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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2102
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%

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:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of bkilpatr


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/04/08.

Pours nearly pitch black with hints of brown and a nearly three finger chocolaty brown head. The head left a little lacing around the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The aromas seem a bit subdued.

Taste starts with sweet milk chocolate and plenty of roasted malt. That's followed by a rush of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. There's also a hint of cherry and very little alcohol presence. The finish is fairly bitter and dry.

Feel is medium body with just enough carbonation. It's very smooth and thick but not too heavy. Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer. I couldn't drink more than one, but at 8.8% I don't think I'd want to.

This is a really good double stout. I'd recommend it. Very smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 02:17:56 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of bjoyce12


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by employee of Derby Street Wine & Spirits in Hingham, MA. Glad it was suggested to me. Pours a dark brown, excellent nose, but the taste puts this Green Flash offering in the top 10% of all stouts. Great malty presence with a deep undercarriage of flavors without any of the the alcohol burn. Overall, a superior stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 16:19:49 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of beveritt


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 23:17:08 | More by beveritt
Photo of BretSikkink


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black? Black. Tanned head of about one inch, maybe a little more. This is well-packed, lasts long, and leaves some good lacing.

Heavily roasted aroma includes notes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso once the head dies down a little. Some piney hops as well.

The flavor is very flavorful, with a stronger hop leaf presence than I would have guessed. This lasts pretty long into the finish, and helps offset the toughness of the malts; the finish is quite bitter and coating, somewhat harsh at first.

Definitely enough bitterness to balance beautifully with the sweetness of the malt. Mouthfeel is solid and creamy, there is a lot of carbonation but the fullness is a nice complement.

Solid stout that throws big sweetness, bitterness, and rich creaminess all together. Challenging but pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 03:27:08 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of PhxHorn


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown with a healthy tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, smoke. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, smoke, roasted nuts, molasses, licorice, all in a nice combination. No single flavor sticks out and grabs you; it's just a nice mix. Lingering smoke/licorice aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy texture, almost like it was from a nitro tap. All in all, a first rate stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 05:57:27 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of tonistruth


4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- deep brown with a fluffy and creamy tan head, decent retent, looks great in snifter glass

S- tempting aromas of oats, roasted malts, and rich chocolate

T- roasted malts from front to back with dark chocolate throughout as well, sublte hints of roasted oats lie in background

M- fluffy and smooth, dry finish with slight heat

D- amazing double stout that warms well, smells phenominal, and tastes fabulous, highly recomended brew

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 05:15:59 | More by tonistruth
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this after a stone 12th and both are similiar.

A: Pours black with some brown around the edge. Nice lacing. A finger of mocha head.

S:Anise up front which I hate but I am also super sensitive to it. Behind that chocolate and roast not much else.

T: Much like stone 12th. The anise takes it down a notch for me but it is better balanced. More subtle chocolate and roast. They play off of each other well. Not complex but it works.

M: Thicker than the stone. Medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D: Very enjoyable on what has turned into an August stout tasting. Very good. Definitely something that imperial stout lovers should seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:25:35 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Wasatch


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, lots of nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is big and malty, dark chocolates hit next, with some slight bitterness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, a joy to drink, Thanks Joe.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:42:02 | More by Wasatch
Photo of illidurit


3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Inky black with a dark tan one-finger head. Average retention and some wet spotted lacing.

Aroma is molasses sweetness with some charred malt roastiness.

Flavor is almost entirely roasty, almost burnt. A touch of sweetness comes through as dark chocolate. Dry ashy finish. Total coffee bomb beer. Not a lot of balance.

Full bodied, rather high carbonation, mostly clean finish, not much booziness.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 08:07:50 | More by illidurit
Photo of RoyalT


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a very dark brown in color with burgundy edges and a decent head.

Smell - The aroma here shows a lot of depth. A beautiful South American coffee smell defines the bouquet and the heavily-roasted malt makes an excellent complement. There is a very light smoky aroma as well that I really enjoyed once I found it. The smells themselves are original but they are of very high quality.

