Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 1,010
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 912
Gots: 158 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010

Bourbon barrel aged
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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 1,010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Jet black body. Insanely dark. Dark beige inch and a half head. Takes awhile to die down to a cap of foam on top leaving plenty of lacing stuck to the glass. Looks perfect.

Rich nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and a touch of coffee. Really rich desert beer nose.

Taste has a lots of dark chocolate, oats, vinous tannins, and oak up front. Then smoke, a hint of vanilla and caramel, and then a touch of bourbon at the end. Oak and tannins really stand out on this one. The bourbon comes through much more in the nose than in the taste.

The mouthfeel is thick with fine carbonation making this feel really creamy.

A seriously awesome beer. The oaks and tannins make this kind of a wine lovers stout. (758 characters)

Photo of Flip4beers
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I read the other reviews and so I took a chance and opened it up, thinking there's a possiblen drain pour. The smell of butterscotch is evident but there is a bourbon smell once you pour it. The taste is light bourbon goodness and a heavy dark chocolate, fudge notes since its a double stout. Yea, very fortunate to not have an infected beer but it's a solid beer. (364 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bill for trading me this one...

A. Pours a rich, dark black/brown. Half finger of swirly, somewhat uniform light brown head. Lacing is pretty spotty.

S. I have always enjoyed stouts that have a dark fruit quality, and Silva Stout is very strong in this regard. The nose yields so much cherry juice, ripe fig, some strawberry, brownie batter, oak, vanilla, and caramel. A wonderfully complex and savory bouquet.

T. Very sweet bourbon, ripe dark cherry, lots of vanilla, and some chocolate and oak char. A lot thinner and sweeter than the nose suggested. Very bourbon forward, with subtle, sweet fruit notes and and coffee-like finish.

M. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thin and sweet, but maintains a solid creaminess overall.

O. A solid bourbon barrel stout that is greater than the sum of its parts, I think. Taste and feel are a little thin and sweet, the barrel overwhelming the base beer to some extent. But the nose on this is excellent and, as bourbon barrel stouts go, this is one of the better ones I have experienced. (1,060 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (309 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AwYeh for this one, this beer got the honor of kicking off a three day binge on great beers while he hangs out here.

Pours an opaque black, with a lot of viscosity. generates an impressive two-finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a decent amount of bubbling and swirls in the glass. Lacing is sporadic and spotty at best.

Smells strongly of rich milk chocolate, with a touch of bourbon mixed in. Really one of the more chocolatey smells I've experienced in a while, with a blend of Whoppers and Hershey's syrup making for a great aroma. Bourbon gives it more of a spiced sweet hint than an alcohol one, and it works perfectly here. One of the finer smelling stouts I've had in a long while.

Taste is a bit of a letdown following the incredible nose, but that isn't to say it isn't great. The chocolate is darker here, with a coffee mixed in as well that makes for a nice, slightly bitter finish. The bourbon is once again in the background rather than the fore, and it adds to coffee finish in a great way. A sweet beer, but not so much that it gets in the way of the roasted malt in any way. After the phenomenal smell though the taste just doesn't measure up, and I want more of that rich milk chocolate from before.

Mouthfeel is full and thick enough,but not to the level of syrupy. Creamy when swished, the mouthfeel is a solid complement to the dessert flavors in the beer, but could use a little more body. Drinkability is very good, especially for a barrel aged big stout like this. Coffee at the finish adds that much more the complexity and balance of the beer. This could be a solid sipper for hours, if one was fortunate enough to get a bunch of these. Definitely want to get my hands on more, and hope they do this one again in the future. (1,773 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip; huge thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty IV BIF!

A: Pours an opaque dark brown/black, with two fingers of frothy tan head- looks much like a bowl of oatmeal. Good retention and lacing left behind.

S: A big kick of milk chocolate starts things off, before becoming dramatically more complex- vanilla and bourbon stand out, and I also pick up some coffee, spiciness, tobacco, and a much darker chocolate.

T: HUGE bourbon flavors come through immediately, and stay prominent for the whole flavor, complementing the strong dark chocolate flavors provided by the malts. Lots more vanilla here too, once again some hints of coffee, and a good deal of oak shows up too. Lingering dark cocoa/bourbon finish rounds things off nicely.

M: Medium+ bodied, with light carbonation. Smooth for the most part, and maybe just a little thinner than I was hoping for, but with a great syrupy, sticky ending, and a tingling feeling left on the palate from the bourbon and mostly hidden bitterness.

O: Very enjoyable beer, and one that I hope Green Flash will release again. My overall rating may suffer just a little bit as I'm trying to review Silva Stout to style; still, this is definitely one you should try to pick up. (1,259 characters)

Photo of sherm1016
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, received in trade from mikedashg. Thanks! Served in a Jolly Pumpkin Tulip.

Pours a jet black color with with a tan head. Aroma is a nice balance of bourbon an roasted malt. Heavy, but silky mouthfeel on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and very complex...oak, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.

This ia an excellent beer. I just wish it were easier to get. (406 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really have been looking forward to trying this one. Thanks to johndoe8 for sending this in the 2010 SS BIF.

