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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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921 Ratings
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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 936
Gots: 155 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010

Bourbon barrel aged
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Ratings: 921 | Reviews: 246
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.37/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Lot of trepidation cracking this bottle based on the many people who have opened a diacetyl butterscotch popcorn bomb. Here we go:

Appearance: looks fine, quite a bit of lacing on sides and mild foam. More carbonated than your usual bourbon barrel aged stout

Smell: pretty mild for a barrel aged stout. No butter bomb which is a good sign. Slight bourbon note, vanilla, stale baker's chocolate, cold pressed coffee.

Taste: roasty bitterness, powdered chocolate like oveltine or another powdered breakfast drink that tastes fake and processed, vanilla extract, oak, mild bourbon and finishes with an acrid, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: worst mouthfeel of any barrel aged stout. Wayyy too thin. Bubbly, carbonation, weak, no presence.

Overall: Double Stout is a poor example of a stout and it transfers to this barrel aged version. The barrel influences are not very pronounced leaving us with the same thin, weak stout. Not much of interest here as it is dominated by a poor mouthfeel and too much hops. Challenging to finish this and I got the non-infected batch! For 19 bucks there is no reason to waste money on this beer. Either you get an infected drain pour or a beer that is just not very good and I'd only feel positive about buying at 9-10 bucks. Certainly not twice that and even if it was half price I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace. Smell is not usual as it's less dry roasted and/or coffee malts but oaky with vanilla and slightly butterscotch (which is something I've never smelled before). Smooth,medium body that is real oaky, almost creamy, and has a vanilla with this touch of black cherry flavors on finish for interesting combo and finish. There are notes of chocolate, toffee, caramel and bourbon (booze) all over this beer that I detect but for this vanilla buttery cherry profile is strong. So smooth and woody it's amazing. This review does not do beer justice and it's much more complex than I made it sound and real easy to drink.

Photo of VACraftBeerLover
1/5  rDev -77%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Something was off with this beer, It had to be infected. Shared a 750ml bottle between 4 people and we all dumped it. Very unfortunate, especially because of the cost of the bottle. We saved it for the last one of the night and were so disappointed.

Photo of Crue1901
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for 14 years in whiskey barrels. WOW great beer if u like stouts

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown pour with mocha tan head and traces of lacing. Aroma of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Tastes of smooth bourbon, vanilla and smoked wood. Medium to full bodied with a touch of carbonation. Overall, a fantastic Imperial Stout!

Photo of Hophead717
2.63/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Off flavors, something wrong with this batch

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.05/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours attractively. Couple fingers tan head.

Upon popping the cork, the aroma of buttered popcorn was striking and predominant.

Taste follows but is better and more nuanced. Caramel, toffee, butter, dry wood and a bit of boozy spice.

For a $20 bottle, pretty disappointing.

Photo of greenspointexas
1.89/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Popcorn butter. Undrinkable. Worst beer of 2015

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a chalice. 2015 Batch 1 bottled in April 2013.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a lot of bubbles. Solid two finger tan head that settles into a thinner creamy layer.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt driven aroma with big hints of chocolate, bourbon, and cherries. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Fruity hints of cherries along with some plum, raisin, and fig. Sweet hints of molasses. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt driven taste with some notes of chocolate, bourbon, and fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, caramel, and yeast. Barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Big taste of cherries along with some dark fruit undertones of plum, fig, and raisin. Some molasses sweetness as well. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation. Very creamy and silky with a smooth finish. Minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good take on a Barrel Aged Stout. Good mix of dark malt, bourbon, and fruit flavors.

