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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
Reviews:
884
Ratings:
3,105
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
478
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 884 | Ratings: 3,105
Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Monk Fremantle.

A - Pours the classic ebony colour with acreamy tanned head that stays the distance.

S - Plenty of caramel and expresso aromas with chocolate also present.

T - Chocolate a bit more present than the smell, but creamy expresso flavours are the dominant flavour, the sweetness is also a real credit to this brew in that its so very well balanced.

M - Full body and medium to light carbonation.

O - A very fine big stout, treat with respect.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with about 2.5 fingers worth of dark tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - fairly malty with subtle chocolaty hints and a note of roastedness.

Taste and Mouthfeel - bittersweet in general. Sweet at the beginning, and in the middle you can taste the syrupy/chocolaty tones, and bitter in the finish. Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans toward the creamier side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Very drinkable, and decently complex.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with some foam retained on top. The smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and toffee. I found this surprisingly good; I've known Green Flash for DIPA's but this was a treat. It is medium bodied and has a wickedly potent finish.

Definitely a stout worth trying again.

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Photo of Lunch
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Basically as black as my 2nd grade teacher's dead incisor with some creamy tan head. Nice looking stout with great head retention.

I've always enjoyed Green Flash's IPA/DIPAs, but for some reason I have perhaps never had this beer before. Smells very roasty with lots of chocolate. Some cocoa and coffee notes are in there as well. Taste is also roasty and chocolaty with an intensely creamy and thick mouthfeel. Low and smooth carbonation. Sorry that I did not try this earlier as it is very tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice stout. it is good and spicy, robust, roasty, malty --- the color is black. ibus are up. it's a double stout.

pours watery in the glass, struggles up a little foam. but carbonated ok. i get a good deal of bitterness, astringency, this beer doesn't loosen up. it is a good rich strong brew... and has a good roasty malt feel, but not quite as much sweet and soft as i would like. of course, i like it -- leathery, spicy, hoppy stout, with a very toasty background.

i would drink this again, fair enough?

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Photo of biglite351
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark as night with a tall creamy dark tan head.

S - caramel, malts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate with a bitter twist in the end.

T - Cocoa, coffee, raisins, prune and like the scent it has a bitter turn in the end.

M - good covering with a mild tingle all over the mouth and throat.

O - it is close, but due to the bitter hits I would only do one before moving on.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice black body with mahogany tints. Thick, dark khaki head. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Relatively mellow. Chocolate, hint of smoke. Cream.

T - Bitter up front. Cream. Chocolate malted milk balls. Dark chocolate backend.

M - Light body - a bit thin for the style. Otherwise creamy. Sharp char character comes through every now and then. Touch of booze.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into a snifter and it damn near billowed out the top. Huge mocha brown colored head with massive lacing and a black as night ale. Very roasty aroma with chocolate in the air, butterscotch, some nice cocoa hints and a slight orange-y whiff in there too. The taste is definitely on the bitter side! A nice smokey initial taste followed by bitter chocolate and some expresso hints. Awesome stuff. Full bodied with a slight bit of carbonation on the swallow but nothing to detract from the taste. Overall I think this beer is great! I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Rich, chocolatey and creamy with a nice bitterness to it. I never imagined such an awesome brew resided in a non-descript bottle. Excellent stuff and worth searching out. Would love to see how this ages but drank all eight within a few days. Addicting.

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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 hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep, dark black in color, with a big, thick, chocolate milkshake head of foam.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste-Big, bold, dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee with cream, dark chocolate. Rich and roasty, complex and creamy with a bit of a subtle hop bite just to make things ineresting.
Imperial stout lovers will not be dissappointed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter glass. No freshness date, but at 8.8%ABV, this brew has one hell of a shelf life.

Deep jet black pour. You couldn't see through this brew even with x-ray vision. Decent head, with some nice lacing on the glass.

