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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of RoninTK3
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Near jet black with some thin mocha lacing

S - Lots of bourbon. Chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol come through. Some vanilla.

T - Wow! The bourbon does not overpower the flavor like it does the smell. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and bitterness nicely complemented by the bourbon. This is a perfectly balanced stout.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish but hard to believe this has a 10.1% ABV.

This is easily one of the best stouts I've ever had. Perfectly balanced and goes down very easy for the ABV. The bourbon complements this one rather than is the predominant flavor.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 1

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smutty half pint. Shared with RoninTK3.

Appearance- Pitch black with little mocha head. Some solid lacing.

Smell- Heavy Bourbon. Caramel and vanilla, some coffee and chocolate, but mostly bourbon and oak.

Taste- Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bitter malt, oak, cherry. Extremely light booze. Super smooth. No heat.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, light viscosity, mild carbonation, no heat or booze.

Overall- This is hands down the best bourbon barrel stout I've had to date. Super happy I could try this.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

12-oz bottle released Jan 2013.  Thanks to Gottatickemall for the bottle.  Pours dark with tan head.  Not a lot of carbonation.  Smells of sweet dark fruit and chocolate.  Let it warm up a little.  Taste matches the smell.  A very balanced stout with no single dominating components.  Barrel characters are there but no alcohol heat like some other barrel aged stout.  So drinkable I think I can drink it all night and not get tired of it.  Kind of reminds me of the 2012 Abyss.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the 2nd batch.

A: Pours out an inky black with a small tan head that sticks around.

S: Nose comprises thick mocha, raisins, egg cream, baker's chocolate, a bit of coconut and oak.

T: Caramel, lightly bitter roasted grain, vanilla, mildly acidic oak tannins, dark chocolate, a bit vinous.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation. Really nice consistency.

O: Definitely an enjoyable barrel-aged stout, but one that I don't think should garner the incredibly high praise it does. Perhaps batch 1 was better.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - This brew is black. Not dark like a lot of stouts, but black. Pours like oil, kind of reminiscent of 10 fidy. Poured straight into the glass brought up a thick two finger head that's the color of chocolate milk. Very, very pretty with a little dark lacing on the glass. Absolutely no light is passing through this super stout.

S - First whiff smells like a chocolate liqueur. Lots of oak looming around in there. Vanilla, bourbon, and a little wood smoke.

T - Booze definitely hits you in the face. I'm a bourbon drinker so I don't mind this at all. I like aggressive brews. Lot's of chocolate and oak. After taste is very dry and leaves you wanting another sip.

M - Wasn't nearly as viscous as I anticipated. Very smooth. Lots of alcohol in there with a clean finish.

O - Simply an amazing beer. I truly hope Green Flash continues with the barrel aging because this is an exceptional offering.

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