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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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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

01-16-2013 02:39:12 | More by spinrsx
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-15-2013 02:01:17 | More by FLBeerGuy
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2013 12:55:00 | More by GTB
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-13-2013 04:59:18 | More by Lob
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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

01-13-2013 00:09:50 | More by lsummers
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

01-12-2013 04:52:37 | More by mothman
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-12-2013 03:29:46 | More by freduardo
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-10-2013 22:25:34 | More by MarkyMOD
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

01-10-2013 14:40:56 | More by AlexFields
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

01-10-2013 03:32:15 | More by PorterLambic
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-29-2012 17:01:14 | More by Pecan
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

12-28-2012 21:18:55 | More by bonSreeB
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North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +24.8%

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.

12-26-2012 18:49:19 | More by Immortale25
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-22-2012 21:23:31 | More by djaeon
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-16-2012 03:49:23 | More by lupercmda
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

12-11-2012 00:52:29 | More by mycatsissy
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

12-09-2012 20:35:46 | More by Kmccabe33
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

12-07-2012 03:46:35 | More by One2Remeber
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North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

12-01-2012 08:08:31 | More by brewdude1982
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Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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