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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

701 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Etan

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the 2nd batch.

A: Pours out an inky black with a small tan head that sticks around.

S: Nose comprises thick mocha, raisins, egg cream, baker's chocolate, a bit of coconut and oak.

T: Caramel, lightly bitter roasted grain, vanilla, mildly acidic oak tannins, dark chocolate, a bit vinous.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation. Really nice consistency.

O: Definitely an enjoyable barrel-aged stout, but one that I don't think should garner the incredibly high praise it does. Perhaps batch 1 was better.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 20:49:18 | More by Etan
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ThePaleRider

California

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - This brew is black. Not dark like a lot of stouts, but black. Pours like oil, kind of reminiscent of 10 fidy. Poured straight into the glass brought up a thick two finger head that's the color of chocolate milk. Very, very pretty with a little dark lacing on the glass. Absolutely no light is passing through this super stout.

S - First whiff smells like a chocolate liqueur. Lots of oak looming around in there. Vanilla, bourbon, and a little wood smoke.

T - Booze definitely hits you in the face. I'm a bourbon drinker so I don't mind this at all. I like aggressive brews. Lot's of chocolate and oak. After taste is very dry and leaves you wanting another sip.

M - Wasn't nearly as viscous as I anticipated. Very smooth. Lots of alcohol in there with a clean finish.

O - Simply an amazing beer. I truly hope Green Flash continues with the barrel aging because this is an exceptional offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 06:58:26 | More by ThePaleRider
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger rich and creamy dark mocha head with good retention. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sticky with oily, thick legs. A real nice looking beer.

Nose is bourbon, molasses, honey, chocolate and cocoa. Some brownie too. Very sweet and plenty rich but not too aromatic.

Opens sweet chocolate, honey and molasses. Middle is roasted malt, cocoa, fudge, vanilla, a touch of smoke and booze. End is more sweet alcohol with a bit of heat. Finishes hot with a big malt body. Molasses on the aftertaste. Pretty simple. The flavors work well together though.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and hot in the mouth. Some nice heat going down. A touch thin at times. Messy aftertaste with a slightly lingering finish.

A solid beer overall but there's parts of it that I'm not too impressed with. The body is a touch thin and while the flavors work very well together, there's a certain depth that's missing. Worth a try but don't go out of your way for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:30:01 | More by SpeedwayJim
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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

Poured deep black in a snifter there was a nice light brown froth the layered the outside edges of the glass.

The scent was a little chocolatey, a little vanilla and some molasses and espresso.

Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, malt, bourbon-essence and grains come out in a smooth well blended array. Well crafted and well balanced this drinks very easy. Only complaint is the ever so slight alcohol tinge in the finish.

Overall this is a wonderful example of the barrel aged stouts and one that comes highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 01:27:28 | More by KYGunner
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Silva proves all of what's right in the world can manifest in a single glass- albeit a brandy snifter. Its pursuit of succulence, power, and grace ends in a highly robust taste of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon; but don't they all?

Its pure black color is the first indicator of what's to come, just as the beer lifts its creamy structure underneath. What rises is a mocha-stained honeycomb of bubbles that for its long-lasting head and attributes to its broken rings of lace later. This is one gentlemanly looking stout!

Bold roast aromas fill the nose with elements of espresso, chocolate, walnuts, heavy cream, and dark fruit. As the bourbon-tilted scent rises, so comes notes of cherries, berries, and sherry wine. Its a fully appetizing aroma that causes me to dive into the beer far sooner than I needed.

But it's exactly those flavors that manifests froom scent that makes Silva so great. Its chocked full of bittersweet chocolates, espresso-type roast, and marshmallow sweetness that makes the taste like alcoholic milkshake. Caramel, vanilla, and sweet alcohols accompany the beer's taste 'til the end. But finishing with the hop taste and bitterness of burnt wood signals the beer's closing impressions, yet the roast and chocolate lingers indefinitely.

