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%
 
 
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139
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Photo of Timtac
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bkilpatr
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/04/08.

Pours nearly pitch black with hints of brown and a nearly three finger chocolaty brown head. The head left a little lacing around the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The aromas seem a bit subdued.

Taste starts with sweet milk chocolate and plenty of roasted malt. That's followed by a rush of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. There's also a hint of cherry and very little alcohol presence. The finish is fairly bitter and dry.

Feel is medium body with just enough carbonation. It's very smooth and thick but not too heavy. Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer. I couldn't drink more than one, but at 8.8% I don't think I'd want to.

This is a really good double stout. I'd recommend it. Very smooth and tasty.

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Photo of billab914
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. It poured black in color with a thick and full tan head to it. The head had some decent retention to it and left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty hoppy, citrusy flavor to it. It's mixed with some roasted, burnt, bitter flavors as well as some sweeter, malty, molasses like flavors.

The taste shows a nice mix of flavors. I get some of the roasted, bitter, coffee like flavors mixed with some sweeter, molasses, chocolate notes. I pretty good dose of herbal, citrus, bitter hops as well. Everything has a pretty nice balance to it in that none of the flavors over power the beer.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it's a very good stout with a lot of flavors. Everything also comes together pretty nicely in it and all the flavors get a chance to shine. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in an Ommegang Tulip. A hard pour produces a thick head of light brown rocky foam, great lacing as it settles out over very deep dark brown stouty-stout. I'm getting chocolate and roasted barley...very light coffee too in the nose, seems promising so far. Luxurious viscous mouthfeel with flavors of chocolate once again, malt sugar sweetness, a nice roasty sensation mingling with a not-over-the-top hopping...everything melds nicely. Chocolate again in the finish, then fades with a roasty note. Alcohol well masked in this one. Quality stuff.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a snifter - no date to be found.

A: Pours very dark, opaque even...thin, half finger head that fades quickly. What little bit remains is tan/mocha in color with small, fizzy bubbles. Some alcohol legs as I tilt the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate, some coffee. Plenty of roasted malts. I also get a confectionary sweetness. Reminds me of standing in line at a cotton candy stand in an amusement park. Some anise as well. Wonderful, wonderful complex smell.

T: Plenty of chocolate going on - a bitter chocolate that is balanced by that same sweetness in the smell...and when the alcohol tastes come out, it all blends into the taste of a candy truffle or a chocolate rum cake. Slight coffee notes. Not necessarily as complex as the nose would indicate.

M: Smooth, creamy beer that coats the mouth...although not as thick as I'm used to in a stout...just medium bodied. Finishes dry on the palate.

O: A pretty solid imperial stout. The taste was a little disappointing considering the nose, but still very enjoyable. Maybe a little thinner than I prefer in a stout as well. Definitely more on the chocolate/sweet side than the coffee/bitter side. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is very smooth and well balanced. Would certainly drink again, but probably not in the 22 oz format.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a brackish black with a half inch of brown head. Some lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, smoke, coffee, chocolate and earthiness. Flavors of dark chocolate, black coffee, roasted malts and a bit of a smoky finish. Heavy bodied with little carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel as well. Pretty good Imperial Stout. Worth having again.

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Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black in color with a half finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. Nose is a touch of sherry combined with a pinch of bourbon. The taste certainly includes a healthy dose of roasted malt, but there is also a less pleasant astringent flavor as well. The finish is more roasted bitterness with hints of port.

All-in-all, not a bad effort. However, I have certainly had better double stouts.

Update February 2016: Broke open two cellared bottles for sampling (a 2013 and a 2014). I was surprised that the 2014 was still a little hot. The 2013, however, was very smooth. The downside of the 2013 was that the more interesting flavors (e.g. sherry, port) were not detectable any longer.

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Photo of jwswigs
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mabermud
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured black with a light tan head. When held up to the sun, the edges show a dark reddish brown hue. The head disappears into a tan halo with a light cloudy cover over the top. The head and legs are slick and fine. The micro/fine bubbles seem to melt off of the sides as I move the beer around in the glass. The smell is rich and smells faintly of fresh baked sourdough bread, some raisins, some coffee, and a distant dark/bitter chocolate smell. The taste is complex in a way and not disappointing. There is a balanced mix of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, sweet raisins, and coffee. This stout has a medium body and a drier finish. I don't understand why they call it Double Stout...

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Feb. 22, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with 4-to-5 fingers of tan frothy tan head. Good dose of sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention.

Smelled dark chocolate, light coffee, toffee, caramel, fudge, crayon and cocoa.