Photo of MacMalt
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cellar 3 Series. Poured into snifter. This is one of blackest beers I've ever had. My wife called it, "beer noir." Thick tan head with generous lacing. This is a beautiful looking stout. The cork popped like a champaign bottle. It was actually difficult to open. The first smell is the bourbon, followed by chocolate and some vanilla. The initial taste is coffee, with some vanilla or caramel. There is also distinct cherry and then chocolate at the end. The bourbon is present throughout with a strong alcohol burn. Creamy and very smooth. Overall, this is a fabulous barrel-aged stout; one of the best I've ever had which means a lot since this is one of my favorite styles. I hope to find some more of this!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

approaching the best barrel aged stout i have ever tasted, its one of a kind and positively among the best in the world for the style, no doubt about it at all. this is the cellar 3 series version, obviously brewed again since the one pictured here, not at all a different beer from what i understand, despite the double listing here on BA. wow, i cant say enough about this one, almost not much to say after how far above and beyond it goes. makes me respect green flash in a whole new way. well worth the almost 20 bucks i paid for this. its silky smooth looking, fluffy gentle light brown head on it, the color of the old light m and m candies. thick looking, but not overly viscous, aided maybe by the obvious carbonation, not dead and syrupy like so many of these. the barrel impacts it as much as the bourbon itself in the nose and taste, i smell oak and char as much as i smell the whiskey. notes of wonderfully rich espresso and raw chocolate are very forward in the nose and taste too, with that dried cherry element coming second. very mild vanilla, and not a ton of sugar happening here, which i also like. what makes it different is the earthiness, the bitter with mellow sensation, and a toasted marshmallow flavor without the sweetness. so much oak on this, but not overdone on the booze component, i mean, you cant feel or taste the alcohol at all, and it doesnt taste like whiskey, it tastes like stout, less common than it should be right? tip top quality here, genre defining even. id love to get my hands on an original bottle and see how its aged, but thank goodness for this cellar 3 series. i heard its even bringing rayon vert back out, that beer was just ahead of its time. this is a must buy if you see it. i will be buying another one for sure. i rarely do that, especially with beer at this price. unforgettable.

Photo of CHickman
2.66/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2015 Batch 01: Brewed in April 2013 with golden naked oats, dark crystal and roasted malts, then aged for 18 months in American oak bourbon barrels and bottles on February 16, 2015. Pours black hole black color with zero light anywhere to be found that leads up to a nice creamy 1 finger tan/khaki head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells is odd and not what I expected from the look; it’s a mix of maple syrup, spoiled chocolate milk, oak, vanilla, faint caramel, toffee, yeast, rotting fruit like pears and cherry, and finally a whiff of stagnant leftover beer like the overflow in a bucket after a daytime keg party. The nose did not have the rich malt or bourbon I expected and was more like rotting fruit and cheap keg beer with a box of red wine dumped in it. Heartbreaking as the hype and looks had me excited for this bottle, but the nose registered senses and aromas that just don’t make sense. There is no sign of the ABV, but the sour milk smell leads me to question if this bottle is tainted.

Tastes a little sweeter than the nose, but the same off flavors come through like they did in the nose: spoiled chocolate milk, oak, vanilla, faint caramel, toffee, yeast, rotting fruit, maple syrup, cheap red wine like MadDog 20/20 and some mild coffee.

WTF? The bottle is gorgeous, the pour looks good, the ratings are high, and then I pop the cork and this borderline drain pour sits before me. I am struggling to get through 1 glass of this bomber; it reminds me of going down and eating bad sushi if you know what I mean…yikes, what happened here?!?? This bottle must have gotten contaminated as it crossed the US in my mail order because I’m having a hard time accepting that this beer could be this bad with so many high ratings and reviews. Done here, I need to get another bottle which I will age longer and pray for the best. At $20 per bottle it is a sin to dump half of this, but it’s that not enjoyable for me.

Photo of inspektor
2.14/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Potential bad keg, pure diecytl

Photo of Moses_Malone
3/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 2015 version is quite disappointing. It's too sweet and yeasty. Reminded me of a lesser Brooklyn Black Ops.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black body of ale, shiny obsidian; slim finger of tan foam atop left some scarce lace motes down the glass

S: chocolate malts and bourbon whiskey barrels - suggestions of molasses and vanilla

T: sweet roasty chocolaty goodness underscores a suffusion of bourbon; dark espresso notes with molasses sweetness; hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey caramels...

M: medium-weight, subdued carbonation, drying vaporous finish; dark chocolaty bittersweetness lingers with faint bourbon traces...

