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Sleepin' With Shaggy - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 71
Gots: 30 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

After spending 4 years in Brandy barrels it became time to unleash the dark monster within. Thick toffee aromatics exude with dense layers of fig, molasses, caramel, and a medley of dark fruits. Sweet flavors of toffee and caramel mingle with the warming spice of vanilla, sherry-like notes, and brandy barrel oak tannin. When served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit (highly recommended) more dark fruits like plum, date, raisin, and fig are further revealed. Our CEO/Founder Mike Hinkley has enjoyed pairing this Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine with a big stuffed “Shaggy” dog that came from the local fair carnies and therefore we now have “Sleepin' with Shaggy”.
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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 27
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Justin.

Pours a light clear amber color, with no head or lacing.

This one smells kind of funky and oxidized. Honestly- kind of like cheerios and farts. As it warms that smell goes away a bit, still a bit grainy, but aromas of brandy, caramel, and toffee come out. There we go.

I still do get a bit of that cheerio flavor that might be due to oxidation (it's a 3 year old bottle), but beyond that, there's some brandy, caramel, toffee, oak, and astringent, slightly tannic oak and alcohol flavor. There's a lot of flavor on the front end, but unfortunately it's not very complex at the end of each sip, it kind of falls a bit flat. Luckily it still tastes pretty good.

This has a fairly light body for a BA barleywine, a little thin, with a small amount of carbonation, and the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and sweet.

Very interesting to try this, it seems to be past its prime, or least not handled particularly well, but it's still got vestiges of a great BA barleywine.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is dark brown with red edges and bubbly beige head. Nose is strong whiskey and wood, light sweet berry malt. Taste is heavy wood, light vanilla and whiskey. A bit of malt balance but the malt profile takes a back seat. Chocolate, a hint chalky, faint malt sweetness. Body is thick, strong carbonation to balance a big body.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown along with a thick tan head that settles respectably to the surface leaving a nice lacing with active carbonation feeding the edge of the glass. Complex aroma- boozy candied fruits, cherry, chocolate toffee with some roast elements, sweeter caramel and brandy notes on top. The flavors follows suit in addition to some chocolate caramel toffee with roasted bitterness, booze, and sweet barrel notes floating on top, lots of wood, drying out the finish. Thick, chewy palate. Overall, a really nice barleywine and a surprise for me coming from a hop-forward brewery.

Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Wicked thanks to fine trader AtlCarl for this bottle, which I'd been lusting after for some time. Two nights of Green Flash in a row? Maybe I'll make it three tomorrow. 12 oz. bottle poured into my gorgeous Kuhnhenn goblet.

Beer oozes over the lip of the bottle & slinks down into the glass, looking a lot like a darkly bruised apple. Carbonation is surprisingly spry. Nose slingshots off the surface of the beer: brandy hits the nose long before the glass comes anywhere close to my handsome face. Once I come in closer contact, still a ton of brandy that tilts close to port territory. Intense caramel & cups of brown sugar bring this right into sweet overload territory. I like sweet.

Sleepin' with Shaggy bubbles like a glass of lactating champagne. WTF? The carbonation is high to the point of fizziness, making it difficult to get past to the taste. Batting away the bubbles, one might find a quarter of a brandy barrel in here: brandy is the overriding theme. Mimics the nose, brown sugar, toffee in quantitative easing amounts. Alcohol is definitely not sleepin'. Ends with more brandy & a quarterstaff of oak. I'm going through this at a brisk pace, but one is enough.

Interesting beer that's really marred by the soda pop fizz, which is hard to get past. The ultimate judgment is a good beer that could have been better with fewer bubbles & maybe a touch less time in the barrel. I can feel how close this one is to kicking it up a notch.

