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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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767 Ratings
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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 938
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

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Photo of zhanson88
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer as part of a trade with mrbubbler. Thanks Adam!

Appearance: Silva Stout pours out and appears very dark brown in the glass, but I can see a few peeks of lighter brown around the edges. So not totally black in color. About a finger of tan colored head forms that has pretty decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts definitely take a back seat to coffee, then a delicious smelling bittersweet milk chocolate aroma. I do get a hint of barrels, and a touch of vanilla as well.

Taste: Damn this beer lives up to the hype it's accumulated. Roasted malts, and copious but very balanced amounts of coffee and bittersweet milk chocolate. The barrel flavors complement very nicely on the back end but aren't too strong.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is over medium bodied with a pretty low amount of carbonation. Pretty creamy. Overall, this is an awesome barrel aged stout that I'm pumped to have tried and to have a couple more bottles of. Although I'm not sure how much longer I should hang on to them, as the barrel character is just about right in the current state, if not a tad weaker than I would like.

zhanson88, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a inky, rich black with plentiful mocha head and absurd lacing.

Smell is exceptional. It's a delightful blend of chocolate, malt, bourbon, dark fruit, and vanilla. Perfect.

Taste is nearly as good as it smells. Sweet bourbon, dark fruit/molasses, some malt, and a bit of heat. Exceptionally smooth. Surprisingly so for a fresh bourbon barrel aged stout. As you make your way through the bottle - the alcohol becomes more noticeable. A bit of aging should mellow this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel is very nice - creamy and beautifully carbonated. Not as viscous as some stouts, but also not thin.

Highly, highly drinkable - wish I had more of this one.

readbaron, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Ed at The Community Tap for giving me a bottle of this to try! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger dark tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, slight oak, and slightly roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was excellent. It was still very hot from the alcohol if I'm honest. Even with this fact, it was still very tasty in all rights. Great aroma and flavor going on here for sure. But I would classify this one in its current state as a sipper. Really glad I got a chance to try this one!

thagr81us, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of kevinv
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to samtallica for tossing this great beer in as an extra in our recent trade!

12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a thick and impenetrable black with a dense dark tan 2 finger head. The head fades slowly, leaving some pretty good lacing behind. Great looking beer.

S - Beautiful notes of smooth & slightly sweet bourbon, which seems to be well balanced. The nose also brings aromas of cocoa, oak, dark sweet fruits, and vanilla. Exceptional.

T - The taste is a milky chocolate with an enduring vanilla on the finish. The bourbon is again present and provides a nice warmth. The bourbon is also extremely balanced way - not too overpowering or too subtle, just perfect. Very nice oakiness characters and a light licorice kick on the finish. The alcohol is hidden really well.

M - This is a full bodied beer that is notably smooth and creamy. Low carbonation - perfect for this mouthfeel.

D - Man, what a wonderful beer. I thought the bourbon was very well balanced. The 12oz bottle is a perfect serving size. I wish I had more of these to share.

kevinv, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into my Bruery snifter. I was cleaning out the cellar and saw this sitting there and thought "why not?" and now it is in my glass and boy am I happy. Thanks domtronzero for this tasty treat.

A - Black as night with a big brown head. Some lacing on the side.

S - Smooth bourbon, oak and hints of vanilla. This is barrel aging done right, no harsh alcohol notes just smooth bourbon.

T - bourbon up front before giving way to some beautiful roasted notes, finishing with more smooth bourbon and vanilla flavors. lingering chocolate/roast taste. Please give me some more.

M - heavy body with a bit more carbonation than I'd like, I might be nitpicking a bit though.

D - I'm always saying how I would like more big stouts to be bottled in smaller sizes but... god I wish I had another 10 oz's of this one. The drinkability is perfect on this one. You get all the great characteristics of barrel aging, over a solid stout base that stands up to the barrel. This beer really is exceptional and I hope more of it lands in my cellar. Please make more Green Flash!

jpmclaug, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me say, this beer rocks. My 200th review, this is a beer I've looked at for a while to try. Thanks to grilledsquid for this in a trade we did quite a while ago.

