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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
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803 Ratings
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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 949
Gots: 113 | 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 Beerandraiderfan
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good black and brown pour, minimal head. Great faint hint of bourbon to this, very mellow.

Great amount of chocolate in here without getting sweet and delving into RIS territory. Maybe even a tiny bit of some kind of dark fruit to this. Alcohol presence isn't discernable, really hides it in this behind the small bourbon and big chocolate lead. Rather than vanilla, seems like it could have coconut. Or both, neither coming anywhere near anything more than a ghostlike presence.

Not super viscous, stays light and very drinkable. Thanks to stawn for throwing this in as an extra, definitely the best extra I've ever had. Shit, its about one of the best beers I've ever had period. Definitely my favorite Green Flash beer.

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 Khazadum
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Low head develops when I pour the full bottle into my Half Acre Tulip glass, can you tell I love this sumbitch? The lacing on it is sticky, not completely full but enough to make me appreciate it. Dark mocha color, inky dark stout. Almost imperceptible crimson tones make me love the jet black nature. Low carbonation visibility, but you can see from the top it doesn't have too much to offer to the green house gases of my apartment. A light pond scum is what the head results in after a few minutes with a puffy parka collar.

S- Oh lordy, lordy, lord. You have my entire attention with the first waft. A delicious bourbon sweetness and astringency. Maple, chocolate, sweet milk chocolate that can't be anything but it, brown sugar, cereal box cardboard Its delicious, amazing, and strong. What could be dark fruits hide in the mixture.

T- Instantly milk chocolate, dark fruit, maple syrup, dark fruits again but sweeter. At first was dates, then it became cherries. Whats that? No.. wait... yes... no.. CHERRIES! Fuhhh this is so complex and delicious. I'm in love with this beer. Whatever it is, I want a case of it. No joke.

Finishes delightfully light bitter burnt grain and tad roasted.

The bourbon gives it that sweetness right off the bat. The maple syrup, a brown sugar and molasses syrup. The finish is where the heat and astringency of bourbon come through. It isn't the best bourbon in the world, but damn if I can't love it for what it did to this stout. There is a coffee roast right in the beginning. Not roasted grain, but seemingly medium-quality coffee. Not the best espresso or quality, but good enough that I'm dying to just drink, drink, drink! Call me an alcoholic.... no, go ahead. I don't give a damn. This is my demise if I could get this in unlimited supply.

M- Creamy, velvety smooth, alcoholic burn right as you begin to love the sweetness a bit too much. It makes you drink it down or fear a biting slap stab. A flying side kick of ethanol... minus the knock out. Lingers... lingers... love that linger.

This.. beer... is... Awesome! Bourbon stout that you can't go wrong with.

Photo of STEG
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A ginormous thanks to johndoe8 for hooking me up with not one but TWO of these as extras. I really appreciate it so im gonna review my last one.

Pours pitch black into a fluted goblet. Three finger head rises and falls but retains about a 1/3 inch head. Splotchy lacing as the beer disappears.

The nose has equal parts chocolate and bourbon. With vanilla and coffee intermingled. Earthy undertones here as well.

Taste is well balanced with malt dark chocolate and bourbon playing equal roles here. None fight for first place.

Mouthfeel has some prickly carbonation at the front and back with a liquid silk in between.

Drinkable given the abv and deliciousness. But it really takes a hit in the availability department. I was astounded to get one let alone 2. And I very much appreciate your generosity rich and I hope you enjoy the beers I sent you

Photo of Florida9
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown. Virtually black. Forms a nice light brown head that leaves some light lacing.

S: Heavily roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, cream and some light vanilla notes.

T: Absolutely wonderful. Starts with a light sweetness before moving on to a blend of caramel, chocolate, and cocoa. Roasted malts. Dark malts. A little vanilla.

M: Full bodied and sweet with lower carbonation levels leaves this beer feeling smooth, creamy, and velvety in the mouth.

