Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 952
Gots: 112 | 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 cbeer88
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hard pour down the center yields two fingers of fluffy mocha head. Body black. Sure looks like a stout!

Smell: Bourbon, cocoa, and oak. Hints of coffee. Kind of smells like a cold hot chocolate that was bourbon barrel aged - interesting.

Taste: Lots of alcohol, though not really from the bourbon flavors - those are nicely balanced. Tons going on here - coffee, mocha, chocolate, oak, something different with every sip. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, definitely thinner than most big barrel stouts. Fairly smooth and pleasant on the tongue.

Drinkability: So-so - it's nice but I'm glad it's a small bottle. 22oz of this would be a bit too much for my liking. Definitely makes for a killer dessert pairing.

Overall: I do like this beer, a lot. But I can't help but feel like a little something is missing, even though I can't quite put my finger on it. Ultimately it falls a little short IMHO of the other big name bourbon barrel imperial stouts, but it's no slouch.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to enelson for this.

3.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of light brown, frothy/cremy hybrid head. Retention is average for the ABV and a decent amount of non-uniform lacing can be found.

4.5 S: This smells great! Bourbon and barrel foremost, which contributes leather, oak, and a good bit of vanilla. Equally powerful is rich milk chocolate with a strong caramel component and molasses not far behind. Moderate roastiness with cocoa powder lingering.

4.0 T: The taste is a bit surprising because it has a much more subtle bourbon component than I would have guessed from the nose. Still, leathery bourbon is in mild amounts with a moderate booziness. Some melon and peat in addition to good amounts of oak and vanilla. Again, lots of milk chocolate with a moderate roastiness and plenty of caramel and molasses. A little bit of tannic astringency on finish. Pretty good.

4.5 M: Lighter end of a heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Rich and velvety and that's the way I like it. Good creaminess and smooth other than the hint of tannins on finish.

4.0 D: Good beer that I'd like to see released again. Solid all around.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my The Bruery Snifter.
Thanks to marqoid for the bottle.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger dark tan head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Chocolate, coffee, and some nice bourbon scents.

T - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, nice fruitiness, but it is hidden under layers - wow!

D - Thicker, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

O - Delicious. Loved it.

Photo of beenitty
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger NYC, Sunday Brunch, had this one with flapjacks and bourbon aged vermont maple syrup.

A: Pours pitch black with tan mocha head, that stays and stays, looks great

S: Chocolate, Molasses and bourbon. Not overpowering, but you know its there

T: Very nice. Chocolatey, malty, goes down smooth with the bourbon kick. Tastes more like Porter than a stout which is good for me, either way, taste great.

M: Creamy Smooth. Nice age on this one as some bourbon beers have a bigger kick but you deal with it, this is one super smooth. One of the smoothest barrel aged beers I've had.

Wish I had more access to this one, very solid across the board.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep pitch black in the glass, topped with a thick finger of frothy dark mocha head. This retains with a tight and creamy ½ finger, which leaves back a rich cascade of foamy lacing that slowly descends down, coating the sides with sticky swathes of lace and brown gooey oils. The aroma is rich with bourbon flavoring right off bat, as notes of burnt molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and charred oak meld seamlessly into a thick mix of sugary smelling chocolate fudge, earthy citric fruit, and roasted coffee character. This feels very full and a bit intense, yet this still has a smoothness to it that soothes out the rough edges in the nose.

The taste mirrors this with a smooth blending of barrel and base, as notes of molasses, chocolate, caramel, roast, dark fruit, vanilla, and then a finish of brown sugar and dry charred oak all combine to give this a fantastic silky complexity. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a soft chewiness that intertwines with a woody slickness from the barrel. This definitely has a warming strength to it but never comes off as being overly hot, as I think that the balance and depth of flavor here is more than enough to keep that 10% ABV in check.

As far as Barrel-Aged Stouts go, this one is a beaut! The complexity and integration of flavors here was fantastic, helping keep this immensely smooth and approachable for such a big beer. Green Flash impressed me very much with this one. I quite enjoyed it.

Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great little beer. On my top ten at the moment. Bought a case, and sold out before I was able to get another one. Chocolate and molasses hits the nose. Bourbon aroma, strong coffee is there and present up front. It's a kicker of a beer. Strong and chocolaty swirled on my palate. It sweetens up a bit as it warms in my glass.

