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 Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours an impenetrable inky black with several fingers of foamy mocha colored head. Shrinks down to about a ½ finger of creamy retention that has great flare up when swirled, leaving a thick cascade of lacing up on the sides. This slowly slides down, leaving big streaks of foam and oils behind. The aroma is a rather assertive and chewy mix of chocolate, coffee, roast, and molasses with a touch of herbal, earthy hops and light heat in the back.

The taste starts out with big roasted malt character up front that then melds into some softer (yet still beefy) notes of caramel, molasses, and dark fruit tang and then ends with a pretty firm feeling hop profile in the backend. Finishes with notes of roast, smoke, and bitterness that just sticks to the palette and lingers for a good bit. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a big, creamy, and slick carbonation. The nearly 9% ABV is felt in the body via some heft that does put out a warming alcohol sting but not a whole lot. At least not enough to negatively impact the drinkibility that much.

This was a nicely done American style Double Stout from Green Flash with a chewy and assertive profile that still found good balance with some sweeter tones and a big yet creamy body. A nice flavorful sipper of a Stout. (1,311 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Sweet chocolate aroma with hints of molasses, toasted oats, and licorice. Rich coffee taste, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a Chock Full O' Nuts finish. Hearty for just a Stout. Very good. (250 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo! in Vacaville. Pours a really pretty black with a 1 inch light brown, creamy head. Beautiful. Smells of decadent dark chocolate nibs, truffles, cocoa powder. Awesome aroma, i want to just sit here and smell it all night (well, actually, no). Flavor is a reminder of the wonderful smell; up front, its nice deep, rich chocolate, almost like a pure chocolate drink with a bit of alcohol in it. Other new flavors follow: a distinct coffee bean taste, slightly bitter, with some green-tasting hop residues. Alcohol just barely evident on the finish, which is more chocolate and some nice charred malt. Very nice. Mouthfeel maybe a bit thinner than i'd prefer, a bit watery. Drinks very well...probably my first non-IPA that i've really been impressed with since moving out to CA. (793 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of cocoa colored head that settles to a thin layer of foam.

S - Milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The strong roasty flavor turns the aroma slightly smoky after a few sips.

T - Sweet, milky chocolate, heavily roasted malt, almost burnt tasting at times with a little wood burned fire smoke mixed in. Coffee and bitter hops round out the flavors and linger on the tongue.

M - Medium to thick and creamy with a bit of alcohol sting.

D - The heavy roast tends to dominate at times and makes it feel thicker than it is but it is still tasty. (622 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 caminiti
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, very dark, with a little bit of a head. For some reason, I never get the head that other reviewers, of any beer, do.
Smells smoky and roasted, you know you are in for a treat, tastes mostly like coffee, though you can actually taste the alcohol in there, and the mouthfeel is almost a bit oily, if that makes sense? Overall, a drinkable beer, worth having one and cellaring another two for later. (409 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy! Nearly pitch black with a dark tan head. Reminsicent of motor oil mixed with cola.

Chocolates, liqueur and coffee all come through in the nose.

Rich, malty taste with slight vinous hints, strong coffee notes and traces of dark chocolate. Hops creep in every now and then, just so you know they're in there.

Very smooth, lovely stout that is dangerously drinkable at 8.8%. (381 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle with me.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black, good viscosity. Nice head. Ok retention and lacing.

S: Strong hop presence. A bit of sweet molasses and dark sugars. A touch of alcohol.

T/M: Much of the same. Much more sweetness. Hops give just enough bitterness. Heavy body that is silked out by smooth carbonation.

D: ABV isn't too bad for the style but it's not the easiest to drink. (456 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Wonderfully oily / black and opaque. Pours with ~3 fingers medium-brown head, which fades slowly, leaving a thin layer and some lacing.

S- Earthy start, then mellows into a nice, sweet chocolate/alcohol smell as the drink warms a bit.

T- A bit of chocolate, with a hoppy/bitter finish. Alcohol presence is fairly pronounced on the finish as well. A touch of dark fruit flavor emerges as the drink warms.

M- Rich, creamy, smooth...outstanding.

D- Pretty decent as a sipper. The only thing holding this one back for me the the slightly overly-boozy alcohol taste on the finish.

