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Silva Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Silva StoutSilva Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel aged

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 252 | Ratings: 1,060
Photo of johnnnniee
2.52/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The American Craft Beer Fest Yesterday.
Rich coffee and chocolate with a huge hit of diacytyl. This one isn't right and shouldn't be served.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to this one.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a very small tan head. The aroma is oak, heavily roasted malt, bourbon, maple and chocolate. You get a ton of barrel-aged aspects in the aroma, along with a lot of stout notes.

The flavor is just as complex. I get a lot of heavily roasted/burnt malt, along with some oak, maple and bourbon notes. The alcohol is present and is very hot.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very nice barrel-aged beer that I think may get better with age.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice pour at the Strong Ale fest in Boulder...I had several more. Black pour. Can make out some dark ruby highlights if i concentrate. Dense head, off brown. Lacing is good.

Aroma is rich in vanilla and caramel, some woodiness and roasted coffee. Molasses in the background.

More chocolate in the taste. Vanilla is the footing upon which the wood sits. Coffee roast is there but turns more into baked dark chocolate. This is quite good. a bit boozy, but the vanilla seems to mask it. Some leather and dark, black plum

Easy drinking for the abv and style.

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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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Photo of yourefragile
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, opaque and viscous. Light carbonation produces a thin mocha head with some legs and fades to a thin crown. Aroma is my favorite part of this beer; rich bourbon, vanilla, oak, cookie dough, etc. Balance and subtlety of the aroma is remarkable. Flavor is complex balance of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and mild dark fruit. Blending of the fresh stout with the barrel aged component takes most of the sharpness off the finish. Only drawback is the slightly thin body with light carbonation. Otherwise this is an incredible stout from Green Flash.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of stoad,

A: Pours darkest black with a thick tan head, good lace.

S: Bourbon, oak, dark chocolate nose.

T: Classic bourbon and dark chocolate intermingling. Great flavours, reminds me a lot of a fresh Firestone 12, good praise in my book.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, easy going palate.

D: Another wonderful effort from Green Flash. Glad I got to try it; I just wish it was more available.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/19/10

After enjoying nearly half a case of this since the release on 10/01/10, I figured it was high time to review this lovely drink.

A: The pour into the snifter was neither hard nor soft, but two fingers of frothy umber beauty rose up from the black depths to meet my eyes. I'd say the color is black, or near enough as makes no mattter. Retention is good.

S: Aroma is of a bourbon infused chocolate chip sugar cookie, if such a thing existed. An exquisite blend of brown sugar, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and light alcohol notes. Roasted malt is restrained.

F: The taste displays a lower moderate sweetness with strong chocolate and bourbon notes. Roasted malt is mellow, and I get a whisper of coffee, it's barely noticeable. The alcohol presence is ideal for me, mellow, yet possessing a pleasant level of booze heat for such a barrel aged beverage. The interplay between bourbon and chocolate is very nice. The finish is drying, with a light alcohol heat, and lingering chocolate bourbon.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy with a nice upper moderate level of carbonation and some alcohol warming. There's a subtle tannic quality that's coupled with a drying oak character. I also detect a mild astringency in the finish. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: I don't know how this beer will age, and I don't see any reason to keep it around long enough to find out. The beer is mellow and has a great blend of all flavors and aromas, and I wouldn't want any one to fade or become more pronounced. I'll go out on a limb and say this can't get better. I didn't consider it capable of improving upon the release, and no taste since then has swayed me. Drink up! A 12oz bottle of a high quality and quite delicious bourbon barrel aged stout for $80 a 24 bottle case? That's unheard of in the beer world, and near fantasy in Southern California where you don't find these in a vessel smaller than a bomber, and most often they're resting in a 750ml bottle. This is a great thing, Green Flash, at a great price, please make this a yearly release. A beer of this quality at this price being available at the brewery for weeks seems too good to be true around here.

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Photo of corby112
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Huge thanks to ptykozoon for sending this in a recent trade as an extra!

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. One finger frothy beige head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a prominent barrel character. Lots of bourbon and earthy oak as well as some sweet vanilla/marshmallow notes. Underneath, the base beer is still evident. Thankfully the nose of this beer isn't verly dominated by the bourbon. Plenty of dark malt with hints of silky chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean, toast and toffee. Only slightly roasted and not acrid at all. Hopefully the flavor lives u to the aroma.

