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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
Silva Stout took a lot of patience. We aged our Double Stout in oak bourbon barrels for seventeen months. Flavors are very complex. It starts off with dark chocolate truffles rolled in cocoa powder. Next is the vanilla and wood notes, with rich cherry-like fruitiness. After racking and filtering the ale, we blended in just the right amount of freshly brewed Double Stout to provide the perfect balance of bourbon barrel aging and freshness. Enjoy the culmination of years of flavor development now Ė no further aging required!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
(9/14/13) Pours a glassy blackbrown and fills the snifter with two fingers of bubbling mocha head. The nose is a wonderful example of a barrel aged stout - not too boozy with plenty of sweetness and dark fruits, and some leather and vanilla. Thereís a bit of bourbony chocolate lurking there too. The nose is very complex and smooth. Honestly, itís up there with BCBS as far as complexity and cohesion goes. The taste just as complex as the nose. Starts off with a big roasty, boozy bourbon hit, but not overpowering or unbalanced. After my palate reels from that hit, thereís a onetwo hit of coffee and some dark fruits. As the taste finishes, it catches me with more roasty coffee notes. The finish lingers with a burnt, roasty, ash tobacco notes. It is not unlike the lingering taste of a good cigar. The mouthfeel is very creamy and full. Lots of carbonation to carry the taste. Overall I was feeling pretty neutral about this brew at first. It was simply a top notch barrel aged RIS. However, upon realizing that the taste reminded me of a good cigar (of which I havenít had in about 4 years), I liked this brew a lot more because it was unique - it stood out among other RISs Iíve had because of this. The roastyness of this brew was done wonderfully - it was a complex roastyness that benefited and was made more complex by the barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle:   Black, thin sudsy beige head, spotty lacing.   Sweet roasted malt nose, slight lactose, some chocolate and cocoa.   Minor oak and bourbon, very minor.   Rather woody on the tongue, cocoa, dark chocolate, faint vinous qualities, along with bourbon, and strong roasted malts.   Not a heavy stout, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft roasted malt finish, pale cocoa and oak, slight bourbon.   Donít expect this to be a strong bourbon stout because it is not.   Smooth, light bourbon and roasted malts linger.   Very enjoyable, and solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle with huge thanks to Stawn! Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dissipates with decent lacing remaining on the glass. Aroma is roasty bourbon. Flavor is similar, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and oak. Light to medium sweet, not much bitterness, some woody astringence. Fairly light bodied actually, some carbonation in the mouth. Nothing really special here - maybe batch 1 was better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Batch 1: Pours black with a lively khaki head. Really good carbonation. Good lacing. Smell amazing char, tobacco, oak, vanilla, bourbon, coco, really quite amazing for being this old. Taste smooth bourbon, wood, huge vanilla finish. If people say this was fading, I donít buy it. Bit thinner bodied than expected. Wow. Batch 2: Pours very lively, big pillowy, khaki head. Nice lacing. Smell more muted than batch one, more red fruit, less barrel. Taste a bit sweeter, more char and roast. Still good vanilla on the tail. Roughly same body. More impressed with the older batch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1576) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2013
From a trade with rxeight. Thanks, Al. Quite dark. Nose is very boozy with some vanilla, and bourbon, and dark roast malt but mostly just alcohol. Pretty chewy and viscous. Nice upfront BBA stout qualities with predominantly dark and burnt malt bitterness at end. Not sure how this varies from the GF BBA Double Stout but this was very different and inferior from memory so a bit of a let down and preferred KBS that I tasted alongside it. Still a great beer but fell just a bit short of absolute top tier for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

2/23/2011: Green Flash Silva Stout (Barrel-Aged)... Aroma: Different and hard to describe, but I love it since itís different than usual: Vanilla almond milk, Nestle Quik chocolate, and a splash of coconut and alcohol. Appearance: Near black with ruby highlights, opaque; frothy, lasting dense brown head. Flavor: Muted chocolate blend (milk, dark, semi-sweet) with a massive amount of caramelized malts; subtle bourbon, sweet milk chocolate; milky vanilla with undertones of almond and coconut milk; threads of sweet citrus/orange hop syrup; nice char characteristic; alcohol is there, but doesnít show in the flavor as the full 10.1% ABV. Palate: Full-bodied; thick, milky, and SMOOTH; great! Overall: This is an awesome brew and

12 fl. oz. bottle (10.1% alc./vol.) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #201 for this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Sampled from bottle. I believe this was a 10í vintage, at least that what I was told. Wow! Lots of bourbon and chocolate flavors happening in this one. Dark and oily. Really hangs on the palate for quite some time. A real treat to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (672) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Sampled at Green Flash Brewery. Aroma is strong cocoa nibs. Taste is very sweet with notes of cocoa nibs, prunes and figs. Body is heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Pour is black with dark caramel colored head. Nose is bourbon and strong wood, lightly chalky with a chocolate cake batter behind and notes of caramel. Taste is woody and some bourbon, less of the cake batter, more along the dry bakers chocolate line, still a touch chalky, full body, well carbonated, and semi dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is big and roasty with lots of chocolate and some light fruit notes mixed in. The bourbon aging adds a nice vanilla and oak sweetness to the mix. Flavor is amazingly smooth. Tons of chocolate and roasted malts with a sweet bourbon flavor at the end, leading to a sweet and smooth finish.

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