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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 Drinkerofales
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black with no light shining through. A large milk chocolate head forms to leave some spidery chunky lacing.

Smell is deep, dark chocolate and robust coffee. Roasted malts present throughout as well.

Taste doesn't quite live upto the smell. While the roasted malts are a consistent flavor, the malts, coffee and chocolate are aren't as bold as the nose promises. Some bitter notes on the finish as well.

Feel is thick and super smooth. The finish almost starts at the beginning of the drink. The super long finish is supported by perfect carbonation for the style and this beer in particular.

A tad more flavor and this would be over the top great. Booze aren't a major player in any aspect, making this a great drinking beer.

DOA

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- Deep black, only light penetrates on the extreme edge. Deep tan head, fabulous lacing.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate and a deep caramel/molasses sweetness

T- Fabulous. Deep molasses/caramel sweetness, combined with coffee, dark chocolate, and char.

M- Thick, syrupy, and coating. A touch dry on the finish.

O- A benchmark of a straightforward American Imperial/double stout. Great stuff.

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Solid black with a quickly dissipating head.

S: Coffee and malt aroma.

T: Flavors are coffee, malt and dark chocolate. Nice crisp bitter finish

M: Smooth but dry.

Overall: Great Stout. Deep roasted malt flavors balanced by a solid bitter finish. The Alcohol is well hidden as well.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out extremely dark brown with a chocolate colored frothy head. Retention is excellent. Seeing a little lacing.

S - The nose is amazing. Lots of toasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, raisins, and just a touch of alcohol.

T - Lots of roasted coffee with some bitterness to start. The middle is chocolaty and sweet with undertones of dark fruit. Finish is bitter with tons or toasted grains and coffee. Surprisingly alcohol is pretty toned down.

M - So damn creamy. Definitely full bodied. Carbonation is done right as well.

O - This is a straight all around good double stout. Not a bad price either. 11 dollars a 4 pack. Worth every penny.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Great appearance, black as they come, large 3 finger head of tan-brown foam that does add some glass lacing for good effect. Medium thickness on the pour, the foam settles at a quarter of an inch.

Big roasted malt as well as coffee and chocolate aromas are there on this one. Perhaps a little confused.

The taste is of roasted malt early, coffee on the middle and the finish sort of peters out.

Mouthfeel is quite good, medium to big bodied and coats the mouth well.

Overall, an ok brew, but having had their Silva Stout fresh, this is a bit of a let-down.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice coco in the nose. pours a definite pitch, leather color head. lots of lacing going down.
Slightly bitter coffee & coco mix. hearty. malty, with a light hop finish, and some smokiness mixed in. everything comes together rather well. As rich as this beer is, it is surprisingly drinkable.

Glad I found it, if you are looking for a trade, give me a shout

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Photo of abrand
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into the Ommegang oversized wine glass. Bottle set me back $6.25. Nice note from the brewmaster at Green Flash on the front label.

Pours a deep chocolate color with some visibility through the pour. Frothy tan head lines the glass. Nose is nothing spectacular with plenty of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Quaff is sweeter than expected. Plenty of chocolate and bitter coffee hits the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied. Middle of July in St. Louis isn't probably the best time to drink this style, but oh well. Solid DS from Green Flash brewing Co.

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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 chickenflea
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malts with notes of coffee and fruit. Taste was bitter dark chocolate predominantly. Finish exhibited a pleasant burnt taste. Smooth finish. Mouthfeel was creamy. Medium body. Overall one of the best stouts I have had. Smooth, creamy, flavorful. A wonderful dessert beer.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a stout glass, my 4th Green Flash review. The color is a dark brown, with a beautiful milk chocolate color head. The smell and taste is full of roasted malts. Some slight mocha flavor as well. The mouthfeel is a little harsher than I'd expect, more carbonation than I'd expect but not too bad. Overall, everything you're looking for in a double stout.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chunky full inch of head sits atop this beer, like newly fallen snow atop a solid rock of granite, leaving thick and bubbly lace behind. Lightly malty on the nose, with just a touch of sweetness as you inhale for your first drink.

