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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 853
Hads: 2,993
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 114
Gots: 433 | 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: 853 | Hads: 2,993
Photo of abfraser
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours like motor oil, pitch black with a large oatmeal brown head. Thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee. Standard style imperial stout-ish nose

T: Yum. Like a boozy, creamy mocha. Very satistfying

M: Good creamy mouthfeel, but doesn't quite punch on the mid-palate with enough intensity

D: At 8.8% abv, you're not going to be drink too many of these. But it goes down smooth.

A very good imperial stout. I'd put it below the Rasputin, Stone, and some of the other well known imperials, but it holds it own.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice stout. it is good and spicy, robust, roasty, malty --- the color is black. ibus are up. it's a double stout.

pours watery in the glass, struggles up a little foam. but carbonated ok. i get a good deal of bitterness, astringency, this beer doesn't loosen up. it is a good rich strong brew... and has a good roasty malt feel, but not quite as much sweet and soft as i would like. of course, i like it -- leathery, spicy, hoppy stout, with a very toasty background.

i would drink this again, fair enough?

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Photo of estlinska
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased by the bottle (4pack) at Colonial on 3/10/13 and poured into a tulip. Pours the deepest of black with absolutely no light penetration, topped unceremoniously with a dark brown head the color of brown sugar and just the finest of lacing throughout the glass. The smell is all medium roast coffee and sweet milk chocolate with a touch of char to it. Hops are buried almost completely in the malt bill; maybe the faintest of citrus San Diego in there. The taste is a wonderful example of the natural form of a stout, full of that roasty coffee and milk chocolate on the nose, with just a hint of sweet citrus hops and alcohol heat on the back end. Full mouthfeel and maybe a little flat as far as carbonation goes. This is an overall great Imperial Stout, something I really want to try on tap and especially on NITRO; I think it would remarkably improve the beer for a whole new experience.

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Photo of dickieb
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a really nice brown head which leaves some wonderful lacing. The smell is fairly light and mostly of darker roasted malts and some hints of vanilla jumping out at me. The taste has more kick with dark chocolate and the roasted malts being the backbone with a lingering bite from the subtle hopping. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy excellent for the style and it has a nice drinkability to it. Not as good as the IPA's from Green Flash but a solid offering.

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottled on 12/18/12

A: Black with brown head. Very good lacing that sticks to the glass.

S:Mainly semisweet chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee, toast, and vanilla in the background. A bit bigger would be better.

T: Taste follows the nose very closely; mainly semisweet chocolate and roasted malt. Roast approaches a bit of bitterness towards the end similar to coffee with a small hop note. Very solid, but could be a bit bigger.

M: Thick, smooth, low carbonation. Wet.

O: Straightforward imperial stout with good taste and aroma. Bigger would be better, but considering the price this is very good buy.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black opaque and beautiful looking stout. Has nice short beige head poured into stemless wine goblet.
Smell is char, coffee, herbal-piney hops and some dark fruit .
Taste is big char, dark chocolate and toffee bready upfront with bitter hops slamming in mid palate with a long finish and welcome alcohol burn at the end.
Well done , balanced stout . Expected nothing less from GF
Highly recommended

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Photo of Kshock
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown head with low carbination. The beer is jet black and awesome

S- The smell on this stout yields some mild coffee notes, solid amount of roasted malt, and a little chocolate malt swirled in with everthing.

T- Robust to say the least, but not too dominating. It rocks your palate but doesn't destroy it. Lots of roasted malt on the palate, with black malts too. The finish is good, but it has residual flavors that stay with you.

D- This stout is 8.8 ABV, but it drinks very nicely for a beer of such massive flavor, body, and of course alcohol content. As I said above, there are some residual flavors, so if you are not really into big stouts, then you wont be huge on this area of the beer.


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Photo of IPA35
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous dark brown. Pretty big two finger head, thin bubbles and good retention. Good lacing. A pretty beer. Black in the class, very light brown around the edges.

Wow! I did not expect this to be that big considering the relativly low alcohol. I was wrong.

A pretty complex and delightly aroma. Sweet malts, roast, some smokey/woody notes. Dark chocolate and coffee (not very bitter coffee) and some sort of dark fruitiness that I always like in big stouts.

