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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 | 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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Reviews: 253 | Ratings: 1,063
Photo of nhindian
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by GhettoFabulous, thanks Keith!

Tasted side-by-side with Green Flash's Double Stout, the non-barrel-aged version of this beer.

A - Pour is similar to the Double Stout, perhaps a little bit darker in the body. The head is also a shade darker, bordering on dark khaki, and is also slightly shorter in stature, about a finger's worth. Retention is a also lower, and when it's gone there's merely a foamy ring around the edge, compared to the lingering cap of the non-barrel-aged version. Not a whole bunch of lacing as well; thick bubbles cling to the glass, but rapidly afterward they slide away.

S - The nose is the first distinguishing characteristic that separates itself leaps and bounds from the original version. Whereas the aroma of the normal Double Stout was a little faint, this bouquet is bold, bombastic, and bourbony. My initial impression is that this is on par with Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout in how rich the bourbon comes through. The milk chocolate in the Double Stout opens and develops into a complex fudge note. The coffee fades a little from the original, but there's still a slight roast. Decent amount of caramel and molasses, and obviously a bit more heat as well.

T - The flavors are an extension of the nose with even more depth. Sweet bourbon paves the way for an enjoyable rollercoaster of flavors ranging from chocolate fudge to oak to vanilla. The bourbon at the front-end is sweet and gives off flavors of alcohol-soaked fruit, before falling away into a decadent chocolate fudge cake. The wood barrels come through slightly to give an oaky, earthy taste, which leads to a nice vanilla flavor coming through prominently in the finish. Molasses and toffee are interspersed throughout, rounding out a wonderful flavor profile.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Carbonation is apt for a barrel-aged stout but noticeably lower than the Double Stout base. Still exceptionally smooth and creamy and finishes more sweet than bitter compared to the original.

D/O - Drinkability is high for this beer. I'm not sure what barrels were used for this, but it drinks much better than normal Bourbon County Stout. It has a smoothness and richness that puts it in a similar echelon to 50/50's Four Roses Eclipse, and this honestly may be a step above due to how smooth it is. Although this is ultimately a blend, I can't say it hurts the beer and probably rounds off some of the rough edges. Definitely seek this out!

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Photo of zhanson88
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer as part of a trade with mrbubbler. Thanks Adam!

Appearance: Silva Stout pours out and appears very dark brown in the glass, but I can see a few peeks of lighter brown around the edges. So not totally black in color. About a finger of tan colored head forms that has pretty decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts definitely take a back seat to coffee, then a delicious smelling bittersweet milk chocolate aroma. I do get a hint of barrels, and a touch of vanilla as well.

Taste: Damn this beer lives up to the hype it's accumulated. Roasted malts, and copious but very balanced amounts of coffee and bittersweet milk chocolate. The barrel flavors complement very nicely on the back end but aren't too strong.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is over medium bodied with a pretty low amount of carbonation. Pretty creamy. Overall, this is an awesome barrel aged stout that I'm pumped to have tried and to have a couple more bottles of. Although I'm not sure how much longer I should hang on to them, as the barrel character is just about right in the current state, if not a tad weaker than I would like.

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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 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 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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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 waltonc
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to OtakuAle for throwing in this extra. Pours like coca cola with creamy lacing. Nice bourbon barrel aroma with lots of milk chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. Somewhat sweet but not cloying. Not a great deal of molasses or soy in comparison to some stouts. Nor is there a big hop profile (thankfully). Body is medium with a creamy, medium/high carbonation level. Overall, quite a tasty barrel aged stout. Reminds me of Odell bourbon barrel stout with the slightly thinner body than many big stouts. I'd take a Goose Island BCS over silva stout, but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mikey711
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Joe for this

A: Deep black with a mocha colored head. Great lacing and head retention as well.

S: Heavy chocolate and marshmellow notes. lots of vanilla and some wood followed by a burning bourbon char in the end. The sweetness was a bit more powerful then i like though.

T: Sweet with a hint of bourbon up front. a touch of smokiness and vanilla to follow. Some toasted marshmellow notes and a bit of wood.

M: Very creamy and smooth. the alcohol is not very detectable either. really not much to fault here

O: A solid offering all around but a little bit unbalanced towards the sweet side. I think a bit more a roasted bitterness would have help quite a bit. that being said, i am glad i have another bottle

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

Jet black with a nice tan head. Good retention and some okay lacing.  

Nice bourbon nose. Slight alcohol burn atop sweet malts.

Bourbon, coconut, and chocolate with a roasty edge. Some sweet malts. Nice integration of all the favors of the stout and barrel. 

Medium to full body. Nice carbonation. 

Not as good as I remember from when it was fresh but good nonetheless. 

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Photo of treznor
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its certainly bourbony... good lord! Has potential, but needs some age to tone down the wood and even out. Had on draft, so no real chance to age. Maybe with time this will be a great beer.

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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 Sarlacc83
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Shane. Thanks! Been sitting in my cellar for over a year.

Appearance is a thick black with a nice mocha head which settles down into thin lacing.

