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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Silva StoutSilva Stout

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BA SCORE
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701 Ratings
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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%


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:
Bourbon barrel aged

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010)
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 11:53:52 | More by MDDMD
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cxr1037

California

4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:09:32 | More by cxr1037
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Received with almost two finger's worth of head which has okay retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Lacing is basically non-existent but there are some spots here and there.

Nose- Huge chocolate notes that almost prevent me from smelling much else. Some cherry notes, some cocoa. A hit of alcohol and slight notes of bourbon. I did get a little bit of coconut at beginning. Light notes of oak, vanilla, and toffee. But more chocolate than anything else.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose with huge amounts of chocolate (close to fudge brownie or truffles) and cocoa. Some cherries. A little thinner than I expected. Some chalkiness on the finish. Some notes of cola. A bit of oak, some woodiness. Not as much bourbon on the palate as on the nose. Pretty solid but certainly does not meet my expectations. Nice sweetness does give it some complexity but not the complexity one would expect from barrel aging. A little bit of the coconut starts to come out as it opens up more. Some creaminess or milkiness to the chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Just about medium bodied with mild carbonation that has a slight zing that doesn't really disrupt the overall mouthfeel. A little thin for the style but this also isn't too much of a negative.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing as it's a little bit boozier on the nose than it is on the palate. Fairly reasonable at 5 bucks a glass but the Block 15 Super Nebula is certainly a better deal.

Overall- Solid, good beer that has some tendencies toward being a really good beer. I would say it's in between good and really good. Definitely worth a try as it is a pretty solid imperial stout. But in Belmont's Bigger Badder Lineup, it's rather average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 21:47:50 | More by artoolemomo
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Duff27

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Half inch light mocha head on a black body. Cap and collar, small splotchy lacing.

Sweet bourbon notes in the nose.

Pretty damn smooth bal-ness. Toasted coconut hints from the oak. Light roastiness. Would guess about 11%abv.

Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Good call from egrace84 on the similarities to CWBBS. Dig the coconut notes. Thanks kawilliams81.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 17:30:08 | More by Duff27
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick motor oil poured from 12oz bottle dated 12/15/12.

A: black as night. Finger worth of brown head which quickly dissipated.

S: best part of this beer for me. Nice oak and bourbon followed by a thick bakers chocolate. barrel notes of vanilla and coconut.

T: follows the nose well. Nice bourbon chocolate malt flavor. Somewhat dry finish. Little to no alcohol presence for 10.1%

M: little bit of a let down. Given the aroma, the appearance, and how thick the beer pored I was expecting a more chewey mouth feel. Little thin but still ok. Somewhat understandable given the barrel aging.

O: great barrel aged offering from GF. Wish I had another bottle to age and enjoy. I would drink this regularly if available. Very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:06:47 | More by Sarge3130
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Treehouse tulip, from the 2013 release. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this want.

A- Pours a dark black, can see a tiny bit of brownish goo around the top of bottle, about a half finger of mocha brown head forms that recedes at an average rate to a thin layer leaving behind thin layered lacing. Decent carbonation for a stout.

S- Milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, underlaying dark chocolates and a hint of bourbon. Nice balance and integration of bourbon, about average aroma strength.

T- Milk chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla, slight oak, fudge, finishes with a bit more oak, milk chocolate, and coconut. All the flavors integrate nicely, the bourbon barrel adds a very nice presence creating almost a coconut milk presence to it.

M- Smooth, a little bit on the thin side, decent carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This was a nice stout that definitely used the barrels it was aged in nicely creating a balanced coconut presence that fit with the base beer flavors nicely. If you like barrel-aged stouts this is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 00:23:54 | More by jaasen64
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a hint of transparency. Nice khaki head. Leggy. Some bubbles cling to the glass.

Smell - Really nice bourbon and oak. Some coconut and vanilla. Rich dark chocolate.

Taste - Bourbon is a little more raw. More liquor than barrel. Oak. Dark chocolate. Kinda dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Could be richer. A little boozy, but not that much.

