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Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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884 Reviews
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
Reviews:
884
Ratings:
3,106
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
478
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 884 | Ratings: 3,106
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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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev -2.2%

I like this beer. Pours as it's name suggests.
All the ingredients are there-- nice sculptured foamy head
Black molasses in the nose along with a jab of hops.
But on the initial taste-- and maybe I'm expecting something else seeing "Double" in the name-- its initial stance on my palate is thin, a bit flat, deflated-- where's the air pump?
I wouldn't say this if the label simply said "Stout",,, but seeing "Double" I expected "Sumo".
Regardless of my critical demeanor-- it's a great brew with all the classic flavors.
A gorgeous beer.

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

Green Flash Double Stout, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours very dark with a touch of ruby around the bottom of the glass. Fairly good lacing from a rocky brown head.

S: Dark malts, some roasted character, chocolate, faint coffee grounds and distant caramel. Balanced somewhere between roasty and sweet.

T: Decent earthy dark malt base, definite twang of hop bitterness on the finish. Coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel notes, decent roasted component with faint espresso bitterness. The finish has a ghost-like alcohol presence, barely discernable.

MF: Feels moderate & medium, fairly creamy and wet, finishes with a slight drying bitterness with hints of hops and cofee.

O: A simple, well-executed, drinkable stout. Nothing overly impressive but nice.

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

On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's, San Diego, CA on 7/9/09.

A - Deep brown body, about two shades from pure black with slight burgundy highlights and one-finger creamy burnt tan cap that diminished to a thin patchy film and left thick sheets of lacing around the glass.

S - Initial aroma is heavy on chocolate and roasted malt with hints of coffee. Subsequent whiffs revealed licorice and very subtle meatiness and earthy hops. There is also a faint hint of soy sauce.

T - Bitter dark chocolate malt and roasted coffee notes up front, then segues into a bittersweet character with earthy hop bitterness, sweet licorice notes and a touch of smoke. Finishes with an earthy, almost charred, leafy hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied with a slick, oily texture and creamy, softly carbonated mouthfeel. Pretty thick and chewy overall. Bitter and moderately astringent on the palate, but with some residual malty sweetness.

D - This fine imperial stout from Green Flash boasts a complex, well-rounded flavor profile with lots of malt character and a good bit of hop bitterness.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a snifter that left a nice ring throughout. the body was dark black.
s - roasted coffee with some chocolate malt aromas.
t - roasted chocolate and coffee with a hint of piney hops.
m - medium and slick.
o - really solid stout that left me wanting another one.

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

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a big 2.5-finger chocolatey looking head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice wave of lace on the glass.

S - The smell has a nice roasted malt aroma to it. There are also some aromas of chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla. Mmm smells nice.

T - There is a nice dark roasted malt flavor up front. There is a pretty big coffee flavor, and some dark chocolate as well. The roasted bitterness is moderate, and there is some sweetness to balance it. The finish leaves behind some lingering bitterness and a touch of booze.

M - The body of this is on the heavier side of medium, and it has good carbonation. It goes down quite smooth, and it has a nice smooth rich feel to it. There is also a little bit of boozy warmth in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a little bit of a sipper, but delicious none the less. Overall, I thought it was a really nice stout. The alcohol content was hidden well too. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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 TheMarkE
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black, with a good head of tan foam and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, tobacco.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee and tobacco.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth, with malty bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Good stuff. Well balanced, complex, and smooth as silk. Not one of the best, but still very good.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double Stout Black Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co. pours the darkest blackest maroon I have ever seen, ever. Head went to about two fingers of tan foam that settled down to a full carpet with ample lacing down the sides of my beer mug.

Nose was a bit metallic with whiffs of burnt bitter hops and just hints of 8.8% by volume alcohol.

This brew is not a "Stout" but rather a well done German Schwarzbier, "Black Ale". When I took this brew off of the shelf at the store, I thought that I was buying a "Double Stout"... This is straight and away a "Black Beer" with that characteristic "Kingsford® Charcoal Briquette" taste profile.

Bitter chocolate and a deep dried fig mask the alcohol content almost completely, until the after taste.

All in all, not a bad offering from the "Green Flash Brewing Co."

