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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 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
Ranking:
#2,029
Reviews:
888
Ratings:
3,115
pDev:
9.27%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
474
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Ratings: 3,115 |  Reviews: 888
Photo of PaleZombie
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +7.3%

Photo of GaToWyo
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Mrchato
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +7.3%
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 +7.1%
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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Photo of Eziel
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xJMFCx
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/18/12. Poured into a DFH Chalice.

A - Pours black and opaque, but thin (not the higher viscosity one might expect). 3-finger, thick tan head. Excellent lacing. Well carbonated.

S - Predominantly roasted malts, but some coffee and hints of dark chocolate and sweetness.

T - Roasted malt, dry bitterness, hints of dark chocolate in the finish (in the back of the throat).

MF - Smooth, start to finish, but disappointingly thin.

O - Well balanced, but could use a fatter chewier feel. A quafible stout that I highly recommend.

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Photo of Jips
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into tasting glass

-Color: Black as midnight w/ thin bubbly white head just rimming glass
-Mouthfeel: milky (a grade below motor oil) and smoooth
-Smell: sweet malts and milk-sugar
-Taste: Big coffe flavor througout masking toffee-molassess malts
-After: Reverse (malts w/ some coffee)

Big coffee taste will drink again!

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Photo of faubs
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Think coopers stout this side of the world. Lea and perans

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle American Double stout, this one has a dark pitch black body with a deep moccha tan head, forms thick with rising chunky textured foam. Aroma has dark black chocolate notes, with creamy infused coffee notes. Flavor has dark nearly burnt coffee roast flavors, dark bitter chocolate. Herbal earthy hop finish, creamy textures round out the dark malt flavors but it does of a bit of an acrid tartness through the middle kind of like sourdough bread. Mouthfeel is big nice and chewy silky textured flows easy with natural carbonation, a bit dry in the finish. Drinkability is nice, one of the most easy going poundable big dark beers I've ever had. Impy stouts although a bid higher in abv are usually more boozey this is dangerous due to the drinkability level. This bottle may have a little bit of age considering it's a big bottle. I haven't seen it in smaller bottles yet, even though I know they changed to their new signature bottles.

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Photo of genitempo
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very consistent with the Green Flash Labeling. Nothing too fancy, but I do like how the bottling has the "Green Flash" name and icon etched into it. Great pour into a pint. Thick and dark, dark brown with thin, tan head.

Smell - Fruit and chocolate, not overpowering.

Taste - Rides very well (probably the best part of the taste), it never really peaks (maybe a bit of strength towards the end), instead, it really just kind of keeps at it the entire sip . Rich and complex but not too overpowering. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Mouthfeel - creamy, thickness is present but not too chewy.

Overall - Besides Lagunitas, Green Flash is one of my favorite microbrews out of California. Strong work with this one.

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Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black even in sunlight with a big chocolate head that falls slowly and leaves lots of sheet lace down my glass.

Aroma is roasted malt goodness sweet more chocolate then coffee. Hints of fruit some peat, earthy lightly smokey notes. Aroma is nice but little soft.

Taste is roasted malts some sweetness, almost like oats are present. Nice smokey earth notes in flavor too, peat. Nice sweet roasted malty goodness earthy notes go with leafy grassy and earthy hops blend perfectly. This is a nice stout smooth. Finish has your coffee notes and hops mingled.

Mouthfeel is big chewy nice full bodied stout with great mellow carbonation that makes it smooth.

Drinkability is great smooth sweet drinkable goodness. Goes down so easy not alcohol noted. Buy this one if you like big stouts, have already bought more this will be in my regular stout rotation now.

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Photo of PGVG
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AleWatcher
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Founders snifter.

Very very dark, completely opaque. Three finger head of very dark and thick brown bubbles. Great lacing and retention.
This beer looks amazing.

Big old chocolate fudge, like brownie batter. Huge roasty malts. Some coffee notes.
The flavor is pretty sweet, bit the finish is just right. The booziness is perfect-- just a little warmth, but it fits perfectly and works well.

The feel is a little thinner than I expected, but it is still well passed medium on the fullness-scale. It may have a touch too much carbonation, but it's still a great beer overall.

Ok-- Green Flash, congrats. I'll let go the fact you don't bottle date! This is a great goddamn beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date.

pitch black, nice thick mocha-colored head. good lacing. smells of dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee.

taste is typical of a big stout, big roasty flavors. bittersweet chocolate, a little hops, the label says it right - "earthy". well balanced, tasty.

lower carbonation, thick and smooth.

much better than I expected, will definitely look for this again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a new label that I picked up from the Village Pump for $2.49

Black with a dense, dark brown head that recedes to a thick cap, leaving sheets of lacing, this is an impressive looking beer. For a beer labeled Black Ale, this isn't all that hoppy. That said, it is not to the beer's detriment as this is an excellent stout. Rich, dark roasted grains with coffee grounds, medium dark chocolate (around 50-60%), a little bit of licorice and a moderate hop backbone, this is a wonderfully balanced stout. A little bit of toast, some caramel, a touch of earthy and herbal hops and some lactose round out the nose. Really, though, this is an excellent tradition RIS.

