Double Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 3,116 |  Reviews: 888
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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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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 SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
S: Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Fairly light on the nose but I've had this one aging for a couple years
T: Taste is chocolate and roasted malts with some old hop bitterness. Swallow is coffee and roasted malts with a little more chocolate.
M: This beer is full in body with ever so slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: Overall this one isn't bad. It has nice flavors and some decent complexity. Definitely one to try if you like bigger beers and it ages pretty well too.

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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 teromous
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with a thick creamy light tan head that leaves lacing.

S: Slight metallic scent, and a hint of roasted grain.

T: Rich roasted flavor full of bitterness. Notes of coffee and cocoa. It has a very good flavor.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Big and full bodied with good bitterness and carbonation. Very easy to drink but doesn't put me to sleep.

O: Overall it's a very good beer. I'm not sure what's going on in the scent department. That metallic note is off-putting but it's still a good beer. Stout lovers or those who enjoy a good cup of espresso will find this a very enjoyable beer. Overall the scent is really what takes this beer down a notch. It looks perfect in the glass, tastes and feels outstanding.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Founders snifter.

Very very dark, completely opaque. Three finger head of very dark and thick brown bubbles. Great lacing and retention.
This beer looks amazing.

Big old chocolate fudge, like brownie batter. Huge roasty malts. Some coffee notes.
The flavor is pretty sweet, bit the finish is just right. The booziness is perfect-- just a little warmth, but it fits perfectly and works well.

The feel is a little thinner than I expected, but it is still well passed medium on the fullness-scale. It may have a touch too much carbonation, but it's still a great beer overall.

Ok-- Green Flash, congrats. I'll let go the fact you don't bottle date! This is a great goddamn beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 delta490
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- impenetrably black. Big foamy khaki head lasts and leaves nice lacing.

S- mostly dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T- big bitter roast malt. Nice flavor but nothing defining about it.

M- smooth but not all that thick.

O- a good stout but nothing overwhelming about it

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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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4.26/5  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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Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 3,116 ratings