Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
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#4,677
Reviews:
890
Ratings:
3,120
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 890 | Ratings: 3,120
Reviews by Fremont897:
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4.9/5  rDev +19.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Lush, Malty, Roasty, Char

Pitch black with a big, coffee colored head. Nose is full of roast, char, and grain. Smooth, creamy, and lush, with a full-body and a sweet, malty, semi-syrupy, caramel base followed by dark fruits (raisins), roast, char, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, treacle, and marshmallow. Finishes dry with lingering char and smoke. No hype. No limited availability. No lines of beer geeks. No bullshit. Just a kickass Double Stout.

STYLE: American Double Stout | ABV: 8.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of BaalDagon
5/5  rDev +22%

I cannot speak highly enough about this double stout! If you are looking for a mature, refined adult beverage for your discriminating palate... I highly advise and heartily encourage this one! I would go on about all the usual reviewing points, but where would that leave your adventurous expectations?

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A deep mahogany brown that still manages to show some clarity through ginger highlights. The head is a strip of tan on top:

Smell:The vivacious, yet balanced fragrance comes at you from two sides of the spectrum: fresh, grassy hops and a pungent chocolate factory. It's a surprisingly near perfect pairing. There also exists a soft sweet combo of red and black fruit--strawberries and plums, for the most part.

Taste: Gourmet chocolate comes with a white pepper kick. The fruit is there too, plums in particular. The malt bill has a strong, grainy presence. It starts out toasty and complex, then ends up slightly smoky in the finish, like roasted chestnuts. Also balancing out the sweetness are the noticeable hops, which are earthy, with medium bitterness. The result is neither too sweet, not too bitter. It's everything you've been looking for in a stout, living together in harmony.

Mouthfeel: The smooth mouthfeel has some creaminess to it, but the stays within average viscosity. Strong carbonation adds a refreshing quality, making this big beer deceivingly drinkable. Indeed, the alcohol warming is barely noticeable, quietly loitering in the back of the throat.

Overall: The Imperial Stout I've been waiting for! It has all the "right" qualities, but steers completely clear from the dark-and-sticky territory. Hops, spice, and bubbles are what drive it above and beyond the norm. And yet, it still has the dark chocolate strawberries everyday Imperial Stout lovers are hoping for.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. I've had this for probably more than 18 months - hopefully its strength will have preserved it reasonably well.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy mocha-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dried fruit, sugar, a hint of vanilla and a faint twinge of oxidation. Rich, dark and fruity - good stuff.

Tastes of intense roasted malt with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, dark malt, coffee, cocoa,molasses, dried fruit, earthy yeast, stewed hop and faint vanilla. A hint of oxidation and staleness in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, coffee, mild fruitiness and stewed leaves.

Impressive - a big stout with a big flavour. Looks the part, while the aroma and flavour are replete with roasted malt, burnt grain and molasses. Some mild staleness but this doesn't detract from the experience. Decent body, though could be a shade thicker. A great stout with plenty of character - worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an undated bomber from around 2007-2008 (they haven't used this old label since that period). Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is inky - very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin layer of dark tan head. Just a little bit of occasional lace. 8.8% ABV isn't that big for an imperial stout these days, and I've seen ones with much higher alcohol content retain a nicer head. That's basically the only strike against this beer. Not a big deal.

Smell is heavenly. The most forward note is dark fruits, like prune and raisin, which is more reminiscent of a quad than a stout. Behind that is burnt sugar, molasses, coffee, milk chocolate and a slight whiff of bourbon.

That very concentrated "inkiness" carries through to the palate. Espresso, dark chocolate, oats and bitter black malts dominate, with a tinge of green raisin and a cool finish that can probably be attributed to the hops and the booze. Nice roasty/bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel starts off thin, but quickly rounds out and becomes velvety with a surprising amount of soft, prickly carbonation, considering this one's age.

Overall, this beer might have seen better days in terms of look and feel, but the flavor is mostly all there. The nose is downright sexy. The beer is not too sweet and finishes rather dry. It would probably make for a nice complement to a really rich, sweet desert like cheesecake.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours an almost perfectly pitch black color. The head is two fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention is quite good, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Yep, I'm loving all the dark chocolate in this. There are additional twinges of dark fruits, graham cracker, and caramel, all balanced by a slightly piny touch. Not hugely deep, but still a really nice nose.

T: It starts off just like the nose indicated - dark chocolate, graham cracker, caramel, and dark fruits come through vividly. The finish, however, is quite bitter with tones of roast and tobacco-like hops. There's also a kiss of alcohol I didn't quite expect (I'm so used to beers in the 9% range covering the booze perfectly), too. The booze gives it a nuancing touch of dark fruit, creating a reasonably complex yet dry imperial stout.