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Photo of Prasm
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, one finger head - thin foam. Dark roast coffee and smoke comes through on the nose - medium expressiveness. Coffee, chocolate, and smoke flavors with a little bitter in the back-end.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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 far333
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark and opaque mahogany with an inch high thick and frothy head of light brown foam that lingers long. Aroma of darkly toasted malt, cocoa and floral hops, notes of mint.

Rich and full flavor of cocoa and hops upfront, morphing to roasted malt, espresso, licorice and molasses. Firm bitterness from the roast and the hops. Subtle pine and citrus emerges through the rich dark malt in the finish. Moderately full mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid stout. Pours good and black, midlevel weight/thickness. A decent amount of hop aroma together with what must be a drier form of chocolate. Some alcohol comes through, but not enough to turn your nose away.

Taste, quite nice, and damn if there aren't some good imperial stouts out there, but this one is pretty middle of the road for the good ones. Nothing adventurous to set it apart from a lot of the upper echelon stouts. And I don't mean that condescendingly, when you want a stout that has no frills, and delivers, this stout could be your cleanup hitter. Mouthfeel and drinkability, especially, are good. Mouthfeel loses .a little for not seeming as robust towards the end.

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Photo of dismal
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head (once it settles). Leaves plenty of healthy lacing down the glass. The smell right off it chocolate, it pretty much dominated over any other smell. A bit of roasted malts comes out of the smell and if you really try looking for it some coffee, not much, is somewhat apparent. The taste was a bit lighter than I was expecting. Chocolate up front, followed by coffee in the aftertaste. I guess when I say light I mean it's not as flavorful as I was hoping, though there is plenty of flavor. Really it's like a mild chocolate. Typical mouthfeel for the style though may be a little thin. This one's got a higher alcohol content but really it's not noticeable at all in the taste. Very easily drinkable and that chocolate that stands out makes it that way. I enjoy most if not all I've had from Green Flash so it was no surprise I'd like this one especially since I love the style. I'd pick this one up again no problem and probably will. Good stuff.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, almost black, brown coloring with a thick, dense, foamy, light brown head that sits a solid inch and a half atop the brew. Clings to the glass as the head slowly recedes, and the beer has strong coffee aromas. The coffee smells are blended with a dark chocolate aroma, as well as a roasty character. Flavors are very rich, with a good blast of bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee, evenly blended and overly bitter, with a slight char and dark fruit sweetness (currant) at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is more of the roasty qualities, with a kiss of the dark cocoa. Smooth body, but remaining somewhat light to allow more ease of drinking. The finish is bitter and slightly boozey, giving a somewhat drying, astringent feel, albeit for a fuller beer such as a stout. Good beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

954th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz bottle

Pretty sure its a 2011 w/new black label
Purchased a single bottle from Bruery Provisions

App- A good bit of dark brown bordering on black. A nice two finger head that was a slight bit khaki in color with a good bit of cling and lace.

Smell- A good bit like a nice dark cup of coffee. Roasty espresso beans with a good bit of whispy smoke behind it. The 8.8% is well hidden in the nose. Some damper malts on a big whiff.

Taste- Much like the nose, it has a good grainular bitter note behind it. A bit semi-smooth with some roasted dark chocolate and roasty espresso.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a bit more roasty bitter and damp malts and a little peppery notes.

Drink- Its a nice better than average roasty stout. The 8% is well hidden and has some good layers of flavor. A good 4 pack to keep around the house maybe in order.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark dark brown, decent foam...

S: subtle espresso atop a mellow, subdued dark chocolate, background hint of floral alcohol

T: big, velvety malts... herbal-bitter, light licorice, patent malt in the follow-through and aftertaste.... schnapps-y booze... no noteworthy fruit notes... overall, tremendous balance of 'dark' flavor(s) - and that's its hook

M: compact and slightly slick... not much play from the carbonation

O: a decent straight-up stout, 'doubled' in composition and output - what more is there to say... does happen to stand out among other strong, American stouts... could be a killer export stout if just a touch sweeter

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Photo of goalie33
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaue black body with a one finger mocha head.
S: Espresso and chocolate malt with undertones of licorice and dark fruit.
T: The taste is sweet all the way through. The beginning is fruity with notes of licorice and the finish is more chocolaty, but the sweetness is present throughout.
M/D: A little bit thin for what I like in a stout, and a double stout no less, but it was soft and the beer was very easy to drink.

