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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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780 Ratings
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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 945
Gots: 119 | 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 billab914
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, sticky, tan colored head to it. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a rich dark chocolate and bourbon flavor to it. I get some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness mixing with some bitter, roasty, coffee flavors. Very nice range of flavors to it.

The taste starts out with some of the sweeter, malty, vanilla flavors. Towards the finish more of the bitter-sweet chocolate and roasty flavors mix with some of the dry, woody oak. The bourbon really compliments the beer well and gives it some great depth.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being on the lower side. Overall it was a great beer to sip on this evening. Everything really comes together in it nicely. The bourbon barrel flavors really integrated nicely into the beer. Great beer overall.

billab914, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

chinchill, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Zaphog, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/19/10

After enjoying nearly half a case of this since the release on 10/01/10, I figured it was high time to review this lovely drink.

A: The pour into the snifter was neither hard nor soft, but two fingers of frothy umber beauty rose up from the black depths to meet my eyes. I'd say the color is black, or near enough as makes no mattter. Retention is good.

S: Aroma is of a bourbon infused chocolate chip sugar cookie, if such a thing existed. An exquisite blend of brown sugar, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and light alcohol notes. Roasted malt is restrained.

F: The taste displays a lower moderate sweetness with strong chocolate and bourbon notes. Roasted malt is mellow, and I get a whisper of coffee, it's barely noticeable. The alcohol presence is ideal for me, mellow, yet possessing a pleasant level of booze heat for such a barrel aged beverage. The interplay between bourbon and chocolate is very nice. The finish is drying, with a light alcohol heat, and lingering chocolate bourbon.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy with a nice upper moderate level of carbonation and some alcohol warming. There's a subtle tannic quality that's coupled with a drying oak character. I also detect a mild astringency in the finish. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: I don't know how this beer will age, and I don't see any reason to keep it around long enough to find out. The beer is mellow and has a great blend of all flavors and aromas, and I wouldn't want any one to fade or become more pronounced. I'll go out on a limb and say this can't get better. I didn't consider it capable of improving upon the release, and no taste since then has swayed me. Drink up! A 12oz bottle of a high quality and quite delicious bourbon barrel aged stout for $80 a 24 bottle case? That's unheard of in the beer world, and near fantasy in Southern California where you don't find these in a vessel smaller than a bomber, and most often they're resting in a 750ml bottle. This is a great thing, Green Flash, at a great price, please make this a yearly release. A beer of this quality at this price being available at the brewery for weeks seems too good to be true around here.

HopHead84, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my The Bruery Snifter.
Thanks to marqoid for the bottle.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger dark tan head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Chocolate, coffee, and some nice bourbon scents.

T - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, nice fruitiness, but it is hidden under layers - wow!

D - Thicker, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

O - Delicious. Loved it.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a hint of transparency. Nice khaki head. Leggy. Some bubbles cling to the glass.

Smell - Really nice bourbon and oak. Some coconut and vanilla. Rich dark chocolate.

Taste - Bourbon is a little more raw. More liquor than barrel. Oak. Dark chocolate. Kinda dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Could be richer. A little boozy, but not that much.

Overall - Something hidden, something apparent, all good. A very strong bourbon character. Works well. Smells fantastic.

Alieniloquium, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to tasting glass at my 30th Beerthday Bash on 9/23/11
*From notes

A: Rich, burnt brownish black - as it should be. A careful pour yields a one finger head with good retention. The creamy color of the head and lacing are fantastic.

S: Toasted coconut, bourbon and cocoa. Note to Green Flash: make this into an air freshener and I'll strap it to my rearview.

T: At this age, the beer is right where I like it. The see-saw balancing act of the bourbony booze and char is just right. Hints of vanilla bean are strong, as it effortlessly ushers in some dark, semi-sweet baker's chocolate, toasted coconut and smooth, sipping bourbon.

M: Easy enough to drink and extremely approachable. I didn't feel like this was something that had to be consumed one milliliter at a time. The carbonation is spot-on, allowing the beer to be quite creamy and luxurious. The barrel really helped to smooth out any rough edges their Double Stout may have had.

O: Green Flash's Silva Stout was an absolute treat, and one of the many standouts in an epic evening. Unlike some, I feel that this is drinking beautifully at the moment, and can't wait to crack into the other two in my cellar.

Rhettroactive, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

glid02, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of atrocity
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%

atrocity, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
5/5  rDev +13.9%

TurdFurgison, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, roast, malts, vanilla, bourbon,

taste: bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roast

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: this beer is delicious. Can't believe how easy it is to drink would not of guessed it to 10%. hope to get a few more bottles.

cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Cynic-ale, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -8.9%

drummermattie02, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

chippo33, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

400TH REVIEW

12oz bottle poured into snifter - big thanks to arvjunk for this

Pours a thick blackened color with a crop of tanned head. Fades into clouded film with some patchy and spotty lacing left on the glass.

