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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%


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

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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Freddie at Beverages4Less. Poured into a tulip and shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and Heather.

Pours black with a light mocha head. There is quite a bit of legs going on here. Sticky legs and a bit of spotty lacing on the side of the glass. As Ben pointed out initially, the nose was quite a bit of chocolate chip cookie dough. It tasted like the batter had been mixed with some vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon character is really quite smooth. My guess is that they must have used a really high-quality bourbon and/or put this in the barrels for a long period of time.

Again, the taste brings some really high end bourbon notes with some vanilla, cookie dough, and light cream. There is just a tough of booze there as well. Really delicious. Tastes like it has definitely spent some time with the bourbon and reminds me of some of the 50/50 Imperial Eclipse. Absolutely fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:17:49 | More by Thorpe429
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:17:23 | More by HopHead84
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mulder1010

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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%

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 06:50:39 | More by mulder1010
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kevinv

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to samtallica for tossing this great beer in as an extra in our recent trade!

12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a thick and impenetrable black with a dense dark tan 2 finger head. The head fades slowly, leaving some pretty good lacing behind. Great looking beer.

S - Beautiful notes of smooth & slightly sweet bourbon, which seems to be well balanced. The nose also brings aromas of cocoa, oak, dark sweet fruits, and vanilla. Exceptional.

T - The taste is a milky chocolate with an enduring vanilla on the finish. The bourbon is again present and provides a nice warmth. The bourbon is also extremely balanced way - not too overpowering or too subtle, just perfect. Very nice oakiness characters and a light licorice kick on the finish. The alcohol is hidden really well.

M - This is a full bodied beer that is notably smooth and creamy. Low carbonation - perfect for this mouthfeel.

D - Man, what a wonderful beer. I thought the bourbon was very well balanced. The 12oz bottle is a perfect serving size. I wish I had more of these to share.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:17:06 | More by kevinv
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Swuntly

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

A - Pours jet black with an inch of thin mocha head that dissipates rather quickly.. Lots of active bubbles rushing up to the surface.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, marshmallow, slight bourbon, a hint of oak, cocoa powder. Really great smelling beer.

T - Wow... I could sip on this all day. Semi sweet chocolate right up front, with some barrel coming through adding a slight touch of vanilla. Reminds me of hot chocolate. A hint of bourbon comes through midway, but is immediately overtaken by a roastiness and ends on a big amount of bittersweet cocoa.

M - A bit too thin for my tastes. Silva doesn't coat my mouth enough as I'd like. Still, carbonation is decent, and on the medium side of lighter bodied.

O - A very good BA stout. Barrel characteristics shine through perfectly, which makes it taste like alcoholic hot chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 22:43:30 | More by Swuntly
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Huna snifter, no dating. Big thanks to zchall23.

Black, opaque elixir, huge 2-finger, tan-brown head, dissipates to stable rim. Plenty of lacing with the first few sips, clears as the brew warms.

Wonderful vanilla, bourbon, oak, char and burnt malt aromas. The vanilla and oak predominate and are quite enjoyable.

More chocolate and cocoa come through at the forefront. The bourbon is understated but comes through at the end. A nice amalgam of dark fruits, cocoa, burnt malt and bourbon. Nicely balanced and create a very complex brew.

Full body, nicely carbonated, rich.

Well done and another example of the craftsmanship that pervades GF. Seek this out. It has been a want of mine for some time and well worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:37:07 | More by CaptCleveland
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ExplosivoSR for the trade! Had heard great things, and was glad to get my hands on a bottle.
Poured from 12oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: From the get-go, I knew this one was gonna be great. Deep, deep chocolate maltiness, powdered hot cocoa mix, a fruity blueberry note, rich espresso, and some light vanilla.

Appearance: A substantial 1.5 finger head resembling the light tan foam on a cafe mocha. Foam settles to a thin, but persistent layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Body is a dark espresso black/brown.

Flavor: Mmmmm! Wow! Fantastic chocolate flavor, and some toasted coconut, thanks to the barrel. Just enought mocha bitterness on the finish, followed by more delicious vanilla and coconut at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body (admittedly, a tad bit thinner than I'd envisioned). Medium-low carbonation, and a warming mouthfeel from the alcohol.

Overall: This one kind of reminded me of Ivan the Terrible, but was only slightly thinner in body. I hate to mark the mouthfeel down a tad bit, since this brew was one of the best I've had. If the body were thicker, it would be even that much better! Highly-recommended, nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:52:42 | More by mdvatab
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tjkinate

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was very, very pleased with this one. Thank you Green Flash!

A: The brew produced a single fingered, tan colored head that exhibited decent retention and lacing. The beer itself is deep brown only allowing some light to pass through the edges.

S: Definitely bourbon barrel aged! Vanilla and cocoa nibs follow and accompany the bourbon beautifully.

T: Follows the scent perfectly. I love bourbon in my stouts, especially when its balanced like this.

