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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 koopa
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Black and opaque body with a 1 finger cafe con leche crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Delicious sweet bourbon over dark roasty nutty malt, with vanilla cream deliciousness bringing it together.

Taste: Almost as good as the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin in my opinion. The flavors would lend so much better to a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and the abv hold it back a bit but its very well blended.

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Photo of M_chav
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours a rich dark black color with a 1/2 inch froth
S - wow, this smells incredible. tons of syrup, cherry syrup on pancakes, molasses, bourbon/vanilla - marshmallows just awesome. makes me salivate
T - aaaahhhh, letdown. much thinner than expected. still hold some of the qualities of the aroma but flavors are contrasted from the nose. much simpler and straight forward here. want this to be creamier to hold the flavors in. Still good, just not as good as the smell. slightly boozy
F - soft and smooth, nice overall balance. slight bitter ending but nothing overwhelming
O - a good brew, the price tag was a bit rough. only because of that I will probably not seek out again.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stoad for sharing this at Jerz halloween bottleshare

First Vintage

Look: Pours an almost black and totally opaque with a 1/4 tan head and some nice spotty lacing

Smell: The nose of this beer is fantastic. The bourbon and vanilla join together in perfect harmony and I remember just sitting there and smell the beer for 5 minutes before I even took a sip

Taste: The flavor is very similar to the nose. It is simple and complex with essentially 3 flavors that stand out and are beautiful. The beer starts out with beautiful bourbon notes and then the chocolate takes over and reminds me of a good fudge brownie and finishes off with a great vanilla note

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Just a fantastic beer and I can't wait to get some of the new batch. Wonderful beer and highly recommended

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

Special thanks to Brad (aka. ygtbsm94) for bringing this brew to a monster tasting!

A: Pours pitch black, with a slight foamy off-white head, and carbonation not easily accessible to the naked eye due to the inkiness of the beer's color.

S: This is a bourbon bomb, with slight chocolate, and toasted pecan brittle aftertones.

T: Hmmmm... If I didn't know any better, I would say that this is a mini version of "Black Tuesday." I mean ... man .... it could be it's younger brother! Sweet, with bourbon aplently, and extremely dry on the finish.

M: The dryness eats away at the overall sweetness, keeping this from being too rich of a dessert.

T: I had a 2-3 oz. pour and that's all I needed. Great stuff!

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Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to Bill for picking these up for me (and being so patient) and thanks to Ratman for delivering them to me. Pours a deep midnight black, with only a little bit of loose brown foam on top. Huge aromas here, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon. More of the same on the palate, but so perfectly balanced. I could probably drink this one all night.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger rich and creamy dark mocha head with good retention. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sticky with oily, thick legs. A real nice looking beer.

Nose is bourbon, molasses, honey, chocolate and cocoa. Some brownie too. Very sweet and plenty rich but not too aromatic.

Opens sweet chocolate, honey and molasses. Middle is roasted malt, cocoa, fudge, vanilla, a touch of smoke and booze. End is more sweet alcohol with a bit of heat. Finishes hot with a big malt body. Molasses on the aftertaste. Pretty simple. The flavors work well together though.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and hot in the mouth. Some nice heat going down. A touch thin at times. Messy aftertaste with a slightly lingering finish.

A solid beer overall but there's parts of it that I'm not too impressed with. The body is a touch thin and while the flavors work very well together, there's a certain depth that's missing. Worth a try but don't go out of your way for this one.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.37/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Lot of trepidation cracking this bottle based on the many people who have opened a diacetyl butterscotch popcorn bomb. Here we go:

Appearance: looks fine, quite a bit of lacing on sides and mild foam. More carbonated than your usual bourbon barrel aged stout

Smell: pretty mild for a barrel aged stout. No butter bomb which is a good sign. Slight bourbon note, vanilla, stale baker's chocolate, cold pressed coffee.

Taste: roasty bitterness, powdered chocolate like oveltine or another powdered breakfast drink that tastes fake and processed, vanilla extract, oak, mild bourbon and finishes with an acrid, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: worst mouthfeel of any barrel aged stout. Wayyy too thin. Bubbly, carbonation, weak, no presence.

Overall: Double Stout is a poor example of a stout and it transfers to this barrel aged version. The barrel influences are not very pronounced leaving us with the same thin, weak stout. Not much of interest here as it is dominated by a poor mouthfeel and too much hops. Challenging to finish this and I got the non-infected batch! For 19 bucks there is no reason to waste money on this beer. Either you get an infected drain pour or a beer that is just not very good and I'd only feel positive about buying at 9-10 bucks. Certainly not twice that and even if it was half price I wouldn't buy it again.

