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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 248
Hads: 1,027
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 909
Gots: 161 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010

Bourbon barrel aged
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Reviews: 248 | Hads: 1,027
Photo of beerpirates
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

35.5 cl Bottle poured into My lost abbey stemware glass

Pours a black body with a tan head 1 inch thick. Malty sweet aroma, light booziness, bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Woody with mocha and hints of cedar and oak. Silky chocolate malt tones, light wood and coco notes. A mild warming. Very Complex. Finishes dry and woody with a light lingering note of chocolate (367 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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... (1,256 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BudAssassin21 for leaving this bottle at my house.

A - As black as stouts come, this is how black it is. There's about a half finger width of mocha colored head, and it leaves nice lacing and legs on my glass.

S - Rich tones of heavy milk chocolate dominate this beer. Some barrel and booze are mixed in, but the chocolate is the story on this one, and it's a very good story. There may be a touch of espresso on the finish. Lingering...way way after I swallow, the booze from the barrel aging finally comes through. It makes me feel all warm inside on this frigid, 65 degree So Cal evening. ;-)

T - The taste is similar to the nose, though other flavors compliment the chocolate more, and the chocolate, though the main feature, is toned down. Roasts, and coffee, and a splash of dark fruits are mixed in.

The first time I had this, I tasted some metallic, or cherry like qualities on this, initially making me worry about an infection. Since then, I've kept all my bottles in the fridge, and each one has been really good. I haven't found that hint yet, so all seems well.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation...a tad high for me, but still good.

D - I wish I would have bought more of this!!!! At 10%, I don't know how I much I could regularly drink though. (1,278 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (551 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Alex. Thank you kind sir!

A - Pours black, a fingers worth of tan head, nice lacing and a thin cap on top after the initial pour. Very solid-looking.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, slight oak, some coffee beans, roast. The 10% is no where to be found...color me impressed.

T - Much the same as the nose. Chocolate, oak, roast, ever so slight alcohol but no where near 10%. Yum!

M - Medium, maybe a tad too thin, rich and smooth, light carbonation and right-on for the style.

D - Very solid and I must say I wasn't expecting much from this one even after all the high reviews. I admit I was wrong and this is a very solid -bal that I enjoyed a lot. Recommend. (678 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of STEG
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A ginormous thanks to johndoe8 for hooking me up with not one but TWO of these as extras. I really appreciate it so im gonna review my last one.

Pours pitch black into a fluted goblet. Three finger head rises and falls but retains about a 1/3 inch head. Splotchy lacing as the beer disappears.

The nose has equal parts chocolate and bourbon. With vanilla and coffee intermingled. Earthy undertones here as well.

Taste is well balanced with malt dark chocolate and bourbon playing equal roles here. None fight for first place.

Mouthfeel has some prickly carbonation at the front and back with a liquid silk in between.

Drinkable given the abv and deliciousness. But it really takes a hit in the availability department. I was astounded to get one let alone 2. And I very much appreciate your generosity rich and I hope you enjoy the beers I sent you (854 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Eley Kishimoto Duvel glass. Thanks to a great trader who sent this my way!

This beer looks great - the black body is opaque and foreboding. A huge khaki head is fluffy then recedes with some lace, which is not expected in a BA stout. What a nice looking beer!

The smell is good but there is just a bit of an abrasive note from the barrel that eventually fades away - its more of a tannic wood note. Besides that, there is a great chocolate and bourbon stout that rivals the expression of beers like BA Blackout and Black Ops. The booze is well integrated and the barrel has added a ton of depth.

The first sip through the last are all absolutely delicious! This really reminds me of the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel stout, but with even more lingering vanilla and barrel notes. This starts off with huge bourbon, bakers chocolate, and fudge then a nice stout roast bridges the gap to the wonderful woody finish complete with a touch of molasses and licorice. Sweet malt and vanilla linger. Amazing and really close to a 5.

Silva stout isn't milkshake thick, but it has medium viscosity with light carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer is exceptional in terms of finish - there's just a touch of noticeable booze, but this has a perfect blend of stout and bourbon barrel. The bottom line is that I could drink a lot of this. It's not a bruiser or booze bomb. Chuck nailed the barrel flavors here. One of my favorite barrel aged beers in a while! (1,480 characters)

Photo of jhimstedt
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light tan head that hung around a bit to turn into nice film and lacing. On the nose a lot of old fruit, dates and prunes, molasses and some chocolate. Palate of roasted malt, slight red fruit, molasses and hint of fennel. Silky creamy mouthfeel.

Great beer. So good now, not sure aging will help. Very balanced and complete. (331 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 12oz. bottle split amongst two. Pours one shade shy of black with a luxurious two inch, creamy, mocha-colored head embedded with copious tiny pinpricks. Some spots of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose is sweet, dark malty goodness, molasses, chocolate and carob. Barrel aging is present and is well-rounded, but not excessive - just a trace of booze. Taste is consistent with nose, but not nearly as sweet as suggested by the aromas. It also comes off a bit ashy. Consistency is medium-light, but feels somewhat thin, with an even, subdued carbonation. An incredibly drinkable and well-balanced barrel aged beer. Twelve ounces is the perfect serving size too. A really excellent stout and well worth seeking out. (759 characters)

Photo of juhl31
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-very black body with a tall, fluffy brown head with a nitro look to it. good lacing as well

-at first it is mostly bourbon...as it warms, chocolate comes through as well as some roast, vanilla and some warmth

-milk chocolate throughout the taste. not too big on the booze taste. there is also a weird aftertaste to it...dont know what to name it

