Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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876 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
876
Ratings:
3,085
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
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126
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Double StoutDouble Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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Reviews: 876 | Ratings: 3,085
Photo of BelgiumBill
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I paid $2.99 for a single 12oz bottle at Total Wine.

I had the green labeled Double Stout Black Ale - 8.8%ABV.

The bottle poured into a pint glass a black color with just a hint of mahogany rim when held to the light. A one finger medium brown foamy head resulted.

The fragrance was moderate and complex. I got hit with cocoa, cappuccino, and tones of pumpernickel bread. There was more there I couldn't pick out.

The first thing I noticed on the first sip was the mouthfeel. It immediately felt creamy. Then I detected some flavors of cocoa and coffee. Again, there was more going on in there than just cocoa and coffee but hard to pick out for me. There was some mineral notes toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was silky and thick with good carbonation to balance it out.

Really enjoyed this one. While $3 ain't a fortune, it's not exactly a value beer either. Green Flash knows they have a good one and they make you pay for it.

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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 hackmann
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful black body with a toasty tan 2-1/2 finger head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: hint of toasted grains, little hint of coffee, and a touch of hoppy spice; kind of on the light side

Flavors: dark roasted coffee with a nice acidic bite, dry 90% dark chocolate like bitterness, nice herbal/grass hops, toasted and lightly burnt grains, some alcohol peppery feel on the finish,

Mouthfeel: solid bitter style, scratchy wool like feel, low carbonation, almost syrupy so, let’s call it oily, lingering sharp bitter bite on the palate, full body

To the Point: this is not for the faint of heart, if you like stouts that are big and bold this is for you and this one is for me

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Photo of TheBeerologist
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle into an tulip

Pours dark brown to translucent black with a thick 2 finger khaki head that leaves nice lacing on the glass

Not too strong on the nose, hints of roasted malt and a little bit of booze. A little chocolate and dark fruits as well.

Very nice taste, roasty malts, dark fruits, almost a bit of vanilla as well. Very nicely balanced and not overly sweet which many Impys can be.

Pleasant mouthfeel, a little light/thin for an imperial stout, but really nicely carbonated and smooth.

Overall a great stout for the price, a little light for an imperial, but tastes great. I am very pleased with this one and will certainly be grabbing this again.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Deep black opaque color brown head. Poured from a bottle. Wonderful aroma: vanilla, coffee, chocolate, butterscotch. Sweet taste, some roasty coffee notes. Wonderful chocolate, toffee, coffee flavor. Finishes of so slightly bitter. This seductive beer could get you in trouble. It has 8.9% alcohol but it is smooth and not boozy at all. One of the best imperial stouts I've had ď and this is a style I drink a lot of

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Rich coffee and dark chocolate dominate without being too powerful, yet very inviting.

T = Incredible! Bold coffee and semi-sweet baker's chocolate upfront. A wave of molasses is next and before the sweetness has a chance to become cloying, here comes the roasted coffee bitterness to level off the sweetness and provide a balanced finish. No alcohol detected in the taste.

MF = Rich, thick body with carbonation being between low and moderate. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall, this is one the best stouts that I've tasted. It has it all...sweetness, coffee bitterness, and is very easy to drink. I will be keeping this one on hand. Highly recommended.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a crisp tan head
Nose- coffee and roasted/burnt barley, wood, some dark cherry
Taste- starts with some vanilla and flaky, woody dark malt, bitter roasted/charred barley, subtle coffee, some dark chocolate, finishes with some booze and bitter roasted barley and earthy hops
Feel- kind of flaky texture, fairly high carbonation for a double stout, some booze in there.
This is a burly beer, a solid stout, not at all your overly sweet "decadent" imperial stout. Not the smoothest thing to take down, but has great natural roasty flavors with nice hopiness as well

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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 Jemonster
2.22/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Deep dark chocolate brown with probably the darkest tan head I've ever seen on a beer. Cloudy head.

S: Sweet malt and burnt toast.

T: THAT IS BOLD. The label isn't lying, this beer packs "flavor". For me there is too much roast character and not enough of everything else. A burnt taste like old and poorly roasted french roast coffee overpowers everything. There is some sweet malt there, but just barely, and a lingering hop bitterness at the end. I feel like I might have gotten a bad batch, there is a sour tinge. This is so burnt tasting that it's undrinkable.

M: Creamy and smooth, nice level of carbonation.

O: Can't even drink this.

