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Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding
879 Reviews
Double StoutDouble Stout
BEER INFO

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

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:
879
Ratings:
3,095
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
475
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 879 | Ratings: 3,095
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12oz bottle from Don Quiojte $3.29. Black Coffee color, chocolate smell, heavy mouthfeel, creamy dark roasted chocolate taste, alcohol aftertaste. This is a bold tasting beer meant to be sipped, but that aftertaste makes me rate it lower.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 5/6/15. Not meant to age?

Dark roast coffee black with light tan head. Retains pretty well.

Smell is coffee and dark chocolate with some fruit mixed in.

Chocolate flavor up front with sweetness held in check by a bit of hop bitterness. Bakers chocolate and cocoa powder. Sweetness seems to take over as it warms some and a bit of anise is mixed in.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Seems to thin out a bit halfway thru.

Above average imperial stout. Nothing earth shattering but it's flavorful and drinkable. Almost a session stout.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night into my pint glass. I can NOT see through it, even around the edges, when help up to the light. Not much lacing, this makes me sad.

TONS of roasted malts on the nose. Roast bomb.

Damn roasty on the palate. This beer has been at room temperature for nearly an hour, and its just now the most drinkable (plus im fairly drunk at this point). Bitter coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hint of licorice. Holy cow this thing is roasty.

Moderate mouthfeel, but it feels a bit light for what it is.

Damn this is one roasty f'ing beer. Maybe too roasty? The bottle proclaims that it is "Big, Bold & Complex" but I feel that may be an understatement. I feel like the beer is slightly too roasty and just out of balance. Tasty nevertheless. Looking forward to finishing my 4 pack.

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

pitch black with a nice 1.5 finger dark tan slightly frothy head, medium lacing and retention

nice roasted malt aroma with oats, little nutty, there is something else in there that i can't pick out.
(smell really opened up at it warmed up)

the roasted malts really stand out here but it's a very pleasant taste not to overpowering. molasses, oats, a spice kind of witch i'm thinking is from coffee.
(flavors really opened up as-well as it warmed up a tad)

full bodied, lightly carbonated, slightly vicious and smooth.

really enjoyed this drank it through the count down at new years, so i ended 2011 as started 2012 with it.

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Photo of Biggness
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a beautiful 3 fingered tan/brown head, and nice lacing. The smeel is of toasted malts and butter. The flavor is very nice a nice mixture of chocolate and coffee flavors, neither flavor overpowers the other. A nice and smoothe beer, the carbonation level seems good. I could see myself drinking a few of these in a night but not an all nighter, the ABV is a little lower than I look for in a double stout but the flavors are very nice.

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

Pours a dark motor oil body with a wonderful mocha/espresso, brown sugar colored head that is very thick. Looks great.

Espresso and deep dark dark chockate dominate the nose with slight notes of dark fruits. Espresso truly overrules all the other smells.

The coffee taste follows through immediately at the front of the mouth while a smooth dark chocolate taste follows bringing up the finish in a velvety like fashion. Not to heavy and drinks really well. Reminds me of stout trooper from NEBCO.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

solid entry in this category. thick head dies down to thin ring around glass edge. lacing is a bit weak, i'd expect more from this. nose is not very prominent, not bad, just not much there. taste when chilled is bitter-ish chocolate and hint of coffee, but has sweetness as well. nicely balanced. as it warms, coffee is more pronounced. mouthfeel starts out very nice, a bit chewy, i like it. thins a bit when warm, a bit of booziness becomes apparent. too bad, it hides its abv well at first. would purchase again, though a bit pricey at $11 for 4, i'd say still a solid buy.

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Photo of MisterE
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Four-pack of short 12 oz. bottles at Ward's for $9.99

A: pour produces a thick, dark tan, foamy, 2-finger head that holds on for the duration - beer is pitch black

S: the nose is all malt and very clean, without much change as it warms

T: burnt malt and dark chocolate with a pronounced hop finish, but not boozy at all

M: medium to full mouthfeel with solid but not excessive carbonation

O: very pleasant balance, but not remarkable

This is not really an Imperial Stout, but a Black Ale (black IPA).

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Photo of sevenarts
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pitch-black with a huge fluffy coffee-colored head that sticks around well and leaves behind beautiful lacing on the glass. Pretty much the perfect stout pour.

S: Surprisingly, lots of hops for a big stout like this. Also, some dark fruits, licorice, a bit of coffee and chocolate.

T/M: Sweet, smooth chocolate and licorice up front, followed by somewhat more bitter coffee and subdued hoppy flavors. Rich and flavorful. Slightly thin body for a stout, just moderate.

