Silva Stout | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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.

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1,070
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
12.35%
 
 
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Photo of Kaiser81
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BudAssassin21 for leaving this bottle at my house.

A - As black as stouts come, this is how black it is. There's about a half finger width of mocha colored head, and it leaves nice lacing and legs on my glass.

S - Rich tones of heavy milk chocolate dominate this beer. Some barrel and booze are mixed in, but the chocolate is the story on this one, and it's a very good story. There may be a touch of espresso on the finish. Lingering...way way after I swallow, the booze from the barrel aging finally comes through. It makes me feel all warm inside on this frigid, 65 degree So Cal evening. ;-)

T - The taste is similar to the nose, though other flavors compliment the chocolate more, and the chocolate, though the main feature, is toned down. Roasts, and coffee, and a splash of dark fruits are mixed in.

The first time I had this, I tasted some metallic, or cherry like qualities on this, initially making me worry about an infection. Since then, I've kept all my bottles in the fridge, and each one has been really good. I haven't found that hint yet, so all seems well.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation...a tad high for me, but still good.

D - I wish I would have bought more of this!!!! At 10%, I don't know how I much I could regularly drink though.

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Photo of claspada
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 version released in September of last year I believe. Courtesy of hoppymcgee and shared with HimerMan. Pours an opaque, black body with a nice small thinnish, dark brown head.

Aromas begin with a sweet, roasty nose full of chocolate truffles, caramel, brown sugar, coconut and vanilla. Hints of earthy, oak barrel wrapped up in an inviting waft of bourbon of good quality.

The tastes directly follow the nose with engaging roastiness lovingly layered in sweet chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup and melted caramel squares. Oak barrel accents given a dose of coconut-brown sugar fudge and a light splash of bourbon. Not a drop of alcohol warmth thanks to the year of age on this. Perfectly balanced with the sweetish, chocolate-flavored coffee laced flavors melded with the perfectly balanced bourbon finish.

The mouthfeel is near-full bodied with light to medium carbonation. Finish is not too heavy or thick which is so nice and is often a deterrent for certain Imp Stouts for me.

Overall this was freakin' amazing. The second best Barrel Aged Stout I have ever had, only behind Kate the Great, which is great company to be associated with. Flavors are balanced with a generous load of heavy maltiness going head-to-head with a balanced barrel character comes together to make a very nice beverage. I will be definitely be trying to track down more of this for sure. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two 4 packs today at the brewery, I think I might need more as you can see from my review...

A- Dark mahogony brown nearly black with nice light brown, amber/ruby hues. Poured a nice 1/2 to 1 finger of tan head that receeded to a nice frothy tan ring, couldn't help myself to swirl my glass releasing more frothy goodness.

S- Bourbon, strong bourbon notes to start off followed by nice chocolatey roasted malt with a slight almond scent and dark fruits and finishes with a very nice vanilla oak scent, I do pick up on a slight hop finish but it is hard to find behind the bourbon.

T- Bourbon with rich chocolate roasted malt and that almond nuttiness and dark fruits, cherries, loads of vanilla flavors, finishes with a nice vanilla oak dryness and a slight hop bitterness, not much but just there. Nice warming bourbon finish, but really not overpowering, in fact it is one of the smoothest Bal- aged stouts I've had.

M- Nice medium body, a little light for a Bal- aged stout however I do enjoy the light frothy carbonation that sticks with this beer.

D- For being 10.1% and being a bourbon aged bomb I would have to say that this is rather drinkable, I am enjoying this beer now and will age several for the next year or two.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for this one. Served in a Stone IRS goblet.

A - Pours with a couple fingers of dark tan foam that settle to a persistent thin cap and thick collar, leaving being splotches of lace and a glass-coating brown film. The body is pitch black.

S - Chocolate, oak, butterscotch, dark toasted grains, perhaps a hint of vanilla. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

T - Big buttery oak, sweet toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, with light espresso and barrel tannins in the finish. Again - drinks like an 8% beer.

