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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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857 Reviews

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 3,016
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: 3,016
Photo of travolta
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, minimal head retention, nice lacing.

Nose: Sweet vanilla, coffee, and a touch of licorice. A little bit of cola.

Taste: Malt, coffee, sherry, fig, and chocolate. The malt is well balanced throughout and makes for some great mouthfeel. Some bourbon.

Notes: This is a smooth drinking, fine stout. Imperial...? Perhaps not, but it is very very good.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A deep mahogany brown that still manages to show some clarity through ginger highlights. The head is a strip of tan on top:

Smell:The vivacious, yet balanced fragrance comes at you from two sides of the spectrum: fresh, grassy hops and a pungent chocolate factory. It's a surprisingly near perfect pairing. There also exists a soft sweet combo of red and black fruit--strawberries and plums, for the most part.

Taste: Gourmet chocolate comes with a white pepper kick. The fruit is there too, plums in particular. The malt bill has a strong, grainy presence. It starts out toasty and complex, then ends up slightly smoky in the finish, like roasted chestnuts. Also balancing out the sweetness are the noticeable hops, which are earthy, with medium bitterness. The result is neither too sweet, not too bitter. It's everything you've been looking for in a stout, living together in harmony.

Mouthfeel: The smooth mouthfeel has some creaminess to it, but the stays within average viscosity. Strong carbonation adds a refreshing quality, making this big beer deceivingly drinkable. Indeed, the alcohol warming is barely noticeable, quietly loitering in the back of the throat.

Overall: The Imperial Stout I've been waiting for! It has all the "right" qualities, but steers completely clear from the dark-and-sticky territory. Hops, spice, and bubbles are what drive it above and beyond the norm. And yet, it still has the dark chocolate strawberries everyday Imperial Stout lovers are hoping for.

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Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as can be with a huge 2-3 finger brown head. Looks the part

Smell: Heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a slight smoke presence

Taste: That dark roasted malt and chocolate upfront and then a nice smokey presence mid palate that follows through the finish. Possibly the slightest hint of dark fruits mid palate as well, but fades fast

Mouthfeel: i think this is where this beer could be improved. Its medium bodied, but theres a lot of bitterness that destracts from the flavors a bit

Overall: Solid, straightforward imperial stout. Iv had many that are better, but this is still somewhat unique. Its heavily roasted, and the smokey character is probably what i enjoy most about this beer. If the mouthfeel was less bitter and more smooth and creamy, this would get a higher rating from me. I plan on cellaring a couple and suspect that the bitterness will subside and that the flavors come together more

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Photo of Dikfour
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark dark black. No light gets through. Thick, dark brown, fluffy head is retained nicely.

Smell: Roasty and caramel. little boozy too.

Taste: Deep thick Roasty malt. Not overly hot. Alcohol is masked fairly well. A little caramel and chocolate on the back end. Maybe a hint of coffee in the follow through.

Feel: Pretty big and creamy. Needs just a skoshe more boddy and It'd be perfect.

Overall: Really great Double Stout. Big, Bold, & Complex just like the bottle says. Dangerously easy drinking for an 8.8% beer.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark black ... looks like it has texture.

Overall: Has a sweet taste with hints chocolate, berries,cinnamon, malts and more. Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, and highly recommend this to anyone who loves beer! Cheers!

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Photo of justinp444
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with a thin quickly dissipating beige head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and caramel. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of a crisp dry end to it, very fruity with a cherry flavor. Nice full mouth feel and a good amount of carbonation.

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.) tasted in 2015.

Appearance : black color with tan foamy head.
Aroma : roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate.
Flavor & mouthfeel : sweet with notes of roasted malt, leading to a bitter chocolate finish.

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Photo of Thrifty101091
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mine had some age to it and was close to best NY date but this was an absolute treat! Great imperial stout by Green Flash! Highly recommend this to anyone who loves beer! Cheers!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is great, pitch black beer, tan head that sticks forever with great lacing. Smell Is coffee/cream and then huge roasted malts, almost smoky. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, slight smokiness and some cream in there too. Feel is expected for a double stout, alc covered. Overall this is a solid double stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler from Jungle Jim's. This fine stout pours thick black with a thick luxurious tan head of tight beaded foam that dissipates to a thin layer of foam, a thick ring, and epic lacing. Nose od dark bakers chocolate, moderate cream, moderate alcohol, deeply roasted grains and malts, and dark fruits. Flavors up front are roasted grains and malts, deep chocolate notes to the rear with a light hint of coffee, creamy dark fruit notes come through on the aftertaste with alcohol warmth and moderate hop balance. Smooth slick mouth feel, medium carbonation that is lightly crisp, and a bitter hop/malt character rounding it all out. Most excellent. Never had this on tap before, love the bottle, and worth noting is that it is a bit smooth. That said, this is a fantastic stout regardless of it's decanter.


