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 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 Roser
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A- nice moderate foamy mocha latte head that lasted a good bit, but left very little lacing. Very, very dark/opaque (zero light getting through) black/brown. Outstanding.

S- coffee, toasted malt, caramel. A little cocoa.

T- coffee, dark chocolate. Starts off bitter, gets a little sweet in the middle, then the bitterness kicks in (again) on the finish. Very good.

M- big, full body. Smooth and creamy.

O- excellent!!! A super stout. Another great beer from Green Flash. Will be having again and would highly recommend.


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Photo of dmgeng
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at the local liquor store and have been on a stout kick.

A - Jet black color. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the dark color. Khaki colored head with light lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with some toffee, chocolate, and malty tones. The chocolate and roasted smells seem to stick out above the rest and swirl together to and mix well. There may seem to be some coffee tones.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer and has complexity but is coasting on the chocolate/roasted notes that are very characteristic of a delicious stout. There is a sweet roasty character that is predominant and has some coffee tones that compliment. It is a powerful flavor that is very delicious.
M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. Light carbonation perfect for the style. Not as heavy as other imperial stouts but isn't as cloying as others too.

Overall, this is a delicious imperial stout. Not the best imperial stout I've ever had but is still very good with a tilt toward the roastier side. I prefer the little thicker and boozier but this is a way to double up a dry stout and keep drinking. This beer would make a great dark beer to be drunk several at a time due to it's full flavor and richness that is outstanding. I would definitely get this again and would recommend it to any dark beer fan.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Double Stout
Poured into a Stone stout glass:
Black pour, luscious body, fat finger of cappuccino-colored head that fades to reveal nice lacing.
Smells of chocolate, raisin, fig, plum. A dark fruit bouquet soaking a chocolate twizzler.
Taste has roast that enters upfront, char, then the chocolate dark fruit comes forth, nice bitterness from some hops. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, thickly satisfying. Sticky. Carbonation is medium.
This is a big winner. A great example of the style, and as far as RIS's/ imperial stouts go, the best bang for your buck out there right now.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

From a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by 02/05/ year smeared, but guessing 2015.

Black pour with a good size oatmeal colored head which dissipated leaving decent lacing initially. Nose was of roasted malt with a dash of brandy thorn in. Would this be harsh??

No it would not. Sweet, not boozy, lightly toasted on the malts side. The kind of stout you just love to roll around in your mouth. Thee is a slight burn in the back of the mouth from the 8.8abv, which is not that high for an imperial stout.

A very good stout, will be looking out for it again.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Really good double stout. Nice toasted burnt malt character and hops at the end. Standard black coffee in the nose but not as much as expected in the taste. Alcohol only slightly noticeable, big carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark almost black in the glass with tan head
Fruity chocolate smell
Strong dark chocolate with fruitiness in the background and a mild hop finish
Good full mouthfeel
Overall a good, but not great imperial stout

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful black brew tinged with brown hues. Big, full brown head, with excellent retention and lacing.

Very nice strong but balanced aroma: roasted barley, cream, and cocoa. Just the barest hint of grapes in the background.

Flavor follows the nose: lots of roasted barley, manifest as a bitter dark stout. Powdered cocoa, a hint of black coffee, chewy barley, and a nice creamy undertone. Very slight alcohol heat.

Silky, thick mouthfeel, shy of the thicker stouts. A little back-end heat. No foaming or sting. Lovely.

This is a well-crafted, straight forward imperial stout, and is an excellent representative thereof. It's not overly hoppy, letting the bitterness of the roasted malt carry the balance. It has a depth of flavor that is delicious without being overpowering. I think this is an excellent brew, offered at an excellent price point.

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Photo of jdmiser
4/5  rDev -2.2%

It was a good Stout. Nothing to write home about. I'm not sure how amazing it was though considering I'm not a big Stout drinker, so I may have to revisit it at a later date.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev -2.2%

I like this beer. Pours as it's name suggests.
All the ingredients are there-- nice sculptured foamy head
Black molasses in the nose along with a jab of hops.
But on the initial taste-- and maybe I'm expecting something else seeing "Double" in the name-- its initial stance on my palate is thin, a bit flat, deflated-- where's the air pump?
I wouldn't say this if the label simply said "Stout",,, but seeing "Double" I expected "Sumo".
Regardless of my critical demeanor-- it's a great brew with all the classic flavors.
A gorgeous beer.

