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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of azdback
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, received from TIMMYJ21. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Black as can be, some very dark brown highlights at the stem of the glass. Dark cocoa colored head that is a little less than a finger in size and on the creamy side. Lace isn't sticking that well.

Smell is wonderful!! Bourbon, vanilla, charred wood, roasted espresso beans, chocolate and some alcohol. Reminds me a lot of Parabola.

Taste is just fantastic!! Dark roasted flavors, roasted coffee, chocolate, cherries and then the barrel sets in with the fantastic vanilla and charred wood. The cherries or dark tart fruits come out a bit more as this warms. Very close to BA Stout perfection.

Mouth is rich and full. Carbonation is medium to light with great body that is on the chewy side. Finish is everlasting and wet but the tart fruit does dry it out a bit.

Overall I must say that the wait was worth it and the hype on this is warranted. I have been reading about this beer for a couple of years and finally I received a bottle in March from TIMMYJ21 and have held on to it until now, late September. Just a fantastic Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that justifies a heavy ISO from you if you haven't tried it. Thanks again Tim.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour was dark chocolate with cocoa colored head, about a 1/2 inch or so.

Rich with plenty of bourbon. Slightly soft vanilla.

Very bourbon forward through out. Some roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Slight vanilla. Light sweetness.

Very slick and thick

This probably could have used some more time but still excellent. Lots of bourbon.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of iadler
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hamilton23 for sending me a couple of these. This has been a top want of mine for quite some time. From notes:

A- Pours a deep black with a thin mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a few spots of lacing behind.

S- Freshly cooked fudge brownies, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hint of dark fruit and some roast. Fantastic aroma.

T- Bourbon is more upfront in the taste followed by oak, vanilla, dark chocolate chips and some caramel malt.

M- Medium carbonation and a slighlty thin body for the style. The abv is practically nowhere though.

O- A drinkable and well executed BA stout. The taste was slightly disappointing due to how amazing the aroma was. I will will most likely crack the other bottle soon as I don't see how further aging will enhance this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

A: Pours a large 1+ finger head with large bubbles at the edges and a light chocolate powder dusting in the middle.

S: Aroma of deep bakers chocolate, melted Cadbury eggs, roasted malt, sweet bourbon and oak , roasted malts and vanilla. This is one of the better bourbon barrel aged Imperial stouts I have smelled.

T: Taste is slightly more bitter than I had expected on the first sip, deep robust chocolate malt. Definitely a rich bourbon booze presence, rich bakers chocolate, sweet malt, nice smooth and well rounded and creamy. Slightly more bitter than I picked up in the aroma, and a little bit of a charred espresso finish. Cherry and dark fruit flavors mixing with the oak barrel and bourbon flavors.

M: Medium body with a mild carbonation.

O: A solid offering from Green Flash. Mostly well rounded, a little more roast and ash flavors than I prefer, but the nose was fantastic and one of the best I have smelled. Good stuff

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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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%

Photo of siege06nd
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bill for trading me this one...

A. Pours a rich, dark black/brown. Half finger of swirly, somewhat uniform light brown head. Lacing is pretty spotty.

S. I have always enjoyed stouts that have a dark fruit quality, and Silva Stout is very strong in this regard. The nose yields so much cherry juice, ripe fig, some strawberry, brownie batter, oak, vanilla, and caramel. A wonderfully complex and savory bouquet.

T. Very sweet bourbon, ripe dark cherry, lots of vanilla, and some chocolate and oak char. A lot thinner and sweeter than the nose suggested. Very bourbon forward, with subtle, sweet fruit notes and and coffee-like finish.

M. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thin and sweet, but maintains a solid creaminess overall.

O. A solid bourbon barrel stout that is greater than the sum of its parts, I think. Taste and feel are a little thin and sweet, the barrel overwhelming the base beer to some extent. But the nose on this is excellent and, as bourbon barrel stouts go, this is one of the better ones I have experienced.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice black with a huge 3" tan head. Big pockets of lacing clump to the glass.

S- Nice chocolate and vanilla notes, some dark fruits, bourbon not very noticeable on the nose.

T- Sweet chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, some vanilla and bourbon linger at the finish.

M- Full body, medium carbonation. Creamy feel hides the abv very well.

O- Good BA stout but doesn't stand out compared to other really good BA stouts. Wish the taste followed the great aromas of this beer.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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