Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Double StoutDouble Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,113
Reviews:
886
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
474
For Trade:
1
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Photo of DrFayhee
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful dark, almost black, color, like a glassful of oil with a thick cafe au lait colored head.
B: strong aromas of coffee, tobacco, licorice, chestnut.
T: Beautiful balance here. Starts out with a pleasant bitter hop kick then smooths out to a sweet malted finish.
M: Quite full and thick with a slight syrupy quality but very smooth. Perfect light subtle carbonation.

Really a great, rich, tasty stout.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

Massive chewy, burly dark-khaki head. Extensive lacing as the head recedes, forming rings and streaks about the glass. Pitch-black body as would be expected. 5

Strong aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Faded floral hop aroma and a bit of pungent sweetness combined with hints of booze. 4

Pretty potent hop flavor and bitterness with a matching of bitter dark chocolate followed by sweet creamy malts and vanilla. 4

It's got quite the bitter element too it, which ain't much of a surprise coming from Green Flash. But there's plenty of rich creaminess and a viscous mouthfeel that drinks very easily. 4.25

Warmth did wonders for this beer and I enjoyed it more and more. An excellent choice when in need of something easily attainable.

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Photo of Skabiski
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BreweryRun
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RobAM
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is how you make a Stout. Excellent.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours a heavy black body with about two inches of beige/tan head. Nice lacing left behind, and retention is quite nice. I can't really think of anyway this would look any better.

Smells of dark fruits (plumbs and figs). Just a touch of cocoa, caramel, and roast coffee.

Tastes follows smell. Starts off with dark fruit esters (plumbs and figs) then the cocoa and caramel come through a lot more than in the smell. Ends on a note of smokey coffee and just a hint of leafy hops. Dark fruit notes last throughout.

Really balanced sweetness and roasted/smokey bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel, quite rich, and a smooth but fairly crisp mouthfeel.

Pretty great drinkability. I was pretty surprised by how much I liked this beer. I haven't had much Green Flash, but I think I need to start.

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Photo of Rayek
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with deep mahogany highlights. A big and fizzy tan head has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, oak and dark fruits greet the nose.

T: Nicely balanced. Burnt oak, espresso and bakers chocolate start things off. Bitterness follows with a pepper bite that's aided by a mild alcohol presence. Finishes warm and dry with a lingering burnt bitterness.

M: The medium-heavy body is oily and has a touch too much fizz.

D: I found this to be an enjoyable beer. It's very well balanced, rather than over the top bitter like some takes on this style. A nice sipping beer for a cold evening.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice coco in the nose. pours a definite pitch, leather color head. lots of lacing going down.
Slightly bitter coffee & coco mix. hearty. malty, with a light hop finish, and some smokiness mixed in. everything comes together rather well. As rich as this beer is, it is surprisingly drinkable.

Glad I found it, if you are looking for a trade, give me a shout

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Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as can be with a huge 2-3 finger brown head. Looks the part

Smell: Heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a slight smoke presence

Taste: That dark roasted malt and chocolate upfront and then a nice smokey presence mid palate that follows through the finish. Possibly the slightest hint of dark fruits mid palate as well, but fades fast

Mouthfeel: i think this is where this beer could be improved. Its medium bodied, but theres a lot of bitterness that destracts from the flavors a bit

Overall: Solid, straightforward imperial stout. Iv had many that are better, but this is still somewhat unique. Its heavily roasted, and the smokey character is probably what i enjoy most about this beer. If the mouthfeel was less bitter and more smooth and creamy, this would get a higher rating from me. I plan on cellaring a couple and suspect that the bitterness will subside and that the flavors come together more

