Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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 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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green Flash Double Stout on cask at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Beautiful cask head, very frothy, carbonated and bubbly. Great retention and decent lacing. Black color with sludge-like brown tones, sort of like the Gowanus Canal: not quite brown, not quite black, but nothing can live in it.

Smell: Lotta hops, will make you sneeze! Grass, open fields. Roasty, nutty nose. A tad woodsy. Nicely complex (but not quiet).

Taste: Some chocolate, sugar, wooden beams in a smokehouse. Burnt marshmallows at a campfire. Dry finish, graham-cracker-like graininess. Roasted s'mores. Autumny taste. Late August, boy-scout campfire, wheatfield aromas from afar. Too anxious to wait for the marshmallow to roast, you eat the chocolate and graham cracker, not caring for the whole s'more to be done.

Mouthfeel: Woodsy, dry, reminds me of KBS! Full flavor, medium body and carbonation. Well balanced, creamy, not too boozy. Sweet dry finish, like licking tree bark.

Overall: Nice! This feels like a mixture of Black IPA and Imperial Stout. Drinkable, only the dryness might hurt it, but otherwise delicious.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Dark Brown with a tan 1 1/2 inch head. Leaves som nice lacing as the head quickly dissipates.

Smell-Roasted Malts and Tons of Dark Chocolate. Some light coffee notes but the Chocolates the star in this one.

Taste-Smokey and Roasted Malts off the bat. Sweet dark chocolate with some light citrus hops followed by a big dark chocolate finish. Not much of an aftertaste lingering on the palate. Very Clean, very smooth, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Light to Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall-Extremely highly drinkable. Complex enough to not be underwhelmed, but not too much to where it's got awkard tastes. Very safe stout to try if your getting into craft beers.

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Photo of Rutager
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a rich looking black with a creamy brown, 2 finger head that leaves some bands.

Smell. Dark chocolate, roasty coffee and some ripe plums. A little molasses in there too.

Taste. Roasty dark chocolaty malt. Dry, bitter smokey coffee and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low smooth carbonation. Warm booze.

Overall. Pretty boozy and a little dry for me, but a good sipper. Happy to have tried it.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Double Stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle at about 56 degrees.

It pours a nice dark brown/black with a tan head and some moderate lacing.

I disagree with some of the other postings. Perhaps at a higher temp this stout opens up and offers more in both the nose and taste. But the nose is roasty and malty with a hint of espresso, and a nice underlying floral hops note as well.

The taste is malty sweet with some chocolate and espresso notes as well. I did not get any boozy characteristics at all. Very nice and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. Chewier then anticipated at the pour but nice and smooth and not too carbonated which is a plus.

Overall, a very nice stout that I would certainly reccomend and will be going back for more. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of Hachiman
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a mocha-colored, long-lasting head. Head's unusual for such a dark beer. The darkest brown you could imagine.

The aroma's nothing special. No strong roasted notes like many imperial stouts. Oats, a little chocolate, that's all.

Mouthfeel is very smooth; you can tell where Silva Stout got its smoothness. Not heavy or particularly sticky.

The taste is very fine. A medium alcohol note followed quickly by chocolate, espresso, dried prunes.

A very fine imperial stout. It's missing the vanilla notes provided by oak aging in their Silva Stout.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle generously provided as an extra by GhettoFabulous, thanks Keith!

Tasted side-by-side with Silva Stout, the barrel-aged version of this beer.

A - Pours essentially black, perhaps some dark brown around the edges reminiscent of cola. A 1.5-finger, tan head rises, composed of large bubbles, before receding a few minutes later. Lacing is pretty good, with a nice combination of film and soapy bubbles sticking to the glass.

S - The smell of this beer is full of oats, almost exceptionally so given the style, but it's something I greatly enjoy in a beer, so no complaints here. It actually smells a lot lighter than the pour and ABV would imply, giving off aromas more akin to an oatmeal stout. There's a good amount of chocolate as well, and there's a hint of espresso roastiness as well. Very appetizing smell devoid of almost all alcohol.

T - The first word that comes to mind after sipping this is subtle. It's kind of strange, really. Not the particular flavors, but the fact that this beer is bordering on 9% but has the taste and drinks like a 5% oatmeal stout. It's both a positive and negative, of course, since it's a testament to be able to brew such a high ABV beer and have it drink so easily, but it's also lacking in the complexity and boldness department. When I indulge in a double stout, it's usually because I'm looking for a more robust offering.

