Beer: Green Flash Brewing Co. Barleywine Style Ale Vintage 2012
Location: San Diego, CA
Price: $4.99/ 22 oz
Aroma: Light malts and caramel.
Appearance: Deep red
Body & Texture: Tingles your tongue. You can taste the alcohol but it’s semi masked by sweetness.
Aftertaste: Clean — almost no aftertaste at all.
Since I don’t have much experience with barleywines I’m just going to give this a go. I’ve only ever had one other Barleywine which was Widmer’s. Without food I found it to be much more enjoyable. With food the alcohol was more prevalent, and I didn’t enjoy it as much. Upon first sip, I felt like “WOW! it’s kind of zippy!”. It seemed like it bubbled on my tongue like 7-Up. Then the tingles went away after swallowing. I wasn’t a huge fan of the alcohol upfront but it was still definitely drinkable. The 10.9% hit me pretty hard! After the beer had warmed a little more, I could taste the malts MUCH more. It made a huge difference, also the alcohol taste was less. Compared to Widmer’s (from what I remember), I think I may have enjoyed this one more. I’ll definitely need to continue tasting more barleywines, and this one made me excited to try more.