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:
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Proudly served in a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark, it is completely opaque and black as it comes. Thick tan head which rises to maybe two fingers length.

Smell: Light milk chocolate and and light light molasses.

Taste: This is one category which is honestly confusing for me. comes off light but very flavorful. Some other imperial stouts you feel the taste of alcohol but this is more like your milk stout. Lightly sweet cho9colate offset with bitterness.

Mouth: It is rough around the edges it is somewhere between 3.5 and 4, at first the after-taste doesn't stick after three sips then like glue.

Overall: Well crafted specimen of beer, full body and very rich. Watch a movie and enjoy. Salud!

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Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields an opaque onyx body with a frothy one inch mocha head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of holy lacing.

Nutty, roasty malt, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate form the initial aroma. Tar and tobacco add complexity, along with subtle dark cherry, vanilla, and molasses.

Flavor is initially chocolate dominant, complemented by slightly tart cherries. Roast character becomes evident mid palate, and carries into a fairly bitter, coffee grounds finish. Nutty notes and light floral hops emerge. Raspberries surface in subsequent sips. I'm burping malted milk balls.

Body is fairly thick and smooth, with carbonation unexpectedly spritzy. There's a touch of alcohol warmth.

The tart cherry/raspberry notes are slightly overwhelming, but it lacks the acrid character present in some roast malt dominated examples. Chocolate and roast character are in good balance, and coffee isn't over the top. Wish the carbonation were lower. Bitterness is slightly higher than I'd prefer.

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Photo of Cookeeman
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm gonna pull out the Chandler Bing fill-in-the-blanks quote and go with "Could this beer *BE* anymore up my alley???". I've always been a fan of the super dark malty stuff, and it doesn't get much darker or maltier than this DS. So glad I can get it up here in Vic on a regular basis. The aroma is sweet chocolate malt, with a little bit of roastiness. The body is Thick & Heavy, with capitals T & H, respectively. The mouthfeel is so full and flavourful that you can tell this isn't your regular ordinary run-of-the-mill stout, it is obviously a Double, and a well-crafted one at that. As soon as this brew hits your tongue, cue the silky chocolate overload, followed by a sweet roasted coffee/cocoa finish. And don't forget the booze, that mild dry alcohol flavor balances the sweetness nicely, and leaves your tastebuds wondering "What the hell just happened?". Not for the faint of heart, or anyone who is New-to-the-Brew. Take it from me, you'd better work your way up to this one.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, oily and think looking while poured. Dark khaki frothy head with great retention and lacing.

Notes of chocolate, faint bacon, coffee, and roasted nut and malt. Nice rich nose.

Nice dark bold flavor starting off with chocolate, transitioning to a nice palate coating espresso flavor. Very nice balance and dark roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel is very nicely viscous and velvety with medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice bold, flavorful stout. Definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a chocolate mousse looking thick, frothy head and great lacing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, rich and malty with a touch of booze but slightly subdued for a big malty stout

T: Dry unsweetened chocolates and roasted malts--bready and chewy but not sweet; I wish there was some sweetness to balance the rich dry maltiness but it still finishes smooth and tasty

F: Really chewy and creamy; fantastic mouth feel

O: A very nice big chocolatey, malty stout--delicious

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Photo of HalfFull
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black in color and fully opaque. An inch of frothy brown head sits atop this beer, settling slowly and maintaining a surface cap throughout.

Smell is rich of dark chocolate shavings with hints of coffee, vanilla and cherry later on. Hops are more evident after the beer settles for a bit. No notable alcohol on the nose.

Taste is dense and chewy but never sweet. Notes of chocolate yield to a more roasted character and finish with a bit of hop bitterness. Quite smooth on the feel with a full body. Easy drink for its size but limited a but by the filling nature of the body.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

A- pours opaque black, dark as night. Thick looking pour with a creamy dark tan head and patches of lace. This is about as dark as they come.

S- smoky campfire, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, and charcoal.

T- dark and delicious, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, charred, smoked meat, finishes with a bit of piney hop bitterness.

M- full bodied with light carbonation, thick mouthfeel finishes a bit creamy, just enough warmth from the booze

O- this is one dark and smoky stout. Complex flavors but well balanced throughout, this one is definitely a sipper. Great pick for a cold December night.

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Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with a 3-finger khaki head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is coffee, oats, and roasted, sweet/sour malts. The flavor is toasty malts, coffee, oatmeal, charcoal with just a hint of vanilla. A good sweet & bitter combination. Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy, and slightly oily.

This is a drinkable double stout. The ABV isn't noticeable and there's little alcohol warmth or burning. It would go well with anything chocolate.

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Photo of gtermi
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks very nice. It pours a dark black with a nice brown head that is very thick. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: This is a nice smelling beer. It has a good amount of chocolate, sweet malt, coffee and a little bit of roastedness.

T: There are a lot of coffee and chocolate on the tongue. There is a nice amount of roasted malt and even some slight liquorice. A nice taste for an Imperial Stout, but not great. I was let down with how the flavor was near as strong as I was hoping.