But to speak of the flavors, I can't fault it for not being tasty, that's for sure. As in the nose, the taste begins with a heaping helping of oat, almost bordering on a spoonful of cold oatmeal. The chocolate is back, and is a bit bitter, as well as some cold coffee flavors. A touch of smoke. Begins sweet and finishes bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. The abundance of oats gives this a smooth, creamy feel that, along with the mild flavors, makes this go down easily. Bitter finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. If I had this blind, I wouldn't believe that this is almost 9%, it drinks that easily. That easy drinking comes at a cost, however, as the flavors aren't exactly revolutionary, but if you are looking for a 'big' stout that doesn't full like motor oil, this fits the bill.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Great appearance, black as they come, large 3 finger head of tan-brown foam that does add some glass lacing for good effect. Medium thickness on the pour, the foam settles at a quarter of an inch.

Big roasted malt as well as coffee and chocolate aromas are there on this one. Perhaps a little confused.

The taste is of roasted malt early, coffee on the middle and the finish sort of peters out.

Mouthfeel is quite good, medium to big bodied and coats the mouth well.

Overall, an ok brew, but having had their Silva Stout fresh, this is a bit of a let-down.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a big, pillow-y two fingers of sand colored foam which fades rather slowly. Lacing is quite good.

S: Mostly roasted malts, some sweet chocolate, and almost a kind of citrus-y tang.

T: Again, roasted malt and some smokiness, a tinge of coffee, followed by a fair amount of hoppiness. Slightly bitter on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Relatively high level of carbonation (for the style) makes for a not-the-smoothest mouthfeel. Heat from the alcohol is noticeable.

O: A simple and enjoyable enough stout. Enough said.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a murky light blacksish brown, with no light penetration. A half inch of cream hazelnut brown head slowly rose, leaving light lacing.

S: Molasses, and light licorice. Roasted malt, touch of brown sugar and chocolate.

T: Dark Choclate, roasted malt, mild espresso. Kiss of mild spice, slight tinge of alcohol, mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium mouth, a bit thin on the back end.

O: Surprising treat. Random grab actually, put into a mixes six pack. Have had Silva stout before and love it, thought this would be a lot milder then it is, good stuff.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a clear plastic cup.

Thanks to mnbearsfan for sharing this bottle during DLD!

I love how it just says "stout" on the label. How very to-the-point. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of a combination of pine and menthol in the background. The taste holds notes of roasted malts (in spades, baby), dark chocolate, light coffee, light molasses, and black pepper. The body is a heavy-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a tasty stout, though a bit on the bitter and dry sides for my tastes.

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Photo of ADZA
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark as night black hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy,chocolate coloured three finger head that leaves behind lots of clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is mainly tobacco,oak,light mocha and some piney hops,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of dark belgian chocolate,bitter coffee,oak,tobacco and finished off with a twist of dark fruity/piney bitter hops and overall its a nice double stout that just lacks in a few fields to be in the top range in my mind cheers.

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Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer with some lacing.

S: Smoky, roasted malts up front followed by semi-sweet, creamy chocolate. Some light char and coffee notes as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malt at first followed by semi-sweet creamy chocolate and coffee notes. Then comes a lightly piny bitterness from the hops and coffee flavors. Light alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is creamy smooth with a little carbonation that accentuates the bitter hop and coffee notes.

O: Overall, a good imperial stout. Fairly simple and straight-forward, but solid nonetheless.

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

Pours BLACK with a thick tan head that lasts for a few minutes.

Smells heavy and sweet with chocolate and coffee notes, and a bit of alcohol.

Feels thick and slightly syrupy, but surprisingly smooth.

Sweet tasting with a bitter aftertaste. There are strong chocolate flavors with coffee undertones. Alcohol presence is noticeable.

Feels sticky and remains a little bitter in your mouth after swallowing.

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Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deepest of black color. Not a bit even getting through on the edges. I poured it kind of weak so I think that the less than one finger head is my fault. The head is a nice creamy dark brown and resembles the top of a fancy Starbucks offering. The lace doesn't look like it's gonna stick at all.

The smell is fantastic for the style. Lots of coffee and chocolate from the dark roasting of the malts, but the coffee is the front runner. I can smell a bit of tartness and just a smidge of alcohol.

That's funny. The taste is the same as the smell but the chocolate kind of over powers the coffee. I do also get a bit of a buttery taste. It's really quick and in the front though and could kind of be described as toffee, or maybe one of those Werther's Original's hard candies. The alcohol, at %8.8 is really well masked and doesn't show it's face one little bit and I do get the tartness of a cherry way, way at the end.

