HonusWagner (1630) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolatey, roasty, a touch fruity, just a well-rounded and more than simply competent imperial stout. Fits into that same niche as something like Narwhal, a good shelf regular that competes with the very good expensive stouts while not being able to match the elite expensive stouts. Only Expedition can really compete with the big boys as shelf stouts go, but this one is still very very good.
Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The “Double IPA” has been a thing for a while now, but why not a “double stout”? Surely there’s a difference between a truly imperial stout and one that’s just bigger than usual. I suppose that’s the question Green Flash is asking with their “Double Stout,” which is pretty hefty at 8.8% ABV, though it drinks like something fairly nominal.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It had a best before date of 2/20/15 and cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).
Appearance: Inky opaque black body. Pours to a dark tan, two-finger layer of frothy foam which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Strong black licorice notes; black grape; some mocha.
Taste: Like all good heavy stouts, Green Flash Double Stout opens with a rich sweetness. Chocolate syrup, roasted malt, sour grape and licorice spice are all prominent throughout the first half. Through the middle I detect a surprisingly strong presence of hops, even though the brewery’s website indicates this beer is only 45 IBUs. A biting sensation of dry bitterness with perhaps a hint of pine as it finishes. There’s a slight tanginess in the aftertaste, though I also detect notes of toffee and peanut brittle. All in all, this is what is you expect to find in an imperial stout palette, though it’s missing a certain something to make it stand out. In the end it’s just a very good example of the style, though that’s good enough for me.
Drinkability: There’s a certain mouthfeel I expect in a beer of this style and I’d say Green Flash Double Stout nails it almost perfectly. A definite viscosity to the makeup – thicker than most, but without the cloying, sticky sensation of some. In fact, it might even be a little too crisp. There’s a bitter tang in the aftertaste, which is tolerable but a little distracting. At 8.8% ABV it seems a tad inefficient, though there’s no alcohol warmth or annoyance whatsoever.
hotstuff (4279) - Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 10-29-2014 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized light brown head that mostly diminishes, opaque dark brown almost black body, very little fast rising carbonation, and a good amount of lacing adorns my glass. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and grassy hops. The flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, light grassy hops, and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is lively carbonation and this beer is medium-full bodied. This is a quaffable sipping beer with a good flavor and worth trying.
Bruds (36) - - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a fingers worth of brown head. Smells and tastes of burnt wood. Hints of dark chocolate and molasses. Burnt wood on the palate.
Voodoo (357) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky, opaque dark brown with a creamy light brown head which lingers......aroma of chocolate, coffee, sweet vanilla notes......taste is smooth coffee, light cocoa, booze, warm finish. Well done.
BeerdedDave (513) - - NOV 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep, dark black with a tan head; chocolaty, roasted malt aroma; thick, rich, and creamy; big roasted malt flavor with chocolate and warn alcohol notes; fairly bitter; bitter chocolate finish
jehoesefat (299) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet cocoa aroma. Pours thick black with a tan head. Decent flavor, starts off bitter and ends with a chocolatey finish.
YigSvartka (107) - Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, sludge-like appearance with minimal head. Although roast and malt dominates the aroma, some caramel and vanilla is present as well. Utterly stupendous taste. Thick, creamy and rich. Initially a wee bit hoppy, but this quickly dissipates and stuns your gustatory senses with an intense combination of roast, chocolate and vanilla. The dark chocolate roast taste lingers long after taking a sip. Fantastic. .
vadie (806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noir avec un petit col marron. L’arôme du malt torréfié, du sucre, un peu de mélasse et chocolat. Le goût est du mélasse avec un peu du chocolat une finition d’une amertume moyenne pour le style. Plein du corps avec une palate épais. Une bière intense.
liquidhedonism (185) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma: boozy, malty, and roasty, with hints of coffee, burned sugar, and vanilla. Taste/Palate: thick, sweet, and crisp throughout; finishes astringent and slightly bitter. Would be perfect if not for the strong astringency. Regardless, this is another amazing beer from one of my favorite breweries!