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Barleywine Style Ale - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 40
Gots: 74 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

spamages, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured well into my .3l Guinness glass, and has a well filtered copper colored body and a towering off white head.

Piny aromas, but a well pronounced caramel colored body.

The taste is surprisingly vanilla, with orange, bourbon, and cracker and maybe a bit mesquite.

Feels mildly carbonated, kind of dry, and slightly warm in the end.

Long time since I'd had a barley wine. Well worth the wait.

TheSarge, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, my first barley wine in 20 years...my last one was a drain pour, but now...

2011 Vintage

Pours a clear amber with hints of gold, a huge ecru head leaves some lacing and sticks around till the end.

Smell is a touch roasted malt, caramel, some hops and booze, and a touch medicinal.

Taste is of big roasted malt, and to a lesser degree, some hops, and dark sugars like molasses or brown sugar.

Feels creamy and smooth, coats the tongue, amazing for such high abv.

Well, I admit, my expectations were low, so my experience was great. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly, and I will add the barleywine style to my rotation, and the reviews say this isn't even one of the good ones....


Drinkerofales, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of dav
4/5  rDev +3.1%

dav, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Marty30
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served into a Duvel tulip.55 degrees. 2011 batch

A. Dark muddy brown body, 1 finger off-white head,some spotty lacing.

S. I get caramel first with some butterscotch and brown sugar. Some fruits such as banana and fig.

T. Definately some alchohol presence in this. Follows the smell, good caramel and brown sugar with the ripe fruits. Ends with a slightly bitter finish.

M. Nice thick,heavy feel coats the palete. Bitter slightly dry finish.

Overall pretty good,above average BW. I would not hesitate to drink this again.

Marty30, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cycoduck, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Marti403, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

cowboy83, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jjfancybeers, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

drummermattie02, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of MrHirschybar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MrHirschybar, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of LaneMeyer
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 Vintage poured into a tulip.

A - reddish-brown color, one-finger head.

S - plum, brown sugar, raisin, rum, molasses, licorice.

T - Bitter, alcohol, caramel, bread, sour aftertaste.

M - syrupy

O - I'm not impressed with this beer. It's palatable but lacks any pizazz. Won't buy again.

LaneMeyer, Jan 02, 2012
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

QuadrupleIPA, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

rdespain, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a short off-white head, that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a harsh burst of hops bitterness followed by an alcohol sting when you sip the beer right away. However, if you let the beer sit for about 10-15 minutes everything tones down and the beer becomes much more balanced. At that point it starts with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and some fruit. The hops bitterness is still there and is still strong but after the beer warms it’s much more harmonious with the other components of the beer. The malt character is hearty and there is still a bit of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice stronger beer to drink on for a long time and while it’s not a terribly high ABV, this beer is more of a sipper because it improves greatly as it warms.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

zoghbi, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Swervine44, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

DaveONan, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

iSrALE, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of McLaughlin5350
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer poured reddish brown. smelled of hops and molasses. the taste was different from the other barley wines i have had. it had a good bit of a hops taste to it but it also still had that typical slight fruitness of most barely wines. I really enjoyed this beer and would not hesitate to get it again. I haven't had anything from this brewery yet that i have disliked.

McLaughlin5350, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of 11millsown113
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought this beer without really knowing about it. the women at the register immediately said it was an excellent barley wine.

poured a nice amber color and had a very nice hop aroma.

it was a very smooth taste with a great hop aftertaste. many barley wines have a very sweet taste to them (sometimes almost sickly sweet). but this is just right. the 10.9 ABV is very well hidden by the hops and is extremely smooth.

overall this was an excellent barley wine, would defiantly buy it again to share with friends.

11millsown113, Dec 18, 2011
Barleywine Style Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.