A-Completely opaque dark brown with a frothy mocha head and really nice lacing.

S-Booozy in a very nice way. Deep charred oak, vanilla, some chocolate and lots of heat.

T-Wow, is this smooth! I was expecting a rugged ride after the nose. Rich caramel, cocoa nib and vanilla sweetness in the front with a very light roast and some heat in the finish. Delicious.

M-Nicely rich but not at all heavy. Lingers lightly with a very round mouthfeel.

D-I will savor this one since it never made it east. Excellent brew!

HV (628 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a frothy quarter inch deep tan head that dissipates fairly quickly into a very light layer of foam.

Mocha and buttery toffee begin the aroma, with roasted malt and notes of vanilla and raisins adding complexity. Tar emerges as it warms.

Dark chocolate is initially the dominating flavor, with vanilla, toasted malt, and oak rounding things out at the finish. Subsequent sips reveal dark berry presence. Raspberries and bruised cherries underlie the profile. The finish is lightly roasty and a touch dry.

Body is fairly full, with low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed, given the score. Not as flavorful as anticipated. Dark berries dominate, with decent roast and chocolate, but I guess I expected more. Then again, I just finished an Uncle Jacob's. Backbone is just a bit lacking. (852 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of SoCalStout
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 year aged Bottle poured into my delirium tulip

Appearance: Pours basically pitch black with a quarter fingers worth of nice brownish/tan head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Smells of chocolate. A closer smell reveals the bourbon, but it has definitely mellowed out and blended spectacularly with the vanilla, coffee, and a bit of oak.

Taste: What a balance of the bourbon with complexity from the vanilla, oak, coffee, coconut, dark chocolate, and a small hint of cherry. Very smooth and has balanced out tremendously well. As it warms the bourbon really shines through to the forefront. Don't notice the alcohol at all until the very end after it has warmed. Excellence.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected but very nice and smooth. Moderate carbonation with just a slight bit of alcohol at the end. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: Very good but not quite out of this world. I'd definitely have another, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to find it again. If I happened to come across it while looking for something else I would def grab one though. Still a very nice offering from Green Flash (1,114 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slips out an opaque, black body with a thinnish, beige head.

Smell: Sweetish, roasty nose full of notes smelling of chocolate truffles, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, dark fruits, and vanilla sugar. Hints of earthy, charry oak barrel wrapped up in an inviting waft of bourbon of good quality.

Taste: Gripping, engaging roastiness lovingly layered in sweet chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup, and melty caramel squares. Oak barrel accents given a dose of coconut-brown sugar fudge and a splash of bourbon. Dark fruitiness of plums and prunes. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness lurking within this one. Some well-integrated alcohol warmth waiting in the sweetish, chocolate-flavored coffee laced with bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: Near-full mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A generous load of heavy maltiness going head-to-head with a big barrel character comes together to make a very nice beverage. Go on, savor a Silva! (948 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a large 1+ finger head with large bubbles at the edges and a light chocolate powder dusting in the middle.

S: Aroma of deep bakers chocolate, melted Cadbury eggs, roasted malt, sweet bourbon and oak , roasted malts and vanilla. This is one of the better bourbon barrel aged Imperial stouts I have smelled.

T: Taste is slightly more bitter than I had expected on the first sip, deep robust chocolate malt. Definitely a rich bourbon booze presence, rich bakers chocolate, sweet malt, nice smooth and well rounded and creamy. Slightly more bitter than I picked up in the aroma, and a little bit of a charred espresso finish. Cherry and dark fruit flavors mixing with the oak barrel and bourbon flavors.

M: Medium body with a mild carbonation.

O: A solid offering from Green Flash. Mostly well rounded, a little more roast and ash flavors than I prefer, but the nose was fantastic and one of the best I have smelled. Good stuff (938 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra, thanks Shane! Pours from a cute little root beer looking bottle with a thick, creamy mocha head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, some light barrel, maybe a bit of fruity bourbon. Some lightly ashy elements as it opens up. Fairly sharp carbonation, thick body. Medium-bitter chocolate a nice vanilla backdrop, some hot bourbon on the finish. A bit of prune, anise come out. Pretty dang nice actually. Nicely balanced and pretty complex, though the bourbon finish can come across as being overly bitter. Fairly expressive yeast in here, reminds me of Sloth in that way, though not as glorious. This is really good stuff. (621 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to Mages64 for hooking me up with this want

This beer pours a dark dark brown color topped by a sandy brown colored foam. The aromatics are cocoa powder, vanilla, marshmallow, and a touch of bourbon. The flavor of this beer is greatly made up with chocolate. There is a decent amount of vanilla to accent the really really tasty chocolate that is the main component of flavor here. The mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy and I must say that I really enjoy it. The overall experience is greatly satisfactory. I really really like this beer, it's great. (583 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh oak and toasted coconut and rich milk chocolate, with a little brown sugar and roasted coffee and vanilla.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and roasted coffee and lots of coconut, with some toasted oak and vanilla and brown sugar. It had a sweet and clean aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a bit of carbonation. Very full body.
D: This was a fantastic bourbon stout. It had great scent and taste, with excellent body and well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. It had tons of bourbon and coconut character, which was enjoyable but not quite my ideal drink. I'm not sure how age would affect this one, but I would recommend trying it at any age if you can find it. (761 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right there with Parabola, for me. Just a joy to drink.

