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Sleepin' With Shaggy - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 71
Gots: 32 | FT: 5
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:
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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Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mltobin, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Stephanieha
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Stephanieha, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

brewtechnik, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

homebrew311, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DmanGTR, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

thebigredone, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of SchuStar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

SchuStar, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of brother_kenneth
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

brother_kenneth, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

Sarlacc83, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of SSEngelbrecht
3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

SSEngelbrecht, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of cfrances33
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

cfrances33, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

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 13, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

hilgart1, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

MaseFace, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

HopsMatt, May 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

metalgdog, May 29, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -8%

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.

DavoleBomb, May 24, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

jaasen64, May 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

mendvicdog, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

duceswild, May 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

mcdonald422, May 21, 2013
Sleepin' With Shaggy from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.