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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.

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253
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1,063
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
12.12%
 
 
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Photo of mdvatab
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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 cbeer88
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hard pour down the center yields two fingers of fluffy mocha head. Body black. Sure looks like a stout!

Smell: Bourbon, cocoa, and oak. Hints of coffee. Kind of smells like a cold hot chocolate that was bourbon barrel aged - interesting.

Taste: Lots of alcohol, though not really from the bourbon flavors - those are nicely balanced. Tons going on here - coffee, mocha, chocolate, oak, something different with every sip. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, definitely thinner than most big barrel stouts. Fairly smooth and pleasant on the tongue.

Drinkability: So-so - it's nice but I'm glad it's a small bottle. 22oz of this would be a bit too much for my liking. Definitely makes for a killer dessert pairing.

Overall: I do like this beer, a lot. But I can't help but feel like a little something is missing, even though I can't quite put my finger on it. Ultimately it falls a little short IMHO of the other big name bourbon barrel imperial stouts, but it's no slouch.

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Photo of glazeman
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to airohead2001 for bringing this back from a recent trip to San Diego.

A: The beer pours black in color with a light tan color. There was a ½ finger head that had moderate retention and mild lacing.

S: Some whiffs of coffee and chocolate in the smell here. The smell is pretty good, but fairly weak. There's also some bourbon, but this takes a back seat to the coffee and chocolate.

T: The bourbon comes through more in the taste than in the nose. There's coffee at the finish, but the chocolate flavors I was expecting from the nose didn't come through as strongly as I had hoped for in the taste. Something just seemed to be missing here in my opinion. The components were there, but they just didn't come together very strongly. There was also some roastiness and some alcohol heat.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked. The carbonation was appropriate, but somewhat on the high side, and the beer has a nice aftertaste.

D: Pretty good, but far from the best in the style. Mostly limited by the carbonation and the fact that I didn't find the taste overly interesting or inviting.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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 ptykozoon
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark wood brown with a small caramel head, not too much lacing or retention.

Rich caramel, chocolate, burnt coffee, fudge, black licorice, vanilla, sweet raisin and bourbon heat. Wow.

Thick bourbon and aforementioned flavors, mostly caramel.

Dense mouthfeel, hot. Active carbonation always gets in the way of this style, takes away the nuances of the flavors.

Lovely beer, quite exceptional.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty black, but not jet black. Smells fantastic. Loads of vanilla and chocolate. Barrel aging is present. Taste is SOOO smooth. ABV just isn't present at all. It's like sipping a desert. Semi sweet, but dry as well. Vanilla, dark chocolate, loads of malt, bourbon is there but blends very nicely with the rest of the flavors....just fantastic. Mouthfeel is perfect. Huge but smooth. Insanely creamy. This is one of the better BA stouts I've ever had. Nuff said.

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Photo of iadler
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hamilton23 for sending me a couple of these. This has been a top want of mine for quite some time. From notes:

A- Pours a deep black with a thin mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a few spots of lacing behind.

S- Freshly cooked fudge brownies, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hint of dark fruit and some roast. Fantastic aroma.

T- Bourbon is more upfront in the taste followed by oak, vanilla, dark chocolate chips and some caramel malt.

M- Medium carbonation and a slighlty thin body for the style. The abv is practically nowhere though.

O- A drinkable and well executed BA stout. The taste was slightly disappointing due to how amazing the aroma was. I will will most likely crack the other bottle soon as I don't see how further aging will enhance this beer.

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

12oz bottle into my Deletium Tremens tulip.

A- Silva Stout is a very dark brown, bordering on black. No light penetrates. A half inch layer of mocha colored foam forms on top as I pour, then settles a bit and sticks around. This brew is thick and has great lacing.

S- Wow! I can smell the chocolate as I'm pouring the beer. A closer whiff reveals bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of oak. Smells fantastic!

T- Huge chocolate notes give way to coffee, vanilla, subdued dark fruit, and some booze. There's not much alcohol heat, but the presence of the bourbon is tangible. The finish is slightly bitter and dry.