M: Thinner than expected, could have had slightly higher carbonation.

O: Not without its flaws, but that flavor is one of the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:28:21 | More by tjkinate
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Overlord

California

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 07:59:11 | More by Overlord
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gregshead

California

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to Johndoe8 for this one. Tasted on 4/4/11, reviewed from notes:

A: pours a jet black w/ finger thick of chocolate ice cream color heat that dissipates slowly

S: Bourbon pokes through the strongest. Sweet vanilla come through as well.

T: Sweeth bourbon tickles the tongue all the way through. Oak/Vanilla taste in the middle. A little bit of bourbon burn at the end.

M: Smooth and creamy but some subtle carbonation

O: What a gem from San Diego. For some, this might be a little too sweet. But to me, its a great blending of a double stout and oak/bourbon flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 05:37:47 | More by gregshead
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Shane (injuredreserve) for sharing this with me!

Pour is vicious black, with a finger and a half of chocolate head.

Aroma reeks of bourbon, alcohol, sweet cherries, sherry wine, and cocoa.

Jesus. I'll try and describe this, but I will likely fail: Sweet cherries, bourbon and sherry, booze, chocolate, bittersweet. This thing attacks and lingers, changing and evolving. Amazing.

Feel is good, full and velvety.

The flavors that this thing has is phenomenal. Drinkability is naturally great.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:42:46 | More by EgadBananas
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DCon

Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a 12 fl.oz. / 355 ml bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends in Nashville, TN. Poured from the White labeled bottle w/ a Neon Green Ring in the background of SILVA STOUT & "Barrel-Aged" written beneath this into a 12oz Tulip Glass. This is a 2010 edition says MattL.

Aroma- The aroma is HUGE in this one! Strongest mixture of booze, coffee, chocolate (dark), hazelnut, and deep malts. Put my nose into this one for ages and can almost smell it to this day!

Appearance- Pours absolutely no head at all. Has the deepest brown, opaque colored body. Definitely has legs when swirling in glass and leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Has the richness roasty and malty flavors from the beginning. The next flavor I found was bourbon and slight coffee. Finish with a light bitterness with cocoa mixed in. Aging could have taken out many of the flavors but I still enjoyed greatly!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Top Smoothest brew I've ever had, and then leaves tons of alcohol and roasty strength on the palate (not coffee roast but dark fruits blended with malt).

Overall Impression- Being Barrel Aged, I can see how this one gained its complexity in both the aroma and flavor! Would definitely love to get my hands on more of this. Have any? If you do, I'd enjoy it yourself. I can find my own soon...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:58:41 | More by DCon
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ThePaleRider

California

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - This brew is black. Not dark like a lot of stouts, but black. Pours like oil, kind of reminiscent of 10 fidy. Poured straight into the glass brought up a thick two finger head that's the color of chocolate milk. Very, very pretty with a little dark lacing on the glass. Absolutely no light is passing through this super stout.

S - First whiff smells like a chocolate liqueur. Lots of oak looming around in there. Vanilla, bourbon, and a little wood smoke.

T - Booze definitely hits you in the face. I'm a bourbon drinker so I don't mind this at all. I like aggressive brews. Lot's of chocolate and oak. After taste is very dry and leaves you wanting another sip.

M - Wasn't nearly as viscous as I anticipated. Very smooth. Lots of alcohol in there with a clean finish.

O - Simply an amazing beer. I truly hope Green Flash continues with the barrel aging because this is an exceptional offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 06:58:26 | More by ThePaleRider
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PlinyTheYoungest

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a 7oz pour at the brewery, but reviewing from the 12oz bottle I cracked.

A: A solid, jet black. With a normal pour got about a finger of light brown head. Looks like the typical imperial stout that has coffee, giving the head that darker hue.

S: At first scent all I can think of is bourbon. Great nose on this beer, one of those you can smell for minutes before even taking a sip. Also scents of vanilla, a bit of coffee, and that roasted malt smell.

T: This beer has a great bourbon flavor, without being overwhelming. I love BCS and other over the top BA Stouts, but the balance of this one is refreshing. Definitely get tastes of vanilla, oak, and some roasted malt. The fact that this is blended with fresh Double Stout is apparent, but really lends a smoothness to the beer.

M: Despite my love for syrupy, practically flat BA Stouts, I enjoy the good carbonation and creaminess to this one. Perfect amount of carbonation and a creamy feel.

D: As mentioned before, the blend of fresh Double Stout really improves the drinkability of this beer. It gives it a mouthfeel just below syrup, and takes any potential hot edge found in most BA Stouts away.

Overall this beer drinks like a good imperial stout a la Speedway Stout or Stone IRS but with those amazing bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors. Pleasantly surprised, Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:14:16 | More by PlinyTheYoungest
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ratedz

Kansas

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to MrTopher for picking this up at the brewery and sending it to me in a trade!!!

