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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 853
Hads: 2,989
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 114
Gots: 432 | 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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Photo of rdilauro
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a creamy off white head , the head kept on coming. The aroma was more chocolate than anything. I could detect some coffee, but not overdone.
The fist sip was very carbonated, more so then most of the premium stouts I've tried. The taste was there, but for me, the carbonation made it more difficult to enjoy. This sort of reminded me of the popular "Gu" stouts. Very carbonated.
So, that left the mouthful a bit uneven and the aftertaste was good, but I would have enjoyed this one so much more if it was more up front in flavor

Re-tasted 02/02/13
This time around I wasnt as impressed as I was the first time. As my first review stated, I wasnt excited about the amount of carbonation. It was too much for me. Now, I know there are a number of other super stouts, many Russian Imperial Stouts that like to have the carbonation. Me, I prefer one without much carbonation.
I also did not detect as much chocolate this time. I will be honest to say that tonight we tasted two stouts, one known for its chocolate tones. So, it might have been the first one with loads of chocolate, and now the Double Stout leaving me somewhat wanting for more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Talking Pint in Riverview, FL. Served in a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a one-finger mocha head and low visible carbonation.

S: Roasty bitterness, milky/lactose sweetness, and maybe just a bit of smoke.

T: Huge roasted malt flavors that are quite bitter, some cacao, and almost a flavor that reminds me of smoked peat in scotch. Almost woody dryness with the big roast bitterness on the finish.

M: Body is on the thin side for a double stout. Alcohol is well-hidden, and there isn't much carbonation.

O: Acceptable for style, but there are many better examples out there. Certainly not objectionable though.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Chimay gobblet round 45 degrees.

Deep black color, with just a hint of merlot color on the edges. 1 solid, fat finger tan head, fading to film and plenty of lacing.

Smell is pretty tame - I got sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and a whiff of piney hops.

Taste brings out a heavy mouthful of roasted malt depth, more of an unsweetened chocolate than the smell, a touch of the soy sauce quality, and a leafy bitter bite in the finish. Good yang to the smell's ying.

Very nice, smooth mouthfeel - quite creamy throughout, with the bitterness pulling thru at the end to keep it from being dessert-thick.

The alchohol is simply not present - making this tasty puppy a really pleasant surprise.

"Big, bold, flavorful, and complex" ... just as advertised on the bottle.

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Photo of leantom
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was curious so I tried this. Here goes:

A: Excellent. Pours a thick, creamy head with lots of lacing. Definitely more than one inch. Beer is opaque and lets no light through.

S: OK, but nothing special. Lots of dark fruit and the burnt malt makes its presence known. Kind of generic, really. No hops are detectable.

T: The burnt malt gives off the taste of a lot of dark fruit. Can taste plum, raisins, figs, etc. The dark fruit is really overwhelming in this beer. Also of note, there is a huge boozy presence in the background that coats the palate. The alcohol kind of overshadows the flavor profile of this beer, but the malt profile is good nonetheless.

M: Very rich and creamy. Glides down the throat.

O: A good beer. However, I've tasted stouts similar to it and was therefore bored with the flavor. Still good, however.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't had this yet wasn't sure as GF has been iffy....

Poured into my allagash tulip. The color is dark i get a light transparency as it pour but is totally black in the glass. The head is tan and laces very well leaving floating island of head in the middle.

The nose i sweet malty with hints of floral hops and a definite alcohol back. chocolate dominates not coffee but as it warm alcohol is more prominent.

It starts creamy in the mouth silky smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate and hints of fig come in but the big finish is the dry chocolate much like bakers cocoa. The taste is very nice. The finish ends with a noticeable hop bitterness. very pleasant.

Very nice so green flash is about 50/50 now...

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Double Stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 56 degrees.

It pours a nice dark brown/black with a tan head and some moderate lacing.

I disagree with some of the other postings. Perhaps at a higher temp this stout opens up and offers more in both the nose and taste. But the nose is roasty and malty with a hint of espresso, and a nice underlying floral hops note as well.

The taste is malty sweet with some chocolate and espresso notes as well. I did not get any boozy characteristics at all. Very nice and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. Chewier then anticipated at the pour but nice and smooth and not too carbonated which is a plus.

Overall, a very nice stout that I would certainly reccomend and will be going back for more. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer with some lacing.

S: Smoky, roasted malts up front followed by semi-sweet, creamy chocolate. Some light char and coffee notes as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malt at first followed by semi-sweet creamy chocolate and coffee notes. Then comes a lightly piny bitterness from the hops and coffee flavors. Light alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is creamy smooth with a little carbonation that accentuates the bitter hop and coffee notes.

O: Overall, a good imperial stout. Fairly simple and straight-forward, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours into my snifter engine oil black with a finger of coffee head. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a light lacing down the glass as we become intimate.

Smell is big and bold. Lots of roasted and dark malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, light hints of the UK hops (definitely different than the usual Green Flash citrus hops). Some fruits mixed in at the end.

Taste is bitter on a variety of levels. Lots of roasted malts give it some bite on the entry, carried through by some chocolate nibs and then bitter dark chocolate, some more bitter chocolate in the finish mixed with the hop bite which leaves a dry mouthfeel.