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

pours a deep inky black with tan head

rich malty aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slight pine hops

smooth malt upfront with roasted malt, creamy oats, bitter chocolate, and slight espresso notes lead into slight pine and lemon hops, with a semi dry finish

smooth, medium bodied without being too sweet or malty, just greatly balanced with good dark flavors and no trace of the alcohol

smooth, malty, delicious and inviting with a solid malty complexity leading to a balanced finish with hops clearing it out. an excellent stout without any trace of the alcohol, i cant wait to age a couple and tip 'em back

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Photo of jabergess
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Smooth, smooth, smooth. No bite I could detect which is highly unusual for a double/imperial stout. This thing will sneak right up and get you if you let it. I would let it.

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

Sampled tonight in a pint glass at 55 degrees after a ahndfull of fried jalapeno chips. This beer pours an asphalt dark river into the glass with a firm mocha head. Lacing clings like fishnet to the sides in soft cascades.

The beer smells of depth, as if malts knew no bounds Mocha and roasted malt sinking ever deep as if to China. The most surprising taste to date for me from any stout. The flavor is soft, milky and subtle coffee and rich malt. Holy crap is this delicious. So many stouts hit you ov3r the head with coffee and mocha. This one takes a step back and lets the malt and hops through to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is wet silk with little to no strong aftertaste. No mouth mung feeling with this stout. Overall, this stout is incredible and I will be buying more when I can find it.

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

Pours thick black like used oil with nice thick chocolaty head and long lasting laces. Flavor is bitter chocolate and coffee enhanced with roasted grains and herbs. A full body with creamy, oily feel, soft carbonation to almost lively, and nice long dry clean and balanced finish.

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

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass and enjoyed with mesquite mac and cheese.

A: Poured pitch black with a 3-finger foamy mocha head. Head resolved after about five minutes, but left and excellent lacing and approx 5mm remained throughout the drink.

S: Typical stout; extremely chocolatey with coffee.

T: Very chocolatey with hints of coffee, strawberry, pine, and an oaty base. More complex than other stouts in this price range.

M: Creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very high on the drinkability scale as far as stouts go. Definitely some warming alcohol at the end, but it's very welcoming and somewhat overcome by this beer's great taste.

O: One of my new favorite stouts, at a fairly reasonable price. Green Flash did a great job all around - this is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of jrenn
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like coca-cola. Like cold press coffee. Black as hell.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate- the whole lot. Malty.

T: Coffee, creamy dark chocolate. I get fudge too. Like really great fudge.

M: Chewy. Coincides nicely with the fudge note.

O: Like a sweeter, more chewy, fudgier Old Rasputin.

serving type: bottle

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Photo of MVotter
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a about a 1/2 inch tan colored head after the pour...which disappears in less than a minute.

S - Coffee, sweet malts.

T - Sweetish caramel malts in the front. The finish has some a faint, ash bitterness.

M - More medium than heavy. Mild effervescence.

O - Absolutely delicious. I was looking for an imperial stout that, in my experience, could at least begin to rival Stone's RIS and North Coast's Old Rasputin. This may be it. Many in this style come across as too "maply"sweet, or actually have too much of a "hop" sweetness for my palate. And, this one starts that way...but, keeps its "spine" in the end. Nice.

I'm spoiled by what I believe to be the gold standard in this category: Old Rasputin. No RIS will ever match up, IMO. This one is just a little bit thinner texture; but, absolutely delicious!

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a slight tinge of mahogany around the edges. A 2-finger frothy dark khaki head sits on top. Lacing is moderate.

S: Chocolate up front, slight roasted malts, with a biscuity feel.

T: Smooth and chocolaty for sure. Creamy. Something akin to Bell's Kalamazoo stout, only richer and with a higher ABV. Flavor is creamy and milky-chocolate. I would have preferred a bit more punch to this one, but I'm amazed at how smooth they can make a full stout like this.

M: Creaminess is off the charts with this one. A bit thin on the carbonation, but it suits this style very well.

O: Never had a smoother beer, especially at almost 9% ABV. This is downright dangerous. A bit heavy on the chocolate and light on the roast, though. I prefer the reverse. At any rate, this is a top shelf brew at a moderate price that should be stocked with regularity in one's beer fridge.

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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 Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark black ... looks like it has texture.

Overall: Has a sweet taste with hints chocolate, berries,cinnamon, malts and more. Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, and highly recommend this to anyone who loves beer! Cheers!

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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 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 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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