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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2092
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 04:09:48 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 22:05:39 | More by Gavage
Photo of DrJay


3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:33:09 | More by DrJay
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 16:50:50 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 18:40:16 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of GilGarp


4.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 22:59:23 | More by GilGarp
Photo of IBUnit63


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 08:54:14 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of Murchmac


3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 06:51:22 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Proteus93


4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 03:27:11 | More by Proteus93
Photo of DousedInStout


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 16:47:52 | More by DousedInStout
Photo of cjgator3


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark and roasted malts with hints of cocoa and coffee notes as well.

T- The taste is big and bold dark roasted malt flavors with a coffee-like bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good smooth creaminess to it and a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a solid Imperial Stout that is definitely worth a shot. Another great beer from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 03:11:20 | More by cjgator3
Photo of nrbw23


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a frothy brown head. Good head retetntion and lacing.

S- Coffee is the first smell that hits, but there are also notes of cocoa, roasted malts and caramelized sugar. Just a touch of a hops in the end very small.

T- The flavour of coffee and the bitterness of the hops work very well together. There are also fairly prominent notes of chocolate in the taste.

M- Medium in body just a touch on the thin side and low carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink but I think its a sipper. Might be a little risky trying to drink more than one on a sitting but I'm sure it can be done.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 19:40:39 | More by nrbw23
Photo of ralree


4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark tan head on this one - very poofy and full. Pitch black color. Head retention is awesome.

S: Surprising amount of hop smell for a stout. Rich chocolate notes.

T: Wonderful chocolate flavor with great northwest hop notes. This is a winner. Bitter flavor permeates the nice wood-fire burned toast flavor. Very drinkable. Alcohol barely detectable. A nutty aftertaste.

M: A little overcarbonated, but not much. Thick and chewy - coats the mouth nicely. Pretty oily. Non-astringent and full-bodied. Well-done.

D: Drinks wonderfully. It's pretty rich and filling, but for this style it's great. Not one you would have with a meal for the most part, but would be great with some cheese or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 23:45:04 | More by ralree
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this gravy.

Pours a deep black color with ever so slight ruby highlights around the edges. Nice ice creamy tan head that leaves ok lacing.

Nose has alot of roasted malt in it, some coffee notes, a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows with big dark roasted malt flavor, defenitely slight coffee notes in here. A little bit of baker's chocolate, dry. A very large bitterness on the downslope of each pull. Bitterness rised through the finish, and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, but still missing a little bit of thickness. Seems too skim. Keeping in mind this is not an RIS, but still it seems a touch thin. Carbonation is just about right.

Drinkability is nice here, as the 9% is very easy to drink. A bit dangerous. However the intense bitterness detracts slightly from this.

Overall a fine double stout. Certainly one i would purchase again. I dont think this one will benefit too much from any extended aging, but im gonna put one away just in case. Im hoping some of the bitterness will reduce just a bit. Those of who love a good bit of bitterness in your big stouts, seek this one out, and be pleased. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 02:01:44 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of lifebeer

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. a syrupy, burnt oil brown, pours with 2 fingers of mocha head that hangs around for quite a while, a little sticky lacing, but not much

s. not the usual bitter chocolate, but a sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt aroma

t. up front a sweet, not too sweet, mouthful of milk chocolate, very mild hop character, some roasted malts and licorice with a slight alcohol finish

m. chewy and slightly velvety

d. a sipper for savoring

this is a perfectly balanced stout, not to sweet, not too hoppy (surprising considering who made it), it literally warms as it goes down..ideal for the cold weather!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 00:08:10 | More by lifebeer
Photo of abfraser


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours like motor oil, pitch black with a large oatmeal brown head. Thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee. Standard style imperial stout-ish nose

T: Yum. Like a boozy, creamy mocha. Very satistfying

M: Good creamy mouthfeel, but doesn't quite punch on the mid-palate with enough intensity

D: At 8.8% abv, you're not going to be drink too many of these. But it goes down smooth.

A very good imperial stout. I'd put it below the Rasputin, Stone, and some of the other well known imperials, but it holds it own.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 23:45:36 | More by abfraser
Photo of jaxon53


3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Green Flash Double Stout pours out a deep midnight black that not a single ray of light could pass through. Thick and oily looking, like it was just run for 3,000 miles. A somewhat vigorous pour yielded about a finger of creamy, thick, mocha brown head. Head was short lived, and left some thin streaks of brown lace on the glass.

Smell: What a nice, full nose on this stout. Tons of thick roasty/toasty malt aromas. Almost has a smokiness to it. Hints of chocolate and black coffee. Big booze in the nose with some underlying hops and caramel.

Taste: Taste just doesn't live up to the nose for me. Strong roasted malt flavor with a burst of bitter hops. Semi-sweet chocolate with bitter burnt coffee. Has a slight sweetness to it that is quickly was away by a strong bitterness. 8.8 percent alcohol definitely shows itself. Finishes dry with another rush of hops and booze. Not bad, just not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is thinner than I would like, but it does coat the tongue and mouth nicely. A bit too much carbonation in my opinion.