M - Smooth medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a sticky and lightly tannic finish.

D - Very drinkable, and one of the few barrel-aged stouts where I bemoan the small serving size. I actually didn't intend to give this beer such a high score, but it's well-balanced nature and lack of obvious flaws make it hard to do otherwise.

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Photo of craytonic
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, black oily pour with a small head

Smell: Rich chocolate, vanilla caramel, bourbon, brown sugar and oak.

Taste: Tasty, rich sweet chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit thin, light carbonation

Drinkability: Very, very tasty, great beer that is well done.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle (2011) into tulip glass. Pours black with a beautiful tan and lasting one-finger head. Aroma of sweet caramel, oak, and roasted nuts. Immediately picks up coffee flavors at the first sip which was a temporary disappointment as the aromatics suggested differently. Bit boozy - the alcohol is clearly not well-hidden. Thin to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation throughout. There is a somewhat bitter back finish. Although, the beer improves with taste as it warmed up a bit. In any case, I did enjoy the beer especially halfway through the end.

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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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Photo of basica
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Craftheads in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan http://craftheads.jp

A - Tapped a jet black color into a snifter glass with a thin, tan head eventually reducing to a fairly thick clingy ring around the glass (4)

S - Strong chocolate goodness on the nose with pleasant notes of wood and bourbon (4.5)

T - Upfront flavors of chocolate milk blended with roasted malts with with the roasted notes becoming more pronounced in the middle; some coffee and bourbon flavors as well as dashes of dark fruits were present as well (4.5)

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied thickness with moderate carbonation and a milky smooth texture (4.5)

D - Pleasant chocolate flavors, a smooth mouthfeel and definitely very easy and pleasant drinking for the 10.1% ABV (4.5)

Very good imperial stout; together with the Swan Lake Imperial stout, these are the two best Imperial Stouts I've had on my Japan trip

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a frothy mocha head which fades slowly. Nose is bourbon, rum- soaked oak, toasted malt, sweet fruits, and a lovely pure vanilla essence. Taste is superb in balance with all the elements of the nose plus a bit of mellow booze on the finish. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, rich and thick. I could almost spoon this out of the glass. Overall, just overwhelmed. Fantastic - a must have. Well done indeed.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a tan 2 finger had

S - Bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts, milk chocolate, bourbon, smores

T - More milk chocolate, bourbon , roasted malts, marshmallows, very tasty!

M - So easy to drink, at 10.10% this is deceiving! Full body and medium carbonation.

O - Damn I love this beer. I could see myself putting down a 6 pack no problem but I would be in trouble for sure. Great chocolate and oak notes - I want more!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film. Chunky rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, oaky wood, and bourbon. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very nice mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation and a slightly drying quality. Overall, this is a great barrel aged stout that has a wonderful integration of the bourbon barrel with the stout flavors. Very well balanced.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours black with a thick, brooding mocha head. Nice sticky lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated.

S- Smells of bourbon and vanilla. Hints of toffee and alcohol soaked raisins. My mouth is watering just smelling all the wonderful aromas. Rich bourbon resonates in the nostrils.

T- Tastes of smooth bourbon with a distinct vanilla oakiness. Can also taste some raisins. Awesome bitter finish that rests perfectly on the palate. Not to overpowering or overly sweet. Seamless infusion of a bourbon aged beer.

M- Creamy and melt in your mouth smooth. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D- This is easy drinking for a barrel aged beer. Not too biting. It has a great warmth. Think bourbon county stout without the thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Not sure if it's as tasty, but it's definitely easier to drink.

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Photo of jhimstedt
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light tan head that hung around a bit to turn into nice film and lacing. On the nose a lot of old fruit, dates and prunes, molasses and some chocolate. Palate of roasted malt, slight red fruit, molasses and hint of fennel. Silky creamy mouthfeel.

Great beer. So good now, not sure aging will help. Very balanced and complete.

