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RATINGS: 1376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with a satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops in the boil adds a pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance the overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex – Double Stout.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (284) - Americus, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle from The Warehouse. Pours dark black with tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and slightly bitter hops. Heavy bodied with minimal carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (1425) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Not too bad. I’m not exactly sure what a double stout is. Smooth, dark, chocolate, not too roasted. Higher alcohol was covered. Sweet. Medium-heavy body. Light on the carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (245) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Poured into snifter a black with coffee colored head. Limited CO2 and laceing. The head did not last as long as others here in fact it was quick to fade to the sides of the glass. Aroma was of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a slight note of alcohol detected. The taste started on the dark chocolate and coffee side with a sweetness to a dark fruit earthy slightly bitter note. I love stouts and this was no exception. Heavy bodied and like a light oil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1935) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle: Menacing black body, deep tan head; thick, chunky, & slow to recede, leaving lots of fat lacing behind. Soft, pleasing aroma of roasted malt, light cocoa, creamy sweet java, & a slight hint of milkiness. Same, dense flavor of chocolate, semisweet with a mixture of sweet cream & bitter roast balancing each other perfectly. Bordering on a sweet stout, but stopping just shy. Bittersweet mocha, java, coffee bean, & roasted malt finish. No sign of the 8.8% ABV, either. Silky, creamy body with good carbonation. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bahumat (121) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
Aroma: 8/10. Very, very bready, in a good way. Definite nose of alcohol and a bit of the hops. Appearance: 5/5. Pours a nice black with a thick tan-brown head that lingers and laces nicely. Taste: 3/10. ... ugh. Wow. What happened here. Sour and cocoa-driven, but in all the wrong ways. No harmony at all in this beer. The cocoa is intense, but the sourness is just all wrong for this beer. Did I get a bad bottle, here? -- (Re-rated a half hour later): 5/10. This beer takes a while to open up! The ugly sourness improves after a while. Palate: 5/5. Very creamy smooth on the palate with a great mouthfeel and a nice lingering head on it. Overall: 14/20, but would not buy or drink again. High scores in everything except where it mattered most: How the beer *tastes*. Just a bad harmony, like cheap waxy chocolate meets rancid lemon juice. Highest scoring beer I ever poured out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (412) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
12oz bottle. Black with a frothy tan head. Flavors are bread, dark fruits, vanilla, licorice, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and resinous hops. Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McBeastie (16) - Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Thin brown head on dark black pour. Dark chocolate and caramel flavors. Bitter, long finish that balances nicely with the slight burn of alcohol. I would love to try this after spending some time in rum or bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2210) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle from 4-pack marked on clearance. Rich chocolate malt aroma. Fully opaque dark brown body with a light brown head. Excellent head retention and pretty lace. Rich, well balanced stout with moderate sweetness and plentiful hops in the finish. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkelfdvr (7) - GREECE - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
Notes of wine, chocolate and coffee. A very unique beer. Good though for one or two.. not liters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (388) - HUNGARY - SEP 11, 2014
Green Flash főzde egyik klasszikusaként mi mást is mondhatnék erről az isteni söritalról, mint hogy egy hasonló kaliberű főzet elfogyasztásának gasztronómiai értéke egy stout-szerető sörfogyasztó számára szinte felbecsülhetetlen. Az imperial stoutok agresszivitásának terhétől megszabadítva e letisztult, mégis izgalmasan sokszínű ’black ale’, vagy éppen foreign stout olyan parádéra képes, mely mentes minden nehézkességtől, és erőltetettségtől; fantasztikus egyvelege ez energiának és harmóniának. Egyfajta tömény csokoládéfolyamként mindazt a kakaós krémességet és kávés pörköltséget magában rejti, melyet előzetes elvárásaink körvonalaznak, lágy vonalai, könnyed eleganciája azonban anélkül tölti el megnyugvással hálás receptorainkat, hogy a lendületes, vibráló aromákat fel kellene áldoznunk a kifinomultság oltárán. A lágy illatok és sima ízek kedvelői számára ideális választás lehet.

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