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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

757 Ratings
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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 931
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010)
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-24-2014 13:08:50 | More by jwat
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cxr1037

California

4.73/5  rDev +7.5%

I bought this a few months back at the brewery but busted it out last weekend for a bottle share. Here are some notes I jotted down on it:

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, almost to the point of black (go figure, it's an imperial stout). Minimal, dark mocha head.

AROMA: Obviously sweet, with bourbon, oak, and dark malts. Also tons of chocolate - chocolate pudding, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate - as well as bananas.

TASTE: First the chocolate. It's reminiscent of chocolate pudding at first, then tapers off to a bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, dark malts give it some more body, and the trademark bourbon, vanilla, and oak come out. That little bit of banana from the nose sticks around in the taste and makes me think of a banana cream pie.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy, thick and warming. Very heavy finish, though not very much alcohol.

OVERALL: This was my favorite stout of a weekend that included the much circle-jerked over BCBS among others. I thought the chocolate came through great, but it wasn't overpowering, like drinking chocolate syrup. It was well-balanced with the malt and the moderate bourbon character. These big, syrupy, boozy stouts are boring and tough to drink. Silva Stout felt light enough to not want to kill yourself after drinking.

98/100

02-24-2014 01:09:32 | More by cxr1037
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blabaer

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-23-2014 03:48:13 | More by blabaer
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

02-20-2014 00:55:55 | More by Cynic-ale
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JulianC

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-19-2014 15:53:00 | More by JulianC
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ricecracker420

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2014 07:46:10 | More by ricecracker420
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-15-2014 19:32:32 | More by browniewithnuts
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Lucnifter

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-15-2014 06:47:43 | More by Lucnifter
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-15-2014 05:03:03 | More by AlexFields
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-14-2014 12:15:41 | More by mythaeus
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-31-2014 17:31:07 | More by Benesi88
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Rish907

California

3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

01-30-2014 00:45:56 | More by Rish907
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HipHopsHooray

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2014 22:28:06 | More by HipHopsHooray
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headyhopzhead

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-27-2014 16:33:06 | More by headyhopzhead
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance- Received with almost two finger's worth of head which has okay retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Lacing is basically non-existent but there are some spots here and there.

Nose- Huge chocolate notes that almost prevent me from smelling much else. Some cherry notes, some cocoa. A hit of alcohol and slight notes of bourbon. I did get a little bit of coconut at beginning. Light notes of oak, vanilla, and toffee. But more chocolate than anything else.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose with huge amounts of chocolate (close to fudge brownie or truffles) and cocoa. Some cherries. A little thinner than I expected. Some chalkiness on the finish. Some notes of cola. A bit of oak, some woodiness. Not as much bourbon on the palate as on the nose. Pretty solid but certainly does not meet my expectations. Nice sweetness does give it some complexity but not the complexity one would expect from barrel aging. A little bit of the coconut starts to come out as it opens up more. Some creaminess or milkiness to the chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Just about medium bodied with mild carbonation that has a slight zing that doesn't really disrupt the overall mouthfeel. A little thin for the style but this also isn't too much of a negative.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing as it's a little bit boozier on the nose than it is on the palate. Fairly reasonable at 5 bucks a glass but the Block 15 Super Nebula is certainly a better deal.

Overall- Solid, good beer that has some tendencies toward being a really good beer. I would say it's in between good and really good. Definitely worth a try as it is a pretty solid imperial stout. But in Belmont's Bigger Badder Lineup, it's rather average.

01-25-2014 21:47:50 | More by artoolemomo
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shelby415

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-24-2014 03:21:16 | More by shelby415
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chossboss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-24-2014 02:14:02 | More by chossboss
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StPaulSuds

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-23-2014 17:06:18 | More by StPaulSuds
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BeerMothaLova

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

01-21-2014 21:47:51 | More by BeerMothaLova
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dmhurdle

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-20-2014 23:18:26 | More by dmhurdle
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-14-2014 04:46:21 | More by mattmarka1
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UcDru

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-10-2014 05:23:36 | More by UcDru
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-09-2014 04:05:46 | More by beernads
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-08-2014 15:40:26 | More by mmulebarn
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Zaximus

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-06-2014 02:05:52 | More by Zaximus
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.