Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3,112 Ratings
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
Ratings:
3,112
Reviews:
885
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
474
For Trade:
1
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of garymuchow
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil and is pitch black in the glass. Attractive dark and abundant head with good lacing.
Complex roast aroma with some dark fruit and a nice streak of hops. Well done.
RIS like presentation with appealing hops flavors including a nice streak of lingering bitterness in the very long finish. Dark fruit, soft drying and just overall goodness.
Drinks and feels bigger than 8.8%. Rich and full with soft carbonation enhancing the feel.
This is a very nice beer and a decent value. Glad they made it out this way. A good beer for a winter day watching some football.

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Photo of Catlin
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tabascosigned
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Chucker17
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Act25
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a taste off between Green Flash and a "standard" Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 10% ABV.

It's a very close contest, and letting these two warm all the way to 56 degrees. (I'm starting to think the best reviews include temperatures as well as glassware), GFDS wins by a small margin.

Green Flash Double Stout 4.5 vs Brooklyn Chocolate Stout 4.5

A: poured into hand-blown 24 oz wine glasses from Venice.

GFDS 4.75 - Close to perfect head, retention, lacing, body, color - into a 24 oz hand blown wine glass.

BBCS 4.5 - Very outstanding head, retention, lacing, body, color - into a 24 oz hand blown wine glass.

Smell: 4.25 4.25
GFDS - Wood fire in a seaside candy shop, with a pile of wet earth compost heaving outside.
BBCS - Wood fire in a candy shop, vats of syrup, fruit jam, dark chocolate.

T
GFDS - More wood charcoal, chocolate, more bitterness, more sea side smell. 4.5
BBCS - Peppery, roast, chocolate, licorice prominent, long lasting licorice and bitter finish, leaves in great place. 4.75

MF:

GFDS - tingly, more hops, medium body, more bitter, a little alcohol, long finish, leave in great place, creamy. 4.25 *better at 56 degrees.

BBCS - tingly, more malt, more char, more liquor like, even longer finish, creamier, leaves in a great place. 4.25

O: BBCS sweeter, more chocolatey, and more creamy. Without any false notes.

However, when I let them warm to 56 degrees over 2 hours, then GFDS wins for remaining more carbonated and vibrant at "Cellar temp" while BBCS settles a bit flat, and cold coffee- like.

Edge to GFDS. retaste on 7-6-16 made me happy even out of a paper cup on the ferry, $3.50 at the bodega.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of YoudownwithABV
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Tayloraphilips
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ccronin
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MichaelAllenVT
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Jabartheljr
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeStoutMyHeart
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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

12oz bottle, denoted simply as a 'black ale' on the label.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with barely perceptible basal red cola 'highlights', and three fingers of puffy, fizzy, and bubbly light brown head, which leaves some pervasive boiling cauldron lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly sinks away.

It smells of musty medium-dark chocolate, toasted biscuity caramel malt, bittersweet coffee, middling dark fruit, a wee bit of flinty ash, and earthy, mildly leafy hops. The taste is sweet, lightly roasted caramel malt, some hard salted toffee, a touch of molasses/treacle, dark chocolate, dry, almost burnt coffee beans, black licorice, a slick oaten secondary graininess, mild, indistinct black fruit, and soft earthy, weedy hops. The alcohol is well obfuscated, at least until things start to warm up.

The carbonation is quite soft and generally innocuous, the body a stocky, and more or less full weight, with a pleasantly plump smoothness, and a barely lean creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the meek char and now basically AWOL hops not really up to staying the big-ass malt, fruit, coffee, and cocoa bum rush.

A pretty tasty, um, "Black Ale", one which exhibits a whole lot of sturdy and stoic imperial stout goodness, full stop. Dense (in the good way), complex, and yet strangely drinkable, at least until your desire for yet another bottle from that 4-pack proves to be your undoing for the night.

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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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