Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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842 Reviews
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Reviews: 842
Hads: 2,945
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.4%
Wants: 107
Gots: 405 | 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 SPLITGRIN
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big beautiful chocolate brown head reaches four fingers quickly from the pour. Fades very slowly and becomes rocky as it does. Leaves waves of lace. Body sits in my Duvel glass used motor oil black. Nose has tones of roasty malt, burnt coco, raw minerals, black olives and pickled meat. Enters the mouth very roasty. The malt comes of almost burnt, dry and slightly bitter. Some creamy dark chocolate notes develop mid palate as you drink. There may be a dusting of powdery, peppery spice also. Mouthfeel is a dry, bitter richness. Hops play in balancing this brew nicely. Bold and attractively drinkable. (607 characters)

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

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is chocolate with a bakers chocolate finish. Decent stout. $7.15 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (306 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown/black color. Poured a 2 finger chocolate-colored creamy head; I did an aggressive pour. Thick lacing.

S: Toasted malts; coffee, toffee and chocolate. Alcohol is more prominent as it warmed.

T: Surprised by the hop presence up front. Big, rich roasted malt come through in the middle. Sharply bitter finish. Warming alcohol.

M: Big beer with medium body. Low carbonation. Silky smooth feel.

D: Flavorful and smooth. Even with the abv a pleasant drink. (469 characters)

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

This is a really great Impy that is value for the level of complexity involved $8 Canadian in Vancouver. Big Black and very luscious with just the right complexity on the finish. I put this on par with Old Rasputin and Brooklyn with all the right notes tied up with a high level of drinkability. I will buy more of this to cellar as it is a style that can always do with some aging (381 characters)

Photo of TequilaSauer
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a glass.

Beautiful looking stout. Pitch black and rich with light head retention.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and some light alcohol on the back end.

Hits hard on the attack with chocolate and some mild alcohol. The alcohol fades and coffee, dark fruit, and very light hop flavor remain. I expected this to finish more bitter, but it actually tops off with a creamy smoothness and coffee. I'm very impressed with the entire tasting experience of this beer.

Stouts are rarely good drinking beers and this is no exception for me. It's one of the more drinkable stouts out there, but that's not saying too much.

A great beer. Great beer. (671 characters)

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

Split a bomber this past weekend with my brother. Poured into pint glasses. Thick as tar looking, and had a black color like ink. Loads of coffee and roasted barley smell rises from the glass. Taste was stellar. Caramelized sugar and dark chocolate emerge with the first sip. Great combination of sweetness and bitterness in this stout. Mouthfeel was very hearty and thick, but it was also very hot with that boozy alcohol feeling. This beer was mostly easy to drink, but because of its pronounced abv%, one needs to drink this on the slow side. A really fine stout from a brewery that I thought only made really nice hoppy beers. (630 characters)

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

A - pours jet black with thick cocoa head. nice lacing

S - huge roasted malt scents but a bit boozy though

T - wow, very hoppy up front with roast malts dominating the finish. light dark cherry flavors hidden through out.

M - crazy smooth. pours thick but does not have a thick feeling, fairly light for a double stout.

D - this is a stupid good double stout. great hoppy flavor really brings out the roasted malts and adds to the depth. this is one fine stout from one of my current favorite stouts. (505 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black even in sunlight with a big chocolate head that falls slowly and leaves lots of sheet lace down my glass.

Aroma is roasted malt goodness sweet more chocolate then coffee. Hints of fruit some peat, earthy lightly smokey notes. Aroma is nice but little soft.

Taste is roasted malts some sweetness, almost like oats are present. Nice smokey earth notes in flavor too, peat. Nice sweet roasted malty goodness earthy notes go with leafy grassy and earthy hops blend perfectly. This is a nice stout smooth. Finish has your coffee notes and hops mingled.

Mouthfeel is big chewy nice full bodied stout with great mellow carbonation that makes it smooth.

Drinkability is great smooth sweet drinkable goodness. Goes down so easy not alcohol noted. Buy this one if you like big stouts, have already bought more this will be in my regular stout rotation now. (864 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: This double stout sits jet black in the glass, but not completely opaque as rosy brown streams of light seep in on the edges. The dark walnut-colored head is thick and creamy, like a puffy cumulus cloud in the sky. Didn't show great retention, though.

A: Wow! Aromatics explode out of the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. Deeply roasted malts, rolled oats, bakers chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a tad of alcohol. This smells delicious...

