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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 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 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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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So they're calling this a double stout on their website, and it's 8.8% ABV...It'll pack a wallop, for sure...for some reason I always fell like the ABV in stouts is higher than advertised. Oh well....Inky black with only the faintest rims of a head. Very little lacing, so far this is par for the course. Huge chocolate malt and roasty aromas. Very robust. Some barrell aging-ish smells, like smooth bourbon, way in the back. Has a "creamy" smell to it...Nice, sour roasted malt bite upfront in the flavor profile. Lots of espresso bean notes. Alcohol is apparent in the finish. Long, longer, longest finish. Very nice in its bitterness. Very dry stout, but also well balanced. This also has a beautiful round finish...kind of flows from bitter to creamy back to bitter...Very lovely beer....La la la LOVELY, as Mike Muir said...Well done, and mid-range on price at $5.99/bomber, so drinkability suffers a little from the price. Not sessionable, but dangerously good. Find and drink folks...find...and...drink.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle). Pours black with chocolate head. Some lacing developing. Aroma of coffee, cocoa and maybe some dark berries. Taste is roasty bitter, but there is a sweetness that serves as the backbone to balance this beer out. I'm getting a peppery aspect as well. Full bodied and creamy texture. Finish is bitter, but nice.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first whiff is impressive, coffee and oreos. Yes oreos. Quite strong, I can smell it across the room. Bold flavor with coffee, chocolate, grain, perhaps some plum? Never was any good naming that fruit. Not a lot of carbonation, velvety, but the thickness could be turned up to 11.

Heck of a good beer, my first try of Green Flash and I will seek out others.

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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 m1ked
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this the day Hamilton's had an "unannounced" keg dropped off by Chuck. Recently had it again at CBC.

A- Dark, dark, with a capaccino like foam head, that fades with minimal lacing.

S- Rummy, vanilla, smokey coffee.

T- Rich Belgian chocolate, smokey roasted coffee, rich creamy vanilla. All these flavors blend so very well in my mouth.

M- Smooth with a medium body. Not too heavy for a beer called double stout.

D- This is a great flavorful, easy to drink beer, let alone stout. I am glad I live in SD and have easy access to this one. I am interested to see how it fares at the World Cup this week.

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Photo of wcintula
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm thankful for this beer that I drink as I review this fine Thanksgiving morning. Pours black with the faintest brown highlights at the glass' edge. Big foamy, patchy head, receding slowly and leaving stripes of lacing. Smells nice, strong roasted malts, chocolate aromas, and a touch hoppiness and faint booze.

Very big flavor here. Roasted malts and chocolate intermingling to present a nice bitterness backed up by an earthy, leafy hop bitterness. The beer has got a touch of sweetness but is probably drier than it is sweet. Full and robust, with a light carbonation. Super stout.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with thick tan head and lots of sticky lacing in stemmed tulip.

Definitely should let this beer warm up a bit. The initial smell right out of the fridge was reminicient of stomach acid (vomit). Fortunately this disappeared and became a very pleasant roasted malt and chocolate as it warmed. Toffee shows up even later.

Taste is sweet roasted malts and chocolate up front. A little fruit comes in later.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Overall this was very nice, but absolutely has to warm up a bit!

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Photo of Yesac
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black, medium sized brown foamy head that doesn't fade away quickly.

S- Coffee, earthy oak.

T- Along with the smell.. burnt oak, chocolate, and a warming from the alcohol. Drink this around a campfire. A little to much oak and earth for my liking.

M- Great job here.. not to dry, thick or thin.. its just right. Covers the palate well and makes it refreshing and hard to put down. Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

D- Good stout overall.. great for the cold weather because of its earthyness. The mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks beautiful with a nice large head and extremely black. The beer barely had any nose to it. I am really disappointed that it had a SLIGHT bit of a caramel and that's it. The flavours that came out are roasty malts, chocolate, a bit of alcohol, some bitterness, and a fruitiness that was the biggest flavour. A bit too fruity for me, but still tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it's okay. It's decently drinkable as well.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Has the dark, opaque hue of all good imperial stouts. Quarter-inch cream colored head that dissolves quickly and leaves clumps of spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Nose is mostly clean, sweet roasted malts, combining with chocolate and just a hint of coffee. No hops detectable.

