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:
3,112
Reviews:
885
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
474
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 3,112 |  Reviews: 885
Photo of JMartin
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, but balanced stout with definite west coast flair. Somehow manages to be dry, but also rich and creamy. Hops are big too, big and herbal, with a smack of leafy bitterness and black pepper and pine. We all the know malt aspect of the style - roasted malts with a bitter coffee flavor out front and center. We also all know the look - black as hell with that appetizing, rocky, sticky, espresso-esque head. Thanks Green Flash, for the seriously good beer at unhyped prices. $4.50 for a bomber of this seems too good to be true.

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

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice appearance. Pitch black with a slightly tanned head. Generous in size, thick and foamy. Very nice indeed.

Plenty of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Very indicative of a nice stout. Slight hoppiness as well which is always nice in the style.

Coffee greets the palate immediately. Wonderful. Chocolate and a hop bite finish the mouthfeel. A very good surprise. I have never heard of Green Flash but with NC getting more and more shit in every day, the state is becomming a beer haven in the south. I highly recommend this beaut.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - black, but with the slightest bit of light coming. Mountainous, mocha head. Good amount of lacing.
Smell - espresso, dark chocolates, brownie mix.
Taste - follows the nose with the presence of espresso and chocolate. This is a smooth and complex, flavorful IS; tremendously balanced hops, malts and barley!
Feel - hop, coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, medium body. Smooth and easy to drink at nearly 9% ABV!
Overall - tremendous Imperial Stout and at a pretty good value!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, menacing black color, even more black than expected - the head is a deep-ass tan color and it lasts almost forever, leaving thick, chunky lacing all the way to the top of the glass.

The aroma is nice, soft, and pleasing. It isn't long and drawn out or overly-complex - rather, it's a simple constitution of roasted malts, light cocoa, and creamy, sweet java. So elegantly balanced and executed delicately to provide a smell that is both delicious and satisfying without being abrasive or cumbersome. I just hope the balance and simplicity on the nose is an indication of how this one will taste...

...and luckily, it is. The taste is a carbon copy of the aroma, only in palatable form. A dense and roasted river of chocolate malts flows to the back of your throat with seemless simplicity and finesse unlike any other. Touches of bittersweet (more so on the sweet side) mocha and creamy java coffee beans stretch out to the edges of the palate - this beer does nothing but get better as it warms up, too.

Nice sweetness throughout, however not sweet enough to be considered a "milk" or "sweet" stout, and it's balanced by a touch of bitterness from the roasted malts and maybe even a bit from the hop bill. The 8.8% ABV isn't noticeable at all, and it's a good range to make this beer highly quaffable without having to feel guilty about tackling a huge alcohol filled endeavor. Silky, creamy body, not quite "thick", good level of carbonation.

Expectations weren't necessarily "high" for this beer (actually, I didn't have really any expectations at all), but I was more than pleasantly surprised. This went down so smooth - it was super delicious and pleasing to drink. Excellent take on "simplicity done right" with nearly perfect balance. Boom, roasted.

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Photo of azkkr
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fatehunter
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured two fingers of tan head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is a wonderful blend of roasted and chocolate malt with coffee.
The taste matches the smell with roasted and chocolate malt, finishes with a moderate bitterness.
The texture is smooth with a heavier body and moderate carbonation.
It's probably a perfect "everyday-drinkin'" stout.

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Photo of user785335
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdagnew
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought online from CraftBeerCo..

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty nut brown head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Rich roasted and charred dark chocolate maltiness, sweet coffee, some brown sugar sweetness, some sooty like smokiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents, dates), pine and citric hop notes, toasted (maybe charred ?) fruit loaf, some earthiness, milky notes...

Taste - Dark chocolate, lots of roasted / charred bready malts, barely any alcohol noticeable, treacle sweetness, dark spicy fruits (raisins, date,some figs, red grape), piney and grassy hop bitterness, citrus hints, traces of piney resin, light liquorice, light sourness...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... fairly full bodied... for an 8/9% brew this is dangerously drinkable..

Overall - A very good Impy stout and another fine brew from Green Flash... definitely worth a try...

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Photo of RHVC59
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Best by 2016-05-08.

A: Opaque black. Poured 3 fingers high of head, medium short retention.
S: Chocolate. Somewhat coconut. A little vanilla and woody.
T: Intense chocolate, like cocoa milk. Medium low sweetness. Medium high bitterness. A little herbal. Dry finish.
M: Full bodied. Quite creamy.
O: Great stout! The creamy mouthfeel, the sweetness, and the strong chocolate flavor make it drinks like cocoa milk. Yet the relative high bitterness balances it really nice. Finally the alcohol content is not too high, given that there are many alcohol monsters in the style.

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottled on 12/18/12

A: Black with brown head. Very good lacing that sticks to the glass.

S:Mainly semisweet chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee, toast, and vanilla in the background. A bit bigger would be better.