O: A pretty good double stout with plenty of nice coffee and chocolate flavor.

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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 sweetbrew82
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: This double stout sits jet black in the glass, but not completely opaque as rosy brown streams of light seep in on the edges. The dark walnut-colored head is thick and creamy, like a puffy cumulus cloud in the sky. Didn't show great retention, though.

A: Wow! Aromatics explode out of the bottle as soon as the cap is popped. Deeply roasted malts, rolled oats, bakers chocolate, molasses, coffee, and a tad of alcohol. This smells delicious...

T: ...and tastes great, too! The deeply roasted malts and pronounced oats are luxuriously smooth without tasting burnt or acrid. Bittersweet chocolate just tastes great with the coffee, while the molasses stays underneath and contributes in supporting fashion. Earthy hops provide an undercurrent of flavors that work in conjunction with the rest of the profile. The finish features more of a cocoa nib quality that feels like slightly powdery chocolate. The only knock is that once it warms up a bit, it's a tad too hot for only being 8.8% ABV. Still really good, though.

M: This is a full-bodied, rich, creamy, and slightly chewy stout that stops short of being syrupy thick.

Notes: This falls just a tad short of being a top-notch American Stout. In my opinion, if the alcohol were masked a little better, it would be. Having said that, this is still a really, really good beer that I hope gets better with some time in the cellar. Kudos to Green Flash for another winner!

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Photo of jminsc76
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Father's Office in Santa Monica (a.k.a. FO1) and upon seeing Green Flash's Imperial Stout on tap I knew I had to go right to dessert. The head is big, thick, and creamy, with a light brown contrasting the dark impenetrable body. As the head dissipates, creamy lacing spirals and sticks down the side. Not a lot of brown tinge when I agitate or tilt the glass. The look and the smell scream Fresh batch! Fresh batch!, with aromas of strong coffee and slight carob. Not overly intense though. It's still fairly cold, so the bouquet may increase in strength as I progress.

Mmmm, the initial taste is a punch in the mouth of roasted coffee and molasses. As I was distracted by the pretty brunette passing the bar, wasn't paying attention when I took that first sip, so it kind of floored me (so did the pretty brunette, but it is FO1 after all). Explosive roasted flavors. Really gets you.

A little of the carob flavor I detected in the smell, but the aforementioned flavors seem to overpower any strong cocoa taste. Also don't taste too much of the maltiness some of the other BA members point out in their reviews, so perhaps repeated tastings either on tap or on bottle may eventually reveal the nascent malt.

Upon further sipping, the taste is almost overly sweet from the molasses, but the thick mouthfeel combined with the roasted goodness balances it all out. Full-bodied, refined, and very strong on the palate. It's also quite alcoholic, as my cognition of the outside world is quickly going numb. Ahhhh, a good Imperial Stout with an exceptional look, taste, and mouthfeel. Taste is foremost though. Good job Green Flash, and good job FO1 for putting it on tap.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

glass: snifter

a: Pitch black with a silky and rich ring atop the brew.

s: An incredible, dominant chocolate aroma along with scents of prune, milk, charcoal and pine.

t: taste has a strong, dominant chocolate flavor as well. Just a hint of leather, tobacco, charcoal and pine. Sweet upfront then transitions smoothly into rich malt base, finishing only slightly bitter.

m: full-bodied, rich and silky, medium carbonation with mild heat.

o: Great stout, a perfect combination of a drinkable beer and a sipper. Very delicious.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into a chalice

I bought this stout not expecting much at all. Green Flash to my mind is known for hops, odd assortments of hops. I was very pleasantly surprised with this little guy.

A: Pitch black, good-colored head, opaque.

S: Smells strong, caramelly. Rich.

T: Chocolate, smooth and velvety finish. Strong and slight burning on the way down. I can't stop drinking this thing, it's tasty as hell.

F: Luscious. Velvet. Smooth. This thing drinks like Isaac Hayes sings.

D: Enjoyable all the way down.

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

Ap. Impenetrable black beer with a dark frown head that faded slowly. Second hald pour (warmer) produced a larger head. Nice.
Sm. Strong burnt chocolate, some malt, maybe some vanilla or alcohol or something bordering on unpleasant in there.
Ta. Burnt chocolate predominates, burnt coffee with a nice hops bitterness following. This is strongly flavored stuff. The Woof hated the smell.
Mf. Good. Nice carbonation and filling.
Dr. 22 oz. went down easily. Once you adjust to the chocolate and coffee in an old sock left on the burner taste, it's great.

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

this was a good one to end the night with - poured very nicely into a stout glass - put up a nice 2 finger tan head - light in the aroma , coffee, chocolate, roasty malty - taste follows thru with a sweet malt finish - easy drinking - nice lacing - a solid stout - not as robust as other imperial stouts - good nonetheless.

