Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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882
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3,100
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
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Photo of litheum94
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No dates. Reviewed 6/11/11.

P: Black black. Big, tan head fills the glass to the brim. Settles out to a pool of bubbles, leaving really nice lacing on the glass.

A: Big cocoa smell. Oatmeal, coffee, figs and other dark fruits. Roasted barley and more chocolate, sweet and dark. Slightest hint of alcohol.

T: Starts off with a shot of liquid dark chocolate, deep and alluring. Silky mouthfeel. Roasted malts mid-palate, with a woody quality, perhaps chicory. Very dry on the finish, with bold coffee flavors. Leaves a slight sourness in the mouth, best described as a burnt acidity. Subtle dark fruit sweetness develops as it warms, and the finish smooths out a tad as well.

The best stout to get in a 4 pack, next to Old Raspy.

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Photo of iheartIPA
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single 12 oz bottle at State Line Liquors in Elkton Maryland.

Pours midnight black. Not a terribly impressive head for an aggressive pour - 1.5 finger tops. Tiny golden bubbles shine in the light; clinging nicely to the glass. Pretty. Inviting.

The smell is not powerful. It takes long deep inhale to capture much of anything. I detect roasted malts and coffee. The 8.8% is nowhere to be found.

Thankfully the taste doesn't follow suit. Fairly aggressive on the tongue. Not a whole lot different from the nose, just significantly amplified. Don't recall such a flavored brew having such a muted scent. Anyway; the roasted malts and coffee are in full force and are lovely. Most surprising (and for me, most satisfying) was the hop bitterness. A very nice counterweight.

The 8.8% is there; not hidden, but an afterthought....

Very smooth, very drinkable. Overall, another quality product from Green Flash. Fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of warbird07
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my 6oz snifter...

This beer pours a real dark black, not much light getting through this..generous,off-white head, moderate lacing,..a good looking brew

molasses,chocolate,slight alcohol on the nose,bit of hops as well...

taste is pleasing..chocolate malts,anise,molasses,a bit warming,hop finish is nice..

mouthfeel is a bit thin for a double, but the abundent carbonation gives this beer good stature...a real nice example of an American double sout...Cheers!

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip, from notes.
A: pours a thick black body with a tan head with a finger of formation and retention is quite good. Lacing is large sheets. Carbonation levels are nice and slow.

S: big roasted aroma, with hints at toffee and coffee flavors. Intensity is medium to low for the style. Underlining hop bitterness are found.

T/M: Roasted malts play the front role, with a back up of hop bitterness. The coffee and toffee flavors come through on the lingering finish, the mouthfeel is full but a tad bit thin for the style.

O: This is a solid stout and really nice to see it in a 4 pack and not just a 22oz. Great flavors, I just would like it to be a bit more intense.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Paul. Served next to Green Flash Silva Stout.

The beer is black with a towering, beige head that leaves ample lacing in its wake. The aroma brings roast, malt, and milk chocolate. Alcohol presence is well disguised. The flavor is nice, albeit plain. The beer is silky smooth and goes down easy, although the mouthfeel is unusually thin for the style. A decent brew, and a good bargain.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 1702 in Tucson on 7/18.

A - Dark as can be, pretty much black. Medium brown, fluffy, pillowy, inviting head.

S/T - Very similar between the nose and the taste. Molasses, brown sugar, sweet malt, roasted malt, caramelized sugar.

M - Smooth, subtle carbonation, tons of flavor fills the mouth.

Awesome.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an extra from a trade.

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Really dark black bodied beer with a medium almost dark bron head that really foams up. Over 3 fingers head that slowely dissapates into a nice cap. Nice lacing everywhere this beer touches the glass.

Smell: not too much here. Smells kind of weak. Roasty malts and coffee.

Taste: Wow this is the surprise. Serious roasty coffee that has a bitter bite to it. Did not expect so much flavor from this weak smelling beer! Also dark chocolate, molasses, light char and light smoke tend to linger in the back end of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Almost a full bodied stout, just under that. Lively carbonation for this style of beer. It really carries the bitter bite through to the end of the taste.

Overall: Very robust stout! Almost too bitter needs some balance for that bitter bite, but still a solid stout!

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Photo of LaneMeyer
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A- Black, black, one finger, mocha head beautiful beer.

S- Chocolate covered raisins, mud pie, caramel.

T- cocoa nibs, some dark fruit, slight coffee notes, sweet & bitter notes.

