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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Silva StoutSilva Stout

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250 Reviews
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Reviews: 250
Hads: 1,050
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 24.65%
Wants: 897
Gots: 155 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bourbon barrel aged
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Reviews: 250 | Hads: 1,050
Photo of ptykozoon
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark wood brown with a small caramel head, not too much lacing or retention.

Rich caramel, chocolate, burnt coffee, fudge, black licorice, vanilla, sweet raisin and bourbon heat. Wow.

Thick bourbon and aforementioned flavors, mostly caramel.

Dense mouthfeel, hot. Active carbonation always gets in the way of this style, takes away the nuances of the flavors.

Lovely beer, quite exceptional.

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Photo of dbhall
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

traded for two bottles of this stuff, and had very high hopes going into it. the pour is not as black as some, but fairly close with a small head and the kind of lacing you want from a ba stout. the smell was a touch of vanilla, chocolate. not much booze in the nose. pleasant smell.
the taste for me left something to be desired. there was chocolate roasted malts, a slight hint of alcohol in the finish. it just didnt seem all that complex. the mouthfeel was a little too thin, and also didnt help the taste much. i would say this is a fairly easy drinking ba stout. it's good, just not great.

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Photo of champ103
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to tjmodica for sharing a bottle with me.

A: Pours very dark black with some ruby red around the edges. A minimal beige head forms, and recedes to nothing. No lace to speak of.
S: Big and potent alcohol punch up front. After that some toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. The initial shock of the alcohol fades to leave a very nice aroma.
T: This is great. Big toasted malt and milk chocolate up front. Some light coffee. Vanilla, oak, and some dark fruits linger. The alcohol is present, but not near as prevalent as the nose.
M/D: A full body that is lightly syrupy, creamy, and smooth. A good beer to sip on, but a hole bottle would be a chore to finish by myself. An excellent beer to share, which I am glad I did.

This is a very good barrel aged stout. Maybe a bit to much heat at the moment, but still very enjoyable. I am really glad I got a chance to try this. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of M_chav
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours a rich dark black color with a 1/2 inch froth
S - wow, this smells incredible. tons of syrup, cherry syrup on pancakes, molasses, bourbon/vanilla - marshmallows just awesome. makes me salivate
T - aaaahhhh, letdown. much thinner than expected. still hold some of the qualities of the aroma but flavors are contrasted from the nose. much simpler and straight forward here. want this to be creamier to hold the flavors in. Still good, just not as good as the smell. slightly boozy
F - soft and smooth, nice overall balance. slight bitter ending but nothing overwhelming
O - a good brew, the price tag was a bit rough. only because of that I will probably not seek out again.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour was dark chocolate with cocoa colored head, about a 1/2 inch or so.

Rich with plenty of bourbon. Slightly soft vanilla.

Very bourbon forward through out. Some roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Slight vanilla. Light sweetness.

Very slick and thick

This probably could have used some more time but still excellent. Lots of bourbon.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a nice tan head. Good retention and some okay lacing.  

Nice bourbon nose. Slight alcohol burn atop sweet malts.

Bourbon, coconut, and chocolate with a roasty edge. Some sweet malts. Nice integration of all the favors of the stout and barrel. 

Medium to full body. Nice carbonation. 

Not as good as I remember from when it was fresh but good nonetheless. 

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Maudite snifter. The beer poured pitch black below a towering head of tan foam. As the head crept back down the glass it left a dense film of sticky lace along the sides of the glass. The smell was chocolate dominant, with roasted malts, vanilla, oak and bourbon riding behind it. Taste went right along with the nose, with more of a sweet bourbon flavor taking the lead. Cocoa nibs, vanilla, a bit of smokey malt, milk chocolate, oak with an alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel was very creamy and rich, medium bodied with light carbonation. This is the second time that I've had a chance to drink this beer and it was just as tasty as the first time. It is a very well done bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to domtronzero for this bonus! 12oz squatty yet high shouldered brown glass pry-top bottle. Looks like a medicinal oil bottle.

Pours a moderately thick black with very thin brown head. Nose is dominated by bourbon and vanilla bean! Roasty coffee notes too.

Palate is medium-full bodied and fairly sweet and rich. Vanilla bean, white oak, caramel, coffee grounds, roasted grains and thin carbonation.

A fat, beautiful bourbon barrel stout. Love it. Not the most complex BA stout, but definitely more drinkable than most!

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Green Flash, thanks to a generous trading partner. Out of my Harpoon tulip.

A- Pitch black, with a nice light chocolatey colored head. Nice lacing, and decent retention.

S- Smells of cocoa and whiskey. Dark malts and vanilla come through. It's really quite nice, and the chocolate/cocoa is really what comes through. Nothing is over powering, and melds together well. This is gonna be good...

