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Sleepin' With Shaggy - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

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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.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sleepin' With Shaggy from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.