Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 953
Gots: 112 | 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 mtrog313
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger rich and creamy dark mocha head with good retention. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sticky with oily, thick legs. A real nice looking beer.

Nose is bourbon, molasses, honey, chocolate and cocoa. Some brownie too. Very sweet and plenty rich but not too aromatic.

Opens sweet chocolate, honey and molasses. Middle is roasted malt, cocoa, fudge, vanilla, a touch of smoke and booze. End is more sweet alcohol with a bit of heat. Finishes hot with a big malt body. Molasses on the aftertaste. Pretty simple. The flavors work well together though.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and hot in the mouth. Some nice heat going down. A touch thin at times. Messy aftertaste with a slightly lingering finish.

A solid beer overall but there's parts of it that I'm not too impressed with. The body is a touch thin and while the flavors work very well together, there's a certain depth that's missing. Worth a try but don't go out of your way for this one.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - though an oddly shaped 12 oz. bottle, one more reminiscent of a hybrid between your traditional SNPA stubby and your traditional 12 oz. longneck, without overtly looking like either, and indeed, I originally assumed the volume was probably something like 500 mL - courtesy of the ever generous Alexander, a great midwestern trader and testament to BA generosity. Poured in to an oversized snifter.

Appearance: Pours an oily, viscous brownie batter brown, dark and deep, but translucent enough around the periphery that it's not like staring in to a hellish vortex of soulcrushing despair. What with being poured in to an oversized snifter (22 oz.), the head on this one didn't have a real chance to shine, though from the looks of it it certainly could have - an initial half-plus finger of creamy but bubbly cocoa brick fired head fades relatively quickly, but leaves an amazing amount of retention for a barrel-aged brew of this magnitude. Lacy tendrils and globular entrails and whimsically writhing willow wisps dance and dither lazily around the sphere of the snifter. Just a fantastic amount of

Aroma: As this one warms (and it's warmed by the time I get to the aroma, which I always review last because I have such a weak nose), bourbon begins to singularly dominate the olfactory portion of this one. Largely smooth with flourishes of spice, it melds fairly well with strong vanilla and a few other oaky notes, and these in turn run roughshod over an afterthought of a malt foundation which - if it had to be characterized by anything - would be characterized by brownie batter and molasses, though it does occasionally reveal hints of black cherry and anise.

Taste: Very fudgy, but also instantly and immediately lacking up front in something I'm not able to instantly put my finger on. Maybe it's that it's not a fat fudge. That is, the right notes are here - rich chocolate, plenty of toast, some dark toffee and caramel, and hints of earth, smoke, and dirt, all mingled in with dark cherries and chocolate - but it's a little on the weak end of the spectrum, dryer and more toasty than I'd like. Instead of a bracingly bold and chewy brew, this one manages to suggest all the right notes, but only crank them up to about five or so. A shame, I think, because of how well everything is really put together. The barrel aging is also fortunately fairly subdued, relative to what is could be (slash what I may perhaps prefer it to be) - coconut and vanilla add a perfume-like fragrance to the mouth, and the bourbon note here is more spicy and less sweet than I'd perhaps like. To its credit, it's not hot by any means, and the bourbon notes are smooth and mellow.

Mouthfeel: Eruptive wouldn't be an overstatement here. There's plenty of carbonation to spare in Silva stout, and if this one was a little sweeter, I'd probably give it a five - I'm such a sucker for that aerated, frothy, foamy milkshake sort of mouth on fat stouts. As it stands, it's still pretty darn good, though with the flavor profile being what it is, it does manage to augment both the good and the dryer, toasty, astringencies here. Definitely more good than bad, but I'm the sort that's inclined to point out flaws (read: asshole).

Drinkability: I feel like I was ragging on this beer a little, and perhaps being a little unnecessarily harsh at times. That being said, I hold my barrel aged stouts to a fairly high standard, because the company of the elite here is truly elite - truly excellent barrel aged stouts are sublime things, and if you want to bat with the big boys, you need to bring your game. Right now, however, Silva Stout is stuck in AAA ball. But that's ok, because, hell, I hadn't even heard of it two months ago - talk about a meteoric rise from 42nd round draft pick to dark horse potential-next-year fifth starter. To its credit, he has a plus curve, a plus-plus slider, and ... err, I mean, this beer showcases no hints at all of alcohol burn or sizzle or even twinge, impressive given its origin and its supra-10% abv%. On the flip side of the coin, I need more body, more heft, more weight before I really can fall in love with a barrel aged stout, and this one was lacking a little in that department. Worst case scenario, Silva Stout settles in to a bottom of the rotation starter for the winter refrigerators and evening sojourns of west coast craft beer fans, never quite posting numbers as impressive as, say, Abyss, Black Tuesday, or -bal Alesmith, but competent enough to hold its own against most major league talent. Best case scenario? The recipe is tweaked slightly, and Silva Stout becomes the Greg Maddux of west coast -bal aged stouts (I'll let you all figure out who Smoltz, Glavine, and Avery/Milwood correspond to in the above list - I have my guesses), becoming a perennial favorite of fans and insiders/experts everywhere. Tune in.

