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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 250
Hads: 1,036
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.65%
Wants: 908
Gots: 158 | FT: 9
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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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with decent head. Heavy aroma of buttered popcorn with a hint of chocolate. Definitely not what I was expecting or hoping for. Tastes like it smells, with hints of bourbon. Definitely not worth the cost, it is drinkable, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of snifters. Bottled on 2015-02-16. 2015 Batch 01.

Pours black with a surprisingly large head (for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout) -- flashes up in a brownish pillow and then fades quickly into a light brown ring with a few islands. Smell is bourbon, booze and chocolate, wood, vanilla.

Taste is very boozy, lots of chocolate. Surprisingly bland. Sharp bitter burnt roast. Some cherry syrup flavor. Slight hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is silky and nice. Overall, it's a pretty good, but not special. Maybe it'll improve as it warms.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 poured in to a snifter.

L- what you would imagine, not much to say , looks good, has about a 1 finger tan head

S-...dark fruits, grapes,bourbon ,vanilla. Pretty wine like, not sure if that's common for this beer?

T- pretty mild bourbon vanilla, dark fruits....


O- overall overly priced, thin, not horrible. Would never buy it again.

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Photo of john0721
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Poured black, light brown head, nice lacing.

I get mostly barrel notes in the nose.

The flavor takes it up a notch, malted chocolate, cherry, oak, with some roastiness.

Very nice chocolate oaky finish.

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Photo of M_chav
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours a rich dark black color with a 1/2 inch froth
S - wow, this smells incredible. tons of syrup, cherry syrup on pancakes, molasses, bourbon/vanilla - marshmallows just awesome. makes me salivate
T - aaaahhhh, letdown. much thinner than expected. still hold some of the qualities of the aroma but flavors are contrasted from the nose. much simpler and straight forward here. want this to be creamier to hold the flavors in. Still good, just not as good as the smell. slightly boozy
F - soft and smooth, nice overall balance. slight bitter ending but nothing overwhelming
O - a good brew, the price tag was a bit rough. only because of that I will probably not seek out again.

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Photo of treznor
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its certainly bourbony... good lord! Has potential, but needs some age to tone down the wood and even out. Had on draft, so no real chance to age. Maybe with time this will be a great beer.

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Photo of BWCampbell
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have no clue how this made it to the BA top 250 after the changes - this beer tasted like buttered popcorn and was pretty clearly infected. That implicated about everything.

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Photo of dmb987
2.4/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was looking fwd to this one for awhile only to be super let down by the infected batch. I emailed green flash and was told reparations would be made to those who spent money on these infected bottles. I have yet to hear anything more from green flash. Will avoid buying their beers from now on.

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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.

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Photo of kkleu357
1.31/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well, this was a major let down. Was one of the 2015 bottles. Right off the bat we all knew something was wrong. Smells like shitty butterscotch. Only goes down hill from here. Taste is cherry like and even shittier butterscotch. Huge let down for the almost $20 price tag.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.52/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The American Craft Beer Fest Yesterday.
Rich coffee and chocolate with a huge hit of diacytyl. This one isn't right and shouldn't be served.

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Photo of samtallica
1.32/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I traded for this beer years ago and it was delicious. I was so excited to see it on the shelves in my area that I didn't even question dropping $20 on a bottle.

Sadly, this is not the same beer I had previously. As soon as a popped the cork, I was hit with vinegary butter. There are hints of what this beer should be in the background, but the apparent infection has taken over.

I had already given up on Green Flash's hoppy beers because the dating is so inconsistent/ridiculous. Now I feel like I can't even trust the other stuff. I will be swearing them off completely until they fix these issues.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.37/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of VACraftBeerLover
1/5  rDev -76.7%
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.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of Powderhornphil
2.95/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.73/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
2.66/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of LordVodka
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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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.

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.