Drinkability: The overall bitterness makes this beer a little harder to enjoy. Definitely an above average stout, just not one at the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 02:55:24 | More by jaxon53
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a dark tan head.

S - Sweet and rich malty smells. Some chocolate.

T - Bitter chocolate and really sweet. Strong malt flavor also.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good stout but a little to sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 07:11:30 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of Floydster


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Holly Liquor for eight dollars, also had this on tap at the Blue Palms a few days back, split with my dad, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Pretty much black, minimal light shining through, one inch medium brown head that goes down slowly, nice retention, decent lacing at first
S-Very dark chocolate, roasted malts, floral and slight citrus hoppiness, charcoal, grassy accents, and some booze
T-First thing I thought of when tasting this beer was roastiness and lots of it, whether it be the grains, malt, or chocolate, it is all roasted and my palate was a little overwhelmed, got sweeter as time went on which made me wonder if some of the roasty accents would go away with a few months or even a year behind its belt, anyways this stuff started off with roasted malts, finished with light chocolate and dryness from mild hops, nicely balanced and a pleasure to drink
M-Medium bodied, but looks full as can be, roasty, dry, and semi-sweet mouthfeel, strong level of carbonation, taste lingers with a pronounced roastiness
D-Could probably drink the whole bomber but no need to, a bit heavy and rich for me, alcohol is mostly hidden until it really warms, smooth most of the way through

Nice to see Green Flash bottling some of their more adventurous brews, this and Le Freak being the standouts, a bit expensive for what it is but still quite enjoyable, would drink again, this brew should be interesting to age, recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 15:42:32 | More by Floydster
Photo of Biggness

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a beautiful 3 fingered tan/brown head, and nice lacing. The smeel is of toasted malts and butter. The flavor is very nice a nice mixture of chocolate and coffee flavors, neither flavor overpowers the other. A nice and smoothe beer, the carbonation level seems good. I could see myself drinking a few of these in a night but not an all nighter, the ABV is a little lower than I look for in a double stout but the flavors are very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 20:56:19 | More by Biggness
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours inky black, fairly viscous, a generous dark mocha head of three fingers forms up and hangs around for quite a while. As it lessens, it leaves thick cakey tracks of lace on the glass.

Aroma - dark roasted malts, coffee grounds. Good but on the simpler side.

Taste - heavily roasted grains but not as much char as I was expecting. The swallow shows some bitterness coming through. Bitter chocolate and a light abv warmth are there at the finish. Big stuff, a litle conservative, but big.

Mouthfeel - I like the smooth feeling here. Low key carbonation add to the bigness of the feel.

Drinkability - a fine double stout. Worth trying. Not a show stopper but worth trading for.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 18:30:06 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of MisterClean


3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Friend shared with me.

A - Light black, chocolate head, dissipates slow with decent legs.

S - Malts, floral hops, and light alcohol.

T - Malts, floral, grassy hops, and light alcohol

M - Slt alcohol and just did not get the full malt feel of a stout. Based on the color and flavor, they may have missed gravity (I do this when I brew beer too).

D - Good, but could age longer and the roasted malt flavor could shine through more.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 00:20:15 | More by MisterClean
Photo of GClarkage


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/10/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. About an inch of creamy and foamy milk chocolate colored head. Light pathces and streaks of lace leftover.

Smell- Deep roasted malt with a milk chocolate nose. Light hops noticable. Not an outright scent, not very outgoing that is.

Taste- Hmmm, quite different from the nose. Not quite as thick and creamy as I was expecting. Heavy super dark chocolate flavor, not the sweet milk flavor that was portrayed in the nose. Hops are quite large and potent and the malt is almost burnt enough to add a light smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel- About the right amount of carbonation with a large and lasting hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty good brew here. If you like the hops in your stout, this one is up your alley. Overall a good deal and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:01:58 | More by GClarkage
Photo of bkilpatr


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/04/08.

Pours nearly pitch black with hints of brown and a nearly three finger chocolaty brown head. The head left a little lacing around the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The aromas seem a bit subdued.

Taste starts with sweet milk chocolate and plenty of roasted malt. That's followed by a rush of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. There's also a hint of cherry and very little alcohol presence. The finish is fairly bitter and dry.

Feel is medium body with just enough carbonation. It's very smooth and thick but not too heavy. Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer. I couldn't drink more than one, but at 8.8% I don't think I'd want to.

This is a really good double stout. I'd recommend it. Very smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 02:17:56 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of bjoyce12


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by employee of Derby Street Wine & Spirits in Hingham, MA. Glad it was suggested to me. Pours a dark brown, excellent nose, but the taste puts this Green Flash offering in the top 10% of all stouts. Great malty presence with a deep undercarriage of flavors without any of the the alcohol burn. Overall, a superior stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 16:19:49 | More by bjoyce12
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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