Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Double StoutDouble Stout
3,114 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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of cradke
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of rhino54
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but purchased August 2010

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of brown head. Head has great retention. Oily, viscous pour. Looks good.

S - Chocolate, coffee and some dark dried fruits. Nose is a bit boozy as well. Chocolate is mostly bittersweet but a bit of sweet milk chocolate comes through as well. Also a faint cola aroma. Very nice.

T - Smooth roasted malts, with chocolate, some coffee and just the right amount of char. Faint dried fruits and subtlehops round this out nicely.

M - Silky smooth mouthfeel has a nice initial creaminess, transitioning to dry and bitter on the finish.

O - Very enjoyable stout. Don't know how a fresh bottle would compares, but this holds up well.

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Photo of Joeybones3
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark molasses with a dark, 3.5-finger tan head and ringed lacing.

S - Mild roasted malt with a little chocolate and coffee and a smidge of wood tannin.

T - Dark/burnt roasted grain and coffee, dark chocolate, touch of anise, astringent, only mildly sweet. Aftertaste is burnt/roasted with a good amount of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Moderately creamy and smooth but dries out.

O - Enjoyed it more from the bottle than on-tap; perhaps because the food aromas in the restaurant were interfering. It's not overly complex but this is worth drinking, especially if you are looking for a dark/burnt stout experience.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DrFayhee
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful dark, almost black, color, like a glassful of oil with a thick cafe au lait colored head.
B: strong aromas of coffee, tobacco, licorice, chestnut.
T: Beautiful balance here. Starts out with a pleasant bitter hop kick then smooths out to a sweet malted finish.
M: Quite full and thick with a slight syrupy quality but very smooth. Perfect light subtle carbonation.

Really a great, rich, tasty stout.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dark brown, as close to black as could be. A nice full finger of rich chocolate colored head, decent retention, thickish tan outer ring remains. Solid lacing.

S - Roasty and bold bitter/dark chocolate aromas. A little smokey/ashy too.

T - Roasty/smokey and bitter, sweet bitter chocolates at the back end. Pretty simple but pretty bold and delightful. Slightly boozy

M - Medium bodied-Full bodied, appropriate carbonation. Almost a sipper

O - A nice bold flavorful double stout, definitely a fan. Should be a fun 64 oz's.

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Photo of howard12
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BeerAcolyte
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bcal16
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz distinctive brown bottle served in a snifter.

A black, opaque brew with a short-lived tan head, More than ample bubbly lacing left on the glass.

As expected, the aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts with a nice hint of dark chocolate. The flavor profile is a little marred, IMO, by a slight sour note {not apparent in more recent tasting). Very long-lasting flavor of dark malt with a hint of hops.

M: Full body with very good carbonation. Smooth but with a bit of crispness.

O: a rich stout favoring lots of heavily roasted malts.

(Revised and upgraded with bottle consumed in Nov. 2013).

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Photo of bsimms
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of leprakhan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of davidtarantino
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Jhatwig
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of scratch69
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lingering two finger dark tan head. Nice amount of thick lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of booziness.

Taste- Dark roasted malt with some char and chocolate notes. No trace of the booziness that I detected in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall- Great tasting stout. I would highly recommend this.

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Photo of AndreaAle
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cooler4life
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a half finger head that settles to a mocha thin cap. Color is pitch black. Lacing is present but does not stick around.

S: Roasty, creamy, fruity. Dark fruits, espresso beans, ash, thick malt, chocolate. It is like I'm breathing in a mocha coated steam room.

T: The roasted malt provides a solid backbone. As the beer enters my palate, I taste the grassy hops, bittersweet chocolate, plums, raisons, a touch of cinnamon.

M: Balanced. Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is tingly and full, it's like I'm home.

O: One of my favorite sessionable stouts, this one rises to the top.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,114 ratings
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