Silva Stout
Green Flash Brewing Co.

Silva StoutSilva Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
10.1%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
258
Ratings:
1,076
From:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
96
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Silva StoutSilva Stout
Notes: Bourbon barrel aged
Reviews: 258 | Ratings: 1,076 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ThatCracker:
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black body of ale, shiny obsidian; slim finger of tan foam atop left some scarce lace motes down the glass

S: chocolate malts and bourbon whiskey barrels - suggestions of molasses and vanilla

T: sweet roasty chocolaty goodness underscores a suffusion of bourbon; dark espresso notes with molasses sweetness; hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey caramels...

M: medium-weight, subdued carbonation, drying vaporous finish; dark chocolaty bittersweetness lingers with faint bourbon traces...

O: an excellent BBA stout - currently marketed as Cellar 3 Silva Stout - hits all the marks you'd want in a BBA stout, leans toward the medium density-type, with a smooth and classy drink and finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of VACraftBeerLover
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.

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Photo of BWCampbell
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
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.

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Photo of dmb987
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle of 2015 batch 1. Aroma upon first opening the bottle is promising, chocolate, malt, and bourbon. Aroma is much more muted from the tulip glass. Flavor is sort of woody, cheap whiskey, no real chocolate or vanilla, disappointing really. I feel like I've been so spoiled by Parabola and Bourbon County that most bourbon barrel stouts are a letdown these days.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hopefully this was the infected batch, but if it wasn't, what an overrated brew. Hints of barrel, not much else. Extremely disappointed by this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 11/05/10 notes. Shared by ygtbsm94 at a small tasting; thanks Brad!

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of vanilla, roasted malts, toffee, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Wonderful taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, and a touch hot.

d - I thought this was a great stout. I was really impressed with the smell and taste and thought they were both pretty complex. Would love to get more of.

Edit: Had 2 more glasses of this on tap on 12/21/10 at Hattle N Hum in NYC and it is an outstanding beer. I liked it from the bottle and it was even better than I remembered. Would love to have this again.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MWolverines66
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of claspada
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1076 ratings