Chewy medium body that has a much more dominant roasted presence than the aroma suggests. In opposition to the aroma, the malt is extremely roasted and almost burnt, dominating the palate and taste. The barrel aging is more subtle than expected and is most evident towards the end of the swallow. Lots of roasted malt of front with hints of burnt toast, acrid burnt coffee bean, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. This is countered in the finish by the bourbon barrel character. Lots of sweet, boozy bourbon heat with subtle ashy/earthy oak. The pleasant vanilla/marshmallow character from the aroma is faint, a bit too much so for my liking. If it was a bit stronger it could have mellowed things out a bit but unfortunately this beer is a bit one dimensional and harsh to drink. Decent but definitely a sipper. I'm curious how this one would do with some age.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured jet black with some brown hues as the light hits it. Finished off with a nice tannish cap

S: Big, rich cocoa upfront, bourbon, wood not just wood but but Oak as well. There is a difference and this beer reflects it.

Taste: Chocolate is a milk chocolate upfront, blends with a light bitter cocoa, bourbon, coffee, roasted malt and oak, all blend and work together very well. Such a great taste! A tinge of booze which you forget about from the smoothness and great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full body, nice amount of booze and body, great feel.

Overall: Exceptional.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to tasting glass at my 30th Beerthday Bash on 9/23/11
*From notes

A: Rich, burnt brownish black - as it should be. A careful pour yields a one finger head with good retention. The creamy color of the head and lacing are fantastic.

S: Toasted coconut, bourbon and cocoa. Note to Green Flash: make this into an air freshener and I'll strap it to my rearview.

T: At this age, the beer is right where I like it. The see-saw balancing act of the bourbony booze and char is just right. Hints of vanilla bean are strong, as it effortlessly ushers in some dark, semi-sweet baker's chocolate, toasted coconut and smooth, sipping bourbon.

M: Easy enough to drink and extremely approachable. I didn't feel like this was something that had to be consumed one milliliter at a time. The carbonation is spot-on, allowing the beer to be quite creamy and luxurious. The barrel really helped to smooth out any rough edges their Double Stout may have had.

O: Green Flash's Silva Stout was an absolute treat, and one of the many standouts in an epic evening. Unlike some, I feel that this is drinking beautifully at the moment, and can't wait to crack into the other two in my cellar.

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice oily black with a one finger mocha head that has great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of super faint bourbon along with nice chocolate. Good black malts and earthy hops . Fainter vanilla as it warms.

T - Taste is full of Fudgy brownie happy fun time. The bourbon is there, not white prominent but is deliciously there. The barrel is combining with the chocolate to create a nutty fudge brownie flavour that is crazy. Would like some more bourbon, nice vanilla notes as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but not quite as chewy or velvety as say, black note.

O - Overall this was a damn good beer. The hops played a nice roll as did the rich almost bakers chocolate. Like the brownie qualities here but wish there was more bourbon and a touch less coffee.

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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 barczar
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a frothy quarter inch deep tan head that dissipates fairly quickly into a very light layer of foam.

Mocha and buttery toffee begin the aroma, with roasted malt and notes of vanilla and raisins adding complexity. Tar emerges as it warms.

Dark chocolate is initially the dominating flavor, with vanilla, toasted malt, and oak rounding things out at the finish. Subsequent sips reveal dark berry presence. Raspberries and bruised cherries underlie the profile. The finish is lightly roasty and a touch dry.

Body is fairly full, with low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed, given the score. Not as flavorful as anticipated. Dark berries dominate, with decent roast and chocolate, but I guess I expected more. Then again, I just finished an Uncle Jacob's. Backbone is just a bit lacking.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my The Bruery Snifter.
Thanks to marqoid for the bottle.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger dark tan head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Chocolate, coffee, and some nice bourbon scents.

T - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, nice fruitiness, but it is hidden under layers - wow!

D - Thicker, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

O - Delicious. Loved it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good black and brown pour, minimal head. Great faint hint of bourbon to this, very mellow.

Great amount of chocolate in here without getting sweet and delving into RIS territory. Maybe even a tiny bit of some kind of dark fruit to this. Alcohol presence isn't discernable, really hides it in this behind the small bourbon and big chocolate lead. Rather than vanilla, seems like it could have coconut. Or both, neither coming anywhere near anything more than a ghostlike presence.

Not super viscous, stays light and very drinkable. Thanks to stawn for throwing this in as an extra, definitely the best extra I've ever had. Shit, its about one of the best beers I've ever had period. Definitely my favorite Green Flash beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you so much for this, Chris. My previous (and only) attempt at getting this beer ended with FedEx losing the box, and I'd resigned myself to the fate of not trying this until you generously sent it to me.

Pouring jet black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this beer looks excellent. The lacing is particularly fine, hanging around in dense sheets. And the new, distinctive bottles don't hurt either. The nose is pretty excellent. The barrel character is moderate - coconut, chocolate, sugar and an almost cookie dough-like character, I also get raisins and oatmeal. All of this makes me think - chocolate chip raisin cookie. The roast character is light, this is on the creamier, milk chocolate end of the RIS spectrum. Bourbon is expressed as a little vanilla and a firm but gentle heat.