M- Feel is pleasantly viscous, befitting the style. The beer is carbonated to a level which imparts a wonderful creaminess.

O- This is an incredibly tasty take on the style. It's like drinking a carbonated fudge brownie that's been drizzled with chocolate bourbon sauce. Delicious! Please make more Green Flash! Highly recommended!

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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 comfortablynumb1
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Cassey for bringing this one out. Cheers bro!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head on a fairly passive pour. Good amount of head retention, and lacing that clings to the glass...

S - Smells a little sweet. Chocolate, caramel, and Bourbon. Very enticing scent...

T - Delicious. Chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a hint of coffee followed by sweet vanilla. Finishes on a smooth Bourbon warmth. Bourbon is right on par here. Not over the top, but enough to let you know that it is there. Very smooth and well balanced...

M - This is where this beer lacks in my opinion. Was hoping for a more viscous mouthfeel. On the higher end of medium bodied, but still a little thin for my likings. Especially considering the style. Moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one, and something I am definitely looking foward to trying again. Green Flash brewed a very solid beer here...

Cheers...

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Photo of levifunk
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

awesome extra from mrmiles.

a - pour is jet black with a nice brown head. good retention and some lacing.

s - baking chocolate, faint pine hops, nice mellow bourbon.

t - very smooth flavor. bourbon is far from overpowering as it can be in bb stouts. baking chocolate is large, but again not overpowering. I say baking chocolate because it isn't sweet. yet there is some sweetness in there. I'm glad I had this fresh as I can taste some piney hops.

m - medium to heavy body. I find it to be somewhat of a dry feel, but klikger doesn't agree.

overall - very tasty. very easy to drink and I would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of john0721
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Poured black, light brown head, nice lacing.

I get mostly barrel notes in the nose.

The flavor takes it up a notch, malted chocolate, cherry, oak, with some roastiness.

Very nice chocolate oaky finish.

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Photo of mookihouse
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle released Jan 2013.  Thanks to Gottatickemall for the bottle.  Pours dark with tan head.  Not a lot of carbonation.  Smells of sweet dark fruit and chocolate.  Let it warm up a little.  Taste matches the smell.  A very balanced stout with no single dominating components.  Barrel characters are there but no alcohol heat like some other barrel aged stout.  So drinkable I think I can drink it all night and not get tired of it.  Kind of reminds me of the 2012 Abyss.

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Photo of gregshead
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Xul
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep brown with a distinct ruby tint, capped by two fingers of light mocha colored head. Retention is good as the head sticks around for quite a while, eventually settling down to a thin layer of foam.

S: Big bourbon presence up front with vanilla, caramel, oak and just the right amount of alcohol heat. The base stout is still very apparent behind the bourbon with chocolate, roasted malts and coffee shining through.

T: Moderate bourbon up front, probably one of the most restrained bourbon profiles I've seen in a -bal stout...vanilla, light oak, and caramel, which give way to a big semi-sweet chocolate profile on the mid-pale. Roasted malts, light coffee and dark fruits on the backend before vanilla and caramel return for the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light, creamy carbonation...a little thin but not to the point where it detracts from the beer.

D: ABV is well hidden, bourbon is kept in control...goes down far too easy for the style.

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Photo of dmb987
2.4/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was looking fwd to this one for awhile only to be super let down by the infected batch. I emailed green flash and was told reparations would be made to those who spent money on these infected bottles. I have yet to hear anything more from green flash. Will avoid buying their beers from now on.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black in color. Very small amount of head, tan in color. No visible sediment or haze - it was pretty much opaque.

S: Chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, chocolate caramel (yeah, I'm lacking in creativity here, but it's what I smelled). Absolutely excellent scent.

T: Dry cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and some fresh oak. Amazingly dry with not nearly as much malt as I would have imagined. Black coffee. Hints of bourbon and coconut.

M: Very good texture - nice and dense and thick. Moderate carbonation with very fine bubbles.