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Photo of lavapajamas
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cookeeman
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm gonna pull out the Chandler Bing fill-in-the-blanks quote and go with "Could this beer *BE* anymore up my alley???". I've always been a fan of the super dark malty stuff, and it doesn't get much darker or maltier than this DS. So glad I can get it up here in Vic on a regular basis. The aroma is sweet chocolate malt, with a little bit of roastiness. The body is Thick & Heavy, with capitals T & H, respectively. The mouthfeel is so full and flavourful that you can tell this isn't your regular ordinary run-of-the-mill stout, it is obviously a Double, and a well-crafted one at that. As soon as this brew hits your tongue, cue the silky chocolate overload, followed by a sweet roasted coffee/cocoa finish. And don't forget the booze, that mild dry alcohol flavor balances the sweetness nicely, and leaves your tastebuds wondering "What the hell just happened?". Not for the faint of heart, or anyone who is New-to-the-Brew. Take it from me, you'd better work your way up to this one.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, oily and think looking while poured. Dark khaki frothy head with great retention and lacing.

Notes of chocolate, faint bacon, coffee, and roasted nut and malt. Nice rich nose.

Nice dark bold flavor starting off with chocolate, transitioning to a nice palate coating espresso flavor. Very nice balance and dark roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel is very nicely viscous and velvety with medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice bold, flavorful stout. Definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a chocolate mousse looking thick, frothy head and great lacing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, rich and malty with a touch of booze but slightly subdued for a big malty stout

T: Dry unsweetened chocolates and roasted malts--bready and chewy but not sweet; I wish there was some sweetness to balance the rich dry maltiness but it still finishes smooth and tasty

F: Really chewy and creamy; fantastic mouth feel

O: A very nice big chocolatey, malty stout--delicious

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Photo of HalfFull
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black in color and fully opaque. An inch of frothy brown head sits atop this beer, settling slowly and maintaining a surface cap throughout.

Smell is rich of dark chocolate shavings with hints of coffee, vanilla and cherry later on. Hops are more evident after the beer settles for a bit. No notable alcohol on the nose.

Taste is dense and chewy but never sweet. Notes of chocolate yield to a more roasted character and finish with a bit of hop bitterness. Quite smooth on the feel with a full body. Easy drink for its size but limited a but by the filling nature of the body.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

A- pours opaque black, dark as night. Thick looking pour with a creamy dark tan head and patches of lace. This is about as dark as they come.

S- smoky campfire, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, and charcoal.

T- dark and delicious, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, charred, smoked meat, finishes with a bit of piney hop bitterness.

M- full bodied with light carbonation, thick mouthfeel finishes a bit creamy, just enough warmth from the booze

O- this is one dark and smoky stout. Complex flavors but well balanced throughout, this one is definitely a sipper. Great pick for a cold December night.

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Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with a 3-finger khaki head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is coffee, oats, and roasted, sweet/sour malts. The flavor is toasty malts, coffee, oatmeal, charcoal with just a hint of vanilla. A good sweet & bitter combination. Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy, and slightly oily.

This is a drinkable double stout. The ABV isn't noticeable and there's little alcohol warmth or burning. It would go well with anything chocolate.

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Photo of gtermi
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks very nice. It pours a dark black with a nice brown head that is very thick. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: This is a nice smelling beer. It has a good amount of chocolate, sweet malt, coffee and a little bit of roastedness.

T: There are a lot of coffee and chocolate on the tongue. There is a nice amount of roasted malt and even some slight liquorice. A nice taste for an Imperial Stout, but not great. I was let down with how the flavor was near as strong as I was hoping.

M: I love how smooth this beer is. It is so nice going down and it just doesnt get any easier to drink.

O: This is a very solid beer. I love getting this ever now and then. I love Green Flash and they made another good beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, impervious to light, with a fat two-finger brown head that quickly recedes to a creamy layer. Sporadic lacing. Smells sweet and chocolatey - like a mix between a milk and an oatmeal stout. Faint dark fruit behind it all. Deep, tasty oatmeal stout-like flavor. Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, a little char-iness, and a bit of coffee and fruit. Pretty simple actually, but well-crafted. Full and creamy body with a slightly gritty texture.

Kind of like a big oatmeal stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of uawildcat
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English pub glass. Had a nice brown color head. Laced throughout.

