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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
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804 Ratings
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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 954
Gots: 112 | 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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Photo of seeswo
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of levifunk
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of glazeman
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of airohead2001
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ptykozoon
4.03/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
4.03/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of zimmerbloke
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

Photo of KeefD
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of wasco
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of GoGriz
3.28/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
4.6/5  rDev +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%

Photo of Overlord
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of jmadrigal2
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +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.

Photo of waltonc
4.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of vacax
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.