A huge roasted malt character simply dominates this brew, with hints of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, hint of vanilla and a bite from the hops all taking a back seat. Black burnt, coffee is in charge from beginning to end. Slight sourness in the after taste. Nice tingling of the hops at the end, as this beer is never really sweet to begin with, but the hops do a nice job of scrubbing the palate leaving you wanting to take another sip.

One of the least sweet stouts I have ever had, as the roasted malt character simply doesn't allow any sweet malt character to really shine through. Hovering just shy of 9%ABV, you would expect some alcohol in the taste, but there is simply is none. Hop bitterness is definitely stronger than your average stout, defining this an American interpretation of the style all the way. If you are after a big, kick ass Americanized Stout, look no further than this beer.

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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 DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't trust this brewery. Hopefully this beer will restore my faith in the brewery.

A - Impressive. A nice half inch of mocha colored head with a thick very carbonated dark liquid. Can't see through this beer here!

S - Alright a nice bit of roast, chocolate, and coffee. A bit of sour funk but maybe from the hops.

T - Not as roasty as expected but I did get a moderate bit of chocolate and coffee. Slight bit of hop presence which is nice but more bitter than I wanted. Ok at best. Why is the front of the beer so funky tasting?

M - Light to medium. Thick yet very drinkable. Still not loving it though.

Overall I only appreciate the fact that it is a great stout but it's still lacking in roast and has a moderate sourness that isn't great in the beginning in the beer. Still for 6.99 it was a decent bomber.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a squat, 70's era bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a deep dark brown with a dark tan head that starts at about 1/2", and rapidly reduces to a soapy film on top. Nice caramel-looking lacing as the glass is swirled.

Has a sweet, malty smell, filled with yeast, vanilla, toffee, and a hint of sour. Smells like it is going to be a bit of a malt-bomb.

Malty and full, this smooth stout has almost a biscuity feel to it. Dark coffee and chocolate, creamy aftertaste, mild bitterness, this is an easy sipping stout. I don't taste any of the sour that i caught a whiff of earlier. The chocolate gets darker as you work your way into this beer, and the coffee bitter becomes more pronounced.

Very full bodied, this is a slow sipper, and what I've characterized in the past as a " fork and knife" beer.

My frost introduction to Green Flash was to have it's IPA, which I was told was their flagship beer. After having it a few times, i was totally unimpressed, and avoided GF for a while. This is now the second GF I've had recently that I've liked quite a bit. I think I'll give them another shot as a brewery; you should give this stout a shot. I'm glad I've got three more downstairs for later!

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A clumpy sort of 'eyeball' looking froth that has multiple layers. It has a rich caramel froth and laces well to the glass. The beer itself is dark brown to black.

Smell - Smells heavily of vanilla and chocolate. There is a slight coffee smell as well. Smells roasted.

Taste - An insanely powerful chocolate taste. A delicious fizzy spicy burn like bourbon and cinnamon. A nice balance between bitterness and smoothness. For some reason, I taste light cucumber in this; although I;m sure that isn't an ingredient.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Easily drinkable for an 8% stout. Perfect to sip; but you could also drink it quickly if desired.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and rich stout, very drinkable with a stimulating chocolate milk edge.

Presentation: 12 oz custom brown capped bottle. Radial green designed label with rays spreading from the Green Flash seal... Lazy for being repetitive, although identifiable. Three word description: big, bold & complex. Shows 8.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, large frothy head, medium retention, nice surface memory and touches of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate... Milk chocolate? there is a nice lactic touch to it.

T - Taste follows and expand the roasted malts, chocolates, hint of coffee. Sweet lactic touch... It might not be lactic per se but it is a milk chocolate sense woven around a sweet fruitiness that is probably the most unusual feature in the palate, and it is rather nice.

M - Medium-full body, with low carbonation, which works rather well, and a very well rounded smooth sense.

O - All things come together like a charm. This is a very nice stout.