Smooth with an exceptional mouthfeel, the malts lie heavy on the tnogue, with a bitter touch of tannins on the very end, lasting for a number of minutes afterwards. The malts though override any other flavors that may be present - all malts, not much else.

Still good for a once-in-a-while infusion of "heavy."

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Photo of BeerBob
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Double Stout Black Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co. pours the darkest blackest maroon I have ever seen, ever. Head went to about two fingers of tan foam that settled down to a full carpet with ample lacing down the sides of my beer mug.

Nose was a bit metallic with whiffs of burnt bitter hops and just hints of 8.8% by volume alcohol.

This brew is not a "Stout" but rather a well done German Schwarzbier, "Black Ale". When I took this brew off of the shelf at the store, I thought that I was buying a "Double Stout"... This is straight and away a "Black Beer" with that characteristic "Kingsford® Charcoal Briquette" taste profile.

Bitter chocolate and a deep dried fig mask the alcohol content almost completely, until the after taste.

All in all, not a bad offering from the "Green Flash Brewing Co."

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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 ralree
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark tan head on this one - very poofy and full. Pitch black color. Head retention is awesome.

S: Surprising amount of hop smell for a stout. Rich chocolate notes.

T: Wonderful chocolate flavor with great northwest hop notes. This is a winner. Bitter flavor permeates the nice wood-fire burned toast flavor. Very drinkable. Alcohol barely detectable. A nutty aftertaste.

M: A little overcarbonated, but not much. Thick and chewy - coats the mouth nicely. Pretty oily. Non-astringent and full-bodied. Well-done.

D: Drinks wonderfully. It's pretty rich and filling, but for this style it's great. Not one you would have with a meal for the most part, but would be great with some cheese or by itself.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev -2.2%

I like this beer. Pours as it's name suggests.
All the ingredients are there-- nice sculptured foamy head
Black molasses in the nose along with a jab of hops.
But on the initial taste-- and maybe I'm expecting something else seeing "Double" in the name-- its initial stance on my palate is thin, a bit flat, deflated-- where's the air pump?
I wouldn't say this if the label simply said "Stout",,, but seeing "Double" I expected "Sumo".
Regardless of my critical demeanor-- it's a great brew with all the classic flavors.
A gorgeous beer.

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Photo of bbothen
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Deep dark black color with a bubbly 1 finger of cocoa colored foamy head.

Smells of chocolate mostly. Some faint roasted/toasted aromas & coffee like notes, but chocolate rules the roost here. Nice.

Has a big chocolate flavor leading into some subtle coffee & woody/smoky flavors.

Medium bodied. Perhaps a bit thin. Not as full as I expected.

Drinkability is good as this tastes quite good & drinks easy for 9% brew.

I'll happily buy this again. But won't go out of my way for it either. ALl in all a solid double stout from Green Flash.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with creamy cola brown head.
Lovely aroma of chocolate cream pie, dried fruit and boozy toffee. Nice citrus hop nose too. The real winner with this one is the aroma.
Deep chocolate first sip, nice bitterness. Full bodied Double Stout with big flavor. Bitter and roasty mouthfeel finishing dry, with a slight twinge of 8.8%. Very drinkable and very well balanced. Methinks Green Flash can do no wrong.

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Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as can be with a huge 2-3 finger brown head. Looks the part

Smell: Heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a slight smoke presence

Taste: That dark roasted malt and chocolate upfront and then a nice smokey presence mid palate that follows through the finish. Possibly the slightest hint of dark fruits mid palate as well, but fades fast

Mouthfeel: i think this is where this beer could be improved. Its medium bodied, but theres a lot of bitterness that destracts from the flavors a bit

Overall: Solid, straightforward imperial stout. Iv had many that are better, but this is still somewhat unique. Its heavily roasted, and the smokey character is probably what i enjoy most about this beer. If the mouthfeel was less bitter and more smooth and creamy, this would get a higher rating from me. I plan on cellaring a couple and suspect that the bitterness will subside and that the flavors come together more

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick dark brown with a mocha two-finger head with good retention. Notes of chocolate rum balls in the bouquet. Alcohol obscures any other fragrances that might otherwise be present. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. A bit of an alcohol burn from start to finish. Sweet vanilla and chocolate up front. Finishes with a thin plastic and chocolate bitterness. Just ok. Doesn't deliver the big, bold, and complex that's advertised on the label.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark Brown with a tan 1 1/2 inch head. Leaves som nice lacing as the head quickly dissipates.

