Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Double StoutDouble Stout
BA SCORE
90%
Liked This Beer
4.1 w/ 3,114 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,957
Reviews:
887
Ratings:
3,114
Liked:
2,803
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
9.27%
Alströms:
4.42
 
 
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140
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Ratings: 3,114 |  Reviews: 887
Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a thin head that lasts a ring. Aroma is some slight roasted malts, but very weak. The taste is a nice blend of roasted malts, fresh ground coffee and cocoa. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and fairly well hidden alcohol. This is a decent stout but doesn't seem like it would benefit from aging.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark molasses with a dark, 3.5-finger tan head and ringed lacing.

S - Mild roasted malt with a little chocolate and coffee and a smidge of wood tannin.

T - Dark/burnt roasted grain and coffee, dark chocolate, touch of anise, astringent, only mildly sweet. Aftertaste is burnt/roasted with a good amount of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth but dries out.

O - Enjoyed it more from the bottle than on-tap; perhaps because the food aromas in the restaurant were interfering. It's not overly complex but this is worth drinking, especially if you are looking for a dark/burnt stout experience.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle of this down at Buy-Rite in Jersey City earlier this week. The beers that I previously had from Green Flash were hop bombs and I was interested to try their take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Even though this is listed as a Double/Imperial Stout, there's enough here to warrant it being placed in a new category altogether. The hops are overshadowed by the body and carbonation here and this has a bit of a heavier feel to it than a typical IPA!

This didn't have much of an aroma to it - the roasted, cocoa, and coffee notes only came out in the taste. Even thought the bottle was heavy, the beer matched it in terms of body. No bitterness like a Stout here but more of the feel of a Cocoa Porter with the aggressive alcohol not present in the taste of the beer. Because this is like a hot chocolate that's been fermented, it wasn't easy to down this and instead, this had to be savored a bit at a time.

I like this style but it would be good to try one of these that wasn't so strong. The flavors weren't obstructed by the alcohol and this didn't have the feel of the other Green Flash beers but there was a bit missing from this. Having one of these that was a bit thinner would probably lead to a beer that would be easier to enjoy and would allow for a more sensory experience as well. For now, this suffices and in spite of its boldness, this was a fine brew that would warm anyone up nicely on a cold day.

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Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating.

Nice pour; very dark brown head atop a pitch black ale.

Scent is mostly milk chocolate sweetness with a bit of a caramel edge.

Flavor is somewhat lighter for the style. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, but not quite as dense as a RIS. Nice sweetness in the finish to counter the bitterness of the roasted malt and hop.

Nice body; as I said it's not quite as thick as other imperial stouts, giving it a more drinkable (perhaps dangerously so) profile.

Good offering from Green Flash, like their others. The price is a bit steep at $3 bottle, so I may not revisit.

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Photo of OpaqueBrew
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _B33r_
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MacQ32
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark brown, as close to black as could be. A nice full finger of rich chocolate colored head, decent retention, thickish tan outer ring remains. Solid lacing.

S - Roasty and bold bitter/dark chocolate aromas. A little smokey/ashy too.

T - Roasty/smokey and bitter, sweet bitter chocolates at the back end. Pretty simple but pretty bold and delightful. Slightly boozy

M - Medium bodied-Full bodied, appropriate carbonation. Almost a sipper

O - A nice bold flavorful double stout, definitely a fan. Should be a fun 64 oz's.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a creamy off white head , the head kept on coming. The aroma was more chocolate than anything. I could detect some coffee, but not overdone.
The fist sip was very carbonated, more so then most of the premium stouts I've tried. The taste was there, but for me, the carbonation made it more difficult to enjoy. This sort of reminded me of the popular "Gu" stouts. Very carbonated.
So, that left the mouthful a bit uneven and the aftertaste was good, but I would have enjoyed this one so much more if it was more up front in flavor

Re-tasted 02/02/13
This time around I wasnt as impressed as I was the first time. As my first review stated, I wasnt excited about the amount of carbonation. It was too much for me. Now, I know there are a number of other super stouts, many Russian Imperial Stouts that like to have the carbonation. Me, I prefer one without much carbonation.
I also did not detect as much chocolate this time. I will be honest to say that tonight we tasted two stouts, one known for its chocolate tones. So, it might have been the first one with loads of chocolate, and now the Double Stout leaving me somewhat wanting for more.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Talking Pint in Riverview, FL. Served in a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a one-finger mocha head and low visible carbonation.