O: A very, very good Imp stout. Barrel aging is present, but it is quite balanced and not overbearing or intrusive; rather it just adds to the complexity.

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Huge thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this, and, of course, for hosting the tasting.

A: Black body, thin tan head, average retention and lacing, red highlights.

S: Balanced, rich, full aroma of bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Yes, please.

T: Delicious, smooth, rich, and did I say delicious? Everything from the nose and more, with a gorgeous balance of barrel, roastiness, and sweetness. Fantastic.

M: Smooth medium body, low carbonation. A bit more heft and life would have been welcome, and worthy the richness of the beer.

O: I don't have much to say about this beer; it's really, really good. I would love to have a whole bottle to savor, as I suspect that there are more levels of complexity than I was able to assess. Silva is a great Bourbon barrel stout, no doubt about it. Good show, Green Flash!

Cheers!

Photo of readbaron
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a inky, rich black with plentiful mocha head and absurd lacing.

Smell is exceptional. It's a delightful blend of chocolate, malt, bourbon, dark fruit, and vanilla. Perfect.

Taste is nearly as good as it smells. Sweet bourbon, dark fruit/molasses, some malt, and a bit of heat. Exceptionally smooth. Surprisingly so for a fresh bourbon barrel aged stout. As you make your way through the bottle - the alcohol becomes more noticeable. A bit of aging should mellow this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel is very nice - creamy and beautifully carbonated. Not as viscous as some stouts, but also not thin.

Highly, highly drinkable - wish I had more of this one.

Photo of Xul
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep brown with a distinct ruby tint, capped by two fingers of light mocha colored head. Retention is good as the head sticks around for quite a while, eventually settling down to a thin layer of foam.

S: Big bourbon presence up front with vanilla, caramel, oak and just the right amount of alcohol heat. The base stout is still very apparent behind the bourbon with chocolate, roasted malts and coffee shining through.

T: Moderate bourbon up front, probably one of the most restrained bourbon profiles I've seen in a -bal stout...vanilla, light oak, and caramel, which give way to a big semi-sweet chocolate profile on the mid-pale. Roasted malts, light coffee and dark fruits on the backend before vanilla and caramel return for the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light, creamy carbonation...a little thin but not to the point where it detracts from the beer.

D: ABV is well hidden, bourbon is kept in control...goes down far too easy for the style.

Photo of AgentZero
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour with a tan head. Some bits of lacing, fade to a partial cap.

S - Great roasty and chocolate smelling impy stout. Little bit of barrel age influence there as well, no hint of big-beer alchohol.

T - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Smooth, buttery, creamy, quite roasty with the appropriate chocolate sweetness. Barrel aging is not overpowering, this beer is awesome.

M - Lighter side of full bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - This beer tastes fantastic and I want more. Easy to drink, would like a bomber of it.

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 ThreeWiseMen
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at Creekside Brewing Company during a central coast BA gathering last night. Either bargerking or rhertan shared this one. Either way, thanks to both of you! Hopefully we can sneak in another BA gathering before I leave town.

Poured into a 4oz. tasting glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body, with brown only appearing at the outermost edges when held to light. Fine, brown foam forms a size-able crown-like head that retains very well. Nice lacing to boot!

Smell: Roasted malt, fudge, caramel, (boozy) bourbon, red currants, and chocolate syrup all breathe forth right off the bat. Coffee (mocha-like) plays a larger role as the beer warms. The nose isn't as strong as I expected, but it's certainly complex and dynamic.

Taste: Tons of coffee and creamy chocolate meld together to form a beautiful mocha-like flavor. Bourbon and caramel emerge shortly afterward, followed by boozy heat that rolls into a rich, roasty, and semi-dry finish. Harmoniously balanced; absolutely delightful!

Mouthfeel: Full, malty (even kind of grainy), peppery, and semi-dry with great mouth-coating. Roast and sweetness play off each other nicely in the finish and aftertaste. Very smooth and pleasant.