Where the beer really shines is in its texture where the early billowing creaminess accompanies textures of vanilla bean ice cream, marshmallow, and bourbony heat. Its full and robust body holds true for the entire session without quivering. A late bitter wood note and slight vinous alcohol fruits allow for any compromise in finish. If not, we feel the beer for ever!

Where some imperial stouts favor "roast" and others prefer "sweet", Silva prefers a marshmallow character that's present in its heavy vanilla nose, it's cream flavored taste, and its creamy texture. All does so with the roastiness of stout and pleasant wood hop notes to finisnh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 07:47:54 | More by BEERchitect
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barczar

Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a frothy quarter inch deep tan head that dissipates fairly quickly into a very light layer of foam.

Mocha and buttery toffee begin the aroma, with roasted malt and notes of vanilla and raisins adding complexity. Tar emerges as it warms.

Dark chocolate is initially the dominating flavor, with vanilla, toasted malt, and oak rounding things out at the finish. Subsequent sips reveal dark berry presence. Raspberries and bruised cherries underlie the profile. The finish is lightly roasty and a touch dry.

Body is fairly full, with low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed, given the score. Not as flavorful as anticipated. Dark berries dominate, with decent roast and chocolate, but I guess I expected more. Then again, I just finished an Uncle Jacob's. Backbone is just a bit lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 22:41:09 | More by barczar
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:16:21 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice oily black with a one finger mocha head that has great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of super faint bourbon along with nice chocolate. Good black malts and earthy hops . Fainter vanilla as it warms.

T - Taste is full of Fudgy brownie happy fun time. The bourbon is there, not white prominent but is deliciously there. The barrel is combining with the chocolate to create a nutty fudge brownie flavour that is crazy. Would like some more bourbon, nice vanilla notes as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but not quite as chewy or velvety as say, black note.

O - Overall this was a damn good beer. The hops played a nice roll as did the rich almost bakers chocolate. Like the brownie qualities here but wish there was more bourbon and a touch less coffee.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:32:11 | More by rudzud
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Holland

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to jibboom56 for sending a few of these my way!

A: black with a one finger brown to tan head that looks just beautiful.

S: some earthy and roasted tones hit me first, followed by the bourbon sweetness with toffee and oak.

T: taste is balanced with bourbon, roasted flavors, and a bit of earthy hops. Something hits me just a bit wrong on this - maybe it's too fresh, or it's the bit of sour cherry flavor. Doesn't quite measure up to the smell, but still delicious.

M: fairly thick feeling, but not syrupy. Great carbonation keeps it fresh throughout the glass.

O: That bit of weird taste throws me off a bit, but it could be my palate. I'll have to have another and come back to this. Maybe I'm adjusted to not like barrel aged stouts as much as I used to.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:44:27 | More by Holland
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Hamburgers

California

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle vintage 2010. Pours black with thin brown head. Strong bourbon aroma followed by notes of chocolate and dried fruit. No heat. Flavor is smooth bourbon with bitter sweet chocolate finish. Medium bodied with a nice cola texture. Nicely balanced stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 06:32:38 | More by Hamburgers
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transbeman

California

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. Very light in the mouth. Strong boozey smell--might not want to light a match around this one. Strong taste of coffee, chocolate and booze. Too expensive for a ten ounce pour but I bet that blame for that goes to the bar not the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 23:35:43 | More by transbeman
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tarheels86

California

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL pours ink black with a large mocha head. Sheety brown lace remains. Nose is chocolate malt balls, dark fruits, raisins. Taste is silky, mild bourbon, feeling sweeter and more date/raisin heavy than something similar like Parabola. A good dose of bitter chocolate. Softer mouthfeel. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 21:00:22 | More by tarheels86
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 16:01:21 | More by mdaschaf
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Jules11788

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a half finger-width head, very light lacing; pitch black, lets no light through

S: Smells of dark baker's chocolate, musky wood, roasted malts

T: Tastes like a super chocolaty bourbon-infused brownie; good roasty flavors of coffee and dark malts

M: Medium viscosity, very light carbonation, no hint of booze; super smooth

O: This beer was delicious, I really hope I'll be able to score another one of these in a trade so I can cellar it for a few years