Photo of fightingcherries
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I think this style caters to a very specific type of taste, which does not make it bad at all. I, personally, did not care for it. This may have been because I had an American Wild Ale before it, I did take my time to sip it. It never grew on me. It had a lovely aroma of dark fruits, figs, red wine, plums, and dates. It never really wanted to make me take another sip other than the 12.8% to get a buzz. I will try this again soon to judge it once more, but for now I can say I would not buy it again. If you like a barley wine that taste like red wine and dates with a thick syrup and mix of dark fruit aroma - this is for you.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brown color, nearly black initially, with a fizzy dirty white cap that resedes quickly leaving a few bubbles and a small hint of lacing

S : Big brandy as I expected. Dark fruits and chocolate, Pepsi cola with a faint woodiness.

T: Initial taste buds scream brandy soaked Raisinettes candy. There is a cola like quality and taste on this beer with the underlying wood and Earthiness. Brown sugar, figs, raisins, brandy are the dominant flavors though. The finish is sweet, somewhat sticky, a bit of heat and fizzy

M: Medium bodied, effervescent and a tweek to high on carbonation for me. The mouthfeel is sweet, somewhat decadent, lots of flavor but definitely full of flavor

O: Thanks to FostersJM for this treat. A must have for me. Glad I was able to try this. I will say that GF did a great job on taming the brandy in this beer, while it was brandy strong and heavy, it could have been unbearable and waaay to hot after four years.

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the oversized CBS snifter to get all of the aromatics that 4 years in a brandy barrel has to offer. Appears a deep tawny with a bit of clarity, beige velvety head that leaves a slight layer of retention. Has a thick visual weight, no lacing present. The nose is oozing with straight brandy and oak. Beneath this are heavy waves of brown sugar, caramel, dates, earthy spice, and a considerable presence of boozy heat. The taste brings much of what the nose implies, but in a more delicate way. This definitely leans towards the sweet side of things with brandy being the star of the show. Mellow dark fruit present up front with heavy brandy/caramel/molasses coming next. The sweet caramel is rounded out by a touch of char and a bit of spiciness. Very unique flavors going on here with new notes coming to the forefront with each sip as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is well worth a try. I'm not exactly the biggest brandy fan, but this is certainly a nice show of Green Flash's barrel aging abilities.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Shane. Thanks!

A: Pours a very dark mahogany with a fluffy creme head that starts to cave in on itself. Not much in the way of legs.

N: Intense burnt caramel, some cherry and sherry, oak, pecan, and vanilla. Honey and brown sugar, raisin and more of the charcoaled wood. Very sweet and the descriptions sound very good, but there's an element missing to tie everything together.

T: Lots of sweet and burnt sugars, tobacco and cigarette ash. Moderate bitterness and a hefty pecan nutiness. Decent, but not outstanding for the style.

M: Very boozy. Tad light, but it has a decent stickiness.

O: Not bad, but it's pretty average given the competition and it lacks in refinement. Too much astringency, though I really dig the inherent nuttiness. Gets better as it warms, and it came out of my cellar around 55 degrees already.

Photo of SSEngelbrecht
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown / amber color with medium carbonation and no lacing.

S: caramel, raisin, oak, booze with mild dark fruit undertones.

T: oak, raisins and brandy are prominent. In the background I found dark fruits, brown sugar, peppercorn and clove. The spice from the oak also made for an interesting balance to the sweetness typical of this style of barleywine.

M: The mouthfeel was light/medium served cool, with prominent carbonation. As it warmed, the mouthfeel changed to medium/heavy with a more syrupy / oily character.

O: I liked this beer more as I got to the bottom of the glass. As with many of my favorites, the different characteristics are highlighted as the temperature warms.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a generous beige head with good retention.

Super sweet and boozy. Can definitely tell the brandy influence. I'm really struggling to get other aromas over the brandy.

Brandy also dominates the flavor. There is some caramel there and the brandy is very strong although subdued compared to aroma. Very fruity and boozy, but a good amount of oakiness reigns in the sweetness a touch.

Medium mouthfeel. Booze comes through especially as it warms, but not overpowering. Too much carbonation for the style.

A little bit one note overall. I like brandy and there flavor is there, but overpowers the subtler flavors hurting the complexity. Also I like boozy stuff with present, but low carbonation. This one is almost fizzy at times. Not bad, but a somewhat flawed beer. I'd like to try a different batch again sometime in the future.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish amber. Big khaki head with great retention. A little leggy.

