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:
3,112
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
478
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 884 | Ratings: 3,112
Photo of TTAmod
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the kings of the west coast IPA brews a double stout...how is it?

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Typical. It's dark...very dark brown with an almost non-existent tan head.

S: Smells of chocolate, espresso, and charred malts.

T: In my opinion, this one is throws a bit too much of the strong coffee and burnt malt. There's an overtone of smokiness, as well, which seems a bit out of place. There are some hops to balance it out on the back end, but it still finishes with a strong bitter coffee taste.

M: Mouthfeel is good, though. As smooth as can be.

O: The taste doesn't really do it for me, but the rest of the aspects of this beer are pretty good. If you're into the intensely bitter coffee stouts, this one may be worth seeking out.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: The head was so heavy that it overflowed the glass (It could have been a poor pour, but still). The lacing was long-lasting and exquisitely thorough. The color is a dark cola.

Nose is sweet with dry malt, dark chocolate, almond milk, red fruit, and oatmeal.

Taste is sweet and nutty, with chocolate milk, cashew, currant, and tart cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry but balanced. Carbonation is mild, and the alcohol is perfectly nuanced.

Overall, this is a straightforward, thoughtful, incredibly well-made stout.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a beer mug. Thick black liquid covered with a nice tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: smells like brownies are in the oven. Hints of hop aroma and alcohol. Heavenly.

T: rich chocolate fudge gives way to bitter cocoa & coffee, then finishes with a complex mix of bitter and floral hops.

M: moderate to thick feel lingers pleasantly on the palate, although the drying effect of the alcohol is also felt loud & clear in the rest of the mouth. Lovely sensation despite the utter lack of carbonation.

D: at 8.8% ABV I wouldn't expect to drink these all night, but I've had stronger Imperials where the alcohol was better hidden. Still, I'm left /wanting/ more even if I know better :)

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

Pours black with 1 finger tan head.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and maybe a little bit of dark fruits.

Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, moderate (hop?) bitterness. Very slight hint of the alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and just right for an 8.8% double/imperial stout.

Overall a good stout that I would not turn down if offered.

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

had on-tap at Pazzo's in Lexington, KY.

The beer pours black in color with an impressive mocha head. Can't get a real feel for the appearance since it came in a cold pint glass from a bar.

Intense roasted malt and coffee aromas to this. Plenty of dark chocolate aromas. hint of smoke & licorice. sweet notes as well.. perhaps brown sugar.

The roasted malt flavor is powerful with a hop note. Strong coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a bit of licorice. Lots of sweet milk chocolate on the end. This is exactly what I've been looking for in a stout... strong on the malts & hops that doesn't crowd out the sweet notes. Perfect!

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Interesting that it wasn't fuller considering the ABV & all the flavors going on.

O: An outstanding stout. perhaps my favorite to date. Green Flash is a strong brewery that keeps kicking out great beers.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice stout.

Dark black color, with a persistent, thick mocha head.

Beautiful stout taste, milder than I'd expected, kind of like a milk stout. Perfectly balanced. This beer has great integrity.

Rich mouthfeel. Long finish, after the mild taste, some bitterness expresses itself quietly.

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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 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 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 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 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 claminat420
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4th of july 2016 beer of choice. four pack of 12 oz bottles with a best by July 6th 2016 stamped on bottles.

Appearance- from a hardy pour it's the typical stout darkness. black with a frothy tan head. leaves alil lacing.

Aroma- heavy caramel burnty smell. I know burnty isn't a word but i'm using it here. smells like a solid stout. roasted malt and a heavy caramel scent dominate this brew. for the style this is spot on.

Taste- the taste is that of the aroma but muted just a tad. alil slick which I dig prolly from the oats. mild bitterness that balances out the malt sweetness perfectly.

Mouthfeel- medium/ heavy bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- on beer #three right now and easily going to kill the four pack.

Overall- green flash is completely stupid for stopping production on this brew. If anything they should make this a winter seasonal. a solid imperial stout and that's coming from a complete hophead. what the h!ll is up with breweries stopping classics? like green flash and their classic west coast ipa recipe then palate wrecker and now this?... oh but we can add a ton of hoppy foo foo ales... hipster brewery that went south imo.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,112 ratings.
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