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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3.23/5 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
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!
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 13:54:37 | More by Jeffo
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2014 05:48:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
Mash & Grind from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.