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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 922
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: 922 | Reviews: 246
Reviews by scottfrie:
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!

More User Reviews:
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 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 SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black appearance, dense cocoa colored head, splotchy lacing, opaque

S - Vanilla, fudge brownies, oak, coconut, dark cherries, caramel and toffee.

T - Dry cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and some fresh oak. Black coffee. Hints of bourbon and coconut.

M - Velvety smooth, but not thick like more imperial stouts, more medium bodied with slightly higher carbonation then expected.

O - This is a great stout for sure. Glad I traded for this one.

Photo of Hamburgers
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle vintage 2010. Pours black with thin brown head. Strong bourbon aroma followed by notes of chocolate and dried fruit. No heat. Flavor is smooth bourbon with bitter sweet chocolate finish. Medium bodied with a nice cola texture. Nicely balanced stout.

Photo of warnerry
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dfillius for sharing this one! Been wanting to try this for awhile.

A - Pours pitch black with less than one finger of tan head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Nice sweet bourbon aroma with a lot of vanilla. Smells like dense chocolate cake. A bit of fruit (maybe cherry) and some coffee aroma.

T - Lots of chocolate upfront. Slightly sweet, but mostly bittersweet. Vanilla follows quickly with bourbon. Bourbon is a bit subdued, but very nice. Really tasty.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel, but not heavy. A bit of noticeable alcohol, but relatively mild. A faint amount of lingering booze.

O - Big, flavorful stout, but not at all in your face. Nice bourbon presence, and very chocolatey. Would love to have this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to this one.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a very small tan head. The aroma is oak, heavily roasted malt, bourbon, maple and chocolate. You get a ton of barrel-aged aspects in the aroma, along with a lot of stout notes.

The flavor is just as complex. I get a lot of heavily roasted/burnt malt, along with some oak, maple and bourbon notes. The alcohol is present and is very hot.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very nice barrel-aged beer that I think may get better with age.

Photo of 1Adam12
4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty black, but not jet black. Smells fantastic. Loads of vanilla and chocolate. Barrel aging is present. Taste is SOOO smooth. ABV just isn't present at all. It's like sipping a desert. Semi sweet, but dry as well. Vanilla, dark chocolate, loads of malt, bourbon is there but blends very nicely with the rest of the flavors....just fantastic. Mouthfeel is perfect. Huge but smooth. Insanely creamy. This is one of the better BA stouts I've ever had. Nuff said.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

This thing is badass, it's black, it's oily, its evil. The head is as dark as milk chocolate, it's fine and thick and creamy. It starts to fade down a bit but the lacing stays - just reminding you of how dark and huge it was. Nose is bourbon, it's chocolate, it's coffe grounds and booze - it's all business here.

This is devilishly good, it's rich and delicious, the bourbon is there and it's not hiding. There's this really rich chocolaty creaminess about it that's soothing and perfect for a cool night. I almost bought a bottle of bourbon tonight, but I'm having this instead and it was a spectacular decision.

Mouthfeel is the only minor detractor, it's a bit light on the tongue, and the carbonation is a bit sharp and light, but mellows as it warms. This is a delicious brew worthy of any beer lover.

Huge thanks to stawn for hooking me up!

Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

(Aged for 1+ year)

Black and thick in body with very little visible carbonation and only a small film of a dark brown head. This leaves irregular, splotchy lines of lace down the glass. Appropriate, especially for a barrel-aged stout of this age.

This smells like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, with nice amounts of bourbon, oak, and vanilla complementing the delicious aroma of fresh baked goods. There's just a hint of roast, but it's very mild. No alcohol presence in the aroma whatsoever.

If the aroma was freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, this is double chocolate chip cookies with fresh bourbon whipped cream on top and a glass of espresso. Of course this is hyperbole, but this is an incredibly rich dessert consisting of chocolate, cookie dough, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and a hint of coffee. If the flavors were just a bit more expressive, this would score perfectly. That being said, it's damn near perfect, as is.

Medium to full in body with low carbonation. Marvelously drinkable. Coating.

Sublimely good, though I don't think it has anywhere left to go in the cellar. Drink up!

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 Beerandraiderfan
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good black and brown pour, minimal head. Great faint hint of bourbon to this, very mellow.

Great amount of chocolate in here without getting sweet and delving into RIS territory. Maybe even a tiny bit of some kind of dark fruit to this. Alcohol presence isn't discernable, really hides it in this behind the small bourbon and big chocolate lead. Rather than vanilla, seems like it could have coconut. Or both, neither coming anywhere near anything more than a ghostlike presence.

Not super viscous, stays light and very drinkable. Thanks to stawn for throwing this in as an extra, definitely the best extra I've ever had. Shit, its about one of the best beers I've ever had period. Definitely my favorite Green Flash beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and vanilla. Also present are slight amounts of char.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by well-integrated dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the dark chocolate and vanilla fade a bit, allowing the roasted malt flavors to intensify. Traces of dark chocolate and larger amounts of vanilla carry through along with the roasted malts to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I’d been hoping to come across this beer for a little while now and I’m glad I finally had the chance to try it. A very well done beer that’s worth a shot.

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

On tap at Blind Tiger NYC, Sunday Brunch, had this one with flapjacks and bourbon aged vermont maple syrup.

A: Pours pitch black with tan mocha head, that stays and stays, looks great

S: Chocolate, Molasses and bourbon. Not overpowering, but you know its there

T: Very nice. Chocolatey, malty, goes down smooth with the bourbon kick. Tastes more like Porter than a stout which is good for me, either way, taste great.