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:31:18 | More by Jules11788
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dfillius

Michigan

4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass, shared a 12oz with warnerry
A: 1/4 finger of dark brown head with fair retention. Near opaque dark brown. More head would be nice. The head only sticks around as a film.
S: Vanilla, some bourbon. Nice slight cherry. Some buttery aroma, maybe diacetyl? This makes it smell almost cake-like. Mississippi mud cake in a glass.
T: Chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, very slight bourbon. Some fruit. Fudge-like. Maybe slight coconut. I like how the bourbon is subdued.
M: Warm, not hot. Smooth, viscous, bitter from cocoa. Silky.
O: Would have been able to drink the entire 12 oz gladly. The scarcity maybe leads me to a greater appreciation. I would love to have this again. One of the best BBS I've had. Full flavored and not hot.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:12:23 | More by dfillius
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azdback

Arizona

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, received from TIMMYJ21. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Black as can be, some very dark brown highlights at the stem of the glass. Dark cocoa colored head that is a little less than a finger in size and on the creamy side. Lace isn't sticking that well.

Smell is wonderful!! Bourbon, vanilla, charred wood, roasted espresso beans, chocolate and some alcohol. Reminds me a lot of Parabola.

Taste is just fantastic!! Dark roasted flavors, roasted coffee, chocolate, cherries and then the barrel sets in with the fantastic vanilla and charred wood. The cherries or dark tart fruits come out a bit more as this warms. Very close to BA Stout perfection.

Mouth is rich and full. Carbonation is medium to light with great body that is on the chewy side. Finish is everlasting and wet but the tart fruit does dry it out a bit.

Overall I must say that the wait was worth it and the hype on this is warranted. I have been reading about this beer for a couple of years and finally I received a bottle in March from TIMMYJ21 and have held on to it until now, late September. Just a fantastic Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that justifies a heavy ISO from you if you haven't tried it. Thanks again Tim.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 04:46:07 | More by azdback
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour was dark chocolate with cocoa colored head, about a 1/2 inch or so.

Rich with plenty of bourbon. Slightly soft vanilla.

Very bourbon forward through out. Some roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Slight vanilla. Light sweetness.

Very slick and thick

This probably could have used some more time but still excellent. Lots of bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 15:42:45 | More by hooliganlife
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iadler

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hamilton23 for sending me a couple of these. This has been a top want of mine for quite some time. From notes:

A- Pours a deep black with a thin mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a few spots of lacing behind.

S- Freshly cooked fudge brownies, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hint of dark fruit and some roast. Fantastic aroma.

T- Bourbon is more upfront in the taste followed by oak, vanilla, dark chocolate chips and some caramel malt.

M- Medium carbonation and a slighlty thin body for the style. The abv is practically nowhere though.

O- A drinkable and well executed BA stout. The taste was slightly disappointing due to how amazing the aroma was. I will will most likely crack the other bottle soon as I don't see how further aging will enhance this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 05:08:34 | More by iadler
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warnerry

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dfillius for sharing this one! Been wanting to try this for awhile.

A - Pours pitch black with less than one finger of tan head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Nice sweet bourbon aroma with a lot of vanilla. Smells like dense chocolate cake. A bit of fruit (maybe cherry) and some coffee aroma.

T - Lots of chocolate upfront. Slightly sweet, but mostly bittersweet. Vanilla follows quickly with bourbon. Bourbon is a bit subdued, but very nice. Really tasty.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel, but not heavy. A bit of noticeable alcohol, but relatively mild. A faint amount of lingering booze.

O - Big, flavorful stout, but not at all in your face. Nice bourbon presence, and very chocolatey. Would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 03:05:45 | More by warnerry
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ehammond1


4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

(Aged for 1+ year)

Black and thick in body with very little visible carbonation and only a small film of a dark brown head. This leaves irregular, splotchy lines of lace down the glass. Appropriate, especially for a barrel-aged stout of this age.

This smells like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, with nice amounts of bourbon, oak, and vanilla complementing the delicious aroma of fresh baked goods. There's just a hint of roast, but it's very mild. No alcohol presence in the aroma whatsoever.

