Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 22oz bottle, vintage 2011, obtained today at Jaspers for $6.99.
Poured into a small tulip, it is a clear copper color with slow, sporadic carbo. Head is creamy and light tan, the foam being quite fine and even. Lacing is pretty good in the glass. The aroma actually gives off some heat, so the 10.9% ABV may be a bit rough here. There's also some caramel maltiness and a bit of rindy hops thrown in. The mouthfeel is verrry nice, with a silky smooth feel on the tongue to go along with a medium-plus, chewy body.
The flavor has a healthy heaping of toffee with some mild sweetness right off the bat. Some fruitiness lurks nearby, and then turns things over to the hops. Here we get some rindy, piney, puckery action, with a smack of dry citrus filling out the finish. It is indeed a "warm" beer, but not really harsh, thankfully. It reminds me somewhat of Smuttynose Barleywine, though that one can be quite "hot" when young. This one here is solid and pleasing. And with that, on this Veteran's Day, 11-11-11, I raise my glass to our Veterans, present and past, young and old, male and female: THANK YOU!!!
3.98 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
11-11-2011 21:09:04 | More by Bierman9
4/5 rDev +3.1%
On Tap (2009)
Churchill's Pub & Grille
(Aged for 2 years)
Slightly hazy murky brown and auburn with golden edges--very thin off-white head which leaves sheets of lace down the glass.
Sweet aroma of toffee and caramel along with white, sweet fruits. There's a citrus component as well, like many of Green Flash's more hoppy offerings.
The flavor is remarkably well balanced, though still somewhat sweet. The malty toffee and caramel are the stars, and after 2 years, the alcohol burn I'm familiar with from this beer has all but diminished. Very nice.
Medium to full mouthfeel and a bit oily. Appropriate.
A very nice, drinkable, somewhat sweet barleywine. I recommend sitting on this for a couple years after purchasing a bottle. I've had this beer fresh a number of times and this aged version was substantially better than those.
11-07-2011 02:32:48 | More by ehammond1
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
A: Dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.
S: Candied caramel and pronounced apple. Grapefruit accompanies date and pine resin. Alcohol is evident. Smells really nice.
T: Sweet caramel with aggressive pine and grapefruit hop notes and an upper moderate bitterness. I get Granny Smith apple and an alcoholic punch. Finishes with caramel, grapefruit, and booze.
M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation.
Overall: An aggressive but enjoyable American Barleywine. I could see this benefiting from a year of age.
10-31-2011 02:36:27 | More by HopHead84
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
A: Pours amber/red with big fluffy head. Moderate retention & great lacing.
S: Hops and citrus are the dominant aromas here.
T: Hops, grapefruit, a little boozy. The grain / malt flavors are bittersweet. Initially reminds me of an imperial red, but has the look and feel of a good barleywine.
M: Viscous with a bitter aftertaste.
O: Pretty good. This one can be dangerous, as it's an easy drinker. Good thing I only have 1 bottle;)
10-27-2011 00:41:42 | More by djaeon
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Beerthday weekend? Faggetaboutit, opening this 2008 bomber now.
Poured from the bottle to the snifter, rigerously, making way for a sud driven dense tan head. Tan? Yep tan. Lookin good sexy, you come here often?
Nope, Its my first time.
Smelling all fine with extra perfume, trying to seduce me with all that caramel brown sugar, and round boiuncin hops.
Dark brown non transparent personality.
Do you smoke? Nope, its just my chared toffee burnt sugar residue.
Do you drink?
Yep, and I'm smooth as silk with just a little prickle of carb.
What do you taste like?
Oh you are a naughty boy...
Well I'm all burnt sugars, toasted malt and I finish real bitter with pine, gotta talk nice to me cause I finish real dry.
I bring that heat too, but not over the top, just enough so you know I'm there, but mostly hidden under my blouse.
I like what I'm getting, sip after sip.
10-21-2011 03:28:05 | More by Buebie
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
22oz bottle into a tulip glass
2008 Vintage %10
A- Pours a nice dark blood reddish brown with 1 finger worth of khaki head that sits tight. Not much retention but leaves really sexy alcohol legs on the side of the glass.
S- Sweet musty caramel malts and toffee with lots of dark fruit notes and molasses. Faded spicy hops come through even after all these years creating a really nice overall aroma. Some alcohol in the background but blends nicely.
T- First of your immediately hit with the hops once again after all these years. They great a strong bitterness and grassy flavor on the tip of the tongue. But as it goes down the middle of the mouth brings out the sweetness of the caramel malts with flavors of musty old toffee and dark fruits. After it goes down all the way the mouth is coated and left bitter and dry from the hops again and slightly stung from the alcohol. Really nice
M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter dry finish.
10-13-2011 22:50:09 | More by Arenbeer
Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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