O: One of the best smelling imperial stouts I've ever had, and the taste was good too, but just not quite as good as it smelled. Glad I got to try it.

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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 juhl31
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-very black body with a tall, fluffy brown head with a nitro look to it. good lacing as well

-at first it is mostly bourbon...as it warms, chocolate comes through as well as some roast, vanilla and some warmth

-milk chocolate throughout the taste. not too big on the booze taste. there is also a weird aftertaste to it...dont know what to name it

-not too hot and pretty light bodied for the style and ABV

-this is a session BA stout if you will. doesnt feel like a meal when you drink it, which in my book is kind of a bummer

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from marisatheyounger - thanks very much!

into dfh snifter. first 6oz at room temp, second 6oz at 50f.

Pours black, oversized tan head with a great volume of soapy bubbles that reduce quickly to a tight layer of tan lacing stretching over the top of the pour.

Amazing aroma of roasted malt with a well balanced bourbon and dark fruit. If the brew had tasted as good as it smelled I would have been exceptionally happy.

Good flavor, malts with a bourbon note throughout. There isn't much here beyond that. I would have liked there to be a good layering of the stout flavors. I don't know that this stout would have held up on it's own without the bourbon notes.

A bit watery on the mouthfeel. While I enjoy the lighter mouthfeel I believe this is still a little light for the style.

For a stout, I would likely reach for this over some others, but for a bourbon aged stout, I can think of a number of annual releases that I would reach for over this.

(60th)

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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 RoninTK3
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Near jet black with some thin mocha lacing

S - Lots of bourbon. Chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol come through. Some vanilla.

T - Wow! The bourbon does not overpower the flavor like it does the smell. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and bitterness nicely complemented by the bourbon. This is a perfectly balanced stout.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish but hard to believe this has a 10.1% ABV.

This is easily one of the best stouts I've ever had. Perfectly balanced and goes down very easy for the ABV. The bourbon complements this one rather than is the predominant flavor.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz From a 4-pack.

Picked this up in a trade with Smokepot23, and apologies again for the Bourbon Barrel Stout.

L: My cup overfloweth! Pitch black with copper tint, generous and eager 5 - 6 fingers of head. Rich and deep brown.

S: Malted hop sweetness up front, with a wall of bourbon behind. Well balanced, no depth charge here.

T: Starts with a huge sweet stoutitude, just as the bitter starts kicking in, the booze rises over it with bourbony sweetness. Both fade next to one-another into a long-finishing awesomeness.

F: Thick. Wonderful.

D: Well balanced and wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of mrbubbler
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip / Have also had this on tap several times.

A: Pitch black with a nice dark chocolate mocha color head. Good 2 inches of head with a nice slightly aggressive pour

S:Wonderful! bourbon, chocolate syrup, coco nibs, coffee, and just a wonderful vanilla oak smell.

T: I get a little bit of bitter coffee and roast at first followed by a very wonderful blend of bourbon, chocolate syrup, and barrel aged flavors that come through on the finish

M: smooth and creamy. carbonation is just enough.

O: I love this beer. i have probably killed at least a couple four packs with ease. I wish they would make this stuff again.

Servin

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer from Green Flash, thanks to a generous trading partner. Out of my Harpoon tulip.

A- Pitch black, with a nice light chocolatey colored head. Nice lacing, and decent retention.

S- Smells of cocoa and whiskey. Dark malts and vanilla come through. It's really quite nice, and the chocolate/cocoa is really what comes through. Nothing is over powering, and melds together well. This is gonna be good...

T- A beautiful blend of chocolatey, oaky, bourbony deliciousness. Again, nothing over the top but just an excellent. The cocoa is really prominent. The barrel aging is a nice touch to a tasty beer.

M- My only complaint would be its just a tad thin. The carbonatinon and mouth feel is excellent though.

D- Very nice, the chocolatey aftertaste is really nice and inviting. Had two bottles over a couple weeks and really enjoyed this one. A solid beer from Green Flash

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