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Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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 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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Photo of Squire123
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, there's no other word for it, brown cap.

Aroma: Roasted malt, one could also mention coffee but it's really roasted malt. There is a vinous note in there as well, like an old, dry Sherry without the Sherry richness. Touch of alcohol too though at 8.8% it's not really that strong for the type.

Taste: Dark roasted malt in spades (pun intended) and that is essentially the flavor profile. It's a big flavor, deep and strong, but just the one, like a Tuba playing a single note.

Texture: Full, almost thick.

Overall: A big strong Stout for those who like the taste of roasted malt. Mixing it with a quality pale lager produces a nicely flavored Black & Tan.

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

The beer pours a nice looking head that has a nice foamy brown color. The beer itself is a nice black color that has a nice sheen to it. It certainly looks like it has some weight to it.

The smell is what you expect from a stout. It has a nice strong roasted malt note mixed with some moderate chocolate and balanced by a moderate hop bitterness. It isn't overly complex or super fancy but it's still good.

The taste is very similar to the smell in that there is a strong roasted malt note mixed with chocolate and balanced with a moderate hop bitterness. The roast tends to linger a bit and moves into the aftertaste with a slight hint of chocolate..

The feel is good. It's a nice heavy bodied beer with a smooth feeling and the carbonation gives it a nice tingling feel to it.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout.. It isn't super complicated or extremely unique but it certainly gets the job done and then some. It's definitely one that you won't have regrets putting in regular rotation for colder weather.

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

Appearance: Utter black body, opaque to light, with a moderate, some what coarse tan head, with superb retention. Irregular tide marks adorn the glass walls.

Aroma: Deep and intense aroma of dark malt, cocoa, cold coffee and bitter chocolate. There are hints of vinous alcohol as well.

Taste: Opens with flavors of cold coffee, bitter cocoa, and burnt toast. There is an undercurrent of vinous alcohol as well. As the taste progresses, a slight burnt caramel sweetness is notable. Towards the finish, some earthy, but restrained hops present. Finishes with a lingering bitter cocoa and cold coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent, over-the-top example, well-suited to a cold and rainy autumn evening.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom-embossed short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black with a good beige head

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt

T - Bold : roasted, cocoa powder, dates, smoke, tobacco, wood, vanilla,. Deep and complex flavor

F - Sharp, medium carbonation very dry

O - I love this beer, it's bold, its complexity and dryness makes it a world-class beer

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

Definitely bittersweet chocolate, lighter on the coffee, dark brown head, little lacing, but is definitely an Imperial. Try it. Imperial lovers will definitely be satisfied.

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

8.8% abv, 45 ibu, 12 fl. oz.
A - dark black brown head.
S - dark dried fruit, raisin, coffee, chocolate, smokey, vanilla, coconut, marshmallow.
T - mild carbonation, smooth, big thick body. alcohol apparent, somewhat tartness. great smoke bitterness. dry,.
O - pretty good beer, but not as good as old rasputin, which is more balabce. the highlight of this beer is the mouthful n body, so smooth n heavy. worth to try!

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Photo of JackieKu
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Best by 2016-05-08.

A: Opaque black. Poured 3 fingers high of head, medium short retention.
S: Chocolate. Somewhat coconut. A little vanilla and woody.
T: Intense chocolate, like cocoa milk. Medium low sweetness. Medium high bitterness. A little herbal. Dry finish.
M: Full bodied. Quite creamy.
O: Great stout! The creamy mouthfeel, the sweetness, and the strong chocolate flavor make it drinks like cocoa milk. Yet the relative high bitterness balances it really nice. Finally the alcohol content is not too high, given that there are many alcohol monsters in the style.

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Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured opaque black with a thick tan head. Nice lacing. Aromas of coffee and roasted malt. The taste was well-balanced, with toast, coffee, chocolate, and a nice firm bitterness. Full-bodied with a great feel.

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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 GreatStoutman
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick black with thin tan head. Decent retention and thin lacing.

Smell is strong of chocolate and malts. Not picking up the coffee, but some breadiness.

Taste of dark chocolate, coffee shows up for sure in the taste. Moderate bitterness tries to add balance, but this one is leaving toward sweet, and I like it.

Feel is very thick with lively carbonation. Turns foamy and sticky. A lot of character in the feel.

Overall, this is exceptional. A very well rounded flavor profile with a nice nose and excellent feel. Nothing here is in your face with added flavors, almost perfect.

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Photo of Myotus
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle (best by 03Sep16) into a nonic pint glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before drinking. Consumed on 09Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of brown foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of khaki foam within 1 minute and 15 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. There is a subtle amount of small rising bubbles. Lacing is subtle in quantity and thin.
SMELL: Mild aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and bitter roasted malts are backed by subtle black cherry, plum, and vanilla aromas along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: Strong coffee and mild bitter roasted malt flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by strong bittersweet chocolate flavors along with mild plum and sweet, black cherry flavors. Subtle flavors of vanilla, floral hops, and spicy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for bitter roasted malts, which grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness. A big and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: Too bitter for me to personally rate any higher. I can definitely see how other people love this, though. If you're looking for a stout balancing sweetness and bitterness, look elsewhere. If you love the bitter, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of RavynX
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brown, pretty much black with a tan head that clings around the edge.

Smell: A light nose of subtle coffee notes.

Taste: Heavily roasted coffee taste up front and a lingering bitterness.

Feel: Medium carbonation that dances on the tongue.

