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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010)
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Near jet black with some thin mocha lacing

S - Lots of bourbon. Chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol come through. Some vanilla.

T - Wow! The bourbon does not overpower the flavor like it does the smell. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and bitterness nicely complemented by the bourbon. This is a perfectly balanced stout.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish but hard to believe this has a 10.1% ABV.

This is easily one of the best stouts I've ever had. Perfectly balanced and goes down very easy for the ABV. The bourbon complements this one rather than is the predominant flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:39:54 | More by RoninTK3
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FARGO619

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great little beer. On my top ten at the moment. Bought a case, and sold out before I was able to get another one. Chocolate and molasses hits the nose. Bourbon aroma, strong coffee is there and present up front. It's a kicker of a beer. Strong and chocolaty swirled on my palate. It sweetens up a bit as it warms in my glass.

Serving type: Bottle served in a room tempurature tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:42:19 | More by FARGO619
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johndoe8

California

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites.

Appearance is a jet black, light brown head, with decent lacing.
Smells of light bourbon with hints of vanilla and oak.
The taste is just a very very great blend of all the flavors. No particular note is overwhelming, which overall creates such a great experience.

Mouthfeel, Drinkability are amazing. The heat is masked very well, and the stout has a just-right finish that isn't too light nor too syrupy.

I drink this at least once a week :) So nice to live in driving distance of Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 11:12:23 | More by johndoe8
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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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injuredreserve

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Jet black with a thick chocolate head

S: Coffee, chocolate cherries and bourbon.

T: A lot going on here, and it lingers for some time which is nice. Get the bourbon, chocolate cherries, brown sugar, and it keeps going....

M: Medium bodied, could be a little thicker.

D: Perfect 12oz serving, and easy to drink..

My new favorite beer. All I could say after the first sip was "WOW", and that sums it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 10:45:51 | More by injuredreserve
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Hamburgers

California

4.19/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 06:32:38 | More by Hamburgers
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thedindaniel

California

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 04:37:55 | More by thedindaniel
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SoCalStout

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 year aged Bottle poured into my delirium tulip

Appearance: Pours basically pitch black with a quarter fingers worth of nice brownish/tan head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Smells of chocolate. A closer smell reveals the bourbon, but it has definitely mellowed out and blended spectacularly with the vanilla, coffee, and a bit of oak.

Taste: What a balance of the bourbon with complexity from the vanilla, oak, coffee, coconut, dark chocolate, and a small hint of cherry. Very smooth and has balanced out tremendously well. As it warms the bourbon really shines through to the forefront. Don't notice the alcohol at all until the very end after it has warmed. Excellence.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected but very nice and smooth. Moderate carbonation with just a slight bit of alcohol at the end. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: Very good but not quite out of this world. I'd definitely have another, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to find it again. If I happened to come across it while looking for something else I would def grab one though. Still a very nice offering from Green Flash

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:28:12 | More by SoCalStout
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jhimstedt

Texas

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

Nice light tan head that hung around a bit to turn into nice film and lacing. On the nose a lot of old fruit, dates and prunes, molasses and some chocolate. Palate of roasted malt, slight red fruit, molasses and hint of fennel. Silky creamy mouthfeel.

Great beer. So good now, not sure aging will help. Very balanced and complete.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 13:22:03 | More by jhimstedt
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N17shelfside

California

3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:04:17 | More by N17shelfside
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dbhall

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 05:28:34 | More by dbhall
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mrbubbler

California

4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip / Have also had this on tap several times.

A: Pitch black with a nice dark chocolate mocha color head. Good 2 inches of head with a nice slightly aggressive pour

S:Wonderful! bourbon, chocolate syrup, coco nibs, coffee, and just a wonderful vanilla oak smell.

T: I get a little bit of bitter coffee and roast at first followed by a very wonderful blend of bourbon, chocolate syrup, and barrel aged flavors that come through on the finish

M: smooth and creamy. carbonation is just enough.

O: I love this beer. i have probably killed at least a couple four packs with ease. I wish they would make this stuff again.

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Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 05:59:36 | More by mrbubbler
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MikeSr619

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, Im sitting at this bar when Chuck walks up to me and says, "Hey punk, try my beer!" I look up at him and say, "What makes this YOUR beer, Chuck?" and he slaps me with his drivers license and says, "Im Chuck MFing Silva!!" never mess with chuck norris silva.

seriously though, this beer is amazing. I had it on tap at a gastropub around Rancho Bernardo and it poured like a dream. The smell was roasty and you just knew when you tasted it that it was going to be great. It went down VERY smooth.

My ONLY problem with it is that I wish there was more. But you gotta keep the public in demand.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 17:42:13 | More by MikeSr619
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mookihouse

California

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle released Jan 2013.  Thanks to Gottatickemall for the bottle.  Pours dark with tan head.  Not a lot of carbonation.  Smells of sweet dark fruit and chocolate.  Let it warm up a little.  Taste matches the smell.  A very balanced stout with no single dominating components.  Barrel characters are there but no alcohol heat like some other barrel aged stout.  So drinkable I think I can drink it all night and not get tired of it.  Kind of reminds me of the 2012 Abyss.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 05:21:28 | More by mookihouse
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jmadrigal2

California

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was very nice with thick tan head. Smelled like bourbon, chocolate vanilla. The taste had a nice sweetness without going overboard. I get chocolate cake, vanilla and oak in the taste. The mouth feel is medium. I like stouts a little thicker but this was still very nice. The drikability on this is very high for me. I enjoyed this stout a lot an would recommend seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 21:51:55 | More by jmadrigal2
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sherm1016

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, received in trade from mikedashg. Thanks! Served in a Jolly Pumpkin Tulip.

Pours a jet black color with with a tan head. Aroma is a nice balance of bourbon an roasted malt. Heavy, but silky mouthfeel on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and very complex...oak, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.

This ia an excellent beer. I just wish it were easier to get.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:30:30 | More by sherm1016
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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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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:06:47 | More by Sarge3130
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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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Reveille1984

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Green Flash this past weekend during SDBW.

a - Pours a very dark, dark brown with around an inch and a half of tan head.

s - Bourbon hits you first but not overpoweringly so, with hints of vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. Very complex smell with lots of different stuff going on as it warms.

t - The chocolate, bourbon and oak mix awesomely. The bourbon isn't overpowering for such a young beer and doesn't mute out the other flavors. Vanilla comes out more as it warms.

m - Medium to full body. Average amount of carbonation.

d - Good for a stout. Goes down smooth and is a touch hot as it warms up a bit, but is overall very drinkable and smooth for such a big beer. For a 10% I could drink this all day.

An exceptional brew overall, lives up to the hype quite well. On par with other top bourbon barrel-aged stouts for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 03:31:51 | More by Reveille1984
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transbeman

California

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black. Very light in the mouth. Strong boozey smell--might not want to light a match around this one. Strong taste of coffee, chocolate and booze. Too expensive for a ten ounce pour but I bet that blame for that goes to the bar not the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 23:35:43 | More by transbeman
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wasco

California

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

12 oz bottle from wethorseblanket! Thanks Greg!!! Nose is chocolate, oak with light vanilla, hints of bourbon, and a little mocha. Black with a nice big cinnamon tan head that laces nicely. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Finishes with hints of bourbon and alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 02:53:54 | More by wasco
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pourmeanothr

California

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
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*

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:41:47 | More by pourmeanothr
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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.