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Silva Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

753 Ratings
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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 932
Gots: 116 | 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

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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-03-2013 19:16:25 | More by Gobzilla
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-23-2012 21:05:21 | More by popery
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

01-01-2011 02:08:21 | More by Jwale73
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-29-2013 04:29:08 | More by DmanGTR
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.1%

05-02-2013 00:50:00 | More by aasher
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-15-2011 02:21:32 | More by whartontallboy
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

12oz bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Huge thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this, and, of course, for hosting the tasting.

A: Black body, thin tan head, average retention and lacing, red highlights.

S: Balanced, rich, full aroma of bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Yes, please.

T: Delicious, smooth, rich, and did I say delicious? Everything from the nose and more, with a gorgeous balance of barrel, roastiness, and sweetness. Fantastic.

M: Smooth medium body, low carbonation. A bit more heft and life would have been welcome, and worthy the richness of the beer.

O: I don't have much to say about this beer; it's really, really good. I would love to have a whole bottle to savor, as I suspect that there are more levels of complexity than I was able to assess. Silva is a great Bourbon barrel stout, no doubt about it. Good show, Green Flash!

Cheers!

03-22-2011 03:58:48 | More by woosterbill
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enelson

Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-16-2011 16:12:48 | More by enelson
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -9.1%

03-21-2013 00:25:30 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

02-13-2013 01:32:11 | More by rudzud
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FosterJM

California

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

06-02-2011 18:00:18 | More by FosterJM
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

07-11-2013 15:51:44 | More by cpetrone84
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%

Infinite thanks to Shane (injuredreserve) for sharing this with me!

Pour is vicious black, with a finger and a half of chocolate head.

Aroma reeks of bourbon, alcohol, sweet cherries, sherry wine, and cocoa.

Jesus. I'll try and describe this, but I will likely fail: Sweet cherries, bourbon and sherry, booze, chocolate, bittersweet. This thing attacks and lingers, changing and evolving. Amazing.

Feel is good, full and velvety.

The flavors that this thing has is phenomenal. Drinkability is naturally great.

11-08-2010 01:42:46 | More by EgadBananas
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Pencible

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh oak and toasted coconut and rich milk chocolate, with a little brown sugar and roasted coffee and vanilla.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and roasted coffee and lots of coconut, with some toasted oak and vanilla and brown sugar. It had a sweet and clean aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a bit of carbonation. Very full body.
D: This was a fantastic bourbon stout. It had great scent and taste, with excellent body and well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. It had tons of bourbon and coconut character, which was enjoyable but not quite my ideal drink. I'm not sure how age would affect this one, but I would recommend trying it at any age if you can find it.

12-30-2011 13:59:55 | More by Pencible
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-04-2012 01:28:00 | More by eawolff99
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -31.8%

03-16-2014 23:26:45 | More by BGsWo22
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Holland

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%

Big thanks to jibboom56 for sending a few of these my way!

A: black with a one finger brown to tan head that looks just beautiful.

S: some earthy and roasted tones hit me first, followed by the bourbon sweetness with toffee and oak.

T: taste is balanced with bourbon, roasted flavors, and a bit of earthy hops. Something hits me just a bit wrong on this - maybe it's too fresh, or it's the bit of sour cherry flavor. Doesn't quite measure up to the smell, but still delicious.

M: fairly thick feeling, but not syrupy. Great carbonation keeps it fresh throughout the glass.

O: That bit of weird taste throws me off a bit, but it could be my palate. I'll have to have another and come back to this. Maybe I'm adjusted to not like barrel aged stouts as much as I used to.

02-12-2013 00:44:27 | More by Holland
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-17-2012 02:02:11 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

07-21-2011 04:10:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

05-31-2013 03:31:43 | More by kscaldef
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-11-2013 07:25:50 | More by strongaf
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -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.

01-15-2011 17:38:30 | More by Sean9689
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-14-2014 04:46:21 | More by mattmarka1
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

05-08-2013 19:10:12 | More by BMart
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Florida9

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Dark, dark brown. Virtually black. Forms a nice light brown head that leaves some light lacing.

S: Heavily roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, cream and some light vanilla notes.

T: Absolutely wonderful. Starts with a light sweetness before moving on to a blend of caramel, chocolate, and cocoa. Roasted malts. Dark malts. A little vanilla.

M: Full bodied and sweet with lower carbonation levels leaves this beer feeling smooth, creamy, and velvety in the mouth.

O: A very, very good Imp stout. Barrel aging is present, but it is quite balanced and not overbearing or intrusive; rather it just adds to the complexity.

12-02-2011 02:46:53 | More by Florida9
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.