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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
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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
257
Ratings:
1,071
pDev:
12.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,071 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Overlord
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to the Pfaffinator for sharing this brew with me. A surprising treat from a brewery that, frankly, underwhelms me a lot of the time.

Pours a blackish black with some black edging. Maybe the hint of a dark brown crust. Nice half to one inch of dark tan foam. Beautiful looking beer.

Smells like an immense f***ton of bourbon, some chocolate dough, a hint, just a hint, of vanilla, and...where's the roasted malt? Interesting. Usually there's roasted malt or acrid-ness to balance out the other flavors, but this smells like all bourbon and sweetness.

Taste is pretty darned sweet, with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, more chocolate, some cake batter, a bit of brown sugar/molasses on the aftertaste. Wow. Really impressive.

I must say, it's a fantastic, well-carbonated (thought it could be a bit thicker), incredibly easy drinking brew for what it is. I'm very surprised.

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Photo of gregshead
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to Johndoe8 for this one. Tasted on 4/4/11, reviewed from notes:

A: pours a jet black w/ finger thick of chocolate ice cream color heat that dissipates slowly

S: Bourbon pokes through the strongest. Sweet vanilla come through as well.

T: Sweeth bourbon tickles the tongue all the way through. Oak/Vanilla taste in the middle. A little bit of bourbon burn at the end.

M: Smooth and creamy but some subtle carbonation

O: What a gem from San Diego. For some, this might be a little too sweet. But to me, its a great blending of a double stout and oak/bourbon flavors.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into my The Bruery Snifter.
Thanks to marqoid for the bottle.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger dark tan head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Chocolate, coffee, and some nice bourbon scents.

T - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, nice fruitiness, but it is hidden under layers - wow!

D - Thicker, but coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

O - Delicious. Loved it.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zatch90
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DioS
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
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 kevinv
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to samtallica for tossing this great beer in as an extra in our recent trade!

12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a thick and impenetrable black with a dense dark tan 2 finger head. The head fades slowly, leaving some pretty good lacing behind. Great looking beer.

S - Beautiful notes of smooth & slightly sweet bourbon, which seems to be well balanced. The nose also brings aromas of cocoa, oak, dark sweet fruits, and vanilla. Exceptional.

T - The taste is a milky chocolate with an enduring vanilla on the finish. The bourbon is again present and provides a nice warmth. The bourbon is also extremely balanced way - not too overpowering or too subtle, just perfect. Very nice oakiness characters and a light licorice kick on the finish. The alcohol is hidden really well.

M - This is a full bodied beer that is notably smooth and creamy. Low carbonation - perfect for this mouthfeel.

D - Man, what a wonderful beer. I thought the bourbon was very well balanced. The 12oz bottle is a perfect serving size. I wish I had more of these to share.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/19/10

After enjoying nearly half a case of this since the release on 10/01/10, I figured it was high time to review this lovely drink.

A: The pour into the snifter was neither hard nor soft, but two fingers of frothy umber beauty rose up from the black depths to meet my eyes. I'd say the color is black, or near enough as makes no mattter. Retention is good.

S: Aroma is of a bourbon infused chocolate chip sugar cookie, if such a thing existed. An exquisite blend of brown sugar, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and light alcohol notes. Roasted malt is restrained.

F: The taste displays a lower moderate sweetness with strong chocolate and bourbon notes. Roasted malt is mellow, and I get a whisper of coffee, it's barely noticeable. The alcohol presence is ideal for me, mellow, yet possessing a pleasant level of booze heat for such a barrel aged beverage. The interplay between bourbon and chocolate is very nice. The finish is drying, with a light alcohol heat, and lingering chocolate bourbon.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy with a nice upper moderate level of carbonation and some alcohol warming. There's a subtle tannic quality that's coupled with a drying oak character. I also detect a mild astringency in the finish. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: I don't know how this beer will age, and I don't see any reason to keep it around long enough to find out. The beer is mellow and has a great blend of all flavors and aromas, and I wouldn't want any one to fade or become more pronounced. I'll go out on a limb and say this can't get better. I didn't consider it capable of improving upon the release, and no taste since then has swayed me. Drink up! A 12oz bottle of a high quality and quite delicious bourbon barrel aged stout for $80 a 24 bottle case? That's unheard of in the beer world, and near fantasy in Southern California where you don't find these in a vessel smaller than a bomber, and most often they're resting in a 750ml bottle. This is a great thing, Green Flash, at a great price, please make this a yearly release. A beer of this quality at this price being available at the brewery for weeks seems too good to be true around here.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Crue1901
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for 14 years in whiskey barrels. WOW great beer if u like stouts

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

This thing is badass, it's black, it's oily, its evil. The head is as dark as milk chocolate, it's fine and thick and creamy. It starts to fade down a bit but the lacing stays - just reminding you of how dark and huge it was. Nose is bourbon, it's chocolate, it's coffe grounds and booze - it's all business here.

