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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 929
Gots: 117 | 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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rlee1390

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-23-2012 21:05:21 | More by popery
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Mag00n

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%

04-23-2012 15:05:50 | More by Mag00n
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brystmar

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
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
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DP34

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-15-2012 16:59:55 | More by DP34
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-15-2012 02:56:05 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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alalvarez75

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%

03-30-2012 19:38:37 | More by alalvarez75
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Ultraman9000

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-23-2012 04:06:18 | More by Ultraman9000
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been a while since I've reviewed for the heck of it - might as well give it another shot...

2010 12 oz bottle, poured into a Bruery tulip at cellar temp.

A - Looks pretty good - the requisite black is here for sure, and the dark head hangs around for several minutes. Perhaps slightly too much carbonation showing, but no judgements yet.

S - Plenty of barrel coming through, along with what must have been a very roasty base beer. The effect is more bitterness than booze, and this skews the effect towards harshness.

T&M - Harsh is right - hard to say if it is from the carbonation, the roast malts, or the oak, but there is a definite astringency present. I can tell there is a thick stout under it all, but something is overwhelming that. The depth and character I like in a barrel aged stout isn't here.

O - Not bad, but not one of the best. Just a little too much puckering harshness throughout to bring it from good to great.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:17:47 | More by dougofthefuture
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furthurgone

California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

03-18-2012 02:04:34 | More by furthurgone
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SanDiegoCraftFan

California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-05-2012 22:34:00 | More by SanDiegoCraftFan
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.1%

03-04-2012 21:54:37 | More by BillHilly
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Shane. Thanks! Been sitting in my cellar for over a year.

Appearance is a thick black with a nice mocha head which settles down into thin lacing.

Aroma is bursting with the bourbon. Honey, caramel, chocolate.

Taste isn’t nearly so powerful with bourbon. Medium sweetness from the chocolate, but there’s a hint of tinniness. Some fading alcohol. I may have sat on this one too long, because it was fantastic fresh.

Mouthfeel is still quite good, though. Coats the palate well.

Overall, this is still good, but if you’ve got any, I’d suggest drinking them because I believe it's in a decline. Sad, because I've rated this a 4.5 when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:48:40 | More by writerLJBerg
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xHoPtImUsPrImEx

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

03-02-2012 19:59:45 | More by xHoPtImUsPrImEx
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Swuntly

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

A - Pours jet black with an inch of thin mocha head that dissipates rather quickly.. Lots of active bubbles rushing up to the surface.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, marshmallow, slight bourbon, a hint of oak, cocoa powder. Really great smelling beer.

T - Wow... I could sip on this all day. Semi sweet chocolate right up front, with some barrel coming through adding a slight touch of vanilla. Reminds me of hot chocolate. A hint of bourbon comes through midway, but is immediately overtaken by a roastiness and ends on a big amount of bittersweet cocoa.

M - A bit too thin for my tastes. Silva doesn't coat my mouth enough as I'd like. Still, carbonation is decent, and on the medium side of lighter bodied.

O - A very good BA stout. Barrel characteristics shine through perfectly, which makes it taste like alcoholic hot chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 22:43:30 | More by Swuntly
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been sitting on a few bottles of this for awhile now. Had one when I first got them. Now sharing this 12 oz bottle with my bf.

A- Body is a thick dark brown, nearly black hue. Pours with a small 1/2 finger head or so which quickly fades to a thin collar some traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Bourbon, Milk Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, cocoa powder, oak barrel.

T- Flavor is very similar to the smell. Notes of bourbon and cocoa powder upfront with a moderate oak barrel backbone. The finish is mostly bourbon barrel-with a moderate to sharp alcohol astringency. Left to linger is a moderate alcohol astringency and hints of cocoa.

M- Moderate to heavy weight body and low to medium carbonation. Body has low viscosity for the style and some alcohol and cocoa powder consistency.

O- Overall this is a decent Bourbon barrel stout-the time in my cellar hasn't really made a difference in the quality of the beer. The balance is slightly on the side of the bourbon barrel and the chocolate base is more of a milk chocolate or cocoa powder than a dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:10:25 | More by PittBeerGirl
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle split with, and courtesy of madtowndmb1. Thank you very much Kyle!

Pours a dark black with little retention. Lacing is absent but the big body lends a serious primer that adheres to the glass throughout. Sort of a mean looking like monster.

Huge chocolate cake batter on the nose. Touch of decadent dark sugary chocolate icing, and caramel addled bourbon. This smells really nice and my big beak enjoyed taking it in.

Kyle states that the beer is reminiscent of a big mug of hot chocolate and marshmallow with a touch of alcohol heat. A hot chocolate hot tottie of sorts. I can dig this comparison. Again, there's a big batter component to the taste and body as well as the smell. Alcohol is warming but nicely masked.

Silva Stout is one of the thickest beers I've come across in many moons. Big and full bodied with light carbonation, this beer drinks like a meal. Sticks with you long after the sip.

Really glad I had the opportunity to try this. Stands out as something unique in a very crowded field.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 15:11:35 | More by BarrytheBear
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SoCalStout

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 year aged Bottle poured into my delirium tulip

Appearance: Pours basically pitch black with a quarter fingers worth of nice brownish/tan head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Smells of chocolate. A closer smell reveals the bourbon, but it has definitely mellowed out and blended spectacularly with the vanilla, coffee, and a bit of oak.

Taste: What a balance of the bourbon with complexity from the vanilla, oak, coffee, coconut, dark chocolate, and a small hint of cherry. Very smooth and has balanced out tremendously well. As it warms the bourbon really shines through to the forefront. Don't notice the alcohol at all until the very end after it has warmed. Excellence.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected but very nice and smooth. Moderate carbonation with just a slight bit of alcohol at the end. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: Very good but not quite out of this world. I'd definitely have another, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to find it again. If I happened to come across it while looking for something else I would def grab one though. Still a very nice offering from Green Flash

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:28:12 | More by SoCalStout
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-15-2012 03:34:38 | More by Schlais
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-11-2012 09:37:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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iskeptopotamus

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-10-2012 02:54:03 | More by iskeptopotamus
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-08-2012 22:25:32 | More by John11486
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Buick222

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-07-2012 21:10:35 | More by Buick222
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-04-2012 15:40:20 | More by Rollzroyce21
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gregmoscetti

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-04-2012 01:42:47 | More by gregmoscetti
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.