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:
1,070
Reviews:
256
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
12.35%
 
 
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856
Gots:
148
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7
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film. Chunky rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, oaky wood, and bourbon. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation and a slightly drying quality. Overall, this is a great barrel aged stout that has a wonderful integration of the bourbon barrel with the stout flavors. Very well balanced.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

approaching the best barrel aged stout i have ever tasted, its one of a kind and positively among the best in the world for the style, no doubt about it at all. this is the cellar 3 series version, obviously brewed again since the one pictured here, not at all a different beer from what i understand, despite the double listing here on BA. wow, i cant say enough about this one, almost not much to say after how far above and beyond it goes. makes me respect green flash in a whole new way. well worth the almost 20 bucks i paid for this. its silky smooth looking, fluffy gentle light brown head on it, the color of the old light m and m candies. thick looking, but not overly viscous, aided maybe by the obvious carbonation, not dead and syrupy like so many of these. the barrel impacts it as much as the bourbon itself in the nose and taste, i smell oak and char as much as i smell the whiskey. notes of wonderfully rich espresso and raw chocolate are very forward in the nose and taste too, with that dried cherry element coming second. very mild vanilla, and not a ton of sugar happening here, which i also like. what makes it different is the earthiness, the bitter with mellow sensation, and a toasted marshmallow flavor without the sweetness. so much oak on this, but not overdone on the booze component, i mean, you cant feel or taste the alcohol at all, and it doesnt taste like whiskey, it tastes like stout, less common than it should be right? tip top quality here, genre defining even. id love to get my hands on an original bottle and see how its aged, but thank goodness for this cellar 3 series. i heard its even bringing rayon vert back out, that beer was just ahead of its time. this is a must buy if you see it. i will be buying another one for sure. i rarely do that, especially with beer at this price. unforgettable.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Silva proves all of what's right in the world can manifest in a single glass- albeit a brandy snifter. Its pursuit of succulence, power, and grace ends in a highly robust taste of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon; but don't they all?

Its pure black color is the first indicator of what's to come, just as the beer lifts its creamy structure underneath. What rises is a mocha-stained honeycomb of bubbles that for its long-lasting head and attributes to its broken rings of lace later. This is one gentlemanly looking stout!

Bold roast aromas fill the nose with elements of espresso, chocolate, walnuts, heavy cream, and dark fruit. As the bourbon-tilted scent rises, so comes notes of cherries, berries, and sherry wine. Its a fully appetizing aroma that causes me to dive into the beer far sooner than I needed.

But it's exactly those flavors that manifests froom scent that makes Silva so great. Its chocked full of bittersweet chocolates, espresso-type roast, and marshmallow sweetness that makes the taste like alcoholic milkshake. Caramel, vanilla, and sweet alcohols accompany the beer's taste 'til the end. But finishing with the hop taste and bitterness of burnt wood signals the beer's closing impressions, yet the roast and chocolate lingers indefinitely.

Where the beer really shines is in its texture where the early billowing creaminess accompanies textures of vanilla bean ice cream, marshmallow, and bourbony heat. Its full and robust body holds true for the entire session without quivering. A late bitter wood note and slight vinous alcohol fruits allow for any compromise in finish. If not, we feel the beer for ever!

Where some imperial stouts favor "roast" and others prefer "sweet", Silva prefers a marshmallow character that's present in its heavy vanilla nose, it's cream flavored taste, and its creamy texture. All does so with the roastiness of stout and pleasant wood hop notes to finisnh.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a rather modest tan head that fades away quickly though it left a web of lace in the chalice

Smell: Dark chocolate, black licorice and oak; the Bourbon element is very subtle

Taste: Oddly, the beer is very dry and woody, up front, and it takes a while for the chocolate, bourbon, mint and vanilla elements to arrive; when they do, however, the flavors blossom into a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Based on the other reviews I have read, I am guessing that this beer is past its prime, though I would have thought that it would have held up for longer; still, a very nice beer with subtle balance

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours almost black with no light coming through. There is a finger of fluffy tan head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Roasted malt with a strong, sweet chocolate presence. I'm picking up some warm alcohol and bourbon, but the grain is definitely the dominant smell.

Taste: This is a really smooth and well done BA stout, but I feel like it's lacking that wow factor that some of the big boys have. Smooth bourbon and roast. The barrels and roast fill the taste with nice chocolate notes. The finish is sweet and roasty. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with lots of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Quite good but not out of this world. I'd definitely have another, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to trade for it.

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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four pack of this from HopHead84. Thank you, Shane.

A well-carbonated imperial stout, Silva pours with a lasting finger of tan froth. The body is an impenetrable dark brown.

This smells outstanding, surprisingly so. It's largely comprised of cocoa powder, caramelized malt and light oxidation. Bourbon is noticeable but nicely integrated, neither subtle nor overwhelming.

Flavors of chocolate chip cookies and black licorice are accented by notes of bourbon, oak and mellow oxidation. This is barrel aging done to near perfection, it's remarkable how balanced this beer is. Full in body and fairly rich, but largely dry in the finish with a mild bite of licorice and burnt malt.

I'm not the biggest fan of Green Flash, but they did a great job with this beer, and I love that it comes in four packs. In fact, I can't think of another imperial stout from the West Coast that comes in 12 oz bottles that I like more.

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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Freddie at Beverages4Less. Poured into a tulip and shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and Heather.

Pours black with a light mocha head. There is quite a bit of legs going on here. Sticky legs and a bit of spotty lacing on the side of the glass. As Ben pointed out initially, the nose was quite a bit of chocolate chip cookie dough. It tasted like the batter had been mixed with some vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon character is really quite smooth. My guess is that they must have used a really high-quality bourbon and/or put this in the barrels for a long period of time.

Again, the taste brings some really high end bourbon notes with some vanilla, cookie dough, and light cream. There is just a tough of booze there as well. Really delicious. Tastes like it has definitely spent some time with the bourbon and reminds me of some of the 50/50 Imperial Eclipse. Absolutely fantastic beer.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of tan head that fades down to nothing. Leaves a little lace. Color is nearing black.

Aroma: Notes of warming bourbon and sweetness. Rich and chocolaty. Vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Very nice. Has a roast of coffee as well.

Taste: The bourbon and oak comes out quickly and I like it. Notes of vanilla and caramel. Chocolate, roast, and coffee. It is warm and flavorful. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Rich and warming. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with molasses and a touch of dryness.

Overall, this was a great -bal aged stout. A lot of great characteristics. Only downfall was the mf was a bit dry and syrupy. I really enjoyed this one and it was pretty drinkable. Thanks Jeff for sending this one out.

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,070 ratings.
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