This is devilishly good, it's rich and delicious, the bourbon is there and it's not hiding. There's this really rich chocolaty creaminess about it that's soothing and perfect for a cool night. I almost bought a bottle of bourbon tonight, but I'm having this instead and it was a spectacular decision.

Mouthfeel is the only minor detractor, it's a bit light on the tongue, and the carbonation is a bit sharp and light, but mellows as it warms. This is a delicious brew worthy of any beer lover.

Huge thanks to stawn for hooking me up!

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Photo of mdvatab
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ExplosivoSR for the trade! Had heard great things, and was glad to get my hands on a bottle.
Poured from 12oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: From the get-go, I knew this one was gonna be great. Deep, deep chocolate maltiness, powdered hot cocoa mix, a fruity blueberry note, rich espresso, and some light vanilla.

Appearance: A substantial 1.5 finger head resembling the light tan foam on a cafe mocha. Foam settles to a thin, but persistent layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Body is a dark espresso black/brown.

Flavor: Mmmmm! Wow! Fantastic chocolate flavor, and some toasted coconut, thanks to the barrel. Just enought mocha bitterness on the finish, followed by more delicious vanilla and coconut at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body (admittedly, a tad bit thinner than I'd envisioned). Medium-low carbonation, and a warming mouthfeel from the alcohol.

Overall: This one kind of reminded me of Ivan the Terrible, but was only slightly thinner in body. I hate to mark the mouthfeel down a tad bit, since this brew was one of the best I've had. If the body were thicker, it would be even that much better! Highly-recommended, nonetheless!

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Photo of mulder1010
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to forgetfu for the beers.

A-- Poured black and more black. Half a finger of dark brown head. Head itself left great looking spider web like lacing.

S-- Bourbon, vanilla, some oak and chocolate cookie dough. Just a slight bit of alcohol. Great smell.

T-- Chocolate cake chocolate, touches of vanilla, and bourbon. Heck yeah.

M-- Bourbon does comes out in the mouth but it is quite soft. Very creamy chocolate. A lot of chocolate in the mouth with some flashes of vanilla. Just a small Alcohol burn in the finish. A little thin in the mouth and higher carbonated than other BA out there but that is OK with this.

D-- Makes me reconsider my last 2 BA reviews. This is awesome. ABV is well hidden, even with the slight bourbon tastes. This is easy to drink and could easily want more of this. Exceptional beer for the 10.1%

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Photo of readbaron
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a inky, rich black with plentiful mocha head and absurd lacing.

Smell is exceptional. It's a delightful blend of chocolate, malt, bourbon, dark fruit, and vanilla. Perfect.

Taste is nearly as good as it smells. Sweet bourbon, dark fruit/molasses, some malt, and a bit of heat. Exceptionally smooth. Surprisingly so for a fresh bourbon barrel aged stout. As you make your way through the bottle - the alcohol becomes more noticeable. A bit of aging should mellow this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel is very nice - creamy and beautifully carbonated. Not as viscous as some stouts, but also not thin.

Highly, highly drinkable - wish I had more of this one.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Huna snifter, no dating. Big thanks to zchall23.

Black, opaque elixir, huge 2-finger, tan-brown head, dissipates to stable rim. Plenty of lacing with the first few sips, clears as the brew warms.

Wonderful vanilla, bourbon, oak, char and burnt malt aromas. The vanilla and oak predominate and are quite enjoyable.

More chocolate and cocoa come through at the forefront. The bourbon is understated but comes through at the end. A nice amalgam of dark fruits, cocoa, burnt malt and bourbon. Nicely balanced and create a very complex brew.

Full body, nicely carbonated, rich.

Well done and another example of the craftsmanship that pervades GF. Seek this out. It has been a want of mine for some time and well worth the effort.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was very, very pleased with this one. Thank you Green Flash!

A: The brew produced a single fingered, tan colored head that exhibited decent retention and lacing. The beer itself is deep brown only allowing some light to pass through the edges.

S: Definitely bourbon barrel aged! Vanilla and cocoa nibs follow and accompany the bourbon beautifully.

T: Follows the scent perfectly. I love bourbon in my stouts, especially when its balanced like this.

M: Thinner than expected, could have had slightly higher carbonation.

O: Not without its flaws, but that flavor is one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle dated 12/18/12 (from the 2nd release I believe)
*Notes from 05/17/13 – FW snifter glass

A: Jet black body with more of a dark coffee edge. Not terribly thick as expected with a sizeable frothy turbinado sugar colored head. Impressive stay power for a barrel-aged beer. Waves of speckled stick lace the glass after each sip.