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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 Overlord
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mcallister
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking beer. Deep oily, sludgy blacks with a half inch creamy mocha head leaving a ringed lace in it's path.

Wonderful interesting nose. Black cherry, bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, oak, toasted vanilla, black licorice, anise, earthy hops, coffee, minerality, and esters of fig and quince.

Wow! Delicious and way to drinkable. Creamy, roasty, perfect balance, yet light and fluffy on the palate with perfect carbonation giving a dancing feeling long into the roasty bitter finish. Dark chocolate ,milk chocolate, cocoa, latte, coffee, black fruits, cherry, bourbon, toasty vanilla oak, slight burn deep in the chest, caramel, earth, black licorice, sweet cream, absolutely terrific.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle shared by sarro - thanks, Kyle!

Pours jet black with a two-finger, dark mocha head. Head retention is really good, as is lacing. The smell is a nice mix of toasty oak, dark chocolate, charred malt and bourbon heat. The taste is much the same with a nice balance of charred malt and dark chocolate mixing with the oak barrel and bourbon components. I think GFB made a good choice by blending -bal aged Double Stout with freshly brewed, as it results in a more balanced flavor that isn't dominated by bourbon -bal flavors, and the base beer is still distinguishable. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a substantial alcohol warming effect. A bit more drinkable than many -bal aged stouts, but splitting the 12 oz bottle two ways was a good serving size. Kudos to GFB for bottling this in 12 oz bottles rather than bombers. It may be heresy, but I actually like the regular Double Stout a bit better. That said this is a very good -bal stout well worth seeking 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 snaotheus
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-09-06
750ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of snifters. Bottled on 2015-02-16. 2015 Batch 01.

Pours black with a surprisingly large head (for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout) -- flashes up in a brownish pillow and then fades quickly into a light brown ring with a few islands. Smell is bourbon, booze and chocolate, wood, vanilla.

Taste is very boozy, lots of chocolate. Surprisingly bland. Sharp bitter burnt roast. Some cherry syrup flavor. Slight hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is silky and nice. Overall, it's a pretty good, but not special. Maybe it'll improve as it warms.

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

Wow, what a great smelling beer. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, mocha...amazing nose. The taste does not disappoint. Basically, take the nose, combine it with an appropriate mouthfeel (not too thin for a 11% BA RIS) and that's what it tastes like. The barrel aging is spot on, as it integrates perfectly into the base beer. I'm a bit blown away because I had many, many bourbon barrel aged beers at FoBAB the other weekend and learned that barrel aging a beer is more difficult than time, space and finding barrels. Many of them did not do a good job of integrating both barrel and base into a new, synthesized beer. This one does and does well.

This is only one small notch below the best beer I had that night - 50/50 Imperial Eclipse Elijah Craig...and that beer is impossible to find. If the Silva Stout had its own release day, people would be lining up outside with golden tickets and trading crazy beers to get it.

Edit: Had another bottle and this is very good, but not as good as I was touting previously. Overall knocked down 1 peg.

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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 SPLITGRIN
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A vigorous pour gets me two full fingers of chocolate malt colored head. The foam actually sits in two different levels the top being slightly lighter then the bottom level. Lace is consistent and leaves a ramp to the glass. Body is the purest of ink blot black. Nose is absolutely delectable with chocolate brownies, chocolate malt, and rich mellow bourbon tones. The smell is amazing and truely inviting. As I take first sip I quickly have to check the label and verify the alcohol content. This beer is so chocolatey, creamy and rich there is no trace of the 10.1% content. Sweet bourbon soaked heavy bread and coco dance on the palate. I consider myself a huge long time fan of big stouts and this is nothing short of spectacular. Granted this one is definitely on the sweeter side. This makes the perfect night cap or desert beer. Finish is long sweet and heavy but in a good way. I will be seeking out much more of this gem in the future.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.32/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown coating most of the top. The aroma is of sweet bourbon and ...butter. I'd heard the rumors before trying this, but I love Green Flash, especially their IPA's (This is my 19th rating for their beers). The taste is full of sweet bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and...butter. The mouth is warm with alcohol, dry, and viscous.

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

12 oz bottle split with, and courtesy of madtowndmb1. Thank you very much Kyle!

