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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
71 74 68 2 17 15
Barleywine Style Ale (Vintage) by Green Flash Brewing Co.
American Barleywine
10.00 % ABV

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 16 3 7 0
Green flash, blue label. Pours a mostly clear, lighter chestnut brown color. A rocky off white head with great retention and lacing. Good viscous when you swirl.

The nose is big with plenty of alcohol. I suppose a bit young, but nice complexity in the malt. Some caramel and a touch of toast giving a slight nutty aroma. A very nice piney/citrus hop nose blends with the solvent like characteristics. Some lighter yeast undertones with figs, cherries and a hint of molasses.

The taste is big but more balanced and less solvent like. The malt comes out with some limited complexity. A nice caramel presents with a touch of woody/earthy flavors. Some phenolics come out strongly with more of blended sherry like quality. Hops are present but really come out with a piney resinous finish. No really off yeast flavors, good.

The body is big with a nice balance of carbonation to blend with the piney aftertaste. Overall this is a great barleywine that is good fresh. Would be nice to see it again in a few years.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tangfoot on 11/17/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 8 13 3 7 0
Beautiful color. Brown with a red tinge to it. Great two-finger head of very thick bubbles that are lasting a really long time and clinging to the sides of the glass for dear life.

I've had the Anniversary 2004 barleywine and was told that this is the same recipe. If so, it needs 3 years to settle down and turn into the majesty that was the Anniversary. It is all malt and alcohol bite, with some hops thrown in for flourish. Very, very strong alcohol presence.

The overwhelming flavors and strength make the mouthfeel a bit harsh. If it is possible for this thing to mellow out, it would make a big difference here.

Overall, not bad. I wanted a strong barley wine and this is it. What I REALLY wanted was another bottle of the 2004 Anniversary beer, but I think I'll have to lay some of these down for 2+ years to see if that happens.

Served In: Pint Glass

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