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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Silva StoutSilva Stout

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BA SCORE
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765 Ratings
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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 937
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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.63/5  rDev -17.3%

I've been sitting on a few bottles of this for awhile now. Had one when I first got them. Now sharing this 12 oz bottle with my bf.

A- Body is a thick dark brown, nearly black hue. Pours with a small 1/2 finger head or so which quickly fades to a thin collar some traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Bourbon, Milk Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, cocoa powder, oak barrel.

T- Flavor is very similar to the smell. Notes of bourbon and cocoa powder upfront with a moderate oak barrel backbone. The finish is mostly bourbon barrel-with a moderate to sharp alcohol astringency. Left to linger is a moderate alcohol astringency and hints of cocoa.

M- Moderate to heavy weight body and low to medium carbonation. Body has low viscosity for the style and some alcohol and cocoa powder consistency.

O- Overall this is a decent Bourbon barrel stout-the time in my cellar hasn't really made a difference in the quality of the beer. The balance is slightly on the side of the bourbon barrel and the chocolate base is more of a milk chocolate or cocoa powder than a dark chocolate.

PittBeerGirl, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of pwoods
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%

Big thanks to d0ggnate for hookin' it up.

12oz. Brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black, no light. Decent head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice bourbon notes with a touch of barrel. Lots of lactose in the nose... Maybe I'm wrong but seems like it.

T/M: Mild bourbon with mild barrel notes. Overtones of vanilla with plenty of lactose to follow. Not a ton of roast but plenty of somewhat mellowed heat. Some light chocolate and weak dark fruitiness. Body is medium full or more with mild carbonation.

D: Drinks moderately and is t quite what I was expecting from a bourbon barrel stout. Interesting, but meh.

pwoods, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%

I got this bottle from sideswipe-- thanks John!
reviewed from notes.

pours a oily looking brown with some red hues in the legs. Minimal spotty lacing and below average retention. (for some reason I am sounding much like Ron Burgundy as I narrate my voice notes-- bare with me).
The nose is chocolate, bourbon, loads of vanilla. Good bourbon bite on the finish.
I was unimpressed the first time I had this one, but after subsequent visits to this one, I must say it is delicious. Perhaps Drewba's enthusiasm rubbed off on me.

The feel is a bit undercarbonated, and just a hair thin.

Overall-- if this is bottled again, don't drink it for the first 5 or 6 months. Wait and enjoy it more.

AleWatcher, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%

Bottle from Shane. Thanks! Been sitting in my cellar for over a year.

Appearance is a thick black with a nice mocha head which settles down into thin lacing.

Aroma is bursting with the bourbon. Honey, caramel, chocolate.

Taste isn’t nearly so powerful with bourbon. Medium sweetness from the chocolate, but there’s a hint of tinniness. Some fading alcohol. I may have sat on this one too long, because it was fantastic fresh.

Mouthfeel is still quite good, though. Coats the palate well.

Overall, this is still good, but if you’ve got any, I’d suggest drinking them because I believe it's in a decline. Sad, because I've rated this a 4.5 when fresh.

Sarlacc83, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of CooperEllis
3.73/5  rDev -15%

12oz from marisatheyounger - thanks very much!

into dfh snifter. first 6oz at room temp, second 6oz at 50f.

Pours black, oversized tan head with a great volume of soapy bubbles that reduce quickly to a tight layer of tan lacing stretching over the top of the pour.

Amazing aroma of roasted malt with a well balanced bourbon and dark fruit. If the brew had tasted as good as it smelled I would have been exceptionally happy.

Good flavor, malts with a bourbon note throughout. There isn't much here beyond that. I would have liked there to be a good layering of the stout flavors. I don't know that this stout would have held up on it's own without the bourbon notes.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel. While I enjoy the lighter mouthfeel I believe this is still a little light for the style.

For a stout, I would likely reach for this over some others, but for a bourbon aged stout, I can think of a number of annual releases that I would reach for over this.

(60th)

CooperEllis, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of tarheels86
3.73/5  rDev -15%

355mL pours ink black with a large mocha head. Sheety brown lace remains. Nose is chocolate malt balls, dark fruits, raisins. Taste is silky, mild bourbon, feeling sweeter and more date/raisin heavy than something similar like Parabola. A good dose of bitter chocolate. Softer mouthfeel. Very nice.

tarheels86, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

switzer, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

mhenson42, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

huskermike12, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

rouhlas3, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Atomicskis5, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

uncccegr, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of N17shelfside
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Overall good bourbon ages stout. With a stern pour easy to get a nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Color is jet black that eats up all light. Bourbon is not overbearing at first, but builds the longer it sits on the palate. All of the expected bourbony notes come through as the beer sits. The first hit is sweet vanilla that melds into roasty chocolate bitterness. Maybe a bit of coconut.

N17shelfside, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

random846, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

BeerMothaLova, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Huolis72, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Thecherryman, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

mtrog313, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

BDeibs, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

A: It pours a deep black with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a thin lacing.

S: The aroma has characteristics of dark fruit, coconut, oak, and some vanilla.

T: It has a lot of dark fruit, oak, coconut, vanillia, and bourbon. It has a lot of coconut/dark fruit which gives it a very similar taste to the Samuel Adams Utopias. It also has some mocha characteristics as well.

M: It has a higher carbonation, but not over carbed by any means. It has a smooth richness in the mouthfeel as well.

O: Overall, it has passed its prime. I had this from a bottle at the Eclipse Pre-Release party last year and it was amazing, but now it is losing a lot of the great double stout characteristics. It is really well done, but with a bit of age it gains a lot of coconut and vanilla. It is still a good beer.

PaulStoneAnchor, Aug 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Shmeal, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Roze, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

littlebeer, Jun 24, 2013
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.