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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
Reviews:
884
Ratings:
3,106
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
478
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 884 | Ratings: 3,106
Photo of Parrotshake
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Rogue pint. Pours pitch black with a huge fluffy tan head. Smells of cocoa powder and roasted malt leap out of the glass.

Flavor-wise, fairly straightforward. Very roasty with dry cocoa powder, coffee and a hint at charcoal. Fleeting milk chocolate sweetness but finishes dry with a light astringency. Metallic hops in the finish. Not much alcohol character. Very nice.

Low carbonation, medium bodied and quite creamy, even chewy. Delightful feel. Not quite a world-beater but a very fine stout to be sure. Green Flash are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. 4/5 beers or better across the board.

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Photo of templar316
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep, rich, black stout with a touch of ruby glow in the light, not even enough to say highlight. A vigorous pour gets a creamy toffee colored head which laces nicely, and sticks around for awhile. Smells good biscutty start, rolling into alcohol and finishing with the floral boquet of a west coast stout. The taste starts with coffee and chocolate, but quickly rolls into hop bitterness, finishing with a floral sweetness. It's smooth on the tongue but a little dry in the finish not one to drink all night.

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seen this brand around town for awhile. Seeing "double stout" and happening to feel in a stout mood, why not? To my apartment you go...

Pour is uber-black (of course), though fizzy around the glass. Head is chocolate milk shade, thick & sticks around firmly for the last couple cm. Smell is surprisingly absent of coffee-ish note (at least to my nose), which usually comes in with big stouts even when none is added. The scent that does show up is more along the lines of cinnamon, dark fruit, & licorice. Something different here as far as that goes, which I'm conflicted on: I like the coffee tone when it is present, but they may have a more left field sense on the taste than I'm expecting that could work out to something unique and refreshing. Only one way to find out...

Chocolate, a straight-up yet subtle deep roast in the background, plus the dark fruit suggested on the scent. The roast reminds me of like a beer equivalent of the bark on true smoked bbq -- which this would go well with, come to think of it. Goes down creamy, with only enough fizz on the tongue to remind me that it has any.

Must say, I'm impressed. Nice work, green...

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Photo of Dikfour
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark dark black. No light gets through. Thick, dark brown, fluffy head is retained nicely.

Smell: Roasty and caramel. little boozy too.

Taste: Deep thick Roasty malt. Not overly hot. Alcohol is masked fairly well. A little caramel and chocolate on the back end. Maybe a hint of coffee in the follow through.

Feel: Pretty big and creamy. Needs just a skoshe more boddy and It'd be perfect.

Overall: Really great Double Stout. Big, Bold, & Complex just like the bottle says. Dangerously easy drinking for an 8.8% beer.

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Photo of jman892
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour only yields about 1 finger of mocha colored head, which quickly reduced away. Beer itself is black with the darkest of dark brown highlights at the edges.

S - Nose is coffe and chocolate, with a little bit of some dark fruit.

T - Follows the nose, with the chocolate and coffee, there is also a bit of a nuttiness to this. A little bit of ash/smokiness comes through in the end.

M - Feel is nice and creamy and very smooth

O - Really liked this offering from Green Flash, which was my first from this brewery. Very good

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dirty motor oil brown with a nice tan small head, light lacing.

S - Chocolate, whiskey, malts, alcohol'ish, .

T - Fabulous! Well balanced, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, whiskey'ish, deep malts.

M - Very balanced, lower carbonation that flows well with the heavy taste palate. Like candy, aftertaste is great & not overbearing... I like.

D - Very drinkable double/imperial stout.. makes me want to buy this one more.. at $5.00 a 22 its very drinkable. Goes down smooth with a great aftertaste. Greenflash does it again! Thumbs way up!

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In the aroma is intense, grainy molasses with savory, mesquite-like smokiness and a sweet chocolate undertone plus freshly ground coffee after a couple minutes. The light brown head is dense and frothy and leaves loads of lacing; the body is black and opaque. It is rich and strongly flavored with tart, husky maltiness; some light fruitiness is briefly detectable. The flavor soon mellows out and becomes more like old coffee backed by sweet, grainy malt with a bitter cocoa finish. It is full-bodied and velvety with a little carbonic bite and some alcohol warming.

Complex and intense, delicious and satisfying. Its character changes over time without becoming less enjoyable. The aroma is appetizing with molasses and mesquite, chocolate and coffee. And there is lots of rich, silky malt in the flavor along with hints of coffee and cocoa.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Impenetrably black with half an inch of solid, thick head. Magnificent.

S: Dark roasted malt and coffee. Very nice.

