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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855
Gots:
148
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 1,070 |  Reviews: 256
Photo of Thorpe429
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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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Near black in color; hazy and opaque. The dark tan head has moderate retention.
Smells of a bourbon barrel and dark malts, but too little in the malt dept. for the level of bourbon barrel.

T: dark malt; cherries; burnt wood; licorice and oak. Complex and rich, but eventually only the bourbon barrel lingers on.

M: very smooth, with the feel of beer at about 6% ABV

O: wood flavor and aroma from the barrel aging is a bit over the top. Just way too woody.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this one. I've been trying to get this for a while.

Pours a very nice thick rich creamy head, fades slowly nice retention and decent lacing, pitch black nice legs.

Nose is predominantly dark malts and roast, coffee, espresso, black malt, just a bit of very dark chocolate, cocoa powder, very faint bourbon and barrel, a bit of fudge brownie, light earthy hops. Faint acrid burnt roast.

Taste brings cocoa, fudge brownie, light roast and some coffee, chewy but smooth lush creamy oats and chocolate, very dark bitter chocolate, hint if caramel and toffee even. Light vanilla barrel, hint of toasty oak. It gets abit more oaky as it goes. Then some earthy hops with some bitterness, light tannic black malt and hint if char. Finish is drier but sticky and powdery, cocoa, dark malts, lots of dark bakers choc, more earthy hops, very faint barrel. Long bitter earthy hops that outlasts the sticky mouth coating malts.

Mouth is thicker bodied, lots of fluffy carb, light warming booze.

Overall nice, not phenomenal but pretty nice.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep pitch black in the glass, topped with a thick finger of frothy dark mocha head. This retains with a tight and creamy ½ finger, which leaves back a rich cascade of foamy lacing that slowly descends down, coating the sides with sticky swathes of lace and brown gooey oils. The aroma is rich with bourbon flavoring right off bat, as notes of burnt molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and charred oak meld seamlessly into a thick mix of sugary smelling chocolate fudge, earthy citric fruit, and roasted coffee character. This feels very full and a bit intense, yet this still has a smoothness to it that soothes out the rough edges in the nose.

The taste mirrors this with a smooth blending of barrel and base, as notes of molasses, chocolate, caramel, roast, dark fruit, vanilla, and then a finish of brown sugar and dry charred oak all combine to give this a fantastic silky complexity. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a soft chewiness that intertwines with a woody slickness from the barrel. This definitely has a warming strength to it but never comes off as being overly hot, as I think that the balance and depth of flavor here is more than enough to keep that 10% ABV in check.

As far as Barrel-Aged Stouts go, this one is a beaut! The complexity and integration of flavors here was fantastic, helping keep this immensely smooth and approachable for such a big beer. Green Flash impressed me very much with this one. I quite enjoyed it.

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

Pours a solid black with a frothy mocha head which fades slowly. Nose is bourbon, rum- soaked oak, toasted malt, sweet fruits, and a lovely pure vanilla essence. Taste is superb in balance with all the elements of the nose plus a bit of mellow booze on the finish. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, rich and thick. I could almost spoon this out of the glass. Overall, just overwhelmed. Fantastic - a must have. Well done indeed.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, sticky, tan colored head to it. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a rich dark chocolate and bourbon flavor to it. I get some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness mixing with some bitter, roasty, coffee flavors. Very nice range of flavors to it.

The taste starts out with some of the sweeter, malty, vanilla flavors. Towards the finish more of the bitter-sweet chocolate and roasty flavors mix with some of the dry, woody oak. The bourbon really compliments the beer well and gives it some great depth.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being on the lower side. Overall it was a great beer to sip on this evening. Everything really comes together in it nicely. The bourbon barrel flavors really integrated nicely into the beer. Great beer overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slips out an opaque, black body with a thinnish, beige head.

Smell: Sweetish, roasty nose full of notes smelling of chocolate truffles, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, dark fruits, and vanilla sugar. Hints of earthy, charry oak barrel wrapped up in an inviting waft of bourbon of good quality.

Taste: Gripping, engaging roastiness lovingly layered in sweet chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup, and melty caramel squares. Oak barrel accents given a dose of coconut-brown sugar fudge and a splash of bourbon. Dark fruitiness of plums and prunes. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness lurking within this one. Some well-integrated alcohol warmth waiting in the sweetish, chocolate-flavored coffee laced with bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: Near-full mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A generous load of heavy maltiness going head-to-head with a big barrel character comes together to make a very nice beverage. Go on, savor a Silva!

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark black with a small tan head on top, a nice cap forms and sticks around. Thick lacing forms down the sides of the glass.

S: Very bourbony, lots of brown sugar, chocolate, oak, and some vanilla.

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma, brown sugar and caramel with vanilla and oak from the barrels. There is a little bit of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth with the abv hidden extremely well.

O: Extremely drinkable, was very impressed by this beer. The bourbon flavors have held up nicely and make this a very tasty beer. Want more.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 millerbuffoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of atrocity
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for splitting a bottle of this with me.

A: The pour is thick and black with a dense brown head that sticks to the glass.

S: A rich chocolate aroma (almost like a chocolate milkshake) fills the nose along with some subtle cherry notes. Quite a bit of barrel, but the bourbon itself is more restrained. Some nice hints of vanilla as well.

T: More intense chocolatey goodness as you take the first sip. Really rich milk chocolate flavor along with some sweet vanilla. The oak is again present and the bourbon provides just a bit of warmth.

M: The body is medium to full and very smooth. The carbonation is subtle and provides for an excellent mouthfeel.

D: I was leery of this beer with all the initially high reviews, so I drank this beer with my skeptics hat on (and judgmental glass in hand). However, the more of it I drank, the more I realized that Green Flash has done another very solid job.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade with marisatheyounger. Poured into a N.B. globe. Thanks again!

A - Pours deeep brown, borderline black, with a nice pillowy one finger tan head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the length of the glass.

S - A lush mix of milk chocolate and warm bourbon. Dark roasted malts and plenty of barrel offer a bit of contrast to all that sweetness. A nearly perfect balance of milky sweetness and rich bourbon. One of the best I have had in a good while.

T - Nice warm bourbon flavor right up front giving way slowly to a sweet mix of warm bourbon and milk chocolate. Nice creamy feel on the pallet is quite nice. Finish is a mix of bourbon heat and sweet milk chocolate. I am really glad I got to try this one. One of the best I have had in a awhile.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich creamy feel with plenty of lingering heat and dark roast. The balance of all flavors is nearly perfect, just a touch too hot in the finish.

D - Very high. I might need to get a few more of these. One of the best barrel aged beers I have had in quite some time. The balance of booze and sweetness is nearly flawless. I only hope that in the future I can have this on-tap...

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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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