M- It's like liquid velvet running down my mouth, thick and creamy.

O- For the price this is the best bang for your buck as far as an everyday Imp Stout.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother says this is in his top three for stouts. I tried a sip of it that he was drinking and it tasted delicious. Then he let me have a bottle! What a brother! Now I finally get to review this. The only other Green Flash beer I had was their Imperial IPA and oh God was that lovely. I've got high hopes for this one.

I poured this into my Guinness glass and this Double Stout is double dark. It's black and held up to the light I can't see through it at all. The head pours thick but builds slowly its creamy-frothy head that is the color of a dark mocha coffee foam. A good amount of lacing is left around.

This smells so lovely. Roasted coffee and chocolate come out strong here but it doesn't smell like a coffee stout. I usually don't like coffee stouts too much but this coffee smell makes my mouth water. There is some bitterness in there that comes from the coffee but there's an earthy hoppiness in there. I pick up cherries too that adds a bit of sweet aroma. I enjoy just smelling this.

How does this taste? Euphoric. Unbelievable. Delicious. Sinfully good. Honestly, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. My brother was right. I'm having a hard time giving this a 5 out of 5 because, honestly, I don't know what a perfect taste...tastes like, but this is about as good as it can get. This is robust with chocolate. Wow, at first I thought this was heavy on the coffee, in a good way, but now that it has warmed up a bit the chocolate takes the lead. It's dark, cocoay, and a bit sweet. The roasted coffee flavor adds even more deliciousness and some bitterness. I'm getting some dryness, no doubt from some hops. These roasted malts are too luscious, luxurious, and heavenly. This is as good of a stout as I've ever tried. Chocolate/coffee/hop bitterness at the front, sweet and luxurious chocolate in the middle, and a lingering roastiness throughout. I can barely pick up the alcohol. Maybe this is just me, but sometimes I get a weird aftertaste from beers that are too malty and often that comes with stouts. This stout has nothing like that.

You know, I tend to like the heaviest-bodied stouts out there. The heavier the better. But despite Double Stout's intense and lovely flavors it is on the lighter side of a heavy body to me...and I like it. It's not a negative to me. It makes it easy to drink. I feel like I could drink three of these because it tastes so good and isn't too heavy. Even though it's not too full-bodied it doesn't have a watery or thin feel to it at all. Carbonation is medium. This is creamy in overall feel and smooth.

Well, my brother said it was in his top three of stouts and I have to agree. Robust, full flavor while being drinkable yet not a light-bodied stout. The Double Stout is definitely one I'll have to try again and share of its deliciousness with my friends. This is definitely one of the yummiest stouts I've ever had. I just love the flavor. Another great beer from Green Flash!

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Photo of eat
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viscous looking pour. Completely black body topped with a solid finger of mocha-coloured head. Good lacing but retention could be better.

Nice big nose: molasses, dark roasted malt, earthy hops, alcohol, milk chocolate, caramel.

This reminds me quite a lot of Ten Fidy on the first sip, the appearance wasn't far off either (Ten Fidy is one of the best imperial stouts I've ever had, so this is no complaint). Big malt body with tons of dark roasted malt, caramel and a touch of smoke. Fairly bitter, presenting lots of dark soily hops. Minerals and a touch of coffee round out the flavour. Grapefruit pith, dark chocolate and a well-placed alcohol bite on the finish, though showing nowhere near its 8.8%. The only improvement I could make this one is to intensify the flavour a little; I do remember Ten Fidy as being a bit more intensely-flavoured.

The pour looked fairly viscous but the mouthfeel doesn't show it as much. Decent medium body, though I might like it a little fuller. Appropriate low carbonation.

The bottle describes this one as "big, bold and complex" and I would agree. In addition to all this, it's also fairly easy-drinking; it would be no problem to mistakenly plow through a few of these and realize your mistake when you try to stand up. I could drink this regularly if it was easy to find, I can't wait to find some more Green Flash.

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Photo of DavidST
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No date on the bottle, but it arrived only this week in the local store.

