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Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Double StoutDouble Stout

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

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.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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 okay .. would have liked it a bit thicker and creamy, but it was well carbonated and remains light.. finishes great. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high. It's hard to stop drinking. Very enjoyable Imperial Stout!

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Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Colonial Wine and Spirits in Acton, Massachusetts a few months back.

Poured a deep black with quarter inch chocolatey head and thick lacing.

Smelled of richly sweet malt and chocolate and figgy fruit. Tastes of sweet chocolately goodness and smooth malt. This is a tastey and satisfying brew. Very smooth on the palate, no bitterness on the end, a nice drinking beer, but a session brew by no means at 8.8%. I enjoyed every sip.

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Photo of Bung
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Brownish black pour. Brown head, long lasting, but no real lacing to speak of. Great aromas. Mocha coffee and burnt malts. Taste is the same strong coffee, slight mocha and a little bit bitter with alcohol in the finish. Very full body. Improves as it warms a little also. Very nice finishing, undervalued example of the style. Worth seeking out for a try.

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a dark tan head that settles to a wide swirling patch. Some dots of lacing stick as the head descended down the glass.

The smell is of coffee/chocolate with charcoal/ashy smokiness, dark fruits and earthy tones.

The taste is earthy, smoky, coffeeish/ chocolatey. Subtle dark fruits mix in in the back. It has a dry, roasty finish.

Medium-to-full-bodied. Could be a bit thicker for a "double", but it works well where it is, as there is a creamy, smooth texture.

The alcohol is covered very well.

A very enjoyable stout - English-like with an American flair for bigger. As I was on my patio drinking this a neighbor passed by (while in the second half of the bottle) smoking a cedary cigar. Though I'm not a cigar smoker, the aroma enhanced it even more, so if you are a cigar smoker, you may want to enjoy the second half with a cedary cigar! Job well-done here!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours jet black, looks silky, short fine head is a tan color like coffee with cream in it.

Smells of dark roasted cocoa and hints of coffee sans coffee acidity, along with mild smokey aromas and maybe some caramel malts.

Flavor follows, a tad smokey but mostly a roasted flavor with some chocolate and caramel, maybe some vanilla, and a hint of breadiness to it as well. What little bitterness is there is coffee-like, again sans acidity. Rich to be sure, but not overbearing.

Medium feel with mild creamy carbonation.

Really good stout, hides its potency well and is just delectable across the board. Particularly enjoyed the addition of coffee flavors while avoiding the normal acidity that tends to come with that. Not my favorite stout ever, but certainly up there and would definitely try again.

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Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An opaque black-brown color with a decent dark tan head and plenty of
lacing. The aroma brings a deep, beautiful leathery malt with charcoal-raisin
highlights. Captivating and edible. The flavor includes more charcoal malt intensity with licorice and raisin ideas. There's a bit of grassiness but malt is dominant and it's velvetty
smooth with just a hint of carbonation and a full body. A classy, big beer that
does not disappoint!

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice stout.

Dark black color, with a persistent, thick mocha head.

Beautiful stout taste, milder than I'd expected, kind of like a milk stout. Perfectly balanced. This beer has great integrity.

Rich mouthfeel. Long finish, after the mild taste, some bitterness expresses itself quietly.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber size (22 oz) into an arrogant bastard pint glass. After cracking it I took a whif straight from the bottle and it smelled awesome, bottom line it spoke its name. After pouring the look of it was exactly as I would expect, black. It was already dark in the room but it did seem to me to be a somehow impossibly miniscule lighter amount of black than some other imperial stouts I've had. The head was off-tan reddish which I love to see, it always seems to be one of the trademarks of a solid cappuccino flavored stout. After tasting, the smell and the look of the beer had already defined the flavor of this brew, no surprises in that. Roasted malt and whatever hops they threw in give it a SOLID coffee flavoring, like the dark roasted kind of coffee that I love to drink, bold and in your face. This is balanced with a sweetness that comes in very smoothly and to me remains very camouflaged and in the background of the flavoring. The finish has a little carbonation which brings out the initial flavors even more which again is balanced well with the sweetness in the beer. Definitely a recommendable beer, I mean there are others out there which are better so I can't say this is a must have but seriously if you get a chance try this bad boy!

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with a drinking buddy at Zeno's. This brewery has been such a surprise find, almost everything I have had from this is a quality product. Hope this one follows that trend...

Black all the way through, yadayadayada. Nice smokey mahagony brown head that doesn't last long enough. Still endearing, but nothing that wows the eyes.

Tons of chocolate. Reminds of st chokolat. Lots of oats which add a really creamy component. The complexity was deeper then my nose could decipher at this point in my craft drinking career, but there was a nice roastiness to it.

