Silva Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,071
Reviews:
257
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
12.35%
 
 
Wants:
854
Gots:
148
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 1,071 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of kmahe
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of johndoe8
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty black, but not jet black. Smells fantastic. Loads of vanilla and chocolate. Barrel aging is present. Taste is SOOO smooth. ABV just isn't present at all. It's like sipping a desert. Semi sweet, but dry as well. Vanilla, dark chocolate, loads of malt, bourbon is there but blends very nicely with the rest of the flavors....just fantastic. Mouthfeel is perfect. Huge but smooth. Insanely creamy. This is one of the better BA stouts I've ever had. Nuff said.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me say, this beer rocks. My 200th review, this is a beer I've looked at for a while to try. Thanks to grilledsquid for this in a trade we did quite a while ago.

A: Excellent look with a silky black body and dark brown highlights. Ring of off white to tan head and awesome sticky dark lacing.

S: Holy cow, this is great. Super leathery and bourbon soaked dark malt bomb. Very round oak and vanilla character that has very little heat at all, but seems so well crafted. Dark fruits and some sweet stout aromas round it out. wow!

T: And the taste does not disappoint, amazing. What a masterful balance of bourbon complexity, vanilla, oak, coconut, cherry dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark barley, licorice, caramel and even more. Outstanding. Alcohol adds sweetness but not hot or cloying at all.

M: Amazingly creamy and balanced, how is this not hot without even a year of age?

D: A little intense after a while, one serving with do, but damn it's good. Will look to trade for more of this.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

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Photo of mcallister
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking beer. Deep oily, sludgy blacks with a half inch creamy mocha head leaving a ringed lace in it's path.

Wonderful interesting nose. Black cherry, bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, oak, toasted vanilla, black licorice, anise, earthy hops, coffee, minerality, and esters of fig and quince.

Wow! Delicious and way to drinkable. Creamy, roasty, perfect balance, yet light and fluffy on the palate with perfect carbonation giving a dancing feeling long into the roasty bitter finish. Dark chocolate ,milk chocolate, cocoa, latte, coffee, black fruits, cherry, bourbon, toasty vanilla oak, slight burn deep in the chest, caramel, earth, black licorice, sweet cream, absolutely terrific.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to mikedashg for including this as an extra in my first trade!

Poured into a snifter, pitch black with one finger mocha head.  Looks yummy.

Strong chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla bean, and espresso.  Smells somewhat boozy.  Very nice.

Taste is roasted malt, lots of chocolate, strong coffee, and French vanilla.  The aftertaste has a smooth hops bitterness and espresso liquor. It's incredibly balanced and smooth, I'll be done and missing it in no time.

Mouthfeel is awesome.  Full bodied and a little syrupy.  Very good, fine carbonation.

Overall this is an awesome stout, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into my Bruery snifter. I was cleaning out the cellar and saw this sitting there and thought "why not?" and now it is in my glass and boy am I happy. Thanks domtronzero for this tasty treat.

A - Black as night with a big brown head. Some lacing on the side.

S - Smooth bourbon, oak and hints of vanilla. This is barrel aging done right, no harsh alcohol notes just smooth bourbon.

T - bourbon up front before giving way to some beautiful roasted notes, finishing with more smooth bourbon and vanilla flavors. lingering chocolate/roast taste. Please give me some more.

M - heavy body with a bit more carbonation than I'd like, I might be nitpicking a bit though.

D - I'm always saying how I would like more big stouts to be bottled in smaller sizes but... god I wish I had another 10 oz's of this one. The drinkability is perfect on this one. You get all the great characteristics of barrel aging, over a solid stout base that stands up to the barrel. This beer really is exceptional and I hope more of it lands in my cellar. Please make more Green Flash!

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Photo of tbone1384
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of homebrew311
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MrTopher for sending this one my way in a trade.

A: jet black appearance, dense cocoa colored head, splotchy lacing, opaque

S: starts off with vanilla and dark chocolate, then comes a huge waft of toasted coconut, very nice, some oaky notes on the end. The bourbon seems to be seamlessly integrated in the beer.

T: big rush of sweet malty notes come firsts, milk chocolate in the middle followed by vanilla and toasted coconut on the end. The balance is amazing, zero heat from the bourbon. This is a top of the line bourbon stout, reminds me a bit of Bourbon County Rare.

MF: creamy mouthfeel, mellow carbonation

O: this is a wow beer. This is the type of barrel aged brew that sees a lot of benefit from the barrel aging. It is evident that it was done in a precise and careful manner. Overall delicious.