Smell - It's all brandy. Fruity. Alcoholic, but not too much.

Taste - Straight brandy flavor. Fruity. Boozy. Dry. Some caramel, but really I can't taste anything beyond brandy. Maybe some oak.

Mouthfeel - Very dry. Boozy. Oaky.

Overall - I'm gonna go out on a limb and say four years is too long for a brandy barrel. I can only taste caramel behind it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Deep mahogany brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: This is a fruity sohmbitch in a "rustic" way. By this I mean there's tons of raisin and tobacco in here. Brandy adds a boozy dark grape component. Some mineral with earthy hops. Plum, currants, and molasses. Layers of caramel and toffee. Overall, the booze is pretty well hidden.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is full of raisin, tobacco, and brandy. Light astringency accompanies vanilla, oak, mineral, dark grape, and a hint of leather. Plenty of caramel and toffee with plum, currants, and molasses. Basically tastes like it smells with a bit more booze and astringency.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. A bit too much carbonation that "blows up" a bit in the mouth. Somewhat sticky. Decent, but nothing special here.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but I'm not crazy about it. Those with a love for raisin and tobacco should enjoy more than I have. Definitely worth a try either way.

Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one. Full bottle pour, reviewed live, served at cellar temperature (around the recommended 55 degrees).

A- Pours a dark mahogony brown that appears almost jet black in the glass, about a half finger of thick foamy/creamy yellowish brown beige head that has excellent retention and fades very slowly to a thin creamy layer. Appears to have decent carbonation.

S- Wow the brandy pops out right away and can still be noticed when the glass is sitting a couple feet away. Aromas of brandy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, oak, and lots of dark fruits such as plums, cherries, apples, dates, raisins, etc. Fairly aromatic with a nice complexity and noticeable barrel characteristics.

T- Flavors of raisins, toffee, light oak, brandy, light baker's chocolate, cola, and some dark fruits (plums, apples, cherries) and a hint of yeast. Finishes with more dark fruits and a light acidity which kind of ruins the beer. Fairly complex like the aroma however the flavors don't quite come together as nicely and the light acidity + slight cola aspect kills the beer a little bit in my opinion.

M- Probably the worst part about this beer- thick, creamy, lightly syrupy, abv very well hidden, fairly high carbonation which does not fit nicely with the beer. Something was not right with the mouthfeel of this beer- I think it was how it had a decent amount of carbonation combined with a fairly dense body, I felt like the carbonation took away from the complexity and flavors making the beer less enjoyable.

O- When I first heard about this beer I had high expectations and thought that it sounded amazing. At first from the aroma it easily lived up to my expectations, but after that it went downhill. I felt like the taste didn't quite match the intensity that I was expecting from the nose and the beer was slightly overcarbonated for the style. Don't get me wrong this beer wasn't terrible, it was actually fairly drinkable, it just didn't live up to my expectations and probably isn't something I'll be trying again in the near future.

Photo of angrygrimace
4.84/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nice and deep red. Little bit of yeast sediment left in the bottle.

The beer smells a bit boozy, but at the same time sweet and nutty, a bit like candied pecans. But the taste is not boozy at all; in fact, this is the smoothest Barleywine I've ever had.

The taste is strongly of nuts (which is weird since its a Brandy Barrel aged beer), particularly liquid pecans as suggested by the smell, but the finish is oaky and very, very reminiscent of Walnuts. It just tastes fantastic. This is an amazing beer that's completely underrated, particularly in comparison to its brother beer Silva Stout. This beer is better than Silva Stout. Mouthfeel is great, super smooth for its ABV.

Great beer. Hard to get, but seek it out if you can find it.

Photo of unclejazz
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a bottle share a while back, but now sitting down and having a bottle proper.

A-solid 2 finger cream colored head on a deep mahogany body. Not too much lacing.

S-oak, lots and lots of oak. There is some fig and molasses followed some bready malt.

T-oak leads off and that is followed by fig and brandy. I get some hop resin in the back end. This reminds me a bit of BB4D, but quite a bit more oak and less sweetness.

