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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,416
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 87
Gots: 206 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

MykeJ, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Pacioli1445, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

markdrinksbeer, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

mjvos, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

capnamerica, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of beergil
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

beergil, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%

This an undated bomber from around 2007-2008 (they haven't used this old label since that period). Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is inky - very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin layer of dark tan head. Just a little bit of occasional lace. 8.8% ABV isn't that big for an imperial stout these days, and I've seen ones with much higher alcohol content retain a nicer head. That's basically the only strike against this beer. Not a big deal.

Smell is heavenly. The most forward note is dark fruits, like prune and raisin, which is more reminiscent of a quad than a stout. Behind that is burnt sugar, molasses, coffee, milk chocolate and a slight whiff of bourbon.

That very concentrated "inkiness" carries through to the palate. Espresso, dark chocolate, oats and bitter black malts dominate, with a tinge of green raisin and a cool finish that can probably be attributed to the hops and the booze. Nice roasty/bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel starts off thin, but quickly rounds out and becomes velvety with a surprising amount of soft, prickly carbonation, considering this one's age.

Overall, this beer might have seen better days in terms of look and feel, but the flavor is mostly all there. The nose is downright sexy. The beer is not too sweet and finishes rather dry. It would probably make for a nice complement to a really rich, sweet desert like cheesecake.

Mongrel, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of toomuchhops
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

toomuchhops, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

heavenlyStash, Nov 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Pug, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

AnthemOfTheSun, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

magnusdave, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

klipper, Nov 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

SudsSurfer, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. I've had this for probably more than 18 months - hopefully its strength will have preserved it reasonably well.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy mocha-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, sugar, a hint of vanilla and a faint twinge of oxidation. Rich, dark and fruity - good stuff.

Tastes of intense roasted malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, dark malt, coffee, cocoa,molasses, dried fruit, earthy yeast, stewed hop and faint vanilla. A hint of oxidation and staleness in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, coffee, mild fruitiness and stewed leaves.

Impressive - a big stout with a big flavour. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour are replete with roasted malt, burnt grain and molasses. Some mild staleness but this doesn't detract from the experience. Decent body, though could be a shade thicker. A great stout with plenty of character - worth sampling if you have the chance.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Cramerican, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

Burnt motor oil appearance with a quarter inch of rich mocha froth that persists leaving sheets of lace. Smells of charred molasses and chocolate. Sub-notes of heavily roasted malt, pine, charcoal and figs. Taste is initially a heap of roasted/charred malt, dark semi-sweet chocolate, sweetness of caramel and molasses. Hop presence mingles with the semi-bitter chocolate nicely notes of pine and citrus are faint but the bitterness is altogether evident. TheNice layers of complexity develop once the initial chewing on pine cinders/burnt coals effect abates. Nice creamy mouthfeel in a medium-heavy body. Mild bitterness, char and chocolate linger on the finish.

JackieTH, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

GreesyFizeek, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

TheSleepyMonkey, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Madskill, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of MoMaMe
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

A really good stout.

I'm a Guiness Foreign Extra lover, and I like this one about the same, if not a little better.

The Guiness FE has a little better mouthfeel, but this one is pretty good as well, and has a bit better flavor.

It lingers on the palate with a nice finish. There is a definite strong and complex flavor with an ever so slight bitterness and brightness mixed with a malty sweetness. I really like this one, and it ranks at one of the top stouts that I've tried.

MoMaMe, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled 05/06/13.

Appearance: Pours an oily midnight black with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A roasty and fairly robust dark aroma with good hints of chocolate and coffee. Upfront roasted barley malts with big hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee bean, burnt toast, oats, cookie dough, caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Also some hints of milk and cream. Sweet hints of molasses and brown sugar. Decent hop backing with earthy hints of grass and subtle pine. A pretty solid stout aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a roasty and fairly sweet stout taste with notes of chocolate and coffee roast. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee bean, oats, burnt toast, cookie dough, caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, nuts, yeast, and slight smoke. Silky taste of milk and cream. Sweet notes of burnt brown sugar and molasses. Background notes of earthy and grassy hops along with some slight pine. Also a slight undertone of dark raisin. A pretty nice creamy stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and silky with a smooth finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A pretty solid stout. Doesn't quite feel imperial but it has some good roasty and creamy flavors.

MattyG85, Nov 21, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/30/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, caramel, oats, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, char, caramel, oats, floral, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, char, roasted malt, toast, oats, caramel, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a moderate hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, chalky, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

JamLand, Nov 21, 2013
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,416 ratings.