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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 Biggness
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a beautiful 3 fingered tan/brown head, and nice lacing. The smeel is of toasted malts and butter. The flavor is very nice a nice mixture of chocolate and coffee flavors, neither flavor overpowers the other. A nice and smoothe beer, the carbonation level seems good. I could see myself drinking a few of these in a night but not an all nighter, the ABV is a little lower than I look for in a double stout but the flavors are very nice.

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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thick vicious black w/ a big dark mocha head and very sticky lacing. Very very good looking stout. I'm picking up scents of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slight amount of coffee/expresso. There's also a little vanilla in the mix. I can pick all of that up in the flavors. Very bold, dark chocolate is abundant, slightly bitter, but a sweetness remains. Mouthfeel is really nice.. thick, creamy, well carbonated, smooth, velvety, but it remains light.. finishes great; full-bodied. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high, everything was hitting on all cylinders. It's hard to stop drinking! Highly enjoyable Imperial Stout!

This is one of my new favorite Imperial Stouts! I had a good feeling about it, but it exceeded all of my expectations. This is exactly what I look for in a RIS. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, roasty stouts: the beer man’s alternative to coffee in the morning. Plus, it’s Saturday, so why the hell not?

To the breakfast of champions – cheers!

A: I’m loving the head on this one: it begins with a full half-inch of brown cream, and stays put for a while. Retention finishes out as a pattern of dark tan bubbles, like the bottom of a glass of chocolate milk, lined with intricate swirls of sandy fizz. Wet pockets of oily lacing line the glass, above the dark chocolate body that lays as thick as molasses. It has a very nice black coffee presence, but with the brightening contrast of a cappuccino-colored head.

S: Toasted barley, mocha, chocolate truffles, brownie batter, and just-used coffee grounds swarm the senses in waves at first – so pleasant, spectacularly smooth in their sweetness yet wonderfully rich in their roastiness. It’s Founders Breakfast Stout with more chocolate and less coffee, giving this one a creamy complexion. Getting a secondary performance from charcoal, woody alcohol, caramel-covered apple, tart cherry puree, and a light hop juiciness that’s hard to put a finger on (though it still makes some noise in the profile). This nose is a sensation of creamy goodness, but with a kick of beautiful complexity.

T: Front-end acidity empowers this brew with powerful coffee tastes and hop oils, drying it out just enough to make the chocolate tastes a welcome reprieve. Once they hit, though, it’s still pretty dry: the chocolate is a cocoa and chocolate malt taste, and it’s accompanied by pancake batter, roasts, earthy vanilla bean, and hickory-smoked umami. Alcohol astringency is present, but only for a moment (which seems to be a perfect representation of the 8.8% ABV). It ends on a note of pepper and thick, grainy bread, with a touch of raspberry and dry citrus rind. The hop presence is a prickling yet delicate, with all the flavor of a British pale; it’s unique and well-executed.

M: Surprisingly watery, with the smoothness of, once again, something British. It does have some chalky quality that Americanizes it a bit, though it still satisfies with its creamy drinkability.

O: Double Stout is quite a different animal than I expected, especially after my long night yesterday with Doris (THE DESTROYER); that said, I really like it. It’s well-balanced beer, with a nose you’d just love to swim around in and a palate that hits the spot without overdoing anything. I’m not sure I’d age this one, but I definitely would take a few more bottles – and happily, at that.

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Photo of jabergess
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Smooth, smooth, smooth. No bite I could detect which is highly unusual for a double/imperial stout. This thing will sneak right up and get you if you let it. I would let it.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a deep black with a nice tan head. It dissipated to a ring but with some decent lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty. But of caramel and some dark chocolate. Some coffee too.

Taste is a solid stout. Just a nice and roasty and smooth stout. The roast bites the tongue in the finish. Decent amount of caramel. Some dark chocolate and a bit of espresso flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and has a nice carb.

Overall a tasty stout. Nothin fancy just a solid stout. Will be having this often.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: motor oil colored, a wisp of dark brown head, thick rings of lace.

S: cocoa powder, vanilla, red apples,

T: sweet and fruity for a stout, I'm calling it red apple and then a bunch of dark stuff: bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, espresso.

M: full bodied, slippery, sweet and bitter finish, deceptively smooth, there's not even a hint of the alcohol.

D: yummy, like drinking an espresso chocolate milkshake.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Strange pop of the cap!