Notes: Nice surprise. First non-hoppy brew I really like from Green Flash, and well worth the repeat.

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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 chumba526
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears pure black with a dark brown head.

It smells slightly of vanilla, a bit smoky and a bit coffee like.

It tastes of roasted and smoky malts. There is a bit of a coffee and chocolate flavor. The beer has only a bit of sweetness to it. The beer ends with a bit of a bitter flavor.

The beer is very smooth and there is a moderate low carbonation to it.

Overall a great example of a dry double stout. I cannot really say anything bad about this beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date.

pitch black, nice thick mocha-colored head. good lacing. smells of dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee.

taste is typical of a big stout, big roasty flavors. bittersweet chocolate, a little hops, the label says it right - "earthy". well balanced, tasty.

lower carbonation, thick and smooth.

much better than I expected, will definitely look for this again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Filled up my growler on 03/11/11 - Double Stouty Goodness!!!

A: Obama's Papa dark! Oh my. Dense velvetty smooth esspresso-like foamy head. Great retention and some tracks of lace

S: Dark roasted malts and rich chocolate aromas

T: Rich, Dark chocolate bitterness. Roasty malts throughout. Floral hops come in. Touch of licorice. Alcohol warming nice and slightly present.

M: Smooth and velvetty texture. Coats the tongue. Slight alcohol burn going down but doesn't detract from overall enjoyment.

D: Moderate. Relatively lighter in body compared to all the crazy RIS's out there which allows for a bit more sessionability.
Still somewhat of bigger brew that one should probably enjoy in moderation.

One of my fav stouts for sure. Deep rich and complex malty flavors but not a syrup bomb by any means. Nice smooth mouthfeel from the use of oats. A very well balanced brew at 8.8%ABV.

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Photo of SQUIDPORT
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 sendsilk
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a recent trade with HopMasterFlex. Thanks Kyle! 12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

A- Nice and dark. Nice mocha head that slowly recedes, and I mean slowly, this bitch is taking its time. No worries, I can outwait it. Seriously wonderful lacing. Is this shit a stout or a black ale? Kind of confused by that.

S- Great smell. Still wondering WTF it is.

T- Okay, now I don't give a shit what "style" it is. Brilliant beer. Why the F is this not highly sought after? This is a gargantuan beer. Totally delicious. I got 2 in a trade and 2 as extras and now I wish he had sent 10 as extras. You hear that traders...more of this for me in the next trade. They may not fully appreciate it when it gets to them but when they drink it they'll want more. Solid extra bro.

M- Great, blah blah blah, coats my mouth with sweet esthers and other stuff, whatever that means. It's solid and thick, my kind of shit.

D- If I had 12 of these I would drink 6 tonight. Then I would hoard the rest of them and have maybe 1 a month as a treat to myself.

Tradability- Hopefully low right now as I would like several more of these before people figure out how good this is. Pretend I am the Alstrom Bros. and 'send me beer'. This beer.

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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 stephens101
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popping slowly into oblivion a bubbly dark tan head rides majestic atop this pure black brew. A broken but substantial lace is left behind. Aroma is subtle with roasted nuts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and sweet malts. Tastes of espresso, more dark chocolates, a hint of plums, and is big on the piny hops, especially for a stout. Medium to heavy body and somewhat airy with a resilient alcohol heat. Not as smooth as expected, but a good outing for sure.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date: 5 March 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured softly producing a 2-finger head, quickly dissipates to a thin film with sticky lacing, color is black, head is caramel.

Aroma is very light...too light, smelling just like Custom Brewcrafters Double Dark Cream Porter. Lightly-roasted coffee and chocolate malts. The taste can be described the same except much more intense, with the same coffee and malts, and quite well-balanced!!

Carbonation is light, alcohol is not heavy, roasted malts are heavy on the palate between tastes, yet pleasant. This beer is perfect for long breaks between tastes, as the flavor is large and in charge.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,105 ratings.
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