Overall - Something hidden, something apparent, all good. A very strong bourbon character. Works well. Smells fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:08:43 | More by Alieniloquium
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, 12/18/12
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours pitch black, per the style. Half finger of medium tan head. Tight bubbles. Seems nicely carbonated. Fades into a layer. Really pretty looking RIS.

S: Big bourbon notes right up front. Chocolate and vanilla meshing together. Ash. Roasted grains. Tobacco.

T: Big dark chocolate. Deep cocoa. Tobacco. Vanilla. Booze. Roast. Toffee. Creamy. Long finish. Good cigar beer.

M: Full bodied. Creamy. Mouth coating.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 16:59:47 | More by inlimbo77
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mhksuccess

California

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pour from a bottle into a bruery snifter
has a dark pour almost no head little lacing not much
smell is chocolate and slight bourbon
taste is smooth nice chocolate tones and not much heat on the back end
very enjoyable and easy drinking for a 10% abv
could drink this on a regular basis probably my favorite
offering that I have had from Greenflash

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 14:49:03 | More by mhksuccess
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with dark caramel colored head. Nose is bourbon and strong wood, lightly chalky with a chocolate cake batter behind and notes of caramel. Taste is woody and some bourbon, less of the cake batter, more along the dry bakers chocolate line, still a touch chalky, full body, well carbonated, and semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 15:51:44 | More by cpetrone84
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N17shelfside

California

3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall good bourbon ages stout. With a stern pour easy to get a nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Color is jet black that eats up all light. Bourbon is not overbearing at first, but builds the longer it sits on the palate. All of the expected bourbony notes come through as the beer sits. The first hit is sweet vanilla that melds into roasty chocolate bitterness. Maybe a bit of coconut.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:04:17 | More by N17shelfside
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pourmeanothr

California

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black. Opaque, even when held directly in front of the light. Nice brownish head, good retention with minimal lace.

S: Coffee, light bourbon, light booziness, very subtle smells. Vanilla as it warms.

T: Chocolate, burnt bitterness with a touch of sweetness on the tail. Tobacco. The bourbon characteristics are very faint, they really add to the beer instead of overpowering it. Definitely not a barrel bomb. Taste improved as temperature increased, all of the elements worked well together with no one in particular standing out or dominating the palate.

M: Thin. Not in a bad way, more in a distinct way that makes it stand out in the category. The 10.1% abv is barely detectable in the mouth.

O: Great beer to sip on and enjoy over an extended period. High marks. Very smooth, and a lot different than the "in your face" BA beers I'm used to. Was hoping to sit on this 12/13/12 bottle for a year, but thankfully I have another one in the closet to revisit in December.

*First Beer Advocate Review*

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:41:47 | More by pourmeanothr
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours aggressively black with a 1" mocha head with good retention. No lacing, but lots of legs

S: Bourbon, coffee, vanilla. Toast and mild gingerbread.

T: Presents a surprising amount of roast initially, with the bourbon & barrel notes taking a distinct second. Buttery toffee, finishing more caramel. Starts to develop a little sourness and bitter coffee with a mild alcohol bite as it warms from cellar to room temperature.

M: medium body and carbonation on the tongue, but finishes thick with a long linger.

O: Good, but short of outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:31:43 | More by kscaldef
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Nugganooch

California

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle dated 12/18/12 (from the 2nd release I believe)
*Notes from 05/17/13 – FW snifter glass

A: Jet black body with more of a dark coffee edge. Not terribly thick as expected with a sizeable frothy turbinado sugar colored head. Impressive stay power for a barrel-aged beer. Waves of speckled stick lace the glass after each sip.

S: Dark roast and chocolate malts meld with some very nice bourbon barrel notes of vanilla, spice, and earthy wood. There is a brown sugar sweetness with some dark fruit additions and more bourbon coming through. Has a light vinous character of rich leather and dried tobacco at the trail end. Alcohol is rather tame in the nose. Very complex and not overly burdened with the bourbon which is nice.

