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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 933
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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Mora2000

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to this one.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a very small tan head. The aroma is oak, heavily roasted malt, bourbon, maple and chocolate. You get a ton of barrel-aged aspects in the aroma, along with a lot of stout notes.

The flavor is just as complex. I get a lot of heavily roasted/burnt malt, along with some oak, maple and bourbon notes. The alcohol is present and is very hot.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very nice barrel-aged beer that I think may get better with age.

12-23-2010 06:34:02 | More by Mora2000
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goalie33

New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Something special for my 50th beer review.
A: Stout black, no light comes through. Mocha head fizzles away to a thin layer coating the top of the beer.
S: Bourbon and vanilla with undertones of chocolate and espresso.
T: Bourbon flavor upfront with a hint of vanilla from the oak casks. Finishes sweet with coffee and licorice flavors.
M: Very smooth, soft mouthfeel.

Not my favorite bourbon aged beer, but it is a very good beer nonetheless.

12-21-2010 21:03:49 | More by goalie33
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CooperEllis

New York

3.73/5  rDev -15.2%

12oz from marisatheyounger - thanks very much!

into dfh snifter. first 6oz at room temp, second 6oz at 50f.

Pours black, oversized tan head with a great volume of soapy bubbles that reduce quickly to a tight layer of tan lacing stretching over the top of the pour.

Amazing aroma of roasted malt with a well balanced bourbon and dark fruit. If the brew had tasted as good as it smelled I would have been exceptionally happy.

Good flavor, malts with a bourbon note throughout. There isn't much here beyond that. I would have liked there to be a good layering of the stout flavors. I don't know that this stout would have held up on it's own without the bourbon notes.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel. While I enjoy the lighter mouthfeel I believe this is still a little light for the style.

For a stout, I would likely reach for this over some others, but for a bourbon aged stout, I can think of a number of annual releases that I would reach for over this.

(60th)

12-21-2010 00:32:52 | More by CooperEllis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Slips out an opaque, black body with a thinnish, beige head.

Smell: Sweetish, roasty nose full of notes smelling of chocolate truffles, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, dark fruits, and vanilla sugar. Hints of earthy, charry oak barrel wrapped up in an inviting waft of bourbon of good quality.

Taste: Gripping, engaging roastiness lovingly layered in sweet chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup, and melty caramel squares. Oak barrel accents given a dose of coconut-brown sugar fudge and a splash of bourbon. Dark fruitiness of plums and prunes. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness lurking within this one. Some well-integrated alcohol warmth waiting in the sweetish, chocolate-flavored coffee laced with bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: Near-full mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A generous load of heavy maltiness going head-to-head with a big barrel character comes together to make a very nice beverage. Go on, savor a Silva!

12-20-2010 16:08:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%

the nightcap of my first full night back at the table, i was able to pull this one of the stash and dump it into a snifter. served chilled.

the pour was wonderful with a huge dark black color an a nice tight head of tan that really showed off how nice this was. sticking to the sides and dropping tons of foam down the sides. aroma is deep bourbon, tons of vanilla, oak and rich roasted notes. chocolate cuts through as does a ton of coffee and a huge splash of deep vanilla in the finish. seriously big bourbon flavor, i was not expecting this to be as huge as it was and in hind sight, should have shared, lol.

overall this was an awesome ba stout and a great way to get back in the game, simply fantastic and well worth it.

12-19-2010 16:23:01 | More by mikesgroove
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wethorseblanket

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a solid black with a frothy mocha head which fades slowly. Nose is bourbon, rum- soaked oak, toasted malt, sweet fruits, and a lovely pure vanilla essence. Taste is superb in balance with all the elements of the nose plus a bit of mellow booze on the finish. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, rich and thick. I could almost spoon this out of the glass. Overall, just overwhelmed. Fantastic - a must have. Well done indeed.

12-19-2010 03:20:32 | More by wethorseblanket
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seeswo

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Wow, what a great smelling beer. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, mocha...amazing nose. The taste does not disappoint. Basically, take the nose, combine it with an appropriate mouthfeel (not too thin for a 11% BA RIS) and that's what it tastes like. The barrel aging is spot on, as it integrates perfectly into the base beer. I'm a bit blown away because I had many, many bourbon barrel aged beers at FoBAB the other weekend and learned that barrel aging a beer is more difficult than time, space and finding barrels. Many of them did not do a good job of integrating both barrel and base into a new, synthesized beer. This one does and does well.

