Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Double StoutDouble Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

842 Reviews
THE BROS
98
world-class

(Read More)
Reviews: 842
Hads: 2,945
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.4%
Wants: 107
Gots: 406 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Double Stout Alström Bros
Reviews: 842 | Hads: 2,945
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: I can find no flaw with how this beer looks. Pours midnight black. Don't even try to look for light sneaking around the edges, it's just not there. Not even direct sunlight can make it through (OK, I used a high-power photography flash just for kicks, and it did manage to bring out a deep, red-brown hue for a microsecond, but that's cheating...) The head was a finger-plus of dense foam the color of espresso crema; it dissipated very slowly, and left lacing all around the glass.

S: Bready, toasted grain is the strongest aroma, followed by tart fruit. Also some coffee, molasses, and a hint of maple syrup.

T: Tangy more than malty from the start, although malty sweetness does show up about halfway through the sip. I detect grapefruit juice, then grapefruit rind. Some coffee, to be sure. Pine sap. Just a hint of fatty acid, but not for long. There's more grapefruit rind, fairly intense in its bitterness, showing up late, and it is rejoined by coffee in the finish.

M: Fairly thick and chewy, but well carbonated. Dryness bordered on astringent at the finish. Boozy notes were marginally present.

O: Perfect in appearance, good in taste. The dryness & bitterness of the finish were a little more than I'd have liked, but a very good brew all in all. (1,267 characters)

Photo of tony223366
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic and perfect head. My pour got 3 fingers of tan, tight head. Very dramatic and beautiful. Color is black as a starless night. Which is appropriate because they call it a Black Ale. Whatever that means. Dramatic fluffy lacing adds to the image.

S: Huge, huge coffee notes with some dark chocolate. Nice clean hop aroma that comes off slightly earthy. Possibly even tobacco. Nice roasted aroma.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the coffee, followed by that chocolate. The malts in this beer are huge and rich. Man that coffee is strong, very much a rich french roast. Nice roasted qualities in this beer. There is actually a major bitterness in the finish. It seems almost entirely from the roast of the malts, the bitterness from that coffee is almost slightly acrid. But not quite. Still very tasty.

M: The only part that feels slightly subpar. Very velvety and almost a light feel to it. Carbonation is very low, slightly lower than it should be. A touch higher would make that strong bitterness not so sharp.

O: Tasty beer for sure. It's above average but falls short of being incredibly note worthy. (1,126 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 TTAmod
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the kings of the west coast IPA brews a double stout...how is it?

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Typical. It's dark...very dark brown with an almost non-existent tan head.

S: Smells of chocolate, espresso, and charred malts.

T: In my opinion, this one is throws a bit too much of the strong coffee and burnt malt. There's an overtone of smokiness, as well, which seems a bit out of place. There are some hops to balance it out on the back end, but it still finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel is good, though. As smooth as can be.

O: The taste doesn't really do it for me, but the rest of the aspects of this beer are pretty good. If you're into the intensely bitter coffee stouts, this one may be worth seeking out. (760 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an undated bomber from around 2007-2008 (they haven't used this old label since that period). Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is inky - very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin layer of dark tan head. Just a little bit of occasional lace. 8.8% ABV isn't that big for an imperial stout these days, and I've seen ones with much higher alcohol content retain a nicer head. That's basically the only strike against this beer. Not a big deal.

Smell is heavenly. The most forward note is dark fruits, like prune and raisin, which is more reminiscent of a quad than a stout. Behind that is burnt sugar, molasses, coffee, milk chocolate and a slight whiff of bourbon.

That very concentrated "inkiness" carries through to the palate. Espresso, dark chocolate, oats and bitter black malts dominate, with a tinge of green raisin and a cool finish that can probably be attributed to the hops and the booze. Nice roasty/bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel starts off thin, but quickly rounds out and becomes velvety with a surprising amount of soft, prickly carbonation, considering this one's age.

Overall, this beer might have seen better days in terms of look and feel, but the flavor is mostly all there. The nose is downright sexy. The beer is not too sweet and finishes rather dry. It would probably make for a nice complement to a really rich, sweet desert like cheesecake. (1,384 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Stout poured a pitch black with a substantial tan head. The aroma was full of roasted malts and maybe a trace of hops. The taste was deep and complex with layers of nuttiness, chocolate and coffee undertones and more of the roasted malt flavor. For such a foreboding brew it had a medium body that I found to be easy to drink despite the full flavor profile that enveloped my palate. This was a great stout that I could drink regularly. (440 characters)

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep space black, with an above average level of carbonation, and a three finger mocha puffy futon of a head that stays put at one like a West Bank settlement. Epic lacing.