T: Taste is a delicious blend of dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, spice, and charred wood. Almost crème brulee like with the creamy vanilla and caramelized sugar flavors. I get a glimpse of light licorice on the backend. Bitterness is a touch on the lower side and alcohol is rather tamed albeit noticeable. Incredibly complex yet delicately balanced. Simply delectable chocolaty bourbon goodness.

M: On the thinner side for an Imperial stout but not in a distractible manner. Moderate and not too heavy or fulfilling from the very creamy texture and even carbonation. Light warming alcohol and some drying on the finish with a clean exit.

D: One of the better bourbon barreled stouts I have come across. Complex like a bourbon chocolate cordial. Yet balanced with a more restrained approach with the barreling that compliments the base beer rather than drown it out completely. Simply an incredible blend and up there with some of the best of them. Now I just need MOAR!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 19:30:05 | More by Nugganooch
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A vigorous pour gets me two full fingers of chocolate malt colored head. The foam actually sits in two different levels the top being slightly lighter then the bottom level. Lace is consistent and leaves a ramp to the glass. Body is the purest of ink blot black. Nose is absolutely delectable with chocolate brownies, chocolate malt, and rich mellow bourbon tones. The smell is amazing and truely inviting. As I take first sip I quickly have to check the label and verify the alcohol content. This beer is so chocolatey, creamy and rich there is no trace of the 10.1% content. Sweet bourbon soaked heavy bread and coco dance on the palate. I consider myself a huge long time fan of big stouts and this is nothing short of spectacular. Granted this one is definitely on the sweeter side. This makes the perfect night cap or desert beer. Finish is long sweet and heavy but in a good way. I will be seeking out much more of this gem in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:59:54 | More by SPLITGRIN
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themind

New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnificent! Wow! excellent brew from Green Flash. This is the best brew I have had from them. Pours a nice head with a strong bourbon stout aroma. Fairly creamy mouthfeel with a little ABV burn. This for sure I would purchase again if I could. If you like bourbon stouts this is one to seek out. Up against the big boys this guy can throw some hands!

Bottom Line: Very, very good BB stout!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 00:37:38 | More by themind
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mindspin315

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silva Stout Batch 2 (12/2012) poured into Firestone Walker snifter

Apperance: Poured a nice thick 2 fingers worth of light brown head. Settled to a solid cap. Legs stay hanging around the glass with nice lacing after each sip. Dark body with the lightest of brown on the edges.

Smell: Silva Stout really takes on the aromas of the wood it is aged in. Lots of charred oak, very woody, touch of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and licorice in the back of the nose. Rich dark chocolate comes through more and more as the nose is taken in.

Taste: Chocolate, pitted cherry mixed with plenty of charred oak. Very bourbon like, dries out in the finish with some tannin & heat on the back end...light ash left in the aftertaste. The taste and feel are def reminiscent of bourbon. Not the huge vanilla, coffee, chocolate notes you get in a lot of barrel aged beers, but more of a showcase of the woodiness in a beer. Different than other BA Stouts, but non-less delicious. A light metallic taste comes through in the middle to end, which might be the one thing that makes this less than world class to me. Overall the finish is clean and long much like a bourbon. Left with a nice coating of flavors.

Overall: This is a BA stout that has a huge American whiskey feel to it. Plenty of white oak char and bourbon barrel presence while chocolate is the strongest flavor. This beer is more about the feel than the flavor...not that the flavor is anything less than tasty. The dry finish, with the tannin and bold chocolate flavor make this one to savor and enjoy. This may not be as in your face as many BA beers but it is incredible in the way that the wood/bourbon play their way though this stout.

[95/100]

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 05:23:26 | More by mindspin315
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Huna snifter, no dating. Big thanks to zchall23.

Black, opaque elixir, huge 2-finger, tan-brown head, dissipates to stable rim. Plenty of lacing with the first few sips, clears as the brew warms.

