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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 250
Hads: 1,038
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.65%
Wants: 908
Gots: 158 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010

Bourbon barrel aged
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Reviews: 250 | Hads: 1,038
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small draft pour has a black body with a small mocha head. Excellent retention for being as big and barrel aged as it is.
Heavy bourbon barrel character on the nose with some chocolate.
Omg the taste is amazing. Big bourbon and chocolate character dominate for me. Roasty coffee sits behind that with a little coconut, vanilla, and woody barrel.
Smooth body but seems a touch thin.
Delectable. All that bourbon and chocolate just works.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Jet black body. Insanely dark. Dark beige inch and a half head. Takes awhile to die down to a cap of foam on top leaving plenty of lacing stuck to the glass. Looks perfect.

Rich nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and a touch of coffee. Really rich desert beer nose.

Taste has a lots of dark chocolate, oats, vinous tannins, and oak up front. Then smoke, a hint of vanilla and caramel, and then a touch of bourbon at the end. Oak and tannins really stand out on this one. The bourbon comes through much more in the nose than in the taste.

The mouthfeel is thick with fine carbonation making this feel really creamy.

A seriously awesome beer. The oaks and tannins make this kind of a wine lovers stout.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Ed at The Community Tap for giving me a bottle of this to try! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger dark tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, slight oak, and slightly roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was excellent. It was still very hot from the alcohol if I'm honest. Even with this fact, it was still very tasty in all rights. Great aroma and flavor going on here for sure. But I would classify this one in its current state as a sipper. Really glad I got a chance to try this one!

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Photo of goalie33
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of seeswo
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Brad (aka. ygtbsm94) for bringing this brew to a monster tasting!

A: Pours pitch black, with a slight foamy off-white head, and carbonation not easily accessible to the naked eye due to the inkiness of the beer's color.

S: This is a bourbon bomb, with slight chocolate, and toasted pecan brittle aftertones.

T: Hmmmm... If I didn't know any better, I would say that this is a mini version of "Black Tuesday." I mean ... man .... it could be it's younger brother! Sweet, with bourbon aplently, and extremely dry on the finish.

M: The dryness eats away at the overall sweetness, keeping this from being too rich of a dessert.

T: I had a 2-3 oz. pour and that's all I needed. Great stuff!

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Photo of jamescain
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Black with mahogany around the edges when held up to the light. Topped off with a tan head about a finger thick that fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Burnt marshmallows, vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee all delectably interwoven together.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted grains up front with a nice vanilla bourbon finish. Dangerously easy to drink.

Mouthfeel:Velvety smooth, but not thick like more imperial stouts, more medium bodied with slightly higher carbonation then expected.

Overall: Definitely a very good BA stout, complex, but not aggressive and boozy.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this one. I've been trying to get this for a while.

Pours a very nice thick rich creamy head, fades slowly nice retention and decent lacing, pitch black nice legs.

Nose is predominantly dark malts and roast, coffee, espresso, black malt, just a bit of very dark chocolate, cocoa powder, very faint bourbon and barrel, a bit of fudge brownie, light earthy hops. Faint acrid burnt roast.

Taste brings cocoa, fudge brownie, light roast and some coffee, chewy but smooth lush creamy oats and chocolate, very dark bitter chocolate, hint if caramel and toffee even. Light vanilla barrel, hint of toasty oak. It gets abit more oaky as it goes. Then some earthy hops with some bitterness, light tannic black malt and hint if char. Finish is drier but sticky and powdery, cocoa, dark malts, lots of dark bakers choc, more earthy hops, very faint barrel. Long bitter earthy hops that outlasts the sticky mouth coating malts.

Mouth is thicker bodied, lots of fluffy carb, light warming booze.

Overall nice, not phenomenal but pretty nice.

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Photo of tewaris
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A limited, one time release from Fall 2010, sampled with almost an year on it courtesy of ever generous Ron (Romulux). What an extra! Thank you very much. Poured into a 25 oz snifter.

Pours in a very dark brown, borderline black, velvety stream and a surprisingly robust dark khaki head forms atop the beer. The head retention and lacing are more than good for a barrel aged stout.

Smells... sweaty?! Aside from this off aroma that disappeared soon, and might as well have been my imagination, the smell is strong vanilla and laid back chocolate. Rich and dessert like. Maybe with a side of coffee. Sweet booze creeps in with warmth, but is never ever fusel/hot.

The taste is very very chocolaty with ample vanilla, accentuated by the silky and luxurious texture of the beer. Dollops of bitterness come at the back of the palate leaving behind plenty of dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Notes of alcohol ring in the nose along with the long and relatively clean finish.

The texture, as pointed out, is luxurious with a very balanced body that is not cloying but carries the flavors with ease and the understated carbonation that gives the beer life without making it too bubbly.

Hands down the best beer I have had in a month or two, and certainly one of the better ones of an year that saw BCS Rare and Kate! A gem not so talked about, but a great stout with something that lacks among many beers of its kind --- balance! This beer, named after the brewmaster Chuck Silva, is a testament to his skill. Great job!

Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4.5/5; Mouthfeel 5/5; Overall 4.5/5

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Photo of levifunk
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to jibboom56 for sending a few of these my way!

A: black with a one finger brown to tan head that looks just beautiful.

S: some earthy and roasted tones hit me first, followed by the bourbon sweetness with toffee and oak.

T: taste is balanced with bourbon, roasted flavors, and a bit of earthy hops. Something hits me just a bit wrong on this - maybe it's too fresh, or it's the bit of sour cherry flavor. Doesn't quite measure up to the smell, but still delicious.

M: fairly thick feeling, but not syrupy. Great carbonation keeps it fresh throughout the glass.

O: That bit of weird taste throws me off a bit, but it could be my palate. I'll have to have another and come back to this. Maybe I'm adjusted to not like barrel aged stouts as much as I used to.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good barrel aged stout. Picked this up at a beer store in California and promptly drank it. Beer is black with a thin brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation is low. Looks good.

Beer smells like roast with hints of liquor, mostly roast and some sweetness.

Beer is medium bodied and leads off with some light sweetness and is followed up by some bourbon flavors. The bitterness in the back is managed well with some nice coffee notes and perhaps some chocolate bitterness. Overall its a good beer but could have been more bourbon forward.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle dated 12/15/12.

Finger's worth of brown head, nice carbonation. Different taste for my palate...bakers chocolate, vanilla and coconut? Bourbon barrel is present but very mellow IMO. Finishes dry with little to no alcohol presence. I agree with the general comparison to CWBBS although my palate prefer the CW more

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Photo of Jules11788
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a half finger-width head, very light lacing; pitch black, lets no light through

S: Smells of dark baker's chocolate, musky wood, roasted malts

T: Tastes like a super chocolaty bourbon-infused brownie; good roasty flavors of coffee and dark malts

M: Medium viscosity, very light carbonation, no hint of booze; super smooth

O: This beer was delicious, I really hope I'll be able to score another one of these in a trade so I can cellar it for a few years

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Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of tan head that fades down to nothing. Leaves a little lace. Color is nearing black.

Aroma: Notes of warming bourbon and sweetness. Rich and chocolaty. Vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Very nice. Has a roast of coffee as well.

Taste: The bourbon and oak comes out quickly and I like it. Notes of vanilla and caramel. Chocolate, roast, and coffee. It is warm and flavorful. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Rich and warming. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with molasses and a touch of dryness.

Overall, this was a great -bal aged stout. A lot of great characteristics. Only downfall was the mf was a bit dry and syrupy. I really enjoyed this one and it was pretty drinkable. Thanks Jeff for sending this one out.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

35.5 cl Bottle poured into My lost abbey stemware glass

Pours a black body with a tan head 1 inch thick. Malty sweet aroma, light booziness, bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Woody with mocha and hints of cedar and oak. Silky chocolate malt tones, light wood and coco notes. A mild warming. Very Complex. Finishes dry and woody with a light lingering note of chocolate

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Photo of waltonc
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 12oz. bottle split amongst two. Pours one shade shy of black with a luxurious two inch, creamy, mocha-colored head embedded with copious tiny pinpricks. Some spots of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose is sweet, dark malty goodness, molasses, chocolate and carob. Barrel aging is present and is well-rounded, but not excessive - just a trace of booze. Taste is consistent with nose, but not nearly as sweet as suggested by the aromas. It also comes off a bit ashy. Consistency is medium-light, but feels somewhat thin, with an even, subdued carbonation. An incredibly drinkable and well-balanced barrel aged beer. Twelve ounces is the perfect serving size too. A really excellent stout and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of iadler
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hamilton23 for sending me a couple of these. This has been a top want of mine for quite some time. From notes:

A- Pours a deep black with a thin mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a few spots of lacing behind.

S- Freshly cooked fudge brownies, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hint of dark fruit and some roast. Fantastic aroma.

T- Bourbon is more upfront in the taste followed by oak, vanilla, dark chocolate chips and some caramel malt.

M- Medium carbonation and a slighlty thin body for the style. The abv is practically nowhere though.

O- A drinkable and well executed BA stout. The taste was slightly disappointing due to how amazing the aroma was. I will will most likely crack the other bottle soon as I don't see how further aging will enhance this beer.

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Photo of mookihouse
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle released Jan 2013.  Thanks to Gottatickemall for the bottle.  Pours dark with tan head.  Not a lot of carbonation.  Smells of sweet dark fruit and chocolate.  Let it warm up a little.  Taste matches the smell.  A very balanced stout with no single dominating components.  Barrel characters are there but no alcohol heat like some other barrel aged stout.  So drinkable I think I can drink it all night and not get tired of it.  Kind of reminds me of the 2012 Abyss.

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Photo of rye726
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Half inch light mocha head on a black body. Cap and collar, small splotchy lacing.

Sweet bourbon notes in the nose.

Pretty damn smooth bal-ness. Toasted coconut hints from the oak. Light roastiness. Would guess about 11%abv.

Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Good call from egrace84 on the similarities to CWBBS. Dig the coconut notes. Thanks kawilliams81.

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.