T: Huge coffee and dark roasted malt flavor. Reminds me of eating a handful of black patent malt. Huge, deep stout flavor sticks around in the mouth for a long time. Undetectable alcohol. Very, very, nice.

M: Very solid, smooth feel throughout.

O: Fantastic imperial stout. One of the best I've had. Would buy this again.

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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 Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark black ... looks like it has texture.

Overall: Has a sweet taste with hints chocolate, berries,cinnamon, malts and more. Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, and highly recommend this to anyone who loves beer! Cheers!

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Photo of hackmann
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful black body with a toasty tan 2-1/2 finger head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: hint of toasted grains, little hint of coffee, and a touch of hoppy spice; kind of on the light side

Flavors: dark roasted coffee with a nice acidic bite, dry 90% dark chocolate like bitterness, nice herbal/grass hops, toasted and lightly burnt grains, some alcohol peppery feel on the finish,

Mouthfeel: solid bitter style, scratchy wool like feel, low carbonation, almost syrupy so, let’s call it oily, lingering sharp bitter bite on the palate, full body

To the Point: this is not for the faint of heart, if you like stouts that are big and bold this is for you and this one is for me

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Photo of TheBeerologist
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle into an tulip

Pours dark brown to translucent black with a thick 2 finger khaki head that leaves nice lacing on the glass

Not too strong on the nose, hints of roasted malt and a little bit of booze. A little chocolate and dark fruits as well.

Very nice taste, roasty malts, dark fruits, almost a bit of vanilla as well. Very nicely balanced and not overly sweet which many Impys can be.

Pleasant mouthfeel, a little light/thin for an imperial stout, but really nicely carbonated and smooth.

Overall a great stout for the price, a little light for an imperial, but tastes great. I am very pleased with this one and will certainly be grabbing this again.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Deep black opaque color brown head. Poured from a bottle. Wonderful aroma: vanilla, coffee, chocolate, butterscotch. Sweet taste, some roasty coffee notes. Wonderful chocolate, toffee, coffee flavor. Finishes of so slightly bitter. This seductive beer could get you in trouble. It has 8.9% alcohol but it is smooth and not boozy at all. One of the best imperial stouts I've had ď and this is a style I drink a lot of

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Rich coffee and dark chocolate dominate without being too powerful, yet very inviting.

T = Incredible! Bold coffee and semi-sweet baker's chocolate upfront. A wave of molasses is next and before the sweetness has a chance to become cloying, here comes the roasted coffee bitterness to level off the sweetness and provide a balanced finish. No alcohol detected in the taste.

MF = Rich, thick body with carbonation being between low and moderate. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall, this is one the best stouts that I've tasted. It has it all...sweetness, coffee bitterness, and is very easy to drink. I will be keeping this one on hand. Highly recommended.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a crisp tan head
Nose- coffee and roasted/burnt barley, wood, some dark cherry
Taste- starts with some vanilla and flaky, woody dark malt, bitter roasted/charred barley, subtle coffee, some dark chocolate, finishes with some booze and bitter roasted barley and earthy hops
Feel- kind of flaky texture, fairly high carbonation for a double stout, some booze in there.
This is a burly beer, a solid stout, not at all your overly sweet "decadent" imperial stout. Not the smoothest thing to take down, but has great natural roasty flavors with nice hopiness as well

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle into a Tulip. Paid £4.65 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, black, oily body, that when held to the light reveals only a sliver of ruby against the edges of the glass. A three-finger in height, tan-coloured dense, creamy head dissipates slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind thick, solid bands of sticky lace.

The light and simple nose primarily consists of charred dark malts and roasted coffee beans, small amounts of pine and grassy hop profiles are also noticeable in the background. The taste follows suit. Dry, earthy, dark roasted malts dominate initially, with dry roasted coffee following shortly after. Faint suggestions of bitter chocolate, cocoa and vague dark fruits enter around the mid palate but fail to really impact the heavy roast profile. In the mouth, a medium body and enthusiastic carbonation give a feel that is smooth and creamy, but quite light on the palate. Towards the finish a touch of pine and grassy hops join lingering char, roast and coffee profiles to add more of a simple, abrasive, dry bitterness rather than interest or flavour.

Overall this is a decent beer. It does a good job of balancing an intense roast profile with high drinkability and hides its 8.8% ABV incredibly well. Ultimately though, it is a little one-dimensional. For me, it needs greater malt sweetness in order to balance that powerfully bitter roast. At this price point, I won’t be picking up another bottle for what is just a good but not great beer.

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Photo of Jemonster
2.22/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Deep dark chocolate brown with probably the darkest tan head I've ever seen on a beer. Cloudy head.

S: Sweet malt and burnt toast.