T- A beautiful blend of chocolatey, oaky, bourbony deliciousness. Again, nothing over the top but just an excellent. The cocoa is really prominent. The barrel aging is a nice touch to a tasty beer.

M- My only complaint would be its just a tad thin. The carbonatinon and mouth feel is excellent though.

D- Very nice, the chocolatey aftertaste is really nice and inviting. Had two bottles over a couple weeks and really enjoyed this one. A solid beer from Green Flash

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Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to Bill for picking these up for me (and being so patient) and thanks to Ratman for delivering them to me. Pours a deep midnight black, with only a little bit of loose brown foam on top. Huge aromas here, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. More of the same on the palate, but so perfectly balanced. I could probably drink this one all night.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to MrTopher for this trade!

Poured from 12-oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Black with brownish/tan frothy head that stays long after the pour.

N: Mocha and burned coffee.

T/M: Coffee and cocoa with a slight oak tinge. A bit of bourbon sweetness on the back of the tongue as a forethought. Also detect a slight, very slight, hint of raisins.

As the beer warms up a bit, it almost seems to be missing something in the middle.

Holding on to a few of these to see how some age affects them.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to enelson for this.

3.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of light brown, frothy/cremy hybrid head. Retention is average for the ABV and a decent amount of non-uniform lacing can be found.

4.5 S: This smells great! Bourbon and barrel foremost, which contributes leather, oak, and a good bit of vanilla. Equally powerful is rich milk chocolate with a strong caramel component and molasses not far behind. Moderate roastiness with cocoa powder lingering.

4.0 T: The taste is a bit surprising because it has a much more subtle bourbon component than I would have guessed from the nose. Still, leathery bourbon is in mild amounts with a moderate booziness. Some melon and peat in addition to good amounts of oak and vanilla. Again, lots of milk chocolate with a moderate roastiness and plenty of caramel and molasses. A little bit of tannic astringency on finish. Pretty good.

4.5 M: Lighter end of a heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Rich and velvety and that's the way I like it. Good creaminess and smooth other than the hint of tannins on finish.

4.0 D: Good beer that I'd like to see released again. Solid all around.

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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the 2nd batch.

A: Pours out an inky black with a small tan head that sticks around.

S: Nose comprises thick mocha, raisins, egg cream, baker's chocolate, a bit of coconut and oak.

T: Caramel, lightly bitter roasted grain, vanilla, mildly acidic oak tannins, dark chocolate, a bit vinous.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation. Really nice consistency.

O: Definitely an enjoyable barrel-aged stout, but one that I don't think should garner the incredibly high praise it does. Perhaps batch 1 was better.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hard pour down the center yields two fingers of fluffy mocha head. Body black. Sure looks like a stout!

Smell: Bourbon, cocoa, and oak. Hints of coffee. Kind of smells like a cold hot chocolate that was bourbon barrel aged - interesting.

Taste: Lots of alcohol, though not really from the bourbon flavors - those are nicely balanced. Tons going on here - coffee, mocha, chocolate, oak, something different with every sip. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, definitely thinner than most big barrel stouts. Fairly smooth and pleasant on the tongue.

Drinkability: So-so - it's nice but I'm glad it's a small bottle. 22oz of this would be a bit too much for my liking. Definitely makes for a killer dessert pairing.

Overall: I do like this beer, a lot. But I can't help but feel like a little something is missing, even though I can't quite put my finger on it. Ultimately it falls a little short IMHO of the other big name bourbon barrel imperial stouts, but it's no slouch.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a hint of transparency. Nice khaki head. Leggy. Some bubbles cling to the glass.

Smell - Really nice bourbon and oak. Some coconut and vanilla. Rich dark chocolate.

Taste - Bourbon is a little more raw. More liquor than barrel. Oak. Dark chocolate. Kinda dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Could be richer. A little boozy, but not that much.

Overall - Something hidden, something apparent, all good. A very strong bourbon character. Works well. Smells fantastic.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

526th Review on BA
Bottle to tulip
@Toronado San Diego

Consumed 5/29/11

App- Dark, dark brown. Bordered on Black. A nice thin one finger head. A little slower to recede.

Smell- Big aromatics all over the glass. It starts with the bourbon, then moves to the whiff of the ABV. You get dark fruits, some roasted malts. A little dark chocolate.

Taste- The taste really follows the nose. The sweetness of the dark fruit matched the malty boozy flavors was really nice. It was a bit soft and as it warmed some vanilla kicked in and still retained a little raisin-esque note.

Mouth- A lighter big ABV stout. This still retained its medium body and it was a bit of a medium carbonation. Lip licking boozy and vanilla flavors remained.

Drink- It's a very tasty stout in a small bottle. I can see why it was so highly rated. I would love to trade for a bottle to keep and age but at the price I paid for it, might as well just drive back down for another one.

