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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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701 Ratings
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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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ptykozoon

California

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 07:46:10 | More by ptykozoon
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basica

Singapore

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Craftheads in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan http://craftheads.jp

A - Tapped a jet black color into a snifter glass with a thin, tan head eventually reducing to a fairly thick clingy ring around the glass (4)

S - Strong chocolate goodness on the nose with pleasant notes of wood and bourbon (4.5)

T - Upfront flavors of chocolate milk blended with roasted malts with with the roasted notes becoming more pronounced in the middle; some coffee and bourbon flavors as well as dashes of dark fruits were present as well (4.5)

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied thickness with moderate carbonation and a milky smooth texture (4.5)

D - Pleasant chocolate flavors, a smooth mouthfeel and definitely very easy and pleasant drinking for the 10.1% ABV (4.5)

Very good imperial stout; together with the Swan Lake Imperial stout, these are the two best Imperial Stouts I've had on my Japan trip

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 12:48:48 | More by basica
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to airohead2001 for bringing this back from a recent trip to San Diego.

A: The beer pours black in color with a light tan color. There was a ½ finger head that had moderate retention and mild lacing.

S: Some whiffs of coffee and chocolate in the smell here. The smell is pretty good, but fairly weak. There's also some bourbon, but this takes a back seat to the coffee and chocolate.

T: The bourbon comes through more in the taste than in the nose. There's coffee at the finish, but the chocolate flavors I was expecting from the nose didn't come through as strongly as I had hoped for in the taste. Something just seemed to be missing here in my opinion. The components were there, but they just didn't come together very strongly. There was also some roastiness and some alcohol heat.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked. The carbonation was appropriate, but somewhat on the high side, and the beer has a nice aftertaste.

D: Pretty good, but far from the best in the style. Mostly limited by the carbonation and the fact that I didn't find the taste overly interesting or inviting.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:20:26 | More by glazeman
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codewarrior

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz From a 4-pack.

Picked this up in a trade with Smokepot23, and apologies again for the Bourbon Barrel Stout.

L: My cup overfloweth! Pitch black with copper tint, generous and eager 5 - 6 fingers of head. Rich and deep brown.

S: Malted hop sweetness up front, with a wall of bourbon behind. Well balanced, no depth charge here.

T: Starts with a huge sweet stoutitude, just as the bitter starts kicking in, the booze rises over it with bourbony sweetness. Both fade next to one-another into a long-finishing awesomeness.

F: Thick. Wonderful.

D: Well balanced and wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 07:13:26 | More by codewarrior
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readbaron

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:53:18 | More by readbaron
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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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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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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 02:01:22 | More by Gfunk720
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juhl31

California

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-very black body with a tall, fluffy brown head with a nitro look to it. good lacing as well

-at first it is mostly bourbon...as it warms, chocolate comes through as well as some roast, vanilla and some warmth

-milk chocolate throughout the taste. not too big on the booze taste. there is also a weird aftertaste to it...dont know what to name it

-not too hot and pretty light bodied for the style and ABV

-this is a session BA stout if you will. doesnt feel like a meal when you drink it, which in my book is kind of a bummer

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 04:57:06 | More by juhl31
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drewba

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep brownish black with a finger mocha head. Lacing slowly blotches down the side of the glass. A thin mocha patch remains on top with a healthy ring. For me, the epitome of a perfect looking imperial stout.

S - sweet, vanilla heavy bourbon, a touch of wood and sweet, vanilla-y and raisin-y brandy. Roasty and caramely malts are heavy here.

T - Oh wow...this is solid. Tastes like a blend of bourbon and brandy; plenty of sweet vanilla, rum raisin, burnt sugar, caramel, milk chocolate with hints of wood and coffee. The sweetness is counterbalanced with some coffee grounds and dark chocolate bitterness, resulting in a fair amount of dryness in the finish. Reminds me of a fresh KBS, but better.

M - Just a little too thin. It definitely has a medium body, but I want a little more viscosity here. Carbonation is spot on.

D - This is a fantastic sipper, but at the same time, the bourbon./brandy sweetness has me drinking this quickly. I'd drink this constantly if possible. Seriously, Green Flash, I'd be fine if you completely scrapped any other annual beer to make more room for this.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 06:28:53 | More by drewba
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peacebone116

California

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 22:19:35 | More by peacebone116
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squaremile

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a true black with a big fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves a coating. I'm getting candy sugar, roasted malts, vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon, and etoh; but all just hints. Earlier in the pour there were hints of metal that made it unpleasant, but improved dramatically as it warmed. Taste starts with moderately burnt dark roasted malts, followed by marshmallow, vanilla, and hints of tobacco and leather, and finishes quick and hot. Medium bodied and and the etoh has a lasting warming impact. Drinkability is average due to the heat and over-carbonation. Overall, glad I got to try it, and all the pieces are there for what I really love in a ba impy stout, but the mf and burnt flavors just didn't do it for me. I'm gonna remember vanilla mixed with heat.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 22:32:46 | More by squaremile
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STEG

New York

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:49:32 | More by STEG
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Azurescens

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwer's, poured into snifter on 5/21/11

A: Pours black with thin tan head, some lacing around glass. Some dark red brown hues when held to the light.

S: Layers of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts with hints of bourbon and some alcohol.

T: Very rich chocolate, earthy oak with roasted malts, some vanilla and coffee notes as well. Hints of bourbon, hops and alcohol. Lingering taste of bourbon and vanilla.

M: Rich and smooth medium-full bodied, lower on the carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable for a strong barrel aged stout. Overall it is very good but not the best around.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 01:37:04 | More by Azurescens
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Kaiser81

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BudAssassin21 for leaving this bottle at my house.