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Photo of Murphious
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Excellent stout with great smoothness and wonderful bitter chocolate aroma as warms from a bottle. Lovely dark tan head and decent foam. Great roasted flavor in the malt with slight hop dryness in the finish.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

A deep brown dark chocolate look with a big head that looks like a nice chocolate shake consistency. Heavy lasting lace.

S chocolate smell. Smell a twinge of booze. Bit of earth.

T. Chocolate theme with a roasted taste followed up with bitterness.

M. Not super thick, but full.

Overall yeah. A sipper, but good.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured an opaque dark chocolate color with less than 1F in a snifter.
The aroma wafts from the glass- it's excellent, although not strong: fruit, especially fig, and chocolate.

The mouth feel is not very carbonated as expected.

The taste is stands out in this beer. Strong fig, fruit, and chocolate. Unlike other US brewed imperial stouts, there is more emphasis on the fig- fruit quality of the taste, and not chocolate.
The UK Target hops in the beer yield special qualities and bring out the fruit.

Roasted malt is brought out as the beer warms.

Overall, another excellent beer from Green Flash. Easy drinking, yet complex.

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Photo of BaalDagon
5/5  rDev +22.2%

I cannot speak highly enough about this double stout! If you are looking for a mature, refined adult beverage for your discriminating palate... I highly advise and heartily encourage this one! I would go on about all the usual reviewing points, but where would that leave your adventurous expectations?

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thick vicious black w/ a big dark mocha head and very sticky lacing. Very very good looking stout.

I'm picking up scents of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slight amount of coffee/expresso. There's also a little vanilla in the mix. I can pick all of that up in the flavors. Very bold, dark chocolate is abundant, slightly bitter, but a sweetness remains.

Mouthfeel is okay .. would have liked it a bit thicker and creamy, but it was well carbonated and remains light.. finishes great. Drinkabilty was surprisingly high. It's hard to stop drinking. Very enjoyable Imperial Stout!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours an almost perfectly pitch black color. The head is two fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention is quite good, and some lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Yep, I'm loving all the dark chocolate in this. There are additional twinges of dark fruits, graham cracker, and caramel, all balanced by a slightly piny touch. Not hugely deep, but still a really nice nose.

T: It starts off just like the nose indicated - dark chocolate, graham cracker, caramel, and dark fruits come through vividly. The finish, however, is quite bitter with tones of roast and tobacco-like hops. There's also a kiss of alcohol I didn't quite expect (I'm so used to beers in the 9% range covering the booze perfectly), too. The booze gives it a nuancing touch of dark fruit, creating a reasonably complex yet dry imperial stout.

M: It starts off with a full, sweet feel; but it finishes dry and hoppy. It's one of the few dark beers I'd call refreshing - and that's a great thing. There isn't a lot of carbonation, instead relying purely on the dryness to cleanse the palate. And it works.

O: The tale of two stouts: one sweet and desert-y, the other bitter, dry, and almost refreshing. This is a manly drink: big, bitter, and even a touch harsh. But in a good way! I could totally imagine Catherine the Great (read: the manliest Czar ever, so manly she was a woman) drinking something like this while being boinked by Denis Diderot.

3.75/5: Very nice old-school imperial stout

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 31/7/14

A black liquid with a 3 finger mocha head that has great retention ever so slowly falling to a thick film, it only leaves rings after the foam falls, strange having rings starting half way down the glass but she looks good

S fruity at first then the dark roast kicks in, licorice, coconut, chocolate syrup, and just a little coffee

T lots of dark chocolate, more coffee and its roasted dark, not as much dark fruit in the mouth, some charred wood, very rich and flavorful

M silky, full bodied but no knife and fork required, low carbonation, a little sticky on the lips, chocolate and char linger

O well rounded and tasty, hits all the spots and pretty easy to drink for nearly 9%, the booze is very well hidden

Perhaps not well suited for this hot Summer's day so perhaps I'll save my other 3 bottles for a chilly evening, well priced for the quality I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of stoutman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black brew with a medium beige head with regular retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with caramel, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol and coffee, medium to robust bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a bittersweet finish, and quite tasty. Fine body with a long and smooth aftertaste of light barley and coffee. So very nice.

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Photo of leantom
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was curious so I tried this. Here goes:

A: Excellent. Pours a thick, creamy head with lots of lacing. Definitely more than one inch. Beer is opaque and lets no light through.

