolate.

O - You can smell the smoke, but cannot taste the smoke. A very mixed up brew, it's not too sure what direction to go... A bit all over the board, but I still enjoyed the brew! I wonder what this one would do with some age??? Recommended!

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Photo of RavynX
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brown, pretty much black with a tan head that clings around the edge.

Smell: A light nose of subtle coffee notes.

Taste: Heavily roasted coffee taste up front and a lingering bitterness.

Feel: Medium carbonation that dances on the tongue.

Overall: This will be a great beer if you like your coffee.

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Photo of tony223366
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic and perfect head. My pour got 3 fingers of tan, tight head. Very dramatic and beautiful. Color is black as a starless night. Which is appropriate because they call it a Black Ale. Whatever that means. Dramatic fluffy lacing adds to the image.

S: Huge, huge coffee notes with some dark chocolate. Nice clean hop aroma that comes off slightly earthy. Possibly even tobacco. Nice roasted aroma.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the coffee, followed by that chocolate. The malts in this beer are huge and rich. Man that coffee is strong, very much a rich french roast. Nice roasted qualities in this beer. There is actually a major bitterness in the finish. It seems almost entirely from the roast of the malts, the bitterness from that coffee is almost slightly acrid. But not quite. Still very tasty.

M: The only part that feels slightly subpar. Very velvety and almost a light feel to it. Carbonation is very low, slightly lower than it should be. A touch higher would make that strong bitterness not so sharp.

O: Tasty beer for sure. It's above average but falls short of being incredibly note worthy.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle like in the picture drank out of an american pint glass. no freshness or bottled on information on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a completely black colored body with a tall finger of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice.

S- the smell is intense. very strong dark roasted malts. a small mix of milk and dark chocolate. a very strong coffee/hoppy end to it.

T- the taste is just as dark and roasted as the nose. almost burnt tasting. lots of the dark chocolate that i could smell but none of the milk. the finish is filled with strong coffee.

M- the mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this beer. too light and thin for the style. there is a nice bitter aftertaste and my mouth is left dry.

D- i like that this is a very dry and relatively low ABV big stout. most that i try are on the sweet side. i also like that this bottle cost me around 5$. ill check this one out somewhat often.

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Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The last bottle from a Sam's haul up in the Dirty D... can't get Green Flash in South Carolina just yet.

A: A slow, glugging pour into a Fullers shaped-pint-glass yields a tarry black-brown brew, with a two-finger hazelnut head; retention is nice, as some swirls of coffee-colored foam float on the surface, leaving nice globs of lace.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts / coffee, and some smoke character... As it warms, there seems to be a transition to more of huskiness and slightly burned malt aroma - maybe some dark fruit, as well.

T: Sweet malt flavor gives way to some roasted notes / light coffee; some dark chocolate and again some lightly smoked character; despite the complexity of flavors, they all seem to be on the lighter side.

M: Exceptional. Nice, full-bodied creamy / velvety texture with a low carbonation that provides just enough fizz to cleanse the palate before the next sip.

D: A good double stout, for sure; I imagine sipping this one by a campfire would be pretty nice; in my opinion, an ale for savoring.

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Photo of CCStix
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours deep dark brown. 3 finger head. Moderate lacing.
S: black licorice, sweet malt, some smokiness.
T: it's a good stout,but the alcohol is very present. Clear tones of black patent malt, slight bitter flavor upon swallow and in aftertaste, nice utilization of hops. Black Licorice taste dominates.
M: this is thick one, syrupy, and pleasant small to micro size carb bubbles.
O: I like it, it's a pretty complex stout with some attitude. Is it my favorite, no, but is it good, absolutely! I do think most decent home brewers, including myself, could replicate this so it's not spectacular. But the price is good and the quality is good , so go get some damn it!

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Photo of bobhits
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black as night, check. Big creamy milk chocolate head, check. Nice lacing and good retention, not great but we'll give it a check there too. A touch thinner bodied than some of the better imperial stouts, but this is splitting hairs.

Dark roast and sharp hops blend in harmony to create an enticing all be it not overly complex aroma.

Dark dark chocolate mixed with deep roasted notes, hints of coffee and a nice bitter hop bite to top things off. This is very bitter though not overly citrus in nature, I'm rather fond of how they balanced this one.

Not the thickest or creamiest of stouts. There a good bit of hop bite and alcohol isn't hidden.

A very good though not outstanding double stout.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bomber. Good chocolate and secondary roast and coffee in aroma. Pours black with above average carbonation and above average mouthfeel. Roasted flavour builds up over repeated glasses. Flavour is not too chocolate. A bomber is a lot to drink.Balanced.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a two finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and great lacing. Roasty, malty nose with hints of coffee, subtle chocolate, and not much else. The taste is much bolder with lots of roasty coffee along with hints of toffee, caramel, vanilla, subtle smoke, espresso, cocoa, and bitter dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent balance and a fairly dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is a very solid and drinkable stout, but nothing all that special...

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The nearly smeared “BOTTLED ON” date printed on the bottom of the bottle is “07/02/12.”

Appearance: It poured almost like syrup. The color is opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of dark tan head dissipated very slowly and unevenly to leave a rocky lacing.

Smell: Deep, dark, roasted, and basically straightforward. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of espresso.

Taste: Each sip is tinged with a boozy sting (somewhat reminiscent of fruit-flavored vodka) and the flavors are much more muted. The roasted quality from the smell is not as noticeable (the bitterness lingers after each sip, though) and neither is the dark chocolate. Overall, the flavor is basically a pale version of the aroma.

Drinkability: Meh. It smells awesome but I was expecting a little more in terms of flavor. It is pretty bold, though.

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Photo of stoutman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black brew with a medium beige head with regular retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with caramel, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol and coffee, medium to robust bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a bittersweet finish, and quite tasty. Fine body with a long and smooth aftertaste of light barley and coffee. So very nice.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.