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:
3,114
Reviews:
887
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.29%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
475
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -2.2%

Photo of rkarimi
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into KBS snifter. Aggressive pour. Appearance is a beautiful jet black. Upon pouring, a foamy cappuccino-like foam is formed atop the glass. The foam eventually recedes into a thin, almost transparent layer covering the entirety of the surface and ultimately settling into a ring around the glass which accompanies you as you finish the beer.

The nose at first instance is that of chocolate milk. Coffee aroma closely follows and there are traces of dark fruit and molasses. Its taste has a sweet start with notes of chocolate and very faint vanilla. The finish is bitter, pleasantly so – a bitter finish you would expect from espresso.

Its mouthfeel is thick and chewy, quite appropriate to fully appreciate the spectrum of flavors in this beer.

Overall, a quite solid Imperial Stout – I would definitely seek again and enjoy it on a regular basis.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle a dark dark reddish brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a thin mocha head with subtle retention.

roasty aroma of espresso and dark fruits.

very roasty, coffee forward with subtle bitterness following up the creamy sweet.

a little thin on the tongue, just the right carbonation, slightly bitter.

drinkable, in that i'll finish the bomber.

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Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured opaque black with a thick tan head. Nice lacing. Aromas of coffee and roasted malt. The taste was well-balanced, with toast, coffee, chocolate, and a nice firm bitterness. Full-bodied with a great feel.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of cocoa colored head that settles to a thin layer of foam.

S - Milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The strong roasty flavor turns the aroma slightly smoky after a few sips.

T - Sweet, milky chocolate, heavily roasted malt, almost burnt tasting at times with a little wood burned fire smoke mixed in. Coffee and bitter hops round out the flavors and linger on the tongue.

M - Medium to thick and creamy with a bit of alcohol sting.

D - The heavy roast tends to dominate at times and makes it feel thicker than it is but it is still tasty.

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

Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Sweet chocolate aroma with hints of molasses, toasted oats, and licorice. Rich coffee taste, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a Chock Full O' Nuts finish. Hearty for just a Stout. Very good.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rajendra82
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Very imposing pour, as the solid black body was topped with a two finger thick, khaki colored, head. The look was pitch perfect for the style. The smell strongly of coffee, chocolate, and toffee, and faintly of almonds. The taste was very evocative of coffee and chocolate as well, followed by a boatload of hops, then roasted grain astringency, and finally a brown sugar sweetness. The mouthfeel was creamy and thick. This was a heck of a beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Act25
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a taste off between Green Flash and a "standard" Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 10% ABV.

It's a very close contest, and letting these two warm all the way to 56 degrees. (I'm starting to think the best reviews include temperatures as well as glassware), GFDS wins by a small margin.

Green Flash Double Stout 4.5 vs Brooklyn Chocolate Stout 4.5

A: poured into hand-blown 24 oz wine glasses from Venice.

GFDS 4.75 - Close to perfect head, retention, lacing, body, color - into a 24 oz hand blown wine glass.

BBCS 4.5 - Very outstanding head, retention, lacing, body, color - into a 24 oz hand blown wine glass.

Smell: 4.25 4.25
GFDS - Wood fire in a seaside candy shop, with a pile of wet earth compost heaving outside.
BBCS - Wood fire in a candy shop, vats of syrup, fruit jam, dark chocolate.

T
GFDS - More wood charcoal, chocolate, more bitterness, more sea side smell. 4.5
BBCS - Peppery, roast, chocolate, licorice prominent, long lasting licorice and bitter finish, leaves in great place. 4.75

MF:

GFDS - tingly, more hops, medium body, more bitter, a little alcohol, long finish, leave in great place, creamy. 4.25 *better at 56 degrees.

BBCS - tingly, more malt, more char, more liquor like, even longer finish, creamier, leaves in a great place. 4.25

O: BBCS sweeter, more chocolatey, and more creamy. Without any false notes.

However, when I let them warm to 56 degrees over 2 hours, then GFDS wins for remaining more carbonated and vibrant at "Cellar temp" while BBCS settles a bit flat, and cold coffee- like.

Edge to GFDS. retaste on 7-6-16 made me happy even out of a paper cup on the ferry, $3.50 at the bodega.

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3.76/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,114 ratings.
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