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:
#2,206
Reviews:
888
Ratings:
3,117
pDev:
9.27%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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Ratings: 3,117 |  Reviews: 888
Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mack
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Jlabs
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mpalestino
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, with nice 2 finger head. No seeing anything through this puppy, black as night!

S - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

T - Like the smell, very much roasted malts, coffee, and sweet caramel and chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is so well hidden. So smooth and well balanced. Impressive!

M - Medium bodied, very nice and oily finish.

O - An excellent stout, double stout, etc. If you like stout beers, this is not one to miss!

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Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of tourdot
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Proudly served in a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark, it is completely opaque and black as it comes. Thick tan head which rises to maybe two fingers length.

Smell: Light milk chocolate and and light light molasses.

Taste: This is one category which is honestly confusing for me. comes off light but very flavorful. Some other imperial stouts you feel the taste of alcohol but this is more like your milk stout. Lightly sweet cho9colate offset with bitterness.

Mouth: It is rough around the edges it is somewhere between 3.5 and 4, at first the after-taste doesn't stick after three sips then like glue.

Overall: Well crafted specimen of beer, full body and very rich. Watch a movie and enjoy. Salud!

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Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a wide-mouth goblet glass (would have prefered this in a shaped pint glass or smaller nonic, but that's OK).

Very dark seal brown body with faint bloody highlights and a thin milk chocolate/tan collar with a spattering of lace and an oily whirlpool in the center of the glass. Multiple layers of legs...

Booze comes across as vanilla extract in the nose. Orange peel, coffee grounds, brown sugar, hazlenuts, and maybe a hint of brown butter (one of the few times in a stout where what might be diacetyl actually works very well with the profile). Faint hops.

Roast malt, chocolate ganache, bitterness to offset the sugars...very rich flavors overall, though they are mostly fugitive, not lasting into the finish, which consists more of pipe tobacco, brown bread, and chocolate truffles. Very well done.

Velvety, chewy body with sufficient carbonation. No astringency or stickiness. Stokes your internal fire on a cool evening, but won't cause you to break a sweat. Very well done.

A big, filling meal in a glass - best served in place of hot cocoa as a night-cap. Despite the uninspired name, this is a unique stout, worth seeking out if you have the chance...

Update 9/20/2013 - this is superior on cask!

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Photo of bmwats
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Tiny pockets of effervescence cling to the sides of the glass. Pours a 2 finger, tight, frothy, brown head. Settles very slowly, craters unevenly. Cascading lacing, settles to a thick beer ring.

S: Light roasted coffee, light dark chocolate, very oaky.

T: Peat is prominent, roasted coffee bean, licorice, a little pecan or walnut.

M: Kind of soapy palate. Hearty and thick. Bitter aftertaste, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really good. Nice effervescence, large thick head, plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is light components of coffee and chocolate with a strong oak character. Strong peaty flavor with roasted coffee, licorice and pecan. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of GJ40
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Sam's in Durham, NC.

A - A deep, dark, black hole that allows no light to pass through. It's got a huge tan head with some serious retention.

S - Roasty and malty with some chocolate and coffee notes.

T - A very smooth stout with a balanced foundation of roasted malt and alcohol. Not dry but not sweet. Some hops too. Not much bitterness (almost could use a bit more).

M - Very thick and chewy. I wonder how it would pour on pancakes. Great carbonation. Lots of small bubbles like a nitro tap.

D - This is a very nice imperial stout. It's smooth, complex and easy to drink. I'll definitely be bringing it home again.

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of benloho
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This was a big surprise for me. I'd heard that this was a good stout but I didn't expect it to be at this level.
A: Pours jet black. No glimpse of light through the glass. Nice creamy one-finger of tan head that sticks around.
S: I pick up vanilla, roasted malt, and smokiness right off the bat. A little bit of caramel and chocolate.
T: Just as the aroma, vanilla and chocolate, roastiness and smokiness. Really complex and a nice bitter finish that lingers that reminds me of a bittersweet bakers chocolate.
MF: Amazingly smooth and creamy. Such a full mouthfeel made me want to gulp not sip. The complexity of this beer is really working!
O: Super impressed by this Double Stout. I purchased just a single but I'm going to go grab a 4 pack so this can be in my normal repertoire.

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Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured nearly black with two fingers of dark mocha head. Roasty aroma of coffee and dark cocoa.

Moderate carbonation and a somewhat light, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Dark cocoa mixed with espresso up front with some mild molasses, caramel, and vanilla. More roasty coffee and a hint of smoke on the finish.

Light-bodied with only a hint of boozy warmth, this stout still packs a lot of punch. Very balanced and flavorful.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of leaddog
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger of frothy mocha head.

Smell - roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, coffee bean, earthy hops, smokiness.

Taste - Bold bitter flavours of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, earthy hops, oats, and slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the malts and cocoa.

Overall - A unique Imperial stout. The hint of smoke adds another level of complexity to the overall boldness of this brew. Worth seeking out if you are seeking an out of the norm Imperial stout.

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Photo of Braz
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Hearty beer. Pours thick with thick head. Classic flavors, slightly bitter, slightly sweet but it's very subtle. And a coffee like background.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,117 ratings