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

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Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela
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88
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.03%
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:
Aged on Cedar.

(Beer added by: brewdude1982 on 12-01-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 04:46:55 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

03-31-2013 02:26:22 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 19:19:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2013 22:21:56 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 18:38:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-28-2013 23:00:17 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

03-09-2013 15:06:45 | More by kylehay2004
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-08-2013 17:18:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-09-2013 18:48:12 | More by nickfl
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-01-2013 03:07:08 | More by oline73
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-11-2013 05:07:17 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 23:45:23 | More by kojevergas
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-10-2013 22:25:34 | More by MarkyMOD
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 22:53:12 | More by barleywinefiend
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 04:52:37 | More by mothman
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +2%

01-22-2013 06:34:17 | More by drewone
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 01:38:01 | More by tdm168
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-25-2013 02:03:28 | More by drummermattie02
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-23-2013 00:22:36 | More by WOLFGANG
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

05-26-2013 17:04:40 | More by claspada
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 02:39:12 | More by spinrsx
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champ103

Texas

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Creek. 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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 01:05:41 | More by champ103
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

11-04-2013 02:37:37 | More by cjgator3
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-15-2013 23:22:30 | More by Axnjxn
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ehammond1


2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
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?

Serving type: growler

01-20-2013 05:20:29 | More by ehammond1
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Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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