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Photo of Sarge3130
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick motor oil poured from 12oz bottle dated 12/15/12.

A: black as night. Finger worth of brown head which quickly dissipated.

S: best part of this beer for me. Nice oak and bourbon followed by a thick bakers chocolate. barrel notes of vanilla and coconut.

T: follows the nose well. Nice bourbon chocolate malt flavor. Somewhat dry finish. Little to no alcohol presence for 10.1%

M: little bit of a let down. Given the aroma, the appearance, and how thick the beer pored I was expecting a more chewey mouth feel. Little thin but still ok. Somewhat understandable given the barrel aging.

O: great barrel aged offering from GF. Wish I had another bottle to age and enjoy. I would drink this regularly if available. Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Treehouse tulip, from the 2013 release. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this want.

A- Pours a dark black, can see a tiny bit of brownish goo around the top of bottle, about a half finger of mocha brown head forms that recedes at an average rate to a thin layer leaving behind thin layered lacing. Decent carbonation for a stout.

S- Milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, underlaying dark chocolates and a hint of bourbon. Nice balance and integration of bourbon, about average aroma strength.

T- Milk chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla, slight oak, fudge, finishes with a bit more oak, milk chocolate, and coconut. All the flavors integrate nicely, the bourbon barrel adds a very nice presence creating almost a coconut milk presence to it.

M- Smooth, a little bit on the thin side, decent carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This was a nice stout that definitely used the barrels it was aged in nicely creating a balanced coconut presence that fit with the base beer flavors nicely. If you like barrel-aged stouts this is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace. Smell is not usual as it's less dry roasted and/or coffee malts but oaky with vanilla and slightly butterscotch (which is something I've never smelled before). Smooth,medium body that is real oaky, almost creamy, and has a vanilla with this touch of black cherry flavors on finish for interesting combo and finish. There are notes of chocolate, toffee, caramel and bourbon (booze) all over this beer that I detect but for this vanilla buttery cherry profile is strong. So smooth and woody it's amazing. This review does not do beer justice and it's much more complex than I made it sound and real easy to drink.

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Photo of vince4953529
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impulsively I drove down to Green Flash brewery on a Friday afternoon to procure the Silva Stout. This resulted in a four-pack in my fridge that night.

Color was black when poured into my Stone IRS glass, and smelled of bourbon and vanilla ensued. Tasted like the smell, plus a bit of burnt tasted. Not as thick as I thought it would be, perhaps I've served it a bit too cold.

Very drinkable for its heavy abv. Plus it's relatively affordable compared to the outrageous price we've seen lately and its limited release.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Alex. Thank you kind sir!

A - Pours black, a fingers worth of tan head, nice lacing and a thin cap on top after the initial pour. Very solid-looking.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, slight oak, some coffee beans, roast. The 10% is no where to be found...color me impressed.

T - Much the same as the nose. Chocolate, oak, roast, ever so slight alcohol but no where near 10%. Yum!

M - Medium, maybe a tad too thin, rich and smooth, light carbonation and right-on for the style.

D - Very solid and I must say I wasn't expecting much from this one even after all the high reviews. I admit I was wrong and this is a very solid -bal that I enjoyed a lot. Recommend.

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Photo of Hamburgers
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle vintage 2010. Pours black with thin brown head. Strong bourbon aroma followed by notes of chocolate and dried fruit. No heat. Flavor is smooth bourbon with bitter sweet chocolate finish. Medium bodied with a nice cola texture. Nicely balanced stout.

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Photo of pourmeanothr
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black. Opaque, even when held directly in front of the light. Nice brownish head, good retention with minimal lace.

S: Coffee, light bourbon, light booziness, very subtle smells. Vanilla as it warms.

T: Chocolate, burnt bitterness with a touch of sweetness on the tail. Tobacco. The bourbon characteristics are very faint, they really add to the beer instead of overpowering it. Definitely not a barrel bomb. Taste improved as temperature increased, all of the elements worked well together with no one in particular standing out or dominating the palate.

M: Thin. Not in a bad way, more in a distinct way that makes it stand out in the category. The 10.1% abv is barely detectable in the mouth.

O: Great beer to sip on and enjoy over an extended period. High marks. Very smooth, and a lot different than the "in your face" BA beers I'm used to. Was hoping to sit on this 12/13/12 bottle for a year, but thankfully I have another one in the closet to revisit in December.

*First Beer Advocate Review*

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Photo of bonkers
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to arash1000 for this one, bottled 12/12. Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a CCB snifter, jet black pour, thin tan head. The aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, roast coffee. the flavors are well balanced, nice mix of all the aromas, lingering boozey finish. the body is medium/full, well carbonated, smooth mouthfeel. a very good beer, glad I have 2.

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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.