S: Salty dark chocolate and watered-down latte lead the way into roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, ashy tobacco, and very faint hops.

T: Bitter chocolate, coffee beans, saltwater, and tobacco. Has a grassy, hoppy finish.

M: I actually really enjoy the heavier-than-normal carbonation on this AIS. Slightly viscous as it should be. Dry finish. (533 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +10%

This is a very well made stout. Very smooth a full bodied, with a good coffee bitterness that lingers in your mouth well after the sip. Close overall to FBS. (159 characters)

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

A: black with a 1+ finger creamt tan head. nice lacing coats the glass

S: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts with hints of both dark fruit and oatmeal

T: bitter coffee buffeted by dark chocolate, vanilla. as it warms alcohol becomes mildly present

M: velvety smooth and creamy. starts a bit sweet but ends with a slight bitterness. dryish

D: very good. will have again. (371 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a beer mug. Thick black liquid covered with a nice tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: smells like brownies are in the oven. Hints of hop aroma and alcohol. Heavenly.

T: rich chocolate fudge gives way to bitter cocoa & coffee, then finishes with a complex mix of bitter and floral hops.

M: moderate to thick feel lingers pleasantly on the palate, although the drying effect of the alcohol is also felt loud & clear in the rest of the mouth. Lovely sensation despite the utter lack of carbonation.

D: at 8.8% ABV I wouldn't expect to drink these all night, but I've had stronger Imperials where the alcohol was better hidden. Still, I'm left /wanting/ more even if I know better :) (710 characters)

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

Pours black with 1 finger tan head.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and maybe a little bit of dark fruits.

Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, moderate (hop?) bitterness. Very slight hint of the alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and just right for an 8.8% double/imperial stout.

Overall a good stout that I would not turn down if offered. (367 characters)

Photo of haddon
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on-tap at Pazzo's in Lexington, KY.

The beer pours black in color with an impressive mocha head. Can't get a real feel for the appearance since it came in a cold pint glass from a bar.

Intense roasted malt and coffee aromas to this. Plenty of dark chocolate aromas. hint of smoke & licorice. sweet notes as well.. perhaps brown sugar.

The roasted malt flavor is powerful with a hop note. Strong coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a bit of licorice. Lots of sweet milk chocolate on the end. This is exactly what I've been looking for in a stout... strong on the malts & hops that doesn't crowd out the sweet notes. Perfect!

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Interesting that it wasn't fuller considering the ABV & all the flavors going on.

O: An outstanding stout. perhaps my favorite to date. Green Flash is a strong brewery that keeps kicking out great beers. (878 characters)

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

Black. Opaque. Brown head. Smell and taste of roasted goodness. Malt, chocolate, and coffee. I love every bit of this, from the pour to the bitter aftertaste. I will get it again. (179 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a stout glass, my 4th Green Flash review. The color is a dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate color head. The smell and taste is full of roasted malts. Some slight mocha flavor as well. The mouthfeel is a little harsher than I'd expect, more carbonation than I'd expect but not too bad. Overall, everything you're looking for in a double stout. (372 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bomber into a snifter at cellar temperature.

Double Stout has a beautiful three-finger, light brown, rich, creamy head which has great retention. The bottle calls this a "black ale," and it is indeed black as night.

It smells like vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. O, the chocolate! Loads of both milk and dark chocolate! An excellent little whiff of coffee as well. I think there may also be a hint of tart dark fruits in here too... maybe raisins and cherries?

The taste has everything the aroma has and more! Chocolate takes the spotlight once again (oh, joy!). Then I get a fantastic earthy bitterness in the finish. This one takes my most favorite traits of imperial stouts and amplifies them with great success.

Regarding mouthfeel, the carbonation is fairly low, with a creamy and silky smooth body that goes down really nicely.