Serving type: Bottle served in a room tempurature tulip glass.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Deletium Tremens tulip.

A- Silva Stout is a very dark brown, bordering on black. No light penetrates. A half inch layer of mocha colored foam forms on top as I pour, then settles a bit and sticks around. This brew is thick and has great lacing.

S- Wow! I can smell the chocolate as I'm pouring the beer. A closer whiff reveals bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of oak. Smells fantastic!

T- Huge chocolate notes give way to coffee, vanilla, subdued dark fruit, and some booze. There's not much alcohol heat, but the presence of the bourbon is tangible. The finish is slightly bitter and dry.

M- Feel is pleasantly viscous, befitting the style. The beer is carbonated to a level which imparts a wonderful creaminess.

O- This is an incredibly tasty take on the style. It's like drinking a carbonated fudge brownie that's been drizzled with chocolate bourbon sauce. Delicious! Please make more Green Flash! Highly recommended!

Photo of notchucknorris
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Toronado San Diego

A: Pours black and thick looking with a one finger milk chocolate colored head that thins to a smallish cap.

S: Bourbon, dark chocolate, raisin and coffee with a hint of leather as the beer warms.

T: Rich flavors of chocolate, raisin, caramel, wood and bourbon. The bourbon is present but wonderfully restrained. The sweetness of the caramel and chocolate flavors comes out more and more as the beer warms. Really impressive.

Photo of Bennettrox
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a tan 2 finger had

S - Bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts, milk chocolate, bourbon, smores

T - More milk chocolate, bourbon , roasted malts, marshmallows, very tasty!

M - So easy to drink, at 10.10% this is deceiving! Full body and medium carbonation.

O - Damn I love this beer. I could see myself putting down a 6 pack no problem but I would be in trouble for sure. Great chocolate and oak notes - I want more!

Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted semi sweet chocolate, wood and bourbon aroma. Medium to heavy sweet malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

Photo of Adrianized
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to mikedashg for including this as an extra in my first trade!

Poured into a snifter, pitch black with one finger mocha head.  Looks yummy.

Strong chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla bean, and espresso.  Smells somewhat boozy.  Very nice.

Taste is roasted malt, lots of chocolate, strong coffee, and French vanilla.  The aftertaste has a smooth hops bitterness and espresso liquor. It's incredibly balanced and smooth, I'll be done and missing it in no time.

Mouthfeel is awesome.  Full bodied and a little syrupy.  Very good, fine carbonation.

Overall this is an awesome stout, one of the best I've had.

Photo of errantnight
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right there with Parabola, for me. Just a joy to drink.

Smooth, round, full vanilla-tinged mocha sweetness. Soft tannins make for a silky, rich, lingering, slightly sweet finish. Deep brown/black with a tenacious, frothy little head for a beer of this size wafts just barest hints of bourbon and oak, dark, plum fruits and a hint of brown sugar.

Like Parabola, this is a beer that just absolutely deserves to always be around. And since Tyranena isn't local... when this appears again, I'll be making an effort to stock up.

Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

526th Review on BA
Bottle to tulip
@Toronado San Diego

Consumed 5/29/11

App- Dark, dark brown. Bordered on Black. A nice thin one finger head. A little slower to recede.

Smell- Big aromatics all over the glass. It starts with the bourbon, then moves to the whiff of the ABV. You get dark fruits, some roasted malts. A little dark chocolate.

Taste- The taste really follows the nose. The sweetness of the dark fruit matched the malty boozy flavors was really nice. It was a bit soft and as it warmed some vanilla kicked in and still retained a little raisin-esque note.

Mouth- A lighter big ABV stout. This still retained its medium body and it was a bit of a medium carbonation. Lip licking boozy and vanilla flavors remained.

Drink- It's a very tasty stout in a small bottle. I can see why it was so highly rated. I would love to trade for a bottle to keep and age but at the price I paid for it, might as well just drive back down for another one.