This is only one small notch below the best beer I had that night - 50/50 Imperial Eclipse Elijah Craig...and that beer is impossible to find. If the Silva Stout had its own release day, people would be lining up outside with golden tickets and trading crazy beers to get it.

Edit: Had another bottle and this is very good, but not as good as I was touting previously. Overall knocked down 1 peg.

12-15-2010 06:33:29 | More by seeswo
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance- Pours a thick black with a bit of frothy head that subsides and leaves about a quarter inch of head after a minute.
Smell-weet bourbon abd a bit of fruitiness over some strong strong malts
Taste- Wow... this is VERY good. Similar in character to Brooklyn Black Ops.. subtle bourbon over strong chocolate and roasted malts with just a hint of fruitiness
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- great... not much else to say... very damn good

12-14-2010 21:10:23 | More by Urbancaver
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

awesome extra from mrmiles.

a - pour is jet black with a nice brown head. good retention and some lacing.

s - baking chocolate, faint pine hops, nice mellow bourbon.

t - very smooth flavor. bourbon is far from overpowering as it can be in bb stouts. baking chocolate is large, but again not overpowering. I say baking chocolate because it isn't sweet. yet there is some sweetness in there. I'm glad I had this fresh as I can taste some piney hops.

m - medium to heavy body. I find it to be somewhat of a dry feel, but klikger doesn't agree.

overall - very tasty. very easy to drink and I would gladly drink this again.

12-14-2010 00:03:49 | More by levifunk
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -18.6%

Huge thanks to airohead2001 for bringing this back from a recent trip to San Diego.

A: The beer pours black in color with a light tan color. There was a ½ finger head that had moderate retention and mild lacing.

S: Some whiffs of coffee and chocolate in the smell here. The smell is pretty good, but fairly weak. There's also some bourbon, but this takes a back seat to the coffee and chocolate.

T: The bourbon comes through more in the taste than in the nose. There's coffee at the finish, but the chocolate flavors I was expecting from the nose didn't come through as strongly as I had hoped for in the taste. Something just seemed to be missing here in my opinion. The components were there, but they just didn't come together very strongly. There was also some roastiness and some alcohol heat.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked. The carbonation was appropriate, but somewhat on the high side, and the beer has a nice aftertaste.

D: Pretty good, but far from the best in the style. Mostly limited by the carbonation and the fact that I didn't find the taste overly interesting or inviting.

12-12-2010 03:20:26 | More by glazeman
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airohead2001

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.1%

Pulled this one straight out of the Whale's Vagina after visiting an old college buddy and attending a conference in San Diego.

A - Pretty typical for a bourbon barrel imperial stout. Black as night with a one finger head that quickly fades to just about nothing. Decent lacing on the walls of the snifter.

S - Really a lot going on here. Outstanding. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and burnt roasts.

T - Vanilla and sugars up front and in the finish, with bitter coffee and chocolate in the finish. Really tasty. Bitter roasts linger on the tongue long after the drink is consumed.

M - Good. A little thin for such a rich tasting brew, but good.

D - Very high. In fact, higher than most bourbon stouts, including KBS and GI BCS. Really no alcohol burn at all. I can easily drink a bottle, or maybe even two, by myself.

12-12-2010 03:15:54 | More by airohead2001
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Halcyondays

California

4.4/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of stoad,

A: Pours darkest black with a thick tan head, good lace.

S: Bourbon, oak, dark chocolate nose.

T: Classic bourbon and dark chocolate intermingling. Great flavours, reminds me a lot of a fresh Firestone 12, good praise in my book.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, easy going palate.

D: Another wonderful effort from Green Flash. Glad I got to try it; I just wish it was more available.

12-11-2010 05:13:12 | More by Halcyondays
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ptykozoon

California

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours dark wood brown with a small caramel head, not too much lacing or retention.

Rich caramel, chocolate, burnt coffee, fudge, black licorice, vanilla, sweet raisin and bourbon heat. Wow.

Thick bourbon and aforementioned flavors, mostly caramel.

Dense mouthfeel, hot. Active carbonation always gets in the way of this style, takes away the nuances of the flavors.

Lovely beer, quite exceptional.

12-09-2010 07:46:10 | More by ptykozoon
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours black with a beautiful thick mocha head and webby lacing

The aroma is a wonderful blend of chocolatey vanilla bourbon goodness. Dry oak and booze present as well.

