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Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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102 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged on Cedar.

Added by brewdude1982 on 12-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
102
pDev:
13.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
3
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Growler

Thanks for fill, Josh!

Very dark ruby and chestnut in color, with a moderately-sized, somewhat persistent, small ring of beige foam atop the beer. Leaves the glass messy with irregular ribbons of small bubbly lace.

Lots of cedar in the aroma, along with big notes of dark fruits (red grape/raisin), but the freshly-cut cedar aroma takes center stage here, without much else to cut it.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. This is a cedar show, and it's not shy. Like stepping into woodshop and drinking the aroma of freshly-cut cedar wood. I suppose it's successful in that sense, but it doesn't make for the most enjoyable drinking experience. There's a lingering flavor on the aroma as if I just made out with a cedar forest. Not for me.

Medium in body with crisp, moderate carbonation. Big, lingering cedar aftertaste. It does not leave the tongue. The cedar...it's still there. ... It's still there. I'm taking away for this lingering, lingering, lingering misfortune.

Not a favorite of mine. A tough one to enjoy. That being said, I think the Humidor series has produced some of the most foul beers I've ever had the misfortune of putting into my mouth, and this one isn't nearly as bad. So...there's that?

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer at Busy Bee in Raleigh NC and it was on tap. It was listed as a rye barleywine and a collaboration beer between Green Flash and Cigar City.

A: brown with excellent clarity and white foamy head.
S: very unique
T: odd taste with what may be black pepper and possibly other spices but not as much of a barley wine taste as I expected.
MF: great carbonation and medium body
O: it was ok but I could ony do one of these before I would have to switch to something else.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Tonys Darts Away at their recent green flash tasting event. It looks delishious with its tobacco brown color that light barely penetrates.

Smells ok, not as strong as I would like. Very subtle dried fruit smells of figs and raisins with some caramel notes. Think old and sweet.

Tastes pretty fair, the sweetness is definitely there up front and then resides to the more leathery tobacco fig flavors that ends with a touch of burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and fat upfront. The sip ends on a sticky dry.

Overall I enjoyed this barley wine. I wouldn't have it again but I'm glad to have tried it. It's competing against Abacus in my mind, which is a tough battle.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into an 8 oz stem-goblet at Stone World Bistro and Garden in Escondido. Cost was $4. "Candela Red Barleywine" per the menu. Green Flash/Cigar City collaboration. 10.9% ABV. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of khaki colour, nice thickness, nice cream, and decent retention. Body colour is a rich ruby. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Good appearance for a barleywine.

Sm: Milky notes, caramel, toasted malt, and floral hops. Pleasant and inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, caramel, and toasted malt. A little alcohol heat, but it's tolerable. Quite malty, and rightly so considering the style, yet also nicely hopped with complementary floral hop character. Biscuit malt. Amber malts. Not at all too bitter. Rich and enjoyable. Complex and featuring impressive depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Luscious with a bit of cream. Complements the flavours well. Well executed. Good palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I like it. Hides its ABV well. Very well priced. I'd get it again, especially at this price. One of the better collaboration beers I've had.

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3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, brown sugar, alcohol, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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