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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

866 Reviews
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Reviews: 866
Hads: 3,058
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 129
Gots: 460 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 866 | Hads: 3,058
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.