M-really great. Between the hop bitterness and the heavy mouthfeel there is a great balance. Strong carbonation throughout

O-very solid overall, different but good. Nice to see the hops in this American Barleywine.

Cheers!

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as a great extra in a recent trade with grandmeaulnes. Big thanks for this one! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a touch of muddiness. A huge two finger pillow of dense dark tan foam shows excellent staying power and leaving lots of sheet-like lacing on the glass.

S - Powerful aromatics here. Figs and raisins up front blended with molasses and black licorice, burnt sugar, wood, brandy booziness.

T - Molasses and brown sugar, a touch buttery, burnt sugar, a bit of char, lingering figs, noticeable brandy, tobacco, woody oak, medium hop bitterness, traces of orangey citrus in the background.

M - Medium full body with a rather aggressive carbonation for the style. Carbonation is very tingly and a touch foamy in the mouth. Noticeable, but fairly well controlled alcohol warmth with just a bit of a burn on the back of the throat after the swallow. I think a lower carbonation level would be more appropriate here, but just a minor complaint...just seems like there is a bit too much going on with the high carbonation level.

O - Very good BA barleywine. Haven't had many brandy barrel aged beers to compare to, but this is quite good on its own. Complex flavors, not overly sweet and well done barreling. Quite smooth and goes down a bit easier than your typical sipper beer (which this still easily qualifies for).

Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep cola color with a huge tan head.

S: Brandy-soaked dark fruit abounds. Plum skins, prune, some date and a lot of powdery brown sugar. Some oak lingers in the background as well. Smells pretty great.

T: Opens with a big and boozy brandy note. There are hints of oak and malt, but brandy is the star here. The finish shows some plum, raisin, and a good amount of buttery toffee. Leaves an almost tannic-like dryness on the tongue with a good amount of heat. Would definitely like to see how this ages.

Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Between cola and dark tea, good sized tan head, lots of cling lace.

S - Wow. Boozy, malty, screaming dark fruits.

T - Huge malt flavor. A stick of caramel soaked in booze. The booze and brandy are most evident, but dark pitted fruits do linger.

M - Medium to heavy body, quite carbed, fair balance. Maybe a little cloying at the end.

D - I am only just starting this 12 oz and I am wondering if I can finish it. Pretty darned overpowering.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big thanks to Mike for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a dense, thick, and creamy dark cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a very deep mahogany. Lacing is thick and sparse with great cling. Big, oily legs too. A great looking beer.

Nose is booze, caramel and toffee sweetness with hints of fig and plum in the back. Barrel aging is very apparent in this one. Pretty sharp and robust. Nice.

Opens plum, prunes, and other dark fruit. Boozy towards the middle with some molasses and caramel sweetness. The alcohol is dominant here though. End is more caramel, toffee mixed with burnt fig. Finishes hot with a sweet, caramel and alcohol aftertaste. Too much alcohol presence the whole way through.

Full bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. A bit prickly and bubbly in the mouth and goes down hot as hell. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky sweet aftertaste. A touch carbonated but still pretty good. I can taste every bit of the 12.5% abv though.

Overall, not a bad beer. However, this might've spent just a couple of years too long in the barrels. The complexity is there and the flavors mesh well but almost all of it is covered by the overwhelming alcohol presence. I'd love to taste what's underneath the barrel-aging. But as is, this is just a bit above mediocre.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Bottled 12/18/12.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and brandy. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

Photo of largadeer
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Arthur. Thanks!

Tawny body with slight haziness. Pours with a large three finger head that clings to the glass. This is strangely over-carbonated for the style.

The nose is heavy on oak and oxidation - oxidation in the form of soy sauce, cocoa powder and a touch of port, while the oak brings a spicy dryness. There are some nice brown sugar notes and a touch of dark fruit. The aroma improves quite a bit once most of the excess co2 has been swirled out of the beer.

