Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 842
Hads: 2,946
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 107
Gots: 406 | 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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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 jeranbrews
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pretty, dark creamy thick head that comes off like chocolate whip cream, or sweet fizzy volcanic ash. And a dark bitter chocolate color body that keep all light out.

S - Simple, but pleasant. Sweet malty with bits of roasted tones peaking there head though

T - Very sweet, the high alcohol does not show at all. It's much more like a milk stout in that regard, and worthy of our praise.

M - Thick viscous and all around yummy. A tiny bit simplified. No alcohol burn at all watch out light weights.

D - Lovely anytime that operating heavy machinery is not needed. I enjoyed it and would again and again. (612 characters)

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

Luscious mocha brown head dances for a half minute and retreats exposing a few active tiny bubble centres. Medium carbonation, midnight black, nice looking stout! Coffee bean odour, lots of vanilla oakiness going on. Regeneration impressive. This double stout is very full bodied, rich, intense, chocolate flavours with a bit of underlying dark fruit. Interesting blend of sweetness and dry, ashy astringent nuttiness including almond and pecan. Nice complexity, wonderful stuff! (479 characters)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A - Pours a pitch black with a thin light tan head; some light lacing

S - Nice roasted malt nose, cocoa and a sugary sweetness with a light alcohol smell

T&M - Very earthy in flavor, chocolate and cocoa, a nice malty flavor with a hint of bitterness that adds a nice balance. There are some dark fruit and some sweetness as well. Full bodied in feel with a silkiness on the palette

D - This is a delicious stout, very well balanced, and the earthy notes are very nice. As with most Imperials, one 22 oz is probably enough, but this is relatively easy to drink, but too heavy to have too much of. (627 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice coco in the nose. pours a definite pitch, leather color head. lots of lacing going down.
Slightly bitter coffee & coco mix. hearty. malty, with a light hop finish, and some smokiness mixed in. everything comes together rather well. As rich as this beer is, it is surprisingly drinkable.

Glad I found it, if you are looking for a trade, give me a shout (359 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to duffmanrob
For sending this one along in the black booty BIF

I split this one amounst some friends and into snifters the brew produced a good two finger tan head that stuck around and the lacing was great. The body was a typical stout black.

O my this was a surprise I got some huge chocolate notes from the nose. Truly memorable in a lot of ways I really didn't expect to much from this brew but it did surprise me.

The flavor was nice a chocolaty with a light roasted bitter not as much hops as I thought I would find coming from a west coat brewery even that was refreshing for a change. The body was perfect for a stout with great carbonation.

Like I said this brew was a surprise. I did miss this brew when it was gone, and it was better than a top 100 brew that we cracked in the same sitting (821 characters)

Photo of Zekezilla
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful appearance, nearly completely black with lacing throughout. A little thinner than I thought it would be, giving the appearance. Taste reminds me of dark fruit, maybe dates or raisins, with nice smokiness underneath. Would definitely try again. (253 characters)

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

Bomber poured into a pint.

A - Pours Dark brown with a uge tan head that became a quarter inch layer. Some lacing.

S - Milk chocolate and hops.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts. Slightly bitter, dry finish. Alcohol well hidden.

M - Smooth, almost silky, medium thickness and carbonation.

D - Drinks well. (306 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown with about a finger of tan foam. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate and roasted malts.

t - Chocolate jumps out first. Also some vanilla and roasted malts. A little bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium to full body. Little carbonation, pretty smooth.

d - Thought this was a very enjoyable stout. Nice smooth chocolate smell and taste, would definitely try this again. (430 characters)

Photo of magine
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized Dinkel Acker pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color (near black). With a thick dark tan head. After a somewhat aggressive pour this brew has about a three finger thick head that easily holds the cap, very chunky head. The brew as you drink leaves minimal lace, and a lace island head. Initially a great looking brew, that fades to a good looking brew.

Smells delicious; roasted malts, chocolate, oats. Sweet cocoa, some slight hops.

Brew has a velvety smooth taste and mouthfeel. Can taste the roasted malts, has a bitter finish and unfortunately you can taste the alcohol to much with this one. Has an almost burnt malt flavor. Thin mouthfeel and flavors.

