Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

3,114 Ratings
Double StoutDouble Stout

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

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.

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Photo of AnthonyJS
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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 JosiahS
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

glass: snifter

a: Pitch black with a silky and rich ring atop the brew.

s: An incredible, dominant chocolate aroma along with scents of prune, milk, charcoal and pine.

t: taste has a strong, dominant chocolate flavor as well. Just a hint of leather, tobacco, charcoal and pine. Sweet upfront then transitions smoothly into rich malt base, finishing only slightly bitter.

m: full-bodied, rich and silky, medium carbonation with mild heat.

o: Great stout, a perfect combination of a drinkable beer and a sipper. Very delicious.

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Photo of melza
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aforbes10
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo! in Vacaville. Pours a really pretty black with a 1 inch light brown, creamy head. Beautiful. Smells of decadent dark chocolate nibs, truffles, cocoa powder. Awesome aroma, i want to just sit here and smell it all night (well, actually, no). Flavor is a reminder of the wonderful smell; up front, its nice deep, rich chocolate, almost like a pure chocolate drink with a bit of alcohol in it. Other new flavors follow: a distinct coffee bean taste, slightly bitter, with some green-tasting hop residues. Alcohol just barely evident on the finish, which is more chocolate and some nice charred malt. Very nice. Mouthfeel maybe a bit thinner than i'd prefer, a bit watery. Drinks very well...probably my first non-IPA that i've really been impressed with since moving out to CA.

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a ridiculously vicious pitch black with an equally impressive peppery mocha head (1/2) finger or so.

S: Cocoa bomb for sure... laid waste to everything as a matter of fact. Strong, air freshener-like aroma, with tons of roasted malts.

T: Pure BA candy. It literally tasted like a melted candy bar... chocolate, vanilla, all toasted on a ketted, mildly chilled, then served!

M: Thick and creamy, with barely a trace of booze to be found. Low, yet perfectly realized carbonation. Sweet... but isn't all candy?

O: Almost like Silva, only not QUITE as memorable. Easy A!

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Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Viscous and black with a thick mocha head about two fingers thick that cling to the side of the glass and recedes into a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Burnt sugar, vanilla, chocolate and roasted grains elegantly meld together in harmony to create a truly wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted grain, caramel and marshmallow are the predominate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with no apparent alcohol; a thick body with medium carbonation.

Overall: I can’t believe I waited as long as I did to finally purchase this beer. It was very good! A lot of American Double stouts try to be overpowering, whereas, this example is more subtle yet no less flavorful.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to drunkmonk for hook'n me up with this one. Dude, awesome extra!

Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger foamy dark tan head that fades to surface fairly quickly, leaving spotty patterns of lacing behind. Needs to warm up pretty good, but the smell will get your attention. Initially an almost pungent roasted character, but upon further 'consideration' complexities are revealed like the rings of an onion. A dark fruit thing comes through and something that comes across with some bitterness takes on a licorice-like character with a cocoa accompaniment. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied, smooth and coating. Full flavored, the taste is also complex. Scoring points for imagination and creativity! A classic Double Stout; molasses, cocoa, java, licorice and a cherry/vanilla barrel-aged character. Too cool! A ton of stuff to consider. 22oz is definitely not enough of a sample to dignify this one. A real easy drinker...the 8.8% ABV may 'kick in' at some point. Highly recommended!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black body, medium tan head, excellent lacing.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and fruits both juicy and dark.

Taste follows the nose. Rich coffee and chocolate abound. Earthy, juicy and darkly fruity.

Thick, rich, and oily, but thin enough to still flow easily.

Alcohol tucked away smoothly enough for good drinkability.

An under the radar, damn nice, oatmeal imperial.

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Photo of johlac66
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, nearly black with short dark tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: coffee, dark chocolate, espresso, heavily toasted grains, malt, caramel, molasses

T: beautiful coffee and dark chocolate flavors, nice hop bitterness, heavily roasted slightly nutty flavors, brown sugar

M: full bodied with lower carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: a really nice stout, great toasty flavors, good hops to balance malt body

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Photo of estlinska
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased by the bottle (4pack) at Colonial on 3/10/13 and poured into a tulip. Pours the deepest of black with absolutely no light penetration, topped unceremoniously with a dark brown head the color of brown sugar and just the finest of lacing throughout the glass. The smell is all medium roast coffee and sweet milk chocolate with a touch of char to it. Hops are buried almost completely in the malt bill; maybe the faintest of citrus San Diego in there. The taste is a wonderful example of the natural form of a stout, full of that roasty coffee and milk chocolate on the nose, with just a hint of sweet citrus hops and alcohol heat on the back end. Full mouthfeel and maybe a little flat as far as carbonation goes. This is an overall great Imperial Stout, something I really want to try on tap and especially on NITRO; I think it would remarkably improve the beer for a whole new experience.

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Photo of GJ40
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Sam's in Durham, NC.

A - A deep, dark, black hole that allows no light to pass through. It's got a huge tan head with some serious retention.

S - Roasty and malty with some chocolate and coffee notes.

T - A very smooth stout with a balanced foundation of roasted malt and alcohol. Not dry but not sweet. Some hops too. Not much bitterness (almost could use a bit more).

M - Very thick and chewy. I wonder how it would pour on pancakes. Great carbonation. Lots of small bubbles like a nitro tap.

D - This is a very nice imperial stout. It's smooth, complex and easy to drink. I'll definitely be bringing it home again.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily black with a beautifully creamy, chocolate-coloured head. The head doesn't have the retention I expected from its density, but results in decent lacing and still a very good looking beer.

