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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862
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151
For Trade:
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Reviews: 253 | Ratings: 1,063
Photo of jmadrigal2
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was very nice with thick tan head. Smelled like bourbon, chocolate vanilla. The taste had a nice sweetness without going overboard. I get chocolate cake, vanilla and oak in the taste. The mouth feel is medium. I like stouts a little thicker but this was still very nice. The drikability on this is very high for me. I enjoyed this stout a lot an would recommend seeking this one out.

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Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to largadeer.

Pours black with a two-finger tan head and good lacing. Perfect stout appearance more or less.

Great aroma, rich high-end chocolate bar, dark chocolate mostly, with molasses, roast, and hops.

The flavor is not amazing but very good and complex. Average sweetness. Chocolate is huge, and there's a slight coffee presence along with roastiness and alcohol. Some substantial hop bitterness in there, craploads of IBUs.

Smooth mouthfeel though despite the drying hop and roast attack. Medium body for the style.

Good RIS overall, and very drinkable for the style, -bal aging, and ABV.

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

A nice pour at the Strong Ale fest in Boulder...I had several more. Black pour. Can make out some dark ruby highlights if i concentrate. Dense head, off brown. Lacing is good.

Aroma is rich in vanilla and caramel, some woodiness and roasted coffee. Molasses in the background.

More chocolate in the taste. Vanilla is the footing upon which the wood sits. Coffee roast is there but turns more into baked dark chocolate. This is quite good. a bit boozy, but the vanilla seems to mask it. Some leather and dark, black plum

Easy drinking for the abv and style.

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

Batch 1 (the only one I believe).

Pour: Dark chocolate brown...almost black with a dark, espresso brown, creamy, thick and lively head.

Nose: Vanilla, fudge brownies, oak, coconut, dark cherries, caramel and toffee.

Taste: Dark chocolate, fudge brownie, vanilla, oak, caramel, coco powder, cherries and toffee/caramel. Hints of marshmallow.

Mouthfeel: Excellent! Slightly dry, well carbonated and extremely creamy. This is velvety smooth, and absolutely perfect.

Overall: A fantastic extra from a fantastic BA. This is excellent and will be sought out again once available. God this is fantastic...make it again Chuck!!!

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

Small draft pour has a black body with a small mocha head. Excellent retention for being as big and barrel aged as it is.
Heavy bourbon barrel character on the nose with some chocolate.
Omg the taste is amazing. Big bourbon and chocolate character dominate for me. Roasty coffee sits behind that with a little coconut, vanilla, and woody barrel.
Smooth body but seems a touch thin.
Delectable. All that bourbon and chocolate just works.

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

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Jet black body. Insanely dark. Dark beige inch and a half head. Takes awhile to die down to a cap of foam on top leaving plenty of lacing stuck to the glass. Looks perfect.

Rich nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and a touch of coffee. Really rich desert beer nose.

Taste has a lots of dark chocolate, oats, vinous tannins, and oak up front. Then smoke, a hint of vanilla and caramel, and then a touch of bourbon at the end. Oak and tannins really stand out on this one. The bourbon comes through much more in the nose than in the taste.

The mouthfeel is thick with fine carbonation making this feel really creamy.

A seriously awesome beer. The oaks and tannins make this kind of a wine lovers stout.

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Photo of Flip4beers
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I read the other reviews and so I took a chance and opened it up, thinking there's a possiblen drain pour. The smell of butterscotch is evident but there is a bourbon smell once you pour it. The taste is light bourbon goodness and a heavy dark chocolate, fudge notes since its a double stout. Yea, very fortunate to not have an infected beer but it's a solid beer.

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

Thanks to AwYeh for this one, this beer got the honor of kicking off a three day binge on great beers while he hangs out here.

Pours an opaque black, with a lot of viscosity. generates an impressive two-finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a decent amount of bubbling and swirls in the glass. Lacing is sporadic and spotty at best.

Smells strongly of rich milk chocolate, with a touch of bourbon mixed in. Really one of the more chocolatey smells I've experienced in a while, with a blend of Whoppers and Hershey's syrup making for a great aroma. Bourbon gives it more of a spiced sweet hint than an alcohol one, and it works perfectly here. One of the finer smelling stouts I've had in a long while.