T: Taste follows the nose very closely; mainly semisweet chocolate and roasted malt. Roast approaches a bit of bitterness towards the end similar to coffee with a small hop note. Very solid, but could be a bit bigger.

M: Thick, smooth, low carbonation. Wet.

O: Straightforward imperial stout with good taste and aroma. Bigger would be better, but considering the price this is very good buy.

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Photo of CardiacNP
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double Stout Black Ale from Green Flash Brewery in San Diego, CA. Nice 8.8% ABV. Pour dark black with a foamy thick brown head. A very smooth mouth feel with a roasted malt/chocolate start and a mildly bitter coffee finish. I very balance Imperial Stout that hides the 8.8% ABV well. Well worth a try if you enjoy stouts or porters.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a 1 finger dark brown head
Smells a bit chocolaty and VERY roasty. I quick swirl in the glass releases more of that amazing roast smell.
Taste mimics the smell to a slightly lesser extent
Love the mouthfeel on this one. It's thick and oily with a nice amount of carbonation.
Overall this is one of my favorite non BA stouts. I could drink this twice daily and not get tired of it

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great thick body and full classic stout flavor. Char and burnt toast with light plum notes and just a hint of roasted coffee beans. Very classic straightforward stout with a ton of flavor and body and a long finish.

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Photo of IrishCowboyBend
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zatch90
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, dark, strong and sludgy, just like a double stout should be. This one has that San Diego sizzle that I have come to love from GF. Pours near black , leaves great sheeting/lacing. Cocoa, and cafe au lait nose, bold notes of bitter chocolate and coffee, drying resiny hops late. Just wonderful stuff. Go get some of this SD style Impy/double stout.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black with thick cocoa head. nice lacing

S - huge roasted malt scents but a bit boozy though

T - wow, very hoppy up front with roast malts dominating the finish. light dark cherry flavors hidden through out.

M - crazy smooth. pours thick but does not have a thick feeling, fairly light for a double stout.

D - this is a stupid good double stout. great hoppy flavor really brings out the roasted malts and adds to the depth. this is one fine stout from one of my current favorite stouts.

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seen this brand around town for awhile. Seeing "double stout" and happening to feel in a stout mood, why not? To my apartment you go...

Pour is uber-black (of course), though fizzy around the glass. Head is chocolate milk shade, thick & sticks around firmly for the last couple cm. Smell is surprisingly absent of coffee-ish note (at least to my nose), which usually comes in with big stouts even when none is added. The scent that does show up is more along the lines of cinnamon, dark fruit, & licorice. Something different here as far as that goes, which I'm conflicted on: I like the coffee tone when it is present, but they may have a more left field sense on the taste than I'm expecting that could work out to something unique and refreshing. Only one way to find out...

Chocolate, a straight-up yet subtle deep roast in the background, plus the dark fruit suggested on the scent. The roast reminds me of like a beer equivalent of the bark on true smoked bbq -- which this would go well with, come to think of it. Goes down creamy, with only enough fizz on the tongue to remind me that it has any.

Must say, I'm impressed. Nice work, green...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with half a finger of espresso coloured head. Left some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts and coffee up front with some bitter hops in the background.

T - Nice roasted malt flavour with dark roasted coffee and chocoalte. Slightly bitter on the finish. No noticeable alcohol at all.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Very slight chew.

D - A very good double stout. Couldn't detect th e8% ABV at all. This beer is worth some hype and I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of jmaharaj
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with an aggressive foamy cappuccino head. The head settles but swirls around the top of the beer until the end. Looks delicious.

S- Deep malts, although not much in the direction of dried fruit which heavy stouts often seem to go, just big roasty malt and coffee. A little spicy hopping in the backgound

T- Chocolate right off the bat. Not a bitter chocolate like i would have expected, more a smooth creamy milk chocolate that quickly gets swallowed by a deep bitter coffee. There is a little hop presence but it simply keeps the tongue from getting too caught up in all the big malts and provides the beer with some nice length.

M- on the lighter side of medium heavy. I would have liked a little more body, perhaps even a little more carbonation, but it carries the beer well enough.

O- I really love this beer. Easily my favorite by Green Flash so far. Big, malty, complex yet somehow completely cohesive. They didnt just go swinging big, they plotted and planned and delivered delivered a single knockout blow.

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Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says clearly it is 8.8% ABV.

Light proof black colored beer with a good brown colored beer.

Sweet and bitter chocolate with a strong floral hop aroma. Trace of carrot aroma and faint Kahlúa liqueur. As it warms the chocolate just gets stronger.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a strong coffee flavor and a good taste of smoke. Really good chocolate and roasted malt flavor lasts all the way through.

Mouthfeel is good.

About as easy drinking as Double stout gets period. Taste wise this could pass for a milk stout. Alcohol is completely hidden and it has no rough edges at all.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,112 ratings.
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