ineedbeer (1095) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
john_chaney (18) - - MAY 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brewed 2013 aged 18 months according to bottle. This beer poured an obsidian black with a finger or two of tan head.The complex flavors coalesce for me into one familiar old flavor, butterscotch. The caramel, the dark cherry, and the bourbon all conspire to produce a nose and flavor awfully similar to a buttery nipple. Initially I picked up a bit of vinegar, that receded as the beer warmed to room temp at 70 degrees. Once the beer settles down, the dark fruits with their tartness become prevalent along with alcohol that no longer feels the need to hide. There’s so much about this beer that screams solid stout, in the end... Silva is a rangy dark ale that really wants to play with the big boys and just comes up short.
vtafro (4506) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Super dark chocolate, roasted, vanilla aromas. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, marshmallows, oak flavors.
jbeatty (1182) - New York, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Cellar 3 bottling, 05/26/2015. Pours a black color, medium sized tan head, lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of cocoa dusted truffles, vanilla caramel bourbon, some fruitiness, licorice...the stock description is pretty spot on actually. Taste is similar, caramel cherry chocolate, bitterness and roast through the middle, with bourbon, chewy toffee notes to finish. Medium thick body. Well done.
brnandersen (2416) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught sample at CBC 2015. Black with a dense, tanned head. Roasted aroma with chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, wooden notes - Bourbon barrel. Taste is sweet-roasted. Full body, oily texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes lasting roasted with lingering chocolate and bourbon barrel. Excellent Stout.
suprchunk (2530) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour. Thick brown head. Painted on lacing. Chocolate, fig, bourbon, coffee nose. Taste is plum, figs, turbinado, coffee. Finishes slightly warm, but very delicious.
toxichop (432) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
P: Completely black with a two finger brown head. S: Tobacco, bourbon, wood, leather and hint of alcohol. T: Very dark fruit forward, bourbon, tobacco, a touch of molasses, and black licorice. M: Softly carbonated, its full body but doesnt feel to heavy/thick. O: A little different but my bottle tasted great, balance without hiding the bourbon.
furthur (366) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, ultra black beer, big, sticky oatmeal colored head, awesome lace. Aroma is balsamic vineagar, raisin, cherries, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, cookie dough, dried plums, roasted barley, brown sugar. Taste is molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, cherrie pie filling, salt, coffee, bourbon. This is a bit sweet, but the salty, coffee finish is almost dry. Palate is thick and smooth, carbonation subdued. If this were a bit drier...it could almost be a 5.
kaser (3799) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a monster. Black thick pour from 22oz bottle at Lakehouse. Huge Carmel and sweet aroma. Super rich taste. Massive Carmel cocoa and milky taste. Very complex. It's good. A lot going on here almost confusing
swoopjones (6760) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Blue Monk, Medium bodied black pour, dark tan head. lotsa of roast, dark chocolate, medium bourbon/vanilla,burbt coffee. a little thin but good
poisoneddwarf (1915) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 vintage (bottled 3 months ago). Rating #1900. Aroma consists of dark fruit, raisins, oak, caramel, coconut, chocolate, vanilla. Pours opaque black with a thick tan head that falls after a couple minutes. Taste is licorice, alcohol (not too harsh, but noticeably warming), coffee, roasty and savory along with all aroma descriptors. Really nice.