Aroma is bursting with the bourbon. Honey, caramel, chocolate.

Taste isn’t nearly so powerful with bourbon. Medium sweetness from the chocolate, but there’s a hint of tinniness. Some fading alcohol. I may have sat on this one too long, because it was fantastic fresh.

Mouthfeel is still quite good, though. Coats the palate well.

Overall, this is still good, but if you’ve got any, I’d suggest drinking them because I believe it's in a decline. Sad, because I've rated this a 4.5 when fresh.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 1

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smutty half pint. Shared with RoninTK3.

Appearance- Pitch black with little mocha head. Some solid lacing.

Smell- Heavy Bourbon. Caramel and vanilla, some coffee and chocolate, but mostly bourbon and oak.

Taste- Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bitter malt, oak, cherry. Extremely light booze. Super smooth. No heat.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, light viscosity, mild carbonation, no heat or booze.

Overall- This is hands down the best bourbon barrel stout I've had to date. Super happy I could try this.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent as extra via trade from codewarrior...thanks bro! Really looking forward to this one! Poured from a short necked 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip/snifter glass. Pours a wonderful pitch black, semi-thick...and presents a great looking brown creamy head, about a finger in height. Lacing is light and speratic. A great looking stout!

Aroma is also great! Smells just like you'd expect. Coffee, chocolate, booze(bourbon), and malts. Slightly charred and smokey.

Very nice! Smooth, creamy, low carbonation, medium booze, semi-thick body, bitter-sweet...closer to sweet. Chocolate, roasted coffee beans, bourbon, vanilla, malts. Flavor has a mild burnt taste, but only adds a nice characteristic! Very, very tasty. And drinkability doesn't even lack based on the style and everything going on. Very glad I got the chance to try this!

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Photo of Jules11788
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a half finger-width head, very light lacing; pitch black, lets no light through

S: Smells of dark baker's chocolate, musky wood, roasted malts

T: Tastes like a super chocolaty bourbon-infused brownie; good roasty flavors of coffee and dark malts

M: Medium viscosity, very light carbonation, no hint of booze; super smooth

O: This beer was delicious, I really hope I'll be able to score another one of these in a trade so I can cellar it for a few years

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Photo of goalie33
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something special for my 50th beer review.
A: Stout black, no light comes through. Mocha head fizzles away to a thin layer coating the top of the beer.
S: Bourbon and vanilla with undertones of chocolate and espresso.
T: Bourbon flavor upfront with a hint of vanilla from the oak casks. Finishes sweet with coffee and licorice flavors.
M: Very smooth, soft mouthfeel.

Not my favorite bourbon aged beer, but it is a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into my Bruery snifter. I was cleaning out the cellar and saw this sitting there and thought "why not?" and now it is in my glass and boy am I happy. Thanks domtronzero for this tasty treat.

A - Black as night with a big brown head. Some lacing on the side.

S - Smooth bourbon, oak and hints of vanilla. This is barrel aging done right, no harsh alcohol notes just smooth bourbon.

T - bourbon up front before giving way to some beautiful roasted notes, finishing with more smooth bourbon and vanilla flavors. lingering chocolate/roast taste. Please give me some more.

M - heavy body with a bit more carbonation than I'd like, I might be nitpicking a bit though.

D - I'm always saying how I would like more big stouts to be bottled in smaller sizes but... god I wish I had another 10 oz's of this one. The drinkability is perfect on this one. You get all the great characteristics of barrel aging, over a solid stout base that stands up to the barrel. This beer really is exceptional and I hope more of it lands in my cellar. Please make more 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 surlytheduff
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Maudite snifter. The beer poured pitch black below a towering head of tan foam. As the head crept back down the glass it left a dense film of sticky lace along the sides of the glass. The smell was chocolate dominant, with roasted malts, vanilla, oak and bourbon riding behind it. Taste went right along with the nose, with more of a sweet bourbon flavor taking the lead. Cocoa nibs, vanilla, a bit of smokey malt, milk chocolate, oak with an alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel was very creamy and rich, medium bodied with light carbonation. This is the second time that I've had a chance to drink this beer and it was just as tasty as the first time. It is a very well done bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of jamescain
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Black with mahogany around the edges when held up to the light. Topped off with a tan head about a finger thick that fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Burnt marshmallows, vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee all delectably interwoven together.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted grains up front with a nice vanilla bourbon finish. Dangerously easy to drink.

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

Overall: Definitely a very good BA stout, complex, but not aggressive and boozy.

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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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Photo of BWCampbell
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have no clue how this made it to the BA top 250 after the changes - this beer tasted like buttered popcorn and was pretty clearly infected. That implicated about everything.

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Photo of readbaron
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 injuredreserve
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Jet black with a thick chocolate head

S: Coffee, chocolate cherries and bourbon.

T: A lot going on here, and it lingers for some time which is nice. Get the bourbon, chocolate cherries, brown sugar, and it keeps going....

M: Medium bodied, could be a little thicker.

D: Perfect 12oz serving, and easy to drink..

My new favorite beer. All I could say after the first sip was "WOW", and that sums it up.

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