A: Excellent look with a silky black body and dark brown highlights. Ring of off white to tan head and awesome sticky dark lacing.

S: Holy cow, this is great. Super leathery and bourbon soaked dark malt bomb. Very round oak and vanilla character that has very little heat at all, but seems so well crafted. Dark fruits and some sweet stout aromas round it out. wow!

T: And the taste does not disappoint, amazing. What a masterful balance of bourbon complexity, vanilla, oak, coconut, cherry dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark barley, licorice, caramel and even more. Outstanding. Alcohol adds sweetness but not hot or cloying at all.

M: Amazingly creamy and balanced, how is this not hot without even a year of age?

D: A little intense after a while, one serving with do, but damn it's good. Will look to trade for more of this.

Dreadnaught33, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice pour at the Strong Ale fest in Boulder...I had several more. Black pour. Can make out some dark ruby highlights if i concentrate. Dense head, off brown. Lacing is good.

Aroma is rich in vanilla and caramel, some woodiness and roasted coffee. Molasses in the background.

More chocolate in the taste. Vanilla is the footing upon which the wood sits. Coffee roast is there but turns more into baked dark chocolate. This is quite good. a bit boozy, but the vanilla seems to mask it. Some leather and dark, black plum

Easy drinking for the abv and style.

Mebuzzard, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to MrTopher for this trade!

Poured from 12-oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Black with brownish/tan frothy head that stays long after the pour.

N: Mocha and burned coffee.

T/M: Coffee and cocoa with a slight oak tinge. A bit of bourbon sweetness on the back of the tongue as a forethought. Also detect a slight, very slight, hint of raisins.

As the beer warms up a bit, it almost seems to be missing something in the middle.

Holding on to a few of these to see how some age affects them.

peacebone116, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Green Flash, thanks to a generous trading partner. Out of my Harpoon tulip.

A- Pitch black, with a nice light chocolatey colored head. Nice lacing, and decent retention.

S- Smells of cocoa and whiskey. Dark malts and vanilla come through. It's really quite nice, and the chocolate/cocoa is really what comes through. Nothing is over powering, and melds together well. This is gonna be good...

T- A beautiful blend of chocolatey, oaky, bourbony deliciousness. Again, nothing over the top but just an excellent. The cocoa is really prominent. The barrel aging is a nice touch to a tasty beer.

M- My only complaint would be its just a tad thin. The carbonatinon and mouth feel is excellent though.

D- Very nice, the chocolatey aftertaste is really nice and inviting. Had two bottles over a couple weeks and really enjoyed this one. A solid beer from Green Flash

Gfunk720, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew as an extra from one Mr. Gibby out in the 215 (I'm gangsta). I've heard great things about this brew and Green Flash is a tasty brewery. Gotta be a winning combo. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Poured from a super cool 355mL Green Flash bottle (12oz for the common man)

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish black with a perfect one finger creamy dark brown head. Once the head dies down not much of a cap remains but a fairly nice collar leaves plenty of rich lacing.
Smell- Surprisingly earthy with a dark chocolate smell that isn't overly potent but still assertive. The barrel influence is light but I do get a light woody nuttiness and a touch of vanilla. Not a significant roastiness but there is a charred aspect that really seems to come out as it warms. The real smell in the nose though are the hops. A really deep dark fruitiness that comes through along with an almost lemony citric kick.
Taste- Starts with this velvety smooth tinge of milk chocolate and a bit of warming alcohol. The chocolate is really nice and so even keeled. Touches of coffee and bitter roasted malt make their way in along with some vanilla and caramel. The finish is citric and lightly bitter from a healthy dose of hoppy goodness. Oddly enough I don't get much of the actual barrel until well into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a light bit of carbonation and plenty of warming from the 10.1%.
Drinkability- A fine example of a well balanced barrel aged stout. Nothing is really dominate as the wood, malt and hops all work really well together. Usually as I'm 12oz though a barrel aged Imperial Stout I'm wishing they didn't package in 22oz bottles. Silva Stout is not one of those beers. I could easily handle (and enjoy!) another 10oz of this tasty brew. Thanks very much Jeff!!

younger35, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge thanks to ptykozoon for sending this in a recent trade as an extra!

