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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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857 Reviews

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Reviews: 857
Hads: 3,017
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 119
Gots: 444 | 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: 3,017
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with creamy cola brown head.
Lovely aroma of chocolate cream pie, dried fruit and boozy toffee. Nice citrus hop nose too. The real winner with this one is the aroma.
Deep chocolate first sip, nice bitterness. Full bodied Double Stout with big flavor. Bitter and roasty mouthfeel finishing dry, with a slight twinge of 8.8%. Very drinkable and very well balanced. Methinks Green Flash can do no wrong.

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Photo of farrago
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black and I mean jet black, like a brick of onyx. Pours an agitated two-finger head of dark brown froth, mixed of bubbles large and small, lacing mostly larger bubbles and slides off quickly. Gargantuan melted chocolate and cappuccino coffee driven nose, after that very similar toffee and butterscotch accents, hint of cherry or blackberry fruit, no hops discerned, you'll either say it has purity of purpose or is monochrome. Very full-bodied, grips the tongue like a vise, while slow to move you sense it's a choice, not because it's not capable. Tastes like three slices of German chocolate cake washed down with cafe con leche. Grape, cherry, apricot, plum fruit, much variety in this department. Roasty and toasty more than bitter, you pucker nonetheless. Consistently becomes drier through the mid-palate, suggesting the hops having more textural effect than flavor-wise. Not really "chewy" since it resists chewing on it. There's a sense of accomplishment when the glass is finally empty.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bomber. Good chocolate and secondary roast and coffee in aroma. Pours black with above average carbonation and above average mouthfeel. Roasted flavour builds up over repeated glasses. Flavour is not too chocolate. A bomber is a lot to drink.Balanced.

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

22oz bottle. Brownish black pour. Brown head, long lasting, but no real lacing to speak of. Great aromas. Mocha coffee and burnt malts. Taste is the same strong coffee, slight mocha and a little bit bitter with alcohol in the finish. Very full body. Improves as it warms a little also. Very nice finishing, undervalued example of the style. Worth seeking out for a try.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a India ink black with a huge 3 inch dark beige head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing as the head recedes down the glass. The aroma is, well, rather stouty. Nothing spectacular. There are definite notes of dark chocolate and strong coffee. There are definite notes of ruff graininess. The taste follows suit but less spectacularly. The flavor is dark chocolate and coffee. Nothing really exciting or provoking. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy leaving a coating of dark chocolate on the palate. This in my opinion is really just an average Imperial Stout. Its good, but its nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary. It's the basics of what any good tasting stout is. No more, no less.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: A real deep black color with a light brown off white one finger head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Dark and roasty with hints of chocolate, coffee and a nice hop kick.

T: Flavors of roasted coffee start off which quickly turn to a deep creamy chocolate flavor. One other reveiwer nailed it perfectly when he said chocolate milk shake. Sweeet and creamy. Finish comes back to the roasted flavors with a nice floral hop kick. A very nice balance with the roasted flavors and the hops.

M: Very thick and coating, but also dry. Different for sure because the hops makes the mouthfeel dryer than it really is. A bit of alcohol is detected.

D: Medium. One bomber was enough for me.

Overall a solid stout done the Green Flash way. I am very happy I tried it. They keep making very good/great beers. Congrats.

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright neon orange label. On this neon orange label is a beautiful San Diego sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Wait a minute! Instead of having the sun coming over the horizon, they have a big green flash instead. To the immediate left and right of the sunrise are hop buds and barley stocks. Below the picture in big bold black letters is the word "Stout." Then just below that in flea sized letters is a heft paragraph about the beer and the brewmaster's signature. On the outer edges of the label is all the mandatory US information. No back label or even some kind of stamped best before date or vintage year.

Appearance: I decided to pour this big Double Stout into my Imperial Sly Fox pint glass. You have no idea how black this beer truly is. I could use the term "black as oil," but that would be an understatement for the true blackness of this beer. Imagine a world engulfed in utter blackness. Got it? Good because that's how black this beer is. Sitting on top of this insanely black beer was a 1 inch creamy dark mocha colored head of foam. This mocha head of foam had really good retention that left behind a long lasting 1/4 of an inch mocha film, a few spots of lace, and one big mocha streak of lace that only appeared on one side of the glass. If you like staring into pitch blackness, then you really need to share into the color of this beer. It's a match made in heaven or hell.

Smell: I knew it was going to have a potent aroma. As soon as I popped the cap, I got a strong whiff of cocoa beans and black coffee. The aroma was so black that it completely kicked what little sweetness there would have been in this beer. Not the most complex dark roasted aroma out there. There were only 3 roasted aromas in here. The aroma was dark and roasted with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate. If there was one dark roasted aroma that stood out, it would have to be the dark roasted coffee beans. I liked the dark roasted aromas in here, but I would have liked a little more of a variety. It was just the 3 and that was it. Nothing more emerged when it was swirled around. I have a gut feeling that this dark roasted aroma will transfer over to the taste.