Wonderful vanilla, bourbon, oak, char and burnt malt aromas. The vanilla and oak predominate and are quite enjoyable.

More chocolate and cocoa come through at the forefront. The bourbon is understated but comes through at the end. A nice amalgam of dark fruits, cocoa, burnt malt and bourbon. Nicely balanced and create a very complex brew.

Full body, nicely carbonated, rich.

Well done and another example of the craftsmanship that pervades GF. Seek this out. It has been a want of mine for some time and well worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:37:07 | More by CaptCleveland
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arfenhouse

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black with a brown head. Retention is good and has some spotty lacing.

S: Big on the roasted cacao with a small amount of syrupy chocolate. Decent amount of coffee aroma. Vanilla and roasted coconut. Bourbon is decently hot on the nose.

T: Getting a good dose of sweet syrup-like chocolate and dark fruits (raisin mainly). Bourbon, vanilla, and black coffee come in midway and extend all the way into the aftertaste. Bourbon is not too strong or hot.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Wet. Mouth-coating feeling.

O: Great beer. I'd pay 20$ for a 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 06:43:21 | More by arfenhouse
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to arash1000 for this one, bottled 12/12. Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a CCB snifter, jet black pour, thin tan head. The aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, roast coffee. the flavors are well balanced, nice mix of all the aromas, lingering boozey finish. the body is medium/full, well carbonated, smooth mouthfeel. a very good beer, glad I have 2.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 23:15:54 | More by bonkers
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small draft pour has a black body with a small mocha head. Excellent retention for being as big and barrel aged as it is.
Heavy bourbon barrel character on the nose with some chocolate.
Omg the taste is amazing. Big bourbon and chocolate character dominate for me. Roasty coffee sits behind that with a little coconut, vanilla, and woody barrel.
Smooth body but seems a touch thin.
Delectable. All that bourbon and chocolate just works.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 02:18:25 | More by MattSweatshirt
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Near black in color; hazy and opaque. The dark tan head has moderate retention.
Smells of a bourbon barrel and dark malts, but too little in the malt dept. for the level of bourbon barrel.

T: dark malt; cherries; burnt wood; licorice and oak. Complex and rich, but eventually only the bourbon barrel lingers on.

M: very smooth, with the feel of beer at about 6% ABV

O: wood flavor and aroma from the barrel aging is a bit over the top. Just way too woody.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 20:36:58 | More by chinchill
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Near jet black with some thin mocha lacing

S - Lots of bourbon. Chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol come through. Some vanilla.

T - Wow! The bourbon does not overpower the flavor like it does the smell. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and bitterness nicely complemented by the bourbon. This is a perfectly balanced stout.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish but hard to believe this has a 10.1% ABV.

This is easily one of the best stouts I've ever had. Perfectly balanced and goes down very easy for the ABV. The bourbon complements this one rather than is the predominant flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:39:54 | More by RoninTK3
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 1

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smutty half pint. Shared with RoninTK3.

Appearance- Pitch black with little mocha head. Some solid lacing.

Smell- Heavy Bourbon. Caramel and vanilla, some coffee and chocolate, but mostly bourbon and oak.

Taste- Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bitter malt, oak, cherry. Extremely light booze. Super smooth. No heat.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, light viscosity, mild carbonation, no heat or booze.

Overall- This is hands down the best bourbon barrel stout I've had to date. Super happy I could try this.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:21:46 | More by Seanniek91
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mookihouse

California

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle released Jan 2013.  Thanks to Gottatickemall for the bottle.  Pours dark with tan head.  Not a lot of carbonation.  Smells of sweet dark fruit and chocolate.  Let it warm up a little.  Taste matches the smell.  A very balanced stout with no single dominating components.  Barrel characters are there but no alcohol heat like some other barrel aged stout.  So drinkable I think I can drink it all night and not get tired of it.  Kind of reminds me of the 2012 Abyss.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 05:21:28 | More by mookihouse
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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.