Overall: This will be a great beer if you like your coffee.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, long lasting head. Chocolate! Lots of chocolate, tastes like a candy bar, dunked in coffee & cream. Very tasty. I couldn't sense any kind of aroma but it's other qualities make up for it. Excellent

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle into a Tulip. Paid £4.65 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, black, oily body, that when held to the light reveals only a sliver of ruby against the edges of the glass. A three-finger in height, tan-coloured dense, creamy head dissipates slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind thick, solid bands of sticky lace.

The light and simple nose primarily consists of charred dark malts and roasted coffee beans, small amounts of pine and grassy hop profiles are also noticeable in the background. The taste follows suit. Dry, earthy, dark roasted malts dominate initially, with dry roasted coffee following shortly after. Faint suggestions of bitter chocolate, cocoa and vague dark fruits enter around the mid palate but fail to really impact the heavy roast profile. In the mouth, a medium body and enthusiastic carbonation give a feel that is smooth and creamy, but quite light on the palate. Towards the finish a touch of pine and grassy hops join lingering char, roast and coffee profiles to add more of a simple, abrasive, dry bitterness rather than interest or flavour.

Overall this is a decent beer. It does a good job of balancing an intense roast profile with high drinkability and hides its 8.8% ABV incredibly well. Ultimately though, it is a little one-dimensional. For me, it needs greater malt sweetness in order to balance that powerfully bitter roast. At this price point, I won’t be picking up another bottle for what is just a good but not great beer.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour with no clarity under tan cap; decent retention and lacing. Roast malt and chocolate nose. Bittersweet dark chocolate flavor alongside roast malt; lite coffee finish. Moderate carbonation and medium plus mouthfeel. An excellent stout with roast malt and roast coffee linger.

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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 aleigator
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with a creamy, decent brown head. Soft aromas of toffee, coffee and bread. Great flavors of burned malt, with an oily addition of coffee, which turns pleasantly bitter in the end. Earthy, breadish flavors give this beer a warming and recognizable character. Carbonation is unusal high, making this even fuller-bodied, by adding a refreshing, slightly metallic note to the beer. Coffee goes along with underlying hints of plums and raisins, giving the beer a bodacious ending. Mouthfeel is troughout silky, smooth, with a long ending, which adds a notable bitterness, absorbing the otherwise too present malt-sweetness. As the beer warms up, spicy hints of alcohol, still well included in the overall taste, become present. Misses a little more balance, but becomes more interessting, course of the high carbonation, which makes this a very refreshing, active stout.

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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 dumpman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a tan head of tight foam.
Dark chocolate coffee.
great tasting intense with a thick mouthfeel.
Very good stout at 8.8% abv will buy again.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Although I poured this is some bad glassware, I could see a very large, frothy head with this drink that dissipates slowly into some good retention and thick lacing on the side. Besides the head, the beverage has a jet-black appearance. Really engrossing aromas of cocoa, malt, vanilla, mocha coffee, and a buttery grain smell. Taste followed the nose with an additional earthy hop characteristic mixed with a syrupy dark chocolate drink. Great mouthfeel to supplement this drink too; very silky and creamy. Overall, this is an excellent dessert-like stout with a wonderful balance of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

smells of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, and possibly vanilla
taste follows the nose with roastiness and nuttiness present as well.
smooth with a little hop bite, finishes slightly dry
great beer

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Photo of PhillyJ
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Good easy to get stout. Not super complex bit more of an American/hoppy stout but it's Green Flash. Super tasty slight chocolate n roast on the nose taste follows. taste and What complexity there is starts as it warms. Minimal head great lacing. Id recommend and will buy again.

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

Appearance: solid blackness, creamy tan head, about a quarter inch, long lasting. Quite attractive.

Aroma: Ah! Wonderful roasted dark malt, with all the requisite flavors spilling out. Chocolate and coffee, licorice, molasses, cola. Below that, vanilla and cream. Very nice.

Taste: Nice bite of roasty bitterness jumps on board the palate, sticks it out, stays a while. Full-bodied, with all those rich, dark flavors joining the mix. Rich and toasted, with a blend of cocoa, espresso, and more. They're calling this a Double Stout, instead of a Russian Imperial Stout, for reasons of their own, but it carries many of that style's hallmarks. It's at nearly 9% ABV, and I'm not feeling it yet, but I'm sure it won't take long.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

ADJUSTMENT made on 11/18/2015: I really liked the taste and mouth-feel this time. Upping those ratings, and the overall.

ADJUSTMENT made on 10/21/2015: I am lowering the rating after having had it recently and not being as impressed as with the last one I had.

12OZ, Best By 10/1/2015 (I believe I bought this sometime in later winter of this year, so my guess is it has at least 6 months of age on it).

Pours inky black, with a thick, light caramel-colored head that lasts nearly a minute, with bubbles both large and small; nice lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and perhaps some booze. Lots going on in the flavor: chocolate, coffee, and perhaps even port wine (?) with a dry finish (ADJUSTMENT made on 11/18/2015: licorice mid palete, with lots of molasses on the finish; in many ways, it felt like I was drinking bread; I loved it).

I really like this beer. I drank this once when I bought it, yet I don't remember it being this good; perhaps, I am simply paying more attention this time, but my guess is this beer has changed, and for the better. This is a great Imperial stout, especially for the price point of $8-9 a four pack. I plan to buy more to keep on hand, and I look forward to continuing to see how it ages (though at only 8.8% my guess is it won't benefit from age too much longer).

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