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
Ratings:
3,114
Reviews:
887
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
475
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 3,114 |  Reviews: 887
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morebeergood
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber this past weekend with my brother. Poured into pint glasses. Thick as tar looking, and had a black color like ink. Loads of coffee and roasted barley smell rises from the glass. Taste was stellar. Caramelized sugar and dark chocolate emerge with the first sip. Great combination of sweetness and bitterness in this stout. Mouthfeel was very hearty and thick, but it was also very hot with that boozy alcohol feeling. This beer was mostly easy to drink, but because of its pronounced abv%, one needs to drink this on the slow side. A really fine stout from a brewery that I thought only made really nice hoppy beers.

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Photo of jshusc
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a fair brown head. Some retention and spotty lacing, but not much.

Big kahlua scent here. Booze and coffee. You get some herbal notes as well.

Smoky dark roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, but then here comes the alcohol, which obscures nearly everything. Hops come into play here as well, with some herbal bitter that is distinctive from the charred malt. Some light sweetness intermingles, but bitter and booze dominate.

Full bodied and appropriate carbonation.

This might need to lay down for a while, even only at 8.8%. Alcohol-dominant element keeps this from being a real drinker. Liked this alot, but just an odd structure and balance. Very worth picking up a bottle.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Arne.

A: Pours a pitch black body with 2 fingers of long-retaining mocha head. It leaves lace along the sides as it recedes, and it maintains a thin film and medium collar on the beer afterwards.

S: Nice blend of roasted grain and coffee; it's not intensely burnt, as the burnt notes are tempered by a small wash of milk chocolate and earth. Hints of smoke and anise.

T: This is heavily roasty without being burnt, charred, or bitter. Grain and coffee dominate, leading into a mild earthiness, moderate chocolate sweetness. The finish has a hint of smoke, with an exhalation of earth.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. There's a velvety, lush presence that leads me to suspect this was brewed with oats (was it?). Solid.

O: Quite a good stout. Well worth mixing into regular rotation.

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Photo of jjd315
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black with a finger of fizzy brown head , no lacing.
S - Lots of big roasted malt going on, dark chocolate, slight smoke, some earthy hops, even a little fig.
T - Big and bold, some decent hop bite in front thats really earthy kinda pine and woody, big roasted malt, even some char to it, light coffee notes.
M - Pretty big and bold feel to it, no alcohol burn, but you can feel
O - Unique for what it is, very roasty and some burnt wood character to it but a good stout worth getting.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black? Black. Tanned head of about one inch, maybe a little more. This is well-packed, lasts long, and leaves some good lacing.

Heavily roasted aroma includes notes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso once the head dies down a little. Some piney hops as well.

The flavor is very flavorful, with a stronger hop leaf presence than I would have guessed. This lasts pretty long into the finish, and helps offset the toughness of the malts; the finish is quite bitter and coating, somewhat harsh at first.

Definitely enough bitterness to balance beautifully with the sweetness of the malt. Mouthfeel is solid and creamy, there is a lot of carbonation but the fullness is a nice complement.

Solid stout that throws big sweetness, bitterness, and rich creaminess all together. Challenging but pretty damn good.

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Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 Evan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's basically pure black with a dark brown/tan foamy head and some little lacing behind. Not much of a scent. Kind of chocolate and metallic. A bit of malt.

It has a surprisingly sweet taste. It's kind of like bubblegum, watermelon, grape all mixed together. Smoothish, with a slight sour bite to it. It's not at all what I was expecting. No real hop presence. It's not bad, but it's not my style for a black ale.

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Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of DavidHume
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours pitch black, with a deep khaki head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast also dominate the flavor, but the finish has an unpleasant resiny character which sticks around through and after the finish. Overall it's good stout which would probably benefit from a year or two of aging.

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

Pours nearly black in color and fully opaque. An inch of frothy brown head sits atop this beer, settling slowly and maintaining a surface cap throughout.

Smell is rich of dark chocolate shavings with hints of coffee, vanilla and cherry later on. Hops are more evident after the beer settles for a bit. No notable alcohol on the nose.

Taste is dense and chewy but never sweet. Notes of chocolate yield to a more roasted character and finish with a bit of hop bitterness. Quite smooth on the feel with a full body. Easy drink for its size but limited a but by the filling nature of the body.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2743/41626">Green Flash Double Stout</a> from Green Flash Brewing Company.
Score: 91

12 oz tap pour served in a St. Bernardus Watou chalice/goblet glass at the Lincoln Park beer geek bar The Local Option. The picture I took at the bar came out horribly, so I am using a stock photo from a liquor store's website.

Appearance: Pours a totally opaque jet black color with just under a finger of creamy tan/mocha head that settles into a thick ring around the glass and bubbly clump in the center. Average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Burnt/roasted chocolate, dark fruit and light coffee. A very pleasant smelling stout, but nothing unique or overly complex. 4/5

Taste: This is a very chocolate-forward beer. Tons of roasted/burnt chocolate flavors throughout. A nice blend of bitter dark and sweet milk chocolate coat the palate. Increasing amounts of raisin/fig/dark fruit sweetness on the mid-palate as the beer layers. A little alcohol is noticeable (8.8% ABV), but the booziness is not "hot" -- just detectable. Finish is lingering bitter, unsweetened dark chocolate, with an increasing amount of fig flavor as the beer layers. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter for most of the beer. Halfway through the glass, the finish stays dry, but becomes bittersweet.

Overall: A very solid imperial stout that I could easily see myself returning to again. While it's not innovative or standout in any regard, the Green Flash Double Stout is a delicious chocolate-forward stout. My only gripe is the detectable alcohol, though there was not enough booziness present to ruin the beer. There was enough, however, to warrant grading down the taste rating from 4.5 to 4.0 between first impression and last sip.

Recommendation: A solid chocolate-forward beer for malty stout lovers, and a good starter imperial stout for casual beer drinkers.

Food pairings: Steak.

Cost: $7 for a 12 oz tap pour or $10.99 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours jet black with a one finger brown head. Lacing is nice, though there's not much of it with the small head

S- roasted malts, some sweet chocolate...thats really all. Not a whole lot going on here, which is very disappointing

T- getting a lot of sweetness out of this...lots of chocolate, maybe a little bit of vanilla. No real bitterness at all in this one. Its not cloying, thank god...just a little bit of a system shock

M- thick, but not terribly so...not syrupy either. It kinda works with the sweetness of this

D- really not my favorite, but that doesn't mean its bad...I like my stouts to be bitter as opposed to sweet, and this one has no bitterness at all. Just a change from the norm for me

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,114 ratings.
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