It's kind of like a brownie in beer form. Killer. (904 characters)

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

pitch black with a nice 1.5 finger dark tan slightly frothy head, medium lacing and retention

nice roasted malt aroma with oats, little nutty, there is something else in there that i can't pick out.
(smell really opened up at it warmed up)

the roasted malts really stand out here but it's a very pleasant taste not to overpowering. molasses, oats, a spice kind of witch i'm thinking is from coffee.
(flavors really opened up as-well as it warmed up a tad)

full bodied, lightly carbonated, slightly vicious and smooth.

really enjoyed this drank it through the count down at new years, so i ended 2011 as started 2012 with it. (630 characters)

Photo of Biggness
4.23/5  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. (465 characters)

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

Pours a dark motor oil body with a wonderful mocha/espresso, brown sugar colored head that is very thick. Looks great.

Espresso and deep dark dark chockate dominate the nose with slight notes of dark fruits. Espresso truly overrules all the other smells.

The coffee taste follows through immediately at the front of the mouth while a smooth dark chocolate taste follows bringing up the finish in a velvety like fashion. Not to heavy and drinks really well. Reminds me of stout trooper from NEBCO. (500 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

solid entry in this category. thick head dies down to thin ring around glass edge. lacing is a bit weak, i'd expect more from this. nose is not very prominent, not bad, just not much there. taste when chilled is bitter-ish chocolate and hint of coffee, but has sweetness as well. nicely balanced. as it warms, coffee is more pronounced. mouthfeel starts out very nice, a bit chewy, i like it. thins a bit when warm, a bit of booziness becomes apparent. too bad, it hides its abv well at first. would purchase again, though a bit pricey at $11 for 4, i'd say still a solid buy. (576 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a snifter

Pour is pitch black with 1/2 finger of thin kaki head that fades quickly leaving light lace in the glass

Smell rich roasted malts with Carmel notes. No hop presence in the nose. Aroma is the strength of the beer for me

Taste follows well with chocolate and roasted Carmel malt. I get some generic nuttiness with the chocolate sweetness at well

Feel is weak for me. Flavors are faint and don't last on the palate. I like my stouts to be thick and this is not. Consistency reminds me more of a porter.
Overall a solid beer in the nose that leaves a bit to be had in the taste. (608 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Produced a 2.5 finger beige head. Beer color is an ultra dark brown.
The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and caramel.
The taste is similar, but with a light pine hop bitterness. Heavy mouth-feel, and low carbonation.
Delicious! Smooth, and the high abv isn't noticable in the taste. (295 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pitch-black with a huge fluffy coffee-colored head that sticks around well and leaves behind beautiful lacing on the glass. Pretty much the perfect stout pour.

S: Surprisingly, lots of hops for a big stout like this. Also, some dark fruits, licorice, a bit of coffee and chocolate.

T/M: Sweet, smooth chocolate and licorice up front, followed by somewhat more bitter coffee and subdued hoppy flavors. Rich and flavorful. Slightly thin body for a stout, just moderate.

O: A pretty good double stout with plenty of nice coffee and chocolate flavor. (552 characters)

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter glass. No freshness date, but at 8.8%ABV, this brew has one hell of a shelf life.

Deep jet black pour. You couldn't see through this brew even with x-ray vision. Decent head, with some nice lacing on the glass.

A huge roasted malt character simply dominates this brew, with hints of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, hint of vanilla and a bite from the hops all taking a back seat. Black burnt, coffee is in charge from beginning to end. Slight sourness in the after taste. Nice tingling of the hops at the end, as this beer is never really sweet to begin with, but the hops do a nice job of scrubbing the palate leaving you wanting to take another sip.

One of the least sweet stouts I have ever had, as the roasted malt character simply doesn't allow any sweet malt character to really shine through. Hovering just shy of 9%ABV, you would expect some alcohol in the taste, but there is simply is none. Hop bitterness is definitely stronger than your average stout, defining this an American interpretation of the style all the way. If you are after a big, kick ass Americanized Stout, look no further than this beer. (1,167 characters)

Photo of MisterE
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Four-pack of short 12 oz. bottles at Ward's for $9.99

A: pour produces a thick, dark tan, foamy, 2-finger head that holds on for the duration - beer is pitch black

S: the nose is all malt and very clean, without much change as it warms

T: burnt malt and dark chocolate with a pronounced hop finish, but not boozy at all

M: medium to full mouthfeel with solid but not excessive carbonation

O: very pleasant balance, but not remarkable

This is not really an Imperial Stout, but a Black Ale (black IPA). (506 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)

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.