Sleepin' With Shaggy | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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
Photo of SSEngelbrecht
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown / amber color with medium carbonation and no lacing.

S: caramel, raisin, oak, booze with mild dark fruit undertones.

T: oak, raisins and brandy are prominent. In the background I found dark fruits, brown sugar, peppercorn and clove. The spice from the oak also made for an interesting balance to the sweetness typical of this style of barleywine.

M: The mouthfeel was light/medium served cool, with prominent carbonation. As it warmed, the mouthfeel changed to medium/heavy with a more syrupy / oily character.

O: I liked this beer more as I got to the bottom of the glass. As with many of my favorites, the different characteristics are highlighted as the temperature warms.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a generous beige head with good retention.

Super sweet and boozy. Can definitely tell the brandy influence. I'm really struggling to get other aromas over the brandy.

Brandy also dominates the flavor. There is some caramel there and the brandy is very strong although subdued compared to aroma. Very fruity and boozy, but a good amount of oakiness reigns in the sweetness a touch.

Medium mouthfeel. Booze comes through especially as it warms, but not overpowering. Too much carbonation for the style.

A little bit one note overall. I like brandy and there flavor is there, but overpowers the subtler flavors hurting the complexity. Also I like boozy stuff with present, but low carbonation. This one is almost fizzy at times. Not bad, but a somewhat flawed beer. I'd like to try a different batch again sometime in the future.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Deep mahogany brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: This is a fruity sohmbitch in a "rustic" way. By this I mean there's tons of raisin and tobacco in here. Brandy adds a boozy dark grape component. Some mineral with earthy hops. Plum, currants, and molasses. Layers of caramel and toffee. Overall, the booze is pretty well hidden.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is full of raisin, tobacco, and brandy. Light astringency accompanies vanilla, oak, mineral, dark grape, and a hint of leather. Plenty of caramel and toffee with plum, currants, and molasses. Basically tastes like it smells with a bit more booze and astringency.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. A bit too much carbonation that "blows up" a bit in the mouth. Somewhat sticky. Decent, but nothing special here.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but I'm not crazy about it. Those with a love for raisin and tobacco should enjoy more than I have. Definitely worth a try either way.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one. Full bottle pour, reviewed live, served at cellar temperature (around the recommended 55 degrees).

A- Pours a dark mahogony brown that appears almost jet black in the glass, about a half finger of thick foamy/creamy yellowish brown beige head that has excellent retention and fades very slowly to a thin creamy layer. Appears to have decent carbonation.

S- Wow the brandy pops out right away and can still be noticed when the glass is sitting a couple feet away. Aromas of brandy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, oak, and lots of dark fruits such as plums, cherries, apples, dates, raisins, etc. Fairly aromatic with a nice complexity and noticeable barrel characteristics.

T- Flavors of raisins, toffee, light oak, brandy, light baker's chocolate, cola, and some dark fruits (plums, apples, cherries) and a hint of yeast. Finishes with more dark fruits and a light acidity which kind of ruins the beer. Fairly complex like the aroma however the flavors don't quite come together as nicely and the light acidity + slight cola aspect kills the beer a little bit in my opinion.

M- Probably the worst part about this beer- thick, creamy, lightly syrupy, abv very well hidden, fairly high carbonation which does not fit nicely with the beer. Something was not right with the mouthfeel of this beer- I think it was how it had a decent amount of carbonation combined with a fairly dense body, I felt like the carbonation took away from the complexity and flavors making the beer less enjoyable.

O- When I first heard about this beer I had high expectations and thought that it sounded amazing. At first from the aroma it easily lived up to my expectations, but after that it went downhill. I felt like the taste didn't quite match the intensity that I was expecting from the nose and the beer was slightly overcarbonated for the style. Don't get me wrong this beer wasn't terrible, it was actually fairly drinkable, it just didn't live up to my expectations and probably isn't something I'll be trying again in the near future.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of angrygrimace
4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nice and deep red. Little bit of yeast sediment left in the bottle.

The beer smells a bit boozy, but at the same time sweet and nutty, a bit like candied pecans. But the taste is not boozy at all; in fact, this is the smoothest Barleywine I've ever had.

The taste is strongly of nuts (which is weird since its a Brandy Barrel aged beer), particularly liquid pecans as suggested by the smell, but the finish is oaky and very, very reminiscent of Walnuts. It just tastes fantastic. This is an amazing beer that's completely underrated, particularly in comparison to its brother beer Silva Stout. This beer is better than Silva Stout. Mouthfeel is great, super smooth for its ABV.

Great beer. Hard to get, but seek it out if you can find it.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Sleepin' With Shaggy from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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