Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Double StoutDouble Stout
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
880
Ratings:
3,096
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
476
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into a tulip glass.

No date on bottle.

A- Pours solid black with a 1 finger khaki head that sticks around. Leaves nice lacing as well as alcohol legs on the side of the glass as it goes down.

S- Tons of roasted malts with hints of bitter dark chocolate and dark fruits.

T- Dry roasted malts with lots of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco ashtray, and earthy hops.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark almost black in the glass with tan head
Fruity chocolate smell
Strong dark chocolate with fruitiness in the background and a mild hop finish
Good full mouthfeel
Overall a good, but not great imperial stout

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive in this one, with some milk chocolate, light coffee and some underlying vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but delivers more complexity than I was expecting. I pick up some nice licorice, with some dark chocolate, more coffee and a hint of leather and tobacco. The sweetness is not overdone with this one, and drinkability is quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, fairly smooth finish.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this is a very solid beer from the folks at Green Flash.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - As black as 2am & as clear as politics today.
Lacing is about to happen,but not quite,just like the elected yahoos.

Smell - Chocolate. Black coffee notes and burnt figs. Made me feel at home.
“The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Taste - Sweetness & the coffee is in your face during and after.

Feel - Oily with low carbonation.

Overall -4 for being a powerful double,however, this is not a stout for just anybody.

A friend gave me this & I owe him one good beer back now for sure...Quite a sippin stout that i will not forget!
Watchin' cubs & reds in the 4th, tied 1-1 & by the time the 7th inning stretch comes around,i'll probably still be sippin'.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a jet black color with a thick, long-lasting, off-white head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S -It smelled of roasted malts and molasses. There were mild notes of caramel sweetness.

T - It tasted of sharp, coffee-like roasted malts. There were hints of oak and wood. There was a smooth caramel sweetness.

M - It was thick and creamy. A medium bodied stout.

D - This is a very nice imperial stout. Lighter than most but still very good.

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

Glass - Snifter

A - This is a pitch black brew with a tan 2-finger head. The head held decently and left a few spots on my glass.

S - Herbal and lemony hops are pronounced. I pick up dark chocolate, fig, charcoal. A touch of alcohol is present but I can't pick up much else. Subtle vanilla as it warmed.

T - Semi sweet chocolate, charcoal and soft fig upfront. As it rolls to the sides of my tongue I get hints of alcohol and herbal hop flavors. It finishes with a rich tasting dark chocolate with mild sweetness, subtle vanilla, more alcohol, and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with low crispness and a smooth velvet like texture.

O - I really enjoyed the simple flavors of the beer. The dark chocolate, charcoal, herbal hop, and warming alcohol. I liked that the beer wasn't overly sweet, or over hopped for the style. So I'd buy it again once in a great while I guess. Cheers!

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Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out extremely dark brown with a chocolate colored frothy head. Retention is excellent. Seeing a little lacing.

S - The nose is amazing. Lots of toasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, raisins, and just a touch of alcohol.

T - Lots of roasted coffee with some bitterness to start. The middle is chocolaty and sweet with undertones of dark fruit. Finish is bitter with tons or toasted grains and coffee. Surprisingly alcohol is pretty toned down.

M - So damn creamy. Definitely full bodied. Carbonation is done right as well.

O - This is a straight all around good double stout. Not a bad price either. 11 dollars a 4 pack. Worth every penny.

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Photo of jdmiser
4/5  rDev -2.2%

It was a good Stout. Nothing to write home about. I'm not sure how amazing it was though considering I'm not a big Stout drinker, so I may have to revisit it at a later date.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, poured into some large snifters.

A- Green Flash DS is black with a nice sturdy 1/2 inch tan head that left some spotty lacing.

S- This stout has a big roasted malt base to it with some chocolate and dark fruits with warming. No sign of the alcohol which is nice. Smells very robust.

T- A tasty stout with more of the chocolate and cocco coming through more than the smell. Also getting just a bit of tootsie roll as well. Roasted malts and not as much hops than I was expected from green flash.

M- Double Stout glides down so smooth it's amazing. This one is a step above medium bodied with light carbonation. Just a hint of the alcohol comes through with some heat. No bitterness as the hops are low, or have faded from a slightly old bottle.

D- Could have finished the whole bottle by myself. The alcohol while not sessionable is not terribly high either which helped out also. I finished my portion in no time.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Thick, black, and dense. It has a nice tan head that gives a nice cascade affect.