This is extremely tannic on the palate, no doubt due to several years in oak. This still has some nice rich brown sugar and cocoa flavors, but it's more about oxidation and barrel. It's actually a nice change of pace for a style that's typically very sweet. Sherry and soy sauce flavors lead into a spicy, drying finish with moderate bitterness. The body is medium-full. Much like the aroma, this beer tastes much better once most of the co2 has dissipated.

Photo of yourefragile
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle, thanks Rich!

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with a light tan-pinkish head, nice retention and minimal lace. Nose of brandy, vanilla, earth, grape, caramel and molasses. Medium thick, soft carbonation, light full body with a dry, earthy and fruity aftertaste. Flavor is slightly burnt and roasty, vanilla, raspberry and earth. A little unbalanced, but an adequate barleywine.

Photo of Etan
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with slight reddish hues. A thick cap of tan foam retains for a while.

S: Rich brandy barrel tannins dominate the nose along with some slight but pleasant notes of sherry-like oxidation. Dried fig, raisins, light chocolate, oak, coconut, vinous brandy.

T: Starts on the palate with mildly sweet brandy, followed by a dusting of cocoa, vanilla, dry leather, caramel, bitter oak, dark grain, stale-ish oxidation and some tannic nuttiness on the end.

M: Thick body, but it's lightened by the unnecessarily high carbonation. After it sits for a bit, the carbonation settles out, leaving the body pretty pleasant and creamy.

O: Going into this, I wasn't sure what to expect with 4 years in the barrel. There's a bit of oxidation creeping in that I could do without, and the barrel character really dominates, but when it's warmed up and some of the carbonation is out, this is actually pretty nice, especially if you like brandy.

Photo of FosterJM
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

1726th Review on BA
Bottle to Cycle Brewing Snifter
12oz

2013 release
Thanks to GuruDel for sharing.

App- Out of the bottle I was expecting a really nice looking beer. I was not let down. A deep crimson with some browns and reds mixed in. The head was a nice 1/2" of off tan head, that clunk well to the glass.

Smell- Okay. So this was pure brandy in the glass with some oak behind it. Very muddled and lacked integration. I didnt get a balance of oak, malts, vanilla. This was very prickly and off on the nose. I get the toffee and some burnt sugars like a creme brulee but very lacking balance and integration.

Taste- I am floored by how bad I didnt like this. Average at best and I am being nice. The brandy completely took over and added layers of prickly booze with some charred sugars, a bit grainy and earthy and a little bit of dark fruits. I am not sure what happened to this, but I expected a lot more. Was very let down.

Mouth- Well I think this is the major flaw of the beer. Completely not what you want out of a brandy barrel barleywine. A lot of prickly booze and a thinner body. The carbonation is too puffy and has a sweet tart prickly feel behind it.

Drink- Its just a touch above average. Sad they spent so much time sitting on this one.

Photo of ehammond1
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for the gift, cocoapuph!

Very dark brown body with a huge, quickly forming, and incredibly persistent head of light brown bubbles. Over-carbonated, especially for the style. This started to gush some upon opening. Once the head settles down, what's left is a very pretty barrel-aged barleywine, but before then it's largely just a glass of bubbles. I'll split the difference and call it average.

A flawed aroma, though there are some sweet, somewhat charred caramel candy notes peeking through which is nice. Lots and lots of oak character. Unfortunately, there's also some herbal qualities I don't particularly care for (juniper is actually really accurate--nice call Subpoena!), and the booze is quite present, especially on bigger whiffs. Some strengths, but definite weaknesses.

The flavor is just slightly better than the aroma, but it suffers from similar failings. Juniper, booze, lots of oak, and earthy and sweet brandy combine. There's elements of charred caramel candies as well. The flavor don't integrate particularly well, but they're not bad either.

The true failing of this beer. Very high carbonation, especially upon the first few sips seems akin to Pop Rocks or something similar. Aggressive carbonation, as in, they seem to be attacking my mouth. The mouthfeel gets better after swirling out a lot of the carbonation, but I shouldn't have to do that.

Overall, very disappointing, but not bad in the true sense of the word.

This gets better the more it warms and once the carbonation is knocked down to nearly zero (where it belongs).

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Sleepin' With Shaggy from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.