Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Double StoutDouble Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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:
880
Ratings:
3,096
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
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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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, I think it's about a year old. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit (cherries) and some coffee and hops. It's a nice smelling brew, however the aroma is light. Taste is similar to the aroma (but much stronger), it tastes like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, cherries, charred/burnt malt, and a bit of vanilla and hops. There's also a nice bitter coffee and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, and also a bit coating, silky and dry. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good brew overall, I don't think I've had a bad beer from Green Flash yet. I'd definitely buy this again in the future.

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Photo of suminorudder
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, served in a 14 OZ tulip glass.

A: pitch black when held to the light. Utter darkness. Creamy mocha colored half finger head fading to a halo around the rim and a film across the surface.

A: bitter dark chocolate up front with roasty French press coffee filtering through. Allusions of vanilla and the faintest notes of woodsy herbs.

T: taste follows the aroma very nicely, moving from one note to the next. Bitter chocolate, coffee, boozy vanilla and finish of woodsy herbs and faint notes of mint.

M: very smooth, surprisingly light and crisp. Carries its alcohol very well, though I feel slightly more body would have been more appropriate.

O: this is a very delicious beer, smooth and with complicated nuances. The drying alcohol elicited the herbal flavors very nicely, and complimented the roasted, chocolatey profile. I would definitely make this a regular, go to beer. I think this is stylisticly closer to a foreign export stout, but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of Lungman
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We have stouts, Russian, oatmeal whatever. Then we have this untamed stallion. Tighten your belt and try to hold on for 8, % that is. This huge meal of a brew is so damn smooth that I was loving this hard, until number 3 then I had to step back out of pure respect. I don't go into the whole scientific break down of a beer. So let me just say this one is chocolate creamy velvet love in a bottle. Smells awesome, taste awesome. Fricken grand slam baby.

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Photo of benloho
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This was a big surprise for me. I'd heard that this was a good stout but I didn't expect it to be at this level.
A: Pours jet black. No glimpse of light through the glass. Nice creamy one-finger of tan head that sticks around.
S: I pick up vanilla, roasted malt, and smokiness right off the bat. A little bit of caramel and chocolate.
T: Just as the aroma, vanilla and chocolate, roastiness and smokiness. Really complex and a nice bitter finish that lingers that reminds me of a bittersweet bakers chocolate.
MF: Amazingly smooth and creamy. Such a full mouthfeel made me want to gulp not sip. The complexity of this beer is really working!
O: Super impressed by this Double Stout. I purchased just a single but I'm going to go grab a 4 pack so this can be in my normal repertoire.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a four-pack of Green Flash Double Stout for $11.99. Cracking one open now to wash down some delicious charcuterie.

Brandy snifter glass.

Towering three and a half finger rocky head that's a bright espresso crema in color, shiny in appearance, and slowly popping down the glass. Completely opaque pour that shows some dark brown in the legs. The retention is pretty decent (I'm still waiting for this to fall a bit more). Already starting to lace before the first sip. Looks great.

First thing I detect in the nose is a powerful roasted malt with some cereal sweetness. Then, I can pick up some fumes of rocket fuel, which I thought a bit strange being that this doesn't even tip 9%. There's a nice aroma of baking chocolate and slathers of coffee with scorched milk. Spruce-y hop mingles with the already potent roasted grain bitterness and gets evened out by some maltose nectar.

Great smooth-around-the-edges kind of flavor. Milk chocolate, dark cocoa nibs, french press coffee, molasses, roasty char, some smoke, raw dough, and a much more pleasant alcohol warmth than anticipated from the nose. If there were no additives in the brewing process (which the bottle nor the Green Flash site lists none... and I don't understand why this is categorized as a American Imperial Stout short of the name), then this makes for an ideal Russian Imperial Stout in style. The coffee and chocolate flavors aren't big and bold, and seem mostly implied by the specialty malts used. If it were a RIS, I'd notch it above Old Raspy. If it were a RIS, I'd score the aroma higher. This is a velvety-smooth and bold brew with quality feel and amazing complexity. Perhaps a hair weak in carbonation, and definitely stands as a sipper. No over-the-top bitterness levels, big spicy finishes, booziness, or any other major flaws of note. I think it'd age well, but it's a great one fresh.

Very impressed by this beer, and not surprised, as Green Flash has proved to be in an elite class of brewing with consistent, unique, and well-executed beers in their lineup. Happy to have three more in my pack, and happy to share the wealth. Recommended.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pitch black body that has a bit of transparency as it pours. Small tan head with good lacing. Nondescript, but good looking stout.

Smell - Wow, it smells good. Chocolate and coffee aromas with some slightly fruity aromas in the back. I swear I smell a hint of bourbon, but there's no bourbon in this. Maybe it's just some booze I smell.