S: Roasty bitterness, milky/lactose sweetness, and maybe just a bit of smoke.

T: Huge roasted malt flavors that are quite bitter, some cacao, and almost a flavor that reminds me of smoked peat in scotch. Almost woody dryness with the big roast bitterness on the finish.

M: Body is on the thin side for a double stout. Alcohol is well-hidden, and there isn't much carbonation.

O: Acceptable for style, but there are many better examples out there. Certainly not objectionable though.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Chimay gobblet round 45 degrees.

Deep black color, with just a hint of merlot color on the edges. 1 solid, fat finger tan head, fading to film and plenty of lacing.

Smell is pretty tame - I got sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, and a whiff of piney hops.

Taste brings out a heavy mouthful of roasted malt depth, more of an unsweetened chocolate than the smell, a touch of the soy sauce quality, and a leafy bitter bite in the finish. Good yang to the smell's ying.

Very nice, smooth mouthfeel - quite creamy throughout, with the bitterness pulling thru at the end to keep it from being dessert-thick.

The alchohol is simply not present - making this tasty puppy a really pleasant surprise.

"Big, bold, flavorful, and complex" ... just as advertised on the bottle.

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Photo of leantom
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was curious so I tried this. Here goes:

A: Excellent. Pours a thick, creamy head with lots of lacing. Definitely more than one inch. Beer is opaque and lets no light through.

S: OK, but nothing special. Lots of dark fruit and the burnt malt makes its presence known. Kind of generic, really. No hops are detectable.

T: The burnt malt gives off the taste of a lot of dark fruit. Can taste plum, raisins, figs, etc. The dark fruit is really overwhelming in this beer. Also of note, there is a huge boozy presence in the background that coats the palate. The alcohol kind of overshadows the flavor profile of this beer, but the malt profile is good nonetheless.

M: Very rich and creamy. Glides down the throat.

O: A good beer. However, I've tasted stouts similar to it and was therefore bored with the flavor. Still good, however.

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Photo of jshusc
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz distinctive brown bottle served in a snifter.

A black, opaque brew with a short-lived tan head, More than ample bubbly lacing left on the glass.

As expected, the aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts with a nice hint of dark chocolate. The flavor profile is a little marred, IMO, by a slight sour note {not apparent in more recent tasting). Very long-lasting flavor of dark malt with a hint of hops.

M: Full body with very good carbonation. Smooth but with a bit of crispness.

O: a rich stout favoring lots of heavily roasted malts.

(Revised and upgraded with bottle consumed in Nov. 2013).

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Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears to be completely opaque, deep brown-black topped by a cocoa-tan colored head. Retention is a fine bubbled 1/8 inch layer with spotty bits of lace on the glass above. Aroma is very chocolaty with a milk stout kind of chocolate, light coffee and caramel glazed toast. Taste is also very milk chocolaty with some slight hop bitterness, roast coffee beans, and a little bit of an alcohol kick. This reminds me a lot of a coffee oatmeal stout. Texture is slick and velvety smooth. Creamy chocolaty flavors remain throughout the extended finish. I find myself taking my time consuming this. Decent drinkability.

This certainly makes for a good dessert brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell has aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy, oily, smooth and somewhat thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making this beer not too difficult drink, although the amount of bitterness and dryness requires that it be sipped.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/7/11

Dark brown, think stained cherry. No light passes through once in the glass. The head rises to two fingers in an ample manner and I had to tame the pour. Thinner retention. Lace is quite good.