Strong scents of bourbon up front with some oaky smoothness. Chocolate sweetness laced with vanilla, followed by roasted malt and warmth, slight hint of bitterness.

Syrupy roasted malts drizzled with caramel and plenty of bourbon warmth. Not overly hot, but definitely present, matched with a decent amount of sweetness. Dark chocolate with vanilla are prevalent. Burly malt backbone, and a hint of hop bitterness as well towards the finish. Warm, oaky, and boozy in the end.

Fuller body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and syrupy on the tongue. Really nice flavor and integration of bourbon on this one - I like the extra smack of booze, plus the vanilla sweetness helped take the edge off.

xnicknj, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris, at our BCS Championship tasting, poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a deep black with a dark tan head. A great cap forms, some pretty good lacing, looks great...The aroma is really nice with chocolate, butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. Really nice and smooth, creamy...The taste is very buttery, reminds me of the buttery smoothness of 50/50 PVW. Milk chocolate, oak, toffee, really good...The mouthfeel, as mentioned, is awesome...Totally crushable, alcohol is hidden well.

This is great. I need to get some more of this!

jrallen34, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -8.9%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of claspada
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 version released in September of last year I believe. Courtesy of hoppymcgee and shared with HimerMan. Pours an opaque, black body with a nice small thinnish, dark brown head.

Aromas begin with a sweet, roasty nose full of chocolate truffles, caramel, brown sugar, coconut and vanilla. Hints of earthy, oak barrel wrapped up in an inviting waft of bourbon of good quality.

The tastes directly follow the nose with engaging roastiness lovingly layered in sweet chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup and melted caramel squares. Oak barrel accents given a dose of coconut-brown sugar fudge and a light splash of bourbon. Not a drop of alcohol warmth thanks to the year of age on this. Perfectly balanced with the sweetish, chocolate-flavored coffee laced flavors melded with the perfectly balanced bourbon finish.

The mouthfeel is near-full bodied with light to medium carbonation. Finish is not too heavy or thick which is so nice and is often a deterrent for certain Imp Stouts for me.

Overall this was freakin' amazing. The second best Barrel Aged Stout I have ever had, only behind Kate the Great, which is great company to be associated with. Flavors are balanced with a generous load of heavy maltiness going head-to-head with a balanced barrel character comes together to make a very nice beverage. I will be definitely be trying to track down more of this for sure. Highly recommended.

claspada, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Ed at The Community Tap for giving me a bottle of this to try! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger dark tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, slight oak, and slightly roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was excellent. It was still very hot from the alcohol if I'm honest. Even with this fact, it was still very tasty in all rights. Great aroma and flavor going on here for sure. But I would classify this one in its current state as a sipper. Really glad I got a chance to try this one!

thagr81us, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour with a tan head. Some bits of lacing, fade to a partial cap.

S - Great roasty and chocolate smelling impy stout. Little bit of barrel age influence there as well, no hint of big-beer alchohol.

T - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Smooth, buttery, creamy, quite roasty with the appropriate chocolate sweetness. Barrel aging is not overpowering, this beer is awesome.

M - Lighter side of full bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - This beer tastes fantastic and I want more. Easy to drink, would like a bomber of it.

AgentZero, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you so much for this, Chris. My previous (and only) attempt at getting this beer ended with FedEx losing the box, and I'd resigned myself to the fate of not trying this until you generously sent it to me.

Pouring jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this beer looks excellent. The lacing is particularly fine, hanging around in dense sheets. And the new, distinctive bottles don't hurt either. The nose is pretty excellent. The barrel character is moderate - coconut, chocolate, sugar and an almost cookie dough-like character, I also get raisins and oatmeal. All of this makes me think - chocolate chip raisin cookie. The roast character is light, this is on the creamier, milk chocolate end of the RIS spectrum. Bourbon is expressed as a little vanilla and a firm but gentle heat.

The palate is outstanding. Coffee and some milk chocolate are immediately noticeable, there's a moderate caramel malt backbone to go with vanilla and bourbon that the barrel has lent. The coffee character isn't as strong as in a beer like KBS, but it's still very noticeable. It is also a little more acrid and less fresh than in KBS. Bourbon reappears on the mid-palate, with a mild booziness that lightens the body some. A moderate chocolate undercurrent is present as well. Mildly sweet on the finish with bourbon, vanilla and caramel all present, along with a touch of alcohol.

Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this improves hugely once it's had time to settle down a bit. The mellow booziness on the finish is enjoyable too, especially on this rainy, fall night. Excellent stuff, I would drink this again if I could.

DefenCorps, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Half inch light mocha head on a black body. Cap and collar, small splotchy lacing.

Sweet bourbon notes in the nose.

Pretty damn smooth bal-ness. Toasted coconut hints from the oak. Light roastiness. Would guess about 11%abv.

Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Good call from egrace84 on the similarities to CWBBS. Dig the coconut notes. Thanks kawilliams81.

Duff27, Jan 04, 2014
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.