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

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

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.

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Candela - A Rye Barley wine aged on Cedar spirals
Cigar City/Green Flash Collab

On tap at Green Flash Brewing – 6oz pour

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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A: One of my first pours at Hard Liver was this collaborative treat I have been wanting to try for quite some time. It poured a clear caramelish color with a small white cap, a little collar and some light and spotty lacing

S: Interesting nose. Prominent rye, a bit of candy sweetness and booze grace the nostrils

T: I was taken back by the initial flavor, not what I was expecting I suppose. The rye is very evident but not as overpowering as I thought or some may suggest. I thought the cedar presence was very nice and gave the rye a run for its money throughout the entire tasting profile. Underlying caramel sweetness, hints of toffee and Earthiness

M: Medium-full body with good carbonation, intresting mouthfeel from the cedar, then rye, then cedar and then some dry yet decadent sweetness.

O: Good! This beer was unique from start to finish and seemed to be quite the game changer at every turn.

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If you enjoy the taste of a quality cigar this is a very good beer. High alcohol but exceptionally smooth taste. Sweet with a slight cedar woody taste.
Memphis flying saucer description:
"This Rye Barleywine has super rich qualities from the best British floor-malted, pale barley available. Top quality specialty malts that add to its opulent body include British Crystal and 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"

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