Dia De Los Serranos | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Dia De Los SerranosDia De Los Serranos

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Serrano Stout

Turn up the heat with our Dia de los Serranos Double Stout. With rich layers of flavor reminiscent of your abuela’s celebrated mole recipe, this Double Stout reveals notes of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet bakers chocolate with a caliente kick of fresh Serrano Chiles. Paired with spicy foods or BBQ, it’s delicioso. ¡Dios mío! I’m going to need una mas…

Added by ehammond1 on 08-14-2012

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Photo of GoBeerGo
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of foam. It smelled of subtle serrano chilies and roasted malt. Big-time heat and spice that lingers with each sip. Just enough roastiness to make sure the heat isn't overpowering.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, peppers, vanilla, licorice. The taste is malty, spicy, chocolate/toffee, vanilla. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAnIPAFan
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to love this beer. However, it just isnt doing it for me right now.
It is solid, certainly not sweet. I honestly think I would like to use it for cooking more than anything. Let's review it...

Drinking it from tap at Strange Brew in Allentown, PA

Look: Dark and delicious looking. Little to no head. Not sure if a laser could shine through it.

Smell: Like the best mole I have ever had. Chocolate and lots of earthy goodness.

Taste: I just ate a salad and drank an IPA before taking this on. But the first taste, to me, was of pure Chile Powder. Don't get me wrong, very good Chile, but it was very strong. I am liking it more as it warms up. And now I just ate some hot sauce and pastrami, so let me try it again....Ok. Less pepper, but more bitter than I would like. I prefer the Stone Xocoveza by a million miles. Too bad it is so rare...
Feel: The feel is lighter than it looks. Not much more to say than that. I feel a slight burning sensation that will probably be felt in other areas later, but not much more to say on that.
Overall: I was really stoked to get into this, but I am left a little disappointed in comparison to Stone's Xocoveza and even Rouge's Chipotle, or Wyerbacher's Mole for that matter... But Wyerbacher way overdid their Mole. It was a DUI Special...

Try the Stone if you can find it! And thanks Mexico for their influence!

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Photo of brocktune
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of futiledevices
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Antg8989
4.91/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A Stout/Chile Lover's Dream. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is phenomenal - dark roast coffee and dark chocolate with a little something sweet stemming out. Taste is even better; dark chocolate, coffee and YES, THEY NAILED IT - the Chile Peppers come through perfect! It's the cherry on top for this stout. Feel is little thin and a little bit too carbonated for the style, but no worries. Overall this stout is a must try, especially for those looking for that spicy kick. In my opinion, this is a level ahead of what BOMB! is trying to do. And BOMB! is a world class beer.
(Could have sworn I had this on draft at the ABC Bar in NYC under a different name.)

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Photo of AlexFields
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of token_23223
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chard_wells
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Odysseyalien
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of i4ourgot
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great beer. The pepper is very light on the aroma and flavor. They could have gone a little stronger on the pepper but the beer is still really good. Nice dark color a little lighter in body compared to a lot of double stouts, but I think a stronger bodied stout would have drowned the pepper flavor.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay goblet best by 4/12/17. Pours midnight black with a two inch dark khaki head that covers the glass with lace.

Smell is cocoa, roasted coffee, vanilla, grainy biscuit, and a little spice from the peppers.

Taste follows a little heat upfront, expresso, vanilla bean, biscuit, and some more peppery heat in the finish not over the top, but it lingers on the tongue until your next sip.

Mouthfeel is fairly chewy above medium for sure, plenty of life, on the dry side not complaining either, and excellent drinkability if you don't mind a little spice in your life.

Overall I really like this beer, far from one dimensional, but like I was expecting from the base beer, with some subtle heat.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raff1150
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent stout for those who don't like their dark beers to be too sweet. The peppers definitely take a back seat to chocolate and coffee, but you notice more heat as it warms. For a double (8.8%) it does not taste overly boozy, which makes it very pleasant (and dangerously easy) to drink. Overall, this is a winner that I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Roguer
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large frothy tan head, with decent retention.

Fairly standard stout aroma, with chocolate, roast, coffee, and dark fruit, but a nice hint of peppery spice starts coming through on the back-end.

Flavor definitely follows a more restrained, nicer robust stout body than the nose intimates, and the pepper is more noticeable up front, without ever actually becoming hot. It's more a vegetal, herbal spice addition, with just a touch of heat on the back-end.

Fairly thin for an 8.8% stout, but very drinkable. A nice beer, but nothing amazing. The heat level is nearly perfect.

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Photo of osuskin
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that slowly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of chili peppers with some chocolate, coffee and roasty malt notes
T: Taste is peppers up front with some chocolate and coffee, there are some nice roasty notes as well but the peppers are front and center for the most part with the other flavors playing a supporting role. Swallow is roasted malts, coffee, burnt marshmallows, and chocolate with some lingering heat.
M: This beer is smooth and full in the mouth with soft carbonation that is adequate for the style. The beer finishes on the dry side but that's okay.
O: Overall this one is pretty good. The peppers are there but this one isn't super hot. The addition to the base beer creates a real nice harmony of flavors. Really happy I grabbed it but not sure if I intend to ever revisit. Definitely worth a try once though.

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