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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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744 Ratings
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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 930
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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4.75/5  rDev +8%

03-18-2012 02:04:34 | More by furthurgone
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-15-2011 03:45:45 | More by Texasfan549
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afksports

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Martin for this Silva Stout.

I love Green Flash's Double Stout. In a bourbon barrel? Heheh... don't mind if I do.

Beautiful. The bourbon adds a little heat, some creaminess and roundness at the end, which has the same elements as the Double Stout of a dark roast coffee combined with bitter chocolate. Double Stout is my go-to NYC local available stout, and if Silva were in the area... wow. I'd have a case in my fridge at all times.

Perfect creamy mouthfeel, sticky lace all over the snifter. The only drawback is a smell that lacks the strength of the flavor inside. It's still good, but it doesn't match that wonderful taste. Deep, thick, black, roasty goodness. Happy engagement, B. Thanks again, Martin.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:32:52 | More by afksports
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Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +8%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

12-30-2012 03:10:48 | More by vande
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-15-2011 15:23:55 | More by starrdogg
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

03-08-2013 06:41:18 | More by heavenlyStash
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8%

04-28-2013 19:39:33 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-29-2012 07:15:14 | More by Hands22
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California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-14-2011 16:17:55 | More by nanobrew
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California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

02-12-2013 00:00:42 | More by mjl21
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California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-29-2013 07:41:39 | More by darkmoon66
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California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-07-2013 01:34:49 | More by IWannaEatFood
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California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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cxr1037

California

4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four pack of this from HopHead84. Thank you, Shane.

A well-carbonated imperial stout, Silva pours with a lasting finger of tan froth. The body is an impenetrable dark brown.

This smells outstanding, surprisingly so. It's largely comprised of cocoa powder, caramelized malt and light oxidation. Bourbon is noticeable but nicely integrated, neither subtle nor overwhelming.

Flavors of chocolate chip cookies and black licorice are accented by notes of bourbon, oak and mellow oxidation. This is barrel aging done to near perfection, it's remarkable how balanced this beer is. Full in body and fairly rich, but largely dry in the finish with a mild bite of licorice and burnt malt.

I'm not the biggest fan of Green Flash, but they did a great job with this beer, and I love that it comes in four packs. In fact, I can't think of another imperial stout from the West Coast that comes in 12 oz bottles that I like more.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:37:22 | More by largadeer
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stoad for sharing this at Jerz halloween bottleshare

First Vintage

Look: Pours an almost black and totally opaque with a 1/4 tan head and some nice spotty lacing

Smell: The nose of this beer is fantastic. The bourbon and vanilla join together in perfect harmony and I remember just sitting there and smell the beer for 5 minutes before I even took a sip

Taste: The flavor is very similar to the nose. It is simple and complex with essentially 3 flavors that stand out and are beautiful. The beer starts out with beautiful bourbon notes and then the chocolate takes over and reminds me of a good fudge brownie and finishes off with a great vanilla note

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Just a fantastic beer and I can't wait to get some of the new batch. Wonderful beer and highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 22:38:37 | More by DarthKostrizer
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pastradul

California

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a stone IRS tulip.

dark as night with a decent amount of head on it. Some dark brown around the edges but even held up against the sun you cant see through much.

the nose is big, lots of wood, vanilla and booze and dark malt.

The mouthfeel is heavy yet very drinkable.

The taste is amazing. such a big and balanced beer. in the front you get hit with bourban, then it smooths out to fresh wood and vanilla notes in the center then finishes with some dark malt and a little booze in the back of the mouth.

Excellent brew for sure! Very impressed with green flash on this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 18:07:26 | More by pastradul
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mhksuccess

California

4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pour from a bottle into a bruery snifter
has a dark pour almost no head little lacing not much
smell is chocolate and slight bourbon
taste is smooth nice chocolate tones and not much heat on the back end
very enjoyable and easy drinking for a 10% abv
could drink this on a regular basis probably my favorite
offering that I have had from Greenflash

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 14:49:03 | More by mhksuccess
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.