T: ...and tastes great, too! The deeply roasted malts and pronounced oats are luxuriously smooth without tasting burnt or acrid. Bittersweet chocolate just tastes great with the coffee, while the molasses stays underneath and contributes in supporting fashion. Earthy hops provide an undercurrent of flavors that work in conjunction with the rest of the profile. The finish features more of a cocoa nib quality that feels like slightly powdery chocolate. The only knock is that once it warms up a bit, it's a tad too hot for only being 8.8% ABV. Still really good, though.

M: This is a full-bodied, rich, creamy, and slightly chewy stout that stops short of being syrupy thick.

Notes: This falls just a tad short of being a top-notch American Stout. In my opinion, if the alcohol were masked a little better, it would be. Having said that, this is still a really, really good beer that I hope gets better with some time in the cellar. Kudos to Green Flash for another winner! (1,470 characters)

Photo of mbunje
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pouted into a tulip glass.

A - deep dark brown/black color. Head is medium to small, but seems a very dense, rich, color. Looks like a quintuppel espresso in my glass.

S - Smoky roasted malts and chocolate. Hint of estery booze.

T - Bitter chocolate

MF - Nice substance, but could use a bit thicker body.

D - at $5 for a bomber...very economical for a world class Imperial Stout.

Not as good as Stone IRS or Great Divide yeti...but definitely up there. Most appealing is the smell. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. I have had on draught and the MF is beter. Excellent beer. GF does it again! (603 characters)

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Rich coffee and dark chocolate dominate without being too powerful, yet very inviting.

T = Incredible! Bold coffee and semi-sweet baker's chocolate upfront. A wave of molasses is next and before the sweetness has a chance to become cloying, here comes the roasted coffee bitterness to level off the sweetness and provide a balanced finish. No alcohol detected in the taste.

MF = Rich, thick body with carbonation being between low and moderate. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall, this is one the best stouts that I've tasted. It has it all...sweetness, coffee bitterness, and is very easy to drink. I will be keeping this one on hand. Highly recommended. (659 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured exactly like a Guinness with the weird slow settling. The rocky and frothy brown head formed some awesome lacing. The aroma was malty, coffeeish and chocolately. The taste was of coffee, dark belgian chocolate and bittering hops This was slightly drying The mouthfeel was way too light for a stout. It was thin but smooth. (334 characters)

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

Pours a very opaque black with just a tiny smidge of brown visible with a tilt. Creamy tan head.

Roasted coffee and malt is the pervading scent. A touch of dark chocolate as well. The smell is not extremely strong, though the roastiness becomes more and more apparent as it warms up.

Flavor is coffee forward with hints of molasses and baking chocolate. Nice little hop bitterness in the finish that coats and sticks to the tongue. Just a touch of alcohol warmth as well.

Nice medium/full mouthfeel with a nice carbonated finish that, as just mentioned, coats the tongue and opens up for the roasty and bitter components.

Very drinkable for the style, not a struggle to finish a bomber at all. (698 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with black raspberry highlighting. Despite being opaque it is nowhere close to the thick or nubilous Imperial Stout. That said, it's a heck of a looker nonetheless. The firm, dark caramel crust spread over top adds a fashionable dressing. It also frills the glass with its own unique style of graffiti. And already I know there's more than meets the eyes...

Because the aroma caught my attention instantly, even before I could look at it! It is a rich and almost sickly sweet smell of long-boiled malts. It bears resemblance to fresh-roasted mocha coffee, almond biscotti and delicatessen European chocolate truffles. As so very lovely these scents are, it is the majestic hints of dark caramel and hazelnut that are ultimately responsible for keeping my nose on such a short leash.

The list of flavours is almost too long to list here in its entirety. Some highlights include: unrefined cocoa, black coffee, Black Forest Cake, summer berries, almond biscotti and chocolate covered hazelnuts. There is an excellent balance of bitter and sweet, both wrestling for position but neither able to pin the other for any substantial amount of time.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a "double stout" only because my enjoyment of it in comparison to the average stout is, in fact, double. Disregarding the alcohol percentage, which is higher than normal but scarcely noticed anyways, there isn't anything overly dynamic nor decadent about this beer. It really is just like anything other stout - except, for whatever reason, twice as enjoyable.

