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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%


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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Reveille1984

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Green Flash this past weekend during SDBW.

a - Pours a very dark, dark brown with around an inch and a half of tan head.

s - Bourbon hits you first but not overpoweringly so, with hints of vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. Very complex smell with lots of different stuff going on as it warms.

t - The chocolate, bourbon and oak mix awesomely. The bourbon isn't overpowering for such a young beer and doesn't mute out the other flavors. Vanilla comes out more as it warms.

m - Medium to full body. Average amount of carbonation.

d - Good for a stout. Goes down smooth and is a touch hot as it warms up a bit, but is overall very drinkable and smooth for such a big beer. For a 10% I could drink this all day.

An exceptional brew overall, lives up to the hype quite well. On par with other top bourbon barrel-aged stouts for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 03:31:51 | More by Reveille1984
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mdfb79

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 00:14:31 | More by mdfb79
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Brad (aka. ygtbsm94) for bringing this brew to a monster tasting!

A: Pours pitch black, with a slight foamy off-white head, and carbonation not easily accessible to the naked eye due to the inkiness of the beer's color.

S: This is a bourbon bomb, with slight chocolate, and toasted pecan brittle aftertones.

T: Hmmmm... If I didn't know any better, I would say that this is a mini version of "Black Tuesday." I mean ... man .... it could be it's younger brother! Sweet, with bourbon aplently, and extremely dry on the finish.

M: The dryness eats away at the overall sweetness, keeping this from being too rich of a dessert.

T: I had a 2-3 oz. pour and that's all I needed. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 16:47:41 | More by Chaney
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Jet black with a thick chocolate head

S: Coffee, chocolate cherries and bourbon.

T: A lot going on here, and it lingers for some time which is nice. Get the bourbon, chocolate cherries, brown sugar, and it keeps going....

M: Medium bodied, could be a little thicker.

D: Perfect 12oz serving, and easy to drink..

My new favorite beer. All I could say after the first sip was "WOW", and that sums it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 10:45:51 | More by injuredreserve
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Shane (injuredreserve) for sharing this with me!

Pour is vicious black, with a finger and a half of chocolate head.

Aroma reeks of bourbon, alcohol, sweet cherries, sherry wine, and cocoa.

Jesus. I'll try and describe this, but I will likely fail: Sweet cherries, bourbon and sherry, booze, chocolate, bittersweet. This thing attacks and lingers, changing and evolving. Amazing.

Feel is good, full and velvety.

The flavors that this thing has is phenomenal. Drinkability is naturally great.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:42:46 | More by EgadBananas
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra, thanks Shane! Pours from a cute little root beer looking bottle with a thick, creamy mocha head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, some light barrel, maybe a bit of fruity bourbon. Some lightly ashy elements as it opens up. Fairly sharp carbonation, thick body. Medium-bitter chocolate a nice vanilla backdrop, some hot bourbon on the finish. A bit of prune, anise come out. Pretty dang nice actually. Nicely balanced and pretty complex, though the bourbon finish can come across as being overly bitter. Fairly expressive yeast in here, reminds me of Sloth in that way, though not as glorious. This is really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:51:38 | More by JAXSON
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codewarrior

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz From a 4-pack.

Picked this up in a trade with Smokepot23, and apologies again for the Bourbon Barrel Stout.

L: My cup overfloweth! Pitch black with copper tint, generous and eager 5 - 6 fingers of head. Rich and deep brown.

S: Malted hop sweetness up front, with a wall of bourbon behind. Well balanced, no depth charge here.

T: Starts with a huge sweet stoutitude, just as the bitter starts kicking in, the booze rises over it with bourbony sweetness. Both fade next to one-another into a long-finishing awesomeness.

F: Thick. Wonderful.

D: Well balanced and wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 07:13:26 | More by codewarrior
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:12:15 | More by Huhzubendah
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nickd717

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours black with a two-finger tan head and good lacing. Perfect stout appearance more or less.

Great aroma, rich high-end chocolate bar, dark chocolate mostly, with molasses, roast, and hops.

The flavor is not amazing but very good and complex. Average sweetness. Chocolate is huge, and there's a slight coffee presence along with roastiness and alcohol. Some substantial hop bitterness in there, craploads of IBUs.

Smooth mouthfeel though despite the drying hop and roast attack. Medium body for the style.

Good RIS overall, and very drinkable for the style, -bal aging, and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 17:01:41 | More by nickd717
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 18:12:48 | More by drabmuh
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thedindaniel

California

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a four pack from the brewery with some friends and even got to try some on tap. This tastes much better from the bottle though, which is where this review comes in...

A - Pitch black, like motor oil or even paint. The head looks like chocolate milk and there is a great amount of lacing, head.