Taste - The flavor adds a dash of chocolate to the qualities of the smell and just enough alcohol to peak one's interest. The malts come on a bit bigger at the taste as well. And again the apparent high quality of the ingredients is what makes this one stand out from the pack.

Mouthfeel - I'm calling this medium-bodied but it's on the heavier side of that definition. The slight alcohol doesn't sting the mouth but it's just enough to notice. The key IMO to this terrific mouthfeel is the balance. It's not especially carbonated, and the lean towards flatness in congruent with the flavors.

Drinkability - You never want to guzzle a big beer like this, but I swear this went down quicker than just about any other sample of the style I've had before. This is just a damn good-drinking dark brew and another winner for this accomplished brewery which is highly-regarded in the beer community.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 02:01:50 | More by RoyalT
Photo of JoeMayo


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 19:31:42 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of lackenhauser


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 00:43:15 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that lasts. The aroma is perfect. It has a smooth, rich chocolatey scent that boasts of black malts and sweet chocolate; just the way I like it. The taste is great. It is silky smooth all the way down. It's sweet up front with a stiff roasted backbone. It's laced with chocolate and coffee flavors; exceptional. The mouthfeel is perfect. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous stout. I love the flavor profile and the excellent mouthfeel; another winner from this fabulous brewery!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 20:57:52 | More by WesWes
Photo of joekfsu


3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black that is opaque with a 1 cm tight bubbly brown head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some alcohol, malt, and dark fruit. Initial flavor is sweet chocolate that becomes more bitter and almost sour. Light carbonation, medium to full body, alcohol presence throughout, and moderate lacing. Overall a very solid stout worth a try as its availability continues to expand.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 01:32:21 | More by joekfsu
Photo of jwc215


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head that settles to a wide swirling patch. Some dots of lacing stick as the head descended down the glass.

The smell is of coffee/chocolate with charcoal/ashy smokiness, dark fruits and earthy tones.

The taste is earthy, smoky, coffeeish/ chocolatey. Subtle dark fruits mix in in the back. It has a dry, roasty finish.

Medium-to-full-bodied. Could be a bit thicker for a "double", but it works well where it is, as there is a creamy, smooth texture.

The alcohol is covered very well.

A very enjoyable stout - English-like with an American flair for bigger. As I was on my patio drinking this a neighbor passed by (while in the second half of the bottle) smoking a cedary cigar. Though I'm not a cigar smoker, the aroma enhanced it even more, so if you are a cigar smoker, you may want to enjoy the second half with a cedary cigar! Job well-done here!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 14:19:32 | More by jwc215
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

dark, opaque with a sizable cocoa colored head, craggy head takes it's sweet time, the lacing is good... overall just a really nice looking stout.

kind of a prune-y chocolate, hints of cocoa, not much else going on but pretty good.

taste etc...
bitter chocolate with hints of coffee, the alcohol has a warming effect on the way down, there is a somewhat biting sensation in the aftertaste, this seems a bit too light in the loafers to be a stout and lacks a creaminess that would really tie it together. The ABV is well hidden.

an OK stout, not worth looking high and low for but not bad to give it a shot...

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 02:44:44 | More by Ego
Photo of bbothen


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Deep dark black color with a bubbly 1 finger of cocoa colored foamy head.

Smells of chocolate mostly. Some faint roasted/toasted aromas & coffee like notes, but chocolate rules the roost here. Nice.

Has a big chocolate flavor leading into some subtle coffee & woody/smoky flavors.

Medium bodied. Perhaps a bit thin. Not as full as I expected.

Drinkability is good as this tastes quite good & drinks easy for 9% brew.

I'll happily buy this again. But won't go out of my way for it either. ALl in all a solid double stout from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 23:01:24 | More by bbothen
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this one.

This beer pours a dark black with a little port that shines through the edges. The head is a collar of tan which leaves behind a delicate lacing.

