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Serrano Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Serrano Stout
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: ehammond1 on 08-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Double Stout with Serrano Chiles.
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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.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a dark cocoa head that leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Dark malts and grains. A lot of chocolate with a little pepper spice.

T - Very, very similar to the Imperial Stout. Peppers don't really show a lot of character. Mostly rich malts, chocolate, and coffee, followed up by a spicy tingle. Maybe this is what the brewers were going for since the used Serrano peppers. Not really sure, but I think it could use some help from the spice. Still a very drinkable, and marketable, pepper stout but could use some more heat.

M - Very rich with no alcohol present. Peppers add a little tingle to the tongue which is a great replacement for carbonation.

O - Great introduction to spicy beers, but doesn't quite live up to the name. If the brewers for going for a very moderate spice, then hats off to them because the spice is very light.

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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.

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Serrano Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.