S-Alcohol, molasses, brown sugar,and a hint of coffee.

T-Chocolate, dark fruits, some hoppiness, and a nice coffee finish, with some lingering alcohol.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Pretty drinkable double stout. It doesn't have as much coffee flavor as other double stouts I've had which made it easier to drink.

Overall, this is a pretty good double stout. However, this beer seemed to get less complex over time. It seemed to become more one deminsionable. I would recommend this stout to lovers of the style.

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

A: Black body with a grey-brown head.

S: Fudge, sherbet and floral hops. Strawberry is present later on.

T: Crickey! It's harsh at first. It's slightly sweet with a very bitter bite. It's smokey, ever so slightly earthy and there's a wee bit of liquorice. Lemonade/Sprite in the aftertaste.

O: Some nice concentrated flavours but it's not the most refined strong stout out there.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. No bottling date to be found, but this bottle has been cellared for over a year.

A: Pours deep black. The coffee colored head settles very quickly. Wispy, jagged lines of lacing.

S: Heavy roast and char, lots of soot. Black cocoa powder and dry chocolate cake. Hopping is still very apparent even after a year in the bottle. Aggressive green and spicy hop scents, earthy wet leaves. Plum and black currant if one strains. French roast.

T: Creamed coffee, chocolate cake and brownies. The more heavily roasted malt tastes creep in with flavors of burnt crust, charcoal, and smoke. The hops have smoothed out more than the nose let on. they take on a supporting role and lend flavors of earthy leaves and mild pine needles. Plum and black currant lie deeply buried. Touch of warming alcohol. Finishes with dry chocolate cake and a touch of smoke.

M: Thick in body, though not all that weighty. Very whipped and airy in texture, delightfully creamy. Little carbonation. Prick of warming alcohol. Slight astringency. Smooth.

O: This is a very bold beer when consumed fresh. Time mellowed out the bite of the hops significantly, and the alcohol is now an afterthought. The texture in particular made this beer a delight to sip.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch thick dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Randsom swaths of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, bread/biscuit, and slight chocolate aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa beans, and some hop flavors on the finish. There is a slight roasty/hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout that has more roasty aromas and flavors than any sort of coffee/chocolate found in other stouts.

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Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an aggressive pour of this bottle resulted in a half inch of creamy tan head on top of a black body. smell and taste are pretty standard for the style. both have good roasted malt flavors with a nice amount of cocoa in it. mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. leaves a sticky syrupy film on the lips. overall this is a good stout, nothing outstanding, but a very well made representation of the style.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with one-finger tan head that leave a brown lace ring down the glass. A great stout aroma; I pick up roasted and coffee malt blended together as well as dark chocolate and something like toffee or syrup(?) and for some reason I get something akin to black cherry. The beer itself is more of the same as it real smooth and creamy and easy to drink (and dangerous considering the ABV hides itself well). Yet despite this smoothness there's a great dryness from the roasted and coffee malts balanced in this beer w/ the sweetness (dark chocolate, toffee...that black cherry vibe again). Finishes dry and is just a very enjoyable sipper.

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

A reasonably soft pour produces a full, three-finger thick, deeply browned, creamed-cocoa colored head. The beer is opaque and quite black, though it does show hints of rubies in its depths if you hold it directly up to the light. My first smell of the aroma yields aromatics that are not nearly as burnt / roasted as I was expecting, instead a mix of sweet, dark malt and aromas of dark chocolate are what I first notice. Subsequent draughts of the aroma yield toasty grain-husk aromas, a touch of roast charcoal, a hint of burnt acidity, some dark roast coffee aromas and perhaps a hint of burnt fruit character. The aroma, while characterful, is a bit more subdued than I would expect of a stout of this strength; it is actually in a way nice that it is not bowling me over.

Sweet, dark chocolate and malt notes up front yield to a drying, roast coffee finish. The finish lingers for quite some time with a roast grain bitterness and a touch of burnt acidity; though the bitter, burnt grain character is really what lingers on in the palate after the beer has slid down ones throat. I really like the rich, chewy malt decadence that starts out each sip, but after a bit the finish gets a little too sharp and burnt. Pretty well carbonated, but the texture of this beer is creamy enough that the carbonation is only lightly noticed. The beer is certainly chewy and thick, though it is not overly so; this is a good beer to have one pint of when you only want one.

