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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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 cradke
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and viscous with a thick fine black head. To head was perfect on this guy.

Smell: Lots of malt, some dark bread notes. A little bit of espresso and brown sugar.

Taste: mmm. Perfect sweetness. Good malt and chocolate notes. Some vanilla is sneaking through. A good punch with the alcohol that is done nicely. Ends with a nice aftertaste and some lingering dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel; Good carbonation. Plays well with the other elements of the beer.

Overall: I got this as an extra and I was really impressed with this. Seriously one of the best non BA stouts i've had in a while. There is a great chocolate and espresso combination and the alchohol level is spot on.

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by employee of Derby Street Wine & Spirits in Hingham, MA. Glad it was suggested to me. Pours a dark brown, excellent nose, but the taste puts this Green Flash offering in the top 10% of all stouts. Great malty presence with a deep undercarriage of flavors without any of the the alcohol burn. Overall, a superior stout.

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Photo of mbunje
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pouted into a tulip glass.

A - deep dark brown/black color. Head is medium to small, but seems a very dense, rich, color. Looks like a quintuppel espresso in my glass.

S - Smoky roasted malts and chocolate. Hint of estery booze.

T - Bitter chocolate

MF - Nice substance, but could use a bit thicker body.

D - at $5 for a bomber...very economical for a world class Imperial Stout.

Not as good as Stone IRS or Great Divide yeti...but definitely up there. Most appealing is the smell. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. I have had on draught and the MF is beter. Excellent beer. GF does it again!

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

Beautiful appearance, nearly completely black with lacing throughout. A little thinner than I thought it would be, giving the appearance. Taste reminds me of dark fruit, maybe dates or raisins, with nice smokiness underneath. Would definitely try again.

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

Poured from a growler picked up from Bierkraft into a snifter. Nice two finger dark tan head with a chocolate brown body. The smell is perfect, thought not overly complex - toasted oat, baker's chocolate, tiny bit of coffee bean. Taking a sip, the first thing I think it "smooth." Quite a bit lighter than some of the monsters out there in the style and finishes quite dry. The flavors are fairly tame - roasty barley, a hint of some prune, a healthy dose of bittersweet chocolate and nutty coffee, and just the faintest alcoholic burn to let you know its got some oomph. Hops pipe up just as the chocolate malt bitterness rears its toasty head. Again, so dry its all wiped away in a couple seconds.

This isn't one of those holy grail hype hounds, just a nice solid go-to imperial stout. Hope to see it around more often.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Double Stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 56 degrees.

It pours a nice dark brown/black with a tan head and some moderate lacing.

I disagree with some of the other postings. Perhaps at a higher temp this stout opens up and offers more in both the nose and taste. But the nose is roasty and malty with a hint of espresso, and a nice underlying floral hops note as well.

The taste is malty sweet with some chocolate and espresso notes as well. I did not get any boozy characteristics at all. Very nice and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. Chewier then anticipated at the pour but nice and smooth and not too carbonated which is a plus.

Overall, a very nice stout that I would certainly reccomend and will be going back for more. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

ADJUSTMENT made on 11/18/2015: I really liked the taste and mouth-feel this time. Upping those ratings, and the overall.

ADJUSTMENT made on 10/21/2015: I am lowering the rating after having had it recently and not being as impressed as with the last one I had.

12OZ, Best By 10/1/2015 (I believe I bought this sometime in later winter of this year, so my guess is it has at least 6 months of age on it).

Pours inky black, with a thick, light caramel-colored head that lasts nearly a minute, with bubbles both large and small; nice lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and perhaps some booze. Lots going on in the flavor: chocolate, coffee, and perhaps even port wine (?) with a dry finish (ADJUSTMENT made on 11/18/2015: licorice mid palete, with lots of molasses on the finish; in many ways, it felt like I was drinking bread; I loved it).

I really like this beer. I drank this once when I bought it, yet I don't remember it being this good; perhaps, I am simply paying more attention this time, but my guess is this beer has changed, and for the better. This is a great Imperial stout, especially for the price point of $8-9 a four pack. I plan to buy more to keep on hand, and I look forward to continuing to see how it ages (though at only 8.8% my guess is it won't benefit from age too much longer).

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Photo of challenja
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This is one hell of a dark beer, light barely shone through when put up to the basement lights. Dark Dark chocolate with a beautiful milk chocolate brown head.

