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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,811
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 101
Gots: 347 | 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

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Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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Ratings: 2,811 | Reviews: 826
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle with me.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black, good viscosity. Nice head. Ok retention and lacing.

S: Strong hop presence. A bit of sweet molasses and dark sugars. A touch of alcohol.

T/M: Much of the same. Much more sweetness. Hops give just enough bitterness. Heavy body that is silked out by smooth carbonation.

D: ABV isn't too bad for the style but it's not the easiest to drink.

Photo of mattcrill
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Lots of dark roasty notes up front. Reminds me of powdered cocoa and coffee with some bread dough character. A hint of licorice and a little bit of blackberries. Clean fermentation character. Low earthy hop aroma.

Appearance: Still black pour into the Duvel tulip. Looks menacing and black hole-like. The only sign of life is the lovely batter looking tan head that clings to the glass and retains well.

Flavor: Surprising earthy hop punch up front quickly followed by a dusty, powdery chocolate character. French roast coffee and cream character asserts as the palate gets acclimated to the hops. Balance is to the hop character with the roasted notes laying a nice foundation. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Slightly creamy with a touch of dark roasted grain astringency. Warmth is noted on the back of the tongue and lingers.

Overall impression: A nicely crafted Imperial Stout. I like the drier roasty and chocolate character that I associate with Americanized stouts. Very complex and highly hopped. Great now and probably even better with some age.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 2.19. Served in a Sweetwater snifter. No bottling info given. 

Pours jet black with beautiful 2 finger mocha head. Laces well all the way down. 

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts and burnt coffee. 

Bold roasted flavors up front. Coffee, bitter chocolate and dark malts. Well rounded flavors evolve into subtle but present dark fruit and more smooth chocolaty malts. Long bittersweet finish. 

Medium bodied but creamy smooth with light carbonation. Not as thick as I tend to prefer but it feels good swishing around my mouth. 

Overall this is a very well done stout. I think I'll be picking up more next time I'm in an area that sells Green Flash to see how this does with some age. If you enjoy stouts, this is certainly worth a try. 

3.76/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of KajII
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a muddy jet black with an average (1-2 finger) tan creamy head that lasted throughout, and produced excellent sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was bold of a roasty bread malt and a leathery yeast with notes of baker’s chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a hint of dark fruit (raisons and prunes).

The taste was a tad bitter, very malty with a bold roasty overtone and a hint of creamy bitter chocolate from the get go, progressing with a big dose of roasted coffee, a light fruity sweetness and a decent alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long while proceeding the swallow, with a bold roasty alcohol presence left behind to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was extremely full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall this was a very impressive Imperial Stout and even though it was simple and basic, it did possess an awesome drinkability and great flavor. Just goes to show sometimes simple and basic works the best...


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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz poured into a goblet

A- Pours a syrupy black with a one finger of a thick foamy beige head.

S- The biggest smell I get is coffee with a hint of chocolate malts. This is definitely green flash, A surprising west coast hop finish with a refreshing smelling bitterness.

T- Good bitterness and a lot of astringent hop characteristics. A Creamy caramel flavor with lots of chocolate. A dry roasted finish of coffee and a nice smokey flavor. Blends all really nicely and not as big as 8.8 leaves you to believe.

M- Almost too smooth in my opinion, Its not quite a stout or an imperial stout but a good middle ground. The Hop profile and bitterness keep this from being too syrupy sweet.

O- An awesome stout.

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears to be completely opaque, deep brown-black topped by a cocoa-tan colored head. Retention is a fine bubbled 1/8 inch layer with spotty bits of lace on the glass above. Aroma is very chocolaty with a milk stout kind of chocolate, light coffee and caramel glazed toast. Taste is also very milk chocolaty with some slight hop bitterness, roast coffee beans, and a little bit of an alcohol kick. This reminds me a lot of a coffee oatmeal stout. Texture is slick and velvety smooth. Creamy chocolaty flavors remain throughout the extended finish. I find myself taking my time consuming this. Decent drinkability.

This certainly makes for a good dessert brew.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of hozersr
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Poured into my large wine shaped glass

Nice medium tan head on very dark body. The head on these is good. Lacing as well.

Nose is very roasty and malty.

Taste is roasted malt and some charred notes. Hints of chocolate with the usual dose of hops which is standard for this brand. The hops are almost distracting until you get a few sips down then it mellows out.

Mouth feel is the only limiter on this beer. I found it to be on the dry side which I don't like personally. Alcohol is there aplenty but hidden. This is a good beer but I like the heavier body more creamy styles better.

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

Thanks to Floydster for this gravy.

Pours a deep black color with ever so slight ruby highlights around the edges. Nice ice creamy tan head that leaves ok lacing.

Nose has alot of roasted malt in it, some coffee notes, a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows with big dark roasted malt flavor, defenitely slight coffee notes in here. A little bit of baker's chocolate, dry. A very large bitterness on the downslope of each pull. Bitterness rised through the finish, and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, but still missing a little bit of thickness. Seems too skim. Keeping in mind this is not an RIS, but still it seems a touch thin. Carbonation is just about right.

Drinkability is nice here, as the 9% is very easy to drink. A bit dangerous. However the intense bitterness detracts slightly from this.

Overall a fine double stout. Certainly one i would purchase again. I dont think this one will benefit too much from any extended aging, but im gonna put one away just in case. Im hoping some of the bitterness will reduce just a bit. Those of who love a good bit of bitterness in your big stouts, seek this one out, and be pleased. Good beer.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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