If the aroma was freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, this is double chocolate chip cookies with fresh bourbon whipped cream on top and a glass of espresso. Of course this is hyperbole, but this is an incredibly rich dessert consisting of chocolate, cookie dough, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and a hint of coffee. If the flavors were just a bit more expressive, this would score perfectly. That being said, it's damn near perfect, as is.

Medium to full in body with low carbonation. Marvelously drinkable. Coating.

Sublimely good, though I don't think it has anywhere left to go in the cellar. Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 03:30:49 | More by ehammond1
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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

A: Pours a large 1+ finger head with large bubbles at the edges and a light chocolate powder dusting in the middle.

S: Aroma of deep bakers chocolate, melted Cadbury eggs, roasted malt, sweet bourbon and oak , roasted malts and vanilla. This is one of the better bourbon barrel aged Imperial stouts I have smelled.

T: Taste is slightly more bitter than I had expected on the first sip, deep robust chocolate malt. Definitely a rich bourbon booze presence, rich bakers chocolate, sweet malt, nice smooth and well rounded and creamy. Slightly more bitter than I picked up in the aroma, and a little bit of a charred espresso finish. Cherry and dark fruit flavors mixing with the oak barrel and bourbon flavors.

M: Medium body with a mild carbonation.

O: A solid offering from Green Flash. Mostly well rounded, a little more roast and ash flavors than I prefer, but the nose was fantastic and one of the best I have smelled. Good stuff

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 22:11:32 | More by alpinebryant
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siege06nd

Virginia

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

Thanks to Bill for trading me this one...

A. Pours a rich, dark black/brown. Half finger of swirly, somewhat uniform light brown head. Lacing is pretty spotty.

S. I have always enjoyed stouts that have a dark fruit quality, and Silva Stout is very strong in this regard. The nose yields so much cherry juice, ripe fig, some strawberry, brownie batter, oak, vanilla, and caramel. A wonderfully complex and savory bouquet.

T. Very sweet bourbon, ripe dark cherry, lots of vanilla, and some chocolate and oak char. A lot thinner and sweeter than the nose suggested. Very bourbon forward, with subtle, sweet fruit notes and and coffee-like finish.

M. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thin and sweet, but maintains a solid creaminess overall.

O. A solid bourbon barrel stout that is greater than the sum of its parts, I think. Taste and feel are a little thin and sweet, the barrel overwhelming the base beer to some extent. But the nose on this is excellent and, as bourbon barrel stouts go, this is one of the better ones I have experienced.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 17:22:32 | More by siege06nd
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice black with a huge 3" tan head. Big pockets of lacing clump to the glass.

S- Nice chocolate and vanilla notes, some dark fruits, bourbon not very noticeable on the nose.

T- Sweet chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, some vanilla and bourbon linger at the finish.

M- Full body, medium carbonation. Creamy feel hides the abv very well.

O- Good BA stout but doesn't stand out compared to other really good BA stouts. Wish the taste followed the great aromas of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 15:31:23 | More by kawilliams81
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black, one finger brown creamy head that leaves behind some lacing

S-Bourbon and coffee dominate, roasted malt.

T-Bourbon, oak, chocolate, slight coffee that becomes more pronounced as it warms, hints of vanilla and some bitterness.

M-Creamy, not much carbonation, not much carbonation, smooth

O-Thrown in as an extra by a great trading partner. We all thought it was a solid beer and were left wondering how it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 15:34:25 | More by rlee1390
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brystmar

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #400! Long time want of mine -- thanks to sleepyhead for the trade. Shared with two great BAs.

Great head & lace retention. Very roasty, caramely aroma; no coconut as other reviews have suggested. Flavor profile is quite dark and roasty. Lots of chocolate and bourbon, yet it feels somewhat one-dimensional and almost boring. Ethan said the last bottle he had was more complex & coconut-y; this is a little disappointing though.

Still glad to finally tick one of my longest-standing wants. Wish I'd gotten to try it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 19:54:49 | More by brystmar
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.