beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, - OCT 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, sweeter chocolate notes, lots of oatmeal and dark caramel. The flavor follows the nose again lots of oatmeal and dry oaty flavors, coffee, sweeter chocolate and dark caramel. The body is medium with a nice silky mouth feel. Overall a really nice Foreign Stout.
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty hefty stout. Black pour with a semi-thick brown head. The head left some really nice lacing around the glass. The nose is very rich, with plenty of cocoa, roasted malts, spicy hops and some dark fruit. The body is a little sweet and funky, but overall very delicious. I noted some coffee, cocoa, fruity and dry hops, earthy and bready malts and a hint of cream.
Douberd (2585) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Green Flash Double Stout) Bottle, 355 ml, served into a snifter, ABV 8.8%
Black colour on the body, tal, thick and creamy brown head, with very good retention, leaving medium lacing behind as it collapses.
Aroma of chocolate, quite some alcohol, faint vanilla.
Taste follows, lots of chocolate and more vanilla now, notable alcohol, nice bitter finish following to the aftertaste, liquorice.
Thick body, soft carbonation, sticky on the palate.
To be honest I didn’t expect it to be*that* good, very nice.
bpar73 (527) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma and taste are roast malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel and hops. Solid Imperial.
lownote (102) - USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a brown light head that laces the stemware from tap. Pretty thin mouth feel with bubbly but not intense carbonation. Taste is really smokau and chalky. Intensely roasted malts. Slightly sweet. Aroma is a little sweet and chocolate.
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours pitch black with a dark, thick, frothy head. Awesome head retention.
There is some black licorice in the aroma along with dark chocolate and toasted malt. Light notes of caramel are sprinkled throughout. A touch of grass in the background.
Some heavy dark fruit mixed with dark chocolate in the flavor. Caramel is much more prevalent here with a smoothe dark roast holding just the slightest bit of coffee notes. Moderate bitterness cleaning things up towards the finish.
Overall, a pretty good beer. I love the English touches although I must say I still prefer Samuel smith
Namespayne (56) - - DEC 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle--> snifter: pitch black ale with 2.5 fingers head, leaves a beautiful sandy lacing. Aroma is earthy, grainy, light toasted tobacco, prunes. Tastes like dark chocolate and light hops. Good carbonation.
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Gerbeer (1989) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a full tan head. Aromas of dry chocolate, heavily roasted malts and ash. Flavor are similar and rich with a little nuttiness. Smooth though not creamy. Nice and easy
HonusWagner (1598) - 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 (1243) - 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 (4269) - 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.