S: It's not an intense smelling stout but whiffs of Nice roasted malt, midwestern roast coffee, bitter chocolate, anise, and alcohol remnants pierce through.

T: A really solid good tasting stout, nothing mindblowing here but you have the usual roasted malt, bitter milk chocolate, midwestern roast coffee, lemon zest with a light shot of grain alcohol cutting through a nice hop punch finish.

M: This stout has an amazing creamy mouthful like a well done milk stout without being too creamy or way too thin like most crap stouts. Medium to full bodied; a really nice medium carbonation on this one. This is a Stout worth sharing.

O: Another winner from Green Flash, a bit more milky then Founders Breakfast Stout, but still a little lacking in complexity that would bring this stout as a must buy for any serious Stout lover. Still worth the buy, but not the loyalty of must have Stout in stock.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BlazerT
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pitch blacj with big, light brownish, densed head. Medium lasting. Average lacing. The nice aromas of roasted malts - dark, bitter chocolate and coffee. Also you can experience nice touch of toffee and earthy notes. Taste is medium bitter, toffee, chocolate with some liquorice and vanilla. In general taste is semi-sweet. Full body, oily and velvety texture, soft carbonation. Finish is coffe, semi-sweet and bitter. Little alcohol warming. In general very enjoyable and drinkable RIS.

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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 bstave
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12 oz bottle poured into tulip snifter

A- Black as night with a 2 finger chocolate milk head which dissipated into a small ring. Can't see through this one. Lacing is forming nicely.

S- Dark roasted malts with chocolate notes. Not much else.

T- Hops up front with subtle chocolate and licorice on the back end. Very nice. Really digging it. Looking forward to see how it changes as it warms in the glass.

M- Lower carbonation which brings out a nice creamy mouth feel which I think is perfect for this style.

O- Really like this double stout. This is up there with many of my favorites. Green Flash does not disappoint. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of tprokop7
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Yeti glass with BA's balberts and rbuckstar, from a Beirkraft growler gotten in trade with Jw347.

A - Jet black with a dark brown 2-finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Roasted malts dominate the smell, followed by notes of bitter chocolate.

T - Sweet and chocolaty, with a nice roasted finish.

M - Just a little sticky, like I found with the LA Serpent's Stout. Other than that, the carbonation is pleasant and the beer is smooth.

D - This is a great beer overall, and I wish I could get more. I'm reaching for another glass right now...

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Photo of warbird07
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my 6oz snifter...

This beer pours a real dark black, not much light getting through this..generous,off-white head, moderate lacing,..a good looking brew

molasses,chocolate,slight alcohol on the nose,bit of hops as well...

taste is pleasing..chocolate malts,anise,molasses,a bit warming,hop finish is nice..

mouthfeel is a bit thin for a double, but the abundent carbonation gives this beer good stature...a real nice example of an American double sout...Cheers!

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.
A- pours black with brown tint, a tan sandy colored head sits on top. Fine microbubbles hold together for a few minutes leaving behind solid sheets of lace.

S- smell is sweet cocoa and coffee , milk chocolate and some notes of grapefruit and orange mixing around. Smells great.

T- big chocolate blast hits the palat first, sweetness washes over the taste buds in a fanfare which leads into a clean dark chocolate and black coffee finish. Very mild astringency and a dry toasty finish. Excellent.

M- viscosity is thick and heavy, small amount of oily felling but the little astringency in it take it away after the swallow. Perfect.

Zero flaws in this one. A shining example of an american imperial stout.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY. This double stout pours jet black with a small tan head that fades away into minimal lacing. For the aroma, all the usual suspects make an appearance with the addition of some light floral hops. Taste follows the nose with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops. The finish is smooth and slightly bitter.

Good stuff! ~

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Double Stout pours a deep pure black with a thick brown head. Strong aromas of dark chocolate. This beer is rich, smooth, creamy, full bodied, with a soft mouthfeel. Very well balanced, the alcohol is present but offset well with typical stout flavors of chocolate, coffee, and low bitterness. Nothing incredibly complex here, just a solid, well balanced stout that I could enjoy again and again. Overall this beer hits the mark as an american double stout, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 4 pack of these boys from my local farmers market store for only 8.99 and i consider that a steal. Love green flash but i have always passed this one up for some reason.

A: pours a deep black with a nice rich deep brown head that lasts quite a long time. Lacing remains throughout entire drinking session.

S: Only poured it into a standard pint glass but let me tell you, the roasted notes still kicked my nose into heaven. Plain and simple deep roast that is not overwhelming.

