So I was going through my dwindling collection of beers the other day, and was reminded that I had some Green Flash brews that I haven’t tried yet. I remember when I last posted about Green Flash I had drank their West Coast IPA and it was a really easy drinking IPA that went well on a warm afternoon. I asked in that post which of the others I had should I drink next, and it was a unanimous that I try the Double Stout. I’m actually glad I waited a bit to try this because it has some great SUMMERTIME qualities that were a complete surprise, and completely welcome.
As you can see this brew poured inky black with a huge mocha colored head. The nose is where this brew began to tell me it wasn’t an ordinary stout. There were the typical roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of roasted marshmallow on the nose, but there was something more, something that seemed a bit out of place…what is that, lemon? It was there and unmistakable, lemon on the nose. This intrigued me greatly.
When I took a sip, sure enough there was a lemony flavor in there right around mid palate. It was a good stout in every other way, roasty, chocolaty, with a nice coco finish, but that middle was… well weird. But in a good way, not weird bad.
The unexpected lemony flavor that this stout had was the perfect accompaniment for a warm summer evening. It gave this brew a refreshing quality that often isn’t used when describing a stout. I know it might even sound a little gross or off putting, but this lemon flavor right in the middle of things really works for this beer.
I’ve been wanting a summertime dark beer to sweep me away to happy land, and this one did just that. I’ve tried many different Black IPAs and there are some real good ones to be sure, but this was a stout all the way, with just a bit of summertime infused in the beer. If you have access to Green Flash get some of this and have it on a hot day. It sounds weird, but I have finally found a great and “refreshing” summertime stout. Now I just have to wait for them to officially make it to Idaho. Once they do, this will be a regular pour for me.