Very nice bitter malts that are present all throughout. Predominantly coffee, but some nice bitter chocolates and the creaminess of half-n-half. A little bit wet yet a side of crunchiness to it.

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Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a solid two finger espresso colored head. The retention is good with some lace noted.

S: Nice dark sweet fruits, with a blast of chocolate roasted malt. There are some nice green hops as well making this a true west coast stout.

T: Being west coast they did not take any time to introduce the hops. Right from the start there is a nice blast of floral green hops. The chocolate and coffee play a big role along with a touch of smoke and some booze. This is one enjoyable hoppy stout.

M: Full bodied with nice carbonation. Somewhat dry with a bit of burn from the booze.

D: This one was shared so I did not get the chance to try to finish a bomber myself. I think I could though it is rather enjoyable.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not big on stouts but this will get me to look at more. Toasty, Carmel, some type of darker fruit with a hop hint. Two finger brown head. Mouthfeel is perfect! can't get any smoother with a hop hint. I like.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an opaque black, with a full cap of light tan foam into a Chimay chalice.

S: Sugary coffee beans, molasses.

T: Initial taste is as if you took black coffee and put 3 sugars and 3 creams in it, the classic 1998 mix for me. Oats are clearly evident, sweet and add a smoothness to the overall flavour. Roasted malt flavour rounds out the overall flavour profile, leaving a hint of burnt char.

M: Medium-bodied, would like more heft in a big stout, but pretty easy to drink, pretty oily.

D: A quite tasty overall big stout, the oats really bring out the sweetness not a bitter beer at all, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer, dark, strong and sludgy, just like a double stout should be. This one has that San Diego sizzle that I have come to love from GF. Pours near black , leaves great sheeting/lacing. Cocoa, and cafe au lait nose, bold notes of bitter chocolate and coffee, drying resiny hops late. Just wonderful stuff. Go get some of this SD style Impy/double stout.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black with thick cocoa head. nice lacing

S - huge roasted malt scents but a bit boozy though

T - wow, very hoppy up front with roast malts dominating the finish. light dark cherry flavors hidden through out.

M - crazy smooth. pours thick but does not have a thick feeling, fairly light for a double stout.

D - this is a stupid good double stout. great hoppy flavor really brings out the roasted malts and adds to the depth. this is one fine stout from one of my current favorite stouts.

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seen this brand around town for awhile. Seeing "double stout" and happening to feel in a stout mood, why not? To my apartment you go...

Pour is uber-black (of course), though fizzy around the glass. Head is chocolate milk shade, thick & sticks around firmly for the last couple cm. Smell is surprisingly absent of coffee-ish note (at least to my nose), which usually comes in with big stouts even when none is added. The scent that does show up is more along the lines of cinnamon, dark fruit, & licorice. Something different here as far as that goes, which I'm conflicted on: I like the coffee tone when it is present, but they may have a more left field sense on the taste than I'm expecting that could work out to something unique and refreshing. Only one way to find out...

Chocolate, a straight-up yet subtle deep roast in the background, plus the dark fruit suggested on the scent. The roast reminds me of like a beer equivalent of the bark on true smoked bbq -- which this would go well with, come to think of it. Goes down creamy, with only enough fizz on the tongue to remind me that it has any.

Must say, I'm impressed. Nice work, green...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with half a finger of espresso coloured head. Left some good lacing.

S - Roasted malts and coffee up front with some bitter hops in the background.

T - Nice roasted malt flavour with dark roasted coffee and chocoalte. Slightly bitter on the finish. No noticeable alcohol at all.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Very slight chew.

D - A very good double stout. Couldn't detect th e8% ABV at all. This beer is worth some hype and I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of jmaharaj
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with an aggressive foamy cappuccino head. The head settles but swirls around the top of the beer until the end. Looks delicious.

S- Deep malts, although not much in the direction of dried fruit which heavy stouts often seem to go, just big roasty malt and coffee. A little spicy hopping in the backgound

T- Chocolate right off the bat. Not a bitter chocolate like i would have expected, more a smooth creamy milk chocolate that quickly gets swallowed by a deep bitter coffee. There is a little hop presence but it simply keeps the tongue from getting too caught up in all the big malts and provides the beer with some nice length.

M- on the lighter side of medium heavy. I would have liked a little more body, perhaps even a little more carbonation, but it carries the beer well enough.

O- I really love this beer. Easily my favorite by Green Flash so far. Big, malty, complex yet somehow completely cohesive. They didnt just go swinging big, they plotted and planned and delivered delivered a single knockout blow.

