Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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88
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdude1982 on 12-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged on Cedar.
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Photo of ehammond1
2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Growler

Thanks for fill, Josh!

Very dark ruby and chestnut in color, with a moderately-sized, somewhat persistent, small ring of beige foam atop the beer. Leaves the glass messy with irregular ribbons of small bubbly lace.

Lots of cedar in the aroma, along with big notes of dark fruits (red grape/raisin), but the freshly-cut cedar aroma takes center stage here, without much else to cut it.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. This is a cedar show, and it's not shy. Like stepping into woodshop and drinking the aroma of freshly-cut cedar wood. I suppose it's successful in that sense, but it doesn't make for the most enjoyable drinking experience. There's a lingering flavor on the aroma as if I just made out with a cedar forest. Not for me.

Medium in body with crisp, moderate carbonation. Big, lingering cedar aftertaste. It does not leave the tongue. The cedar...it's still there. ... It's still there. I'm taking away for this lingering, lingering, lingering misfortune.

Not a favorite of mine. A tough one to enjoy. That being said, I think the Humidor series has produced some of the most foul beers I've ever had the misfortune of putting into my mouth, and this one isn't nearly as bad. So...there's that?

Photo of Mantooth
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz pour at Duckworth's Park Rd Charlotte, NC for.... $3! Unreal gr8 bar.

One of the prettier beers I've seen in a glass, complexity in appearance alone. Perhaps the best use of rye I've had the pleasure to experience. It's there in spades but tempered by hops and malts, malts that have caramel spines. Killer mouthfeel, tiny head and slightly oily lacing. At the time of this review this brew rates a respectable 88, but wow is that an understatement. If you find this on draft consider yourself lucky.

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rye wine aged on cedar enjoyed on tap at CC Tasting Room. Coffee aroma. Black with a good head and lacey. Cola taste A little sour and sugary finish. Unexpected flavours. Still decent drinkability but was expecting more with publicized barreling and ingredients, and brewers.

Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bottlemixx

A - dark amber with a thick brownish head that has great retention

S - candy sugar, big wiffs of caramel, faint alcohol

T - bread, candy sugar, birthday cake, sweet malt, mildly bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. It's hugely malty and deep. The sugar and sweetness is intense but not cloying. The alcohol is well hidden for the ABV. The all-around character of this beer is truly delicious. It's worth a try.

Photo of Immortale25
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at The Local (Miami). Arrives in a snifter.

A- Pours dark brown with some Ruby tones shining through and a 1/4 inch tan head. Spotty, resilient lacing plus some light wispy surface foam.

S- Didn't know it when I ordered it but I can instantly tell it was aged on cedar. Wonderful peppery aroma ignites the senses and the rye accentuates it perfectly.

T- Oh baby. Very similar to the humidor series jai alai but less hoppy. The rye plays off the cedar and, together, they bring notes of white pepper, tobacco and pumpernickel bread. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden making this a dangerous brew.

M- Silky smooth but there's still a bunch of prickle from the cedar, medium carbonation and alcohol. Full-ish body that's not overly viscous.

O- Dynamite. If you like Humidor Jai Alai, you will love this. Highly recommended.

Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Cigar City Brewing - Tampa FL for 6$

Appearance - Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, dark fruits, cedar

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some dark fruits, woody cedar notes, and some peppery flavours. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste and some lingering smokey/woody/cedar flavours.

Overall – Seems more like a wee heavy than a barley wine is some respects. The cedar is very evident and while the smell isn't fantastic, the taste is very nice. This isn't something that people will line up for, but it's very interesting and well worth trying.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Candela - A Rye Barley wine aged on Cedar spirals
Cigar City/Green Flash Collab

On tap at Green Flash Brewing – 6oz pour
*05/16/13

A: Dark amber body with pristine clarity topped with a thin dark khaki head. Displaying some decent retention efforts for such a big ABV brew. Leaves light dots and some speckled stick down the glass.

S: I get forward aromas of booze, caramelized malts, and spiced raisins. There is a light earthiness coming through and a slight vinous factor as well. Cedar is rather faint as the deep kettled malts pretty much take over. Warm and inviting nose and not overly boozy.