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Photo of mentor
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle provided by jshufelt, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells wonderful. Rich vanilla, bourbon, char, chocolate brownie, raspy oak, cedar, rich espresso, anise, grassy hops, light-colored caramel, lightly of mint and pineapple, and with a clean alcohol sting. Balanced, blended, and smooth.

Tastes delicious. Sweet with balancing bitter characters and a lightly cleansing alcohol. Bourbon barrel, chocolate, roast, burnt marshmallow, potent vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, candied prunes, vanilla wafer. Finish cleans away the wet with a rough alcohol/carbonation combination. The aftertaste is brittled sugar (like peanut brittle without the peanuts), drying oak, and fading vanilla. This a beer with flavors that border on big, but that play well together with great finesse. Well done.

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Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a thin, sticky, tan colored head to it. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a rich dark chocolate and bourbon flavor to it. I get some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness mixing with some bitter, roasty, coffee flavors. Very nice range of flavors to it.

The taste starts out with some of the sweeter, malty, vanilla flavors. Towards the finish more of the bitter-sweet chocolate and roasty flavors mix with some of the dry, woody oak. The bourbon really compliments the beer well and gives it some great depth.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being on the lower side. Overall it was a great beer to sip on this evening. Everything really comes together in it nicely. The bourbon barrel flavors really integrated nicely into the beer. Great beer overall.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted semi sweet chocolate, wood and bourbon aroma. Medium to heavy sweet malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Silva proves all of what's right in the world can manifest in a single glass- albeit a brandy snifter. Its pursuit of succulence, power, and grace ends in a highly robust taste of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon; but don't they all?

Its pure black color is the first indicator of what's to come, just as the beer lifts its creamy structure underneath. What rises is a mocha-stained honeycomb of bubbles that for its long-lasting head and attributes to its broken rings of lace later. This is one gentlemanly looking stout!

Bold roast aromas fill the nose with elements of espresso, chocolate, walnuts, heavy cream, and dark fruit. As the bourbon-tilted scent rises, so comes notes of cherries, berries, and sherry wine. Its a fully appetizing aroma that causes me to dive into the beer far sooner than I needed.

But it's exactly those flavors that manifests froom scent that makes Silva so great. Its chocked full of bittersweet chocolates, espresso-type roast, and marshmallow sweetness that makes the taste like alcoholic milkshake. Caramel, vanilla, and sweet alcohols accompany the beer's taste 'til the end. But finishing with the hop taste and bitterness of burnt wood signals the beer's closing impressions, yet the roast and chocolate lingers indefinitely.

Where the beer really shines is in its texture where the early billowing creaminess accompanies textures of vanilla bean ice cream, marshmallow, and bourbony heat. Its full and robust body holds true for the entire session without quivering. A late bitter wood note and slight vinous alcohol fruits allow for any compromise in finish. If not, we feel the beer for ever!

Where some imperial stouts favor "roast" and others prefer "sweet", Silva prefers a marshmallow character that's present in its heavy vanilla nose, it's cream flavored taste, and its creamy texture. All does so with the roastiness of stout and pleasant wood hop notes to finisnh.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellar 3 Series. Poured into snifter. This is one of blackest beers I've ever had. My wife called it, "beer noir." Thick tan head with generous lacing. This is a beautiful looking stout. The cork popped like a champaign bottle. It was actually difficult to open. The first smell is the bourbon, followed by chocolate and some vanilla. The initial taste is coffee, with some vanilla or caramel. There is also distinct cherry and then chocolate at the end. The bourbon is present throughout with a strong alcohol burn. Creamy and very smooth. Overall, this is a fabulous barrel-aged stout; one of the best I've ever had which means a lot since this is one of my favorite styles. I hope to find some more of this!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, opaque and viscous. Light carbonation produces a thin mocha head with some legs and fades to a thin crown. Aroma is my favorite part of this beer; rich bourbon, vanilla, oak, cookie dough, etc. Balance and subtlety of the aroma is remarkable. Flavor is complex balance of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and mild dark fruit. Blending of the fresh stout with the barrel aged component takes most of the sharpness off the finish. Only drawback is the slightly thin body with light carbonation. Otherwise this is an incredible stout from Green Flash.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black appearance, dense cocoa colored head, splotchy lacing, opaque

S - Vanilla, fudge brownies, oak, coconut, dark cherries, caramel and toffee.

