Mash & Grind - The Bruery
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Reviews by SkeeterBoganski:
4.56/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured in to a Bruery tulip.
A - Mash & Grind pours kind of an opaque deep brown with a thin but present head lacing the outer rim of the beer; there's some effervescent carbonation present
S - the Portola coffee is exceptionally noticeable when you dab your shnozz in the glass; some subtle caramel and brown sugar is evident; the coffee, for me, overpowers any hint of bourbon
T - I truly hate to have to compare this to anything else, but it really tastes like a thin, barleywine version of BCBCS; there's nothing overly barley-winey about this beer however; the coffee is quite amazing and I'm sure best fresh; those brown sugar and caramel notes come through; just a touch of vanilla and toffee, with a hint of bourbon shining through; the bitterness of the coffee notes kind of dominate, in a good way
M - as I mentioned, this beer is thin-to-medium; it's supremely easy to drink actually, with the booze notes well concealed under all that coffee flavor; the carbonation is tame and the drinkability is supreme; 12.5%? My arse.
O - I'm really impressed with this beer; BCBCS is one of my all-time favorites, and M&G can hang; I opened this, poured a full glass, and sipped about half before ordering an additional four more of these bottles from the Bruery; at around $17, in my opinion, it's worth every penny. If you're a big fan of coffee...that nutty, slightly bitter thing...this is your beer. I have to imagine the BW elements come through after the coffee mellows...probably why the Bruery said, "best fresh!"
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2013 00:16:06 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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3.86/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Slow rising oatmeal colored head takes it time to fall back. Brew is deep translucent brown. Minimal lacing.
Solid vanilla, oak, *slight* smokey hazelnut, cocoa, char, awesomeness. I hate hazelnut anything, but this is nice. Dense caramel.
Pretty harsh, not as smooth as the aroma. Lots of dry barky bitterness. Coffee has faded nicely, not sure I could handle this brew fresh... Loads of chalky vanilla. Bourbon takes a back burner. Carbonation is strong and takes over. Harsh, unblended, perhaps it needed more time to "rest"? No sweetness.
Starts out damn amazing and sadly fades into something less than forgettable... Not sure I'd recommend @ $25. Nice, but kinda harsh flavors and drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 02:57:35 | More by chugalug06
Mash & Grind from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.