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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 3,015
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 119
Gots: 443 | 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

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: 857 | Hads: 3,015
Photo of Gear54
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a snifter

Pour is pitch black with 1/2 finger of thin kaki head that fades quickly leaving light lace in the glass

Smell rich roasted malts with Carmel notes. No hop presence in the nose. Aroma is the strength of the beer for me

Taste follows well with chocolate and roasted Carmel malt. I get some generic nuttiness with the chocolate sweetness at well

Feel is weak for me. Flavors are faint and don't last on the palate. I like my stouts to be thick and this is not. Consistency reminds me more of a porter.
Overall a solid beer in the nose that leaves a bit to be had in the taste.

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Photo of biglite351
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark as night with a tall creamy dark tan head.

S - caramel, malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate with a bitter twist in the end.

T - Cocoa, coffee, raisins, prune and like the scent it has a bitter turn in the end.

M - good covering with a mild tingle all over the mouth and throat.

O - it is close, but due to the bitter hits I would only do one before moving on.

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Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's basically pure black with a dark brown/tan foamy head and some little lacing behind. Not much of a scent. Kind of chocolate and metallic. A bit of malt.

It has a surprisingly sweet taste. It's kind of like bubblegum, watermelon, grape all mixed together. Smoothish, with a slight sour bite to it. It's not at all what I was expecting. No real hop presence. It's not bad, but it's not my style for a black ale.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Great appearance, black as they come, large 3 finger head of tan-brown foam that does add some glass lacing for good effect. Medium thickness on the pour, the foam settles at a quarter of an inch.

Big roasted malt as well as coffee and chocolate aromas are there on this one. Perhaps a little confused.

The taste is of roasted malt early, coffee on the middle and the finish sort of peters out.

Mouthfeel is quite good, medium to big bodied and coats the mouth well.

Overall, an ok brew, but having had their Silva Stout fresh, this is a bit of a let-down.

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Photo of gerite
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of Merkur
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the tap room in San Deigo

Beer pours a nice, rich, dark brown color.

As far as smell, nothing really to detect. Just a bit of slight roastiness.

Beer tastes slightly bitter on the initial taste and then hops take over the back end. A bit too hoppy for an imperial stout, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side.

Overall, an OK Imperial stout.

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Photo of hardy008
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a two finger mocha head with very nice retention and lacing. Lots of dark roasted malt in the aroma, as well as dark bitter chocolate, smoke, and cocoa. Doesn't smell like it should be overly sweet.

Lots of dark roasted malt, and bitter dark chocolate in the taste. There is also some cocoa, smoke, and some earthiness. More bitter than sweet.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a lot of dark roasted malt in the aftertaste. This is a decent stout, but not one of the best in its class.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of mikehblack
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours completely black with a nice fat espresso head. Lacing clings to the glass.

S- Roasted malt, a little chocolate. Not much else going on here.

T- Dark chocolate, espresso, some roasted character. Slight bitterness from the chocolate.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Coats the mouth and I can hardly taste the alcohol. Easy drinker.

O- A pretty standard and well-balanced imperial stout that represents well for the style but doesn't provide much beyond that. Great mouthfeel, however.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black body with a sudsy tan head.

Aroma: Dark syrupy malt, roasted notes.

Taste: Roasted dark malt essence. Hops are felt through the IBUs they contribute in the finish. Long gentle ebbing of dark roasted coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Overall the flavor is very top heavy with bitterness. Almost as if it is missing a depth that would make it really great. Just a fiery hint of the 8.8% ABV long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body which is quite light considering both the ABV and the style. Understated carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not completely impressed with this one but a good stout from a brewery that's more notable for their IPAs. Would I drink it again? Maybe.

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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 teromous
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a brown head. In the aroma, a light coffee roast. In the taste, a dry coffee roast and mellow pine hops in the end. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, mellow coffee roast in the aftertaste. Lack of nose, but nice mellow hops all the way through.

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Photo of PhillyJ
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Good easy to get stout. Not super complex bit more of an American/hoppy stout but it's Green Flash. Super tasty slight chocolate n roast on the nose taste follows. taste and What complexity there is starts as it warms. Minimal head great lacing. Id recommend and will buy again.

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Photo of TSJ4000
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a really nice stout. I was expecting a lot of bittering hops coming from Green Hops Brewing Co. but this was well-balanced. Sometimes too much hops is too much hops. This was a really nice stout though. It was jet black and lacking a thick head but delicious, refreshing, and very full flavored. Something more than a chocolate malt ale that a lot of people brew as a stout.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a big, pillow-y two fingers of sand colored foam which fades rather slowly. Lacing is quite good.

S: Mostly roasted malts, some sweet chocolate, and almost a kind of citrus-y tang.

T: Again, roasted malt and some smokiness, a tinge of coffee, followed by a fair amount of hoppiness. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Relatively high level of carbonation (for the style) makes for a not-the-smoothest mouthfeel. Heat from the alcohol is noticeable.

O: A simple and enjoyable enough stout. Enough said.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee. Taste is strong coffee, roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some lingering bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Sam21
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/09/12. Poured into snifter. 

A- Pours thick and dark with a health light tan head. Great retention and beautiful in the glass. Brooding with excellent appeal. 

