Sleepin' With Shaggy | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Sleepin' With ShaggySleepin' With Shaggy
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Sleepin' With ShaggySleepin' With Shaggy

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 29
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of unclejazz
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a bottle share a while back, but now sitting down and having a bottle proper.

A-solid 2 finger cream colored head on a deep mahogany body. Not too much lacing.

S-oak, lots and lots of oak. There is some fig and molasses followed some bready malt.

T-oak leads off and that is followed by fig and brandy. I get some hop resin in the back end. This reminds me a bit of BB4D, but quite a bit more oak and less sweetness.

M-really great. Between the hop bitterness and the heavy mouthfeel there is a great balance. Strong carbonation throughout

O-very solid overall, different but good. Nice to see the hops in this American Barleywine.


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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as a great extra in a recent trade with grandmeaulnes. Big thanks for this one! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a touch of muddiness. A huge two finger pillow of dense dark tan foam shows excellent staying power and leaving lots of sheet-like lacing on the glass.

S - Powerful aromatics here. Figs and raisins up front blended with molasses and black licorice, burnt sugar, wood, brandy booziness.

T - Molasses and brown sugar, a touch buttery, burnt sugar, a bit of char, lingering figs, noticeable brandy, tobacco, woody oak, medium hop bitterness, traces of orangey citrus in the background.

M - Medium full body with a rather aggressive carbonation for the style. Carbonation is very tingly and a touch foamy in the mouth. Noticeable, but fairly well controlled alcohol warmth with just a bit of a burn on the back of the throat after the swallow. I think a lower carbonation level would be more appropriate here, but just a minor complaint...just seems like there is a bit too much going on with the high carbonation level.

O - Very good BA barleywine. Haven't had many brandy barrel aged beers to compare to, but this is quite good on its own. Complex flavors, not overly sweet and well done barreling. Quite smooth and goes down a bit easier than your typical sipper beer (which this still easily qualifies for).

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep cola color with a huge tan head.

S: Brandy-soaked dark fruit abounds. Plum skins, prune, some date and a lot of powdery brown sugar. Some oak lingers in the background as well. Smells pretty great.

T: Opens with a big and boozy brandy note. There are hints of oak and malt, but brandy is the star here. The finish shows some plum, raisin, and a good amount of buttery toffee. Leaves an almost tannic-like dryness on the tongue with a good amount of heat. Would definitely like to see how this ages.

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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Between cola and dark tea, good sized tan head, lots of cling lace.

S - Wow. Boozy, malty, screaming dark fruits.

T - Huge malt flavor. A stick of caramel soaked in booze. The booze and brandy are most evident, but dark pitted fruits do linger.

M - Medium to heavy body, quite carbed, fair balance. Maybe a little cloying at the end.

D - I am only just starting this 12 oz and I am wondering if I can finish it. Pretty darned overpowering.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big thanks to Mike for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a dense, thick, and creamy dark cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a very deep mahogany. Lacing is thick and sparse with great cling. Big, oily legs too. A great looking beer.

Nose is booze, caramel and toffee sweetness with hints of fig and plum in the back. Barrel aging is very apparent in this one. Pretty sharp and robust. Nice.

Opens plum, prunes, and other dark fruit. Boozy towards the middle with some molasses and caramel sweetness. The alcohol is dominant here though. End is more caramel, toffee mixed with burnt fig. Finishes hot with a sweet, caramel and alcohol aftertaste. Too much alcohol presence the whole way through.

Full bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. A bit prickly and bubbly in the mouth and goes down hot as hell. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky sweet aftertaste. A touch carbonated but still pretty good. I can taste every bit of the 12.5% abv though.

Overall, not a bad beer. However, this might've spent just a couple of years too long in the barrels. The complexity is there and the flavors mesh well but almost all of it is covered by the overwhelming alcohol presence. I'd love to taste what's underneath the barrel-aging. But as is, this is just a bit above mediocre.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sleepin' With Shaggy from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72% out of 100 with 168 ratings
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