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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

849 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 849
Hads: 2,967
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 424 | 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: 849 | Hads: 2,967
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) (378 characters)

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. (439 characters)

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. (404 characters)

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. (342 characters)

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.. (801 characters)

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. (688 characters)

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. (535 characters)

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)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.