Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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.

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Photo of Eziel
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xJMFCx
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/18/12. Poured into a DFH Chalice.

A - Pours black and opaque, but thin (not the higher viscosity one might expect). 3-finger, thick tan head. Excellent lacing. Well carbonated.

S - Predominantly roasted malts, but some coffee and hints of dark chocolate and sweetness.

T - Roasted malt, dry bitterness, hints of dark chocolate in the finish (in the back of the throat).

MF - Smooth, start to finish, but disappointingly thin.

O - Well balanced, but could use a fatter chewier feel. A quafible stout that I highly recommend.

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Photo of Jips
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into tasting glass

-Color: Black as midnight w/ thin bubbly white head just rimming glass
-Mouthfeel: milky (a grade below motor oil) and smoooth
-Smell: sweet malts and milk-sugar
-Taste: Big coffe flavor througout masking toffee-molassess malts
-After: Reverse (malts w/ some coffee)

Big coffee taste will drink again!

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Photo of faubs
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Think coopers stout this side of the world. Lea and perans

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle American Double stout, this one has a dark pitch black body with a deep moccha tan head, forms thick with rising chunky textured foam. Aroma has dark black chocolate notes, with creamy infused coffee notes. Flavor has dark nearly burnt coffee roast flavors, dark bitter chocolate. Herbal earthy hop finish, creamy textures round out the dark malt flavors but it does of a bit of an acrid tartness through the middle kind of like sourdough bread. Mouthfeel is big nice and chewy silky textured flows easy with natural carbonation, a bit dry in the finish. Drinkability is nice, one of the most easy going poundable big dark beers I've ever had. Impy stouts although a bid higher in abv are usually more boozey this is dangerous due to the drinkability level. This bottle may have a little bit of age considering it's a big bottle. I haven't seen it in smaller bottles yet, even though I know they changed to their new signature bottles.

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Photo of genitempo
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very consistent with the Green Flash Labeling. Nothing too fancy, but I do like how the bottling has the "Green Flash" name and icon etched into it. Great pour into a pint. Thick and dark, dark brown with thin, tan head.

Smell - Fruit and chocolate, not overpowering.

Taste - Rides very well (probably the best part of the taste), it never really peaks (maybe a bit of strength towards the end), instead, it really just kind of keeps at it the entire sip . Rich and complex but not too overpowering. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Mouthfeel - creamy, thickness is present but not too chewy.

Overall - Besides Lagunitas, Green Flash is one of my favorite microbrews out of California. Strong work with this one.

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Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black even in sunlight with a big chocolate head that falls slowly and leaves lots of sheet lace down my glass.

Aroma is roasted malt goodness sweet more chocolate then coffee. Hints of fruit some peat, earthy lightly smokey notes. Aroma is nice but little soft.

Taste is roasted malts some sweetness, almost like oats are present. Nice smokey earth notes in flavor too, peat. Nice sweet roasted malty goodness earthy notes go with leafy grassy and earthy hops blend perfectly. This is a nice stout smooth. Finish has your coffee notes and hops mingled.

Mouthfeel is big chewy nice full bodied stout with great mellow carbonation that makes it smooth.

Drinkability is great smooth sweet drinkable goodness. Goes down so easy not alcohol noted. Buy this one if you like big stouts, have already bought more this will be in my regular stout rotation now.

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Photo of PGVG
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AleWatcher
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Founders snifter.

Very very dark, completely opaque. Three finger head of very dark and thick brown bubbles. Great lacing and retention.
This beer looks amazing.

Big old chocolate fudge, like brownie batter. Huge roasty malts. Some coffee notes.
The flavor is pretty sweet, bit the finish is just right. The booziness is perfect-- just a little warmth, but it fits perfectly and works well.

The feel is a little thinner than I expected, but it is still well passed medium on the fullness-scale. It may have a touch too much carbonation, but it's still a great beer overall.

Ok-- Green Flash, congrats. I'll let go the fact you don't bottle date! This is a great goddamn beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date.

pitch black, nice thick mocha-colored head. good lacing. smells of dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee.

taste is typical of a big stout, big roasty flavors. bittersweet chocolate, a little hops, the label says it right - "earthy". well balanced, tasty.

lower carbonation, thick and smooth.

much better than I expected, will definitely look for this again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a new label that I picked up from the Village Pump for $2.49

Black with a dense, dark brown head that recedes to a thick cap, leaving sheets of lacing, this is an impressive looking beer. For a beer labeled Black Ale, this isn't all that hoppy. That said, it is not to the beer's detriment as this is an excellent stout. Rich, dark roasted grains with coffee grounds, medium dark chocolate (around 50-60%), a little bit of licorice and a moderate hop backbone, this is a wonderfully balanced stout. A little bit of toast, some caramel, a touch of earthy and herbal hops and some lactose round out the nose. Really, though, this is an excellent tradition RIS.

The palate is wonderful. Richly layered and dense with plenty of roast (but no burnt malt notes), fresh brewed French Roast coffee, a moderately bitter dark chocolate, a mild spice note ( anise?), and a little herbal bitterness with a touch of mint. Marvelously balanced, the beer finishes long with a lingering grainy bitterness, a little licorice and coffee. A touch fruity, even? Also, there's a little bit of sweetness on the finish that tempers the bitterness and enhancing the drinkability. Medium-full in body with a smooth feel (rather oatmeal stout like in this regard IMO), this beer has a soft carbonation level, allowing the grainy flavors to do the talking. A wonderful stout, I can't think of too many other imperial stouts that are this impressive and this balanced fresh. Lip smacking good.

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Photo of IPA35
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of tylerprince
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass and enjoyed with mesquite mac and cheese.

A: Poured pitch black with a 3-finger foamy mocha head. Head resolved after about five minutes, but left and excellent lacing and approx 5mm remained throughout the drink.