T - Dry cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and some fresh oak. Black coffee. Hints of bourbon and coconut.

M - Velvety smooth, but not thick like more imperial stouts, more medium bodied with slightly higher carbonation then expected.

O - This is a great stout for sure. Glad I traded for this one.

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Photo of beenitty
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger NYC, Sunday Brunch, had this one with flapjacks and bourbon aged vermont maple syrup.

A: Pours pitch black with tan mocha head, that stays and stays, looks great

S: Chocolate, Molasses and bourbon. Not overpowering, but you know its there

T: Very nice. Chocolatey, malty, goes down smooth with the bourbon kick. Tastes more like Porter than a stout which is good for me, either way, taste great.

M: Creamy Smooth. Nice age on this one as some bourbon beers have a bigger kick but you deal with it, this is one super smooth. One of the smoothest barrel aged beers I've had.

Wish I had more access to this one, very solid across the board.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep pitch black in the glass, topped with a thick finger of frothy dark mocha head. This retains with a tight and creamy ½ finger, which leaves back a rich cascade of foamy lacing that slowly descends down, coating the sides with sticky swathes of lace and brown gooey oils. The aroma is rich with bourbon flavoring right off bat, as notes of burnt molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and charred oak meld seamlessly into a thick mix of sugary smelling chocolate fudge, earthy citric fruit, and roasted coffee character. This feels very full and a bit intense, yet this still has a smoothness to it that soothes out the rough edges in the nose.

The taste mirrors this with a smooth blending of barrel and base, as notes of molasses, chocolate, caramel, roast, dark fruit, vanilla, and then a finish of brown sugar and dry charred oak all combine to give this a fantastic silky complexity. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a soft chewiness that intertwines with a woody slickness from the barrel. This definitely has a warming strength to it but never comes off as being overly hot, as I think that the balance and depth of flavor here is more than enough to keep that 10% ABV in check.

As far as Barrel-Aged Stouts go, this one is a beaut! The complexity and integration of flavors here was fantastic, helping keep this immensely smooth and approachable for such a big beer. Green Flash impressed me very much with this one. I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured deep black in a snifter there was a nice light brown froth the layered the outside edges of the glass.

The scent was a little chocolatey, a little vanilla and some molasses and espresso.

Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, malt, bourbon-essence and grains come out in a smooth well blended array. Well crafted and well balanced this drinks very easy. Only complaint is the ever so slight alcohol tinge in the finish.

Overall this is a wonderful example of the barrel aged stouts and one that comes highly recommended.

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Photo of wasco
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from wethorseblanket! Thanks Greg!!! Nose is chocolate, oak with light vanilla, hints of bourbon, and a little mocha. Black with a nice big cinnamon tan head that laces nicely. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Finishes with hints of bourbon and alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black body of ale, shiny obsidian; slim finger of tan foam atop left some scarce lace motes down the glass

S: chocolate malts and bourbon whiskey barrels - suggestions of molasses and vanilla

T: sweet roasty chocolaty goodness underscores a suffusion of bourbon; dark espresso notes with molasses sweetness; hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey caramels...

M: medium-weight, subdued carbonation, drying vaporous finish; dark chocolaty bittersweetness lingers with faint bourbon traces...

O: an excellent BBA stout - currently marketed as Cellar 3 Silva Stout - hits all the marks you'd want in a BBA stout, leans toward the medium density-type, with a smooth and classy drink and finish. Highly recommended.

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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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