Smell-Roasted Malts and Tons of Dark Chocolate. Some light coffee notes but the Chocolates the star in this one.

Taste-Smokey and Roasted Malts off the bat. Sweet dark chocolate with some light citrus hops followed by a big dark chocolate finish. Not much of an aftertaste lingering on the palate. Very Clean, very smooth, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Light to Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall-Extremely highly drinkable. Complex enough to not be underwhelmed, but not too much to where it's got awkard tastes. Very safe stout to try if your getting into craft beers.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at the local liquor store and have been on a stout kick.

A - Jet black color. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the dark color. Khaki colored head with light lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with some toffee, chocolate, and malty tones. The chocolate and roasted smells seem to stick out above the rest and swirl together to and mix well. There may seem to be some coffee tones.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer and has complexity but is coasting on the chocolate/roasted notes that are very characteristic of a delicious stout. There is a sweet roasty character that is predominant and has some coffee tones that compliment. It is a powerful flavor that is very delicious.
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M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light carbonation perfect for the style. Not as heavy as other imperial stouts but isn't as cloying as others too.

Overall, this is a delicious imperial stout. Not the best imperial stout I've ever had but is still very good with a tilt toward the roastier side. I prefer the little thicker and boozier but this is a way to double up a dry stout and keep drinking. This beer would make a great dark beer to be drunk several at a time due to it's full flavor and richness that is outstanding. I would definitely get this again and would recommend it to any dark beer fan.

Glass- Snifter

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

A- Dark brown almost black topped by a well formed three finger brown head. Head is long lasted and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, and coca notes are all present in the nose.

T- Taste follows the nose, chocolate seems to dominate from beginning to the finish. The molasses, caramel, and malt notes are in a nice balance to the chocolate. Finish is dry with a slightly bitter final note of dark chocolate, coffee, and hops.

M- Full bodied and decent carbonation. Feels thick, chewy, creamy, and silky in the mouth.

D- Well balanced easy drinking double stout. The 8.8% ABV is not apparent anywhere, which could get you in trouble quick with this one.

Nicely done, super solid, nothing crazy double stout. Great job Green Flash.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is great, pitch black beer, tan head that sticks forever with great lacing. Smell Is coffee/cream and then huge roasted malts, almost smoky. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, slight smokiness and some cream in there too. Feel is expected for a double stout, alc covered. Overall this is a solid double stout.

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

A big thanks goes to Handle for the opportunity to try this.

A: Very dark and opaque with only a bit of brown shown when tilted and held to light. Two to three fingers of mocha head, lots of large bubbles. The head has very good head retention and leaves behinds lots of lacing and a thick films with more large bubbles. Very attractive beer.

S: The first thing I notice is lots of roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate is on the sweet side so it's a nice contrast to the roasted malts.

T: Lots going on here. Just like smell, roasted and chocolate malts are out in front. Coffee, anise and hop bitterness round things out. The hops make for an interesting aftertaste mixing with the chocolate and anise. Very tasty.

M: Thick, creamy and smooth. This is just about perfect.

O: Double Stout is a really nice beer that I'd love to have regular access to. It's very well balanced in both taste and smell and top notch in terms of look and feel. Also, the 8.8% doesn't show itself in the least. Thanks as always, Daniel.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a finger and a half of mocha head, nice lacing.

Smell is roasted coffee, vanilla, espresso, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate and roasted malt

Taste is bakers and dark chocolates right up front, roasted malt, espresso, earthy hop character, vanilla and a small alcohol bite, finishes slightly bitter

Mouthfeel is medium full, creamy carbonation, smooth and silky! a little boozy, but warming.

GREAT stout here, reminds me of Narwhal a bit, both west coast style imperial stouts. Glad this is available here year round now, it will be available in my fridge all winter, fall, spring and hell why not summer to!

Get it if you see it and like stouts, Gives Old Raspy a run for its money for best shelf stout, hell gives a lot of non shelf stouts a run for the money as well!

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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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