Silva Stout
Green Flash Brewing Co.

Silva StoutSilva Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
259
Ratings:
1,077
From:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  842
Gots
  143
SCORE
96
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Silva StoutSilva Stout
Notes: Bourbon barrel aged
Reviews: 259 | Ratings: 1,077 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BKotch from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage. Not infected, but hasn't handled the age very well, either. I obviously should have drunk this sooner. I suspect it was a 4.3 two or three years ago.

May 18, 2020
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silverblaze540 from Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Motor oil black with no head. Very dense.

S - Sweet fruits, cherries, prunes, dates, and bourbon.

T - Strong bourbon flavor that holds. Dry but not very bitter. Fairly boozy. Coffee aftertaste.

M - Smooth and thick.

O - Very strong flavor. Pretty good, but I found the bourbon taste just a bit odd.

Mar 18, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We are reviewing an old vintage here, just like the bottle pictured above.

Appearance- The beer poured a black color with mocha colored bubbles crowning the top. Carbonation was still active.

Smell - The beer smelled like a pretty straight stout. I could not pick up any booze in the nose.

Taste - With the malts, I detect notes of chocolate, vanilla, and burnt sugar. There is a nice creamy mouthfeel, and I am not getting a lot of bourbon. The beer finishes with dark dry malts and a little heat.

Mouthfeel- I love the creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation is still very present despite the age.

Overall - I am not sure what this was like when it was fresh, but at present I am not terribly impressed. I am not sure that I would seek another bottle.

Feb 20, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12-18-12
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a creamy dark tan head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of charred dark roasted malt meshed into dark chocolate and coffee, with highlights of dark fruit. The bourbon barrel provides an undertone and by this point has intermingled quite well with the beer, notes of oak, vanilla, coconut, caramel & bourbon

T- slightly smoky dark roasted malt up front gives plenty of chocolate notes, along with caramel, molasses and light coffee. The bourbon barrel meshes throughout, adding some spicy oak and undertones of vanilla and bourbon. The finish is sweet with notes of mocha fudge and barrel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- this one has held up well after nearly 4 years, hardly any signs of oxidization, well done

Nov 25, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.61/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Catch up rating from Saturday’s RS bottle share. The rumors of infection were swirling, and indeed something seemed a little off here. At that price point, I would feel ripped off....

Nov 18, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.32/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown coating most of the top. The aroma is of sweet bourbon and ...butter. I'd heard the rumors before trying this, but I love Green Flash, especially their IPA's (This is my 19th rating for their beers). The taste is full of sweet bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and...butter. The mouth is warm with alcohol, dry, and viscous.

Jun 26, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Its funny to think how terrible the current version is and how awesome this older version was.

Hit those black in the middle, brown to the outside notes. 1/4" tan head. The bourbon here was mellow and melded so nicely. Well done.

Taste dropped good amounts of not sweet chocolate, bourbon and avoided any dark fruit feels. Alcohol hidden immensely well. Mouthfeel alternated between vanilla and coconut feels. Relatively light mouthfeel, drinking 12oz alone is no problem, its not one of those massive beers you have to Chicago pour for like 12 people.

Best thing Green Flash ever made.

May 05, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boot black with an otherwise smooth tan froth only broken by a few tiny bubbles.

Has a deep milk chocolate, vanilla bean, plum and black cherry aroma.

Ultra bitter dark chocolate, bunt bread, tart and bitter dark fruits and a woody finish.

Silky smooth and medium.

I need some hair on my chest and this won't do it, but I suppose a good buzz will work just fine instead.

Jan 23, 2016
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ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with decent head. Heavy aroma of buttered popcorn with a hint of chocolate. Definitely not what I was expecting or hoping for. Tastes like it smells, with hints of bourbon. Definitely not worth the cost, it is drinkable, but not worth seeking out.

Sep 16, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-09-06
750ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of snifters. Bottled on 2015-02-16. 2015 Batch 01.

Pours black with a surprisingly large head (for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout) -- flashes up in a brownish pillow and then fades quickly into a light brown ring with a few islands. Smell is bourbon, booze and chocolate, wood, vanilla.

Taste is very boozy, lots of chocolate. Surprisingly bland. Sharp bitter burnt roast. Some cherry syrup flavor. Slight hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is silky and nice. Overall, it's a pretty good, but not special. Maybe it'll improve as it warms.

Sep 06, 2015
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MetalMountainMastiff from California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 poured in to a snifter.

L- what you would imagine, not much to say , looks good, has about a 1 finger tan head

S-...dark fruits, grapes,bourbon ,vanilla. Pretty wine like, not sure if that's common for this beer?

T- pretty mild bourbon vanilla, dark fruits....

F-thin

O- overall overly priced, thin, not horrible. Would never buy it again.

