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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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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
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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Photo of ehammond1
2.35/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

champ103, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

spinrsx, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

FLBeerGuy, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

GTB, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Lob, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of lsummers
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

lsummers, Jan 13, 2013
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.

mothman, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

freduardo, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

MarkyMOD, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
2/5  rDev -49.1%

AlexFields, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

PorterLambic, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Pecan, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of bonSreeB
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

bonSreeB, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Immortale25, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

djaeon, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

lupercmda, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mycatsissy
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

mycatsissy, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Kmccabe33, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of One2Remeber
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

One2Remeber, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

brewdude1982, Dec 01, 2012
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Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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