Pours a pitch black color with a large mocha head, which quickly dissipates down to a thin layer (Without a doubt I think a double / IRS are the best looking beers). The smell is of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Medium to thick mouth feel which coats the mouth, nice and creamy. The taste is dark chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts, its very smooth on the way down and has a nice lingering bitter after flavor, very good, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall another great Green Flash product, this has become one of those breweries where I'll try any of their products I can find and expect great results. This double stout is no exception, a wonderful example of the style. I thought I might wait a few months to see how well this ages, but its pretty perfect right now. Excellent brew, this just might be my favorite stout thus far.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours opaque black with coffee colored head, considerable amount of lacing, not a whole lot in the way of head retention

S: the nose begins with an onslaught of cocoa followed by notes of coffee and a huge roasted barley profile. Notes of oatmeal and hints of vanilla come through as well. This is my ideal aroma for an imperial stout- intensely roasted with lots of chocolate and coffee.

T: the tastes starts with chocolate and is quickly met by a swift kick of roasted malts that dry out any sweetness left from the malts. The finish features a touch of hop bitterness along with lingering notes of vanilla.

MF: bold body, smooth texture, low carbonation

O: this brew is quite tasty. It leans towards the roastier/dry side of things when it comes to the style. Well balanced and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Davis Beer Shoppe
Davis, CA

A beautiful beer. A nearly midnight black pour and a foaming light brown head that sticks and sticks leaving sheets of lacing down the entire glass.

An immense amount of chocolate and coffee in the nose along with roasted and bitter malts...but the star of the show is the rich, decadent chocolate aroma. It's sublime.

Taste follows right along with the nose. There's just enough bitterness to cut through the sweetness, though the chocolate and roasted coffee flavors are a match made in heaven. An incredibly tasty stout.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. While certainly good, it could be just a tad thicker and more velvety.

A truly delicious and, in my opinion, an under-appreciated stout. This is a big stout done right. No alcohol presence, just pure and delicious clean flavors and aroma. I'm going to do my best to keep this one in the fridge year-round. Yes, it's 100 degrees outside, but it still tastes perfect.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/7/11

Dark brown, think stained cherry. No light passes through once in the glass. The head rises to two fingers in an ample manner and I had to tame the pour. Thinner retention. Lace is quite good.

Smells solid. Tangy roast and dark fruits give way to coffee grounds and semi-sweet chocolate, powdery cocoa and a spot of espresso. A touch grainy, too. Comes together, seeming more robust as it warms. No trace of alcohol in the nose.

The flavor profile is pretty much in line with the aroma. Lots of roast - roasted coffee/espresso, roasted grains and a chocolate notion that borders on burnt. The burnt aspect builds with each additional sip. Doesn't seem quite as sweet as the nose, which is a good thing. There's just enough to round out the roast. A good bit of hop kick is had, too.

Rolling carbonation augments the already full feel making seem more boisterous than perhaps it is. Again, the alcohol is extremely well-hidden (not that it's a crazy abv, but still). Very slightly coating. Roasted grains on the finish.

Though not outrageously great, there is little to complain about. Carbonation is too much for me. Worth a shot though.

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Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Viscous and black with a thick mocha head about two fingers thick that cling to the side of the glass and recedes into a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Burnt sugar, vanilla, chocolate and roasted grains elegantly meld together in harmony to create a truly wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted grain, caramel and marshmallow are the predominate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with no apparent alcohol; a thick body with medium carbonation.

Overall: I can’t believe I waited as long as I did to finally purchase this beer. It was very good! A lot of American Double stouts try to be overpowering, whereas, this example is more subtle yet no less flavorful.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Jet black, no light, short lived head that fades to just above a film. Lots of sticky lace. Medium intensity roast coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium carbonation with a noticeable amount on the finish. Big and rich body. Nice flavor with lots of bittersweet chocolate and some alcohol.

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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 GregSVT
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a great amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is rich chocolate milk and cocoa. Nothing crazy but it smells delicious.

T: The taste is vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee, and some slight dark fruit flavors.

M: Very creamy and medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Very tasty Imperial Stout and one I will have to keep around more often. Solid offering.

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

Had this on tap at the brewery

A: Black with some purple reflecting around the edges in the sunlight. Minimal head and lacing.

S: Nose is primarily roasted malts with some coffee notes.

T: Taste follows the nose with coffee becoming more prevalent as the beer warms. The aftertaste is roasty with a bit of hoppiness.

M: Light carbonation and medium body.

O: A nice imperial stout that is well balanced.

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Photo of afksports
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout is an Imperial Stout that I knew about when it was underground. Before it was famous. My review documents it!

This beer is an A through and through. It pours a lovely tan head on top of a deep black body, just as rich as you need it to be. It smells like burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet malts, and alcohol. Like it's going to warm you up whether you like it or not. There's even a hoppy character to it. And the taste wallops. Boy does it pound. The front has a touch of hops and alcohol, the middle brings you all that malty goodness, and at the end of the drink there's the bitter chocolate that came through in the nose, except there's no alcohol with it. Just pure taste.