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. One finger frothy beige head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a prominent barrel character. Lots of bourbon and earthy oak as well as some sweet vanilla/marshmallow notes. Underneath, the base beer is still evident. Thankfully the nose of this beer isn't verly dominated by the bourbon. Plenty of dark malt with hints of silky chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean, toast and toffee. Only slightly roasted and not acrid at all. Hopefully the flavor lives u to the aroma.

Chewy medium body that has a much more dominant roasted presence than the aroma suggests. In opposition to the aroma, the malt is extremely roasted and almost burnt, dominating the palate and taste. The barrel aging is more subtle than expected and is most evident towards the end of the swallow. Lots of roasted malt of front with hints of burnt toast, acrid burnt coffee bean, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. This is countered in the finish by the bourbon barrel character. Lots of sweet, boozy bourbon heat with subtle ashy/earthy oak. The pleasant vanilla/marshmallow character from the aroma is faint, a bit too much so for my liking. If it was a bit stronger it could have mellowed things out a bit but unfortunately this beer is a bit one dimensional and harsh to drink. Decent but definitely a sipper. I'm curious how this one would do with some age.

corby112, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really have been looking forward to trying this one. Thanks to johndoe8 for sending this in the 2010 SS BIF.

A-Completely opaque dark brown with a frothy mocha head and really nice lacing.

S-Booozy in a very nice way. Deep charred oak, vanilla, some chocolate and lots of heat.

T-Wow, is this smooth! I was expecting a rugged ride after the nose. Rich caramel, cocoa nib and vanilla sweetness in the front with a very light roast and some heat in the finish. Delicious.

M-Nicely rich but not at all heavy. Lingers lightly with a very round mouthfeel.

D-I will savor this one since it never made it east. Excellent brew!

HV

sholland119, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 1/22/11. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very dark brown with some clarity and lighter brown around the edges. Lace clings all over the glassware with a webbing pattern.

The aroma of this brew issweet and grainy with indications of vanilla and raw oak. A little tannic and a light twinge of alcohol that has a bit if twang about it.

The taste of this brew is roasty with a whiskey accented alcohol flavoring. Oaky, tannic and overall blended well together to form a very flavorful and enjoyable experience. A flavor of fresh grain produces some minor sweetness with a lingering roasty character that imparts some chocolate notes.

Medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very drinkable with an awesome blend of flavors. The alcohol is quite surpressed relatively speaking for 10%. Very enjoyable take on the style. I would like to get more of this.

stakem, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour with a tan head. Some bits of lacing, fade to a partial cap.

S - Great roasty and chocolate smelling impy stout. Little bit of barrel age influence there as well, no hint of big-beer alchohol.

T - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Smooth, buttery, creamy, quite roasty with the appropriate chocolate sweetness. Barrel aging is not overpowering, this beer is awesome.

M - Lighter side of full bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - This beer tastes fantastic and I want more. Easy to drink, would like a bomber of it.

