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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 866
Hads: 3,058
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 129
Gots: 460 | FT: 1
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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: 866 | Hads: 3,058
Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this in a tulip Nitro tap'd at Al's of Hampden.

The color is 8 ball black with a nice creamy medium tan head which has a miniscule bead. The lace clings in a sheet, the stout is opaque no way you can see through it. The smell is nice, but a little light for the style - a pleasant amount of cocoa, coffee and slight smoke is present. The feel is very good - I normally am not a fan of nitro tapped beers, but on this hot day in the mid-90's the lighter body is a plus with creamy, not heavy body and moderate roastiness with some hop or dark grain bitterness, probably both actually. The alcohol is mild for the style which I like and the finish is bitter and semi-dry.

I like the flavors this beer has, nice toasted and chocolate malt presence with some coffee flavor and an invigorating amount of piney hops that lets you know this is a West Coast stout. It is hoppier than most American stouts, but fits the double stout moniker and has a gentle amount of caramel in the taste to lessen the impact of the hops and dark grain. Overall I really enjoyed this I consider it a decent example of the style without going overboard with hops or roasted malts a very clean and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- Nice looking beer, two finger bubbly frothy brown head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing and retention, dark black color, opaque.
S- The aroma is pretty hidden, slight roasted malt notes, cocoa, coffee, some chocolate, slight earthy aroma as well.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, bitter taste, roasted malts, big coffee taste, oatmeal, slight chocolate.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, nice carbonation bitter on the palate, smooth and creamy, alcohol is hidden.
O- Decent stout, very easy drinking beer, well balanced, not overly complex but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After countless bottles downed over the years, finally getting around to hashing out a review. Double stout pours a shade or two above the color of a black hole. Not the darkest of stouts, but more than black enough. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of khaki head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.

Double Stout smells deep, dark, and roasty. Dark roasted coffee stands out front. Dark chocolate notes hit next. Hops present as well lending to some earthy notes. Some light caramel and molasses notes round things out.

The taste follows the nose. Strong coffee notes hit first. Dark roasted coffee shines. Beneath the coffee chocolate shines. Dark chocolate notes dominate mid palate. Some lightly sweetish caramel and molasses notes hit next. Some earthy notes rounds things out. The the long lingering finish is chocked full of more coffee notes.

Double Stout is a nice full bodied beer. The carbonation is adequate.

Green Flash Double Stout is a welcome harbinger of colder weather. While not reaching the same heights as other strong stouts, this brew hits all the right notes. The alcohol is quite well masked, making for a brew that doesn't drink as strong as it is. Another top notch brew from the folks at Green Flash.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz distinctive brown bottle served in a snifter.

A black, opaque brew with a short-lived tan head, More than ample bubbly lacing left on the glass.

As expected, the aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts with a nice hint of dark chocolate. The flavor profile is a little marred, IMO, by a slight sour note {not apparent in more recent tasting). Very long-lasting flavor of dark malt with a hint of hops.

M: Full body with very good carbonation. Smooth but with a bit of crispness.

O: a rich stout favoring lots of heavily roasted malts.

(Revised and upgraded with bottle consumed in Nov. 2013).

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Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears to be completely opaque, deep brown-black topped by a cocoa-tan colored head. Retention is a fine bubbled 1/8 inch layer with spotty bits of lace on the glass above. Aroma is very chocolaty with a milk stout kind of chocolate, light coffee and caramel glazed toast. Taste is also very milk chocolaty with some slight hop bitterness, roast coffee beans, and a little bit of an alcohol kick. This reminds me a lot of a coffee oatmeal stout. Texture is slick and velvety smooth. Creamy chocolaty flavors remain throughout the extended finish. I find myself taking my time consuming this. Decent drinkability.

This certainly makes for a good dessert brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell has aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy, oily, smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making this beer not too difficult drink, although the amount of bitterness and dryness requires that it be sipped.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/7/11

Dark brown, think stained cherry. No light passes through once in the glass. The head rises to two fingers in an ample manner and I had to tame the pour. Thinner retention. Lace is quite good.

Smells solid. Tangy roast and dark fruits give way to coffee grounds and semi-sweet chocolate, powdery cocoa and a spot of espresso. A touch grainy, too. Comes together, seeming more robust as it warms. No trace of alcohol in the nose.

The flavor profile is pretty much in line with the aroma. Lots of roast - roasted coffee/espresso, roasted grains and a chocolate notion that borders on burnt. The burnt aspect builds with each additional sip. Doesn't seem quite as sweet as the nose, which is a good thing. There's just enough to round out the roast. A good bit of hop kick is had, too.

Rolling carbonation augments the already full feel making seem more boisterous than perhaps it is. Again, the alcohol is extremely well-hidden (not that it's a crazy abv, but still). Very slightly coating. Roasted grains on the finish.

Though not outrageously great, there is little to complain about. Carbonation is too much for me. Worth a shot though.

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Photo of MisterE
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Four-pack of short 12 oz. bottles at Ward's for $9.99

A: pour produces a thick, dark tan, foamy, 2-finger head that holds on for the duration - beer is pitch black

S: the nose is all malt and very clean, without much change as it warms

T: burnt malt and dark chocolate with a pronounced hop finish, but not boozy at all

M: medium to full mouthfeel with solid but not excessive carbonation

O: very pleasant balance, but not remarkable

This is not really an Imperial Stout, but a Black Ale (black IPA).

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Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: A real deep black color with a light brown off white one finger head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Dark and roasty with hints of chocolate, coffee and a nice hop kick.

T: Flavors of roasted coffee start off which quickly turn to a deep creamy chocolate flavor. One other reveiwer nailed it perfectly when he said chocolate milk shake. Sweeet and creamy. Finish comes back to the roasted flavors with a nice floral hop kick. A very nice balance with the roasted flavors and the hops.

M: Very thick and coating, but also dry. Different for sure because the hops makes the mouthfeel dryer than it really is. A bit of alcohol is detected.

D: Medium. One bomber was enough for me.

Overall a solid stout done the Green Flash way. I am very happy I tried it. They keep making very good/great beers. Congrats.

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with two fingers thick dense tan head, settles slowly to a thin ring, leaving a spray of lace on the glass. Smell: toasted and buttered dark bread, black plum, moderate roast, earthy, hint of wood smoke. Taste: bready, plum, maybe fig, mild roast, caramel, hopping is earthy, mildly grassy and citric. Feel is quite creamy, finishing drying with light residual sweetness. This is odd to review. Enjoyable beer, but not an impy stout.

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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 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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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.