Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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91
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Double StoutDouble Stout
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
Ratings:
3,113
Reviews:
886
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
474
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black? Black. Tanned head of about one inch, maybe a little more. This is well-packed, lasts long, and leaves some good lacing.

Heavily roasted aroma includes notes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso once the head dies down a little. Some piney hops as well.

The flavor is very flavorful, with a stronger hop leaf presence than I would have guessed. This lasts pretty long into the finish, and helps offset the toughness of the malts; the finish is quite bitter and coating, somewhat harsh at first.

Definitely enough bitterness to balance beautifully with the sweetness of the malt. Mouthfeel is solid and creamy, there is a lot of carbonation but the fullness is a nice complement.

Solid stout that throws big sweetness, bitterness, and rich creaminess all together. Challenging but pretty damn good.

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Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jshusc
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep, dark black in color, with a big, thick, chocolate milkshake head of foam.
Aroma-Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste-Big, bold, dark roasted malt, dark roasted coffee with cream, dark chocolate. Rich and roasty, complex and creamy with a bit of a subtle hop bite just to make things ineresting.
Imperial stout lovers will not be dissappointed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of heerboth
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer wasn't that great overall. A bit thin for the style and a pungent smell of alcohol. As it warmed, the alcohol mellowed and the malt flavors became more pronounced. However, you can do much better in this style category.

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Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's basically pure black with a dark brown/tan foamy head and some little lacing behind. Not much of a scent. Kind of chocolate and metallic. A bit of malt.

It has a surprisingly sweet taste. It's kind of like bubblegum, watermelon, grape all mixed together. Smoothish, with a slight sour bite to it. It's not at all what I was expecting. No real hop presence. It's not bad, but it's not my style for a black ale.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidHume
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours pitch black, with a deep khaki head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast also dominate the flavor, but the finish has an unpleasant resiny character which sticks around through and after the finish. Overall it's good stout which would probably benefit from a year or two of aging.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the <a href="http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2743/41626">Green Flash Double Stout</a> from Green Flash Brewing Company.
Score: 91

12 oz tap pour served in a St. Bernardus Watou chalice/goblet glass at the Lincoln Park beer geek bar The Local Option. The picture I took at the bar came out horribly, so I am using a stock photo from a liquor store's website.

Appearance: Pours a totally opaque jet black color with just under a finger of creamy tan/mocha head that settles into a thick ring around the glass and bubbly clump in the center. Average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Burnt/roasted chocolate, dark fruit and light coffee. A very pleasant smelling stout, but nothing unique or overly complex. 4/5

Taste: This is a very chocolate-forward beer. Tons of roasted/burnt chocolate flavors throughout. A nice blend of bitter dark and sweet milk chocolate coat the palate. Increasing amounts of raisin/fig/dark fruit sweetness on the mid-palate as the beer layers. A little alcohol is noticeable (8.8% ABV), but the booziness is not "hot" -- just detectable. Finish is lingering bitter, unsweetened dark chocolate, with an increasing amount of fig flavor as the beer layers. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter for most of the beer. Halfway through the glass, the finish stays dry, but becomes bittersweet.

Overall: A very solid imperial stout that I could easily see myself returning to again. While it's not innovative or standout in any regard, the Green Flash Double Stout is a delicious chocolate-forward stout. My only gripe is the detectable alcohol, though there was not enough booziness present to ruin the beer. There was enough, however, to warrant grading down the taste rating from 4.5 to 4.0 between first impression and last sip.

Recommendation: A solid chocolate-forward beer for malty stout lovers, and a good starter imperial stout for casual beer drinkers.

Food pairings: Steak.

Cost: $7 for a 12 oz tap pour or $10.99 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of HalfFull
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black in color and fully opaque. An inch of frothy brown head sits atop this beer, settling slowly and maintaining a surface cap throughout.

Smell is rich of dark chocolate shavings with hints of coffee, vanilla and cherry later on. Hops are more evident after the beer settles for a bit. No notable alcohol on the nose.

Taste is dense and chewy but never sweet. Notes of chocolate yield to a more roasted character and finish with a bit of hop bitterness. Quite smooth on the feel with a full body. Easy drink for its size but limited a but by the filling nature of the body.

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

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours jet black with a one finger brown head. Lacing is nice, though there's not much of it with the small head

S- roasted malts, some sweet chocolate...thats really all. Not a whole lot going on here, which is very disappointing

T- getting a lot of sweetness out of this...lots of chocolate, maybe a little bit of vanilla. No real bitterness at all in this one. Its not cloying, thank god...just a little bit of a system shock

M- thick, but not terribly so...not syrupy either. It kinda works with the sweetness of this

D- really not my favorite, but that doesn't mean its bad...I like my stouts to be bitter as opposed to sweet, and this one has no bitterness at all. Just a change from the norm for me

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Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popping slowly into oblivion a bubbly dark tan head rides majestic atop this pure black brew. A broken but substantial lace is left behind. Aroma is subtle with roasted nuts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and sweet malts. Tastes of espresso, more dark chocolates, a hint of plums, and is big on the piny hops, especially for a stout. Medium to heavy body and somewhat airy with a resilient alcohol heat. Not as smooth as expected, but a good outing for sure.

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Photo of hardy008
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a two finger mocha head with very nice retention and lacing. Lots of dark roasted malt in the aroma, as well as dark bitter chocolate, smoke, and cocoa. Doesn't smell like it should be overly sweet.

Lots of dark roasted malt, and bitter dark chocolate in the taste. There is also some cocoa, smoke, and some earthiness. More bitter than sweet.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a lot of dark roasted malt in the aftertaste. This is a decent stout, but not one of the best in its class.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

After a rough week at work I picked up a bomber of this bad boy on my way home tonight. I've been lucky enough to try a few Green Flash products recently and have been thoroughly impressed. Their Hop Head Red in particular is excellent and Stone doesn't have a monopoly on good brew in SoCal.

This one pours solid black without highlights or slivers of any kind. The head is dark tan with plenty of lace and looks quite creamy and delicious. The aromas hit you from two feet away: chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and a touch of the demon alcohol. Excellent.

The flavors don't back down in the taste, with an alcohol sauce on a solid coffee and chocolate sandwich. A touch of dark fruit can be detected among the roasted java. Hops are in the house as well, providing much needed balance as well as more cover for the booze. This one is thick and oily and as "ribsticking" as I can imagine a beer to be. A little heavy on the alcohol but not so bad for 8.8 and kind of goes with the territory for the style. these guys know what they're doing. Try this one.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brandon911
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,113 ratings.
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