S - This is where the beers lacks the most. I got very little scent from this. It smells mostly like sweet malts and only a bit of the barrel comes through here.

T - Initial taste is of sweet malts and molasses, that start tasting almost like an earthy dark chocolate and the bourbon barrel is the lingering after taste that I really get here.

M - Might be the strong suit of the beer... great carbonation, present but not overly carbonated. Thick and creamy, while not syrupy thick. Drinks warm, perhaps hot to some, but I actually like that in my RIS's and bal-aged stouts.

D - This is a real sipper. Took me about an hour to drink the twelve ounces. Great beer, but not sure you can drink a lot of it in one sitting.

Highly recommend this beer. Didn't get much publicity but seek it out if you like the style, as it's a strong representation. Good job Green Flash! Hopefully this will be made again, as I would really look forward to getting more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 04:37:55 | More by thedindaniel
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womencantsail

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:59:36 | More by womencantsail
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d0ggnate

California

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich brown/black to my glad with frothy mocha two finger head. There's plenty of lacing left down the glass after a few minutes.

Nose is of smooth bourbon and caramel. Hints of brown sugar and roasted coffee notes are noticeable. Taste continues with the smooth bourbon and caramel flavors, but very distinct vanilla bean flavors are unmistakable.

The mouthfeel is silky, creamy. Extremely drinkable, without even thinking about the ABV. I can't imagine this one getting better with age, but I have a few to open over time. Overall, this is another great beer from Green Flash and is drinking incredible from the release date.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:13:00 | More by d0ggnate
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largadeer

California

4.72/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:37:22 | More by largadeer
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ratedz

Kansas

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to MrTopher for picking this up at the brewery and sending it to me in a trade!!!

Pours pitch black with a fluffy, two finger tall milk chocolate brown head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The first thing I detect in the nose is the bourbon. It isn't as noticeable as other bourbon barrel aged stouts such as KBS, but it is definitely there. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits are also present.

Roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate are noticeable on the tongue at first. As it sits and warms in the mouth, coffee notes begin to appear followed by the heat from the bourbon. Some vanilla and a little smokiness are detectable on the finish. A very complex beer, yet none of the flavors dominate. All of the flavors play together very nicely.

A thick, creamy mouth feel and light carbonation...exactly what I want from an RIS!

The complexity of flavors keeps me going back for another sip. It would be next to impossible to drink more than one of these in a sitting. Definitely a sipping beer...partly because there are so many delicious flavors that I want to savor every last drop and partly because of the high ABV. This is an incredibly delicious beer...I just wish I could pick up some more!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 00:44:59 | More by ratedz
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champ103

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to tjmodica for sharing a bottle with me.

A: Pours very dark black with some ruby red around the edges. A minimal beige head forms, and recedes to nothing. No lace to speak of.
S: Big and potent alcohol punch up front. After that some toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. The initial shock of the alcohol fades to leave a very nice aroma.
T: This is great. Big toasted malt and milk chocolate up front. Some light coffee. Vanilla, oak, and some dark fruits linger. The alcohol is present, but not near as prevalent as the nose.
M/D: A full body that is lightly syrupy, creamy, and smooth. A good beer to sip on, but a hole bottle would be a chore to finish by myself. An excellent beer to share, which I am glad I did.

This is a very good barrel aged stout. Maybe a bit to much heat at the moment, but still very enjoyable. I am really glad I got a chance to try this. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 04:09:37 | More by champ103
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Xul

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep brown with a distinct ruby tint, capped by two fingers of light mocha colored head. Retention is good as the head sticks around for quite a while, eventually settling down to a thin layer of foam.

S: Big bourbon presence up front with vanilla, caramel, oak and just the right amount of alcohol heat. The base stout is still very apparent behind the bourbon with chocolate, roasted malts and coffee shining through.

T: Moderate bourbon up front, probably one of the most restrained bourbon profiles I've seen in a -bal stout...vanilla, light oak, and caramel, which give way to a big semi-sweet chocolate profile on the mid-pale. Roasted malts, light coffee and dark fruits on the backend before vanilla and caramel return for the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light, creamy carbonation...a little thin but not to the point where it detracts from the beer.

D: ABV is well hidden, bourbon is kept in control...goes down far too easy for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 04:08:10 | More by Xul
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ZX6Chris

California

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a couple bottles with a few BA's recently.

A-Jet black with a nice brown head that fades into some thick lacing.

S-A big bourbon aroma, vanilla, oak, coffee and some dark malts.

T-Awesome bourbon aroma but the blending has took it from being over the top to complementing the vanilla, and oak. I get some cherry like fruitiness in the middle with some wood notes. It has a very nice boozy finish.