T: wonderful forward chocolate notes with a blended roast catching the sides of my tongue with a really mild tobacco/fig flavor pleasently whispering itself into fruititon as i breath out through my nose. Small trace of piny and grassy hop flavor towards the end

M: A great soft yet fluffy thick presence that rests gently on the buds.

O: I consider this one of my new favorite imperial stouts. And thats saying alot when my favorite are Speedway, The Abyss, Stones Russian, and Old Rasputin standard and XII. This just happens to be a sensational beer for a great price to enjoy on a nice cold night.

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Photo of Edwaka01
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz into Chimay goblet.

A - BLACK. 2 finger foamy, creamy dark brown head. Long retention and mass lacing.

S - Heavy smoke, roasted DARK malts. Coffee. Chocolate. Espresso.

T - Smoke, roast, coffee, cocoa. Black malts, slightly hopped middle ground.

M - Creamy and full. Smooth, no alcohol burn.

O - I couldn't ask for anything more from a straight-forward American stout. Will re-drink.

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

I brought this one back from a trip to Oregon.

Poured from 22fl.oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. The brewed poured an abysmal black with a dark tan head.

Smell is of sweet maltiness, a light coffee note and a slight smell of alcohol.

Taste is of dark malted barley, mocha and finishes with a dark coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, the brew is slightly syrupy in glass and this comes through in the mouthfeel.

This is an awesome imperial stout, if I could buy this locally I would have a number of bottles in my cellar.

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Photo of masonacoats
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

served from a bottle into pint glass

pours extremely dark brown/black with a decent sized brown head. Absolutely beautiful.

Smells of chocolate, espresso, nuts, little bit of caramel and bread. You can detect a bit of alcohol but not as much as the ABV would suggest. No hop aroma present to me.

Taste is about the same as the nose with chocolate and espresso taking the lead. Perfect amount of roasted flavor without the overpowering astringency some stouts seem to have. Perfect balance of sweetness and roasted bitterness.

Carbonation is perfectly appropriate for the style; maybe a little on the high side but I kinda dig it. Mouthfeel is nice and silky without being overly syrupy/chewy. Very good.

Overall, this is my new favorite stout; it's perfect. It has all the good chocolatey/coffee notes and great malt presence without the assertive astringency. Reasonable price as well.

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Photo of srletend
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: oily black; absolutely no light going through; lack of much head from the bottle pour
S: artificial chocolate
T: chocolate; slight alcohol aftertaste
M: oily residue

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Photo of lastmango
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like used motor oil but that is expected. Head is thin and the color of chocolate malt. Nose is also like a malted. Wonderful malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Slight hop finish.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

High hopes for this. Pours a dramatic thundercloud of head, beige/tan and mountainous, rocky. Great lacing as it slowly falls. It's raining in my snifter.

Smells amazing. Coconut, vanilla, mocha, oak. Sweet and mild but bursting with rich aromas.

Light on the coffee which allows the huge flavor profile of this beer to really shine. Almost tastes barreled. More bitter than some of the more revered double stouts, but not overly roasty. Just a hint of fruit here, which gets to be a bit sour as it warms, somewhat distractingly so.

Could be bigger in the mouth, but the carbonation is done just right. Thin but creamy.

Picked this up after sampling a Silva Stout, but the two really are in separate leagues. Do what you can to get the Silva, it really is extraordinary. This is a damn solid stout as well.

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid brown/black with a thin creamy light brown head. Head dissipates quickly into very thin froth floating in center of glass. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass as well.

Smells of chocolate and molasses and some alcohol/bourbon notes.

Tastes of cocoa powder/milk chocolate and roasted malts. There's a little bit of coffee bitterness throughout, but nicely balanced.

Creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not too heavy for me.

Great overall beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep black with essentially no light passage -- just a bit of brown at the bottom of the glass. Forms a creamy tan head with great retention, sticking to the glass.
S - Roasted grain, coffee, and lots of dark chocolate. Sweet aromas and maybe just a hint of hops present.
T - The roast flavors are the strongest, followed up by a great dark chocolate aftertaste. Creamy and full-flavored.
M - Full-bodied and sticky, with the taste filling and remaining in the mouth and throat. A touch of alcohol warms the sinuses.
D - This stout's a doozy, but the great flavors are more than enough to keep me drinking. On the lighter side for "double" stouts, but still a very flavorful and assertive beer.

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