Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 105
Gots: 386 | 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

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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Ratings: 2,905 | Reviews: 848
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I like this beer. Pours as it's name suggests.
All the ingredients are there-- nice sculptured foamy head
Black molasses in the nose along with a jab of hops.
But on the initial taste-- and maybe I'm expecting something else seeing "Double" in the name-- its initial stance on my palate is thin, a bit flat, deflated-- where's the air pump?
I wouldn't say this if the label simply said "Stout",,, but seeing "Double" I expected "Sumo".
Regardless of my critical demeanor-- it's a great brew with all the classic flavors.
A gorgeous beer.

Photo of Murphious
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Excellent stout with great smoothness and wonderful bitter chocolate aroma as warms from a bottle. Lovely dark tan head and decent foam. Great roasted flavor in the malt with slight hop dryness in the finish.

Photo of dakotaben
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

A deep brown dark chocolate look with a big head that looks like a nice chocolate shake consistency. Heavy lasting lace.

S chocolate smell. Smell a twinge of booze. Bit of earth.

T. Chocolate theme with a roasted taste followed up with bitterness.

M. Not super thick, but full.

Overall yeah. A sipper, but good.

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured an opaque dark chocolate color with less than 1F in a snifter.
The aroma wafts from the glass- it's excellent, although not strong: fruit, especially fig, and chocolate.

The mouth feel is not very carbonated as expected.

The taste is stands out in this beer. Strong fig, fruit, and chocolate. Unlike other US brewed imperial stouts, there is more emphasis on the fig- fruit quality of the taste, and not chocolate.
The UK Target hops in the beer yield special qualities and bring out the fruit.

Roasted malt is brought out as the beer warms.

Overall, another excellent beer from Green Flash. Easy drinking, yet complex.

Photo of BaalDagon
5/5  rDev +22%

I cannot speak highly enough about this double stout! If you are looking for a mature, refined adult beverage for your discriminating palate... I highly advise and heartily encourage this one! I would go on about all the usual reviewing points, but where would that leave your adventurous expectations?

Photo of ExtraStout
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thick vicious black w/ a big dark mocha head and very sticky lacing. Very very good looking stout.

I'm picking up scents of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slight amount of coffee/expresso. There's also a little vanilla in the mix. I can pick all of that up in the flavors. Very bold, dark chocolate is abundant, slightly bitter, but a sweetness remains.

Mouthfeel is okay .. would have liked it a bit thicker and creamy, but it was well carbonated and remains light.. finishes great. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high. It's hard to stop drinking. Very enjoyable Imperial Stout!

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours an almost perfectly pitch black color. The head is two fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention is quite good, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Yep, I'm loving all the dark chocolate in this. There are additional twinges of dark fruits, graham cracker, and caramel, all balanced by a slightly piny touch. Not hugely deep, but still a really nice nose.

T: It starts off just like the nose indicated - dark chocolate, graham cracker, caramel, and dark fruits come through vividly. The finish, however, is quite bitter with tones of roast and tobacco-like hops. There's also a kiss of alcohol I didn't quite expect (I'm so used to beers in the 9% range covering the booze perfectly), too. The booze gives it a nuancing touch of dark fruit, creating a reasonably complex yet dry imperial stout.

M: It starts off with a full, sweet feel; but it finishes dry and hoppy. It's one of the few dark beers I'd call refreshing - and that's a great thing. There isn't a lot of carbonation, instead relying purely on the dryness to cleanse the palate. And it works.

O: The tale of two stouts: one sweet and desert-y, the other bitter, dry, and almost refreshing. This is a manly drink: big, bitter, and even a touch harsh. But in a good way! I could totally imagine Catherine the Great (read: the manliest Czar ever, so manly she was a woman) drinking something like this while being boinked by Denis Diderot.