The flavor is charred oak up front with a caramel toffee sweetness. A bit of floral hops and cocoa. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness.

The body is medium and carbonation is appropriate. A tad more thickness would be beneficial but I think the barrels may have thinned it out a bit.

Overall this is a very flavorful beer. A bit boozy but not really hot. Not sure this is better than the regular Green Flash Double Stout though.

12-09-2010 03:04:33 | More by alcstradamus
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DaveHS

California

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%

A-Pours charcoal black with mahogany highlights and a 1/2 inch of bubbly, chocolate milk colored head. Leaves moderate, soapy lacing.

S-Bourbon, roasted malts, toffee, brown sugar.

T/M-One of the most well balanced bourbon barrel imperial stouts I've had. The bourbon complements the stout, rather than overwhelming it. Full bodied, but not too rich or sweet. There is a moderate roastiness, which plays nicely against the bourbon. The finish is a little drier than I expected. Very low carbonation.

D-I was very happy with this one, would seek it out again.

12-05-2010 01:49:03 | More by DaveHS
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koopa

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Black and opaque body with a 1 finger cafe con leche crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Delicious sweet bourbon over dark roasty nutty malt, with vanilla cream deliciousness bringing it together.

Taste: Almost as good as the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin in my opinion. The flavors would lend so much better to a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and the abv hold it back a bit but its very well blended.

12-03-2010 02:01:09 | More by koopa
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zimmerbloke

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Split a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours absolutely opaque black with a 1" brown paper bag colored head. Head fades pretty fast, but is easily reawakened with a swirl of the glass.

S: Sweet bourbon hits hard with a bit of booze heat. Slight smokieness of malt, chocolate and a little bitterness on the finish.

T: Strong flavors of chocolate and a little coffee bitterness in the malt profile. Bourbon compliments well and the vanilla flavors really linger on the tail end of the flavor. Sweet, but balanced. Warming alcohol and hints of oak tartness on the finish. Really quite nice.

M: Pleasantly thick without being cloying; one step below sticking to the tongue. Not as much of a sipper as some of the other big stouts, but a slightly less viscous beer helps the drinkability.

D: High. There's quite a bit of alcohol heat right now, but it still drinks very well.

Thanks to johndoe8 for sending this as part of a sweet box. Much appreciated, Richard!

12-01-2010 21:37:05 | More by zimmerbloke
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%

Thank you so much for this, Chris. My previous (and only) attempt at getting this beer ended with FedEx losing the box, and I'd resigned myself to the fate of not trying this until you generously sent it to me.

Pouring jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this beer looks excellent. The lacing is particularly fine, hanging around in dense sheets. And the new, distinctive bottles don't hurt either. The nose is pretty excellent. The barrel character is moderate - coconut, chocolate, sugar and an almost cookie dough-like character, I also get raisins and oatmeal. All of this makes me think - chocolate chip raisin cookie. The roast character is light, this is on the creamier, milk chocolate end of the RIS spectrum. Bourbon is expressed as a little vanilla and a firm but gentle heat.

The palate is outstanding. Coffee and some milk chocolate are immediately noticeable, there's a moderate caramel malt backbone to go with vanilla and bourbon that the barrel has lent. The coffee character isn't as strong as in a beer like KBS, but it's still very noticeable. It is also a little more acrid and less fresh than in KBS. Bourbon reappears on the mid-palate, with a mild booziness that lightens the body some. A moderate chocolate undercurrent is present as well. Mildly sweet on the finish with bourbon, vanilla and caramel all present, along with a touch of alcohol.

Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this improves hugely once it's had time to settle down a bit. The mellow booziness on the finish is enjoyable too, especially on this rainy, fall night. Excellent stuff, I would drink this again if I could.

12-01-2010 04:54:08 | More by DefenCorps
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Absolutely beautiful thick black with a nice chocolate head that slowly fades to a ring of lace.
Smells like chocolate icecream with Jim Beam. Hints of vanilla. Taste like a bourbon flavored chocolate cake. This is one damn fine beer. They perfected barrell aging. Very smooth and slick. Man I hate that I only have one bottle.

12-01-2010 04:01:53 | More by wcudwight
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to domtronzero for this bonus! 12oz squatty yet high shouldered brown glass pry-top bottle. Looks like a medicinal oil bottle.

Pours a moderately thick black with very thin brown head. Nose is dominated by bourbon and vanilla bean! Roasty coffee notes too.