Quite an an "easy" double stout/IRS, quite drinkable and not too extreme on the roast.
It has a light dark fruit component to it, it has roastiness after that comes the coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall a very tasty beer that is well civilised.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Good stuff. Not extremely overpriced here in Europe. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip.

A: Pitch black. Very prominent brown head. Just what it should be.

S: Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasty malt. Very nice.

T: Straight after the nose. Lots of bitter chocolate and roasty malt. Coffee is a small underpinning, just enough to give a earthiness to the finish.

M: Creamy, with a good chewiness. Despite its body it doesn't get tiring. The roasty burnt malt provides a dry bit to the finish.

O: A solid representation of the style, and sets middle of the road between a Russian Imperial and sweeter takes on the stout.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is stamped with 8459 2010.

Pours like motor oil, thick, rich, and deep black brown. The head is a mocha color with hues of orange.

Dark, dry chocolate, burnt sugars, espresso roast, and a

Rich dry dark chocolate and tobacco, hints of leather, and a pronounced coffee finish.

Not as heavy as I expected from the pour, but still a full bodied beer with a nice mellow carbonation.

Nice, tasty, not too bitter and dry, but just right. This is tasty and it hide the nearly 9% ABV very well. Enjoy!

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Photo of tmzl
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with huge, thick (small bubbles), creamy, dark mocha head, it's gorgeous. Leaves some sticky lacing when it goes down, otherwise good, slow, mountainous retention. Top layer that stays is very thick, creamy and leaves some random lacing when you drink. Colour is clear, dark with brown hue (but can't really see through).

Smell: Milk chocolate is the story for this one. Combined with dark fruits (currant), deep roast, medium sweet caramel and light smoke presence. This sweet malt mix is very pleasant, soft, it hugs you like a little child - warm, milky and sweet. Also some light lemon, hey hops with a hint of floral.

Taste: Dark fruits (currant mostly) still there, but tuned down. Milk chocolate still the most dominant. The middle medium sweetness consists mostly with milk chocolate and pleasant lighter roast and light coffee. Ends with medium (mostly roasted and some milk chocolate notes) bitterness and some hop presence, pine and citrus mucus. Stays for a while, gets sharp and slightly unpleasant in the after-taste - quite the opposite from the milky, warm, hugging character in the smell. Alcohol well incorporated, also some light sour and very light metallic notes here and there.

Mouthfeel: Full light-heavy body, creamy but not as smooth as one would hope, carbonation maybe a bit to crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: It's an interesting beer, has it strong points but there are also some things that bother me, the aggressive bitterness ruins the whole image of milky, warm beer that is created in the smell. It starts as a very balanced, smooth, pleasant but then kicks you. Maybe that works for some. Is this the real life?

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First beer of the new year. Review may be a bit biased as I enjoyed a Founders Imperial Stout last night. All other beers will suffer by comparison. Pours thick blackish brown with 1 inch chocolate head into a pint glass. Nice lacing that lingers on the glass. Picked up some burnt coffee aroma, but not much else. Taste is a bit more complex, sweet vanilla, toffee, chocolate flavors. Mouth feel is thinner than most stouts I'm used to (damn you FIS, I'm so jaded now!!).

This really is a decent stout and I probably would have scored higher if this wasn't the first beer I sampled after FIS.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out black with two fingers of fluffy caramel colored head. Very good retention with thick lacing.

S: Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, booze, with a big roasted malt backbone.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, with a hint of bitterness.

M: Heavy body with medium low carbonation. Texture and look is somewhat motor-oily.

O: A very good offering. I wouldn't expect much less from Green Flash. This beer is put together very well and it fires on all cylinders for a great sensory experience.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/6/15. Not meant to age?

Dark roast coffee black with light tan head. Retains pretty well.

Smell is coffee and dark chocolate with some fruit mixed in.

Chocolate flavor up front with sweetness held in check by a bit of hop bitterness. Bakers chocolate and cocoa powder. Sweetness seems to take over as it warms some and a bit of anise is mixed in.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Seems to thin out a bit halfway thru.

Above average imperial stout. Nothing earth shattering but it's flavorful and drinkable. Almost a session stout.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Not a bad price. almost black with a 2 finger medium to deep tan head. Retention is lacking, as is the lacing. Smell shows big time coffee notes. Slight chocolate. Roasty, toasted grains.

