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Green Flash Bourbon Barrel Aged 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): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of emmasdad
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never been a big fan of the regular Double Stout, but the barrels did an amazing job on this one. Pours a deep midnight black, with only a little bit of loose brown foam on top. Huge aromas here, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. More of the same on the palate, but so perfectly balanced. I could probably drink this one all night. One of the better barrel aged beers I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of vacax
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Jet black with generous brown head with good retention and fair lacing.

S: Malty vanilla and oak wafts up from the beer with some enticing bourbon scents.

T: Vanilla and oak dominate rich bourbon flavors with a background of some prune / dark fruit and chocolate. I really like this beer because it has that rich vanilla and oak character without crossing the line of me feeling like I am being slapped in the face with wood or vanilla beans. It nails the flavors without going overboard. Highly recommended to search this one out if you can. As a side note, I consider the regular Double Stout to be quite average, but this bourbon barrel version is fantastic.

M: Medium thick for a stout and quite smooth. Not a milkshake, but for a double stout clocking in at under 9% this is spot on. I wouldn't want this thicker because the increased malt presence would probably distract from the barrel characteristics that are so well done.

D: This really shines in the world of bourbon barrel aged stouts. So many great wood aged flavors in this beer, but it doesn't sting the tongue or feel like a milkshake going down. Important to note I think it is unique in that it is indeed a "double" stout in the sense it is not as big as many of the "imperial" stouts that go way over 10% that people like to throw into bourbon barrels. Don't get me wrong, I adore an ultra thick viscous enormous stout that reminds me of a chocolate milkshake, but that is not what this beer is trying to be. This really lets the barrel flavor come through, but is still rich, delicious, and highly drinkable for this style of beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this out of a Chimay chalice at Newport Pizza in Ocean Beach.

The beer is black with a 1.5 finger, light brown head. The retention is good but the lacing is minimal. It's a bar pour, what can you do?

Aroma is very nice. Roasted malt with hints of coffee and vanilla. Bourbon is in there as well. I'm not a big coffee stout fan so I'm glad to see coffee playing an equal part in the aroma rather than stealing the show.

Wow. A perfect balance of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. All the flavors complement each other. The roasted malt is sweet and the alcohol is almost undetectable. The finish is long, dry, sweet, and slightly bitter. The bourbon is nice in the finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is good. The beer is robust and full bodied, and very drinkable.

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4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to have this on draft at Beachwood BBQ. Pours dark as night. Smells like bourbon, chocolate, and some coffee. To give you an idea of how great this beer was, I usually have just one of a particular beer at beachwood and move onto the next. I had three and a half. I could not get enough of this beer. Tastes like an amazing blend of bourbon and chocolate with a nice roasted malt flavor lingering throughout the beer. Drinkablility is high, but watch out, this beer is more than the listed 8.9ABV.

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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tap @ Hamilton's. Pours jet black with a short, thick, lasting brown head of tiny little bubbles. Whiskey and smoked malt hit you first, but give way to leather, tobacco, chocolate malt, and roasted coffee. Loved sipping this one. Chocolate, oak, and coffee up front that eases into the warmth of the bourbon. Roasy malt and a bit of smoke throughout. Only mistake was starting my night with this; all others paled.

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Photo of Floydster
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Snifter today at Beachwood BBQ for six dollars, glad to have the chance to try this rarity

A-Black as night, one of the darkest beers I have seen, big one inch tan head that is nice and frothy, stayed around for a long time, great retention, awesome lacing
S-Tons of vanilla, oak characteristics, dark chocolate, butter, roasted malts, mild sweetness, some spice, and also faint coffee
T-Taste starts off with that sweet vanilla that dominates the smell, some roasty accents in the middle, nice whiskey spice in the finish mixed with cocoa, gets way better as it warms and the bourbon warms the palate without being overwhelming, really enjoyed how this went from sweet to roasted, so good
M-Warm, roasty, and chewy mouthfeel, huge full body, perfect level of carbonation, taste lasted for minutes and I am glad it did
D-Could have drank numerous glasses but then the drive home would have been impossible, alcohol is hidden well other than what you taste from the barrel, smooth and light on the stomach, I definitely wanted more

Nice to see Green Flash getting into barrel aging, this was quite the surprise, the bourbon and oak component really improved a beer that was already good, hopefully it will be still be on when I go back in a couple days, at least it will be around at their anniversary party in a few weeks, highly recommended

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4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black, with a full tan head, good retention and good lacing.

S: Fantastic smell of bourbon and vanilla, mixed with the dark chocolate of the stout, classic.

T: Full bourbon character from the barrel aging, plenty of oak and vanilla (my fave). The stout offers great notes of espresso and chocolate, all the goodness of the original along with the bourbon character which takes it to the next level.

M: Full-bodied and thick, lightly astringent at points from the barrel, spirit-like finish.

D: Another outstanding one from Green Flash, hope this one is there tomorrow, it was going fast, a must try, any fan of bourbon will love this beer.

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Green Flash Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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