The label of the bottle says "Big, Bold & Complex" and it definitely delivers on the first two, as this is a weighty stout with a lot of good, robust flavor. However, "complex" isn't the term I'd use. This isn't a bad thing by any means. Through and through, this is a straightforward stout, with plenty of rich malty chocolate, hints of dark fruit and a subdued alcohol taste. I really had to consciously pace myself while drinking this, otherwise the 8.8% would have certainly caught up with me. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, just a shade away from full, with a pleasing smoothness and heft.

This is definitely the most cost-effective imperial stout I've ever had. Easy on the wallet, but just as hard-hitting as some of the other more expensive offerings in the style. I think I've found my go-to beer for the cold winter season!

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Photo of Thads324
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely black oil color. Tight head that is a deep tan. Dissipates fairly soon to a medium ring of lacing
Very faint smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, a hint of coffee. Heavy alcohol smell at the rear with nothing else.
Starts with a smooth espresso with the tiniest bit of chocolate. A nutty, almost woody flavor with a hop bitterness towards the back half beginning. Finishes with another, more solid coffee and dried meat like complexion.
Heavy with little alcohol present. Low carbonation but sharp flavor profile maintained throughout.

Sans the weak aromas despite my barleywine snifter, the beer is excellent. Certainly
A complex flavor that continues to evolve though the glass. Heavy on body and flavor yet drinkable. I like the hop bitterness and it should short age well. All flavors are spaced well so the beer never gets old, boring or cloying. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark chocolate & tobacco are perfect relflexions with dry hop dry finish.
And oh yea dry.
I want more.
Force yourself to allow this to warm up before you find it gone.
Your patience and restraint will result in a big payoff.

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Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Delicious. My first foray into Green Flash's stuff and it's damn near a home run. Not something I would sit and drink several of, but an excellent Imperial Stout that doesn't let the alcohol content overwhelm its complex flavors, as many other Imperials do.

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Photo of julian
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, OR this weekend.

A: Blacker than night. Good head formation, beige to medium brown in color. It quickly disappears to almost nothing apart from random frothy bubbles.

S: Roasted, burnt malts, coffee.

T: Earthy, roasted flavor up front, followed by a smooth, burnt malt and semi sweet oat flavor accentuated by coffee and chocolate. Overall lots of roastiness!

M: Lots of carbonation, but subsides quickly in your mouth. No adverse aftertaste. What you'd expect from a stout.

D: Fairly respectable ABV, lotsa of roastiness which you'd expect from a double stout, and good mouthfeel. Good drinkability!

Overall: Pretty good. I can't demerit this for anything, it's a solid stout, although nothing really popped out at me. It was pretty average for the course.

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Photo of iadler
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a jet black with a tan two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap leaving nice sheets of lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee beans

T- Follows the smell with dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and coffee beans.

M- Low carbonation and medium body. Creamy and rich mouthfeel that is slightly syrupy. No sign of the 8+ ABV.

O- Really enjoyed this as there was no alcohol bite, making it very drinkable. Could easily drink this on a regular basis during the cooler months. A straight forward, but well executed stout.

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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 MrDanno96
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Your typical impy stout - black with about a half finger of of tan head. A moderate amount of foamy lacing.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, mocha, and roasted malt. Just a touch of licorice and butteriness.

T: Notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans up front transitions into a very hoppy finish. Distinct notes of citrus mingle with chocolate in the finish.

M: Full bodied with a very subtle carbonation. Just a little hotness from the alcohol in the finish.

O: A good imperial stout overall. Not quite good enough for me to want to buy it over my normal staples like Storm King and Old Rasputin, but tasty nonetheless. I'll have no trouble finishing the four pack!