Woo!

It's big in the mouth, with a medium body and solid carbonation. I've tried it with ice cream, and it's great for that too.

There's nothing wrong with this beer - except that perhaps it's available everywhere and they don't barrel age it (as far as I know), so the hype wagon hasn't caught up to it.

Well screw all that. I'm happy I can buy this at my corner store. Cheers to Green Flash. Keep making this lovely liquid!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this in a tulip Nitro tap'd at Al's of Hampden.

The color is 8 ball black with a nice creamy medium tan head which has a miniscule bead. The lace clings in a sheet, the stout is opaque no way you can see through it. The smell is nice, but a little light for the style - a pleasant amount of cocoa, coffee and slight smoke is present. The feel is very good - I normally am not a fan of nitro tapped beers, but on this hot day in the mid-90's the lighter body is a plus with creamy, not heavy body and moderate roastiness with some hop or dark grain bitterness, probably both actually. The alcohol is mild for the style which I like and the finish is bitter and semi-dry.

I like the flavors this beer has, nice toasted and chocolate malt presence with some coffee flavor and an invigorating amount of piney hops that lets you know this is a West Coast stout. It is hoppier than most American stouts, but fits the double stout moniker and has a gentle amount of caramel in the taste to lessen the impact of the hops and dark grain. Overall I really enjoyed this I consider it a decent example of the style without going overboard with hops or roasted malts a very clean and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of diminishing beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark earthy roast; malty and heavy on bittersweet chocolate. A thread of licorice emerges as the beer warms, with the product becoming generally more full in the nose. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild chocolate, roasted grain, and moist earthy hops. A burst of carbonic acidity and some ethanol in the middle clears much of the chocolate from the palate, leaving some unconvincing dark fruit and umami revealed. Sweetness recedes before the finish that has mineral-affected bitterness of moderate intensity and lingering dark fruit including citrus.

M: Medium viscosity, full-bodied and distractingly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This full-flavored stout errs as many others also do, positioning itself in between two different styles instead of fitting either one perfectly. At almost 9% abv it is too strong to be an export stout tuned for every-day applications, but it wouldn't really turn heads as an imperial stout. It does taste good, but doesn't really soothe the palate as much as some other stouts might.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in my first in person trade ever. Thanks to TheBrewViking I gotto try this one that I've had on my wants for a while.

Also big thanks to the TSA officer that went through my whole suitcase carefully unwrapping and re-wrapping all my bottles. You are the man/ woman. I was impressed.

After having travelled across the Atlantic this bottle finally got opened and poured into a snifter.

Dark Black, nice one finger foam leaving some lacing after the head goes away.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolates and a slight hop bitterness.

In the taste I detect a smokey quality I didn'tget from the nose. There is that chocolate bitterness and some hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is OK. It feesl thicker then it it looks which is a good thing. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall not bad also not super but decent. I have another one that I'll be happy to drink. I did take it of my wants list because now I know...

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Photo of t420o
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Semi aggressive pour produces 1/2 finger mocha colored head that recedes quick not leaving much lacing. Beer is black in color.

S- Dark chocolate, toasted malt, caramel, coffee, some smokiness. Smells very good

T- I like the taste of this beer even though the mouthfeel is so thin. Like the nose I get chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a hint of smoke.

M- Thin mouthfeel and slightly overcarbonated.

O- Decent drinkability. A couple of these would be good. Good beer but nothing special for sure

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I paid $2.99 for a single 12oz bottle at Total Wine.

I had the green labeled Double Stout Black Ale - 8.8%ABV.

The bottle poured into a pint glass a black color with just a hint of mahogany rim when held to the light. A one finger medium brown foamy head resulted.

The fragrance was moderate and complex. I got hit with cocoa, cappuccino, and tones of pumpernickel bread. There was more there I couldn't pick out.

The first thing I noticed on the first sip was the mouthfeel. It immediately felt creamy. Then I detected some flavors of cocoa and coffee. Again, there was more going on in there than just cocoa and coffee but hard to pick out for me. There was some mineral notes toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was silky and thick with good carbonation to balance it out.

Really enjoyed this one. While $3 ain't a fortune, it's not exactly a value beer either. Green Flash knows they have a good one and they make you pay for it.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,100 ratings.
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