Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,912
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 106
Gots: 389 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 2,912 | Reviews: 851
Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle for $3 in Monterey, CA. Heck of a nightcap beer. It poured pitch black with a thick, light brown head and lacing. It's a big, rich (not too heavy) chocolate-y stout, that when cold, reminded me of cocoa and chocolate milk. As it warmed, cleaner, roasty and dark bread crust notes came forward with hints of espresso and dark, dry, smoky chocolate. The finish comes out dry after an initially sweet and creamy cocoa note. My only knock is that the alcohol quickly becomes apparent in the nose. I'd be happy to pick up a few more bottles and try aging them.

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Strange pop of the cap!

A nice light milk chocolate head with creamy consistency, with a solid dark walnut black/brown color. Holds real well and leaves real nice looking whisks of head brown on top. Looks great. Also some leopard like lacing nice and spotty.

Nose is nice light malty roast. Nice sense of ripping roasted grain. Moves from chocolate to Nutty back and forth very nice.

Taste is a little boozy, but palate is filled with a dark roasting malt. Gravy and carbon fills the palate, aftertaste goes to a coffee angle. Slightly hoppy bitter in the finish as well. Texture has some wet sensation but not entirely. Some expressive carbonation is but very tolerable. Some mild sense of licorice as well.

Overall a very impressive palate, if somewhat all over the place. Very tasty they did well.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Russ for sharing this bottle. Pours black with a nice head and some lacing. Roasty and malty on the nose, with a fair hit of licorice. The taste is solid with more roasted grain notes and lots of dry licorice flavors, with some sweetness at the end, while the roasted notes continue throughout. Smooth and firm in the mouth. A well made stout, and I enjoyed it well enough, but I can't say it really possesses anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pitch black body that has a bit of transparency as it pours. Small tan head with good lacing. Nondescript, but good looking stout.

Smell - Wow, it smells good. Chocolate and coffee aromas with some slightly fruity aromas in the back. I swear I smell a hint of bourbon, but there's no bourbon in this. Maybe it's just some booze I smell.

Taste - A wonderful flavor, as well. Chocolate with a slight sweetness to balance a coffee bitterness. Roasted malt flavors and again, bourbon! Not strong, but I swear it's there. It finishes with a slightly grassy and earth hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - I wish it were thicker. It finishes pretty dry, in fact. It leaves me with the bitterness only and none of the good flavors.

Overall - I'm very impressed by this beer. I'm also impressed by how long in alcohol it is for how flavorful it is. I've been sitting on this bottle for nearly a year. Glad I opened it.

Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, opaque black with a small, tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and velvetty collar. Scattered spots of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is espresso, vanilla, bitter cocoa, and brown sugar.
Flavors are of the mentioned aromas with some bitter cocoa, ripe fruit, raisins, coffee, and creamy vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, fruity, with balanced cocoa, fruit, raisins, and espresso mixed with cream all in a smooth, luscious finish.

Photo of Lare453
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a dfh glass

a black as the night. small foamy light brown head. some decent lacing, little head retention.

s very malty, fresh milled grains, bitter chocolate, light coffee, toffee, light caramel.

t very light brginning. a dry malt middle with a bitter and dry doffee and malt ending. there are notes of caramel, raw cocoa and bits of bitter chocolate.

m smooth and creamy. light fluffy carbonation.

o pretty good. an inexpensive, easy to find stout i would drink again. the thing that most impresses me is that a 9% has no booze flavor or scent at all. excellent.

Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says clearly it is 8.8% ABV.

Light proof black colored beer with a good brown colored beer.

Sweet and bitter chocolate with a strong floral hop aroma. Trace of carrot aroma and faint Kahlúa liqueur. As it warms the chocolate just gets stronger.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a strong coffee flavor and a good taste of smoke. Really good chocolate and roasted malt flavor lasts all the way through.

Mouthfeel is good.

About as easy drinking as Double stout gets period. Taste wise this could pass for a milk stout. Alcohol is completely hidden and it has no rough edges at all.

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/6/2011

On tap at Green Flash.

A: Black in the glass, with a huge foamy dark brown head. Retention is excellent and there is a lot of lacing left behind.

