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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 934
Gots: 116 | 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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Photo of xHoPtImUsPrImEx


3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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


4.6/5  rDev +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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-15-2012 03:34:38 | More by Schlais
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-11-2012 09:37:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-10-2012 02:54:03 | More by iskeptopotamus
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-08-2012 22:25:32 | More by John11486
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-07-2012 21:10:35 | More by Buick222
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-04-2012 15:40:20 | More by Rollzroyce21
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-04-2012 01:42:47 | More by gregmoscetti
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.47/5  rDev +1.6%

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film. Chunky rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, oaky wood, and bourbon. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation and a slightly drying quality. Overall, this is a great barrel aged stout that has a wonderful integration of the bourbon barrel with the stout flavors. Very well balanced.

02-03-2012 05:42:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-01-2012 17:53:41 | More by SageO
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-30-2012 13:24:24 | More by sideshowe
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-29-2012 23:58:16 | More by declan
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-29-2012 13:25:46 | More by Jefe73
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-25-2012 20:25:15 | More by beast464
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-22-2012 22:16:39 | More by djaeon
Photo of oline73


4.05/5  rDev -8%

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with no light coming through. There is a finger of fluffy tan head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Roasted malt with a strong, sweet chocolate presence. I'm picking up some warm alcohol and bourbon, but the grain is definitely the dominant smell.

Taste: This is a really smooth and well done BA stout, but I feel like it's lacking that wow factor that some of the big boys have. Smooth bourbon and roast. The barrels and roast fill the taste with nice chocolate notes. The finish is sweet and roasty. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with lots of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Quite good but not out of this world. I'd definitely have another, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to trade for it.

01-22-2012 03:00:44 | More by oline73
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-20-2012 19:24:19 | More by Kaydogg
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-20-2012 04:26:28 | More by pword9d8
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: Thick, black oily pour with a small head

Smell: Rich chocolate, vanilla caramel, bourbon, brown sugar and oak.

Taste: Tasty, rich sweet chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit thin, light carbonation

Drinkability: Very, very tasty, great beer that is well done.

01-20-2012 01:45:43 | More by craytonic
Photo of hansgruber


4.08/5  rDev -7.3%

Jet black with a nice tan head. Good retention and some okay lacing.  

Nice bourbon nose. Slight alcohol burn atop sweet malts.

Bourbon, coconut, and chocolate with a roasty edge. Some sweet malts. Nice integration of all the favors of the stout and barrel. 

Medium to full body. Nice carbonation. 

Not as good as I remember from when it was fresh but good nonetheless. 

01-19-2012 06:06:46 | More by hansgruber
Photo of DCon


4.68/5  rDev +6.4%

Shared a 12 fl.oz. / 355 ml bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends in Nashville, TN. Poured from the White labeled bottle w/ a Neon Green Ring in the background of SILVA STOUT & "Barrel-Aged" written beneath this into a 12oz Tulip Glass. This is a 2010 edition says MattL.

Aroma- The aroma is HUGE in this one! Strongest mixture of booze, coffee, chocolate (dark), hazelnut, and deep malts. Put my nose into this one for ages and can almost smell it to this day!

Appearance- Pours absolutely no head at all. Has the deepest brown, opaque colored body. Definitely has legs when swirling in glass and leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Has the richness roasty and malty flavors from the beginning. The next flavor I found was bourbon and slight coffee. Finish with a light bitterness with cocoa mixed in. Aging could have taken out many of the flavors but I still enjoyed greatly!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Top Smoothest brew I've ever had, and then leaves tons of alcohol and roasty strength on the palate (not coffee roast but dark fruits blended with malt).

Overall Impression- Being Barrel Aged, I can see how this one gained its complexity in both the aroma and flavor! Would definitely love to get my hands on more of this. Have any? If you do, I'd enjoy it yourself. I can find my own soon...

01-18-2012 01:58:41 | More by DCon
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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