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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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816 Ratings
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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 968
Gots: 112 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010

Bourbon barrel aged
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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
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
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
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with a thick, brooding mocha head. Nice sticky lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated.

S- Smells of bourbon and vanilla. Hints of toffee and alcohol soaked raisins. My mouth is watering just smelling all the wonderful aromas. Rich bourbon resonates in the nostrils.

T- Tastes of smooth bourbon with a distinct vanilla oakiness. Can also taste some raisins. Awesome bitter finish that rests perfectly on the palate. Not to overpowering or overly sweet. Seamless infusion of a bourbon aged beer.

M- Creamy and melt in your mouth smooth. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D- This is easy drinking for a barrel aged beer. Not too biting. It has a great warmth. Think bourbon county stout without the thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Not sure if it's as tasty, but it's definitely easier to drink.

Photo of pwoods
3.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to d0ggnate for hookin' it up.

12oz. Brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black, no light. Decent head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice bourbon notes with a touch of barrel. Lots of lactose in the nose... Maybe I'm wrong but seems like it.

T/M: Mild bourbon with mild barrel notes. Overtones of vanilla with plenty of lactose to follow. Not a ton of roast but plenty of somewhat mellowed heat. Some light chocolate and weak dark fruitiness. Body is medium full or more with mild carbonation.

D: Drinks moderately and is t quite what I was expecting from a bourbon barrel stout. Interesting, but meh.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Cassey for bringing this one out. Cheers bro!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head on a fairly passive pour. Good amount of head retention, and lacing that clings to the glass...

S - Smells a little sweet. Chocolate, caramel, and Bourbon. Very enticing scent...

T - Delicious. Chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a hint of coffee followed by sweet vanilla. Finishes on a smooth Bourbon warmth. Bourbon is right on par here. Not over the top, but enough to let you know that it is there. Very smooth and well balanced...

M - This is where this beer lacks in my opinion. Was hoping for a more viscous mouthfeel. On the higher end of medium bodied, but still a little thin for my likings. Especially considering the style. Moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one, and something I am definitely looking foward to trying again. Green Flash brewed a very solid beer here...

Cheers...

Photo of mikey711
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Joe for this

A: Deep black with a mocha colored head. Great lacing and head retention as well.

S: Heavy chocolate and marshmellow notes. lots of vanilla and some wood followed by a burning bourbon char in the end. The sweetness was a bit more powerful then i like though.

T: Sweet with a hint of bourbon up front. a touch of smokiness and vanilla to follow. Some toasted marshmellow notes and a bit of wood.

M: Very creamy and smooth. the alcohol is not very detectable either. really not much to fault here

O: A solid offering all around but a little bit unbalanced towards the sweet side. I think a bit more a roasted bitterness would have help quite a bit. that being said, i am glad i have another bottle

Photo of mrbubbler
4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip / Have also had this on tap several times.

A: Pitch black with a nice dark chocolate mocha color head. Good 2 inches of head with a nice slightly aggressive pour

S:Wonderful! bourbon, chocolate syrup, coco nibs, coffee, and just a wonderful vanilla oak smell.

T: I get a little bit of bitter coffee and roast at first followed by a very wonderful blend of bourbon, chocolate syrup, and barrel aged flavors that come through on the finish

M: smooth and creamy. carbonation is just enough.

O: I love this beer. i have probably killed at least a couple four packs with ease. I wish they would make this stuff again.

Servin

Photo of Vdubb86
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to Mages64 for hooking me up with this want

This beer pours a dark dark brown color topped by a sandy brown colored foam. The aromatics are cocoa powder, vanilla, marshmallow, and a touch of bourbon. The flavor of this beer is greatly made up with chocolate. There is a decent amount of vanilla to accent the really really tasty chocolate that is the main component of flavor here. The mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy and I must say that I really enjoy it. The overall experience is greatly satisfactory. I really really like this beer, it's great.

Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to Bill for picking these up for me (and being so patient) and thanks to Ratman for delivering them to me. Pours a deep midnight black, with only a little bit of loose brown foam on top. Huge aromas here, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. More of the same on the palate, but so perfectly balanced. I could probably drink this one all night.

Photo of veinless
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AwYeh for this one, this beer got the honor of kicking off a three day binge on great beers while he hangs out here.

