Sleepin' With Shaggy | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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”.

Added by MasterSki on 01-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Bottled 12/18/12.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, and brandy. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time has treated this well. Looks murky with not much of a head - nothing surprising for the style and age. Armoa carries lots of toffee, leather, cedarwood cigar box, some plum notes, sweetness and an apple note from brandy, still a bit of hops, and a fait note of carboard oxidization. Flavors follow, smooth without being syrupy. Alcohol is well integrated. Really nice warming sipper.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Arthur. Thanks!

Tawny body with slight haziness. Pours with a large three finger head that clings to the glass. This is strangely over-carbonated for the style.

The nose is heavy on oak and oxidation - oxidation in the form of soy sauce, cocoa powder and a touch of port, while the oak brings a spicy dryness. There are some nice brown sugar notes and a touch of dark fruit. The aroma improves quite a bit once most of the excess co2 has been swirled out of the beer.

This is extremely tannic on the palate, no doubt due to several years in oak. This still has some nice rich brown sugar and cocoa flavors, but it's more about oxidation and barrel. It's actually a nice change of pace for a style that's typically very sweet. Sherry and soy sauce flavors lead into a spicy, drying finish with moderate bitterness. The body is medium-full. Much like the aroma, this beer tastes much better once most of the co2 has dissipated.

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3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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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3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Justin.

Pours a light clear amber color, with no head or lacing.

This one smells kind of funky and oxidized. Honestly- kind of like cheerios and farts. As it warms that smell goes away a bit, still a bit grainy, but aromas of brandy, caramel, and toffee come out. There we go.

I still do get a bit of that cheerio flavor that might be due to oxidation (it's a 3 year old bottle), but beyond that, there's some brandy, caramel, toffee, oak, and astringent, slightly tannic oak and alcohol flavor. There's a lot of flavor on the front end, but unfortunately it's not very complex at the end of each sip, it kind of falls a bit flat. Luckily it still tastes pretty good.

This has a fairly light body for a BA barleywine, a little thin, with a small amount of carbonation, and the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and sweet.

Very interesting to try this, it seems to be past its prime, or least not handled particularly well, but it's still got vestiges of a great BA barleywine.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Sleepin' With Shaggy from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 168 ratings