The mouth is great for the style. Rich, luscious, silky, creamy....etc. It is just a bit dry at the end, but I can live with this small weakness. As this warmed I did get a bit of alcohol warming in the throat and belly. Very enjoyable.

Overall I must say this is a fantastic Double or Imperial, but don't come looking for the big hitters of the category, like Speedway or Yeti. With that being said, it isn't priced like the big boys either. A must whenever I can.

Oh, I was dead wrong on the lace. It stuck in beautiful patches and rings.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark black color with a voluminous brown head. Nice retention and excellent lacing.

Nose is quite roasty with a moderate hop aroma. Dark bread with a little bit of sweetness and yeast presence. Smells decent enough, but far from the upper echelon of stout aromas out there.

Taste gets a little better as the viscous malts provide a nice chocolate, roast and milky caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is there and even a decent amount of hop flavor. Surprisingly subtle hop presence for Green Flash. This is one of the better widely available Impy stouts not in a bomber or 750. I will surely be buying this again...very nice for about 2.50 a bottle.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bomber the other day and now I have decided to have it. Poured the beer into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is pitch black and pours a two finger mocha head. After the head reduces, lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Smell: chocolate, cocoa, roasted sweet maltiness aromas. Possibly some raiasins and vanilla towards the end.

Taste: chocolate, cocoa, roasted sweet malts and cofeee, and some booze at the end of the sip in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied, and a little bit of carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed drinking this beer. Well worth the price of 7.50 and will have to say that it has warmed me up for bed in this month of April. Will be trying this at the bar or buying this bomber sometime again in the future.

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

Picked up a 12 oz bottle for $3 in Monterey, CA. Heck of a nightcap beer. It poured pitch black with a thick, light brown head and lacing. It's a big, rich (not too heavy) chocolate-y stout, that when cold, reminded me of cocoa and chocolate milk. As it warmed, cleaner, roasty and dark bread crust notes came forward with hints of espresso and dark, dry, smoky chocolate. The finish comes out dry after an initially sweet and creamy cocoa note. My only knock is that the alcohol quickly becomes apparent in the nose. I'd be happy to pick up a few more bottles and try aging them.

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

A: Poured a ridiculously vicious pitch black with an equally impressive peppery mocha head (1/2) finger or so.

S: Cocoa bomb for sure... laid waste to everything as a matter of fact. Strong, air freshener-like aroma, with tons of roasted malts.

T: Pure BA candy. It literally tasted like a melted candy bar... chocolate, vanilla, all toasted on a ketted, mildly chilled, then served!

M: Thick and creamy, with barely a trace of booze to be found. Low, yet perfectly realized carbonation. Sweet... but isn't all candy?

O: Almost like Silva, only not QUITE as memorable. Easy A!

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Photo of veinless
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a molasses-like very blackish brown with a healthy three-finger head that is light mahogany and retains well. Rocky and milky in texture, the head leaves lots of lace and has a thickness to it that is really excellent.

Roast coffee grounds are at the front but there is a healthy dose of grainy malt and a touch of hops too. Smells oddly crisp for a big stout.

Taste is initially sweet with coffee and roast malt everywhere. Light fruit actually comes in next before burnt, toasted malt takes over again until the dry coffee finish. I really like the range of flavors in this, and the hops being able to cut through the malt is unexpected. Perhaps a bit too much hoppiness though, as it goes weirdly with the almost charred malt at times.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy; the beer is free flowing but definitely not thin. Leaves a coating after each sip and the finish manages to be dry despite that. Drinkability is good for the style thanks to the dry finish and masking of the abv. Excellent offering from Green Flash as usual.

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Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black pour, tan head, no real lacing.

Smell: Heavy roast, bitter coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, earth

Taste: Very heavy roast, bitter chocolate and coffee, smoke dark fruits. Very dry.

Mouthfeel: medium body, aggressive carbonation, very dry

Overall: Too bitter and too heavily roasted for me.

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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 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 elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a good two finger foamy brown head that retains nicely and leaves sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma is primarily some really nice milk chocolate and coffee, dark roasted malts, underlying dark fruits, caramel and bread. Very inviting aroma with great strength.

Flavor follows with more rich chocolate and coffee notes, roasted malts, a little raisins, cherries and other dark fruits, some caramel and bread, a bit of alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy, oats working nicely here, soft carbonation.

Mmmmm very tasty Imperial Stout, very drinkable due to the lower than average ABV and wonderful flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. Not as intense or thick as others in the style, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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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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