Mash & Grind - The Bruery

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 99
Gots: 69 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An English-style classic with rich flavors from time spent aging in Bourbon barrels, plus fresh roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab.

(Beer added by: IKR on 07-06-2013)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
Photo of Jeffo
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from claaark13 a while back. Cheers dude! Drank this one the day after Mash, so some comparisons will be drawn.

From a 750 into a snifter
2013

APPEARANCE: Basically the same as the base. Pours a 1+ finger, medium, fluffy, crackly, off-white head with good retention. Clear burgundy brown in color with lower amounts of carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a half wisp and ring. A ring and a half wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Nice color, but head is definitely sub par.

SMELL: Good amount of coffee and sweet cream initially. Bourbon is there, with oak, coconut, vanilla and toffee notes from the base beer. Bold, though the coffee masks the complexity of the base beer a bit. Still interesting.

TASTE: Less coffee than the nose had lead on, but it's there for sure. Bourbon, oak and vanilla up front with roasted coffee beans as well. Toffee and caramel sweetness from the base beer moves into the swallow, followed by a big and lingering aftertaste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as some grainy, slightly roasted coffee bitterness. Coffee beans linger with some bourbon sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Enjoyable as well, though the light, prickly palate huts.

PALATE: Thinner body and lighter on the palate. Slightly higher levels of carbonation, a touch prickly, goes down okay and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of a burn and some heat lingers. Too light and not creamy enough, unfortunately.

OVERALL: Pretty good, though not all that special. The coffee is a little dominant in the nose, which slightly hurts the complexity of the regular barreled version, and the feel is still too light and prickly to really support what's going on. An interesting enough beer and a fun set to try, but not something worth writing home about. Really happy to give them a try though, so thanks again claaark13. Always fun!

More User Reviews:
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.12.14

A - Pours a dark brown with an active tan head that bubbles away quickly.

S - Stong coffee grounds, a hint of broubon, not much else under the strong coffee.

T - Super strong coffee grounds, really hard to pick up much else under all the coffee.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body.

O - So much coffee, it totally dominates the entire beer. A bit one sided for my liking.

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for this generous extra in a recent bottom-kicking trade. Large volume 750ML bomber split with my wife, which will probably push her right into a drunken stupor. Can't wait.

The pour gives a hint at the oddity to come, very dark brown mixed with very dark red, lowly carbonated, not quite looking like...beer. Nose is awash with coffee that, & nothing else, obliterating anything else that might have come to light. No subtlety here.

Mash & Grind nuzzles right up to being indescribable. Tons of coffee follow through on the promise of the nose & does the same overbearing tap dance on the palate: until it begins to warm, nothing else comes through. After a good twenty minutes, there's a lovely dash of bourbon that hits more in the aftertaste than the actual taste, but cuts the obnoxiousness of the coffee. Bare bones caramel or toffee are the only hint of barleywine. Not tough to drink.

A confounding beer that didn't quite reach expectations. Points for originality, but a too-heavy hand on the coffee pummels whatever else might be interesting in the beer to gone status. Coffee, bourbon, would have really liked to see this creative experiment hit the next level. Still a pretty good beer.

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear dark caramel color with half a finger of tan head. Head doesn't last too long, but maintains a thin ring.

S - Fantastic coffee aroma. Nutty and a bit earthy. Mild brown sugar aroma, and very faint ethanol. Can't say I get much of a barrel aroma, other than some mild vanilla, but this smells heavenly.

T - Unlike the aroma, in the taste I get an immediate hit of bourbon flavors, vanilla and a bit of dry oak, before the coffee takes over. The coffee element is wonderful. Minimal bitterness with a full-bodied nutty flavor and some earthiness. I've enjoyed many beers with a strong coffee component (FBS, Peche Mortel, etc.), but this may be my favorite use of coffee in a beer. I think I really need to get down to the Portola coffee lab. The brown sugar element is quite mild in the flavor, and is accompanied by a bit of earthy bitterness that cuts right through any sweetness.

M - If I were tasting this in winter, it might be a bit on the thin side. But, for summer, it is very nice. Never gets too sweet, and finished a bit on the dry/earthy side.

O - Very impressed with this one. May need to get some more. Not sure I get much barleywine character in this, but the coffee element is so fantastic I didn't miss it.

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Dark tawny and molasses brown. Moderate khaki-colored head. Leaves spots and irregular trails of wispy lacing down the glass. Pretty enough, but nothing spectacular. Looks fairly standard all things considered, though is somewhat sticky for the known ABV and barrel aging.

Excellent, expressive aroma of freshly ground coffee in the aroma. It's got a nice spice and earthy, bitter coffee punch. This reminds me quite a bit of the aroma on BCBCS. The coffee is strikingly familiar. As that beer happens to be one of my favorites, I'm quite impressed so far with the aroma on this one. There's a touch of a roast, chocolate, earthy accompanying character as well, but the incredible coffee character certainly leads the way.

As with the aroma, this reminds me so much of BCBCS. The similar profiles of coffee and barrel are here. Vanilla, oak, even some char and chocolate combine exceptionally well with the coffee. I want to come off as a genius and suggest that the same coffee is used here as in Goose Island's beer, but I won't go that far. Well balanced and drinkable for what's here.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Appropriate, though not particularly rich or decadent. Quite sticky, however.

Fantastic. If BCBCS had a barleywine brother, this would be it. Delicious beer.

Photo of jokermanboy
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of simoen
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jeonseh
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S - Tons of sweet coffee, cream, vanilla, and brown sugar make up a really a good nose

T - Loads of coffee but its not bitter; it's sweet with caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. The sweetness comes through in the end

M - Syrupy thick body with a light astringent from the coffee

O - Really coffee forward beer barleywine that has a good balance between the sweetness and the coffee

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown body. Ruby red when held up to a candle. Nice off-white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Rich coffee. No acidity. Bourbon. Vanilla. Caramel. But mostly coffee and barrel.

Taste - Bourbon more prominent. Vanilla also. Brown sugar and caramel sweetness. The coffee is less rich, but strong. Blends right into an oaky bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel - So this will sound weird, but it isn't thick and sweet enough. It could use a bit of body.

Overall - A vast improvement over Mash. The coffee is a fantastic addition.

Photo of MWolverines66
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Mash & Grind from The Bruery
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