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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
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783 Ratings
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Ratings: 783
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

miggy96, Feb 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jwat, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of cxr1037
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this a few months back at the brewery but busted it out last weekend for a bottle share. Here are some notes I jotted down on it:

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, almost to the point of black (go figure, it's an imperial stout). Minimal, dark mocha head.

AROMA: Obviously sweet, with bourbon, oak, and dark malts. Also tons of chocolate - chocolate pudding, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate - as well as bananas.

TASTE: First the chocolate. It's reminiscent of chocolate pudding at first, then tapers off to a bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, dark malts give it some more body, and the trademark bourbon, vanilla, and oak come out. That little bit of banana from the nose sticks around in the taste and makes me think of a banana cream pie.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy, thick and warming. Very heavy finish, though not very much alcohol.

OVERALL: This was my favorite stout of a weekend that included the much circle-jerked over BCBS among others. I thought the chocolate came through great, but it wasn't overpowering, like drinking chocolate syrup. It was well-balanced with the malt and the moderate bourbon character. These big, syrupy, boozy stouts are boring and tough to drink. Silva Stout felt light enough to not want to kill yourself after drinking.

98/100

cxr1037, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

blabaer, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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

JulianC, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ricecracker420, Feb 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

browniewithnuts, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Lucnifter, Feb 15, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%

AlexFields, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mythaeus, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Benesi88, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -26%

Rish907, Jan 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

HipHopsHooray, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

headyhopzhead, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Received with almost two finger's worth of head which has okay retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Lacing is basically non-existent but there are some spots here and there.

Nose- Huge chocolate notes that almost prevent me from smelling much else. Some cherry notes, some cocoa. A hit of alcohol and slight notes of bourbon. I did get a little bit of coconut at beginning. Light notes of oak, vanilla, and toffee. But more chocolate than anything else.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose with huge amounts of chocolate (close to fudge brownie or truffles) and cocoa. Some cherries. A little thinner than I expected. Some chalkiness on the finish. Some notes of cola. A bit of oak, some woodiness. Not as much bourbon on the palate as on the nose. Pretty solid but certainly does not meet my expectations. Nice sweetness does give it some complexity but not the complexity one would expect from barrel aging. A little bit of the coconut starts to come out as it opens up more. Some creaminess or milkiness to the chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Just about medium bodied with mild carbonation that has a slight zing that doesn't really disrupt the overall mouthfeel. A little thin for the style but this also isn't too much of a negative.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing as it's a little bit boozier on the nose than it is on the palate. Fairly reasonable at 5 bucks a glass but the Block 15 Super Nebula is certainly a better deal.

Overall- Solid, good beer that has some tendencies toward being a really good beer. I would say it's in between good and really good. Definitely worth a try as it is a pretty solid imperial stout. But in Belmont's Bigger Badder Lineup, it's rather average.

artoolemomo, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

shelby415, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

chossboss, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

StPaulSuds, Jan 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

BeerMothaLova, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

dmhurdle, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

UcDru, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

beernads, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

mmulebarn, Jan 08, 2014
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.