Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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:
3,112
Reviews:
885
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
474
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,112 |  Reviews: 885
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 hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black with thick cocoa head. nice lacing

S - huge roasted malt scents but a bit boozy though

T - wow, very hoppy up front with roast malts dominating the finish. light dark cherry flavors hidden through out.

M - crazy smooth. pours thick but does not have a thick feeling, fairly light for a double stout.

D - this is a stupid good double stout. great hoppy flavor really brings out the roasted malts and adds to the depth. this is one fine stout from one of my current favorite stouts.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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

Very black, inky like syrup, brown head of about two fingers that had plenty of staying power and left uber-sticky lace.

Coffee and chocolate come through first, followed by loads of roasty, smoky malts. The taste follows the smell almost exactly. Very nice.

The body is this beer's best quality, very thick and smooth, almost chewy rich, almost syrupy, yet very drinkable. Aftertaste of smoky malts and milk chocolate.

Another hit from Green Flash. Highly recommended.

RE-reviewed. Edited appearance, up half point. Still highly recommended.

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

Had this on tap at engine 15.... this brewery never lets me down.. everything they do is solid... beatiful looking stout... smells big. Huge roasted malt aromas... lots of chocolate and coffee flavors... nice bitter backend... nice hop presence in a stout and backed up with a huge rich body as this style should have

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

Had on draft 10/13 at The Green Leafe Cafe
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch of medium brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is huge prominent roasted malts, they really dominate the nose. Notes of chocolate and coffee accentuate the malt presence.

T: Taste is big milk chocolate at the forefront. Roasted malts come through and dominate the middle with the milk chocolate blending nicely with the roasted malts. The back end of the roasted malt taste has the notes of coffee that come in and finish this beer out.

M: Medium to fuller body, moderate carbonation. light creamy body with a sticky finish.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick, very good representation of style. Ahhhh - a fantastic stout to sit back and if you can hang with the ABV, enjoy for a little bit.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Ri0
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - It looks very nice. Bold, obsidian and dark, with a huge 3 finger dark thick tan head. A thin head remained for almost the entire session with loads of clumpy lacing. One of the best looking stouts I have seen for an entire session.

S - Big rich, roasty malts, chocolate, caramel, light coffee, and even a bit of lactose.

T - Starts off with a smooth milk chocolate, but jumps into a bitter bakers chocolate quickly. The roasted malts and coffee are in the middle. Finishes with some more bitter chocolate, caramel, and some sweet lactose.

M - It is rich, creamy, with a medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is really good for a stout. The bitterness does linger on the tongue for a bit.

O - Really well put together Imperial Stout. Hops take a back seat to the roasted malts that showcase the aroma and flavor. Very enjoyable anytime.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/23/12

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black, with a large, dense light brown head - keeps a very impressive cap, and coats the glass with lacing

Smell: Roasty grains, chocolate, and coffee - lightly burnt, secondary to the massive amount of roast - chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, dark chocolate - coffee with some sugar - toffee to round things out - hints of grassy and fruity hops

Taste: Nicely balanced and tasty - very roasted - roasted grains, roasted coffee, roasted chocolate bars, and some burnt tones - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some chocolate cake - burnt sugar and toffee - some hints of dark fruits, and some hints of citrus - sweet, but also dry, nice level of roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: Bordering on full, great carbonation, very smooth, roasty finish

Overall: Double Good

I think this is my first non-IPA from Green Flash that I have reviewed. And it kicks ass. It's not particularly earth-shattering, but it's better than some more expensive, harder-to-get alternatives. Beyond a solid choice, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Rayek
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with deep mahogany highlights. A big and fizzy tan head has OK retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Aromas of chocolate, coffee, oak and dark fruits greet the nose.

T: Nicely balanced. Burnt oak, espresso and bakers chocolate start things off. Bitterness follows with a pepper bite that's aided by a mild alcohol presence. Finishes warm and dry with a lingering burnt bitterness.

M: The medium-heavy body is oily and has a touch too much fizz.

D: I found this to be an enjoyable beer. It's very well balanced, rather than over the top bitter like some takes on this style. A nice sipping beer for a cold evening.

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Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Nat1975
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this after a stone 12th and both are similiar.

A: Pours black with some brown around the edge. Nice lacing. A finger of mocha head.

S:Anise up front which I hate but I am also super sensitive to it. Behind that chocolate and roast not much else.

T: Much like stone 12th. The anise takes it down a notch for me but it is better balanced. More subtle chocolate and roast. They play off of each other well. Not complex but it works.

M: Thicker than the stone. Medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D: Very enjoyable on what has turned into an August stout tasting. Very good. Definitely something that imperial stout lovers should seek out.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of stephensinner
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured nearly black with a few ruby/brown highlights. The head was massive, rising a good 2.5" before dropping to a thin cap. Surprising amount of lace stickage on my glass.

S= Really boozy. Beyond that, I noted roasted malt/coffee, light chocolate, and a general lingering sweetness.

T= Tasted better than it smelled, with the roasty grains and the chocolate/caramel malt notes combining well enough. not a lot of hop presence, but it was certainly detectable. The finish was dry and skewed to the roasty side.

M= Really more medium than heavy in the body, with lots of carbonation. Good tongue coating capabilities.

D= A bit boozy, but all in all a very good offering. Not as smooth as its competitors, but worth drinking all the same.

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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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