Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

3,112 Ratings
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.

Added by SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008

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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black colour with a big, cream, brown head. Fair head retention. Some lacing.

Rich, mildly sweet chocolate. Hints of coconut and coffee. Alcohol. Nothing amazing but quite nice.

Oddly fruity with a light herbal note. Some chocolate, alcohol and berries. I don't really get it.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

This isn't a bad beer but it is overly fruity and lacking complex roast malt and chocolate for my taste.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, roasty stouts: the beer man’s alternative to coffee in the morning. Plus, it’s Saturday, so why the hell not?

To the breakfast of champions – cheers!

A: I’m loving the head on this one: it begins with a full half-inch of brown cream, and stays put for a while. Retention finishes out as a pattern of dark tan bubbles, like the bottom of a glass of chocolate milk, lined with intricate swirls of sandy fizz. Wet pockets of oily lacing line the glass, above the dark chocolate body that lays as thick as molasses. It has a very nice black coffee presence, but with the brightening contrast of a cappuccino-colored head.

S: Toasted barley, mocha, chocolate truffles, brownie batter, and just-used coffee grounds swarm the senses in waves at first – so pleasant, spectacularly smooth in their sweetness yet wonderfully rich in their roastiness. It’s Founders Breakfast Stout with more chocolate and less coffee, giving this one a creamy complexion. Getting a secondary performance from charcoal, woody alcohol, caramel-covered apple, tart cherry puree, and a light hop juiciness that’s hard to put a finger on (though it still makes some noise in the profile). This nose is a sensation of creamy goodness, but with a kick of beautiful complexity.

T: Front-end acidity empowers this brew with powerful coffee tastes and hop oils, drying it out just enough to make the chocolate tastes a welcome reprieve. Once they hit, though, it’s still pretty dry: the chocolate is a cocoa and chocolate malt taste, and it’s accompanied by pancake batter, roasts, earthy vanilla bean, and hickory-smoked umami. Alcohol astringency is present, but only for a moment (which seems to be a perfect representation of the 8.8% ABV). It ends on a note of pepper and thick, grainy bread, with a touch of raspberry and dry citrus rind. The hop presence is a prickling yet delicate, with all the flavor of a British pale; it’s unique and well-executed.

M: Surprisingly watery, with the smoothness of, once again, something British. It does have some chalky quality that Americanizes it a bit, though it still satisfies with its creamy drinkability.

O: Double Stout is quite a different animal than I expected, especially after my long night yesterday with Doris (THE DESTROYER); that said, I really like it. It’s well-balanced beer, with a nose you’d just love to swim around in and a palate that hits the spot without overdoing anything. I’m not sure I’d age this one, but I definitely would take a few more bottles – and happily, at that.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty much black with a 2 finger tan head.

S - Coffee dominates with roasted malt and dark chocolate lingering.

T - I can't tell which is the winner here, the dark chocolate or the coffee. They both come in spades and in waves. A slight sweetness and roasted malts are there to balance everything out.

M - Creamy with great carbonation. Finishes dry on the palette.

O - All the elements I described above come together for a great beer! If you love the battle of coffee and dark chocolate in a beer, then this is for you.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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

A: opaque black with rich dark head, 3 fingers thick; head settles and pales while it warms

S: cocoa coffee roasted malt

T: wallop of chocolate and coffee infused with anise; the chocolate tastes remain firm, while the others become secondary

M: creamy/milky, slight sting of alcohol

O: really good stout; mildly dry milky finish to this softly sweet beer adds nice character

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with a thick frothy mocha head. Good lace rings and a film of retention with an island of pillowy head left in the corner.

S - Lot's of coffee, roasted malt is there as well with milk chocolate.

T - Roast with lot's of chocolate. Mild coffee-like flavour and some alcohol. Flavours seem bold and rich. Quite nice.

M - Medium carbonation, creamy full body with a little alcohol and some bitterness in the finish.

O/D - I enjoyed this stout. Easy drinking, complex, rich. I usually drink alot faster than I did with this bottle. I found myself sipping and savouring it for a fair bit of time on a cool evening. Soothing blackness from Green Flash.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in a build a beer pack excursion.

The carbonation is straight up average for a stout, with a about a finger and a half of head on a semi-safe pour. Medium-Tan appearance on the head. As for a body? As black as you might expect for a black ale double stout.

The bubbles cling to the glass for dear life and do not budge.

On the very first taste? One word. Creamy. Very much so. Mouthfeel carries this brew from beginning to end.

No chalky taste at all, practically no alcohol detection if not for a faint bit of heat on the aftertaste after it warms up a bit.

Only knock? I can't smell hardly anything off this beer. It's bizarre considering the full taste that follows.

I'm wishing I'd of picked up a few more, it's suiting my mood perfectly at the moment.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Green Flash's double stout is a hop-forward recipe, with exceptional qualities of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Those seeking an alternative to coffee or chocolate notes in their beer may seek this out to indulge in bitterness and burnt toast flavors instead. Personally, while I appreciate this as a well-brewed beer, I'm not sure that the hop bitterness of the stout is what I'm looking for and feel it overwhelms other flavors that could be in the beer.

Pour produces a thick, tall (>2cm) head of brown/dark tan bubbles, small in size, creating a pillow-like appearance. As head slowly descends, it leaves substantial lacing along the sides of the glass, which is renewed with each sip. Body is an impenetrable dark brown/black, opaque but with some visible carbonation along the upper sides of the glass.

Aroma of roasted malt and soy sauce, some molasses and vanilla tucked away shyly in the back. While I don't dislike any of those ingredients, together in a beer they are not appealing, especially when the soy sauce is perhaps the second most noticeable scent.

Opens with mild roasted barley flavors, a bit of sweetness, and noticeable hop bitterness, a bit like grapefruit rind. Roasted barley quickly emerges as dominant character, becoming very "large" by early-mid-palate and enveloping most other flavors. Despite this, roasted flavor is not aggressive, actually quite "soft." By mid-palate, hop bitterness is vying with roasted notes for dominance, and overtakes them by the back of the tongue. Fades out with roasted barley and some vanilla flavors alongside continuing, but milder bitterness. Leaves a lingering aftertaste of charred toast and a bit of acrid bitterness from hops.

Beer is medium-heavy with moderate carbonation. Bubbles "feel" small, so beer is not prickly on the palate. Carbonation leads beer to foam up at first on mouth, then when dissipated, it rolls smoothly along for a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is dry and slightly sticky.

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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and viscous with a thick fine black head. To head was perfect on this guy.

Smell: Lots of malt, some dark bread notes. A little bit of espresso and brown sugar.

Taste: mmm. Perfect sweetness. Good malt and chocolate notes. Some vanilla is sneaking through. A good punch with the alcohol that is done nicely. Ends with a nice aftertaste and some lingering dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel; Good carbonation. Plays well with the other elements of the beer.

Overall: I got this as an extra and I was really impressed with this. Seriously one of the best non BA stouts i've had in a while. There is a great chocolate and espresso combination and the alchohol level is spot on.

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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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