Friday, November 21, 2014

Green Flash Double Stout


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1222) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2014
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. 
Grade: 8/10