A nice beer. It get a bit less harsh in the finish as the beer warms up. The dark, sweet malt character becomes a bit more apparent throughout the flavor profile, which is what helps to mitigate the burnt bitter notes of the finish. A tasty beer I would be happy to have again.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.) tasted in 2015.

Appearance : black color with tan foamy head.
Aroma : roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate.
Flavor & mouthfeel : sweet with notes of roasted malt, leading to a bitter chocolate finish.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Great beer, awesome roasted coffee aroma. Very dark in color with a very very dark head. I really like the roast coffee and chocolate flavors combined with the sweet malt flavors. It is a very rich beer and you can't even tell it's 8.8%. The whole beer is very balanced overall no flavors overpowering another.

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Photo of FMSmith
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slow and sluggish dark dark brown, like an Imperial Stout should pour. Head was average and dark brown. Nose was roasted, coffee and chocolate but not that promising. Taste followed the nose and mouthfeel was good. taste better as it warmed to room temp. Drakes Imperial was a slightly better choice but along the same flavor, pour and smell but Green Flash was missing the deeper chocolate notes.

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

22 oz bottle I got from hopsleeroy I believe. Really need to start writing down who sends me what. Pretty sure it was hopsleeroy. Well, I am whore for Double Stouts and Impy Stouts. Served this one up in your standard shaker pint.

A: Pours a really nice deep, oily black. This beer allows no light through whatsover. This is pitch, frickin black. Can't see through it because no light gets through it, so no idea about carbonation movement. It did pour a really nice finger of mocha colored head. Sadly, the head didn't hold out long enough. You know the type, quit long before you wanted. Dipped down a chunky ring that tries to lay down some lace, but it really doesn't have the stick. It does try to hard so that I was I gave it a 4.

S: Smell is quite nice. Lots of really nice and sweet ass malty goodness. The malts smell of rich caramel and sugary goodness. This beer smells of chocolate, but not just any chocolate. I am talking a really rich, milk chocolately fudge characteristic. This is pretty nice, but smells incredibly sweet. Not getting any balancing notes like hops or what not. This smells great though, smells like dessert and I am glad I saved it for such occassion.

T: Taste mirrors the smell pretty well. Lots of damned malt coming through. There is a nice roast on it but there is not a burnt quality. Really nice malt character. Talking malt shop type malt. Malt balls and caramel. Then come that chocolately goodness. A really nice and rich milk chocolate comes out. Not getting much by way of bitter dark chocolate. Mostly just some sweet and very present milky goodness. There is a bit of piney hops presence in here, but all this sweetness easily bitch slaps it into an after thought.

M: Full bodied beer through and through. Nice and chewy, this beer is heavy. It has a touch more heat to it than the ABV suggests, but thats what I want from my stouts. I need my stouts to have a warming quality, and this one comes through. Carbonation is just enough to give this a slight tingle and decent crispness. Aftertaste is nice with a really nice lingering chocolate layer on the palate.

D: Well, this is absolutely a dessert beer because it does have a nice sweetness to it. As a dessert beer, it does have drinkability for that category. I think this beer is absolutely good, hence the straight 4's, but it is a bit one dimensional via all this sweetness. With that said, it sits well with a bit of weight and satisfies. Will drink again given the chance. Another fine brew by Green Flash.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bottle not dated but purchased winter 2012
Central Waters globe

A: Pours a pretty much pitch black "stout" color. Initially I got a finger and a half of tight bubbled light tan head. Looks to be leaving some nice sticky lacing sheets. Head sticks around.

S: In a night of IPAs and others, this is a breath of fresh air. Nice roast notes. I get some nice coffee hints and mild and dark chocolate hits. Doesn't smells aggressive like a RIS.

T: Right up front on the tongue, I get bitterness from the chocolate for sure.In the mid palate, I am getting some roast coffee and chocolate malt. It's a really smooth beer. The ABV is nicely hidden for sure. So smooth. The finish is long and really pleasant.

M: It's full as per the style.

O: Enjoyed greatly.

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

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a finger of fizzy brown head , no lacing.
S - Lots of big roasted malt going on, dark chocolate, slight smoke, some earthy hops, even a little fig.
T - Big and bold, some decent hop bite in front thats really earthy kinda pine and woody, big roasted malt, even some char to it, light coffee notes.
M - Pretty big and bold feel to it, no alcohol burn, but you can feel
O - Unique for what it is, very roasty and some burnt wood character to it but a good stout worth getting.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and great lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, hint of chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate,molasses, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a solid stout with good flavor and feel, nice for sipping

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.
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