Palate is medium-full bodied and fairly sweet and rich. Vanilla bean, white oak, caramel, coffee grounds, roasted grains and thin carbonation.

A fat, beautiful bourbon barrel stout. Love it. Not the most complex BA stout, but definitely more drinkable than most!

11-27-2010 04:18:21 | More by SFLpunk
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Big thanks go out to Destral for this killer extra!

Pours a dark brown color with light shining through, but almost black in the glass with a small head that's gone quickly, but there's a small khaki colored cap that last the entire length. Wow, this thing smells fantastic. It's easily the best aspect of this beer, and I could smell it all night long. Big wafts of chocolate, oak, and light barrel. Chocolate pretty much dominates everything, and I'mnot picking up much in the way of hops, which I like. Taste is right on with the nose. Big, big, big milk chocolate flavor that's spot on, with some vanilla, and light barrel notes int he background, but I would like to have a little more bourbon presence. Roast is generally subdued, and a little roasty bitterness would have helped out the sweet aspects of this beer, but the sweetness is only short lived, so I can't complain. It's really well rounded, no rough edges, and aged perfectly. Body is just a tad thin for my liking, but it's not detracting as you can barely feel/taste the high ABV. This really is an excellent imperial stout and easily the best thing I've had from this brewery. Very happy I had the chance to try this one. Thanks, Kris!

11-24-2010 02:58:53 | More by KeefD
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wasco

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz bottle from wethorseblanket! Thanks Greg!!! Nose is chocolate, oak with light vanilla, hints of bourbon, and a little mocha. Black with a nice big cinnamon tan head that laces nicely. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Finishes with hints of bourbon and alcohol warmth.

11-24-2010 02:53:54 | More by wasco
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GoGriz

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -25.5%

Received from injuredreserve in an overly generous trade, thanks! I gotta preface this by saying that I have recently cracked into my BA stout collection and can't help but compare this with 07 BA Yeti, BA SC, etc...and this just doesn't hold - up but here we go.

Pours a super dark brown with an unfortunately large head that seemed unnecessary due to my soft pour to begin with...annoying. Nose is good with chocolate dominating the overall bouquet and soft fig notes rounding it out. For me, the flavor totally disapoints. I get burnt malt and a fairly sharp hop finish top this that isn't to my taste at all. Very little else to the flavor of this beer. Mouthfeel is even worse with sharp carbonation and little creaminess. All that being said it is decent enough to drink. I have another one that I may set aside for awhile to see if it changes but I'm not impressed.

11-24-2010 01:19:24 | More by GoGriz
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mulder1010

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to forgetfu for the beers.

A-- Poured black and more black. Half a finger of dark brown head. Head itself left great looking spider web like lacing.

S-- Bourbon, vanilla, some oak and chocolate cookie dough. Just a slight bit of alcohol. Great smell.

T-- Chocolate cake chocolate, touches of vanilla, and bourbon. Heck yeah.

M-- Bourbon does comes out in the mouth but it is quite soft. Very creamy chocolate. A lot of chocolate in the mouth with some flashes of vanilla. Just a small Alcohol burn in the finish. A little thin in the mouth and higher carbonated than other BA out there but that is OK with this.

D-- Makes me reconsider my last 2 BA reviews. This is awesome. ABV is well hidden, even with the slight bourbon tastes. This is easy to drink and could easily want more of this. Exceptional beer for the 10.1%

11-23-2010 06:50:39 | More by mulder1010
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Overlord

California

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks to the Pfaffinator for sharing this brew with me. A surprising treat from a brewery that, frankly, underwhelms me a lot of the time.

Pours a blackish black with some black edging. Maybe the hint of a dark brown crust. Nice half to one inch of dark tan foam. Beautiful looking beer.

Smells like an immense f***ton of bourbon, some chocolate dough, a hint, just a hint, of vanilla, and...where's the roasted malt? Interesting. Usually there's roasted malt or acrid-ness to balance out the other flavors, but this smells like all bourbon and sweetness.

Taste is pretty darned sweet, with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, more chocolate, some cake batter, a bit of brown sugar/molasses on the aftertaste. Wow. Really impressive.

I must say, it's a fantastic, well-carbonated (thought it could be a bit thicker), incredibly easy drinking brew for what it is. I'm very surprised.

11-22-2010 07:59:11 | More by Overlord
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.