Double Stout
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,395
Ranked #6,029
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
Mar 19, 2021
Mar 17, 2008
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Notes: 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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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.8%. Pitch black colour, big brown head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Rich malty flavour with roasty notes, strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate, maybe a hint of liquorice too. Bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mar 19, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 05, 2021
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 17, 2020
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 04, 2020
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 12, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 11/10/13: Pours such a clear deep brown that it appears ink black until light is passed through it. The pour produces 1.5 fingers of frothy, short-lived, mocha head that leaves only tiny webs and motes of lace. Aroma is cocoa and bittersweet chocolate (Hershey's chocolate syrup like), caramel, creamed coffee, smoke, anise and alcohol. Taste starts as a bittersweet balance of burnt roasted malts, chocolate, creamed coffee and finishes with light but easily discernible alcohol spice in a developing bitterness that becomes the dominating factor in the roasted, slightly burnt, chocolatey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with light carbonation, alcohol warmth and spiciness, silky and chewy.

Oct 15, 2019
3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank 1/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); a curtain of frothy lace.

Fresh earth, cream & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Bakers chocolate & cream flavors up front; raspberry notes on the finish.

A mix of RIS & sweet stout attributes with nice raspberry accents; this served me well on a cold January night.

Mar 08, 2019
3.59 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
3.32 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin on Dec 11, 2018
3 by grapeshops from California on May 12, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 01, 2018
4.58 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Dec 16, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Dewsby from Kentucky

L) Pours an oily black with a lovely tan head. Some lacing and acceptable head retention.

S) Strong notes of rich chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark toffee. There is a lovely candied dark fruit note that balances out with the more "savory" flavors as well.

T) Everything in the nose makes an appearance in the flavor profile. The coffee is especially strong on the finish, there is an incredibly bitter espresso aftertaste that dangerously treads the line between pleasant and unpleasant.

F) Very silk with medium-low carbonation. A pleasure to sip on.

O) I would recommend this to someone who hasn't had it, a great and unique representation of the style.

Jul 12, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

It has a pitch black colored body that leaves a large foamy dark tan colored head leaving some nice lumpy valleys inside the head. Thick beautiful ringy lacing graces the sides of the chalice. The aroma has a smoky coffee and dark chocolate and the taste takes those smells and adds a nice flavorful charcoal. On the palate, hmmm.... kinda at a medium sort of body - with a thick creamy coating around the tongue. Though a fairly high ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is good for its style and its spectacular for me. I would definitely come back to this.

Jun 20, 2017
4.35 by petewheeler from Maryland on Feb 26, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by 1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

Thick black body that produces a rich brown head upon the pour, fades to a thick ring and thin covering. Nose offers coffee and dark chocolate, a bit of sweet caramel malts, vanilla, smoke and barbeque. The flavor is noticeably sweeter, adding strawberry and creamy lactose to all the chocolate, roastiness, and coffee going on. It verges on Neapolitan flavors. Body is thick, rich, creamy, and overall indulgent. Fine prickles of carbonation hit the tongue through the sticky body.
This was a great stout, made all the more impressive by its availability. Rich flavors of chocolate and coffee were tempered by the sweetness, and the mysterious addition of strawberry only helped. Body was incredible. This will be revisited.

Jan 10, 2017
3.86 by Timtac from New Jersey on Jan 06, 2017
4.35 by ManBearPat from Colorado on Jan 05, 2017
4.25 by bundy462 from Texas on Dec 23, 2016
3.72 by MGoeltz from Tennessee on Dec 19, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

Dark, hoppy, roasty, and malty but tastes more like a porter than a stout, nonetheless very tastey.

