Sleepin' With Shaggy | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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
Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Wicked thanks to fine trader AtlCarl for this bottle, which I'd been lusting after for some time. Two nights of Green Flash in a row? Maybe I'll make it three tomorrow. 12 oz. bottle poured into my gorgeous Kuhnhenn goblet.

Beer oozes over the lip of the bottle & slinks down into the glass, looking a lot like a darkly bruised apple. Carbonation is surprisingly spry. Nose slingshots off the surface of the beer: brandy hits the nose long before the glass comes anywhere close to my handsome face. Once I come in closer contact, still a ton of brandy that tilts close to port territory. Intense caramel & cups of brown sugar bring this right into sweet overload territory. I like sweet.

Sleepin' with Shaggy bubbles like a glass of lactating champagne. WTF? The carbonation is high to the point of fizziness, making it difficult to get past to the taste. Batting away the bubbles, one might find a quarter of a brandy barrel in here: brandy is the overriding theme. Mimics the nose, brown sugar, toffee in quantitative easing amounts. Alcohol is definitely not sleepin'. Ends with more brandy & a quarterstaff of oak. I'm going through this at a brisk pace, but one is enough.

Interesting beer that's really marred by the soda pop fizz, which is hard to get past. The ultimate judgment is a good beer that could have been better with fewer bubbles & maybe a touch less time in the barrel. I can feel how close this one is to kicking it up a notch.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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Photo of fightingcherries
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I think this style caters to a very specific type of taste, which does not make it bad at all. I, personally, did not care for it. This may have been because I had an American Wild Ale before it, I did take my time to sip it. It never grew on me. It had a lovely aroma of dark fruits, figs, red wine, plums, and dates. It never really wanted to make me take another sip other than the 12.8% to get a buzz. I will try this again soon to judge it once more, but for now I can say I would not buy it again. If you like a barley wine that taste like red wine and dates with a thick syrup and mix of dark fruit aroma - this is for you.

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brown color, nearly black initially, with a fizzy dirty white cap that resedes quickly leaving a few bubbles and a small hint of lacing

S : Big brandy as I expected. Dark fruits and chocolate, Pepsi cola with a faint woodiness.

T: Initial taste buds scream brandy soaked Raisinettes candy. There is a cola like quality and taste on this beer with the underlying wood and Earthiness. Brown sugar, figs, raisins, brandy are the dominant flavors though. The finish is sweet, somewhat sticky, a bit of heat and fizzy

M: Medium bodied, effervescent and a tweek to high on carbonation for me. The mouthfeel is sweet, somewhat decadent, lots of flavor but definitely full of flavor

O: Thanks to FostersJM for this treat. A must have for me. Glad I was able to try this. I will say that GF did a great job on taming the brandy in this beer, while it was brandy strong and heavy, it could have been unbearable and waaay to hot after four years.

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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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the oversized CBS snifter to get all of the aromatics that 4 years in a brandy barrel has to offer. Appears a deep tawny with a bit of clarity, beige velvety head that leaves a slight layer of retention. Has a thick visual weight, no lacing present. The nose is oozing with straight brandy and oak. Beneath this are heavy waves of brown sugar, caramel, dates, earthy spice, and a considerable presence of boozy heat. The taste brings much of what the nose implies, but in a more delicate way. This definitely leans towards the sweet side of things with brandy being the star of the show. Mellow dark fruit present up front with heavy brandy/caramel/molasses coming next. The sweet caramel is rounded out by a touch of char and a bit of spiciness. Very unique flavors going on here with new notes coming to the forefront with each sip as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is well worth a try. I'm not exactly the biggest brandy fan, but this is certainly a nice show of Green Flash's barrel aging abilities.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Shane. Thanks!

A: Pours a very dark mahogany with a fluffy creme head that starts to cave in on itself. Not much in the way of legs.

N: Intense burnt caramel, some cherry and sherry, oak, pecan, and vanilla. Honey and brown sugar, raisin and more of the charcoaled wood. Very sweet and the descriptions sound very good, but there's an element missing to tie everything together.

T: Lots of sweet and burnt sugars, tobacco and cigarette ash. Moderate bitterness and a hefty pecan nutiness. Decent, but not outstanding for the style.

M: Very boozy. Tad light, but it has a decent stickiness.

O: Not bad, but it's pretty average given the competition and it lacks in refinement. Too much astringency, though I really dig the inherent nuttiness. Gets better as it warms, and it came out of my cellar around 55 degrees already.

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