Tasted cocoa, dark chocolate, crayon, roasted nuts, dark fruits and buttery bitter notes.

Full body. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, warming finish.

This was a very good stout. Not fantastic, but good all around.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't had this yet wasn't sure as GF has been iffy....

Poured into my allagash tulip. The color is dark i get a light transparency as it pour but is totally black in the glass. The head is tan and laces very well leaving floating island of head in the middle.

The nose i sweet malty with hints of floral hops and a definite alcohol back. chocolate dominates not coffee but as it warm alcohol is more prominent.

It starts creamy in the mouth silky smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate and hints of fig come in but the big finish is the dry chocolate much like bakers cocoa. The taste is very nice. The finish ends with a noticeable hop bitterness. very pleasant.

Very nice so green flash is about 50/50 now...

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Double Stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 56 degrees.

It pours a nice dark brown/black with a tan head and some moderate lacing.

I disagree with some of the other postings. Perhaps at a higher temp this stout opens up and offers more in both the nose and taste. But the nose is roasty and malty with a hint of espresso, and a nice underlying floral hops note as well.

The taste is malty sweet with some chocolate and espresso notes as well. I did not get any boozy characteristics at all. Very nice and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. Chewier then anticipated at the pour but nice and smooth and not too carbonated which is a plus.

Overall, a very nice stout that I would certainly reccomend and will be going back for more. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer with some lacing.

S: Smoky, roasted malts up front followed by semi-sweet, creamy chocolate. Some light char and coffee notes as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malt at first followed by semi-sweet creamy chocolate and coffee notes. Then comes a lightly piny bitterness from the hops and coffee flavors. Light alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is creamy smooth with a little carbonation that accentuates the bitter hop and coffee notes.

O: Overall, a good imperial stout. Fairly simple and straight-forward, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle pours into my snifter engine oil black with a finger of coffee head. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a light lacing down the glass as we become intimate.

Smell is big and bold. Lots of roasted and dark malts, dark chocolate, espresso beans, light hints of the UK hops (definitely different than the usual Green Flash citrus hops). Some fruits mixed in at the end.

Taste is bitter on a variety of levels. Lots of roasted malts give it some bite on the entry, carried through by some chocolate nibs and then bitter dark chocolate, some more bitter chocolate in the finish mixed with the hop bite which leaves a dry mouthfeel.

At first the bitterness is maybe a bit much, sort of bombarding you on too many levels without giving you a break to enjoy the intricacies of such a brew. As you progress and the beer warms some of the smaller notes become identifiable. Still, I don't think more than one of these in a night would be on my agenda. All around, another solid brew from Green Flash.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick chocolate shake head. Like Count Chocula in a chocolate got milk ad. Black, like I like my men and coffee.

Smoky smell off the bat which mellows into a sweet toasty chocolate smell. Like burnt alcoholic cocoa puffs.

Sweet chocolate tastes, smooth, hoppy last taste. The hops fight their way up, very complex brew. Bakers chocolate, some heat from the alcohol. So deep it puts your ass to sleep.

Smooth hoppy aftertaste, mix of hops and chocolate malts, oatmealy velvet.

This beer is the equivalent of the late great Issac Hayes voice.

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Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of big roasted malts with some sweet caramels and some toffee. Notes of sweet milk chocolaty malt and a tad bit of alcohol. As it heats up you get much more alcohol in the aroma. No hops whatsoever, but that's not out of the norm for this style.

The tastes are typical for the style; a boat load of rich roasted malts. While consumed at colder temperatures it goes down very smooth and leaves a mild bitter and dry finish. As with most stronger dark beers, as you let it warm up, the true characters of the beer come into play. You still get the rich/complex roastiness on the front of your tongue but as it gets to mid tongue you get slightly sweet coffee notes just before the hops balance out the malts. It finishes with bitter-sweet roasted notes and the 8.8% ABV makes its presence known. Overall this imperial stout is one smooth drinker and a great example of the style.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Flash Brewing 'Double Stout' Black Ale @ 8.8% served from a couple of 12 fl oz bottles purchased for $3.50 each

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head which is quickly dissapated leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-smells like a 'RIS'

T-big tasting stout , a certain smokeyness lingers on the palate

MF-ok carbonation , big full body

Ov-ok/good beer , sampled alongside , Brooklyn-Black Choc & Hercule-Stout

prost LampertLand

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Photo of chilly460
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, black with dark brown edges. Prodigious head kept me working to keep it from overflowing, decent retention and lacing.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts, some coffee, and definitely a smoke aroma. Got some burnt notes in there as well.

