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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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849 Reviews
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Reviews: 849
Hads: 2,965
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 424 | 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: 849 | Hads: 2,965
Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.56/5  rDev -13%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So they're calling this a double stout on their website, and it's 8.8% ABV...It'll pack a wallop, for sure...for some reason I always fell like the ABV in stouts is higher than advertised. Oh well....Inky black with only the faintest rims of a head. Very little lacing, so far this is par for the course. Huge chocolate malt and roasty aromas. Very robust. Some barrell aging-ish smells, like smooth bourbon, way in the back. Has a "creamy" smell to it...Nice, sour roasted malt bite upfront in the flavor profile. Lots of espresso bean notes. Alcohol is apparent in the finish. Long, longer, longest finish. Very nice in its bitterness. Very dry stout, but also well balanced. This also has a beautiful round finish...kind of flows from bitter to creamy back to bitter...Very lovely beer....La la la LOVELY, as Mike Muir said...Well done, and mid-range on price at $5.99/bomber, so drinkability suffers a little from the price. Not sessionable, but dangerously good. Find and drink folks...find...and...drink. (1,010 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color, no light at the edges with a thick foamy tan batter-looking head. Aromas of baking chocolate and roasted malts. Flavors mimic the aroma with the addition of a mild earthy hoppiness, and a warm alcohol presence. Fairly standard flavor here, but slightly lacking in depth, though it does have a full-bodied and soft mouth feel. Finishes with powdered cocoa and gentle roast. Not bad, but I probably won't ever be coming this way again. (453 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a viscous black color with a big, frothy graham colored head resting on top. Plenty of patchy lacing left behind with some filmy retention.

Faint hop note in the nose with some coffee beans and chocolate notes. Pretty rich, tons of roasted malts, subdued alcohol tone.

Rich and full up front with plenty of roasted malts. Dark chocolate and coffee notes. Decent amount of sweetness with caramel. Finishes a little warm with a dash of hops.

Full body, solid carbonation, chewy and smooth on the tongue. Solid stout, not terribly complex, but something I'd probably drink again. (614 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with about 2.5 fingers worth of dark tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - fairly malty with subtle chocolaty hints and a note of roastedness.

Taste and Mouthfeel - bittersweet in general. Sweet at the beginning, and in the middle you can taste the syrupy/chocolaty tones, and bitter in the finish. Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans toward the creamier side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Very drinkable, and decently complex. (510 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black pour, tan head, no real lacing.

Smell: Heavy roast, bitter coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, earth

Taste: Very heavy roast, bitter chocolate and coffee, smoke dark fruits. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: medium body, aggressive carbonation, very dry

Overall: Too bitter and too heavily roasted for me. (318 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A recent pick up while in Florida visiting the family. Poured into my CCB snifter. No date on the bottle that I could see :(

Appearance: Pours thick and very black with a thin but frothy head.

Smell: Roasty with a smack of herbal hops. A touch of cocoa and coffee with a bit of char. Pretty balanced and inviting for a dark ale.

Taste: Taste follows the smell. Bitter more than sweet chocolate, with only a bit of coffee flavor (grounds). A pervasive mineral/metallic smell jumps in. Very solid roasted barley character in this one.

Mouthfeel: Not the thickest Stout that I have sampled, but it can hold its own. The carbonation is more assertive than I usually find in this style. Which leads to a pricky acid sort of feel.

Overall: Interesting mix of flavors, not bad but not my favorite from a style that is well represented elsewhere. (843 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of dense tightly packed rich creamy medium-to-dark brown colored head... Impressive retention... The color isn't quite black, but rather a deep dark rich brown... Very still... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Subtle milk chocolate... Faint roasted malts... Light soy sauce... Just a hint of coffee... A smidgen of caramel... A nice mix of aromas that complement one another very nicely...

T - Lightly roasted malts... Very light notes of caramel and chocolate... Marshmallows... Some faint hoppiness on the finish...

M - Slightly lush to start... Medium to full bodied... Surprisingly thin... Almost zero carbonation... Dry... Fairly uneventful and uninspired in terms of mouthfeel...

D - A respectable Imperial Stout... Definitely on the meeker end of the category... Kind of a boring brew... Solid appearance and solid aroma, however everything else is slightly disappointing, but not off putting in any way... (970 characters)

Photo of david131
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A deep, black liquid with just the slightest bit of light getting through the top when held to a light. The creamy brown head has some decent retention. I can't really ask for anything more.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of fruitiness. The roastiness and hoppiness are pretty apparent.

T- Roasty with a definite hop presence. A bit astringent with a strange off flavor on the finish.