Future outlook: Repeat business likely. (673 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this, it was totally in the wrong conditions. Really hot, sticky weather, and far too many other beers under my belt to truly appreciate it. A hard pour results in a pitch black beer, with a rocky two fingers worth of tan heading. Smell is very earthy, with bits of roasted black coffee bean, soil and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Roasted chocolate and coffee begin the ride with this one, and then leads in to some great blackberry and blueberry notes. Flavors get more fruity and juicy as the beer warms up. Body is very thick, pretty much a meal in a bottle. Heat from the alcohol is not apparent in the flavor, and has not hit me yet after drinking half the bomber, although I expect it will after a few more pulls. It might be difficult to drink an entire bottle to yourself, but still very drinkable and enjoyable....one to sip and enjoy with a pipe or cigar. I am glad I gave this brew another shot, as it is quite a bit better than the first bottle I had of it. I believe I will purchase another bottle of this in the very near future. Cheers (1,072 characters)

Photo of niz
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

pours oil slick black with 3 fingers of fluffy light brown head,

smells of dark malts, earth and slight booze overtone.

taste is the same, huge dark malt with dried fruit, dark chocolate, earth notes and slight alcohol presence. fairly smooth in the finish with minor hop presence.

mouthfeel is great, big, fat chewy and oily., imperial stout all the way.

drinkability is not great since its 8.8% and coming from a 650ml bottle,

overall this was a good representation of a imperial stout or double stout. great flavour with impeccable balance.

personally i prefer less boozy brews, or brews with high hop content masking the alcohol taste which will deter me from giving it a super high rating.

but this nice glow i currently have is urging me otherwise,

another awesome offering from an amazing little brewery. (820 characters)

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

After a rough week at work I picked up a bomber of this bad boy on my way home tonight. I've been lucky enough to try a few Green Flash products recently and have been thoroughly impressed. Their Hop Head Red in particular is excellent and Stone doesn't have a monopoly on good brew in SoCal.

This one pours solid black without highlights or slivers of any kind. The head is dark tan with plenty of lace and looks quite creamy and delicious. The aromas hit you from two feet away: chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and a touch of the demon alcohol. Excellent.

The flavors don't back down in the taste, with an alcohol sauce on a solid coffee and chocolate sandwich. A touch of dark fruit can be detected among the roasted java. Hops are in the house as well, providing much needed balance as well as more cover for the booze. This one is thick and oily and as "ribsticking" as I can imagine a beer to be. A little heavy on the alcohol but not so bad for 8.8 and kind of goes with the territory for the style. these guys know what they're doing. Try this one. (1,053 characters)

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

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late September for $4.99.

Beer pourered black with a nice long lasting brown head. Nose is sweet mocha and malts. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, alcohol,roasted coffee with a fair amount of hops thrown in. Mouthfeel is like an oatmeal stout - medium bodied and very smooth. Overall drinkability is good. This is definitely a very nice cool season brew to have. Would recommend to fans of stouts. (429 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive foamy, thick head--looks like frothed chocolate milk. Leaves minor spotty lace. Near black in color with no light passing through.

Chalky mocha aroma.

Ruby rich flavors of espresso, brandy and cream. Nice bitter hop in the finish--subtle but balancing. Good body with a little oiliness from the alcohol. A wonderful stout. (335 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Colonial Wine and Spirits in Acton, Massachusetts a few months back.

Poured a deep black with quarter inch chocolatey head and thick lacing.

Smelled of richly sweet malt and chocolate and figgy fruit. Tastes of sweet chocolately goodness and smooth malt. This is a tastey and satisfying brew. Very smooth on the palate, no bitterness on the end, a nice drinking beer, but a session brew by no means at 8.8%. I enjoyed every sip. (448 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black body, medium tan head, excellent lacing.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and fruits both juicy and dark.

Taste follows the nose. Rich coffee and chocolate abound. Earthy, juicy and darkly fruity.

Thick, rich, and oily, but thin enough to still flow easily.

Alcohol tucked away smoothly enough for good drinkability.

An under the radar, damn nice, oatmeal imperial. (377 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 3" fluffy head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: chocolates and roasted malts are abundant and create a great aroma.

Taste: roasted malts, big milk chocolate, hints of coffee, prunes, mild alcohol tones, and a nice hearty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish.

Drinkability: nice flavored beer, but alcohol will bring this down a notch. Great American stout. (461 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 ncvbc
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy tan head with solid retention. Smell is rich roasted malt with a light milky chocolate undertone. Taste is much of the same. Nice roast coffee and a touch of smoke. Some chocolate and a light cherry flavor or something like that. It's not too dark and has a little tartness to it at times. Also a noticeable hop presence, though it's not overwhelming by any means. A creamy smooth mouthfeel with a light tingle on the tongue. Very good body. Overall it's a solid and drinkable brew. Not a whole lot of depth to it but it's simple and tasty for sure. (601 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet-black oil pours into the glass with a modest head that's a toasted marshmallow tan color. Tiny islands of lace form as the head remains at a thin skim for the duration.

