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
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148
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Photo of mjl21
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of darkmoon66
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of IWannaEatFood
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kreko7
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of emaciated
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of w5baron
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of JesseLara
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of cxr1037
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this a few months back at the brewery but busted it out last weekend for a bottle share. Here are some notes I jotted down on it:

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, almost to the point of black (go figure, it's an imperial stout). Minimal, dark mocha head.

AROMA: Obviously sweet, with bourbon, oak, and dark malts. Also tons of chocolate - chocolate pudding, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate - as well as bananas.

TASTE: First the chocolate. It's reminiscent of chocolate pudding at first, then tapers off to a bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, dark malts give it some more body, and the trademark bourbon, vanilla, and oak come out. That little bit of banana from the nose sticks around in the taste and makes me think of a banana cream pie.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy, thick and warming. Very heavy finish, though not very much alcohol.

OVERALL: This was my favorite stout of a weekend that included the much circle-jerked over BCBS among others. I thought the chocolate came through great, but it wasn't overpowering, like drinking chocolate syrup. It was well-balanced with the malt and the moderate bourbon character. These big, syrupy, boozy stouts are boring and tough to drink. Silva Stout felt light enough to not want to kill yourself after drinking.

98/100

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Photo of sillyhed8
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PlinyTheYoungest
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a 7oz pour at the brewery, but reviewing from the 12oz bottle I cracked.

A: A solid, jet black. With a normal pour got about a finger of light brown head. Looks like the typical imperial stout that has coffee, giving the head that darker hue.

S: At first scent all I can think of is bourbon. Great nose on this beer, one of those you can smell for minutes before even taking a sip. Also scents of vanilla, a bit of coffee, and that roasted malt smell.

T: This beer has a great bourbon flavor, without being overwhelming. I love BCS and other over the top BA Stouts, but the balance of this one is refreshing. Definitely get tastes of vanilla, oak, and some roasted malt. The fact that this is blended with fresh Double Stout is apparent, but really lends a smoothness to the beer.

M: Despite my love for syrupy, practically flat BA Stouts, I enjoy the good carbonation and creaminess to this one. Perfect amount of carbonation and a creamy feel.

D: As mentioned before, the blend of fresh Double Stout really improves the drinkability of this beer. It gives it a mouthfeel just below syrup, and takes any potential hot edge found in most BA Stouts away.

Overall this beer drinks like a good imperial stout a la Speedway Stout or Stone IRS but with those amazing bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors. Pleasantly surprised, Green Flash.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pour from a bottle into a bruery snifter
has a dark pour almost no head little lacing not much
smell is chocolate and slight bourbon
taste is smooth nice chocolate tones and not much heat on the back end
very enjoyable and easy drinking for a 10% abv
could drink this on a regular basis probably my favorite
offering that I have had from Greenflash

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Photo of afksports
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Martin for this Silva Stout.

I love Green Flash's Double Stout. In a bourbon barrel? Heheh... don't mind if I do.

Beautiful. The bourbon adds a little heat, some creaminess and roundness at the end, which has the same elements as the Double Stout of a dark roast coffee combined with bitter chocolate. Double Stout is my go-to NYC local available stout, and if Silva were in the area... wow. I'd have a case in my fridge at all times.

Perfect creamy mouthfeel, sticky lace all over the snifter. The only drawback is a smell that lacks the strength of the flavor inside. It's still good, but it doesn't match that wonderful taste. Deep, thick, black, roasty goodness. Happy engagement, B. Thanks again, Martin.

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Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a four pack of this from HopHead84. Thank you, Shane.

A well-carbonated imperial stout, Silva pours with a lasting finger of tan froth. The body is an impenetrable dark brown.

This smells outstanding, surprisingly so. It's largely comprised of cocoa powder, caramelized malt and light oxidation. Bourbon is noticeable but nicely integrated, neither subtle nor overwhelming.

Flavors of chocolate chip cookies and black licorice are accented by notes of bourbon, oak and mellow oxidation. This is barrel aging done to near perfection, it's remarkable how balanced this beer is. Full in body and fairly rich, but largely dry in the finish with a mild bite of licorice and burnt malt.

