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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 929
Gots: 117 | 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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ptykozoon

California

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 07:59:11 | More by Overlord
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jmadrigal2

California

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was very nice with thick tan head. Smelled like bourbon, chocolate vanilla. The taste had a nice sweetness without going overboard. I get chocolate cake, vanilla and oak in the taste. The mouth feel is medium. I like stouts a little thicker but this was still very nice. The drikability on this is very high for me. I enjoyed this stout a lot an would recommend seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 21:51:55 | More by jmadrigal2
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/19/10

After enjoying nearly half a case of this since the release on 10/01/10, I figured it was high time to review this lovely drink.

A: The pour into the snifter was neither hard nor soft, but two fingers of frothy umber beauty rose up from the black depths to meet my eyes. I'd say the color is black, or near enough as makes no mattter. Retention is good.

S: Aroma is of a bourbon infused chocolate chip sugar cookie, if such a thing existed. An exquisite blend of brown sugar, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and light alcohol notes. Roasted malt is restrained.

F: The taste displays a lower moderate sweetness with strong chocolate and bourbon notes. Roasted malt is mellow, and I get a whisper of coffee, it's barely noticeable. The alcohol presence is ideal for me, mellow, yet possessing a pleasant level of booze heat for such a barrel aged beverage. The interplay between bourbon and chocolate is very nice. The finish is drying, with a light alcohol heat, and lingering chocolate bourbon.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy with a nice upper moderate level of carbonation and some alcohol warming. There's a subtle tannic quality that's coupled with a drying oak character. I also detect a mild astringency in the finish. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: I don't know how this beer will age, and I don't see any reason to keep it around long enough to find out. The beer is mellow and has a great blend of all flavors and aromas, and I wouldn't want any one to fade or become more pronounced. I'll go out on a limb and say this can't get better. I didn't consider it capable of improving upon the release, and no taste since then has swayed me. Drink up! A 12oz bottle of a high quality and quite delicious bourbon barrel aged stout for $80 a 24 bottle case? That's unheard of in the beer world, and near fantasy in Southern California where you don't find these in a vessel smaller than a bomber, and most often they're resting in a 750ml bottle. This is a great thing, Green Flash, at a great price, please make this a yearly release. A beer of this quality at this price being available at the brewery for weeks seems too good to be true around here.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:17:23 | More by HopHead84
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waltonc

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to OtakuAle for throwing in this extra. Pours like coca cola with creamy lacing. Nice bourbon barrel aroma with lots of milk chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. Somewhat sweet but not cloying. Not a great deal of molasses or soy in comparison to some stouts. Nor is there a big hop profile (thankfully). Body is medium with a creamy, medium/high carbonation level. Overall, quite a tasty barrel aged stout. Reminds me of Odell bourbon barrel stout with the slightly thinner body than many big stouts. I'd take a Goose Island BCS over silva stout, but still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:07:34 | More by waltonc
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vacax

California

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fancy new Green Flash twelve ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours black with dark brown edges, less than a finger of tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, resulting in a thin ring which actually does leave some lacing as I partake in this beverage. Aroma of Cabernet grapes, bourbon, candylike malts buttery oak, maple, and paper mill. Tastes of bourbon, rich chocolatey malts, caramel, and port-like vinous qualities on the midpalate. Moderate bitterness and rich cookie malts on the finish with some dry port and herbaceous reminders. Rich body and light combination make this silky on the palate resulting in a very easy to drink beer, perhaps outrageously so for something ripe with bourbon and over ten percent. Good base beer here made exponentially better through barrel aging and an excellent hand in blending.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 02:59:02 | More by vacax
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WeisGuy

New York

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle shared by sarro - thanks, Kyle!

Pours jet black with a two-finger, dark mocha head. Head retention is really good, as is lacing. The smell is a nice mix of toasty oak, dark chocolate, charred malt and bourbon heat. The taste is much the same with a nice balance of charred malt and dark chocolate mixing with the oak barrel and bourbon components. I think GFB made a good choice by blending -bal aged Double Stout with freshly brewed, as it results in a more balanced flavor that isn't dominated by bourbon -bal flavors, and the base beer is still distinguishable. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a substantial alcohol warming effect. A bit more drinkable than many -bal aged stouts, but splitting the 12 oz bottle two ways was a good serving size. Kudos to GFB for bottling this in 12 oz bottles rather than bombers. It may be heresy, but I actually like the regular Double Stout a bit better. That said this is a very good -bal stout well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 14:26:17 | More by WeisGuy
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent as extra via trade from codewarrior...thanks bro! Really looking forward to this one! Poured from a short necked 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip/snifter glass. Pours a wonderful pitch black, semi-thick...and presents a great looking brown creamy head, about a finger in height. Lacing is light and speratic. A great looking stout!