Pours an opaque black, with a lot of viscosity. generates an impressive two-finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a decent amount of bubbling and swirls in the glass. Lacing is sporadic and spotty at best.

Smells strongly of rich milk chocolate, with a touch of bourbon mixed in. Really one of the more chocolatey smells I've experienced in a while, with a blend of Whoppers and Hershey's syrup making for a great aroma. Bourbon gives it more of a spiced sweet hint than an alcohol one, and it works perfectly here. One of the finer smelling stouts I've had in a long while.

Taste is a bit of a letdown following the incredible nose, but that isn't to say it isn't great. The chocolate is darker here, with a coffee mixed in as well that makes for a nice, slightly bitter finish. The bourbon is once again in the background rather than the fore, and it adds to coffee finish in a great way. A sweet beer, but not so much that it gets in the way of the roasted malt in any way. After the phenomenal smell though the taste just doesn't measure up, and I want more of that rich milk chocolate from before.

Mouthfeel is full and thick enough,but not to the level of syrupy. Creamy when swished, the mouthfeel is a solid complement to the dessert flavors in the beer, but could use a little more body. Drinkability is very good, especially for a barrel aged big stout like this. Coffee at the finish adds that much more the complexity and balance of the beer. This could be a solid sipper for hours, if one was fortunate enough to get a bunch of these. Definitely want to get my hands on more, and hope they do this one again in the future.

Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip; huge thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty IV BIF!

A: Pours an opaque dark brown/black, with two fingers of frothy tan head- looks much like a bowl of oatmeal. Good retention and lacing left behind.

S: A big kick of milk chocolate starts things off, before becoming dramatically more complex- vanilla and bourbon stand out, and I also pick up some coffee, spiciness, tobacco, and a much darker chocolate.

T: HUGE bourbon flavors come through immediately, and stay prominent for the whole flavor, complementing the strong dark chocolate flavors provided by the malts. Lots more vanilla here too, once again some hints of coffee, and a good deal of oak shows up too. Lingering dark cocoa/bourbon finish rounds things off nicely.

M: Medium+ bodied, with light carbonation. Smooth for the most part, and maybe just a little thinner than I was hoping for, but with a great syrupy, sticky ending, and a tingling feeling left on the palate from the bourbon and mostly hidden bitterness.

O: Very enjoyable beer, and one that I hope Green Flash will release again. My overall rating may suffer just a little bit as I'm trying to review Silva Stout to style; still, this is definitely one you should try to pick up.

Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Huge thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this, and, of course, for hosting the tasting.

A: Black body, thin tan head, average retention and lacing, red highlights.

S: Balanced, rich, full aroma of bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Yes, please.

T: Delicious, smooth, rich, and did I say delicious? Everything from the nose and more, with a gorgeous balance of barrel, roastiness, and sweetness. Fantastic.

M: Smooth medium body, low carbonation. A bit more heft and life would have been welcome, and worthy the richness of the beer.

O: I don't have much to say about this beer; it's really, really good. I would love to have a whole bottle to savor, as I suspect that there are more levels of complexity than I was able to assess. Silva is a great Bourbon barrel stout, no doubt about it. Good show, Green Flash!

Cheers!

Photo of sherm1016
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, received in trade from mikedashg. Thanks! Served in a Jolly Pumpkin Tulip.

Pours a jet black color with with a tan head. Aroma is a nice balance of bourbon an roasted malt. Heavy, but silky mouthfeel on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and very complex...oak, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.

This ia an excellent beer. I just wish it were easier to get.

Photo of mcallister
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking beer. Deep oily, sludgy blacks with a half inch creamy mocha head leaving a ringed lace in it's path.

Wonderful interesting nose. Black cherry, bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, oak, toasted vanilla, black licorice, anise, earthy hops, coffee, minerality, and esters of fig and quince.

Wow! Delicious and way to drinkable. Creamy, roasty, perfect balance, yet light and fluffy on the palate with perfect carbonation giving a dancing feeling long into the roasty bitter finish. Dark chocolate ,milk chocolate, cocoa, latte, coffee, black fruits, cherry, bourbon, toasty vanilla oak, slight burn deep in the chest, caramel, earth, black licorice, sweet cream, absolutely terrific.

Photo of zhanson88
4.42/5  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.

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.