Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 914
Gots: 160 | FT: 11
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film. Chunky rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, oaky wood, and bourbon. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation and a slightly drying quality. Overall, this is a great barrel aged stout that has a wonderful integration of the bourbon barrel with the stout flavors. Very well balanced.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Freddie at Beverages4Less. Poured into a tulip and shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and Heather.

Pours black with a light mocha head. There is quite a bit of legs going on here. Sticky legs and a bit of spotty lacing on the side of the glass. As Ben pointed out initially, the nose was quite a bit of chocolate chip cookie dough. It tasted like the batter had been mixed with some vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon character is really quite smooth. My guess is that they must have used a really high-quality bourbon and/or put this in the barrels for a long period of time.

Again, the taste brings some really high end bourbon notes with some vanilla, cookie dough, and light cream. There is just a tough of booze there as well. Really delicious. Tastes like it has definitely spent some time with the bourbon and reminds me of some of the 50/50 Imperial Eclipse. Absolutely fantastic beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rather modest tan head that fades away quickly though it left a web of lace in the chalice

Smell: Dark chocolate, black licorice and oak; the Bourbon element is very subtle

Taste: Oddly, the beer is very dry and woody, up front, and it takes a while for the chocolate, bourbon, mint and vanilla elements to arrive; when they do, however, the flavors blossom into a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Based on the other reviews I have read, I am guessing that this beer is past its prime, though I would have thought that it would have held up for longer; still, a very nice beer with subtle balance

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Silva proves all of what's right in the world can manifest in a single glass- albeit a brandy snifter. Its pursuit of succulence, power, and grace ends in a highly robust taste of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon; but don't they all?

Its pure black color is the first indicator of what's to come, just as the beer lifts its creamy structure underneath. What rises is a mocha-stained honeycomb of bubbles that for its long-lasting head and attributes to its broken rings of lace later. This is one gentlemanly looking stout!

Bold roast aromas fill the nose with elements of espresso, chocolate, walnuts, heavy cream, and dark fruit. As the bourbon-tilted scent rises, so comes notes of cherries, berries, and sherry wine. Its a fully appetizing aroma that causes me to dive into the beer far sooner than I needed.

But it's exactly those flavors that manifests froom scent that makes Silva so great. Its chocked full of bittersweet chocolates, espresso-type roast, and marshmallow sweetness that makes the taste like alcoholic milkshake. Caramel, vanilla, and sweet alcohols accompany the beer's taste 'til the end. But finishing with the hop taste and bitterness of burnt wood signals the beer's closing impressions, yet the roast and chocolate lingers indefinitely.

Where the beer really shines is in its texture where the early billowing creaminess accompanies textures of vanilla bean ice cream, marshmallow, and bourbony heat. Its full and robust body holds true for the entire session without quivering. A late bitter wood note and slight vinous alcohol fruits allow for any compromise in finish. If not, we feel the beer for ever!

Where some imperial stouts favor "roast" and others prefer "sweet", Silva prefers a marshmallow character that's present in its heavy vanilla nose, it's cream flavored taste, and its creamy texture. All does so with the roastiness of stout and pleasant wood hop notes to finisnh.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
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 largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four pack of this from HopHead84. Thank you, Shane.

A well-carbonated imperial stout, Silva pours with a lasting finger of tan froth. The body is an impenetrable dark brown.

This smells outstanding, surprisingly so. It's largely comprised of cocoa powder, caramelized malt and light oxidation. Bourbon is noticeable but nicely integrated, neither subtle nor overwhelming.

Flavors of chocolate chip cookies and black licorice are accented by notes of bourbon, oak and mellow oxidation. This is barrel aging done to near perfection, it's remarkable how balanced this beer is. Full in body and fairly rich, but largely dry in the finish with a mild bite of licorice and burnt malt.

I'm not the biggest fan of Green Flash, but they did a great job with this beer, and I love that it comes in four packs. In fact, I can't think of another imperial stout from the West Coast that comes in 12 oz bottles that I like more.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the nightcap of my first full night back at the table, i was able to pull this one of the stash and dump it into a snifter. served chilled.

the pour was wonderful with a huge dark black color an a nice tight head of tan that really showed off how nice this was. sticking to the sides and dropping tons of foam down the sides. aroma is deep bourbon, tons of vanilla, oak and rich roasted notes. chocolate cuts through as does a ton of coffee and a huge splash of deep vanilla in the finish. seriously big bourbon flavor, i was not expecting this to be as huge as it was and in hind sight, should have shared, lol.

overall this was an awesome ba stout and a great way to get back in the game, simply fantastic and well worth it.

Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for splitting a bottle of this with me.

A: The pour is thick and black with a dense brown head that sticks to the glass.

S: A rich chocolate aroma (almost like a chocolate milkshake) fills the nose along with some subtle cherry notes. Quite a bit of barrel, but the bourbon itself is more restrained. Some nice hints of vanilla as well.

T: More intense chocolatey goodness as you take the first sip. Really rich milk chocolate flavor along with some sweet vanilla. The oak is again present and the bourbon provides just a bit of warmth.

M: The body is medium to full and very smooth. The carbonation is subtle and provides for an excellent mouthfeel.

D: I was leery of this beer with all the initially high reviews, so I drank this beer with my skeptics hat on (and judgmental glass in hand). However, the more of it I drank, the more I realized that Green Flash has done another very solid job.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a frothy mocha head which fades slowly. Nose is bourbon, rum- soaked oak, toasted malt, sweet fruits, and a lovely pure vanilla essence. Taste is superb in balance with all the elements of the nose plus a bit of mellow booze on the finish. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, rich and thick. I could almost spoon this out of the glass. Overall, just overwhelmed. Fantastic - a must have. Well done indeed.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Huge thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

Mike brought this over, ostensibly as a birthday gift, during our impromptu blind tasting the other night. Whatta guy. It pours a bleak onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises oak, pretzel, whiskey, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and some light chocolate. The taste runs very similarly, but with the addition of some extra wood, a hint of smoke, and a decent amount of coffee and dark chocolate. These additions certainly make a difference, and it's all for the better. The body is a hefty medium, bordering on light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty, very nice stout that more than lives up to the hype ascribed to it.

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with no light coming through. There is a finger of fluffy tan head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Roasted malt with a strong, sweet chocolate presence. I'm picking up some warm alcohol and bourbon, but the grain is definitely the dominant smell.

Taste: This is a really smooth and well done BA stout, but I feel like it's lacking that wow factor that some of the big boys have. Smooth bourbon and roast. The barrels and roast fill the taste with nice chocolate notes. The finish is sweet and roasty. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with lots of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Quite good but not out of this world. I'd definitely have another, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to trade for it.

Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this one. I've been trying to get this for a while.

Pours a very nice thick rich creamy head, fades slowly nice retention and decent lacing, pitch black nice legs.

Nose is predominantly dark malts and roast, coffee, espresso, black malt, just a bit of very dark chocolate, cocoa powder, very faint bourbon and barrel, a bit of fudge brownie, light earthy hops. Faint acrid burnt roast.

Taste brings cocoa, fudge brownie, light roast and some coffee, chewy but smooth lush creamy oats and chocolate, very dark bitter chocolate, hint if caramel and toffee even. Light vanilla barrel, hint of toasty oak. It gets abit more oaky as it goes. Then some earthy hops with some bitterness, light tannic black malt and hint if char. Finish is drier but sticky and powdery, cocoa, dark malts, lots of dark bakers choc, more earthy hops, very faint barrel. Long bitter earthy hops that outlasts the sticky mouth coating malts.

Mouth is thicker bodied, lots of fluffy carb, light warming booze.

Overall nice, not phenomenal but pretty nice.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep pitch black in the glass, topped with a thick finger of frothy dark mocha head. This retains with a tight and creamy ½ finger, which leaves back a rich cascade of foamy lacing that slowly descends down, coating the sides with sticky swathes of lace and brown gooey oils. The aroma is rich with bourbon flavoring right off bat, as notes of burnt molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and charred oak meld seamlessly into a thick mix of sugary smelling chocolate fudge, earthy citric fruit, and roasted coffee character. This feels very full and a bit intense, yet this still has a smoothness to it that soothes out the rough edges in the nose.

The taste mirrors this with a smooth blending of barrel and base, as notes of molasses, chocolate, caramel, roast, dark fruit, vanilla, and then a finish of brown sugar and dry charred oak all combine to give this a fantastic silky complexity. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a soft chewiness that intertwines with a woody slickness from the barrel. This definitely has a warming strength to it but never comes off as being overly hot, as I think that the balance and depth of flavor here is more than enough to keep that 10% ABV in check.

As far as Barrel-Aged Stouts go, this one is a beaut! The complexity and integration of flavors here was fantastic, helping keep this immensely smooth and approachable for such a big beer. Green Flash impressed me very much with this one. I quite enjoyed it.

Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for this one. Served in a Stone IRS goblet.

