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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Silva StoutSilva Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

770 Ratings
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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 939
Gots: 117 | FT: 6
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

MasterSki, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

jlindros, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

oline73, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

MarkyMOD, May 09, 2014
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -8.9%

beernads, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Halcyondays, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +13.9%

imperialking, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, opaque and viscous. Light carbonation produces a thin mocha head with some legs and fades to a thin crown. Aroma is my favorite part of this beer; rich bourbon, vanilla, oak, cookie dough, etc. Balance and subtlety of the aroma is remarkable. Flavor is complex balance of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and mild dark fruit. Blending of the fresh stout with the barrel aged component takes most of the sharpness off the finish. Only drawback is the slightly thin body with light carbonation. Otherwise this is an incredible stout from Green Flash.

yourefragile, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge thanks to ptykozoon for sending this in a recent trade as an extra!

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. One finger frothy beige head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a prominent barrel character. Lots of bourbon and earthy oak as well as some sweet vanilla/marshmallow notes. Underneath, the base beer is still evident. Thankfully the nose of this beer isn't verly dominated by the bourbon. Plenty of dark malt with hints of silky chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean, toast and toffee. Only slightly roasted and not acrid at all. Hopefully the flavor lives u to the aroma.

Chewy medium body that has a much more dominant roasted presence than the aroma suggests. In opposition to the aroma, the malt is extremely roasted and almost burnt, dominating the palate and taste. The barrel aging is more subtle than expected and is most evident towards the end of the swallow. Lots of roasted malt of front with hints of burnt toast, acrid burnt coffee bean, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. This is countered in the finish by the bourbon barrel character. Lots of sweet, boozy bourbon heat with subtle ashy/earthy oak. The pleasant vanilla/marshmallow character from the aroma is faint, a bit too much so for my liking. If it was a bit stronger it could have mellowed things out a bit but unfortunately this beer is a bit one dimensional and harsh to drink. Decent but definitely a sipper. I'm curious how this one would do with some age.

corby112, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -8.9%

drewone, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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...

orangesol, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

stakem, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured jet black with some brown hues as the light hits it. Finished off with a nice tannish cap

S: Big, rich cocoa upfront, bourbon, wood not just wood but but Oak as well. There is a difference and this beer reflects it.

Taste: Chocolate is a milk chocolate upfront, blends with a light bitter cocoa, bourbon, coffee, roasted malt and oak, all blend and work together very well. Such a great taste! A tinge of booze which you forget about from the smoothness and great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, nice amount of booze and body, great feel.

Overall: Exceptional.

barleywinefiend, May 22, 2011
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

duceswild, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

mothman, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice pour at the Strong Ale fest in Boulder...I had several more. Black pour. Can make out some dark ruby highlights if i concentrate. Dense head, off brown. Lacing is good.

Aroma is rich in vanilla and caramel, some woodiness and roasted coffee. Molasses in the background.

More chocolate in the taste. Vanilla is the footing upon which the wood sits. Coffee roast is there but turns more into baked dark chocolate. This is quite good. a bit boozy, but the vanilla seems to mask it. Some leather and dark, black plum

Easy drinking for the abv and style.

Mebuzzard, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

mdaschaf, Nov 03, 2012
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.