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Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says clearly it is 8.8% ABV.

Light proof black colored beer with a good brown colored beer.

Sweet and bitter chocolate with a strong floral hop aroma. Trace of carrot aroma and faint Kahlúa liqueur. As it warms the chocolate just gets stronger.

The taste starts out sweet and chocolate with a strong coffee flavor and a good taste of smoke. Really good chocolate and roasted malt flavor lasts all the way through.

Mouthfeel is good.

About as easy drinking as Double stout gets period. Taste wise this could pass for a milk stout. Alcohol is completely hidden and it has no rough edges at all.

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Photo of onefalsemove711
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Poured a deep dark brown (just a shade away from black). Two finger head mocha colored head that stuck around for a good while before becoming a sticky lace.

S - Coffee, chocolate, malt, rich bourbon and earth.

T - Coffee, malt and hops enriched with a bit of anise on the finish.

M - This beer has a nice viscosity and richness which really contributed to a great overall mouthfeel.

O - A big bold stout that has great complexity. I really enjoyed the bittersweet hoppy anise flavor that this beer possesses.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint Glass: Black goodness, thick creamy foam.

S: Coffee, dark cocoa & a little bit of alcohol. Not to strong a smell though.

T: Bitter coffee, slight chocolate notes. The alcohol isn't covered up here. It's a good thing though.

M: Light carbonation, smooth going down with a little kick.

D: Good consistency, drinkable for all stout drinkers and alcoholics. One of the good ones. Drink up!

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Photo of Moose90
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap 10.5oz

A — Pours pitch black and dark. A robust and rich looking dark oak stained colored head forms and leaves behind some nice lacing with each sip.

S — Smells strongly of darkly roasted, almost charred malts. Great notes of bitter chocolate, dark coffee, charred toast, dark almost burnt caramel. Really nice, dark, rich, and dry.

T — Tastes is dominated by dark and rich malts, nice delicious notes of coffee, chocolate, bonfire, licorice, toffee. Really nice and dry, no sweetness here, which is appreciated. There is almost a bit of a hop bite to it as well, with notes of pepper, earth, and wood.

M — Medium-Full bodied, not overly heavy all things considered, very fulfilling without being overdone.

O — Great overall, fantastic value for the most part here, this one really should get more attention than it does. It seemed to be part of the initial craft beer movement but has been seemingly left behind recently.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured oil slick black with big creamy mocha 2 finger head. Really fine quality head that is leaving bountiful lacing as it subsides.

S - very nice sweet roasted malt nose. Hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee. Slight damp tarp with the roasted malt.

T - Taste is nice and sweet, slight notes of chocolate and coffee with a nice roasted malt character. very mellow and balanced up front, with a dry and bitter finish. Lots of Bittering hops really balance out the very sweet character you get at first.

M - very drinkable for a big stout, medium body and smooth. Almost no carbonation though, which I don't mind the way the favors meld real well, I think the lack of carbonation is good.

O - pretty good, after drinking the abomination that is le freak this is a solid entry in the imperial stout style for green flash and I am impressed. It defiantly is more on the hoppy and and is a good option when you want a dryer imperial stout.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luscious mocha brown head dances for a half minute and retreats exposing a few active tiny bubble centres. Medium carbonation, midnight black, nice looking stout! Coffee bean odour, lots of vanilla oakiness going on. Regeneration impressive. This double stout is very full bodied, rich, intense, chocolate flavours with a bit of underlying dark fruit. Interesting blend of sweetness and dry, ashy astringent nuttiness including almond and pecan. Nice complexity, wonderful stuff!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 05/22/12

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of brown head that retains well

S: Very roasty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Malt bomb

T: Again, nice roasty malts with big hints of anise, chocolate, coffee, and a little smoke as well. Some light hops add a little bitterness, but overall this is a definite malt bomb. Alcohol is hidden extremely well

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A great example of the style, the complexity really shines and shows off the malts very well. Dangerously easy to drink, too. A must try for fans of the style

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Golden Monkey goblet.

A - Pours black with a massive brown head. Head sticks around for a while with a mound in the center. Great lacing.

S - Sweet smelling. Very roasty and strong smells of milk chocolate. Subdued dark fruits accompany minute alcohol.

T - Chocolate cocoa with toasted grains, sweet malt, and mellow hops. Aftertaste is great with chocolate, coffee, and burnt wood. Sweet but very complex and smooth.

M - Rich and creamy feel. Chewy with relatively low carbonation and a moist finish.

O - This is a phenomenal beer from Green Flash. It was very full flavored and remarkably smooth. Reasonably priced at $7/bomber. I will certainly get this again.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,102 ratings.
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