Taste shows a bit more chocolate than the nose, but is still a coffee bomb. Alcohol is more noticeable, but makes it nice on a winter night. Tiny bit of hop spice. Full bodied, and fairly viscous. This could work well with some vanilla flavoring.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Very black! Can't see a thing. Poured on the side so almost no head.

S: Not much here except some cracker and oat. Maybe some bitterness.

T: This is pleasant but not super complex as I'd hoped. Malt, toast, oat flakes, char, and tobacco. Got some pretty good flavors. Some of the booze comes through though.

M: Fairly thick but there's a lightness to it, so it's right in the middle. This is a very well-done piece of the beer.

O: Not bad. I may just not be in a stout mood tonight so I'll be as objective as I can be. This beer is pretty awesome. Not the most complex beer you'll ever have, but it is well made for the style. The only thing I didn't like was the booziness, but it wasn't overpowering.

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

Appearance: Black with a dark khaki head…if poured right, there is substantial head…tons of tiny bubbles up there…looks good! (4.5/5)

Smell: Coffee and chocolate dominant…roasted malts mixed in there as well…a very pleasant smelling beer…(4/5)

Taste: Deep Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts…there’s a dark fruit sweetness about this as well…flavor from beginning to end…balanced all around…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Nice and fluffy carbonation forming a creamy chocolate bit of deliciousness…smooth and flavorful, there is a bit of a coffee aftertaste…(4/5)

Overall: I really enjoy this beer…the flavor is impeccable…chocolate, coffee, creamy, sweet, roasted malt…it’s strong but not alcoholly…tons of flavor…it’s the perfect “just got home from work, I want a beer” beer…highly recommended…(4/5)

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother says this is in his top three for stouts. I tried a sip of it that he was drinking and it tasted delicious. Then he let me have a bottle! What a brother! Now I finally get to review this. The only other Green Flash beer I had was their Imperial IPA and oh God was that lovely. I've got high hopes for this one.

I poured this into my Guinness glass and this Double Stout is double dark. It's black and held up to the light I can't see through it at all. The head pours thick but builds slowly its creamy-frothy head that is the color of a dark mocha coffee foam. A good amount of lacing is left around.

This smells so lovely. Roasted coffee and chocolate come out strong here but it doesn't smell like a coffee stout. I usually don't like coffee stouts too much but this coffee smell makes my mouth water. There is some bitterness in there that comes from the coffee but there's an earthy hoppiness in there. I pick up cherries too that adds a bit of sweet aroma. I enjoy just smelling this.

How does this taste? Euphoric. Unbelievable. Delicious. Sinfully good. Honestly, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. My brother was right. I'm having a hard time giving this a 5 out of 5 because, honestly, I don't know what a perfect taste...tastes like, but this is about as good as it can get. This is robust with chocolate. Wow, at first I thought this was heavy on the coffee, in a good way, but now that it has warmed up a bit the chocolate takes the lead. It's dark, cocoay, and a bit sweet. The roasted coffee flavor adds even more deliciousness and some bitterness. I'm getting some dryness, no doubt from some hops. These roasted malts are too luscious, luxurious, and heavenly. This is as good of a stout as I've ever tried. Chocolate/coffee/hop bitterness at the front, sweet and luxurious chocolate in the middle, and a lingering roastiness throughout. I can barely pick up the alcohol. Maybe this is just me, but sometimes I get a weird aftertaste from beers that are too malty and often that comes with stouts. This stout has nothing like that.

You know, I tend to like the heaviest-bodied stouts out there. The heavier the better. But despite Double Stout's intense and lovely flavors it is on the lighter side of a heavy body to me...and I like it. It's not a negative to me. It makes it easy to drink. I feel like I could drink three of these because it tastes so good and isn't too heavy. Even though it's not too full-bodied it doesn't have a watery or thin feel to it at all. Carbonation is medium. This is creamy in overall feel and smooth.

Well, my brother said it was in his top three of stouts and I have to agree. Robust, full flavor while being drinkable yet not a light-bodied stout. The Double Stout is definitely one I'll have to try again and share of its deliciousness with my friends. This is definitely one of the yummiest stouts I've ever had. I just love the flavor. Another great beer from Green Flash!

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first have to say that this beer ages exceptionally well. This is a review of a fresh one, however, the first time I tried it, it was two years old and was unbelieveably rich and delicious. It reminded me of a smooth coffee soda.