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Photo of Sam21
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/09/12. Poured into snifter. 

A- Pours thick and dark with a health light tan head. Great retention and beautiful in the glass. Brooding with excellent appeal. 

S- Mild. Chocolate and a strong fruit note reminiscent of cherry. Powdered chocolate. Cocoa nibs. It's a balanced chocolate forward nose, but not overly complex - for me. 

T- Sweet dark fruit up front with cherry hard candy, prunes, and raisins that are enveloped in chocolate. Again, balanced, moderate intensity, with a nice slow sweet finish. Hop bitterness is present and adds a refreshing finish to the sweetness. It enhances the cocoa nib bitterness and coaxes balance out of it all.

MF- Full, creamy, and smooth. Really wonderful. If the body was heavier, the body would be world class for this balanced profile. Still, really wonderful. 

O- This is a smooth drinking imperial stout. The alcohol is hidden, the flavors are balanced, and the experience is excellent. I prefer a more expressive imperial stout with more charred roast notes, but this beer hit its mark. 

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

Had on tap at the tap room in San Deigo

Beer pours a nice, rich, dark brown color.

As far as smell, nothing really to detect. Just a bit of slight roastiness.

Beer tastes slightly bitter on the initial taste and then hops take over the back end. A bit too hoppy for an imperial stout, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side.

Overall, an OK Imperial stout.

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

A - Body is midnight black with no highlights. 1 finger of dark tan foam on top with decent retention. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Milk chocolate. Light roast coffee. Rye bread. Just a slight hint of grassy or herbal aroma, possibly from the hops.

T - Tons of smooth dark chocolate, a dash of sharp burn grain, a mild tang through the middle that hearkens back to classic irish stouts. Some caramel and booze evident in the finish. Aftertaste is roasty, and with pleasing bitterness from the roasted grain/hops.

M - Medium body with subdued carbonation--a good thing for this beer IMO. Finish is silky with only a touch of acidic/astringent bite. Booze is noticeable in the finish, but just as a subtle warmth.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a brown head that dissipates quickly. The body was dark brown.

S: The beer had a lighter aroma with some berry fruitiness being evident. There was a lot of sweetness in the aroma.

T: The taste was fruity and wine like with a bit of chocolate thrown in. The alcohol was also present. Floral with maybe a hint of vanilla flavor from the slight creamy feeling.

M: It has a fuller body with good carbonation.

D: The mouthfeel made it a sipper, but I enjoyed it overall.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new import to AUS! 12oz. into the Duvel.

A-Pitch black with a silky smooth looking tan head.

S-Strong dark chocolate and roasty aroma.

T-As smooth as it looks this has a bitter coffee-ish bite. Strong roast bitterness, and more coffee bitterness. Acidic.

M-The amount of carbonation probably doesn't help the bite.

O-Looks and smells amazing, but the bitterness is too much. Not my style.

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Photo of dcook11
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No bottle date.
A- Pitch black. Some lacing. Mocha head.
S-Chocolate, vanilla, malt, no hops to speak of (must be a vintage).
T- bakers chocolate, slight bitterness, and a touch of vanilla.
M-Light bodied (surprisingly).
O Very good stout, but would have enjoyed a thicker version more.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First beer of the new year. Review may be a bit biased as I enjoyed a Founders Imperial Stout last night. All other beers will suffer by comparison. Pours thick blackish brown with 1 inch chocolate head into a pint glass. Nice lacing that lingers on the glass. Picked up some burnt coffee aroma, but not much else. Taste is a bit more complex, sweet vanilla, toffee, chocolate flavors. Mouth feel is thinner than most stouts I'm used to (damn you FIS, I'm so jaded now!!).

This really is a decent stout and I probably would have scored higher if this wasn't the first beer I sampled after FIS.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Great beer, awesome roasted coffee aroma. Very dark in color with a very very dark head. I really like the roast coffee and chocolate flavors combined with the sweet malt flavors. It is a very rich beer and you can't even tell it's 8.8%. The whole beer is very balanced overall no flavors overpowering another.

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

A: Pours like motor oil, pitch black with a large oatmeal brown head. Thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee. Standard style imperial stout-ish nose

T: Yum. Like a boozy, creamy mocha. Very satistfying

M: Good creamy mouthfeel, but doesn't quite punch on the mid-palate with enough intensity

D: At 8.8% abv, you're not going to be drink too many of these. But it goes down smooth.

A very good imperial stout. I'd put it below the Rasputin, Stone, and some of the other well known imperials, but it holds it own.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.
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