Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coming in a short 12 FL. Oz. brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in GuldenDraak’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. The beer label states “Double Stout” – “Black Ale”, which I guess means to suggest that this beer follows no specific style… hence a “Black Ale”?
A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a very thick and frothy dark khaki head with good retention, while the carbonation level looks decent, constant but mild.
S: the aroma has upfront lightly metallic elements to pair with black malts, jammy dates, sweet vanilla, chocolate-coated coffee beans, light acidity and lively overripe pear-ish fruit esters; given a good swirl, a deep yet also 3 dimensional gristy and nutty dark maltiness with a pleasant touch of sweetness chime in, along with random notes as of leather, oat, crushed hazelnut, dark-coloured honey and even (faintly) musk fragrance.
T: smoothly carbonated, the entry shows again a little metallic edge on the side of the rather deep-flavoured, silky-smooth and not-at-all heavy gristy mixture of darker malts (presumably oat has rendered the extra smooth palate over here!); black stone-fruits and hop bitterness retreat to the place of the second fiddle, showing retrained undertones of coffee, bitter herbs, damson fruits, burned nuts, and earthy hints of English hops, before the flavour ends with a subtly spicy and mildly acidic note which lingers well in the aromatically malty finish.
M&O: the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, rounded, not heavy at any time, the flavour profile is sound and balanced, not like one’s usual super-charged hop bomb even in the guise of a huge wizardry black robe. Have I mentioned alcohol, by the way? If not, then it is because it’s just hidden too well… All in all, this is a delicious strong stout not in one’s “Imperial” fashion in any sense, but a rather balanced and approachable one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
thedm (4952) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized dark brown colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark black brown colored body and a very good lacing. The nice aroma was mild chocolate and dark malt. The mildly vinous semi-thick mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong dark malt aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of roasted malt strong malt toasted malt mild hops chocolate brown malt and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew.
phikus (59) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Green Flash does it again. This has all the flavor and aroma you would expect from a stout. The malts are well balanced and the oats provide the perfect smoothness. Abv is undetectable. Wish this was a little roastier and alittle thicker. Awesome stout though.
radio_nowhere (882) - Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into tulip glass, opaque deep dark brown color with dark tan head. Aroma of heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate, ground coffee, molasses and a faint fruitiness. Taste adds notes of bakers chocolate, dark roast coffee, cream, vanilla, slight woodiness and earthy hop bitterness. Heavy body, low carbonation, rich, creamy with lingering coffee roast finish. Pretty darn good IS, rich and coffee heavy.
zickbeer_ye (282) - Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty coffee and dry dark chocolate aromas. Brown bubbly head and very dark brown body. Roasty dark coffee and earthy chocolate flavors. Smooth on the palate.
Nejhleader (1248) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice. Has a solid mocha coffee taste, a bit of molasses. Nice creamy body,
WillRunForBeer (731) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Aces and Ales. Pours black coffee with a beige head. Aroma is molasses, coffee. Taste follows. Pretty smooth, with some chocolate too and coffee bitter finish.
Prufrockstar (1028) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle, thanks to bytemesis. Inky pour, great creamy tan head, good retention. Roast, caramel, chocolate, toffee. Earthy, faded hops. Tastes roasty, chalky, dry finish, nicely balanced (but assertive) bitterness. Full body, oily texture, good carbonation. Overall: nicely put together imperial stout.
AdiBeer (1370) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: coffee, toasted malts, some dark chocolate. Appearance: black, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: malty, toasted sweets coming up quickly, coffee, cacao, very dry, long finish. Overall: nice, yet light Imperial Stout. Pint at Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego.
jflopsu (588) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with thick brown head. Has a strong coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet with chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. A somewhat sweet aftertaste.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"perhaps carbonated a little too much and just a tad thin (by direct comparison to bigger impy’s only), but a very solid, exremely well balanced effort. You can tell there are more IBUs here, as the hops play a bigger role than many other Impy stouts, but nothing in here is overpowering. One of the most drinkable beers in it’s class. Still has chocolate and coffee notes and flavor, but those have equal playing time with the hops and roasted malt. Well done. Another very good beer from Green Flash. 7/11 - not as "thin" as before. quite rich actually...pushing a 9 in mf,