Double Stout
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,284
Ranked #2,850
4.12 | pDev: 9.22%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Double StoutDouble Stout
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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Photo of mothmanscott
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AnthonyJS
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%

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Photo of claminat420
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Squire
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

The beer pours a nice looking head that has a nice foamy brown color. The beer itself is a nice black color that has a nice sheen to it. It certainly looks like it has some weight to it.

The smell is what you expect from a stout. It has a nice strong roasted malt note mixed with some moderate chocolate and balanced by a moderate hop bitterness. It isn't overly complex or super fancy but it's still good.

The taste is very similar to the smell in that there is a strong roasted malt note mixed with chocolate and balanced with a moderate hop bitterness. The roast tends to linger a bit and moves into the aftertaste with a slight hint of chocolate..

The feel is good. It's a nice heavy bodied beer with a smooth feeling and the carbonation gives it a nice tingling feel to it.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout.. It isn't super complicated or extremely unique but it certainly gets the job done and then some. It's definitely one that you won't have regrets putting in regular rotation for colder weather.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Utter black body, opaque to light, with a moderate, some what coarse tan head, with superb retention. Irregular tide marks adorn the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep and intense aroma of dark malt, cocoa, cold coffee and bitter chocolate. There are hints of vinous alcohol as well.

Taste: Opens with flavors of cold coffee, bitter cocoa, and burnt toast. There is an undercurrent of vinous alcohol as well. As the taste progresses, a slight burnt caramel sweetness is notable. Towards the finish, some earthy, but restrained hops present. Finishes with a lingering bitter cocoa and cold coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent, over-the-top example, well-suited to a cold and rainy autumn evening.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom-embossed short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black with a good beige head

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt

T - Bold : roasted, cocoa powder, dates, smoke, tobacco, wood, vanilla,. Deep and complex flavor

F - Sharp, medium carbonation very dry

O - I love this beer, it's bold, its complexity and dryness makes it a world-class beer

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

Definitely bittersweet chocolate, lighter on the coffee, dark brown head, little lacing, but is definitely an Imperial. Try it. Imperial lovers will definitely be satisfied.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8.8% abv, 45 ibu, 12 fl. oz.
A - dark black brown head.
S - dark dried fruit, raisin, coffee, chocolate, smokey, vanilla, coconut, marshmallow.
T - mild carbonation, smooth, big thick body. alcohol apparent, somewhat tartness. great smoke bitterness. dry,.
O - pretty good beer, but not as good as old rasputin, which is more balabce. the highlight of this beer is the mouthful n body, so smooth n heavy. worth to try!

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Photo of JackieKu
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Best by 2016-05-08.

A: Opaque black. Poured 3 fingers high of head, medium short retention.
S: Chocolate. Somewhat coconut. A little vanilla and woody.
T: Intense chocolate, like cocoa milk. Medium low sweetness. Medium high bitterness. A little herbal. Dry finish.
M: Full bodied. Quite creamy.
O: Great stout! The creamy mouthfeel, the sweetness, and the strong chocolate flavor make it drinks like cocoa milk. Yet the relative high bitterness balances it really nice. Finally the alcohol content is not too high, given that there are many alcohol monsters in the style.

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Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured opaque black with a thick tan head. Nice lacing. Aromas of coffee and roasted malt. The taste was well-balanced, with toast, coffee, chocolate, and a nice firm bitterness. Full-bodied with a great feel.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very thick mouth feel, and with a strong lingering dark chocolate flavor that remains throughout the stout. I get some coffee, and really no bitterness.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick black with thin tan head. Decent retention and thin lacing.

Smell is strong of chocolate and malts. Not picking up the coffee, but some breadiness.

Taste of dark chocolate, coffee shows up for sure in the taste. Moderate bitterness tries to add balance, but this one is leaving toward sweet, and I like it.

Feel is very thick with lively carbonation. Turns foamy and sticky. A lot of character in the feel.

Overall, this is exceptional. A very well rounded flavor profile with a nice nose and excellent feel. Nothing here is in your face with added flavors, almost perfect.

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Photo of Myotus
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (best by 03Sep16) into a nonic pint glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before drinking. Consumed on 09Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of brown foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of khaki foam within 1 minute and 15 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is subtle in quantity and thin.
SMELL: Mild aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and bitter roasted malts are backed by subtle black cherry, plum, and vanilla aromas along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: Strong coffee and mild bitter roasted malt flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by strong bittersweet chocolate flavors along with mild plum and sweet, black cherry flavors. Subtle flavors of vanilla, floral hops, and spicy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for bitter roasted malts, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness. A big and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: Too bitter for me to personally rate any higher. I can definitely see how other people love this, though. If you're looking for a stout balancing sweetness and bitterness, look elsewhere. If you love the bitter, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of RavynX
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brown, pretty much black with a tan head that clings around the edge.

Smell: A light nose of subtle coffee notes.

Taste: Heavily roasted coffee taste up front and a lingering bitterness.

Feel: Medium carbonation that dances on the tongue.

Overall: This will be a great beer if you like your coffee.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, long lasting head. Chocolate! Lots of chocolate, tastes like a candy bar, dunked in coffee & cream. Very tasty. I couldn't sense any kind of aroma but it's other qualities make up for it. Excellent

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle into a Tulip. Paid £4.65 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, black, oily body, that when held to the light reveals only a sliver of ruby against the edges of the glass. A three-finger in height, tan-coloured dense, creamy head dissipates slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind thick, solid bands of sticky lace.

The light and simple nose primarily consists of charred dark malts and roasted coffee beans, small amounts of pine and grassy hop profiles are also noticeable in the background. The taste follows suit. Dry, earthy, dark roasted malts dominate initially, with dry roasted coffee following shortly after. Faint suggestions of bitter chocolate, cocoa and vague dark fruits enter around the mid palate but fail to really impact the heavy roast profile. In the mouth, a medium body and enthusiastic carbonation give a feel that is smooth and creamy, but quite light on the palate. Towards the finish a touch of pine and grassy hops join lingering char, roast and coffee profiles to add more of a simple, abrasive, dry bitterness rather than interest or flavour.

Overall this is a decent beer. It does a good job of balancing an intense roast profile with high drinkability and hides its 8.8% ABV incredibly well. Ultimately though, it is a little one-dimensional. For me, it needs greater malt sweetness in order to balance that powerfully bitter roast. At this price point, I won’t be picking up another bottle for what is just a good but not great beer.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 3122 ratings