Photo of MikeSr619
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, Im sitting at this bar when Chuck walks up to me and says, "Hey punk, try my beer!" I look up at him and say, "What makes this YOUR beer, Chuck?" and he slaps me with his drivers license and says, "Im Chuck MFing Silva!!" never mess with chuck norris silva.

seriously though, this beer is amazing. I had it on tap at a gastropub around Rancho Bernardo and it poured like a dream. The smell was roasty and you just knew when you tasted it that it was going to be great. It went down VERY smooth.

My ONLY problem with it is that I wish there was more. But you gotta keep the public in demand.

Photo of dbhall
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

traded for two bottles of this stuff, and had very high hopes going into it. the pour is not as black as some, but fairly close with a small head and the kind of lacing you want from a ba stout. the smell was a touch of vanilla, chocolate. not much booze in the nose. pleasant smell.
the taste for me left something to be desired. there was chocolate roasted malts, a slight hint of alcohol in the finish. it just didnt seem all that complex. the mouthfeel was a little too thin, and also didnt help the taste much. i would say this is a fairly easy drinking ba stout. it's good, just not great.

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and vanilla. Also present are slight amounts of char.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by well-integrated dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the dark chocolate and vanilla fade a bit, allowing the roasted malt flavors to intensify. Traces of dark chocolate and larger amounts of vanilla carry through along with the roasted malts to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I’d been hoping to come across this beer for a little while now and I’m glad I finally had the chance to try it. A very well done beer that’s worth a shot.

Photo of Azurescens
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwer's, poured into snifter on 5/21/11

A: Pours black with thin tan head, some lacing around glass. Some dark red brown hues when held to the light.

S: Layers of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts with hints of bourbon and some alcohol.

T: Very rich chocolate, earthy oak with roasted malts, some vanilla and coffee notes as well. Hints of bourbon, hops and alcohol. Lingering taste of bourbon and vanilla.

M: Rich and smooth medium-full bodied, lower on the carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable for a strong barrel aged stout. Overall it is very good but not the best around.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured jet black with some brown hues as the light hits it. Finished off with a nice tannish cap

S: Big, rich cocoa upfront, bourbon, wood not just wood but but Oak as well. There is a difference and this beer reflects it.

Taste: Chocolate is a milk chocolate upfront, blends with a light bitter cocoa, bourbon, coffee, roasted malt and oak, all blend and work together very well. Such a great taste! A tinge of booze which you forget about from the smoothness and great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, nice amount of booze and body, great feel.

Overall: Exceptional.

Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Konrad in Cali... Thanks Konrad!
Pours out deep oily brown/black. Nice foamy mocha brown head.
Nose is intense roasty sweet chocolate, with charcoal maltiness.
Taste is syrupy sweet malt, lingering brown sugar cocoa. A little bit of alcohol, especially after warming.
Solid mouthfeel and drinkability.
Very nice stout!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Huge thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

Mike brought this over, ostensibly as a birthday gift, during our impromptu blind tasting the other night. Whatta guy. It pours a bleak onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises oak, pretzel, whiskey, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and some light chocolate. The taste runs very similarly, but with the addition of some extra wood, a hint of smoke, and a decent amount of coffee and dark chocolate. These additions certainly make a difference, and it's all for the better. The body is a hefty medium, bordering on light heavy, with a light moderate carbonation and a semi-chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty, very nice stout that more than lives up to the hype ascribed to it.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at Creekside Brewing Company during a central coast BA gathering last night. Either bargerking or rhertan shared this one. Either way, thanks to both of you! Hopefully we can sneak in another BA gathering before I leave town.

Poured into a 4oz. tasting glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body, with brown only appearing at the outermost edges when held to light. Fine, brown foam forms a size-able crown-like head that retains very well. Nice lacing to boot!

Smell: Roasted malt, fudge, caramel, (boozy) bourbon, red currants, and chocolate syrup all breathe forth right off the bat. Coffee (mocha-like) plays a larger role as the beer warms. The nose isn't as strong as I expected, but it's certainly complex and dynamic.

Taste: Tons of coffee and creamy chocolate meld together to form a beautiful mocha-like flavor. Bourbon and caramel emerge shortly afterward, followed by boozy heat that rolls into a rich, roasty, and semi-dry finish. Harmoniously balanced; absolutely delightful!

Mouthfeel: Full, malty (even kind of grainy), peppery, and semi-dry with great mouth-coating. Roast and sweetness play off each other nicely in the finish and aftertaste. Very smooth and pleasant.