Aroma of roasted chocolate and dark malts has smoky barrel undertones. Although it's got great depth, slightly more subtle than I expected. Phenomenal flavour at all levels, from an initial milky sweetness to a coffee bitterness in the finish, this truly offers all the best of roasted dark malts. Well balanced but complex - a perfect sipping beer. Mouthfeel is like velvet, with the expected creamy residue and aftertaste. This finish lingers for an impressive length of time.

Another brilliant beer from San Diego.

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Photo of Zekezilla
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful appearance, nearly completely black with lacing throughout. A little thinner than I thought it would be, giving the appearance. Taste reminds me of dark fruit, maybe dates or raisins, with nice smokiness underneath. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black mass in a glass. Double tall foamy topping of dark tanned froth all thick and lush saying hello and sticking around for a conversation of lacing the glass with heavy amounts of sheeting with some broken edges.

Aroma is somwhat lighter then I would have thought, but what is there is clean and mildly so with a mere chocolatey presence and creamy tanged coffee tint. Slight burntness and some green juicy hops. Picks up a welcome biggerness as it warms.

Decadent taster; simple, ample, roasty, chocolatey tanged and creamy with bits of vanilla, dark cherry, dark orange, pineapple slush, coffee edged bitterness and drying in the finish. Its supply of flavors is nearly perfect and quite adequate to the Ol' taste buds with a steady, firm, tangy mild roast of milk chocolate wrapped in a darker chocolate bitterness and coffee dryness. Hops squeezed in with a fresh oily touch of leafyness. Warmth ensues and settles in some as ya get thru it, but does not hamper any enjoyment levels.

Firm and steady, creamy, smooth, bold, lush, ample medium body that encompasses a great tangy tone of roast and darker undertones of chocolate loaded fruits. The dryness is the finish is outstanding as a perfect little blend of chocolatey tang swirls about with a coffee edges blackness with burntish hints. Nice!

Gone in no time flat as this stuff drinks down way to easy and smooth with an amazing tone of creamy tang and chocolatey roast and easing bittering dryness. A super nice stout by Green Flash!

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Photo of cradke
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and viscous with a thick fine black head. To head was perfect on this guy.

Smell: Lots of malt, some dark bread notes. A little bit of espresso and brown sugar.

Taste: mmm. Perfect sweetness. Good malt and chocolate notes. Some vanilla is sneaking through. A good punch with the alcohol that is done nicely. Ends with a nice aftertaste and some lingering dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel; Good carbonation. Plays well with the other elements of the beer.

Overall: I got this as an extra and I was really impressed with this. Seriously one of the best non BA stouts i've had in a while. There is a great chocolate and espresso combination and the alchohol level is spot on.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a foamy brown head.

S: Dark fruit, malt, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in the nose.

T: Bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied, smooth and delicious.

O: A really tasty imperial stout, with a really dull name. It makes me want to try Silva Stout.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into a snifter and it damn near billowed out the top. Huge mocha brown colored head with massive lacing and a black as night ale. Very roasty aroma with chocolate in the air, butterscotch, some nice cocoa hints and a slight orange-y whiff in there too. The taste is definitely on the bitter side! A nice smokey initial taste followed by bitter chocolate and some expresso hints. Awesome stuff. Full bodied with a slight bit of carbonation on the swallow but nothing to detract from the taste. Overall I think this beer is great! I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Rich, chocolatey and creamy with a nice bitterness to it. I never imagined such an awesome brew resided in a non-descript bottle. Excellent stuff and worth searching out. Would love to see how this ages but drank all eight within a few days. Addicting.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of PaleZombie
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large wine glass,

A - Poured black with about 2 fingers of creamy brown head.

S - Woah! Roasted caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, molasses, maybe some slight vanilla.

T - Strong sweet caramel malt, Biter-sweet chocolate, coffee and some molasses and licorice in the back end. Wonderful!

M - Fairly heavy almost syrup like texture, very creamy medium carbonation.

O - This is a grate brew! If you see this pick it up, you wont be disappointed. Great intense flavors, I will definitely be buying this one again!

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Photo of MrBIP
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of GaToWyo
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Mrchato
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfect example of a well balanced stout, Green Flash has won my heart all over again with this baby, I will definitely be revisiting this one soon.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a beer mug. Thick black liquid covered with a nice tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: smells like brownies are in the oven. Hints of hop aroma and alcohol. Heavenly.

T: rich chocolate fudge gives way to bitter cocoa & coffee, then finishes with a complex mix of bitter and floral hops.

M: moderate to thick feel lingers pleasantly on the palate, although the drying effect of the alcohol is also felt loud & clear in the rest of the mouth. Lovely sensation despite the utter lack of carbonation.

D: at 8.8% ABV I wouldn't expect to drink these all night, but I've had stronger Imperials where the alcohol was better hidden. Still, I'm left /wanting/ more even if I know better :)

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Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes out in a black color, a bit of ruby/brown coming through in the light. A surprisingly huge huge head in a mocha brown color.

The aroma has a wonderful sweet roasty malt, tons of chocolate, bittersweet, cocoa powder, a bit of coffee. A good amount of robust malt and oats in there, caramel sweetness too.

The flavor is just wonderfully complex and the mouthfeel is very full and luscious. At first, you’re getting that milk chocolate and cocoa powder. It then moves onto this molasses, dark toffee sweetness. Then onto this beautiful hoppy/roasty bitterness. Almost like a slightly overtoasted/burnt bread in giving you a tinge of bitterness, but not overpowering like some other imperial stouts. The bitterness balances with the sweetness wonderfully so that you want to dig in for more.

As it warms up, there’s a nuttiness that shines through, a tinge of dark fruit with dried plums.

A pleasant surprise and an underrated beer.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,114 ratings.
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