Taste: did the dark roasted aroma transfer over to the taste? You know it did or it wouldn't have been called a Double Stout. In the beginning, it felt like I was drinking a heavily roasted black coffee and not a thick roasted beer. In about 5 to 10 seconds, the roasted coffee flavor dies down to let other flavors come in to join it. After the roasted coffee beans die down, in comes a hint of dark roasted malts, plenty of bitter dark chocolate, a few dark fruits, and then this roasted beer finishes up with some lightly bitter roasted hops. The taste was basically roasted coffee in the beginning, chocolate milk shake in the middle, and roasted hops at the finish line. What I couldn't understand about the taste was were in the hell was the alcohol? You'd think a 8.8% ABV Stout would have a little touch of alcohol in it, but it clearly didn't have any of that alcohol. Good! It didn't need it! There were enough roasted flavors in here to keep me entertained!

Mouthfeel: It was a dark, thick, chewy, and full bodied Double Stout with a low level of carbonation, and a chewy dark roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was chewy with dark roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, a splash of bitter dark chocolate, and a pinch of bitter roasted hops. With all the roasted flavors contained in the aftertaste, this aftertaste doesn't linger on. It's gone with in 6 seconds. I still have to give this beer props for completely masking it's high 8.8% ABV. The best of luck to you on finding any of that alcohol. It's hard to come by.

Drinkability: In the end, this a great dark roasted Double Stout from Green Flash. If you like staring into complete darkness while drinking a beer that's a cross between a black roasted coffee and a chocolate milk shake, then this is your Stout! What it lacked in the aroma, it made up for it in the appearance and the mouthfeel. For me, I wouldn't mind another one of these. It's easily affordable and it's full of dark roasted goodness.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chunky full inch of head sits atop this beer, like newly fallen snow atop a solid rock of granite, leaving thick and bubbly lace behind. Lightly malty on the nose, with just a touch of sweetness as you inhale for your first drink.

Smooth with an exceptional mouthfeel, the malts lie heavy on the tnogue, with a bitter touch of tannins on the very end, lasting for a number of minutes afterwards. The malts though override any other flavors that may be present - all malts, not much else.

Still good for a once-in-a-while infusion of "heavy."

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/16/08. Bottle. Pours black with a luscious thick brown head the color of a chocolate milkshake. Aroma of rich sweet malt, roast, and coffee. Flavor of nice coffee and roast with some wheaty, bitter hops in the finish. Nice stout, approaching an imperial stout with its strong mouthfeel. Rich, not particularly flavorful, but still a good drink.
7/5/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks beautiful with a nice large head and extremely black. The beer barely had any nose to it. I am really disappointed that it had a SLIGHT bit of a caramel and that's it. The flavours that came out are roasty malts, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, some bitterness, and a fruitiness that was the biggest flavour. A bit too fruity for me, but still tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it's okay. It's decently drinkable as well.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a jet back with big tan head and good sticky lacing. Nose of burnt malts, chocolate, coffee and ripe fruit. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is much the same as the nose, with additional coffee and some brown sugar notes. Nice dry bitter finish. For beer this robust it was quite easy to drink. The subtitle on the bottle which says Double Stout is due to its 8.8% ABV value.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, nice leg.

S: Black strap molasses, bakers chocolate, coffee, alcohol/sherry.

T: Coffee, black strap molasses, earthy mineral, burnt caramel, slight fruity ester, alcohol forward.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with a slight acidity and an off-dry finish.

D: A warming sipper.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured at cellar temp into my brandy snifter.

A: Poured almost jet black into my snifter. A nice creamy tan head, almost 2 fingers. Damn, it looks good in that snifter. Head lowers slightly, but sticks around. Sticky lacing.

S: A mixture of milk/dark chocolate in the nose. Also some dark roast coffee and dark malty goodness. I'm also picking up a slight hint of hops in there. Alot going on in this one.

T: Whoa...yum! Chocoaltey, coffee goodness. Nice dark malts as well. Slight hops in the back. Man, this is tasty.

M: Nice thickness, very creamy. Chewy and viscous. This has a fantastic mouthfeel.

D: 8.8%? Could've fooled me. The alcohol is well hidden. Goes down so smooth. Absolutely sinful. If I had access to this it would always be in my fridge. Fantastic impy stout. Love the Flash..

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

Immense, dimpled oatmeal head. Color is so dark brown that it's a cousin of black. Opaque but shiny, like the exterior of a bowling ball. Wispy tan lace.

The smell is heavily roasted coffee and mocha malts; nearly burnt but not quite. Dark & semi-sweet chocolates. Milk chicolate with agitation. Mild coffee and chocolate.

The taste is sweet and bitter both. Mild mocha coffee and light semi-sweet chocolate. Good bitter/sweet balance. Really nice; bitter at first, them milky sweet. Excellent balance.

The feel is milky and creamy. Really smooht. A "wet" stout for sure. Overall, this is more like a proter. A little bit of sweet chocolate, a tad of bitter coffee. Perfectly balanced.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Prototypic, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black with a fluffy smallish mocha head. Leaves a bit of lace on the sides on the way down the hatch. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, slight spicy hop in the background. As it warms I get some dried fruits as well. Taste is chocolate followed by some hop bite finishing with some roast and hops that linger in the palette for a while. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, thick body, light carbonation. Great stout, very creamy roasty chocolaty. Send more.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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

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