T: Tastes of dark toffee and ripe plum mixed with a bit of dried fig and raisin. There is a whisper of wood spice and light earthiness there but the deep kettle caramelized malts make up the greater portion of flavors. The Cedar gets buried here and somewhat hard to discern at times. Lower hop bitter presence while maintaining enough of a juicy punch to carry the big body and noticeable alcohol flavors. A crisp, slightly spicy rye flavor does emerge in the finish. Overall this is very smooth and making for a nice sip.

M: Moderately full body with a nice smooth and creamy texture. There is a bit of ABV warming and lower perceived bitterness on the palate. Has an oily consistency throughout that lingers down after the finish.

D: This is a nice barley wine but I expected more coming from these two great breweries to be honest. Reminds me a lot like the regular Green Flash Barley Wine with some additional rye and wood spice influence. I think a proper barrel aging and 750ml packaging/bottle conditioning would have represented this brew in a much better way.

Photo of charlzm
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed February 17th, 2013 at the Green Flash tap room, San Diego, CA. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance- clear, dark caramel brown with a creamy, one-finger head. Good sheeting.

Aroma is all rye, all the time. Wait, no some cigar tobacco in there as well! Very nice.

Flavor is sweet molasses and of course, rye. Plenty of peppery, spicy rye with a grace note of tobacco. A backdrop of fruity, estery flavors. Not terribly complex or subtle, but that's not the point. The bold flavor is very enjoyable.

Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Outstanding! The rye really gives a unique kick to this sweet, alcoholic beer.

Photo of One2Remeber
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled today.

A: Deep, dark brown body with a dark purple hue. Off-white head, dense, leaves a sticky coat.

S: Walk through the forrest, knock on a tree to find the Keebler elves making chocolate chip cookies, then they open a box of cedar aged cigars. Candy caramel (Rolo candy). Clean citrus.

T/M: Heavy body and explosive flavors are tamed by a blanket of intense cedar. Tons of flavor melt together in a complimentary fashion for a slightly sweet, uniquely bitter interpretation of a barley wine. A hint of rye gumminess aides in softening the alcohol feel which only presents itself after the sip.

O: Homerun. First beer in a while that stands out. Drinks as a mild barleywine, not as hop pronounced like a Big Foot or Old Hollowing Bastard, but in its own way provides unique flavors besides the cedar characteristic.

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cottonwood in Houston, TX

A: Pours a dark brick red/brown color. A one finger white head forms with fine, small bubbles continuously rising. Good lace as well.
S: A big malty, spicy aroma. Toasted and caramel malts in the nose. Light chocolate, then the cedar wood character takes over. Fresh, clean wood aromas. Like walking into a wood shop. Very nice.
T: Again, lots of malty flavors that I love. Toasted and sweet caramel malts. Spicy, peppery, bready rye. Some chocolate even. Again that big fresh cut wood flavor that was in the nose. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation that is smooth. Kind of slick and oily, but not bad in that regard. Very easy to sip on. The rye, malt and wood all work to make a very enjoyable high alcohol beer.

Typically I have been unimpressed with the cedar aged stuff from Cigar City. Either the wood does not mesh with the beer, or the base beer is just not to my tastes. Well this combination with Green Flash is very good, and right up my alley. Highly recommended.

Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into an 8 oz stem-goblet at Stone World Bistro and Garden in Escondido. Cost was $4. "Candela Red Barleywine" per the menu. Green Flash/Cigar City collaboration. 10.9% ABV. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of khaki colour, nice thickness, nice cream, and decent retention. Body colour is a rich ruby. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Good appearance for a barleywine.

Sm: Milky notes, caramel, toasted malt, and floral hops. Pleasant and inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, caramel, and toasted malt. A little alcohol heat, but it's tolerable. Quite malty, and rightly so considering the style, yet also nicely hopped with complementary floral hop character. Biscuit malt. Amber malts. Not at all too bitter. Rich and enjoyable. Complex and featuring impressive depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Luscious with a bit of cream. Complements the flavours well. Well executed. Good palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I like it. Hides its ABV well. Very well priced. I'd get it again, especially at this price. One of the better collaboration beers I've had.