S: Pronounced dark chocolate with licorice and black strap molasses. Coffee is well integrated and there's an earthy roasted quality. No evident alcohol.

T: Lightly sweet with a moderate earthy bitterness. Lots of dark chocolate balanced by roast, coffee, and molasses. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. The finish is smooth.

M: Full body with an upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and sticky.

Overall: A really nice Imperial Stout. Robust and balanced.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slow and sluggish dark dark brown, like an Imperial Stout should pour. Head was average and dark brown. Nose was roasted, coffee and chocolate but not that promising. Taste followed the nose and mouthfeel was good. taste better as it warmed to room temp. Drakes Imperial was a slightly better choice but along the same flavor, pour and smell but Green Flash was missing the deeper chocolate notes.

Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a short 12 FL. Oz. brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in GuldenDraak’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. The beer label states “Double Stout” – “Black Ale”, which I guess means to suggest that this beer follows no specific style… hence a “Black Ale”?

A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a very thick and frothy dark khaki head with good retention, while the carbonation level looks decent, constant but mild.
S: the aroma has upfront lightly metallic elements to pair with black malts, jammy dates, sweet vanilla, chocolate-coated coffee beans, light acidity and lively overripe pear-ish fruit esters; given a good swirl, a deep yet also 3 dimensional gristy and nutty dark maltiness with a pleasant touch of sweetness chime in, along with random notes as of leather, oat, crushed hazelnut, dark-coloured honey and even (faintly) musk fragrance.
T: smoothly carbonated, the entry shows again a little metallic edge on the side of the rather deep-flavoured, silky-smooth and not-at-all heavy gristy mixture of darker malts (presumably oat has rendered the extra smooth palate over here!); black stone-fruits and hop bitterness retreat to the place of the second fiddle, showing retrained undertones of coffee, bitter herbs, damson fruits, burned nuts, and earthy hints of English hops, before the flavour ends with a subtly spicy and mildly acidic note which lingers well in the aromatically malty finish.
M&O: the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, rounded, not heavy at any time, the flavour profile is sound and balanced, not like one’s usual super-charged hop bomb even in the guise of a huge wizardry black robe. Have I mentioned alcohol, by the way? If not, then it is because it’s just hidden too well… All in all, this is a delicious strong stout not in one’s “Imperial” fashion in any sense, but a rather balanced and approachable one.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive in this one, with some milk chocolate, light coffee and some underlying vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but delivers more complexity than I was expecting. I pick up some nice licorice, with some dark chocolate, more coffee and a hint of leather and tobacco. The sweetness is not overdone with this one, and drinkability is quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, fairly smooth finish.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this is a very solid beer from the folks at Green Flash.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black, brown coloring with a thick, dense, foamy, light brown head that sits a solid inch and a half atop the brew. Clings to the glass as the head slowly recedes, and the beer has strong coffee aromas. The coffee smells are blended with a dark chocolate aroma, as well as a roasty character. Flavors are very rich, with a good blast of bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee, evenly blended and overly bitter, with a slight char and dark fruit sweetness (currant) at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is more of the roasty qualities, with a kiss of the dark cocoa. Smooth body, but remaining somewhat light to allow more ease of drinking. The finish is bitter and slightly boozey, giving a somewhat drying, astringent feel, albeit for a fuller beer such as a stout. Good beer.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothybtan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts and smooth chocolate.

The taste consisted of chocolate malts, dry coffee and a touch of lactose.

The mouthfeel was full with a semi dry finish.

Overall a full flavored user friendly double stout.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, lots of nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is big and malty, dark chocolates hit next, with some slight bitterness. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well with this brew. Very drinkable, a joy to drink, Thanks Joe.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/2/11

A: Black as night. A massive three finger head on a standard, everyday pour - wow! This leads to rich an tantilizing layer of lacing which coats the interior of the glass.

S: Dark roast coffee and chocolate, with a minor, faint trace of mint.

T: Hints of powdered sugar up front. It doesn't last long though, as a grassy and earthy quality from the chocolate malt powers through. It all finishes like a freshly brewed pot of diner coffee at 2am. This is a really delicious and complex brew.