3.75/5: Very nice old-school imperial stout

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 31/7/14

A black liquid with a 3 finger mocha head that has great retention ever so slowly falling to a thick film, it only leaves rings after the foam falls, strange having rings starting half way down the glass but she looks good

S fruity at first then the dark roast kicks in, licorice, coconut, chocolate syrup, and just a little coffee

T lots of dark chocolate, more coffee and its roasted dark, not as much dark fruit in the mouth, some charred wood, very rich and flavorful

M silky, full bodied but no knife and fork required, low carbonation, a little sticky on the lips, chocolate and char linger

O well rounded and tasty, hits all the spots and pretty easy to drink for nearly 9%, the booze is very well hidden

Perhaps not well suited for this hot Summer's day so perhaps I'll save my other 3 bottles for a chilly evening, well priced for the quality I'll be buying this one again.

Photo of stoutman
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of leantom
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a stout glass.

Pours midnight black with a thick, rich caramel/mocha head. Beautiful head, pretty good lacing.

Not too much of a smell. Some coffee and butter, as well as dark fruit.

Taste is very caramel and malt forward. Still the great coffee taste of a stout. Very balanced. Good stout.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Very hearty but doesn't sit heavy. Nice combo.

Great beer.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Very black! Can't see a thing. Poured on the side so almost no head.

S: Not much here except some cracker and oat. Maybe some bitterness.

T: This is pleasant but not super complex as I'd hoped. Malt, toast, oat flakes, char, and tobacco. Got some pretty good flavors. Some of the booze comes through though.

M: Fairly thick but there's a lightness to it, so it's right in the middle. This is a very well-done piece of the beer.

O: Not bad. I may just not be in a stout mood tonight so I'll be as objective as I can be. This beer is pretty awesome. Not the most complex beer you'll ever have, but it is well made for the style. The only thing I didn't like was the booziness, but it wasn't overpowering.

Photo of HoppySeb
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into KBS snifter. Aggressive pour. Appearance is a beautiful jet black. Upon pouring, a foamy cappuccino-like foam is formed atop the glass. The foam eventually recedes into a thin, almost transparent layer covering the entirety of the surface and ultimately settling into a ring around the glass which accompanies you as you finish the beer.

The nose at first instance is that of chocolate milk. Coffee aroma closely follows and there are traces of dark fruit and molasses. Its taste has a sweet start with notes of chocolate and very faint vanilla. The finish is bitter, pleasantly so – a bitter finish you would expect from espresso.

Its mouthfeel is thick and chewy, quite appropriate to fully appreciate the spectrum of flavors in this beer.

Overall, a quite solid Imperial Stout – I would definitely seek again and enjoy it on a regular basis.

Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You ever read about that one study where they put plain seltzer in two cans? One can was yellow, the other was white. They asked people to drink from both cans and write down what flavors they picked up. People said the white-canned seltzer tasted like regular seltzer, but they swore the yellow-canned seltzer had nodes of lemon.

That's just how our brains work. Our senses do not operate independent of one another. Sounds prime us to see certain sights, certain sights lead us to expect certain flavors. Just--think about if you took a sip of a beer that poured like Schlitz but tasted like Guinness. You'd be repulsed, because that's just not right.

And so when I see the Green Flash logo, I'm thinking "this beer is gonna taste great up front but then drop off near the end," since that's what their beers tend to do. And because I'm expecting that to happen, I'm usually way too critical of the back end, like I'm waiting for a flaw to manifest.

And, of course, that's what happened here. Big double coffee and charred barley up front, then things appeared to fizzle. Although I don't know if they actually fizzled that badly or if they just appeared to since that's what I was expecting them to do.

Photo of keithmurray
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown color with dark tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, espresso, mocha, fudge, vanilla

Taste - dark chocolate, espresso, roasted coffee, fudge, vanilla, hops

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, great deal of bitterness in the back to provide balance

Overall - good imperial stout, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Good balance of flavors here. Recommended

Price Point - $3/12 oz bottle

Photo of mabermud
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured black with a light tan head. When held up to the sun, the edges show a dark reddish brown hue. The head disappears into a tan halo with a light cloudy cover over the top. The head and legs are slick and fine. The micro/fine bubbles seem to melt off of the sides as I move the beer around in the glass. The smell is rich and smells faintly of fresh baked sourdough bread, some raisins, some coffee, and a distant dark/bitter chocolate smell. The taste is complex in a way and not disappointing. There is a balanced mix of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, sweet raisins, and coffee. This stout has a medium body and a drier finish. I don't understand why they call it Double Stout...