T: THAT IS BOLD. The label isn't lying, this beer packs "flavor". For me there is too much roast character and not enough of everything else. A burnt taste like old and poorly roasted french roast coffee overpowers everything. There is some sweet malt there, but just barely, and a lingering hop bitterness at the end. I feel like I might have gotten a bad batch, there is a sour tinge. This is so burnt tasting that it's undrinkable.

M: Creamy and smooth, nice level of carbonation.

O: Can't even drink this.

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Photo of MVotter
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a about a 1/2 inch tan colored head after the pour...which disappears in less than a minute.

S - Coffee, sweet malts.

T - Sweetish caramel malts in the front. The finish has some a faint, ash bitterness.

M - More medium than heavy. Mild effervescence.

O - Absolutely delicious. I was looking for an imperial stout that, in my experience, could at least begin to rival Stone's RIS and North Coast's Old Rasputin. This may be it. Many in this style come across as too "maply"sweet, or actually have too much of a "hop" sweetness for my palate. And, this one starts that way...but, keeps its "spine" in the end. Nice.

I'm spoiled by what I believe to be the gold standard in this category: Old Rasputin. No RIS will ever match up, IMO. This one is just a little bit thinner texture; but, absolutely delicious!

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Photo of jabergess
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Smooth, smooth, smooth. No bite I could detect which is highly unusual for a double/imperial stout. This thing will sneak right up and get you if you let it. I would let it.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep inky black with tan head

rich malty aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slight pine hops

smooth malt upfront with roasted malt, creamy oats, bitter chocolate, and slight espresso notes lead into slight pine and lemon hops, with a semi dry finish

smooth, medium bodied without being too sweet or malty, just greatly balanced with good dark flavors and no trace of the alcohol

smooth, malty, delicious and inviting with a solid malty complexity leading to a balanced finish with hops clearing it out. an excellent stout without any trace of the alcohol, i cant wait to age a couple and tip 'em back

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled tonight in a pint glass at 55 degrees after a ahndfull of fried jalapeno chips. This beer pours an asphalt dark river into the glass with a firm mocha head. Lacing clings like fishnet to the sides in soft cascades.

The beer smells of depth, as if malts knew no bounds Mocha and roasted malt sinking ever deep as if to China. The most surprising taste to date for me from any stout. The flavor is soft, milky and subtle coffee and rich malt. Holy crap is this delicious. So many stouts hit you ov3r the head with coffee and mocha. This one takes a step back and lets the malt and hops through to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is wet silk with little to no strong aftertaste. No mouth mung feeling with this stout. Overall, this stout is incredible and I will be buying more when I can find it.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick black like used oil with nice thick chocolaty head and long lasting laces. Flavor is bitter chocolate and coffee enhanced with roasted grains and herbs. A full body with creamy, oily feel, soft carbonation to almost lively, and nice long dry clean and balanced finish.

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Photo of tylerprince
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass and enjoyed with mesquite mac and cheese.

A: Poured pitch black with a 3-finger foamy mocha head. Head resolved after about five minutes, but left and excellent lacing and approx 5mm remained throughout the drink.

S: Typical stout; extremely chocolatey with coffee.

T: Very chocolatey with hints of coffee, strawberry, pine, and an oaty base. More complex than other stouts in this price range.

M: Creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very high on the drinkability scale as far as stouts go. Definitely some warming alcohol at the end, but it's very welcoming and somewhat overcome by this beer's great taste.

O: One of my new favorite stouts, at a fairly reasonable price. Green Flash did a great job all around - this is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of jrenn
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like coca-cola. Like cold press coffee. Black as hell.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate- the whole lot. Malty.

T: Coffee, creamy dark chocolate. I get fudge too. Like really great fudge.

M: Chewy. Coincides nicely with the fudge note.

O: Like a sweeter, more chewy, fudgier Old Rasputin.

serving type: bottle

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Photo of DrewV
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a slight tinge of mahogany around the edges. A 2-finger frothy dark khaki head sits on top. Lacing is moderate.

S: Chocolate up front, slight roasted malts, with a biscuity feel.

T: Smooth and chocolaty for sure. Creamy. Something akin to Bell's Kalamazoo stout, only richer and with a higher ABV. Flavor is creamy and milky-chocolate. I would have preferred a bit more punch to this one, but I'm amazed at how smooth they can make a full stout like this.

M: Creaminess is off the charts with this one. A bit thin on the carbonation, but it suits this style very well.

O: Never had a smoother beer, especially at almost 9% ABV. This is downright dangerous. A bit heavy on the chocolate and light on the roast, though. I prefer the reverse. At any rate, this is a top shelf brew at a moderate price that should be stocked with regularity in one's beer fridge.

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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,106 ratings.
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