Brew Review

Beer Review – Green Flash Double Stout

Whenever someone mentions Green Flash Brewing, I think aggressively hopped beer. While putting together a mixed six pack of beers during a recent visit to Wine Works in Marlton, NJ, I stumbled upon a bottle of their Double Stout. Since Green Flash has yet to let me down, I was curious to see what they could do with this beer style.

Here’s what Green Flash has to say about this beer:

Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with satin smooth finish. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex.

Here are my impressions of this beer…

  • Appearance: Talk about a spectacular pour! Deep, dark mahogany. Thick, fluffy, khaki foam. Excellent head retention. Lots of sticky lacing.
  • Aroma: Dark chocolate. French roast coffee. Hints of licorice.
  • Taste: Moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Lots of mellow chocolate and coffee notes from beginning to end. Soothing, mildly bitter aftertaste.
  • ABV: 8.8%

Since I am a huge fan of the Green Flash West Coast IPA and their Hop Head Red, I was tingling with anticipation to try this beer. In case you couldn’t tell from my tasting notes, Green Flash did not disappoint me. Their Double Stout is one seriously delicious beer! I found this to be a smooth, creamy, and very easy drinking ale. While you can definitely tell that it has a relatively high alcohol content, it’s not excessively boozy, i.e. the alcohol is there, but it’s never overbearing. I highly recommend this beer.

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  1. The Jew of JewTalia has to agree without reservation (though I will attempt to take advantage of call ahead commenting next time).

    Green Flash, like their North County San Diego comrades in craft brewing such as Stone, Ballast Point, Port and others, have a well – deserved reputation for producing Holy Hop Grenades; however, they’re no slouches when it comes to the dark side of the spectrum. Green Flash’s Double Stout is exceptional – absolutely one of the best domestic stouts anywhere. Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea Porter and Stone’s RIS (though not the current off-year ANISE iteration) are also great examples of the quality of brews that come out of the West Coast after the sun sets over the Pacific with its iconic green flash.

    L’Chaim! Vigoda Romeo Le’ Esperanzagato!


    • So so true. There are some fabulous Stouts and Porters coming from the West Coast. Have not had the BP one you mentioned, but I have had the Stone (regular and Anise). Fan-f’in-tastic!


  2. Dang, threw together a holiday mix pack for the hubster yesterday and passed this one up in favor of the West Coast IPA and the Red. I’ll definitely grab it next time!


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