Silva Stout

California
United States
Green Flash Beer Silva Stout
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Our Double Stout ages in oak bourbon barrels, and artfully emerges as Silva Stout. This midnight black ale features elegant notes of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and ripe cherry. Round and delicately balanced in body, each sip envelops the palate with its impressively complex craft composition.

Profile

ABV: 
10.1%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
55° F
Hops: 
U.K. Golding
Malts: 
Golden Naked Oats, Dark Crystal Roasted Malts
Judges Review 
Tom Cannon's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

The beer starts with a roasted marshmallow, smoky vanilla aroma with some caramel added – not quite what one would expect from an imperial stout. In the glass it’s black on black with a fluffy dark tan head and pretty lacing. The backbone of the beer is a nice Russian Imperial Stout, but the bourbon barrel conditioning moderates the roastiness typical of the style, and provides more than a touch of sweetness to the beer. The flavor is a nice blend of coffee, burnt toffee, and perhaps some cocoa. It’s a complex beer, but it’s well-constructed. Bourbon barrel-aged beers may have run their course, but the best of them (like this one) really stand out. 

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Jim Dykstra's picture

My Score: 
95
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
9/ 10
Overall Impression: 
19/ 20
There's a lot going on here, and it's all good stuff. Silva Stout's opaque body is accented by a fluffy, sticky beige head, giving off notes of bourbon and vanilla, which carry through to the flavor, a rich Russian Imperial with smoky, woody accents and the required vanilla. It's a tad boozy, which is to be expected at 10.1 percent ABV, and we had it practically right off the line. It's corked and caged, practically begging to be cellared, which would mellow and blend the flavors magnificently. Regardless, a quality beer.