M: I love how smooth this beer is. It is so nice going down and it just doesnt get any easier to drink.

O: This is a very solid beer. I love getting this ever now and then. I love Green Flash and they made another good beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, impervious to light, with a fat two-finger brown head that quickly recedes to a creamy layer. Sporadic lacing. Smells sweet and chocolatey - like a mix between a milk and an oatmeal stout. Faint dark fruit behind it all. Deep, tasty oatmeal stout-like flavor. Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, a little char-iness, and a bit of coffee and fruit. Pretty simple actually, but well-crafted. Full and creamy body with a slightly gritty texture.

Kind of like a big oatmeal stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of uawildcat
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English pub glass. Had a nice brown color head. Laced throughout.

Smelled mostly of dark chocolate and a alcohol, its a little better than ok. However, the taste was surprisingly of sweet carmel. The sweetness was tamed by earthy hops. The taste was a bit hot at first from the alcohol, but it went down creamy.

Overall, a good double stout.

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Photo of hollyisaway
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Corsedonk Christmas chalice.

Appearance: Beautiful head and thick, dark body. Incredible lacing, even on the first sip. Drinking more just reveals more intricate lacing while keeping a thin layer of head.

Smell: Very much coffee, roasted malt, and alcohol. The alcohol smell is disappointing, taking over what could be close to perfect. Still, the coffee and malt really influence the smell and taste, and the 4 is well-deserved.

Taste: Again, alcohol hits far too fast. Thankfully, it dissipates quickly into burnt coffee and chocolate, along with the traditional darker malts of the stout. Lovely once the alcohol passes.

Mouthfeel: Heat and coffee. That's about it, but that's all I wanted.

Overall: Very happy with this, but a bit unbalanced for such a great brewery. If the alcohol were hidden a bit better, it'd be near perfect.

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Photo of ryno09
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - One finger head, mocha brown head, leaves a bit of lacing. The head fades quickly as expected for a beer with such a high ABV. Pitch black with no light coming through the glass.

Aroma - Big roasted malts. I get some oats as well. A hint of sweet chocolate malt and a tad bit of alcohol. As it heats up you get much more alcohol in the aroma. No hops what so ever which is almost shocking for a Green Flash beer.

Taste - For double/imperial stout you get a medium mouth feel, mainly from the oats used. Up front you get rich roasted malt character. At colder temperatures it goes down very smooth and leaves a dry finish. As with most dark beers, as you let it warm up, the true characters of the beer come into play. You still get the rich roastyness on the front of your tongue but as it gets to mid tongue you get slightly sweet coffee notes just before the Target hops balance out the malts before going too sweet light some double/imperial stouts do. It finishes with bitter-sweet roasted notes and the 8.8% ABV makes its presence known. Overall the Double Stout is one smooth drinker.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of fmccormi
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from pry-off 12oz bottle to a Bruery tulip. No dating information on the bottle.

Appearance (4.0): Holy crap, a thick and fine three-finger dark khaki head fading to one finger of a rocky, dark tan head with light but consistent lacing on the sides. Body is black as night.

Smell (3.5): Coffee. Chocolate, and maybe some grassy hops at the end—hops are very subtle in the nose. Nice, but could use more.

Taste (4.5): Bitter, dark chocolate with some piney hops following, low coffee note throughout. Malts don’t taste heavy and sweet, but balanced, providing a nice, even base. The roast is bitter but not overdone, really approachable actually. Smoky for a second on the front of the palate. The hops don’t have to compete with any sweetness, they’re just there to complement the roastiness here, and that’s exactly what they do—hang out in the back, and make an appearance towards the end. Nothing’s jumping out in front here, everything’s working together, which I like . . . a lot. As it warms, it heads more toward chocolate, but the astringent taste of charring comes through more in the finish. Very neutral yeast, don't pick up on it at all.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-heavy in body, leaning towards medium. Nice, soft but consistently fine bubbles all over.

Overall (4.0): This is a very nice double stout. I like this style because it allows the beer to head towards balance and moderation, sometimes underappreciated in beer today . . . this is nice. Like the label says, “Big, Bold & Complex,” but approachable. This is a beer I’d tell people who want to get into big stouts to be friends with, and one I’ll return to.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, opaque black with a small, tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and velvetty collar. Scattered spots of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is espresso, vanilla, bitter cocoa, and brown sugar.
Flavors are of the mentioned aromas with some bitter cocoa, ripe fruit, raisins, coffee, and creamy vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, fruity, with balanced cocoa, fruit, raisins, and espresso mixed with cream all in a smooth, luscious finish.

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Photo of Cook82
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of david18
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like almost everything from Green Flash Brewery, especially the double india pale ale. This is also a great beer. Not the best West Coast Double/Imperial Stout but up there. Great roasty flavor, great aroma, good dark brown head, great lacing and who doesn't love that color!

The flavor is a little less intense than my favorites (i.e. Hercules, World Wide Stout) but, again, it's up there. This is a good one to get and if you're on the east coast, can be a buck or two cheaper than the others (must be good distribution).