M: Extremely viscous. This is exactly what I look for in an ADIS. It's creamy, thick and properly carbonated. One of the many highlights of the beer.

O: What an amazing beer. This is one of the hidden gems within the ADIS style. It really deserve more recognition and love, though I'm sure I wouldn't be able to find it on the shelves if it did.

Two big thumbs up for Green Flash. Seek this one out.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bier Thirty Thursday night.. poured into my small Cigar City goblet... pitch black brew with a nice looking dark brown head that sports great lacing and okay retention.

Roasty malt and some mild coffee... enough mild maltiness to help carry the dark malts.. a bit of dark cherry essence to add to the complexities..

Dry dark bittersweet cocoa... roasty and a good dark profile midpalate shows with some decent sweetness... pretty rich.. finishes with a bit of brownie batter essence and dark fruits.. a bit of spicy hops with warmth, but the hops are definitely subdued for a Pacific stout...

Medium body... not quite thick enough for the style IMO... but carbonation is about right...

4/4/4/3.5/4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with half a finger of espresso coloured head. Left some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts and coffee up front with some bitter hops in the background.

T - Nice roasted malt flavour with dark roasted coffee and chocoalte. Slightly bitter on the finish. No noticeable alcohol at all.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Very slight chew.

D - A very good double stout. Couldn't detect th e8% ABV at all. This beer is worth some hype and I will definitely buy it again.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Motor oil pour is thick and viscose from the bottle producing a dark mocha tinted head that is frothy and sat a finger high. Retention is moderate, showing a thin spongy ring around the glass edges with a patchy, bubbly covering. Really loved the pour and how viscose it was, slurping out of the bottle with a consistency of liquid bread.

S: Soft aroma of charred chocolate and light roast. Nice mixture but surprisingly refrained from what I would expect from a dark beast that is a double stout.

T: The flavor can best be described as milky roast chocolate. Roasty bitterness, good show of strength of dark coffee grinds. The alcohol of 8.8% is very well concealed thus far. Very clean, smooth flavor, the rating says it best here.

M: milky, full and malty, with bitter roast warming the inner cheeks. Nice lingering of roast stays on the tongue awhile with a light fizzle of carbonation rounds things out.

O: Overall dark, bitter with a well concealed alcohol will no doubt make you keep coming back for more. Black roast and at a higher end of the serving spectrum (56-60F) it only tends to get smoother.

Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top notch appearance: jet black, big fluffy dark tan head that has strong retention; lots of sticky lacing on the glass. They really nailed the beer-milkshake vibe on this one.

Aroma is heavily roasted with lots of bittersweet chocolate notes. Chocolate malts, molasses, anise, brown sugar, a touch of bitter hoppiness beneath.

Quite flavorful; booze is totally hidden here and I really enjoyed the big taste without the excessive alcohol. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses, well mitigated by the roasted notes and hoppy bitterness that keep the sweetness in check for the most part. Again there is moderate anise, coffee, and charred elements to the flavor, but they're subtler and only emerge as the beer warms a bit.

Medium body and carbonation; somewhat lively in the mouth and not particularly thick or heavy. This is an excellent beer; it hits all the right stout flavor notes without clubbing you over the head with booze or a heavy duty feel. A great middle-of-the-road imperial, and not in terms of quality but rather size. 12 oz bottle and affordable price tag don't hurt either.

Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice black body with mahogany tints. Thick, dark khaki head. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Relatively mellow. Chocolate, hint of smoke. Cream.

T - Bitter up front. Cream. Chocolate malted milk balls. Dark chocolate backend.

M - Light body - a bit thin for the style. Otherwise creamy. Sharp char character comes through every now and then. Touch of booze.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewing flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Massive three finger, fine medium brown head that dissipated slowly leaving nice lacing. Looks great. Aroma of spicy roasted malt and dark dry fruit. Somewhat muted, probably because of the thick head. Flavor is sweet dark and roasted malt, dark fruit. Fairly complex and well integrated. Medium bodied with some creaminess. The flavor is a bit subdued compared to other big stouts, but the great dark fruit element is more forward and makes this a pleasant and different stout.

Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,912 ratings.