For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be drinking a Green Flash Double Stout produced by the Green Flash Brewing Company located in San Diego, California.
Green Flash has just recently started showing up in Kentucky, so I was able to pick up a few different styles and I’m really excited about this because I’ve heard really good things about the brewery.
Let’s jump to the website, greenflashbrew.com, and read the description of the Double Stout.
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.
I need a beer.
This brew comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 8.8%.
The beer poured a very dark black color with only the most faint outline of ruby at the very bottom of the nonic glass. The head was tan in color, of great size, soft, smooth and very, very creamy. The retention time was admirable, but the lacing was a bit disappointing.
The nose seemed to be a little bit mild considering that this was a “double” Stout. It was well balanced however with hints of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted grains and bread as well as light hints of smoke. Herbal undertones created a nice, “round” aroma that was quite pleasing. Not too bad I didn’t think, although a tad subdued.
The taste presented more of the roasted coffee notes. Additional savors of burnt toast and grain melded well with tones of bittersweet chocolate and charred gristle. Just a smidgen of bitterness was noticed I thought. Further savors of earth and wood reiterated the “herbal” quality. Only the slightest notion of alcohol was present. Although the flavor was still rather bold and pronounced, much more so than the aroma that’s for sure, it was still well balanced, good and harmonized however.
The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Chewy, smooth, thick, creamy and dry. The carbonation was just ok though. It seemed a little understated. A soothing warmth was felt at the back end and a good bit of flavor was left behind on the palate for me to appreciate between sips.
Well. All in all, this was a pretty good beer. It sat perfectly well with the cool evening on which I tried it that’s for sure. It’s a good representation of the style without being too overbearing. Don’t get me wrong, in the taste it was bold for sure, but not near as sturdy as some Imperial/Double Stouts can be. It seemed a bit filling, but the drinkability was still ok. I could probably have a couple during one setting without any problem. I also wouldn’t have a problem recommending this brew to a friend if he/she were looking for a good, solid Stout to partake in. With that being said, if you happen across the Green Flash Double Stout… give it a test drive and see what you think.
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Score: 3.9 out of 5