Aug 31, 2015
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johnInLA from California

3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Poured black, light brown head, nice lacing.

I get mostly barrel notes in the nose.

The flavor takes it up a notch, malted chocolate, cherry, oak, with some roastiness.

Very nice chocolate oaky finish.

Aug 08, 2015
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours a rich dark black color with a 1/2 inch froth
S - wow, this smells incredible. tons of syrup, cherry syrup on pancakes, molasses, bourbon/vanilla - marshmallows just awesome. makes me salivate
T - aaaahhhh, letdown. much thinner than expected. still hold some of the qualities of the aroma but flavors are contrasted from the nose. much simpler and straight forward here. want this to be creamier to hold the flavors in. Still good, just not as good as the smell. slightly boozy
F - soft and smooth, nice overall balance. slight bitter ending but nothing overwhelming
O - a good brew, the price tag was a bit rough. only because of that I will probably not seek out again.

Jul 27, 2015
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treznor from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its certainly bourbony... good lord! Has potential, but needs some age to tone down the wood and even out. Had on draft, so no real chance to age. Maybe with time this will be a great beer.

Jul 23, 2015
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BWCampbell from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have no clue how this made it to the BA top 250 after the changes - this beer tasted like buttered popcorn and was pretty clearly infected. That implicated about everything.

Jul 20, 2015
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dmb987 from New York

2.4/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was looking fwd to this one for awhile only to be super let down by the infected batch. I emailed green flash and was told reparations would be made to those who spent money on these infected bottles. I have yet to hear anything more from green flash. Will avoid buying their beers from now on.

Jul 19, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla and coffee. Roasted malt and coffee taste with chocolate, bourbon and vanilla notes.

Jul 09, 2015
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Flip4beers from California

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I read the other reviews and so I took a chance and opened it up, thinking there's a possiblen drain pour. The smell of butterscotch is evident but there is a bourbon smell once you pour it. The taste is light bourbon goodness and a heavy dark chocolate, fudge notes since its a double stout. Yea, very fortunate to not have an infected beer but it's a solid beer.

Jun 28, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

1.31/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Well, this was a major let down. Was one of the 2015 bottles. Right off the bat we all knew something was wrong. Smells like shitty butterscotch. Only goes down hill from here. Taste is cherry like and even shittier butterscotch. Huge let down for the almost $20 price tag.

Jun 12, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.52/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

May 31, 2015
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samtallica from North Carolina

1.32/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I traded for this beer years ago and it was delicious. I was so excited to see it on the shelves in my area that I didn't even question dropping $20 on a bottle.

Sadly, this is not the same beer I had previously. As soon as a popped the cork, I was hit with vinegary butter. There are hints of what this beer should be in the background, but the apparent infection has taken over.

I had already given up on Green Flash's hoppy beers because the dating is so inconsistent/ridiculous. Now I feel like I can't even trust the other stuff. I will be swearing them off completely until they fix these issues.

May 30, 2015
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Lot of trepidation cracking this bottle based on the many people who have opened a diacetyl butterscotch popcorn bomb. Here we go:

Appearance: looks fine, quite a bit of lacing on sides and mild foam. More carbonated than your usual bourbon barrel aged stout

Smell: pretty mild for a barrel aged stout. No butter bomb which is a good sign. Slight bourbon note, vanilla, stale baker's chocolate, cold pressed coffee.

Taste: roasty bitterness, powdered chocolate like oveltine or another powdered breakfast drink that tastes fake and processed, vanilla extract, oak, mild bourbon and finishes with an acrid, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: worst mouthfeel of any barrel aged stout. Wayyy too thin. Bubbly, carbonation, weak, no presence.

Overall: Double Stout is a poor example of a stout and it transfers to this barrel aged version. The barrel influences are not very pronounced leaving us with the same thin, weak stout. Not much of interest here as it is dominated by a poor mouthfeel and too much hops. Challenging to finish this and I got the non-infected batch! For 19 bucks there is no reason to waste money on this beer. Either you get an infected drain pour or a beer that is just not very good and I'd only feel positive about buying at 9-10 bucks. Certainly not twice that and even if it was half price I wouldn't buy it again.

May 24, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

May 23, 2015
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VACraftBeerLover from Virginia

1/5  rDev -76.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Something was off with this beer, It had to be infected. Shared a 750ml bottle between 4 people and we all dumped it. Very unfortunate, especially because of the cost of the bottle. We saved it for the last one of the night and were so disappointed.

May 21, 2015
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown pour with mocha tan head and traces of lacing. Aroma of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Tastes of smooth bourbon, vanilla and smoked wood. Medium to full bodied with a touch of carbonation. Overall, a fantastic Imperial Stout!

May 16, 2015
Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1077 ratings