Smelled mostly of dark chocolate and a alcohol, its a little better than ok. However, the taste was surprisingly of sweet carmel. The sweetness was tamed by earthy hops. The taste was a bit hot at first from the alcohol, but it went down creamy.

Overall, a good double stout.

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Photo of hollyisaway
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Corsedonk Christmas chalice.

Appearance: Beautiful head and thick, dark body. Incredible lacing, even on the first sip. Drinking more just reveals more intricate lacing while keeping a thin layer of head.

Smell: Very much coffee, roasted malt, and alcohol. The alcohol smell is disappointing, taking over what could be close to perfect. Still, the coffee and malt really influence the smell and taste, and the 4 is well-deserved.

Taste: Again, alcohol hits far too fast. Thankfully, it dissipates quickly into burnt coffee and chocolate, along with the traditional darker malts of the stout. Lovely once the alcohol passes.

Mouthfeel: Heat and coffee. That's about it, but that's all I wanted.

Overall: Very happy with this, but a bit unbalanced for such a great brewery. If the alcohol were hidden a bit better, it'd be near perfect.

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Photo of ryno09
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - One finger head, mocha brown head, leaves a bit of lacing. The head fades quickly as expected for a beer with such a high ABV. Pitch black with no light coming through the glass.

Aroma - Big roasted malts. I get some oats as well. A hint of sweet chocolate malt and a tad bit of alcohol. As it heats up you get much more alcohol in the aroma. No hops what so ever which is almost shocking for a Green Flash beer.

Taste - For double/imperial stout you get a medium mouth feel, mainly from the oats used. Up front you get rich roasted malt character. At colder temperatures it goes down very smooth and leaves a dry finish. As with most dark beers, as you let it warm up, the true characters of the beer come into play. You still get the rich roastyness on the front of your tongue but as it gets to mid tongue you get slightly sweet coffee notes just before the Target hops balance out the malts before going too sweet light some double/imperial stouts do. It finishes with bitter-sweet roasted notes and the 8.8% ABV makes its presence known. Overall the Double Stout is one smooth drinker.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of fmccormi
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from pry-off 12oz bottle to a Bruery tulip. No dating information on the bottle.

Appearance (4.0): Holy crap, a thick and fine three-finger dark khaki head fading to one finger of a rocky, dark tan head with light but consistent lacing on the sides. Body is black as night.

Smell (3.5): Coffee. Chocolate, and maybe some grassy hops at the end—hops are very subtle in the nose. Nice, but could use more.

Taste (4.5): Bitter, dark chocolate with some piney hops following, low coffee note throughout. Malts don’t taste heavy and sweet, but balanced, providing a nice, even base. The roast is bitter but not overdone, really approachable actually. Smoky for a second on the front of the palate. The hops don’t have to compete with any sweetness, they’re just there to complement the roastiness here, and that’s exactly what they do—hang out in the back, and make an appearance towards the end. Nothing’s jumping out in front here, everything’s working together, which I like . . . a lot. As it warms, it heads more toward chocolate, but the astringent taste of charring comes through more in the finish. Very neutral yeast, don't pick up on it at all.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-heavy in body, leaning towards medium. Nice, soft but consistently fine bubbles all over.

Overall (4.0): This is a very nice double stout. I like this style because it allows the beer to head towards balance and moderation, sometimes underappreciated in beer today . . . this is nice. Like the label says, “Big, Bold & Complex,” but approachable. This is a beer I’d tell people who want to get into big stouts to be friends with, and one I’ll return to.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, opaque black with a small, tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and velvetty collar. Scattered spots of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is espresso, vanilla, bitter cocoa, and brown sugar.
Flavors are of the mentioned aromas with some bitter cocoa, ripe fruit, raisins, coffee, and creamy vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, fruity, with balanced cocoa, fruit, raisins, and espresso mixed with cream all in a smooth, luscious finish.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,113 ratings.
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