At first the bitterness is maybe a bit much, sort of bombarding you on too many levels without giving you a break to enjoy the intricacies of such a brew. As you progress and the beer warms some of the smaller notes become identifiable. Still, I don't think more than one of these in a night would be on my agenda. All around, another solid brew from Green Flash.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick chocolate shake head. Like Count Chocula in a chocolate got milk ad. Black, like I like my men and coffee.

Smoky smell off the bat which mellows into a sweet toasty chocolate smell. Like burnt alcoholic cocoa puffs.

Sweet chocolate tastes, smooth, hoppy last taste. The hops fight their way up, very complex brew. Bakers chocolate, some heat from the alcohol. So deep it puts your ass to sleep.

Smooth hoppy aftertaste, mix of hops and chocolate malts, oatmealy velvet.

This beer is the equivalent of the late great Issac Hayes voice.

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of big roasted malts with some sweet caramels and some toffee. Notes of sweet milk chocolaty malt and a tad bit of alcohol. As it heats up you get much more alcohol in the aroma. No hops whatsoever, but that's not out of the norm for this style.

The tastes are typical for the style; a boat load of rich roasted malts. While consumed at colder temperatures it goes down very smooth and leaves a mild bitter and dry finish. As with most stronger dark beers, as you let it warm up, the true characters of the beer come into play. You still get the rich/complex roastiness on the front of your tongue but as it gets to mid tongue you get slightly sweet coffee notes just before the hops balance out the malts. It finishes with bitter-sweet roasted notes and the 8.8% ABV makes its presence known. Overall this imperial stout is one smooth drinker and a great example of the style.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing 'Double Stout' Black Ale @ 8.8% served from a couple of 12 fl oz bottles purchased for $3.50 each

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head which is quickly dissapated leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-smells like a 'RIS'

T-big tasting stout , a certain smokeyness lingers on the palate

MF-ok carbonation , big full body

Ov-ok/good beer , sampled alongside , Brooklyn-Black Choc & Hercule-Stout

prost LampertLand

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Photo of chilly460
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, black with dark brown edges. Prodigious head kept me working to keep it from overflowing, decent retention and lacing.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts, some coffee, and definitely a smoke aroma. Got some burnt notes in there as well.

T: Medium sweet malts give way to some roasted coffee. Some dark chocolate sneaks through in different sips and I did pick up the smokiness in the taste. The beer is actually pretty complex, but I didn't find any of the tastes to be that pronounced.

M: I liked this one, slick and velvety, but still not a heavy beer.

D: Solid beer, not going to have a huge flavor profile if you've been drinking barrel aged RIS, but this one is a great "go to" stout.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/10/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. About an inch of creamy and foamy milk chocolate colored head. Light pathces and streaks of lace leftover.

Smell- Deep roasted malt with a milk chocolate nose. Light hops noticable. Not an outright scent, not very outgoing that is.

Taste- Hmmm, quite different from the nose. Not quite as thick and creamy as I was expecting. Heavy super dark chocolate flavor, not the sweet milk flavor that was portrayed in the nose. Hops are quite large and potent and the malt is almost burnt enough to add a light smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel- About the right amount of carbonation with a large and lasting hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty good brew here. If you like the hops in your stout, this one is up your alley. Overall a good deal and worth a try.

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Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colored stout with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is coffee grinds.Taste is smoked malts,chocolate,coffee,cream and sugar cane.Very creamy and velvety smooth goes down like silk.Highly recommended and I would purchase again.Two for two for this brewery!!

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Photo of tmzl
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with huge, thick (small bubbles), creamy, dark mocha head, it's gorgeous. Leaves some sticky lacing when it goes down, otherwise good, slow, mountainous retention. Top layer that stays is very thick, creamy and leaves some random lacing when you drink. Colour is clear, dark with brown hue (but can't really see through).

Smell: Milk chocolate is the story for this one. Combined with dark fruits (currant), deep roast, medium sweet caramel and light smoke presence. This sweet malt mix is very pleasant, soft, it hugs you like a little child - warm, milky and sweet. Also some light lemon, hey hops with a hint of floral.

Taste: Dark fruits (currant mostly) still there, but tuned down. Milk chocolate still the most dominant. The middle medium sweetness consists mostly with milk chocolate and pleasant lighter roast and light coffee. Ends with medium (mostly roasted and some milk chocolate notes) bitterness and some hop presence, pine and citrus mucus. Stays for a while, gets sharp and slightly unpleasant in the after-taste - quite the opposite from the milky, warm, hugging character in the smell. Alcohol well incorporated, also some light sour and very light metallic notes here and there.

Mouthfeel: Full light-heavy body, creamy but not as smooth as one would hope, carbonation maybe a bit to crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: It's an interesting beer, has it strong points but there are also some things that bother me, the aggressive bitterness ruins the whole image of milky, warm beer that is created in the smell. It starts as a very balanced, smooth, pleasant but then kicks you. Maybe that works for some. Is this the real life?

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Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured nearly black with a few ruby/brown highlights. The head was massive, rising a good 2.5" before dropping to a thin cap. Surprising amount of lace stickage on my glass.

