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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a tall, thick, dense brown head. Aroma is dark fruit notes. dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and oak. Taste is sweet malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, oak, dark fruit, vanilla and booze. Body is medium-full with a strong, dense carbonation. Very sticky as well as warming. Dark chocolate covered cherries, dark fruit, roasted malt, cocoa, oak and vanilla round this out.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4473) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2015
750 ml. bottled February 16, 2015. Opaque ebony with a lasting thin film of creamy bubbles. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, espresso, toffee, whiskey and toasted oak. Tastes of all the same goodness. Finish has a little bit of sweetened cured tobacco and a hint of soy. Medium plus body has smooth low-medium carbonation. Unlike many brewerís claims of "complexity", this one truly unfolds something new with nearly every sip. Itís built into my bones that I canít give a perfect 5.0 score, but with one more mutation in my gene pool this could be the one that getís there. Awesome dessert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Lots of great chocolate and hazelnut aromas. Somewhat dry finish and a medium weight on the palate. Vanilla and dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Advocate_Ames (549) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2015
BBA version. Pours dark with a thick, sticky, and creamy foam head. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, some milk lactose, toffee, hints of dark fruit, vanilla, and booze. As for flavor its boozy, with sweet lactose, a roasted malty bitterness, vanilla, and a sour fruit flavor... it is possible that my bottle was infected. Overall it was still a good drink but not worth buying due to the risk of quality standards.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jbuskirk (1022) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 3, 2015
After reading several reports of the Cellar #3 series bottles being infected, I began to be concerned that the bottle I had lovingly stored for months might be one of those unlucky few. When presented with a potential tragedy and financial misstep, I did what we all do. I lied to myself. "Surely, my Silva Stout wonít be infected," I said. "After all, I recycle, I eat vegetables, I put the toilet seat down." Sadly, the universe cared nothing for these niceties. It went the hell on and spoiled (at least part of) my Silva Stout. Smell was nothiní but butterscotch. Flavor had more of the same upfront and starchy, halfway sour grains in the finish. I wonít forgive you for this, universe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (1272) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle. A- Butterscotch, subtle apple, vanilla. A- Black color, dark liquid, brown slightly fizzy head. T- Butterscotch, vanilla. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, soft finish. O- Pretty sure this one had some mild infection going on in it. Otherwise it was all butterscotch and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SureFaust (10) - Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Cellar #3 Series, For how complex everyone has been claiming this to be I found it to be a little disappointing. Poured like motor oil, with a nice tan head. Flavor was just right at the front of the beer, had nice smooth chocolate, some vanilla and then the booze. Yet the aftertaste was incredibly acidic and put a huge damper in my palate. Perhaps my batch was infected, sad for my first stout from a favorite brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2114) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Cellar #3 Series: Pours pitch black into the glass, with a wispy tan head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles and trace lacing. The nose is of a nice mixture of chocolates, caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Flavors follow suit, with many added complexities... burnt toffee, caramel, slightly soured lactose sugars, plums, butterscotch, vanilla, fresh coffee beans and woody notes. The finish is of spent toasted grains, roasted coffee, bakerís chocolate, dark stone fruit peel, oaked wood, numbing black licorice and bourbon. The juxtaposition of the texture is nice. The lactose sugars provide the main ingredient in the creamy mouthfeel, activated by plums, licorice and toasted malt, alongside a bourbon astringency. The palate ends up highly complex with a full body. Itís creamy texture, alongside dark esters, roasts, malty sweetness, and hints of burnt grains is phenomenal. The soured lactose sugars provide an underlying layer of of complexity normally not found in sweeter Impy Stouts. This comes together gorgeously, aged properly, like a cross between an English Harvest Barleywine and an Imperial Coffee Milk Stout. Thank goodness, Iím one of the lucky recipients of this awesome synergy. Prost!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (2396) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2015
A very complex stout to say the least. Lots of toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and some fruit. Smells sort of like tequila, and I am surprised it was not aged in tequila barrels. Pours like motor oil with a thick brown head. Had at home out of a bomber. Very boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9456) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Sample at Jungle Jimís International Beerfest, from a 750ml bottle. Nearly black color -- slight red around hte edges. Nice thin tan head. Somewhat loose splotches of lace. Fantastic vanilla, bourbon, oak in the aroma. Heavier whiskey in the flavor, some tannic. Touch of dark fruit, mild dark chocolate. Nice coffee. Just a touch astringent. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet, some alcohol warmth. A bit more boozy and less well-rounded than I hoped. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Interesting, tasty stuff... But for the style, expect a bigger amount of barrel character, and tannic dryness.

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