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Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,010
Reviews:
887
Ratings:
3,114
pDev:
9.27%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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141
Gots:
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Ratings: 3,114 |  Reviews: 887
Photo of malprep
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Chriscrundwell12
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- Nice looking beer, two finger bubbly frothy brown head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing and retention, dark black color, opaque.
S- The aroma is pretty hidden, slight roasted malt notes, cocoa, coffee, some chocolate, slight earthy aroma as well.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, bitter taste, roasted malts, big coffee taste, oatmeal, slight chocolate.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, nice carbonation bitter on the palate, smooth and creamy, alcohol is hidden.
O- Decent stout, very easy drinking beer, well balanced, not overly complex but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After countless bottles downed over the years, finally getting around to hashing out a review. Double stout pours a shade or two above the color of a black hole. Not the darkest of stouts, but more than black enough. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of khaki head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.

Double Stout smells deep, dark, and roasty. Dark roasted coffee stands out front. Dark chocolate notes hit next. Hops present as well lending to some earthy notes. Some light caramel and molasses notes round things out.

The taste follows the nose. Strong coffee notes hit first. Dark roasted coffee shines. Beneath the coffee chocolate shines. Dark chocolate notes dominate mid palate. Some lightly sweetish caramel and molasses notes hit next. Some earthy notes rounds things out. The the long lingering finish is chocked full of more coffee notes.

Double Stout is a nice full bodied beer. The carbonation is adequate.

Green Flash Double Stout is a welcome harbinger of colder weather. While not reaching the same heights as other strong stouts, this brew hits all the right notes. The alcohol is quite well masked, making for a brew that doesn't drink as strong as it is. Another top notch brew from the folks at Green Flash.

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Photo of tappangordo
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bomber. Good chocolate and secondary roast and coffee in aroma. Pours black with above average carbonation and above average mouthfeel. Roasted flavour builds up over repeated glasses. Flavour is not too chocolate. A bomber is a lot to drink.Balanced.

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Photo of OCSA_1978
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of beerdrifter
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a two finger caramel-colored head with decent retention and great lacing. Roasty, malty nose with hints of coffee, subtle chocolate, and not much else. The taste is much bolder with lots of roasty coffee along with hints of toffee, caramel, vanilla, subtle smoke, espresso, cocoa, and bitter dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent balance and a fairly dry, bitter finish. Overall, this is a very solid and drinkable stout, but nothing all that special...

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Photo of tkrane
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GinDC
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

unusually better for even a double stout

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The nearly smeared “BOTTLED ON” date printed on the bottom of the bottle is “07/02/12.”

Appearance: It poured almost like syrup. The color is opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of dark tan head dissipated very slowly and unevenly to leave a rocky lacing.

Smell: Deep, dark, roasted, and basically straightforward. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of espresso.

Taste: Each sip is tinged with a boozy sting (somewhat reminiscent of fruit-flavored vodka) and the flavors are much more muted. The roasted quality from the smell is not as noticeable (the bitterness lingers after each sip, though) and neither is the dark chocolate. Overall, the flavor is basically a pale version of the aroma.

Drinkability: Meh. It smells awesome but I was expecting a little more in terms of flavor. It is pretty bold, though.

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Photo of RyanCFriedrich
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stoutman
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black brew with a medium beige head with regular retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with caramel, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol and coffee, medium to robust bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a bittersweet finish, and quite tasty. Fine body with a long and smooth aftertaste of light barley and coffee. So very nice.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Poupae
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate and coffee. There is also quite a bit of a roasted/charred/burnt type flavour and a bit of vanilla.

Overall - Nice appearance and lots of roasted/burnt flavours - if that's what you're into. Not a whole lot on the nose though. The booze was well hidden. An above average Imperial Stout, but not up there with the best.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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 American_Hawk
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge light brown crown of foam rises from the middle of spacious bubbles. Brew is medium viscosity, much like hot oil, the color is of burnt oil too.

S - Mild smokeyness. Hearty chocolate and deep roasty goodness.

T/M - Slight burn from the heat. Dry and biscuit-y. Very good bitterness. Unique flavor for a 8.8% IS. Chalky and chocolate.

O - You can smell the smoke, but cannot taste the smoke. A very mixed up brew, it's not too sure what direction to go... A bit all over the board, but I still enjoyed the brew! I wonder what this one would do with some age??? Recommended!

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Photo of RavynX
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brown, pretty much black with a tan head that clings around the edge.

Smell: A light nose of subtle coffee notes.

Taste: Heavily roasted coffee taste up front and a lingering bitterness.

Feel: Medium carbonation that dances on the tongue.

Overall: This will be a great beer if you like your coffee.

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Photo of tony223366
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic and perfect head. My pour got 3 fingers of tan, tight head. Very dramatic and beautiful. Color is black as a starless night. Which is appropriate because they call it a Black Ale. Whatever that means. Dramatic fluffy lacing adds to the image.

S: Huge, huge coffee notes with some dark chocolate. Nice clean hop aroma that comes off slightly earthy. Possibly even tobacco. Nice roasted aroma.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the coffee, followed by that chocolate. The malts in this beer are huge and rich. Man that coffee is strong, very much a rich french roast. Nice roasted qualities in this beer. There is actually a major bitterness in the finish. It seems almost entirely from the roast of the malts, the bitterness from that coffee is almost slightly acrid. But not quite. Still very tasty.

M: The only part that feels slightly subpar. Very velvety and almost a light feel to it. Carbonation is very low, slightly lower than it should be. A touch higher would make that strong bitterness not so sharp.

O: Tasty beer for sure. It's above average but falls short of being incredibly note worthy.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle like in the picture drank out of an american pint glass. no freshness or bottled on information on the bottle.

A- this one pours out a completely black colored body with a tall finger of coffee colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice.

S- the smell is intense. very strong dark roasted malts. a small mix of milk and dark chocolate. a very strong coffee/hoppy end to it.

T- the taste is just as dark and roasted as the nose. almost burnt tasting. lots of the dark chocolate that i could smell but none of the milk. the finish is filled with strong coffee.

M- the mouthfeel is the worst aspect of this beer. too light and thin for the style. there is a nice bitter aftertaste and my mouth is left dry.

D- i like that this is a very dry and relatively low ABV big stout. most that i try are on the sweet side. i also like that this bottle cost me around 5$. ill check this one out somewhat often.

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Photo of jpro
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The last bottle from a Sam's haul up in the Dirty D... can't get Green Flash in South Carolina just yet.

A: A slow, glugging pour into a Fullers shaped-pint-glass yields a tarry black-brown brew, with a two-finger hazelnut head; retention is nice, as some swirls of coffee-colored foam float on the surface, leaving nice globs of lace.

S: First impressions are chocolate, roasty malts / coffee, and some smoke character... As it warms, there seems to be a transition to more of huskiness and slightly burned malt aroma - maybe some dark fruit, as well.

T: Sweet malt flavor gives way to some roasted notes / light coffee; some dark chocolate and again some lightly smoked character; despite the complexity of flavors, they all seem to be on the lighter side.

M: Exceptional. Nice, full-bodied creamy / velvety texture with a low carbonation that provides just enough fizz to cleanse the palate before the next sip.

D: A good double stout, for sure; I imagine sipping this one by a campfire would be pretty nice; in my opinion, an ale for savoring.

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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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