Received this brew as an extra from one Mr. Gibby out in the 215 (I’m gangsta). I’ve heard great things about this brew and Green Flash is a tasty brewery. Gotta be a winning combo. Drank from my Darkness snifter.
Poured from a super cool 355mL Green Flash bottle (12oz for the common man)
Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish black with a perfect one finger creamy dark brown head. Once the head dies down not much of a cap remains but a fairly nice collar leaves plenty of rich lacing.
Smell- Surprisingly earthy with a dark chocolate smell that isn’t overly potent but still assertive. The barrel influence is light but I do get a light woody nuttiness and a touch of vanilla. Not a significant roastiness but there is a charred aspect that really seems to come out as it warms. The real smell in the nose though are the hops. A really deep dark fruitiness that comes through along with an almost lemony citric kick.
Taste- Starts with this velvety smooth tinge of milk chocolate and a bit of warming alcohol. The chocolate is really nice and so even keeled. Touches of coffee and bitter roasted malt make their way in along with some vanilla and caramel. The finish is citric and lightly bitter from a healthy dose of hoppy goodness. Oddly enough I don’t get much of the actual barrel until well into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a light bit of carbonation and plenty of warming from the 10.1%.
Drinkability- A fine example of a well balanced barrel aged stout. Nothing is really dominate as the wood, malt and hops all work really well together. Usually as I’m 12oz though a barrel aged Imperial Stout I’m wishing they didn’t package in 22oz bottles. Silva Stout is not one of those beers. I could easily handle (and enjoy!) another 10oz of this tasty brew. Thanks very much Jeff!!
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