Sleepin' With Shaggy - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.
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.
03-05-2013 01:51:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.96/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
03-02-2013 02:12:07 | More by largadeer
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
02-23-2013 19:42:22 | More by yourefragile
3.64/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
08-09-2013 14:23:23 | More by barleywinefiend
3.91/5 rDev +1.3%
2/01/2013 and 2/02/2013
Thanks! Bottles into a snifter two nights in a row. I recommend swirling most of the carbonation out of the beer. The flavor improves dramatically.
A: Appears to be highly carbonated. A hard pour into the snifter yields 3.5 fingers of beige froth and two fingers of liquid. Tendrils of lacing are scattered. The color is a dark brown with a reddish tinge.
S: Candied caramel (I don't even know what that is) blends with dark toffee, brown sugar, undertones of vanilla, and breadiness. Oak is powerful. Brandy elements take the form of plum, date, and grape. Alcohol is well hidden in the aroma for the high ABV. There's a touch of citrus with a little leather and sherry.
T: A huge oak presence meets a dark fruit brandy sweetness, reminiscent of date, plum, and prune. There's a whisper of chocolate blending with toffee and a touch of caramel. There's a lower moderate bitterness with a big oak presence in the boozy finish.
M: Upper medium body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky with much alcohol warming and some astringency. The carbonation is way too high and I found this was creating a harsh tannic astringency sensation and seemed to be muting the flavors as well. I swirled my glass for a few minutes and the flavor improved a lot.
Overall: Good but not as good as the Brandy Barleywine Green Flash has offered on tap in the past. I know it's supposedly been in the barrels for 4 years, but why? To augment the oak? Well, there's a bit too much oak, and the carbonation is too damn high (the new batch of Silva suffers from this as well I think, though I need to conduct further research). The beer reminds me a bit of Alpine's Great (2009 batch).
The beer went from a 3.2 to a 3.91 when I swirled the carbonation out and let the beer open up.
02-02-2013 05:07:27 | More by HopHead84
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
06-04-2013 01:42:28 | More by Alieniloquium
Sleepin' With Shaggy from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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