The brew is good, but looks alot better then it tastes for me. I was expecting a more thick, robust flavor and mouthfeel. Instead I am getting burnt malts and the alcohol tastes. The drinkability is cut short due to the alcohol taste being so apparent. It is good - not a "special" brew for me. (978 characters)

Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber size (22 oz) into an arrogant bastard pint glass. After cracking it I took a whif straight from the bottle and it smelled awesome, bottom line it spoke its name. After pouring the look of it was exactly as I would expect, black. It was already dark in the room but it did seem to me to be a somehow impossibly miniscule lighter amount of black than some other imperial stouts I've had. The head was off-tan reddish which I love to see, it always seems to be one of the trademarks of a solid cappuccino flavored stout. After tasting, the smell and the look of the beer had already defined the flavor of this brew, no surprises in that. Roasted malt and whatever hops they threw in give it a SOLID coffee flavoring, like the dark roasted kind of coffee that I love to drink, bold and in your face. This is balanced with a sweetness that comes in very smoothly and to me remains very camouflaged and in the background of the flavoring. The finish has a little carbonation which brings out the initial flavors even more which again is balanced well with the sweetness in the beer. Definitely a recommendable beer, I mean there are others out there which are better so I can't say this is a must have but seriously if you get a chance try this bad boy! (1,270 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown liquid pours out that is almost completely opaque and lets just a hint of light through in the form of a red hue. the head is a creamy looking dark coffee color that lingers for about half a minute and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively big and gives off a big aroma of coffee. there is a hint of vanilla and notes of alcohol in the back

T-the taste is quite different than the nose. it brings a big amount of roasted malt with just a hint of the coffee from the nose. the faint note of vanilla is there but a lot of bitter chocolate comes in towards the finish and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M-this is a medium to full bodied beer and very smooth and creamy. it is carbonated aggressively and tingles the throat a little.

D-this is a pretty solid offering for a double stout. the flavors and aromas are relatively big. it is pretty straight forward and somewhat conservative; but still good. (947 characters)

Photo of satowns
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind with 13 other stouts.

Pours black with thin brown lacing.

Chocolate and sublte hops fill the nose.

Coffee-mocha with a hint of oak and vanilla. Get a nice citrus hop character with a nice soft bitterness.

FULL BODIED! Smooth and mellow. a decent big stout. (273 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash? Double stout? Sure!
Not the most impressive or impact making rendition of the style I've ever encountered. Far from it, actually. Not too much head even with a solid pour, not much in the way of rings or lacing on the glass. Light has a difficult time getting through this fellow but it's not the motor oil that others of the species are.
Scents are absent. Even on the warmer side I just can't get much of anything out of the odor.
Flavors aren't all that big or impressive either, but they are quite good. Chocolate is dominant, hints of coffee roastedness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there's a smooth quality that is quite appealing. Palate fatigue shouldn't be a problem with this guy. Alcohol content is very, very sneaky. Doesn't drink like a high octane beer.
While this is far from the most powerful double stout on the market it is certainly an enjoyable one. It is somewhat refreshing to see a stout that isn't trying to be the biggest, smack-you-in-the-face stout in the world. Well worth a visit. (1,025 characters)

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

The coffee version of this stout is excellent, but what will the "original" formula do? On to the beer:

Ink black in color, and it's not letting any form of light into the body. The head on top forms forms two finger's thick, and drops to a semi-thin lace on top, leaving good lace. Milk chocolate bars and oatmeal in the aroma....yum. Light phenolic note adds a small bump in the road.

It is smooth, it is sweet, and it is not harsh. Not even the alcohol greets your palate. They use oatmeal in this stout, and it shows in this beer. Milk chocolate at first. Oh damn, there's the very light phenolic note again. It's hopped, but they don't show up until the end and provide a pinch of tropical flavor. As the beer dries, you can taste roasted coffee.

The original formula is a good one. But could you imagine if that light phenolic edge was removed from the equation? It would be even better. Regardless, another good one from the folks of Vista, and a recommended pick by me. (981 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle like in the picture drank out of an american pint glass. no freshness or bottled on information on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a completely black colored body with a tall finger of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice.

S- the smell is intense. very strong dark roasted malts. a small mix of milk and dark chocolate. a very strong coffee/hoppy end to it.

T- the taste is just as dark and roasted as the nose. almost burnt tasting. lots of the dark chocolate that i could smell but none of the milk. the finish is filled with strong coffee.

M- the mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this beer. too light and thin for the style. there is a nice bitter aftertaste and my mouth is left dry.

D- i like that this is a very dry and relatively low ABV big stout. most that i try are on the sweet side. i also like that this bottle cost me around 5$. ill check this one out somewhat often. (961 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black in color and fully opaque. Large, thick, dark tan head with excellent retention, but only moderate lacing.

S: Roast malts. Dark toast. Some light coffee notes, and maybe just a little cocoa.

T: Heavily roasted malts. Borderline burnt (but not coming off as either offensive or overdone). Coffee, in the form of bitter unsweetened espresso. Cocoa powder and baking chocolate.

M: Medium-heavy in weight/body with a decent level of carbonation. Not heavy or viscous. Actually the body is lighter than expected.

D: Another very good beer from Green Flash. Great flavor, with a slightly lighter body than most Imperial Stouts, make this one very easy to drink. (671 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid stout. Pours good and black, midlevel weight/thickness. A decent amount of hop aroma together with what must be a drier form of chocolate. Some alcohol comes through, but not enough to turn your nose away.

