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Sleepin' With Shaggy - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 71
Gots: 31 | 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:
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”.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-03-2013)
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

beesy, Jan 22, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle at Green Flash tasting room for the Silva & Sleepin' with Shaggy release. Pours dark brown with no head. Slight aroma of brandy, molasses and dried fruit. Flavor packs a strong punch. Brandy barrel, caramel, spice and figs. Medium bodied, slightly oily. Very hot. High carbonation leads into a clean dry finish. Epic....

Hamburgers, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

fo1ksguitar, Dec 06, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -20%
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).

ehammond1, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Beerontwowheels, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

AlexChillton, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mhenson42, Apr 16, 2013
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3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 17, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

beergorrilla, Feb 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

incubuscience, Sep 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Danimal25, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

evilc, Jan 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

jegross2, Mar 18, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

jmarsh123, Jun 14, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 18, 2014
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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.

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Sleepin' With Shaggy from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.