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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

Massive chewy, burly dark-khaki head. Extensive lacing as the head recedes, forming rings and streaks about the glass. Pitch-black body as would be expected. 5

Strong aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Faded floral hop aroma and a bit of pungent sweetness combined with hints of booze. 4

Pretty potent hop flavor and bitterness with a matching of bitter dark chocolate followed by sweet creamy malts and vanilla. 4

It's got quite the bitter element too it, which ain't much of a surprise coming from Green Flash. But there's plenty of rich creaminess and a viscous mouthfeel that drinks very easily. 4.25

Warmth did wonders for this beer and I enjoyed it more and more. An excellent choice when in need of something easily attainable.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black with big dark brown head, good retention and lacing
Smell: Dark roasty malt aromas with some alcoholic dark fruit
Taste: Reminded me most of the Old Rasputin - very classic Imperial Stout flavors with great balance. Slightly sweet, roasty, with noticeable but pleasant hops character. Delicious.
Feel: Thick, smooth yet nicely carbonated

Overall: For me this is a pretty ideal imperial (double) stout. It looks great with a nice sticky tan head that stays the duration, and the flavors and aromas are varied yet balanced. It has that thick creaminess in the mouth that you expect of a heavy stout. And it's not so strong that the alcohol overpowers the rest of the palate. No gimmicks, either - just a great all around stout!

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Photo of jfugeman
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Sweet aroma, slight toffee notes. Wonderful taste of slightly sweet coffee, very roasty; finishes with a balanced degree of bitterness. Mouthfeel is unexpectedly thick, a bit grainy, but it's incredibly drinkable for 8+% abv. Fantastic beer, definitely on the sweeter side though.

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Photo of heerboth
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer wasn't that great overall. A bit thin for the style and a pungent smell of alcohol. As it warmed, the alcohol mellowed and the malt flavors became more pronounced. However, you can do much better in this style category.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look. Dark, dark mahogany, with a medium brown, medium sized head, my favorite look.
Smell. Charred wood with bit of french roast coffee.
Taste. Fairly balanced, starts with a malty richness with a bit of sweetness then finishes with a somewhat more pronounced hoppy bitterness. Pretty good.
Mouth feel. Nice heavy body, chewy, spongey, oily then a dry, upper back palette-smacking finish.
Overall. My favorite is still a sweeter, maltier beer, but this is very good for a more balanced stout.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 3.49/12 oz at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
BB 10/24/15 at 45 degrees into nonic
Aroma of roasted malt and caramel, smells slightly sweet
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, some caramel, some coffee, begins sweet, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, slightly oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of jabergess
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Smooth, smooth, smooth. No bite I could detect which is highly unusual for a double/imperial stout. This thing will sneak right up and get you if you let it. I would let it.

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Photo of BlazerT
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pitch blacj with big, light brownish, densed head. Medium lasting. Average lacing. The nice aromas of roasted malts - dark, bitter chocolate and coffee. Also you can experience nice touch of toffee and earthy notes. Taste is medium bitter, toffee, chocolate with some liquorice and vanilla. In general taste is semi-sweet. Full body, oily and velvety texture, soft carbonation. Finish is coffe, semi-sweet and bitter. Little alcohol warming. In general very enjoyable and drinkable RIS.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: The head was so heavy that it overflowed the glass (It could have been a poor pour, but still). The lacing was long-lasting and exquisitely thorough. The color is a dark cola.

Nose is sweet with dry malt, dark chocolate, almond milk, red fruit, and oatmeal.

Taste is sweet and nutty, with chocolate milk, cashew, currant, and tart cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry but balanced. Carbonation is mild, and the alcohol is perfectly nuanced.

Overall, this is a straightforward, thoughtful, incredibly well-made stout.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a stout glass, my 4th Green Flash review. The color is a dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate color head. The smell and taste is full of roasted malts. Some slight mocha flavor as well. The mouthfeel is a little harsher than I'd expect, more carbonation than I'd expect but not too bad. Overall, everything you're looking for in a double stout.

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Photo of willth
2.12/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is great, nice mocha head. Smell is just pure citra hops, taste is way too hoppy for a stout. Not sure what they were thinking with this one. Drain pour

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Photo of whatthehull
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip/wine glass

A - Deep dark chocolate molasses, two finger very deep tan head and some sticky lacing.

S - chocolate, ripe berries, rich coffee, quite grainy, molasses, huge malt, simple biscuit yeast, soil, wet wood, cake batter, nice booze and baked good baking in the oven

T - chocolate, berries, cake, very acidic coffee, fresh soil, fresh cut trees, light booze, cinnamon and more chocolate.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, very acidic and a very nice bitter to sweet chocolaty finish!

D/O - Goes down like 'butta'. Very easy to drink, tons of flavor, right amount of booze and an all year long drinker.

Final Thoughts - $10 for a 4 pack pisses me off, but the 8.8% abv is awesome.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice chocolatey black color with a dark brown head

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, earthy hops

Taste: Coffee and chocolate up front, a good helping of roasted malts and earthy hops. Some dark fruit on the back end

Feel: Full body, medium carbonation

Overall: An excellent beer, Green Flash shows they can do many styles well

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Opaque. Brown head. Smell and taste of roasted goodness. Malt, chocolate, and coffee. I love every bit of this, from the pour to the bitter aftertaste. I will get it again.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice stout.

Dark black color, with a persistent, thick mocha head.

Beautiful stout taste, milder than I'd expected, kind of like a milk stout. Perfectly balanced. This beer has great integrity.

Rich mouthfeel. Long finish, after the mild taste, some bitterness expresses itself quietly.

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