A nice light milk chocolate head with creamy consistency, with a solid dark walnut black/brown color. Holds real well and leaves real nice looking whisks of head brown on top. Looks great. Also some leopard like lacing nice and spotty.

Nose is nice light malty roast. Nice sense of ripping roasted grain. Moves from chocolate to Nutty back and forth very nice.

Taste is a little boozy, but palate is filled with a dark roasting malt. Gravy and carbon fills the palate, aftertaste goes to a coffee angle. Slightly hoppy bitter in the finish as well. Texture has some wet sensation but not entirely. Some expressive carbonation is but very tolerable. Some mild sense of licorice as well.

Overall a very impressive palate, if somewhat all over the place. Very tasty they did well.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/23/12

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black, with a large, dense light brown head - keeps a very impressive cap, and coats the glass with lacing

Smell: Roasty grains, chocolate, and coffee - lightly burnt, secondary to the massive amount of roast - chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, dark chocolate - coffee with some sugar - toffee to round things out - hints of grassy and fruity hops

Taste: Nicely balanced and tasty - very roasted - roasted grains, roasted coffee, roasted chocolate bars, and some burnt tones - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some chocolate cake - burnt sugar and toffee - some hints of dark fruits, and some hints of citrus - sweet, but also dry, nice level of roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: Bordering on full, great carbonation, very smooth, roasty finish

Overall: Double Good

I think this is my first non-IPA from Green Flash that I have reviewed. And it kicks ass. It's not particularly earth-shattering, but it's better than some more expensive, harder-to-get alternatives. Beyond a solid choice, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
S: Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Fairly light on the nose but I've had this one aging for a couple years
T: Taste is chocolate and roasted malts with some old hop bitterness. Swallow is coffee and roasted malts with a little more chocolate.
M: This beer is full in body with ever so slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: Overall this one isn't bad. It has nice flavors and some decent complexity. Definitely one to try if you like bigger beers and it ages pretty well too.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Utter black body, opaque to light, with a moderate, some what coarse tan head, with superb retention. Irregular tide marks adorn the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep and intense aroma of dark malt, cocoa, cold coffee and bitter chocolate. There are hints of vinous alcohol as well.

Taste: Opens with flavors of cold coffee, bitter cocoa, and burnt toast. There is an undercurrent of vinous alcohol as well. As the taste progresses, a slight burnt caramel sweetness is notable. Towards the finish, some earthy, but restrained hops present. Finishes with a lingering bitter cocoa and cold coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent, over-the-top example, well-suited to a cold and rainy autumn evening.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom-embossed short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Yesac
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, medium sized brown foamy head that doesn't fade away quickly.

S- Coffee, earthy oak.

T- Along with the smell.. burnt oak, chocolate, and a warming from the alcohol. Drink this around a campfire. A little to much oak and earth for my liking.

M- Great job here.. not to dry, thick or thin.. its just right. Covers the palate well and makes it refreshing and hard to put down. Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

D- Good stout overall.. great for the cold weather because of its earthyness. The mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of Mikus
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid double stout... nice balance, pretty in the glass, nice roasty notes and clean bitterness. Everything I like in a deep, dark brew. Definitely will show up in the rotation. Green Flash was one of the breweries that got me into craft, and they have not disappointed yet.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very thick mouth feel, and with a strong lingering dark chocolate flavor that remains throughout the stout. I get some coffee, and really no bitterness.

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Photo of cvm4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty much black with a 2 finger tan head.

S - Coffee dominates with roasted malt and dark chocolate lingering.

T - I can't tell which is the winner here, the dark chocolate or the coffee. They both come in spades and in waves. A slight sweetness and roasted malts are there to balance everything out.

M - Creamy with great carbonation. Finishes dry on the palette.

O - All the elements I described above come together for a great beer! If you love the battle of coffee and dark chocolate in a beer, then this is for you.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice chocolatey black color with a dark brown head

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, earthy hops

Taste: Coffee and chocolate up front, a good helping of roasted malts and earthy hops. Some dark fruit on the back end

Feel: Full body, medium carbonation

Overall: An excellent beer, Green Flash shows they can do many styles well

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured an opaque dark chocolate color with less than 1F in a snifter.
The aroma wafts from the glass- it's excellent, although not strong: fruit, especially fig, and chocolate.

The mouth feel is not very carbonated as expected.