Dec 10, 2016
3.71 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Dec 04, 2016
4.1 by Muss42 from Michigan on Nov 23, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

ABV hides very well on this brew, most noticeable at the tail end with a little burn on the tongue. Inky black body, small creamy beige head. Medium weight body, very slippery. Not as toasty as some, but still very dark tasting (?). Very smooth and drinkable

Nov 18, 2016
3.85 by Nomis from Massachusetts on Nov 01, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
S: Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Fairly light on the nose but I've had this one aging for a couple years
T: Taste is chocolate and roasted malts with some old hop bitterness. Swallow is coffee and roasted malts with a little more chocolate.
M: This beer is full in body with ever so slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: Overall this one isn't bad. It has nice flavors and some decent complexity. Definitely one to try if you like bigger beers and it ages pretty well too.

Oct 15, 2016
4 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri on Sep 28, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Solid appearance, jet black, thick, tan head 1". Aroma was both hoppy and roasty. West coast stout up in here. A little bit of alcohol in the nose, but nothing oppressive.

Taste is a good chewy unpretentious stout. Zero adjuncts. Tons of roasted chocolate malt, yet the oat usage keeps it plenty smooth. Good price, good format, straightforward.

Sep 15, 2016
4.06 by pkkosmatka from Minnesota on Sep 14, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by AnthonyJS from California

Green Flash Brewing Company is extremely close to my house. I can literally ride a bike there in 5 minutes or so. When it comes to Green Flash beer you can buy in stores they mainly focus on their IPAs, but thankfully their tasting room in Mira Mesa offers 3 stouts on tap, including Cosmic Ristretto (an espresso beer) and this one. This is everything I love about stout beers. Black color and a very dark flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. This one had a slight sweetness to it that I appreciate as well. Overall some complex flavor can be found here, just like in a good coffee. I can't wait to try their Ristretto beer next.

Sep 06, 2016
4.19 by Avatar113 from California on Sep 02, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

Bought a 4 pack that went down way to quick! Great dark chocolate and cacoa, big roastiness, some earthy hops and a nice fudgy sweet flavour. Super tankable for 8.8%

Aug 12, 2016
4 by wpreynolds from New Jersey on Jul 20, 2016
4.49 by Studfarm69 from California on Jul 07, 2016
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4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by claminat420 from Michigan

4th of july 2016 beer of choice. four pack of 12 oz bottles with a best by July 6th 2016 stamped on bottles.

Appearance- from a hardy pour it's the typical stout darkness. black with a frothy tan head. leaves alil lacing.

Aroma- heavy caramel burnty smell. I know burnty isn't a word but i'm using it here. smells like a solid stout. roasted malt and a heavy caramel scent dominate this brew. for the style this is spot on.

Taste- the taste is that of the aroma but muted just a tad. alil slick which I dig prolly from the oats. mild bitterness that balances out the malt sweetness perfectly.

Mouthfeel- medium/ heavy bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- on beer #three right now and easily going to kill the four pack.

Overall- green flash is completely stupid for stopping production on this brew. If anything they should make this a winter seasonal. a solid imperial stout and that's coming from a complete hophead. what the h!ll is up with breweries stopping classics? like green flash and their classic west coast ipa recipe then palate wrecker and now this?... oh but we can add a ton of hoppy foo foo ales... hipster brewery that went south imo.

Jul 05, 2016
4.37 by Danno48 from West Virginia on Jun 18, 2016
4.08 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 04, 2016
4.5 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Squire from Mississippi

Appearance: Black, there's no other word for it, brown cap.

Aroma: Roasted malt, one could also mention coffee but it's really roasted malt. There is a vinous note in there as well, like an old, dry Sherry without the Sherry richness. Touch of alcohol too though at 8.8% it's not really that strong for the type.

Taste: Dark roasted malt in spades (pun intended) and that is essentially the flavor profile. It's a big flavor, deep and strong, but just the one, like a Tuba playing a single note.

Texture: Full, almost thick.

Overall: A big strong Stout for those who like the taste of roasted malt. Mixing it with a quality pale lager produces a nicely flavored Black & Tan.

May 30, 2016
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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