AgentZero, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of basica
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Craftheads in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan http://craftheads.jp

A - Tapped a jet black color into a snifter glass with a thin, tan head eventually reducing to a fairly thick clingy ring around the glass (4)

S - Strong chocolate goodness on the nose with pleasant notes of wood and bourbon (4.5)

T - Upfront flavors of chocolate milk blended with roasted malts with with the roasted notes becoming more pronounced in the middle; some coffee and bourbon flavors as well as dashes of dark fruits were present as well (4.5)

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied thickness with moderate carbonation and a milky smooth texture (4.5)

D - Pleasant chocolate flavors, a smooth mouthfeel and definitely very easy and pleasant drinking for the 10.1% ABV (4.5)

Very good imperial stout; together with the Swan Lake Imperial stout, these are the two best Imperial Stouts I've had on my Japan trip

basica, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of CrellMoset
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - though an oddly shaped 12 oz. bottle, one more reminiscent of a hybrid between your traditional SNPA stubby and your traditional 12 oz. longneck, without overtly looking like either, and indeed, I originally assumed the volume was probably something like 500 mL - courtesy of the ever generous Alexander, a great midwestern trader and testament to BA generosity. Poured in to an oversized snifter.

Appearance: Pours an oily, viscous brownie batter brown, dark and deep, but translucent enough around the periphery that it's not like staring in to a hellish vortex of soulcrushing despair. What with being poured in to an oversized snifter (22 oz.), the head on this one didn't have a real chance to shine, though from the looks of it it certainly could have - an initial half-plus finger of creamy but bubbly cocoa brick fired head fades relatively quickly, but leaves an amazing amount of retention for a barrel-aged brew of this magnitude. Lacy tendrils and globular entrails and whimsically writhing willow wisps dance and dither lazily around the sphere of the snifter. Just a fantastic amount of

Aroma: As this one warms (and it's warmed by the time I get to the aroma, which I always review last because I have such a weak nose), bourbon begins to singularly dominate the olfactory portion of this one. Largely smooth with flourishes of spice, it melds fairly well with strong vanilla and a few other oaky notes, and these in turn run roughshod over an afterthought of a malt foundation which - if it had to be characterized by anything - would be characterized by brownie batter and molasses, though it does occasionally reveal hints of black cherry and anise.

Taste: Very fudgy, but also instantly and immediately lacking up front in something I'm not able to instantly put my finger on. Maybe it's that it's not a fat fudge. That is, the right notes are here - rich chocolate, plenty of toast, some dark toffee and caramel, and hints of earth, smoke, and dirt, all mingled in with dark cherries and chocolate - but it's a little on the weak end of the spectrum, dryer and more toasty than I'd like. Instead of a bracingly bold and chewy brew, this one manages to suggest all the right notes, but only crank them up to about five or so. A shame, I think, because of how well everything is really put together. The barrel aging is also fortunately fairly subdued, relative to what is could be (slash what I may perhaps prefer it to be) - coconut and vanilla add a perfume-like fragrance to the mouth, and the bourbon note here is more spicy and less sweet than I'd perhaps like. To its credit, it's not hot by any means, and the bourbon notes are smooth and mellow.

Mouthfeel: Eruptive wouldn't be an overstatement here. There's plenty of carbonation to spare in Silva stout, and if this one was a little sweeter, I'd probably give it a five - I'm such a sucker for that aerated, frothy, foamy milkshake sort of mouth on fat stouts. As it stands, it's still pretty darn good, though with the flavor profile being what it is, it does manage to augment both the good and the dryer, toasty, astringencies here. Definitely more good than bad, but I'm the sort that's inclined to point out flaws (read: asshole).