Taste is a bit of a letdown following the incredible nose, but that isn't to say it isn't great. The chocolate is darker here, with a coffee mixed in as well that makes for a nice, slightly bitter finish. The bourbon is once again in the background rather than the fore, and it adds to coffee finish in a great way. A sweet beer, but not so much that it gets in the way of the roasted malt in any way. After the phenomenal smell though the taste just doesn't measure up, and I want more of that rich milk chocolate from before.

Mouthfeel is full and thick enough,but not to the level of syrupy. Creamy when swished, the mouthfeel is a solid complement to the dessert flavors in the beer, but could use a little more body. Drinkability is very good, especially for a barrel aged big stout like this. Coffee at the finish adds that much more the complexity and balance of the beer. This could be a solid sipper for hours, if one was fortunate enough to get a bunch of these. Definitely want to get my hands on more, and hope they do this one again in the future.

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Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip; huge thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty IV BIF!

A: Pours an opaque dark brown/black, with two fingers of frothy tan head- looks much like a bowl of oatmeal. Good retention and lacing left behind.

S: A big kick of milk chocolate starts things off, before becoming dramatically more complex- vanilla and bourbon stand out, and I also pick up some coffee, spiciness, tobacco, and a much darker chocolate.

T: HUGE bourbon flavors come through immediately, and stay prominent for the whole flavor, complementing the strong dark chocolate flavors provided by the malts. Lots more vanilla here too, once again some hints of coffee, and a good deal of oak shows up too. Lingering dark cocoa/bourbon finish rounds things off nicely.

M: Medium+ bodied, with light carbonation. Smooth for the most part, and maybe just a little thinner than I was hoping for, but with a great syrupy, sticky ending, and a tingling feeling left on the palate from the bourbon and mostly hidden bitterness.

O: Very enjoyable beer, and one that I hope Green Flash will release again. My overall rating may suffer just a little bit as I'm trying to review Silva Stout to style; still, this is definitely one you should try to pick up.

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Photo of sherm1016
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, received in trade from mikedashg. Thanks! Served in a Jolly Pumpkin Tulip.

Pours a jet black color with with a tan head. Aroma is a nice balance of bourbon an roasted malt. Heavy, but silky mouthfeel on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and very complex...oak, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate.

This ia an excellent beer. I just wish it were easier to get.

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really have been looking forward to trying this one. Thanks to johndoe8 for sending this in the 2010 SS BIF.

A-Completely opaque dark brown with a frothy mocha head and really nice lacing.

S-Booozy in a very nice way. Deep charred oak, vanilla, some chocolate and lots of heat.

T-Wow, is this smooth! I was expecting a rugged ride after the nose. Rich caramel, cocoa nib and vanilla sweetness in the front with a very light roast and some heat in the finish. Delicious.

M-Nicely rich but not at all heavy. Lingers lightly with a very round mouthfeel.

D-I will savor this one since it never made it east. Excellent brew!

HV

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Photo of barczar
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a frothy quarter inch deep tan head that dissipates fairly quickly into a very light layer of foam.

Mocha and buttery toffee begin the aroma, with roasted malt and notes of vanilla and raisins adding complexity. Tar emerges as it warms.

Dark chocolate is initially the dominating flavor, with vanilla, toasted malt, and oak rounding things out at the finish. Subsequent sips reveal dark berry presence. Raspberries and bruised cherries underlie the profile. The finish is lightly roasty and a touch dry.

Body is fairly full, with low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed, given the score. Not as flavorful as anticipated. Dark berries dominate, with decent roast and chocolate, but I guess I expected more. Then again, I just finished an Uncle Jacob's. Backbone is just a bit lacking.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, 12/18/12
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours pitch black, per the style. Half finger of medium tan head. Tight bubbles. Seems nicely carbonated. Fades into a layer. Really pretty looking RIS.

S: Big bourbon notes right up front. Chocolate and vanilla meshing together. Ash. Roasted grains. Tobacco.

T: Big dark chocolate. Deep cocoa. Tobacco. Vanilla. Booze. Roast. Toffee. Creamy. Long finish. Good cigar beer.

M: Full bodied. Creamy. Mouth coating.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 year aged Bottle poured into my delirium tulip

Appearance: Pours basically pitch black with a quarter fingers worth of nice brownish/tan head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Smells of chocolate. A closer smell reveals the bourbon, but it has definitely mellowed out and blended spectacularly with the vanilla, coffee, and a bit of oak.