A solid Double Stout with nice flavors. A little bit too sweet and thin for what I like in a double stout.

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Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Holly Liquor for eight dollars, also had this on tap at the Blue Palms a few days back, split with my dad, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Pretty much black, minimal light shining through, one inch medium brown head that goes down slowly, nice retention, decent lacing at first
S-Very dark chocolate, roasted malts, floral and slight citrus hoppiness, charcoal, grassy accents, and some booze
T-First thing I thought of when tasting this beer was roastiness and lots of it, whether it be the grains, malt, or chocolate, it is all roasted and my palate was a little overwhelmed, got sweeter as time went on which made me wonder if some of the roasty accents would go away with a few months or even a year behind its belt, anyways this stuff started off with roasted malts, finished with light chocolate and dryness from mild hops, nicely balanced and a pleasure to drink
M-Medium bodied, but looks full as can be, roasty, dry, and semi-sweet mouthfeel, strong level of carbonation, taste lingers with a pronounced roastiness
D-Could probably drink the whole bomber but no need to, a bit heavy and rich for me, alcohol is mostly hidden until it really warms, smooth most of the way through

Nice to see Green Flash bottling some of their more adventurous brews, this and Le Freak being the standouts, a bit expensive for what it is but still quite enjoyable, would drink again, this brew should be interesting to age, recommended

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Photo of Vierenner
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully! Rich, thick, semi-persistent head. Smell is equally beautiful. There is however a moderate bite I could do without. Between the bite and the burnt taste I can hardly get anything else out of this beer, except an underlying sweetness which I'd like to taste more of!

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Photo of KajII
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a muddy jet black with an average (1-2 finger) tan creamy head that lasted throughout, and produced excellent sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was bold of a roasty bread malt and a leathery yeast with notes of baker’s chocolate, dark roasted coffee and a hint of dark fruit (raisons and prunes).

The taste was a tad bitter, very malty with a bold roasty overtone and a hint of creamy bitter chocolate from the get go, progressing with a big dose of roasted coffee, a light fruity sweetness and a decent alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long while proceeding the swallow, with a bold roasty alcohol presence left behind to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was extremely full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall this was a very impressive Imperial Stout and even though it was simple and basic, it did possess an awesome drinkability and great flavor. Just goes to show sometimes simple and basic works the best...

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Photo of da_beers
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful black, with a tan head of almost two fingers. Decent lacing.

S - Chocolates, espresso, sweet malts all hit right away. Some roasted scents from the malts as well. Has a bite to it on the nose, but also a sweetness from the malts - I dig the smell.

T - Has a nice bite at the front from the hops, then evens with a smooth warmness, followed at the end with the espresso. Roasted/smokey chocolate notes dance around the palate as well.

M - Not as full bodied as some stouts I've had, but has a nice smoothness and warming qualities.

O - Overall decent stout, definitely not Green Flashes best brew, but not bad at all. Worth a try and I overall enjoyed it.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice stout. it is good and spicy, robust, roasty, malty --- the color is black. ibus are up. it's a double stout.

pours watery in the glass, struggles up a little foam. but carbonated ok. i get a good deal of bitterness, astringency, this beer doesn't loosen up. it is a good rich strong brew... and has a good roasty malt feel, but not quite as much sweet and soft as i would like. of course, i like it -- leathery, spicy, hoppy stout, with a very toasty background.

i would drink this again, fair enough?

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Photo of Hachiman
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a mocha-colored, long-lasting head. Head's unusual for such a dark beer. The darkest brown you could imagine.

The aroma's nothing special. No strong roasted notes like many imperial stouts. Oats, a little chocolate, that's all.

Mouthfeel is very smooth; you can tell where Silva Stout got its smoothness. Not heavy or particularly sticky.

The taste is very fine. A medium alcohol note followed quickly by chocolate, espresso, dried prunes.

A very fine imperial stout. It's missing the vanilla notes provided by oak aging in their Silva Stout.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,106 ratings.
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