M: It starts off with a full, sweet feel; but it finishes dry and hoppy. It's one of the few dark beers I'd call refreshing - and that's a great thing. There isn't a lot of carbonation, instead relying purely on the dryness to cleanse the palate. And it works.

O: The tale of two stouts: one sweet and desert-y, the other bitter, dry, and almost refreshing. This is a manly drink: big, bitter, and even a touch harsh. But in a good way! I could totally imagine Catherine the Great (read: the manliest Czar ever, so manly she was a woman) drinking something like this while being boinked by Denis Diderot.

3.75/5: Very nice old-school imperial stout

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Photo of xabyss
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/06/12, consumed 11/19/13

A: An opaque void, black as night with a quickly-dissipating mocha head that leaves lace sticking everywhere; pretty glorious

S: A bit weak on the nose, but the goods come through: chocolate, coffee, a healthy dose of roasted hops.

T: The year spent aging has added some complexity to this brew, methinks. Dark chocolate up front, malts and coffee in the rear, with a pleasant bitterness left lingering on the palate. I'm definitely getting dark fruits and possibly even a hint of licorice. The coffee wipes the palate clean before I can dwell on the complexities. Quite good!

M: Not as thick as other "double stouts." On the lighter end of full-bodied with some small stinging carbonation bubbles.

O: I picked this guy up six months ago and thought, heck with it, I'mma sit on it another 6 months because, why not. Point is, I don't have a fresher sample to compare side by side. Reading some of the other reviews, I do think a year in the cellar did this guy some good. Overall, a good, borderline great stout, but far from my favorite.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip/wine glass

A - Deep dark chocolate molasses, two finger very deep tan head and some sticky lacing.

S - chocolate, ripe berries, rich coffee, quite grainy, molasses, huge malt, simple biscuit yeast, soil, wet wood, cake batter, nice booze and baked good baking in the oven

T - chocolate, berries, cake, very acidic coffee, fresh soil, fresh cut trees, light booze, cinnamon and more chocolate.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, very acidic and a very nice bitter to sweet chocolaty finish!

D/O - Goes down like 'butta'. Very easy to drink, tons of flavor, right amount of booze and an all year long drinker.

Final Thoughts - $10 for a 4 pack pisses me off, but the 8.8% abv is awesome.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours black with chocolate head. Some lacing developing. Aroma of coffee, cocoa and maybe some dark berries. Taste is roasty bitter, but there is a sweetness that serves as the backbone to balance this beer out. I'm getting a peppery aspect as well. Full bodied and creamy texture. Finish is bitter, but nice.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours black in color with a rather impressive two fingers of tan head.

S: Intense roasted malt and coffee aromas to this. Plenty of dark chocolate aromas with a subtle earthiness. Perhaps a hint of smoke, same thing for licorice. A bit of molasses and toffee for sweetness.

T: The roasted malt flavor is quite powerful with a slight bitterness and earthy hop note. Lots of strong coffee and dark chocolate flavors, maybe a bit of licorice and burnt sugar. Subtle sweetness on the mid-palate.

M: Medium bodied with smooth, medium carbonation.

O: A very tasty beverage. Another solid beer from Green Flash.

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Photo of rjvanston
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Skunkdrool
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of PaulMc
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of CountDrunkula
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of trytoketchup
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Drew_V_dt
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of julian
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, OR this weekend.

A: Blacker than night. Good head formation, beige to medium brown in color. It quickly disappears to almost nothing apart from random frothy bubbles.

S: Roasted, burnt malts, coffee.

T: Earthy, roasted flavor up front, followed by a smooth, burnt malt and semi sweet oat flavor accentuated by coffee and chocolate. Overall lots of roastiness!

M: Lots of carbonation, but subsides quickly in your mouth. No adverse aftertaste. What you'd expect from a stout.

D: Fairly respectable ABV, lotsa of roastiness which you'd expect from a double stout, and good mouthfeel. Good drinkability!

Overall: Pretty good. I can't demerit this for anything, it's a solid stout, although nothing really popped out at me. It was pretty average for the course.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Your typical impy stout - black with about a half finger of of tan head. A moderate amount of foamy lacing.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, mocha, and roasted malt. Just a touch of licorice and butteriness.

T: Notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans up front transitions into a very hoppy finish. Distinct notes of citrus mingle with chocolate in the finish.

M: Full bodied with a very subtle carbonation. Just a little hotness from the alcohol in the finish.

O: A good imperial stout overall. Not quite good enough for me to want to buy it over my normal staples like Storm King and Old Rasputin, but tasty nonetheless. I'll have no trouble finishing the four pack!

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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