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:
3,114
Reviews:
887
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
475
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mbunje
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pouted into a tulip glass.

A - deep dark brown/black color. Head is medium to small, but seems a very dense, rich, color. Looks like a quintuppel espresso in my glass.

S - Smoky roasted malts and chocolate. Hint of estery booze.

T - Bitter chocolate

MF - Nice substance, but could use a bit thicker body.

D - at $5 for a bomber...very economical for a world class Imperial Stout.

Not as good as Stone IRS or Great Divide yeti...but definitely up there. Most appealing is the smell. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. I have had on draught and the MF is beter. Excellent beer. GF does it again!

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Photo of Bucciamarcia
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark beer with a nice persistent head. Smells like roasted malts and chocolate.

It's 8.8% ABV and you can feel it in the dry finish, where the bitter hops replace the taste of malts and chocolate.

Overall a nice double stout, not too complex but straight to the point.

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Photo of ghirsh
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danno48
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ubenumber2
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into appropriate glassware

Dark Dark beer with three finger rich tan head with thick lacing

The smells coming off this beer is a really dark malty and earthy.

This beer just doesnt have the fullness I expected , not sure if its from too much carbonation or what but a little weak in the mouthfeel department , but not bad

The taste is really what I expect from this style of beer. The malts really pop out to start off then the warming alcohol finishes off great

Overall another great beer being shipped to Arkansas , and hey that makes me happy

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a perfect black, with an even more perfect dark coffee bean colored head. The only stout that is better in appearance is Espresso Yeti. If I could I would give this a 4.9.

S: The aroma is a little lack luster, but still something to rave about. Roasty chocolate, with small notes of toffee and caramel. Basic, but full.

T: The flavor is above the norm without the amazing complexity of a stout like KBS. I would love a little more espresso flavor in this beer. Deep rich dark chocolate loaded with hoppiness on the finish. As the beer warms the chocolate shows itself even more, and a little roasted coffee bean is beginning to become evident.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is not as big as I'd hope for, but this is a very creamy stout. The drink is just right at 8.8%.

Overall, Green Flash really has a class A stout here. I'd love to see this one Bourbon Barrel Aged to add complexity, that would make this stout almost perfect.

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Photo of TCMike
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Produced a 2.5 finger beige head. Beer color is an ultra dark brown.
The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and caramel.
The taste is similar, but with a light pine hop bitterness. Heavy mouth-feel, and low carbonation.
Delicious! Smooth, and the high abv isn't noticable in the taste.

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Photo of jhartley
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of chocolate, coffee and something akin to tanned leather.
Smooth drinking with tons of bittersweet chocolate, coffee with cream with a nice bitterness on the end.
Tongue coating, lip smacking goodness!
Very tasty!

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Photo of Bsho2113
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ed_loves_ipa
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best-by 8/30/14. $2.99 single snagged up at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan. Poured into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Definition of black. Two fingers of a pretty dark tan head. A picture perfect beer after the pour... truly gorgeous. Seems to be a beer filled with floaters, as I can see a lot near the glass. My only knock on this is the lacing. It's pretty good, but not great. Minor complaint.

Smell: A pretty mild coffee and chocolate aroma at first, but as it warms, licorice comes out quite a bit. It smells sweeter as well. Roasted malts and coffee. I definitely feel like there's more coffee in the smell than chocolate... but it's sort of like a mocha. I also trace alcohol, but it's VERY well hidden.

Taste/feel: First thing I notice is a super rich mouthfeel that's actually so thick, I'm not sure if I love it. It's as if the thickness of the beer blocks out a bit of the flavor of the beer... but since I adore a thick mouthfeel on my stouts (who doesn't?), I don't mind that much at all, hence the score. It just feels like I want to drink more because of the thick feel, strangely enough. I keep wanting more flavor! It's hard to pace myself. Anyway, this is a tasty beer. Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, the roasted malts... really not picking up any of the dark fruits that I tend to get in a double stout, and that's fine with me. 8.8% makes this a bit of a dangerous beer, as I truthfully get virtually no signs of alcohol. There's maybe an essence of it in the aroma, and there's a very slight throat warming, but it's minuscule.