S: Dark roast and chocolate malts meld with some very nice bourbon barrel notes of vanilla, spice, and earthy wood. There is a brown sugar sweetness with some dark fruit additions and more bourbon coming through. Has a light vinous character of rich leather and dried tobacco at the trail end. Alcohol is rather tame in the nose. Very complex and not overly burdened with the bourbon which is nice.

T: Taste is a delicious blend of dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, spice, and charred wood. Almost crème brulee like with the creamy vanilla and caramelized sugar flavors. I get a glimpse of light licorice on the backend. Bitterness is a touch on the lower side and alcohol is rather tamed albeit noticeable. Incredibly complex yet delicately balanced. Simply delectable chocolaty bourbon goodness.

M: On the thinner side for an Imperial stout but not in a distractible manner. Moderate and not too heavy or fulfilling from the very creamy texture and even carbonation. Light warming alcohol and some drying on the finish with a clean exit.

D: One of the better bourbon barreled stouts I have come across. Complex like a bourbon chocolate cordial. Yet balanced with a more restrained approach with the barreling that compliments the base beer rather than drown it out completely. Simply an incredible blend and up there with some of the best of them. Now I just need MOAR!!!

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Photo of STEG
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A ginormous thanks to johndoe8 for hooking me up with not one but TWO of these as extras. I really appreciate it so im gonna review my last one.

Pours pitch black into a fluted goblet. Three finger head rises and falls but retains about a 1/3 inch head. Splotchy lacing as the beer disappears.

The nose has equal parts chocolate and bourbon. With vanilla and coffee intermingled. Earthy undertones here as well.

Taste is well balanced with malt dark chocolate and bourbon playing equal roles here. None fight for first place.

Mouthfeel has some prickly carbonation at the front and back with a liquid silk in between.

Drinkable given the abv and deliciousness. But it really takes a hit in the availability department. I was astounded to get one let alone 2. And I very much appreciate your generosity rich and I hope you enjoy the beers I sent you

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

approaching the best barrel aged stout i have ever tasted, its one of a kind and positively among the best in the world for the style, no doubt about it at all. this is the cellar 3 series version, obviously brewed again since the one pictured here, not at all a different beer from what i understand, despite the double listing here on BA. wow, i cant say enough about this one, almost not much to say after how far above and beyond it goes. makes me respect green flash in a whole new way. well worth the almost 20 bucks i paid for this. its silky smooth looking, fluffy gentle light brown head on it, the color of the old light m and m candies. thick looking, but not overly viscous, aided maybe by the obvious carbonation, not dead and syrupy like so many of these. the barrel impacts it as much as the bourbon itself in the nose and taste, i smell oak and char as much as i smell the whiskey. notes of wonderfully rich espresso and raw chocolate are very forward in the nose and taste too, with that dried cherry element coming second. very mild vanilla, and not a ton of sugar happening here, which i also like. what makes it different is the earthiness, the bitter with mellow sensation, and a toasted marshmallow flavor without the sweetness. so much oak on this, but not overdone on the booze component, i mean, you cant feel or taste the alcohol at all, and it doesnt taste like whiskey, it tastes like stout, less common than it should be right? tip top quality here, genre defining even. id love to get my hands on an original bottle and see how its aged, but thank goodness for this cellar 3 series. i heard its even bringing rayon vert back out, that beer was just ahead of its time. this is a must buy if you see it. i will be buying another one for sure. i rarely do that, especially with beer at this price. unforgettable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good black and brown pour, minimal head. Great faint hint of bourbon to this, very mellow.

Great amount of chocolate in here without getting sweet and delving into RIS territory. Maybe even a tiny bit of some kind of dark fruit to this. Alcohol presence isn't discernable, really hides it in this behind the small bourbon and big chocolate lead. Rather than vanilla, seems like it could have coconut. Or both, neither coming anywhere near anything more than a ghostlike presence.

Not super viscous, stays light and very drinkable. Thanks to stawn for throwing this in as an extra, definitely the best extra I've ever had. Shit, its about one of the best beers I've ever had period. Definitely my favorite Green Flash beer.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vacax
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fancy new Green Flash twelve ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours black with dark brown edges, less than a finger of tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, resulting in a thin ring which actually does leave some lacing as I partake in this beverage. Aroma of Cabernet grapes, bourbon, candylike malts buttery oak, maple, and paper mill. Tastes of bourbon, rich chocolatey malts, caramel, and port-like vinous qualities on the midpalate. Moderate bitterness and rich cookie malts on the finish with some dry port and herbaceous reminders. Rich body and light combination make this silky on the palate resulting in a very easy to drink beer, perhaps outrageously so for something ripe with bourbon and over ten percent. Good base beer here made exponentially better through barrel aging and an excellent hand in blending.

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,071 ratings
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