Smells solid. Tangy roast and dark fruits give way to coffee grounds and semi-sweet chocolate, powdery cocoa and a spot of espresso. A touch grainy, too. Comes together, seeming more robust as it warms. No trace of alcohol in the nose.

The flavor profile is pretty much in line with the aroma. Lots of roast - roasted coffee/espresso, roasted grains and a chocolate notion that borders on burnt. The burnt aspect builds with each additional sip. Doesn't seem quite as sweet as the nose, which is a good thing. There's just enough to round out the roast. A good bit of hop kick is had, too.

Rolling carbonation augments the already full feel making seem more boisterous than perhaps it is. Again, the alcohol is extremely well-hidden (not that it's a crazy abv, but still). Very slightly coating. Roasted grains on the finish.

Though not outrageously great, there is little to complain about. Carbonation is too much for me. Worth a shot though.

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Photo of Seamus
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jblain
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MisterE
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Four-pack of short 12 oz. bottles at Ward's for $9.99

A: pour produces a thick, dark tan, foamy, 2-finger head that holds on for the duration - beer is pitch black

S: the nose is all malt and very clean, without much change as it warms

T: burnt malt and dark chocolate with a pronounced hop finish, but not boozy at all

M: medium to full mouthfeel with solid but not excessive carbonation

O: very pleasant balance, but not remarkable

This is not really an Imperial Stout, but a Black Ale (black IPA).

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Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: A real deep black color with a light brown off white one finger head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Dark and roasty with hints of chocolate, coffee and a nice hop kick.

T: Flavors of roasted coffee start off which quickly turn to a deep creamy chocolate flavor. One other reveiwer nailed it perfectly when he said chocolate milk shake. Sweeet and creamy. Finish comes back to the roasted flavors with a nice floral hop kick. A very nice balance with the roasted flavors and the hops.

M: Very thick and coating, but also dry. Different for sure because the hops makes the mouthfeel dryer than it really is. A bit of alcohol is detected.

D: Medium. One bomber was enough for me.

Overall a solid stout done the Green Flash way. I am very happy I tried it. They keep making very good/great beers. Congrats.

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Photo of Myotus
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (best by 03Sep16) into a nonic pint glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before drinking. Consumed on 09Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of brown foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of khaki foam within 1 minute and 15 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is subtle in quantity and thin.
SMELL: Mild aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and bitter roasted malts are backed by subtle black cherry, plum, and vanilla aromas along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: Strong coffee and mild bitter roasted malt flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by strong bittersweet chocolate flavors along with mild plum and sweet, black cherry flavors. Subtle flavors of vanilla, floral hops, and spicy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for bitter roasted malts, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness. A big and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: Too bitter for me to personally rate any higher. I can definitely see how other people love this, though. If you're looking for a stout balancing sweetness and bitterness, look elsewhere. If you love the bitter, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with two fingers thick dense tan head, settles slowly to a thin ring, leaving a spray of lace on the glass. Smell: toasted and buttered dark bread, black plum, moderate roast, earthy, hint of wood smoke. Taste: bready, plum, maybe fig, mild roast, caramel, hopping is earthy, mildly grassy and citric. Feel is quite creamy, finishing drying with light residual sweetness. This is odd to review. Enjoyable beer, but not an impy stout.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. Very black color. Not too viscous. Nicely carbonated with a big tan head and outstanding retention. Nose is quite faint. I get definite toasted malt, ``burnt'' aromas, and some coffee.

Medium-to-firm mouthfeel and full body. There is a nice sweet toasted malt backbone with a fairly strong bitter coffee accompaniment. There is also just a faint touch of licorice. The flavor is fairly well-balanced, but leans a bit towards the bitter coffee notes, making the beer more of a sipper. The finish is quite dry and the coffee flavors linger nicely in the mouth. Overall, a nice American Double Stout. Enjoyable, fairly complex, and easy to find.

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Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 3,114 ratings
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