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Near black in color; hazy and opaque. The dark tan head has moderate retention.
Smells of a bourbon barrel and dark malts, but too little in the malt dept. for the level of bourbon barrel.

T: dark malt; cherries; burnt wood; licorice and oak. Complex and rich, but eventually only the bourbon barrel lingers on.

M: very smooth, with the feel of beer at about 6% ABV

O: wood flavor and aroma from the barrel aging is a bit over the top. Just way too woody.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice black with a huge 3" tan head. Big pockets of lacing clump to the glass.

S- Nice chocolate and vanilla notes, some dark fruits, bourbon not very noticeable on the nose.

T- Sweet chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, some vanilla and bourbon linger at the finish.

M- Full body, medium carbonation. Creamy feel hides the abv very well.

O- Good BA stout but doesn't stand out compared to other really good BA stouts. Wish the taste followed the great aromas of this beer.

Photo of kscaldef
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours aggressively black with a 1" mocha head with good retention. No lacing, but lots of legs

S: Bourbon, coffee, vanilla. Toast and mild gingerbread.

T: Presents a surprising amount of roast initially, with the bourbon & barrel notes taking a distinct second. Buttery toffee, finishing more caramel. Starts to develop a little sourness and bitter coffee with a mild alcohol bite as it warms from cellar to room temperature.

M: medium body and carbonation on the tongue, but finishes thick with a long linger.

O: Good, but short of outstanding.

Photo of thedindaniel
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a four pack from the brewery with some friends and even got to try some on tap. This tastes much better from the bottle though, which is where this review comes in...

A - Pitch black, like motor oil or even paint. The head looks like chocolate milk and there is a great amount of lacing, head.

S - This is where the beers lacks the most. I got very little scent from this. It smells mostly like sweet malts and only a bit of the barrel comes through here.

T - Initial taste is of sweet malts and molasses, that start tasting almost like an earthy dark chocolate and the bourbon barrel is the lingering after taste that I really get here.

M - Might be the strong suit of the beer... great carbonation, present but not overly carbonated. Thick and creamy, while not syrupy thick. Drinks warm, perhaps hot to some, but I actually like that in my RIS's and bal-aged stouts.

D - This is a real sipper. Took me about an hour to drink the twelve ounces. Great beer, but not sure you can drink a lot of it in one sitting.

Highly recommend this beer. Didn't get much publicity but seek it out if you like the style, as it's a strong representation. Good job Green Flash! Hopefully this will be made again, as I would really look forward to getting more in the future.

Photo of mikey711
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Joe for this

A: Deep black with a mocha colored head. Great lacing and head retention as well.

S: Heavy chocolate and marshmellow notes. lots of vanilla and some wood followed by a burning bourbon char in the end. The sweetness was a bit more powerful then i like though.

T: Sweet with a hint of bourbon up front. a touch of smokiness and vanilla to follow. Some toasted marshmellow notes and a bit of wood.

M: Very creamy and smooth. the alcohol is not very detectable either. really not much to fault here

O: A solid offering all around but a little bit unbalanced towards the sweet side. I think a bit more a roasted bitterness would have help quite a bit. that being said, i am glad i have another bottle

Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a beautiful thick mocha head and webby lacing

The aroma is a wonderful blend of chocolatey vanilla bourbon goodness. Dry oak and booze present as well.

The flavor is charred oak up front with a caramel toffee sweetness. A bit of floral hops and cocoa. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness.

The body is medium and carbonation is appropriate. A tad more thickness would be beneficial but I think the barrels may have thinned it out a bit.

Overall this is a very flavorful beer. A bit boozy but not really hot. Not sure this is better than the regular Green Flash Double Stout though.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Received with almost two finger's worth of head which has okay retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Lacing is basically non-existent but there are some spots here and there.

Nose- Huge chocolate notes that almost prevent me from smelling much else. Some cherry notes, some cocoa. A hit of alcohol and slight notes of bourbon. I did get a little bit of coconut at beginning. Light notes of oak, vanilla, and toffee. But more chocolate than anything else.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose with huge amounts of chocolate (close to fudge brownie or truffles) and cocoa. Some cherries. A little thinner than I expected. Some chalkiness on the finish. Some notes of cola. A bit of oak, some woodiness. Not as much bourbon on the palate as on the nose. Pretty solid but certainly does not meet my expectations. Nice sweetness does give it some complexity but not the complexity one would expect from barrel aging. A little bit of the coconut starts to come out as it opens up more. Some creaminess or milkiness to the chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Just about medium bodied with mild carbonation that has a slight zing that doesn't really disrupt the overall mouthfeel. A little thin for the style but this also isn't too much of a negative.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing as it's a little bit boozier on the nose than it is on the palate. Fairly reasonable at 5 bucks a glass but the Block 15 Super Nebula is certainly a better deal.

Overall- Solid, good beer that has some tendencies toward being a really good beer. I would say it's in between good and really good. Definitely worth a try as it is a pretty solid imperial stout. But in Belmont's Bigger Badder Lineup, it's rather average.

Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.