The palate is wonderful. Richly layered and dense with plenty of roast (but no burnt malt notes), fresh brewed French Roast coffee, a moderately bitter dark chocolate, a mild spice note ( anise?), and a little herbal bitterness with a touch of mint. Marvelously balanced, the beer finishes long with a lingering grainy bitterness, a little licorice and coffee. A touch fruity, even? Also, there's a little bit of sweetness on the finish that tempers the bitterness and enhancing the drinkability. Medium-full in body with a smooth feel (rather oatmeal stout like in this regard IMO), this beer has a soft carbonation level, allowing the grainy flavors to do the talking. A wonderful stout, I can't think of too many other imperial stouts that are this impressive and this balanced fresh. Lip smacking good.

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Photo of IPA35
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous dark brown. Pretty big two finger head, thin bubbles and good retention. Good lacing. A pretty beer. Black in the class, very light brown around the edges.

Wow! I did not expect this to be that big considering the relativly low alcohol. I was wrong.

A pretty complex and delightly aroma. Sweet malts, roast, some smokey/woody notes. Dark chocolate and coffee (not very bitter coffee) and some sort of dark fruitiness that I always like in big stouts.

Quite an an "easy" double stout/IRS, quite drinkable and not too extreme on the roast.
It has a light dark fruit component to it, it has roastiness after that comes the coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall a very tasty beer that is well civilised.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Good stuff. Not extremely overpriced here in Europe. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of tylerprince
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass and enjoyed with mesquite mac and cheese.

A: Poured pitch black with a 3-finger foamy mocha head. Head resolved after about five minutes, but left and excellent lacing and approx 5mm remained throughout the drink.

S: Typical stout; extremely chocolatey with coffee.

T: Very chocolatey with hints of coffee, strawberry, pine, and an oaty base. More complex than other stouts in this price range.

M: Creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very high on the drinkability scale as far as stouts go. Definitely some warming alcohol at the end, but it's very welcoming and somewhat overcome by this beer's great taste.

O: One of my new favorite stouts, at a fairly reasonable price. Green Flash did a great job all around - this is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken several days ago

A: Beautifully dark with a thick frothy head, chocolate milk colored head. Opaque from the darkness.

S: Chocolate and coffee, mocha all the way down.

T: Creamy and delicious. Could not taste the relatively high alcohol content at all. This gets a 5 from me.

M: Not as thick as I would have liked it, but not bad.

O: Buy this beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Oakley
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerTheater
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost pitch black with a nice one inch camel colored head. The head does dissipate but not totally, leaving little islands of burnt sienna bubbles abound. These same bubbles which almost look like crystalline sugar lace the cup.

The aroma isn't powerful on the nose but it's noticeable and fragrant. I get whiffs of milk chocolate and a somewhat mild roast coffee. Smells semi-sweet and there could be a hint of fruit there too.

The taste is wonderful and expected from the nose. You get the roasted chocolatey, malty flavor and that's the prevalent taste up front and for the majority of the experience; until it warms up a bit and other flavors come through like coffee and even some fruitiness. Definitely hits the sweet tooth but there's also a half note of bitterness that welcomes you.

The mouth feel is memorable as it's very silky smooth and creamy. Rich and almost chewy but not quite. It might just be me but it's like you can feel the texture of little crystals dancing on your tongue. This is a beer that I loved every quaff.

Great beer overall, with not a single complaint; not even a minor grievance. Perhaps the reasonable price also plays a small role in my conclusion. It's got great flavor and aroma when at a cool temp and opens up a bit more as it warms. The mouth feel is exquisite and for a powerful ABV. at 8.8%, there really wasn't any booze-ish taste to it at all. However, it sure warms the belly and i'm sure will creep up on those willing to indulge. A new beer to me and it leapfrogged instantly to one of my favorites.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

It's jet black and opaque. a dark tan head that has some nice craters. Wonderful lacing down the glass as I drink.

It's got a nice cocoa smell and some earthy hops.

Cocoa flavors, a hint of espresso. There is a faint dried fruit note, dates maybe. There is a nice earthy hops flavor as well.

It's velvety smooth and full bodied.

Overall this beer is excellent. Too bad it doesn't last on the shelves here.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep inky black with tan head

rich malty aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slight pine hops

smooth malt upfront with roasted malt, creamy oats, bitter chocolate, and slight espresso notes lead into slight pine and lemon hops, with a semi dry finish

smooth, medium bodied without being too sweet or malty, just greatly balanced with good dark flavors and no trace of the alcohol

smooth, malty, delicious and inviting with a solid malty complexity leading to a balanced finish with hops clearing it out. an excellent stout without any trace of the alcohol, i cant wait to age a couple and tip 'em back

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,115 ratings
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