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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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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 – no further aging required!


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2223) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Bine and Vine: Poured a dark black liquid topped with a delicate formation of tan colored head. Aroma smells boozy which means the Bourbon barrels did this beer some justice. Aroma also has notes of dark chocolate, roast malt and mocha frappuccino. The drink follows the same path with a heavy dosage of boozy bourbon flavors that allows enough room for the wood and malts. The wood bring about an earthy yet tart almost sour taste while a notice of roasted black malts attempt to balance everything out, but I would mention that they didn’t succeed. As for the palate, there is a creamy texture but with the addition of fine carbonation levels that goes over well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle: at sfbeerweek celebrator fest, inky black pour with large tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor was smooth/creamy with chocolate, mocha, vanilla, cherry, oak and a subtle bourbon kick. Palate was rich and creamy with a nice sweetness balance with a little grain/oak grit and cherry tartness. I thought this beer was outstanding and revisited it several times at the festival. I liked that the bourbon was subtle and just another flavor note.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1443) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Sample at the Secret Stash Bash. Pours black, with a small, tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, toffee, and maple syrup. The flavor is very sweet and malty, with very little roasted bitterness. The palate is medium to heavy, syrupy, thick, and malty. Overall, this is very smooth, and delicious stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Batch 2. Roasty with chocolate and mild bourbon notes underneath. Plenty of body; tasty blend. After having multiples of batch 1 (and now b2), I still don't understand all the hype around Silva. Good but not great.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1159) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Beer Revolution. Aroma is a balanced blend of chocolate, roast and dark fruit with various chocolate notes being most prevalent. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate are present. Light roast character. Dark fruit notes are raisin and prune. No hop aroma. Pours black with a light mocha head with really good retention that clings to the edges. No lacing and big legs. Flavor is also dominated by rich chocolate notes. Sweet milk chocolate, some dark chocolate and light roast upfront. Mid palate you get some esters and some vanilla. Lots of complex barrel character to this one - hints of bourbon, the vanilla, some almond. Finish has a bit of alcohol heat and more bitter, dark chocolate. Full bodied with medium carbonation. No astringency and moderate alcohol heat. A lot of silkiness to this one. Overall this is a really enjoyable beer. Great chocolate and roast malt character with complex barrel notes. The alcohol is nicely balanced. I could drink a few of these. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (531) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
12 ounce bottle (second batch, from 2013), poured into a tulip. Pitch black with a small brown head. Nose is vanilla, chocolate and malt. Flavor lacks almost any detectable bourbon; vanilla, malt, chocolate, alcohol burn. Higher carbonation than expected for a BA Stout. Overall this almost seems like a different beer than the first batch, probably because of the missing bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4017) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Tap at rrbf. psyched to finally try this bad boy. Good stuff, but I had it immediately after having a big pour of Goose Island Bourbon County so it suffered a bit from comparisons sake. But I still think it was better than any single bottle of Double Stout I have ever had. Bourbon is definitely apparent, but blends well the big stout, leaving some light dark fruit, chocolate, and light vanilla woody notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Draft. Not the best I've tasted. Lacks the aroma I've come to love with bbl beers. Served too cold but its outside and 35 degrees out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stoutpark (16) - ITALY - DEC 19, 2012
Omg!! Tried @pouritblack festival, really impressive , well balanced between oak aged and fresh stout. It’s amazingly flavoured, vanilla, chocolate, cherry and wood create a perfect combination and make this beer unique!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6913) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle at home. Thanks Hopscotch for shipping it. It pours jet black with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is at first lots of sweet bourbon and sweet chocolate. Underneath is roasted malt and chocolate caramel. The flavour is sweet roasted malt and chocolate caramel. Vanilla and oak is dominating. Warming bourbon finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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