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Photo of Brevbin
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A vigorous pour gets me two full fingers of chocolate malt colored head. The foam actually sits in two different levels the top being slightly lighter then the bottom level. Lace is consistent and leaves a ramp to the glass. Body is the purest of ink blot black. Nose is absolutely delectable with chocolate brownies, chocolate malt, and rich mellow bourbon tones. The smell is amazing and truely inviting. As I take first sip I quickly have to check the label and verify the alcohol content. This beer is so chocolatey, creamy and rich there is no trace of the 10.1% content. Sweet bourbon soaked heavy bread and coco dance on the palate. I consider myself a huge long time fan of big stouts and this is nothing short of spectacular. Granted this one is definitely on the sweeter side. This makes the perfect night cap or desert beer. Finish is long sweet and heavy but in a good way. I will be seeking out much more of this gem in the future.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the nightcap of my first full night back at the table, i was able to pull this one of the stash and dump it into a snifter. served chilled.

the pour was wonderful with a huge dark black color an a nice tight head of tan that really showed off how nice this was. sticking to the sides and dropping tons of foam down the sides. aroma is deep bourbon, tons of vanilla, oak and rich roasted notes. chocolate cuts through as does a ton of coffee and a huge splash of deep vanilla in the finish. seriously big bourbon flavor, i was not expecting this to be as huge as it was and in hind sight, should have shared, lol.

overall this was an awesome ba stout and a great way to get back in the game, simply fantastic and well worth it.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich brown/black to my glad with frothy mocha two finger head. There's plenty of lacing left down the glass after a few minutes.

Nose is of smooth bourbon and caramel. Hints of brown sugar and roasted coffee notes are noticeable. Taste continues with the smooth bourbon and caramel flavors, but very distinct vanilla bean flavors are unmistakable.

The mouthfeel is silky, creamy. Extremely drinkable, without even thinking about the ABV. I can't imagine this one getting better with age, but I have a few to open over time. Overall, this is another great beer from Green Flash and is drinking incredible from the release date.

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter. Dark chocolatey brown. Nice creamy head.

S- Wow. Great bourbon notes. Vanilla and oak. Great milk chocolate too. Outstanding!

T- Again, wow! Silky smooth milk chocolate with a perfect balance of bourbon. Nice hint of wood and vanilla. A bit of spice in the background.

M- creamy, low carb, melts in your mouth like a chocolate bar.

O- This is one truly exceptional beer. Glad my buddy sent me this. I could drink this over and over and over again.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Green Flash brewery grand opening

Pours dark as night with a nice mocha/tan head

Smell- bourbon, vanilla and a strong sweet chocolate. Amazing!

Taste- follows the nose. Bourbon, vanilla from tgw barrel and tons of mouth lacing chocolate. Chocolate dominant and no kick from alcohol.

Overall- this is the west coast version of Founders KBS. Amazing

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Photo of nhindian
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by GhettoFabulous, thanks Keith!

Tasted side-by-side with Green Flash's Double Stout, the non-barrel-aged version of this beer.

A - Pour is similar to the Double Stout, perhaps a little bit darker in the body. The head is also a shade darker, bordering on dark khaki, and is also slightly shorter in stature, about a finger's worth. Retention is a also lower, and when it's gone there's merely a foamy ring around the edge, compared to the lingering cap of the non-barrel-aged version. Not a whole bunch of lacing as well; thick bubbles cling to the glass, but rapidly afterward they slide away.

S - The nose is the first distinguishing characteristic that separates itself leaps and bounds from the original version. Whereas the aroma of the normal Double Stout was a little faint, this bouquet is bold, bombastic, and bourbony. My initial impression is that this is on par with Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout in how rich the bourbon comes through. The milk chocolate in the Double Stout opens and develops into a complex fudge note. The coffee fades a little from the original, but there's still a slight roast. Decent amount of caramel and molasses, and obviously a bit more heat as well.

T - The flavors are an extension of the nose with even more depth. Sweet bourbon paves the way for an enjoyable rollercoaster of flavors ranging from chocolate fudge to oak to vanilla. The bourbon at the front-end is sweet and gives off flavors of alcohol-soaked fruit, before falling away into a decadent chocolate fudge cake. The wood barrels come through slightly to give an oaky, earthy taste, which leads to a nice vanilla flavor coming through prominently in the finish. Molasses and toffee are interspersed throughout, rounding out a wonderful flavor profile.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Carbonation is apt for a barrel-aged stout but noticeably lower than the Double Stout base. Still exceptionally smooth and creamy and finishes more sweet than bitter compared to the original.

D/O - Drinkability is high for this beer. I'm not sure what barrels were used for this, but it drinks much better than normal Bourbon County Stout. It has a smoothness and richness that puts it in a similar echelon to 50/50's Four Roses Eclipse, and this honestly may be a step above due to how smooth it is. Although this is ultimately a blend, I can't say it hurts the beer and probably rounds off some of the rough edges. Definitely seek this out!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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 LordVodka
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap yesterday and what a delightful surprise. Tasted of a malted chocolate and that sweet bourbon booze flavor surprisingly smooth made for an excellent sipper.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of KyleMA
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of rudylaw
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of kevwcamp
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of freehafe
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,071 ratings.
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