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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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92
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2,658 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,658
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 95
Gots: 271 | 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:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of sommersb
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 01-24-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 12-06-2012, as far as I can tell
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Big tan head, 2 fingers high, sits on top of this black and opaque beer. Shows good head retention and very good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate aromas feature some sweetness, plus toasted malts and coffee.

T: Taste includes bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a roasted bitterness, and earthy hops. A little on the astringent side.

M: Smooth mouthfeel of oats and a medium level of carbonation. The finish has bitterness of heavily-roasted grains.

O: Overall a good stout, but could benefit from some additional malt sweetness. I enjoyed this one better on draft as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash? Double stout? Sure!
Not the most impressive or impact making rendition of the style I've ever encountered. Far from it, actually. Not too much head even with a solid pour, not much in the way of rings or lacing on the glass. Light has a difficult time getting through this fellow but it's not the motor oil that others of the species are.
Scents are absent. Even on the warmer side I just can't get much of anything out of the odor.
Flavors aren't all that big or impressive either, but they are quite good. Chocolate is dominant, hints of coffee roastedness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there's a smooth quality that is quite appealing. Palate fatigue shouldn't be a problem with this guy. Alcohol content is very, very sneaky. Doesn't drink like a high octane beer.
While this is far from the most powerful double stout on the market it is certainly an enjoyable one. It is somewhat refreshing to see a stout that isn't trying to be the biggest, smack-you-in-the-face stout in the world. Well worth a visit.

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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a bottle poured into an English pub glass. Let's do this. A dark reddish brown to black brew, with a solid brown head. Smells roasted, dark, and rich ... Yet surprisingly vibrant and fruity at the same time. Brace yourself, this one's got layers and layers of flavor. Initial blast is a malt bomb, cacao and dark molasses, accompanied by a nice deep smoky note. Once the palate acclimatizes to this, you might get some sweet brown flavors like toffee and whiskey, with the rich sweetness revealing itself over time. Some fruity grape juice peaks at you and then disappears. A search reveals some floral tobacco notes and a tinge of licorice, even as the overall vibe remains quite sweet rather than super dry and chalky like an Irish stout. Is that some gooseberry-type American hops?? Veers towards chocolate milk for a moment and then darts away; as I try to re-focus I get some red berry and watermelon, I swear to God. This one is fruity 'till the (fairly) bitter end. Not a ton of coffee roasted notes but oh wait, there's a little light roast and a subtle floral rosewater and crabapple effect. Holy shit, what a great complex stout. Bright and fruity for an "imperial" and one can plumb the deep, dark depths for all kinds of fresh flavors. One can taste the hops but not in a way that clashes with the dark malts. Dare I say the body is on the light side for the style, creamy, smooth, with more carbonation that many dark brews? Almost could pass for an "Imperial dark IPA" if the hops delivered more citrus and pine character. Magic.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a chocolate mousse looking thick, frothy head and great lacing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, rich and malty with a touch of booze but slightly subdued for a big malty stout

T: Dry unsweetened chocolates and roasted malts--bready and chewy but not sweet; I wish there was some sweetness to balance the rich dry maltiness but it still finishes smooth and tasty

F: Really chewy and creamy; fantastic mouth feel

O: A very nice big chocolatey, malty stout--delicious

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Filled up my growler on 03/11/11 - Double Stouty Goodness!!!

A: Obama's Papa dark! Oh my. Dense velvetty smooth esspresso-like foamy head. Great retention and some tracks of lace

S: Dark roasted malts and rich chocolate aromas

T: Rich, Dark chocolate bitterness. Roasty malts throughout. Floral hops come in. Touch of licorice. Alcohol warming nice and slightly present.

M: Smooth and velvetty texture. Coats the tongue. Slight alcohol burn going down but doesn't detract from overall enjoyment.

D: Moderate. Relatively lighter in body compared to all the crazy RIS's out there which allows for a bit more sessionability.
Still somewhat of bigger brew that one should probably enjoy in moderation.

One of my fav stouts for sure. Deep rich and complex malty flavors but not a syrup bomb by any means. Nice smooth mouthfeel from the use of oats. A very well balanced brew at 8.8%ABV.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass at Lizardville

A- Poured black with a solid chocolate milk colored head with some big bubbles that left some glass coating lace

S- Big aroma remiscent of a fig newton, raision, dark fruit, pretty sweet stout aroma. Not really any roast or chocolate.

T- This has big dark fruit flavors. Fig newton, raisin, vinegar like qualities, anise, and a light cocoa taste on the finish. This is not a barrel-aged beer, but I get a lot of alcohol in the taste, almost whiskey like in flavor.

M- Soft carbonation, smooth and creamy, medium body. Drinks really easy and has a nice mouthfeel

O- I really enjoyed this one. Lots of dark fruit flavors like belgian dark ale and not much chocolate and no roasted qualities. I wonder if this was an older bottle, but it was still good.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of ksimons
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pour is almost black with two fingers worth of tan head

S-rich roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, and a mild amount of hops

T-very rich malt with a large roasted flavor, molasses, black coffee, bitter hops are more powerful in the taste than the smell, and a light amount of dark chocolate

M-full body, medium to high carbonation, dry and roasted mouthfeel

Overall a very good beer for the style, would definitely get again.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a snifter that left a nice ring throughout. the body was dark black.
s - roasted coffee with some chocolate malt aromas.
t - roasted chocolate and coffee with a hint of piney hops.
m - medium and slick.
o - really solid stout that left me wanting another one.

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,658 ratings.