M: Creamy Smooth. Nice age on this one as some bourbon beers have a bigger kick but you deal with it, this is one super smooth. One of the smoothest barrel aged beers I've had.

Wish I had more access to this one, very solid across the board.

Photo of pwoods
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to d0ggnate for hookin' it up.

12oz. Brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black, no light. Decent head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice bourbon notes with a touch of barrel. Lots of lactose in the nose... Maybe I'm wrong but seems like it.

T/M: Mild bourbon with mild barrel notes. Overtones of vanilla with plenty of lactose to follow. Not a ton of roast but plenty of somewhat mellowed heat. Some light chocolate and weak dark fruitiness. Body is medium full or more with mild carbonation.

D: Drinks moderately and is t quite what I was expecting from a bourbon barrel stout. Interesting, but meh.

Photo of jmadrigal2
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was very nice with thick tan head. Smelled like bourbon, chocolate vanilla. The taste had a nice sweetness without going overboard. I get chocolate cake, vanilla and oak in the taste. The mouth feel is medium. I like stouts a little thicker but this was still very nice. The drikability on this is very high for me. I enjoyed this stout a lot an would recommend seeking this one out.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark black with a small tan head on top, a nice cap forms and sticks around. Thick lacing forms down the sides of the glass.

S: Very bourbony, lots of brown sugar, chocolate, oak, and some vanilla.

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma, brown sugar and caramel with vanilla and oak from the barrels. There is a little bit of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth with the abv hidden extremely well.

O: Extremely drinkable, was very impressed by this beer. The bourbon flavors have held up nicely and make this a very tasty beer. Want more.

Photo of dbhall
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

traded for two bottles of this stuff, and had very high hopes going into it. the pour is not as black as some, but fairly close with a small head and the kind of lacing you want from a ba stout. the smell was a touch of vanilla, chocolate. not much booze in the nose. pleasant smell.
the taste for me left something to be desired. there was chocolate roasted malts, a slight hint of alcohol in the finish. it just didnt seem all that complex. the mouthfeel was a little too thin, and also didnt help the taste much. i would say this is a fairly easy drinking ba stout. it's good, just not great.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger rich and creamy dark mocha head with good retention. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sticky with oily, thick legs. A real nice looking beer.

Nose is bourbon, molasses, honey, chocolate and cocoa. Some brownie too. Very sweet and plenty rich but not too aromatic.

Opens sweet chocolate, honey and molasses. Middle is roasted malt, cocoa, fudge, vanilla, a touch of smoke and booze. End is more sweet alcohol with a bit of heat. Finishes hot with a big malt body. Molasses on the aftertaste. Pretty simple. The flavors work well together though.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and hot in the mouth. Some nice heat going down. A touch thin at times. Messy aftertaste with a slightly lingering finish.

A solid beer overall but there's parts of it that I'm not too impressed with. The body is a touch thin and while the flavors work very well together, there's a certain depth that's missing. Worth a try but don't go out of your way for this one.

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 mikey711
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Joe for this

A: Deep black with a mocha colored head. Great lacing and head retention as well.

S: Heavy chocolate and marshmellow notes. lots of vanilla and some wood followed by a burning bourbon char in the end. The sweetness was a bit more powerful then i like though.

T: Sweet with a hint of bourbon up front. a touch of smokiness and vanilla to follow. Some toasted marshmellow notes and a bit of wood.

M: Very creamy and smooth. the alcohol is not very detectable either. really not much to fault here

O: A solid offering all around but a little bit unbalanced towards the sweet side. I think a bit more a roasted bitterness would have help quite a bit. that being said, i am glad i have another bottle

Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour was dark chocolate with cocoa colored head, about a 1/2 inch or so.

Rich with plenty of bourbon. Slightly soft vanilla.

Very bourbon forward through out. Some roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Slight vanilla. Light sweetness.

Very slick and thick

This probably could have used some more time but still excellent. Lots of bourbon.

Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours black with a two-finger tan head and good lacing. Perfect stout appearance more or less.

Great aroma, rich high-end chocolate bar, dark chocolate mostly, with molasses, roast, and hops.

The flavor is not amazing but very good and complex. Average sweetness. Chocolate is huge, and there's a slight coffee presence along with roastiness and alcohol. Some substantial hop bitterness in there, craploads of IBUs.

Smooth mouthfeel though despite the drying hop and roast attack. Medium body for the style.

Good RIS overall, and very drinkable for the style, -bal aging, and ABV.

Photo of mdvatab
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ExplosivoSR for the trade! Had heard great things, and was glad to get my hands on a bottle.
Poured from 12oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: From the get-go, I knew this one was gonna be great. Deep, deep chocolate maltiness, powdered hot cocoa mix, a fruity blueberry note, rich espresso, and some light vanilla.

Appearance: A substantial 1.5 finger head resembling the light tan foam on a cafe mocha. Foam settles to a thin, but persistent layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Body is a dark espresso black/brown.

Flavor: Mmmmm! Wow! Fantastic chocolate flavor, and some toasted coconut, thanks to the barrel. Just enought mocha bitterness on the finish, followed by more delicious vanilla and coconut at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body (admittedly, a tad bit thinner than I'd envisioned). Medium-low carbonation, and a warming mouthfeel from the alcohol.

Overall: This one kind of reminded me of Ivan the Terrible, but was only slightly thinner in body. I hate to mark the mouthfeel down a tad bit, since this brew was one of the best I've had. If the body were thicker, it would be even that much better! Highly-recommended, nonetheless!

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.