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Serrano Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
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:
Double Stout with Serrano Chiles.

(Beer added by: ehammond1 on 08-14-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, chiles, and tortilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of chile heat in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors from the chiles used.

UCLABrewN84, May 20, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

SocalKicks, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 04/16/13 notes. Had this on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of medium tan foam and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice, like the normal double stout.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, and light cream. Nice, like the normal double stout. Not getting much peppers in the nose, though I like it.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, hot peppers, spice, toasted malts, burnt malts, light coffee, and some light bitterness in the end. Peppers come through in the taste a bit, though nothing overpowering, which I appreciate.

m - Medium to full bodied stout, with moderate carbonation. Not too spicy.

o - Overall a nice stout and a nice variation on the normal double stout. I would put it on par with the normal version, with a little bit of spice in the taste. Worth checking out if you like the normal double stout and/or spiced stouts.

mdfb79, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kojevergas, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

oriolesfan4, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in 12oz tulip. Poured a solid black with over an inch (which, when that settled, left me with about 9oz of actual beer?) that had low-to-moderate retention and low lacing.

The aroma was the typical sweet malt of the style, with no hint of pepper. On the tongue the flavor starts out as that of a typical example, but then the peppers kick in harshly on the back of the tongue. The pepper hotness lingered too long to be enjoyable.

The body was very thin for the style. Drinkability will depend on your taste for peppers. For me, this is a one-and-done tick. Overall, an OK brew, that's probably not for everyone.

beertunes, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap @ Flying Saucer in Nashville

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Chili, chocolate, roast.

T - Roast, chocolate and and chili pepper. Good integration and balance. Spicy chili kick in the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

drummermattie02, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Griffith, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Durge
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
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 eawolff99
4/5  rDev +3.1%

eawolff99, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

outoffocus, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

warnerry, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tasting glass at the brewery.

A: Creamy mocha head. Opaque black beer

S: It smells like chilies. And roasted malt. And chocolate.

T: Spicy (duh) and chocolatey. Rich, sweet, and enjoyable. The chili cuts the sweetness perfectly.

M: Full.

O: I really enjoyed this!! A bit mild, a bit straightforward, but I like the trend and the example. Recommended.

AgentMunky, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

petermethot, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

smithj4, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Meadhall, Cambridge MA

Black with a khaki head. Smells like smooth roast malt and chile peppers. Tastes like it smells. Some cacao too. Good amount of heat - it's enough to get the chile feel but not enough to be hard to drink. Thick body with low carbonation.

donkeyrunner, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

notchucknorris, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

dar482, Mar 24, 2014
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Serrano Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.