Perhaps not the biggest, most decadent smell, but I get the feeling it's not trying to be some insane blow-your-head-off stout. What we get in the nose is big chocolate and big coffee. No surprises and not a ton of depth, but both are mingled equally and both come on strong. Just a bit of milk/cream sweetness in the background.

My first thought after tasting is "balance". There's char here, but unlike many other American stouts, it's not overbearing, rather balanced with just the right amount of steamed-milk sweetness, just the right amount of dark baking chocolate, hints of dark fruit (plum especially), and a flash of grassy hops. Ultimately it'll have coffee-stout lovers going berserk, and it's interesting how this isn't really sold as such. But the coffee element is the focus and the most delicious aspect. The darker, more assertive flavor elements ride through boldly in the finish. Also impressive is the alcohol, or lack thereof: 8.8% and almost nowhere to be found. Incredible.

Smooth texture, on the chewy end but not super-gooey. Carbonation tingle keeps this stout lively in the mouth.

Green Flash beers are always a wonderful experience, and this is no exception. There are certainly more complex stouts out there, but this one has tons of flavor and that's all that counts in the end. (1,487 characters)

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

Served cool at about 50 degrees. I've had this one cellaring since early last spring.

Pours from a bomber into a pint glass a nearly-opaque black color. Head is ample and has great retention. Lacing is excellent as well.

Aroma is rich and chocolately with a slight fruity character.

Flavor is roasty and delicious. Lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate. The bitterness is strong both from dark malt and hops. As promised on the bottle, this beer does have a certain earthiness imparted by the target hops.

Mouthfeel is nice a creamy from the oats but seems just a little too thin for the style. I expected something a little thicker but it's not bad. Drinkability is only hindered by the strong bitterness and alcohol.

Overall a very successful stout and from a company that prides itself on big hoppy IPAs. I also like how the bottle doesn't scream "imperial" or "double" or "Russian." It's just simply STOUT and a big juicy one at that. (945 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to Cab glass...

Awesome espresso-brown pour of opaque body topped by bready pumpernickel/banana bread/cinnamon/maple-colored head of 1 finger, fading slowly with great lacing.

Amazing charred malt with a fair alcohol burn from which sweetness blends with cinnamon sugar. This may need a little more time to develop desired depth. Hop presence is predominantly grassy.

That deep-roasted malt fires up with the big, grassy hoppiness to generate a dry, austere stout presence. Layered sugars from viscous alcohol works side-by-side to provide residual sweetness. The mild disjoint works and may mellow further with time.

This has such a deep, dark coffee feel to it with the husky, abundant malt and the sweet cinnamon/alcohol presence provides the tie that binds. Slight grassy hop tang adds to the overall package. Not quite Beautiful Chemistry just yet but perhaps with time.

This one drinks right in line with its weight class. It's a very very very good one but it's quite hefty. Sip and savor. (1,013 characters)

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

Pours with a thick chocolate shake head. Like Count Chocula in a chocolate got milk ad. Black, like I like my men and coffee.

Smoky smell off the bat which mellows into a sweet toasty chocolate smell. Like burnt alcoholic cocoa puffs.

Sweet chocolate tastes, smooth, hoppy last taste. The hops fight their way up, very complex brew. Bakers chocolate, some heat from the alcohol. So deep it puts your ass to sleep.

Smooth hoppy aftertaste, mix of hops and chocolate malts, oatmealy velvet.

This beer is the equivalent of the late great Issac Hayes voice. (559 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep and opaque - a little hint of ruby highlight peeks out of the bottom of the snifter, but otherwise, it can't get much darker. Head is a light brownish, quite creamy and pleasant.

S: Coffee grounds - like a pot of coffee brewed and then given just enough time to cool down. A little hint of an ester fruity sweetness, though I'd struggle to suggest which fruit precisely.

T: A roasted malt with coffee ground notes again, a little hoppiness slips itself in there for an added flavour - not something I typically detect in such stouts.

M + D: A 'robust medium body.' Not full, rich and creamy, but it has presence. A rather unique flavour works well with this feel, and makes for an intriguing drink. A nice effort on the style - I'd get more. (754 characters)

Photo of DousedInStout
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another masterpiece from Green Flash. For an imperial stout, this how relatively lower abv and much higher drinkability. The appearence is pitch black, with aromas of bittersweet chocolate. The taste is roasted, but well balanced with some hops shining through at the end. Well made, and can be enjoyed all night long. (318 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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