It tickles me every time I review a beer that has a “vintage” specified on the label. I just feel so fancy! Even if it's a 2013 vintage, the sheer fact the Green Flash Barleywine actually can vintage still registers it in the "fancy" column.
The coppery brew reeks of salmon—at least I think it does. My dog is chewing on some all-natural treats that look like silvery roadkill, so they might be messing with my nose. For now, let’s just assume this beer doesn’t actually smell like a fishing barge, but I’m not counting it out.
This beer has a fruity, almost toffee-esque flavor that you get to enjoy for nearly 2.7 nanoseconds before the massive piney hops come home to roost. I tend to enjoy my barleywines on the sweeter side, but this is definitely tasty. The 10.9-percent ABV is noticeable but not overbearing.
This is a substantial brew, even by San Diego barleywine standards. It's full-bodied and sticky, with tons of rocky lacing. Again, I’d prefer it to be tuned away from the hoppy (it’s not as if we’re starving for hoppy brews around these parts), but that’s not an indictment. I enjoyed it and you probably will, too.