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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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868 Reviews
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Reviews: 868
Hads: 3,059
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 129
Gots: 460 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 868 | Hads: 3,059
Photo of seaoflament
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is from March 2008.

Dark with a good inch of foam. Excellent retention with some lacing.

Roasted with some bitter chocolate, malted milk, chocolate covered grains, and a touch of spicy hops in the background. A bit of rum soaked raisins as the beer warms up, more fruitiness. Some caramel and molasses as well. Hints of maple syrup and toffee.

Roasted barley and bitter chocolate bitterness but the year of age has mellowed out the bitterness. Earthy hoppiness in the finish. More hop flower flavor. Some caramel crystal malts in the middle. More chocolate as it warms up. Fruity esters in the finish as well, some plum and chocolate covered raisins.

Very smooth, finishes with low carbonation. Low dryness in the finish but enough of it so it doesn't feel too sweet.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black forest cake with bronzed edges that are barely seen, even with bright backlighting. Stouts don't get much darker than this. The upper third of the glass is filled with a firmly creamy chunk of coffee-with-cream colored foam that looks to be milkshake thick. An extensive, circumferential sheet of moth-eaten lace puts the finising touches on this humdinger of a double stout.

The aroma, although not quite as impressive as the appearance, is more than solid as well. Roasted malt delivers the usual aromas of chocolate and coffee; more the former than the latter. An American hop might have worked better than U.K. Target, but that probably borders on nitpicking.

Green Flash Double Stout is a well-brewed big beer that is full of positives and is devoid of negatives. There's no real flash and sizzle, just straightforwardly delicious, roasted malty, immensely drinkable stout. I'm glad the ABV is only 8.8%. Pushing it over 10.0% wouldn't have accomplished anything worthwhile.

Warming does what warming usually does. That is, it reveals the beer's true colors. In this case, it turns a good double stout it a borderline great double stout. An insane amount of complexity (see The Abyss) might be lacking, but there's something to be said for simple done right.

Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar, coffee beans, vanilla and an herbal-fruity hoppiness. On second thought, the grapefruitiness of an American C-hop wouldn't have worked as well. An early and mid-mouthful sweetness is overtaken on the back end by an impressive (and cumulative) hoppiness. This beautiful brew is becoming downright raspy by the second half of the bomber. Maybe that's why I like it so much.

The body/mouthfeel is built for speed... as evidenced by the fact that I'm much farther into the bomber than is usual at this point in the review. Although it's a fraction light for the style, there's a subtle chewiness on the back end that saves the day. Perfect (soft and steady) carbonation helps the cause.

Green Flash gets lost in the shuffle when the conversation turns to great California craft breweries, but that's only because there's such an abundance of excellence in the Golden State. Double Stout is yet more evidence that their lineup is rock-solid from top to bottom. Only $4.99 per bottle is icing on the cake.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a 1+ finger creamt tan head. nice lacing coats the glass

S: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts with hints of both dark fruit and oatmeal

T: bitter coffee buffeted by dark chocolate, vanilla. as it warms alcohol becomes mildly present

M: velvety smooth and creamy. starts a bit sweet but ends with a slight bitterness. dryish

D: very good. will have again.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a beer mug. Thick black liquid covered with a nice tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: smells like brownies are in the oven. Hints of hop aroma and alcohol. Heavenly.

T: rich chocolate fudge gives way to bitter cocoa & coffee, then finishes with a complex mix of bitter and floral hops.

M: moderate to thick feel lingers pleasantly on the palate, although the drying effect of the alcohol is also felt loud & clear in the rest of the mouth. Lovely sensation despite the utter lack of carbonation.

D: at 8.8% ABV I wouldn't expect to drink these all night, but I've had stronger Imperials where the alcohol was better hidden. Still, I'm left /wanting/ more even if I know better :)

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Photo of templar316
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep, rich, black stout with a touch of ruby glow in the light, not even enough to say highlight. A vigorous pour gets a creamy toffee colored head which laces nicely, and sticks around for awhile. Smells good biscutty start, rolling into alcohol and finishing with the floral boquet of a west coast stout. The taste starts with coffee and chocolate, but quickly rolls into hop bitterness, finishing with a floral sweetness. It's smooth on the tongue but a little dry in the finish not one to drink all night.

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Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is pitch black and pretty thick lookign with three fingers of dark tan head. Settles pretty slowly to a mostly full, somewhat thin lace with some coating of stick left on the sides.

