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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

849 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 849
Hads: 2,967
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: 2,967
Photo of hopflyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/6/15. Not meant to age?

Dark roast coffee black with light tan head. Retains pretty well.

Smell is coffee and dark chocolate with some fruit mixed in.

Chocolate flavor up front with sweetness held in check by a bit of hop bitterness. Bakers chocolate and cocoa powder. Sweetness seems to take over as it warms some and a bit of anise is mixed in.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Seems to thin out a bit halfway thru.

Above average imperial stout. Nothing earth shattering but it's flavorful and drinkable. Almost a session stout. (555 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Part of an eight pack assortment of apparent ass kicking "double" brewa, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a whiff of deep toasted malts and herbal hoppy undertones. On the pour this brew is motor oil black with a huge dark tan head that really holds up. On the taste this brew is richly heavy and very viscous with a nice balance of roasted malts with a tinge of a hop bite. The taste stays more prominently malty throughout with a sweet kick at the end followed by a flat bitter aftertaste. No where at all is the 8.8% ABV detectable. This is a fine brew but the ABV must be sneaky to say the least. (618 characters)

Photo of Reneejane
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Deep black opaque color brown head. Poured from a bottle. Wonderful aroma: vanilla, coffee, chocolate, butterscotch. Sweet taste, some roasty coffee notes. Wonderful chocolate, toffee, coffee flavor. Finishes of so slightly bitter. This seductive beer could get you in trouble. It has 8.9% alcohol but it is smooth and not boozy at all. One of the best imperial stouts I've had ď and this is a style I drink a lot of (425 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Great beer, awesome roasted coffee aroma. Very dark in color with a very very dark head. I really like the roast coffee and chocolate flavors combined with the sweet malt flavors. It is a very rich beer and you can't even tell it's 8.8%. The whole beer is very balanced overall no flavors overpowering another. (312 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a dark, thick, frothy head. Awesome head retention.

There is some black licorice in the aroma along with dark chocolate and toasted malt. Light notes of caramel are sprinkled throughout. A touch of grass in the background.

Some heavy dark fruit mixed with dark chocolate in the flavor. Caramel is much more prevalent here with a smoothe dark roast holding just the slightest bit of coffee notes. Moderate bitterness cleaning things up towards the finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer. I love the English touches although I must say I still prefer Samuel smith. (619 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours black with a three finger light brown head. Smell is very sweet, slightly roasty. There is mild coffee flavor and heavy chocolate. The flavor follows the smell very closely. It has a nice, thick mouthfeel. As it warms up a fantastic smokey, tobacco flavor emerges. (270 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black, with a good head of tan foam and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, tobacco.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee and tobacco.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth, with malty bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good stuff. Well balanced, complex, and smooth as silk. Not one of the best, but still very good. (371 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of chocolate, coffee and something akin to tanned leather.
Smooth drinking with tons of bittersweet chocolate, coffee with cream with a nice bitterness on the end.
Tongue coating, lip smacking goodness!
Very tasty! (221 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's fine- nothing exceptional though. But try it for yourself, I can't see anyone DISLIKING it!

It's pretty weak on every level compared to the top tier American Double Stouts. Certainly smells great...but I rate beers primarily based on taste. And it's very good - not great.

It's thin, but there's no astringent aftertaste.

Thin lacing didn't hang around too long.

I think it might have more "mass appeal" than a RIS or something with a 10% + ABV.

The 4-pack I purchased was reasonably priced.

Green Flash has a lineup of some pretty unique beers, and this is certainly one of them. (595 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In the aroma is intense, grainy molasses with savory, mesquite-like smokiness and a sweet chocolate undertone plus freshly ground coffee after a couple minutes. The light brown head is dense and frothy and leaves loads of lacing; the body is black and opaque. It is rich and strongly flavored with tart, husky maltiness; some light fruitiness is briefly detectable. The flavor soon mellows out and becomes more like old coffee backed by sweet, grainy malt with a bitter cocoa finish. It is full-bodied and velvety with a little carbonic bite and some alcohol warming.

Complex and intense, delicious and satisfying. Its character changes over time without becoming less enjoyable. The aroma is appetizing with molasses and mesquite, chocolate and coffee. And there is lots of rich, silky malt in the flavor along with hints of coffee and cocoa. (845 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.
Pours a deep, dark brown that lets virtually zero light through with a dark tan, creamy head.
The aroma is big chcoloate and roast coffee notes, a bit of dark fruit and a hint of burnt toast.
The taste is big and very bold. Big, dark chcololate, roast coffee, wood char, and a lingering and dry bitter bite at the finish. there is also an acidic and harsh note in that finish that is not pleasant on my palate. A little booozy as well.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall, some nice things going on but doesn't seem a coherent whole and there is a bit of a burnt taste that I'm not fond of. There are much better Imperial Stouts in the same price range. (683 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This is a very well made stout. Very smooth a full bodied, with a good coffee bitterness that lingers in your mouth well after the sip. Close overall to FBS. (159 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Bottle.
Appearance: black. Medium foamy head. Nice, persistent lacing.
Smell: light roasted barley.
Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Roasted barley. Smooth.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall. Tasty double stout. Balanced well. Can not taste the booze of a 9% beer. Well done. Will buy again. (327 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not big on stouts but this will get me to look at more. Toasty, Carmel, some type of darker fruit with a hop hint. Two finger brown head. Mouthfeel is perfect! can't get any smoother with a hop hint. I like. (216 characters)

Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Delicious. My first foray into Green Flash's stuff and it's damn near a home run. Not something I would sit and drink several of, but an excellent Imperial Stout that doesn't let the alcohol content overwhelm its complex flavors, as many other Imperials do. (257 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - black, but with the slightest bit of light coming. Mountainous, mocha head. Good amount of lacing.
Smell - espresso, dark chocolates, brownie mix.
Taste - follows the nose with the presence of espresso and chocolate. This is a smooth and complex, flavorful IS; tremendously balanced hops, malts and barley!
Feel - hop, coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, medium body. Smooth and easy to drink at nearly 9% ABV!
Overall - tremendous Imperial Stout and at a pretty good value! (529 characters)

Photo of Rbodacious
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark chocolate & tobacco are perfect relflexions with dry hop dry finish.
And oh yea dry.
Parched.
I want more.
Niiice!
Force yourself to allow this to warm up before you find it gone.
Your patience and restraint will result in a big payoff.
buutzgah! (252 characters)

Photo of Roser
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A- nice moderate foamy mocha latte head that lasted a good bit, but left very little lacing. Very, very dark/opaque (zero light getting through) black/brown. Outstanding.

S- coffee, toasted malt, caramel. A little cocoa.

T- coffee, dark chocolate. Starts off bitter, gets a little sweet in the middle, then the bitterness kicks in (again) on the finish. Very good.

M- big, full body. Smooth and creamy.

O- excellent!!! A super stout. Another great beer from Green Flash. Will be having again and would highly recommend.

Cheers! (534 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at the local liquor store and have been on a stout kick.

A - Jet black color. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the dark color. Khaki colored head with light lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with some toffee, chocolate, and malty tones. The chocolate and roasted smells seem to stick out above the rest and swirl together to and mix well. There may seem to be some coffee tones.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer and has complexity but is coasting on the chocolate/roasted notes that are very characteristic of a delicious stout. There is a sweet roasty character that is predominant and has some coffee tones that compliment. It is a powerful flavor that is very delicious.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light carbonation perfect for the style. Not as heavy as other imperial stouts but isn't as cloying as others too.

Overall, this is a delicious imperial stout. Not the best imperial stout I've ever had but is still very good with a tilt toward the roastier side. I prefer the little thicker and boozier but this is a way to double up a dry stout and keep drinking. This beer would make a great dark beer to be drunk several at a time due to it's full flavor and richness that is outstanding. I would definitely get this again and would recommend it to any dark beer fan.

Glass- Snifter (1,321 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Double Stout
Poured into a Stone stout glass:
Black pour, luscious body, fat finger of cappuccino-colored head that fades to reveal nice lacing.
Smells of chocolate, raisin, fig, plum. A dark fruit bouquet soaking a chocolate twizzler.
Taste has roast that enters upfront, char, then the chocolate dark fruit comes forth, nice bitterness from some hops. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, thickly satisfying. Sticky. Carbonation is medium.
This is a big winner. A great example of the style, and as far as RIS's/ imperial stouts go, the best bang for your buck out there right now. (605 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

From a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by 02/05/ year smeared, but guessing 2015.

Black pour with a good size oatmeal colored head which dissipated leaving decent lacing initially. Nose was of roasted malt with a dash of brandy thorn in. Would this be harsh??

No it would not. Sweet, not boozy, lightly toasted on the malts side. The kind of stout you just love to roll around in your mouth. Thee is a slight burn in the back of the mouth from the 8.8abv, which is not that high for an imperial stout.

A very good stout, will be looking out for it again. (572 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Really good double stout. Nice toasted burnt malt character and hops at the end. Standard black coffee in the nose but not as much as expected in the taste. Alcohol only slightly noticeable, big carbonation, medium mouthfeel. (225 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark almost black in the glass with tan head
Fruity chocolate smell
Strong dark chocolate with fruitiness in the background and a mild hop finish
Good full mouthfeel
Overall a good, but not great imperial stout (210 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful black brew tinged with brown hues. Big, full brown head, with excellent retention and lacing.

Very nice strong but balanced aroma: roasted barley, cream, and cocoa. Just the barest hint of grapes in the background.

Flavor follows the nose: lots of roasted barley, manifest as a bitter dark stout. Powdered cocoa, a hint of black coffee, chewy barley, and a nice creamy undertone. Very slight alcohol heat.

Silky, thick mouthfeel, shy of the thicker stouts. A little back-end heat. No foaming or sting. Lovely.

This is a well-crafted, straight forward imperial stout, and is an excellent representative thereof. It's not overly hoppy, letting the bitterness of the roasted malt carry the balance. It has a depth of flavor that is delicious without being overpowering. I think this is an excellent brew, offered at an excellent price point. (853 characters)

Photo of jdmiser
4/5  rDev -2.2%

It was a good Stout. Nothing to write home about. I'm not sure how amazing it was though considering I'm not a big Stout drinker, so I may have to revisit it at a later date. (174 characters)

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