Taste: What a balance of the bourbon with complexity from the vanilla, oak, coffee, coconut, dark chocolate, and a small hint of cherry. Very smooth and has balanced out tremendously well. As it warms the bourbon really shines through to the forefront. Don't notice the alcohol at all until the very end after it has warmed. Excellence.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected but very nice and smooth. Moderate carbonation with just a slight bit of alcohol at the end. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall: Very good but not quite out of this world. I'd definitely have another, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to find it again. If I happened to come across it while looking for something else I would def grab one though. Still a very nice offering from Green Flash

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slips out an opaque, black body with a thinnish, beige head.

Smell: Sweetish, roasty nose full of notes smelling of chocolate truffles, caramel, brown sugar, licorice, dark fruits, and vanilla sugar. Hints of earthy, charry oak barrel wrapped up in an inviting waft of bourbon of good quality.

Taste: Gripping, engaging roastiness lovingly layered in sweet chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup, and melty caramel squares. Oak barrel accents given a dose of coconut-brown sugar fudge and a splash of bourbon. Dark fruitiness of plums and prunes. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness lurking within this one. Some well-integrated alcohol warmth waiting in the sweetish, chocolate-flavored coffee laced with bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: Near-full mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A generous load of heavy maltiness going head-to-head with a big barrel character comes together to make a very nice beverage. Go on, savor a Silva!

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

Extra, thanks Shane! Pours from a cute little root beer looking bottle with a thick, creamy mocha head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, some light barrel, maybe a bit of fruity bourbon. Some lightly ashy elements as it opens up. Fairly sharp carbonation, thick body. Medium-bitter chocolate a nice vanilla backdrop, some hot bourbon on the finish. A bit of prune, anise come out. Pretty dang nice actually. Nicely balanced and pretty complex, though the bourbon finish can come across as being overly bitter. Fairly expressive yeast in here, reminds me of Sloth in that way, though not as glorious. This is really good stuff.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to Mages64 for hooking me up with this want

This beer pours a dark dark brown color topped by a sandy brown colored foam. The aromatics are cocoa powder, vanilla, marshmallow, and a touch of bourbon. The flavor of this beer is greatly made up with chocolate. There is a decent amount of vanilla to accent the really really tasty chocolate that is the main component of flavor here. The mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy and I must say that I really enjoy it. The overall experience is greatly satisfactory. I really really like this beer, it's great.

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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 errantnight
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right there with Parabola, for me. Just a joy to drink.

Smooth, round, full vanilla-tinged mocha sweetness. Soft tannins make for a silky, rich, lingering, slightly sweet finish. Deep brown/black with a tenacious, frothy little head for a beer of this size wafts just barest hints of bourbon and oak, dark, plum fruits and a hint of brown sugar.

Like Parabola, this is a beer that just absolutely deserves to always be around. And since Tyranena isn't local... when this appears again, I'll be making an effort to stock up.

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Photo of jampics2
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Eley Kishimoto Duvel glass. Thanks to a great trader who sent this my way!

This beer looks great - the black body is opaque and foreboding. A huge khaki head is fluffy then recedes with some lace, which is not expected in a BA stout. What a nice looking beer!

The smell is good but there is just a bit of an abrasive note from the barrel that eventually fades away - its more of a tannic wood note. Besides that, there is a great chocolate and bourbon stout that rivals the expression of beers like BA Blackout and Black Ops. The booze is well integrated and the barrel has added a ton of depth.

The first sip through the last are all absolutely delicious! This really reminds me of the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel stout, but with even more lingering vanilla and barrel notes. This starts off with huge bourbon, bakers chocolate, and fudge then a nice stout roast bridges the gap to the wonderful woody finish complete with a touch of molasses and licorice. Sweet malt and vanilla linger. Amazing and really close to a 5.

Silva stout isn't milkshake thick, but it has medium viscosity with light carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer is exceptional in terms of finish - there's just a touch of noticeable booze, but this has a perfect blend of stout and bourbon barrel. The bottom line is that I could drink a lot of this. It's not a bruiser or booze bomb. Chuck nailed the barrel flavors here. One of my favorite barrel aged beers in a while!

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Photo of nesarebad
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Cellar 3 Batch 1 A little thin, though I think addition of fresh ale to the blend is a good idea for a BA Stout that has been on wood for 18 months.

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