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%
 
 
Wants:
855
Gots:
148
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 1,070 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Ed at The Community Tap for giving me a bottle of this to try! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a one finger dark tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, slight oak, and slightly roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this brew was excellent. It was still very hot from the alcohol if I'm honest. Even with this fact, it was still very tasty in all rights. Great aroma and flavor going on here for sure. But I would classify this one in its current state as a sipper. Really glad I got a chance to try this one!

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Photo of rawfish
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black pour with a tan head. Some bits of lacing, fade to a partial cap.

S - Great roasty and chocolate smelling impy stout. Little bit of barrel age influence there as well, no hint of big-beer alchohol.

T - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. Smooth, buttery, creamy, quite roasty with the appropriate chocolate sweetness. Barrel aging is not overpowering, this beer is awesome.

M - Lighter side of full bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - This beer tastes fantastic and I want more. Easy to drink, would like a bomber of it.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of M_chav
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of skaboom420
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of fosters9
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hootie159
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domvan
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrMindbender
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Toronado San Diego

A: Pours black and thick looking with a one finger milk chocolate colored head that thins to a smallish cap.

S: Bourbon, dark chocolate, raisin and coffee with a hint of leather as the beer warms.

T: Rich flavors of chocolate, raisin, caramel, wood and bourbon. The bourbon is present but wonderfully restrained. The sweetness of the caramel and chocolate flavors comes out more and more as the beer warms. Really impressive.

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Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Nunya
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
2.66/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2015 Batch 01: Brewed in April 2013 with golden naked oats, dark crystal and roasted malts, then aged for 18 months in American oak bourbon barrels and bottled on February 16, 2015. Pours black hole black color with zero light anywhere to be found that leads up to a nice creamy 1 finger tan/khaki head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells is odd and not what I expected from the look; it’s a mix of maple syrup, spoiled chocolate milk, oak, vanilla, faint caramel, toffee, yeast, rotting fruit like pears and cherry, and finally a whiff of stagnant leftover beer like the overflow in a bucket after a daytime keg party. The nose did not have the rich malt or bourbon I expected and was more like rotting fruit and cheap keg beer with a box of red wine dumped in it. Heartbreaking as the hype and looks had me excited for this bottle, but the nose registered senses and aromas that just don’t make sense. There is no sign of the ABV, but the sour milk smell leads me to question if this bottle is tainted.

Tastes a little sweeter than the nose, but the same off flavors come through like they did in the nose: spoiled chocolate milk, oak, vanilla, faint caramel, toffee, yeast, rotting fruit, maple syrup, cheap red wine like MadDog 20/20 and some mild coffee.

WTF? The bottle is gorgeous, the pour looks good, the ratings are high, and then I pop the cork and this borderline drain pour sits before me. I am struggling to get through 1 glass of this bomber; it reminds me of going down and eating bad sushi if you know what I mean…yikes, what happened here?!?? This bottle must have gotten contaminated as it crossed the US in my mail order because I’m having a hard time accepting that this beer could be this bad with so many high ratings and reviews. Done here, I need to get another bottle which I will age longer and pray for the best. At $20 per bottle it is a sin to dump half of this, but it’s that not enjoyable for me.

2/15/2016: Cracked open another 2015 Batch 01: Brewed in April 2013 and bottled on February 16, 2015. It's a year in the bottle and looks just as good but tastes just as nasty and infected. What a damn shame and waste of good beer and money.

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Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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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