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Serrano Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Serrano Stout
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Double Stout with Serrano Chiles.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 08-14-2012)
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Photo of estlinska
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on draft into a tulip at the Saucer on 3/15/13. Pours the deepest of black with absolutely no light penetration, topped unceremoniously with a dark brown head the color of brown sugar. It leaves just the finest of lacing as the glass empties rather quickly. The smell is all that the double stout was: roasted coffee and sweet milk chocolate slightly charred. Then there is the very present, but not over done chile throughout the nose. I really like the way the chile is balanced on the nose. The taste is not as chile forward as I would have expected either. It's a wonderful beer in its natural form, full of that roasty coffee and milk chocolate on the nose, with just a hint of sweet heat on the back end. The chile flavor builds over time to make a nice burn. Great mouthfeel as well. Great beer overall. It presents the chile flavor in a very subtle, but very present way that does not destroy the base product. I will have this again (on Sunday actually). Would love to try it on NITRO.

estlinska, Mar 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

TokyoCO, May 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Fettpopps, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of DocJitsu
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, opaque. Fresh brewed coffee, olives, and fresh chilies on the nose. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy, and full. Chocolate up front. A lot smoke, olives, and fresh green chilies emerge in the middle. Finishes with a little puckerdness, if you will. This is a fun and magnificent beer.

DocJitsu, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Ajlvt, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

alalvarez75, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

bluetrevian, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

sd123, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

hardrock, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Respect_the_Saaz, Jul 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

tegelaar, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Durge
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This luxurious stout is super solid black in appearance with a big light brown crown and gravel-like, foamy lacing that retains well. The aroma gives a chewy tobacco malt with a sure twist of chili powder. Nothing more need be said. Awesome. The flavor follows with sweet vanilla malt with more of that leathery tobacco and pleasant but deliberate chili pepper heat. Theres a touch of grassy brightness in the background as well but nothing i would define as hoppy, just a bit of contrast. This stuff is velvety smooth in feel with medium plus body, moderate carbonation. The pepper heat is clear but not overdone at all assuming you're any kind of fan of chili flavor and a little challenge to the taste buds. I love this stuff. It coats your throat with a pleasant pepper spiciness while maintaining deep malt pleasure and adequate sweetness. Woderfully balanced for this style. Bravo!

Durge, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

A beautiful beer. A nearly midnight black pour and a foaming light brown head that sticks and sticks leaving sheets of lacing down the entire glass.

The aroma isn't nearly as transformed as the flavor when compared to the base beer. Most of Double Stout's roast and chocolate notes shine through, with only a hint of the Serrano.

The flavor, however, is a perfect balance between the base beer (one of my favorite imperial stouts) and the addition of the Serrano: dark, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate, along with a decidedly warm, earthy spice from the Serranos which leaves the sides of the throat tingling with just the right amount of heat after the swallow. Quite extraordinary, actually.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I loved this spicy version of one of my favorite untreated imperial stouts.

ehammond1, Aug 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

cdog707yo, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

csmalley, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

corysmith01, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

baklo, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

dar482, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Cath, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

notchucknorris, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Kmat10, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

rabiddawg, Mar 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

rawfish, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

coreyfmcdonald, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of KevT
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose served in a tulip glass, 8 oz for $5. There was a Green Flash rep at this event and he indicated this was the first time this beer was available on tap in Northern California.

Color is what you would expect for a double stout, perhaps the head receded a little quicker than other stouts. Smell is what I would describe as a cross between stout and a high end Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; earthy with lots of vegetal pepper aromas...quite pleasant!

Compared to other chili pepper beers, the serrano chile in this beer is very subdued, which in my opinion, is a good thing.

An enjoyable beer that I would have again.

KevT, Jul 28, 2013
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Serrano Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.