S- Mild. Chocolate and a strong fruit note reminiscent of cherry. Powdered chocolate. Cocoa nibs. It's a balanced chocolate forward nose, but not overly complex - for me. 

T- Sweet dark fruit up front with cherry hard candy, prunes, and raisins that are enveloped in chocolate. Again, balanced, moderate intensity, with a nice slow sweet finish. Hop bitterness is present and adds a refreshing finish to the sweetness. It enhances the cocoa nib bitterness and coaxes balance out of it all.

MF- Full, creamy, and smooth. Really wonderful. If the body was heavier, the body would be world class for this balanced profile. Still, really wonderful. 

O- This is a smooth drinking imperial stout. The alcohol is hidden, the flavors are balanced, and the experience is excellent. I prefer a more expressive imperial stout with more charred roast notes, but this beer hit its mark. 

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Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- impenetrably black. Big foamy khaki head lasts and leaves nice lacing.

S- mostly dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T- big bitter roast malt. Nice flavor but nothing defining about it.

M- smooth but not all that thick.

O- a good stout but nothing overwhelming about it

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Photo of TTAmod
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the kings of the west coast IPA brews a double stout...how is it?

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Typical. It's dark...very dark brown with an almost non-existent tan head.

S: Smells of chocolate, espresso, and charred malts.

T: In my opinion, this one is throws a bit too much of the strong coffee and burnt malt. There's an overtone of smokiness, as well, which seems a bit out of place. There are some hops to balance it out on the back end, but it still finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel is good, though. As smooth as can be.

O: The taste doesn't really do it for me, but the rest of the aspects of this beer are pretty good. If you're into the intensely bitter coffee stouts, this one may be worth seeking out.

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Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark black with a robust two finger head that was slow to settle to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

The nose is the weakest part of this beer. A lot of alcohol with just a hint of dark chocolate. Really disappointing aroma.

A lot of alcohol in the flavor as well. Starts off a bit sweet before the booze and roasted malt overpower it in the finish. A tad harsh and not easy to drink. Notes of coffee and bitter chocolate.

The body is not the size I expect from an almost 9% ABV beer. The carbonation is great though and makes the most of the moderate body.

I expected so much more after hearing so many positive remarks and seeing the BA score. I like my big stouts to deliver more flavor than alcohol.

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Photo of CaptYellow
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Jet black. 2/3 head falls to full layer of crema.

S: Espresso. Caramel-like sweetness.

T: Heavy, heavy espresso. Hint of caramel.

M: Chewy. Started out with a clean finish, but began to lag heavily on the tounge.

D: One's enough (to share!)

O: Buy again? No. Recommend it? Yes.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Green Flash's Double Stout a couple weeks ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I haven't been too impressed with the two Green Flash beers I've had so far, but I'm interested to see what this brewery can do with a Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok and it's very typical looking for Green Flash, it's not that eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over two fingers worth of slightly lighter mocha colored head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Stout, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a slightly grainy, roasted malt, light caramel, light toffee, light coffee, and some nice chocolate aromas with a little bit of stale malts showing up in the background. Up next comes a slight earthy aroma but other than that there's pretty much no hop presence. This beer had a nice aroma, but I could go without the slight stale malt aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the stale malt aspect doesn't really show up and all the aspects seem to be fairly even with none of them sticking out the most. Up next comes a light earthy flavor with a noticeable alcohol flavor that is just a little warming, but it had a pretty sharp boozy flavor to it and there's also a pretty noticeable smokey flavor. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers a little with a chocolate and watery roasted malt aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but i wish the alcohol was hidden better.

M- Not the smoothest, a little rich a little creamy, on the light side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer, but when it comes to the style it's not too memorable and I would say it's just barley an above average example of the style, but with so many high quality Double and Imperial Stouts this one gets lost. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, it was a little rich and creamy and it was a little filling, the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think the alcohol flavor would start to wear one me if I have more than one so I think one would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and that it was still fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was that the alcohol wasn't hidden as well as I would have liked, I've had 12% beers that didn't taste as boozy. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I don't think I would recommend it, it's pretty forgettable when it comes to the style and it's not hard to find a better Imperial Stout. All in all I thought this beer was fairly solid, but it's nowhere near my favorite of the style but it is one of the better Green Flash beers that I've had, but I still can't say I'm a fan of this brewery. This was a solid attempt at the style, but with a little work this could be a better beer, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of zac16125
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip
Bottled on: 9/25/12

A: Dark brown during the pour, black in the glass. 1 fingers width of mocha colored head which hangs around a good while before dissipating down. Leaves tons of really pretty lacing down the side of the glass.

S: I get mostly roasted malt aromas. Hints of coffee. Herbaceous/grassy notes. A somewhat astringent/acrid, almost sour character is there as well. Not impressed.

T: Follows the nose in that its mostly roasted flavors. I also get heavy cream, char, some dark fruits such a under-ripe plums. Not a lot going on here. Taste is pretty mild.

M/D: Wonderfully smooth. Carbonation is appropriately low. Its too thin, but even with that, the smoothness makes the mouthfeel very good. No hint of the ABV. Very easy drinking for an IS.

O: Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing special. I wouldnt actively avoid it, but I dont see myself purchasing this one again. Awesome lacing and wonderful smoothness bounce up the overall score.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.