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 09/04/08.

Pours nearly pitch black with hints of brown and a nearly three finger chocolaty brown head. The head left a little lacing around the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. The aromas seem a bit subdued.

Taste starts with sweet milk chocolate and plenty of roasted malt. That's followed by a rush of bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. There's also a hint of cherry and very little alcohol presence. The finish is fairly bitter and dry.

Feel is medium body with just enough carbonation. It's very smooth and thick but not too heavy. Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer. I couldn't drink more than one, but at 8.8% I don't think I'd want to.

This is a really good double stout. I'd recommend it. Very smooth and tasty.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Stout is a great beer that I've had multiple times. First time reviewing it.

A - 4.25 -beer is a very dark brown/black color with a dark tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - 4.5 - HUGE roasted coffee/espresso smell. It smells like a coffee shop. Definitely some vanilla and chocolate in there too.

T - 4.5 - Same roasted coffee flavor comes through in the taste. Has a nice hop balance to it too. Chocolate, vanilla, creaminess are in the background.

M - 4.5 - Good carbonation, leaves a nice roasted dark malt flavor in the aftertaste. Alcohol completely hidden.

O - 4.5 - Great beer that has a very nice double stout flavor to it. Complexity is there but it still has a drinkability that sets it apart. I could easily drink a 4 pack of this while golfing on an Arizona summer afternoon, and that says a lot considering it's a double stout.

Comparison to 2011-2012 version (orange label - date????)

Picked up a bottle of double stout with an orange label priced 5.29 @ a local bottle shop. Not complete sure how old this is but thinking 2-3 years.

A - 4.25 - Dark brown/black beer with a nice billowy tan head on it.
S - 4.5 - Huge coffee/espresso/roasted malt smell. Chocolate/dark chocolate in there too. Creamy/whole milk/vanilla in the background.
T - 4.75 - This beer is obviously smoothed out compared to the 2013 bottles I've been drinking. Huge chocolate/espresso/coffee notes, with roasted grains in the background. It's all balanced by this creaminess that lingers the entire time.
M - 4.75 - Heavy/thick mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is chocolate/coffee/mocha latte/vanilla.
O - 4.75 - This beer better aged. I'm not sure if this is 3 or 4 years old? Either way, it's way smoothed out from before.

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Photo of veinless
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a molasses-like very blackish brown with a healthy three-finger head that is light mahogany and retains well. Rocky and milky in texture, the head leaves lots of lace and has a thickness to it that is really excellent.

Roast coffee grounds are at the front but there is a healthy dose of grainy malt and a touch of hops too. Smells oddly crisp for a big stout.

Taste is initially sweet with coffee and roast malt everywhere. Light fruit actually comes in next before burnt, toasted malt takes over again until the dry coffee finish. I really like the range of flavors in this, and the hops being able to cut through the malt is unexpected. Perhaps a bit too much hoppiness though, as it goes weirdly with the almost charred malt at times.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy; the beer is free flowing but definitely not thin. Leaves a coating after each sip and the finish manages to be dry despite that. Drinkability is good for the style thanks to the dry finish and masking of the abv. Excellent offering from Green Flash as usual.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A - Pours a pitch black with a thin light tan head; some light lacing

S - Nice roasted malt nose, cocoa and a sugary sweetness with a light alcohol smell

T&M - Very earthy in flavor, chocolate and cocoa, a nice malty flavor with a hint of bitterness that adds a nice balance. There are some dark fruit and some sweetness as well. Full bodied in feel with a silkiness on the palette

D - This is a delicious stout, very well balanced, and the earthy notes are very nice. As with most Imperials, one 22 oz is probably enough, but this is relatively easy to drink, but too heavy to have too much of.

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Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Appearance: black. Medium foamy head. Nice, persistent lacing.
Smell: light roasted barley.
Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Roasted barley. Smooth.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall. Tasty double stout. Balanced well. Can not taste the booze of a 9% beer. Well done. Will buy 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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