-not too hot and pretty light bodied for the style and ABV

-this is a session BA stout if you will. doesnt feel like a meal when you drink it, which in my book is kind of a bummer (530 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of squaremile
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a true black with a big fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves a coating. I'm getting candy sugar, roasted malts, vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon, and etoh; but all just hints. Earlier in the pour there were hints of metal that made it unpleasant, but improved dramatically as it warmed. Taste starts with moderately burnt dark roasted malts, followed by marshmallow, vanilla, and hints of tobacco and leather, and finishes quick and hot. Medium bodied and and the etoh has a lasting warming impact. Drinkability is average due to the heat and over-carbonation. Overall, glad I got to try it, and all the pieces are there for what I really love in a ba impy stout, but the mf and burnt flavors just didn't do it for me. I'm gonna remember vanilla mixed with heat. (774 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of goalie33
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something special for my 50th beer review.
A: Stout black, no light comes through. Mocha head fizzles away to a thin layer coating the top of the beer.
S: Bourbon and vanilla with undertones of chocolate and espresso.
T: Bourbon flavor upfront with a hint of vanilla from the oak casks. Finishes sweet with coffee and licorice flavors.
M: Very smooth, soft mouthfeel.

Not my favorite bourbon aged beer, but it is a very good beer nonetheless. (443 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from marisatheyounger - thanks very much!

into dfh snifter. first 6oz at room temp, second 6oz at 50f.

Pours black, oversized tan head with a great volume of soapy bubbles that reduce quickly to a tight layer of tan lacing stretching over the top of the pour.

Amazing aroma of roasted malt with a well balanced bourbon and dark fruit. If the brew had tasted as good as it smelled I would have been exceptionally happy.

Good flavor, malts with a bourbon note throughout. There isn't much here beyond that. I would have liked there to be a good layering of the stout flavors. I don't know that this stout would have held up on it's own without the bourbon notes.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel. While I enjoy the lighter mouthfeel I believe this is still a little light for the style.

For a stout, I would likely reach for this over some others, but for a bourbon aged stout, I can think of a number of annual releases that I would reach for over this.

(60th) (969 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (948 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great smelling beer. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, mocha...amazing nose. The taste does not disappoint. Basically, take the nose, combine it with an appropriate mouthfeel (not too thin for a 11% BA RIS) and that's what it tastes like. The barrel aging is spot on, as it integrates perfectly into the base beer. I'm a bit blown away because I had many, many bourbon barrel aged beers at FoBAB the other weekend and learned that barrel aging a beer is more difficult than time, space and finding barrels. Many of them did not do a good job of integrating both barrel and base into a new, synthesized beer. This one does and does well.

This is only one small notch below the best beer I had that night - 50/50 Imperial Eclipse Elijah Craig...and that beer is impossible to find. If the Silva Stout had its own release day, people would be lining up outside with golden tickets and trading crazy beers to get it.

Edit: Had another bottle and this is very good, but not as good as I was touting previously. Overall knocked down 1 peg. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a thick black with a bit of frothy head that subsides and leaves about a quarter inch of head after a minute.
Smell-weet bourbon abd a bit of fruitiness over some strong strong malts
Taste- Wow... this is VERY good. Similar in character to Brooklyn Black Ops.. subtle bourbon over strong chocolate and roasted malts with just a hint of fruitiness
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- great... not much else to say... very damn good (436 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

awesome extra from mrmiles.

a - pour is jet black with a nice brown head. good retention and some lacing.

s - baking chocolate, faint pine hops, nice mellow bourbon.

t - very smooth flavor. bourbon is far from overpowering as it can be in bb stouts. baking chocolate is large, but again not overpowering. I say baking chocolate because it isn't sweet. yet there is some sweetness in there. I'm glad I had this fresh as I can taste some piney hops.

m - medium to heavy body. I find it to be somewhat of a dry feel, but klikger doesn't agree.

overall - very tasty. very easy to drink and I would gladly drink this again. (624 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to airohead2001 for bringing this back from a recent trip to San Diego.

A: The beer pours black in color with a light tan color. There was a ½ finger head that had moderate retention and mild lacing.

S: Some whiffs of coffee and chocolate in the smell here. The smell is pretty good, but fairly weak. There's also some bourbon, but this takes a back seat to the coffee and chocolate.

T: The bourbon comes through more in the taste than in the nose. There's coffee at the finish, but the chocolate flavors I was expecting from the nose didn't come through as strongly as I had hoped for in the taste. Something just seemed to be missing here in my opinion. The components were there, but they just didn't come together very strongly. There was also some roastiness and some alcohol heat.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked. The carbonation was appropriate, but somewhat on the high side, and the beer has a nice aftertaste.

D: Pretty good, but far from the best in the style. Mostly limited by the carbonation and the fact that I didn't find the taste overly interesting or inviting. (1,109 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled this one straight out of the Whale's Vagina after visiting an old college buddy and attending a conference in San Diego.

A - Pretty typical for a bourbon barrel imperial stout. Black as night with a one finger head that quickly fades to just about nothing. Decent lacing on the walls of the snifter.

S - Really a lot going on here. Outstanding. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and burnt roasts.

T - Vanilla and sugars up front and in the finish, with bitter coffee and chocolate in the finish. Really tasty. Bitter roasts linger on the tongue long after the drink is consumed.

M - Good. A little thin for such a rich tasting brew, but good.

D - Very high. In fact, higher than most bourbon stouts, including KBS and GI BCS. Really no alcohol burn at all. I can easily drink a bottle, or maybe even two, by myself. (832 characters)

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.