Taste - A wonderful flavor, as well. Chocolate with a slight sweetness to balance a coffee bitterness. Roasted malt flavors and again, bourbon! Not strong, but I swear it's there. It finishes with a slightly grassy and earth hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - I wish it were thicker. It finishes pretty dry, in fact. It leaves me with the bitterness only and none of the good flavors.

Overall - I'm very impressed by this beer. I'm also impressed by how long in alcohol it is for how flavorful it is. I've been sitting on this bottle for nearly a year. Glad I opened it.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Velvet black coloring with a gorgeous glow. The head was deep dark brown with syrupy lacing and very good retention.

The scent was a dry chocolate with a touch of charred malt. Loads of marshmallow and smoky char there's a bit of coffee and toffee.

Creamy chocolate, marshmallow, charred sweet malt, a little caramel and toffee accompany a smoky coffee. The sweetness of the marshmallow and caramel malt seem prevalent and delicious.

The feel is creamy thick and full with limited carbonated sensation.

I've had this a couple of times and found this last experience to be outstanding.

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Photo of rrski198
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with large dark tan head. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, raisans, malt, alcohol.

T: Very creamy and smooth. This beer really pulls off the alcohol without even feeling it. Big time classic stout flavors, done just right.

M: Easy, smooth, creamy. Couts the mouth and lingers.

D: For 8.8%, this is an incredabley drinkable beer that i wish i could get more of. Please distribute in MO. I have to go to AZ to get Green Flash.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from Prototypic, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black with a fluffy smallish mocha head. Leaves a bit of lace on the sides on the way down the hatch. Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, slight spicy hop in the background. As it warms I get some dried fruits as well. Taste is chocolate followed by some hop bite finishing with some roast and hops that linger in the palette for a while. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, thick body, light carbonation. Great stout, very creamy roasty chocolaty. Send more.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour of this stout is the most overwhelming frothy head I've ever seen. Big, whipped, thick & creamy. It looks like a root beer float!

The lacing & giant head calms down after a few minutes. Carbonation is higher than many stouts but not annoying.

Smell is of licorice, smoky, coffee, licorice and as it warms even more hops to balance.

Taste follows the nose. Coffee like bitterness & the hops keep it less malty. More dry on the aftertaste.

Overall a real good stout. It is a classic Cali/American double stout. Malt vs Hops balance. Not a total malt bomb. Similar to Old Rasputin.
If this was barrel aged with a touch of bourbon it could be world-class. As is, it's a wonderful example and should be tried.

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Photo of travolta
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, minimal head retention, nice lacing.

Nose: Sweet vanilla, coffee, and a touch of licorice. A little bit of cola.

Taste: Malt, coffee, sherry, fig, and chocolate. The malt is well balanced throughout and makes for some great mouthfeel. Some bourbon.

Notes: This is a smooth drinking, fine stout. Imperial...? Perhaps not, but it is very very good.

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Photo of Wildman
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured pitch black and formed a medium tan foam head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee and anise. Flavor was of malt, molasses, chocolate and a hint of coffee. The body is medium light, which is unusual for the style. The finish is bittersweet and slightly burnt. This is a very good beer, yet the body lacks some complexity I expect from this style.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights. Large head of tan foam, and some beautiful lace.

Nose is milk chocolate -- very appealing!

Taste is strong, with a big chocolate taste. There is a little char underneath it all, but it's a subtle flavor. The high ABV is masked well here, too, and this is a superb, world-class double/imperial stout. I've yet to have a mediocre beer from the top-notch Green Flash!

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Once it hits your lips, it's so good."

Poured into a snifter.

A - Nice foamy, brown head. Pitch black.

S - Aroma of burnt coffee, roasted nuts.

T - Delicious from the first taste to the last. Alcohol in the background. Slight bitternenss that's appealing. Wonderful.

T - Medium to full bodied. Rich.

O - I will be drinking this again and often. Oh yes, this beer will be mine. Superb.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/2/11

A: Black as night. A massive three finger head on a standard, everyday pour - wow! This leads to rich an tantilizing layer of lacing which coats the interior of the glass.

S: Dark roast coffee and chocolate, with a minor, faint trace of mint.

T: Hints of powdered sugar up front. It doesn't last long though, as a grassy and earthy quality from the chocolate malt powers through. It all finishes like a freshly brewed pot of diner coffee at 2am. This is a really delicious and complex brew.

M: Extremely viscous. This is exactly what I look for in an ADIS. It's creamy, thick and properly carbonated. One of the many highlights of the beer.

O: What an amazing beer. This is one of the hidden gems within the ADIS style. It really deserve more recognition and love, though I'm sure I wouldn't be able to find it on the shelves if it did.