Aroma is also great! Smells just like you'd expect. Coffee, chocolate, booze(bourbon), and malts. Slightly charred and smokey.

Very nice! Smooth, creamy, low carbonation, medium booze, semi-thick body, bitter-sweet...closer to sweet. Chocolate, roasted coffee beans, bourbon, vanilla, malts. Flavor has a mild burnt taste, but only adds a nice characteristic! Very, very tasty. And drinkability doesn't even lack based on the style and everything going on. Very glad I got the chance to try this!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 02:39:08 | More by ShadesOfGray
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, opaque and viscous. Light carbonation produces a thin mocha head with some legs and fades to a thin crown. Aroma is my favorite part of this beer; rich bourbon, vanilla, oak, cookie dough, etc. Balance and subtlety of the aroma is remarkable. Flavor is complex balance of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and mild dark fruit. Blending of the fresh stout with the barrel aged component takes most of the sharpness off the finish. Only drawback is the slightly thin body with light carbonation. Otherwise this is an incredible stout from Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:31:32 | More by yourefragile
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vince4953529

California

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impulsively I drove down to Green Flash brewery on a Friday afternoon to procure the Silva Stout. This resulted in a four-pack in my fridge that night.

Color was black when poured into my Stone IRS glass, and smelled of bourbon and vanilla ensued. Tasted like the smell, plus a bit of burnt tasted. Not as thick as I thought it would be, perhaps I've served it a bit too cold.

Very drinkable for its heavy abv. Plus it's relatively affordable compared to the outrageous price we've seen lately and its limited release.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 20:04:30 | More by vince4953529
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

This thing is badass, it's black, it's oily, its evil. The head is as dark as milk chocolate, it's fine and thick and creamy. It starts to fade down a bit but the lacing stays - just reminding you of how dark and huge it was. Nose is bourbon, it's chocolate, it's coffe grounds and booze - it's all business here.

This is devilishly good, it's rich and delicious, the bourbon is there and it's not hiding. There's this really rich chocolaty creaminess about it that's soothing and perfect for a cool night. I almost bought a bottle of bourbon tonight, but I'm having this instead and it was a spectacular decision.

Mouthfeel is the only minor detractor, it's a bit light on the tongue, and the carbonation is a bit sharp and light, but mellows as it warms. This is a delicious brew worthy of any beer lover.

Huge thanks to stawn for hooking me up!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 21:56:18 | More by kingcrowing
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johndoe8

California

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites.

Appearance is a jet black, light brown head, with decent lacing.
Smells of light bourbon with hints of vanilla and oak.
The taste is just a very very great blend of all the flavors. No particular note is overwhelming, which overall creates such a great experience.

Mouthfeel, Drinkability are amazing. The heat is masked very well, and the stout has a just-right finish that isn't too light nor too syrupy.

I drink this at least once a week :) So nice to live in driving distance of Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 11:12:23 | More by johndoe8
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rye726

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to my friend Bill for the hook on this!

Pours near black with a nice tan head. Nose has oak, whiskey, vanilla, cocoa, roasty malts and hops. Taste is well balanced. Barrel aging is well done, not out of control. Medium to full body is nicely carbonated. Ready to drink now, but should age well.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 22:12:06 | More by rye726
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Freddie at Beverages4Less. Poured into a tulip and shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and Heather.

Pours black with a light mocha head. There is quite a bit of legs going on here. Sticky legs and a bit of spotty lacing on the side of the glass. As Ben pointed out initially, the nose was quite a bit of chocolate chip cookie dough. It tasted like the batter had been mixed with some vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon character is really quite smooth. My guess is that they must have used a really high-quality bourbon and/or put this in the barrels for a long period of time.

Again, the taste brings some really high end bourbon notes with some vanilla, cookie dough, and light cream. There is just a tough of booze there as well. Really delicious. Tastes like it has definitely spent some time with the bourbon and reminds me of some of the 50/50 Imperial Eclipse. Absolutely fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:17:49 | More by Thorpe429
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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