Photo of Mikus
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid double stout... nice balance, pretty in the glass, nice roasty notes and clean bitterness. Everything I like in a deep, dark brew. Definitely will show up in the rotation. Green Flash was one of the breweries that got me into craft, and they have not disappointed yet.

Photo of gerite
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours very black and opaque with a lot of dark tan head. Leaves a solid lacing all around the glass. The taste is more hops that malt which leaves a slight lingering bitterness. Overall it is smooth and refreshing but definitely has more characteristics of a Black Ale than a Double Stout.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dense tan head and opaque ruby black color. Aroma is loaded with vanilla, esters, roasty grains and sweet, sweet EtOH. Flavor is a complex yet easygoing blend of roast, smoke, spice, vanilla and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is very good, warming. You can feel the alcohol in a good way. Overall, pure hot sex in a glass.

Photo of benloho
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This was a big surprise for me. I'd heard that this was a good stout but I didn't expect it to be at this level.
A: Pours jet black. No glimpse of light through the glass. Nice creamy one-finger of tan head that sticks around.
S: I pick up vanilla, roasted malt, and smokiness right off the bat. A little bit of caramel and chocolate.
T: Just as the aroma, vanilla and chocolate, roastiness and smokiness. Really complex and a nice bitter finish that lingers that reminds me of a bittersweet bakers chocolate.
MF: Amazingly smooth and creamy. Such a full mouthfeel made me want to gulp not sip. The complexity of this beer is really working!
O: Super impressed by this Double Stout. I purchased just a single but I'm going to go grab a 4 pack so this can be in my normal repertoire.

Photo of lochef81
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This stout really surprised me. As a fan of Green Flash, I've always known them for hoppy west coast beers, I didn't expect such a smooth, complex, enjoyable stout. This one pours a jet black hue with a thick lasting ta n head and creamy lacing. The aroma is a sweet rich blend of chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and a little smokiness. The body is creamy and luscious. Flavor follows the nose only even more rich and complex. Reminds me of some of the special stouts from Southern Tier. This was damn goid and may even become my new go to stout.

Photo of janubio
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Black colour, with an enormous brownish head that last for long good while and leaves a milky lace. My first thouhgt was "What's that horrible smell? It's like smelling ink. Now, just leave it aside for a while and it opens to chocolate, vanilla, coffee, liquorice, raisins, brandy... and milk. A really creamy palate, plus a medium to full body makes you really enjoy it. Taste is as smell: milk chocolate, vanilla, raisins, brandy, coffee. Really great.

Photo of dank203
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

green flash, more known by me for their IPAs. this one is actually well done, light roasted chocolate and bready nose, medium full mouth feel with good balance of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes. really well done stout, highly drinkable, slightly dry and bitter

Photo of bryanbullock
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Good pour, with dark head solid black appearance

S- I am not sure what I am detecting in smell, but it is not pleasant. It smells almost like smoked beef on a metal plate. Small hints of chocolate

T- On my first taste, the taste matched the smell, but as I continued to drink the smell got better and the true taste was able to shine though. Bitter roasted malt and dark chocolate with hints of expresso. Very bitter for a stout.

M - More foamy than most stouts and medium viscosity.

O - Overall the taste was good but the smell was to much to over come, I do not think I will purchase again.

Photo of teromous
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with a thick creamy light tan head that leaves lacing.

S: Slight metallic scent, and a hint of roasted grain.

T: Rich roasted flavor full of bitterness. Notes of coffee and cocoa. It has a very good flavor.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Big and full bodied with good bitterness and carbonation. Very easy to drink but doesn't put me to sleep.

O: Overall it's a very good beer. I'm not sure what's going on in the scent department. That metallic note is off-putting but it's still a good beer. Stout lovers or those who enjoy a good cup of espresso will find this a very enjoyable beer. Overall the scent is really what takes this beer down a notch. It looks perfect in the glass, tastes and feels outstanding.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,905 ratings.