A - As black as stouts come, this is how black it is. There's about a half finger width of mocha colored head, and it leaves nice lacing and legs on my glass.

S - Rich tones of heavy milk chocolate dominate this beer. Some barrel and booze are mixed in, but the chocolate is the story on this one, and it's a very good story. There may be a touch of espresso on the finish. Lingering...way way after I swallow, the booze from the barrel aging finally comes through. It makes me feel all warm inside on this frigid, 65 degree So Cal evening. ;-)

T - The taste is similar to the nose, though other flavors compliment the chocolate more, and the chocolate, though the main feature, is toned down. Roasts, and coffee, and a splash of dark fruits are mixed in.

The first time I had this, I tasted some metallic, or cherry like qualities on this, initially making me worry about an infection. Since then, I've kept all my bottles in the fridge, and each one has been really good. I haven't found that hint yet, so all seems well.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation...a tad high for me, but still good.

D - I wish I would have bought more of this!!!! At 10%, I don't know how I much I could regularly drink though.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:43:21 | More by Kaiser81
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badboyrsl84

California

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

On tap at the Green Flash brewery grand opening

Pours dark as night with a nice mocha/tan head

Smell- bourbon, vanilla and a strong sweet chocolate. Amazing!

Taste- follows the nose. Bourbon, vanilla from tgw barrel and tons of mouth lacing chocolate. Chocolate dominant and no kick from alcohol.

Overall- this is the west coast version of Founders KBS. Amazing

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 19:02:19 | More by badboyrsl84
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty black, but not jet black. Smells fantastic. Loads of vanilla and chocolate. Barrel aging is present. Taste is SOOO smooth. ABV just isn't present at all. It's like sipping a desert. Semi sweet, but dry as well. Vanilla, dark chocolate, loads of malt, bourbon is there but blends very nicely with the rest of the flavors....just fantastic. Mouthfeel is perfect. Huge but smooth. Insanely creamy. This is one of the better BA stouts I've ever had. Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:30:57 | More by 1Adam12
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tarheels86

California

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 21:00:22 | More by tarheels86
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BMan1113VR

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many samples, both tap and bottle. This rating is from my 6th encounter on tap. Pitch black pour with a lasting brown head that leaves awesome lace. Aroma of decadent fudge, wood, barrel,fresh coffee, earth, a vinous note, some angel cake, molasses. Flavors are decadent, wood, bourbon, and fresh coffee. Plenty of chocolate. Mouthcoating, syrupy, but with refreshingly lively bubbles. Can put back many of these. That said, possibly better in bottles than on tap. I wouldn't age it much, it is mellow enough now and has tons of fresh coffee flavor that will fade quick.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 04:26:52 | More by BMan1113VR
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d0ggnate

California

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich brown/black to my glad with frothy mocha two finger head. There's plenty of lacing left down the glass after a few minutes.

Nose is of smooth bourbon and caramel. Hints of brown sugar and roasted coffee notes are noticeable. Taste continues with the smooth bourbon and caramel flavors, but very distinct vanilla bean flavors are unmistakable.

The mouthfeel is silky, creamy. Extremely drinkable, without even thinking about the ABV. I can't imagine this one getting better with age, but I have a few to open over time. Overall, this is another great beer from Green Flash and is drinking incredible from the release date.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:13:00 | More by d0ggnate
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Schmaltzy

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two 4 packs today at the brewery, I think I might need more as you can see from my review...

A- Dark mahogony brown nearly black with nice light brown, amber/ruby hues. Poured a nice 1/2 to 1 finger of tan head that receeded to a nice frothy tan ring, couldn't help myself to swirl my glass releasing more frothy goodness.

S- Bourbon, strong bourbon notes to start off followed by nice chocolatey roasted malt with a slight almond scent and dark fruits and finishes with a very nice vanilla oak scent, I do pick up on a slight hop finish but it is hard to find behind the bourbon.

T- Bourbon with rich chocolate roasted malt and that almond nuttiness and dark fruits, cherries, loads of vanilla flavors, finishes with a nice vanilla oak dryness and a slight hop bitterness, not much but just there. Nice warming bourbon finish, but really not overpowering, in fact it is one of the smoothest Bal- aged stouts I've had.

M- Nice medium body, a little light for a Bal- aged stout however I do enjoy the light frothy carbonation that sticks with this beer.

D- For being 10.1% and being a bourbon aged bomb I would have to say that this is rather drinkable, I am enjoying this beer now and will age several for the next year or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 05:02:24 | More by Schmaltzy
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GabrielM

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing bottle from BA Tieman. Cheers!

A - dark as a black hole with a nice .5 inch of coffee-colored head on top.

S - bourbon dominates, followed by chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits. Very nice.

T - a ton of bourbon, some alcohol burn, espresso and chocolate with a hint of vanilla to close it out.

M - very pleasant, but a little hot and thin at the moment.

O - a damn fine bba stout, worthy of its A rating. I'll definitely search out a few more bottles to see how they develop with some time.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:21:40 | More by GabrielM
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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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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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camil1mj

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Romulux. Reviewed from notes. Served chilled.

A: Deep, dark black. Minimal head.

S: Lots of bourbon dominates the smell on this one.

T: This is very similar to the BCBS. Great chocolate and bourbon flavors. This is very bourbon forward, just how I liked my -bals.

M: A little on this thin side for the style in my opinion.

O: A great BA beer. Glad I got to try. Would not mind trading for some of this one and putting it in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 19:09:02 | More by camil1mj
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.