M- A very creamy body with the perfect amount of carbonation. the finish is just a little odd, though. Dry and kind of astringent.

D- The hoppiness makes this a unique take on the style, but it is enjoyable. A bit of a sipper, but worth trying. (642 characters)

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

Opaque black with a thumb sized, bubbly brown head on top that stays well given the abv. of the beer. It eventually settles as a thin lacing with some sticking to the sides as well.

Dark roasted malts and cocoa with a strong helping of chocolate and an earthy, nutty aroma with stronger than expected sweetness. There is definitely some sugar and even some dark fruits, perhaps a hint of cherries too with a little spice.

Coffee and roasted malt flavours to begin along with some dark cocoa and rich chocolate, all of which is complimented with some background sweetness and a little bit of fruit. A nice, well rounded flavour.

Medium to full and quite creamy to begin with before finishing a little grainy and definitely dry with medium to strong bitterness levels and moderate carbonation and a very slight hint of alcohol.

A nice stout with a good, subdued fruity twist towards the end that was unexpected. The beer is a good one but by no means a great stout and probably a little strong for me to seek out again without it really blowing me away. It was pleasant enough and drinkable.

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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) (378 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark, completely black brew,. The head is a tan, soapy consistency. It's a wonderfully aromatic stout...roasted...smokey, dark fruit skins, charcoal, coffee...dates, wood, slightly burnt grain. Sharp taste: sweet, with a touch of astringency from the burnt grain...full in flavor. Some warmth, but no real alcohol note. It's a full, jagged, but very engaging brew. (379 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, pretty much black, not much in the way of edges even. It looked flat off the pour, but a dense cap of dark tan bubbles rose to coat the surface. Some stickage, good head retention. Big sweet, malty aroma with lots of toffee and caramel, roast and milk chocolate notes along with some licorice. Sturdy bitterness with hop notes appearing towards the end. Caramel up front with some chocolate and roast throughout, anise in the finish. Overly phenolic though, a little out of balance. Mild warmth with just a hint of alcohol in the flavour. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Overall, not bad. Fairly drinkable for a relatively big beer. (646 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always a fan of Green Flash & was happy when they arrived. Been waiting around on this one vs. jumping on the hoppy stuff fresh, but it's time. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is high black with very low carbonation; barest ring is visible to the naked eye. The smell is full of fresh roast & sweet cocoa. Smells like a rabid grin.

Double Stout is twice something, but I'm unsure what they're doubling down on. Pair of sevens? Nice roast in the foreground, followed by a heavy dusting of bitter cocoa, bare touch of sweet lactose. Moderately thick, pretty easy to drink.

There is zilch remarkable about this beer; it's the Mark Lemke of big stouts. Recognizable, not too bad, has some legs, but really, you're just waiting for something that performs better to come along & take it's place. Routinely good. (800 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Green Flash's double stout is a hop-forward recipe, with exceptional qualities of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Those seeking an alternative to coffee or chocolate notes in their beer may seek this out to indulge in bitterness and burnt toast flavors instead. Personally, while I appreciate this as a well-brewed beer, I'm not sure that the hop bitterness of the stout is what I'm looking for and feel it overwhelms other flavors that could be in the beer.

Pour produces a thick, tall (>2cm) head of brown/dark tan bubbles, small in size, creating a pillow-like appearance. As head slowly descends, it leaves substantial lacing along the sides of the glass, which is renewed with each sip. Body is an impenetrable dark brown/black, opaque but with some visible carbonation along the upper sides of the glass.

Aroma of roasted malt and soy sauce, some molasses and vanilla tucked away shyly in the back. While I don't dislike any of those ingredients, together in a beer they are not appealing, especially when the soy sauce is perhaps the second most noticeable scent.

Opens with mild roasted barley flavors, a bit of sweetness, and noticeable hop bitterness, a bit like grapefruit rind. Roasted barley quickly emerges as dominant character, becoming very "large" by early-mid-palate and enveloping most other flavors. Despite this, roasted flavor is not aggressive, actually quite "soft." By mid-palate, hop bitterness is vying with roasted notes for dominance, and overtakes them by the back of the tongue. Fades out with roasted barley and some vanilla flavors alongside continuing, but milder bitterness. Leaves a lingering aftertaste of charred toast and a bit of acrid bitterness from hops.

Beer is medium-heavy with moderate carbonation. Bubbles "feel" small, so beer is not prickly on the palate. Carbonation leads beer to foam up at first on mouth, then when dissipated, it rolls smoothly along for a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is dry and slightly sticky. (2,061 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a clear plastic cup.

Thanks to mnbearsfan for sharing this bottle during DLD!

