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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 36
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 11-08-2006)
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from Smiley's in Dover NH before they closed this past spring. Green label, Vintage 2011. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Cloudy brew the color of apple cider. A moderate pour generates 1/2" of dense rocky foam, very creamy-looking, surprisingly good retention given the high ABV. Tons of lace, impressive!

S: This might seem odd, but my first impression is GIN. A distinctive spicy juniper aroma. This fades as it airs, but I still get it lingering behind other things. Aroma is a super thick sweet malty body, full and rounded, covers all the malty sweet spots in the nose. It smells like something you'd have to eat with a spoon. The OG must be absolutely massive. A distinct caramel/ toffee note leads the charge. Also smelling some green apple, of all things.

T/M: Significantly less complex than the smell. Less of a clean malt sweetness, more of a muddy caramel struggling to keep peppery alcohol under wraps. The high ABV was well-hidden in the smell but definitely makes itself known in the taste. Feel is a tight balance between thick malt body and thin sharp alcohol, again with the alcohol winning out.

D: Not the best drinker, largely due to difficulties in keeping the high ABV under control in the taste. I've had other brews just as strong that do a better job at that task.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:40:17 | More by BeerNinja007
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Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.