And it's disappeared twice as fast too! Although I shouldn't really be surprised by how much I'm enjoying this stout nor that it seems this one bomber won't be enough. Come to think of it, every bomber of Green Flash I've had - Barleywine (10%), Imperial IPA (9%), Le Freak (9.2%) - have been no problem to finish and in all cases left me yearning for even more. I'll take note and be sure not to buy just one bottle of this next time around. (1,997 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Father's Office in Santa Monica (a.k.a. FO1) and upon seeing Green Flash's Imperial Stout on tap I knew I had to go right to dessert. The head is big, thick, and creamy, with a light brown contrasting the dark impenetrable body. As the head dissipates, creamy lacing spirals and sticks down the side. Not a lot of brown tinge when I agitate or tilt the glass. The look and the smell scream Fresh batch! Fresh batch!, with aromas of strong coffee and slight carob. Not overly intense though. It's still fairly cold, so the bouquet may increase in strength as I progress.

Mmmm, the initial taste is a punch in the mouth of roasted coffee and molasses. As I was distracted by the pretty brunette passing the bar, wasn't paying attention when I took that first sip, so it kind of floored me (so did the pretty brunette, but it is FO1 after all). Explosive roasted flavors. Really gets you.

A little of the carob flavor I detected in the smell, but the aforementioned flavors seem to overpower any strong cocoa taste. Also don't taste too much of the maltiness some of the other BA members point out in their reviews, so perhaps repeated tastings either on tap or on bottle may eventually reveal the nascent malt.

Upon further sipping, the taste is almost overly sweet from the molasses, but the thick mouthfeel combined with the roasted goodness balances it all out. Full-bodied, refined, and very strong on the palate. It's also quite alcoholic, as my cognition of the outside world is quickly going numb. Ahhhh, a good Imperial Stout with an exceptional look, taste, and mouthfeel. Taste is foremost though. Good job Green Flash, and good job FO1 for putting it on tap. (1,676 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an oily pitch black, a whopping two inch head of tan color, sits there for several minutes before receding to a thick foam, and lacing spiderwebs before disintegrating into a multitude of spots. Aroma is kinda weak, but nice notes of oats, toasted malt, chocolates, a bit of coffee. Taste is full, mouth is thick and silky smooth, finely carbonated, drying into the finish. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt, hop oils, but mostly its about the thick , chewy malts. Very nice to drink, tasty, purchased for only $5, can't go wrong with this one. (562 characters)

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep inky black with tan head

rich malty aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slight pine hops

smooth malt upfront with roasted malt, creamy oats, bitter chocolate, and slight espresso notes lead into slight pine and lemon hops, with a semi dry finish

smooth, medium bodied without being too sweet or malty, just greatly balanced with good dark flavors and no trace of the alcohol

smooth, malty, delicious and inviting with a solid malty complexity leading to a balanced finish with hops clearing it out. an excellent stout without any trace of the alcohol, i cant wait to age a couple and tip 'em back (631 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this one! Review is from notes.

Black body with a creamy head of tan foam that puffs itself above the glass rim. Laces nicely and retains a ring at the edge with some broken skim across the surface. Slighty sweet yet dry chocolate aroma. Tobacco, malted milk ball, and chocolate comprise the major flavors. Dry in the aftertaste but still vaguely sweet. Full bodied, but retaining a certain lightness about it. Very clean and easy drinking, defined by an authentic stouty character... (506 characters)

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

this was a good one to end the night with - poured very nicely into a stout glass - put up a nice 2 finger tan head - light in the aroma , coffee, chocolate, roasty malty - taste follows thru with a sweet malt finish - easy drinking - nice lacing - a solid stout - not as robust as other imperial stouts - good nonetheless. (323 characters)

Photo of julian
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, OR this weekend.

A: Blacker than night. Good head formation, beige to medium brown in color. It quickly disappears to almost nothing apart from random frothy bubbles.

S: Roasted, burnt malts, coffee.

T: Earthy, roasted flavor up front, followed by a smooth, burnt malt and semi sweet oat flavor accentuated by coffee and chocolate. Overall lots of roastiness!

M: Lots of carbonation, but subsides quickly in your mouth. No adverse aftertaste. What you'd expect from a stout.

D: Fairly respectable ABV, lotsa of roastiness which you'd expect from a double stout, and good mouthfeel. Good drinkability!

Overall: Pretty good. I can't demerit this for anything, it's a solid stout, although nothing really popped out at me. It was pretty average for the course. (805 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 18 Mar 2009.

