Beer: Double Stout Black Ale
Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co.
Style: American Double Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: A George St. Co-op potluck
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion: Matt, a fellow Co-oper
Sight: Opaque, pitch black. 1 finger of chestnut-colored head that settles to a creamy 1/2-finger head with nice lacing.
Scent: Roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. For those of you that use Guinness as your Stout standard, Matt considered the aroma to be “Guinness-like.”
Flavor: The taste follows up the aroma well–there is a nice blend of malts, chocolate, and coffee–and these are joined by a note of spice, with a lingering hop bitterness.
Feel: Thick, creamy, and smooth, with moderate carbonation.
Concluding remarks: San Diego-based brewery Green Flash puts out a solid Double Stout. It’s bold, but not overpowering. The hop notes are the most prominent, but they’re balanced by a little bit of sweet coffee and chocolate, with a hint of spice thrown in–making for a complex and enjoyable quaff. Don’t drink it too cold; the flavors became more balanced as the beer rested.