M-Nicely carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Some stouts come off harsh like they're tearing apart your mouth, not this one, it's like the beers making love to my mouth.

D-A delicious bourbon bomb! I'm getting a case of this!

I'm very surprised and delighted by Green Flash on this one. Good job guys!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 04:35:56 | More by ZX6Chris
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pastradul

California

4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a stone IRS tulip.

dark as night with a decent amount of head on it. Some dark brown around the edges but even held up against the sun you cant see through much.

the nose is big, lots of wood, vanilla and booze and dark malt.

The mouthfeel is heavy yet very drinkable.

The taste is amazing. such a big and balanced beer. in the front you get hit with bourban, then it smooths out to fresh wood and vanilla notes in the center then finishes with some dark malt and a little booze in the back of the mouth.

Excellent brew for sure! Very impressed with green flash on this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 18:07:26 | More by pastradul
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BMan1113VR

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many samples, both tap and bottle. This rating is from my 6th encounter on tap. Pitch black pour with a lasting brown head that leaves awesome lace. Aroma of decadent fudge, wood, barrel,fresh coffee, earth, a vinous note, some angel cake, molasses. Flavors are decadent, wood, bourbon, and fresh coffee. Plenty of chocolate. Mouthcoating, syrupy, but with refreshingly lively bubbles. Can put back many of these. That said, possibly better in bottles than on tap. I wouldn't age it much, it is mellow enough now and has tons of fresh coffee flavor that will fade quick.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 04:26:52 | More by BMan1113VR
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PlinyTheYoungest

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a 7oz pour at the brewery, but reviewing from the 12oz bottle I cracked.

A: A solid, jet black. With a normal pour got about a finger of light brown head. Looks like the typical imperial stout that has coffee, giving the head that darker hue.

S: At first scent all I can think of is bourbon. Great nose on this beer, one of those you can smell for minutes before even taking a sip. Also scents of vanilla, a bit of coffee, and that roasted malt smell.

T: This beer has a great bourbon flavor, without being overwhelming. I love BCS and other over the top BA Stouts, but the balance of this one is refreshing. Definitely get tastes of vanilla, oak, and some roasted malt. The fact that this is blended with fresh Double Stout is apparent, but really lends a smoothness to the beer.

M: Despite my love for syrupy, practically flat BA Stouts, I enjoy the good carbonation and creaminess to this one. Perfect amount of carbonation and a creamy feel.

D: As mentioned before, the blend of fresh Double Stout really improves the drinkability of this beer. It gives it a mouthfeel just below syrup, and takes any potential hot edge found in most BA Stouts away.

Overall this beer drinks like a good imperial stout a la Speedway Stout or Stone IRS but with those amazing bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors. Pleasantly surprised, Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:14:16 | More by PlinyTheYoungest
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billshmeinke

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Jet black body. Insanely dark. Dark beige inch and a half head. Takes awhile to die down to a cap of foam on top leaving plenty of lacing stuck to the glass. Looks perfect.

Rich nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and a touch of coffee. Really rich desert beer nose.

Taste has a lots of dark chocolate, oats, vinous tannins, and oak up front. Then smoke, a hint of vanilla and caramel, and then a touch of bourbon at the end. Oak and tannins really stand out on this one. The bourbon comes through much more in the nose than in the taste.

The mouthfeel is thick with fine carbonation making this feel really creamy.

A seriously awesome beer. The oaks and tannins make this kind of a wine lovers stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 00:01:43 | More by billshmeinke
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Schmaltzy

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two 4 packs today at the brewery, I think I might need more as you can see from my review...

A- Dark mahogony brown nearly black with nice light brown, amber/ruby hues. Poured a nice 1/2 to 1 finger of tan head that receeded to a nice frothy tan ring, couldn't help myself to swirl my glass releasing more frothy goodness.

S- Bourbon, strong bourbon notes to start off followed by nice chocolatey roasted malt with a slight almond scent and dark fruits and finishes with a very nice vanilla oak scent, I do pick up on a slight hop finish but it is hard to find behind the bourbon.

T- Bourbon with rich chocolate roasted malt and that almond nuttiness and dark fruits, cherries, loads of vanilla flavors, finishes with a nice vanilla oak dryness and a slight hop bitterness, not much but just there. Nice warming bourbon finish, but really not overpowering, in fact it is one of the smoothest Bal- aged stouts I've had.

M- Nice medium body, a little light for a Bal- aged stout however I do enjoy the light frothy carbonation that sticks with this beer.

D- For being 10.1% and being a bourbon aged bomb I would have to say that this is rather drinkable, I am enjoying this beer now and will age several for the next year or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 05:02:24 | More by Schmaltzy
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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.