Pours pitch black with a fluffy, two finger tall milk chocolate brown head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The first thing I detect in the nose is the bourbon. It isn't as noticeable as other bourbon barrel aged stouts such as KBS, but it is definitely there. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits are also present.

Roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate are noticeable on the tongue at first. As it sits and warms in the mouth, coffee notes begin to appear followed by the heat from the bourbon. Some vanilla and a little smokiness are detectable on the finish. A very complex beer, yet none of the flavors dominate. All of the flavors play together very nicely.

A thick, creamy mouth feel and light carbonation...exactly what I want from an RIS!

The complexity of flavors keeps me going back for another sip. It would be next to impossible to drink more than one of these in a sitting. Definitely a sipping beer...partly because there are so many delicious flavors that I want to savor every last drop and partly because of the high ABV. This is an incredibly delicious beer...I just wish I could pick up some more!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 00:44:59 | More by ratedz
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my The Bruery Snifter.
Thanks to marqoid for the bottle.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger dark tan head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Chocolate, coffee, and some nice bourbon scents.

T - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, nice fruitiness, but it is hidden under layers - wow!

D - Thicker, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

O - Delicious. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 06:32:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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arfenhouse

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black with a brown head. Retention is good and has some spotty lacing.

S: Big on the roasted cacao with a small amount of syrupy chocolate. Decent amount of coffee aroma. Vanilla and roasted coconut. Bourbon is decently hot on the nose.

T: Getting a good dose of sweet syrup-like chocolate and dark fruits (raisin mainly). Bourbon, vanilla, and black coffee come in midway and extend all the way into the aftertaste. Bourbon is not too strong or hot.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Wet. Mouth-coating feeling.

O: Great beer. I'd pay 20$ for a 22oz.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 06:43:21 | More by arfenhouse
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mhksuccess

California

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
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
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pastradul

California

4.72/5  rDev +7%
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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largadeer

California

4.72/5  rDev +7%
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%
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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cxr1037

California

4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
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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afksports

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A vigorous pour gets me two full fingers of chocolate malt colored head. The foam actually sits in two different levels the top being slightly lighter then the bottom level. Lace is consistent and leaves a ramp to the glass. Body is the purest of ink blot black. Nose is absolutely delectable with chocolate brownies, chocolate malt, and rich mellow bourbon tones. The smell is amazing and truely inviting. As I take first sip I quickly have to check the label and verify the alcohol content. This beer is so chocolatey, creamy and rich there is no trace of the 10.1% content. Sweet bourbon soaked heavy bread and coco dance on the palate. I consider myself a huge long time fan of big stouts and this is nothing short of spectacular. Granted this one is definitely on the sweeter side. This makes the perfect night cap or desert beer. Finish is long sweet and heavy but in a good way. I will be seeking out much more of this gem in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:59:54 | More by SPLITGRIN
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by GhettoFabulous, thanks Keith!

Tasted side-by-side with Green Flash's Double Stout, the non-barrel-aged version of this beer.

A - Pour is similar to the Double Stout, perhaps a little bit darker in the body. The head is also a shade darker, bordering on dark khaki, and is also slightly shorter in stature, about a finger's worth. Retention is a also lower, and when it's gone there's merely a foamy ring around the edge, compared to the lingering cap of the non-barrel-aged version. Not a whole bunch of lacing as well; thick bubbles cling to the glass, but rapidly afterward they slide away.

S - The nose is the first distinguishing characteristic that separates itself leaps and bounds from the original version. Whereas the aroma of the normal Double Stout was a little faint, this bouquet is bold, bombastic, and bourbony. My initial impression is that this is on par with Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout in how rich the bourbon comes through. The milk chocolate in the Double Stout opens and develops into a complex fudge note. The coffee fades a little from the original, but there's still a slight roast. Decent amount of caramel and molasses, and obviously a bit more heat as well.

T - The flavors are an extension of the nose with even more depth. Sweet bourbon paves the way for an enjoyable rollercoaster of flavors ranging from chocolate fudge to oak to vanilla. The bourbon at the front-end is sweet and gives off flavors of alcohol-soaked fruit, before falling away into a decadent chocolate fudge cake. The wood barrels come through slightly to give an oaky, earthy taste, which leads to a nice vanilla flavor coming through prominently in the finish. Molasses and toffee are interspersed throughout, rounding out a wonderful flavor profile.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Carbonation is apt for a barrel-aged stout but noticeably lower than the Double Stout base. Still exceptionally smooth and creamy and finishes more sweet than bitter compared to the original.

D/O - Drinkability is high for this beer. I'm not sure what barrels were used for this, but it drinks much better than normal Bourbon County Stout. It has a smoothness and richness that puts it in a similar echelon to 50/50's Four Roses Eclipse, and this honestly may be a step above due to how smooth it is. Although this is ultimately a blend, I can't say it hurts the beer and probably rounds off some of the rough edges. Definitely seek this out!

Serving type: bottle

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