Overall: A fantastically rich, complex, and smooth imperial stout. The barrel-aging plays a more subtle role, which really allows the complex malt flavors to shine through. I took multiple pours of this one. Maybe my favorite from the night.

Photo of MiScusi
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nothing about this beer I don't like. Black, dark tan frothy head, thick syrupy body. Everything about this beer screams cocoa and bourbon. The flavor is just bursting. What I also love about this beer is the flavor to price ratio. All the amazing flavor of the super expensive rare imperial stouts and just a fraction of the price. To me this beer is like a light Black Tuesday.

Photo of gregshead
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to Johndoe8 for this one. Tasted on 4/4/11, reviewed from notes:

A: pours a jet black w/ finger thick of chocolate ice cream color heat that dissipates slowly

S: Bourbon pokes through the strongest. Sweet vanilla come through as well.

T: Sweeth bourbon tickles the tongue all the way through. Oak/Vanilla taste in the middle. A little bit of bourbon burn at the end.

M: Smooth and creamy but some subtle carbonation

O: What a gem from San Diego. For some, this might be a little too sweet. But to me, its a great blending of a double stout and oak/bourbon flavors.

Photo of nhindian
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by GhettoFabulous, thanks Keith!

Tasted side-by-side with Green Flash's Double Stout, the non-barrel-aged version of this beer.

A - Pour is similar to the Double Stout, perhaps a little bit darker in the body. The head is also a shade darker, bordering on dark khaki, and is also slightly shorter in stature, about a finger's worth. Retention is a also lower, and when it's gone there's merely a foamy ring around the edge, compared to the lingering cap of the non-barrel-aged version. Not a whole bunch of lacing as well; thick bubbles cling to the glass, but rapidly afterward they slide away.

S - The nose is the first distinguishing characteristic that separates itself leaps and bounds from the original version. Whereas the aroma of the normal Double Stout was a little faint, this bouquet is bold, bombastic, and bourbony. My initial impression is that this is on par with Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout in how rich the bourbon comes through. The milk chocolate in the Double Stout opens and develops into a complex fudge note. The coffee fades a little from the original, but there's still a slight roast. Decent amount of caramel and molasses, and obviously a bit more heat as well.

T - The flavors are an extension of the nose with even more depth. Sweet bourbon paves the way for an enjoyable rollercoaster of flavors ranging from chocolate fudge to oak to vanilla. The bourbon at the front-end is sweet and gives off flavors of alcohol-soaked fruit, before falling away into a decadent chocolate fudge cake. The wood barrels come through slightly to give an oaky, earthy taste, which leads to a nice vanilla flavor coming through prominently in the finish. Molasses and toffee are interspersed throughout, rounding out a wonderful flavor profile.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Carbonation is apt for a barrel-aged stout but noticeably lower than the Double Stout base. Still exceptionally smooth and creamy and finishes more sweet than bitter compared to the original.

D/O - Drinkability is high for this beer. I'm not sure what barrels were used for this, but it drinks much better than normal Bourbon County Stout. It has a smoothness and richness that puts it in a similar echelon to 50/50's Four Roses Eclipse, and this honestly may be a step above due to how smooth it is. Although this is ultimately a blend, I can't say it hurts the beer and probably rounds off some of the rough edges. Definitely seek this out!

Photo of xnicknj
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

400TH REVIEW

12oz bottle poured into snifter - big thanks to arvjunk for this

Pours a thick blackened color with a crop of tanned head. Fades into clouded film with some patchy and spotty lacing left on the glass.

Strong scents of bourbon up front with some oaky smoothness. Chocolate sweetness laced with vanilla, followed by roasted malt and warmth, slight hint of bitterness.

Syrupy roasted malts drizzled with caramel and plenty of bourbon warmth. Not overly hot, but definitely present, matched with a decent amount of sweetness. Dark chocolate with vanilla are prevalent. Burly malt backbone, and a hint of hop bitterness as well towards the finish. Warm, oaky, and boozy in the end.

Fuller body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and syrupy on the tongue. Really nice flavor and integration of bourbon on this one - I like the extra smack of booze, plus the vanilla sweetness helped take the edge off.

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.