O: an excellent BBA stout - currently marketed as Cellar 3 Silva Stout - hits all the marks you'd want in a BBA stout, leans toward the medium density-type, with a smooth and classy drink and finish. Highly recommended.

Photo of tclipse
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Different beer than the original Silva Stout... This was thin and not at all worth the price point. Utterly disappointing

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a toned-down Brandy Barrel-Aged Angel's Share - the licorice overtones are overwhelming. And there is little semblance to the Double Stout. There really is little justification for Green Flash to be making this beer. They should stick to their west-cost hop-forward beers instead.

Photo of gator79
2.79/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The taste seemed off on this one. Tasted like nail polish on the back end. I have one more hopefully it's better than this one was.

Photo of LordVodka
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap yesterday and what a delightful surprise. Tasted of a malted chocolate and that sweet bourbon booze flavor surprisingly smooth made for an excellent sipper.

Photo of nesarebad
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Cellar 3 Batch 1 A little thin, though I think addition of fresh ale to the blend is a good idea for a BA Stout that has been on wood for 18 months.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle of 2015 batch 1. Aroma upon first opening the bottle is promising, chocolate, malt, and bourbon. Aroma is much more muted from the tulip glass. Flavor is sort of woody, cheap whiskey, no real chocolate or vanilla, disappointing really. I feel like I've been so spoiled by Parabola and Bourbon County that most bourbon barrel stouts are a letdown these days.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle dated 12/15/12.

Finger's worth of brown head, nice carbonation. Different taste for my palate...bakers chocolate, vanilla and coconut? Bourbon barrel is present but very mellow IMO. Finishes dry with little to no alcohol presence. I agree with the general comparison to CWBBS although my palate prefer the CW more

Photo of scottfrie
3.35/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into block 15 snifter. Bottled 12/10/12. Thanks again Pidzick12!

A: Pours black with a huge, very dense, and very dark brown head that filled up the rest of the glass. Head took its time to fade into a wispy collar that left soapy spotty lace down the glass.
S: Nose is full of dark chocolate, peat, and a bit of char, but I'm also getting a few notes of soy sauce. Bourbon barrel is present but very mellow at this point. I get a few hints of sweet toasted marshmallow as well.
T: Bourbon is more prominent than the nose, but it is still very very mellow. Soy sauce oxidization is up front and noticeable, but it doesn't ruin the beer. Bourbon is sweet and lighty spicy, and I get notes of earthy peat and slight char as well. Leather and caramel bring up the finish, and the aftertaste is bitter and lingering.
M: Fuzzy carbonation, sweet, bitter, slightly sharp mouthfeel, medium-full body.
O: I never had this fresh but I've wanted to try it for a long time. While oxidization is present, this beer is still very flavorful and drinkable. Thanks again, Paul!

Photo of MDDMD
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a smallish light brown head and little lacing

S-dark chocolate, oak, molasses, vanilla, hint of dark fruit, bourbon

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth

O-nice complexity and flavor profile, enjoyable sipping

Photo of cxr1037
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this a few months back at the brewery but busted it out last weekend for a bottle share. Here are some notes I jotted down on it:

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, almost to the point of black (go figure, it's an imperial stout). Minimal, dark mocha head.

AROMA: Obviously sweet, with bourbon, oak, and dark malts. Also tons of chocolate - chocolate pudding, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate - as well as bananas.

TASTE: First the chocolate. It's reminiscent of chocolate pudding at first, then tapers off to a bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, dark malts give it some more body, and the trademark bourbon, vanilla, and oak come out. That little bit of banana from the nose sticks around in the taste and makes me think of a banana cream pie.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy, thick and warming. Very heavy finish, though not very much alcohol.

OVERALL: This was my favorite stout of a weekend that included the much circle-jerked over BCBS among others. I thought the chocolate came through great, but it wasn't overpowering, like drinking chocolate syrup. It was well-balanced with the malt and the moderate bourbon character. These big, syrupy, boozy stouts are boring and tough to drink. Silva Stout felt light enough to not want to kill yourself after drinking.

98/100

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.