Candela
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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From:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Barleywine
ABV:
10.9%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 13.74%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
80
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 12, 2017
Added:
Dec 01, 2012
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  3
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing

The collaborative efforts between Cigar City Brewing and Green Flash Brewing eventually went down a path with the idea that the resulting brew should not only be a very special brew but also one that will go nicely with a great American cigar…a green wrapper Candela. Technical Description: So massive is this Rye Barleywine after a long and intensive boil that it envelops the 75 IBU of hops given it. The super rich qualities of this brew come from the best British floor-malted, pale barley available. Top quality specialty malts that add to its opulent body include British Crystal German Rye. Spanish cedar lends wood aging with a depth of dark mahogany and a hint of Szechuan peppercorn spice that cuts the luxurious malt sweetness. With a beer this rich and decadent you may indeed, “Have A Cigar”. Cheers from, Chuck Silva & Wayne Wambles.
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I think I had this at Mellow Fellow in North Lake Tahoe. Man we kicked some ass at cornhole that night. A mixture of those brown and auburn colors, heading into red territory towards the edge, off white ,1/3" head on top. Lots of caramel, cedar, and earthen malt on this one in the aroma department. This leans more of a Cigar City aroma moreso than Green Flash.

Booze, cedar, caramel, earth, raisin. Hops jump in at the mouth feel stage as you comprehend this is still a substantially bitter beer as well. Palate gets tempered to the booze and it fades into the background keeping it from being too challenging to drink.

I think this is a worthy and unique subgenre in the wood aged barleywine beers out there.
Jan 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.02 by aquazr1 from California

Feb 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Dicers from California

Oct 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Oct 05, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by StephRai from New York

Sep 26, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by Luisfcarrizo from Florida

Sep 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by KG710 from Georgia

Jun 29, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jun 26, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by C_S from Washington

Jun 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Apr 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by DeanMoriarty from California

Apr 14, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by SamPowell from California

Apr 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by md655321 from Michigan

Mar 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by anticipation23 from Wisconsin

Feb 17, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by kaseydad from California

Feb 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by stoney1031 from Texas

Jan 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by mmulebarn from Minnesota

Jan 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by crowbar540 from Tennessee

Jan 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by DerrickW from Georgia

Dec 14, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Nov 08, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by cjgator3 from Florida

Nov 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by Silverpath6 from Texas

Oct 17, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Spaz7 from California

Oct 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by mookihouse from California

Sep 18, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by DaTimBennett from Florida

Jul 26, 2013
 
Rated: 4.1 by rkarimi from Colorado

Jul 25, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by rawfish from California

Jul 25, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Jul 23, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by RegalEagle from California

Jul 20, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by mverity from Florida

Jun 24, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by djmichaelk from Florida

Jun 13, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by claspada from New Jersey

May 26, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by bcostner1 from Tennessee

May 26, 2013
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Reviewed by Nugganooch from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Candela - A Rye Barley wine aged on Cedar spirals
Cigar City/Green Flash Collab

On tap at Green Flash Brewing – 6oz pour
*05/16/13

A: Dark amber body with pristine clarity topped with a thin dark khaki head. Displaying some decent retention efforts for such a big ABV brew. Leaves light dots and some speckled stick down the glass.

S: I get forward aromas of booze, caramelized malts, and spiced raisins. There is a light earthiness coming through and a slight vinous factor as well. Cedar is rather faint as the deep kettled malts pretty much take over. Warm and inviting nose and not overly boozy.

T: Tastes of dark toffee and ripe plum mixed with a bit of dried fig and raisin. There is a whisper of wood spice and light earthiness there but the deep kettle caramelized malts make up the greater portion of flavors. The Cedar gets buried here and somewhat hard to discern at times. Lower hop bitter presence while maintaining enough of a juicy punch to carry the big body and noticeable alcohol flavors. A crisp, slightly spicy rye flavor does emerge in the finish. Overall this is very smooth and making for a nice sip.

M: Moderately full body with a nice smooth and creamy texture. There is a bit of ABV warming and lower perceived bitterness on the palate. Has an oily consistency throughout that lingers down after the finish.

D: This is a nice barley wine but I expected more coming from these two great breweries to be honest. Reminds me a lot like the regular Green Flash Barley Wine with some additional rye and wood spice influence. I think a proper barrel aging and 750ml packaging/bottle conditioning would have represented this brew in a much better way.
May 21, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by johntfox from Florida

May 21, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

May 20, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by Zbeetleman from California

May 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by beernads from Florida

May 11, 2013
Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 102 ratings