B

Photo of 1ndifferent
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you enjoy the taste of a quality cigar this is a very good beer. High alcohol but exceptionally smooth taste. Sweet with a slight cedar woody taste.
Memphis flying saucer description:
"This Rye Barleywine has super rich qualities from the best British floor-malted, pale barley available. Top quality specialty malts that add to its opulent body include British Crystal and German Rye. Spanish cedar lends wood aging with a depth of dark mahogany and a hint of Szechuan peppercorn spice that cuts the luxurious malt sweetness"

Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber brown - dark but almost clear. Small off-white head atop a modest amount of visible carbonation.

S: Cedar, sweet malt, and caramelized brown sugar. There is a subtle fruitiness also - plums?

T: Follows the nose, with some pine hoppiness as well. The cedar isn't overdone, and compliments the flavors nicely. Very tasty.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. Alcohol certainly noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I think the cedar worked well add some dryness to what could have been an overly sweet beer. The flavors played very well with each other, and I could definitely see myself having another.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Denver at the Cheeky Monk.
Pours brown, small head.
Aroma of sweet malts, fig.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malts, burnt malts, powder sugar, caramel, slight candy sugar, alcohol, rye. Overall very tasty and flavorful.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, brown sugar, alcohol, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of lsummers
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Tonys Darts Away at their recent green flash tasting event. It looks delishious with its tobacco brown color that light barely penetrates.

Smells ok, not as strong as I would like. Very subtle dried fruit smells of figs and raisins with some caramel notes. Think old and sweet.

Tastes pretty fair, the sweetness is definitely there up front and then resides to the more leathery tobacco fig flavors that ends with a touch of burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and fat upfront. The sip ends on a sticky dry.

Overall I enjoyed this barley wine. I wouldn't have it again but I'm glad to have tried it. It's competing against Abacus in my mind, which is a tough battle.

Photo of mothman
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark caramel brown. Beige head.

Cedar goodness! Tastes like I am drinking a sauna. The rye shows a little, but not a lot. There is a bright citrus fruit flavor with some hops. Grapefruit and peppercorn. Maybe more rye flavors as it warms up. Nice and warming.

Full bodied. Ends a little dry and sticky.

Overall, a really tasty beer. Very unique bwine.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Arrives a clear mahogany color with a light tan head that shows decent retention for such a high ABV brew.
Smell is very light, weak even, until warming. Only notes of malt, hops and some faint caramel.
Taste is much more complex than the scent with notes of malt, dark fruits, toffee, rum or whiskey, pepper and grass. Well balanced, too. Hides the alcohol well.
Very full bodied, smooth with a light effervescence. A light coating of the palate and tongue after the swallow. Warming all over. Good stuff.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: One of my first pours at Hard Liver was this collaborative treat I have been wanting to try for quite some time. It poured a clear caramelish color with a small white cap, a little collar and some light and spotty lacing

S: Interesting nose. Prominent rye, a bit of candy sweetness and booze grace the nostrils

T: I was taken back by the initial flavor, not what I was expecting I suppose. The rye is very evident but not as overpowering as I thought or some may suggest. I thought the cedar presence was very nice and gave the rye a run for its money throughout the entire tasting profile. Underlying caramel sweetness, hints of toffee and Earthiness

M: Medium-full body with good carbonation, intresting mouthfeel from the cedar, then rye, then cedar and then some dry yet decadent sweetness.

O: Good! This beer was unique from start to finish and seemed to be quite the game changer at every turn.

Photo of brewdude1982
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer at Busy Bee in Raleigh NC and it was on tap. It was listed as a rye barleywine and a collaboration beer between Green Flash and Cigar City.

A: brown with excellent clarity and white foamy head.
S: very unique
T: odd taste with what may be black pepper and possibly other spices but not as much of a barley wine taste as I expected.
MF: great carbonation and medium body
O: it was ok but I could ony do one of these before I would have to switch to something else.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slips out a very deep, very dark, amber body with decent clarity and an off-white head.

Smell: A pointedly peppery, big cedar wood-based aroma with floral, citrusy blips, lightly sweetish notes of toffee and caramel, and malted rye, with a wink from an uncle addition of booze.

Taste: Those piquant, delighting peppery cedar notes are forward in the flavor, as the punchy begins to mollify and numb the tongue. Rich dark caramel, crusty rye bread, though not overly sweet. Some fruitiness noted, grapefruit and bitter orange, but holds behind the maltiness and cedar qualities. Dry, spicy, caramelized rye finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit sticky.

Overall: A nice, woodsy brew, I always appreciate the including of cedar to the guest list.

Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.