Two big thumbs up for Green Flash. Seek this one out.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle hard poured into a snifter

Pours a opaque black with a three finger beige frothy head. Considerable lacing, as the head recedes, especially for a imperial/double stout. Aromas of chocolate, anise, and roasty malt flood the nostrils. The initial taste of chocolate and a touch coffee flows into dark fruit and anise and finishes with roasty bitterness, very complex. Exceptional mouthfeel creamy and full bodied. A truly exceptional brew.

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Photo of dumpman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a tan head of tight foam.
Dark chocolate coffee.
great tasting intense with a thick mouthfeel.
Very good stout at 8.8% abv will buy again.

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Photo of TequilaSauer
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a glass.

Beautiful looking stout. Pitch black and rich with light head retention.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and some light alcohol on the back end.

Hits hard on the attack with chocolate and some mild alcohol. The alcohol fades and coffee, dark fruit, and very light hop flavor remain. I expected this to finish more bitter, but it actually tops off with a creamy smoothness and coffee. I'm very impressed with the entire tasting experience of this beer.

Stouts are rarely good drinking beers and this is no exception for me. It's one of the more drinkable stouts out there, but that's not saying too much.

A great beer. Great beer.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Black as night body and a nut beige head. Lacks some carbonation. Had to serve with force just for a finger of head to show up.
S- Bold balanced malts and toasted coffee, could feel some raisins.
T- Strong coffee all throughout especially in the aftertaste. Could also feel bitterness lingering every sip.
F- Heavy and thick. Medium carbonation.
O- Very good IS. I really don't like boozy tasting stouts and this hit the spot.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12ox bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a fairly thin dark brown, almost black color. A vigorous pour yields a three finger head with a light mocha colored foamy head with lighter highlights at the edges. Very resilient lacing is left behind as the head subsides.

S – Dark Chocolate, molasses and brown sugar give way to a bit of a licorice finish on the nose along with a strong wet hop aroma. The longer the beer sits and warms up the more vanilla and coffee I’m able to pick up. Its a good smell, but not mind blowing.

T – This is rather cold still, however initial tastes yield huge dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors. Much better tasting than I thought it would be given the aroma. Huge roasted malts and grains with a nice full roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavor. Some smokey char pressent. Fairly sweet and delicious.

M – Thick and chewy. Not at all what I was expecting given the pour. Although this is an 8.8% abv beer, its masked very well. Well balanced with perfect carbonation for the style.

O – I was not expecting this good of a stout from a west coast hob bomb maker. Very clean and clear flavors, not muddled as others who do not normally brew darker style beers. I highly recommend this beer and am so glad I can get this on a whim.

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Photo of farrago
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black and I mean jet black, like a brick of onyx. Pours an agitated two-finger head of dark brown froth, mixed of bubbles large and small, lacing mostly larger bubbles and slides off quickly. Gargantuan melted chocolate and cappuccino coffee driven nose, after that very similar toffee and butterscotch accents, hint of cherry or blackberry fruit, no hops discerned, you'll either say it has purity of purpose or is monochrome. Very full-bodied, grips the tongue like a vise, while slow to move you sense it's a choice, not because it's not capable. Tastes like three slices of German chocolate cake washed down with cafe con leche. Grape, cherry, apricot, plum fruit, much variety in this department. Roasty and toasty more than bitter, you pucker nonetheless. Consistently becomes drier through the mid-palate, suggesting the hops having more textural effect than flavor-wise. Not really "chewy" since it resists chewing on it. There's a sense of accomplishment when the glass is finally empty.

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Photo of afksports
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout is an Imperial Stout that I knew about when it was underground. Before it was famous. My review documents it!

This beer is an A through and through. It pours a lovely tan head on top of a deep black body, just as rich as you need it to be. It smells like burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet malts, and alcohol. Like it's going to warm you up whether you like it or not. There's even a hoppy character to it. And the taste wallops. Boy does it pound. The front has a touch of hops and alcohol, the middle brings you all that malty goodness, and at the end of the drink there's the bitter chocolate that came through in the nose, except there's no alcohol with it. Just pure taste.

Woo!

It's big in the mouth, with a medium body and solid carbonation. I've tried it with ice cream, and it's great for that too.

There's nothing wrong with this beer - except that perhaps it's available everywhere and they don't barrel age it (as far as I know), so the hype wagon hasn't caught up to it.

Well screw all that. I'm happy I can buy this at my corner store. Cheers to Green Flash. Keep making this lovely liquid!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown/black color. Poured a 2 finger chocolate-colored creamy head; I did an aggressive pour. Thick lacing.

S: Toasted malts; coffee, toffee and chocolate. Alcohol is more prominent as it warmed.

T: Surprised by the hop presence up front. Big, rich roasted malt come through in the middle. Sharply bitter finish. Warming alcohol.

M: Big beer with medium body. Low carbonation. Silky smooth feel.

D: Flavorful and smooth. Even with the abv a pleasant drink.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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