Overall, I think this is a great beer. I believe this could be a better beer if the mouthfeel were actually a touch thinner so I could get more flavor out of the beer, but it's pretty incredible as it is. I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$2.59 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. Brewed with "golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts"
8.8% ABV, 45 IBU's

Pours out to a clear deep inky black, forming a modest light-medium tan head with very good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is great...carob, prune, dates, deep roasted grains, vanilla, and a very clean ferment. Mouthfeel is rich and luscious with a dense chewy body...silken in it's finish. The taste is exceptional...a recap of the aroma with pungent deeply roasted grains skillfully blended with spicy hops, oily burnt french roast, moderate bitterness, lots of black patent, chocolate malt, dark fruit notes and roasted barley, teetering on the edge of too much roasted acidity despite the bold American hops. The hops linger in the dry and astringent aftertaste with after-notes of cedar, black cherry and tobacco. No off-flavors.

I have to say, that compared to other beers in it's class (American Stout), this is a quintessential example of the big bold West Coast style. I would definitely buy it again. Very well done.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours an impenetrable inky black with several fingers of foamy mocha colored head. Shrinks down to about a ½ finger of creamy retention that has great flare up when swirled, leaving a thick cascade of lacing up on the sides. This slowly slides down, leaving big streaks of foam and oils behind. The aroma is a rather assertive and chewy mix of chocolate, coffee, roast, and molasses with a touch of herbal, earthy hops and light heat in the back.

The taste starts out with big roasted malt character up front that then melds into some softer (yet still beefy) notes of caramel, molasses, and dark fruit tang and then ends with a pretty firm feeling hop profile in the backend. Finishes with notes of roast, smoke, and bitterness that just sticks to the palette and lingers for a good bit. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a big, creamy, and slick carbonation. The nearly 9% ABV is felt in the body via some heft that does put out a warming alcohol sting but not a whole lot. At least not enough to negatively impact the drinkibility that much.

This was a nicely done American style Double Stout from Green Flash with a chewy and assertive profile that still found good balance with some sweeter tones and a big yet creamy body. A nice flavorful sipper of a Stout.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmoen
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBlack85
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gambac for this one

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass.

The beer pours as black as midnight, with no discernable highlights when held up to the light. There is about three fingers worth of dense tan head that lingers for quite a while, leaving behind sheets of sticky lacing.

The nose is sweet chocolate and coffee. There are bits of roastiness and light smoky notes that round out the aroma.

The flavor is much like the nose, sweet chocolate and mild coffee on a backdrop of roasted grain and charred wood. There is just a slight hint of vanilla. Very smooth and creamy, slightly slick on the tongue. Full bodied and moderately carbonated. Nicely balanced with just a little bitterness in the finish. A very nice, dangerously drinkable beer.

Overall, this is a terrific beer. I look forward to encountering this one again.

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Photo of Drew_V_dt
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive foamy, thick head--looks like frothed chocolate milk. Leaves minor spotty lace. Near black in color with no light passing through.

Chalky mocha aroma.

Ruby rich flavors of espresso, brandy and cream. Nice bitter hop in the finish--subtle but balancing. Good body with a little oiliness from the alcohol. A wonderful stout.

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Photo of HurrahBeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AFchino
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkQ617
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a stout glass, my 4th Green Flash review. The color is a dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate color head. The smell and taste is full of roasted malts. Some slight mocha flavor as well. The mouthfeel is a little harsher than I'd expect, more carbonation than I'd expect but not too bad. Overall, everything you're looking for in a double stout.

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Photo of grandq
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler picked up from Bierkraft into a snifter. Nice two finger dark tan head with a chocolate brown body. The smell is perfect, thought not overly complex - toasted oat, baker's chocolate, tiny bit of coffee bean. Taking a sip, the first thing I think it "smooth." Quite a bit lighter than some of the monsters out there in the style and finishes quite dry. The flavors are fairly tame - roasty barley, a hint of some prune, a healthy dose of bittersweet chocolate and nutty coffee, and just the faintest alcoholic burn to let you know its got some oomph. Hops pipe up just as the chocolate malt bitterness rears its toasty head. Again, so dry its all wiped away in a couple seconds.

This isn't one of those holy grail hype hounds, just a nice solid go-to imperial stout. Hope to see it around more often.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Arne.

A: Pours a pitch black body with 2 fingers of long-retaining mocha head. It leaves lace along the sides as it recedes, and it maintains a thin film and medium collar on the beer afterwards.

S: Nice blend of roasted grain and coffee; it's not intensely burnt, as the burnt notes are tempered by a small wash of milk chocolate and earth. Hints of smoke and anise.

T: This is heavily roasty without being burnt, charred, or bitter. Grain and coffee dominate, leading into a mild earthiness, moderate chocolate sweetness. The finish has a hint of smoke, with an exhalation of earth.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. There's a velvety, lush presence that leads me to suspect this was brewed with oats (was it?). Solid.

O: Quite a good stout. Well worth mixing into regular rotation.

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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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