A - Pours with a couple fingers of dark tan foam that settle to a persistent thin cap and thick collar, leaving being splotches of lace and a glass-coating brown film. The body is pitch black.

S - Chocolate, oak, butterscotch, dark toasted grains, perhaps a hint of vanilla. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

T - Big buttery oak, sweet toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, with light espresso and barrel tannins in the finish. Again - drinks like an 8% beer.

M - Smooth medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a sticky and lightly tannic finish.

D - Very drinkable, and one of the few barrel-aged stouts where I bemoan the small serving size. I actually didn't intend to give this beer such a high score, but it's well-balanced nature and lack of obvious flaws make it hard to do otherwise.

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 11/05/10 notes. Shared by ygtbsm94 at a small tasting; thanks Brad!

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of vanilla, roasted malts, toffee, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Wonderful taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, and a touch hot.

d - I thought this was a great stout. I was really impressed with the smell and taste and thought they were both pretty complex. Would love to get more of.

Edit: Had 2 more glasses of this on tap on 12/21/10 at Hattle N Hum in NYC and it is an outstanding beer. I liked it from the bottle and it was even better than I remembered. Would love to have this again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good barrel aged stout. Picked this up at a beer store in California and promptly drank it. Beer is black with a thin brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation is low. Looks good.

Beer smells like roast with hints of liquor, mostly roast and some sweetness.

Beer is medium bodied and leads off with some light sweetness and is followed up by some bourbon flavors. The bitterness in the back is managed well with some nice coffee notes and perhaps some chocolate bitterness. Overall its a good beer but could have been more bourbon forward.

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade with marisatheyounger. Poured into a N.B. globe. Thanks again!

A - Pours deeep brown, borderline black, with a nice pillowy one finger tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the length of the glass.

S - A lush mix of milk chocolate and warm bourbon. Dark roasted malts and plenty of barrel offer a bit of contrast to all that sweetness. A nearly perfect balance of milky sweetness and rich bourbon. One of the best I have had in a good while.

T - Nice warm bourbon flavor right up front giving way slowly to a sweet mix of warm bourbon and milk chocolate. Nice creamy feel on the pallet is quite nice. Finish is a mix of bourbon heat and sweet milk chocolate. I am really glad I got to try this one. One of the best I have had in a awhile.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich creamy feel with plenty of lingering heat and dark roast. The balance of all flavors is nearly perfect, just a touch too hot in the finish.

D - Very high. I might need to get a few more of these. One of the best barrel aged beers I have had in quite some time. The balance of booze and sweetness is nearly flawless. I only hope that in the future I can have this on-tap...

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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 mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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 mothman
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of tan head that fades down to nothing. Leaves a little lace. Color is nearing black.

Aroma: Notes of warming bourbon and sweetness. Rich and chocolaty. Vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Very nice. Has a roast of coffee as well.

Taste: The bourbon and oak comes out quickly and I like it. Notes of vanilla and caramel. Chocolate, roast, and coffee. It is warm and flavorful. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Rich and warming. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with molasses and a touch of dryness.

Overall, this was a great -bal aged stout. A lot of great characteristics. Only downfall was the mf was a bit dry and syrupy. I really enjoyed this one and it was pretty drinkable. Thanks Jeff for sending this one out.

Photo of stakem
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 1/22/11. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very dark brown with some clarity and lighter brown around the edges. Lace clings all over the glassware with a webbing pattern.

The aroma of this brew issweet and grainy with indications of vanilla and raw oak. A little tannic and a light twinge of alcohol that has a bit if twang about it.

The taste of this brew is roasty with a whiskey accented alcohol flavoring. Oaky, tannic and overall blended well together to form a very flavorful and enjoyable experience. A flavor of fresh grain produces some minor sweetness with a lingering roasty character that imparts some chocolate notes.

Medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very drinkable with an awesome blend of flavors. The alcohol is quite surpressed relatively speaking for 10%. Very enjoyable take on the style. I would like to get more of this.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

A: Black body with a thick, beige head that generates a healthy dosage of lacing. Very nice appearance.

S: Roasted malt, followed by bourbon and chocolate.

T: I enjoyed this brew very much. I appreciated the fact that the beer retained a great deal of the roasted malt character, and was not overwhelmed by the bourbon barrel. Notes of chocolates add a nice touch of complexity to the beer that really round out the taste quite well.

M: The beer has a nice thick feel, and definitely feels like a 10% imperial stout. Well done. The beer finishes with a warming sensation, reminding me that this is one to sip and savor.

D: Another awesome imperial stout. I'm so glad to have tried it, as this beer is not in my market. Recommended.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.