T: Medium sweet malts give way to some roasted coffee. Some dark chocolate sneaks through in different sips and I did pick up the smokiness in the taste. The beer is actually pretty complex, but I didn't find any of the tastes to be that pronounced.

M: I liked this one, slick and velvety, but still not a heavy beer.

D: Solid beer, not going to have a huge flavor profile if you've been drinking barrel aged RIS, but this one is a great "go to" stout.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/10/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. About an inch of creamy and foamy milk chocolate colored head. Light pathces and streaks of lace leftover.

Smell- Deep roasted malt with a milk chocolate nose. Light hops noticable. Not an outright scent, not very outgoing that is.

Taste- Hmmm, quite different from the nose. Not quite as thick and creamy as I was expecting. Heavy super dark chocolate flavor, not the sweet milk flavor that was portrayed in the nose. Hops are quite large and potent and the malt is almost burnt enough to add a light smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel- About the right amount of carbonation with a large and lasting hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty good brew here. If you like the hops in your stout, this one is up your alley. Overall a good deal and worth a try.

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Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colored stout with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is coffee grinds.Taste is smoked malts,chocolate,coffee,cream and sugar cane.Very creamy and velvety smooth goes down like silk.Highly recommended and I would purchase again.Two for two for this brewery!!

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Photo of tmzl
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours with huge, thick (small bubbles), creamy, dark mocha head, it's gorgeous. Leaves some sticky lacing when it goes down, otherwise good, slow, mountainous retention. Top layer that stays is very thick, creamy and leaves some random lacing when you drink. Colour is clear, dark with brown hue (but can't really see through).

Smell: Milk chocolate is the story for this one. Combined with dark fruits (currant), deep roast, medium sweet caramel and light smoke presence. This sweet malt mix is very pleasant, soft, it hugs you like a little child - warm, milky and sweet. Also some light lemon, hey hops with a hint of floral.

Taste: Dark fruits (currant mostly) still there, but tuned down. Milk chocolate still the most dominant. The middle medium sweetness consists mostly with milk chocolate and pleasant lighter roast and light coffee. Ends with medium (mostly roasted and some milk chocolate notes) bitterness and some hop presence, pine and citrus mucus. Stays for a while, gets sharp and slightly unpleasant in the after-taste - quite the opposite from the milky, warm, hugging character in the smell. Alcohol well incorporated, also some light sour and very light metallic notes here and there.

Mouthfeel: Full light-heavy body, creamy but not as smooth as one would hope, carbonation maybe a bit to crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: It's an interesting beer, has it strong points but there are also some things that bother me, the aggressive bitterness ruins the whole image of milky, warm beer that is created in the smell. It starts as a very balanced, smooth, pleasant but then kicks you. Maybe that works for some. Is this the real life?

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Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured nearly black with a few ruby/brown highlights. The head was massive, rising a good 2.5" before dropping to a thin cap. Surprising amount of lace stickage on my glass.

S= Really boozy. Beyond that, I noted roasted malt/coffee, light chocolate, and a general lingering sweetness.

T= Tasted better than it smelled, with the roasty grains and the chocolate/caramel malt notes combining well enough. not a lot of hop presence, but it was certainly detectable. The finish was dry and skewed to the roasty side.

M= Really more medium than heavy in the body, with lots of carbonation. Good tongue coating capabilities.

D= A bit boozy, but all in all a very good offering. Not as smooth as its competitors, but worth drinking all the same.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger brown colored head. The head has a nice level of retention, fading over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a big roasted malt smell mixed with lots of dark coffee and chocolate. Mixed with these more bitter aromas are some smells of a sweeter dark fruit variety as well as some char.

Taste – The beer begins with a strong roasted malt flavor with some light sweetness of dark fruits upfront. As the flavor advances past the initial taste, a bitter chocolate and coffee come to the tongue drowning out much of the sweeter tastes that were detected before. While these more bitter dark flavors last to the end they are later joined by some flavors of smoke and a bit of booziness. These when mixed also with a light vanilla and woody taste leave a moderately bitter and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is thick and creamy with a rather lower level of carbonation. The combination is fantastic for the roasted and moderately bitter and dark flavors.

Overall – A dark and drier Imperial stout with tons of roasted malt flavor and a decent bitter bite.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/12/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown with about a finger of tan foam. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate and roasted malts.

t - Chocolate jumps out first. Also some vanilla and roasted malts. A little bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium to full body. Little carbonation, pretty smooth.

d - Thought this was a very enjoyable stout. Nice smooth chocolate smell and taste, would definitely try this again.

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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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