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Silva Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
1,063
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with dark caramel colored head. Nose is bourbon and strong wood, lightly chalky with a chocolate cake batter behind and notes of caramel. Taste is woody and some bourbon, less of the cake batter, more along the dry bakers chocolate line, still a touch chalky, full body, well carbonated, and semi dry finish.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black, one finger brown creamy head that leaves behind some lacing

S-Bourbon and coffee dominate, roasted malt.

T-Bourbon, oak, chocolate, slight coffee that becomes more pronounced as it warms, hints of vanilla and some bitterness.

M-Creamy, not much carbonation, not much carbonation, smooth

O-Thrown in as an extra by a great trading partner. We all thought it was a solid beer and were left wondering how it was fresh.

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

Big thanks to dfillius for sharing this one! Been wanting to try this for awhile.

A - Pours pitch black with less than one finger of tan head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Nice sweet bourbon aroma with a lot of vanilla. Smells like dense chocolate cake. A bit of fruit (maybe cherry) and some coffee aroma.

T - Lots of chocolate upfront. Slightly sweet, but mostly bittersweet. Vanilla follows quickly with bourbon. Bourbon is a bit subdued, but very nice. Really tasty.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel, but not heavy. A bit of noticeable alcohol, but relatively mild. A faint amount of lingering booze.

O - Big, flavorful stout, but not at all in your face. Nice bourbon presence, and very chocolatey. Would love to have this again.

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Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like strong fresh oak and toasted coconut and rich milk chocolate, with a little brown sugar and roasted coffee and vanilla.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and roasted coffee and lots of coconut, with some toasted oak and vanilla and brown sugar. It had a sweet and clean aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a bit of carbonation. Very full body.
D: This was a fantastic bourbon stout. It had great scent and taste, with excellent body and well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. It had tons of bourbon and coconut character, which was enjoyable but not quite my ideal drink. I'm not sure how age would affect this one, but I would recommend trying it at any age if you can find it.

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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 rodbeermunch
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Its funny to think how terrible the current version is and how awesome this older version was.

Hit those black in the middle, brown to the outside notes. 1/4" tan head. The bourbon here was mellow and melded so nicely. Well done.

Taste dropped good amounts of not sweet chocolate, bourbon and avoided any dark fruit feels. Alcohol hidden immensely well. Mouthfeel alternated between vanilla and coconut feels. Relatively light mouthfeel, drinking 12oz alone is no problem, its not one of those massive beers you have to Chicago pour for like 12 people.

Best thing Green Flash ever made.

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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 scottfrie
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into block 15 snifter. Bottled 12/10/12. Thanks again Pidzick12!

A: Pours black with a huge, very dense, and very dark brown head that filled up the rest of the glass. Head took its time to fade into a wispy collar that left soapy spotty lace down the glass.
S: Nose is full of dark chocolate, peat, and a bit of char, but I'm also getting a few notes of soy sauce. Bourbon barrel is present but very mellow at this point. I get a few hints of sweet toasted marshmallow as well.
T: Bourbon is more prominent than the nose, but it is still very very mellow. Soy sauce oxidization is up front and noticeable, but it doesn't ruin the beer. Bourbon is sweet and lighty spicy, and I get notes of earthy peat and slight char as well. Leather and caramel bring up the finish, and the aftertaste is bitter and lingering.
M: Fuzzy carbonation, sweet, bitter, slightly sharp mouthfeel, medium-full body.
O: I never had this fresh but I've wanted to try it for a long time. While oxidization is present, this beer is still very flavorful and drinkable. Thanks again, Paul!

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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 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 MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a chalice. 2015 Batch 1 bottled in April 2013.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a lot of bubbles. Solid two finger tan head that settles into a thinner creamy layer.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt driven aroma with big hints of chocolate, bourbon, and cherries. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Fruity hints of cherries along with some plum, raisin, and fig. Sweet hints of molasses. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt driven taste with some notes of chocolate, bourbon, and fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, caramel, and yeast. Barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Big taste of cherries along with some dark fruit undertones of plum, fig, and raisin. Some molasses sweetness as well. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation. Very creamy and silky with a smooth finish. Minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good take on a Barrel Aged Stout. Good mix of dark malt, bourbon, and fruit flavors.

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

A-dark brown black color with a smallish light brown head and little lacing

S-dark chocolate, oak, molasses, vanilla, hint of dark fruit, bourbon

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth

O-nice complexity and flavor profile, enjoyable sipping

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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

526th Review on BA
Bottle to tulip
@Toronado San Diego

Consumed 5/29/11

App- Dark, dark brown. Bordered on Black. A nice thin one finger head. A little slower to recede.

Smell- Big aromatics all over the glass. It starts with the bourbon, then moves to the whiff of the ABV. You get dark fruits, some roasted malts. A little dark chocolate.

Taste- The taste really follows the nose. The sweetness of the dark fruit matched the malty boozy flavors was really nice. It was a bit soft and as it warmed some vanilla kicked in and still retained a little raisin-esque note.