Taste, quite nice, and damn if there aren't some good imperial stouts out there, but this one is pretty middle of the road for the good ones. Nothing adventurous to set it apart from a lot of the upper echelon stouts. And I don't mean that condescendingly, when you want a stout that has no frills, and delivers, this stout could be your cleanup hitter. Mouthfeel and drinkability, especially, are good. Mouthfeel loses .a little for not seeming as robust towards the end. (692 characters)

Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours a very dark brown to almost black color. Extremely opaque, I'd say that 99% of light is blocked. Light head, only a film forms. Doesn't appear very carbonated.

S - Chocolate, roasted barley, some coffee notes. Just a hair of a hopping in there. Overall a roasted malt forward scent.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, chocolate, some light bodied graininess perhaps tied to oats. Mid-stream gets more chocolate, bitterness and some coffee astringency shows up. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate note which is immediately overcome by a potent, but not overly harsh, roasted barley flavor.

M - Moderate to strong body for a DIS. Sugary and sweet, full of body. Carbonation is light, no sting. Leaves behind a bit of an oily texture.

D - As far as DIS beers go, this one is high on the scale. I could maybe have 2 of these in one night and not go crazy. Flavors are smooth, well integrated - doesn't overwhelm the palette. Not filling.

A solid DIS. I would say it is borderline to be classified as a lesser stout - non double or perhaps a RIS. Although I'm sure the differences are very subtle. (1,130 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts combined with unsweetened chocolate. As the beer warms small amounts of dark fruit aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front remain steady and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. As with the smell light amounts of dark fruit flavors make an appearance as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid and smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer did lots of things well, nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. Very close to being great but not quite there. Smooth and easy-drinking and worth a shot. (863 characters)

Photo of Goldfish19
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY. This double stout pours jet black with a small tan head that fades away into minimal lacing. For the aroma, all the usual suspects make an appearance with the addition of some light floral hops. Taste follows the nose with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops. The finish is smooth and slightly bitter.

Good stuff! ~ (407 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a flat black color with a nice tan head.

Aromas are of cocoa, chocolate and cream. The nose is on the subtle side, but still nice.

This is a nice full flavored stout. A bit burnt tasting, maybe a little heavy on the dark malts. But really, it turns out to be a minor flaw. There are some espresso and nice bitter bakers chocolate notes, some cream, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finish has an earthy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is high on this one. Very nice strong stout, that doesn't go overboard. The flavors are strong, but not overpowering. And while a 22 oz took a while to finish, it was certainly enjoyable, and never too strong. Good stuff. (706 characters)

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

Ap. Impenetrable black beer with a dark frown head that faded slowly. Second hald pour (warmer) produced a larger head. Nice.
Sm. Strong burnt chocolate, some malt, maybe some vanilla or alcohol or something bordering on unpleasant in there.
Ta. Burnt chocolate predominates, burnt coffee with a nice hops bitterness following. This is strongly flavored stuff. The Woof hated the smell.
Mf. Good. Nice carbonation and filling.
Dr. 22 oz. went down easily. Once you adjust to the chocolate and coffee in an old sock left on the burner taste, it's great. (552 characters)

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

On-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a wide-mouth goblet glass (would have prefered this in a shaped pint glass or smaller nonic, but that's OK).

Very dark seal brown body with faint bloody highlights and a thin milk chocolate/tan collar with a spattering of lace and an oily whirlpool in the center of the glass. Multiple layers of legs...

Booze comes across as vanilla extract in the nose. Orange peel, coffee grounds, brown sugar, hazlenuts, and maybe a hint of brown butter (one of the few times in a stout where what might be diacetyl actually works very well with the profile). Faint hops.

Roast malt, chocolate ganache, bitterness to offset the sugars...very rich flavors overall, though they are mostly fugitive, not lasting into the finish, which consists more of pipe tobacco, brown bread, and chocolate truffles. Very well done.

Velvety, chewy body with sufficient carbonation. No astringency or stickiness. Stokes your internal fire on a cool evening, but won't cause you to break a sweat. Very well done.

A big, filling meal in a glass - best served in place of hot cocoa as a night-cap. Despite the uninspired name, this is a unique stout, worth seeking out if you have the chance...

Update 9/20/2013 - this is superior on cask! (1,258 characters)

Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured nearly black with a few ruby/brown highlights. The head was massive, rising a good 2.5" before dropping to a thin cap. Surprising amount of lace stickage on my glass.

S= Really boozy. Beyond that, I noted roasted malt/coffee, light chocolate, and a general lingering sweetness.

T= Tasted better than it smelled, with the roasty grains and the chocolate/caramel malt notes combining well enough. not a lot of hop presence, but it was certainly detectable. The finish was dry and skewed to the roasty side.

M= Really more medium than heavy in the body, with lots of carbonation. Good tongue coating capabilities.

D= A bit boozy, but all in all a very good offering. Not as smooth as its competitors, but worth drinking all the same. (831 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.