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

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86
very good
102 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Mantooth
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz pour at Duckworth's Park Rd Charlotte, NC for.... $3! Unreal gr8 bar.

One of the prettier beers I've seen in a glass, complexity in appearance alone. Perhaps the best use of rye I've had the pleasure to experience. It's there in spades but tempered by hops and malts, malts that have caramel spines. Killer mouthfeel, tiny head and slightly oily lacing. At the time of this review this brew rates a respectable 88, but wow is that an understatement. If you find this on draft consider yourself lucky.

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Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of charlzm
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed February 17th, 2013 at the Green Flash tap room, San Diego, CA. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance- clear, dark caramel brown with a creamy, one-finger head. Good sheeting.

Aroma is all rye, all the time. Wait, no some cigar tobacco in there as well! Very nice.

Flavor is sweet molasses and of course, rye. Plenty of peppery, spicy rye with a grace note of tobacco. A backdrop of fruity, estery flavors. Not terribly complex or subtle, but that's not the point. The bold flavor is very enjoyable.

Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Outstanding! The rye really gives a unique kick to this sweet, alcoholic beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RudnicsMEB
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Steveh36
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DenverLogan
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Denver at the Cheeky Monk.
Pours brown, small head.
Aroma of sweet malts, fig.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malts, burnt malts, powder sugar, caramel, slight candy sugar, alcohol, rye. Overall very tasty and flavorful.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hpthebull
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

B

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber brown - dark but almost clear. Small off-white head atop a modest amount of visible carbonation.

S: Cedar, sweet malt, and caramelized brown sugar. There is a subtle fruitiness also - plums?

T: Follows the nose, with some pine hoppiness as well. The cedar isn't overdone, and compliments the flavors nicely. Very tasty.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation. Alcohol certainly noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I think the cedar worked well add some dryness to what could have been an overly sweet beer. The flavors played very well with each other, and I could definitely see myself having another.

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Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of carolinabeerguy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of hopkrid
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bottlemixx

A - dark amber with a thick brownish head that has great retention

S - candy sugar, big wiffs of caramel, faint alcohol

T - bread, candy sugar, birthday cake, sweet malt, mildly bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. It's hugely malty and deep. The sugar and sweetness is intense but not cloying. The alcohol is well hidden for the ABV. The all-around character of this beer is truly delicious. It's worth a try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slips out a very deep, very dark, amber body with decent clarity and an off-white head.

Smell: A pointedly peppery, big cedar wood-based aroma with floral, citrusy blips, lightly sweetish notes of toffee and caramel, and malted rye, with a wink from an uncle addition of booze.

Taste: Those piquant, delighting peppery cedar notes are forward in the flavor, as the punchy begins to mollify and numb the tongue. Rich dark caramel, crusty rye bread, though not overly sweet. Some fruitiness noted, grapefruit and bitter orange, but holds behind the maltiness and cedar qualities. Dry, spicy, caramelized rye finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit sticky.

Overall: A nice, woodsy brew, I always appreciate the including of cedar to the guest list.

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Green Flash / Cigar City - Candela from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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