Mouth- A lighter big ABV stout. This still retained its medium body and it was a bit of a medium carbonation. Lip licking boozy and vanilla flavors remained.

Drink- It's a very tasty stout in a small bottle. I can see why it was so highly rated. I would love to trade for a bottle to keep and age but at the price I paid for it, might as well just drive back down for another one.

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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 KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep black in a snifter there was a nice light brown froth the layered the outside edges of the glass.

The scent was a little chocolatey, a little vanilla and some molasses and espresso.

Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, malt, bourbon-essence and grains come out in a smooth well blended array. Well crafted and well balanced this drinks very easy. Only complaint is the ever so slight alcohol tinge in the finish.

Overall this is a wonderful example of the barrel aged stouts and one that comes highly recommended.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to Shane (injuredreserve) for sharing this with me!

Pour is vicious black, with a finger and a half of chocolate head.

Aroma reeks of bourbon, alcohol, sweet cherries, sherry wine, and cocoa.

Jesus. I'll try and describe this, but I will likely fail: Sweet cherries, bourbon and sherry, booze, chocolate, bittersweet. This thing attacks and lingers, changing and evolving. Amazing.

Feel is good, full and velvety.

The flavors that this thing has is phenomenal. Drinkability is naturally great.

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Photo of Florida9
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown. Virtually black. Forms a nice light brown head that leaves some light lacing.

S: Heavily roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, cream and some light vanilla notes.

T: Absolutely wonderful. Starts with a light sweetness before moving on to a blend of caramel, chocolate, and cocoa. Roasted malts. Dark malts. A little vanilla.

M: Full bodied and sweet with lower carbonation levels leaves this beer feeling smooth, creamy, and velvety in the mouth.

O: A very, very good Imp stout. Barrel aging is present, but it is quite balanced and not overbearing or intrusive; rather it just adds to the complexity.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with decent head. Heavy aroma of buttered popcorn with a hint of chocolate. Definitely not what I was expecting or hoping for. Tastes like it smells, with hints of bourbon. Definitely not worth the cost, it is drinkable, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Alex. Thank you kind sir!

A - Pours black, a fingers worth of tan head, nice lacing and a thin cap on top after the initial pour. Very solid-looking.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, slight oak, some coffee beans, roast. The 10% is no where to be found...color me impressed.

T - Much the same as the nose. Chocolate, oak, roast, ever so slight alcohol but no where near 10%. Yum!

M - Medium, maybe a tad too thin, rich and smooth, light carbonation and right-on for the style.

D - Very solid and I must say I wasn't expecting much from this one even after all the high reviews. I admit I was wrong and this is a very solid -bal that I enjoyed a lot. Recommend.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been sitting on a few bottles of this for awhile now. Had one when I first got them. Now sharing this 12 oz bottle with my bf.

A- Body is a thick dark brown, nearly black hue. Pours with a small 1/2 finger head or so which quickly fades to a thin collar some traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Bourbon, Milk Chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, cocoa powder, oak barrel.

T- Flavor is very similar to the smell. Notes of bourbon and cocoa powder upfront with a moderate oak barrel backbone. The finish is mostly bourbon barrel-with a moderate to sharp alcohol astringency. Left to linger is a moderate alcohol astringency and hints of cocoa.

M- Moderate to heavy weight body and low to medium carbonation. Body has low viscosity for the style and some alcohol and cocoa powder consistency.

O- Overall this is a decent Bourbon barrel stout-the time in my cellar hasn't really made a difference in the quality of the beer. The balance is slightly on the side of the bourbon barrel and the chocolate base is more of a milk chocolate or cocoa powder than a dark chocolate.

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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 ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

(Aged for 1+ year)

Black and thick in body with very little visible carbonation and only a small film of a dark brown head. This leaves irregular, splotchy lines of lace down the glass. Appropriate, especially for a barrel-aged stout of this age.

This smells like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, with nice amounts of bourbon, oak, and vanilla complementing the delicious aroma of fresh baked goods. There's just a hint of roast, but it's very mild. No alcohol presence in the aroma whatsoever.

If the aroma was freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, this is double chocolate chip cookies with fresh bourbon whipped cream on top and a glass of espresso. Of course this is hyperbole, but this is an incredibly rich dessert consisting of chocolate, cookie dough, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and a hint of coffee. If the flavors were just a bit more expressive, this would score perfectly. That being said, it's damn near perfect, as is.

Medium to full in body with low carbonation. Marvelously drinkable. Coating.

Sublimely good, though I don't think it has anywhere left to go in the cellar. Drink up!

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Photo of koopa
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Black and opaque body with a 1 finger cafe con leche crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Delicious sweet bourbon over dark roasty nutty malt, with vanilla cream deliciousness bringing it together.

Taste: Almost as good as the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin in my opinion. The flavors would lend so much better to a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and the abv hold it back a bit but its very well blended.

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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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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.
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