Poured in Celis pint glass. Very large dark brown head. Light carbonation. Dark oily brown black color. Sweet chocolate aroma, ethanol, roasty malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Like chocolate milk with a bitter mocha espresso chaser. Lactose sweetness. Bitter chocolate finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol is warming.

Good stuff! (362 characters)

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

22 oz bottle I got from hopsleeroy I believe. Really need to start writing down who sends me what. Pretty sure it was hopsleeroy. Well, I am whore for Double Stouts and Impy Stouts. Served this one up in your standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a really nice deep, oily black. This beer allows no light through whatsover. This is pitch, frickin black. Can't see through it because no light gets through it, so no idea about carbonation movement. It did pour a really nice finger of mocha colored head. Sadly, the head didn't hold out long enough. You know the type, quit long before you wanted. Dipped down a chunky ring that tries to lay down some lace, but it really doesn't have the stick. It does try to hard so that I was I gave it a 4.

S: Smell is quite nice. Lots of really nice and sweet ass malty goodness. The malts smell of rich caramel and sugary goodness. This beer smells of chocolate, but not just any chocolate. I am talking a really rich, milk chocolately fudge characteristic. This is pretty nice, but smells incredibly sweet. Not getting any balancing notes like hops or what not. This smells great though, smells like dessert and I am glad I saved it for such occassion.

T: Taste mirrors the smell pretty well. Lots of damned malt coming through. There is a nice roast on it but there is not a burnt quality. Really nice malt character. Talking malt shop type malt. Malt balls and caramel. Then come that chocolately goodness. A really nice and rich milk chocolate comes out. Not getting much by way of bitter dark chocolate. Mostly just some sweet and very present milky goodness. There is a bit of piney hops presence in here, but all this sweetness easily bitch slaps it into an after thought.

M: Full bodied beer through and through. Nice and chewy, this beer is heavy. It has a touch more heat to it than the ABV suggests, but thats what I want from my stouts. I need my stouts to have a warming quality, and this one comes through. Carbonation is just enough to give this a slight tingle and decent crispness. Aftertaste is nice with a really nice lingering chocolate layer on the palate.

D: Well, this is absolutely a dessert beer because it does have a nice sweetness to it. As a dessert beer, it does have drinkability for that category. I think this beer is absolutely good, hence the straight 4's, but it is a bit one dimensional via all this sweetness. With that said, it sits well with a bit of weight and satisfies. Will drink again given the chance. Another fine brew by Green Flash. (2,521 characters)

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

The Double Stout from Green Flash was black as oil and had a 2 finger foam head that looked like stiff batter. Head retention was nice and slow and it was densely packed bubbles.

Aroma was of bitter chocolate and coffee. Taste was very much the same but had a real nice bite for the first sip. The bitterness of the coffee came through then you were left with well rounded smoothness. In the mouth it left a little bit of an off flavor. It seemed creamy like an oatmeal stout. Overall it was a well crafted brew. (514 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours into my snifter engine oil black with a finger of coffee head. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a light lacing down the glass as we become intimate.

Smell is big and bold. Lots of roasted and dark malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, light hints of the UK hops (definitely different than the usual Green Flash citrus hops). Some fruits mixed in at the end.

Taste is bitter on a variety of levels. Lots of roasted malts give it some bite on the entry, carried through by some chocolate nibs and then bitter dark chocolate, some more bitter chocolate in the finish mixed with the hop bite which leaves a dry mouthfeel.

At first the bitterness is maybe a bit much, sort of bombarding you on too many levels without giving you a break to enjoy the intricacies of such a brew. As you progress and the beer warms some of the smaller notes become identifiable. Still, I don't think more than one of these in a night would be on my agenda. All around, another solid brew from Green Flash. (1,008 characters)

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

This bottle is from March 2008.

Dark with a good inch of foam. Excellent retention with some lacing.

Roasted with some bitter chocolate, malted milk, chocolate covered grains, and a touch of spicy hops in the background. A bit of rum soaked raisins as the beer warms up, more fruitiness. Some caramel and molasses as well. Hints of maple syrup and toffee.

Roasted barley and bitter chocolate bitterness but the year of age has mellowed out the bitterness. Earthy hoppiness in the finish. More hop flower flavor. Some caramel crystal malts in the middle. More chocolate as it warms up. Fruity esters in the finish as well, some plum and chocolate covered raisins.

Very smooth, finishes with low carbonation. Low dryness in the finish but enough of it so it doesn't feel too sweet. (784 characters)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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