I love how it just says "stout" on the label. How very to-the-point. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of a combination of pine and menthol in the background. The taste holds notes of roasted malts (in spades, baby), dark chocolate, light coffee, light molasses, and black pepper. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a tasty stout, though a bit on the bitter and dry sides for my tastes. (637 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick dark brown with a mocha two-finger head with good retention. Notes of chocolate rum balls in the bouquet. Alcohol obscures any other fragrances that might otherwise be present. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. A bit of an alcohol burn from start to finish. Sweet vanilla and chocolate up front. Finishes with a thin plastic and chocolate bitterness. Just ok. Doesn't deliver the big, bold, and complex that's advertised on the label. (448 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown on the pour, ends up black in the glass with two fingers of light tan head.nretention is superb.

S: Not a very strong aroma - I get roasted malts first and foremost. As the beer warms, I get some dark and milk chocolate as well.

T: Dark chocolate now dominates the flavor. Soon behind this I get bitter dark coffee and some roasted malts. This beer is certainly on the dry side, but there is some milk chocolate sweetness to balance. Bitter hoppiness also gives the perception of being dry - there is quite a bit of it.

M: Medium thickness with creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is a bit on the dry side and quite bitter. The dark chocolate flavor is quite nice, but more sweetness and thickness would help. This would also add to the complexity, which is also lacking. (827 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 01-24-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 12-06-2012, as far as I can tell
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Big tan head, 2 fingers high, sits on top of this black and opaque beer. Shows good head retention and very good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate aromas feature some sweetness, plus toasted malts and coffee.

T: Taste includes bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a roasted bitterness, and earthy hops. A little on the astringent side.

M: Smooth mouthfeel of oats and a medium level of carbonation. The finish has bitterness of heavily-roasted grains.

O: Overall a good stout, but could benefit from some additional malt sweetness. I enjoyed this one better on draft as well. (759 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 22 oz bottle a thick, dense black color, topped with a bit of dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate, licorice and freshly brewed coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee. A little thin on the palate, but not a bad beer. (251 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent strong stout, a bit simple and devoid of complexity, especially for being as strong and heavy as it is.

Black, it has a big brown head.

Aroma is chocolate, hint of coffee, wet earth and bark, hint of winy prunes. Aroma is rich, full, nice, soft.

Taste is full and strong but simple and lacking in complexity. It is creamy, bittersweet, rich chocolate with hint of coffee, brandied prunes and wet singed leaves. It has a lingering burnt-leaf bitterness at finish. There is really nothing else. Compared to Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, for example that beer is far more complex and interesting and well-rounded than this on comparable (in fact slightly lower) abv. This has strong roasty-chocolatey elements but really nothing else. (752 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany tinged black with 1 pinky of cocoa colored head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Dark chocolate, faint smokeyness, raisins & plums

T: Dark chocolate, charred malt, some leafy hops & a bit of coffee tinged booze up front. Plum, prunes, iron, mocha & bit more booze burn as this warms. Finishes with oaky dryness, baker's chocolate & leafy/minty hops

MF: Oily, near zero carbonation with medium body, a bit too much hotness

Drinks kind of slow, a bit rough edged, but if you can past that this is a Imp Stout with some complexity (568 characters)

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in my first in person trade ever. Thanks to TheBrewViking I gotto try this one that I've had on my wants for a while.

Also big thanks to the TSA officer that went through my whole suitcase carefully unwrapping and re-wrapping all my bottles. You are the man/ woman. I was impressed.

After having travelled across the Atlantic this bottle finally got opened and poured into a snifter.

Dark Black, nice one finger foam leaving some lacing after the head goes away.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolates and a slight hop bitterness.

In the taste I detect a smokey quality I didn'tget from the nose. There is that chocolate bitterness and some hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is OK. It feesl thicker then it it looks which is a good thing. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall not bad also not super but decent. I have another one that I'll be happy to drink. I did take it of my wants list because now I know... (926 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice rich black color. Presents with a 1 finger tan head. The head has real staying power and isn't receding at all. This is a great presentation and appearance.

S: Coffee and espresso. Some mild bitter chocolate. A hint of caramel as it warms.

T: Coffee at the front moving into a more bitter midpalate. The finish is coffee again. After this one warms the booziness takes over masking some of the more pleasant tastes.

M: Right level of carbonation. Not as smooth as a TenFidy - but certainly nice for a drinkable stout. Slightly dry finish diminishes it slightly.

O: This is right on the border of too bitter for me. It might stack up as I continue along - but it is not overwhelming at first. This is a very coffee forward stout. I enjoy the strong coffee tones and the head that stays for the entire time. (817 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.