Drinkability: I feel like I was ragging on this beer a little, and perhaps being a little unnecessarily harsh at times. That being said, I hold my barrel aged stouts to a fairly high standard, because the company of the elite here is truly elite - truly excellent barrel aged stouts are sublime things, and if you want to bat with the big boys, you need to bring your game. Right now, however, Silva Stout is stuck in AAA ball. But that's ok, because, hell, I hadn't even heard of it two months ago - talk about a meteoric rise from 42nd round draft pick to dark horse potential-next-year fifth starter. To its credit, he has a plus curve, a plus-plus slider, and ... err, I mean, this beer showcases no hints at all of alcohol burn or sizzle or even twinge, impressive given its origin and its supra-10% abv%. On the flip side of the coin, I need more body, more heft, more weight before I really can fall in love with a barrel aged stout, and this one was lacking a little in that department. Worst case scenario, Silva Stout settles in to a bottom of the rotation starter for the winter refrigerators and evening sojourns of west coast craft beer fans, never quite posting numbers as impressive as, say, Abyss, Black Tuesday, or -bal Alesmith, but competent enough to hold its own against most major league talent. Best case scenario? The recipe is tweaked slightly, and Silva Stout becomes the Greg Maddux of west coast -bal aged stouts (I'll let you all figure out who Smoltz, Glavine, and Avery/Milwood correspond to in the above list - I have my guesses), becoming a perennial favorite of fans and insiders/experts everywhere. Tune in.

CrellMoset, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of drewba
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep brownish black with a finger mocha head. Lacing slowly blotches down the side of the glass. A thin mocha patch remains on top with a healthy ring. For me, the epitome of a perfect looking imperial stout.

S - sweet, vanilla heavy bourbon, a touch of wood and sweet, vanilla-y and raisin-y brandy. Roasty and caramely malts are heavy here.

T - Oh wow...this is solid. Tastes like a blend of bourbon and brandy; plenty of sweet vanilla, rum raisin, burnt sugar, caramel, milk chocolate with hints of wood and coffee. The sweetness is counterbalanced with some coffee grounds and dark chocolate bitterness, resulting in a fair amount of dryness in the finish. Reminds me of a fresh KBS, but better.

M - Just a little too thin. It definitely has a medium body, but I want a little more viscosity here. Carbonation is spot on.

D - This is a fantastic sipper, but at the same time, the bourbon./brandy sweetness has me drinking this quickly. I'd drink this constantly if possible. Seriously, Green Flash, I'd be fine if you completely scrapped any other annual beer to make more room for this.

drewba, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a random surprise package from kecarl7. Thanks! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter...

A - Pours a deep, opaque black with a nice 1 finger mocha head. Nice head retention as it slowly fades to a collar of the same color. Poured much lighter than expected; not very viscous.

S - Milk chocolate, butterscotch and some slight vanilla. Hints of oak and coffee come out too. Pretty straight forward nose, but very nicely balanced.

T - Bourbon and chocolate right up front. Coffee and some other roasty flavors come out as well. Some vanilla comes out as well and adds nicely to the overall profile. Straight forward like the nose, but very nicely done.

M - Thinner than expected but very nice and smooth. Moderate carbonation with just a slight bit of alcohol at the end. Also a slightly tannic finish.

D - Really great beer. Well done and great drinking. Would absolutely love to have some more of these to see how they develop over time.

KAP1356, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of beerpirates
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

35.5 cl Bottle poured into My lost abbey stemware glass

Pours a black body with a tan head 1 inch thick. Malty sweet aroma, light booziness, bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Woody with mocha and hints of cedar and oak. Silky chocolate malt tones, light wood and coco notes. A mild warming. Very Complex. Finishes dry and woody with a light lingering note of chocolate

beerpirates, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade with marisatheyounger. Poured into a N.B. globe. Thanks again!

A - Pours deeep brown, borderline black, with a nice pillowy one finger tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the length of the glass.

S - A lush mix of milk chocolate and warm bourbon. Dark roasted malts and plenty of barrel offer a bit of contrast to all that sweetness. A nearly perfect balance of milky sweetness and rich bourbon. One of the best I have had in a good while.

T - Nice warm bourbon flavor right up front giving way slowly to a sweet mix of warm bourbon and milk chocolate. Nice creamy feel on the pallet is quite nice. Finish is a mix of bourbon heat and sweet milk chocolate. I am really glad I got to try this one. One of the best I have had in a awhile.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich creamy feel with plenty of lingering heat and dark roast. The balance of all flavors is nearly perfect, just a touch too hot in the finish.