S: OK, but nothing special. Lots of dark fruit and the burnt malt makes its presence known. Kind of generic, really. No hops are detectable.

T: The burnt malt gives off the taste of a lot of dark fruit. Can taste plum, raisins, figs, etc. The dark fruit is really overwhelming in this beer. Also of note, there is a huge boozy presence in the background that coats the palate. The alcohol kind of overshadows the flavor profile of this beer, but the malt profile is good nonetheless.

M: Very rich and creamy. Glides down the throat.

O: A good beer. However, I've tasted stouts similar to it and was therefore bored with the flavor. Still good, however.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a stout glass.

Pours midnight black with a thick, rich caramel/mocha head. Beautiful head, pretty good lacing.

Not too much of a smell. Some coffee and butter, as well as dark fruit.

Taste is very caramel and malt forward. Still the great coffee taste of a stout. Very balanced. Good stout.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Very hearty but doesn't sit heavy. Nice combo.

Great beer.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Very black! Can't see a thing. Poured on the side so almost no head.

S: Not much here except some cracker and oat. Maybe some bitterness.

T: This is pleasant but not super complex as I'd hoped. Malt, toast, oat flakes, char, and tobacco. Got some pretty good flavors. Some of the booze comes through though.

M: Fairly thick but there's a lightness to it, so it's right in the middle. This is a very well-done piece of the beer.

O: Not bad. I may just not be in a stout mood tonight so I'll be as objective as I can be. This beer is pretty awesome. Not the most complex beer you'll ever have, but it is well made for the style. The only thing I didn't like was the booziness, but it wasn't overpowering.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into KBS snifter. Aggressive pour. Appearance is a beautiful jet black. Upon pouring, a foamy cappuccino-like foam is formed atop the glass. The foam eventually recedes into a thin, almost transparent layer covering the entirety of the surface and ultimately settling into a ring around the glass which accompanies you as you finish the beer.

The nose at first instance is that of chocolate milk. Coffee aroma closely follows and there are traces of dark fruit and molasses. Its taste has a sweet start with notes of chocolate and very faint vanilla. The finish is bitter, pleasantly so – a bitter finish you would expect from espresso.

Its mouthfeel is thick and chewy, quite appropriate to fully appreciate the spectrum of flavors in this beer.

Overall, a quite solid Imperial Stout – I would definitely seek again and enjoy it on a regular basis.

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Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You ever read about that one study where they put plain seltzer in two cans? One can was yellow, the other was white. They asked people to drink from both cans and write down what flavors they picked up. People said the white-canned seltzer tasted like regular seltzer, but they swore the yellow-canned seltzer had nodes of lemon.

That's just how our brains work. Our senses do not operate independent of one another. Sounds prime us to see certain sights, certain sights lead us to expect certain flavors. Just--think about if you took a sip of a beer that poured like Schlitz but tasted like Guinness. You'd be repulsed, because that's just not right.

And so when I see the Green Flash logo, I'm thinking "this beer is gonna taste great up front but then drop off near the end," since that's what their beers tend to do. And because I'm expecting that to happen, I'm usually way too critical of the back end, like I'm waiting for a flaw to manifest.

And, of course, that's what happened here. Big double coffee and charred barley up front, then things appeared to fizzle. Although I don't know if they actually fizzled that badly or if they just appeared to since that's what I was expecting them to do.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap (limited review):
The beer came to me fizzing almost like a soda, especially when combined with the dark brown/bordering on black look to this beer funny the guy next to me ordered the same beer, but has a nicer, creamier, sustaining head).

Nose is mostly coffee, but a bit of spice that combines to also give a licorice scent.

Taste is pretty much on point, though. Coffee with a hint of char, little tobacco, a hint of chocolate and a bit of raisin (maybe chocolate covered?) in some sips.

Feel is surprisingly (given look) effervescent, adding a tingle to the tongue as it enjoys the flavor.

Originally rated this a straight 4.25. This pour for this review will end up below that, but it's still a nice option for the style.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle "best by Jul 6, 2016" into pint glass. Pours an almost absolute black with a creamy tan head. Initial impression is bitter chocolate, with coffee and a definite roasted malt backbone. I'm not exactly sure what a "double stout" is supposed to be, but it's kind of a slightly bitter Russian Imperial Stout. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Fairly dry finish for a stout. Very enjoyable.

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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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