I'm not the biggest fan of Green Flash, but they did a great job with this beer, and I love that it comes in four packs. In fact, I can't think of another imperial stout from the West Coast that comes in 12 oz bottles that I like more.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stoad for sharing this at Jerz halloween bottleshare

First Vintage

Look: Pours an almost black and totally opaque with a 1/4 tan head and some nice spotty lacing

Smell: The nose of this beer is fantastic. The bourbon and vanilla join together in perfect harmony and I remember just sitting there and smell the beer for 5 minutes before I even took a sip

Taste: The flavor is very similar to the nose. It is simple and complex with essentially 3 flavors that stand out and are beautiful. The beer starts out with beautiful bourbon notes and then the chocolate takes over and reminds me of a good fudge brownie and finishes off with a great vanilla note

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Just a fantastic beer and I can't wait to get some of the new batch. Wonderful beer and highly recommended

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black with a brown head. Retention is good and has some spotty lacing.

S: Big on the roasted cacao with a small amount of syrupy chocolate. Decent amount of coffee aroma. Vanilla and roasted coconut. Bourbon is decently hot on the nose.

T: Getting a good dose of sweet syrup-like chocolate and dark fruits (raisin mainly). Bourbon, vanilla, and black coffee come in midway and extend all the way into the aftertaste. Bourbon is not too strong or hot.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Wet. Mouth-coating feeling.

O: Great beer. I'd pay 20$ for a 22oz.

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Photo of pastradul
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a stone IRS tulip.

dark as night with a decent amount of head on it. Some dark brown around the edges but even held up against the sun you cant see through much.

the nose is big, lots of wood, vanilla and booze and dark malt.

The mouthfeel is heavy yet very drinkable.

The taste is amazing. such a big and balanced beer. in the front you get hit with bourban, then it smooths out to fresh wood and vanilla notes in the center then finishes with some dark malt and a little booze in the back of the mouth.

Excellent brew for sure! Very impressed with green flash on this one!

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Photo of DCon
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a 12 fl.oz. / 355 ml bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends in Nashville, TN. Poured from the White labeled bottle w/ a Neon Green Ring in the background of SILVA STOUT & "Barrel-Aged" written beneath this into a 12oz Tulip Glass. This is a 2010 edition says MattL.

Aroma- The aroma is HUGE in this one! Strongest mixture of booze, coffee, chocolate (dark), hazelnut, and deep malts. Put my nose into this one for ages and can almost smell it to this day!

Appearance- Pours absolutely no head at all. Has the deepest brown, opaque colored body. Definitely has legs when swirling in glass and leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Has the richness roasty and malty flavors from the beginning. The next flavor I found was bourbon and slight coffee. Finish with a light bitterness with cocoa mixed in. Aging could have taken out many of the flavors but I still enjoyed greatly!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Top Smoothest brew I've ever had, and then leaves tons of alcohol and roasty strength on the palate (not coffee roast but dark fruits blended with malt).

Overall Impression- Being Barrel Aged, I can see how this one gained its complexity in both the aroma and flavor! Would definitely love to get my hands on more of this. Have any? If you do, I'd enjoy it yourself. I can find my own soon...

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Photo of thebeerbeast
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ratedz
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to MrTopher for picking this up at the brewery and sending it to me in a trade!!!

Pours pitch black with a fluffy, two finger tall milk chocolate brown head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The first thing I detect in the nose is the bourbon. It isn't as noticeable as other bourbon barrel aged stouts such as KBS, but it is definitely there. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits are also present.

Roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate are noticeable on the tongue at first. As it sits and warms in the mouth, coffee notes begin to appear followed by the heat from the bourbon. Some vanilla and a little smokiness are detectable on the finish. A very complex beer, yet none of the flavors dominate. All of the flavors play together very nicely.

A thick, creamy mouth feel and light carbonation...exactly what I want from an RIS!

The complexity of flavors keeps me going back for another sip. It would be next to impossible to drink more than one of these in a sitting. Definitely a sipping beer...partly because there are so many delicious flavors that I want to savor every last drop and partly because of the high ABV. This is an incredibly delicious beer...I just wish I could pick up some more!

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Photo of Brewcycler
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 1,070 ratings.
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