A- Pours a solid black with a frothy brown head. Good head retetntion.

S- Coffee is the first smell that hits, but there are also notes of cocoa and caramelized sugar. There is a faint floral hop aroma as well.

T- The flavor of coffee and the bitterness of the hops work very well together. The combination is reminiscent of espresso. There are also fairly prominent notes of cocoa in the taste. Aged, the bitterness of the hops dies down and the flavor becomes much richer. It's almost a completely different beer!

M- It's good, but a little on the thin side.

D- This beer needs to be sipped, however it's still enjoyable and I would certainly not be opposed to popping a second one when I'm done.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date: 5 March 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured softly producing a 2-finger head, quickly dissipates to a thin film with sticky lacing, color is black, head is caramel.

Aroma is very light...too light, smelling just like Custom Brewcrafters Double Dark Cream Porter. Lightly-roasted coffee and chocolate malts. The taste can be described the same except much more intense, with the same coffee and malts, and quite well-balanced!!

Carbonation is light, alcohol is not heavy, roasted malts are heavy on the palate between tastes, yet pleasant. This beer is perfect for long breaks between tastes, as the flavor is large and in charge.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a pitch black with a two finger light bronze colored head that is super creamy and leaves super dense lacing. Beautiful appearance!

Nose: Chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, cream, light cinnamon.

Taste: Roast, sweet, honey, booze heat, milk chocolate, noticeable acidity.

Moderate carbonation with a light presence on the tongue relative to the style. Great flavors but not all that well-rounded. Would drink again but there are plenty of other beers that are better for this style.

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

Appearance: A black brew with a rich fawn head of one finger that quickly dissipates. The foam produces fair to good lacing. It's a lovely looking beer.

Smell: Aromas of toffee, coffee, chocloate, and licorice. Thers's plenty great things going on with the smell of this beer.

Taste: Roasted and dark malt flavors highlight the taste of this beer. The loads of malt are balanced with plenty of floral elements and bitternes from the hops. In short, a balanced brew that's very earthy as it dances across the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, and silk-like.

Drinkability: A very tasty beer that will warm your winter night. You'll be looking for more.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber size (22 oz) into an arrogant bastard pint glass. After cracking it I took a whif straight from the bottle and it smelled awesome, bottom line it spoke its name. After pouring the look of it was exactly as I would expect, black. It was already dark in the room but it did seem to me to be a somehow impossibly miniscule lighter amount of black than some other imperial stouts I've had. The head was off-tan reddish which I love to see, it always seems to be one of the trademarks of a solid cappuccino flavored stout. After tasting, the smell and the look of the beer had already defined the flavor of this brew, no surprises in that. Roasted malt and whatever hops they threw in give it a SOLID coffee flavoring, like the dark roasted kind of coffee that I love to drink, bold and in your face. This is balanced with a sweetness that comes in very smoothly and to me remains very camouflaged and in the background of the flavoring. The finish has a little carbonation which brings out the initial flavors even more which again is balanced well with the sweetness in the beer. Definitely a recommendable beer, I mean there are others out there which are better so I can't say this is a must have but seriously if you get a chance try this bad boy!

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

A: Jet black with a very thin brown head. Very appropriate for the style and ABV combination

M: Nice and rich sweetness coming off of the top that somewhat covers up a roasted character from the malt on the backend.

T: Big bolt roasted flavor that has a decent amount of bitterness at the end to counteract the sweet smell. I would prefer a little less bitterness at the end, its a little too harsh.

M: Very smooth and creamy on the forefront. The carbonation is at a perfect level for the style and ABV combination.

O: Very impressed with this beer. I've had some of GFB's other lighter beers that were good, but this one ranks above all of those bar far. Nicely done.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- pours black as night with motor oil consistency. A cappuccino-colored head fades quickly leaving no lacing behind. A thick film is left in the track of each sip.

S- licorice, vanilla, molasses, and coffee

T- licorice takes center stage with dark cherry, toasted almond, and molasses lingering in the background.

M- only slightly thicker than most stouts. There is more carbonation than the complete lack of head led me to expect.

O- Different from any stout I have tried before. It seems as though this would age incredibly well. Thanks to KMatlack for the awesome trade!

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.