Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
2.08/5 rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1
22 oz. into a snifter/ 2008
P: Very dark amber with a cream-colored head that's quite nice! It's thick and dense with a frothy, yet firm crown of foam that shows very good retention for a 10% brew. Sinks to form a thick collar while leaving some notches of lace in its wake.
A: Huge waves of toasted caramel malts, toffee, piney hops, dark fruits, burnt sugar, and booze are present. Damn, I hope this isn't as boozy as it smells because this is reminding me of hard liquor, which is more than a bit worrysome.
T: And now my worries have come to reality. This over-powering booziness reminds me a little of fresh Old Guardian. Its got that solvent-like, vodka quality to it that just scorches everything in sight. Anyhow, there's a bready caramel malt that proclaims itself king right off the bat. But the citrusy, piney hops manage to make their way to the forefront in spots as well. There are also some pleasant notes of toffee and dark fruits in here as well, but you have to dig a little for them. They are pretty sublte, but they remind me of figs and black cherries. Some slight oxidation noted in this bottle as well, but I'm not holding that against this brew as it's not the brewers fault. The absurd amount of unbridled, unmasked alcohol, however, is!
M: Green Flash Barleywine is a medium-full bodied beer that leans more toward full as it warms up a bit. Its got a sticky, creamy, mouth-coating chewiness to it along with a prickly bite from the generous amount of carbonation.
Notes: This is just a boozy mess of a beer that completely fails to work in harmony right now. It's a shame because there are some really good flavors in here, too. That vodka-like ethanol just wore me down and made it a chore to get through even a glass. And considering that I am a cheap-ass bastard in the worst way, it takes a lot for a beer to become a drainpour. Unfortunately, this one pushed me past the threshold and the rest met its fate at the bottom of my kitchen sink. What the hell happened here? Green Flash makes excellent beers, but this just wasn't one of them! Will have to revisit this to ensure that I didn't get a bad bottle.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2009 02:27:36 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Deep reddish brown with a huge, dense head and beautiful, intricate lacing
S: Sweet malts with toffee and dark fruits; roasted sweet delicious balanced aromas
T: A touch boozy up front but that harshness fades quickly and is replaced by a slightly sweet maltiness; some darker fruits and coffee--a subtle hop bitterness (this is 2 years old) does create balance
F: A touch thin for a beer this big but still creamy
O: A nice, mellow big barleywine--the 2 years aging mellow out the hops that this beer brings when it is fresh but it also mellows the heat a bit
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2014 17:47:21 | More by dbossman
4.16/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I cellared this one for a year and half. I must suggest that I feel as though my patience was rewarded.
Appearance - The beer was an auburn brown color. It brings to mind the Crimson Tide to some degree. Lacing clung to the sides of the glass, with the off-white head slowly dissolving.
Smell - The aroma was a little bit of a letdown as only the malt seemed to stand out.
Taste- Initially, the gingery and grassy hops make the biggest impression. The malts, with some sweetness, jump into the picture coating the tongue with their thickness. There are notes of mild pepper, pine, and even a little resiny grapefruit. The warming impression in modest.
Mouthfeel - It is here that the beer makes an impression. The malts really coat the tongue nicely and allow this beer to linger with a malty ginger spiciness.
Overall - Time in the cellar did this one good. I might go so far as to suggest this is among the better non- barrel aged American barleywines.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2014 23:40:22 | More by JohnnyHopps
Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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