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes to Handle for the opportunity to try this.

A: Very dark and opaque with only a bit of brown shown when tilted and held to light. Two to three fingers of mocha head, lots of large bubbles. The head has very good head retention and leaves behinds lots of lacing and a thick films with more large bubbles. Very attractive beer.

S: The first thing I notice is lots of roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate is on the sweet side so it's a nice contrast to the roasted malts.

T: Lots going on here. Just like smell, roasted and chocolate malts are out in front. Coffee, anise and hop bitterness round things out. The hops make for an interesting aftertaste mixing with the chocolate and anise. Very tasty.

M: Thick, creamy and smooth. This is just about perfect.

O: Double Stout is a really nice beer that I'd love to have regular access to. It's very well balanced in both taste and smell and top notch in terms of look and feel. Also, the 8.8% doesn't show itself in the least. Thanks as always, Daniel.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raime
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash Double Stout.

Well thus far these guys have hit 2 grand slams. But can they make it 3 in one night? Find out on the next episode of....Lolololol fuck that, I'm drinking it now.

Look - As black and the charcoal used to roast deceased cows with a two finger head that leaves rings around the glasses and cloud formations on the top after about two minutes of sitting. I mean really, can these guys ( or anybody for that matter) make a more attractive beer? I doubt it. Lacing is spotty. 4.75.

Smell - Chocolate raisins are the first thing to hit like a nuclear bomb of chocolate...and raisins going straight up your nostrils and penetrating the virginity of your senses. Black coffee notes and dark burnt meats followed by figs and burnt, near black metal satanic barley..but mostly raisins ;). 4.75.

Taste - Well smack me up and call me Susan even though I'm a guy, it tastes like chocolate covered raisins. That..and the coffee is there as well of course. Beer needs to warm a bit, so give me a minute to continue on with this. ALRIGHTY. The coffee is there. Likewise with the Satanic barley. But there is an odd sweetness that I wish would go away so I could 5 this category..unfortunately, it isn't gonna go away. 4.

Feel - Oily bodied with medium carbonation. Really nothing else to say in this department as it doesn't change and nothing new develops. 4.

Overall - The lable claims " Big, Bold and Complex ". And while I agree with that, the sweetness of this beer kills the taste category. Do NOT get me wrong here, it is a GREAT beer..but I like massive, boozy RIS's with a boozey sting and this simply did not do that. However, this is certainly not a stout for somebody just getting into the craft game ( See Guinness for that non-sense) . No really, I'm not as big a dick as I seem in my reviews so feel free to message me about stuff and what I would recommend and hell if you're within the area we could trade/share/get drunk any time. Anyway, very sweet stout. And very easy at the ABV. But, if they tuned down the sweetness, upped the booze, it would be world class easily. 4

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat, 70's era bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep dark brown with a dark tan head that starts at about 1/2", and rapidly reduces to a soapy film on top. Nice caramel-looking lacing as the glass is swirled.

Has a sweet, malty smell, filled with yeast, vanilla, toffee, and a hint of sour. Smells like it is going to be a bit of a malt-bomb.

Malty and full, this smooth stout has almost a biscuity feel to it. Dark coffee and chocolate, creamy aftertaste, mild bitterness, this is an easy sipping stout. I don't taste any of the sour that i caught a whiff of earlier. The chocolate gets darker as you work your way into this beer, and the coffee bitter becomes more pronounced.

Very full bodied, this is a slow sipper, and what I've characterized in the past as a " fork and knife" beer.

My frost introduction to Green Flash was to have it's IPA, which I was told was their flagship beer. After having it a few times, i was totally unimpressed, and avoided GF for a while. This is now the second GF I've had recently that I've liked quite a bit. I think I'll give them another shot as a brewery; you should give this stout a shot. I'm glad I've got three more downstairs for later!

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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of bstave
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12 oz bottle poured into tulip snifter

A- Black as night with a 2 finger chocolate milk head which dissipated into a small ring. Can't see through this one. Lacing is forming nicely.

S- Dark roasted malts with chocolate notes. Not much else.

T- Hops up front with subtle chocolate and licorice on the back end. Very nice. Really digging it. Looking forward to see how it changes as it warms in the glass.

M- Lower carbonation which brings out a nice creamy mouth feel which I think is perfect for this style.

O- Really like this double stout. This is up there with many of my favorites. Green Flash does not disappoint. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, with very little light coming through. A nice tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. A small layer of head stays throughout my whole time drinking this.
A bit of an earthy hop character on the nose, lots of dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. A rich roasted scent.
Tastes similar to the smells. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a nice hop character to keep it balanced. Only gets better as it warms up. The low carbonation and full body make this one very smooth and pleasant. Alcohol is well hidden as well

It's listed as an American imperial stout on here, but it tastes very close to the classic RIS style. This is a very good imperial stout, and it's available in 4 packs at a reasonable price. Best of all, it's now available in Florida!

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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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