D - Very high. I might need to get a few more of these. One of the best barrel aged beers I have had in quite some time. The balance of booze and sweetness is nearly flawless. I only hope that in the future I can have this on-tap...

orangesol, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Kaiser81
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BudAssassin21 for leaving this bottle at my house.

A - As black as stouts come, this is how black it is. There's about a half finger width of mocha colored head, and it leaves nice lacing and legs on my glass.

S - Rich tones of heavy milk chocolate dominate this beer. Some barrel and booze are mixed in, but the chocolate is the story on this one, and it's a very good story. There may be a touch of espresso on the finish. Lingering...way way after I swallow, the booze from the barrel aging finally comes through. It makes me feel all warm inside on this frigid, 65 degree So Cal evening. ;-)

T - The taste is similar to the nose, though other flavors compliment the chocolate more, and the chocolate, though the main feature, is toned down. Roasts, and coffee, and a splash of dark fruits are mixed in.

The first time I had this, I tasted some metallic, or cherry like qualities on this, initially making me worry about an infection. Since then, I've kept all my bottles in the fridge, and each one has been really good. I haven't found that hint yet, so all seems well.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation...a tad high for me, but still good.

D - I wish I would have bought more of this!!!! At 10%, I don't know how I much I could regularly drink though.

Kaiser81, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris, at our BCS Championship tasting, poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a deep black with a dark tan head. A great cap forms, some pretty good lacing, looks great...The aroma is really nice with chocolate, butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. Really nice and smooth, creamy...The taste is very buttery, reminds me of the buttery smoothness of 50/50 PVW. Milk chocolate, oak, toffee, really good...The mouthfeel, as mentioned, is awesome...Totally crushable, alcohol is hidden well.

This is great. I need to get some more of this!

jrallen34, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Alex. Thank you kind sir!

A - Pours black, a fingers worth of tan head, nice lacing and a thin cap on top after the initial pour. Very solid-looking.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, slight oak, some coffee beans, roast. The 10% is no where to be found...color me impressed.

T - Much the same as the nose. Chocolate, oak, roast, ever so slight alcohol but no where near 10%. Yum!

M - Medium, maybe a tad too thin, rich and smooth, light carbonation and right-on for the style.

D - Very solid and I must say I wasn't expecting much from this one even after all the high reviews. I admit I was wrong and this is a very solid -bal that I enjoyed a lot. Recommend.

Sean9689, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for this one. Served in a Stone IRS goblet.

A - Pours with a couple fingers of dark tan foam that settle to a persistent thin cap and thick collar, leaving being splotches of lace and a glass-coating brown film. The body is pitch black.

S - Chocolate, oak, butterscotch, dark toasted grains, perhaps a hint of vanilla. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

T - Big buttery oak, sweet toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, with light espresso and barrel tannins in the finish. Again - drinks like an 8% beer.

M - Smooth medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a sticky and lightly tannic finish.

D - Very drinkable, and one of the few barrel-aged stouts where I bemoan the small serving size. I actually didn't intend to give this beer such a high score, but it's well-balanced nature and lack of obvious flaws make it hard to do otherwise.

MasterSki, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of STEG
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A ginormous thanks to johndoe8 for hooking me up with not one but TWO of these as extras. I really appreciate it so im gonna review my last one.

Pours pitch black into a fluted goblet. Three finger head rises and falls but retains about a 1/3 inch head. Splotchy lacing as the beer disappears.

The nose has equal parts chocolate and bourbon. With vanilla and coffee intermingled. Earthy undertones here as well.

Taste is well balanced with malt dark chocolate and bourbon playing equal roles here. None fight for first place.

Mouthfeel has some prickly carbonation at the front and back with a liquid silk in between.

Drinkable given the abv and deliciousness. But it really takes a hit in the availability department. I was astounded to get one let alone 2. And I very much appreciate your generosity rich and I hope you enjoy the beers I sent you

STEG, Jan 14, 2011
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