S: Typical stout; extremely chocolatey with coffee.

T: Very chocolatey with hints of coffee, strawberry, pine, and an oaty base. More complex than other stouts in this price range.

M: Creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very high on the drinkability scale as far as stouts go. Definitely some warming alcohol at the end, but it's very welcoming and somewhat overcome by this beer's great taste.

O: One of my new favorite stouts, at a fairly reasonable price. Green Flash did a great job all around - this is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken several days ago

A: Beautifully dark with a thick frothy head, chocolate milk colored head. Opaque from the darkness.

S: Chocolate and coffee, mocha all the way down.

T: Creamy and delicious. Could not taste the relatively high alcohol content at all. This gets a 5 from me.

M: Not as thick as I would have liked it, but not bad.

O: Buy this beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Oakley
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerTheater
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost pitch black with a nice one inch camel colored head. The head does dissipate but not totally, leaving little islands of burnt sienna bubbles abound. These same bubbles which almost look like crystalline sugar lace the cup.

The aroma isn't powerful on the nose but it's noticeable and fragrant. I get whiffs of milk chocolate and a somewhat mild roast coffee. Smells semi-sweet and there could be a hint of fruit there too.

The taste is wonderful and expected from the nose. You get the roasted chocolatey, malty flavor and that's the prevalent taste up front and for the majority of the experience; until it warms up a bit and other flavors come through like coffee and even some fruitiness. Definitely hits the sweet tooth but there's also a half note of bitterness that welcomes you.

The mouth feel is memorable as it's very silky smooth and creamy. Rich and almost chewy but not quite. It might just be me but it's like you can feel the texture of little crystals dancing on your tongue. This is a beer that I loved every quaff.

Great beer overall, with not a single complaint; not even a minor grievance. Perhaps the reasonable price also plays a small role in my conclusion. It's got great flavor and aroma when at a cool temp and opens up a bit more as it warms. The mouth feel is exquisite and for a powerful ABV. at 8.8%, there really wasn't any booze-ish taste to it at all. However, it sure warms the belly and i'm sure will creep up on those willing to indulge. A new beer to me and it leapfrogged instantly to one of my favorites.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

It's jet black and opaque. a dark tan head that has some nice craters. Wonderful lacing down the glass as I drink.

It's got a nice cocoa smell and some earthy hops.

Cocoa flavors, a hint of espresso. There is a faint dried fruit note, dates maybe. There is a nice earthy hops flavor as well.

It's velvety smooth and full bodied.

Overall this beer is excellent. Too bad it doesn't last on the shelves here.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep inky black with tan head

rich malty aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slight pine hops

smooth malt upfront with roasted malt, creamy oats, bitter chocolate, and slight espresso notes lead into slight pine and lemon hops, with a semi dry finish

smooth, medium bodied without being too sweet or malty, just greatly balanced with good dark flavors and no trace of the alcohol

smooth, malty, delicious and inviting with a solid malty complexity leading to a balanced finish with hops clearing it out. an excellent stout without any trace of the alcohol, i cant wait to age a couple and tip 'em back

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Photo of codsmith
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a very thin brown head. Very appropriate for the style and ABV combination

M: Nice and rich sweetness coming off of the top that somewhat covers up a roasted character from the malt on the backend.

T: Big bolt roasted flavor that has a decent amount of bitterness at the end to counteract the sweet smell. I would prefer a little less bitterness at the end, its a little too harsh.

M: Very smooth and creamy on the forefront. The carbonation is at a perfect level for the style and ABV combination.

O: Very impressed with this beer. I've had some of GFB's other lighter beers that were good, but this one ranks above all of those bar far. Nicely done.

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Photo of MisterB
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoktorZee
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No best before date on the bottle.

A - Thick, dark and transmitting no light. The thick tan head looks practically like cake and coats the glass with chunky lacing.

S - lots and lots of malt on the nose with initially a strong bready component melting into a chocolate.

T - solid dark chocolate bitterness up front shifting into a smoky/coffee that goes on and on!

M - practically creamy with very subtle carbonation and just a hint of warmth from the booze. Basically like a stout milkshake that coats the mouth.

D - Surprisingly drinkable considering the power and alcohol.

Superb beer; right up with there with Brooklyn Double Chocolate and Old Rasputin among my favorites.

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Photo of popery
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a very good, no frills strong stout. This beer doesn't try to do anything fancy. The appearance is simple, black liquid and brown creamy head. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt flavors are strong in the beer's aroma. The flavor is rich and just nails my notion of the style. I'm not saying that it's my very favorite stout, but it's a superbly made stout. The feel is excellent, creamy and smooth. I really underestimate Green Flash. They make some great beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark black. huge, fluffy brown head looks like it could hold this bottle up if it wanted.

S: a solid milk chocolate aroma. mild fruit esters. the roast is soft, but rich. not astringent.

T: a malted flavor that is reminiscent of cereal milk. some bourbon-like alcohol. dark fruit flavors as well. raisins. the roast is similar to the nose, gentle, but makes itself known.

M: creamy luscious mouth. moderate carbonation on a full body.

D: very smooth, creamy flavors. each is delicate and play off each other. also the alcohol is very well hidden. great imp stout.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by 09JAN16; I had this once a few years ago and loved it. I was hoping my tastes hadn't changed
A - creamy chocolaty light brown head holds good retention atop a black colored ale
S - Roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, earthy hops
T - really nice and balanced with dark baker's chocolate, roasted barley, dark roast coffee, earthy hops, and some oats come through as well
M - very creamy and smooth, full bodied, alcohol very well concealed
O - this is a very solid Imperial stout at a decent price in a 12oz format. I'll be buying this more often. I'm glad this was just as good as I remember!

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,114 ratings.
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