Smell is chock full of fudgy chocolate goodness - it smells just like a freshly baked brownie. Mmm. Then as it warms a pretty hoppy element also becomes apparent, with a good dose of citrus hops. Sadly the chocolate fudge aroma fades as it warms and the hops become more dominant. It's nice but would be stellar if I could hold onto the initial aroma for longer.

Taste also has a nice amount of semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor and also a good dose of roasted malt. Not quite as fudgy and chocolaty as the nose but still quite good. Some coffee is evident, as well. The taste also confirms that this is quite a hoppy stout, with a healthy dose of citrus hop flavor. Some hop bitterness and roasted malt is left on the palate into the finish.

This is not quite full bodied but it feels a bit deceptively thin in the finish. Generally it's hefty enough but I"m left wanting a bit more body in the finish.

This is quite a hoppy imperial stout, but it's balanced nicely and overall very solid. Great drinkability and a reasonable price make this one that I would certainly consider coming back to.

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Photo of Vancer
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big ol' beer from my SS08 dmeadows, you da man!

Pours pitch black into the Corsendonk tulip, and an aggressive pour produce a thick and sexy tan capper, sheets of lace on the way down. A very good way to get started on this bomber.

Powdery chocolate malt in the aroma, coffee and burnt toast arrive for the quaff. Sweet, thick and rich with dark fruit chocolate really kicking in as it warms. The fairly big booze of 8.8% is nowhere to be tasted - but the rose in the cheeks suggest otherwise.

Another super sipper for Super Sunday, tasty brew for all to sample.

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Photo of treyrab
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to have this one for a while now and finally split one last night at Zeno's with jac5084.

A: Pours a solid black with noticeable brown edges. Nice, creamy khaki colored head sits atop this beer. Overall, a pretty solid looking double stout.

S: Wow this smell reminds me of ST Choklat...there is that much chocolate in this one! The chocolate scents blend nicely with a coffee and bitter roast. Fantastic.

T: The taste is very nice as well, way above my expectations. Very creamy chocolate ice cream taste with bitter coffee and bitter roast coming through. This is not incredibly complex, but the flavors are packed in there and are very nice.

Overall, this beat my expectations and I will be getting this again for sure!

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Chimay chalice. Is this bottle conditioned?

Appearance: Darkness. Etc. Like all good DS and RIS. Nice frothy foam initially, dissipating to scattered and spotty lacing all around the glass. A swirl or two quickly recharges nicely too, more so than most of the style I've seen.

Smell: Lots of what is expected in a good ways here. Roasted malts, mild sourness and citrus, a bit of coffee, more visceral wood, smoke, and charcoal and tar aromas, which I like. I feel like the hops may be curbing some of the malt sweetness here, but this is a brew that's not messing around.

Taste: Reminds me a bit of a less malt-bomb-like version of Siberian Night in some ways, and with a hop bite that may lead this to be a cellar candidate, despite the fact that there seems to be no yeast on the bottom, unless it all swirled around. Huge big-body roasted notes, some woodiness, smoke, charcoal, and blackened malts. Then it sinks in with warming to some more vanilla and mild chocolate flavors, though I don't get much coffee, along with some fruitier esters with citrus in the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly creamy and full-bodied, still with a bit of levity in the body. Not cloying in the least but coating like all hell.

Drinkability: Insanely drinkable overall, though I'd be willing to bet if they bottle the bourbon barrel aged version, people'd go crazy. Worth checking out to put it mildly. Green Flash can do it all.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, opaque black with a small, tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and velvetty collar. Scattered spots of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is espresso, vanilla, bitter cocoa, and brown sugar.
Flavors are of the mentioned aromas with some bitter cocoa, ripe fruit, raisins, coffee, and creamy vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, fruity, with balanced cocoa, fruit, raisins, and espresso mixed with cream all in a smooth, luscious finish.

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Photo of dqderrick
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A
Looks like a shot of espresso. Makes me want a shot of espresso. Minimal head with a little lacing.

S
Sweet chocolate. Very light roasted oats... grains.

T
Doesn't taste quite as sweet as sweet as it smells. A great double stout flavor. Yum. It is definitely sweet.

MF
Very smooth. Little bubbles on the back of my tongue on each sip. I long for a creamier stout.

D
Very worth it. I'd keep one in the fridge for a change of pace once in a while. I could drink a bomber by myself no problem... and then some.