The taste is stands out in this beer. Strong fig, fruit, and chocolate. Unlike other US brewed imperial stouts, there is more emphasis on the fig- fruit quality of the taste, and not chocolate.
The UK Target hops in the beer yield special qualities and bring out the fruit.

Roasted malt is brought out as the beer warms.

Overall, another excellent beer from Green Flash. Easy drinking, yet complex.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another outstanding offering by Green Flash. Tan head with good retention, pours an opaque black color. Scents of chocolate and huge coffee on the nose. Taste is similar, full body lots of chocolate malts and coffee followed with a hop roundness that makes the beer complete. Absolute beauty and I wish I had more than one.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with mahogany hints around the edges and a dense two-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly to very thin layer of bubbles along the top. Lacing is very good.

S: Huge sweet roasted malts in the nose with chocolate an coffee supporting. Dark fruits are also prevalent in the aroma, especially raisins and plums.

T: Roasted coffee and sweet malts start the flavor before giving way to dark chocolate and then sweet fruits. The finish is a tad bitter with hops and the coffee coming back in the aftertaste. Alcohol burn is evident in the background.

M: Mouthfeel is on the full side and very creamy, coating the mouth with a malted milk flavor.

D: This is a very drinkable stout and an excellent stout in general. I would seek this one out.

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Photo of Roser
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A- nice moderate foamy mocha latte head that lasted a good bit, but left very little lacing. Very, very dark/opaque (zero light getting through) black/brown. Outstanding.

S- coffee, toasted malt, caramel. A little cocoa.

T- coffee, dark chocolate. Starts off bitter, gets a little sweet in the middle, then the bitterness kicks in (again) on the finish. Very good.

M- big, full body. Smooth and creamy.

O- excellent!!! A super stout. Another great beer from Green Flash. Will be having again and would highly recommend.

Cheers!

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours black with a three finger light brown head. Smell is very sweet, slightly roasty. There is mild coffee flavor and heavy chocolate. The flavor follows the smell very closely. It has a nice, thick mouthfeel. As it warms up a fantastic smokey, tobacco flavor emerges.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as oil, very tanish creamy 3 inch head.

Smell - Malts, barley, coffee, nuts, chocolate, hops sugar and spices, wow

Taste - Nice mixture of malts, hops, coffee and alcohol. Has a bite to it for sure. Excellent roasted sweet flavor and plenty of hops in each drink.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and long lasting. Palette is numbed from the alcohol. You get a bitterness followed by some sweetness from the hops.

Drinkiabilty - A great session beer. Too strong to drink many at one sitting. A great example from this fine brewery. If it wasnt so high in alcohol would have got a higher rating.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on a recent visit to Alewife during Baltimore Beer Week 2010.

This looks like the quintessential stout: tar black color with a thin crown of beige froth. It is the proverbial glass of oil. The lacing smears the glass rim is splotchy and loose. It possesses a potent nose of cocoa powder and enough molasses to indicate the inevitable sweetness to come. The cocoa powder noted above reappears on the palate, but is supplemented by a sloppy malt blanket that subsides into a toasty finish.

Green Flash brews one sweet and potent stout; a very brew from the West Coast stout. I simply must make a trip to San Diego one day.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 18 Mar 2009.

Poured in Celis pint glass. Very large dark brown head. Light carbonation. Dark oily brown black color. Sweet chocolate aroma, ethanol, roasty malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Like chocolate milk with a bitter mocha espresso chaser. Lactose sweetness. Bitter chocolate finish and aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol is warming.

Good stuff!

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Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Delicious. My first foray into Green Flash's stuff and it's damn near a home run. Not something I would sit and drink several of, but an excellent Imperial Stout that doesn't let the alcohol content overwhelm its complex flavors, as many other Imperials do.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: solid blackness, creamy tan head, about a quarter inch, long lasting. Quite attractive.

Aroma: Ah! Wonderful roasted dark malt, with all the requisite flavors spilling out. Chocolate and coffee, licorice, molasses, cola. Below that, vanilla and cream. Very nice.

Taste: Nice bite of roasty bitterness jumps on board the palate, sticks it out, stays a while. Full-bodied, with all those rich, dark flavors joining the mix. Rich and toasted, with a blend of cocoa, espresso, and more. They're calling this a Double Stout, instead of a Russian Imperial Stout, for reasons of their own, but it carries many of that style's hallmarks. It's at nearly 9% ABV, and I'm not feeling it yet, but I'm sure it won't take long.

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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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