Smooth, round, full vanilla-tinged mocha sweetness. Soft tannins make for a silky, rich, lingering, slightly sweet finish. Deep brown/black with a tenacious, frothy little head for a beer of this size wafts just barest hints of bourbon and oak, dark, plum fruits and a hint of brown sugar.

Like Parabola, this is a beer that just absolutely deserves to always be around. And since Tyranena isn't local... when this appears again, I'll be making an effort to stock up. (525 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Eley Kishimoto Duvel glass. Thanks to a great trader who sent this my way!

This beer looks great - the black body is opaque and foreboding. A huge khaki head is fluffy then recedes with some lace, which is not expected in a BA stout. What a nice looking beer!

The smell is good but there is just a bit of an abrasive note from the barrel that eventually fades away - its more of a tannic wood note. Besides that, there is a great chocolate and bourbon stout that rivals the expression of beers like BA Blackout and Black Ops. The booze is well integrated and the barrel has added a ton of depth.

The first sip through the last are all absolutely delicious! This really reminds me of the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel stout, but with even more lingering vanilla and barrel notes. This starts off with huge bourbon, bakers chocolate, and fudge then a nice stout roast bridges the gap to the wonderful woody finish complete with a touch of molasses and licorice. Sweet malt and vanilla linger. Amazing and really close to a 5.

Silva stout isn't milkshake thick, but it has medium viscosity with light carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer is exceptional in terms of finish - there's just a touch of noticeable booze, but this has a perfect blend of stout and bourbon barrel. The bottom line is that I could drink a lot of this. It's not a bruiser or booze bomb. Chuck nailed the barrel flavors here. One of my favorite barrel aged beers in a while! (1,480 characters)

Photo of nesarebad
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (153 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black in color. Very small amount of head, tan in color. No visible sediment or haze - it was pretty much opaque.

S: Chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, chocolate caramel (yeah, I'm lacking in creativity here, but it's what I smelled). Absolutely excellent scent.

T: Dry cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and some fresh oak. Amazingly dry with not nearly as much malt as I would have imagined. Black coffee. Hints of bourbon and coconut.

M: Very good texture - nice and dense and thick. Moderate carbonation with very fine bubbles.

O: One of the best smelling imperial stouts I've ever had, and the taste was good too, but just not quite as good as it smelled. Glad I got to try it. (721 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Cassey for bringing this one out. Cheers bro!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head on a fairly passive pour. Good amount of head retention, and lacing that clings to the glass...

S - Smells a little sweet. Chocolate, caramel, and Bourbon. Very enticing scent...

T - Delicious. Chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a hint of coffee followed by sweet vanilla. Finishes on a smooth Bourbon warmth. Bourbon is right on par here. Not over the top, but enough to let you know that it is there. Very smooth and well balanced...

M - This is where this beer lacks in my opinion. Was hoping for a more viscous mouthfeel. On the higher end of medium bodied, but still a little thin for my likings. Especially considering the style. Moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one, and something I am definitely looking foward to trying again. Green Flash brewed a very solid beer here...

Cheers... (997 characters)

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many samples, both tap and bottle. This rating is from my 6th encounter on tap. Pitch black pour with a lasting brown head that leaves awesome lace. Aroma of decadent fudge, wood, barrel,fresh coffee, earth, a vinous note, some angel cake, molasses. Flavors are decadent, wood, bourbon, and fresh coffee. Plenty of chocolate. Mouthcoating, syrupy, but with refreshingly lively bubbles. Can put back many of these. That said, possibly better in bottles than on tap. I wouldn't age it much, it is mellow enough now and has tons of fresh coffee flavor that will fade quick. (570 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent as extra via trade from codewarrior...thanks bro! Really looking forward to this one! Poured from a short necked 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip/snifter glass. Pours a wonderful pitch black, semi-thick...and presents a great looking brown creamy head, about a finger in height. Lacing is light and speratic. A great looking stout!

Aroma is also great! Smells just like you'd expect. Coffee, chocolate, booze(bourbon), and malts. Slightly charred and smokey.

Very nice! Smooth, creamy, low carbonation, medium booze, semi-thick body, bitter-sweet...closer to sweet. Chocolate, roasted coffee beans, bourbon, vanilla, malts. Flavor has a mild burnt taste, but only adds a nice characteristic! Very, very tasty. And drinkability doesn't even lack based on the style and everything going on. Very glad I got the chance to try this! (846 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of stoad,

A: Pours darkest black with a thick tan head, good lace.

S: Bourbon, oak, dark chocolate nose.

T: Classic bourbon and dark chocolate intermingling. Great flavours, reminds me a lot of a fresh Firestone 12, good praise in my book.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, easy going palate.

D: Another wonderful effort from Green Flash. Glad I got to try it; I just wish it was more available. (422 characters)

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.