PS. Referring to the bottle photo... NOW THAT is how you take a photo of a beer bottle. Damn, nice bokeh.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with creamy cola brown head.
Lovely aroma of chocolate cream pie, dried fruit and boozy toffee. Nice citrus hop nose too. The real winner with this one is the aroma.
Deep chocolate first sip, nice bitterness. Full bodied Double Stout with big flavor. Bitter and roasty mouthfeel finishing dry, with a slight twinge of 8.8%. Very drinkable and very well balanced. Methinks Green Flash can do no wrong.

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Photo of farrago
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black and I mean jet black, like a brick of onyx. Pours an agitated two-finger head of dark brown froth, mixed of bubbles large and small, lacing mostly larger bubbles and slides off quickly. Gargantuan melted chocolate and cappuccino coffee driven nose, after that very similar toffee and butterscotch accents, hint of cherry or blackberry fruit, no hops discerned, you'll either say it has purity of purpose or is monochrome. Very full-bodied, grips the tongue like a vise, while slow to move you sense it's a choice, not because it's not capable. Tastes like three slices of German chocolate cake washed down with cafe con leche. Grape, cherry, apricot, plum fruit, much variety in this department. Roasty and toasty more than bitter, you pucker nonetheless. Consistently becomes drier through the mid-palate, suggesting the hops having more textural effect than flavor-wise. Not really "chewy" since it resists chewing on it. There's a sense of accomplishment when the glass is finally empty.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bomber. Good chocolate and secondary roast and coffee in aroma. Pours black with above average carbonation and above average mouthfeel. Roasted flavour builds up over repeated glasses. Flavour is not too chocolate. A bomber is a lot to drink.Balanced.

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Photo of Bung
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Brownish black pour. Brown head, long lasting, but no real lacing to speak of. Great aromas. Mocha coffee and burnt malts. Taste is the same strong coffee, slight mocha and a little bit bitter with alcohol in the finish. Very full body. Improves as it warms a little also. Very nice finishing, undervalued example of the style. Worth seeking out for a try.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a India ink black with a huge 3 inch dark beige head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing as the head recedes down the glass. The aroma is, well, rather stouty. Nothing spectacular. There are definite notes of dark chocolate and strong coffee. There are definite notes of ruff graininess. The taste follows suit but less spectacularly. The flavor is dark chocolate and coffee. Nothing really exciting or provoking. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy leaving a coating of dark chocolate on the palate. This in my opinion is really just an average Imperial Stout. Its good, but its nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary. It's the basics of what any good tasting stout is. No more, no less.

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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 AltBock
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright neon orange label. On this neon orange label is a beautiful San Diego sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Wait a minute! Instead of having the sun coming over the horizon, they have a big green flash instead. To the immediate left and right of the sunrise are hop buds and barley stocks. Below the picture in big bold black letters is the word "Stout." Then just below that in flea sized letters is a heft paragraph about the beer and the brewmaster's signature. On the outer edges of the label is all the mandatory US information. No back label or even some kind of stamped best before date or vintage year.

Appearance: I decided to pour this big Double Stout into my Imperial Sly Fox pint glass. You have no idea how black this beer truly is. I could use the term "black as oil," but that would be an understatement for the true blackness of this beer. Imagine a world engulfed in utter blackness. Got it? Good because that's how black this beer is. Sitting on top of this insanely black beer was a 1 inch creamy dark mocha colored head of foam. This mocha head of foam had really good retention that left behind a long lasting 1/4 of an inch mocha film, a few spots of lace, and one big mocha streak of lace that only appeared on one side of the glass. If you like staring into pitch blackness, then you really need to share into the color of this beer. It's a match made in heaven or hell.

Smell: I knew it was going to have a potent aroma. As soon as I popped the cap, I got a strong whiff of cocoa beans and black coffee. The aroma was so black that it completely kicked what little sweetness there would have been in this beer. Not the most complex dark roasted aroma out there. There were only 3 roasted aromas in here. The aroma was dark and roasted with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. If there was one dark roasted aroma that stood out, it would have to be the dark roasted coffee beans. I liked the dark roasted aromas in here, but I would have liked a little more of a variety. It was just the 3 and that was it. Nothing more emerged when it was swirled around. I have a gut feeling that this dark roasted aroma will transfer over to the taste.

Taste: did the dark roasted aroma transfer over to the taste? You know it did or it wouldn't have been called a Double Stout. In the beginning, it felt like I was drinking a heavily roasted black coffee and not a thick roasted beer. In about 5 to 10 seconds, the roasted coffee flavor dies down to let other flavors come in to join it. After the roasted coffee beans die down, in comes a hint of dark roasted malts, plenty of bitter dark chocolate, a few dark fruits, and then this roasted beer finishes up with some lightly bitter roasted hops. The taste was basically roasted coffee in the beginning, chocolate milk shake in the middle, and roasted hops at the finish line. What I couldn't understand about the taste was were in the hell was the alcohol? You'd think a 8.8% ABV Stout would have a little touch of alcohol in it, but it clearly didn't have any of that alcohol. Good! It didn't need it! There were enough roasted flavors in here to keep me entertained!

