Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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.

Added by SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, bottled 4/16/13. Still pretty fresh, but at under 9% I don't think these would age too well.

Anyway, it pours a solid midnight black with two fingers of khaki foam. Absolutely no transparency when held up to the sun with no visible carbonation. Good lacing, there's little not to love about the look.

Aroma is pretty run of the mill for a stout: strong roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, creme, some vanilla, and a bit of alcohol. Definitely not the most going on, but still pretty solid for a double

Taste is consistent with the smell, strong upfront bite of roast malts and coffee hits first and lasts the longest. Chocolate undertones come through with the back and leave with a nice caramel after taste

Feel is medium-thick bodied, a bit on the light side for a double/imperial. Very bitter, nicely carbonated, goes down pretty easy. While it's not bad at all, it's probably this beers weakest point

Overall this is a bit weak for a double, but still good. Worth a try, I wouldn't but it too often, though

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bomber into a snifter at cellar temperature.

Double Stout has a beautiful three-finger, light brown, rich, creamy head which has great retention. The bottle calls this a "black ale," and it is indeed black as night.

It smells like vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. O, the chocolate! Loads of both milk and dark chocolate! An excellent little whiff of coffee as well. I think there may also be a hint of tart dark fruits in here too... maybe raisins and cherries?

The taste has everything the aroma has and more! Chocolate takes the spotlight once again (oh, joy!). Then I get a fantastic earthy bitterness in the finish. This one takes my most favorite traits of imperial stouts and amplifies them with great success.

Regarding mouthfeel, the carbonation is fairly low, with a creamy and silky smooth body that goes down really nicely.

It's kind of like a brownie in beer form. Killer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured at about 50 degrees, two-finger head that persisted longer than I expected. The bottle was filled four months before I drank it- like that little tidbit on the bottom edge.

Appearance- Good for the type. Definitely opaque, very dark, head was thick and moderately persistent. Lacing was uneven, but still plenty to see.

Smell- This beer is defined by the malt and the roast, not hops or yeast. If you want a yeasty dark beer, find something else. If you want a lot of hops, try some others. This is a celebration of rich malts, and it started with the smell. Definite caramel and coffee, hint of chocolate and a sweetness that I normally expect with some Imperial Stouts or, of course, Milk Stouts. The smell was strong, persistent, and consistent with the flavor.

Taste- nicely bitter, balanced by the caramel tastes. Most prominent overtone was coffee, but this is such a strongly flavored beer that it has room for a lot of other flavors. The caramel and coffee notes were clear, there was something that reminded me of fruit or a homemade candy (peanut brittle?) that implied sweetness without making the beer actually taste sweet. The roasted malt was the star by far, and I loved it.

Mouthfeel- moderately heavy (hey- it's a stout!) but well evened out by the bitterness that didn't get overwhelming. The aftertaste was strong coffee- bordering on too strong, and the only (slight) downside to the feel.

Overall- This does not attempt to break new ground, just to make a darn good beer with dark roasted malts. Whenever I find this bordering on affordable, I'm going to grab some! Having said this, I can completely understand that many people would find it overpowering, too bitter, or just too much... but if you like dark beers, this is definitely worth a shot.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous dark brown. Pretty big two finger head, thin bubbles and good retention. Good lacing. A pretty beer. Black in the class, very light brown around the edges.

Wow! I did not expect this to be that big considering the relativly low alcohol. I was wrong.

A pretty complex and delightly aroma. Sweet malts, roast, some smokey/woody notes. Dark chocolate and coffee (not very bitter coffee) and some sort of dark fruitiness that I always like in big stouts.

Quite an an "easy" double stout/IRS, quite drinkable and not too extreme on the roast.
It has a light dark fruit component to it, it has roastiness after that comes the coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall a very tasty beer that is well civilised.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Good stuff. Not extremely overpriced here in Europe. Worth a try for sure.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90% out of 100 with 3,114 ratings
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