Smells a bit watery with cocoa malts and an afterthought of fruity sourness.

The flavor begins with a touch of milk chocolate that dry out a bit bringing in a roasted ashy fruity sourness. I can't pin down what kind of fruit, but it's really quite bland. I'm surprised at how utterly devoid this one is of anything that catches my attention. It's kinda like the guy you've worked with for 15 years that you still haven't caught the name of.

Feels clean and pleasantly dense with a nice tickle of subdued carbonation.

A pretty easy drinking beer. Not much to disappoint or excite.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 06:32:51 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a large snifter style glass.

A - Very dark (black) brew with a nice finger of tan head sitting in the snifter. The head stays nicely, and what does dissipate immediately starts lacing the glass.

S - Roasted malts and some dark chocolate aromas. A tiny bit of black licorice on the nose as well.

T - Taste has a nice lead with some black licorice but gives way to a hoppiness that is very nice. Some coffee in there. Alcohol is pronounced as well, and the finish is rather bitter. Tiny tobacco notes on the finish as well.

M - Not too bad, but a tiny bit thinner than expected. If this one had a little more body it would be VERY nice.

D - This is a pretty good, interesting double stout. Definitely a nice one to sip and some might find the medium body as a plus in the drinkability department but I think it should be beefed up a little.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 03:58:57 | More by EStreet20
Photo of beachbum1975


3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Jungle Jim's about a month ago. 22 ounce bomber with a bright orange label.

Appearance: Pours black with a dark tan, creamy head. Surprisingly high viscosity for its' depth.

Smell: Heavily roasted malts, coffee and sweets. Very nice.

Taste: Rich, dark chocolate and French coffee. Slight toffee and caramel - likely from the high amount of malts. Aftertaste lingers with more coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice beer. Worth a try, but nothing amazing to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 22:30:46 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of tpd975


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a solid two finger espresso colored head. The retention is good with some lace noted.

S: Nice dark sweet fruits, with a blast of chocolate roasted malt. There are some nice green hops as well making this a true west coast stout.

T: Being west coast they did not take any time to introduce the hops. Right from the start there is a nice blast of floral green hops. The chocolate and coffee play a big role along with a touch of smoke and some booze. This is one enjoyable hoppy stout.

M: Full bodied with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry with a bit of burn from the booze.

D: This one was shared so I did not get the chance to try to finish a bomber myself. I think I could though it is rather enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 19:14:16 | More by tpd975
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, impervious to light, with a fat two-finger brown head that quickly recedes to a creamy layer. Sporadic lacing. Smells sweet and chocolatey - like a mix between a milk and an oatmeal stout. Faint dark fruit behind it all. Deep, tasty oatmeal stout-like flavor. Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, a little char-iness, and a bit of coffee and fruit. Pretty simple actually, but well-crafted. Full and creamy body with a slightly gritty texture.

Kind of like a big oatmeal stout. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 00:32:27 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 00:14:02 | More by tastybeer
Photo of shroompod


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich mocha head , lacing abounds.

Very faint dark malt on the nose , some chocolate.

Very rich dark chocolate on the taste, somewhat bitter with the dark malts. Hops also play a nice bittering profile that keep the malts from becoming to sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick, good carbonation.

Overall a very nice drinking I'll be enjoying more of.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 03:23:55 | More by shroompod
Photo of gford217


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with mahogany hints around the edges and a dense two-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to very thin layer of bubbles along the top. Lacing is very good.

S: Huge sweet roasted malts in the nose with chocolate an coffee supporting. Dark fruits are also prevalent in the aroma, especially raisins and plums.

T: Roasted coffee and sweet malts start the flavor before giving way to dark chocolate and then sweet fruits. The finish is a tad bitter with hops and the coffee coming back in the aftertaste. Alcohol burn is evident in the background.

M: Mouthfeel is on the full side and very creamy, coating the mouth with a malted milk flavor.

D: This is a very drinkable stout and an excellent stout in general. I would seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 02:47:13 | More by gford217
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.