Pours a dark black with little retention. Lacing is absent but the big body lends a serious primer that adheres to the glass throughout. Sort of a mean looking like monster.

Huge chocolate cake batter on the nose. Touch of decadent dark sugary chocolate icing, and caramel addled bourbon. This smells really nice and my big beak enjoyed taking it in.

Kyle states that the beer is reminiscent of a big mug of hot chocolate and marshmallow with a touch of alcohol heat. A hot chocolate hot tottie of sorts. I can dig this comparison. Again, there's a big batter component to the taste and body as well as the smell. Alcohol is warming but nicely masked.

Silva Stout is one of the thickest beers I've come across in many moons. Big and full bodied with light carbonation, this beer drinks like a meal. Sticks with you long after the sip.

Really glad I had the opportunity to try this. Stands out as something unique in a very crowded field.

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Photo of rye726
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to my friend Bill for the hook on this!

Pours near black with a nice tan head. Nose has oak, whiskey, vanilla, cocoa, roasty malts and hops. Taste is well balanced. Barrel aging is well done, not out of control. Medium to full body is nicely carbonated. Ready to drink now, but should age well.

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

Pour was dark chocolate with cocoa colored head, about a 1/2 inch or so.

Rich with plenty of bourbon. Slightly soft vanilla.

Very bourbon forward through out. Some roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Slight vanilla. Light sweetness.

Very slick and thick

This probably could have used some more time but still excellent. Lots of bourbon.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Treehouse tulip, from the 2013 release. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this want.

A- Pours a dark black, can see a tiny bit of brownish goo around the top of bottle, about a half finger of mocha brown head forms that recedes at an average rate to a thin layer leaving behind thin layered lacing. Decent carbonation for a stout.

S- Milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, underlaying dark chocolates and a hint of bourbon. Nice balance and integration of bourbon, about average aroma strength.

T- Milk chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla, slight oak, fudge, finishes with a bit more oak, milk chocolate, and coconut. All the flavors integrate nicely, the bourbon barrel adds a very nice presence creating almost a coconut milk presence to it.

M- Smooth, a little bit on the thin side, decent carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This was a nice stout that definitely used the barrels it was aged in nicely creating a balanced coconut presence that fit with the base beer flavors nicely. If you like barrel-aged stouts this is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BB1313
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, my mind has been blown by this one. I love stouts, but to be honest, I've had alot of letdowns when it comes to BBA stouts. I've also found some that I really love, but this one is perfect for me. I'm not saying I'll never come across one better than this, but wow. I've been lucky enough to have this on-tap during Cleveland Beer Week, and didn't think I'd ever see a bottle on shelves.. lucky me.

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black, nice 1 inch mocha head. Beautiful wicked lacing and retention, I'm talkin beautiful lacing and retention. Smells like tons of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. Smells like a double chocolate cookie. All of that can be found in the flavors as well. The bourbon is blended harmoniously. There's a nice sweetness, but far from cloyingly sweet. Not bitter. Chocolate and coffee/expresso dominate. Every once in awhile I catch a blast of vanilla. Oak/wood is there, but not dominant. There's also a touch of caramel and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is perfect. It's not milkshake thick, but thick enough. Perfectly carbonated, so damn smooth. This beer can be dangerously drinkable, because it's so good you'd never want to stop. Such a treat, very complex. Aromas and flavors are extremely bold. This is the REAL deal.

I'm confident this is the best stout I've ever had, to date. World class, phenomenal.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Silva Stout 2011 (re?)-Release party during SDBW. First bottling.

A: Pours black with a nice cap of pretty brown foam, dense with good retention and lattice.

S: Big chocolate and bourbon, kind of a hazelnut/nuttiness as well. The chocolate is firmly in the forefront but superbly supported by the bourbon. Vanilla and some different spices from the oak. Wow, awesome.

T: Again, dark chocolate and bourbon, with the latter more noticeable now, some cola. The alcohol is present, which detracts slightly from the taste. Finishes off dry with a toasty oak flavor. The finish is short and maybe a little thin.

M: Medium body, medium-light carbonation, maybe not as soft as it could be.

O: Really nice sipper, well integrated chocolate and bourbon flavors. I didn't care for the base beer that much, but this is great stuff. Not quite up to KBS, but gives it a run for the money. I would have no problem putting back a bottle of this.

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Silva Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,063 ratings.
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