The palate is outstanding. Coffee and some milk chocolate are immediately noticeable, there's a moderate caramel malt backbone to go with vanilla and bourbon that the barrel has lent. The coffee character isn't as strong as in a beer like KBS, but it's still very noticeable. It is also a little more acrid and less fresh than in KBS. Bourbon reappears on the mid-palate, with a mild booziness that lightens the body some. A moderate chocolate undercurrent is present as well. Mildly sweet on the finish with bourbon, vanilla and caramel all present, along with a touch of alcohol.

Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this improves hugely once it's had time to settle down a bit. The mellow booziness on the finish is enjoyable too, especially on this rainy, fall night. Excellent stuff, I would drink this again if I could.

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Photo of claspada
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 version released in September of last year I believe. Courtesy of hoppymcgee and shared with HimerMan. Pours an opaque, black body with a nice small thinnish, dark brown head.

Aromas begin with a sweet, roasty nose full of chocolate truffles, caramel, brown sugar, coconut and vanilla. Hints of earthy, oak barrel wrapped up in an inviting waft of bourbon of good quality.

The tastes directly follow the nose with engaging roastiness lovingly layered in sweet chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup and melted caramel squares. Oak barrel accents given a dose of coconut-brown sugar fudge and a light splash of bourbon. Not a drop of alcohol warmth thanks to the year of age on this. Perfectly balanced with the sweetish, chocolate-flavored coffee laced flavors melded with the perfectly balanced bourbon finish.

The mouthfeel is near-full bodied with light to medium carbonation. Finish is not too heavy or thick which is so nice and is often a deterrent for certain Imp Stouts for me.

Overall this was freakin' amazing. The second best Barrel Aged Stout I have ever had, only behind Kate the Great, which is great company to be associated with. Flavors are balanced with a generous load of heavy maltiness going head-to-head with a balanced barrel character comes together to make a very nice beverage. I will be definitely be trying to track down more of this for sure. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chris, at our BCS Championship tasting, poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a deep black with a dark tan head. A great cap forms, some pretty good lacing, looks great...The aroma is really nice with chocolate, butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. Really nice and smooth, creamy...The taste is very buttery, reminds me of the buttery smoothness of 50/50 PVW. Milk chocolate, oak, toffee, really good...The mouthfeel, as mentioned, is awesome...Totally crushable, alcohol is hidden well.

This is great. I need to get some more of this!

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and vanilla. Also present are slight amounts of char.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by well-integrated dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the dark chocolate and vanilla fade a bit, allowing the roasted malt flavors to intensify. Traces of dark chocolate and larger amounts of vanilla carry through along with the roasted malts to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I’d been hoping to come across this beer for a little while now and I’m glad I finally had the chance to try it. A very well done beer that’s worth a shot.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 12oz. bottle split amongst two. Pours one shade shy of black with a luxurious two inch, creamy, mocha-colored head embedded with copious tiny pinpricks. Some spots of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose is sweet, dark malty goodness, molasses, chocolate and carob. Barrel aging is present and is well-rounded, but not excessive - just a trace of booze. Taste is consistent with nose, but not nearly as sweet as suggested by the aromas. It also comes off a bit ashy. Consistency is medium-light, but feels somewhat thin, with an even, subdued carbonation. An incredibly drinkable and well-balanced barrel aged beer. Twelve ounces is the perfect serving size too. A really excellent stout and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, roast, malts, vanilla, bourbon,

taste: bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roast

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: this beer is delicious. Can't believe how easy it is to drink would not of guessed it to 10%. hope to get a few more bottles.

cheers,
The CPJ

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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 xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

400TH REVIEW

12oz bottle poured into snifter - big thanks to arvjunk for this

Pours a thick blackened color with a crop of tanned head. Fades into clouded film with some patchy and spotty lacing left on the glass.

Strong scents of bourbon up front with some oaky smoothness. Chocolate sweetness laced with vanilla, followed by roasted malt and warmth, slight hint of bitterness.

Syrupy roasted malts drizzled with caramel and plenty of bourbon warmth. Not overly hot, but definitely present, matched with a decent amount of sweetness. Dark chocolate with vanilla are prevalent. Burly malt backbone, and a hint of hop bitterness as well towards the finish. Warm, oaky, and boozy in the end.

Fuller body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and syrupy on the tongue. Really nice flavor and integration of bourbon on this one - I like the extra smack of booze, plus the vanilla sweetness helped take the edge off.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with dark caramel colored head. Nose is bourbon and strong wood, lightly chalky with a chocolate cake batter behind and notes of caramel. Taste is woody and some bourbon, less of the cake batter, more along the dry bakers chocolate line, still a touch chalky, full body, well carbonated, and semi dry finish.

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.