Overall: A fantastically rich, complex, and smooth imperial stout. The barrel-aging plays a more subtle role, which really allows the complex malt flavors to shine through. I took multiple pours of this one. Maybe my favorite from the night.

Photo of Reveille1984
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Green Flash this past weekend during SDBW.

a - Pours a very dark, dark brown with around an inch and a half of tan head.

s - Bourbon hits you first but not overpoweringly so, with hints of vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. Very complex smell with lots of different stuff going on as it warms.

t - The chocolate, bourbon and oak mix awesomely. The bourbon isn't overpowering for such a young beer and doesn't mute out the other flavors. Vanilla comes out more as it warms.

m - Medium to full body. Average amount of carbonation.

d - Good for a stout. Goes down smooth and is a touch hot as it warms up a bit, but is overall very drinkable and smooth for such a big beer. For a 10% I could drink this all day.

An exceptional brew overall, lives up to the hype quite well. On par with other top bourbon barrel-aged stouts for sure.

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 notchucknorris
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Toronado San Diego

A: Pours black and thick looking with a one finger milk chocolate colored head that thins to a smallish cap.

S: Bourbon, dark chocolate, raisin and coffee with a hint of leather as the beer warms.

T: Rich flavors of chocolate, raisin, caramel, wood and bourbon. The bourbon is present but wonderfully restrained. The sweetness of the caramel and chocolate flavors comes out more and more as the beer warms. Really impressive.

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 tmcelvain
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks beatiful in my Darkness tulip - pitch black with a fluffy light brown head.
Smells of slightly roasted malts and alcohol.
Taste is phenomenal. Fluffy is the term that comes to mind immediately. Like cotton candy in your mouth, without the sweetness. I was starting to think that barrel aged beers could not be well-balanced (hint, hint, KBS), but this was spot on. It had aged a bit - 2010 bottle opened in the fall of 2011, so that may have contributed to the balance, but this had both classic stout flavor and the depth and woodyness of barrel aging.
Nice, heavy mouthfeel, just leaving a slight alcohol tinge on my cheeks during the aftertaste.
Overall I was blown away. Great surprise to get in the mail in a trade with JohnDoeXXX, and it greatly exceeded my expectations. It does not look like there is a lot of this out there, but if you get the chance, do not pass it up.

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 pmarlowe
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Silva Stout 2011 (re?)-Release party during SDBW. First bottling.

A: Pours black with a nice cap of pretty brown foam, dense with good retention and lattice.

S: Big chocolate and bourbon, kind of a hazelnut/nuttiness as well. The chocolate is firmly in the forefront but superbly supported by the bourbon. Vanilla and some different spices from the oak. Wow, awesome.

T: Again, dark chocolate and bourbon, with the latter more noticeable now, some cola. The alcohol is present, which detracts slightly from the taste. Finishes off dry with a toasty oak flavor. The finish is short and maybe a little thin.

M: Medium body, medium-light carbonation, maybe not as soft as it could be.

O: Really nice sipper, well integrated chocolate and bourbon flavors. I didn't care for the base beer that much, but this is great stuff. Not quite up to KBS, but gives it a run for the money. I would have no problem putting back a bottle of this.

Photo of themind
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnificent! Wow! excellent brew from Green Flash. This is the best brew I have had from them. Pours a nice head with a strong bourbon stout aroma. Fairly creamy mouthfeel with a little ABV burn. This for sure I would purchase again if I could. If you like bourbon stouts this is one to seek out. Up against the big boys this guy can throw some hands!

Bottom Line: Very, very good BB stout!

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black appearance, dense cocoa colored head, splotchy lacing, opaque

S - Vanilla, fudge brownies, oak, coconut, dark cherries, caramel and toffee.

T - Dry cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and some fresh oak. Black coffee. Hints of bourbon and coconut.

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

O - This is a great stout for sure. Glad I traded for this one.

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of chossboss
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JitsuBrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of iSrALE
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.