Mouthfeel: It was a dark, thick, chewy, and full bodied Double Stout with a low level of carbonation, and a chewy dark roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was chewy with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, a splash of bitter dark chocolate, and a pinch of bitter roasted hops. With all the roasted flavors contained in the aftertaste, this aftertaste doesn't linger on. It's gone with in 6 seconds. I still have to give this beer props for completely masking it's high 8.8% ABV. The best of luck to you on finding any of that alcohol. It's hard to come by.

Drinkability: In the end, this a great dark roasted Double Stout from Green Flash. If you like staring into complete darkness while drinking a beer that's a cross between a black roasted coffee and a chocolate milk shake, then this is your Stout! What it lacked in the aroma, it made up for it in the appearance and the mouthfeel. For me, I wouldn't mind another one of these. It's easily affordable and it's full of dark roasted goodness.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chunky full inch of head sits atop this beer, like newly fallen snow atop a solid rock of granite, leaving thick and bubbly lace behind. Lightly malty on the nose, with just a touch of sweetness as you inhale for your first drink.

Smooth with an exceptional mouthfeel, the malts lie heavy on the tnogue, with a bitter touch of tannins on the very end, lasting for a number of minutes afterwards. The malts though override any other flavors that may be present - all malts, not much else.

Still good for a once-in-a-while infusion of "heavy."

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/16/08. Bottle. Pours black with a luscious thick brown head the color of a chocolate milkshake. Aroma of rich sweet malt, roast, and coffee. Flavor of nice coffee and roast with some wheaty, bitter hops in the finish. Nice stout, approaching an imperial stout with its strong mouthfeel. Rich, not particularly flavorful, but still a good drink.
7/5/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks beautiful with a nice large head and extremely black. The beer barely had any nose to it. I am really disappointed that it had a SLIGHT bit of a caramel and that's it. The flavours that came out are roasty malts, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, some bitterness, and a fruitiness that was the biggest flavour. A bit too fruity for me, but still tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it's okay. It's decently drinkable as well.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a jet back with big tan head and good sticky lacing. Nose of burnt malts, chocolate, coffee and ripe fruit. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is much the same as the nose, with additional coffee and some brown sugar notes. Nice dry bitter finish. For beer this robust it was quite easy to drink. The subtitle on the bottle which says Double Stout is due to its 8.8% ABV value.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, nice leg.

S: Black strap molasses, bakers chocolate, coffee, alcohol/sherry.

T: Coffee, black strap molasses, earthy mineral, burnt caramel, slight fruity ester, alcohol forward.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with a slight acidity and an off-dry finish.

D: A warming sipper.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured at cellar temp into my brandy snifter.

A: Poured almost jet black into my snifter. A nice creamy tan head, almost 2 fingers. Damn, it looks good in that snifter. Head lowers slightly, but sticks around. Sticky lacing.

S: A mixture of milk/dark chocolate in the nose. Also some dark roast coffee and dark malty goodness. I'm also picking up a slight hint of hops in there. Alot going on in this one.

T: Whoa...yum! Chocoaltey, coffee goodness. Nice dark malts as well. Slight hops in the back. Man, this is tasty.

M: Nice thickness, very creamy. Chewy and viscous. This has a fantastic mouthfeel.

D: 8.8%? Could've fooled me. The alcohol is well hidden. Goes down so smooth. Absolutely sinful. If I had access to this it would always be in my fridge. Fantastic impy stout. Love the Flash..

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Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Immense, dimpled oatmeal head. Color is so dark brown that it's a cousin of black. Opaque but shiny, like the exterior of a bowling ball. Wispy tan lace.

The smell is heavily roasted coffee and mocha malts; nearly burnt but not quite. Dark & semi-sweet chocolates. Milk chicolate with agitation. Mild coffee and chocolate.

The taste is sweet and bitter both. Mild mocha coffee and light semi-sweet chocolate. Good bitter/sweet balance. Really nice; bitter at first, them milky sweet. Excellent balance.

The feel is milky and creamy. Really smooht. A "wet" stout for sure. Overall, this is more like a proter. A little bit of sweet chocolate, a tad of bitter coffee. Perfectly balanced.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.