S= Really boozy. Beyond that, I noted roasted malt/coffee, light chocolate, and a general lingering sweetness.

T= Tasted better than it smelled, with the roasty grains and the chocolate/caramel malt notes combining well enough. not a lot of hop presence, but it was certainly detectable. The finish was dry and skewed to the roasty side.

M= Really more medium than heavy in the body, with lots of carbonation. Good tongue coating capabilities.

D= A bit boozy, but all in all a very good offering. Not as smooth as its competitors, but worth drinking all the same.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger brown colored head. The head has a nice level of retention, fading over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a big roasted malt smell mixed with lots of dark coffee and chocolate. Mixed with these more bitter aromas are some smells of a sweeter dark fruit variety as well as some char.

Taste – The beer begins with a strong roasted malt flavor with some light sweetness of dark fruits upfront. As the flavor advances past the initial taste, a bitter chocolate and coffee come to the tongue drowning out much of the sweeter tastes that were detected before. While these more bitter dark flavors last to the end they are later joined by some flavors of smoke and a bit of booziness. These when mixed also with a light vanilla and woody taste leave a moderately bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is thick and creamy with a rather lower level of carbonation. The combination is fantastic for the roasted and moderately bitter and dark flavors.

Overall – A dark and drier Imperial stout with tons of roasted malt flavor and a decent bitter bite.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown with about a finger of tan foam. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate and roasted malts.

t - Chocolate jumps out first. Also some vanilla and roasted malts. A little bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium to full body. Little carbonation, pretty smooth.

d - Thought this was a very enjoyable stout. Nice smooth chocolate smell and taste, would definitely try this again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a thin head that lasts a ring. Aroma is some slight roasted malts, but very weak. The taste is a nice blend of roasted malts, fresh ground coffee and cocoa. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and fairly well hidden alcohol. This is a decent stout but doesn't seem like it would benefit from aging.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark molasses with a dark, 3.5-finger tan head and ringed lacing.

S - Mild roasted malt with a little chocolate and coffee and a smidge of wood tannin.

T - Dark/burnt roasted grain and coffee, dark chocolate, touch of anise, astringent, only mildly sweet. Aftertaste is burnt/roasted with a good amount of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth but dries out.

O - Enjoyed it more from the bottle than on-tap; perhaps because the food aromas in the restaurant were interfering. It's not overly complex but this is worth drinking, especially if you are looking for a dark/burnt stout experience.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle of this down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City earlier this week. The beers that I previously had from Green Flash were hop bombs and I was interested to try their take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Even though this is listed as a Double/Imperial Stout, there's enough here to warrant it being placed in a new category altogether. The hops are overshadowed by the body and carbonation here and this has a bit of a heavier feel to it than a typical IPA!

This didn't have much of an aroma to it - the roasted, cocoa, and coffee notes only came out in the taste. Even thought the bottle was heavy, the beer matched it in terms of body. No bitterness like a Stout here but more of the feel of a Cocoa Porter with the aggressive alcohol not present in the taste of the beer. Because this is like a hot chocolate that's been fermented, it wasn't easy to down this and instead, this had to be savored a bit at a time.

I like this style but it would be good to try one of these that wasn't so strong. The flavors weren't obstructed by the alcohol and this didn't have the feel of the other Green Flash beers but there was a bit missing from this. Having one of these that was a bit thinner would probably lead to a beer that would be easier to enjoy and would allow for a more sensory experience as well. For now, this suffices and in spite of its boldness, this was a fine brew that would warm anyone up nicely on a cold day.

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Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating.

Nice pour; very dark brown head atop a pitch black ale.

Scent is mostly milk chocolate sweetness with a bit of a caramel edge.

Flavor is somewhat lighter for the style. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, but not quite as dense as a RIS. Nice sweetness in the finish to counter the bitterness of the roasted malt and hop.

Nice body; as I said it's not quite as thick as other imperial stouts, giving it a more drinkable (perhaps dangerously so) profile.

Good offering from Green Flash, like their others. The price is a bit steep at $3 bottle, so I may not revisit.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark brown, as close to black as could be. A nice full finger of rich chocolate colored head, decent retention, thickish tan outer ring remains. Solid lacing.

S - Roasty and bold bitter/dark chocolate aromas. A little smokey/ashy too.

T - Roasty/smokey and bitter, sweet bitter chocolates at the back end. Pretty simple but pretty bold and delightful. Slightly boozy

M - Medium bodied-Full bodied, appropriate carbonation. Almost a sipper

O - A nice bold flavorful double stout, definitely a fan. Should be a fun 64 oz's.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in an Ommegang Tulip. A hard pour produces a thick head of light brown rocky foam, great lacing as it settles out over very deep dark brown stouty-stout. I'm getting chocolate and roasted barley...very light coffee too in the nose, seems promising so far. Luxurious viscous mouthfeel with flavors of chocolate once again, malt sugar sweetness, a nice roasty sensation mingling with a not-over-the-top hopping...everything melds nicely. Chocolate again in the finish, then fades with a roasty note. Alcohol well masked in this one. Quality stuff.

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