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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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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.25%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

HamGlade10, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Tiernan, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Steveh36, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of DenverLogan
4.44/5  rDev +13%

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.

DenverLogan, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

GoGators, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

hpthebull, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%

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.


kojevergas, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 28, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

macrosmatic, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

adam42381, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

hopkrid, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Gagnonsux, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

drummermattie02, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

WynnO, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

tdm168, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

CJS, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

drewone, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 21, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Sammy, Jan 21, 2013
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2.35/5  rDev -40.2%


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?

ehammond1, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Jan 19, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

champ103, Jan 19, 2013
Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.